KINGS MOUNTAIN- J.T. Thrift, 69, passed away on Monday, Oct. 28, 2013, at Cleveland Regional Medical Center. Born in Cleveland County, he was the son of the late Hillard William and Genelle Ross Thrift. He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Charles, David, Richard, Bobby, Hillard Jr., Roger Dale and Harold Dean Thrift; sister, Alma Mae Carpenter; and son, Gary Wray Thrift.
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J.T. retired from Lithium Corporation. He was an active member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, where he served as an usher. He was a member and past master of State Line Masonic Lodge #375 A.F. & A.M. He was also a member of the Scottish Rite, Oasis Shrine Temple and Piedmont Shrine Club. He was an honorary member of all 35th district masonic lodges. J.T. raised Black Angus cattle and loved his trips to the sale barn.
J.T. is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Martha Curry Thrift; sons, Curtis Thrift and wife Cindy, and Michael Thrift, all of Kings Mountain; daughter, Lori Thrift Houser and husband Bryan of Kings Mountain; grandchildren, Lorrin Plyler, Bryce Mullis, Preston Thrift, Taylor Thrift, Dylan Thrift; great-grandson, Landon Moore; and step-grandchildren, Wesley Moore and Mary Leigh Caldwell.
Visitation: The family will receive friends from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at Cecil M. Burton Funeral Home and Crematory. At other times the family will be at the home.
Celebration of life service: 2 p.m. Saturday at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church
Officiated By: The Rev. Greg Martin
Burial: Will follow in the church cemetery with full masonic rites
Funeral Home: Cecil M. Burton Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the family.
Memorials: May be made to the Shriners Hospital, 950 W. Faris Road, Greenville, SC 29605
Online guest registry: www.cecilmburtonfuneralhome.com
CECIL M. BURTON FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY
106 CHERRYVILLE RD.
Shelby, NC 28150-4208
Published in Shelby Star on Oct. 30, 2013