Saturday, June 5, 2010
Carlyn Earnhardt Bernhardt 1917 - 2010
Carlyn Earnhardt Bernhardt, 93, of Salisbury, passed away Friday, June 4, 2010 at Genesis Health Care.
Born March 11, 1917 in Rowan County, she was the daughter of the late Hannah Hartman Earnhardt and John Benjamin Earnhardt. She was a graduate of Granite Quarry High School and Salisbury Business College.
Mrs. Bernhardt was first employed with F & M Bank as a stenographer in 1936 and was the bank’s first full-time female employee. She worked in a defense plant in Norfolk Navy Yard in Portsmouth, VA, during WW II. She rejoined F & M in 1952. In 1969, she was elected secretary/treasurer and served as secretary to the board of directors prior to her election to the board in 1975. Mrs. Bernhardt retired from F & M Bank in May 1982, with 37 years of service.
She was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, where she served as church treasurer, was a member of the church council, Sunday school teacher and choir member. A former Luther League advisor, she served as treasurer for many organizations. Mrs. Bernhardt was an active member of St. Paul's Women of the ELCA, where she was a former president. A life member of the Rowan County 4-H Club, she was the first member from Rowan County to be inducted in the State Honor Club. She was a past president of the Salisbury-Rowan Association of Insurance Women and past secretary of the women’s division of the N.C. Banker’s Association.
Preceding her in death was her husband, Walter Albert “Bud” Bernhardt, who died January 8, 1997; and two grandchildren Ryan and Allison Bernhardt.
Survivors include three sons Michael (Mike) Bernhardt (Brenda) of Mooresville, John Bernhardt of Tyler, TX; Stephen Bernhardt (Cathi) of Oakton, VA; four grandchildren Wendy Nichols (Scott), Ashley Williams (Matt), Dr. Chad Bernhardt, Sean Bernhardt (Stacy); and two great-grandchildren, Reagan Nichols and Laird Williams.
Visitation: 6-8:00 PM – Friday, June 11, 2010 at Lyerly Funeral Home.
Service: 11:00 AM – Saturday, June 12, 2010 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Floyd Bost officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
Memorials: St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 205 St. Paul’s Church Road, Salisbury, NC 28146.