James Rufus “Jim” Bare, 83, of Wilkesboro, passed away Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021, at Wilkes Health and Rehabilitation Center. He was born Nov. 27, 1937, in Wilkes County to Jessie H. and Rose Emma Anderson Bare. Mr. Bare was a U.S. Army veteran, serving from 1956 until 1959 in Beirut, Lebanon. Jim was a member of the VFW Post 1142, a lifetime member of the American Legion and a member of the NRA. He was a member of Stony Hill Baptist Church and retired from General Motors. Jim loved fishing, enjoyed the outdoors and camping, where Jim and Sylvia cooked for the MerleFest campers. He also loved his wife, Sylvia, dearly and being with his VFW comrades. Mr. Bare was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Jack Anderson; and sister, Wilma Caster.
Jim is survived by his wife, Sylvia A. Bare; son, Brian Bare and spouse, Pam, of Michigan; step-children, Sheri Seitz and spouse, Dan, Derrick Pendergrass, Tracy Pendergrass and spouse, Gala, all of Michigan, Greg Haymore of Florida, Mike Haymore and spouse, Deborah, of North Wilkesboro; sisters, Delores Oliver of South Carolina, Shirley Mariott of Tennessee; grandchildren, Rachel, Nicole, Misty, Anthony, Timothy, Noah, Jessica, Ken, C.J., Darrell, Melissa, Josh, Derrick, Michael and Aaron; numerous great- and great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Mr. Bare will lie-in-state at Miller Funeral Service from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7, 2021. Funeral service will be held 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 8, 2021, at Stony Hill Baptist Church with Chaplain Larry Reavis officiating and Rev. Rex Eldreth, Rev. Billy Felts, Rev. Ken Pardue speaking. Burial with military honors by Veterans of Foreign Wars Honor Guard Post 1142 will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends at Stony Hill Baptist Church from 1-2 p.m. on Monday, prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the VFW Post 1142 Honor Guard, P.O. Box 357, North Wilkesboro, N.C., 28659. Miller Funeral Service is in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences may be made to www.millerfuneralservice.com.