Joel Hart Dimmette, 81, of Wilkesboro, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019, at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem.

His celebration of life service will take place Friday, Oct. 11, 2019, at 1 p.m. at First Baptist Church of North Wilkesboro, officiated by Dr. Bert Young. The family will receive following the service in the church sanctuary. A private family inurnment will follow.

Joel’s one request was that, in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to his beloved church, First Baptist Church of North Wilkesboro, P.O. Box 458, North Wilkesboro, N.C. 28659.

Joel was born in Lenoir on Jan. 13, 1938, to Laudie Ernest and Nannie Hart Dimmette.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Ervin H. Dimmette; and two sisters, Dulcie Barlow and Laudie Porter.

Two sisters, Nan Spainhour and Rebecca DesMarais, survive him. Joel is also survived by his wife, Glenda J. Dimmette; three daughters from a previous marriage, Ashley Cole and husband, George, Elizabeth Dimmette-Coyne and husband, John Coyne, and Anne Bell and husband, Bob; and one stepdaughter, Kimberly Bush and husband, Barry. He was the loving grandparent of 10 grandchildren, Alexander and Harrison Cole, Claire Bell Scharfen, Lindsay and Graham Bell, Ella and August Coyne and Amber, Danielle and Melissa Bush.

Joel was a proud alumnus of Westtown Preparatory School and UNC-Chapel Hill (1959). Upon graduation, he worked with his father at Fidelity Insurance Agency and Dimmette Realty in Lenoir. In 1989, Joel moved to Wilkesboro, with his wife, Glenda. Together, they established JG Associates, a commercial financial consulting company, and worked hand-in-hand for over 25 years.

Joel had many achievements throughout his life, assuming leadership roles in business, church and community. But what meant most to him was expressing his faith through ministry to others. He volunteered throughout Wilkes County and beyond, building handicap ramps and repairing roofs, kitchens-- whatever was needed to those who needed assistance. He possessed a loving heart and always saw the good in everyone. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

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