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Nancy May Lathan
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Mrs. Nancy May Lathan, age 68 of Moravian Falls, passed away Thursday, May 10, 2018 at her home.

Nancy was born May 4, 1950 in Durham, NC to William and Pauline Farrell May. She attended Jordan High School in Durham, NC and later received her Business and Advertising degree from Bauder College in Atlanta, GA.

Nancy’s flair and display skills led to her career as an Advertising and Window Designer for Belk Department stores in the 1970’s in the most coveted Crabtree Mall location. Nancy’s natural beauty and graceful poise attracted Joes attention early on and in 1976 began their married life together, moving to Monroe, NC. Nancy’s creativity took her onward in her mobile career, opening Belk’s flagship locations in Myrtle Beach and SouthPark of Charlotte. Her love of color and appreciation of art and artists led to the opening of “Design Space” in Davidson, NC prior to her eventual retirement.

Nancy and Joe divided their time between their homes on Lake Norman, Boone and Moravian Falls NC, where she could easily observe plentiful wildlife just outside her windows. She appreciated the peaceful opportunities to walk in nature and bask in the views.

Nancy will be missed by all who knew and loved her; for her keen observations of nature, her bright smile and the twinkle in her eyes.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister; Debbie Catlett. Nancy is survived by her loving husband; Joe of the home, a stepdaughter; JoAnn Austin and husband Tim of Troutman, a granddaughter; Mackenzie Austin of Troutman and two brothers; Bob May and Bill May of Durham.

A celebration of her life will be held 3:00 PM Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at Reins Sturdivant Chapel with Rev. Eddie Tharpe officiating. Entombment will be in Scenic Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 1:30 until 2:30 prior to the service at Reins Sturdivant Funeral Home.

Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to Wake Forest Baptist Health, Department of Neurology-ALS Center Medical Center Blvd, Winston Salem, NC 27157

Online condolences may be made at www.reinssturdivant. com

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1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home

270 Armory Road
North Wilkesboro, NC 28659





3:00 PM
Reins-Sturdiavant Chapel

270 Armory Road
North Wilkesboro, NC 28659

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Scenic Memorial Garden Mausoleum

545 Moravian Falls Road
Wilkesboro, NC 28697


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