STOKESDALE Mr. Wesley Long Pegram, Sr., 90, passed away on Thursday, February 7, 2013, at his home.
Mr. Pegram's funeral will be held on Sunday, February 10, at 3 p.m. at Stokesdale Christian Church, with Rev. Rick LeBaube officiating. Burial with military honors and Masonic rites will follow in the church cemetery.
A Guilford County native, Mr. Pegram was born on October 7, 1922, the son of the late Alfred Gideon and Florence Hilton Pegram. As his mother was widowed when he was young, Wesley, learned responsibility and hard work, taking on farming duties at the age of nine. His family was of utmost importance. As a farmer, he depended on his crops in order to provide. He also worked part-time jobs at Cone Mills' Printworks, Odell Hardware and Smothers Tobacco Warehouse, and Stoneville Tobacco Warehouse to make sure that his family's needs were met. On November 28, 1947, he married Minnie Berry.
Mr. Pegram was a proud veteran of the US Army, having served in India during World War II. Additionally, he was a member of the Stokesdale Masonic Lodge 428, and Stokesdale Christian Church.
As a good neighbor and community member, he often did welding work for others, charging only for the materials he used. Folks traveled many miles to enjoy the produce from his gardens. And he kept check on family members until recently making sure everyone was safe and secure.
In his spare time, he enjoyed NASCAR racing (a big Chevy fan), cane pole fishing with his grandsons, and playing and listening to Bluegrass music.
Surviving are his wife of 65 years, Minnie B. Pegram of the home; three children Beverly P. Vernon and her husband, Johnny, Cheryl Pegram, and Wesley L. Pegram, Jr. all of Stokesdale; two grandsons John W. Vernon and his wife, Emilie, and Brian E. Vernon; five great grandchildren Kayla Vernon, Summer Holmes, Thomas Vernon, Peyton Vernon, and Lucas Vernon; his last sister Mary Clayton of Mt. Holly; as well as numerous loving nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends on Sunday beginning at 2 p.m., at the church.
The family is grateful to the Stokesdale Fire Department, the Hospice caregivers, Sidney Tuttle, and his daughter, Cheryl, for the kind care and attention shown to Mr. Pegram and their family.
Memorial contributions may be sent to the General Fund of Stokesdale Christian Church, 8607 Stokesdale Street, Stokesdale, NC 27357 or Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro, 2500 Summit Avenue, Greensboro, NC 27405.
Forbis & Dick Brooke Chapel is serving the Pegram family and on-line condolences may be offered at www.forbisanddick.com