Nell Rumple Lackey, 85, of Statesville, N.C., passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 30, 2020, at Autumn Care of Statesville. Born in Wilkes County, she was a daughter of the late William Dewey Rumple and Hattie Armstrong Rumple.

Mrs. Lackey was a graduate of Ronda High School. Never one to sit idle, Nell retired twice. Once from Hanes Hosiery in 1974 and later from J.C. Penny in 2011. Throughout her life, she possessed a genuine appreciation for farming, and she assisted her husband Doug in operating the family dairy for many years. Nell was a member of Stony Point Baptist Church.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Doug Lackey; brothers, George, Forrest, Thomas, Flake and W.D. Rumple; and sisters, Ruby Mathis and Mildred Redding.

Survivors include her son, Dean Roberts and his wife Angie of Statesville; a granddaughter, Tracy Roberts Mills (Rick) of Statesville; a grandson, Chad Roberts (Rhonda) of Charlottesville, Va.; and a sister, Carrie Jane “Peet” Caudle of Stony Point. Also surviving is a very close nephew, Dan Rumple (Barbara) of Mocksville.

The family would like to express a special word of gratitude for the loving attention and companionship provided by Sandy Garges, Marge Miller, Dianne Engels, Candace Watson and Melissa Decker, and the compassionate care offered by Hospice & Palliative Care of Iredell County is greatly appreciated.

Graveside services are scheduled for 1 p.m. on Monday, May 4, 2020, at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery in Clingman, N.C., conducted by Dr. Nelson Grenade. A memorial service will be conducted at a later date.

Condolences may be sent online to the family to Memorials may be given in lieu of flowers to Hospice & Palliative Care of Iredell County, 2347 Simonton Road, Statesville, NC 28625.

Nicholson Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements.