Cecil Carl Derreberry
Cecil Carl Derreberry, 97, of Andrews, passed away peacefully Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019, at his residence.
Carl was born Oct. 31, 1921, to Napoleon (Poley) and Betty Curtis Derreberry.
He was a native and lifetime resident of Cherokee County. Carl was a loving and caring husband, father, son and brother.
Carl was a carpenter by trade and loved to build with his hands. He also loved to garden and share his produce with friends and neighbors.
He was a lifetime member and deacon of Valley River Baptist Church and a veteran of World War II, serving in the United States Army.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 70 years, Grace Luther Derreberry, who died May 14, 2016; infant daughter, Glenda Lou; grandson, Clark Earwood, son-in-law, Ron Hicks; four brothers, Clyde, Claude, Ward and Hoyle Derreberry; and six sisters, Ruby Adams, Bonnie Barker, Mae Phillips, Marie West, Maggie Derreberry and Bettie Sue Love Parker.
He is survived by three daughters, Linda Hedrick and husband Jerry of Rutherford College, Vickie Hicks of Andrews, and Shirley Owenby and husband Dick of Dillon, Mont.; grandson, David Owenby and wife Kelley of Erie, Colo.; brother, Austin Derreberry and wife Dot of Andrews; and sister, Joyce Foster of Advance. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews, and a special caregiver, Angie Payne.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6, at Valley River Baptist Church with the Revs. Roy Phillips and Roger Derreberry officiating. Music was provided by Tony Pace and Angie Payne.
The interment was in the church cemetery with military graveside rites provided by Murphy American Legion Post 96, Hayesville VFW Post 6812, and Hayesville American Legion Post 532. Pallbearers were Danny Derreberry, Steve Adams, Jimmy Morgan, James Young, Cecil Warren, Eddie and Matthew Wood. Honorary pallbearers were David Williams, Bill Phillips and Alvin Gunnels.
The family received friends from noon-1:45 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6, at Valley River Baptist Church prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, the family requested memorials be made in memory of Cecil Carl Derreberry to Valley River Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Pearl Warren, P.O. Box 1189, Andrews, NC 28901; or Gideons International, P.O. Box 164, Murphy, NC. 28906.
Ivie Funeral Home, Andrews, was in charge of all arrangements.
An online guest register was available at iviefuneralhomeinc.com.