SHELBY-Mr. John Henry "Big John" Lookabill, 86, of Shelby, passed away on Jan. 10, 2013, at his home.
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Born to the late Frank and Dorothy Lookabill of Boone, on Jan. 25, 1926, he was raised in Watauga County.
He served in the U. S. Army during World War II in France and Germany. He was employed by General Motors for ten years; by Daniel Construction as a pipefitter for eighteen years; and retired from Duke Power as a power house mechanic. He was a member of Zionville Baptist Church and a member of York Masonic Lodge 385 for fifty years.
He loved his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, as well as all of his family. He enjoyed restoring old cars.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three sisters and two brothers.
He is survived by his wife of sixty-two years, June Lookabill; daughters, Connie Hicks and husband Jerry of Rutherfordton, Mary Sue Lemmons and husband Butch, and Shelia Cooper, all of Shelby; two sons, Johnny Lookabill and wife Myla of Shelby, and James Lookabill and Janet Martin of Cherryville; grandchildren, Alecia Urmston, Jamey Cabaniss, Jeremy Lookabill, Heather Lemmons, Anthony Hicks, Kimberly Pendleton; great-grandchildren, Hunter Cabaniss, Sydney Urmston, Carson and Jesse Lookabill.
Visitation: The family will receive friends from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday at Cleveland Funeral Services.
Funeral Service: 3 p.m. Saturday at Cleveland Funeral Services Chapel
Officiated By: The Rev. Barry Miles
Burial: Cleveland Memorial Park
Funeral Home: Cleveland Funeral Services & Crematory is serving the family
Memorials: May be made to Hospice of Cleveland County, 951 Wendover Heights Drive, Shelby, N.C. 28150
Online Condolences: www.clevelandfuneralservice.com
Cleveland Funeral Services
2518 W Dixon Blvd
Shelby, NC 28152
Published in Shelby Star on Jan. 11, 2013