STANLEY - James Franklin "Jimmy" Harrill, 74, died at home surrounded by his loving family on April 9, 2013.
Mr. Harrill was born and raised in Forest City.
He was preceded in death by his parents Jonah K. and Ocie Tate Harrill of Forest City, and his brothers Robert Lee and Marion Harrill and sis-ters Marie Jenkins and Frances Duncan.
He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 53 years Pat Rhyne Harrill, and daughters Anne (Mike) Piet of Mint Hill and Myra (Scott) Helton of Stanley and one grandson Alexander Lloyd Helton - "the light of Pop's life." He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. He was a lifelong active member of Stanley United Methodist Church.
Mr. Harrill wore many hats during his longtime career including real estate broker, auctioneer, land developer, and owner of Harrill's Discount Furniture. He also served two terms as mayor of Stanley.
His greatest love outside of his family was showing Tennessee Walking Horses.
The family would like to thank Gaston County Hospice for the wonderful care they gave.
The funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Friday at First United Methodist Church in Stanley with Pastor Noel Sweezy and Mr. Harrill's nephew Pastor Michael Robinson officiating.
Interment will follow in Hillcrest Gardens Cemetery.
The family will receive friends 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Woodlawn Funeral Home in Mount Holly.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Gaston County, PO Box 3984, Gastonia NC 28053.
Published in Gaston Gazette on Apr. 11, 2013.