Edith Rebecca Shutt Zimmerman

Published 8:48 am Monday, June 19, 2017

Mrs. Edith Rebecca Shutt Zimmerman of Advance died on June 17, 2017.

She was born in Davie County to the late Walter Wesley Monroe (Grandy) and Lelia Hazel (Mother Shutt) Sheek Shutt on Nov. 3, 1917, and was a life-long resident of Advance. She was married to the late William Jackson (Bill) Zimmerman, son of the late Ottie Daniel Zimmerman and Julia Camilla Frances Sprinkle Zimmerman of Advance.

She was a lifelong member of the Advance United Methodist Church. Her involvement in the church transcended the notion of simply a member, it depicted a dedicated participant and advocate of all facets of the church. Her ecclesiastic support over the years was a testament to her love of the church and its influence in the community. She loved the choir of which she was a member for some 80 years; she taught Nursery School classes for 30 years; was a church board member, served as historian starting in 1979, and was the 5th generation Shutt member of the church. Her love of history and genealogy was reflected in her contributions and published works over the years, such as serving on the Davie County Heritage Book committee, being the Advance correspondent for the Davie County Enterprise Record for nearly 60 years, serving as the historian of Advance United Methodist Church since 1979, compiling and publishing the Advance United Methodist Cemetery Book, and authoring professional ledgers of John Edward Bell Shutt in 2000. She loved her flower gardens and yard and took great pride in identifying plants and flowers given to her by relatives and friends, some of which date back nearly 100 years. She was a homemaker, seamstress, and cook. She loved crafts and many of her decoupage pieces were gifts for special occasions. She enjoyed traveling and she and her husband, Bill, took many cruises and bus tours during their 45 years of marriage. She was a cat lover and would often visit her children with her long-haired Persian cat Fluffy.

She was also preceded in death by her sister, Ruth Mahala Collette.

Survivors: 3 daughters, Brenda D. Zimmerman of Glen Cove, N.Y., Adrian Z. Farley of Arlington, Va. and Janie Z. Hendrix of Advance; 8 grandchildren, Andrea H. (Deon) Singh of Myrtle Beach, S.C., Brian William (Tara) Farley of Ann Arbor, Mich., J. Christopher (Julie) Farley III of Arlington, Melissa H. (Jay R.) Vaughn of Hansen, Idaho, Denise Farley of Boulder Colo., Amanda H. (Scott) Fortin of Rockwell, Meredith H. (Christopher) Gowen of Melbourne, Fla. and John C. Farley of Arlington; 15 great-grandchildren, Isabelle Barnum, Ivory Barnum, Ethan Fortin, Caleb Gowen, Joseph Vaughn, Eleanor (Nora) Farley, Asher Gowen, Sarah Jane Vaughn, Joshua Fortin, Edith (Edie) Farley, Ellis Gowen, Leah Singh, James Farley, William (Will) Farley, William H. Vaughn; a sister, Willie Bess Bennett of Cornatzer; and nieces and nephews, Robert (Pam) Collette, Mahala Jo (Gene) West, Jeanie (Chuck) Cartwright, Delbert (Martha) Bennett, Cynthia B. Summers and Bradley Bennett; numerous cousins over the country; and by caregivers Karen Byrum, Shilon Carter, Kevin Mullis and Amanda (Muff) Haneline.

The family will receive friends Tuesday, June 20 from 5-8 p.m. at Hayworth-Miller Kinderton Chapel. A celebration of her life will be held Wednesday, June 21 at 11 a.m. at Advance United Methodist Church with the Revs. Dennis B. Marshall and Patrick Snow officiating.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Condolences: www.hayworth-miller.com.

Memorials: Advance UMC, 1911 NC 801 S., Advance; Advance Academy Restoration Project, 1911 NC 801 S., Advance of which Edith was the last graduate; or Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home, 101 Hospice Lane,  Winston-Salem, 27103.