LAWNDALE- Bernice McMurry Hoyle, 87, died Sept. 5, 2013. Born Sept. 19, 1925, she was a native of Cleveland County, and daughter of the late Robert Lee and Selma Miller McMurry. She attended Gardner-Webb Junior College, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and received her master's degree from Appalachian State University, Boone.
Her life and love was teaching. She taught in the Gaston County Schools and Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools. Later she became principal of the Rama Road Elementary School in Charlotte. She returned to Cleveland County to help care for her aging parents, where she became principal of the Washington and Elizabeth Elementary Schools. She was then promoted to supervisor of the Cleveland County Schools and later became assistant superintendent of the Cleveland County Schools.
She was a lifelong member of the Kadesh United Methodist Church in Belwood where she served as teacher of the Men's Bible Class and in many other areas of leadership in the church. She belonged to the United Methodist Women of Kadesh, was a member of the Belwood Home Demonstration Club and was on the advisory board of the Senior Citizens Center of Shelby.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Lee and Selma McMurry; her husband, Foy Hoyle; and a brother, Jack K. McMurry.
She is survived by three brothers, Bob and Margaret McMurry of Shelby, Joe and Beverly McMurry, and Fitzhugh and Judy McMurry, all of Lawndale; and a number of nieces and nephews, whom she loved and considered her grandchildren.
Visitation: The family will receive friends in the fellowship hall following the services. At other times the family will be at the residence.
Funeral Service: 2 p.m. Saturday at Kadesh United Methodist Church in Belwood
Officiating: The Revs. Kathy Earley and Patricia Chaput; Pallbearers will be her nephews and nephews-in-law.
Burial: Will follow in the church cemetery
Funeral Home: Stamey Funeral Home, Fallston, is serving the family.
Memorials: May be made to Kadesh United Methodist Church, c/o Ellen Poston, 5500 Fallston Road, Lawndale, NC 28090 or to Cleveland County Education Foundation, Attn: Ann Brogdon or David Lee, 400 W. Marion Street, Shelby, NC 28150.
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