Elvie Grace Whisnant Herron, 97, of Morganton, NC died Sunday, March 6, 2011 at Grace Hospital. Born in Burke County, NC on September 25, 1913, she was the daughter of the late Martha Bean Whisnant. Elvie was a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church and attended Sunnyside Baptist Church. She was a loving mother and an avid gardener. She was a former employee of Highland, Ltd.Elvie is survived by her son, Clayton Carswell of Valdese, NC; daughters, Shirley Chapman and Grace Carswell and husband, S.S., all of Morganton; a number of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren; and sisters, Ruth Curtis and Bessie Curtis, both of Morganton.In addition to her mother, Elvie was preceded in death by her husband, Coleman "Toby" Herron; a son, William Carswell; sisters, Kathryn Vines and Rev. Beth Henderson; and a brother, Rev. Ed Bean.The funeral will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, March 9, 2011 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center with Rev. David Orders officiating. Burial will follow in Bethlehem Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service. Memorial contributions may be made to Sunnyside Baptist Church, 1013 Old NC 18, Morganton, NC 28655.
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