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We would like to remember all of our Silent Keys that are no longer with us.

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Ed Mulholland - KA4WWV

Became a Silent Key on March 1, 2018

EdMulhollandEd Mulholland, 79, of North Wilkesboro passed away at his home on March 1, 2018. Ed was born in Indianapolis, Ind., on Aug. 29, 1938.

He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Frances Chester Mulholland.

He is survived by his wife, Elaine Mulholland of the home; a son, John Mulholland and grandson, Magnus, of Asheville; a daughter, Melissa Call and husband, Jody; and a granddaughter, Sophia, and grandson, Carter, of Wilkesboro. Also surviving are his sisters, Mary Milberger and husband, Tom, of Indiana and Karen Christoff and husband, Bill, of Indiana; a nephew, George Milberger of Indiana, and a niece, Kristina Ross of California.

Memorial services celebrating Ed’s life will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 10, 2018, at Millers Creek United Methodist Church on N.C. 16 North. The family will receive friends from 1 to 2:30 p.m., prior to the service.

The family would like to send out a very special thanks to Wake Forest Baptist Home Health, Wake Forest Baptist Health Care at Home Hospice and all of their special neighbors, friends and church family for their care and support.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Millers Creek United Methodist Church, 3260 North Highway 16, Millers Creek, N.C. 28651

or Wake Forest Baptist Health Care at Home Hospice,
125 Executive Drive, Suite 110
Wilkesboro, N.C. 28697

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Ken Anderson - W8FRS

Became a Silent Key on February 9, 2019

KenAndersonKenneth Ellsworth Anderson, age 79, of Wilkesboro, went to be with his Lord Friday, February 9, 2019 at Wake Forest Baptist-Wilkes Medical Center.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, February 23, 2019 at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church.

Ken was born October 5, 1939 in Tripoli, Iowa to Glenn and Mildred Anderson, the 11th of 12 children. His family moved and Ken grew up in Grantsburg, Wisconsin. After graduating Grantsburg High School, where Ken was senior class president, he attended Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Illinois, where he met and married Karen Jean Neis. After graduating Moody’s radio engineering program, Ken served as chief engineer for Radio Station WEEC in Springfield, Ohio, and then worked as a missionary in Brazil, Honduras, Bolivia, and Alaska. He also worked with Bible Basics International in Tampa, Florida until moving to Wilkesboro in 2015. Until his death he remained active in Christian radio ministry and program production and was an active member of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church. Ken was also an avid and life-long amateur radio operator and an active member of the local Foothills Amateur Radio Cub. While in Brazil his call sign was PY2ZAG, and in the US, W8FRS.

Ken was preceded in death by his parents and his ten older siblings.

Ken is survived by his wife of 55 years, Karen Jean (Neis) Anderson; three sons and their families: Kurt Anderson and wife Kathy, of Elyria, Ohio; Keith Anderson and wife Kimberly of Wilkesboro, and Kerry Anderson and wife Raquel of São Paulo, Brazil; thirteen grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and his younger brother, Wendell, of Dallas, Texas.

In lieu of flowers, please send memorial contributions to either 1) BEA Ministries, P.O. Box 808, Xenia, OH 45385-0808 (designate “COMEV Brazil”) or 2) Friends In Action, Int’l, P.O. Box 323, Elizabethtown, PA 17022 (designate “Bolivia radio station”).


Fonda Kay Faw Rice - N4YCY

Became a Silent Key on December 4, 2019

N4YCKMrs. Fonda Kay Faw Rice, age 71 of North Wilkesboro passed away Wednesday, December 04, 2019 at her home.

Graveside services will be held 2:00 PM, Thursday, December 5, 2019 at Mountlawn Memorial Park.

Mrs. Rice was born January 18, 1948 in Forsyth County to Roby C. and Sue Lee Adams Faw. She was an RN at Avante of Wilkes Nursing Home.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a brother Charles Dennis Faw.

She is survived by her husband; Barton Samuel Rice, Jr., of the home, a daughter; Jennifer Lee Rice Church-Smittle of Cave Springs, AR and two grandchildren; Kayla Lee Church Miller and Austin Scott Church.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Mountain Valley Hospice and Palliative Care, 401 Technology Lane, Suite 200, Mt. Airy, NC 27030.


Paul B. Robinette II - KD4OZI

Became a Silent Key on January 29, 2020


Paul Benton Robinette, age 72, passed away on January 29, 2020 surrounded by his family.

Paul was born in Jackson County, Welston, Ohio to Paul and Juanita Robinette. Paul had a passion for God, his family and people. He valued quality time with his family and enjoyed telling stories of the good ole days. Paul enjoyed making others laugh. He had a career with IBM for 30 years from January 1968 to 1998. He also had a part time career at West Lake Hills Police Department for 10 years. Paul started with amateur radio in 1988 and received a plaque for Outstanding Service to Amateur Radio, the ARRL, the ARRL NC Section, and Western North Carolina in December 2019 (KD4OZI).

Paul is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Rhoda Robinette; daughters Elizabeth Robinette and Christine (Robert) Price; son, Paul Robinette III; granddaughters, Faeryn, Illiana, Deborah and Rebekah; and his grandson, Zack.

A visitation will be held at Trinity of Fairview Baptist Church on February 8, 2020 at 2pm. A memorial service will follow at 3pm. Friends are invited to the homeplace following the service.


Ernest Mauldin - KI4SYU

Became a Silent Key on June 1, 2020


Mr. Hubert "Ernest" Mauldin, 76 of Hamptonville, passed away Monday, June 1, 2020 at Forsyth Medical Center. He was born May 29, 1944 in Surry County to Hubert and Annie Trivette Mauldin. Ernest was a graduate of West Yadkin High School and a member of Zion Baptist Church. He was a farmer, a merchant, and truck driver. His greatest pleasure was being with family and friends. After a stroke 24 years ago, his involvement as a HAM radio operator brought him numerous friends he dearly loved and enjoyed. A true outdoorsman, his intense love of John Deere tractors and equipment was a source of pride.

In addition to his parents, Ernest was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 53 years on December 24, 2015, Judy Everidge Mauldin. He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Jerome and Donna Mauldin; grandson, Heath (Kayla) Mauldin; great grandchildren, Colton & Adlee; step granddaughter, Heather (Ritchie) Holbrook; step great grandchildren, Ross Holbrook and Sydni (Austin) Griffith; great-great step grandchild, James Griffith; a sister, Pattie (Hoyt) Reece; niece, Lucinda Reece; and several special cousins and friends.

A graveside service will be conducted, Sunday, June 7, 2020 at 2:00PM at Zion Baptist Church with Pastor Kent R. Oviatt officiating. The family requests everyone attending the service, dress in casual attire.

Memorials may be made to Zion Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, 714 Union Grove Road Union Grove, NC 28689.

Gentry Family Funeral Service in Yadkinville is serving the Mauldin family.

Graveside Service

Sunday, June 07, 2020
2:00 PM

Zion Baptist Church
714 Union Grove Road
Union Grove, NC  28689


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