Frances Bumgarner

GASTONIA - Mary Frances Nix Bumgardner, 73, died Dec. 4, 2012, at home.

She was born Jan. 15, 1939, in Clarksville, Ga., to the late Arnie and Eva Jones Nix.

Frances was a member of Carolina Community Baptist Church in Lowell. Frances enjoyed fishing, flowers, and going shopping.
She really enjoyed seeing her great-grandchildren and her special feline friend Snowball.

She is survived by her children, Patricia Ballard, Sheila McAteer and husband John, Sheldon Gettys all of Gastonia, Matthew Bumgarner of Dallas, Judy McClure and husband Randy of Hendersonville; sisters and brother, Sara Greene of Wilmont, Lenora Davis of Belmont, Ronnie Nix of Gastonia; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Forrest T. Bumgarner; sister, Ophelia Sappa; brother, Flecther Smith.

His funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Friday at Carolina Community Baptist Church, Lowell with the Rev. Ira Brewster officiating.

Interment will follow at Gaston Memorial Park, Gastonia.

The family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Sisk-Butler Funeral Home, Bessemer City.

Memorials may be made to Gaston Hospice, PO Box 3984, Gastonia, NC 28054.

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Arrangements by Sisk-Butler Funeral Home, Bessemer City.

Funeral Home

Sisk-Butler Funeral Home
PO Box 366 Bessemer City, NC 28016

Published in Gaston Gazette on Dec. 5, 2012