LAWNDALE- Merle Francis Towery Tallent, 66, of 141 Big Hill Road in Lawndale passed away Aug. 15, 2013, at Cleveland Regional Medical Center.
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She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.
Born Dec. 22, 1946, a native of Burke County, she was a daughter of the late John Henry Towery and Annie Maude Smith Towery. She was employed by Burke Yarn of Valdese in the seventies, then became a homemaker and a babysitter for many years for local children. She attended Olive Grove Baptist Church.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her foster parents, Clemmie and Florence Cook; brother, Billy Towery and foster brother, Johnny Cook.
Survivors include her husband of 50 years, Darles Frank Tallent; daughter, Loretta Epley and husband, Jeff of Morganton; grandchildren, Jason Parker and wife, Krista of Lawndale and Taylor Epley of Morganton; brothers, Pinkney Towery and wife Penny, Calvin Towery, and Frederick "Bus" Towery and wife Becky, all of Connelly Springs; two sisters, Jean Towery and husband Ezelle of Connelly Springs, and Reba Garland and Frank of Morganton; foster sister, Brenda Brackett of Glen Alphine; foster brothers, David Cook and wife Suzie of Connelly Springs, and Bob Cook and wife Kay of Lawndale; sister-in-law, Edna Lemmons of Lawndale; special nieces and nephews, Amy Vaughn and husband Jamie of Lawndale, Dawn Mellon and Doug of Lawndale, Melanie Arndt of Fallston, Andy Mellon and wife Sarah of Lawndale, and Ray Lemmons and wife Kathy of Hickory; and other numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation: The family will receive friends from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday at Stamey Funeral Home.
Funeral service: 3 p.m. Sunday at Stamey Funeral Home Chapel, Fallston
Officiating: The Revs. Jackie Price and Terrill Crump
Burial: will follow at Olive Grove Baptist Church
Online Guest Register: www.stameyfuneralhome.com
Stamey Funeral Home - Fallston
846 E. Stagecoach Trail PO Box 639 Fallston, NC 28042
Published in Shelby Star on Aug. 17, 2013