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Sydney Jerome "Jerry" Bame

October 4, 1943 ~ September 30, 2018 (age 74)

Jerry Bame, 74, passed away peacefully on September 30, 2018 of colon cancer at Autumn Care Nursing Home on Bringle Ferry Road.

Born Sydney Jerome Bame (Jerry) on October 4th, 1943 to Mary Katherine Bame and Maxwell Brown Bame, he was a lifelong resident of Salisbury, NC. Jerry was a student at Boyden High School but quickly dismissed his studies in pursuit of his true passion, working with metals. While working at his grandfather's shop, Flora Steel, on South Main Street, he quickly became a talented welder and creative craftsman. Jerry found his niche building construction trailers for customers in the late 1960s.

In 1970, as he sought the true American dream, he founded Bame Trailers. As Bame Trailers expanded, Jerry and his employees built the large green metal building at 1707 South Main Street by hand using a custom crane truck he designed in the early 1970s. Bame Trailers resided in this building until the early 2000’s. The large metal building was recently renovated and is now home to Habitat for Humanity. After Bame Trailers closed, Jerry continued to work in the industry repairing and restoring trailers until he suffered a stroke four years ago.

Jerry loved antique cars, houses and furniture, watching “I love Lucy”, “Sanford and Sons”, and playing spades.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, his step mother Ruth Bame and his brother Chris Bame. He is survived by his aunt, Brenda Ashley; his children Jeff Bame and Rodney Bame (Raleigh) and his three grandchildren, Maxwell, Barron, and Bennett. Jerry was a member of Neel Road Baptist Church.

 

A graveside memorial service is scheduled on October 8th, 2018 at Chestnut Hill Cemetery at 5:00 PM. The Reverend Bill Connelly will preside over the memorial service. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the American Cancer Foundation, https://donate3.cancer.org.

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