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Mrs. Martha "Mott" Hicks Turner

Mrs. Martha "Mott" Hicks Turner
  • September 3, 1926 - March 11, 2014
  • Grover, North Carolina
  • In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to:
  • Cleveland Pines Nursing Center
    Activities Department (resident activities)
    1404 N Lafayette Street
    Shelby, NC 28150
  • In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to:
  • First Baptist Church Grover
    403 Cleveland Avenue
    P.O. Box 237
    Grover, NC 28073

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“I am glad I got to know Ms. Mott through my weekly pet therapy visits. She always greeted us with a smile and was always so sweet and cheerful. She...Read More »
1 of 8 | Posted by: Amanda Murphy

“I always enjoyed see Mott when I visited my mother, Irene Blanton, at CPNC. She always had a smile for everyone and a wonderful disposition. I know...Read More »
2 of 8 | Posted by: Martha Blanton Carpenter - Shelby, NC

“Dear Vickie and Johnny, We were so sorry to hear of Mott's death. She will be really missed in Grover!! I'll always remember her cheerful smile and...Read More »
3 of 8 | Posted by: Betsy & Steve Wells - NC - Friend

“Vickie: So sorry to hear about Mott. Growing up next door to her and Johnny was wonderful. I will always remember her taking me to the ball games...Read More »
4 of 8 | Posted by: Denise Ross Schenk - Shelby, NC

“I will miss Mott! She and I joked together many times about the handsome young men! She was always cheerful, and I'll miss seeing her snuggled in...Read More »
5 of 8 | Posted by: Tina Whisnant - Shelby, NC

“Dear Vickie and Johnny, I so am sadden at the loss of your mother. I will always remember her laughter, beautiful smile, and her bubbly personality....Read More »
6 of 8 | Posted by: Julia Ann Conner Cagle - Columbia, SC

“I will always remember "Mott" as an icon associated with the school and church when I was growing up in Grover. I miss seeing you around town with...Read More »
7 of 8 | Posted by: Karen Byers Carroll - Grover, NC

“Vickie, and family, I knew you and your family back in the 60's when you and I attended a 4H week at NCState. As a young girl, I was so impressed...Read More »
8 of 8 | Posted by: JOY BRIDGES COOPER-WILLIAMS - NC


On March 11, 2014, Martha "Mott" Hicks Turner, of Grover, died at Cleveland Pines Nursing Center, under the care of Hospice, while surrounded by her family and friends. Mrs. Turner was born Martha Elizabeth Hicks on Sept. 3, 1926, in Grover, to Bessie Irene Boheler and Warren Sherrill Hicks.

Beloved Mother and Grandmother, she is survived by her children, son John Gene Turner, Jr.; daughter Vickie Turner Propst; son-in-law Thomas Fred Propst Jr.; grandson Dr. John Thomas Propst; and granddaughter Megan Elizabeth Propst Huebner and husband Christopher Scott Huebner. Mrs. Turner is also survived by her sister-in-law Jo Ann Hicks; nephews Mickey Hicks, Todd Hicks, John Haga and Richard Gold; niece Sharon Gold Sizemore; and their children and grandchildren.

Mott graduated from Grover High School, class of 1945, and attended Shelby Nursing School. She worked in the Grover High School Cafeteria and enjoyed chaperoning Grover High School Seniors to Washington, D.C. Her life was filled with caring and service to family and friends, church and community.

Throughout her life she was an outspoken advocate for special needs children and adults at the county, state, and national level. She helped start special education programs at North Shelby (Northside) School, known as the Children's Center for special needs founded in 1975.

Mott was a faithful member of the First Baptist Church Grover, where she helped in various areas of the church and was a member of the WMU. Considered a "Grover girl" through and through, she loved the town of Grover, attending local council meetings, and was a member of the Grover Woman's Club.

A true patriot, she often served as a Delegate to the N.C. Democratic Convention and enjoyed campaigning for candidates, whether running locally, or at the county, state, or national level.

Mott enjoyed 4-H as a young person growing up in Grover in the 40s and became a 4-H Leader in Cleveland County in the 60s.

Prior to becoming a resident of Cleveland Pines Nursing Center, Mott enjoyed volunteering in the CPNC Activities Department. As a resident, she served as President of the Residence Council and fully participated in CPNC activities and events. Mott genuinely loved the staff, residence and their families - she welcomed and loved each person that entered the halls of Cleveland Pines