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Thomas "Tom" Beauford Hord Jr.

June 11, 1923 – April 24, 2006

LAWNDALE — Mr. Thomas “Tom” Beauford Hord Jr., 82, of 155 Ball Park Road, died Monday, April 24, 2006, at Cleveland Regional Medical Center.
FUNERAL: Wednesday at 11 a.m. at New Bethel Baptist Church; body will be placed in the church 30 minutes before the service.
BURIAL: Rose Hill Memorial Park with Masonic Graveside Rites
VISITATION: The family will receive friends tonight from 6 to 8 at Stamey Funeral Home.
PERSONAL HISTORY: Born in Cleveland County, Mr. Hord was the son of the late Thomas Beuford Hord Sr. and Bertha Jane McKinney Hord. He served in the Army Air Corp during World War II. He was co-owner of Lawndale Auto Supply and Shelby Auto Parts. He was a lifetime member of New Bethel Baptist Church, where he was a deacon and a member of the Board of Trustees for many years. He was secretary of the Sunday school for 50 years and former R.A. Leader and a member of New Bethel Brotherhood. He also served on the building committee for the New Life Enrichment Center for New Bethel, a project very close to his heart. Mr. Hord was a member and past master of Lawndale Masonic Lodge No. 486. He was lodge secretary for 36 years and chairman of the building committee. The lodge blue room was named after Mr. Hord. He performed 45 Masonic funerals. He was a member of the Scottish Rite Temple, Valley of Charlotte and of the Oasis Shrine Temple. He served on the Cleveland County Board of Education from 1971-1980, during which the county built Burns Middle School and Crest Middle School. He was a charter member of Lawndale Lions Club, club president from 1954-1955 and nominated Citizen of the Year for 1968-1969. He served on the N.C. Seashore Commission under Gov. Terry Sanford from 1963-1967 and under Gov. Dan K. Moore from 1967-1971. He was appointed to the Advisory Council of the Cleveland County Unit of the N.C. Department of Corrections. He also served on Lawndale Town Council from 1950-1960.
PRECEDED IN DEATH BY: A granddaughter, Donna Spangler and two sisters, Stella Crowder and Annie Pearl Hord
SURVIVORS: His wife of 62 years, Lucille “Shine” Julia McFarland Hord; daughters, Sherry Spangler and her husband, E.Y. “Buck” Jr., of Shelby and Sarah Queen and her husband, Lathan, of Lawndale; a brother, Richard S. Hord of Lawndale; a sister, Bertie Lee Cabiness of Shelby; four grandchildren, Julia Brackett and her husband, Mark, Jerrianne Queen, Jenny McMurry and her husband, Bryon and Paula Wilson and her husband, George; two great-grandchildren, Yancey and Selma McMurry; and numerous nieces and nephews.
OFFICIATING CLERGY: The Rev. Cline Borders and Wayne Brazzell
MEMORIALS: New Bethel Baptist Church Life Enrichment Center, P.O. Box 5, Lawndale, NC 28090 or Hospice and Palliative Care of Cleveland County, 951 Wendover Heights Drive, Shelby, NC 28150