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James Carmichael

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James Henry Carmichael

SALISBURY - Mr. James Henry Carmichael, 79, of Salisbury, passed away Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014, at the Glenn A. Kiser Hospice House in Salisbury.

He was born Feb. 13, 1934, in Lafayette, Ind., to the late John David and Ruth Irelan Carmichael.

As a youth he lived in Chattanooga, Tenn., and Wilmington, Del., before his family moved overseas to Shanghai, China. With the Communist takeover of China, they moved to Bombay, India. Jim graduated from high school at the International School in Kodaikanal, India. He attended the University of Virginia and Catawba College.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during the Korean conflict.

For a number of years he worked for Northwestern Bank and moved to Salisbury in 1971 when the bank opened its first branch in town. After leaving the bank, he became an independent insurance agent. He later spent 14 years with the Rowan County Dept. of Environmental Services before retiring in 2010.

He was a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church. Forty-two years a Master Mason, Jim was an active member of Andrew Jackson Lodge, where he was a Past Master and Certified Lecturer Emeritus. He was also an honorary member of several masonic lodges around Rowan County. Additionally, he was a member of the Salisbury York Rite Bodies, the Charlotte Valley of the Scottish Rite, and the Oasis Shrine.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Carmichael was preceded in death by his stepdaughter, Christina Shotzberger, and a daughter-in-law, Kim Carmichael.

Those left to cherish his memory are his loving wife, Billie; three sons, David (Karen) and Monty of Salisbury, James, Jr. (Tina) of N. Myrtle Beach, S.C.; three grandchildren, Spencer Carmichael of Salisbury, Dylan Carmichael of North Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Heather Carmichael of Salisbury; and his first wife, Betty Bonner Steele of Salisbury.

Arrangements: A memorial service will be held Sunday, Feb. 2 at 2 p.m. at the Salisbury Masonic Temple (401 N. Fulton St.), conducted by Fr. Rick Williams, Vicar of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, with visitation to follow in the dining hall.

Memorials: May be made to either Masonic Home for Children at Oxford, 600 College St., Oxford, NC 27565; or Glenn A. Kiser Hospice House, 1229 Statesville Blvd., Salisbury, NC 28144.

The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff of the Glenn A. Kiser Hospice House for their kindness and care of Mr. Carmichael.

Published in Salisbury Post on Jan. 29, 2014
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