OBITUARY

Cody Garrett Harrelson

July 26, 1992November 13, 2018

Cody Garrett Harrelson, 26, of Conover passed away suddenly on Tuesday, November 13 at Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory. Born on July 26, 1992, in Hickory, Cody was the son of Jana Whitmire Sweezy of Claremont, the brother of Britney Lundy of Conover, the nephew of Chad Whitmire of Charlotte, the grandson of Beverly and Tom Considine of Conover, Loyd Whitmire of Claremont, and the great grandson of Bobby and Frankie Matthews of Conover. In addition to many other relatives, Cody is survived by his dear friend Nick Pope and his furry child Nugget.

He was predeceased by his nanny, Ruth Harrelson and his great grandmother Minnie Alice Whitmire and a special friend Drew Spencer.

Cody was a beautiful, bright boy who grew into a handsome, intelligent young man. He was an excellent student, an avid reader, a sparkling conversationalist, an accomplished swimmer, snowboarder, skateborder, and a meticulous craftsman. Not afraid of hard work, Cody had recently been remodeling his home and was particularly proud of his current project, refinishing his wood floors. He was known for his boyish smile, his strong hugs, and his liberal kisses. Most of all he was noted for his oversized heart of gold.

Cody’s sister Britney was his best friend and confidant. He loved nothing more than spending time with her, her husband Cameron (the brother he had gained through marriage), and their daughter Lillyanne. Both Cody and Britney could take on the world together, and a quick rebuff from one would protect the other from any outside obstacle. Their unconditional love for and their fierce loyalty to each other were forces to be reckoned with, and since love never dies, theirs will live on connecting them even though Cody is no longer physically present.

Cody had great dreams: to finish his education, to begin a career, to have a family, to travel. We are sad that he did not stay long enough to attain these goals. Cody’s struggle with a darkness we call depression finally became too great a burden for him to bear. We, his family, are heartbroken at the realization that our best efforts to love and support Cody were not enough. We will miss his warm smile, his bear hugs, his quick wit, and his willingness to help all of us in any way he could.

A celebration of Cody’s life will be held on Monday, November 19 at 1:00 p.m. at Concordia Lutheran Church in Conover. Family will receive friends immediately following the ceremony. Britney asks that those attending wear bright colors because Cody loved them.

For those who loved Cody and who wish to remember him, please consider a donation to the Humane Society of Catawba County, our no-kill shelter. You may send donations to PO Box 63, Hickory, NC 28601. For more information, you may call (828) 464-8878 or visit the website at www.catawbahumane.org.

If you have a loved one or friend who suffers from depression, please encourage him or her to seek help from the mental health community. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention reported that in 2016 suicide was the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. It was the seventh leading cause of death for males. It was the second leading cause of death for young people aged 15 to 25. White males accounted for seven out of ten suicides in 2016. The National Suicide Prevention Hotline is 1-800-273-8255. There are many other hotlines open 24 hours a day, every day.

“Light of the world shine on me. Love is the answer.”

Services

  • Funeral Service Monday, November 19, 2018
  • Receiving of Friends Monday, November 19, 2018
REMEMBERING

Cody Garrett Harrelson

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Jordan Byrd

November 19, 2018

I never met this fine man but I came across this, the most poignant of obituaries today.
May peace be with you and your family.
A life not lived long enough....

Don Patrick

November 18, 2018

When we lose someone we know, we have a choice to make about what we choose to remember. I recognize the pain and hurt of losing Cody, but I will always choose to remember the young man always willing to help, always extending a hand of greeting, always having outstanding manners, and most of all that smile that could "win a war" and make everyone's day better.
God's compassion to you, Cody and God's peace to all of Cody's friends and family. Cody, you will always be missed, but I will never forget that smile.

Eleanor Herbert

November 17, 2018

Cody was one of those people whom you always love and never forget. My memories are of the times when Cody, Brady and Alex were best of friends during the middle school years, and my husband and I had the pleasure of chaperoning them on their outings to play basketball or just run around together in the park or neighborhood. Even at that age he was a deep thinker, well beyond what you would expect in a young man. He was beautiful, we loved him, and his loss is so painfully shocking to us.

Eleanor Herbert

November 17, 2018

Cody was one of those people whom you always love and never forget. My memories are of the times when Cody, Brady and Alex were best of friends during the middle school years, and my husband and I had the pleasure of chaperoning them on their outings to play basketball or just run around together in the park or neighborhood. Even at that age he was a deep thinker, well beyond what you would expect in a young man. He was beautiful, we loved him, and his loss is so painfully shocking to us.

Eleanor Herbert

November 17, 2018

Cody was one of those people whom you always love and never forget. My memories are of the times when Cody, Brady and Alex were best of friends during the middle school years, and my husband and I had the pleasure of chaperoning them on their outings to play basketball or just run around together in the park or neighborhood. Even at that age he was a deep thinker, well beyond what you would expect in a young man. He was beautiful, we loved him, and his loss is so painfully shocking to us.

Brad / Kim Little

November 16, 2018

We express our deepest and heartfelt sympathy to all the family. Our continued prayers will be that the Lord with provide you with strength, and peace now, and in the times to come without your loved one.



We are so sorry. Love to all,

Mott Mack

November 16, 2018

I remember when Cody was born. I am his Great Aunt and he was born on my birthday. As a small boy, he had a smile that would melt your heart. That pretty light hair and his eyes just made you want to hug him. His grandmother, Ruth, adored him too. My heart hurts for all of you. May the peace of God shower you with His love and peace in the days to come. With my love, Aunt Mott

Christian Bumgarner

November 16, 2018

We had so many great times hanging out, laughing, hugging and cutting up. You were my tent mate and camping buddy, and always made sure I was ok. We could depend on one another and you were there right up until your last day, encouraging me and telling me how proud and happy you were to see me doing well in my life. I look back now and wish I could’ve told you the same but I think that you know that I cared about you and always will. Thank you for always being a friend and for giving me such great memories Cody I love you.

Peggy Moses

November 16, 2018

Cody you were truly a blessing to everyone around you. Cody had messaged me a while back on Facebook just to let me know that he had remembered me from when he was about 7 years old and I took him and Britney along with my 3 kids to the movies. He even remembered the movie we saw was Antz. He was such a sweet young man and he truly had a heart of gold. Fly high sweet angel you are dearly missed but always loved and remembered. R.I.P.

Z N

November 16, 2018

Our Loving Heavenly Father provides peace, strength and comfort during this difficult time (Philippians 4:13).