Linda Gail Reitzel

July 25, 1943January 7, 2019

Linda Gail McKinney Reitzel, age 75, of Hickory, NC, passed away from lung cancer on Monday, January 7, 2019, at Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory, NC. Born July 25, 1943, in Yancey County, NC, she was the daughter of the late James Walter McKinney and Lena Belle Silvers McKinney.

Linda was a member of Viewmont Baptist Church in Hickory, NC, and had retired from the health care industry as a CNA2.

In addition to her parents, Linda was preceded in death by her son, Joseph Eugene Pearson, III, brother, Keith McKinney, and a step-son, David Reitzel.

Survivors include her husband of 20 years, Garrell Reitzel of Hickory, NC; sons, W. Anthony “Tony” Pearson and wife Deborah of Oskalosa, IA, James “Jim” H. Plemons and wife Julie of Burnsville, NC, Richard “Ricky” B. Pearson of Grimes, IA, R. Dean Pearson and wife Carrie of Des Moines, IA, and Donald E. Pearson and wife Kim of Oskalosa, IA; sister-in-law, Patsy McKinney of Hickory, NC; step-daughter, Lori Clark of Cumberton, NC; 4 grandsons, 9 granddaughters, 8 great-grandsons, and 9 great-granddaughters.

A private service for family and friends will be held at a later date.

Condolences may be sent to the Reitzel family at

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to: American Cancer Society, PO Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK, 73123-1718.

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


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Martha Mullins

January 9, 2019

I just would like to offer my deepest sympathy in the death of Linda. I was one of her classmates from junior high school, and I didn't know her intimately, but our paths did cross several times, once with an exchange student living with us. She was a fine lady with a big heart, and we will miss her. May the Lord comfort you in this sad time of loss.