Garrett Funeral Home

460 North Main St., Waynesville, NC


Dr. Richard Lee Wall

March 7, 1953February 6, 2020

Richard Lee Wall Sylva, NC – Richard Lee Wall, lovingly known as Rick or “Doc”, passed away on Thursday, February 6, 2020 at age 66. He was born in Salisbury, NC on March 7, 1953 to the late Walter Lee & Shirley Baker Wall. Rick was a North Carolinian his whole life, attending Western Carolina for his undergraduate degree and North Carolina State University for his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. He spent his life taking care of the community’s much-loved furry family members at Sylva Animal Hospital. He treasured life in the mountains and enjoyed living here for the majority of his life. Rick was an avid sports fan, enjoying NASCAR, football, and basketball. He always cheered on his NC State Wolfpack. Rick was an Army veteran and enjoyed visiting with friends at the VFW and American Legion while sipping on an ice cold Corona. Rick loved animals and liked people. He lived life on his own terms. He loved rock and roll music and fast cars, especially his most recent custom designed Dodge Challenger Hellcat. He also liked to give most everyone he knew a nickname, whether they liked it or not. Left to cherish his memory are Rick’s sister, Jeanne Melvin, her husband, Michael of Concord, NC and their two daughters, Nicole Tate and husband Kyle of Richmond, VA and Brandi Melvin-Scammell and husband Mark Scammell of Hillsborough, NC. Rick had one great niece, Eleanor Scammell. A celebration of Rick’s life will be held on what would have been his 67th birthday, Saturday, March 7th from 1pm-4pm at the American Legion in Waynesville, NC. If you are so inclined to continue to spread your love to the animals like Rick always did, we ask that you make donations to the following non-profit organizations that he held near to his heart: Catman2 Inc. http://www.catman2.org/ & ARF aka Humane Society of Jackson County, Inc http://arfhumane.org.


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Dr. Richard Lee Wall

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Margie Stephans

February 26, 2020

I first met Rick when I took my two dogs in for a check up. He was so great with them. My Honey never liked going to the Vet until she met him. She would see him and wag her tail. They would exchange kisses. He will be sadly missed by all his 4 legged patients. May he rest in Paradise and take care of all the 4 legged babies in Heaven.

Ron/Pat Moss/Provitola

February 18, 2020

We can hear Dr Wall saying, "Hello, Buddy. How are you doing sweet guy." He would say this everytime we took a pet to Sylva Animal Hospital. He kindness to us and to each animal showed how big his heart was. We had to put a pet to sleep yesterday. I know he greeted Nino as he arrived in heaven. Dr. Wall was a great vet and person.

Dona West

February 16, 2020

Thanks Rick for being a friend when we needed one. You helped us through several hard transitions with our animals. We will miss you..

Susan Karcher

February 15, 2020

Rick was a great friend and veterinarian! Even though we drifted apart due to circumstances and life in general through the years... he was always an anchor and a true friend in times of need... especially when it came to
My pets! Love you Rick Wall! Thank you for your service to the USA, your friendship and your care of all our pets! Rest In Peace
My friend!

Russell Midgett

February 15, 2020

I was at WCU in the late 1970's and knew Rick as a friend of some of my friends. Then when I returned to live in Jackson County a decade later Beverly and I selected SAH to care for our pets. I found it easy to bond with Rick because we had two female Australian Shepherds, and his own AS had recently died. He was the best veterinarian I have ever known. I got to see how big his heart was on more than one occasion. He let me come over to his old farmhouse one New Years to watch a big bowl game. Every couch and chair seat cushion in his living room was occupied by a rescued dog or cat, and they could enter or exit freely through a pet door. Each animal was decrepit in some way, missing eyes or limbs, some traumatized from past abuse. I remember spending halftime of that game outdoors surrounded by that loving menagerie, gazing at the winter sky and the comet Hale-Bopp. Godspeed, Dr. Wall.

Betsy Hartridge

February 13, 2020

I love reading all of these comments and memories of Rick. He was truly one of a kind. I will hold my memories of him very dear, both working with him and enjoying a beer and playing pool at O'Malleys after work. He was the smartest, most kind hearted grump in the world. I loved him and will miss him so<3. RIP Rick Wall

Ashley Chambliss

February 12, 2020

The kindest grump with a heart of gold.

Beth Schore

February 12, 2020

Dr. Wall took care of my Grace for the last 13 years. He saw her often (our problem child) and would always tell her to "Cut that out!" when she would curl her lip at him during a procedure. And she listened! He saw our cat and subsequent dogs, along with the two other vets at SAH. He took care of so many of my foster dogs. My favorite "project" with him was Oliver, who was a stray hit by a car. Doc Wall wired his jaw and fastened it with a shirt button. It worked like a charm and Ollie is living his best life! There have been so many stories like these being shared in our community... a true tribute to what a wonderful person and veterinarian he was! ❤

John Abbott

February 12, 2020

"Good bye Buddy" You were my friend when I was afraid. You said "Hello Buddy" when I had to go see a Vet at a place where I didn't think I had anyone and certainly not a "Buddy"! Well bye for now I'll be seeing you soon.
Seth Abbott

Michael Tackett

February 12, 2020

I brought my little dog to him ever since he was a puppy he was the only one that looked at her and he was a great doctor and I will miss him and so we'll my little baby Gracie