Obituaries for March 29, 2013

Mar. 28, 2013 @ 05:25 PM

Jimmie Bean

Jimmie Donald Bean, 74, of Lenoir passed away Wednesday March 27, 2013, at Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care Center of Hudson following a period of declining health.

Mr. Bean was born on Feb. 15, 1939, in Caldwell County to the late Thomas Walter Bean and Edith Collins Bean. He was a United States Army veteran, serving from 1962-1964, and was a retired truck driver for Dana Corporation. Jimmie was a member of Hibriten Masonic Lodge #262, was a member of the Scottish Rite, and the Oasis Temple. He was of the Baptist faith.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two brothers, Fred Junior Bean and Bob Bean.

Survivors include his wife, Louise Anderson Bean of the home; one daughter, Donna Bean Grogan of Lenoir; a granddaughter, Tiffany Daugherty and husband Patrick of Hudson, and an expectant great-grandchild; and a grandson, Garrett Grogan of Hudson; his brother-in law and sister-in-law, Robert and Geraldine Anderson; and special family members, Mark and Diane Miller.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday March 30, in the Chapel of Heritage Funeral Service in Valdese. Officiating will be the Rev. Jimmie Lee Duncan. Interment will follow at Woodlawn Memorial Gardens in Lenoir with military honors by the N.C. National Guard.

The family will receive friends Friday from 6-8 p.m. at Heritage Funeral Service in Valdese.

Memorial contributions may be made to Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care, 902 Kirkwood St. NW, Lenoir, NC 28645.

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Heritage Funeral Service & Crematory of Valdese is serving the family.

Billy Bentley

Billy Everette Bentley, 69, of Lenoir passed away on Wednesday, March 27, 2013, at Caldwell Memorial Hospital.

Born Aug. 29, 1943, in Caldwell County, he was the son of the late Larkin Lawrence and Artie Bristol Bentley.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers: Lawrence Junior Bentley and Larkin Eugene Bentley.

Bill was a faithful member of Liberty Baptist Church in Lenoir, where he served as custodian. He also taught Sunday School, ran the sound room and was assistant to the choir director, helping organize special musical events. Bill never failed to witness his faith wherever he went. His career was spent mainly in the furniture and landscaping industries and later in custodial work, including Bass-Smith Funeral Home for 25 years. Bill loved being outdoors including camping, fishing, and hunting. He loved helping others and had a heart of gold. He was passionate about his entire family.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth McNeil Bentley of the home; son, Benjamin Waldell Bentley and wife Machelle of Claremont; three daughters, Amy Michelle Bailey of Hickory, Tonya Yvonne Lowman and husband Bryan of Mt. View, and Cheyenne Bentley of the home; two stepsons, Joseph David Miller and wife Beth of Maiden, and Billy Wayne Miller of Bethlehem; stepdaughter, Kristie Dawn Wilson and fiance Barry Sinker of Sawmills; two brothers, Danny Lee Bentley of Hudson, and the Rev. James Nolan Bentley and wife Kathy of Mount Airy; sister Lisa Shadrick and husband Lester of Duffield, Va.; seven grandsons; six granddaughters; and a number of nieces and nephews.

The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 30, at Liberty Baptist Church in Lenoir officiated by the Rev. Dewey Bristol, assisted by Bill’s brother, the Rev. Nolan Bentley. The body will lie in state from 1:30-2 p.m. Burial will follow at Nazareth Advent Christian Church Cemetery in Lenoir.

The family will receive friends Friday, March 29, from 5-7 p.m. at Bass-Smith Funeral Home in Hickory.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, 222 S. Church St., Suite 303, Charlotte, NC 28204, or Junior Diabetes Research Foundation, Great Western Carolinas Chapter, 205 Regency Executive Park Drive, Suite 102, Charlotte, NC 28217.

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Bass-Smith Funeral Home & Crematory in Hickory is serving the family of Billy Everette Bentley.