Recent Deaths

Rev. Kenneth “Kenny” Anderson, 69, went home to be with his Lord and Savior, Thursday, July 22, 2021, at his home, with his family by his side.

Noel Francis Blevins, age 76, of Ferguson, passed away Tuesday, July 20, 2021, at Iredell Memorial Hospital. Mr. Blevins was born Feb. 23, 1945 in Welch, West Virginia to Frank and Sadie Shumate Blevins. Noel was a member of Beaver Creek Advent Christian Church. He loved working and restorin…

William “Bill” Eller, 76, of Ferguson passed away Tuesday, July 20, 2021, at his home.

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Kathy Rae Michael Goforth, 65, of Ferguson, passed away Wednesday, July 21, 2021, at her home.

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Lee Stanley ‘Stan’ Becton Jr., 57, of Charlotte passed away peacefully at his home on Friday, July 16, surrounded by his loving family. Stan was born March 17, 1964, in Kinston to Lee Becton Sr. and the late Linda Becton. He is survived by his loving wife, Eyvonne Becton; his father Lee Bect…

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Wanda “Susie” Griffith, 56, of Boomer, passed away Sunday, July 18, 2021, at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem. Ms. Griffith was born May 30, 1965, in Caldwell County to Elmer and Romilda Penley Pearson. Wanda attended Decision Baptist Church in Caldwell County. She enjoyed…

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Julia Church Proffit, 92, of Ferguson went to be with her Lord and Savior, on July 20, 2021, at The Foley Center in Blowing Rock.

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Ruth Annie Felts, 88, of Hays passed away Saturday, July 17, 2021, at her home.

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Karla Jean Prater, 63, of North Wilkesboro passed away Sunday, July 18, 2021, at Forsyth Medical Center.

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Herman Smoot, 91, of Thurmond, passed away at his residence, Friday, July 16, 2021.

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Thomas Phillip “Buck” Lewis, 80, of Ronda passed away Friday, July 16, 2021, at Woltz Hospice Home in Dobson.

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Reba Miller Byers Absher, 87, of Millers Creek, passed away, Friday, July 16, 2021, at her home.

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Joey Lee Lewis, 65, of North Wilkesboro, passed away Wednesday, July 14, 2021, at his home. He was born April 14, 1956, in Iredell County to Roy Lee and Mary Doris Bouchelle Lewis. Joey liked to fish and spend time with his grandkids. Mr. Lewis was preceded in death by his parents.

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Mik Shevchek died June 27, 2021, at home in Wilkesboro, N.C. Mik was an actor, writer, executive producer, director, father, brother, grandfather, friend, mentor, soul mate, legend and warrior.

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Ronny Earl Griffin, 77, of Wilkesboro, died Saturday, July 10, 2021, at Wilkes Health and Rehab Center. He was born Jan. 21, 1944, in Mecklenburg County to Charlie Baxter and Annie Myrtle Alexander Griffin. Memorial service is 2-4 p.m. Saturday at Miller Funeral Service, Saturday, July 24, 2…

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Larry Eugene “Bossman” Bentley Sr., age 75, of Ferguson, passed away Tuesday, July 13, 2021 at Woltz Hospice Home in Dobson. Mr. Bentley was born February 18, 1946 in Caldwell County to William and Annabell South Bentley. Larry was a long-haul truck driver for 49 ½ years. He was preceded in …

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Malcolm Calvin “Cal” Barber, 67, of North Wilkesboro passed away Wednesday, July 14, 2021, at Wilkes Health and Rehabilitation.

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Ronny Earl Griffin, 77, of Wilkesboro, passed away Saturday, July 10, 2021, at Wilkes Health & Rehab Center.

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Ena Estella Prevette Faulk Johnson, 89, of North Wilkesboro, passed away Monday, July 12, 2021, at Davis Memorial Hospital in Statesville. Mrs. Johnson was born June 24, 1932, in Wilkes County to Mack David and Lela Dillard Prevette. She was a member of Shady Grove Baptist Church and enjoyed…

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Joyce Elaine Miller Dyer, 71 of Wilkesboro, passed away Monday, July 12, 2021, at her home.

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Joyce “Hope” Tharpe Combs, 89 of Elkin passed away Friday, July 9, 2021, at Chatham Nursing and Rehabilitation in Elkin.

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Beverly “Becky” Barker Richardson, 64, of Boomer, passed away Monday, July 12, 2021, at Wake Forest Baptist Health-Wilkes Medical Center.

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Bishop Garland “Onnie” Langley of Winston-Salem went to be with his Lord and Savior July 9, 2021, at his home, surrounded by his loving wife, family and friends.

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Douglas “Kevin” Hartley, 52, of Wilkesboro passed away Saturday, July 10, 2021, at his home.

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Danny “Harold” Frazier, 66, of Moravian Falls, died Tuesday, July 6, 2021, at Wake Forest Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem.

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Raymon Oscar Jay, 85, of Purlear passed away Tuesday, July 6, 2021, at Wilkes Health and Rehabilitation.

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Janie Catherine Adams Vanhoy Pegram, 83, of Asheboro passed away Monday, July 5, 2021, at her home. Mrs. Pegram was born Oct. 5, 1937, in Wilkes County to James Quincy and Eddie Billings Adams.

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Annie Ruth Lovette Goforth, 97, of Ferguson, widow of Kenneth Raynard Goforth, died Friday, July 9, 2021, at Wilkes Assisted Living.

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Jeffrey Thomas Schubart, 66, passed away Tuesday, July 6, 2021, at the W.G. “Bill” Hefner Medical Center in Salisbury. He was born March 31, 1955, in Rockland, N.Y., to Francis Schubart and Frances Tomson Schubart. Mr. Schubart was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during the Vietnam era an…

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Hershell Wendell Bunker, 96, of Pilot Mountain, passed away peacefully on Friday night, Dec. 25, 2020, at Central Continuing Care in Mount Airy. He was born Dec. 16, 1924, in Orange County, to the late Oliver Wendell and Mammie Sara Jane Simmons Bunker. Mr. Bunker proudly served our country …

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Jerry Allen Miller, 80, of Millers Creek, died Friday, July 9, 2021, at Wake Forest Baptist-Wilkes Medical Center.

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Grace Dean Foster Brinegar, 88, of North Wilkesboro, went to her heavenly home Wednesday, July 7, 2021, at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston Salem.

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David James Call, 49, of North Wilkesboro, passed away Wednesday, July 7, 2021. He was born May 26, 1972, in Wilkes County to Thomas “Johnny” James and Mary Christine Bouchelle Call. David enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was preceded in death by his sister, Julie Minton; infant brother, John…

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Ann Brimley McNeill, 89, of North Wilkesboro passed away Thursday, July 8, 2021.

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Rev. Steve Allen Church, 67, of North Wilkesboro, formerly of Todd, went to be with his heavenly father, Tuesday, July 6, 2021, at Autumn Care Nursing Home in Statesville. Mr. Church was born Jan. 28, 1954, in Baltimore, Md., to Thea Luther and Shirley Holman Church. He was a graduate of Bea…

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Nina Kay Byrd Church, 68, of North Wilkesboro, passed away Thursday, July 8, 2021, at her home. Mrs. Church was born April 23, 1953, in Wilkes County to Joe Robert and Lorene Byrd. Mrs. Church was a member of Congo Holiness Church and retired from Tyson Foods after 35 years of employment. Sh…

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Janice Lynette Lovette, 56, of Miller Creek passed away Friday, July 2, 2021, at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

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Larry Reece West, 78, of Elkin passed away Thursday, July 1, 2021, at Forsyth Medical Center. Mr. West was born Dec. 11, 1942, in Surry County to Garnett Roosevelt and Artie Baugus West.

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James Richard Holbrook, 65, of Moravian Falls, passed away July 2, 2021 at his home. Mr. Holbrook was born Oct. 29, 1955, in Wilkes County to James Paul and Novella Savannah Pruitt Holbrook. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Ronald Holbrook. He loved to fish.

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Luther McKinley Morrison Jr., 85, of Wilkesboro, passed away Sunday, July 4, 2021, at Hudson Hospice and Palliative Care Center. He was born Oct. 5, 1935, in Wilkes County to Luther McKinley Morrison Sr. and Agnes Elizabeth Brewer Morrison. Mr. Morrison was a member of Wilkesboro Baptist Chu…

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Opal Jolean Eggers, 72, of Morganton, went to her heavenly home on Thursday, July 1, 2021, surrounded by her loving family at her residence in Morganton. She was born on Sept. 18, 1948, in Avery County to the late Eugene and Louise Hodges Rupard. In addition to her parents, she was preceded …

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Barbara Lee Watkins Shepherd of North Wilkesboro, N.C., a well-respected and much-loved Christian, nurse, wife and mother, went to be with her Heavenly Father on July 1, 2021.

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Betty Lou Huffman Royal, 88, of Purlear, passed away Wednesday, June 30, 2021, at her home. Mrs. Royal was born May 18, 1933, in Wilkes County to John Finley “Bud” and Bessie Mae Nichols Huffman. She was a member of Lewis Fork Baptist Church. Mrs. Royal loved spending time with her family. S…

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Dr. Jimmie Ray Suttle, 88, of Ferguson, passed away Wednesday, June 30, 2021, at his home.

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Pamala Carol Frazier, 70, died June 27, 2021. Frazier was born Dec. 4, 1950, in Clincho, Va., to Helen Mock. A celebration service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 6, at New Covenant Christian Church, 1701 Industrial Drive, Wilkesboro, with Pastor Scott Frazier presiding. Visitation with…

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Douglas Steven Scott passed away peacefully at Wilkes Regional Medical Center on June 29, 2021, with his wife, Sandra Frazier Scott, by his side. Doug was born on Dec. 13, 1948, in Caldwell County to Bill and Gaynelle Walsh Scott. Doug spent his working career in the transportation industry …

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Herley Ray Walker, 74, of Millers Creek passed away Tuesday, June 29, 2021, at Forsyth Medical Center.

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Augustus “Gus” Lane Newton, 82, of Blowing Rock, passed away from an extended illness on June 25, 2021. Just as he dealt with all experiences in life, Gus managed his illness with strength and grace, and wanted to spend as much time with his loved ones as possible. On his final days, he was …

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Lilla Mae Billings Johnson, 83, of McGrady, passed away Monday, June 28, 2021, at Brockford Inn Assisted Living in Granite Falls. She was born Jan. 16, 1938, to Monroe and Pearl Hays Billings. Mrs. Johnson was a member of Dehart Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents and he…

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Joshua Dillon “Josh” Absher, 31, of McGrady, passed away Sunday, June 27, 2021, at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem. Josh was born Nov. 17, 1989, in Wilkes County to Robert Jeffrey and Katherine Renee Sheets Absher. He was a 2009 graduate of North Wilkes High School. Josh …

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William Claude Winebarger, 81, of Wilkesboro passed away Sunday, June 27, 2021, at Wake Forest Baptist-Wilkes Medical Center.

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“Jimmy” Dale Williams Sr., 67, of North Wilkesboro, passed away Sunday, June 27, 2021, at Forsyth Medical Center. He was born Aug. 24, 1953, in Wilkes County to Elmer and Anna Lee Foster Williams. Jimmy was U.S. Army Veteran. Mr. Williams was preceded in death by his father; sister, Lisa Chu…