BELWOOD-Jack Thompson Hoyle, 91, of 126 St. Peter's Church Road, Belwood, passed away Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, at his home.
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Jack was born on May 27, 1921, in Belwood, to the late Hugh D. and Vivian T. Hoyle. He married Wilma Gladys Mitchem on Oct. 4, 1944. They had three children: Cynthia Jane, William Robert, and Joseph Lemuel Hoyle.
He graduated from Belwood High School, Lees McRae Junior College in 1940, and attended the U.S. Navy Midship School in New York, N.Y. He was commissioned as Ensign on Feb. 7, 1941. He served in the Navy during World War II on the USS New York, the USS Hughs during the battle at Midway, the USS Sigsbee, and the troop ship USS Gen. John Pope. He was appointed to rank of Lieut. Commander on Oct. 3, 1945.
He entered the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in the fall of 1945. After Wilma finished her teaching degree in 1946, she moved to Chapel Hill with Jack and, they lived there until he finished his master's degree in June of 1949. They moved to Lincolnton where Jack had been employed as a science teacher at Lincolnton High School. In 1952, they moved to Belwood into the house Wilma lived as a child. Then in 1979 he was selected as recipient of the Outstanding High School Science Teacher Award, sponsored by Carolina-Piedmont Section of the American Chemical Society. Jack retired from Lincolnton High School in May of 1983.
Jack joined Kadesh United Methodist Church in 1931, though after marrying in 1944, he moved his membership to St. Peter's United Methodist Church. He taught Sunday school classes and held various offices in the church. He was scout master for several years and also served on the Belwood Town Council.
In addition to his parents Jack was preceded in death by his wife Wilma Mitchem Hoyle in May of 2007.
He is survived by daughter, Jane Hoyle and husband Steve; two sons, Billy Hoyle and wife Debbie and Joe Hoyle and wife Pennie; sister, Jeannette Tillman; grandchildren, Angie Weathers and husband Steve, Todd Hoyle and wife Angie, Brian Hoyle, and Darin Hoyle; great-grandchildren, Amber Willis, Charles Hoyle, Dale Hoyle and wife, Amanda, Chanda Wortman and Leah Pruitt; and great-great-grandchildren, Lane Hoyle, Allison Hoyle, Haven Pruitt, Cassie Wortman, Ahlexa McConnell.
The body will be placed in the church thirty minutes before the service.
Visitation: The family will receive friends immediately following the service in the fellowship hall.
Funeral Service: 2 p.m. Tuesday at St. Peter's United Methodist Church, Belwood
Officiated By: The Rev. Katherine Earley
Burial: Church cemetery, following the service
Funeral Home: Stamey Funeral Home of Fallston is serving the family
Memorials: May be made to St. Peter's United Methodist Church c/o Garry Tillman 6443
Fallston Rd., Lawndale, N.C. 28090
Online Condolences: www.stameyfuneralhome.com
Stamey Funeral Home - Fallston
846 E. Stagecoach Trail PO Box 639 Fallston, NC 28042
Published in Shelby Star from Nov. 26 to Nov. 27, 2012