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Clay Allen Ivester, 80, of Warne, NC passed away Sunday, November 18, 2012 in an Atlanta, GA hospital. He was a native of Union County, Georgia but had lived in Cherokee and Clay Counties most of his life. He was a veteran of the Korean War, serving in the United States Army. Clay was on the Board of Directors at United Community Bank for many years. He owned and operated several businesses throughout his life including Ivester Trucking, Ivester Pallet, and Clay Ivester Tire. After retiring, Clay started cattle farming. He was proud of all of his family and loved to dance and farm. Clay was proud to be a member of First Free Will Baptist Church of Hayesville.


He was the son of the late Ulyss Fannin and Fannie Sherlin Ivester. He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Herbert and Nolan Ivester.


Surviving are three daughters, Linda Byers and husband Burt of Murphy; Becky Martin and husband Winston of Asheville; and Helen Russell of Murphy; a sister, Eloise Ivester Carroll of Navarre, OH; six grandchildren, Justin Byers, Amanda Martin Dula, Angela Martin, Kristin Russell Nichols, Katie Russell Dockery, and Allie Russell; and three great grandchildren, Tyler, Lily, and Tenley.


Funeral services were held at 6:00 PM Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at First Free Will Baptist Church in Hayesville with Revs. Chris Rumfelt and Jimmy Rogers officiating. Interment was in Pinelog Methodist Cemetery. Pallbearers were Steve Miller, Paul Gibson, Jennings Ivester, Odell Ivester, Bryan Ivester, and Bobby Russell. Honorary pallbearers were Jim Carroll, Jim Carringer, Autie Bradley, and Ed Roach.


The family received friends from 3:00-5:45 Wednesday afternoon at the First Free Will Baptist Church in Hayesville prior to the services.


The family requests memorials be made in memory of Clay Ivester to the First Free Will Baptist Church, PO Box 1232, Hayesville, NC 28904.


Ivie Funeral Home, Hayesville in charge of all arrangements.

#14 Jan Clemmer 2012-11-26 06:51
I wish to express my sympathy to the family. I knew Clay from church and he was quite the gentleman. He always made sure he spoke to me and had a smile on his face. He loved his family dearly and I know you will miss him terribly. May God give you peace in your loss.
Jan Clemmer
#13 Ricky Nicholson 2012-11-24 21:07
I am so sorry to hear about Clay Ivester. My wife and I got to meet him when we put our horses in Clay's pasture. We talked so much but the one thing I remembered is his testimony. He loved the Lord and had a great heart. My prayers are with all his family.
#12 Ronald & Reva Ball 2012-11-24 14:26
Clay was a wonderful friend whose friendship we really enjoyed in while living in Warne. He was truly a good person whose life touched so many people. We are so thankful for having known him, and will miss him very much. We will be praying for his family.
#11 Carol and Cliff Hall 2012-11-23 20:23
We got the opportunity to get acquainted with Clay through church. He was such a sweet man with such a Sweet spirit. We will all miss him terribly. His illness and death were so sudden, we didn't get a chance to tell him we would see him later on in Heaven, but it is a comfort to know we will see him again. He was one of those special people that you meet and will never forget. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family as you deal with this loss.
#10 Carolyn Howard 2012-11-21 11:52
Helen, I am so sorry to learn of your father's passing. Had not heard that he was ill. I know this is certainly a hard time to loose someone so close when we are approaching the holidays. Homegoing and Thanksgiving are meant to be joyous times and I know you are thankful for the life he lived.Sorry I am unable to be there but know I have you and your family in my thoughts.
#9 Jackie Ramsey 2012-11-21 07:50
Helen I was sadden to hear of your father's passing. Clay went out of his way to help me once many years ago and I have never forgotten that. Clay touched so many peoples lives by helping where he could. He will be missed by many of folks in the area.

Jack Ramsey
#8 Sharon Furby 2012-11-20 14:47
To Clay's Family - I have never met any of you but have heard alot about you, especially his kids and grandkids, he was very proud of you guys. We own Stampede Western Wear & Feed and when Clay would come in to get his feed he would hang around and visit with us. This is when I would get to hear about what he had going on. He was a very special man and will be missed greatly. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Sharon
#7 Mark and Anita Shook 2012-11-20 14:07
Dear Ivester family, We thought a lot of Clay in the short amount of time we got to know him. He always spoke to us and shook our hand and was always smiling.Praying for comfort that only God can give.God bless each one.
#6 Iris Buchanan 2012-11-20 10:55
We wish you all our Deepest Condolences. So Sorry for your loss, He sure didn't look his age. You are all in our Thoughts and Prayers.
The Hughes Family
#5 Susan Moore Gaddy 2012-11-20 09:42
Becky and Helen I am sorry to hear about your dad. I remember when we were children and our families would get together occasionally. Your dad was very proud of you. I saw him at my mom's memorial service in September and he was sharing the new things you were involved in. Just know I am thinking about you and saying a prayer.
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