SHELBY - Seth "Tom" Hoyle Mayhew, 101, died Monday, June 9, 2014, at Kings Mountain Hospice. Born in Cleveland County on June 7, 1913, he was the son of the late Lee Albert and Beaulah Bowen Mayhew.
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Seth served in the U.S. Army in India during WWII and was in the 51st Air Service Group. He was the owner of Mayhew's Appliance in Shelby for 33 years before retiring and taking up golf. He loved to play with the Senior Golfers and had a total of three holes-in-one, playing regularly until the age of 98, and participated with the Senior Golfers for many years until the age of 99.
In addition to his parents, Seth is preceded in death by his first wife, Sara Sue Wilson Mayhew; three sisters, Betty Preslar, Elizabeth Gibson, and Madlin Mayhew; and three brothers, Kenneth E. Mayhew, Max W. Mayhew, and Talmadge W. Mayhew.
Seth is survived by his wife of 25 years, Ruth Gamble Mayhew; two sons, Thomas Wilson Mayhew and wife Judy of Shelby, and Lee Albert Mayhew and wife Pam of Shelby; two step-daughters, Barbara Hawkins and husband Garth of Kings Mountain, and Lois Blanton and husband Howard of Kings Mountain; four grandchildren, David Mayhew, Constance O'Neill and husband Patrick, Andrian Baker and husband David, and Erika Mayhew; great-grandchildren, Elizabeth O'Neill, Ryan O'Neill, Evan O'Neill, Ayden Baker, and Zachary Baker; step-granddaughter, Lori Cruse and husband Charlie; and step-great-grandchildren, Travis, Bethany, Dylan, and Grayson.
The family would like to thank Seth's caregivers, Gail Jenkins, Angie Gault, Nancy Hoyle, Melonie Martin, Denise Blackman and all the other Hospice nurses, volunteers, and pastoral staff.
Visitation: The family will receive friends from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the sanctuary.
Funeral service: 3:30 p.m. Thursday at Sulphur Springs United Methodist Church
Officiated by: The Revs. Priscilla Walker and Tom Jolley
Burial: Will follow in the church cemetery with Military Honors.
Funeral home: Cecil M. Burton Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the family.
Memorials: In Lieu of flowers, may be made to Sulphur Springs United Methodist Church, 1642 Sulphur Springs Road, Shelby NC 28152 or Hospice Cleveland County 951 Wendover Heights Drive, Shelby NC 28150.
Guest registry: www.cecilmburtonfuneralhome.com
CECIL M. BURTON FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY
106 CHERRYVILLE RD. SHELBY, NC 28150-4208
Published in Shelby Star on June 11, 2014