Saturday, August 4, 2012

Howard Parks Bernhardt

SALISBURY - Howard Parks Bernhardt, 93, of Salisbury, died Friday, Aug. 3, 2012, at his home surrounded by his family.

He was born Sept. 14, 1918, in Rowan County, a son of the late Ira Leo and Maggie Parks Bernhardt. Mr. Bernhardt was a graduate of Granite Quarry High School and served in the U.S. Army. During his service to our country, he was a Communications Chief in Central Europe and was honorably discharged in December 1944.

After his military service, he returned to Rowan County and was a Brick Mason working for Cannon Mills. He became a Brick Superintendent in the Construction Department and retired from Cannon Mills in 1985.

An avid hunter and fisherman, Mr. Bernhardt enjoyed watching sports, especially Rowan American Legion Team and Atlanta Braves. He also enjoyed yearly family beach vacations where he spent many early mornings surf fishing.

The greatest joy of his life was spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Also, Mr. Bernhardt was an active member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church. He was a former active member of Christiana Lutheran Church.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Ruth Lingle Bernhardt, on Jan. 24, 2007; his daughter, Debbie Bernhardt Fisher, on June 5, 2001; an infant son; three brothers; and one sister.

Left to cherish his memory are his daughter, Belinda Bernhardt Cozart (Johnny) of Mooresville; his son, Perry Bernhardt (Lori) of Salisbury; son-in-law Carson Fisher (Alice) of Hickory; one brother Roy Peeler Bernhardt of Salisbury; seven grandchildren Ashley Cozart Fisher (Jason), Brad Cozart (Heather), Mandy Cozart Holden, Jennifer Bernhardt Aldridge (Lee), Melissa Bernhardt, Casey Fisher (Ciji) and Lauren Fisher; and six great-grandchildren Jenna Fisher, Patrick Holden, Elleson Cozart, Sarah Lynne Fisher, Madison Holden and Elin Cozart.

Also, the family would like to thank Sandy, Paula and Cheryl for their support and care for Mr. Bernhardt over the last several weeks.

Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5 at Powles Funeral Home, Rockwell; 1 to 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 6 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church; and the remainder of the time, at the home of a son, Perry Bernhardt of Salisbury.

Service: 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 6 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church conducted by Rev. William Ketchie, pastor. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with Military Honors by the Rowan County Veterans Honor Guard and the N.C. National Guard Honor Team.

Memorials: St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 205 St. Paul's Church Road, Salisbury, NC 28146; Alzheimer's Association, 3800 Shamrock Drive, Charlotte, NC 28215; or Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, P.O. Box 4072, Pittsfield, MA 01202.

Powles Funeral Home of Rockwell is assisting the Bernhardt family. Online condolences may be made to the Bernhardt family at

Published in Salisbury Post on August 4, 2012

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