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Originally published: 2013-09-03 09:45:19
Last modified: 2013-09-03 09:46:03

Sylvia Pritchard Biggerstaff

Sylvia Pritchard Biggerstaff, 100, of Rutherfordton, entered eternal rest on Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, three days following her 100th birthday celebration.
A native of Avery County, she was born on Aug. 27, 1913, daughter of the late Eliam and Vettie Wilson Pritchard. She married Joe Ray Biggerstaff on Jan. 2, 1930, and they celebrated over 56 years together before his passing on July 3, 1986.
She was a homemaker who used her enormous talents to assist her husband on the family farm and dairy. She loved gardening, raising livestock, canning home grown fruits and vegetables and opening her home to the generations of family and friends who would come to visit from near and far. Her greatest talent and her most enduring legacy are the quilts that she handcrafted over the decades.
For many years she was an active member of the Green Hill Community Club, the Green Hill School PTA and was a faithful member of Green Hill Baptist Church. She had recently been a resident of Oak Grove Health Care.
In addition to her parents and husband, Biggerstaff was preceded in death by a son, Billy Ray Biggerstaff of Rutherfordton; four sisters, Dovie Stamey of Pyatte, Pauline Pyatte Cutherbertson of Pineola, Ruby Harris of Lenoir and Margaret Braswell of Hudson; and three brothers, D. W. “Whitey” Pritchard of Crossnore, Dillard “Ken” Pritchard of Raleigh, and Delma “Dee” Penley of Taylorsville.

Survivors include a son, Lee Biggerstaff and wife, Carolyn, of Rutherfordton; a daughter, Sarah Jo Lattimore and husband, Rodney, of Forest City; and a daughter in-law, Betty Wright Biggerstaff of Rutherfordton; eight grandchildren, David Biggerstaff and wife, Angie, Noel Sisk and husband, Perry, Kathy Huckabee, Karen Patterson and husband, Randy, Joshua Calvert and wife, Caroline, Shawn Calvert and wife, Andrea, and Klint Lattimore, all of Ruttherfordton, also Karsen Spain and husband, Brandon, of Durham; 13 great-grandchildren and two great-great-garndchildren. Also surviving are two sisters, Floretta Colvard of Lenoir and Florence Curtis of Burlington; and a brother, Daymon Pritchard of Altamont.
Funeral services were held 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 2, 2013, at Green Hill Baptist Church in Rutherfordton, and led by the the Rev. Mr. John Baker, the Rev. Mr. Joshua Calvert and Dr. Robert Earle Morgan. Burial followed in the church cemetery. The family received friends in the sanctuary immediately following interment .
Crowe’s Mortuary & Crematory served the Biggerstaff family.

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