ROCKWELL The Rev. Herman Charles Absher, 82, of Rockwell, went to be with the Lord Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019, at Tucker Hospice House following a period of declining health. He was born Jan. 6, 1937, in Cabarrus County, a son of the late William Alfred Absher and Bessie Teague Absher. He graduated from Landis High School, Garner-Webb Junior College and Carson Newman College. He graduated from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary with a Bachelor of Divinity Degree. He pastored Franklin Baptist Mission in Salisbury, from 1961 to 1966, Lambert Memorial Baptist Church in Roxboro, from 1966 to 1990, Jennies Branch Baptist Church in Ocean Isle Beach, from 1990 to 1996, Mt. Tabor Baptist Church, Keeling, Va., from 1996 to 2005, and served as interim pastor at Jackson Park Baptist in Kannapolis in 2006. He served on the General Board of NC Convention from 1992 to 1996. He was pastor to the senior adults at Jackson Park Baptist Church from 2008 to 2018. A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held at Jackson Park Baptist Church at 1 p.m., Friday, Sept. 20, officiated by Pastor J.R. Beaver. The family will receive friends after the service in the fellowship hall of the church. Family members left to cherish his memory include his wife of 59 years, Joy Fox Absher; daughter, Sally Absher Hawkins and husband, Dean, of Bentonville, Ark;, a son, Charles Alfred Absher of the home; granddaughter, Brittany Hawkins of Bentonville; grandson, Hunter Hawkins and wife, Whitney; and great-granddaughter, Harbor of Rogers, Ark. He is also survived by brothers, Alton Absher and wife, Lou, of Wilson, James Absher and wife, Nancy of Broken Bow, Okla.; a sister-in-law, Janice Wilkinson (Lester) of Mooresville; and a brother-in-law, Mick Fox of China Grove. The family requests that in lieu of flowers memorials be made to Jackson Park Baptist Church, 1005 Jackson St, Kannapolis, NC 28083. The family would also like to send a special thank you to Sharon, Christy, Wendi and Meghan, his caregivers with Hospice; as well as to all the nurses and staff who made his final days comfortable at the Tucker Hospice House. Whitley's Funeral Home is serving the family of the Rev. Absher. Condolences may be sent at www.whitleysfuneralhome.com.

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