Recent Deaths

Clyde Delano Cox, 84, of Ferguson passed away Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021.

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Betty Jean Johnson, 81, of Wilkesboro passed away Friday, Jan, 15, 2021, at her home. 

Sheila Mae Souther Minton, 63, of North Wilkesboro, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021, at Wake Forest Baptist Health-Wilkes Medical. She was born May 16, 1957, in Wilkes County to Dewitt Warren and Gradie Rhoda Hendren Souther. Mrs. Minton was raised in the Baptist faith, grew up in Fishing…

Eddie Kilby, 72, of Dobson, formerly of Hays passed away Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021, at Wake Forest Baptist-Wilkes Medical Center.

Claude “Toad” Daniel Hall, 77, of Millers Creek, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021, at his home. Mr. Hall was born Dec. 6, 1943, in Wilkes County to Claude Evert and Velma Wingler Hall. He was a great husband, father and grandfather. Mr. Hall was preceded in death by his parents; brother, O…

Bucella Mae “Nanny” Combs, 89, of Stony Point, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, at her home. She was born July 16, 1931, in Ashe County to Cecil and Lola Belle Phillips Stanley. Mrs. Combs was a member of Victory Baptist Church. She was the owner and operator of Combs Grocery and Nanny’…

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Mackie Gene Lambert Jr., 66, of North Wilkesboro passed away Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, at his home. 

Bobby Dean Huffman, 67, of Wilkesboro, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, at his home.

Lois Mathis Byrd, 80, of North Wilkesboro passed away Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021, at her home.

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Paul David Hendrix, 85, of North Wilkesboro, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021, at Wilkes Health and Rehab Center. He was born June 30, 1935, in Caldwell County to Ivy Eli and Myrtle Barlow Hendrix. Mr. Hendrix was a U.S. Army veteran. He attended Charity United Methodist Church in Millers …

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William “Bill” Ray Tolbert, 78, of Millers Creek passed away Sunday, January 10, 2021 at his home.

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Helen Hartman Zeimer, 79, of North Wilkesboro, passed away Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, at Wilkes Health & Rehab Center. Mrs. Zeimer was born April 19, 1941, in Berks County, Penn., to Jeremiah and Marie Angstadt Hartman. Helen was formerly a day care provider with Wilkes Community College. Sh…

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David Lee Anderson, 85, of Wilkesboro passed away Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021, at Wake Forest Baptist-Wilkes Medical Center.

David Lee Anderson, 85, of Wilkesboro passed away Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021, at Wake Forest Baptist-Wilkes Medical Center.

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Robert “Bob” Allan Mitchell Jr. Mitchell, 76, of North Wilkesboro passed away Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021 at his home.

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Ted L. Rhudy, 92, of Wilkesboro, husband of the late Bonnie Ruth Cooley Rhudy, died on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021, at his home.

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Rex Randall Whittington, 56, of North Wilkesboro passed away Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021, at Wake Forest Baptist Health-Wilkes Regional Medical Center.

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Jarvie John Pruitt, 78, of Traphill, passed away Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021, at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston Salem. Mr. Pruitt was born Feb. 7, 1942, in Wilkes County to Archie Eugene and Jettie Shaver Pruitt. Jarvie enjoyed watching NASCAR racing, westerns and working in his ga…

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Johnny Steven Severt, 63, of Millers Creek, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem. Johnny was born Sept. 11, 1957, in Ashe County to Rev. Elbert Phar and Mary Woodie Severt. He loved to play pool, watch westerns and was known to his frien…

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Julus Miller Patrick, 90, of West Jefferson, died Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021, at her daughter’s home. Mrs. Patrick was born March 4, 1930 in Ashe County to the late Ambrose and Jane Bowlin Miller. Private funeral services are at 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021, at Badger Funeral Home Chapel. Mrs. P…

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Gaye Nelle Brown Walker, 78, of King, wife of James Walker, died on Jan. 8, 2021, at her home.

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Clayton Dale Dills, 59, of Wilkesboro, husband of Sarah Gwen Holaday Dills, died Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021 at Wake Forest Baptist Health — Wilkes Medical Center.

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Joe Gardner, 77, died surrounded by his family on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021, at Deerfield Ridge Assisted Living in Boone.

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Donna Racquel Wilborn, 44, of North Wilkesboro, died on Jan. 1, 2021, at Meridian Ocean Medical Center, Brick Township, N.J.

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James “Jim” Verle Mitchell, 86, of North Wilkesboro, passed away Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021, at his home.

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Fulgencio Lopez Soc, 73, of North Wilkesboro, died Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021, at his home. He was born Jan. 21, 1947. Funeral service will be Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021, at Iglesia Pentecostal Fuente De Restauracion in Jonesville.

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Cathy Ruth Richardson, 70, of Traphill, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021, at Atrium Health in Charlotte.

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Bertha June Bumgarner Dockery, 84, of Ferguson entered into eternity Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021, at Woltz Hospice Home.

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Numa T. Handy, 90, went to meet our Lord on Jan. 5, 2021. He was born Aug. 22, 1930, in Wilkes County, the son of Ira Handy and Maude (Adams) Handy.

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Dennis Monroe Tucker, 94, of Elkin, passed away on Dec. 30, 2020. Mr. Tucker was born in Wilkes County on Jan. 1, 1926, to Marcus Edger Tucker and Collie Carter Tucker.

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Lois Inman Wright, 70, of Elkin, passed away Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021, at Yadkin Valley Senior Living in Elkin.

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Our beloved sister, niece, cousin and friend, Sylvia Elaine Triplett was called home to be with our Lord on Thursday, Dec. 31, 2020, at Catawba Memorial Hospital in Hickory.

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Frank Joseph Solana Jr., 60, of North Wilkesboro, passed away Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021, at Wake Forest Baptist Health-Wilkes Medical. Mr. Solana was born Feb. 5, 1960, in New York, New York, to Frank Joseph Solana Sr. and Mercedes Berrones Solana. Frank was a salesman with Classic Hyundai in Nor…

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Felix Francisco Miguel, 61, of North Wilkesboro, passed away Thursday, Dec. 31, 2020, at his home. Felix was born May 20, 1959, in Guatemala to Francisco Felix and Petrona Miguel. He was a member of St. John Baptiste de LaSalle Catholic Church. He loved gardening, working in his roses and hi…

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Jay Bryce Dancy Sr., 70, of Hays, died Sunday, Jan. 3, 2020, at his home. He was born Dec. 17, 1950, in Wilkes County. No services will be held.

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Betty Sparks Rose, 91, of Elkin passed away Monday, Jan. 4, 2021, at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. Mrs. Rose was born March 26, 1929, in Wilkes County to Conrad and Hilda Cheek Sparks.

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Ernest Pat Martin, 63, of Purlear passed away Friday, Jan. 1, 2021, at his home.

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Iris Carolyn Lewis Colbert, 83, of North Wilkesboro, passed away Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021, at Wake Forest Baptist Health-Wilkes Medical. Iris was born May 15, 1937, in Forsyth County to James Millard and Minnie Mae Glazener Lewis. She liked to read, watch old Westerns and mystery TV shows and …

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Linda Sale Thomas, 72, of Ronda, passed away peacefully Dec. 29, 2020, surrounded by her loving family. She was the only daughter of Fred A. and Nelle Morrison Sale. She graduated from Elkin High School, attended Guilford College and graduated from Appalachian State with a degree in English.

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Evelyn Carolyn Wells, 88, of Southport-Oak Island, passed away peacefully on Dec. 18, 2020.

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Jennie Lee Pruitt Shumate, 86, of Moravian Falls, went home to be with the Lord, surrounded by her daughters, Thursday, Dec. 31, 2020, at her

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Phyllis “Diane” Sloop Porter, passed away Thursday, Dec. 31, 2020, at the home of her son. She was born Nov. 4, 1949 to William Nathan Sloop and Velna Mae Stone Sloop. Diane was a 1967 graduate of North Wilkes High School. She graduated from Artistic Beauty Academy in 1968. She was a Cosmeto…

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Randy Keith Jenkins, 64, of North Wilkesboro passed away Friday, Jan. 1, 2021, at Wake Forest Baptist-Wilkes Medical Center.

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On Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020, David Michael Church, loving husband and devoted father of three children, passed away at age 72.

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Mrs. Francis Sue Miller Styron went peacefully from her old home to her new home with the Lord on Thursday, Dec. 31, 2020.

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Roger Dale Miles, 71, of Millers Creek, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020, at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem. He was born May 20, 1949, in Wilkes County to George and Jeanette Shumate Miles. Mr. Miles was a Christian and attended Celebration Church. He was preceded in…

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Norval Denny “Bob” Duncan, 91, of Moravian Falls, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020, at his home. Mr. Duncan was born March 7, 1929, in Wilkes County to Millard Denny and Lillie Mathis Duncan. He was a U.S. Army veteran during the Korean War, a member of Cub Creek Baptist Church and retir…

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The Rev. Larry Allen Wingler, 72, of Hays passed away Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020, at his home.

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LaMar Creasman, 80, of North Wilkesboro died Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020, at Wilkes Health and Rehabilitation.

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Lawrence Wayne Sheets, 78, of North Wilkesboro, passed away, Monday, Dec. 28, 2020, at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem. Mr. Sheets was born July 6, 1942, in Ashe County to Lillard Vaughn and Maurine Miller Sheets. Mr. Sheets was preceded in death by his parents, and siste…

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Leonard Sylvester Harris, 68, transitioned to his heavenly home on Dec. 26, 2020, at Forsyth Medical Center. He was the loving, devoted husband of Linda Boles Harris. They shared 41 years of marriage.

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John Alvin Caudill, 86, of Millers Creek, husband of Frances Cooke Caudill, passed away Dec. 29, 2020, at his home. A memorial service will be held at a later date.