James Wesley Connolly, 45, of Cincinnati, Ohio, passed away September 9, 2022, at The Jewish Hospital – Mercy Health Cincinnati. He was born April 23, 1977, to the late Gilbert Connolly and Nancy Mayberry Austin, who survives.

Wesley graduated from North Iredell High School in 1995. He was a highly skilled painter who traveled the East Coast to work on large commercial projects. He enjoyed most of all his time fishing, and Wesley never met a stranger. He was a member of Pilgrim Baptist Church in Hiddenite.

He leaves to cherish his memories two daughters, Emma and Kensley; and one son, Aven. Also surviving are brother, Bert Connolly; stepfather, Larry Austin; his aunt, Wanda Whitley; cousins Shana, Alex, and Jo-Be Whitley; and his special friend, Tiffany Bush.

Private graveside services will be held at a later date.

Troutman Funeral Home is serving the family.

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