Loretta Allen

SHELBY - Loretta Hamrick Allen, 75, of 500 Stroud Road, passed away Feb. 17, 2014, at Carolinas Medical Center.

A native of Cleveland County, she was born Nov. 25, 1938, daughter of the late James Paul and Doris Jones Hamrick. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Shelby where she served as Mission Friends and Bible School teacher. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother who loved spending times with her family and enjoyed her shopping trips with her best friend Joann Harrill.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by an infant son, John Edgar Allen and one brother, Lanny Hamrick.

She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Eugene Allen of the home; two daughters, Susan Smith and hus-band Ryan of Shelby, Sharon Puckett and husband Joey of Stanley; two brothers, Jerry Hamrick and wife Mary, Sherrill Hamrick and wife Linda all of Shelby; four grandchildren, Savannah Beam of Concord, Andy Beaver and wife Krista of Shelby, Casey Puckett and Jay Puckett both of Stanley; three great grandchildren, Riley Helms and Gracie Schoelkopf both of Concord, Andi-Jo Beaver of Shelby; her life-long best friend Joann Harrill of Shelby.

A funeral service will be held 4 p.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church of Shelby with the Rev. Perry Holleman officiating.

The family will receive friends from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Thursday at the church and other times at her home.

Burial will immediately follow in Cleveland Memorial Park

Memorials may be made to The , 1901 Brunswick Ave, Charlotte, NC 28207, www.cancer.org/donate.

Clay-Barnette Funeral Home of Shelby.

Condolences may be sent online at www.claybarnette.com.

Funeral Home

Clay-Barnette Funeral Home
1401 West Dixon Boulevard Shelby, NC 28152
(704) 482-2424

Published in Gaston Gazette on Feb. 19, 2014