Celebrating The Life Of Loved Ones

James Riley Almond

James Riley Almond, 29, of Locust passed away Monday, March 4, 2019. His funeral will be Saturday March 9, 4 PM at the First Baptist Church in Locust with Rev. Kenny Wallace and Dr. Tommy Ross officiating. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 2 till 4 at the church. Burial will follow the service in the church cemetery.

Born October 3, 1989 in Cabarrus County, James was the son of Troy Almond of Locust and Kaylene Harwood (Tracy Burgess) of Mt. Gilead. James was a graduate of West Stanly High School and worked as a technician with Almond Refrigeration. James was an avid outdoorsman and loved hunting, fishing, and riding the Uwharrie trails with family and friends.  He loved his family deeply and cherished his many friendships.

In addition to his parents, James is survived by his son, Riley Almond, sister, Amanda Jordan (Matt) of Locust, nephew, Jase Jordan, niece, Raelyn Jordan, step brothers, Scotty and Travis Burgess, grandparents, Marjo Almond, Tim Harwood, Maxine and Ray Underwood, and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. James is preceded in death by grandparents, Mary Elizabeth Harwood and Roy James Almond.

Stanly Funeral & Cremation Care of Locust is serving the Almond family.


  • Karen n Brad Parker Posted March 6, 2019 6:48 pm

    Margo and all the family and friends; although I didn’t know him both Brad & I want to express our deepest heartfelt sympathies to you all. I have lost a baby girl at age 7 months and to you parents I know the depth of sorrow for a child gone on.. it’s like the bottomless Pitt , the place where you keep falling over and over and never finding the end. It’s praying to wake up and rezlize it’s all a bad dream. All the comfort I can give is ,don’t turn lose of Gods hand no matter what hang on…God “will never leave you or forsake you.” You are in our prayers at this time and we love you. In Christ Jesus , Brad & Karen Yow Parker

  • DIANE TUCKER Posted March 6, 2019 7:43 pm

    So sorry for your loss Troy. Praying for peace and comfort for you and your family…

  • Patricia Efird Tomberlin Posted March 6, 2019 8:25 pm

    Marjjo and family: I am so sorry for your loss. May God bless you all and may you rely on the beautiful memories.that you will surely cherish the rest of your lives.,, and may you look forward to meeting again in heaven.
    Love to you all!

  • Tammy Posted March 6, 2019 9:20 pm

    James worked with my brother for a little while. He was a good guy. So sorry for your loss. I will pray for his kids and family.

  • Kim Pampas Posted March 6, 2019 10:17 pm

    Marjo and Troy, please know that my heart breaks for you all. Such a handsome young man, I know you will miss him dearly. We will see him again, by God’s grace!! Love and strength tontou all.

  • Tammy Hollar Posted March 6, 2019 11:28 pm

    You will forever hold a spot in my heart and in our little family. The boys and I miss you tremendously and we will make sure that Zayne will know who you were and try our best to teach him things that you taught us! *”Huntin’, fishin’, and lovin’ every day
    That’s the prayer that this country boy prays
    Thank God He made me this way. Huntin’, fishin’, and lovin’ every day”* See you again one day, rest easy my old friend….

  • Jennifer Dixon Little Posted March 7, 2019 7:22 am


  • Terry & Elaine Page Posted March 8, 2019 9:44 am

    We are so sorry for your loss, Please know that we’ll be praying for you and your family during this difficult time of sorrow. May God’s Love and Grace be with you now and always.

  • Danny Lee Posted March 8, 2019 7:53 pm

    Sooner or later , death will come to us ALL . I wish I had magic words to say that would take all your pain and sorrow away but I don’t have those words .. Just KNOW , many feel your pain and loss . Hang on to the COMFORTER , and know I love you so much . GOD BLESS YOU, PRECIOUS ONE .

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