Five generations of Carltons recently gathered. They are, from left, Sherry C. Horton, Kendrick Horton, Florence F. Carlton (holding Maverick Horton) and Gloria Ann Carlton.

Five generations of the Sloop family gathered recently. They are, seated from left, Doris Combs of Hays and Pauline Sloop, 104, of North Wilkesboro, who is holding Jett Lance Byrd. Standing from left are Julia Byrd of Hays and Lance Byrd.

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The Wilkesboro High School Class of 1952 celebrated its 70th reunion on Oct. 29 at the Brushy Mountain Smokehouse and Creamery in North Wilkesboro.This was the last graduating class at Wilkesboro High before it merged with North Wilkesboro and Ferguson high schools. Attending were, from left…

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The 82nd Walsh family reunion was held Oct. 9 at Beaver Creek Baptist Church in Ferguson. This was the first reunion since 2019 due to COVID-19.

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West Wilkes High School class of 1959 celebrated its 63rd reunion at the Brushy Mountain Smokehouse and Creamery in North Wilkesboro on Sept. 24. Those attending included, sitting from left, Linda Blevins, Katherine Pierce Elledge, Mary Louise Reeves Canter, Peggy Nichols Sheets, Patsy Nicho…

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The 42nd annual Moore family reunion was held Saturday, Sept. 10, in the Liberty Baptist Church fellowship hall in the Brushy Mountain community, with over 50 people attending. “It was a rainy day, but God blessed us with everyone there,” said a family spokesman.

Five generations of Shews gathered recently. Clockwise from top left are Taylor Shew Tribble, Deana Shew, Alton Shew and Sarah Shew, who is holding Carsyn Rae Tribble.

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Five generations of the Sloop family gathered recently. They are, clockwise from top left, Devin Royal of Hays, Julie Byrd of Hays, Pauline Sloop of North Wilkesboro (age 103, holding Maddux Keith Royal) and Doris Combs of Hays.

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A surprise 90th birthday party was held for Grace Walsh, of Wilkesboro, on June 5 at Edgewood Baptist Church. After a small party with the family, a surprise drive-by party was held outside the church’s fellowship hall. A family spokesman thanked those who rode by with birthday wishes, cards…

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Signora Phillips Pettey of the Little Richmond community in Elkin celebrated her 102nd birthday on May 17.

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Annette Watson Kinney celebrated her 100th birthday with family and friends at her home in Rose Glen Village in Wilkesboro on Aug. 14.

Millers Creek resident Lutrelle Hamby will celebrate her 100th birthday on Thursday, Oct. 22. She was born in Wilkes County on Oct. 22, 1920, to Guy and Rosa Hamby.

Fourteen couples applied for marriage licenses from the Wilkes Register of Deeds office Sept. 14-Sept. 18.

Carrie Wyatt Haynes of the Mulberry community will celebrate her 100th birthday on Aug. 28. She was born to Robert and Doskie Wyatt on Aug. 28, 1920, and is one of four children.

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FAMILY CONNECTIONS – The birth of River Thomas Adams to Dylan Adams and Paige Furr on Nov. 13, 2019, created four sets of five generations, three of which are in Wilkes County.

Della Mae Shumate of Elkin Highway, North Wilkesboro celebrated a milestone birthday Saturday afternoon, Jan. 18, at Liberty Grove Baptist Church. Her daughters and their families gave the event, along with family and church members.

Pauline Johnson Anderson, resident of Westwood Hills Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Wilkesboro, turns 104 Friday.

FIVE GENERATIONS OF THE HANDY FAMILY gathered recently for photos. In the photos with Gladys Handy, who turns 91 on May 10, are, in the photo above, Jonathan Benfield, great-grandson; Edyn Benfield, great-great-granddaughter, 5; Joyce Faw, daughter; Hadley Benfield, great-great-granddaughter…

Five generations of the Patterson family gathered recently for a photograph. Left to right are Vergie Patterson, great-great-grandmother, Barbara Cranfill, great-grandmother, Dianna Cloud, grandmother and Caleb Smathers, father, holding his son, Bentley Austin Smathers. 

Pauline Elmore Sloop of North Wilkesboro recently celebrated her 100th birthday, She was born Nov. 11, 1918, to Elzie and Mattie Elmore and grew up in the N.C. 268 East area of North Wilkesboro.

Five generations of the Billings family of Wilkes County recently gathered for a picture. Hubert Billings is seated next to his great-great-grandson, Dalton Lowe. Standing from left to right are, Debbie Church, great-grandmother; Rodney Lowe, father; and Tracy Lowe, grandmother.

Members of the Elledge family of Hays gathered recently for a five generations photo. Front row, left to right, are Caleb Shumate holding his daughter, Addison Harper Shumate, and Tracy Shumate, grandfather. On the back row are Pearl Elledge, great-great-grandmother, and Sandra Elledge Shuma…

Gladys Grace Shumate Handy celebrated her 90th birthday on May 13 with a party given by her family. Nearly 100 people visited her that day, and others visited the week prior and after.

FIVE GENERATIONS of the Sloop family gathered on Mother’s Day for a photograph. Seated on the first row, from right to left, are Pauline Sloop of North Wilkesboro, 99, holding her great-great-granddaughter, Molly Tate Royal, and Doris Sloop Combs of Hays, great-grandmother. On the second row…

E. Mack Byrd and Pansy Luffman Byrd celebrated 72 years of marriage on Feb. 16, 2018. On. Dec. 30, 2017, the couple fulfilled a dream to renew their wedding vows, in a church, surrounded by family and friends.

FIVE GENERATIONS OF THE SLOOP FAMILY gathered recently for a photo. Sitting at right is Pauline Sloop, 99, holding her great-great-grandson, Calloway Justin Blevins. Doris Sloop Combs of Hays, great-grandmother, is at left. On the second row are Teresa Combs Blevins, grandmother, Eden Rose B…

Natalie West, bride-elect of Andrew Marley, was honored at a household shower on Nov. 18, 2017 at the Littleton Fire Department in Littleton. Hostesses were Sallie Smiley and Robin Edwards, aunts of the bride-to-be.

On June 11, family and friends gathered to celebrate the 90th birthday of Reva Tugman McLean. Over 150 well wishers attended the event given by Mrs. McLean’s children, Rita Smith, Rene Dills, Rusty McLean and Rob McLean.

A celebration of the 95th birthday of Gladys Olive Staley was held June 24,  in the fellowship hall of Millers Creek Baptist Church. The event was given by her three children and their spouses, Philip and Betty Staley, Jane and Jim Blackburn and Darrell and Marlayne Staley.

Five generations of the Benton family gathered recently for a photo. They are Edna Benton, seated, holding her great-great-grandson, Braxton Liam Collins; from left to right, Lydia Walsh, great-grandmother; Douglas McClure Jr., grandfather; and Jeri McClure Collins, mother.

On Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017, family and friends of Grace Sarahann Cleary Taylor gathered to celebrate Mrs. Taylor’s 100th birthday, in the fellowship hall of First Baptist Church of Stanleyville in Winston-Salem.