Walter McCoy Terry, Sr.

Published 9:26 am Tuesday, May 29, 2012

AHOSKIE – Mr. Walter McCoy Terry, Sr., age 88, passed away with his family by his side at Vidant Roanoke-Chowan Hospital on Sunday, May 27, 2012.

He was a true family man, enjoying any time he had to spend with his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. An outdoorsman, he enjoyed fishing any chance he got. Mr. Terry also had a passion for gardening, taking great pride in tending his soil and watching what his plants produced.

He retired from the North Carolina Hwy Division where he served as shop foreman for many years.  A true “Mr. Fix-It,” he worked with Eddie Harrell’s when he retired and could always get your lawn mower running like new. Mr. Terry served his Country for several years during World War II.

Preceding him in death were his parents, Ella Greene and Walter James Terry; his sisters, Bertie Register, Nora Tillett, Hazel Cooke, Mary Rogerson and Annie Minton; his brothers, James, Richard, Jake and Kelly Terry; two great-grandchildren, Samantha and Heidi Terry; and one great-great-grandchild, Nicholas Brown.

Left to cherish his memory is his loving wife of 65 years, Myrtle Terry of the home; two daughters, Melba Phillips and her husband, Mike, of Burlington, and Ann Smith of Greenville; four sons, Wilbert McCoy Terry and his wife, Effie, of Yorktown, VA, Robert “Bobby” James Terry and his wife, Linda, of Aulander, Kenneth Ray Terry of Greenville, and Walter McCoy Terry, Jr. of the home; and 17 grandchildren: Ralph, Robert, Coy, Ken, Chad, Natalie Nichole, Chase and Sierra Terry, Sheila Bradley, Sharon Burden, Michelle Elayah, Allen Moody, Stefanie Horton, Daniel Joyner, Steven and Summer Smith and Casey Marshall. Also surviving are 30 great-grandchildren and 16 great-great-grandchildren

A celebration of life service will be on Thursday, May 31, 2012 at the Garrett-Jones Funeral Home at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Taylor Latham officiating. Interment will follow at Job Cemetery in Aulander.

The visitation will be at Garrett-Jones Funeral Home on Wednesday, May 30, 2012 from 7:00- 8:30 p.m.

Sykes Funeral Service is handling the arrangements for the Terry family. Online condolences may be sent to the family at