SHELBY - Loretta Hamrick Allen, 75, of 500 Stroud Road, passed away Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, at Carolinas Medical Center. A native of Cleveland County, she was born Nov. 25, 1938, daughter of the late James Paul and Doris Jones Hamrick.
She was a member of First Baptist Church of Shelby, where she served as Mission Friends and Bible School teacher. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother who loved spending time with her family and enjoyed her shopping trips with her best friend Joann Harrill.
In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by an infant son, John Edgar Allen; and one brother, Lanny Hamrick.
She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Eugene Allen of the home; two daughters, Susan Smith and husband Ryan of Shelby and Sharon Puckett and husband Joey of Stanley; two brothers, Jerry Hamrick and wife Mary and Sherrill Hamrick and wife Linda, all of Shelby; four grandchildren, Savannah Beam of Concord, Andy Beaver and wife Krista of Shelby, and Casey Puckett and Jay Puckett, both of Stanley; three great-grandchildren, Riley Helms and Gracie Schoelkopf, both of Concord, and Andi-Jo Beaver of Shelby; and her lifelong best friend, Joann Harrill of Shelby.
Visitation: The family will receive friends from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Thursday at the church, and other times at her home.
Funeral service: 4 p.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church of Shelby
Officiated by: The Rev. Perry Holleman
Burial: Will immediately follow in Cleveland Memorial Park
Funeral home: Clay-Barnette Funeral Home of Shelby is serving the family.
Memorials: May be made to The
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Online condolences: www.claybarnette.com