Gladys "Shine" Hunt Metheny

December 29, 2022

CHARLOTTE – Gladys “Shine” Hunt Metheny, 94, formerly from High Point, NC, passed away on Thursday, December 29, 2022. 

Shine, an active child, got her nickname from her grandmother who thought Shine reminded her of “shiners” fish who darted about quickly.  The name stuck and was later changed to Grandma Sunshine by her grands, great-grands, and great-great-grands. 

Shine grew up in High Point and was known by her teachers as a very bright student.  Her faith and church were extremely important to her.  She was a great prayer warrior.  She and her only sister, Edna, were inseparable all their lives.   

High Point was where Shine met Albert Hunt, her husband until his passing in 1978.  After Albert passed, Shine later married Kermit Metheny, another wonderful man.  Shine treasured her family times with both the Hunts and the Methenys.  After Kermit passed, Shine moved to Charlotte.

Shine was known for her wit and sense of humor.  In her final years at Sharon Towers, she enjoyed the fellowship of the staff and loved teasing them.  She genuinely loved them, and they loved her.  They took great care of her.  Her family is so thankful for the love and care given by all who took care of her while she was living at Sharon Towers for the past two years.

Shine is survived by her daughter, Belva Sefcik Booth and her husband, Larry; son, Terry Hunt and his wife, Julie; grandchildren, Natalie Peterson and her husband, Nick, Jennifer Powell, Michael Booth, Allison Laws and her husband, Chris, Chris Hunt and his wife, Courtney.  Also surviving are his great-grandchildren, Mattie Peterson, Faith Powell, Lily Laws, Riley Hunt, Sebastian Peterson, Will Laws and Will Hunt and one great-great-grandson, Liam Mullis.  She was predeceased by her sister, Edna Osborne.

A private graveside memorial service with be held at Floral Gardens in High Point. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be offered in memory of Shine to donor’s own church or a charity of your choice.

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth W. Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Charlotte, NC 28204; (704) 641-7606. Online condolences may be shared at

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  • Robert Dartnall

    Belva and family, I’m very sorry to hear of your loss.

  • Opal Dehart

    "Shine" was my and Kathryn's first cousin, She was 10 years older than me. She and her sister "Tootsie" were
    very close to us,,,Their mother, our aunt Mattie Cox Smith and our mother were very close. We all lived in the village
    and were born there. We lived in Highland Mill Village and family on both sides were all around us. I have always been so thankful
    for that. We had many cousins who grew up together.. Shine and Tootsie had older cousins who grew up with them....but
    we all met at grandma and grandpa's especially on Sundays . and all played together, The house was too small for us
    all to go in, Not been able to see Shine for a while but would call and try to talk as best we could- neither hearing good. . I told
    Terry that I knew every one of Al Hunt's family because I went with Shine and Al to visit them many times. I guess I was like a younger
    sister to both cousins. Thankful for the great memories of those 85 years. I will enjoy remembering those years. We old people
    are good at that... Will meet again sometime soon - not as long as it has been,
    . ..

  • Ronald Eugene Jones

    Your Mother was a Very Nice Lady, the times we meet, she always made me feel Welcome, and cared for, you lost is deep, but the Love God has in a New Beautiful Angel, will take some of the sting of your from your heart, and the hearts of All Your Family

  • Marilyn Peyton

    I’m thinking of you at this difficult time!! My prayers are with you.Thankfully She was able to see you happily married!!

  • Linda Reid

    R I P Shine, you and sweet Kermit became family to me while taking care of you two. You are in heaven rejoicing with the angels and what a wonderful site it must be. Belva will miss you Goff you lived with her for so long, and Larry will miss you too. Praying for the family and my love goes out to each one. Linda Reid