James Kenneth “Jim” Ramsey, age 79 of Lincolnton, passed away Wednesday, May 17, 2023 at Robin Johnson Hospice House. He was born July 5, 1943, in Cleveland County to the late Grady Clarence and Ellen Susan Young Ramsey. He was a member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church where he formerly served on Church Council and was a Sunday School Teacher. Jim was a 1961 Graduate of Tryon High School, 1964 Graduate of Lenoir Rhyne, and received his master’s degree in 1978 from UNC Charlotte. Mr. Ramsey was a teacher and guidance counselor, as well as a coach for basketball, track, and baseball, having served at Forest Heights Elementary, Tryon, Cherryville High School, and WC Friday Middle School. He was also previously employed with Herman Reeves Sheet Metal. Mr. Ramsey was an avid runner and devoted Gamecocks fan.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Sue Ellen Ramsey.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Elizabeth “Ann” Ramsey; daughters, Jennifer Ramsey (Dan Shaver), Emily Ramsey (Kirk Sippel), and Lara Ramsey; grandchildren, George Sippel and Maxine Sippel; and brother, Larry Ramsey (Shirley).
Jim was a dedicated and loving husband to Ann. He was a fun-loving and gentle father, who taught his daughters to work hard, think for themselves, and above all, to be kind. As a teacher and a friend, he was a generous and caring person who saw the best in everyone. He will be remembered fondly by the many people whose lives he touched.
Funeral services will be held Sunday, May 21, 2023 at 3:00 PM at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church with Rev. Malcolm Lerch and Minister Brad Alexander officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends on Sunday from 2:00 to 2:45 PM prior to the service in the church fellowship hall.
Memorials may be made to St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 1203 St. Mark’s Church Rd. Cherryville, NC 28021 or Gaston Hospice 258 E. Garrison Blvd. Gastonia, NC 28054.
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