James Sandlin Yearby

August 26, 1945October 16, 2018

James “Sandy” Yearby, 73, formerly from Dunn, passed on October 16th at Brookdale Southpark in Charlotte, NC. Sandy was born August 26, 1945 in Harnett County to the late Margaret Sandlin and James T. Yearby.

Sandy worked for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools for 40 years and was an exceptional teacher at Cochrane Middle School. He loved to work in his garden and cared for his mother in her later years. Sandy truly will be missed.

Sandy is survived by his three daughters, Vickie, Amy, and Susan. Sandy had a lovely service at Resurrection Church in Charlotte on Oct 24, 2018. He will be laid to rest following a short graveside service at 3:00 P.M. on Thursday, November 29, 2018 in Greenwood Cemetery in Dunn, with Rev. Beth Gaines officiating.

All arrangements are entrusted to Cromartie-Miller Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at


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John(ny) Gray

November 16, 2018

Thoughts regarding Sandy Yearby mainly center around the time we grew up together in Dunn NC. We were in the same neighborhood from about 1949 until we all left for college. Outdoor games, indoor games, Scouting, movies, riding to school together and generally spending time with our large neighborhood of kids were all special moments. Hopefully a number of us will be together again at Greenwood Cemetery on Thursday, November 29, 2018 at 3 PM for a graveside good-bye. Condolences for the family, JRG


November 11, 2018

Oh My, How do you reflect on a friendship of over 70 years. Sandy was my next door neighbor and best friend growing up. We shared many of life's discoveries as we grew and created a wealth of new and amazing experiences. From flying kites to building forts out of refrigerator boxes, Santa coming to his house on Christmas Eve while we had to wait for Christmas morning, drinking hot tea in Winter while we always drank iced tea, camping with the Boys Scouts at the permanent campsite at Godwin's lake. Too many to recall, but just a wonderful small town life without locked doors and a real sense of neighborhood community. Sandy moved to Charlotte, I moved all over from NYC to Europe to, finally Baltimore. I would visit Sandy when I was in Charlotte. He did dearly love teaching. It was his passion. We maintained communication via phone calls for years. He was very comfortable moving from his home to the retirement apartments playing bridge and maintaining friendships with other seniors at the complex. Always fun to catch up and hear about this new life. Sandy was a very bright, complex person. He was a gentle soul with concern for all his friends and acquaintances. I will miss our conversation and know he is at peace.