CROUSE - Marvin "Ben" Heavner, 87, of Shoal Road, went to his heavenly home on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014. Ben was born April 2, 1926, in Lincoln County to the late Roy Lima and Blanche Lee Carpenter Heavner.
Ben graduated from Lincolnton High School in May of 1943. He enlisted into the United States Navy
on March 30, 1944, where he served aboard the U.S.S. Williamsburg and the U.S.S. Van Valkenburg until he was honorably discharged on May 19, 1946. Upon discharge, he worked for Hudson Hosiery and as a self-employed painter. He retired from Breeden's Poultry after 30 years of service as a USDA inspector.
In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his sisters, Avis Heavner Cornwell and Marjorie Heavner Stell.
He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Doyleta Wright Heavner of the home; daughters, Benetta O'Connor (Doug), Jan Thrift (Roger), Kathy Huss (Robert), and Sandy Cashion (Perry); four grandchildren, Donita Frankosky (Jason), Michael Huss (Andi) , Charity Hedgepeth (Danny) and Roger Ben Thrift (Dana); and nine great- grandchildren, Jordan Davis, Brett Davis, Ty Frankosky, Lacey Frankosky, Bailey Huss, Elijah Hedgepeth, Garett Hedgepeth, Seth Hedgepeth and Hailey Thrift.
The family wishes to extend a special thank you to all the caregivers who treated Ben with love and respect, but especially Charity Hedgepeth, Sue Turpin, Tammy Walker and Polly O'Dell. Thank you to Hospice & Palliative Care of Lincoln County for their comfort and support both for Ben and for the family.
Visitation: The family will receive friends from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday at Stamey-Cherryville Funeral Home, 405 N. Dixie St, Cherryville, and at other times the family will be at the home.
Funeral service: 2 p.m. Sunday at Bethphage Lutheran Church in Lincolnton
Officiated by: Pastor Fred Mitschke
Burial: Will follow in the church cemetery with Military Honors provided by Cherryville American Legion Post 100.
Funeral home: Stamey-Cherryville Funeral Home is serving the family.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, may be made to Bethphage Lutheran Church, 3440 Highway 182, Lincolnton, NC 28092 or Hospice & Palliative Care of Lincoln County, 107 North Cedar Street, Lincolnton, NC 28092.
Guest register: www.stameyfuneralhome.com