WASILLA, Alaska - Susan Elizabeth Rhyne Cooney, 52, passed away unexpectedly on July 16, 2014, at her home.
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A native of Belmont, Susie was born March 15, 1962, to Jack L. and Sue Wallace Rhyne currently of For-est City, formerly of Belmont.
Susie was a member of the Lutheran Church of the Holy Comforter. She attended Belmont schools and graduated from South Point High School with the class of 1980. After high school Susie attended the Uni-versity of North Carolina at Charlotte and worked most of her life in the medical financial services field. For the last two years she was employed with Matsu Regional Medical Center in Wasilla, AK. Susie mar-ried John T. Cooney in 1989 and until 2011 lived in Belmont. Susie and John celebrated their 25th wed-ding anniversary on July 1, 2014.
Susie is survived by her parents, former Belmont mayor Jack L. Rhyne and Sue Wallace Rhyne of Forest City; husband John and their son Zachary Thomas Cooney of Wasilla, Alaska; a brother, John M. Rhyne Sr. and his wife Kathy of Belmont; a special aunt, Connie Rhyne Atkins and her husband Chris of Bel-mont. She was preceded in death by her brother, Robin Wallace Rhyne Sr., his wife Kimberly Ogden Rhyne and their young son Hunter in 1999. Also surviving is a large extended family of brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles and cousins including nine nieces, seven nephews, six great nieces, and five great nephews.
Susie was a loving daughter, wife, mother and friend. All who knew her admired her dedication to fam-ily and friends and enjoyed her sense of humor.
A funeral service will be conducted by the Rev. Joe Lawing and assisted by Dr. Bobby Gantt of Florence Baptist Church, Forest City and Reverend Marion Hilton previous pastor of Westmoreland Baptist Church, Charlotte on Friday, July 25, 2014 at 4 p.m. at Unity Baptist Church, 1005 Catawba Street, Bel-mont, followed by a graveside service at Greenwood Cemetery.
The family will receive friends before the service at the church from 1 to 3:45 p.m. Friday.
McLean Funeral Directors of Belmont is serving the family. In lieu of flowers the family requests me-morial donations be made to the Belmont Community Organization, 91 East Catawba Street, Belmont, NC, 28012.
Condolences may be left on Susan Rhyne Cooney's online guest book at www.mcleanfuneral.com.
McLean Funeral Directors
515 North Central Avenue
Belmont, NC 28012
Published in Gaston Gazette on July 24, 2014