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Bunch-Johnson Funeral Home

705 Davie Ave, Statesville, NC

OBITUARY

Nettie Hazel Engram

June 30, 1928September 5, 2020

Nettie Bonnie Mae Hazel Engram, 92, of Statesville, NC died peacefully September 5th, 2020 at the Gordon Hospice House in Statesville, NC. Born in Griffin, GA, June 30, 1928, she was the fourth of five children born to Dee Forrest Hazel and Lizzie Hurley Hazel.

After growing up in the Georgia countryside in a small town called Vaughn, Nettie graduated in the 11th grade from Griffin High School and soon headed to work in the big city of Atlanta! While in Atlanta, Nettie met Jerome Engram during his first year of college, who soon asked her to marry him. Nettie waited to accept his proposal, encouraging him to finish his degree and they married in Atlanta, May 8th, 1953. Fulfilling Jerome’s US Army ROTC commitment, they moved to White Sands Proving Ground, NM. During this assignment their son Jerry was born and they opted to make the Army a career. Jerome often reflected that Nettie was not only personally important to him, but felt her warm and engaging personality strongly contributed to his promotions throughout his career to become a “full-bird” Colonel.

Nettie continued to be a faithful and strong Army wife, moving every few years to a new post including Germany, upstate NY at Seneca Army Depot where Jan was born, Maryland, Virginia, Georgia, Iowa, and finally retiring to Statesville, NC in the early eighties. During these posts, Nettie’s role focused on raising the kids, supporting Jerome’s career and as the children got older working in various administrative jobs. Once they settled in Statesville, Nettie and Jerome built a Property Management business which grew to over 100 rental units throughout the Statesville area. In her spare time, she volunteered on the Board of Directors for the local ARC group to help raise money for this organization focused on helping mentally and intellectually disabled people as well as led the Care team at her church, bringing a smile or encouraging word to those in need or unable to attend church due to illness. Once she was quoted in the local paper, saying “When you help others, you get so much out of it yourself. It makes your own life happier.” This was her personal philosophy about volunteerism – and wonderful advice for anyone.

Nettie will be remembered as a kind, loving wife, mother, aunt, sister and friend, who never knew a stranger. She loved to travel, sing old gospel hymns, grow beautiful flowers, decorate for Christmas, and share her world-renowned chocolate chip cookies. She simply made the world a better place. Her sweet gentle nature and smile will be greatly missed by family and friends.

Nettie was preceded in death by her parents, her sisters Ruth and Mary, her brother Joe, her husband Jerome (“Jerry”) and son Jerry. She is survived by her daughter Jan Skinner and husband Mark of Denver, NC, her brother Frank in McDonough, GA and many nieces and nephews.

A visitation will be held on September 7th at the Bunch Johnson Funeral Home in Statesville, NC from 3-5pm. A celebration of her life will be held outside under the oak trees at the New Salem United Methodist Church on September 8th at 10am. Please bring a mask, a chair and wear comfortable, colorful clothing to the celebration (Nettie’s favorite color was purple). Burial will follow across the street at the church cemetery. Memorial donations can be made to the New Salem United Methodist Church at 155 New Salem Road, Statesville, NC. 28625 or Hospice & Palliative Care of Iredell County, 2347 Simonton Road, Statesville, NC. 28625.

Online condolences may be made at www.bunchjohnsonfuneralhome.com.

Bunch-Johnson Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Engram family.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Kirk Andry
  • Tim Carpenter
  • Donnie Carpenter
  • Fred Hazel
  • Tom Moeller
  • Ronnie Engram
  • DONATIONS

  • New Salem United Methodist Church
  • Hospice & Palliative Care of Iredell County

Services

  • Visitation

    Monday, September 7, 2020

  • Celebration of Life

    Tuesday, September 8, 2020

  • Burial

    Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Memories

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Amy Morris

September 9, 2020

Ms. Nettie was without a doubt one of our most favorite people in the whole world. She lit up the room with her smile and her sweet sense of humor. Michael & I loved seeing her at church and the grocery store. She always made us feel like we were so very special, much the same way as our own grandmothers did. We were amazed by the love she carried in her heart every day for her husband which was always evident as soon as she began speaking of him. And we enjoyed walking thru the cemetery with her to visit Mr. Engrams grave while listening to her beautiful stories of their life together. She was most definitely a once-in-a-lifetime lady and we will never forget her. 💕 Michael & Amy Morris

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