Walter McCoy Terry, Sr.

May 27, 2012


Mr. Walter McCoy Terry, Sr., age 88 passed away with his family by his side at Vidant Roanoke-Chowan Hospital on Sunday, May 27, 2012. He was a true family man, enjoying any time he had to spend with his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. An outdoorsman, he enjoyed fishing any chance he got. Mr. Terry also had a passion for gardening, taking great pride in tending his soil and watching what his plants produced. He retired from the North Carolina Hwy Division where he served as shop foreman for many years. A true ‘Mr. Fix-It,’ he worked with Eddie Harrell’s when he retired and could always get your lawn mower running like new. Mr. Terry served his Country in the navy for several years during World War II.

Preceding him in death were his parents, Ella Greene and Walter James Terry, his sisters, Bertie Register, Nora Tillett, Hazel Cooke, Mary Rogerson and Annie Minton, his brothers, James, Richard, Jake and Kelly Terry, two great-grandchildren, Samantha and Heidi Terry and one great-great-grandchild, Nicholas Brown son-in-law, Steve Smith and Daughter-in-law, Linda Terry.

Left to cherish his memory is his loving wife of 65 years, Myrtle Terry of the home, two daughters; Melba Phillips and her husband Mike of Burlington, NC and Ann Smith of Greenville, NC, four sons; Wilbert McCoy Terry and his wife Effie of Yorktown, VA, Robert ‘Bobby’ James Terry and his wife Linda of Aulander, NC, Kenneth Ray Terry of Greenville, NC and Walter McCoy Terry, Jr. of the home, along with 17 grandchildren; Ralph, Robert, Coy, Ken, Chad, Natalie Nichole, Chase and Sierra Terry, Sheila Bradley, Sharon Burden, Michelle Elayah, Allen Moody, Stefanie Horton, Daniel Joyner, Steven and Summer Smith and Casey Marshall, also surviving are 30 great-grandchildren and 16 great-great-grandchildren

A celebration of life service will be on Thursday, May 31, 2012 at the Garrett-Jones Funeral Home at 2:00 P.M., with Pastor Taylor Latham officiating. Interment will follow at Job Cemetery in Aulander, NC. The visitation will be at Garrett-Jones Funeral Home on Wednesday, May 30, 2012 from 7:00- 8:30 PM.

Sykes Funeral Service is handling the arrangements for the Terry family. Online condolences may be sent to the family at or

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Gigi Parker Price
11 years ago

Ann and family, I was so sorry to hear about your Dad passing. May the Lord bless you at this difficult time and give you His peace and comfort that only He can give. Love you Ann and know you all are in my thoughts and prayers. I am truly sorry for your loss.

Doug Durham
11 years ago


I was so sorry to hear of your Daddy’s passing. However, God knows best. At least he didn’t have to spend an extended time in a rest home. I will keep you and the family in my prayers. God bless you all,

Doug Durham

Elaine Ray
11 years ago

Ann, Ronny & I are deeply sorry to hear of your Dad passing. Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Elaine

Karan Roblin
11 years ago

Our sincere condolences for your lose and may God comfort you all during this time. Peace of the Lord be with you all.

Ann & Wayne Holt
11 years ago

God bless you and your family Melba!

Love and prayers!

Ann & WAyne

Phyllis Kirkland Roberts
11 years ago

Melba, Kenny, and family,

I am so sorry for your loss and just want you to know you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Wade P. Borte
11 years ago

My thoughts are with you all. He was a man to be proud of and will be missed. Wade