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Mary Elizabeth "Lib" Bridges Hamrick

LAWNDALE — Mrs. Mary Elizabeth (Lib) Bridges Hamrick, 78, of 148 Ball Park Road, died Saturday, July 19, 2003, at Cleveland Pines Nursing Center in Shelby.

A native of Cleveland County, she was the daughter of Ola Smawley Bridges and Ernest Durham Bridges.

Mrs. Hamrick and her husband, William Dixon Hamrick, were co-owners of Hamrick’s Supermarket in Lawndale for over 30 years. Mrs. Hamrick graduated from Piedmont School as the valedictorian of the class of 1941. She attended Elon College. During World War II, she worked at Fort Bragg for the motor transport district. She was also an executive secretary at Cleveland Mills in Lawndale. She was an active member of New Bethel Baptist Church in Lawndale where she served as church clerk for 14 years and as a Sunday school teacher. In addition, she was past secretary for the Upper Cleveland Chamber of Commerce. Mrs. Hamrick was a charter member of the Lawndale Historical Society where she served as secretary until recently. In the years since her retirement, she has been a volunteer at Fallston Elementary School.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William Dixon Hamrick and one brother, the Rev. Harold Bridges.

She is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Betsy and Everett Hord of Lawndale and Nancy and Greg Isenhour of New House; one brother, Myles Bridges of Oak Island; one sister, Ernestine Bishop of Shelby; four grandchildren, Joseph Everett Hord Jr., Dixon James Hord, Daniel Gregory Isenhour and Laura Elizabeth Isenhour.

The funeral will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. at New Bethel Baptist Church in Lawndale with the Revs. Ronell Owensby and Ben Davis officiating. The body will be placed in the church 30 minutes before the funeral. Burial will follow in Rose Hill Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Stamey Funeral Home in Fallston.

Memorials may be made to New Bethel Baptist Church, P.O. Box 5, Lawndale, NC 28090, to the Lawndale Historical Society, P.O. Box 733, Lawndale, NC 28090, or to the Spangler Branch Library, 112 Piedmont Drive, Lawndale, NC 28090. A guest register is available online at