In loving memory of

Nellie Catherine Reavis Whitener
August 1, 1946 - February 11, 2021

Mrs. Nellie Catherine Reavis Whitener, 74, of Mocksville, passed away Thursday, February 11, 2021, at Iredell Memorial Hospital in Statesville.
Born August 1, 1946, to the late Lawrence Asbury and Theda Maxine Shelton Reavis, Nellie lived most of her life in the Pino Community of Davie County. She was a graduate of Davie High Class of 1964, and retired as a supervisor from State Industries. Nellie had also worked as a supervisor with QST and Crown Wood. A creative, artistic, and multi-talented lady, in earlier years, she and her dear friend, JoAnne Blakely, owned and operated a florist and leather gift shop. Later, she and her husband, Cecil, owned and operated C & N Engraving. In recent years, she made custom gun grips. Nellie was also honored by having one of her intricately carved and painted eggs displayed at the White House.
She was loving and caring, cherishing the time she spent with her family and dear friends.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Cecil Whitener; her sister and brother-in-law, Jane R. and Charles E. Masten; and a nephew, Eddie W. Masten.
Survivors include two nieces, Carol M. Veach (John) and Cathy M. DeCess (Jimmy); grandsons, Wesley and John Warden; their parents, Pam and Wayne; stepdaughter, Scarlett Whitener; many great-nieces and nephews; many great-great-nieces and nephews; The Birthday Club; and special friends from the Class of '64.
A graveside service will be conducted at 2 p.m., Tuesday, February 16, at Courtney Baptist Church Cemetery, in Yadkinville with Rev. Jimmy Martin officiating. At the request of the family, please be mindful of social distancing and wear face covering. To provide the community an opportunity to celebrate the life of Mrs. Whitener, there will be a live webcast of her service on the Lambert Funeral Home website as well as by visiting the following The family invites friends to come by Lambert Funeral Home, Monday, February 15, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., to pay their respects. Due to COVID-19, there will not be a formal receiving line and face coverings are required.
In lieu of flowers, they request that memorials be considered for LLS - North Carolina (The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society), P.O. Box 22443, New York, NY 10087-2443. You may also visit their website at


Donna Martin Hinkle wrote on Feb 20, 2021:

"Nellie was always nice to me. She baked beautiful, delicious cakes and was, of course, an amazing artist. I know how much her family and close friends will miss her. "

Kim Shore wrote on Feb 16, 2021:

"I am honored to have gotten to know Nellie over the past several years. She was such a kind, caring, giving and talented lady and much like me, she loved her dogs! I am honored to not only have become a friend of Nellie\'s but am honored for her to trust me and my family with her last dog, Minnie. Minnie will always provide me with a daily smile and reminder of Nellie. "

Jean Cleary wrote on Feb 13, 2021:

"I was one of the lucky ones of the Class of 1964 that could call Nellie my true & faithful friend. We shared many hours of laughter as well as times of sadness when we began to lose our loved ones. Most recently although her health had failed and she could not visit Mom, her calls were daily and so supportive. She told me many times that she loved my Mom as her own since it had been many years since her mother had passed away. She was the computer tech behind our class having such creative and unforgettable reunions. She touched my life in such a beautiful way and I will always hold dear our talks. Rest in peace Nellie--no more pain. Our birthday club will miss you and will honor your memory always.."

Barbara Barney wrote on Feb 12, 2021:

"I got to know Nellie when we worked at QST. She was a very sweet and beautiful lady. Everybody loved her. She was a blessing just to be around. Thoughts and prayers to her family. Barbara Barney"

Stacia Parker wrote on Feb 12, 2021:

"Nellie was one of a kind so talented and she loved her friends. Nellie always thought about everyone around her. Truly I will miss Nellie with all my heart. She now has her angel\'s wings. Birthday Club will never be the same without our Nellie. "