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February 24, 2024

James “Ray” Harding

James “Ray” Harding

James “Ray” Harding, 63, of Taylorsville, passed away on Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at his residence.

James will lie-in-state at Alexander Funeral Service on Friday, December 11 and Saturday, December 12, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Graveside service will be held on Sunday, December 13, 2020, at 2:00 p.m., at Poplar Springs Baptist Church Cemetery with Rev. Wes Hammer officiating.

James was born on September 27, 1957, the son of Mary Hefner Wiles and the late James Franklin Harding. During his career, he was self-employed as a skilled carpenter. James was of the Baptist faith and a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend to all. He was a skilled mechanic and a “Ford man” and cherished his ‘65 Ford Mustang. Ray also worked with Charlie Sigmon Racing as a pit crew member.

Along with his mother, those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 31 years, Myra Walker Harding of the home; children, James Harding, Jr. of Statesville, Angela Patterson of Greenville, South Carolina, and Wesley Harding of Statesville; step-son, Ryan Barlowe (Amanda) of Taylorsville; step-daughter, Tara Barlowe of Hickory; sisters, Wanda Ladd (Buddy) of Kernersville, Barbara Herman (Terry), and Shelby Welborn, both of Taylorsville, and Debbie Killian (Derek) of Hickory; eight grandchildren; along with a number of nieces and nephews.

Covid-19 restrictions apply to all services.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Alexander Funeral and Cremation Service.

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