DREXEL-Lon Amickle Canipe Jr. passed away Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013, at Autumn Care in Drexel.
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Born in Cleveland County, he was a son of the late L. A. Canipe Sr. and Essie Botts Canipe.
Lon was also preceded in death by his first wife, Clara Edna Boyles Canipe; five brothers; and five sisters.
Survivors include his wife, Judy Propst Hamrick-Canipe; step-son, Joel Hamrick of Belwood; and numerous nephews and nieces.
Lon faithfully served his country during World War II as a Technical Sergeant and Platoon Sergeant during battle. Lon was captured in Italy and was a Prisoner of War in Moosburg, Germany at Stalag 7-A. He received the Bronze Star, American Theater Campaign Medal, European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Victory Medal and Prisoner of War Medal.
After returning from the war, Lon worked for Drexel Heritage Furniture as a Quality Control Engineer for 34 years until his retirement.
Lon was a devoted member of St. Peters United Methodist Church, where he held various offices and taught Sunday school. His church and his faith were a very important part of his life. Lon was a member of the American Legion Post 302 for more than 60 years and also a member of the Foothills Ex-POW Group where he served as vice president. Lon was a friend to all he met and loved by everyone who knew him.
Visitation: The family will receive friends from 2 to 3 p.m. Tuesday at Stamey Funeral Home in Fallston.
Funeral Service: 3 p.m. Tuesday at Stamey Funeral Home Chapel
Officiated By: The Rev. Kathy Earley
Burial: Rose Hill Memorial Park, with military graveside rites
Funeral Home: Stamey Funeral Home of Fallston is serving the family
Memorials: May be made to St. Peter's United Methodist Church, c/o of Garry Tillman, 6443 Fallston Rd., Lawndale, N.C. 28090
A guest register is available at www.stameyfuneralhome.com
Published in Shelby Star on Jan. 22, 2013