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Merle Costner

DALLAS - Merle Bryant Costner, 99, passed away July 12, 2013, at the Robin Johnson House.

She was born July 14, 1913, in Banks County, Ga., daughter of the late Henry Cleveland Bryant and Barbara Reems Bryant.

Merle loved to work in the garden and fishing. She was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Dallas, NC.

A funeral service will be held 3:30 p.m. Sunday at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Dallas, officiated by Rev. Jonathan Schnibben.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday prior to the service at the church.

Interment will be held at the church cemetery following the service.

Mrs. Costner is survived by: her daughters, Becky C. Rogers and her companion, Kenneth Edwards of Salisbury, Jill C. Stillwell and her husband, W.W. "Peewee" of Dallas; brother, Travis Bryant of Gastonia; sister, Aileen Bolynn of Gastonia; grandchildren, Lori, Kim and Todd; great-grandchild, Ecco.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by: her husband, F.C. "Joe" Costner; daughter, Gail; grandson, Scott; brothers, H.C. and Harry; sisters, Gladys McClure, Estelle Willis, Wertie Lee Hoover, Edna Smith.

Memorials may be made to St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 531 Hardin Rd., Dallas, NC 28034 or Gaston Hospice for The Robin Johnson House, P. O. Box 3984, Gastonia, NC 28054.

Arrangements are with the South Chapel of Greene Funeral Service and Crematorium, Gastonia.

A guest registry is available at greenefuneral.com.

Published in Gaston Gazette on July 13, 2013
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