J.V. Renfrow

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May 8, 1935 — Sept. 11, 2018

MIDDLESEX — J.V. Renfrow, “Pappy,” 83, passed away peacefully at Wilson Medical Center on Sept.11, 2018.

He was the son of Raymond and Manolia Edwards Renfrow. He was a graduate of Glendale High and attended King’s Business College. He married the love of his life, Patricia Wilder Godwin, on June 5, 1954. In the 64 years of their marriage, they lived on the family farm in Johnston County. J.V. farmed and also worked as a USDA tobacco inspector.

In addition to his wife, Patricia, he is survived by their children, Mike Renfrow, and wife, Carolyn, of Pine Level, Donna Renfrow Rutala, and husband, Bill, of Chapel Hill and Dr. Ross Renfrow of Middlesex. In addition to his wife and children, J.V. is survived by his grandchildren, Suzanne Renfrow Walker, and husband, Bo, Michael Renfrow, Melissa Rutala Kotrys, and husband, Craig, Meredith Rutala, Tricia Renfrow, Jenna Renfrow and John Ross Renfrow. He had four great-grandchildren, Wilder Walker, Bennett Walker, Calvin Kotrys and Elaine Kotrys.

J.V. was preceded in death by his brother, Joseph Renfrow, and daughter-in-law, Amy Burress Renfrow.

J.V. had several devoted health care professionals over the course of his illness. The family extends sincere appreciation to Dr. Hal Woodall and his staff, Transitions Life Care of Wake County, and to his in-home caregivers who cared for him with loving kindness and thoughtful attention.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete due to inclement weather and will be announced at a later date.

Flowers are welcome or please consider memorials in J.V.’s memory to Transitions Life Care of Wake County, 250 Hospice Circle, Raleigh, NC 27607 or Oak Grove Presbyterian Church of Middlesex, 8164 Flower Hill Road, Middlesex, NC 27557.

Condolences may be directed to Joyner’s Funeral Home at www.joyners.net.