JULIAN Mr. Bruce Elwood Friddle, 91, passed away peacefully with his family and friends present at Clapp's Nursing Center on September 6, 2012.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, September 9, at Coble's Lutheran Church, where he was a life-long member. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. The Rev. Raymond Petrea will officiate.
Bruce was born on September 7, 1920 to the late H. Wyatt and Ethel Coble Friddle. After graduating from Nathaniel Greene High School, he served in the United States Army as a member of the 524th Military Police Battalion, stationed in Linz, Austria. He worked as a Branch Office Manager for Wade's Dry Cleaners and later as the Mail Department Supervisor for Pilot Life Insurance Company, where he retired with 22 years of service. Quickly tiring of retirement, he worked for a short time at Cone Hospital. He later worked for Buchanan Drug, delivering prescription medications. He concluded his working career by working 10 years for Hertz Auto Rental as an auto transporter. He then retired to devote his energies to his beloved farm. He was a member of the Buena Vista Lodge of the Independent Order of Oddfellows for well over 40 years.
He was predeceased by his loving wife of 70 years, Margaret Bowman Friddle ("Little Momma"); sisters, Aileen Sharpe (Marshall Sharpe), Mildred Simpson (J. Warren Simpson); brother, Jack B. Friddle (Patricia Walters Friddle); and numerous nieces.
Bruce is survived by his sons, Randy Friddle (Belinda) of Browns Summit and Steve Friddle of Greensboro; granddaughter, Anna Friddle Evans (Patrick) of Reidsville; step-granddaughters, Stephanie Reid (Harry) of Burlington and Kimberly Parker (Fred) of Elon; numerous nieces and one nephew.
The family would like to express their thanks to the staff of Clapp's Nursing Center and Clapp's Assisted Living Center in Pleasant Garden for the excellent care they provided to Bruce for the past few months.
Visitation will be held from 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m., tonight, Saturday, at Forbis & Dick Pleasant Garden Chapel.
Memorials may be made in memory of Bruce to Coble's Lutheran Church, 5200 Coble's Church Rd., Julian, NC 27283.
Offer online condolences to www.forbisanddick.com