Charlie Ralph Pethel

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Charlie Ralph Pethel

KANNAPOLIS - Charlie Ralph Pethel, 79, of Kannapolis, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011, at his residence following a period of declining health.

He was born May 6, 1931, in Cabarrus County, a son of the late Roy and Nancy Lambert Pethel. Mr. Pethel was a lifelong resident of Kannapolis and attended J.W. Cannon High School.

He was employed at Cannon Mills Power Plant in the cutting room, retiring after 45 years of service. He was a devoted member of Bethpage United Methodist Church.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Juanita Pethel; a brother, Gene Pethel; a sister, Shirley Barr; two nephews, Dean Wilkes and Eddie Meinus; and a niece, Donna Wright.

He is survived by his wife, Wensie Gulledge Pethel of the home; one son, Ron Pethel and wife Jean of Anderson, S.C.; a daughter, Bonnie Pethel of Kannapolis; four stepchildren, Judy Lyles and husband Gary, Linda Simpson and husband David, Brooks Gulledge and wife Nannette, all of Kannapolis, and Tony Gulledge and wife Dawn of Dallas; two grandchildren, Andrew Pethel and wife Megan of Clemson, S.C., and Carol Pethel of Anderson, S.C.

He is also survived by four step-grandchildren, Cameron Gulledge and Steven Campbell, both of Kannapolis, Laci Hall and Aaron Hall, both of Dallas; three brothers, Rev. Richard Pethel and wife Sally, Kenneth Pethel and wife Elsie and Harold Pethel and wife Tina, all of Kannapolis; and two sisters, Betty Menius and husband Bill of Kannapolis and Phyllis Wilkes and husband Joe of Mount Ulla.

Service: Funeral services will be 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 27 at Bethpage United Methodist Church conducted by Rev. Duane Melton and Rev. Jeff Coppley. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

Visitation: The family will receive friends Wednesday night from 6-8 p.m. at Whitley's Funeral Home. At other times, they will be at the residence.

Memorials: The family requests that any memorials be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Cabarrus County, 5003 Hospice Lane, Kannapolis, NC 28081; or Bethpage United Methodist Church, 109 Fellowship Ave., Kannapolis, NC 28081.

Whitley's Funeral Home is serving the family of Mr. Pethel. Online condolences may be left at www.whitleysfuneralhome.com
Published in Salisbury Post on Jan. 26, 2011