Rev Robert Gray Wolfe

Rev Robert Gray Wolfe

Mountain Park, Surry County, North Carolina, USA
Death 12 May 2007 (aged 70)
Forsyth County, North Carolina, USA
Burial Elkin, Surry County, North Carolina, USA
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Robert G. Wolfe
Born in Surry County on Jul. 22, 1936
Departed on May 12, 2007 and resided in Elkin, NC.
Visitation: Monday, May 14, 2007
Service: Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Cemetery: Ebenezer United Methodist Church

Rev. Robert G. Wolfe age 70 of Dogwood Lane passed away Saturday May 12, 2007 at Forsyth Medical Center. Rev. Wolfe was born in Surry County July 22, 1936 to Odell and Margie Cook Wolf. Rev. Wolfe was a Veteran of the US. Army serving during the Korean War, he was a retired United Methodist minister serving the Western North Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church for 35 years and affiliated with Ebenezer United Methodist Church. Rev. Wolfe was preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include his wife of 51 years Fern Hayes Wolfe of the home; two sons, Jeff Wolfe and his wife Star of Dobson and Dale Wolfe and his wife Paula of State Road; one daughter, Angela Wolfe Shumate of Clemmons; and one sister Daisy Wolfe Rector of State Road. Six grandchildren, Kendra Burress, Dylan Wolfe, Monty Wolfe, Zachery Wolfe, Trey Shumate and, Ashleigh Shumate; two great grandchildren, Taylor Wolfe and Christopher Burress.

Funeral services for Rev. Wolfe will be held Tuesday May 15 at 2pm at Hodges Funeral Home Chapel conducted by Rev. Jim Sanders and Rev. Bobby Swaim. Burial will follow at Ebenezer United Methodist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends Monday evening from 6:30-8:30pm at Hodges Funeral Home in Elkin. The family will accept flowers or memorials may be made to Ebenezer United Methodist Church, PO Box 981 Elkin, NC 28621.

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Robert Gray Wolfe, son of the late Robert Odell and Margie Cook Wolfe, was born in Mountain Park, North Carolina, on July 22, 1936. He was the older brother of his sister, Daisy Mae Wolfe. He graduated from Mountain Park High School and then joined the U.S. Army, in which he served for three years.

Robert and Fern Marie Hayes were married on August 31, 1955. They were a devoted couple and were supportive of each other for over 51 years. Together, they had three children: Jeffrey Gray, on May 10, 1957; Robert Dale, on April 21, 1960; and Angela Fern (Ringer), on May 22, 1968. They had six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Robert loved his family very much and was a devoted son, husband, father, grandfather, and brother. He was very involved with his family and was very supportive of them. He instilled these same Christian family values in his children.

He worked for Chatham Manufacturing Company in Elkin, North Carolina, and attended Ebenezer Methodist Church in Elkin during this time. While attending Ebenezer, he taught Sunday School. He was called by God to enter the ministry in 1967 and was soon serving his first appointment at the Gilkey-Gilboa-Thermal City charge in the Marion District, 1967-71. His journey then carried him through the following appointments: Henrietta-Providence, 1971-73; Plains, 1973-77; Jonesville, 1977-78; West Lincoln, 1978-83; Palmyra-Hickory Ridge, 1983-87; Bethany (High Point District), 1987-89; Providence (Salisbury District), 1989-93; and Bethel-Flat Rock, 1993. Due to health reasons, he was on disability leave from November 1, 1993, until the 2002 annual conference, at which time he retired.

Robert was ordained deacon in 1970 and became an associate member of the Western North Carolina Conference in 1971. He completed the Course of Study through the Course of Study School at Duke Divinity School in 1970. He served on the conference secretarial staff in the registration of conference members from 1983 until 1993 and was conference registrar in the latter portion of that time. Robert loved the Lord and The United Methodist Church.

On May 12, 2007, death came to Robert Wolfe at Forsyth Medical Center, Winston-Salem. His funeral was held by James K. Sanders and Bobby G. Swaim at Hodges Funeral Home in Elkin on May 15. He was buried in the cemetery of Ebenezer United Methodist Church, the same church he was attending when he received the call to preach.

Source: The 2007 Journal of the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church, Charlotte, NC

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