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Originally published: 2013-12-13 14:59:05
Last modified: 2013-12-13 14:59:50

Jay William Thrasher

Mr. Jay William Thrasher, 99, of Boone, passed away Thursday evening, Dec. 12, 2013, at Hillview Family Care in Todd.

Born Feb. 21, 1914, in Moneta, Va., he was a son of the late James William and Pearle Crush Thrasher.

Mr. Thrasher began working in 1938 for Frigidaire in Virginia, and was made a Division Manager in 1953 in Virginia and West Virginia. In 1955 he transferred to Greensboro as the Division Manager for Central North Carolina. He retired in 1974.

Jay was baptized at Virginia Heights Baptist Church, Roanoke, Va., in March of 1937, and ordained as a Deacon in 1949. He was a member and Deacon at Greenway Baptist Church.

Mr. Thrasher was a member of Gideons International, Boone Camp, for over 27 years and was a Master Mason for over 50 years.

Mr. Thrasher is survived by two sons, David Thrasher and wife, Myra, of Greensboro and Don Thrasher and wife, Phyllis, of Boone; one brother, Richard Thrasher of Orlando, Fla.; five grandchildren, Kimberly Denning and husband, Mark, of Kernersville, Lori Thrasher Resendiz and husband, Humberto, of Boone, James Thrasher and wife, Elesha, of Kernersville, Eric Thrasher and wife, Jessica, of Winston-Salem, and Matt Thrasher and wife, Valerie, of Whitefish, Mont.; and 10 great-grandchildren, Sharray Thrasher, Sienna and Anesa Thrasher, Jose, Marcos, and Alex Resendiz, Jaden and Rylan Thrasher, Ethan and Keira Dennings.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Anita Pittman Thrasher, and seven siblings.

Funeral services for Mr. Jay William Thrasher will be conducted 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013, at Greenway Baptist Church. Officiating will be Dr. David Luster and the Rev. Harold Bennett. Masonic Graveside services and burial will follow at Mount Lawn Memorial Park & Gardens. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Greenway Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Snow Lodge #363 AF & AM, PO Box 2672, Boone NC 28607 or to Gideons International, Boone Camp, PO Box 3602, Boone NC 28607 or to the NC Council of the Blind, Watauga County Chapter.

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Austin & Barnes Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the Thrasher family.