Maxine J. Whetstine Rector, 77, of Hopewell Rd. in Morganton died Thursday, November 12, 2009 at Grace Hospital following a brief illness. She was born December 13, 1931 in Burke County, and was a daughter of the late Lawrence Harvey Whetstine and Margaret Elizabeth Powell Whetstine. She was a member of Hopewell Baptist Church. Maxine was an avid flower gardener and a wonderful cook and baker. She was a devoted and loving wife, mother, "Mawmaw", and mother-in-law.She is survived by her husband, Frank E. Rector of the home; sons, Stanley Rector and wife, Carolyn, of Morganton, and Sherman Rector and wife, Linda, of Connelly Springs; daughters, Sherry Prewitt and husband, Dennis, Terry Cline and husband, Kevin, and Patricia Johnson and husband, Keith, all of Morganton; grandchildren, Marcia Whitehead, Stacy Berry, Joshua Guffey, Brianna Johnson, Jason Norville, Damien Clark, and Ashley Johnson; step-grandchildren, Michelle Smith, Michael Thomas, Jeff Thomas, and Chris Prewitt; seven great grandchildren; three step-great grandchildren; sister, Norma Brock; and her feline companion, Toby.In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Bill Whetstine.Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, November 15, 2009 at Hopewell Baptist Church with Rev. Homer Murdock officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends Saturday from 7:00 until 8:30 p.m. at Sossoman Funeral Home. At other times, the family will be at the residence, 1145 Hopewell Rd. Memorial contributions may be made to Hopewell Baptist Church, 1112 Hopewell Rd., Morganton, NC 28655.

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