April 3, 1948 ~ May 6, 2020

Born in: Lexington, NC
Resided in: Arden, NC

Theresa “T” Lanier Christopher, 72, passed away Wednesday, May 6, 2020.

Mrs. Christopher was born in Lexington, NC to the late Russell Lanier and Elizabeth Herring Harrison. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Robert “Bobby” Christopher.

T was a faithful member of Avery’s Creek United Methodist Church and was involved with several ministries including the scholarship committee and food pantry. T also enjoyed her water aerobics at the YMCA and loved her family deeply.

She is survived by her two children; Scott Christopher (Emily) and Marquita Tate (Jeffrey); two sisters, Pam Wesner and Jimi Lynn Harrison; one brother, Branson Harrison and three grandchildren, Dylan Christopher, Abigail Tate and Conner Tate.

A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, May 16, 2020 at 2:00 pm at Avery’s Creek United Methodist Church. Funeral gatherings are limited to 50 people at the moment and must be adhered to within the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Avery’s Creek United Methodist Church, “In Care Of Kevin Ray”, 6 Laurel Park Drive, Arden, NC 28704.

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian is assisting the family.


Memorial Service: May 16, 2020 2:00 pm

Averys Creek United Methodist Church
Glenn Bridge Road
Arden, NC 28704


Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian
72 Long Shoals Road
Arden, NC 28704


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  1. So very sad to learn of “T”‘s passing. We will always love and miss her and Bobby, and we know there is rejoicing in Heaven now they are together once again. She so loved her home, church, children and grandchildren; deep condolences to the family and her many friends. What a sweet, funny, strong, loving lady, who knew all about Southern hospitality. We celebrate your life, T, and all the love you brought to this world.

    • Scott and Marquita, we were so sorry to hear about your mom. Both she and your dad were dearly loved by so many. T was a wonderful lady and I am grateful I had the opportunity to call her my friend.

  2. Prayers for the family. T has touched so many, but especially those with children. She provided childcare for one of my sons for a short period. Her heart was so loving…I remember picking him up one day and both she and Bobby were outside showing the children a hummingbird’s nest. She will be missed.

  3. Thoughts and prayers for Scott and Marquita and family. My childhood would have never been the same without Bobby, T, Scott, and Quita. Love you guys always!

  4. Scott, Marquita and family,

    We are so sorry for your loss. We all loved T, and she will be missed.
    Love to you all.

  5. While we didn’t know Mrs Christopher, her son Scott has been a member of our family for some time, as the
    wonderful husband of our niece Emily. We have been proud to call him an “in-law”, and send our sincere sympathy to Scott and his family at this sad time.

  6. Scott and Marquita
    I was saddened to hear that T had passed. You had a loving mother who will be missed by all. All my love.

  7. Our hearts are broken. T was such a special person and will always hold a place in our hearts. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time.

  8. Our hearts are broken. T was such a special person and will always hold a place in our hearts. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time.

  9. Our deepest sympathy to Scott and Marquita. We grieve for the passing of your mother, our friend and member of our families, yet our sorrow is lightened by the memories of her, and the love we hold in our hearts.

  10. Marquita and Scott and families- We are heartbroken and so very sorry for your loss. T was a dear woman– friend, mentor, and “mother” to so many. John and I will always remember the love and laughter she (and your dad) brought into our lives. Our prayers are with you all.

  11. I was so saddened to see that my friend T passed away. We have been friends since my husband and I moved here 9 years ago and I started water classes at the Y. She made the class so much fun. The last time I spoke with T she called me to “vent” about the trash can situation (we live just down the road in Avery Park) and she had me laughing so hard I cried. With the current virus situation, I will not be able to attend the memorial service. I wanted her family to know that those of us outside the family will be missing her very much also.

  12. To Scott and Marquita and families,
    I’ve loved your mom and dad a long time as they kept both Jason and Aaron in your home while I worked. We laughed, played, danced, cooked and cried together. My heart hurts deeply for your families. She will be greatly missed by her friends, her church, her community and most of all her loving family.May You feel Gods arms wrap you in His love and grace during the next few days , weeks and years!

  13. Theresa was a friend from Class of 66 at Roberson. She always had a smile on her face. Our “girls classmate luncheon” every summer won’t be the same without her. Our prayers to her family. May God be with you all.
    Bill and Carolyn Clampett

  14. My thoughts and prayers are with the family members of Theresa…Bobby and Theresa were classmates from Class of 1966 At T.C. Roberson..Her wonderful laughter and stories will be missed by all of us at our summer girls luncheon.
    Deana Merrell Freeman

  15. We offer our condolences to the family of Theresa Lanier Christopher — a great friend and fellow student in the 1966 graduation class of T. C. Roberson High School. She was such a special friend during those high school years. I also enjoyed her husband Bobby whom I remember fondly. I looked her picture up in our ’66 Roberson annual when I read of her passing and I was touched where she had written by her picture “To a great bus driver! Love, Theresa.” It was a pleasure being a fellow student of Theresa as well as her Bus Number 12 school bus driver. My wife and I prayerfully remember the family during this time and may you experience God’s presence during this difficult time.

    Curran & Martha Welch
    Lake Junaluska, NC

  16. Dear Scott, Marquita, and families,
    So surprised and saddened to hear of Aunt Theresa’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
    Donna and Rick

  17. Aunt Theresa and Uncle Bobby were such a special part of our family. She was the best cook, had a great sense of humor and my childhood is full of fond memories of her. She will be missed so much. Sending love to Scott and Marquita and their family.


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