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Mattie Nell Ferguson Cleary
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Mrs. Mattie Nell Ferguson Cleary, age 88 of North Wilkesboro, wife of Minter Cleary, died Good Friday, March 30, 2018 at Wake Forest Baptist Health Wilkes Medical Center.

Funeral services will be held 3:00 PM Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at Hinshaw Street Baptist Church with Rev. Jeff Collins and Rev. Jim Gore officiating. Burial will be in Mountlawn Memorial Park. The family will receive from 1:00 until 2:45 PM prior to the service at the church.

Mrs. Cleary was born December 10, 1929 in Wilkes County to Jim and Nellie Walsh Ferguson. She was a member of Hinshaw Street Baptist Church for over 66 years.

Mattie was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who always put her family first. She worked as a switchboard operator at Central Telephone during the 1960s, and in later years, she was a beloved sales lady at Designer Showcase. She was known for her world famous homemade fried apple pies every year at the Brushy Mountain Apple Festival. She looked forward to the Cleary family beach trip in North Myrtle Beach every summer where she kept everyone entertained and Pa-Paw on his toes. Mattie always had a loving smile for everyone she met, and she will be missed by so many.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Jewel Jones and Reba Hamby; and one brother, Ravon Ferguson.

She is survived by her husband, Minter Cleary, of the home; her daughter, Denise Davenport and husband, Greg, of North Wilkesboro; her son, Terry Cleary of Wilkesboro; three grandchildren, Winston Davenport and wife, Ashley, of Asheville, Trent Cleary and Ellen Cleary, both of Raleigh; one sister, Inez Miller and husband, Dr. Bayne Miller, of Mocksville; and two sisters-in-law, Grace Taylor and Dorene Pendry of Rural Hall.

The family requests no food, and in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to Hinshaw Street Baptist Church, P.O. Box 396, North Wilkesboro NC 28659 or Wilkes Central High School Athletic Booster Club, 1179 Moravian Falls Road, Wilkesboro NC 28697.

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1:00 PM - 2:45 PM
Hinshaw Street Baptist Church

Hinshaw Street
N. Wilkesboro, NC 28659





3:00 PM
Hinshaw Street Baptist Church

Hinshaw Street
N. Wilkesboro, NC 28659

Cemetery Details


Mountlawn Memorial Park

196 Fan Key Road
North Wilkesboro, NC 28659


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