Obern Larry Fox
Obern Larry Fox, 71, of Statesville, passed away Wednesday, September 28, 2016, at Jurney’s Assisted Living, following three years of declining health.
Mr. Fox was born on November 22, 1944, in Iredell County, son of the late Obern Lee Fox and Ila Mae Sprinkle Fox. He was a graduate of Central School, and he attended Catawba County Technical College.
On March 8, 1970, he married Nelda Shore Fox, formerly of Yadkinville, who survives.
Mr. Fox was a member of Ham’s Grove Baptist Church where he served as a Deacon, church treasurer, and a song leader, all for many years. He was employed with Mill’s Electronics for 20 years, and then with Statesville Auto Supply for 20 years, as an in-store parts salesman, until his retirement. He was also a member of the Ebenezer Ruritan Club, which he helped to organize in the 1980’s.
Larry enjoyed spending time at his church and with his family. He also enjoyed gospel singing, reading, golf, cooking for church events, watching TV, and time at the beach with his family and friends. Before his health failed, he and Nelda enjoyed visiting the sick and elderly.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Fox was preceded in death by two sisters, Marie Fox Sullivan and her husband Paul, and Glenda Mae Fox; along with a nephew, Dr. Kerry P. Sullivan.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Nelda Fox, and a son, Kevin Larry Fox, both of the home; a sister, Nelda Fox Millsaps (Kirt) of Statesville; three nephews, Kent Millsaps (Melody) of Monroe, Brent Millsaps (Lisa) of Statesville, and Dr. Brad Shore of Texas; a great-nephew, Tristan Millsaps of Statesville; and a brother-in-law, Leon Shore (Gayle) of Yadkinville.
Funeral services for Larry Fox were held Saturday, October 1, 2016, at Ham’s Grove Baptist Church, with Pastor James Bumgarner, Pastor Gene Shumaker, and Pastor David T. Martin officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Ham’s Grove Baptist Church, 202 Ham’s Grove Road, Statesville, NC 28625; or to Gordon Hospice House, 2341 Simonton Road, Statesville, NC 28625.
The family would like to extend their sincerest appreciation to the staff of Hospice and Palliative Care of Iredell County, the staff of Jurney’s Assisted Living, and the staff and doctors of Iredell Memorial Hospital. Also, a special thank you to Dr. Roger Hatharasinghe and Dr. James Bradford for the care and love given to Larry over the years.
Online condolences can be made to the family at www.nicholsonfunerals.com and Nicholson Funeral Home of Statesville served the family of Larry Fox.