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Lorene Byers Robinson, of 1432 Bradford Heights Road, Gastonia, North Carolina and departed this life on June 8, 2019. She was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania to Corrine Harrington and Wilborn Byers on October14, 1930. She attended school in the Harrisburg, PA school system.

Lorene started work at an early age for Arcade Laundry for a period of 19 years. She begins working at IBM in 1975 and was there until her retirement 16 years later.

She joined the Bethel AME Church at the age of 10, in 1940 and continue to serve until her move to North Carolina in 1998. In 1999 she joined the St. John’s Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Dr. Darial A. Jackson. She served faithfully on the Pastor’s Aide, Hymn Choir. She was diligent in making sure pastor’s baptism robe was cleaned and ready for next baptism, she and her sister Irene was faithful to give the church a good cleaning for Homecoming.

Besides her parents, she preceded in death by her daughter, Janet Chase, and two sons, Robert McCleave and Michael McCleave.

Lorene leaves to cherish precious memories her children, four daughters, Rose Venable (Charles), Albuquerque, NM; Ilois McCleave, Harrisburg, PA; Margaret Gwyn, Morganton, NC and Mary Watson (Robert), Gastonia, NC and one son, Clayton McCleave, Harrisburg, PA. Her twin sister, Irene Sherer, York, SC. She has 19 grandchildren, 54 great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

Funeral: Saturday, June 15, 2019 2pm
Church: St. John's Missionary Baptist Church
1281 Bradford Heights Rd., Gastonia
Visitation: thirty minutes before the service at the church 



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  • Tuesday, June 11, 2019
    Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.
    ~ Gregory Funeral Service
  • Wednesday, June 12, 2019
    To the family of Mrs. Lorene a very dedicated church worker and a long time Bradford Heights neighbor and a friend. May God be with the family as you go through your bereavement and give you comfort
    ~ Lee and Margaret Spencer   Gastonia, NC
  • Thursday, June 13, 2019
    Aunt Lorene was like a aunt to me .We always had a special connect with her and her family . Those twins were hard working women Our family was sad when they moved down to N C. She will always have a special place in my heart . My prayers go to her family . God Bless
    ~ Veda Powell   Harrisburg
  • Thursday, June 13, 2019
    Aunt Lorene was like a aunt to me .We always had a special connect with her and her family . Those twins were hard working women Our family was sad when they moved down to N C. She will always have a special place in my heart . My prayers go to her family . God Bless
    ~ Veda Powell   Harrisburg
  • Thursday, June 13, 2019
    Aunt Lorene was like a aunt to me .We always had a special connect with her and her family . Those twins were hard working women Our family was sad when they moved down to N C. She will always have a special place in my heart . My prayers go to her family . God Bless
    ~ Veda Powell   Harrisburg
  • Thursday, June 13, 2019
    Aunt Lorene was like a aunt to me .We always had a special connect with her and her family . Those twins were hard working women Our family was sad when they moved down to N C. She will always have a special place in my heart . My prayers go to her family . God Bless
    ~ Veda Powell   Harrisburg, PA
  • Thursday, June 13, 2019
    To Ilois, Clayton and Family Our condolences on the lost of your mother. May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
    ~ The Mills Family   Harrisburg, PA
  • Thursday, June 13, 2019
    To Ilois, Clayton and Family Our condolences on the lost of your mother. May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
    ~ The Mills Family   Harrisburg, PA
  • Friday, June 14, 2019
    To the family of Sis. Lorene Robinson, we send to you our deepest condolences during your time of bereavement. Sis. Lorene Robinson was a very dedicated member of the St. John's Missionary Baptist Church family. She was a very caring and loving woman and she will definitely be missed. Our prayers are with the family as we pray that God will continue to comfort you all. God bless you.
    ~ Deacon Odell and Ida Pearl Lowery   Gastonia, NC
  • Friday, June 14, 2019
    To the family of Sis. Lorene Robinson, you are in our thoughts and prayers during this time of bereavement. Sis. Robinson will truly be missed. She was a loving and caring woman who cared for her church family. The Word of God tells us "To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord", and we truly believe she is in the presence of Lord. God bless each one of you.
    ~ Bro. Darryl and Jarvette Thompson   Lincolnton
  • Thursday, June 20, 2019
    Our sincere sympathies goes to you and yours in this most difficult time . Please find strength from the words of 2 Corinthians 1:3, 4 which reads: “Praised be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of tender mercies and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our trials " Our loving God gave us the SURE promise of a resurrection right here on earth when it is restored to a beautiful paradise (Psalms 37:9-11, 29; Acts 24:15; Isaiah 55;11). What a joy it will be welcoming back to life our loved ones? You can go online to JW.ORG and find out more about this resurrection.
    ~ R&R Lopez