Sonia Hairston Witcher

May 4, 1956 ~ September 27, 2020 (age 64)


Mrs. Sonia D. Hairston Witcher, age 64, of Wilkesboro peacefully transitioned into her eternal life, September 27, 2020 at Wake Forest Medical Center in Winston Salem. 

Funeral Services will be held 2:00 PM Sunday, October 4, 2020 at Reins-Sturdivant Chapel with Pastor Brent Bailey, Pastor Jesse Fields, and Rev. Wayman Rucker, Jr. The family will receive friends from 12:00 PM until 1:30 PM prior to the service at Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home. Burial will be in Scenic Memorial Gardens. 

She was born on May 4, 1956 to the late John E. Hairston Sr. and Elaine Rucker-Hairston of Powhatan, WV. At an early age she accepted Christ as her personal Savior at Mercy Seat Missionary Baptist Church in Powhatan WV.  She was a faithful member of Grace Kingdom Life Ministries where she sang in the choir and served on the Marcie J. Bailey Scholarship Education Fund Committee.  She loved spending time with her family.  Her grandchildren and great grandchildren brought her so much joy.  There was no better place like Gramma’s, maw-maws or Grammy’s house.  It was their home away from home.  Sonia enjoyed spending time with her friends laughing, dancing, singing, praying and making fond memories. Her strength, love, perseverance, faith, kindness, meekness and compassion were attributes she deligently instilled into her family in which she obtained from the Holy spirit that came from within.  To know here was to lover her.  She stood for what was right and would not waiver.

She is preceded in death by her husband Wayman N. Witcher, Sr., sister, Sheila Hairston, two brothers, Reginald Hairston and Blaine Hairston, Sr. 

She is survived by three daughters, Lavonia and Gregory Bailey of Wilkesboro, Latrice and Cameron Gibbs of North Wilkesboro, Shaniece. and Tevin Cooke of Wilkesboro; a son, Michael and Tanya Cannaday of Charlotte;  a stepdaughter, Tameka Baker and husband Anthony of WV; two step sons, Wayman N. Witcher, Jr. of W.V. and Richard Witcher and wife Joann of WV; twelve grandchildren, Derell Cannaday, India Lipford, Keeya Bailey, Lathan Cannaday, Kamre Gibbs, Cameron Gibbs, Jr., Jordyn Cooke, Kamorah Gibbs, Madison Cannaday, Ziyah Bailey, Elijah Cooke, Kyrie Cooke; eleven great grandchildren, Aniyah Cannaday, Brayden Cannaday, Jeremiah Cannaday, Imran Jones, Zechariah Cannaday, Arianna Corpening, Kamiya Anderson, Camellia Cannaday, Carter Corpening, Imori Dobbins; Michael Cannaday, Sr.of North Wilkesboro, the father of Lavonia, Latrice, and Michael Jr; a sister, Audra P. Graves and husband Troy of High Point; two brothers,  John and Lillian Hairston of Wilkesboro and Jeffrey and Cecelia Hairston of Wilkesboro; a host of nieces and nephews; a mother-in-law Easter Mae Witcher and five sister in-laws.  Special friends:  Doris Carty, Betty Poteat, Michelle Hargrave, Florence Reed, Hattie "Cookie" Matthews, Kris Austin, Brenda Carrington, Patricia Parks, The Hailey and Ferguson family and Bonus granddaughter, Raven Whitmore. 

Flowers will be accepted. 

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October 4, 2020

12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Reins Sturdivant
270 Armory Road, P.O. Box 1428
Wilkesboro, NC 28659

Funeral Service
October 4, 2020

2:00 PM
Reins Sturdivant Funeral Home Chapel
270 Armory Road
North Wilkesboro, NC 28659

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