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March 01, 2024

Avery Thurmon Teague

Avery Thurmon Teague

Avery Thurmon Teague, 69, of Taylorsville, was called home on Thursday, January 10, 2019 at Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care in Lenoir.

He was born July 7, 1949, in Alexander County, the son of the late Rayford Teague and Sadie Horton Teague.

He graduated from Happy Plains School in 1968. He was an All Conference Basketball player from 1964 – 1967. He was the first black to play basketball and baseball at Taylorsville High School. After high school, he played for the famous Harlem Stars, semi-pro basketball team. In 2012, he was inducted into the first Alexander County Hall of Fame for his great basketball skills.

He was a member of Liberty Grove Baptist Church and the all male choir, as well as assistant director of the choir. He loved the Lord. No matter where you would see Thurman, he would make you laugh.

Including his parents, he was preceded in death by his siblings, Jerry Green, Mack Parson (Deloris), Gloria Teague, Betty Parson (John), and Dorothy G. Johnson.

Thurman will be cherished and remembered by his son, Hasani “Shani” Mayes and wife Maggie; grandchildren, Jalen and Lydia Mayes, all of Taylorsville, and Deyawna Rollinson of Kings Mountain; sister, Glenda Bowers (Tony) of Lenoir; brothers, Leroy Green (Penny) of Columbus, Ohio, Sanford Teague (Celia) of Hickory, and Garfield Teague (Lisa) of Taylorsville; aunts, Gracie Howell and Lacie Teague; a very special partner and close friend, Wanda Kay Mayberry; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

The Home-Going Service will be at 2 p.m., Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at Liberty Grove Baptist Church. Rev. Ardeal Roseboro will be the Eulogist, with Rev. William Little will be officiating, and will be assisted by Rev. Sterling Howard and Rev. Kevin Ussery. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

Memorials may be made to: Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care, 902 Kirkwood Street NW, Lenoir, NC 28645.

Condolences may be sent to:

Adams Funeral Home and Cremation Services is honored to be serving the Teague Family.


  1. SANDRA HAGLER on January 13, 2019 at 1:17 pm

    So sorry to hear about Thurmon. God bless and comfort the family.

  2. Clara "Tam" Flowers Phillips on March 3, 2019 at 12:22 pm

    I’m sorry to hear of the passing of Thurmon. May he rest in Paradise. Love, Tam.

  3. JERRY L HARMON on April 22, 2021 at 10:24 pm

    I recall Thrumon being such a great athlete, and when I was a kid he i engaged him in conversation at school once, and he talked to me as if I were an adult. I never forgot that, for it left such an impression on a boy in elementary school. He was bigger than life to me when I was a boy.

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