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1933 James 2019

James Ruel Fox

November 11, 1933 — June 23, 2019

James Ruel Fox, Sr. age 85, of Taylorsville went to his eternal home on Sunday June 23, 2019 at his residence, surrounded by his family, to forever be with his Lord and Savior. He was born on November 11, 1933 in Alexander County, the son of the late Burrette Fox and Ethel Dyson Fox. During his life, Ruel preached 43 years at Yadkin and Fairview Baptist Churches. After he retired in 2013, he continued preaching and serving the Lord until his death. His heart and soul were in the Taylorsville Baptist Camp Meeting. He served the Lord at Camp Meeting for 46 years as a co-moderator. Ruel loved God, his family, and his grandchildren most of all. Along with his parents he is preceded in death by his spouse Shirley J. Fox, siblings; sisters Ravy Shook and Rachel Ferguson and brother Rommie Fox.

Those remaining to cherish his memory include, daughter Ruelene Deal & husband Hal, of Moravian Falls; sons Rev. Jamie Fox & wife Kim, of Statesville and Todd Fox & wife Lisa, of Taylorsville; grandchildren April Sigmon & husband Darian, Justin Deal & wife Carla, Hayley & husband Jason Absher, Jamison Presnell & husband Jon, Rev. Jayson Fox & wife Brandy, Jakin Fox & wife Whitney, Kayla Barr & husband Rev. Durant Barr, and Lauren Mull & husband Seth; great-grandchildren Madison & Seth Sigmon; Justin Teague & wife Terri; Jason Teague; Jaycey Deal; Kenley & Kreed Pennell; Elizabeth, Maggie, & Natalie Absher; Evan, Averie, & Ruby Grace Presnell; Saylem Fox, James Ruel Fox, III, & Reid Fox; Paxton & Palmer Fox; and Ila Kate Barr; along with a host of nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends on Friday June 28, 2019 from 4:00-7:00 pm at Millersville Baptist Church. The funeral service will be held on Saturday, June 29, 2019 at 1:00 pm at Millersville Baptist Church with the Rev. Bill Orren, Rev. Jamie Fox, Rev. Jayson Fox, and Rev. Steve Dagenhart officiating. The body will lie-in-state 30 minutes prior to service. Burial will follow at Fairview Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Ruel’s nephews.

In addition to flowers, memorials may be sent to Taylorsville Baptist Camp Meeting at 417 Airport Rd Taylorsville, NC 28681

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Alexander Funeral and Cremation Service.
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