Jimmy Donald “Jim” Abshire, 89, of Statesville, N.C., died December 3, 2022, and has joined his beloved Audrey. Jim was born in Morganton, N.C., on June 13, 1933, to the late Alfred and Carrie Splittorff Abshire.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents; wife and love of his life for 68 years, Audrey Anderson Abshire; son, James Dennis (JD) Abshire; and brother, Gerald Abshire.

Jim is survived by daughters, Sharon Leigh (Joe) Sykes of Troutman, N.C., and Teresa Lynn (Randy) Reid of Prosperity, S.C. Jim is also survived by grandchildren, Melanie Reid, Richard (Carrie) Sykes, and Lisa Shumake; and great grandchildren, Nicholas Shumake and fiancée Kimi Neal, Gavin Sykes, and Caylyn Sykes.

Jim was an Army veteran, having served in the 101st Airborne, and The Continental Army Command. He was a fire inspector for the Hickory Fire Department for almost 20 years. He attended Clevenger Business College in Hickory. Jim retired from Kewanee Scientific Corp. after 30 years. He was an avid N.C. State fan and worked hard for the environment.

No services will be held at this time.

In lieu of flowers, please give to donors choice. Jim and family would also like to thank the nurses and doctors at Iredell Memorial Hospital.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.bunchjohnsonfuneralhome.com for the Abshire family.

Bunch-Johnson is honored to be serving the Abshire family.

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