STANLEY - James Franklin Presley, beloved husband, devoted father, cherished grandfather, and precious friend passed away on April 13, 2013.
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He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Dorothy Young Presley; son James Michael Presley and wife Penny; and daughter Michelle Presley Stalder and husband Andy. He adored his two grandchildren, Rachel Elizabeth Presley and James Andrew Presley. He is preceded in death by his parents William Jesse and Ella Davidson Presley and three brothers and five sisters
Franklin was born on May 5, 1929 at his family farm in Cleveland, Georgia. A graduate of White County High School, he worked in various oc-cupations including auto sales before securing a job in the machine shop of Talon, Inc. in Cleveland, GA. He worked his way up through the ranks of Talon, accepting a transfer for a managerial role in Stanley, NC, where he relocated with his family in 1967. He continued to assume po-sitions of increasing responsibility until his retirement in 1992 after 40 years of dedicated employment.
He was a longtime, faithful member of First Baptist Church in Stanley, NC, serving as Chairman of Deacons for a number of years.
He also served as Coordinator for North Carolina Baptist Men's Disaster Relief. Franklin was an avid gardener, fisherman and golfer. He was known for the lush tomato plants he grew and for sharing the bounty with friends and neighbors. His happiest moments, though, came when he was spending time with his family. He cherished the time he had with his wife and was actively involved in the lives of his children and grandchildren.
A funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Friday at First Baptist Church, 409 Old Mount Holly Road, Stanley, officiated by the Rev. Dr. Tony Fulbright and the Rev. Tim Beam.
The family will receive visitors after the service.
Mr. Presley will lie in state at the church from 1 until 2 p.m. prior to the service.
A graveside service and burial will take place at Gateway Memorial Park in Cleveland, GA on Saturday, April 20, at 1:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Together We Build Fund, First Baptist Church, 409 Old Mount Holly Road, Stanley, NC 28164.
Condolences may be sent on line to www.mcleanfuneral.com.
McLean Funeral Directors of Gastonia is serving the Presley family.
McLean Funeral Directors
700 South New Hope Road
Gastonia, NC 28054
Published in Gaston Gazette on Apr. 18, 2013