Ronald Gray “Ron” Canter, 71, of Wilkesboro passed from this life to his eternal home on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020, surrounded in peace and love by his family.  

Ron was born Nov. 2, 1948, to Hubert Alton and Gozeal McNeil Canter. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War. Ron obtained a bachelor of science degree in psychology from Appalachian State University. He worked many years for Canter Construction Company and retired as a case manager for Wilkes Regional Medical Center’s Community Alternative Program.

Ron was a long-time member of First Baptist Church of North Wilkesboro, where he served as a deacon.  Ron also enjoyed many years of volunteer service in several capacities, including 25 years with the Wilkes Civitan Club and with Wilkes Crime Stoppers.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, James Alton Canter.

Ron is survived by his wife of 50 years, Nancy Church Canter of the home; two daughters, April Canter Greenwood and husband, Charlie, and Alison Canter Moore and husband, Chris; four grandchildren,  Hollie Gray Moore, Mitchell Joseph Moore, Charles McNeil “Mac” Greenwood and John Edwin “Win” Greenwood, all of Winston-Salem; one brother, Kenneth Canter and wife, Carol, of Wilkesboro; one sister, Patty Broyhill of Taylorsville; his nieces and nephews, Jeff Canter, Richard Canter, Susan Canter Boyles, Steve Canter, Gary Broyhill, Janet Broyhill Sherrill and Sandra Broyhill Hawkins; and many special great-nieces and great-nephews.

A private memorial prayer service will be held with his wife, children and grandchildren.

In lieu of a funeral, a “celebration of life” will be held. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Wayland Fellowship Hall of First Baptist Church of North Wilkesboro, 510 D Street.  

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to any of the following: First Baptist Church of North Wilkesboro (, Mountain Valley Hospice and Palliative Care, 688 Bridge Street, Elkin, N.C. 28621 ( or any charity of the donor’s choice.

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