Born July 12, 1926, Alva P. Hoke passed away at home on July 18. Her funeral service will be held Friday, July 23, at 11:00 at the Hiddenite Methodist Church with interment following at Hiddenite Cemetery. Reverend Greg Lee will be the presiding minister.
Born to Julius Stamey Payne and Mamie Leota Stine Payne, she graduated from high school in Alexander County.
As a young girl, she worked with her sisters at her father’s drug store in downtown Hiddenite in the building that now houses The Yellow Deli.
After graduating from Mitchell College, she worked for the Alexander Railroad, first in Hiddenite and, later, in Taylorsville.
She was a lifelong member of Hiddenite Methodist Church where she was a member of the choir and taught Sunday School for youth for many years. She was an active member of the UMW for decades.
She also operated stables, in conjunction with her first husband, Phil Lackey, and trained Tennessee Walking Horses.
As a painter, she enjoyed creating landscapes, and her house is filled with her many paintings. She was the featured artist in a show at the Hiddenite Center and contributed pieces in other exhibitions.
She was predeceased by her parents, her sister, Martha Leota Payne Hoke, and her second husband, George Clayton Hoke.
She is survived by her sister Rita Payne Ledford, of Hiddenite, and her stepchildren, Tim (Kim) Hoke of Chapel Hill, Rodger (Linda) Hoke of Pfafftown, Chris Hoke (Elizabeth Andrews) of Raleigh, and Tom (Rachel) Hoke of Piedmont, SC.
She is also survived by eight step-grandchildren and eight step-great-grandchildren and her nephew, Don Ledford (Jeana) of Winston-Salem.
The family extends its appreciation to her wonderful caregivers, especially Theta and Tammy, for their conscientious and loving care and to Alexander County Hospice.
Those wishing to honor her memory may wish to support Hiddenite Methodist Church, 145 Hiddenite Church Rd, Hiddenite, NC 28636 or Alexander County Hospice, 50 Lucy Echerd Lane, Taylorsville, NC 28681.