March 28, 1952 - September 22, 2021
Belmont, North Carolina - Belmont – Timothy "Tim" Craig Sappenfield, 69, passed away peacefully on September 22, 2021, at his residence surrounded by his loving family.
He was a native of Mecklenburg County, born on March 28, 1952, to the late Robert Warren Sappenfield and Audrey Gaddy Sappenfield. Tim worked in sales for over 40 years. He was a high school wrestling official for 45 years and formed many lasting friendships and relationships with fellow officials, coaches, and athletes. He was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2014 where he joined his father as the first father and son duo. Tim retired as the Regional Supervisor for the West Central Wrestling Officials Association. During his career, he received numerous awards and was recognized as one of the top wrestling officials in North Carolina. Tim attended Appalachian State University on a wrestling scholarship. He was an avid Carolina Panthers fan. Tim and Debbie worked side by side on many rebuilding and decorating adventures. They also enjoyed spending time at Sunset Beach. Tim was the most loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather who will be greatly missed. Left to cherish his memories of 30+ years is his wife Debbie Sappenfield; their wonderful children, Shannon (Chris) Shepherd, August (Jody) Mayberry, Charlie Carnes, Chris (Anna) Carnes, Amy (Jason) Ingold and Ashley (Adam) Maier; his grandchildren, Storm (Ryan) Earnhardt, Jewell and Hawke Shepherd, Dorothy, Sophie and Harris Carnes, Jacob and Ashton Smith, and Lauren Arthurs; and a great-grandchild, Sutton Earnhardt; and his extended family Heather and E.J. Smith, Sheila and Dennis Lein.
A Celebration of Life service will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Gaston Hospice, P.O. Box 3984, Gastonia, NC 28054. Condolences may be made to www.withersandwhisenantfuneral.com
Withers and Whisenant Funeral Home is serving the Family.
Published by Charlotte Observer on Sep. 26, 2021.