OBITUARY

James Clarence Hord

January 31, 1943April 5, 2021
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James Clarence Hord, Charlotte native and local attorney, passed away of a heart attack at his home on April 5, 2021, at age 78. James was born on January 31, 1943, to James Odell Hord, a mill worker and minister, and Lela Harrison Hord, a homemaker and musician.

A proud Charlottean, James grew up in the NoDa neighborhood (before it was called that) and graduated from Garinger High School in 1962. After graduation, James joined the Air Force. Following basic training in San Antonio, he was stationed with the 484th Combat Support Group at Turner Air Force Base in Georgia. James then attended East Carolina University on the GI Bill. There he majored in political science and worked on the student newspaper, the East Carolinian. At ECU, he met and married his wife Joyce. After college, James was a social studies teacher in Currituck, N.C., while he saved money for law school. James then completed his law degree at the University of Tennessee and moved back home to start his business in Charlotte. In 1980, he opened his bankruptcy law practice at Koger Executive Center on Albemarle Road. For the next 41 years, he helped thousands of clients and opened a second office in Hickory, North Carolina, to serve the Hickory and Statesville area. In later years, he moved his law practice in Charlotte to the Independence Tower, aka the “Gold Building.”

An avid traveler, James loved checking destinations off his “bucket list.” Some of his favorite trips were to England, Germany, Niagara Falls, Mount Rushmore, Yosemite, Pikes Peak, the Grand Canyon, Alaska, and the Caribbean. He enjoyed long hours exploring museums and often joked that it was his mission to make it all the way through the Smithsonian. His other favorite pastimes included reading thick history books, coin collecting (he was thrilled to obtain a gold coin from the Charlotte Mint), and attending live concerts. As an Air Force veteran, he and his friends traveled the Carolinas to attend dozens of air shows. Every other weekend, you could find James heading either to sunny Myrtle Beach or to his beloved North Carolina mountains, where for many years he had a second home in Boone. But his greatest love was his family. James spoke proudly of his children and his grandson, Gabe. He passed his love of travel, history, politics, and writing to his kids, and was always supportive and encouraging to them.

James was preceded in death by his son, Michael Wayne Hord, and his twin brother, John Lester Hord. He is survived by his wife, Joyce Mozingo Hord; daughter, Sharon Hord Forret and her husband, Jeff; grandson, Gabe Forret; brother Ernest Hord; nieces Carolyn Hord Manikas and Karen Hord; and nephews David Hord and Steven Hord.

The family will receive friends from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM on Saturday, April 10, 2021, at McEwen Funeral Service - Mint Hill Chapel. A funeral service will follow at 2:00 PM, with a graveside service after at Sunset Memory Gardens.

Arrangements are in the care of McEwen Funeral Service Mint Hill Chapel at 7428 Matthews-Mint Hill Road, Mint Hill, NC 28227. Online condolences can be shared at www.mcewenminthillchapel.com.

  • FAMILY

  • Joyce Mozingo Hord, Wife
  • Sharon Hord Forret (Jeff), Daughter
  • Gabe Forret, Grandson
  • Ernest Hord, Brother
  • Carolyn Hord Manikas, Niece
  • Karen Hord, Niece
  • David Hord, Nephew
  • Steven Hord, Nephew
  • PALLBEARERS

  • David Hord
  • Jeff Forret
  • Jim Mozingo
  • Calvin Wallace

Services

  • Visitation

    Saturday, April 10, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, April 10, 2021

  • Committal Service

    Saturday, April 10, 2021

Memories

James Clarence Hord

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Larry Hartley

April 13, 2021

James was the first attorney to hire me in 1996 when I passed the NC Bar to help in his bankruptcy practice. I still appreciate him giving me, as a brand new lawyer, a chance to get started in the practice of law.

Judy Lewis

April 9, 2021

I enjoyed reading about Jim. What a great and interesting life. He was a very dear and nice man.
God bless his family.

Rebecca Boone

April 8, 2021

Mr. Hord raised a loving family. We are keeping you all close to our hearts.

Jack Whitman

April 7, 2021

Clarence and I go back to Villa Heights grammar school Hawthorne jr. high, and on to Garinger. We had a lot of fun in his fifty-six chevy convertible in high school.
I will never forget Clarence he was one of a kind and great friend. My deep's condolence to his family.
Jack R. Whitman

beth leyland

April 7, 2021

Jimmy was a sweet, gentleman.. So nice, and a pleasure to be around----he will be sorely missed. MY HEART felt sympathy to his family and loved ones.

Fred Benson

April 7, 2021

Jim was a good friend to me, and many others. I met him 40 years ago and we remained friends throughout the years. He was liked by everyone he met. We will all miss him.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

James Clarence (left) and John Lester (right)

FROM THE FAMILY

"Growing up, we always had pets around the house, along with other animals (ducks, chickens, goats, etc.). All within the city of Charlotte! Attached is a photo of my brothers and I with our new puppies, beside the fig tree. By the way, we had plenty of figs to eat also."

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

James Clarence (left) and John Lester (right)

FROM THE FAMILY

"Growing up, we always had pets around the house, along with other animals (ducks, chickens, goats, etc.). All within the city of Charlotte! Attached is a photo of my brothers and I with our new puppies, beside the fig tree. By the way, we had plenty of figs to eat also."

FROM THE FAMILY

James Clarence Hord, 2nd Grade, Mrs. Overstreet

FROM THE FAMILY

John Lester and James Clarence, photo by Hord Studios, late 1940s.

FROM THE FAMILY

James Clarence Hord, 6th Grade, Mrs. Wilson

FROM THE FAMILY

James Clarence and John Lester

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

"I've always been fascinated by the North Carolina mountains, since way back when. First, they are the tallest mountains in the Appalachian chain. Second, there are so many things to see and do. My dad would pile us into his Ford Fairlane and take off to explore the mountains, on many of his days off."