Recent Deaths

Carmen Melissa Bailey Lipford, 47, of North Wilkesboro, passed away Monday, Jan. 24, 2022, at Atrium Health-Wake Forest Baptist-Wilkes Medical Center. She was born Dec. 28, 1974, in Wilkes County to Edward Wilson and Shirley May Garrett Bailey. She was previously employed with Wachovia Bank.…

Julie Sarah Garland, 51, of Roaring River, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022. Julie was born Jan. 22, 1971, in Wilkes County to Larry and Sheila Sawyer Alexander. Mrs. Garland was a member of Christian Home Baptist Church in Traphill. She was preceded in death by her mother and son, Derek…

Ray Edward Craven, 86, of Kannapolis, passed into the loving arms of the Lord Jan. 25, 2022, at Atrium Health Cabarrus. Born Feb. 27, 1935, in Wilkes County, he was the son of the late Johnie and Blanche Bauguess Craven.

Olivia “Lib” Redding Barker, 75, of Roaring River passed away Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022, at Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital. Mrs. Barker was born Jan. 28, 1946 in Wilkes County to Troy Franklin Redding and Mary Louise Ferguson Redding.

Heaven Marie Griffin, infant daughter of Tiffany Ann Griffin, died Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022, at Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital. Graveside service will be Friday, Jan. 28, 2022, at Haymeadow Baptist Church Cemetery. Online condolences may be made to www.millerfuneralservice.com.

Judith “Judy” Mae Francis Houck, 76, of Millers Creek, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022, at SECU Hospice Center in Yadkinville. Mrs. Houck was born Nov. 13, 1945, in Ashe County to Coolidge and Vinnie Shuford Francis. Judy enjoyed reading, doing word search puzzles, watching and feeding th…

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William Cordell Frazier, 76, of North Wilkesboro, passed away Monday, Jan. 24, 2022, at Atrium Health-Wake Forest Baptist-Wilkes Medical Center. Mr. Frazier was born Jan. 8, 1946, in Cabarrus County to George Edwin and Sallie Mae Roten Frazier. William enjoyed the outdoors, boating and fishi…

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Dallis Everette Brown, 44, of Hays, passed away on Jan. 8, 2022, in Guilford County.

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Esther Teague Myers Duffer, 93, of North Wilkesboro passed away Monday, Jan. 24, 2022, at her home.

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Rosie Spears Griffin, 84, passed away Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022, at Accordius of Statesville.

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Betty Jane Testerman Greer, 80, of North Wilkesboro went peacefully to be with the Lord, Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022, after complications of COVID-19 at Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist-Wilkes Medical Center. Betty was born Dec. 16, 1941, in Harford, Md., to Millard and Goldie Testerman. Betty g…

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Clyde Willard “Big Clyde” Smith Jr., 88, of Millers Creek, died Jan. 22, 2022, at his home. He was born June 11, 1933 in Caldwell County to Clyde Willard Smith Sr. and Bertha Mae Helton Smith. A visitation is 1-1:45 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 27 at Adams Funeral Home of Wilkes Chapel in Moravian Fa…

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Oaklen “Oakie” Church Minton, 86, of Wilkesboro passed away Sunday, Jan. 23, 2022, at Westwood Hills Nursing and Rehabilitation.

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Arthur Shelton Goddard, 72, of Millers Creek, passed away Monday, Jan. 24, 2022, at his home. Shelton was born Oct. 29, 1949, in Washington, D.C., to Clifford Shelton and Byrdie Bumgarner Goddard. He was a retired supervisor with Holly Farms/Tyson Foods with 42 years of service. Shelton was …

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Barbara Brown Harrold, 85 of Hays, passed away Saturday Jan. 15, 2022, at Chatham Nursing & Rehab in Elkin.

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Heaven Marie Griffin, infant daughter of Tiffany Griffin, passed away at Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital. Funeral arrangements, to be handled by Miller Funeral Service, are incomplete.

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Debra Mae Brown Perry, 62, of Finley Village Apts., North Wilkesboro, went to her heavenly home on Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022. at Atrium Health-Wake Forest Baptist-Wilkes Medical Center. Ms. Perry was born Oct. 24, 1959, in Wilkes County to James and Sara Knight Brown. She was employed for many…

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George I. Sholes, 70, of Ferguson passed away Jan. 18, 2022, at Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist-Wilkes Medical Center.

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Betty Ann Minton Bare, 69, of Millers Creek, passed away, Monday, Dec. 27, 2021, at Atrium Health-Wake Forest Baptist- Wilkes Medical Center. Mrs. Bare was born in Wilkes County on Nov, 20, 1952 to William and Virginia Davis Minton. She was preceded in death by her parents, sister, Ina Jean …

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James Harold Pierce, 89, a resident of Greensboro, passed away Wednesday Jan. 19, 2022, at Wesley Long Hospital. He was born Aug. 12, 1932, in Wilkes County, the son of Roy Arthur Pierce and Dovie Church Pierce Baker.

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Maxine Church McGrady, 65, of Traphill passed away Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022, at Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital.

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Gene Paul Combs, 84, of Trinity, passed away Sunday, Jan. 16, 2022, at High Point Regional Hospital. He was born Feb. 15, 1937, in Wilkes County to James Monroe and Florine Pruitt Combs. Gene was a U.S. Navy veteran and a retired truck driver. Mr. Combs was preceded in death by his parents; …

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Alfred Arthur Moretz, 77, of North Wilkesboro, passed away Friday, Jan. 20, 2022, at Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist in Winston-Salem.

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Shirley Marie Lankford Hall, 81, of Millers Creek, died Jan. 20, 2022, at Wilkesboro Health and Rehabilitation Center. She was born May 6, 1940, in Wilkes County to Claude James Lankford and Clara Staley Lankford. The family will conduct a private service at a later date. Condolences may be …

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Loyd “Edsel” Blackburn, 79, of Roaring River, passed away Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022, at Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital in Elkin. Mr. Blackburn was born March 2, 1942, in Wilkes County to Vaughn and Irene Shepherd Blackburn. Edsel was of the Christian faith. He loved car racing of any kind, esp…

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James Preston Hillin, 75, of Wilkesboro, passed away Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022 at his home. Mr. Hillin was born April 28, 1946, in Newport News, Va., to Roy Preston Hillin Jr. and Edna Stikes Hillin. He loved to read, go fishing and watch his grandchildren playing. James was preceded in death …

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Minnie Sidden McGrady, 91, of Traphill passed away Sunday, Jan 16, 2022, at Woltz Hospice Home.

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Evelyn Delores Barnes Mack was called to eternal rest on Jan. 18, 2022. Evelyn was born in Wilkes County on Nov. 22, 1956, at Atrium Health-Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

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Rose Anna Cockerham Bowlin, 97, of Millers Creek, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022, at Westwood Hills Nursing & Rehab Center. Mrs. Bowlin was born Oct. 31, 1924, in Wilkes County to James Conard and Martha Jane Shephard Cockerham. She was the oldest serving member of Mountain Valley …

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Kay Handy, 81, of North Wilkesboro, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, Jan. 17.

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Bobby Dean Huie Sr., 81, began his life in heaven on Jan. 16, 2022. Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature; old things have passed away; behold, all things are become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17.

Betty Jane Testerman Greer, 80, of North Wilkesboro went peacefully to be with the Lord, Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022, after complications of COVID-19 at Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist-Wilkes Medical Center. Betty was born Dec. 16, 1941, in Harford, Md., to Millard and Goldie Testerman. Betty g…

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Sarah McNeill Killen, 67, of Wilkesboro, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family, Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022. She was born Jan. 28, 1954, in Richmond, Va., to Albert and Grace Murphy Taylor. Sarah enjoyed cooking for her family, spending time with her grandchildren, going to auctions and…

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Harold Gwyn Foster, 72, of Ferguson passed away on Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022, at Accordius Health in Wilkesboro. He was born in Wilkes County on June 30, 1949, to the late William Foster and Esther Hamby Foster.

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Norma Jean Crysel Baity, 81, of Brushy Mountain community passed away Monday, Jan. 17, 2022.

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Mary Williams-Warren entered her Heavenly Home on Sunday, Jan. 16, 2022. Mary was born in North Wilkesboro on July 11, 1947, to Lester L. and Maude Phillips Williams. She was preceded in death by her parents; an infant brother, Edward Claude Williams; a sister, Martha Williams Miller and her…

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Mrs. Faye Miller Ford, age 82, of Boone, passed away Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022 at Watauga Medical Center.

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Doris Audrey Hamby Miles, age 100, of Ferguson, went home to be with her Lord Friday, Jan. 14, 2022. Doris was born Sept. 18, 1921 in Wilkes County to Jasper and Fredona Hamby. She became the first female rural mail carrier in North Carolina. She loved to paint, garden, solve word searches, …

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Ronnie Lee Stanley, 65, of North Wilkesboro, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022, at his home. He was born June 22, 1956, in Wilkes County to Kyle and Onie Mae Shumate Stanley. Ronnie enjoyed watching First Light Church service online, working on cars, and spending time with his family. Ronni…

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Justin Timothy Anglin, 38, of Port Charlotte Fla., went home to be with Our Lord Jesus Christ on Jan. 3, 2022 in Naples Fla.

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Stephen “Steve” Edward Hamby, 69, went peacefully to be with the Lord Friday, Jan. 14, 2022, after a long battle with cancer.

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Henry Franklin Wood, 96, passed away Friday, Jan. 14, 2022, at Willowbrook Rehabilitation and Care Center in Yadkinville.

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Loid Silas Johnson, 85, of Wilkesboro passed away Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022, at Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist-Wilkes Medical Center. Silas was born March 23, 1936, in Wilkes County to James Ernest and Mattie Benge Johnson.

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Stephen Thomas Canipe, 78, educator, historian and archivist for Horn in the West Outdoor Drama, died peacefully in his sleep on Jan. 5, 2022. The son of Thomas A. Canipe and Ruby Bray Canipe, he was born on March 19, 1943, in Elkin. An Eagle Scout, he developed a lifelong interest in scienc…

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Mavis Eller Peterson, 86, of Elon, passed away at Alamance Regional Medical Center on Friday, Jan. 1, 2022. A native of Wilkes County, she was the daughter of Coy Eller and Bernice Foster Eller, both deceased.

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David Franklin Andrews, 79, of North Wilkesboro passed away Monday, Jan. 10, 2022, at his residence. He was born Nov. 9, 1942, to the late Paul Franklin and Verna Brown Andrews in Alleghany County. In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by his loving wife, Pauline Lucas And…

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Annie Horton Lipford, 100, of Ferguson passed away Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022, at her home.

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Jimmy Rogers Lael 88, of Chesterfield, VA passed away on Monday, January 10, 2022. He was born in Smyth County, VA and raised in North Wilkesboro, NC a son of the late George and Leola Stephenson Lael; he is also preceded in death by his loving wife of 58 years, Gladys Jewel Hall Lael. He is…

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Ella Mae Shew Riddle, 92, of North Wilkesboro passed away Monday, Jan. 10, 2022, at her home.

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Hope Elaine Allen, 69, formerly of Ferguson, went to be with her savior Sunday, Jan, 2, 2022, following a period of declining health. She was the daughter of the late Ottie Woodrow and Martha Jane Allen. In addition to her parents, siblings Nancy Allen, Duane Allen and Denise Collins precede…

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Lorrene Trivette Stikes, 65, of McGrady, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022, at her home. She was born July 27, 1956, in Caldwell County to Leonard and Julia Faye Watson Trivette. She enjoyed traveling, reading and doing word games. Mrs. Stikes was preceded in death by her father; her husban…

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Shirley Simpson Sturdivant, 86, of Wilkesboro passed away Friday, Jan. 7, 2022, at Rose Glen Manor in North Wilkesboro.

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Betty Inez Owens Jay, 81, passed Wednesday Jan. 5, 2021, at Wilkes Health and Rehabilitation North Wilkesboro.