Irene Oliver Church, 84, of Taylorsville, N.C., passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 22, 2021, at Carolina Caring Hospice. She was born Sunday, August 16, 1936, in Alexander County to the late Tillman Oliver and Luna Fox Oliver. She will be known for her love of her family, and she was always ready to give words of wisdom to her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. She was the very definition of the Proverbs woman.

In addition to her parents, Irene was preceded in death by her beloved husband and soulmate of 60 years, Homer Franklin Church, and her brother, Ned Wilson Oliver.

Irene leaves to cherish her memories two sons, Keith Franklin Church and wife Becky, and Larry Church and wife Penny; one daughter, Joan Church Brown and husband Jeff, all of Taylorsville; one sister, Marie Oliver Elder of Statesville; six grandchildren, Carrie Angela Church and fiance Spencer, Sheree Elizabeth Beach and seven furbabies, Jennifer Dawn Beach, Aleshia Church Shivers and husband Matthew, Ashley Nicole Sweet and husband TJ, and Brittney Church Massa and husband Patrick; thirteen great grandchildren, Kaslyn, Ishmeal, Jacob, Cameron, Victoria, Carrie, Isaac, Lilly, Jordan, Hunter, Caleb, Gunner, and Sadie, and two great great grandchildren, Avery and Aiden.

A Graveside Service will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Monday, April 26, 2021 in the Three Forks Baptist Church Cemetery. Pastor Jimmy Parker will officiate.

Memorials may be given to Carolina Caring, 3975 Robinson Road, Newton, NC 28658.

Chapman Funeral Home is serving the family.

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