Angelyn Wethington Obituary (1931-2021) – Greensboro, NC

Wethington, Angelyn “Angie”

November 1, 1931 – July 10, 2021

GREENSBORO – Angelyn Raeford Wethington, 89, died at Friends Homes West on Saturday July 10, 2021. Angie was born on November 1, 1931 in Grifton, NC, to Jasper McGarvey Wethington and Raye Heath (“Mama Raye”) Wethington. She was an only child but grew up surrounded by loving aunts, uncles and cousins.

A pioneer in many ways, Angie devoted her life to Christian ministry through education, outreach, and caring for others.

Angie graduated from Greensboro College with a degree in education in 1953. She began working at Greensboro City Schools in 1958 and has taught at several schools including Gillespie Elementary and Foust Elementary. She also privately taught students and helped many overcome reading difficulties. In the first year it was offered, she taught driver training. In retirement, she recognized the need for a school for patients at Greensboro’s Charter Hospital and founded the school there to help youth with mental health problems stay on track in their education. She was a longtime member of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, where she made many friends who worked for excellence in education.

As a young adult, Angie learned the importance of public relations. During her studies, she took part in the Encampment for Citizenship, a summer program for young people of different origins and nationalities. This program inspired Angie when Eleanor Roosevelt spoke about the importance of service to the world. She also went on a missionary trip to a remote area in Mexico where she learned the effects of serving others. Angie has promoted public outreach at local, regional, and global levels through her work as Chair of the Christian Action and Community Service Committee in her church.

Angie has been a caregiver for most of her life. She brought her parents to Greensboro as young adults and looked after them until her death. She and her mother were caring for 95 children awaiting adoption by the Children’s Home Society of NC. You have been asked to look after a child born with severe heart disease who was not expected to live long. However, when he turned two, Angie was allowed to adopt him as a single woman – a rare occurrence in 1971. That child – her son Galen McRae Wethington – lived a full life until the age of 21, benefiting from medical services and the community loving family and friends that Angie had gathered around her. Angie has taken care of many other people over the years by giving them safe spaces to chat and really be heard.

Angie was a lifelong church member. It started when her mother, the organist of her church, took little Angie in a basket to the choir rehearsal and to the church service. Her mother’s love of music rubbed off on Angie, who sang in the adult alto choir for as long as she could. In Greensboro, Angie was a member of the First Christian Church. She was a volunteer in the office, an active member of Robbie Dunn’s Sunday School class, teaching Sunday School classes for children and adults.

Angie loved hanging out with family and friends, playing cards and chicken feet, camping on the beach, road trips, reading, helping others, and laughing. This laugh and her pioneering spirit are remembered by many who knew her.

Angie’s life will be celebrated on Saturday, July 31st at 2:00 p.m. at First Christian Church, 1900 W Market St, Greensboro, NC 27403, followed by a tour of the meeting room.

Memorial gifts can be made to: First Christian Church – Legacy Fund or Children’s Home Society of NC, PO Box 14608, Greensboro, NC 27415.

Forbis and Dick Guilford Chapel serves the family and online tributes can be offered at www.forbisanddick.com

Published by Greensboro News & Record on July 25, 2021.

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