John Burton Sledge, Jr., MD

November 13, 1929 - June 23, 2021

11/13/1929 - 06/23/2021

Past Services

Saturday June 26, 2021
10:00 am

FARMVILLE, NC – John Burton Sledge, Jr., MD, age 91, formerly of Kill Devil Hills, passed away on Wednesday, June 23, 2021 at his home.

Dr. Sledge was born on November 13, 1929 to the late John B. Sledge, Sr. and Josephine Johnson Sledge in Rich Square, NC. Dr. Sledge was a loving, caring and involved son, brother, husband, father, father-in-law, and grandfather – a man dedicated to and always available for his family. He earned his undergraduate degree from Duke University in Durham, NC and his Doctor of Medicine from Duke University School of Medicine. Dr. Sledge was a Lieutenant in the United States Navy prior to opening his private medical practice in Belmont, NC. He then moved to the Outer Banks of North Carolina, where he served as Director of Public Health for Currituck County for many years and formerly held the same positions in Hyde and Dare Counties. Dr. Sledge also served the citizens of Northeast North Carolina through many rural medical clinics and public entities, including the infirmary physician with Elizabeth City State University. He was a true historian, an amateur astronomer, an avid swimmer and loved sailing. There was never an adventure he wasn’t up for. He was a member of the Coast Defense Study Group, the Outer Banks Civil War Round Table, and the Norfolk Light Artillery Blues as a Civil War reenactor.

Dr. Sledge is survived by his wife of 62 years, Joyce, four sons, John B Sledge, III and his wife Vicki of Burlington, NC, and their children; Emily and Grant, Robert Lee Sledge and his wife Kristi of Garner, NC, and their children; Andrew of New Haven, Ct., Amanda, Joshua, and Hannah, William Binford Sledge, and his wife Karen of Farmville, NC, and Joseph Wesley Sledge and his wife Michelle from Gibsonville, NC and daughter Callie; a sister, JoAnn Tully of Bristol, VA.

A private family celebration of life graveside service will be held on Saturday, June 26, 2021, at 10:00 am at the Cedar Lawn Cemetery, Rich Square, NC.

Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service – Rich Square Chapel is handling the arrangements for the Sledge family and online condolences can be directed to the family by visiting


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Wanda Vaughan
2 years ago

Dr. Sledge was a compassionate and caring person. Worked with him at Hertford Gates District Health Dept. He always had a gentle smile and was greatly admired.

Susan Quidley
2 years ago

Mrs. Sledge and family, Sending thoughts and prayers to all of you. So sorry to hear about Dr. Sledge he certainly was a kind man. I can still see him walking around Kitty Hawk Elementary School with a smile on his face. It has been so many years and I hope all of you are doing well.❤️

Phyllis Branch Lassiter
2 years ago

I am certain the Branch family in Heaven gathered to welcome Mr. Johnny when he arrived. He was loved and respected by all who knew him. I will never forget his visit to my dad, Ernest Branch, just days before Daddy passed. One of my father’s best friends and a gentle, fine man. Prayers to all of the family.

Joe and Kathy Lassiter
2 years ago

What a fine man and great neighbor John and his wonderful wife Joyce were to Kathy and I during the 20 years we lived next door to each other in Baum Bay. We had a lot of great talks about all kinds in things out by the water. Our thoughts and best wishes are with you Joyce and your family.

Joe and Kathy Lassiter
2 years ago

What a fine man and great neighbor John was to us during our time in Baum Bay. We enjoyed so much our talks and interactions with he and Joyce over the 20 years we lived there. Our thoughts and best wishes are with you Joyce and your family. Joe and Katy

The Spruill Family - Tania Taylor
2 years ago

I am sorry for your loss. Praying for comfort for the family.

Rad and margie tillett
2 years ago

Our deepest sympathy in your great loss.we remember our kids at kitty hawk elementary school.

Holli Duvall Ellis
2 years ago

Sorry to read Of Dr. Sledge’s passing. He was a great father, husband, Doctor and neighbor. On behalf of my parents, Robert and Barbara Duvall and myself, we wanted to give our condolences.

2 years ago

Wonderful man. Worked with him at Hereford County’s Health Dept. we all loved and admired him greatly.