Bernice Bumgarner

Bernice Bumgarner

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

An outdoor Celebration of Life Service will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, at Union Baptist Church in Wilbar with Rev. Steve Faw and Rev. Julius Blevins officiating. The body can be viewed from 3-7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, at Rein-Sturdivant Funeral Home and from noon to 1:45 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, at Union Baptist Church prior to the service.

Mrs. Bumgarner was born in the Wilbar community of Wilkes County on April 24, 1929, to J.M. “Dock” and Vetra Parsons Joines. She was a lifelong member of Union Baptist Church and was retired from Vanity Fair (formerly Modern Globe) with many years of service.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, David Joines.

She is survived by her husband, J. Zollie Bumgarner, of the home; a daughter, Nancy B. Watson of North Wilkesboro; three sons, Michael W. Bumgarner and wife, Pattie, of Millers Creek, Hubert Bumgarner of the home and Harold Bumgarner and wife, Karen, of Millers Creek; two sisters, Louise J. Bumgarner and husband, Burl, of Millers Creek, Marjorie J. Lankford and husband, Bill, of Lincolnton; two brothers; Robert Joines and wife, Lorene, of Millers Creek and James Joines and wife, Drucilla, of North Wilkesboro; two sisters-in-law, Linda J. Joines and Faye B. Johnson; six grandchildren, Cathy Huffman Huie and husband, Mark, of Purlear, Chris Huffman of Millers Creek, Charlie Huffman and wife, Tracy, of Wilkesboro, Cory Huffman and wife, Brandi, of North Wilkesboro, Sarah Bumgarner Junker and husband, Chris, of Pfafftown and David Bumgarner and wife, Shannon, of Kingsport, Tenn.; nine great-grandchildren, Angela Huie, Gavin Huffman and fiancée, Emily Sprinkle, Devin Huie, Kelsie Huffman, Chase Huffman, Karlie Huffman, Isaiah Huffman, Benjamin Junker, Natalya Huffman; and young men, Logan and Brayden Hall.

The family would like to thank Dr. Joel Swofford and staff of Medical Associates of Wilkes, the staff of Wilkes Health and Rehabilitation and friends for their love, prayers and support.

The family requests that everyone one attending the service wear a mask. Social distancing protocols will be in place.

Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to Union Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, 165 Kingscross Lane, Millers Creek, N.C., 28651.

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