Essie Decker

    Essie Mae Decker, 96, of Murphy, passed away Friday, May 20, 2016, at Mission Hospital in Asheville.
    She was a native of Walton County, Ga., but lived most of her life in Murphy. Essie was a daughter of the late C.H. and Mary Carder Cavender.
    Essie worked with her husband at the produce stand and antique shop. She was a member of Mount Liberty Baptist Church.
    In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of more than 70 years, Charlie Decker; one brother, Charles Cavender; and three sisters, Elma “Doe” Childers, Myrtle Forrister and Kaye Owenby.
    She is survived by her daughter, Hilda Joan Decker Baumgardner and husband Ralph Jr. of Raleigh; one granddaughter, Bethany Decker Baumgardner-Kirby and husband Keith of Lenoir; several cousins, nieces and nephews.
    Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday May 28, at Mount Liberty Baptist Church, where she was laid to rest beside her beloved husband, Charlie. The Revs. Eddie Cook and Zach Orton officiated.
    The family received friends from 6-8 p.m. Friday, May 27, at Townson-Rose Funeral Home in Murphy.
    The family would like to extend a special thank you with sincere appreciation to Essie’s extended family, caregivers, friends and neighbors for their help, support, dedication, love, thoughtfulness and kindness during this time of need. We have been blessed beyond measure.
    Essie loved flowers and gardening so flowers are very welcome. Essie loved cats and enjoyed taking care of them, so memorial contributions may be made to Valley River Humane Society, P.O. Box 658, Murphy, NC 28906.  The men and women who delivered Essie’s meals each day always brought a smile to her face, so contributions also may be made to the Cherokee County Home Delivered Meals Program, c/o Peggy Graham, 69 Alpine St., Murphy, NC 28906.
    Life is about your journey and the people that you cross paths with, and we are better for having crossed paths with Essie Mae. She is one of those people who can’t be replaced. She will only be followed.
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    Townson-Rose Funeral Home was in charge of all arrangements.