Carol Fentress McRee

April 14, 1926February 8, 2021

Carol Lea Fentress McRee, age 94, of Conover, passed away on Monday, February 8, 2021, at Catawba Valley Living at Rock Barn. Born April 14, 1926 in Akron, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Arthur Franklin Fentress and Wilma Ione Helcher Fentress. In addition to her parents, Carol is preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Martin L. McRee; and daughter, Amy Carol McRee Campbell Hall.

Those left to cherish her memory are son, Timothy Martin McRee (Suzi); sisters, Lois Wilber and Jean Joldersma; grandchildren, Bonnie Carol White (Eddie), Chrissie Owenby (Jason), Hannah Vega (Julio), Nathan Hall (Rena), Henry McRee, and Christian Dixon (Andrew); as well as 8 great-grandchildren. Carol was a member of Concordia Lutheran Church, and Dorcas Society, as well as a member of the Catawba Valley Quilters Guild. She taught at Shuford Elementary School and upon retiring, taught English as a second language at Catawba Valley Community College. Carol attended LaGrange College in Atlanta, GA, received her BA from Lenoir Rhyne College in 1968, and her Masters in Elementary Education in 1974 from Appalachian State University.

The funeral service will be held on Saturday, February 13, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. at Concordia Lutheran Church in Conover with Rev. Michael Geml officiating. Burial will follow at Conover City Cemetery.

The body will lie in state in the church sanctuary from 12:30 p.m. until 1:00 p.m. Masks and social distancing are required. The service will be live-streamed on the Concordia Lutheran Church Facebook page.

The family will receive friends briefly after the service in the sanctuary.

Condolences may be sent to the McRee family at In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to: Concordia Lutheran Church, 216 Fifth Ave. SE, Conover, NC 28613.

The McRee family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Conover, NC.


  • Lie in State

    Saturday, February 13, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, February 13, 2021


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Sharon Knowles

February 17, 2021

I met Carol at Concordia Church during quilting for charity. She was friendly, kind, and nice to me.

She took great care when creating a quilt, which I imagine what she did with everything in her life. I learned so much from her.

Sadly missed.

Donna Ervin

February 13, 2021

Sincere sympathy to Carol's family. I knew Carol from our years of teaching at Shuford Elementary. I always respected Carol as a loving and caring teacher who always expected the best from her students and always gave her best to them. Since our retirement, I was fortunate to see her when we both were volunteers at Hart Square. I always tried to see her there working on a beautiful quilt. More recently, I had seen and talked to her during her time at Catawba Valley Living. She had much to give others and her family, and I am thankful that I knew her. Blessings to all.
Donna Ervin

Rev. Tony E. Bunton

February 12, 2021

Dear McRee Family,
Mrs. Carol was a wonderful Christian lady who loved her Lord and family.
It was my pleasure to know and work alongside Carol from 1998-2010 when I served as the Executive Director of ECCCM. Carol enjoyed teaching the basic education classes and loved the students who attended. Carol's face would light up as the students came in the door, as they were learning and growing. She would check on those who didn't show up for the classes. She genuinely cared about each of them.
May God comfort you now, in the days ahead and may he flood your mind with wonderful memories each of you can cherish throughout all your lives.
May God Bless,
Rev. Tony E. Bunton


February 11, 2021

My sincere condolences to the family.
Carol and I were members of the Dorcas Society.
When attending the monthly meetings I would attempt to find that empty seat beside her because we would always have some great conversations and she just made me feel comfortable.
I definitely will remember Carol for her kindness toward me.
Prayers for the family she will surely be missed.

Shawn Sigmon

February 11, 2021

I wanted to share a memory with Mrs. McRee's family. She was my very first school teacher when I attended Conover Elementary the year before all of us transferred to Shuford Elementary. I turned 58 today, but still remember her as a 6 year old child.
So sorry for your family's loss, but wanted to let you know that your Mother has not been forgotten as my first school teacher.


Shawn Sigmon

jane yoder

February 11, 2021

Tim my condolence on the loss of your mother. She had a long and peaceful life.
SUZI, I have not talked to you in years hope you are doing great.
I would love to hear from you to talk about old times.
email me at Janeblondie

Jane Yoder