Mrs. Renee' C Tench

June 9, 1964July 10, 2018

Renee' Carter Tench, 54, went to be with her Lord Jesus Christ on Tuesday July 10, 2018. Renee' was born on June 9th, 1964 in Wilmington, NC to Donald Hayes Carter and Betty Jean Collins Carter. She was preceded in death by both of her parents and by her brother, Donald Wayne Carter.

Renee' left a legacy for her family by writing down her life story in a book entitled "Memoirs of a Bootlegger's Daughter." It chronicles her life starting at the end of a dirt road in Hickory, NC and ending up at the end of another dirt road in Lake Lure, NC. She spent the majority of her adult married life in three churches - starting with Sunset Road Baptist Church in Charlotte, NC, then New Covenant United Methodist Church in Lucia, NC, and finishing up with Chimney Rock Baptist Church in Lake Lure, NC.

Renee' is survived by her husband of 36 years, Roger Dale Tench of Lake Lure, NC, and her step-daughter, Rebecca Ann Tench of Bainbridge Island, Washington. She also leaves three sister-in-laws: Linda T. Byrd (Roger), Barbara T. Helderman (Wayne Sr.), and Carole T. Helms (Don), three brother-in-laws Larry C. Tench (Sandy), Donald E. Tench (Shirley), and James M. Tench (Anne), and approximately 75 nieces, nephews and cousins, each of which she claimed as her favorite at one time or another. Renee loved as fiercely as is humanly possible. Countless friends, family members, co-workers, and neighbors have lost a piece of their heart and a person who had their back, no matter what. We have also gained a very busy angel to watch over us until we meet again.

Visitation will be held at Sunset Road Baptist Church 2317 Sunset Road Charlotte, NC on Saturday, July 14, 2018 from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm followed by the Funeral Service at 3:00 pm also at Sunset Road Baptist Church. Reverend Steve Bass will officiate with the eulogy given by Retired Pastor Gene Daggerhart of Chimney Rock Baptist Church assisted by Alex Heafner the current pastor of Chimney Rock Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn West Cemetery at 4601 Freedom Drive Charlotte, NC.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, July 15, 2018 at Chimney Rock Baptist Church at 1:30 pm.

Memorials can be made to Hospice of Rutherford County, Chimney Rock Baptist Church, Rutherford County Humane Society and Susan G. Komen For the Cure.


  • Visitation Saturday, July 14, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, July 14, 2018
  • Committal Service Saturday, July 14, 2018

Mrs. Renee' C Tench

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Roger Tench

July 16, 2018

I want to thank all of you for sharing your memories of my sweet Renee'...she would be amazed at all of the kind thoughts and memories. I am enjoying reading them too. Thank you!

Marianne Bejster

July 14, 2018

I will always remember that radiant smile and warm hugs after church services. Renee always had a twinkle in her eye and made the encounter about “you” with full interest at heart.
Much Love and prayers go out to you Roger and your family. Until we see you again Renee....❤️

Wanda Madison Harrison

July 13, 2018

My love and prayers are going out to Roger and each family member and all who love Renee so very much. That love will continue to grow until we're all together for eternity! May God bless and give peace and comfort as only He can.

Julie Karlock

July 12, 2018

Renee, you truly were an angel on earth. I can only imagine how glorious you are now in Heaven. I'm so thankful that He shared you with all of us. Rest in peace, sweet friend. <3

Dusty Davis

July 11, 2018

I have so many memories of the time we spent together and I cherish each and everyone. Even though we were not blood you were my little sister and I love you with all my heart. You made such a big impact on my life and so many others who had the good fortune of knowing you. I know you are in heaven right now with a big smile on your face. I will see you again one day my precious friend.