James Shirley Treadway

Friday, October 16, 1931 - Thursday, April 26, 2018

A Man Deeply Loved

Photo of James Shirley Treadway  - 1931-2018

Canton –   During the calm and peaceful early evening hours of Thursday, April 26, 2018, James S. Treadway departed this life for his eternal journey into his Heavenly home.  James was a man who loved his family with all of his heart and soul and on this evening his beloved family surrounded him at his Dutch Cove home with their hearts filled with love and compassion for a man who had been a wonderful husband, a proud father and grandfather, a devoted brother and a man who was blessed with a multitude of friends.

A native and lifelong resident of Haywood County, James was born October 16, 1931 to the late Dolphus Luther Treadway  and  the late Grace Ramsey Case.  James was blessed with 86 years of a full and vibrant life.  As a young man  Mr. Treadway proudly enlisted in the United States Army and honorably served his country  in the 82nd Airborne Division.  Following his military career, he became employed with American Enka Corporation where he retired as a foreman with many years of dedicated and loyal service.  James was truly proud of the mountains where he was born and raised and he enjoyed trout fishing among the mountain streams and shared happy memories camping with his family.  A smile could often be seen on his face as he listened to his favorite gospel, bluegrass and country music  and especially music by his favorite artist ,George Jones.  James was indeed a knowledgeable collector of antiques and his impressive classic antique car collection was admired by everyone.  Mr. Treadway was a charter member of Dutch Cove Baptist Church where he was blessed with a loving and caring church family.  James will forever be remembered as a generous man who deeply cared about others and who considered his greatest blessings in life to be his family.  

 In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Doris Henson; a brother, Buster Treadway and a son-in-law, Jon Johnson.    

 He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 31 years, Ruth Roess Treadway of Canton;  daughters, Doris Johnson of Canton, Jeannie Parker of Canton, and Tammy Andrews and her husband, Curtis, of Sharpsburg, GA;  sons, Mike Treadway and his wife, Dale, of Canton, Terry Trull and his wife, Sheila, of Canton, Keith Treadway of Canton, Brett Hampson and his wife, Kandi, of Hillsborough and Stanley Combs and his wife, Barb, of Black Mountain and also five step-children;  grandchildren, Shane (Danielle), Josh, Jordan (Amanda), Jennifer, Wesley, Kyle, Brandi (Kenny) and Reece, and also ten step-grandchildren; great-grandchildren, Jessa, Ryan, Kensley, Lillie, and Ryleigh; a brother, Red Treadway of Canton; sisters, Shelba Browning of Canton, Catherine Bradshaw and her husband,Grover of Waynesville and Pat Shook of Clyde; also several special nieces and nephews.

A memorial service to celebrate the life of Mr. Treadway will be held at 3:00 pm Monday, April 30, 2018 at Dutch Cove Baptist Church in Canton.  Pastor Jason Miller will be  officiating. The family will welcome and receive visitors at the church from 1:00 until 3:00 PM prior to the celebration of life service.  A private interment service will be held by the family at a later date.

Memorials may be made in Mr. Treadway's memory to Dutch Cove Baptist Church, 4161 Dutch Cove Rd, Canton, NC 28716.

Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored to be caring for the Treadway family..

Condolences from family and friends


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Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. I love you all.
April Shepard
My prayers for the family of a great friend that passed my way.James walked many a mile with me teaching me how to fish.But what he taught me most was how to treat people.James treated me like a son in all the things we did.He left in my heart that we are all the children of God no one better no one less.I hope I have taught my children the same values James taught me.Rest in peace ole friend keep the camp fire going for I know I will see you again in Heaven.
Bruce Chambers
So sorry to hear this. My thoughts and prayers will be with your family
Tracie Wise
Our prayers and thoughts with the family during you all lost. M Shift personnel & N Buchanan
Neil Buchanan
We were so sorry to hear of Jim's passing. He lived a long happy life. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.
Madeline and Everett Shepherd
Our thoughts & prayers go out to the family. Prayers for comfort and strength during this difficult time. James was a great friend to me & my brother Norman way back in our younger days. May he rest in peace.
Martha King
Ruth and family, sorry to see where James passed away. My love and Prayers are with all of you. Ruby Crumpler
Ruby Crumpler
My deepest sympathy to all of the Treadway family.
Juanita Dixon
Jeanine and family sorry for your loss may God be with you .praying for you all.
Donna Messer
To the family-our deepest condolences to all of you during this most difficult time. May God comfort each of you. Please know you are all on our thoughts and prayers. Love, Dennis and Denise
Dennis & Denise Williamson
We are thinking of you with much love and sympathy during this difficult time.
David and Judy (Harkins) Russell
I am thinking of you all and praying for you during this loss. James Shirley was a treasure.
Hilda Grace Keener
I am sorry that we could not come today, but please know that we are thinking of you all! We pray God gives you strength and peace in the coming days! We love you
Phillip and Pam Thomason
My thought and prayers are with the Treadway family, James was a sweet and kind man I enjoyed talking with him at Jerry’s Auto...he always had his favorite mints in his pocket! He will be missed!
Terryll Evans