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Funeral Service

New Heights Baptist Church
Friday December 3rd, 2021

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Wilkerson Funeral Home and Crematory
Thursday December 2nd, 2021
6:00pm - 8:00pm

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John Wayne DeLancey

John Wayne DeLancey, 68, suddenly left this life at his home, to be with His Lord on Sunday, November 28, 2021.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM Friday, December 3, 2021 at New Heights Baptist Church with Dr. Terry Lawson officiating. Burial will follow in Roselawn Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends on Thursday, December 2nd at Wilkerson Funeral Home from 6:00 – 8:00 PM and other times at 1703 Perkinson Road, Ruffin, NC.

“Johnny” was born in Rockingham County to the late Earl Rayne DeLancey, Sr. and Naomi Slaughter DeLancey. He began his lifelong career at UNIFI when he was 17 years old, a job he still held as a Technician in Research and Development. He joined New Heights Baptist Church in 1970 and was very active in Sunday School, the church softball league and participated in multiple activities and functions. He was an avid movie and trivia buff and could quote many movie lines. John loved his family, Duke Basketball and traveling.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a brother, Earl DeLancey, Jr.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Cynthia Collins DeLancey; son, Bradley DeLancey and wife, Kelly; brother, Michael DeLancey and wife, Tina; sisters, Doris Little; Karen Bahr and husband, Bill; Joyce Parrish and husband, John; nephews, Robert, Stephen, Hank, Dylan and Logan; godchildren: Sadie, Casey and Bubba.

Memorial contributions may be made to New Heights Baptist Church, General Fund, 2796 NC Highway 14, Reidsville, NC 27320.

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Cynthia and Bradley, we were saddened to learn of the passing of Johnny! Hold the memories near to your heart. Johnny was a kind and caring gentleman. He will be missed dearly at the church. We will be praying for you. Blessings, Marty & Kathy Gwin

Kathy Gwin Dec 10 2021 10:49 PM

We were saddened to learn of Johnny passing away. We had planned to attend the funeral, but couldn't
We will continue to pray for the family.
Dean & Edith Venable

Dean Venable Dec 3 2021 11:42 AM

A candle was lit in memory of John DeLancey

Autumn Salisbury Dec 3 2021 8:46 AM

Cynthia and family words cannot express the sadness Joe and I felt when we learned of Johnny's passing. You and Johnny were always so much fun to be around and such wonderful friends{family} to Curtis, Darlene, Kathy, David, Sadie, Casey and Bubba. You are in our prayers.

Joe and Peggy Purgason Dec 2 2021 11:08 PM

So saddened to hear of John's passing! I worked with John in R&D! Unifi has lost one of their best employees! His family are in my prayers!

Vicky Denny Dec 2 2021 10:30 PM

A candle was lit in memory of John DeLancey

Brenda Watlington WATLINGTON Dec 2 2021 3:48 PM

Cynthia, Bradley, Kelly and family, we are so saddened to hear about John. He was a kind and well respected man and will be missed by many. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. May God give you peace in the days ahead. Love to you all 🙏

BeckyJoey Martin Dec 2 2021 1:08 AM

A candle was lit in memory of John DeLancey

Paul Carter Dec 1 2021 10:59 PM

A candle was lit in memory of John DeLancey

Sandra Carter Dec 1 2021 10:41 PM

So sorry to hear about Johnny! Keeping the Family In Prayers!

Teresa Corbin Dec 1 2021 9:44 PM

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