Betty Carole Eckard Lail

September 28, 1929September 20, 2012

HICKORY- Betty Carole Eckard Lail, 82, passed away September 20 at the Lutheran Home Hickory after a period of declining health.

Betty was born September 28, 1929 in Catawba Co. to the late Clyde A., and Merlie Hollar Eckard. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Cletus Ray Lail and a sister, Jo Anne Killian.

Surviving are her daughter, Priscilla L. Crouch and her husband, Dale of Hickory; granddaughter, Susan Crouch Ledbetter and husband, Dean of Wilkesboro; grandson, Darren Ray Crouch and wife, Amy of Hudson; great granddaughter, Grace Caroline Crouch of Hudson; a sister, Dorothy Sipe and husband, Joe of Hickory; sisters-in-law, Shirley Sigmon, Wilma Lail, Aileen Benfield, Linda Moretz and Nancy Starnes; brothers-in-law, Bobby Lail and wife, Elaine and Bobby Killian; a special niece, Scottie Sipe Smith and husband, Dale of Newton and numerous other nieces and nephews.

She was the best Mam-Maw ever.

She was a member of Mt. Zion Lutheran Church where services will be Sunday, September 23, at 4:00 PM with Rev. Scott Bollinger officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends Sunday from 2:00 until 3:45 PM at Mt. Zion Lutheran Church.

Memorials may be made to N. C. Lutheran Home Hickory, Chapel Fund, 1265 21st. St., N. E., Hickory, N. C. 28601 or to Mt. Zion Lutheran Church, Altar Guild, 4420 County Home Rd., Conover, N C. 28613.

Condolences may be made online at

Hickory Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.



  • Visitation Sunday, September 23, 2012
  • Funeral Service Sunday, September 23, 2012


  • Burial

Betty Carole Eckard Lail

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Lisa Drum

September 26, 2012

Priscilla, Dale, Susan, Dean, Darrin, Amy, and Grace,

I can't tell you how sorry I was to hear of your mother's passing. She was such a sweet and kind lady and I will always remember her for that beautiful smile that she always displayed, kindness to my family and especially to my mother. I think your mother's greatest legacy will be in the wonderful children she raised. She was so very proud of all of you. I hope that you will find the inner strength to get you through this sad and difficult time. You have my very deepest and sincere sympathy.

Yours In Sympathy,

Lisa, Phillip, Zachary, and Sarah Ruth Drum

September 24, 2012

With deepest sympathy during your loss.
Martha Myers
Co. worker - Susan @ DSS

Celeste Guins

September 24, 2012

I just wanted to express my condolences to all of you. Betty was a blessing in just the short time I knew her. May God bless you all in the coming months and keep you surrounded with his love.

September 23, 2012

Priscilla, Dale, Susan, Dean, Darrin, Amy, and Grace:

What a beautiful service in honor of Betty's going home to heaven. Her life is an inspiration to all of us to remember what matters and what really doesn't. May God give you His amazing comfort and peace.

Audra and Family

Shirley Huffman -Thompson

September 22, 2012

To Prisilla and Family:
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of grief. Betty was a very special lady who was indeed one of God's angels here on earth. She was an inspiration to me and all those who knew her. She is with the Lord now and I am sure her beautiful face is beaming. May God Bless all of you and keep you in His loving arms.
Love - Shirley & Evan Thompson

September 22, 2012