Obituaries for July 2, 2013

Jul. 01, 2013 @ 05:41 PM

Coy Bishop

Coy Spencer Bishop, 80, of Lenoir passed away Sunday, June 30, 2013, at Caldwell Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Bishop was born in Laurel Bloomery, Tenn., to the late Jess Bishop and Lola Gentry Bishop. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Marcus Bishop.

He was a proud veteran of the U.S. Air Force, serving during the Korean and Vietnam wars, and was a member of Whitnel First Baptist Church, where he was a Sunday school teacher and was a Cub Scout leader. He loved bird watching, gardening, fishing and hunting. He loved spending time with his family and his great-grandson.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Carolyn Sue Gentry Bishop of the home; his son, Gregory Bishop of Lenoir; his daughter, Darlene Bishop of Lenoir; his daughter-in-law, Linda Taylor of Lenoir; his brother, Norval Bishop and wife Jean of Lenoir; his sister, Mary Pennington and husband Blaine of Lenoir; his grandchildren, J. D. Griffin III, Amanda Griffin, Alexandria Westmoreland and Shelby Bishop; step-grandchildren, Regina Stuckey, Jerry Stuckey and Tyler Adams; and a great grandson, Aiden Griffin.

A funeral service will be held Wednesday, July 3, 2013, at 2:30 p.m. at Whitnel First Baptist with the Rev. Don Ingle, Reverend Stuart White and Reverend Ken Atkins officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church Wednesday from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Mr. Bishop will lie in state at Pendry’s Lenoir Funeral Home on Wednesday, July 3, 2013, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. before lying in state at the church during the visitation.

Serving as pallbearers will be J.D. Griffin, Blaine Pennington Jr., Marty Pennington, David Griffin, Roger Taylor and Tyler Adams. Honorary pallbearers will be Don Harrison and his “little buddy” Aiden Griffin.

Pendry’s Lenoir Funeral Home is honored to be assisting the family of Coy Spencer Bishop.

Online condolences may be placed at www.pendrysfuneralhome.com.

Hazel Andrews

Hazel Wimmer Andrews, 95, of Hudson passed away Sunday, June 30, 2013, at Valdese Regional Medical Center.

Mrs. Andrews was born in Buchanan County, Va., to the late Suel Wimmer and Alta Perkins Wimmer. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Robert Joshua Keen, and her second husband, Hardy Andrews; a son, Raymond Keen; a great-granddaughter, Collen Keen; her brothers, Joe, Grat and Bill Wimmer; and her sisters, Julie Mullens and Eva Goodman.

She was retired from the school system and was of the Baptist faith, attending Sunrise Baptist Church.

Those left to cherish her memory are her sons, Louis Keen and wife Edith of Asheboro, Robert J. Keen Jr. and wife Cora of Hudson, James Keen of Melbourne, Fla., Ralph Andrews and wife Reba of Hudson, and Dale Andrews and wife Cookie of Hudson; her daughters, Alta Lou McRary of Granite Falls, Billie Sue Waisner and husband Wayne of Seagrove and Ruth Hodges of Lenoir. She is also survived by 18 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held Friday, July 5, 2013, at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Edd Warren officiating. Burial will follow at Greenhill Memory Gardens in Richlands, Va. The family will receive friends at Pendry’s Lenoir Funeral Home Wednesday, July 3, 2013, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Serving as pallbearers will be the grandsons and great grandsons of Mrs. Andrews.

The family respectfully requests that memorials be made to Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care, 902 Kirkwood St., Lenoir, NC  28645.

Online condolences to the family may be placed at www.pendrysfuneralhome.com

Pendry’s Lenoir Funeral Home is honored to be serving the family of Hazel Wimmer Andrews.

Hazel Warren

Hazel Dunn Warren, 85, passed away on Monday, July 1, 2013, at Lutheran Home Hickory West.

She was born in Wilkes County on Feb. 6, 1928, to the late Zollie Dunn and Vera Rhymer Saunders. She was married to the late Rufus Gwyn Warren Jr.

Mrs. Warren felt that her greatest accomplishment in life was being a mother. She was devoted to her family and friends and strongly committed to her church, First Baptist Church of Lenoir, where she was involved in the church choir, Sunday School, WMU, Benevolence, and the prayer team. She also volunteered as a Pink Lady with Caldwell Memorial Hospital and volunteered with the Caldwell County Jail Ministry. Later in life she went back to school for early childhood education and started her own daycare and then became a teaching assistant.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her son, Barry Alan Warren.

She is survived by her daughter, Renee Warren Large and husband Steve of Murrells Inlet, S.C.; son, Tim Warren and wife Wanda of Granite Falls; daughter-in-law, Judy G. Warren of Lenoir; grandsons, Matthew Warren and wife Rachel, Joseph Warren and Scott Warren; and great-grandchildren, Lane Barry Warren and Charlotte Kate Warren.

A celebration of Mrs. Warren’s life will be held in the Chapel of Evan’s Funeral Service on Wednesday, July 3, 2013, at 2 p.m. with Dr. David Smith officiating. Entombment will immediately follow the service at Woodlawn Memorial Gardens.

The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. prior to the service.

The family respectfully requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be sent to First Baptist Church of Lenoir Music Fund, 304 Main St. NW, Lenoir, NC 28645; or Keeping the Promise Campaign Trinity Ridge, Lutheran Home Hickory West, 1125 10th St. Blvd., Hickory, NC 28601.

The family of Mrs. Warren wishes to thank the staff of Lutheran Home Hickory West for their devoted care for their mother for the past 5 years.

Online condolences may be sent to the Warren Family at http://www.evansfuneralservice.com/. Evans Funeral Service & Crematory of Lenoir is serving the Warren Family.

Robert Byerly

Robert Edmond “Ed” Byerly Sr., 92, went home to be with his Lord Sunday, June 30, at his home in Gamewell.

He was born to William Harrison and Bradie Free Byerly on Jan. 12, 1921. Ed grew up in Caldwell County, where he married Margaret Elizabeth “Lib” Benfield, his wife of more than 30 years. Ed was a veteran of WWII, serving in the Eleventh Armored Division of the U.S. Army in the European Theater, for which he received a bronze service medal, good conduct medal, and WWII victory medal. 

Ed is survived by his children, Edwina Greene (Mrs. Roy B. Greene), Brenda Link (Mrs. Gary Link), Tom Byerly, Patsy Coffey, Lydia Woodie, and Sylvia Jean Byerly; his siblings, Ruby Crouse, Helen Winebarger, Lucille Adkins and Linda James; his grandchildren, Sheila Greene Moore, Mark Greene, Shane Link, Alethea Link Fraser, Hope Byerly Higgins, Wendy Byerly Moore, Robert Edmond Byerly, III, Kyle Byerly, Nicole Coffey Seymour, Elizabeth Woodie McCoun, Victoria Woodie Davis, Daniel Byerly, and Mason Byerly; and 23 great grandchildren. 

Ed was preceded in death by his parents; his beloved wife, Lib; his siblings, Geneva Cardwell, Raymond Byerly, and Raeford Byerly; and his son, Robert Edmond Byerly Jr. 

Pop, as he was known by family, neighbors and friends, will be remembered for his happy disposition and love for his family. He enjoyed gardening, hunting, fishing, camping, and spending time with loved ones. Pop was a dedicated, hard worker and generous, devoted family man who taught his children love, respect, and responsibility through his wonderful example.   

A funeral service will be held in the Chapel of Evans Funeral Service, 1070 Taylorsville Road in Lenoir, on Wednesday, July 3, at 11 a.m. with the Rev. J.W. Crouse and the Rev. Bryan Moore officiating. Burial will follow at Kincaid Memorial Cemetery on East Flat Church Road in Gamewell with Military Honors. The family will receive friends and relatives on Tuesday, July 2, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Evans Funeral Service.

Pallbearers will be: Mark Greene, Patrick Moore, Seth Byerly, Daniel Byerly, Robbie Byerly and Tony Woodie. Honorary Pallbearers will be: R.B. Byerly, Ben Byerly, Todd Seymour, Kenny Davis, Bryan Moore, Dalton Fraser, Mason Byerly, Dallas Greene, Michael Higgins, Jared McCoun and Kyle Byerly.

Flowers are appreciated or memorials may be made to: Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care, 902 Kirkwood St., Lenoir, NC 28645.

Online condolences may be sent to the Byerly Family at www.evansfuneralservice.com

Evans Funeral Service & Crematory of Lenoir is serving the Byerly Family.