Donald Franklin Rhom, 80, of 811 Pleasant Dr., died Sat., May 25, 2014, at Hospice at Wendover. A native of McDowell County, he was the son of the late Clyde and Florence Hoppes Rhom. He served in the Army during the Korean Conflict, and was a member of the Chosen Few. He worked as a Plant Engineer for the City of Shelby, until his retirement, was a Mason and Shriner, having served as past Master of Lodge 744 and past President of Piedmont Shrine Club. Donald was instrumental in the incorporation of the Town of Patterson Springs and served as Mayor. He was a member of Crestview Baptist Church, where he had served as a Sunday School Teacher and numerous committees and boards.
PRECEDED: In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Betsy Carrigan Rhom; and great-grandson, Mason McCulloch.
SURVIVED: He is survived by his son, John E. Rhom and wife Penny H. of Shelby; daughters, Susan R. Guffey and husband Mitchell D. of Boiling Springs, and Heather R. Huskey of Lattimore.; grandchildren, Heidi G. McCulloch, Joshua C. Guffey and wife Lizzie W., Erich T. Rhom and wife Leslie R., Syndi R. Hamrick, and Carrigan E. Huskey; great-grandchildren, Mollie and Maggie McCulloch, Georgia Guffey, Alex, Jacob, and Issac Rhom, Johnathon and Allison Hamrick; brothers, Fred Rhom and wife Meridian of Idaho, Eugene Rhom and wife Jeanette of Asheville, and Douglas Rhom and wife Tracey of Texas; and special care giver, Bonnie Tesseneer.
SERVICES: Thursday, 6PM, at Crestview Baptist Church
VISITATION: The family will receive friends following the service, at the church, and other times at his home.
BURIAL: Friday, 10AM, at Cleveland Memorial Park with Masonic and Military honors
CLERGY: Revs. Stan Webb and Artie Hubbard
MEMORIALS: Hospice of Cleveland County, 951 Wendover Heights Dr., Shelby, NC 28150 or Masonic Home for Children at Oxford, 600 College St., Oxford, NC 27565
FUNERAL HOME: Clay-Barnette Funeral Home of Shelby