Virginia Voyles, 88, dearly loved and respected elementary school teacher

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Virginia Voyles
Virginia Voyles

Virginia Voyles, of Wilmington, died Sept. 16, 2015, at the age of 88.

She was born in Sebring, Florida on Jan. 4, 1927, to Dr. and Mrs. James S. Day Jr. Virginia grew up in Lakeland, Florida, where her father was pastor of Southside Baptist Church. She graduated from Stetson University in DeLand, Florida in 1949 with a degree in education.

After teaching briefly at Kathleen Junior High School in Lakeland, she married Donald Earley Voyles in 1950. They lived briefly in Niagara Falls, New York before moving to Charlotte, where they had two sons, Steve and David.

Virginia taught kindergarten and first grade for 21 years at Cotswold Elementary School in Charlotte, where she was dearly loved and respected. Virginia and Don were also very involved in their church life at St. John’s Baptist Church while they lived in Charlotte.

In 1981, Virginia and Don moved to Orlando, Florida, where they remained for the next 30 years. Virginia enjoyed her special interest in religious education and worship while at Longwood Hills Congregational Church and also enjoyed membership at New Hope United Church of Christ while living in DeLand, Florida.

In 2011 Virginia and Don moved to Wilmington, where they enjoyed being closer to their sons’ families, as well as their membership at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Wilmington.

Virginia is survived by her husband, Donald; older son, Steve Voyles, his wife Peggy and granddaughters, Tracy and Shelly Voyles; and younger son, David Voyles, his wife Ann and grandson, Josh.

Please leave online condolences for the family at Andrews Mortuary.

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