LAWNDALE - Dennis Dale Costner, 78, of 1155 West Stagecoach Trail in Lawndale, passed away Saturday June 23, 2012 at his home.
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Born in Cleveland County, he was a son of the late Dennis Wytle Costner and Constance "Connie" Sain Costner.
Mr. Costner was a lifetime member of Palm Tree United Methodist Church, member of Lawndale Masonic Lodge #486 where he was past master, a member of the Scottish Rite and Oasis Shrine Temple. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. As long as his health permitted, he was active in community service working with the Jaycees, Rotary, and Lions Clubs. He was owner and operator of Costner Motors, and formerly employed with Carolina Freight and Jim White Auto. Mr. Costner was dedicated to the citizens of Cleveland County where he served them for over 30 years in the Cleveland County Sheriff's Office and concluded his service as their sheriff.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Norris and Bob Costner.
Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Anita Whitener Costner; son and daughter-in-law, Jeff and Sandy Costner of Cherryville; daughter, Sheila Costner Craven of Myrtle Beach, SC; brother, Ken Costner of Lawndale; sister, Sharon Chudalski of Wingate; grandchildren, Adam Siniard of Brevard and Morgan Costner of Cherryville, and two great-grandchildren, Ethan & Ayden Siniard.
Visitation: The family will receive friends from 2- 3 p.m. Monday at Palm Tree United Methodist Church
Funeral Service: 3 p.m. Monday at Palm Tree United Methodist Church
Officiated By: The Revs. Scott Owen and Mike Harrill
Burial: Church cemetery with Masonic Graveside Rites and Cleveland County Sheriff's Department Honor Guard
Funeral Home: Stamey Funeral Home is serving the family
Memorials: May be made to Hospice Cleveland County, 951 Wendover Heights Dr. Shelby, N.C. 28150 or to Palm Tree Life Enrichment Center, P.O. Box 157, Lawndale, N.C. 28090
Online Condolences: www.stameyfuneralhome.com
Stamey Funeral Home - Fallston
846 E. Stagecoach Trail PO Box 639
Fallston, NC 28042
Published in Shelby Star on June 24, 2012