Sallie Benton Shew, 97, of North Wilkesboro, widow of Henry Walter Shew, died Friday, June 28, 2019, at Wake Forest Baptist Health-Wilkes Medical Center.

Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 2, 2019, at Reins-Sturdivant Chapel, with the Rev. Rodney Blake officiating. The family will receive friends immediately following the service at Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home. A family burial service will be held Wednesday, July 3, 2019, at Antioch Baptist Church.  

Mrs. Shew was born June 20, 1922, in Wilkes County to Minnie Eller Benton. She was a member of Antioch Baptist Church and worked for many years at Modern Globe. She was a wife, mother to all, grandmother (Grandma, Granny), was the best cook and baker of cakes and pies, an avid reader of the Bible and novels, loved to travel in most all of the 50 states and was an avid gardener. She also loved to crochet, knit and do puzzles.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one son, Richard “Ricky” Shew Sr.; three granddaughters, Lisa Soots, Rebecca Shew and Amanda Shew; one grandson, Barry Shew; two sisters, Nora “Gypsy” Shew and Mary Ruth Foster; and two brothers, James Hardin Benton and Sylvester “Pate” Benton.  

She is survived by five daughters,  Susie Mastin of Wilkesboro, Betty Combs and husband, Leon, Brenda Combs, Barbara Hollar and husband, Danny, and Sandra Shew, all of North Wilkesboro; five sons, James “Peter” Shew and Tommy Shew and wife, Sue, both of North Wilkesboro, Warner Shew of Scottville, and William Shew and wife, Mary, and Robert Shew, both of North Wilkesboro; nine grandchildren, Missy Johnson, David Combs, Tommy Shew II, Angela Shew, Robert Steven Shew II, Larry Shew, Kimberly Gilreath, Richard Shew, Jr. and Robert “Toot” Combs; 12 great-grandchildren, Samantha Johnson, Kaylee Johnson, Brian Johnson, Christy Robertson, Tommy Shew III, Chloe Shew, Kaita Shew,  Taylor Combs, Liam Shew, Kelly Shew, Ryleigh Gilreath and Aaron Gilreath; and seven great-great-grandchildren, Tyler Johnson, Mattie Johnson, Seth Tharpe, Luke Tharpe, Kierstin Johnson, Kasey Johnson and Isobella.

The family requests no flowers. Memorials may be made to Antioch Baptist Church, 1298 Antioch Church Road, Wilkesboro, N.C. 28697.

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