James Raney

HICKORY, N.C. — James “Wilbur” Raney, age 67, passed away Friday, July 19, 2013 at Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory, N.C.

Born September 16, 1945, in Jefferson County, Arkansas, he was the son of the late George N. Raney and Lula Mae Culpepper Raney.

He was a member/Sunday School teacher of Blackburn Baptist Church in Hickory, N.C., and former member/Sunday School teacher of Greenhill Baptist Church in the Greenhill Community of Monticello, Ark., and retired from Burlington Industries in Monticello, Ark.

Wilbur loved his family and invested his time, a smile, and his servant attitude to everyone he encountered.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of 32 years, Charlotte Pace Raney, of the home; sons, Paul Thompson and wife, Wanda of Hickory, N.C., Randy Thompson and wife, Jennifer, of Hickory, N.C.; grandchildren, Jon Tyler Thompson and wife, Kristin of Birmingham, Ala., Taylor Thompson, Arden Thompson, Katelynn Thompson, Kennedy Thompson, all of Hickory, N.C., and Jason Russell and wife, Bekah of Houston, Texas.

A celebration of his life will be held on Sunday, July 21, 2013 at 4:00 p.m., at Blackburn Baptist Church in Hickory, N.C. with the Rev. Geary Walton officiating. A private interment will be held at Southside Cemetery in Newton, N.C.

The Raney family will receive friends prior to the service from 2:00-3:45 p.m. at Blackburn Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests memorials be made to Blackburn Baptist Church, 5105 W NC 10 HWY, Hickory, N.C., 28602.

Condolences can be sent to the Raney family at www.willisreynolds.com.

The Raney family has entrusted the funeral arrangements to Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home & Cremations in Newton.