Bertram "Bert" Clay Donnelly, 91, of Hickory, passed away March 21, 2013 at Catawba Regional Hospice. God made sure the family was there in time to be with him in his last minutes.
Born June 30th, 1921 in Polk Co., NC, he was the son of the late John Preston and Carrie Belle Ballew Donnelly.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Juanita Wright Donnelly; three brothers, Robert, Claude and Jay Donnelly; three sisters, Nelle Lowman, Pearle Phillips, and Mae Thompson.
Bert was a very active member of St. Luke's United Methodist Church for over fifty years. He was a member of Hickory Lion's Club for years and also served as President.
Starting at age 16 he worked for Better Homes Furnishing Co., and worked his way to manager, retiring after 55 years. Bert extended kindness and generosity to his many customers.
He proudly served in the U.S. Navy during WWII.
A service with Military Honors to celebrate the life of Bert Donnelly will be held at 11:00 AM Tuesday, March 26th, 2013 at St. Luke's United Methodist Church with the Rev. Mark Andrews and the Rev. Cindy Wechter officiating.
The family will receive friends in the church parlor following the service.
He is survived by his wife, Sharon Branch Donnelly of the home; son, Ned Donnelly (Mary Ellen) of Little Switzerland, NC ; daughters, Emma K. Anderson of Charlotte, NC, Susanne Parker (Steve) of Charlotte; stepchildren, Pam of Hickory, NC , David (Olga) of Hickory, NC, Michael (Diane) Sigmon of Franklin, TN; beloved grandchildren, Leigh Morris, Greg Donnelly, Ashley Clements, Clay Abell, Nik Sigmon, Michelle Sigmon, Luke Sigmon, Samuel Sigmon; great-grandchildren, Heatherlyn, Adam, Lamont, Holly, Trey, Spencer, Sara, Emma, Maggie, Katie, Jenny Grace, Kala, Riley, Reagan; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 52 16th Ave. NW Hickory, NC 28601; Catawba Regional Hospice, 3975 Robinson Rd. Newton, NC 28658; or the American Cancer Society, 6000 Fairview Rd Suite 200 Charlotte, NC 28210.
Bass-Smith Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the family of Bert Clay Donnelly.