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 Author: bob James C. Michael Posted Date: July 19, 2009
(August 28, 1949 - July 19, 2009)

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    James Claude Michael, age 59, of Lee Gaultney Road, Banner Elk, died Sunday morning, July 19, 2009 at the Hospice House in Whiteville. Claude was born August 28, 1949 in Banner Elk to Clara Watson Michael and the late Henry Clay Michael. He was a member of the Bethany Baptist Church and was a follower of God’s House of Worship. Mr. Michael was a telephone splicer in North Carolina and surrounding states.
    He is survived by; his wife, Kimberly Michael of Winnabow; one son, Barry Michael and grandson, Dalton Michael, of Ash; two daughters, Melissa Michael and Wendy Michael, both of Staley; the mother of his children, Becky Coley of Staley; his mother, Clara Watson Michael of Banner Elk; four sisters, Earline McGuire and husband, Dean and Velva Cook and husband, Tom, all of Banner Elk, Wanda Cole and husband, Wesley, of Kernersville, and Treva Potter and husband, Jerry, of High Point; one brother, Dean Michael and wife, Judy, of Banner Elk; and two step-sons, Jeremy and James Hannel, both of Winnabow. A number of nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great nephews also survive. He was preceded in death by one sister, Donna Minton and a nephew, Charles Minton.
    Funeral services will be conducted Thursday morning, July 23rd at 11 o’clock at Bethany Baptist Church, officiated by Rev. Harvey Presnell and Rev. Gene Carver. Burial will follow in the Michael Family Cemetery.
    The family will receive friends Wednesday evening from 6 until 8 o’clock at Austin & Barnes. At other times, the family will be at the home of his mother, Clara Michael, Lee Gualtney Road in Banner Elk.
    Flowers are appreciated or memorials may be made to the Michael Family Cemetery Fund, in care of Velva Cook, 2065 Worley Road, Banner Elk, NC
    Online condolences may be sent to the family at
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