Recent Deaths

Darlene Dowell Bryant, our precious mother, Meme and Grammy, passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Monday, Oct. 19, 2020. Darlene was born in Lumberton to Taylor and Blanche Dowell and raised in Wilmington with her sisters. A dedicated mother first and foremost, she treasured…

Savanna Kay Gilbert, 31, of Traphill, died Friday, Oct. 16, 2020, at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem.

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Mrs. Nancy Beaman Billings, age 70 of Traphill passed away Sunday, Oct, 18, 2020 at her home.

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Mildred Sales Wilborn, 77, of Roaring River, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020 at her home. Mildred was born July 27, 1943, in Wilkes County to Luther and Nellie Grinton Sales. She was a member of Union Grove Baptist Church in Roaring River and president of the Kitchen Ministry, after ret…

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Richard Joseph Sonia, Sr., 74, of Purlear, passed away Monday, Oct. 12, 2020, at his home. He was born May 18, 1946, in Fairfield, Conn., to Joseph John and Doris Eastman Sonia. Mr. Sonia was a U.S. Navy Seabee veteran. He served on the Board of Directors of the Buck Mountain Homeowner’s Ass…

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Joseph Stanley Parsons, 84, of Millers Creek passed away Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020, at his home.

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Joyce Taylor Prevette, 89, of Wilkesboro, passed away Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020, at Wake Forest Baptist Health-Wilkes Medical. She was born Feb. 27, 1931 in Lexington, S.C., to Marcellus and Barbara Smith Taylor. Mrs. Prevette was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Edward Ellis Prevette;…

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Allen Windell Byrd, 79, of Traphill, passed away Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, at Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital in Elkin. He was born June 6, 1941, in Wilkes County to Willie Wake and Dewanna Hemrick Byrd. Allen was of the Baptist Faith. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Garvey B…

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Sebon Norman “Buddy” Patrum, 81, of Morganton passed away, Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. Born in Wilkes County on Sept. 26, 1939, he was the son of the late Hanner and Bessie Patrum. Buddy was a member of North Laurel Baptist Church. He retired from Lowe’s Hardware as a district manager after 22 ye…

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Frances Ruth Anderson Felts, 85, widow of Everette Millard Felts, died Friday, Oct. 16, 2020, at her home.

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Kay Johnston Ellis, 63, wife of Sam Ellis, died on Friday, Oct. 16, 2020, at Wake Forest Baptist Health — Wilkes Medical Center.

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Bertha “Fern” Duncan, 81, of Moravian Falls, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. She was born March 7, 1939, in Wilkes County to Rufus Talmadge and Bertha Rhoades Fletcher.

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Mrs. Janet Lynn Johnston Harrell, 66, of North Wilkesboro, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, at Wilkes Medical Center.

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Jeral Lee Sebastian, 75, of McGrady, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020, at his home.

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Our dear Roger Thomas Huffman went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020.

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With saddened hearts and uplifted eyes, we wish to inform of the passing of our beloved Gary Edward Martin of Hays into the hands of our creator early Tuesday morning, Oct. 13, 2020.

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Walter Roscoe Blevins, 80, of North Wilkesboro, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020, at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem. He was born Sept. 24, 1940, in Wilkes County to Francis and Ila Shumate Blevins.

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Ferlon Lloyd Carlton, 75, of Moravian Falls passed away Monday, Oct. 12, 2020, at Wilkes Health and Rehabilitation.

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Barbara Lorraine Wolfrom Knapp, 80, of Millers Creek passed away Thursday, Oct. 8 2020, at Ashe Memorial Hospital. She was born Oct. 5, 1940, to the late Herbert Wolfrom and Gertrude Pearse Wolfrom of New Jersey. Barbara married and is survived by her husband and first love, Edward Knapp. Th…

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Ralph David Gregory passed away Saturday, Oct. 16, 2020, at his home, at the age of 90, and now is in the comfort of God’s hands. He was born Aug. 4, 1930, in Wilkes County to the late Morris and Cordie Johnson Gregory.

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Nancy Adams Overcash, 77, of Ronda and formerly of Concord, went to be with the Lord Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020. She was born April 16, 1943, to the late Herbert “Bozo” and Virginia Cline Adams.

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Esther “Jane” Blount Pitt, 85, of Millers Creek, died Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020, at her home. She was born March 22, 1935. No service will be held.

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Dr. Janaka “John” Hettiarachichi, DOP, FACS, FPMRS, 50, died Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020. In life, he gave his heart to everything he did. Unexpectedly, he crossed over by heart-related issues at home, surrounded by his family.

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Jose Montoya-Mendoza, 67, of North Wilkesboro passed away Friday, Oct. 9, 2020, at Wake Forest Baptist Health in Winston Salem.

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Rufus Augustus Dobbins peacefully departed this life on Sunday, Oct. 11, at Wilkes Health and Rehabilitation Center.

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Richard Lock Bumgarner, dear husband, good friend, and bibliomaniac, died Oct. 8, 2020. He was born Oct. 23, 1949, in Winston Salem to James Irwin Bumgarner and Francis Hamilton Krebs Bumgarner. He worked at Wesley Long Hospital for 31 years. His particular interests included Dante, Plato, g…

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Bernice Joines Bumgarner, 91, of Millers Creek, wife of J. Zollie Bumgarner, passed away Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020, at Wilkes Health and Rehabilitation.

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Rodney Steve Feimster, 56, passed away Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020, at SECU Hospice Care Center in Yadkinville. Rodney was born April 29, 1964, in Iredell County to Bill and Claudette Howard Feimster. He was a member of Peace Haven Baptist Church in Yadkinville, enjoyed riding motorcycles and was…

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Lisa Felts Flinchum, 55, of North Wilkesboro, passed away Friday, Oct. 9, 2020, at Forsyth Medical Center. Lisa was born Feb. 15, 1965, in Yancey County to Roby Eugene and Mary Lee Burchette Felts. She was of the Baptist Faith. Lisa was preceded in death by her parents; son, Bradley Wayne Fl…

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Amy Blackburn Caveny, 55, of Sparta passed away Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020, at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. Mrs. Caveny was born Aug. 20, 1965, in Surry County to Richard “Sonny” Dewitt Blackburn and Lois Cothren Blackburn.

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Mary Marcelene Cass Laws, 92, of Purlear, passed away Friday, Oct. 9, 2020, at her home. She was born July 25, 1928, in Iredell County to Harvey Lee Cass and Chattie Speaks Cass. Mrs. Laws was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Anderson E. Laws; brothers, Steve Cass, Fred Cass, G…

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Deborah Anderson Locke passed away on Oct. 2, 2020, after a brief illness. She was born on March 10, 1951, to R. Glen and Annie Lee Ellis Anderson of Wilkesboro. Debbie spent many happy years growing up in Wilkesboro. She graduated from Wilkes Central High School, attended Appalachian State …

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Bobby Gene Russell, 86, died on Oct. 7, 2020, in Corpus Christi, Texas. Mr. Russell was born in Boomer on Dec. 15, 1933, oldest child of Johnnie Fred and Helen Edmiston Russell. He was preceded in death by both parents and a sister, Gail Elwood of Phoenix, Ariz.

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Marie Wingler Anderson, 82, of Millers Creek, passed away Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020, at her home. Marie was born Aug. 30, 1938, in Wilkes County to Lonnie Odell and Nora Sheets Wingler. Mrs. Anderson was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Lester Harrison Anderson; sister, Carol Danc…

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Malina Dawn Woodie, 52, of Purlear, passed away Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020, at Wake Forest Baptist Health-Wilkes Medical. She was born to John Frank and Rosa Lee Cox Woodie. Dawn enjoyed doing crafts, thrift shopping, listening to music, cooking and spending time with her grandchildren. She was pr…

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Carroll Thomas Greer, 80, of North Wilkesboro passed away on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020, at his home. The family will conduct a private service at a later date.

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Lee Edward Brown, 90, of Moravian Falls, passed away on Friday, Oct. 9, 2020, at Wilkes Health and Rehabilitation. A private service for Mr. Brown will be held at a later date.

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Mary Elizabeth Blevins Church, 60, of Wilkesboro, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020, at her home. She was born June 13, 1960, in Forsyth County to Van Herbert and Margaret Louise Alexander Blevins. Mary loved her only granddaughter, Amelia, more than anything. She loved the beach and the mou…

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Dorothy Ann McClure Rubano, 93, of Purlear passed away Wednesday morning, Sept. 23, 2020 at Forest Ridge Assisted Living in West Jefferson.

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John David Gilreath, 74, of Wilkesboro was called to his eternal rest on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020, at his home.

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Leon Gwyn Hunt, 81, of Roaring River passed away Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020, at his home after an extended illness.

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Shantae Monique Kelly, 21, of Wilkesboro, passed away Friday, Oct. 2, 2020. Shantae was born Jan. 6, 1999, in Wilkes County to John Thomas and Lisa Gail Baldwin Kelly. She loved playing with children and loved her nieces and nephews. Miss Kelly was preceded in death by her mother and brother…

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Pete Mann, a local retired professor, former mayor of Wilkesboro and community member, ended his journey on this earth at the age of 73 on Oct. 1, 2020. Pete Mullis Mann was born to J.D. and Frances Mann (both preceding him in death) in Harmony on Oct. 29, 1946.

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Michael “Mike” Robey Vestal, 66, of McGrady passed away Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, after a long, courageous battle with multiple myeloma and more recently, leukemia.

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Mary Evelyn Felts Johnston, 91, of Union Grove, died at home on Oct. 2, 2020. Mrs. Johnston was born Aug. 20, 1929, to Luther Wintford and Esther Belle Parks Felts.

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Phyllis Blevins, 77, of North Wilkesboro, passed away Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020, at Wake Forest Baptist Health-Wilkes Medical. She was born April 14, 1943, in Wilkes County to Raymond and Della Mae Shumate Barlow. Phyllis was a member of Mount Zion Baptist Church on Luray Road and was a USDA in…

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Jettie Sue Lowe Beshears, 91, passed away Oct. 03, 2020. Born in April 1929 to the late James Arthur Lowe and Mazie Davis Lowe of Moravian Falls, Jettie spent her adult life in Union and Cabarrus counties before returning to Wilkes County in 2017. She was a member of Faulks Baptist Church in…

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Pamela Ann Bumgarner, 62, of Millers Creek, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, at Wake Forest Baptist Health Wilkes Medical Center.

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Sonia D. Hairston Witcher, 64, of Wilkesboro peacefully transitioned into her eternal life, Sept. 27, 2020, at Wake Forest Medical Center in Winston-Salem.

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Barbara Kay Eller, 76, died peacefully at home, surrounded by family, on Sept. 30, 2020, in Wilkesboro. She was born March 6, 1944, in Leavenworth, Kan., to Robert William and Catherine Frances (Klimcak) Murray, a golf pro at Fort Leavenworth Army post and homemaker.