GRANT GENE AWTREY, 74, New London, N.C., died Jan. 3, 2016, at Stanly Regional Medical Center, Albemarle, N.C. Born in Blount County, he was the son of the late Henry Awtrey and Leta Robertson Awtrey. He was the former owner and operator of Badin Lake General Store for more than 20 years and an avid Alabama football fan. He enjoyed riding around the lake with his fur buddies BB, Sadie, Matilda, Barker, and Cooper.
Surviving are wife Melba Jean Hamrick Awtrey; daughters Margaret Kirkman, Pittsboro, N.C., Denise Awtrey, New London, N.C.; son-in-law Gary Kirkman, Goldston, N.C.; grandson Paxton Kirkman (Caroline Livengood); brothers Bill Awtrey, Siler City, N.C., Gary Awtrey, Blountsville; sister Barbara Champion, Cleveland.
Steve Phillippi officiated the 11 a.m. memorial service held Jan. 9 at Chandler’s Grove United Methodist Church Cemetery. The family suggests donations to the Montgomery County Humane Society, 1150 Okeewemee Rd., Troy, NC 27371, in his memory.