Mary Travis London
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KANNAPOLIS - Mary Travis London, 98, of Kannapolis, went to be with her Lord on Sunday, June 22, 2014, at Tucker Hospice House following a period of declining health.
She was born May 12, 1916, in Catawba County, a daughter of the late Noah Allen Travis and Effie Mae Canipe Travis.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 71 years, Charlie Leroy London, who she married Dec. 10, 1938. She was also preceded in death by 13 brothers, four sisters and Tanya J. London, a granddaughter.
Mary was the loving and devoted mother of four children: daughter Myra L. Overcash and husband P. Manuel Overcash of Kannapolis; son Charles R. London and wife Patricia A Doran of Burlington, Vt.; daughter Nena L. Adams and husband Paul T. Adams of Kannapolis; son J. Reid London and wife Faye W. London of Clemmons.
She is also survived by nine grandchildren: April Baucom, Angie Overcash, Chris Overcash, Jennifer Smith, Michel Prior, Donna London, Paula Gilleland, Rodney Adams and Tisha J. London; one stepgrandchild: Kevin Como; eight great-grandchildren: Kristen Jenkins, Kourtney Baucom, Travis Millard, Maggie Millard, Hailey Overcash, Finnley Smith, Gracyn Gilleland and Charlee Adams; two step-great-grandchildren: Debbie Harrison and Jeff Baucom; two great-great-grandchildren, London Jenkins and Owen Jenkins; four step-great-great-grandchildren: Sarah Harrison and Jacob Harrison, Jack Baucom and Erika Small. She is also survived by one sister, Charlotte T. Cranford of Newton.
Mrs. London was employed by Cannon Mills and later retired at age 62 from Troutman Shirt Company. She joined Unity United Methodist Church in 1939. She was active at the church, serving as a Sunday School teacher, Youth leader, member of the church choir, member of the UMW and served as secretary and treasurer. She served on the Board as long as she was able to attend church.
She also served on the Parsonage Committee, Health Cabinet; worked with the Unity Mobile Meals Program in the kitchen and making meal deliveries; and went on mission trips to Kentucky, New Orleans and Tarboro.
One thing she always wanted to do in her life was to ride in a hot air balloon. Her children made that possible for her at age 94.
Arrangements: Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday, June 27 at Unity United Methodist Church conducted by Rev. Tim Whittington. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends Thursday, June 26 from 6-9 p.m. at the church. At other times, they will be at the residence of Mrs. London.
Memorials: May be made to Unity United Methodist Church, Building Fund or Unity United Methodist Church, Mobile Meals Program, 8605 Unity Church Road, Kannapolis, NC 28081.
"The family would like to express special thanks to Tracy Walter and the Ladies of the Tucker Hospice House: Tricia, Maryann, Penni, Lori, Cindy and Kimberly for the special care and love shown to Mrs. London during her illness."
Whitley's Funeral Home is serving the family of Mrs. London. Online condolences may be made at www.whitleysfuneralhome.com
Whitley's Funeral Home
1748 Dale Earnhardt Blvd
Kannapolis, NC 28083
Published in Salisbury Post on June 25, 2014