Nancy Warren Jones Wagoner passed away on Wednesday, October 19, 2022. Nancy was born on November 29, 1937 in Rural Hall to the late Reuben Warren and Malta Loggins. She was raised in Rural Hall and the town held a special place her heart. She often spoke fondly of her childhood there. She regularly had lunch with a group of her classmates from Rural Hall schools, an event she always looked forward to with delight.
After graduating from Northwest High School and attending Draughon Business College, she went to work at Hennis Freight Lines in Winston-Salem in 1960 as an executive secretary. While at Hennis she was also prominently involved with the local chapter of the National Secretaries Association, and in 1969 was selected Winston-Salem’s Secretary of the Year. She stayed with Hennis (later Spector Red Ball) for over 20 years, until they went out of business in 1982. For the next several years she worked at various firms, but never found a place she liked as much as Hennis until she joined her friends Judy and Jamie Wilkes at Jamie Wilkes Trophies in Winston-Salem, where she served as the office manager. When she finally retired in 2012, she had been there nearly 25 years. She enjoyed her work at Hennis and Jamie Wilkes Trophies, but what she really loved were the people she worked with and the friendships she made, many of which lasted until her death.
Her other passion was collecting and selling dolls and toys. She had spaces at flea markets and consignment shops around the area from the 1980s until 2021. Again, what she loved most about being at the flea markets was meeting people who shared her passion and making new friendships. She stayed in touch with many of her customers and other sellers she knew right up until her passing.
Away from work, Nancy enjoyed annual trips to Myrtle Beach with friends and family, watching Carolina basketball on TV, listening to country music (especially Conway Twitty), traveling to Las Vegas with her son (where they would sometimes see Carolina play in person), and eating Dove chocolate candy. For nearly 20 years her constant companion in most of these pursuits was her little dog, Prissy, whom she lost many years ago but never forgot.
Nancy was married to Voyt “Cricket” Jones from 1959 until 1971 and to Billy Moore Wagoner from 1973 until 2003. She leaves behind her son, Randall Jones of King, her brother Don Warren and sister Marie Love, also of King, and a raft of cousins, nephews and other family members spread across the country. She also leaves behind the many friends she made, from her childhood days, her time working, and her days at the flea markets. She will be missed by all of them.
The family will receive friends and loved ones from 12:00 pm until 1:00 pm on Monday, October 24, 2022, at Slate Funeral Home. Funeral services will being at 1:00 pm with Chaplain Sharon Snow officiating.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Nancy’s name to Trellis Supportive Care, 101 Hospice Lane, Winston-Salem, NC 27103. The family thanks the staff of Trellis’ Kate B. Reynolds Hospice House for their compassion in caring for her.
Slate Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Nancy Warren Jones Wagoner. Online condolences may be offered at www.slatefh.com.