MOUNT HOLLY - Alan Grant Suddreth, 55, of 224 Lowland Dairy Road, died Oct. 26, 2012.
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He is survived by his wife, Deborah Kiser Suddreth; his parents, Harry Wilson Suddreth and Marlene Livingston Suddreth of Mount Holly; three sis-ters, Karen S. Leonard and husband Rick of Spartanburg, S.C., Kim S. Tyler of Mount Holly, and Cindy S. Williams and husband Scott of Mount Holly; one brother, Lee Suddreth and wife Laura of Mount Holly; one stepson, Derek Ray Durst and wife Leslie of Waxhaw.
Grant was a 1975 graduate of East Gaston High School. After graduating, he worked side by side with his parents in the family business as a salesman and grower. A Jeep accident in 1980 leaving him a quadriplegic was only the beginning of an inspirational life to many. His accomplishment of graduat-ing top of his class at Gaston College led to a fulfilling career at Microsoft as a software specialist. He was involved in many volunteer activities such as teaching a current events class to the seniors at Stanley Total Living Center. He also spoke on behalf of Programs For Accessible Living for seatbelt awareness in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg high schools. He was a member at Lucia Baptist Church where he taught Sunday School and was baptized and became a child of God. His life was an example to follow by many and he was loved and respected by all who knew him. He was the oldest of his four siblings and they looked to him for guidance and leadership. Upon his retirement, Grant enjoyed reading and being a devoted husband.
A service to celebrate the life of Mr. Suddreth will be held 2 p.m. Sunday at First Baptist Church in Stanley with the Revs. Mike Davis and Tony Ful-bright officiating.
Burial will be at Hillcrest Gardens Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday at Woodlawn Funeral Home in Mount Holly and at other times at the home of Harry and Marlene Suddreth, 124 Low Meadow Drive, Mount Holly.
Memorials may be made to the building fund, Lucia Baptist Church 15434 Lucia Riverbend Highway, Stanley NC 28164 or to
Samaritans Purse, PO Box 3000, Boone NC 28607.
Woodlawn Funeral Home in Mount Holly is serving the family.
Published in Gaston Gazette on Oct. 27, 2012