Bentha Barrett

Merle Turner Barrett

October 16, 1933 - October 31, 2020
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Bentha Merle McNeely Turner Barrett, 87 , of Lawndale , passed away on Saturday, October 31, 2020 at White Oak Manor , Kings Mountain .

Born in Cleveland County, on October 16, 1933 , she was a daughter of the late Horace McNeely and Naomi Jane Sigmon McNeely. She was retired from Cleveland County Schools and was a member of Carpenter's Grove Baptist Church.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Grady Ralph Turner and her second husband, Ronnie Barrett; two sons, Grady Myran Turner and Daniel Steve Turner; daughter, Deborah Turner Towery; two brothers, W.E. McNeely and Forest McNeely and one sister, Vertie Price.

Survivors include one son, Eric Scott Turner of Lawndale; two daughters, Linda T. Cook of Shelby and Ann T. Kendrick and husband Robert of Shelby; one sister, Betty Jones of Lincolnton; four grandchildren, Tanya Lundy of Shelby, Jonie Costner of Morganton, Kelly Towery of Morganton and Rob Kendrick of Shelby.

The family will receive friends following the graveside service.

A graveside service will be held on Monday, November 2, 2020 at 1:00 pm at Carpenter's Grove Baptist Church Cemetery with the Rev. Jerry Welch,officiating.

Memorials may be made to Hospice Cleveland County, 951 Wendover Heights Drive, Shelby, NC 28150.

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Arrangements have been entrusted to Stamey-Tysinger Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Inc., Fallston, NC.
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Service Details

  • Service

    November 2, 2020 | 1:00pm
    November 2, 2020 1:00pm
    Carpenter's Grove Baptist Church Cemetery
    Address Not Available
    Rev. Jerry Welch
  • Interment

    Carpenters's Grove Baptist Church Cemetery
    1117 Carpenters Grove Church Road
    Lawndale, NC 28090
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suzanne lee

Posted at 12:30pm
My heartfelt sympathies go to you during this mist difficult time. May you find peace & comfort in your time of grief. Suzanne Lee

Judy Webb

Posted at 12:39pm
Linda, Ann, Tanya and family, y’all are in my prayers!! I love you all. I’ll always have memories of Merle as full of life. May peace be with you during this difficult time. Judy and Jerry

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