Celebrating The Life Of Loved Ones

James Ray Laton

James Ray Laton, 71, of Polkton passed away June 3, 2019 in his home.  His funeral service will be 2 PM Thursday, June 6, 2019 at Albemarle Four Square Church with Pastor Barry Whitley officiating.  Burial will follow in Stanly Gardens of Memory.  The family will receive friends at the church from 12 until 1:30 prior to the service. 

Born October 17, 1947 in Stanly County, NC, he was the son of the late James Donald Laton and Jennie C. Smith Laton.  He was a retired employee of Collins and Aikman and attended Albemarle Four Square Church.  He was a veteran of US Army and received the bronze star.  He loved to hunt and fish. 

Mr. Laton is survived by his wife of 52 years, Linda Faulkner Laton of the home, a brother Roger Wayne Laton and wife T.J. of Albemarle and a number of nieces and nephews.  A brother Donald Lynn Laton preceded him in death. 

Memorials may be made to the Gideon’s International, North Stanly Camp, PO Box 585, Albemarle, NC, 28001. 


  • Gale Harris and Jimmy Posted June 3, 2019 6:05 pm

    Linda we are saddened to hear of JR’s passing. May God comfort you in the coming days is our sincere prayer.

  • Johnnie R Faulkner Posted June 3, 2019 6:50 pm

    We will miss J.R. very much. He was a special brother-in-law.

  • Sue Burris Posted June 3, 2019 8:27 pm

    So sorry to hear about J. R. passing. He was such a nice man.

  • Bill and Carolyn Faulkner Posted June 4, 2019 6:40 am

    A loving, gentle man who will be missed very much. He was very special. Linda, you are in our prayers.

  • Shirley Layton Faulkenbury Posted June 4, 2019 1:40 pm

    It was sad to hear about cousin James Ray (JR). He was always a quiet man but just as sweet as he could be. It was a blessing to know him, even though I did not get to see him much. I send prayers for The immediate family’ I know he is in a better place. Thank you Jesus for allowing him to be a family to us as cousins, we will . Imiss him. Linda you are in my thoughts and prayers love you

  • Andrea (Andi.) Drye Posted June 4, 2019 2:44 pm

    Linda and Family, May the Lord comfort you now and the days to follow. J.R. was a blessing to work with, a gentle soul, always the same every day. It was an honor to work with him at C&A.

  • Sharon R Smith Posted June 4, 2019 5:43 pm

    Our deepest sympathy and condolences in the passing of J.R. We are praying for you and the family during this time of grief and loss. May you feel the presence of the love and peace that comes from our Lord. Sharon & Tom Smith

  • Rick Russell Posted June 4, 2019 9:10 pm

    Will be praying for you. We played a lot of baseball together during our Little league and High School Days. Super nice person from a Great family. Rick Russell

  • Danny Hill Posted June 6, 2019 1:57 am

    J.R. and I have known each other for many years. I even had the honor to work at C&A with him for many years. He was a great man and I will miss him.

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