Mr. James Larry Sheets, 71, of Hickory, passed away Tuesday, April 23, 2019, at Frye Regional Medical Center, following a period of declining health.

James was born Dec. 12, 1947, in Carter County, Tennesse, to the late Fred Thomas Sheets and Mary Evelyn Heaton Sheets. He was a member of Refuge Baptist Church in Hickory, and was retired from Spectrum Dyed Yarns, where he had worked for over 45 years.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Sharon Stanton Sheets; four brothers, Ben, Jack and Jess Sheets, and John D. Blevins; two sisters, Maude Riley and Martha Propst, and extended family, Scott E. Bolin. Surviving are his three children, Angel Crawley and husband, Kevin, of Nebo, Martha "Sissy" Mitschke and husband, Robert, of Connelly Springs, and Freddie Sheets of the home; seven grandchildren, James Ashe and wife, Leah, Timothy Ashe and wife, Chelsey, Ashley Traxler, Joseph Henson and wife, Brandi, Natalie Henson, Isaiah Sheets and Hannah Sheets; three great-grandchildren, Emma Ashe, Ryder Lee Byrd and Mason Traxler; extended family, April Bolin, Andy Price, Raby Coleman and numerous nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held Friday, April 26, at 1 p.m., at Heritage Funeral Service with the Revs. Ernest Bartley and Robert Ashe officiating. The family will receive friends Thursday, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Heritage Funeral Service in Valdese.

At other times the family will gather at the home of Martha Mitschke. Memorials may be sent to Carolina Caring, 3975 Robinson Rd., Newton, NC 28658.

An online guestbook and obituary is available at www.heritagefuneralservices.com. Heritage Funeral Service & Crematory of Valdese is serving the Sheets family.

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