Shirley Ann Dayton Peek, 82, of Morganton, originally from Spruce Pine, died peacefully Sunday, June 16, 2019, at the residence of her daughter. Born May 24, 1937, in Spruce Pine, she was the daughter of the late McCoy and Elizabeth Stamey. She was a homemaker and loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She loved her family very much, and her greatest enjoyment was spending time with them.
She was a member of Mt. Zion Methodist Church, where she taught Sunday School, sang in the choir and always helped with Vacation Bible School, and for the past 12 years was a faithful member of Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church in Morganton.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, John Shular Dayton; and husband of two years, Gabe Peek; brothers, Lewis Stamey, Lindsey Stamey, Charles Stamey and McArthur Stamey; sisters, Lucille Pittman, Dorothy Autry, Ruby Bently, Anis Thompson and Mary Stamey; and five infant siblings. Surviving are her sons, Jerry Dayton and wife, Jackie, of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and Johnny Dayton and wife, Carol, of Marion; a daughter, Beth Burleson and husband, David, of Morganton; sisters, Barbara Ward, of Spruce Pine, and Faye King, of Kernersville; six grandchildren, Jeremy (and wife Tammy) Dayton, of Marion, Julie (and husband Kelvin) Phillips, of Morganton, Jillian (and husband Adam) Maney, of Morganton, Joy Dayton, of Fort Mill, South Carolina, Heather (and husband Ryan) Thorpe, of Raleigh, and Shannon (and husband Andrew) Wilkins, of Raleigh; and seven great-grandchildren, Andrew and Josie Phillips, of Morganton, Abby and Chaya Dayton, of Marion, Greyson Maney, of Morganton, and Charlotte and Hayden Thorpe, of Raleigh; along with numerous nieces and nephews.
A funeral was 11 a.m. Saturday, June 22, 2019, at Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church with Dr. Dewey Thomas and the Rev. Keith Burkhart officiating. A graveside service was at 2 p.m. at Mt. Zion Methodist Church Cemetery in Spruce Pine.
Instead of flowers, the family requests memorials may be made to Burke United Christian Ministries, 305 W. Union St., Morganton, NC 28655. Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center is assisting the family with the arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.sossomanfh.com.
Mitchell News-Journal • June 26, 2019