Dexter R. Yager Sr. (1939 - 2019)

  • " What a great life! Full of purpose, giving, service..."
    - David Sun
  • "In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you..."
    - Junhong Luo
  • "In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you..."
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  • "Thank you Dexter for all your love, learning, dreams and..."
    - Jirka Surovec
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Family, friends and dreamers across the globe bid a heartfelt farewell to business pioneer, Dexter Royal Yager Sr, who joined our Lord and Savior in Heaven January 6, 2019 at the age of 79.

Dexter was born to Leonard and Gertrude Yager December 6, 1939 in Fulton, New York. He married his wife, Birdie Narehood in 1957 at the age of 17. Together, they raised seven children and moved their family from Rome, NY to Charlotte, NC in 1969.

Dexter is survived by his wife, Birdie of 61 years; their children and spouses; Dexter Jr., Doyle and Holly, April and Michael, Lisa, Jeff and Rhonda, Leanne and Tim, Steven and Cecile; 27 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren; his brother, Richard; and sister, Lillian.

"Dex" fulfilled his life purpose as a devoted Christian, lover of freedom, country, husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, businessman, entrepreneur and author. He shared his faith and free enterprise principles freely with anyone who would listen.... and millions did.

He started many businesses over the years but his first and most successful was his own independent Amway distributorship that he and his wife Birdie started 54 years ago. They were the first to achieve many of the highest levels in the Amway business which spread to more than 80 countries. The Yager name, philosophies and methods became synonymous with success within the direct selling, multi-level marketing industry.

A public Celebration of Life will be held at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, January 30, 2019, at Elevation Church - Ballantyne, 11701 Elevation Point Drive, Charlotte, NC 28277. There is no invitation required and the service is open to all of the public. At this time, we are not planning to broadcast the service. As we are not sure how many people to expect, we want to encourage people who plan to attend the Celebration of Life to allow time for parking, getting inside the building and getting seated. We are asking that you let us know you are planning to attend by clicking on the link The link is also available on

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In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Yager Freedom Foundation, which supports youth leadership camps, ministries and other charities mail to:1300 Altura Road, Fort Mill, SC 29708.

Cards may be mailed to: The Yager Family, 1300 Altura Road, Fort Mill, SC 29708.
Published in Charlotte Observer from Jan. 11 to Jan. 12, 2019
Arrangements under the direction of:
McEwen Funeral Service-Pineville Chapel
10500 Park Road | Charlotte, NC 28210 | (704) 544-1412
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