Nancy Elizabeth Tutterow Tutterow

Published 11:54 am Saturday, December 23, 2023

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Mrs. Nancy Elizabeth Tutterow Tutterow, 99, of Greenhill Road, Mocksville, NC.passed away on Monday, Dec. 18, 2023 at her home.

Nancy was born on Jan. 22, 1924 to David George Tutterow and Ida Belle Bowles Tutterow in Winston-Salem, NC and moved to Mocksville as a child. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by: her husband James Clay Tutterow Sr.; 2 sons, George Luther Tutterow and James Clay (Jim) Tutterow Jr.; siblings, Katherine Tutterow, Ella May Tutterow Pitts, and David G. Tutterow.

She is survived by: a son, Ray Charles Tutterow of the home;several nieces and nephews, and her dog “Roxie”.

Nancy attended primary school in Center community as a child and was a graduate of Mocksville High School class of 1941, and Draughn Business College in Winston-Salem. She worked briefly at the mill in Cooleemee but in 1944 began working in the Davie County Register of Deeds office. In 1956 she ran for Register of Deeds and was the first woman in Davie County to run for elected office where she won the first primary but lost a close second primary. She continued to work in the Register of Deeds office until she retired as Assistant Register of Deeds in 1989 with 45 years of service to Davie County (a record that still stands). She took an active part in local politics supporting many Republican candidates and was inducted into the Davie County Republican Party Hall of Fame. She was a proud recipient of the Order of the Longleaf Pine, the highest civilian honor that can be granted in North Carolina.

Nancy was a devoted member of Center Methodist Church in Mocksville and served as church historian, teacher, on numerous boards, wrote the church newsletter, and was active in the Methodist Women. She was also active in Center Community Development Association which formed in the 1950s in part to help start the Center Volunteer Fire Dept. and worked with the Center Fair and Barbecues. She served on the Board of Directors of the Northwest North Carolina Community Development Assoc.

After retiring from public work Nancy was active in starting a senior group in her local community and later worked to help get a Senior Center built in Davie County and was one of the early participants and ambassadors for the Davie County Senior Games. She designed the first Davie County Senior Games t-shirt. Each year she competed in numerous Senior Games events and won many medals at both the local and state level well into her 90s. At the age of 80 she took up bowling and made many new friends as a large group of Davie seniors gathered each week to bowl. In retirement she also traveled on bus tours with several of her friends to places all around the country. She enjoyed gardening, cooking, sewing, reading, and sports where she was a fan of the Carolina Panthers, Atlanta Braves, Appalachian State Football, and UNC Basketball.

Visitation will be on Friday, Dec. 29 at Lambert Funeral Home in Mocksville from 6-8 p.m. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, Dec.30 at Center Methodist Church, Hwy. 64 West, Mocksville, NC at 11 a.m. officiated by Pastor Jesse Teal.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to: Jim Tutterow Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Davie Community Foundation, PO Box 546, Mocksville, NC 27028.

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