Jack Doyle Naylor

Published 9:09 am Thursday, June 22, 2023

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Mr. Jack Doyle Naylor, 88, of Mocksville, died Tuesday, June 20, 2023 at Gordon Hospice House in Statesville.

He was born Feb. 20, 1935 in Davie County to the late John Floyd and Sadie Belle Benson Naylor. Mr. Naylor was a graduate of Mars Hill College, and attended Wake Forest University. He was co-owner of J.P. Milling Company. Mr. Naylor was a member of First Baptist Church where he had sung in the choir, served as a deacon, a Sunday school teacher, and played on and coached the church softball team. He helped start the Civitan Club where he was a charter member for 40 years having served as president and had organized the food drives for A Storehouse for Jesus. Mr. Naylor was a recipient of the Key to the City in April 2010. He was an avid gardener. It was not unusual to see him hooking up a wagon to the tiller and pulling the children around behind him as he worked the earth, or riding his lawnmower with his grandsons in his lap. He was an avid tennis player, and for many years had coordinated the men’s tennis league. Always known for singing all the time and having a great sense of humor with a contagious laugh, he enjoyed watching funny movies, riding his bike backwards, and Christmas wrapping paper fights. He was famous for his Pa/Dad sayings; “Jack’s cookie, which crumb do you want to speak to?,” “Taste like another one,” “Gotta hold your mouth right,” “Penny for your thoughts,” and “CRS disease.”  He loved watching Jimmy Swaggart, and Family Feud with Steve Harvey.  Mr. Naylor was very community minded and was always helping others.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by siblings, Benny Naylor, Janie Cozart, and Johnny Naylor.

Survivors include: the love of his life, his wife of 66 years, Marcle Joett Thomas Naylor; children, Melanie Hendrix (Rick), Andy Naylor (Christine), and James Watson Naylor (Lynn); grandchildren, Chris Hendrix, Kevin Hendrix, Elise Cave, Luke Naylor, Adam Naylor, Jesse Naylor, and Isabelle Naylor; and great-grandchildren, Kailee Hendrix, Zoe Hendrix, Gavin Hendrix, Nathan Cave, Harrison Hendrix, Harper Lucy Hendrix, Clara Hendrix, Ezra Hendrix, Jackson Cave, and Stella Lawson.

A funeral service will be conducted at 3 p.m., Saturday, June 24 at First Baptist Church with Rev. John Johnson officiating. The family will receive friends from 1-3 p.m., Saturday, at the church.  Interment will follow in Eatons Baptist Church Cemetery.

Please consider memorials to: A Storehouse for Jesus, 675 Lexington Rd., Mocksville, NC 27028; Gordon Hospice House, 2347 Simonton Rd., Statesville, NC 28625; or First Baptist Church, 412 N. Main St., Mocksville, NC 27028.

Online condolences: www.lambertfuneralhomenc.com.