Jimmy Richard Cloer, 82, went home to be with his Lord and Savior July 6, 2013, at home with his loving family surrounding him. Born in Iredell County June 17, 1931, he was the son of the late John Sherrill Cloer and Rita Belle Brown Cloer. Mr. Cloer was a retired minister, having pastured the Blood Baptist Church for many years. For the past 15 years he held services once a week at Olin Village, Olin, NC, with the help of his loyal friends, Mark Kiser and the Eugene Bustle family.
Richard is survived by his wife, Bess P. Eskildsen Cloer of the home. Additional survivors are his adult stepchildren, Laura E. Newsome, Keith Eskildsen and Sandra E. Moore, all of Wayne County, NC and their families with all of whom he shared a special relationship. His sister, Edith Cloer, of Taylorsville, survives. Also surviving are numerous nieces and nephews to whom he was a very special uncle.
Mr. Cloer was preceded in death by his wife of 44 years, Annie Williams Cloer and his brothers, Hoyt, John S. Jr., and Clyde Cloer all of Statesville and sisters Edna P. Cloer of Colorado and Martha C. West and infant sister, Pauline of Statesville.
Richard grew up as a farmer and later retired from the furniture industries, having worked at Statesville Plywood, Thornet, and King Arthur. He was a lifelong avid outdoorsman and enjoyed playing baseball, hunting and fishing excursions. A well loved member of his community, Richard was always available to his neighbors and friends. He shared the bounty of his large garden every year with many friends, neighbors and relatives.
Services celebrating Richard’s life will be conducted at 7:00 PM Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, 848 Pisgah Church Rd., Stony Point, NC 28678, with minister’s Mark Robinette and Clarence Cloer officiating. Visitation will be at the church from 5:00 until 6:30 PM Tuesday. Active pallbearers will be nephews, Josh Turnmire, Roger, Ricky, Calvin and Wayne West, Chris and Hoyat Cloer, and Chris McHargue. Honorary pallbearers will be, Mark Kiser, John Estes, Tommy Johnson, David Raper, Gene Bustle, James Bailey, Matthew Guest, Tim Bryant, Roy Dellinger, TJ Patterson, Jim Sprinkle, Gerald Peacock, Gene Peacock, Jackie Williams, Harold Turnmire, Danny McHargue, Jr., Danny Finger, Danny McHargue, Sr., DClifford Levan, Bryce Privette, Aaron Baker and other.
A private interment will take place the following morning at Iredell Memorial Gardens, Statesville, NC.
A special thanks to the Hospice staff of Iredell County and to Dr. Gary Robinson, Dr. Harlan Hicks and Dr. Jose Prez.
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Nicholson Funeral Home is serving the Cloer family.