James Lee Yelton, age 81, of Saylors Lake Rd., Bakersville, NC, passed away February 5, 2014, at his home.
He was a native of Mitchell County, NC, and a son of the late Bristoe and Ethel Stanley Yelton.
He was a Veteran of The United States Marine Corps and was a member of Bakersville Baptist Church. He was a lifetime member of The VFW Post 8060. He was previously employed with General Motors and The Mitchell County Public School System.
Survivors include: his wife, Margaret Calvert Yelton, of the home; two daughters, Alicia Marguerite Yelton Powers and husband, Dan, of Corona, California, Lisa Campbell Ford Russell and husband, David, of Telford, TN; sons, James Allen Yelton and wife, Paula, of Spruce Pine, NC, William Joseph Yelton and wife, Marilyn, of Burnsville, NC; step-children, Evelyn Laws, of Hickory, NC, David Tolley, of Bakersville, NC, and Dale Tolley, of Spruce Pine, NC; sisters, Juanita Yelton Shuffler, Marie Morgan, Edith Street, Shelby Jean Street; brother, George Yelton; eleven grandchildren, Mary Lou Yelton Davis, Shane Vance, Brandy McKinney, Joshua McKinney, Jason Yelton, Ryan Yelton, Alyssa Yelton Henson, Christopher Campbell, Anthony Campbell, Peyton Ford, Chelsey Ford; great grandchildren, Lochlin Vance, Collin Vance, Brayden Pinkerton, Cayden Yelton, Kamilyn Henson; step-grandchildren, Crystal Powers Alvarez, Danny Powers, Gavin Russell, Shelly Zeil, John, Katie and Caleb Tolley; step-great grandchildren, Valerie, Cheryl, Stanley, Zack and Arleigh.
He was preceded in death by: daughters, Lucretia Diane Yelton and Teresa Lee Yelton, Karen Lee Yelton McKinney; one infant son; wives, Rachel Yelton and Elizabeth Yelton.
Funeral services will be held Sunday, February 9, 2014, at 4:00 PM in Bakersville Baptist Church with Pastor Billy Stewart officiating.
The family will receive friends two hours prior to the service.
Interment will follow at Green-Young Cemetery with The North Carolina Honor Guard and VFW Pat Ray Post 4286, Newland, NC, conducting Graveside Military Honors.
Henline-Hughes Funeral Home is assisting the Yelton Family.