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Young at Heart Biographies

Biographies of our Young at Heart members who were involved in the accident on October 2, 2013.  
They are each dearly loved by their church family.

Pastor Marvin & Sandy
Marvin Boyer
  • Age 74
  • Father of four
  • Stepfather of two
  • Grandfather of six
  • Step-grandfather of five
  • Former Pastor of Coronado Baptist Church, Tuscon, AZ
  • Senior Adult and Care Pastor
  • Loves to play the piano
  • Retired music teacher
  • Jabez Sunday School Class Teacher
  • Teaches a Bible Study
  • Sings in the Joyful Singers Senior Adult Choir
Marvin is a gentle giant of a man whose heart for service is as big as his smile.
Sandy Boyer
  • Age 67
  • Mother of two
  • Stepmother of four
  • Grandmother of five
  • Step-grandmother of six
  • Volunteers with Good News Club at N.B. Mills
  • Small Group Leader for Children’s Sunday school class
  • Sings in the Joyful Singers Senior Adult Choir and the Celebration Choir
  • Mary Kay representative
Sandy is gregarious and filled with joy. She will talk with anyone and loves children.

Libby & Benny

Benny Elledge
  • Age 72
  • Father of one
  • Grandfather of one
  • Sings in the Joyful Singers Senior Adult Choir and the Celebration Choir
  • Member of Young at Heart
  • Works with the Good News Club
  • Serves on the Welcoming Committee
  • Chairman of the Grounds Committee
  • Loves the Beach
  • Avid golfer
  • Retired from Pallister Furniture in Troutman
Benny is a sweet, friendly man who loves spending time with his family and serving with his church. He often helps with construction projects for elderly individuals.
Libby Elledge
  • Age 70
  • Mother of one
  • Grandmother of one
  • Retired from Piedmont Farm Credit
  • Sings in the Joyful Singers Senior Adult Choir and Celebration Choir
  • Member of Young at Heart
  • Works with the Good News Club
  • Serves on the Welcoming Committee
  • Loves the beach
Libby is a quiet, gentle-spirited friend who loves gardening and spending time with her family.


Norma Hellard
  • Age 78
  • Mother of one
  • Grandmother of two
  • Retired teacher from Statesville Christian School
  • Sings in the Senior Adult choir, Joyful Singers
  • Leads a Women’s Bible Study
  • Many years as children’s Sunday school teacher
Norma has devoted her life to teaching children; both in school and in church.  Her contagious love is an inspiration to young and old alike. 


Brenda Jolly
  • Age 70
  • Mother of one daughter
  • Grandmother to three
  • A retired English teacher from Statesville High School
  • Employed part-time at Jones, Archibald, & Associates
  • Member of the Joyful Singers Senior Adult Choir
An avid reader, Brenda loves to travel and is active in missions. She is a soft-spoken, gentle-spirited woman.


Wanda Martin
  • Age 63
  • Three nephews
  • Five Great-Nephews
  • Semi-retired
  • Serves as Music Director at Enon Baptist Church
  • Piano player
Wanda has a delightful sense of humor and loves music and doting on and playing Legos with her five great-nephews.


Cloyce Matheny
  • Age 95
  • Father of three sons and one daughter
  • A retired Aeronautical Engineer at Boeing Aircraft
  • Eagle Scout with Two Palms
  • Was active in Boy Scout Leadership
  • Went on numerous Missions Trips
  • Vacation Bible School Volunteer
Brilliant and creative; Cloyce’s kindness and heart for missions has impacted several generations at Front Street Baptist Church and in the community.  Cloyce’s best advice: “Don’t stop living until you die.”

Ed & Marsha

Ed McLelland
  • Age 65
  • Father of two daughters
  • Retired teacher from Statesville Senior High School
  • Active in Young at Heart
  • He loved spending time in the mountains
  • Avid guitar player
Ed is a good-natured and jovial man who loves “picking” his guitar.

Marsha McLelland
  • Age 62
  • Mother of two daughters
  • Retired OR Nurse at Iredell Memorial Hospital
  • Was an avid gardener
  • Good News Club; school-based Christian club for children
  • Sang in the Joyful Singers Senior Adult Choir
Marsha was kindhearted and gentle and she loved her dahlia garden at her mountain house. 

Barbara & Randy

Barbara Morrison
  • Age 67
  • Mother of five
  • Grandmother of five
  • Retired teacher’s aide and school bus driver for Iredell-Statesville Schools
  • Sunday school teacher
  • Church bus driver
  • Worked with the Barnabas Project:  a ministry of encouragement to those in the community
  • Co-chair of the Hospitality Committee
  • Volunteer at the Open Door Clinic
  • Bus driver for Japanese Language School
She was a loving mother and grandmother who never met a stranger.  Barbara’s kind heart and outgoing personality made her an excellent witness for Christ.

Randy Morrison
  • Age 67
  • Vietnam vet
  • Retired diesel mechanic
  • Father of five
  • Grandfather to five
  • Church bus driver
  • Coordinator of the Barnabas Project:  a ministry of encouragement to those in the community
  • Co-chair of the Hospitality Committee
  • Children’s Sunday School Department Secretary
He was a devoted father and grandfather; excellent cook; and a handyman extraordinaire.  Randy was tenderhearted and always ready to help in any situation. 

Lynn & Brenda

Brenda Smith
  • Age 69
  • Mother of two daughters
  • Grandmother of four
  • Worked part-time for Dr. Haddix’s dental office
  • Sang in the Joyful Singers and the Celebration Choir
  • Co-chaired on the Nominating Committee
  • Served on the Greeting Committee
  • Loved caring for her father
Outgoing and caring; Brenda loved people and looked forward to the Gatlinburg trip as a highlight of her year.

Lynn Smith
  • Age 74
  • Father of two daughters
  • Grandfather of four
  • Semi-retired, currently working with Hexcel
  • Loves fishing & hunting
  • Is on the Welcoming Committee
  • A member of the Young at Heart
Lynn is a quiet, kind man who loves people, especially his beautiful grandchildren.

Steve & Doris

Doris Swaim
  • Age 68
  • Mother of two sons
  • Retired teacher, having taught at Northview Elementary, Wilkes CC, and Mitchell CC
  • Church Pianist
  • Teaches private piano lessons
  • Numerous mission trips
Doris is a gentle, quiet woman of grace who has an uncanny love and talent for the piano. Her gift is an ongoing blessing to her church.
Steve Swaim
  • Age 68
  • Father of two sons
  • Retired fitness director for Statesville YMCA
  • Avid golfer
  • Hospice volunteer
  • Sunday school teacher
  • Serves on the Grounds and Fianace Committees
Steve is outgoing and hilarious.  He is at home in any situation and makes friends with anyone.

Beverly & John
Beverly Wright
  • Age 63
  • Mother of one son and two step-sons.
  • Step-grandmother of two
  • Retired nurse from Iredell Memorial Hospital
  • Sunday school teacher.
  • Loves to travel
Beverly has a quick laugh and a generous heart.  She is always ready to help in any situation.

John Wright
  •  Age 73 
  •  Father of two sons and one step-son.
  • Grandfather of two
  • Retired from Uniglass where he worked in quality control
  • Retired from the Army reserves
  • Sunday School teacher, served on the Grounds Committee.
  • He was active in church missions and outreach
  • He sang in the Joyful Singers Senior Adult Choir.
  • Was active in Senior Games
John was an adventurer, always ready for a mission trip or athletic activity.  He loved to travel and served wherever he was needed. 

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