Dewitt Warren Souther, 98, of North Wilkesboro took his heavenly flight on Sunday, May 3, 2020. He was born to Riley Lee Souther and Bertie Goldie Moore on March 20, 1922.
Private graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, May 6, 2020, with the Rev. David Wellborn officiating. Mr. Souther’s body may be viewed from 2 until 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 5, 2020, and from 9 a.m. until noon on Wednesday, May 6, 2020, at Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home.
Mr. Souther was preceded in death by his wife, Gradie Hendren Souther; two sons, Thomas Souther and Earl Souther; a son-in-law, Wayne Minton; his brothers, Freddy, Paris, Eugene, Narvie and Burrette Souther; and two sisters, Rachel Robinson and Lella Jones.
He is survived by one son, Roland Souther (Donna) of the home; a daughter, Sheila Minton of North Wilkesboro; his grandchildren, Tonya Smith (Gary) of Wilkesboro, Teresa Foster (Michael) of Sherrills Ford, David Souther (Meleah) of Wilkesboro, Bobby Minton of North Wilkesboro and Ginger Souther Dixon (Chris) of Winston-Salem; and his great-grandchildren, Ian Foster, Jonathan Smith, Zachary Smith, Ava Souther, Grant Souther and Charlotte Dixon. He is also survived by two sisters, Stella Marshall of Winston-Salem and Julia Steelman of Wilkesboro, and a daughter-in-law, Diane Souther of Wilkesboro.
Several nieces and nephews are left with beautiful memories of a life well-lived.
During World War II, Mr. Souther served in the U.S. Army in New Guinea and the southern Philippines. He was awarded two Bronze Service Stars in the Asiatic Pacific Theater and one Bronze Star in the Philippine liberation, along with a Good Conduct Medal and Victory Medal.
He worked for the U.S. Post Office for 30 years as a mail carrier after many years working at various furniture companies and lumber yards.
After retirement, he spent his time working in his orchard and garden, which he shared with neighbors and family. He enjoyed hunting and fishing whenever possible, even going to Canada, Cherokee and the Outer Banks.
Mr. Souther was a member of Fishing Creek Arbor Baptist Church, where he was a deacon for over 60 years, choir director for 30 years, church clerk, a Sunday school teacher, an elder and served on various committees.
He was a gentle and humble man who loved his family, his country and, most of all, his God.
The family requests memorials be made to the Fishing Creek Arbor Baptist Church Building Fund, 2445 Fishing Creek Arbor Road, Wilkesboro, N.C. 28697.
The family wishes to express sincere appreciation to the staff at Westwood Hills Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for their care and compassion, especially to Ann, Bob, Eddie, Lonnie and Paula.
The family will have a public memorial service at a later date.
Online condolences may be made at www.reinssturdivant.com.