Bernice Lancaster Pryor

November 25, 1915 - November 21, 2013
Bernice Lancaster Pryor

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Bernice Lancaster Pryor died November 21st at the Elizabeth House, four days prior to her 98th birthday. She was born in Henderson County, the daughter of the late Virgil Roscoe and Nora Lee Marlow Lancaster.

She was married to Freeman Pryor in 1939 and they had been married for 69 years when he died in June 2008. Mrs. Pryor is survived by four children, Carolyn (Arnold) Kohn, Gary (Cheri) Pryor, Marie Story and Joan (Mark) Stibitz. Mrs. Pryor is also survived by five grandchildren: David (April) Pryor, Donnie (Kaine) Story, Denise Pryor (Matt) King, Rachel Kohn (Steven) Simmons, and Adam (Linda) Pryor. She is also the great-grandmother to ten.

Mrs. Pryor is also survived by one sister, Betty Holmes and three brothers, Herman, Jim and George Lancaster. She is predeceased by one sister, Sue Price and five brothers, Paul, Ernest, Horace, Roscoe, and Guy Lancaster.

As a younger woman, Mrs. Pryor was active in her community as a member of the Bearwallow Community Club and the Auxiliary of the Edneyville Volunteer Fire Department. She was also a founding member of Anderson Chapel, where she taught Sunday School and planned and led Vacation Bible School.

A funeral service will be held at 2 PM Sunday, November 24, 2013 in the Kirby Memorial Chapel of Shuler Funeral Home. The Reverend Scott Ross will officiate. Burial will follow at Liberty Baptist Church. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Four Seasons Compassion for Life, 571 South Allen Road, Flat Rock, NC 28731.


Sunday, November 24, 2013
12:00 AM

Kirby Memorial Chapel of Shuler Funeral Home - Directions
125 Orrs Camp Road
Hendersonville, NC 28792


Sunday, November 24, 2013

Liberty Baptist Church Cemetery - Directions
3623 Old Clear Creek Road
Hendersonville, NC 28792

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  • November 22, 2013
    Teddie Berry says:
    If Mrs. Pryor was anything like her daughter Joan, she was really a great person. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  • November 22, 2013
    Rob Helenburg says:
    My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • November 22, 2013
    Mark Stibitz says:
    I could not have hand-picked a better mother-in-law than Bernice. She was one of the most kind and accepting woman I have known. I only hope that I can become as good and nice a person as she. I will miss her very much.

  • November 22, 2013
    Summer Williams says:
    Prayers to family! What a beautiful blessing of 98 years. Our deepest sympathy.

  • November 23, 2013
    Tracy Tucker says:
    I have only met Mrs. Pryor through the legacy of her daughters Marie and Joan and grandson Donnie but through them I can tell she was a very special lady. Thoughts and prayers to the entire family and may God bless you all in this time of your mourning.