KINGS MOUNTAIN - Rev. James "Jim" T. Lochridge, Sr., 90, resident of Kings Mountain, passed on Dec. 26, 2013. Dad's favorite song was "Home on the Range," and he left Kings Mountain Hospice House nevermore to "hear a discouraging word" as he entered the glories of heaven greeted no doubt by Jesus and Mom and a host of other brothers and sisters in Christ. The hospice staff commented on his peaceful passing and the smile on his face.
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Born in Griffin, Ga., on April 27, 1923, Dad's family finally settled in the Thomasville/High Point area of N.C. After graduating from high school in Thomasville, Jim served as a radio/gunner in torpedo bombers in the South Pacific theatre of World War II in the United States Marine Corps. After marrying Mary Frances Manuel on Sept. 7, 1946, and graduating from East Carolina Teachers College (now ECU), Dad taught school in Walkertown, and then Thomasville, before surrendering to God's call to preach. After five years of further schooling and experience in Kentucky, Mom and Dad served in Christian education as SBC missionaries in the Philippine Islands. Before spending the last seven years with eldest son James and his wife Belinda in Kings Mountain, Mom and Dad lived and served the Lord in Albany, Ga. for 19 years.
He is survived by sons, James Jr. and wife Belinda of Kings Mountain and Billy of Alpharetta, Ga.; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and two great-great-granddaughters.
Visitation: The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.
Memorial service: 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, at Second Baptist Church, Kings Mountain
Officiated by: The Rev. James Lochridge, Jr.
Funeral home: Harris Funeral Home, Kings Mountain, is serving the family.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be made to Mission House of Second Baptist Church, 120 Linwood Road, Kings Mountain, NC 28086; International Mission Board, SBC, P.O. Box 6767, Richmond, VA 23230; Hospice of Cleveland Co, Kings Mtn. Hospice House, 951 Wendover Heights Drive Shelby, NC 28150
Online guest register: www.harrisfunerals.com
Published in Shelby Star on Feb. 6, 2014