Mary Manuel Lochridge, age 88, left Kings Mountain Hospice House at 9:41 p.m. February 1, 2013 and walked into her new dwelling place. She was no doubt greeted by her Lord and Savior with those words all of us should long to hear; “Well done, good and faithful servant. Enter into the joy your Lord has prepared for you. The youngest of 6 children born to Rev. M.E. Manuel and his wife, Emma, in Forsyth County, NC. Mary gave her heart and life to Christ at an early age. She served the Lord faithfully with her husband, Rev. James “Jim” T. Lochridge, Sr., as a missionary in eastern Kentucky and then missionary homemaker for 27 years in the Philippine Islands.
Having retired from the International Mission Board in 1988, she and Jim settled in Albany, Ga. and served the Lord as members of First Baptist Church working in WMU, Sunday School, and missions. They were in demand to teach mission studies and worked in church youth camps for many years following their “retirement”.
In April, 2007, they moved to yet another mission field, living with the oldest son and his wife at “Lochridge Lodging and Old Folks Home” , 112 Cyclone Lane, Kings Mountain, NC. They joined Second Baptist Church where James, Jr. serves as pastor and immediatly became involved in service. Mary served as Sunday School teacher for the Martha Class, pianist for Adult 2 opening assembly, team member for the Wed. morning Bible study at Summit Place, Kings Mountain, member of the Lydia Group (missions) and wherever else the Lord gave her opportunity. She will be sorely missed as reflected by a frequently heard statement these days, “ I miss my hugs”.
SURVIVORS:Husband of 66 years: Rev. James “Jim” T. Lochridge, Sr., Kings Mtn
Sons: Rev. James Lochridge, Jr. and wife Belinda, Kings Mountain
William “Billy” Lochridge and wife Sally, Alpharetta, Ga.
Brother: Wilburn “Red” Manuel and wife Hazel, Winston- Salem,
Sister: Pauline “Polly” Smith, Clemmons, NC
5 Grandchildren, 5 Great-grandchildren, 1 Great- Great-Grandchild
And a host of dear dear friends.
MEMORIAL SERVICE: Second Baptist Church, Kings Mountain
Saturday, February 9, 2013 11:00 A.M.
Rev. James Lochridge, officiating
A meal will be served for everyone following the service in the Life Enrichment Center of
VISITATION: 10:00 – 11:00 A.M. Saturday, February 9, 2013 prior to the service
in the sanctuary of Second Baptist Church.
MEMORIALS: Second Baptist Church, Mission House, 120 Linwood Rd.,
Kings Mountain, NC 28086, International Mission Board SBC P.O. Box 6767, Richmond, Va. 23230, Hospice House of Kings Mountain951 Wendover Heights, Shelby, NC 28150
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