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.