CHARLOTTE – Pastor Jason O. Coley, 67, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, at the Levine and Dickson Hospice House in Charlotte.
Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013, at Independent Bible Baptist Church with Revs. Tim Blue and Joe Coley Jr. officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
He was born on Dec. 12, 1945, in Rock Hill. He was the founding pastor of Independent Bible Baptist Church of Charlotte for 38 years.
He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Brenda Nicholson Coley; two sons, Jeffrey Scott Coley and his wife, Susan, of Indian Land and Jason Todd Coley of Fort Mill; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; four brothers; two sisters; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his son, Jody Darrell Coley; parents, Arthur and Essie Coley; sisters, Annie Mae Coley, Dorothy Coley Satterfield and brother, Jerry Coley.
Jason was raised in the Pineville cotton fields and was a son of a farmer. He worked 15 years at Lance before being called to preach in 1974. Throughout his 38 years of ministry, his passion was to love people unconditionally as the Word of God Commanded. "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. (John 15:13)". His heart's desire was to serve his flock from the pulpit to being with families during births, weddings, celebrations and deaths.
There will be a Pastor's Remembrance Service at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, at Independent Bible Baptist Church and the family will receive friends following the remembrance.
Memorials may be made to Independent Bible Baptist Church Building Fund, 17025 Lancaster Highway, Charlotte, NC 28277; or Levine & Dickson Hospice House – Southminister, 8919 Park Road, Charlotte, NC 28210.
Condolences may be left for the family at www.fortmillfuneralhome.com