John “Gary” Vannoy, Sr., age 79, of Millers Creek, passed away Sunday, March 15, 2020 at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. Gary was born August 23, 1940 in Wilkes County to R. Wrenn and Ann Pardue Vannoy. He was preceded in death by his parents; and daughter, Laura Vannoy.
Gary is survived by his wife, Sheila Hamby Vannoy; sons, Jay Vannoy and spouse Beth of Wilkesboro, Lance Mastin and spouse Misty, Tyler Mastin and spouse Kecia all of Millers Creek; brother, Mike Vannoy and spouse Lauren of Winston Salem; nephew, Mark Vannoy and spouse Brandy of Raleigh; niece, Merrill Shaw and Josh Stewart of Winston Salem; grandchildren, Tate Vannoy and Alec Vannoy both of Wilkesboro, McKenzie Mastin, Aaliyah Mastin, Jordan Mastin, Trenton Mastin and Lindsey Mastin all of Millers Creek.
Papa Gee, as he was called, loved all his family dearly and especially his grandkids. He was compassionate, caring and supportive. He rarely missed any of their activities like ball games, school functions and musical performances. He had an infectious smile, a big shoulder to lean on, and always provided calming, good advice to his family.
These qualities carried over to his profession as well. He cared for his clients and worked hard to help them. He truly believed his job as a lawyer was to help people, and that is what he enjoyed doing for over 55 years.
He received his undergraduate education from Mars Hill College and Wake Forest University (1962), and he was a 1964 graduate of Wake Forest University School of Law. Early in his career he was appointed by the Governor to be a county court judge in Wilkes County which he did for 2 years. In 1968, he started his own law firm in North Wilkesboro that is now Vannoy, Colvard, Triplett and Vannoy. Gary is one of the last of a generation of lawyers who did not specialize in one area of law but maintained a general practice. During his years of practice, he has worked in about every field of law there is including real estate, corporate, family law, litigation in both civil and criminal courts, estate planning and administration, and business law. He also worked in municipal law serving as the town attorney for North Wilkesboro from 2008 to 2019. He hardly ever turned