Carol June Bodine, 85, of Pleasant Garden passed away Friday, October 22, 2010 in the Palliative Care unit at Wesley Long Memorial Hospital.
Born May 1, 1925 in Elmira, New York, to Louise and Ronald Sechrist, Carol June was married in August 1943 to Eli Bodine. Together, while raising a family in rural Chemung, New York, they built their lives as prominent business owners. While their day to day lives revolved around operating one of the largest chicken farms in New York State, and the local ice creamery, weekends were dedicated to providing thrills and excitement to auto race fans at their ¼ mile dirt track, Chemung Speedrome.
Her love of adventure, spurred by the love of family, took Carol June, along with Eli on the NASCAR circuit for over a decade traveling from track to track selling souvenirs for sons Geoffrey and Brett. Her passion and dedication continued through their racing careers, and into son Todd's, in the Camping World Truck Series. From practice to qualifying to the final lap, Carol June reveled in her son's accomplishments.
Living with daughter, Denise for the last 13 years, Carol June enjoyed family activities such as family and friend picnics and vacations to the beach. Times made even more precious to her by enjoying them with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren brought to her life. Carol June would spend free moments at Denise's hair salon in Pleasant Garden.
Preceded in death by her parents and husband, Carol June is survived by her brothers William Stone of Montrose,WV , Duke (Vera) and Darrell Sechrist, and sister, Ronda (Wes) Hall all of Elmira, NY; children Denise (Michael) Faucett of Pleasant Garden, NC, Geoffrey (Lori) of Melbourne, FL, Brett (Kathi), and Todd (Janet) both of Mooresville, NC; grandchildren Kristen (Jay) Lockwood, Geoffrey and Kara Abbott, Matthew, Barry, Ashlyn, Heidi, Alex, Eli, and Kami Bodine; 7 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 – 8:00 PM on Monday, Oct. 25, 2010 at Hanes Lineberry Sedgefield Chapel. The service of celebration will be officiated by her nephew, Reverend Randall Stone, on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2010 11:00 AM. Burial will follow at Guilford Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent to The Alzheimer's Association Western Carolina Chapter, 3800 Shamrock Drive, Charlotte, NC 28215 or 1-800-272.-3900.
The family would also like to extend a special thank you to Shondra for her loving dedication and the compassionate care she provided to our beloved Carol June.