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James Ernest Speaks

May 9, 1926 ~ July 17, 2020 (age 94)

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James Ernest Speaks, 94, of Statesville, NC, died Friday July17, 2020 at Autumn Care of Statesville.

He was born May 9,1926 in Kershaw, SC, a son of the late Andrew and Allison (Williamson) Speaks. he was also preceded in death by his son David K. Speaks.

James attended school in Cool Springs, NC, worked as a machinist, loved playing the mandolin and guitar, his bluegrass music, and especially enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren.

Survivors include his loving wife Elsie (Sells) Speaks, sons James "Jimmy" Speaks Jr. and wife Diane of Mooresville, NC, Phillip Leslie Speaks of Rowan, NC, daughter Glenda Morris of Statesville, NC, grandchildren Crystal, Angie, Brandy, and Johnny Speaks, Dawn, and Steven Morris, Nathan Speaks and Wife Hanna, great grandchildren Danielle, Jaden, Jasmine, Andre, Kameron, William, Kyleigh, Corbin, Sara Beth Speaks, Keyona and Kenota Chambers, KeMoni Miller, Olivia, and Austin Cagle, Racheal, Junior, and Holly Morris.

A Memorial Service will be held 11:00 AM on Thursday July 23, 2020 at Reavis Funeral Home 318 Davie Ave. Statesville, NC.

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Memorial Service
July 23, 2020

11:00 AM
Reavis Funeral Home of Statesville
318 Davie Avenue
Statesville, NC 28677

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