In thee, O Lord, do I put my trust; let me never be ashamed: deliver me in thy righteousness. ~Psalm 31:1
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Mr. James Allison, Jr., 73, was born March 17, 1945, in Iredell County. He was the son of the late James and Lillie Jane Rankin Allison. He departed his life on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at Gordon Hospice House, Statesville, N.C.
Mr. Allison attended Amity Hill School and worked as a general worker with a Construction Company. He joined Antioch Baptist Church at an early age.
He’s preceded in death by one son, Shawn Allison. Also preceding him in death are his parents, James Allison Sr. and Lillie Jane Rankin Allison. James had several aunts and uncles preceding him in death, James (Jake) Rankin, Joe Dewitt Rankin, Otha Rankin, Onzilo Rankin, Hallie Torrence, Dorothy McNeely, Ada Lou Rankin, Gladys Rankin, Mary Caldwell and Barbara Rankin Fleming, and brother-in-law, Nathaniel Mitchell Sr.
James leaves to cherish his memories of his life two sons, James Franklin Allison and Tony Lynn Allison, both of Mooresville, NC; three sisters, Jannie Mitchell, Mamie (Billy) McKee, and Betty Allison, all of Statesville, NC; a niece and nephew reared in the home with him, Linda (Lonnie) White and Bruce (Barbara) Allison, both of Statesville, NC; four grandchildren; Cortez Jamel Allison, Darrell Levon McLaughlin, and Caleb Tony Allison, all of Mooresville, NC and MaKayla Lynn Allison of Statesville, NC.; four great grandchildren, Artez Allison, Alayah Allison, LaMarie Bernard Wardlow, and Kalayah Michelle McLaughlin; two aunts, Alma J. Ivery and Ruth Rankin, both of Statesville, N.C.; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends, including special cousins and friends, John Westley Rankin, Carl Tucker, Norman Caldwell, Oscar Junior Patterson and Reverend Jim Frank Carr.
In tears we saw you sinking, and watched you fade away
Our hearts were almost broken, we wanted you to stay.
But when we saw you sleeping, so peacefully and free from pain;
How could we wish you back with us to suffer that again.
It broke our hearts to lose you, but you did not go alone
For part of us went with you, the day God called you home.
Submitted with love by The Family
A celebration of life service will be held on Sunday, March 3, 2019, at Rutledge and Bigham Mortuary, Statesville. Reverend Levins will officiate. Members of the family will receive friends from 2-2:30 pm, at the funeral home. They will assemble at the residence of Mrs. Linda White, 203 Birchwood Road, Statesville, N.C., at all other times.
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