Nilous M. Avery
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RALEIGH - The Rev. Dr. Nilous M. Avery, 87, of Raleigh, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, March 6, 2014, at his home.
Born May 11, 1926 in Garner to the late Wesley Clyde and Lilora Rogers Avery, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 60 years, Christine Watson Avery, in 2011; and three brothers.
Dr. Avery served as pastor of several churches, including 51 years at Hill Street Baptist Church, Asheville, from which he retired in 2002. He served on numerous religious and community boards and commissions, including an appointment by then Gov. James B. Hunt to the State Advisory Budget Commission, and was a civil rights pioneer and advocate in Asheville, Buncombe County and Western North Carolina.
Dr. Avery was also a board member of the General Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, Shaw University and Shaw Divinity School, Raleigh. He later served as interim pastor for several churches in Goldsboro and the Raleigh area.
Those left to cherish his memory are children Rev. Dr. Nilous M. Avery II, Salisbury, Dr. Kryste Avery-Moore (Warren), Piscataway, N.J., Mrs. CiCi Weston (Randy), Asheville, and Mr. Nian W. Avery, Asheville; 10 grandchildren; and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and in-laws.
Arrangements: Celebrations of Life will be held Saturday, March 15, Hill Street Baptist Church, Asheville, with visitation, 11 a.m., and service, 1 p.m.; Monday, March 17, Wake Baptist Grove Church, Garner, with visitation, 11 a.m., and service, 12:30 p.m. Burial will follow at Montlawn Memorial Park, Raleigh.
Hart Funeral Service, Inc., Asheville, is serving the family. Online condolences may be made at www. hartfuneralservice.com.
Obituary courtesy of Noble and Kelsey Funeral Home, Salisbury.
Noble & Kelsey Funeral Home, Inc. - Salisbury
223 E. Fisher Street
Salisbury, NC 28144
Published in Salisbury Post on Mar. 13, 2014