ELLENBORO- Tony Pitchford, 48, of 351 Leon Road, passed away Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, at his residence. A native of Cleveland County, he was born Aug. 15, 1965, son of the late Red and Marilyn Lail Pitchford. He was a former member of Grover Rescue and Shelby Rescue, former employee of Cleveland Regional Medical Center and former Loss Prevention Officer at Walmart in Shelby. He was a proud "PawPaw Pitch" for his one and only grandson, Tucker, and he was a devoted and loving husband, father and grandfather.
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In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his daughter, Sara Katie Pitchford; and grandparents, Edd and Maude Pitchford.
He is survived by his wife, Terry Knight Pitchford of the home; one son, Zachary Pitchford and fiancé Hayle' Byers of Ellenboro; daughter, Maty Pitchford of the home; step-daughter, Ashley Guerrero and husband Isaac of Spindale; one sister, Debra Mellon and husband Gary of Lattimore; two brothers, Marty Francis and wife Jane and Kenny Francis and wife Robyn, all of Shelby; one grandson, Tucker Pitchford; his special father and mother-in-law, Cecil and Mabel Knight; and several dear nieces and nephews.
Visitation: The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Clay-Barnette Funeral Home of Shelby, and other times at his father and mother-in-laws residence, 335 Leon Road, Ellenboro.
Funeral Service: 2 p.m. Friday at the Chapel of Clay-Barnette Funeral Home of Shelby.
Officiating: The Rev. Richard Hayden
Burial: Will immediately follow in Sunset Cemetery
Funeral Home: Clay-Barnette Funeral Home of Shelby is serving the family.
Online Condolences: www.claybarnette.com
Clay-Barnette Funeral Home
1401 West Dixon Boulevard
Shelby, NC 28152
Published in Shelby Star on Sept. 12, 2013