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Obituary: Roy Clay Triplette

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Mr. Roy Clay Triplette age 92 of Millers Creek, passed away Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at his home.

Roy Clay Triplette
(June 15, 1927 – May 5, 2020)

Private Funeral Services will be held Friday May 15, 2020 at Millers Creek Baptist Church with Pastor Shannon Critcher and Pastor Jim Gore officiating. Burial will be at Mountlawn Memorial Park. Mr. Triplette may be viewed at Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home Thursday May 14, 2020 from 12:00 noon until 8:00 PM, and Friday from 8:00 AM to 12:00 noon.

Mr. Triplette was born June 15, 1927 in Wilkes County to Mathie and Vera Triplette. Roy owned and operated his own sawmill and lumber company. He learned to saw at an early age, mostly self taught and continued to work until just recently. Roy never retired because he considered sawing for his locust customers an honor and beloved pastime. He was well known in Wilkes and surrounding counties as a gentle, honest man that sawed some of the best locust lumber around. Roy also was a poultry and beef farmer for many years. If you couldn’t find him at the sawmill, then you would find him in the garden that he planted yearly. His family and friends graciously benefited from his labor of love. Roy was the happiest when he was outdoors working to provide for the family he loved so dearly. This locust saw-miller will be missed.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by three sisters; Nell Blankenship, Coleen Triplette, and Martha Marley, seven brothers; A.D. Triplette, Elmer Triplette, Van Triplette, Carl Triplette “Buster”, Joel Triplette, Walter Gene Triplette, and Lloyd Triplette.

Mr. Triplette is survived by his wife; Reba Hamby Triplette of the home, five daughters; Joan Church and husband Terry of Wilkesboro, Phyllis Pegram and husband Roy of Statesville, Pam Stanley and husband Ralph of Lewisville, Cynthia Staley and husband Mike of Millers Creek, Donna Eads and husband Larry of Wilkesboro, two sons; Harold Triplette and wife Donna of North Wilkesboro, and Daryl Triplette and wife Crissy of Wilkesboro, fourteen grandchildren; Joel Church, Jacob Church, Wesley Triplette, Lincoln Triplette, Brandon Pegram, Derek Pegram, Dustin Stanley, Daniel Stanley, Devin Staley, Lauren Staley, Emily Reynolds, Sallie Reynolds, Grey Triplette and Rett Triplette, sixteen great grandchildren and a brother; Boyd Triplette of Lenoir.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Millers Creek Baptist Church PO Box 559 Millers Creek, NC 28651

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Source: Sturdivant Funeral Home