William Devine

Ralph Devine

December 22, 1925 - August 21, 2020
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William Ralph Devine, Sr., 94, of Fallston Road, Shelby, passed away on Friday, August 21, 2020 at his home surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Cleveland County, on December 22, 1925, he was a son of the late George Andrew Devine and Bessie Elver Smith Devine. Ralph began his life of farming with cattle and agriculture but later in life he would grow cotton, soy beans and grain. He would pass on his love for farming to his family who continue his proud traditions. He was recognized as the Farmer of the Year in 1995 by the Cleveland County Farm Bureau. He was a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church where he had served as a deacon and choir member. Ralph also served in the US Navy during World War II in the South Pacific.

In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his wife of sixty-eight years, Jewell Wright Devine his brother, Alton Devine and sister, Norma McSwain.

He is survived by his son, William "Chip" Ralph Devine, Jr. and special friend Joann Blanton Murrell of Shelby; daughter, Darah Devine Leonhardt and husband David of Fallston; two grandchildren; Kevin Warlick and special friend Jessica Ward of Shelby and Kelli Simmons and husband Mickey of Shelby; four great grandchildren, Morgan Warlick, Graham Warlick, Mason Simmons, and Eli Simmons; special extended family, Pam and Jamie Nolen of Shelby, Wes and Shaunda Leonhardt of Fallston, Alex and Beth Leonhardt of Waco and families, Kylei Ward and Kamden Ward and numerous loving nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends on Monday from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM at Stamey-Tysinger Funeral Home, Fallston.

The funeral service will be held on Tuesday at 11:00 AM at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Fellowship Hall Porch. The service will be held out side so please bring a yard chair.

The burial will follow the service in the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.

Due to Covid-19 Restrictions, masks and social distancing will be required.

Memorials may be made to Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Building Fund, 3932 Pleasant Grove Church Road, Shelby, NC 28150 or to Hospice Cleveland County, 951 Wendover Heights Drive, Shelby, NC 28150.

A guest register is available at

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

  • Visitation

    August 24, 2020 | 6:00pm - 7:30pm
    August 24, 2020 6:00pm - 7:30pm
    Stamey-Tysinger Funeral Home
    846 E. Stagecoach Trail
    Fallston, NC 28042
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  • Interment

    August 25, 2020 | 11:00am
    August 25, 2020 11:00am
    Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery
    3932 Pleasant Grove Church Rd
    Shelby, NC 28150
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Funeral Service

    August 25, 2020 | 11:00am
    August 25, 2020 11:00am
    Pleasant Grove Baptist Church
    3932 Pleasant Grove Church Rd
    Shelby, NC 28150
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Rev. Jimmy Black
    Rev. Chris Devine


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Susann Camp

Posted at 08:32pm
Darah, Chip and Family: So very sorry to hear of Ralph's passing. He was such a good man who loved his family and served his church and community well. He was always so kind and gracious to me all through the years, especially when I came back to Pleasant Grove to visit with my Mom. Mom loved Ralph and Jewell, and I know they will share great memories in Heaven. May God give you strength and comfort to face the days ahead. Cherished memories of your Mom and Dad will live in your hearts and help to heal your sadness. Praying for each of you and know that my spirit will be there with you tomorrow. Love to all of you.
Susann Camp

Cindy Borders

Posted at 08:20pm
Our love and sympathy is extended to each of you! May God bless you during these most difficult days. Love, Cindy and Steve Borders

Heartfelt Sympathies Store

Posted at 07:26am
With our deepest sympathy and love, Randy and Deedee Warlick, Will and Madelyn
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Karen Bess

Posted at 09:05pm
So sorry for your loss . You are remembered today in a special
way with sympathy and prayers.

Candy Guy

Posted at 06:36pm
Chip and Dara, I’m so sorry for your loss. I’m sure you brought him lots of joy through the years. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. Candy Cline Guy

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