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Bernice Lyerly

March 16, 1937 ~ March 14, 2022 (age 84)



Bernice T Lyerly, 84, of Albemarle, died Monday, March 14 at her home.

A private celebration of life will be held at a later date.  

Bernice was born March 16, 1937 in Stanly County to the late Mary Magdalene and Hugh Martin Thompson.  She was a retiree of the Corner Store.  She was a longtime member of Immanuel Baptist Church where in her younger days she was very active with the women’s group and children’s ministries.  

Bernice was a wonderful cook and enjoyed cooking lunch for her family each Sunday as long as her health permitted.  She was a loving and faithful mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.  Bernice was known as “mawmaw” to her great-grandchildren and they were the light of her life.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by husbands, Jonah Poplin and George Lyerly and granddaughter Stacey Poplin. 

She is survived by her daughter Debora Norris (Virrian) of Norwood, two sons, Kenneth Poplin (Sheila) of Norwood, Jay Poplin of Albemarle, and step-daughter, Robin Lyerly Belk (James) of Salisbury.  Eight grandchildren, Tonya Crisco (Jeff), Laura Mabry (Dennis), Josh Poplin, Leah Norris, Landyn Poplin, Timothy, Justin and Tyler Belk.  Great-granchildren, Aliye and Jace Mabry, Caleb and Abagail Crisco, Daylan Coleman, Lil Josh Poplin, Kalista, Haleigh and Daniel Herbert, and Addie Belk and Zane Yost.

Memorials may be made to Immanuel Baptist Church 1309 Old Charlotte Road, Albemarle, NC 28001 or the Humane Society 2049 Badin Rd, Albemarle, NC 28001.

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