Rex Kephart, 79, of Murphy, passed away Monday, Oct. 31, 2016, in a Chattanooga, Tenn., hospital.
Rex was a native and lifetime resident of Cherokee County. He worked for Citizens Bank & Trust, Wachovia, and Citizens Bank for 36 years, retiring in 1996. Rex also worked in the Cherokee County Tax Office for six years.
He was a member of the Murphy Lions Club.
Rex was a member of Ebenezer Baptist Church, but he attended Boiling Springs Baptist Church.
He was the son of the late Dee and Beatrice McDonald Kephart.
Surviving are his wife of 61 years, Mary Nell Sutton Kephart; two daughters, Cheryl Brown of Murphy, and Pamela Denton and husband Kenneth of Collierville, Tenn.; two sons, Darryl Kephart and wife Karen and Barry Kephart, all of Murphy; a sister, Betty Kephart and husband Kenneth of Murphy; two brothers, Jerry Kephart and wife Pat of Murphy and Ricky Kephart and wife Judy of Soddy Daisy, Tenn.; three grandchildren, four step-grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and a step-great-grandchild.
Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy, with the Revs. Eddis Dockery and Calvin Murphy officiating. The interment will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 4, in Ebenezer Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Roger Kephart, John Fowler, Johnny Phillips, Dan Miller, David Hilton and Larry Shope. Honorary pallbearers will be Steve Phillips, Dennis Dockery, Billy Carringer, Jimmy Carringer, Raby Carter and men of Boiling Springs Baptist Church.
The family will receive friends from 5-6:45 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, at Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy, prior to the services.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made in memory of Rex Kephart to Gideons International, P.O. Box 164, Murphy, NC 28906 and/or Ebenezer Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Sharon Kephart, 1045 Ebenezer Road, Murphy, NC 28906.
Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy, is in charge of all arrangements.
An online guest register is available at www.iviefuneralhomeinc.com.