J. D. Silver Jr.

Dec 06, 2012

Loving husband, father, grandfather

CANTON – James D. Silver Jr., “J.D.,” 72, went home to be with his heavenly father Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, after a long and courageous battle with cancer, at his residence.

He was a native and lifelong resident of Haywood County and the son of the late James Dimey and Fannie Sisk Silver.  He was also preceded in death by a brother, Arlie B. Silver, and a sister, Millie Hoglen.  J. D. was a very talented brick mason who was extremely dedicated, and a master craftsman of his work.  His masonry work can be found throughout many prominent buildings in Western North Carolina.  J. D. loved his family and especially adored his grandchildren, who he was extremely proud of.  He will be remembered for being kind, compassionate, trustworthy and having a very strong work ethic.  Above all, J. D. loved the Lord and was ready to meet his maker.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Janice P. Silver; two daughters, Lisa Silver Cody, and her husband, Jeffrey, of Mars Hill, and Darlene Silver, of Canton; two sisters, Winnifred Leatherwood, of Canton, and Doris Clark, and her husband, Ted Grooms, of Waynesville; a brother, Richard Silver, of Candler; two grandchildren, James David Silver and Samantha Kaitlyn Messer, both of Canton; many nieces and nephews, whom he loved dearly; a very special friend, Gene Skidmore, as well as a host of special friends.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, 2012 at High Street Baptist Church, with the Revs. Terry Penland and Chris Willett officiating.  Burial will follow at Bon-A-Venture Cemetery, Old Clyde Road.  The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Wells Funeral Home of Canton.

Memorials may be made to SECU Cancer Care Center, 21 Hospital Dr., Asheville, NC  28801 or to CarePartners Hospice Memorial Fund, P. O. Box 25338, Asheville, NC  28813.

For those who desire, an online memorial register is available at www.wellsfuneralhome.com.