Berlene Pearson Gant, 93, of Moravian Falls passed away Monday, July 1, 2019, at Wake Forest Baptist Health-Wilkes Medical Center.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, July 4, 2019, at Moravian Falls Baptist Church, with the Rev. Joe Sturgill and the Rev. Arvil Perry officiating. The body was placed in the church at 1:30 p.m. Burial was in the church cemetery. The family received friends from 6 until 8 Wednesday evening at Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home.  

Mrs. Gant was born Feb. 7, 1926, in Wilkes County. Mrs. Gant, a special education teacher, began her career in Welcome. She then moved to Wilkes County and ended her career in the Wilkes County School System after teaching for 27 years. Mrs. Gant attended Guilford College, where she played on the basketball team. She was one of the bell ringers for the chapel, was active in Christian organizations, was a Sunday school teacher at Moravian Falls Baptist Church for many years and was the oldest member of Moravian Falls Baptist Church.    

She was preceded in death by her mother, Martha Naomi Pearson Smithey and her stepfather, William Shafter Smithey; her husband, William Arthur “Bill” Gant; one daughter, Martha Jolaine Barlow; and one son, Daryl Lee Gant.

She is survived by two daughters, Linda Jeanette Gant of Wilkesboro and Marcia O’Donnell of Moravian Falls; two sons, William Ronald Gant of North Wilkesboro and Norman Dewayne Gant and wife, Paula, of Cutler Bay, Fla.; 10 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 4600 Park Road, Suite 250, Charlotte, N.C. 28209.

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