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Grace Hamrick Eskridge

SHELBY - Mrs. Grace Hamrick Eskridge, 79, of 330 W. College Ave., died Thursday, Sept. 27, 2001, at Crawley Memorial Hospital.

A native of Cleveland County, she retired from Cleveland Mills Co. where she worked in the Packing Department. She was a member of Poplar Springs Baptist Church and belonged to the Agape Bible Study and the Triple L. Senior Group.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Zeb N. and Eva Webb Hamrick and her husband, James M. "Dutch" Eskridge.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Steve and Elnora Eskridge of Shelby; a grandson and his wife, Sgt. Jeffery and Marie Eskridge of Ridgecrest, Calif.; two granddaughters and their husbands, Kim and Pat Litton and Penny and Robert Melton, all of Shelby; a great-granddaughter, Kasey Eskridge of Ridgecrest; four great-grandsons, Tanner Eskridge of Ridgecrest and Jake Litton, Zach Melton and Nick Melton of Shelby; and two sisters, Kathleen Southard and Mabel Hunt of Shelby.

The funeral was Thursday evening at Cleveland Funeral Services Chapel with the Rev. Clyde Buckner and Dr. Jim Richardson officiating. Burial is today at 10 a.m. at Rose Hill Memorial Park.

The family received friends following the service at the funeral home and other times they will be at the family headquarters at 429 Old Boiling Springs Road, Shelby.

Memorials may be made to the "Together We Build Fund," Poplar Springs Baptist Church, 1106 Poplar Springs Church Road, Shelby, NC 28152.