Charles "Jerry" Yoder
A Beloved Uncle
Arden - Charles “Jerry” Yoder, age 76, passed away Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at the John F. Keever, Jr. Solace Center in Asheville.
Jerry was born in Buncombe County August 30, 1942 to the late John Houston Yoder and the late Ruth McCarson Yoder. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his brothers and sisters, Bob Yoder, John Yoder, Jr., Betty Clemmons, and Carolyn Hensley; nieces and nephews, Steve Clemmons, Charles Clemmons, and Trish Justice.
Jerry was a graduate of Lee Edwards High School, and shortly after graduating, he enlisted and honorably served in the United States Air Force. Following his military service, he continued serving our country during his employment with the National Security Agency (NSA) near Washington, D.C. Upon returning home to Western North Carolina, Mr. Yoder briefly found employment with Ball Bros., then quickly made a career of over 30 years as a railroad brakeman and as a railroad conductor with Southern Railroad until his retirement. Although Jerry had many interests throughout his life, he always held a love for cooking and sharing wonderful meals with family and friends. He was an avid reader, enjoyed classic cars and trains, and often attended car shows and train shows throughout the area. He also enjoyed going on cruises and especially listening to music from the 50’s. He was a funny, loving, and a caring man who had a nickname for everyone. The joyful memories he helped to create will forever remain with those he touched.
Surviving are his niece/daughter, Angie Jenkins; his other nieces and nephew, Linda Clemmons, Brenda Rogers, Jeanette Roberson, Pamela Hutchinson, Becky Caldwell, and Tony Hensley; and numerous grandnieces, grandnephews, great-grandnieces, and great-grandnephews. He is also survived by his special friends, Dale, Robin, Tommy, Linda, and Cathey.
A gathering for family and friends will be held 3:00 pm Sunday, June 9, 2019 at The Milltown Place, 51 Main Street, Canton, NC 28716. Pastor Jeff Hober will deliver a brief message in remembrance of Jerry.
The family of Mr. Yoder extends their deepest gratitude and thanks to the physical therapists, nurses, doctors, and all of the staff of the Laurels of GreenTree Ridge and also John F. Keever, Jr. Solace Center.
Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored to be caring for the Yoder family.