On Saturday, June 29, 2019, Dwight Lee Welborn, 84, entered into the presence of his Lord and savior, Jesus Christ, and reunited with his wife of 63 years, Evelyn Welborn, his daughter, Scarlett Welborn, and his great-granddaughter, Zeata Leah Jackson.
He was also preceded in death by parents, Mattie and Charles Welborn; his brothers, Blaine, Ralph, and Harold Welborn; and three sisters, Kathleen Wells, Hallie Welborn and Mary Tucker.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, July 2, 2019, at Hayworth-Miller Kinderton Chapel, 108 East Kinderton Way, Advance. The family will greet visitors from 1 to 2 p.m.
Dwight (“Sam” as known by many) was born Feb. 18, 1935, and spent his childhood in Wilkes County. He grew up understanding the value of hard work and certainly carried that value throughout his life.
Dwight was introduced to Evelyn on a blind date arranged by his friend, Gordon Mathis, and they married in 1954. Dwight carried his work-dedicated ethics throughout his life in the progressive way he and Evelyn fashioned their lives, leaving the town, family and people they knew to build a better life for themselves.
Dwight’s final career spanned over 37 years at P. Lorillard. He worked hard and rarely missed a day of work. Dwight was a true doer and achiever, despite his physical limitations. After his work day, he continued his work at home, teaching and worshipping Jesus Christ, gardening, playing with Sheila and Scarlett and keeping a pristine lawn. Since becoming a great-grandfather, Dwight’s favorite moments have been spending time with and watching James Jackson grow. James provided many smiles and entertainment. In fact, Dwight was the first-person James smiled at.
Dwight’s greatest love was his Lord Jesus Christ. If the church doors were open, he felt he must be in attendance. For most of his time in Guilford County, he attended McLeansville Baptist Church. After moving to Advance, he was a devoted member of Yadkin Valley Baptist Church. He was heartbroken when his legs would no longer permit him to attend church.
Dwight is survived by daughter, Sheila Mays (Charlie) of Advance; a granddaughter, Ivey Jackson (Corey), and a great-grandson, James Jackson, of Advance. He is also survived by his sisters, Betty Jo Bame (Curt) and Ann Gray (Howard); his brothers, George Welborn and R.J. Welborn; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
The family wishes to sincerely thank his caregiver, Judy Barillaro, Trellis Hospice & Supportive Care and the wonderful volunteers from Davie County EMS. Judy Barillaro spent the past year caring for and being a true friend to Dwight and family. Judy provided guidance, comfort and knowledge to Sheila, as they cared for and stayed by Dwight’s bed during his transition from earth to heaven from Friday into Saturday morning.
In lieu of flowers, donations are appreciated to Trellis Supportive Care, 101 Hospice Lane, Winston-Salem, N.C. 27103.