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Obituary for Ron Hovis

Cherryville - Mr. David Ronald "Ron" Hovis, Sr., 79, passed away peacefully on Sunday, October 9, 2022 at his residence surrounded by his family.

Ron was born in Lincoln County, NC on October 12, 1942 the son of the late James Ralph "Tom" Hovis and Angelita Hollifield Hovis. He was retired from the trucking industry having worked for Carolina Freight Carriers Corporation in Cherryville for 30 years. Ron was a faithful member of the First United Methodist Church in Cherryville and the Men's Bible Class. He also served the church in various other capacities over the years. He was a member of Cherryville Masonic Lodge #505 A.F. & A.M. and Oasis Shriners. Ron had a passion for serving the City of Cherryville from his early days as he was a member of Jaycee's and later would serve as a city councilman for Cherryville. He also served as a member of the Gaston County School Board, Board of Trustees for Gaston College and a member of the NC Beverage Control Board. Ron was an avid sportsman and played baseball in his youth and was drafted in the 1960's to play for the Washington Senators. He was inducted into the Cherryville Sports Hall of Fame. He also had a love for golf and was a former club champion at Cherryville Country Club. Ron also served on the ElectriCities Board of Directors. He and his wife Janice were the only husband and wife members to be awarded the Lifetime achievement award.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his sister, Janice Ruth Hovis Anthony.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Janice Ledford Hovis of the home; a daughter Julie Dawn Lyles and husband Tracy of Cherryville; a son, David Ronald Hovis, Jr. of Huntersville; a granddaughter, Mary Elizabeth Wyatt (Cain Wilkinson) of Cherryville; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Steve and Patty Owens of Cherryville; a brother-in-law, Eddie Ledford of Gastonia. Also surviving are numerous nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 5:00PM to 8:00PM on Tuesday, October 11, 2022 at First United Methodist Church in Cherryville.

A celebration of life service will be held at 11:00AM on Wednesday, October 12, 2022 at First United Methodist Church with Rev Zack Christy, Dr. Bill Lowe and Rev. Jerry Lail officiating.

Masonic Rites will be given by Cherryville Masonic Lodge following the service

Burial will be private.

Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, 601 N. Pink Street, Cherryville, NC 28021.

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Stamey-Cherryville Funeral Home & Cremation Service is serving the Hovis family.