MOUNT HOLLY - Michael Gene Rhyne Sr., 70, died peacefully on Dec. 30, 2013, at Carolina Specialty Hospital in Pineville.
A native of Gaston County, he was the son of the late Laben Monroe Rhyne Sr. and Pansy Lloyd Rhyne.
He was a member of Masonic Lodge Catawba #248, Newton, NC and was past master of Belmont Masonic Lodge #627 in 1979.
He was a US Army
Veteran, serving in Vietnam from January 1968 until January 1969. He was a Civil War Re Enactor of the 5th US Artillery Battery D and 1st NC Reilly's Battery Horse Drawn Artillery. He retired from Freightliner in Mt. Holly.
Survivors include his son, Michael Rhyne, Jr. of Mt. Holly; daughter, Amy Rhyne of Mt. Holly; grandchildren, Lindsey Mysinger and
Sydney Rhyne; great grandchild, Trysten Knight; brother, Ralph Rhyne of Mt. Holly; sister, Donnie Thrower of Stanley; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Admiral, Laben "Bub", and Joe Rhyne; sister, Helen Phillips.
A funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Thursday at McLean Funeral Directors of Belmont Bumgardner Chapel with the Rev. John Pruitt officiating.
Interment with full Military and Masonic Rites will follow at Greenwood Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at McLean Funeral Directors of Belmont.
Memorials may be made to National Stroke Association, 9707 E. Easter Lane, Suite B, Centennial, CO 80112 or to Masonic Home for Children, 600 College St., Oxford, NC 27565.
Condolences may be sent online by visiting www.mcleanfuneral.com.
McLean Funeral Directors of Belmont is serving the family.