Adelaide (Austell) Craver
1942 - 2019
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Shelby- Mary Adelaide Austell Craver, the only child of Charles Benjamin Austell and Mary Adelaide Roberts Austell of Shelby, North Carolina, was born in a Charlotte hospital on July 1, 1942. She passed away peacefully in the Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte on January 4, 2019.
Her very happy childhood years were spent in Shelby and Blowing Rock, North Carolina, where her parents maintained a summer home. From the time of her birth Adelaide was also adored by her maternal aunt and uncle, Minnie Eddins and George Carpenter, who had no children and whose home was across the street from the Austells' residence. After graduating from Shelby High School she attended one year as a student of Randolph Macon Women's College and later graduated from Duke University in 1964. Thereafter, in 1967 she graduated from the University of North Carolina School of Law in Chapel Hill and was admitted to the North Carolina State Bar to become the first female resident of Cleveland County, North Carolina, licensed as an attorney-at-law. That year she also became employed by the Trust Department of First Union National Bank in Charlotte.
In 1972 she married her childhood best friend, Richard Davidson Craver of Shelby, also an attorney working in Charlotte. Before they moved to Shelby in 1981, Adelaide and Dick's two children, Joseph Newton Craver, II and Adelaide Austell Craver, were born in Charlotte. Newton and his wife, Kendalyn Paige Lutz-Craver, reside in Shelby with their three children, Joseph Newton Craver, III (13), Rowan Austell Craver (10) and Aveleigh Alice Craver (6). Adelaide resides in Charlotte.
In Shelby, Adelaide progressed from her initial position as Cashier of The First National Bank of Shelby to its President, its Chief Executive Officer and lastly its Chairman of the Board. The bank, which maintained fifteen offices located in four southwestern counties of North Carolina, was sold in July, 2013. Afterwards, Adelaide continued to be employed by Shelby Loan and Mortgage Corporation and was serving as its President at the time of her death.
Coupled with her professional career, Adelaide also personally served in leadership positions of many civic, cultural, religious, educational and business organizations in Shelby, Charlotte and North Carolina. In addition, she was appointed a regional director of the American Bankers Association headquartered in Washington, DC.
Because of her extensive personal service, Adelaide was recognized by the University of North Carolina School of Law's "Outstanding Alumna" award, by the University of North Carolina's "Order of the Valkyries", its highest women's honor society, by the state of North Carolina's "Order of the Long Leaf Pine", by the North Carolina Bankers Association Women's Division's "Legend in Banking" award, and by the Cleveland County Chamber of Commerce's "Athena Award" as an outstanding woman in business.
Adelaide's roles as a wife, mother and friend were beyond reproach. She was always masterfully planning fun and interesting activities for her family - college sports events, world-wide travel as well as entertaining friends and special occasions in their homes in Shelby, Blowing Rock and on Pawleys Island. Her love of travel and the level of detail that she put into places to visit were extraordinary. She worked very hard with a lot of research and resourcefulness to show her family the world.
But for all of her many outstanding traits (brilliance, lover of a great party, hard worker, great sense of humor to name a few) it was her kindness to everyone that her friends and family admired most. She always looked at the positive side of tough situations. Both personally and professionally, Adelaide consistently conducted herself as the epitome of a lady and had genuine concern and unlimited time for anyone, including animals, needing her love or help. She will be missed tremendously.
A funeral will be at 2:00 o'clock p.m., Tuesday, January 8th, in the First Baptist Church of Shelby. A reception will follow in the Earl Scruggs Center on Shelby's old courthouse square. If desired, memorials may be made to Destination Cleveland County (103 S. Lafayette Street, Shelby NC 28150), the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum ("BRAHM") (159 Ginny Stevens Lane, Blowing Rock, NC 28605) or to the American Cancer Society (www.cancer.org).
Cecil M. Burton Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the family of Mrs Craver.
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Published in Shelby Star on Jan. 6, 2019.
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January 17, 2019
My deepest sympathy for your loss. May the God of Comfort, continue to comfort the family during these difficult time. May he continue to give support and loving kindness to all. 1 Cor 1:3&4
Barbara Toatley
January 17, 2019
My deepest sympathy for your loss. May the God of Comfort, continue to comfort the family during these difficult time. May he continue to give support and loving kindness to all. 1 Cor 1:3&4
Barbara Sutton
January 15, 2019
May family, friends and good memories sustain you as the days pass by. Please accept my sincere condolences. John 14:18
January 13, 2019
Our thoughts and prayers are with you Dick and all of your family.
Tim & Carolyn Hilton
Friend
January 12, 2019
Our prayers are with you during this time of grief.
Nelsa and Gabrielle Feaster
Friend
January 9, 2019
We are so sorry about the loss of Adelaide. I was in high school with her. She was a very kind, amazing lady. May God's love help you during this painful time. With prayers and sympathy, Bill and Louise (Harry) Neal.
Louise Neal
Friend
January 8, 2019
Adelaide was so ...Adelaide. I can think of no other quite like her. She was intelligent, thoughtful, humorous, and a great listener. She was a true southern lady with a side order of well-warranted grit. Adelaide was grateful for all the gifts life gave her and also generous in sharing her knowledge, experience, and wealth. I absolutely adored her, and she will be missed. My sincerest condolences to Dickie, Newton, Adelaide and the extended family. I hope you know she was so, so very special to me and my family.
Whitney Bridges
Friend
January 8, 2019
Very special lady.
Robert Jones
Coworker
January 8, 2019
I'd like to extend my condolences to the family and friends for the loss of your loved one Adelaide Craver, may the words at 2 Thessalonians 2:16, 17 soothe your hearts.
January 8, 2019
steve gantt
January 8, 2019
A beautiful friend and neighbor -- we shall all miss her greatly. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Dick, as well as all of your family and may God bless you all with many happy memories to sustain you during this sad time and forever. Sincerely, Alice Guion Roess, Blowing Rock
Alice Roess
Friend
January 7, 2019
Dick, Harry and I are so very sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our prayers.
Diane Mauney
Friend
January 7, 2019
Our dearest friends, Vic and I are out of the country but many people have sent messages of Adelaide's passing. She was one of our favorite people. We were always greeted as one of the family and enjoyed the love and laughter of all of the Craver family. Adelaide was a champion and role model for us all. Our family will miss her lovely smile and precious spirit. Vic and I will see you soon. Cile
Cile Wray
January 7, 2019
May the historical legacy of Mrs. Adelaide, occupy grief.
Ursula Walls
Acquaintance
January 7, 2019
We Dorsey- Hayes family,sending Our condolences to the Craver family.Mrs.Craver was a very sweet and lovely Lady,to my son Shawn Dorsey, her son was my son classmate,they are very good friends.we all loved Mrs.Craver, but God loved her more.We all loved her and she will surely be missed.
May Dorsey-Hayes
January 7, 2019
I know not what shoe size Adelaide wore each day. However, I do know that though her steps may be followed, her shoes will never truly be filled. She was bright, determined, charming, clear-thinking, gracious and tenacious. If it was the right thing to do and the right path to walk, Adelaide championed it. Our hearts are fuller having known her generosity and seen it in action, and heavier already missing her. Sincerely, Lisa Griffin
Lisa Griffin
January 7, 2019
We were so saddened to hear about Adelaide. I always looked so forward to seeing her on the beach and catching up with her by the pool.....PPV won't be the same. Our prayers are with you, Dick, and your family. ❤ Kathy and Steve Creech
January 7, 2019
We always looked forward to seeing Dick and Adelaide at Pawleys Island. They were a pleasure to be with. Adelaide encouraged me once to read a book "The Creature of Jekyll Island" which is a historical account of the inception and evolution of the Federal Reserve System. Both she and Dick were very knowledgeable about banking ,current events and legal matters. Our blessings to young Adelaide and Dick. Susan and Wendell Cantrell Spartanburg SC
Wendell Susan Cantrell
January 7, 2019
Susan and I always looked forward to seeing Dick and Adelaide at Pawleys Island. They were fun to talk to and very knowledgeable. Once Adelaide encouraged me to read "The Creature of Jekyll Island" a history of the inception and evolution of the Federal Reserve System. As a banker and lawyer, she was well read and informed on current issues. Our blessings to young Adelaide and Dick. Wendell and Susan Cantrell Spartanburg SC
Wendell/ Susan Cantrell
January 7, 2019
I AM VERY SORRY TO HEAR OF ADELAIDE PASSING! SHE WAS A OUTSTANDING LADY. I HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF WORKING AT FIRST NATIONAL BANK FOR 23 YEARS. SHE WAS SO GRACIOUS AND COMPASSIONATE AND CARING. SHE IS GOING TO BE GREATLY MISSED. MY PRAYERS ARE WITH THE FAMILY.
Abby Hamrick
Coworker
January 7, 2019
Thinking of you at this time. Adelaide will be remembered fondly.
Cameron & Linda Ware
Friend
January 7, 2019
wendell/susan cantrell
January 7, 2019
In loving memory of a wonderful person. Our deepest condolences.
Scott & Jamie Pope
Friend
January 7, 2019
Dear Craver family, As lifelong friends of your family and great admirers of Adelaide, we share in your grief and wish you comfort and peace as you come together to celebrate her remarkable life. Adelaide and Dick attended Mom and Dad's small and intimate 50th wedding anniversary in Dec 2015. What a sparkling and intelligent couple! In my nearly 50 years I have always been enthralled by your consistently bright, well-informed, compassionate, and humorous conversation. We will miss Adelaide and are here for you Dick! Love, David, Suha, David, Jack and William
David Smoot
January 6, 2019
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January 6, 2019
Dick,
I am so sorry for your loss. Adelaide was an outstanding individual... and a lady. My sympathy to all your family.
Bob Ragan
Charlotte
Robert Ragan
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January 6, 2019
Adelaide was such a special Lady to us and all who knew her well. Over the years we spent many, many wonderful evenings with her & Dick in Blowing Rock. She had a great sense of humor and was a wonderful & interesting conversationalist. We will miss her warm shining presence and engaging ever smiling face.
Laurin & Bill Carter
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January 6, 2019
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January 6, 2019
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January 6, 2019
Condolences to the family and friends of Ms. Craver. Her genuine care for others will be remembered. May the God of comfort and peace strengthen you during this difficult time. She is resting in Gods memory.
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January 6, 2019
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January 6, 2019
I hate to hear this. Ms. Craver was such a kind person. When I worked at First National and a family member passed away she called me on the phone to tell me how sorry she was. I will never forget that. I loved how she dressed up as a witch on Halloween and would go down the hall to see everyone but would wouldn't say much other than Happy Halloween in a spoky voice. I'm so sorry for your loss. Your family will be in my prayers.
Apryl Tessener
January 6, 2019
Adelaide was such a fine person and friend. So you will surely take great pleasure in your fond memories of her after the initial sorrow.
We had such a good time in elementary and high school. Her positive attitude was a catalyst for everything she did. And we all admired her intellect and the way she used it to better every happening and project around her.
Love to you, Dick, and all your family.
Kathryn Oehler Sellers
January 6, 2019
Godspeed to a fantastic woman!
Kelly Hastings
January 6, 2019
may the God of all comfort strengthen you during this time of deep sorrow. those who pass on God keeps in his memory because they are precious in his eyes. psalms 116:15
January 5, 2019
Thinking of you and keeping you in prayer.May you find strength in God, love and memories shared. Sincerely, Roger and Angela (Degree) Hernandez
Angela Degree Hernandez
Friend
January 5, 2019
Adelaide and I were distant cousins (we never traced it exactly) and fellow officers at First Union National Bank in Charlotte. Above all, I recall that she was a true lady - loving, kind, funny, a good friend and she will be missed greatly by all who knew her. Sleep well, Adelaide - we will see each other again. Betsy Lutz
Betsy Lutz
Family
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