Opal Geneva Vanhoy Fesperman Doby, 92, passed away on July 6, 2018, at The Meadows of Rockwell. She was born on October 9, 1925, the 9th of 12 children born to Burton and Tinie Hatley Vanhoy of Stanly County.
She was predeceased by her first husband, Eugene Fesperman in 1952. Also preceding her in death were her brothers: Charles Vanhoy of Richfield, Bill Vanhoy of China Grove, John, Raleigh, and Dan Vanhoy of Rockwell, Dogan Vanhoy, killed in combat during the Korean War, and infant brother James Vanhoy; Sisters: Lou Nance and Eva Jane McIntyre of Rockwell, and infant sister Audie Belle Vanhoy.
Opal is survived by her husband of 58 years, Charles Doby of The Meadows. Also surviving is her son, Mike Fesperman (Jane) of Badin Lake, and her daughters, Pam Walker (Ronnie) and Connie Lentz (Al) of Rockwell, and Wanda Nixon (Larry) of Kannapolis. June Vanhoy of Rockwell is her surviving brother.
She is also survived by her 9 grandchildren who loved her dearly and brought her great joy: Eric Walker (Chris), Shannon Coburn (Steve), Sandy Barnes (Steve), Bradley Nixon (Traci), Alan Fesperman (Missy), Amanda Hudgens (Damon), Gina Rye (Brad), Gary Walker (Jessica), and Kevin Lentz (Brianne). She also has 20 great-grandchildren.
Opal was educated at Richfield School in Stanly County and moved to Rockwell to work at Cannon Mills. She worked as a waitress for several years when she met “Charlie”, the love of her life. She later worked as a Nurses’ Aide at the VA Hospital until her retirement.
Opal was a strong woman who was completely devoted to her family and friends. A selfless person, she continuously put others first. She could always be depended on to help out in any way---providing nursing care, transportation, gardening, baby-sitting , or just brightening your day with her cheerful demeanor and sweet smile.
She and Charlie loved fishing at the beach, playing Bridge, being involved in their church, and delivering Meals on Wheels. She served as President of Rockwell’s Seniors Club, and loved calling Bingo at Meal Site.
Funeral arrangements are with Powles Staton Funeral Home of Rockwell. Visitation will be on Monday, July 9, from 12:30 until 1:45 at Rockwell United Methodist Church, 430 E. Main Street, Rockwell NC, 28138. The funeral service will start at 2:00, with Pastor Charlie Curtis officiating.
Memorials may be made to Rockwell United Methodist Church, PO Box 337, Rockwell NC, 28138.
The family would especially like to thank Hospice of Montgomery County for their support and kindness these past months and all the wonderful and caring staff of The Meadows. Special thanks also goes to Frank Ostroska for his devoted care of our precious Mother as her live-in caregiver before her move to The Meadows.
Opal will be dearly missed by her family and friends.
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