2017-11-04 / Obituaries

Judy Reynolds Poythress


Judy Reynolds PoythressJudy Reynolds PoythressJudy Reynolds Poythress died peacefully surrounded by her family at Edgewood Place at the village at Brookwood in Burlington, at the age of 68.
Judy is survived by her husband, Michael Keith Poythress; children, Shannon Walker, Thomas (TJ) Whitlow; stepchildren Tammy Poythress, Michael Poythress, Robin Poythress and Jason Poythress; siblings, Joey Reynolds, brother, of Concord, Mike Reynolds, brother, of Danville, Virginia.
She is preceded in death by her parents Joe and Irene Reynolds of Yanceyville, and Jeff Reynolds, brother, of Elon.
Judy was born on June 24, 1949 in Danville, Virginia to Joe and Irene Reynolds. She graduated from Bartlett Yancey Senior High School in 1967. She began working for the Tastee Freeze in Yanceyville and 35 years later retired as the owner of Joe’s Charcoal Burger.
Judy has two biological children with James W. Whitlow of Leasburg, Shannon Walker of Yanceyville, currently employed by the Department of Public Safety, Caswell Correctional Center and TJ Whitlow of Fayetteville, United States Army Retired, and currently employed as a Department of Defense contractor. Judy has four grandchildren, Audrey L Simmons, Kirsten (Kiki) N Walker, Wesley J (Wes) Whitlow and Zachary T (Zac) Whitlow.
Her children remember her as a kind and determined mother who put the needs of her children first and encouraged them to pursue their goals.
Judy was an accomplished business owner and an experienced food service professional and continued in the industry as an employee at the Dillard Middle School cafeteria and food service director at the Cherokee Scout Reservation.
She was a dedicated individual who loved playing rook and visiting with friends and she was passionate about her grandchildren. She was a member of Mebane Street Church of Christ in Burlington and often played cards with friends at the Caswell County Senior Citizens Center. Judy loved seeing everyone over the years at Joe’s and her passion for serving her community and her family will live on as her legacy.
A family visitation service will take place on Saturday, Nov. 4 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Harrelson Funeral Service, 143 Third Ave, Yanceyville. A remembrance service will follow on Sunday, Nov. 5 at 3 p.m. to celebrate Judy’s life. Minister Terry Rikard and Pastor Michael Adams will officiate the ceremony. All are welcome to attend to remember and celebrate Judy’s life with us and the lasting impact she made on the community.
Condolences may be mailed to 564 Hatchett Road, Yanceyville, NC 27379. In lieu of flowers, our family requests donations to the following charities: St Jude’s Children’s Medical Center, The Wounded Warrior foundation and the Cherokee Scout Reservation.
The family would like to thank the medical professionals and caregivers at Alamance Regional Medical Center, Kindred Hospital, in Greensboro, and the staff at Edgewood Place for all of their efforts, care, and passionate dedication to affording Judy the opportunity to leave us comfortable and happy.

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