In Memory of



Obituary for Mary Sterling

Mary Hall Sterling, 75, of Franklin, went home to be with Jesus on Monday, November 7, 2022.

Born in McDowell County, W. VA, she was the daughter of the late Erby and Grace Hillwig Hall. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Loren Sterling and seven brothers, John L., Melvin, George, Dick, James, Don, and Tommy Hall.

Mary loved canning, going to Bingo, baking Red Velvet Cakes at Christmas, taking care of her dogs, and having time with family at cookouts. Her most favorite thing was spending time with her family.

She is survived by her three children, Lisa Ray (John) of Franklin, Eddie Shearl (Donna) of Anderson, IN, and John Shearl (Lila) of Franklin; three sisters, Virginia “Jenny” Ward of Beckley, W. VA, Emily Davis of Louisa, KY, and Patricia “Shan” Carter of Montcalm, W. VA; seven grandchildren, Ronnie Shearl, Allen Shearl, Cynthia VanBuskirk, Brian Curtis, Michael Shearl, Dr. Sabrina Curtis, Jared Shearl, and seven great grandchildren. Also survived by her three precious fur babies.

A celebration of life will be at 2pm on Saturday, November 12, at Cartoogechaye Church of God. Rev. Eddie Brewer and Rev. Robert Dryman will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Appalachian Animal Rescue, PO Box 81, Franklin, NC 28744.

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Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.