Death Notice

We are sad to report the death of Elbert Vendrick, one of Bethany’s longtime members, and we offer our condolences and prayers to the family. Floyd Hardison provided us with this obituary, followed by a remembrance:

ORIENTAL – Jason Elbert Vendrick, 81, of Lovick Lee Road, died Thursday, Oct. 22, 2009, at home.

He is survived by his wife, Rachel Vendrick; one son, George Vendrick of Oriental; one daughter, Rosie Ward of Oriental; one sister, Rebecca Cahoon of Arapahoe; three grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25, at Bethany Christian Church with the Rev. Merritt Watson officiating.

The family will receive friends following the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family requested memorial contributions be made to Bethany Christian Church, P.O. Box 156, Arapahoe, NC 28510.

Elbert Vendrick returned to Arapahoe a number of years ago along with his wife Rachel, son George and daughter Rosie.

Elbert bought a piece of land that had a nice ridge but for the most part was an island. Elbert built his own bridge. Elbert later had a fishing boat run aground. When he was told to salvage what he could off the boat, Elbert found a way to salvage his entire boat. Elbert loved to attend his brother Johnie’s Sunday School class at Bethany. After Johnie died Elbert’s body wandered from the church but his heart stayed.