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Chad VanCleave

Chad Edward VanCleave, 42, of Ridgely, passed away Dec. 23, 2013, at Jackson Regional Hospital.
He was a transportation corporal for Northwest Correctional Complex and a member of Samburg Assembly of God. He started traveling in gospel music at the age of 8 and was a lifelong drummer and singer of gospel music. The joys of his life were to hear his daughter and her singing talent, ride around his bulldog, Delilah, and play with new grandbaby he proudly called “Bubba.” He also enjoyed sharing gospel ministry with Angie and Ashleigh in the VanCleave Trio.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Samburg Assembly of God Church, with the Revs. George Hutchison and B.J. Cohn officiating. Burial will be in Antioch Cemetery near Hornbeak. Dyersburg Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
The family will receive visitors from 5-8 p.m. Thursday at the church.
Survivors include his wife, Angela Watts VanCleave; his daughter, Ashleigh VanCleave Callahan and husband, Elijah; his parents, Glen and Josephine VanCleave; a sister, Chassidy Byars and husband, Roy; a brother, Craig VanCleave and wife, Kacey; a grandson, Zachary Alexander Callahan; his grandfather, John VanCleave; his mother-in-law, Carolyn Watts; a brother-in-law, Larry A. Watts and wife, Bethany; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a son, Zachary Tyler VanCleave; his grandmother, Flora Mae VanCleave; and his father-in-law, Larry E. Watts.
Pallbearers will be Larry A. Watts, Tommy Watts, Brian Garner, Charles Cain, Chris Baggett, Warren Douglas, Jimmy Pugh and Russell Covington. Honorary pallbearers will be Glen Vickers, transportation crew and other co-workers at NWCX, the Rev. James Pope, Slade Tittle and friends at Samburg Assembly of God.
The family requests that memorials be directed to Samburg Assembly of God Church.

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