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Originally published: 2013-09-11 13:31:33
Last modified: 2013-09-11 13:32:17

Elmer Lee Moretz

Elmer Lee Moretz, 84, of Lenoir passed away Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, at Gateway Nursing Home.

Mr. Moretz was born in Watauga County to the late Wade H. Moretz and Venie Greene Moretz. He was retired from the furniture industry and he was a proud veteran of the U.S. Army. He was a member of Joyceton Baptist Church.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Nancy JoAnn Jones Moretz; a son, Thomas Wade Moretz; his brothers, Eston , Rodney and Lawrence Moretz; two sisters, Ella Mae Fletcher and Lena Belle Cullers.

Survivors include his son, Gary Moretz of Lenoir; a grandson, Adam Thomas Moretz of Kernersville, and his mother, Teresa and husband, Bernie, and sister, Morgan Ann; his sisters, Pauline Moretz and husband, Howard, of Lexington, and Ruth Shaver and husband, Robert, of Independence, Va.

A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, in Pendry's Chapel with the Rev. Ed Ford and the Rev. Gary Moretz officiating. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at Pendry's Lenoir Funeral Home one hour prior to the service.

Serving as pallbearers will be Sam Shaver, Bernie Smith, Gregory Van Dyke, Benny Eldreth, Allan Milligan and Don Hall. Honorary pallbearers will be the nephews of Mr. Moretz.

The family respectfully requests that memorials be made to Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care, 902 Kirkwood Street, Lenoir, NC 28645. Flowers will be accepted.

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Pendry's Lenoir Funeral Home is honored to be serving the family of Elmer Lee Moretz.