Vice Chief Larry Blythe is a member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and as the title implies is an elected official of the Tribe. The Eastern Band of Cherokees are the largest Federally recognized Tribe East of the Mississippi River. Vice Chief Blythe was born and raised in Swain County in Western North Carolina. He attended Swain County High School.
Vice Chief Blythe attended Haywood Technical Institute and graduated in 1977 with an AA degree in Forest Management. He then attended and graduated from the University of Idaho in 1983 with a BS in Forest Management. From 1983 until 2003 he was employed by the Bureau of Indian Affairs in Cherokee North Carolina as the Forest Manager for the Eastern Band of Cherokees.
Vice Chief Blythe was elected to his present office of Vice Chief in 2003 and has been re-elected twice subsequently. Vice Chief Blythe also served on the Tribal Council of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians from 1987-2003 for the districts of the Painttown and Wolftown communities. He has served on many Tribal committees such as Vocational Opportunities of Cherokee, Local committees such as the Graham County Economic Development Commission, and National committees such as the Intertribal Timber Council. Vice Chief Blythe enjoys many activities which include golfing, fly fishing, playing guitar and singing, as well as traveling.
Vice Chief Blythe is married to the former Ms. Wanda Jackson from Robbinsville, North Carolina and now lives in the Snowbird community in Robbinsville. He and Wanda have nine children and have eight grand-children. They attend Little Snowbird Baptist Church.