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December 07, 2023

James William Richey

James William Richey

James William Richey died unexpectedly at Frye Regional on Tuesday, October 5, 2021.

He was the son of the late Boyd and Lois Richey of Bethlehem.

Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Jacqueline Leigh Sills.

Jimmy enjoyed collecting toy tractors – especially John Deeres, watching baseball games, working with wood, and having a good laugh. He loved traveling and exploring our beautiful country with his wife and family.

He spent most of his working years in the construction business and his last few years at SW Associates of Hickory. He was an active, beloved member of Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church, where he greeted fellow worshipers with a basket of candy. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War, having served in the US Army.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of almost 55 years, Mary Leigh Richey; his children Tafy and Matt Sills, and Travis and Bessie Richey; his grandchildren, Jessica Sills, Trevor and Taylor Richey, and Jacob and Katie Richey; his sister, Norma Paige and her husband Gary; his brother, Matthew Richey and his wife Libby; his sisters, Helen Watts and Shaneta Turpin; his nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, a great-great-niece, his in-laws and their spouses, and his dear friends, Gary and Cheryl Lytton, and Tracy and Pam Lytton.

Visitation will be held on Friday, October 8, 2021, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:45 p.m., at Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church. The funeral will follow at 3:00 p.m. at Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church. Rev. Dale Bost will be officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church, 9042 NC-127, Hickory, NC 28601.

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

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