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Friday July 16th, 2021
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St. John's Lutheran Church
Saturday July 17th, 2021

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Jane Culp Cress

On Wednesday, July 14, 2021, at the age of 82, Jane Culp Cress of Mount Pleasant, NC, passed away with her husband, Lewis, by her side. She is survived by Lewis, her beloved husband of 60+ years; her two cherished children: Lauren Cress Hill and Brad Austin Cress (Mary Manus Cress); and her brother, Glenn Daniel Culp (Nancy Miller Culp) of Winston-Salem. She was also the loving and proud grandmother of 3 grandchildren: Isaac Lewis Hill, Lydia Marie Hill, and Ty Fisher Cress, as well as a dear Aunt to numerous nephews and nieces. Jane was born to Glenn Bradshaw and Jessie Austin Culp in Gold Hill, NC on March 26, 1939. She grew up actively attending Bethlehem Methodist Church and graduated from Mt. Pleasant High School. She continued her formal education at Pfeiffer University and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, obtaining post-graduate degrees in Christian Education and Elementary Education. Jane married Lewis Walker Cress on August 14, 1960. She spent her entire teaching career, spanning 30 years, at Beverly Hills Elementary School in Concord, NC. She loved and was loved by many there - students, coworkers, and administrators - and she cherished many of those friendships all the way through her retirement years. In addition to her work in education, Jane was also very active in her church life at St. John’s Lutheran, serving as a Sunday School teacher for 46 years, along with holding many other positions of leadership and responsibility. She was an active member in the St. John’s Grange, serving in many different capacities at both the local and state levels. Funeral service will be 11:00am Saturday, July 17, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Concord, officiated by Rev. Dr. Mark Ericson and Rev. Ruth Ann Sipe, burial will follow at Bethlehem United Methodist Church Cemetery. The Cress family will receive friends from 6-8pm Friday evening at Gordon Funeral Home of Mt. Pleasant. Jane leaves behind a lifelong legacy of love, joy, nurturing, education, service, and commitment to all who knew her, family and friends alike. At her request, memorials may be sent to either: Music Fund at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 100 St. John’s Church Rd, Concord, NC 28025 or Cemetery Fund at Bethlehem Methodist Church, 3401 Bethlehem Church Rd, Gold Hill, NC 28071.

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Wanda and George Foil Jul 18 2021 12:00 AM

What an incredible and dedicated teacher she was! I so enjoyed being in her class for English and History. She and Marva made my fifth grade year so enjoyable and memorable, especially as it was my last year at Beverly Hills in 1985. Mrs. Cress cared deeply for all her students and was a beacon of light on some tough days for me (and no doubt others). God bless you all. Matt Plummer

Matt Plummer Jul 16 2021 12:00 AM

As a former 5th grade student of Jane, I am deeply saddened to hear of her recent passing. She was a wonderful teacher and a true ray of light in the classroom. My sympathies and love go out to Jane's family and friends during this difficult time of transition. Warmest Regards Always, Matt Wilkinson

Matt Wilkinson Jul 16 2021 12:00 AM

For a very sweet woman......

Lisa Blalock Jul 15 2021 12:00 AM

Lauren, So sorry to hear of your mothers passing. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Myra Barringer Collier

Myra Collier Jul 15 2021 12:00 AM

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