SHELBY - Lucy Elizabeth Spikes Mason, 87, of 1279 Hopewell Road, departed this life on Monday, Nov. 11, 2013, at Hospice in Shelby. She was born on Oct. 26, 1926, in Cleveland County, to the late Mr. and Mrs. Miller Spikes, and the late Omie Gidney Spikes.
In her youth she was a member of Brooks Chapel, but later joined White Oak Springs Baptist Church where she served faithfully until her health declined in the late 1990s.
Lucy played a vital role in raising all of her grandchildren and several of her great-grandchildren. She loved her family and enjoyed singing God's praises. Lucy defined the word strength, being the glue that held her family together. With her wisdom, she always knew exactly which child needed her the most and was always able to give that child the attention and love they needed. Lucy didn't just speak of God, but she always encouraged her family to seek a relationship with him.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Walter "Dub" Mason; her son, John Samuel Mason; her sisters, Ruth Lee and Madge Lee Spikes; and her brother H.P. Spikes.
She leaves to cherish fond memories four children, Mildred Spikes of the home, Walter "Bo" Mason and Calvin Mason, both of Ellenboro, and Elaine Mason of Forest City; a brother, William Spikes (Verdie) of Shelby; a sister, Jeanette Roberts of High Point; a daughter-in-law, Mary Mason of Shelby; 16 grandchildren; 47 great-grandchildren; 32 great-great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Visitation: The family will receive friends from 12 to 1 p.m. Saturday at the church.
Funeral service: 1 p.m. Saturday at Palmer Grove Baptist Church
Officiated by: Pastor James L. Smith; Minister Elisha Ramseur will deliver the eulogy
Burial: White Oak Springs Baptist Church
Funeral home: Enloe Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements.
Online condolences: www.enloes.net