Opal Yates Luther, 88, of Andrews, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017, at her home.
She was the daughter of Hester Brendle Yates Waldroup and her husband, Walt, of Andrews, and Bennie Yates of Hayesville.
She was a native and lifelong resident of Cherokee County. Opal was a loving mother and grandmother. She loved flowers, quilting, shopping at thrift stores, cleaning house and keeping her family straight.
Opal was a member of Valley River Baptist Church.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Gaines Luther; brother, Jack Yates; granddaughter, Misty Gunnels; and stepbrother, Fred Waldroup of Kansas City, Kan.
She is survived by her daughter, Nancy Gunnels and husband Alvin; sons, Ronald Luther and wife Betty, and Donald Ray Luther and wife Dana; grandchildren, Donna Hass, Teresa Mock, Christel Clark, Michell Higdon and Scott Gunnels; great-grandchildren, Brittney Luther, Drew Dehart, D.J. Mock, Mackenzie Higdon, Issac Mock, Alexis Hass, Kaden Clark, Carley Clark and Addison Higdon; great- great-grandchildren, Ansley Luther, Azlyn DeHart, Chevy Luther and Brylon DeHart; one niece, Lisa Yates; one nephew, Jeff Yates; stepsister, Elizabeth Masters and husband Bill of Cummings, Ga.; stepbrother, Joe Waldroup of Knoxville, Tenn.; and one sister-in-law, Bobbie Yates.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15, at Townson-Rose Chapel in Andrews. The Rev. Bo Phillips officated. Pallbearers were Dr. David Mock, Michael Higdon, Kenney Clark, Lynn Hass, Derek Luther and Cody Luther. Honorary pallbearers were Lucas Luther, Bryan Luther, David Williams, Allen Williams, Drew DeHart, Kaden Clark, D.J. Mock, Issac Mock, Scott Wyke and James Young. Burial was in the Valley River Cemetery.
The family received friends from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15, prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Four Seasons Hospice, 571 South Allen Road, Flat Rock NC 28731.
Townson-Rose Funeral Home was in charge of all arrangements.