Julia Church Proffit

Julia Church Proffit

Julia Church Proffit, 92, of Ferguson went to be with her Lord and Savior, on July 20, 2021, at The Foley Center in Blowing Rock.

The daughter of the late Midas John and Cora Etta Winkler Church, she was born Aug. 13, 1928, in Caldwell County. She enjoyed music and singing, and turned down an early offer of a career in singing to be a pastor’s wife to the late Howard Van Proffit of Ferguson. She ministered faithfully alongside her husband for 65 years in ministry, singing in revival services, funerals, weddings and celebrations as her husband “plunked” the piano and preached the good news of Jesus Christ. Her love language was music, and even until the very end of her life, would sweetly hum along to many hymns, often singing words as she remembered. She enjoyed serving the Lord, and gave her life to minister to her community of Elk Creek, her church family at Freedom Independent Baptist Church in Granite Falls, and her family. She was an excellent cook (especially cornbread, pintos, fried potatoes and okra, pound cake,) and was a master of hospitality. She loved big, with her fond hugs and kisses, and was always a joy to be around. What a legacy for her family!

She is survived by one brother, Bob Church and wife, Joyce, of Lenoir. She is also survived by two sons, Keith Proffit and wife, Patty, of Concord, Ken Proffit and wife, Diana, of Boone, and one daughter, Deborah Teague and husband, Kenny, of Boone; one granddaughter, Tonya Hughes and husband, Andy, of Pilot Mountain; three grandsons, Kevin Proffit of Charlotte, Brandon Teague and wife, Sarah, of Statesville and Kurtis Proffit and wife, Katie, of Apex; seven great-grandchildren, Charis Hughes, Owen Hughes, Micah Hughes of Pilot Mountain, Levi Teague and Annie Teague of Statesville and Ally Proffit and Carter Proffit of Apex. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her father and mother she was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Van Proffit; three sisters, Willie Clark, Mae Cottrell, Betty Poovey; four brothers, John Church Jr., James Church, Tommy Church and George Church.

Special thanks from the family to the staff at the Foley Center, and to her friend, Thelma Byrd, who loved and cared for our Mom in the last years of her life.

Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, July 24, 2021, at Elk Baptist Church in Ferguson, with Dr. Andy Hughes and Rev. Kenny Newberry officiating. The family will receive friends from noon to 1:30 p.m. prior to the funeral service at the same location.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Medi-Home Hospice, 400 Shadowline Drive, Boone, N.C., 28607 or the Alzheimer’s Association, 4600 Park Road, Suite 250, Charlotte, N.C., 28209.

Online condolences may be made at www.reinssturdivant.com.

Favorite verses: 2 Cor. 5:7: “For we walk by faith, not by sight.”

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