Buddy Wayne Renfrow, 74 passed away peacefully at home in Nash County on Saturday and went home to be with his heavenly father after a courageous battle from Lung and Brain Cancer since August 2020. A Celebration of Life will be held at Joyner’s Funeral Home, Wilson NC, on Tuesday October 18, 2022 at 6pm. Son Michael Renfrow and grandson Micah Renfrow officiating. Entombment will be Wednesday, October 19, 2022 at 1:00pm.
The family will receive friends at Joyner’s Funeral Home Tuesday October 18, 2022, following the service from 6:45pm until 8:00pm.
Wayne was born in Johnston County on September 11, 1948, to the late Ira Renfrow and Ruth Boykin Renfrow. Wayne was preceded in death by three brothers, Albert Renfrow, Alton Renfrow and Hugh Renfrow; two sisters, Maggie Grimm, and Eleanor Gray Jones “PeeWee”, and a great granddaughter, Triniti Harrell, and a dear friend, Soakie Williams.
Wayne is survived by his significant other, Carolyn Lindsey; daughter, Melissa Renfrow Harrell “Dumplin” and husband, Tony; son, Michael Renfrow and wife, Priscilla; mother of his children, Shirley Tant; five grandchildren, Miranda Harrell and companion Mike Gurganus, Micah Renfrow and wife, Brittany, Stuart Renfrow and wife, Makaila, Emily Renfrow, Laura Renfrow, and a great grandson, Brayden Hall; two brothers, Marion Renfrow and Osbourne Renfrow and wife, Michel; sister, Carol Corbett and his loving dog, Jackson Renfrow and his extended family, Phil Lindsey and wife, Jenny, Steve Lindsey and wife, Nancy, Jerry Mosley and wife, Lana; uncle/brother to Etta Mae Barkley, Jerry Barbee, James “Boss” Barbee, and Joanne Corbett; several nieces and nephews, and very loving and special friends, Donald and Trudy Bass, Marvin and Bonnie Stone, Ray Joyner and Many More.
After attending Fike High School, Wayne had a thriving career where he worked with GNC Rubber Company, Firestone Tire them in 1979 went into the grocery store business. Wayne owned and operated Thrift Way Grocery at Five points in Wilson, Wayne’s Red and White in Spring Hope, and Wayne’s Supermarket in Saratoga. He retired from the grocery business and went into construction business for himself and in his later years worked for Fisher Auto Parts in Rocky Mount for Ray Joyner.
Wayne possessed a tremendous love for music and was an accomplished guitar player and singer and shared his God given talent with family and loved ones, he also made several CD’s in Nashville, Tennessee where his family and friends have enjoyed listening to them. Wayne loved singing karaoke and enjoyed singing with his sister, Carol and in 1970 he played in a band named “The Marlins” and he loved his Church Trinity Baptist of Wilson.
To know Wayne was to love him and his memories will always be in our hearts.
Many thanks to his brothers, Marion and Osbourne for their love and support during Wayne’s time of need, and thanks to his caretaker Jennifer Fletcher.
Flowers are welcome or memorials may be made to Trinity Baptist Church, 3624 Raleigh Rd Pkwy W, Wilson, NC 27893 in Wayne’s memory.
Condolences directed to Joyner’s Funeral Home and Crematory at www.joyners.net.