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Eldon Junior (EJ)   Cleary
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Eldon Junior (EJ) Cleary, 76, of Hayes, NC went home to be with his Lord and Savior on January 6th, 2018.

Funeral services will be held at 12:00 PM Tuesday, Janaury 9, 2018 at Reins-Sturdivant Chapel with Rev. Jesse Whitley and Rev. Mike Smith officiating. Mrs. Lauren Rosenquist Miraglia will be speaking on behalf of the family. Burial will be at Maple Grove Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 10:30 until 11:45 prior to the service at Reins Sturdivant Funeral Home.

Mr. Cleary was born April 28, 1941 in Wilkes County to William Eldon and Essie B. Whitley Cleary. EJ was a faithful member of Maple Grove Baptist Church and relied heavily on his faith in God and love of his family as he battled several years of illness. His wish was for his loved ones to celebrate in the joy of his life and not to mourn his loss. EJ loved his wife and family. Nothing brought him greater joy than to be surrounded by his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. He was a successful and dedicated businessman who worked for over 50 years in the Heating, Air and Refrigeration Industry. EJ was a founding member of Associated Heating and Air. In 1985 EJ began Cleary’s Refrigeration, which he retired from in 2008, after 23 years as a successful business owner serving Wilkes and the surrounding counties. EJ was a gentleman’s gentleman and always had a kind word, friendly smile and warm handshake to share.

He is survived by his loving wife of 36 years Katie Holloway Cleary, son Jimmy Dale Cleary of North Wilkesboro, stepdaughter Nena Rosenquist and husband Steve, Wilkesboro, stepson Randy Dowell and wife Dawn, North Wilkesboro, two sisters; Reba Wood and husband Edward of North Wilkesboro,Janice Byrd and husband Johnny of Hays and one brother Kenneth Cleary of Westville, Fl. And he was blessed to have seven grandchildren, and eleven great grandchildren.

Pallbearers are: Allen Byrd, Anthony Byrd, Tracy Grit, Joey Haney, Randy Dowell, Jr. and Josh Dowell.

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10:30 AM - 11:45 AM
Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home

270 Armory Road
North Wilkesboro, NC 28659





12:00 PM
Reins-Sturdiavant Chapel

270 Armory Road
North Wilkesboro, NC 28659

Cemetery Details


Maple Grove Baptist Church Cemetery

1998 Traphill Road
Hays, NC 28635


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