James Edward Laughter

August 19, 1934April 5, 2013

James Edward Laughter, age 78, of Marion, NC died Friday, April 5, 2013 at Sunrise Rehab & Care Center surrounded by his family.

He was born August 19, 1934 in McDowell County, NC to the late Carl Laughter and Sally Jane Dimsdale Laughter.

In addition to his parents, he is also preceded in death by his wife, Joann Pearson Laughter and three daughters, Diane Ingram, Vickie Love and Cathy Wishion.

Surviving Mr. Laughter are one son, James Anthony Laughter; six daughters, Jane Hollifield and husband, Starling “S.W.” Hollifield, Stacy Blizzard, Tammy Hughes, Angie Minish and husband, Tommy Minish, Emily Brittain and companion, Bryan Williams and Amy Laughter and companion, Terry Bailey; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Mr. Laughter also leaves behind a special companion, Gail Johnson.

The Laughter family will receive friends from 2:00 PM until 4:00 PM on Monday, April 8, 2013 at Starling and Jane Hollifield’s residence, 15 Little Creek Dr. Nebo, NC 28761.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of McDowell County – 575 Airport Rd. Marion, NC 28752 or to the Laughter family to help with funeral expenses.

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  • Receiving of Friends Monday, April 8, 2013

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Jane Hollifield

April 18, 2013

Dad we really miss you ,but I'm happy that your journey here was done and your in heaven now with god and all our love ones that have gone on before you . You touched a lot of people's life and will always be remembered for your kindness and love for other's.Thank you all for the kindness and love you expressed during the loss of my Dad ! A special thanks for Kirksey Funeral Home for the way they took care of his arrangements and making us feel secure given our family genuine concern as well as kindness .Kirksey staff sure help relief a lot of the stress you feel when a family member has to part with their loved one's .Thanks for taking over for us and God Bless you All!!