Nancy Gilreath

Nancy Gilreath (Poag)

Wednesday, April 14th, 1943 - Monday, May 3rd, 2021
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Nancy Reid Poag Gilreath, 78, passed away peacefully into the arms of her waiting family and risen Lord May 3, 2021 in Roanoke, Virginia.

Born April 14, 1943 as the eldest child of a Presbyterian minister, Nancy Reid graduated from Dreher High School and The University of South Carolina where she was a member of the Delta Delta Delta sorority. A teacher, hostess, trusted assistant, and true friend, Nancy Reid brought grace and levity to any room and anybody lucky enough to run across her presence. Nancy Reid’s true gift and passion, however, was her fierce love and devotion to the families of her two sons who she followed away from her longtime home, her friends and the famous heat of Columbia, South Carolina to the Outer Banks of North Carolina and ultimately to the mountains of Southwest Virginia. She shined most as our beloved “Nanny” doting unmercifully on her sons, their wives and her four adoring grandchildren.

Predeceased by her parents, Dr. Frederick Vaughn Poag and Billie Ferguson Poag, Nancy Reid also joins her late sister Billie Craig Poag Walters, countless friends and family in eternal life.

Nancy Reid is survived by her children, James Robinson Gilreath, Jr. (Ashley Roe Gilreath) of Manteo, North Carolina and Frederick Poag Gilreath (Catherine Roe Gilreath) of Roanoke Virginia; Grandchildren James Robinson Gilreath, III, Dickinson Reid Gilreath, Caroline Caldwell Gilreath and Carder Roe Gilreath; nephew Dr. Robert Edmund Walters, Jr.; niece Nancy Reid Walters Byrne.

The family would like to thank Nanny’s special caregivers: Kathy Peters, her nephew Dr. Rob Walters and the caring staff at Friendship South in Roanoke, Virginia.

In lieu of flowers and in celebration of a true fighter who battled and beat addiction memorials may be made to Alcoholics Anonymous, the American Lung Association or Roanoke Island Presbyterian Church, Manteo, North Carolina.

The family will hold a graveside service May 15th, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at Greenlawn Memorial Park, Columbia, South Carolina and a celebration of life at a later date in Manteo, North Carolina. All are welcome.
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  • Graveside Service

    Saturday, May 15th, 2021 | 11:00am
    Saturday, May 15th, 2021 11:00am
    Greenlawn Memorial Park
    845 Leesburg Road
    Columbia, South Carolina 29209
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Darlene Gill Chambers

Posted at 05:10pm
I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Most sincerely,
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David Jordan

Posted at 09:54am
I was sorry to hear about Nancy Reid's passing. We were friends at Dreher High School Class of 1961 and at USC.

Donna Heuneman

Posted at 05:07pm
To the Gilreath Family, I wanted to say that the Angels have come for your dear one and she is no longer with any ailments whatsoever. She is young again and in the loving hands of our Father in Heaven. I wish you peace, harmony and lots of her memories to be shared and remembered.

Donna Heuneman

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