Recent Deaths

Julius Carroll Yates, 88, of Raleigh, N.C., passed away at his home at The Templeton on Monday, May 10, 2021. A native of North Wilkesboro, N.C., he was the loving husband of the late Cornelia Barker Yates and the father of Elizabeth Savage and Kathryn Robinson.

Judy Carolyn Ellis West, 64, of Roaring River passed away Thursday, May 13, 2021, at her home.

Mary Sherrill Wellborn, 81, of Wilkesboro wife of Rev. Sherrill Wellborn, passed away Friday, May 14, 2021, at her home.

Edith Craven Earp-Mathis went home to meet her Lord on May 13, 2021. She was 97 years old.

Faye Johnson Shumate, 77, of North Wilkesboro passed away Friday, May 14, 2021, at her home.

Ruth Lenora Alexander Watkins, 95, of Wilkesboro, passed away Monday, May 10. 2021, at Wake Forest Baptist Health-Wilkes Medical Center.

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Audrey Baity Elledge, 65, of Hickory passed away on Saturday, May 8, 2021, at Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory. She was born June 18, 1955, in Wilkes County to Robert Lee Baity Sr. and Joan Shumate Baity. Audrey was a member of Hickory Bible Church for 24 years where she loved singing…

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Raymond Lawrence Shumate, better known as “George,” of Hiddenite, passed away Tuesday, May 4, 2021, at his home.

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Carlota Argueta Carcamo, 82, of North Wilkesboro, passed away Monday, May 10, 2021, at Wake Forest Baptist Health-Wilkes Medical. Mrs. Carcamo was born Nov. 3, 1938 in El Salvador to Francisca Argueta. Carlota loved to spend time with her great grandkids and taking care of the birds in her y…

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Iverson Ray Burke, 86, passed away peacefully at his home on May 7, 2021. He was born Aug. 3, 1934, in Wilkes County. He was preceded in death by his mother, Frances Burke-Jarvis; dad, Reginald Burke; son, Cecil Burke; and grandson, Matt Baker. He is survived by his daughter, Breta Stanley B…

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Lois Church Faw, 97, passed away May 8, 2021. at her home.

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John Hughes Vandervort, 51, of Wilkesboro passed away Wednesday, May 5, 2021, at Wake Forest Baptist Medical in Winston-Salem.

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James Allen Johnson, 82, of North Wilkesboro passed away Monday, May 10, 2021, at his home.

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Betty Lou Mathis Campbell, 91, passed away Saturday, May 8, 2021 at Westwood Hills Nursing and Rehabilitation.

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Linda Adelaide Ellis Huffman of Wilkesboro passed away Friday, May 7, 2021, at Wake Forest Baptist Health-Wilkes Medical Center.

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David Leon Combs Sr., 75, of North Wilkesboro, passed away Friday, April 30, 2021, at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston Salem. He was born Nov. 12, 1945, in Wilkes County to Joseph Carl and Melba Lorene Chambers Combs. Mr. Combs was a U.S. Army Military Police veteran, where he s…

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James Richard Rhodes Sr., also known as “Pa-Paw,” 76, passed away Tuesday May 4, 2021, at his home in North Wilkesboro. Mr. Rhodes was born Sept. 15, 1944, in Wilkes County to Claude and Mary Rhodes. He was of the Baptist faith and served as a deacon and Sunday school teacher at Haymeadow an…

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Annie Mae Lipford, 82, of Ferguson, passed away Thursday, May 6, 2021 at Accordius Health at Wilkesboro.

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Gladys Dean Brown Whitley, 87, of North Wilkesboro, passed away Monday, May 3, 2021, at her home. She was born Feb. 4, 1934, in Wilkes County to John and Mae Faw Brown. She was a member at Mountain Valley Baptist Church. Mrs. Whitley was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Dewey Raymo…

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Janet Elizabeth Johnson Dillard, 64, of North Wilkesboro, passed away Wednesday, May 5, 2021, at Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home in Winston-Salem.

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Christopher Glenn Blankenship, 48, of North Wilkesboro, passed away Monday, May 3, 2021, at Forsyth Medical Center. He was born Sept. 18, 1972, in Wilkes County to Ronald “Ronnie” Glenn and Mary “Susie” Bumgarner Blankenship. He was a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church and employed with Lowe’…

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Thomas Wilson Lacks Jr., 75, of Hays, passed away Monday, May 3, 2021, at his home.

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Penny Annette Golden, 59, of North Wilkesboro, passed away Sunday, May 2, 2021, at Yadkin Valley Senior Living in Elkin.

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William “Willie” David Johnson, 78, went home to be with his Savior, the Lord, Jesus Christ on Monday, April 26, 2021. His family and friends celebrated his life at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 1, at Rankin Baptist Church in Greensboro. His friend and pastor, Jeff Scronce, officiated the service a…

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Wilena Christine Folken, 87, of Wilkesboro, passed away Friday, April 30, 2021, at Forsyth Medical Center. Mrs. Folken was born Jan. 14, 1934, in Pawnee City, Neb., to Ray Robert and Christine Wilhelmina Lauts Turnbull. Wilena was a member of the Lutheran Church of the Atonement. She was the…

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Joseph Thomas Spears, 74, of North Wilkesboro, died Friday, April 30, 2021, at his home.

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Agnes Sheets Mash, 91, of North Wilkesboro, died on May 1, 2021, at Wake Forest Baptist — Wilkes Medical Center.

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Virginia Carol Gentle Owens, 75, of Wilkesboro, passed away Saturday, May 1, 2021, at the home of her daughter in Mooresville. Mrs. Owens was born April 23, 1946, in Wilkes County to John Andrew and Leah Alverta Benge Gentle. She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Misty Owens; a…

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Ted Lewis Royal, 76, of North Wilkesboro, passed away Monday, April 26, 2021, at Wake Forest Baptist Health-Wilkes Medical. Mr. Royal was born Feb. 21, 1945, in Wilkes County to Carl and Annie Ruth Hall Royal. He was a member of Pilgrim Baptist Church. Ted enjoyed building and working on car…

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Bronda Huffman Royal, 74, of North Wilkesboro, passed away Monday, April 26, 2021, just hours after her husband, Ted Lewis Royal, at Wilkes Health and Rehabilitation. Mrs. Royal was born January 20, 1947 in Wilkes County to Raymond Kyle and Josephine Morgan Huffman. She was a member of Pilgr…

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Dorothy Mae Dove Carty, 91, of Wilkesboro passed away April 24, 2021. Dorothy was born Dec. 26, 1929, in Abingdon, Va., to Leslie and Dosha Dove. She married the love of her life, Hoover Carty, Dec. 17, 1949.

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Georgia Minton Wyatt, 91, passed away Saturday, April 24, 2021, at Wilkes Assisted Living in North Wilkesboro. Mrs. Wyatt was born Sept. 17, 1929, in Wilkes County to William and Alma Minton. Georgia was of the Baptist faith and enjoyed spending time with her family. She was a lifelong seams…

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Stephan Lambert Lackey, 58, of North Wilkesboro passed away Saturday, April 24, 2021, at Wake Forest Baptist-Wilkes Medical Center.

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Judy Kay McMillan, 64, of Wilkesboro passed away Thursday, April 22, 2021, at her home.

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Roger Dean Gambill, 68, of Hays, passed away Thursday, April 22, 2021, at his home. Roger was born July 7, 1952, in Wilkes County to Junior Lee and Dixie Combs Gambill. He was of the Baptist faith. Roger loved all children especially his own grandchildren. He enjoyed gardening, fishing, play…

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William David Sebastian, better known as “Bill,” 79, of Hays passed away Thursday, April 22, 2021.

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Johnny Wayne Cleary, 70, of Wilkesboro passed away Wednesday, April 21, 2021.

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On April 10, 2021, Beatrice Love Porter, 81, of North Wilkesboro, went home to be with our Lord and Savior. Beatrice was born March 31, 1940, in Tennessee to Charlie Hooper and Maggie Snyder Love.

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Brittany Nicole Byers, 32, of North Wilkesboro, passed away Friday, April 23, 2021, at Woltz Hospice Home in Dobson. Brittany was born Sept. 6, 1988, in Iredell County to Laura Rosado. She was of the Baptist faith and enjoyed reading and painting. Ms. Byers was preceded in death by her step-…

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Lewis Charles Read, 65, of Millers Creek passed away Friday, April 23, 2021, at Wake Forest Baptist Health-Wilkes Medical Center.

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Nancy Carol Jolly Treadway York, 78, passed away Tuesday, April 20, 2021, at Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home in Winston-Salem. She was born Sept. 19, 1942, in Alexander County to W. Haskel and Willa Mae James Jolly. Mrs. York was a member at Cub Creek Baptist Church. She was preceded in death …

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Heaven Leigh Call, 28, of North Wilkesboro, passed away Thursday, April 22, 2021, at her home. Heaven was born Nov. 3, 1992, in Wilkes County to Kenneth Ray Miller and Margaret Diane Cardwell. She was of the Baptist faith. Heaven enjoyed coloring, crocheting and wood burning. Heaven loved mu…

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John Odean Cass, 88, of Union Grove passed away Thursday, April 22, 2021 at Wilkes Health and Rehabilitation.

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David Clint Teague, 63, of Hays, passed away Thursday, April 22, 2021, at his home. Mr. Teague was born Aug. 12, 1957, in Wilkes County to Clint Isaac and Dessie Marie Handy Teague. David attended Dehart Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his father; and brother, Tim Teague.

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Sharon Royall Knight, 81, of North Wilkesboro, passed away Thursday, April 22, 2021, at her home. Sharon was born Oct. 28, 1939, in Alleghany County to William Quincy Royall Sr. and Cora Lee Holbrook Royall. Sharon was a member at Hilltop Baptist Church. She enjoyed flowers and gardening, lo…

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Clara Mae (Roxie) Miller Parrish, 79, of North Wilkesboro, passed away Wednesday, April 21, 2021, at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem. Mrs. Parrish was born March 20, 1942, in Wilkes County to Maynard and Mamie Dillard Miller. Mrs. Parrish enjoyed her flowers, cooking and …

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Vanessa Pardue, 63, of Boomer passed away Monday, April 19, 2021, at home.

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Randall Claude Griffin, 60, of North Wilkesboro passed away Monday, April 19, 2021, at Kindred Hospital in Greensboro.

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Bruce Wayne Whiting, 71, of North Wilkesboro, died Tuesday, April 20, 2021, at his home. Visitation is from 1-2 p.m. Friday, April 23, 2021, at Adams Funeral Home of Wilkes Chapel in Moravian Falls. A graveside service is at 4 p.m. Friday, April 23, 2021 at Mountain Park Cemetery in Wilkesbo…

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Anne Hudgins Stone, 87, passed away peacefully at home in Madison, Tenn., on April 19, 2021. She was born on Aug. 30, 1933, in Roanoke, Va., to Henry and Blanche Hudgins. She was preceded in death by Clarence (Pete) Stone, her husband of 66 years.

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George Edward Wells, 81, of North Wilkesboro, passed away Tuesday, April 20, 2021, at Forsyth Medical Center. Mr. Wells was born May 27, 1939, in Wilkes County to Leonard Odell and Pearl Church Wells. He was a U.S. Marine Veteran. Mr. Wells was a member and deacon at Baptist Home Baptist Chu…

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Annette Minton Billings, 59, of Millers Creek, passed away Wednesday, April 21, 2021, at her home. She was born May 15, 1961, in Iredell County to Edgar Ralph and Jessie Leigh Miller Minton. Annette was a member and choir director at Friendly Grove Baptist Church. She was preceded in death b…