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OBITUARY: Nancy Jean Terry Traynham

ROCKINGHAM — Nancy Jean Terry Traynham, 82, died on Aug. 15, 2022 at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital with her grandson by her side.

She was a resident of Magnolia Gardens Assisted Living in Southern Pines, and formerly a lifelong resident of Roberdel. She was married to the late Rev. D. D. Traynham Sr. of Roberdel.

She was the daughter of the late Julia Threadgill Terry and Wade Gibson Terry of Roberdel.

She was preceded in death by a brother, James W. Terry (Lillian), and a sister, Mozelle Blue (Everett).

She is survived by her nieces, Teresa Brown (Jack), Sherrie McMillan (Steve), Kathy Mann (Bill), and her nephews, Spergie Blue and Jimmy Terry (Sandy). She is also survived by her late husband’s daughter, Catherine Thompson, and her step-grandchildren, Cathy Thompson (Rev. Jon Strother), Yvonne Traynham, Emerson Thompson (Ellen) and David Thompson (Katherine). She had nine great-nieces and -nephews and 12 great-great-nieces and -nephews, and seven step-great-grandchildren.

Nancy Jean, also known to many as Nancy or Jean or GranNancy, was a 1958 graduate of Rockingham High School. She was an avid softball player, a 4-H club member and active in the United Methodist Youth Fellowship.

She worked as a bookkeeper for Lowe’s Home Improvements, Richmond County Daily Journal Stationery Store and the Central Office for Richmond County Schools. She also served as the assistant to the statistician of the North Carolina Conference for the United Methodist Church for decades.

Nancy Jean was a former member of Green Lake Methodist Church where she served as the treasurer of the cemetery fund, where she was active in the United Methodist Women, an advisor for the Methodist Youth Fellowship and where she sang in the choir as an alto.


She subsequently transferred her membership to Roberdell United Methodist Church where she was active in the United Methodist Women serving as treasurer and program leader and where she sang in the choir. Nancy Jean was a true Christian who shared her faith, prayed for others and never hesitated to tell others that “Jesus loves you!”

Nancy Jean was also involved with the “Merry Makers” of Rockingham’s First United Methodist Church. She enjoyed writing poetry, following major league baseball, singing and she loved to cook and share meals with family and friends.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, Aug. 20, 2022 beginning at 3 p.m. at Roberdell United Methodist Church followed by a service to celebrate her life at 4 p.m. also at Roberdell UMC, and following this service, her burial at Green Lake UMC Cemetery.

The family requests, instead of flowers, any contributions be made to the Green Lake UMC Cemetery Fund c/o Rita Melton, 215 Clearfield Drive, Rockingham, NC 28379; or to Roberdell United Methodist Church, attention Linda Hawkins, 1302 Roberdel Road, Rockingham, NC 28379.

The family wishes to thank the wonderful community of Roberdel and all of Nancy Jean’s friends and health care workers over the years for their care, love and support.

Online condolences may be made at watson-kingfuneralhome.com Watson-King Funeral Home in Rockingham is serving the Traynham family.

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