Gerstle Owens Dendy, 96 of Highlands went to be with her Lord on May 27, 2022 surrounded by her loving family. Gerstle was born July 5, 1925, in Macon County to the late Fred Owens and Alifair Chastain Owens. Gerstle was a homemaker and a key member of the Dendy Apples operations team. Gerstle’s two main interests in life were serving God and her family. She was actively involved in Goldmine Baptist Church where she taught numerous Sunday School classes, was instrumental in starting the Training Union program, served as the church treasurer for 40 years, plus many other duties. Gerstle was a devoted wife and mother, unselfishly supporting and serving her family in every way possible.
Gerstle is preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, John Clifford Dendy; brothers Verlon, Odell, Conley, Onville, Neville and Oscar Owens; and sister Vera Southard Wurst. She is survived by three children; Linda Dendy McCall of Highlands, Larry Dendy (Sherry) of Ayden NC, and Myrtice Dendy Trent (Glenn) of Zirconia NC. Gerstle is also survived by three grandchildren; Timothy Shirley of Franklin, Heather Greer (Chip) of Winston-Salem NC, and Eric Dendy (Hai Yan) of Charlottesville, VA., and three special great grandchildren: Avery, Adrianna and Elijah. Gerstle is also survived by her sister Lilly Tomlin of Graham NC, and several nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM on Monday May 30, 2022, at Goldmine Baptist Church with the Rev. Gene Hawkins and Rev. Mikell Bennett officiating. The burial service, led by Rev. Gary McDaniel, will follow at Mount Moriah Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 PM on Sunday May 29, 2022 at Bryant Grant Funeral Home, Franklin. Pallbearers will be Timothy Shirley, Chip Greer, Eric Dendy, Gary Owens, Neal Owens, Barry Owens and Jeff Hawkins. Honorary pallbearers will be Charles Shirley, Rufus Owens, Norman Owens, Geter Owens, Ed Southard, John McCall and Mack Dendy.
The family would like to express its deepest thanks to all those special care givers who loved and cared for Mom over the last four years.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to either Mount Moriah Cemetery Fund (mail to: 21 Pine Cone Drive, Franklin NC 28734) or Goldmine Baptist Church (mail to: 3051 Dendy Orchard Road, Highlands NC 28741)
Bryant-Grant Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Dendy family. Online condolences can be made at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com