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Visitation: 6:00-8:00 PM Wednesday July 17, 2019 Whitley's Funeral Home
Service: 3:00 PM Thursday July 18, 2019 Charity Baptist Church Kannapolis, NC
Interment: Carolina Memorial Park Kannapolis, NC
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James Brent Easley, 46, of Kannapolis, NC passed away at his home on Wednesday, July 10, 2019.

Brent was born on April 17, 1973 and remained in Kannapolis where he’d always be close to his large family. He graduated from A.L. Brown High School in 1991 and went on to graduate from Fruitland Baptist Bible Institute in Hendersonville, NC. He had also been active in Boy Scouts, earning his Eagle Scout Award, as did several other family members.

He’s the son of June W. Easley and the late James Randall Easley. He was grateful for the strong influence on his life from Richard and Karen Jenkins, who helped raise him.

Brent is survived by his wife, Kira Easley; his sons, Alex, Tanner and Ivan; his daughter, Kaitlyn Clark (Brad) and their 9 month old son, Jensen. (You are the first grandson, you melted his heart the moment the saw you; he was so proud to be your Papa!); his sister, Aprille Furr (Travis); brother, Adrian Easley and his large family of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and in-laws. He had and always will cherish everyone’s part in making him the man he was.

His love for his family was unmatched. Whether it was just dropping by to visit on the way home from work, swinging on the front porch to talk after Sunday lunch, working in the yard with his family, family trips to “A Place at the Beach”, or meeting everyone for concerts and fireworks at Village Park. Those times were priceless to him.

Brent had been waiting for a liver transplant due to years of being sick from autoimmune hepatitis. On April 18, 2019 he was diagnosed with an extremely rare and aggressive T-Cell Lymphoma and immediately went to MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, where he went thru multiple treatments, until his body couldn’t take anymore. He never stopped fighting.

He just celebrated his 30th year working for Food Lion, where he has been a produce buyer for the past 11 years. The produce team/family will always be very special to our family.

He attended and served at Charity Baptist Church in Kannapolis for the past 19 years. He was blessed through the years to have taught high school Sunday school, was an AWANA leader, Summer Slam leader and most recently, a Jr. Fired Up leader.

His integrity and love for our Lord showed in every single thing that he did.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 pm Wednesday, July 17th at Whitley’s Funeral Home. Services to remember and celebrate Brent’s life will begin at 3:00 pm Thursday at Charity Baptist Church, conducted by Dr. Marty Payton and Pastor Tom Dolinger. Brent will be laid to rest at Carolina Memorial Park Cemetery.

On-line condolences may be made to the family at www.whitleysfuneralhome.com.

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From: Phil and Jill McLain
"Dear precious family, This makes me sad for all of you for now, but incredibly happy for Brent that his faith has become sight. "Well done, good and faithful servant"... Much love to you all."
From: Gary and Susan Sheets
"June, I am so sorry to hear about your precious son. I remember him as just a little boy when we worked together. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and his entire family. May God bless and comfort you."
From: Steve and Pam Hogge
"We are so very sorry for your loss! Brent was a very special man and friend. He will be missed by many! We love you all!"
From: Allen Russell
"I'm so very sorry for your loss. Brent was a very special person that you could see Christ's love through him. I didn't work directly with him but I had the fortunate experience of coming to know him at Food Lion. Prayers for all his family and friends."
From: Leon & Becky Patterson
"Kira so sorry for your loss. I know he will greatly be missed."
From: Leon & Becky Patterson
"Aprille Furr so sorry to hear about your brothers & Travis's brother in law passing. Have you and the family in my prayers."
From: Caroline (Hudson) Johns
"To darling family of Brent, I am so sorry for your loss of a fantastic man of God. He will be greatly missed. I remember when he served at North Albemarle for a few years. He will be remembered for his works for God on this earth. He will be truly missed by many. He is praising Jesus without any more pain and no more sickness."
From: Robyn Flowers
"Brent is my nephew, but our relationship was more like a Brother/Sister, except we never fought! Brent left this world Wednesday night at 9:37 p.m., and immediately heard "Well Done My Faithful Servant", I'm sure. Our hearts are broken and tears just doesn't seem enough because he is one that truly will be missed! His Obituary hit it on the nail too, many days after work he would just stop by our house to say Hey, or How are y'all doing and we would always say, "We have got to get together soon"! That means more to me today than ever! Don't put off seeing your family/friends! Soon may be too late!! Brent was such a poster person for "Family Man"! He loved his family and always wanted to be together! I'm saddened that he had to go thru this horrible illness and to us, left this world so soon, but rejoicing in the fact he is with the Lord and all those that went to Heaven before him! My prayers for comfort for the entire family (it is a large one) as they are all feeling this loss! #B.EasleyStrong! I love you Brent!"
From: Brian Murray
"So saddened to read this news. I had the pleasure of working with Brent for many years at Food Lion. Such a thoughtful and conscientious person, one of the good ones for sure. RIP"
From: The Aumans
"We were blessed to have known Brent. Our prayers for peace and comfort go out to his family and all the people who were blessed to have had him touch their lives. Love you guys❤️"