KINGS MOUNTAIN - Noel Wilson Lightsey, 79, a resident of 309 Landry Drive, passed away peacefully on April 14, 2012, surrounded by his family at his home. He joined his beloved wife and best friend of over 50 years, Glenda Knight Lightsey as well as his parents, HD and Ruby Wilson Lightsey and youngest sister, Pat Griffith who all preceded him in death. He joined his four legged children who have been waiting to greet him as he arrived. He was born in Blanket, Texas on August 1, 1932. He touched our lives and souls, and his presence in our lives is a gift we will always be thankful for.
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Noel was retired from 23 years of service at AB Carter in Gastonia, where he was VP of International Sales. He was a member of St. Matthew's Lu-theran Church and Kings Mountain Kiwanis. He served in the US Army and was a veteran of the Korean War. The family would like to express their heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Thomas Murphy and Cleveland County Hospice, especially caretakers, Lu Anne Devine and Martha Merryweather for their compassion and care.
Survivors include his children, Ray Lightsey of Kings Mountain, Joel Lightsey of Palmer, Mass Debby Ledford of Bessemer City, Jimmy Lightsey of Concord, NC, and Cathy Payne of Kings Mountain. He is survived by his brother Pete Lightsey of Brookhaven, Mississippi and sister Myra Booth of Abi-lene, Texas and his loving four legged children, Jose and Ole Cat who were dedicated to him and provided comfort during his last months, his grandson Noel Ross Roberts whose dedication and love went above and beyond for him, as well at 10 other grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.
A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Ollie Harris Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Terry Floyd
The family will receive friends one hour before the service at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Cleveland County, 951 Wendover Heights Road, Shelby, NC or to the Cleveland County Hu-mane Society, P.O. Box 2432, Shelby, NC 28151 or to Carolina Poodle and Rescue Group, Spartanburg, SC 29372.
A guest register is available at www.harrisfunerals.com.
Arrangements by Harris Funeral Home, Kings Mountain.
Published in Gaston Gazette on April 17, 2012