Mary (Oxentine) Speaks

August 16, 1937 ~ August 29, 2023 (age 86) 86 Years Old


            Mary Sue Oxentine Speaks, age 86, of Taylorsville, passed away on Tuesday, August 29, 2023 at Amorem Hospice House in Hudson, NC.

            Mary was born August 16, 1937 in Watauga County, the daughter of the late William Carroll Oxentine and Jenny Lynn Jones Oxentine.           

Most of her working career she worked in the furniture industry retiring from Bassett Furniture. She was a faithful member of Mountain Ridge Baptist Church until her health hindered her from attending. She loved the outdoors, gardening her flowers and going camping with her family. She loved her family but most of all she loved the Lord.

            Including her parents, she was preceded death by: her husband, William Arlon Speaks; grandson, Ricky David Williams; granddaughter, Anna Pait; sisters, Virlea Greene, Martha Cox, Shirley Sipe, Carrie Fox, Cora Oxentine; brothers, Clarence Oxentine, Hubert Oxentine, Richard Oxentine, Caroll Oxentine, Jr.

            Those left to cherish and honor her memory include: her daughters, Carolyn Johnson (Larry), Carla S. Barnes all of Taylorsville, Lagenia Pait (Tim) of High Point; her sons, William Speaks, Rickey Speaks (Michelle Mayberry), James Speaks (Karen) all of Taylorsville; her grandchildren, Angela & Ben Hunt, Jennifer & Israel Russell, Garrett & Jodie Speaks, Craig & Sierra Barnes, Avery Speaks, Caroline  & Stephen Inman, Joseph & Brandie Daniels, Weston & Emily Daniels, Trista & Patrick Starnes; her great-grandchildren, Kailey & Davis Him, Lauryn Hunt, Paityn Hunt, Kennady Russell, Lainey Russell, Christine Speaks, Holden Speaks, Theodore & Ophelia Barnes, Jonah Daniels, Jaxon Daniels, Jase Daniels, Layne Daniels, Pierce Starnes, Lex Starnes, Caleb Williams; her great-great-grandchildren, Tatum Him, Emilia Him, Benjamin and Andrew Inman; her brothers, Gordan Oxentine (Judy), Roger Oxentine (Brenda), James Oxentine; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

The funeral service will be at 3 p.m., Friday, September 1, 2023 at Mountain Ridge Baptist Church. Pastor Mark Adams and Pastor Allen Fox will officiate. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

            The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until 2:45 p.m. prior to the service.

            Memorials may be made to Mountain Ridge Baptist Church.  

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September 1, 2023

1:00 PM to 2:45 PM
Mountain Ridge Baptist Church

Taylorsville, NC 28681

Funeral Service
September 1, 2023

3:00 PM
Mountain Ridge Baptist Church

Taylorsville, NC 28681


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