Cleveland, North Carolina
1954 — 2023
Walter "Eric" Pence, age 69, of Cleveland, NC, passed away April 3, 2023 after a long journey with Parkinson's Disease. The son of Roy Pence and Lelia Reavis Pence, Eric was born in Salisbury at Rowan Regional Hospital on February 17, 1954. Eric graduated from West Rowan High School in 1972 and from NC State University in 1976 and again in 1979 with degrees in wildlife biology and animal sciences. Eric was a member of Old Providence Presbyterian Church, where he served as an elder. After graduation from college, Eric returned to take over the family farm. He was known for his work ethic and tremendous strength- whether wrestling with college roommates, throwing hay bales or carrying baby...