Rev. Dr. Claude J. Kayler

Notice of Death - Rev. Dr. Claude J. Kayler

Retired Elder
Date of Death: 7/16/2021 | Date of Birth: 10/20/1962; | Clergy
We have received word of the death of Rev. Dr. Claude J. Kayler of Kernersville on Friday, July 16, 2021. Dr. Kayler is preceded in death by his father, Rev. Ralph “Jack” Kayler, and his father-in-law, James F. Carlisle, Sr. He is survived by his mother, Dr. Claudette Taylor Kayler of Greensboro, NC; his wife of 36 years, Lorie Carlisle Kayler of Lake Junaluska, NC; his daughter, Mary Kayler of Waynesville, NC; and his son David, daughter-in-law Lauren, and grandsons James and Owen Kayler of Asheville, NC. Also surviving are his brother Dayton Kayler and wife Mary Katherine of Leland, NC; his sister Dr. Jacqueline Kayler DeBrew and husband Clint of Greensboro, NC; his mother-in-law Martha Palmer Carlisle of Winston-Salem, NC; his brother-in-law Jim Carlisle Jr. and wife Kim of Washington, D.C.; and 7 nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held Saturday, July 24 at 1 pm at Main Street UMC in Kernersville (, with a time of sharing and fellowship to follow. Because we will have immuno-compromised individuals and children in our midst, we ask that everyone respect the family's wishes and WEAR A MASK while indoors. The service will also be live-streamed and can be accessed on MSUMC's website and Facebook page, or via direct

Memorials can be made in Claude’s honor to Living Water International ( or Rise Against Hunger (, two global organizations that Claude loved to support with his congregations. Smoky Mountain Cremations and Funeral Service of Clyde is caring for the family and the online register is available at

Dr. Kayler's history of service in the conference is: 87 St; 89 Zoar-Cht: Aldersgate; 90 Cht: Southwest Mecklenburg Mission (Good Shepherd)-Zoar; 91 Cht: Good Shepherd; 99 Cht: Myers Park Assoc; 00 Tyro; 06 Covenant Community; 14 Main Street (Kernersville); 18 Sabbatical Leave; 19 Chief Ministry Officer, Intentional Growth Center; 19 Claude Kayler Coaching and Consulting, LLC

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