Judy Gilmore Speaks, 74, of Traphill passed away Wednesday, July 24, 2019, at Joan and Howard Woltz Hospice Home after a courageous 11-month battle with glioblastoma. She was born Sept. 10, 1944, in Surry County to Raymond Ray and Lucille Sprinkle Gilmore.
Mrs. Speaks was a member of Knobbs Baptist Church, a graduate of Elkin High School class of 1962 and a member of Farm Service Agency for 12 years. Judy worked as a sales clerk for Belk of Elkin, where her love of people helped forge many lifelong friendships over her more than 50-year career. She worked hard beside her husband on the farm and enjoyed cooking for her family. Nana, as she was called by her grandchildren, enjoyed many precious moments as she instilled the value and importance of God and family. Her kind, generous spirit and love of everyone was a constant witness of her Christian faith.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, James Trent Gilmore; her sister, Joy Gale Gilmore; and a brother-in-law, James Robert Windsor.
Survivors include her loving husband of 57 years, Lee Von “Toby” Speaks of the home; a son, Toby Lee Speaks and wife, Teresa, of Traphill; her daughters, Sandy Speaks Welborn and husband, Eric, of Traphill and Carla Renee Speaks of Tennessee; a sister, Kathy Gilmore Windsor of Jonesville; a sister-in-law, Shelby Couch Gilmore of Elkin; her granddaughters, Anslee Taylor Prevette and Sophia Speaks Welborn; her grandsons, Adam Lee Speaks and wife, Katelin, Brandon Speaks Welborn and wife, Hannah, and John Dallas Welborn; and several special nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be conducted Saturday, July 27, 2019, at 11 a.m. at Knobbs Baptist Church Cemetery, with Kent Wood, Linwood Campbell and Justin Norman officiating. Everyone is invited to attend the service.
Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to Knobbs Baptist Church, c/o Kathy Wood, 3059 King Billings Road, Traphill, N.C. 28685 or Mountain Valley Hospice, 945 Zephyr Road, Dobson, N.C. 27017.
Online condolences may be made at www.elkinfuneralservice.com. Funeral services have been entrusted to Elkin Funeral Service.