October 3, 1932 – November 16, 2022
Valdese, North Carolina

Freda K. Marley, 90, of Valdese peacefully passed away at AMOREM Caldwell

Hospice in Hudson on Wednesday, November 16, 2022. Freda was born in

Caldwell County to Jasper Allen Kirby and Rose Price Kirby. She graduated

from Oak Hill High School in Lenoir. She retired from the house keeping

department at Valdese General Hospital, which was her last and favorite job.

Freda was a member of Union Grove Baptist Church in Lenoir where she

faithfully attended until the Coronavirus Pandemic in 2020. She greatly

missed her church family and friends. The inability to attend church or

participate in public or group events contributed to her decline. Freda was

very generous and known by many as the “candy lady”. She kept peppermint

or lemon candy in her pocketbook and enjoyed giving candy to the kids at

church on Sunday mornings, servers in the restaurants where she ate, the

staff in the doctors’ offices she visited, the lawn maintenance crew and the

Meals on Wheels Volunteers. She loved working word search puzzles, playing

with her cat, Garfield, mowing her grass and spending time outdoors when

she was able to do so.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband,

Charles Marley, her first husband, and father of her children, Wayne Teague;

sister, Faye Bradshaw, brothers, Bingham Kirby, Perry Kirby, Roy Kirby, her

twin brother, Fred Kirby, and infant granddaughter, Jennifer. Freda is

survived by two daughters, Vicky Sherrill (Lynn) of Granite Falls and Barbara

Johnson (Sandy) of Hickory. Also surviving are grandchildren Jason Sherrill

(Beth) of Gastonia, Amanda Benfield (Bryan) of Granite Falls, Justin Johnson

of Charlotte, Jerod Johnson (Daniela) of Holly Springs; Jenna Johnson Avila

(Drake) of Poway, CA, great grandchildren Allison, Jack, and Apple Sherrill;

and Kyle, Autumn and Maggie Johnson.

The family is especially appreciative of the care provided by Dr. Allison

Combs, Traci, and the staff of Blue Ridge Geriatrics; and the Burke and

Caldwell Hospice Staff at AMOREM.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11 AM Saturday, December 3, 2022, at Union Grove Baptist Church of Lenoir, with Rev. Sam Craven officiating.

A private entombment was held at Burke Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to

AMOREM (Burke & Caldwell Hospice) 902 Kirkwood St NW Lenoir, NC 28645

Union Grove Baptist Church 1808 Union Grove Road Lenoir, NC 28645

Heritage Funeral Service and Crematory of Valdese is assisting the Marley Family.