STANLEY - After a long illness, Mary Randolph McGinnis, 78, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, Feb. 16 in Stanley.
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During her decade-long struggle with frontotemporal degeneration, Mary displayed courage and dignity, showing until the end her love and appreciation to her husband of 59 years, Jim McGinnis. His devotion and constant care provided a role model to her beloved children and grandchildren.
She was born in Gaston County, the daughter of the late Cole B. and Erma Gaddy Randolph.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Roland Randolph; and a sister Jean Sperling.
She was a member of First Baptist Church in Stanley and retired from McLurd-Dellinger Insurance Company after more than 24 years.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by three daughters, Janet Buff and husband Dr. Joe Buff of New Bern, Jane Bumgarner and husband Dale of Stanley, and Lori McGinnis of Belmont; four grandchildren, Joseph Buff and wife Amber of Raleigh, David Buff and wife Mallory of Essex, Mass., Jarrett Bumgarner, and Anna Bumgarner both of Stanley; sisters and brothers, Melvene Dowell of Charlotte, Evelyn Mock and husband Don of Belmont, Rhonda Dellinger and husband Dennis of Stanley, Steve Randolph and wife Joan of Gastonia, the Rev. Dr. Richard Randolph and wife Wanda of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; sister-in-law, Patsy Randolph of Gastonia; brother-in-law, James Sperling of Mooresboro.
Mary remembered and adored until the end all of her brothers and sisters. She is also survived by many beloved nieces and nephews.
The family wishes to thank Mary's very special friends, Linda Hendrix of Cramerton and Bobbi Carris of Mount Holly, and her many loving caregivers over the years. They were all a blessing and comfort.
A service to celebrate the life of Mrs. McGinnis will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church in Stanley with the Rev. Dr. Richard Randolph and the Rev. Dr. Tony Fulbright officiating. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Gardens Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday at the church; and at other times at the home of Jane and Dale Bumgarner, 405 West Plum St., Stanley, NC 28164.
Memorials may be made to the "Together We Build" Fund; c/o First Baptist Church, 409 Old Mount Holly Road, Stanley, NC 28164.
Woodlawn Funeral Home in Mount Holly is serving the family.
Published in Gaston Gazette from Feb. 18 to Feb. 19, 2013