Recent Deaths

Diane Bowlin Beaman, 60, of Statesville, died Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022, at her home. Born on July 28, 1962, in Catawba County, she was the daughter of the late Joseph Virgil Bowlin and Cora Esther Payne Bowlin. A Celebration of her Life will be held at a later date with family and friends.

John Thomas “J.T.” Pennington, 73, of Wilkesboro, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022, at his home. Mr. Pennington was born January 20, 1949 in Ashe County to Glenn and Earsie Dixon Pennington. He was a U.S. Army Veteran. “ J.T.” loved hunting and fishing. He was preceded in death by his pare…

Thomas Wayne Brookshire, 50, passed away Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022, in Atlanta, Ga. He was born in Wilkes County on Feb. 9, 1972, to Charles Brookshire and Brenda Huffman. Thomas graduated from West Wilkes High School and attended Elon University under a teaching fellows’ scholarship. During hi…

  • Updated

Wayne Smithey, 79, passed away on Wednesday Oct. 26, 2022, at Atrium Health-Pineville. He was born in Wilkes County and was the son of the late Charles and Ruby Anderson Smithey.

Juanita Williams Barlow, 84, of Moravian Falls, passed away Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, at Atrium Health-Wake Forest Baptist-Wilkes Medical Center. Mrs. Barlow was born June 15, 1938 in Wilkes County to Andrew and Irene Call Williams. She loved her family, flowers, reading and antiques. In addi…

Wayne Ray Salmon, 66, of Hays, passed away Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022, at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem. He was born in Lee County to Bobby Wayne and Linda Ann Boswell Salmon. Wayne was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and friend. He loved golf, classic cars and spen…

  • Updated

RS Earp, 77, of Wilkesboro passed away Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, at his home, surrounded by his wife, son and daughter.

  • Updated

Danny Miller, 80, of Millers Creek, passed away Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, at his home surrounded by his loving family.

  • Updated

Alicia Ra Lynn Caudill, 51, of Millers Creek, passed away Thursday, November 17, 2022, at her home. She was born Dec. 1, 1970, in Wilkes County to Alvin Ray and Carolyn Marie Porter Caudill. Alicia loved her grandkids and they were the light of her life. She enjoyed racing and spending time …

  • Updated

O.C. Barnes Jr. of Taylorsville passed away on Nov. 17, 2022, at age 82.

  • Updated

Scotty Lane Sheets, 40, of North Wilkesboro, passed away Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022, at Atrium Health-Wake Forest Baptist-Wilkes Medical Center. Scotty was born Nov. 26, 1981, in Iredell County to Elbert Lane and Charlotte Janet Speaks Sheets. He was preceded in death by parents; and paternal g…

  • Updated

Bernice Jean Primeau, 78, of Thurmond, passed away Sunday, Nov. 13, 2022, at the SECU Hospice Care Facility in Yadkinville. She was born Dec. 11, 1943, in Holyoke Mass., to the late Iris Ivan Premo and the late Irene Rose Rabideau.

  • Updated

Jerry Dean Adams, 65, of North Wilkesboro passed away Nov. 16, 2022, at his home.

  • Updated

Elizabeth (Libby) Sanders Walsh, 71, of Ferguson, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022, at her home, surrounded by her loving family. Mrs. Walsh was born April 30, 1951, in Caldwell County to the late Romie Sanders and Doris Green Sanders. Elizabeth was a loving and devoted wife, mother and …

  • Updated

Barbara Sue Pike, 57, of Lenoir passed away Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022, at her home.

  • Updated

Robert Norman Robbins, age 92, died peacefully at home on September 19, 2022. Originally from Ellenboro, Norman lived in Wilkesboro, NC for his last 56 years. He had just celebrated a remarkable 75 years of marriage to the love of his life, Shirley May Rice Robbins. He and Shirley lived a li…

  • Updated

Sheila Gail Buff, born in Iredell County on Sept. 22 1957, passed away peacefully at home Nov. 15, 2022.

  • Updated

Rickie Phillip Wiles, 66, of Traphill, died Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022, at his home. He was born April 22, 1956, in Wilkes County to Edsel and Pauline Richardson Wiles. No service will be held. Online condolences may be made to www.millerfuneralservice.com.

  • Updated

Shirley Mae Alexander Shumate, 86, of North Wilkesboro, passed away Monday, Nov. 14, 2022, at Westwood Hills Skilled Nursing Center. Mrs. Shumate was born June 1, 1936, in Wilkes County to Jesse Alfred and Vella Foster Alexander. Shirley loved to read, do puzzles, sew and cook, but her great…

  • Updated

Michael Andre Church, 38, of Hays, died Thursday, Nov. 10, 2022 at his home. He was born Oct. 22, 1984, in Wilkes County to Robert Hawkins and Dinah Brady. Funeral will be Friday, Nov. 18, 2022, at Miller Funeral Chapel. Online condolences may be made to www.millerfuneralservice.com.

  • Updated

Alice Mazingo Hayes, 81, of Wilkesboro passed away November 14, 2022, at Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem.

  • Updated

Woodrow Dean Absher Sr., 75, of Moravian Falls, passed away Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem. Mr. Absher was born July 20, 1947, in Wilkes County to Monroe and Georgia Taylor Absher. Woodrow was a U.S. Army veteran, serving in Vietnam. He receiv…

  • Updated

John Ricky Church, 62, of North Wilkesboro passed away Nov. 3, 2022, at his home.

  • Updated

John “Nuni” Raymond Hailey, 77, of North Wilkesboro, passed away Friday, Nov. 11, 2022 at his home. Mr. Hailey was born Dec. 9, 1944, in Wilkes County to Arthur and Della Barber Hailey. John loved fishing, watching football and NASCAR, with his favorite racer being Dale Earnhardt. He enjoyed…

  • Updated

{image}{imagePath}/tcms_purged/opc_local/Adobe%20InDesign%20Documents/NC-WLK/16/A/Images/2022_11_16_NC-WLK_A_007/13a599ca-620a-11ed-9e76-00163ec2aa77/13a599ca-620a-11ed-9e76-00163ec2aa77.jpg{/imagePath}{photoCredit}{/photoCredit}

  • Updated

Max Parker Church, 91, of Elkin passed away Nov. 10, 2022, at Pruitt Health in Elkin.

  • Updated

Leonard “Len” G. Hooks Jr., 77, of Chesnee, S.C., passed away peacefully on Nov. 7, 2022, in the company of friends and family. Born in Pineville, he was the son of late Leonard G. Hooks Sr. and Cloya Vick Hooks. Len was a graduate of South Mecklenburg High School and proudly served in the U…

  • Updated

Marjorie Lambert Lackey Mathena, 81, of North Wilkesboro passed away Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2022, at Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home.

  • Updated

Teresa Caudle Yates, 60, of Purlear passed away Thursday, Nov. 10, 2022, at SECU Hospice Home in Yadkinville.

  • Updated

Nancy Caroline Hale, 70 of North Wilkesboro passed away Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022, at her home.

  • Updated

Susan Blake, 76, of Purlear, passed away Monday, Oct. 31, 2022, in San Diego, Calif., after a three-year battle with colon cancer, while taking a last trip to see her children and grandchildren. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, she was a daughter of the late Vernon and Elsie (Kocarek) Gottschalk. Su…

  • Updated

Larry Marvin Williams, 62, of North Wilkesboro, died Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2022, at his home. He was born on Oct. 16, 1960, in Wilkes County to Burley Williams and Nancy Loree Johnson Byrd. The family will conduct a private service at a later date. Condolences may be sent to: www.adamsfunerals.com.

  • Updated

Jerry Hugh Lenderman, 86, of North Wilkesboro passed away Monday, Nov, 7, 2022, at Woltz Hospice Home.

  • Updated

On Monday, Nov. 7, 2022, Jesse Frank Alexander, a loving husband, father and papa, passed away peacefully with loved ones surrounding him in the last days of his life. His entire life was spent in Elkin.

  • Updated

Richard Dean Eller, 83, of Purlear, passed away Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022, at Margate Health & Rehab Center in Jefferson. Mr. Eller was born Sept. 7, 1939, in Wilkes County to Clyde and Nora Belle Faw Eller. He was retired from Gardner Mirror after 40 years. He was a devoted Christian and a…

  • Updated

Barbara Johnston McNeil, 88, of North Wilkesboro passed away Nov 4, 2022, at Wilkes Health & Rehabilitation.

  • Updated

Lowell Thomas Hendren, 86, of Moravian Falls, passed away peacefully on Friday, Nov. 4, 2022, at Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Wilkes Medical Center, surrounded by his family.

  • Updated

Alvin Boyd Byrd, 64, of Roaring River passed away Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022, at his home.

  • Updated

Michael “Shane” Osborne, 53, of Traphill, passed away Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022, at Atrium Health-Wake Forest Baptist-Wilkes Medical Center. He was born Jan. 15, 1969, in Wilkes County to Terry Lane and Carolyn Wiles Osborne. Shane was a member of New Covenant Baptist Church and a former dispat…

  • Updated

Charlie Uelius Blackburn, 77, of Roaring River passed away Sunday, Non. 6, 2022, at Atrium Health-Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem.

  • Updated

Robert Cecil Stanley, 51, of North Wilkesboro, passed away Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022, at his home. He was born March 2, 1971, in Wilkes County to Arnold Gene and Willa Dean Parsons Stanley. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Melissa Royal; brother, Arnold “Junior” Stanley; and nep…

  • Updated

Mrs. Jeanette Crane Lambert, 84, of North Wilkesboro passed away Friday, Nov. 4, 2022, at her home.

  • Updated

Karen Barlow Jordan, 65, of Roaring River passed away Oct. 31, 2022, at Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist-Wilkes Medical Center.

  • Updated

Susie Hodges Hamby, 67, of Ferguson, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022, at Atrium Health-Wake Forest Baptist-Wilkes Medical Center. She was born Nov. 12, 1954, in Watauga County to Glenn Mansfield and Arizona Younce Hodges. Mrs. Hamby was a member of Full Gospel Tabernacle in Ferguson. She e…

  • Updated

David Alan Church, 54, of Wilkesboro passed away Nov. 1, 2022, at Woltz Hospice Home in Dobson.

  • Updated

Wes Martin, beloved Wilkes County Schools theatre arts teacher, who inspired over two decades of students, died peacefully after a protracted battle with complications resulting from cancer treatment on Oct. 25. Wes played many roles in his personal life, including loving husband, approachab…

  • Updated

Gwendolyn “Gwyn” Melville Hayes, 85, died Oct. 8, 2022, after she was struck by a car while in a pedestrian crosswalk in her Arlington, Va., neighborhood. Born in Wilkesboro, on Sept. 16, 1937, to Gladys Melville Hodges, Gwyn graduated from Wilkes Central High School and then went on to Clar…

  • Updated

Ruby Essie May Snipes Thompson, 97, of Lenoir, passed away Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022, at College Pines Nursing and Rehabilitation. She was born June 27, 1925 in McDowell County and was soon thereafter adopted by the late James David Snipes and Alice Collis Snipes. In addition to her parents sh…

  • Updated

James Michael “Mike” Steelman, 74, passed away with the light of the morning coming through his window, with the birds feeding and squirrels playing and peacefully transitioned to Heaven on Sunday, Oct. 30, 2022, at 10:45 am.

  • Updated

Kimberly Ann Fitzgerald, 59, of Elkin, passed away Friday, Oct. 28, 2022, at Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem.

  • Updated

Charles Wayne Hudspeth, 69, of Yadkinville, died Oct. 30, 2022, at SECU Hospice Care Center of Yadkin. He was born on Aug. 18, 1953, in Surry County to Herman Franklin Hudspeth and Kathryn L. Blevins Hudspeth. The family will conduct a memorial service at a later date. Condolences may be sen…