Nathaniel "Chappie" Gennett, III

nathaniel gennett, iii

September 13, 1944 ~ January 22, 2024

Born in: Asheville, NC
Resided in: Arden, NC

On January 22, 2024 Nathaniel CW Gennett III known to his friends as Chappie died peacefully at Emerald Ridge Rehabilitation Center in Woodfin, NC.

Chappie was born in Asheville to the late Nat and Betsy Gennett. He was also preceded in death by his wife of 42 years, Lynda Gennett and a sister, Gypsy. He is survived by his two children, Gentle Elizabeth Gennett and Nathaniel Gennett and his wife, Josie,two grandchildren, Nate and Charlotte Gennett, and his brother, John Peter Bradley.

Chappie was a lifelong resident of Asheville NC and an avid sportsman. He hunted, fished and was a competitive marksman with rifle, pistol and shotgun throughout his life. He won many competitions at all levels including national skeet and sporting clay championships, election to the NC hall of fame and a career NRA ranking in the High Master category.

He served in the Army then worked for many years in the lumber industry. In the mid-1980s he took a break from lumber and ran a gun store.

Towards the end of his life he stayed busy with sport shooting at local ranges and an ammunition manufacturing hobby that eventually became a small business.

He will be missed …

The family will receive friends on Friday, January 26, 2024 from 11:00 – 12:00 at Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian in Arden.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Dementia Society at


Gathering of Friends & Family: January 26, 2024 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian
72 Long Shoals Road
Arden, NC 28704


Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian
72 Long Shoals Road
Arden, NC 28704


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  1. I met Chappie, well more years ago than I want to admit now, a great friend and a walking encyclopedia on all things hunting, shooting and fishing. Miss you my friend.

  2. I was saddened to hear of Chappie’s
    Passing. We spent many enjoyable days in the dove field and on the trap fields at the Spartanburg Gun Club.
    Condolences to the family and know that he will be missed.
    Larry Stephens

    • My heart is deeply saddened hearing Chappie has passed. Chappie was a friend and a mentor to me, and I enjoyed many of Chappie’s many stories and lessons while sipping scotch and smoking a good “stick” as he referred to a cigar. You will always have a very special place in my heart my friend. Rest in Peace till we meet again. My deepest condolences to the family. Best Regards
      Richard Bacon

  3. Chappie and I became friends when he owned the gun shop. I talked with him nearly every day..some times several times a day. I valued his friendship and though we lost touch over the past years he will always occupy a special place in my memory.

  4. He was a good friend growing up and we had many joyful days. Alot of good memories.
    Condolences to the family.

  5. The light you shown upon my path shall surely keep my path brightened for all of my days. Once in a lifetime if a man is lucky he will be Blessed and Ordained by a Warrior in a Garden so that he may spread the ways of Peace and Love and leaves only smiles and pleasant memories.

  6. Condolences to family. Chappie will missed, was at lot of shoots, and got to know Chappie was someone who had lot of good information on shooting. Rest in Peace

  7. Farewell, my friend. Chappie was such a Renaissance Man. Always full of a plethora of information whether it be the topic of the hardwood lumber industry (his family had a rich history in the hardwood lumber industry in the mountains of GA and NC), sporting guns, photography, hunting, fishing, or the specifics of certain ammunition and such. There wasn’t a subject that he did not have something of value to add to the conversation when in his presence. He was a joy to be around and work with. I will miss him. Rest in Peace Chappie.

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