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Ethel Champion Weathers

SHELBY — Mrs. Ethel Champion Weathers, 86, of 302 Old Mill Road, died Tuesday, July 2, 2002, at White Oak Manor in Shelby.

A native of Cleveland County, she was a homemaker and member of Double Shoals Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by parents, Edgar Champion Sr. and Lela Wright Champion; her husband, William Alton Weathers; two brothers, Ralph Champion and Edgar Champion Jr.; and three sisters, Ruth Hopper, Luna Wellmon and Larine Lanier.

She is survived by two daughters and a son-in-law, Mary and L.G. Hopper of Gastonia and Joan Weaver of Shelby; five brothers, Raymond Champion, Ray Champion and Hal Champion, all of Shelby, Buford Champion of Swainesville and Jack Champion of Cherryville; three sisters, Diane Earwood of Shelby, Vernie Houser of Charlotte and Brenda Marlow of Gastonia; eight grandchildren, Wanda Beane of Sampson, Ala., Patty Beane of Hickory Grove, S.C., Barbara Barker of Bessemer City, Susan Arrendale of Gastonia, Tim Hopper of Cherryville, Larry Weaver of Lincolnton, Lisa Buckner of Candler and Ericka Martin of Shelby; and 15 great-grandchildren.

The funeral will be Friday at 11 a.m. at Double Shoals Baptist Church with the Rev. Eric Davis officiating. The body will be placed in the church 30 minutes before the service. Interment will be in the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends tonight 5 to 7 at Clay-Barnette Funeral Home and at other times at the home.

Memorials may be made to Double Shoals Baptist Church Building Fund, 318 Old Mill Road, Shelby, NC 28150.