STATESVILLE Nancy Irene Poarch Mattingly, 69, of Statesville, went to be with the Lord Saturday, May 11, 2019, at the VA Hospital in Salisbury. She was born at home at Kings Creek in Caldwell County, and was the daughter of the late Andy and Ruth Craig Poarch and foster parents, Ruth and Carl Bush. She graduated from Statesville Senior High School in 1969 and served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War. She was a loving mother and granny. She became disabled as a result of a car accident in May of 1981 and lived as a quadriplegic for 38 years. She loved butterflies and word searches. In 1986, she received a donated van and learned to drive with the use of hand controls. She was elated to receive this gift only to be disappointed by the fact that many local businesses were not handicapped accessible. She founded Barrier-Free Iredell and served as the president for a couple of years to help bring awareness to the challenges faced by persons in a wheelchair. In addition to the advocacy work, she volunteered for Hospice of Iredell and Stop Child Abuse Now in the 1980s. She is survived by one daughter, Kimberly Mattingly-Cloer (John) of Statesville; two sisters, Linda P. Hanes and Jobell Watson; two brothers, Floyd and Tommy Poarch; and six grandchildren, Jason Cloer (Kim), Brian Cloer, Candie Cloer Johnson (Tripp), Matthew Cloer (Gracie Winthrop), as well as Abby Brown and Bella Riffe; and three great- grandchildren, Ean, Kailey and Mia. She is also survived by a foster brother, Jerome Bush; foster sister, Sibyl Moffitt; and a very special best friend, Nita Kottak from Louisville, Ky. The family would like to thank three very special caregivers, Harriet, Lena and Jeanne. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Johnny Poarch, Andy Poarch Jr.; and one sister, Imogene Mitchell. A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, July 9, in the V.A. National Cemetery in Salisbury, with full military honors. Memorials may be made to Landmark Church of God and online condolences may be made to the family at Troutman Funeral Home is serving the family of Irene Nancy Mattingly.

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Susan Orren Davis

Dear Family, I was sorry to read about Irene’s passing. She and I went to high school and graduated in 1969. Irene was a friendly, fun loving and caring person. And she stayed on that path her whole life despite her limited physical abilities. Great woman. God bless you with loving memories of her Susan Orren Davis

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