Grace Olene Walters Utley, 96, died Wednesday, April 19, 2017. She was a native of Columbus County and the daughter of the late Hezekiah Grover Walters and Grace Pearl Short. Mrs. Utley was preceded in death by by her husband, James Barret Utley; two daughters, Nancy Utley Floyd and Wanda Utley Williams; and a brother, Dr. H.G. Walters.
She graduated from Whiteville High School and attended Women’s College of Greensboro, then graduated from Meredith College majoring in music and voice. She was a lifetime member of First Baptist Church of Whiteville serving as a choir member, Sunday school and BTU teacher and in later years enjoyed collecting documents and artifacts for the church history room. For many years she was a substitute teacher at Whiteville High Scool. She was a member of the Aza-Mellia Garden Club and Life member of the Garden Club of North Carolina. She was an avid floral arranger, lover of nature and a devoted homemaker.
Final rites were held Saturday, April 22 at First Baptist Church with Dr. Fred Senter and Rev. Ryan Clore officiating. Visitation was held Saturday, April 22 in the church parlor. Interment was in Whiteville Memorial Cemetery. McKenzie Mortuary is handling the arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Janie U. Perrin of Charlotte; one son, James W. Utley and wife, Jan Curry, of Raleigh; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church of Whiteville, 412 N. Madison Street or Aza-Mellia Garden Club, c/o Mary Jean Prince, 321 Fuller Street, Whiteville, N.C. 28472.