RS Earp

RS Earp, 77, of Wilkesboro passed away Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, at his home, surrounded by his wife, son and daughter.

Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022, at the First Baptist Church of North Wilkesboro with Dr. Bert Young and Rev. Amanda Atkin officiating. Burial will be in Little Rock Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Monday at Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home.

RS was born Dec. 12, 1944, in Wilkes County to Roby Smith Earp Sr. and Anna Cruikshank Earp. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of North Wilkesboro. After retiring from Lowe’s, he spent his time developing the neighborhood “The Farm.” This gave him the opportunity to spend time working and teaching his grandsons and seeing the joy in helping people build their dream home.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Myra; and six brothers, Bill, Frank (Buster), Kermit, Jack, Allen and Joe Earp.

He is survived by his wife, Janice (Jan) Ferguson Earp of the home, a son; Roby S. Earp III and wife, Jacqueline Jones, of Springdale Ark.; a daughter; Jelynn Earp Richie and husband, Patrick, of Jefferson; six grandchildren; Bradley Richie and wife, Alayne, Peyton Earp, Cole Richie, Reagan Earp, Leah Earp, Megan Richie and a great-grandson; Judson Richie; a sister, Betty Anderson and husband, Jim, of Flint, Mich.; and a brother, Thomas Earp and wife, Jean, of Florida.

A special thank you to Wake Forest Hospice nurse, Heidee Lail, and his private caregiver, Sheila Marley, for their care and support.

Flowers will be accepted, or memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of North Wilkesboro, P.O. Box 458, North Wilkesboro, N.C., 28659.

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