Alvin Stanbery

Obituary of Alvin Charles Stanbery

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Alvin Charles Stanbery, age 83, of Ridge Road, Boone, passed away Monday morning, January 30, 2023 at Watauga Medical Center. Born December 24, 1939 in Watauga County, Alvin was the sixth of seven children of Glenn Wilburn and Vanna Pearl Miller Stanbery. Alvin taught Sunday school at Willowdale Baptist Church while he was a member there. For the last 27 years, he was a member of Tabernacle Baptist Church. Alvin was a quiet man and simple man. Growing up on the family dairy farm instilled in him a strong work ethic. He was a professional long distance truck driver logging millions of miles while driving for Newton Transportation and Zenith Freightliners. After retirement from trucking, he was employed by Watauga County as a truck driver and later as a site attendant. Alvin is survived by his wife, Betty Jo Cole Stanbery; sons, James Stanbery and wife, Abigale, of Millers Creek and Allen Stanbery and wife, Shannon, of Boone and step-son, Jerry Ward of Creston; five grandchildren, Ashley Davenport and husband, Winston, Brandon Stanbery, Hannah Stanbery, Megan Hodges and husband, John, and Journey Carter and husband, Corey; sisters, Rose Freeman of Springfield, Missouri, Shirley Smith of Granite Falls, and Glenna Hollar and husband, AC, of Boone; sister-in-law, Judy Stanbery of Boone and brother-in-law, Arlton Cole and wife, Harriet, of Lawrenceville, Georgia. Many nieces and nephews also survive. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Edith Schieder and June Parks; brother, Steve Stanbery; and granddaughters, Maggie and Molly Stanbery. A memorial service to honor Alvin will be held in the spring. In lieu of flowers please consider doing a random act of kindness for someone in need in Alvin's memory. Online condolences may be shared at the website Austin & Barnes Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Stanbery family.
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