CONOVER - Clyde William Lutz, 87, passed away Jan. 13, 2013, at Conover Nursing Home and Rehab in Conover.
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Born June 22, 1925, in Gaston County, he was the son of the late Samuel Cordie and Edna Plonk Lutz.
He worked for Carolina Freight in Cherryville for 20 years as a carrier driver and Carolina Freight in Conover for 15 years in sales. He was the National Driver of the Year for 4 years. Mr. Lutz was a member of Philadelphia Lutheran Church in Dallas, NC and attended St. Mark's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Claremont for 20 years. He was also a member of Cherryville Masonic Lodge 505 and Catawba Valley Traffic Club. The family would like to thank the staff of Conover Nursing & Rehab for their care and also the many friends for their visits, prayers and support.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, John Houston Lutz; and a sister, Catherine Lutz.
Survivors include his wife of 31 years, Charlsie Moser Lutz; children, Vickie Beam and husband Wesley of Dal-las, Clyde Dean Lutz and wife Ginger of Lincolnton, Maria Wright and husband Trent of Claremont, Vanessa Arndt and husband Gary of Claremont, and Bradley Little and wife Kim of Claremont; grandchildren, Matthew Beam and wife Ashley, Jesse Beam and wife Randi, Zachary Beam, Ashley Arndt, Lyndsi Sigmon and husband Wesley, Erica Bernardt and husband Bernie, Morgan Wright, Ashley Queen and husband Billy, Kelly Scott and husband Brendon; great grandchildren, Jackson, Davis, Emma, Braylon, Luke, Drew, Trey, Ashleigh, McKenna, Kalobe, Cassie, Noah, Sawyer and Kimber; sister and brother-in-law, Patricia Helderman and husband Jim of Dallas, NC.
A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Mark's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Claremont, with Rev. Gary Haddock officiating.
A graveside service will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday at Philadelphia Lutheran Church Cemetery in Dallas, with the Rev. Gary Weant officiating.
The family will receive friends from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. Wednesday at St. Mark's Evangelical Lutheran Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to St. Mark's Evangelical Lutheran Church, PO Box 550, Claremont, NC 28610 or to
Philadelphia Lutheran Church, 1910 Philadelphia Church Road, Dallas, NC 28034.
Condolences may be sent to the Lutz family at www.willisreynoldsfh.com.
The Lutz family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home & Crematory in New-ton.
Published in Gaston Gazette on Jan. 15, 2013