Lewis Dale Hunsucker

January 29, 1932July 14, 2018

Lewis Dale Hunsucker, age 86, of Conover, NC, passed away Saturday, July 14, 2018 at Conover Nursing and Rehabilitation in Conover, NC. Born January 29, 1932 in Catawba County, Dale was the only child of the late Raymond O. Hunsucker and Rena Travis Hunsucker.

Dale graduated from Newton-Conover High School and was a United States Air Force veteran. He was awarded the Korean medal, the U.S. Service medal, the National Defense Service medal, the Occupational medal (Japan), and the Good Conduct medal. Dale was an accomplished artist along with his hobbies including photography, woodcarving, and collecting, cutting and polishing gemstones for jewelry. His passion for crossword puzzles kept his keen mind active. Dale’s love of music was enjoyed by all as he played his harmonica followed by singing “You are my sunshine” to the staff and patients. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Winnifred Rankin Hunsucker.

Dale is survived by a number of cousins and many dear friends.

The family would like to send a special thanks to the entire staff of Conover Nursing & Rehabilitation Center for their love and care for Dale during his stay. Also, a very special thanks to the staff and volunteers of Caldwell Hospice for their extra caregiving during his last weeks.

A graveside service will be held on Thursday, July 19, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at Conover City Cemetery, with the Rev. Mary Miller-Zurell officiating. Military rites will be rendered by the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard and Newton American Legion Post 16.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to: Conover Nursing and Rehabiliation Center, 920 4th Street SW, Conover, NC 28613, or Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care, 902 Kirkwood St. NW, Lenoir, NC 28645.

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


  • Graveside Service Thursday, July 19, 2018

Lewis Dale Hunsucker

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Diane Thornton

July 17, 2018

My husband and I were blessed to know Dale in the last few years. We went with friends to visit him in the rehab center and what a dear, sweet man. Showed me his sketches, played the harmonica and just shared his memories. When I found out he was a fellow avid reader I would save my books after I finished them and take them to Dale. Glad that I had the pleasure of his acquaintance!

Jennifer Berryhill

July 16, 2018

I love my uncle very much and he will be truly missed he was so easy to talk to and loved everyone just the way they were. I learned a lot about him in the last month or so how he love to fish and how he met my Aunt Wynnie at Rankin Lake.They will be in heaven together forever.

Anthony Badeaux

July 16, 2018

Lewis was one of the most easy going men i knew, never heard him complain much about anything. I took him to several of his doctor appointments and loved to hear about his stories and listen to him play the harmonica as well as enjoying looking at his beautiful art work...... my last words to him were ( Im thinking about you buddy) and i will continue too always . RIP my friend