Obits: James Odell Kiger

Published 12:00 am Thursday, September 11, 2014

James Odell Kiger

James Odell “Jim” Kiger, died Sept. 2, 2014 after a brief illness at Grand Strand Regional Hospital in Myrtle Beach, S.C. with his family by his side. 

He was born June 24, 1944 to Robert Odell and Maude Adams Kiger. Growing up in Mocksville, he spent his childhood alongside his parents and his brother at the family store. He was a graduate of Davie County High School, Class of 1962 and Winston-Salem Business College. He served in Vietnam with the 312th Medical Evacuation Unit, and retired from the Army and the Army National Guard as a staff sergeant after more than 20. He attended the Vietnam Veterans Homecoming at Charlotte Motor Speedway and was appreciative of everyone who thanked him for his service. He was a member of the Midway Lions Club. He was honored with the Jack Stickley Award, Lions Club foundation. For more than 30 years, he was a rural letter carrier for the US Postal Service in Advance. Upon retirement, he worked at Davidson Funeral Home for more than 10 years. Growing up, he was a member of Oak Grove United Methodist Church in Mocksville. When he and Linda married in 1981 he joined Urban Street Baptist Church (later known as Vernon Forest Baptist Church). He worked in the Awana program for several years and with the youth group in the Word of Life Program. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, but attended First Baptist Church of Myrtle Beach.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Bob. 

Surviving: his wife, Linda, daughter, Abigail, granddaughter, Lily Gail, and son-in-law, Nicholas Paul, all of Myrtle Beach; a daughter, Andra Schwartz; son, Todd Kiger; 4 grandsons; aunts, uncles and cousins.

A funeral service was held at 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5 at Davidson Funeral Home, Hickory Tree Chapel with the Rev. Dr. Billy Martin officiating. Burial followed at Parklawn Memorial Park with military gravesite rites. Visitation was Sept. 4 at Davidson Funeral Home, Hickory Tree Chapel.

Memorials: DAV, 251 N. Main St., #115 Winston-Salem, 27101.

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