Carolyn Comer

Obituary of Carolyn Jane Lipe Comer

Carolyn Jane Lipe Comer, 91, of Elkin NC passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 11, 2024.

A native of Landis, NC, Carolyn was the wife of 25 years to the late Thomas Ray Comer and the daughter of John Frank Lipe and Grace Propst Lipe, both deceased. Carolyn graduated from Lenoir-Rhyne College, and took pride in organizing the 50th reunion of her class.  She enjoyed serving her community both as the secretary of her church, First United Methodist Church, and a librarian for the Elkin Public Library.

She enjoyed traveling with her family, gardening and antiquing.  Carolyn enjoyed family get-togethers’ at Lake Norman and yearly trips to Hilton Head Island in South Carolina with niece, Lynne and her three children. She thoroughly enjoyed trips to Europe as well as to Disney World.  Traveling was a joy and a favorite of Carolyn.

Carolyn was an active member of First United Methodist Church for over 65 years, where she sang in the choir for 15 years.  She was very involved serving as a member of The Junior Women’s Club; Woman’s Club; Hospital Auxiliary; Flower Lover’s Garden Club; a board member of the Surry County American Red Cross and officer of the Friends of the Library.  In 1963, she was honored to be chosen Elkin Woman of the Year.

A creative soul, she enjoyed painting, teaching painting, needlepoint and giving the creations as gifts.  Anyone who Carolyn met received a card just to say “hello”.  

Survivors include her sons, Thomas Ray Comer and wife Chris of Kernersville, and John Lipe Comer of Elkin; brother, John Frank Lipe, II and wife Margaret; nieces, Jenny Lipe Thurman, and Rebecca Lynne Brauch; nephew, John Frank Lipe, III; and great nieces and nephews, Sarah, Katie, Caroline, John, Margaret, and Tack.

In addition to her husband and parents, Carolyn was preceded in death by her sister, Rebecca Sue “Sue-Sue” Solomon, and nephew, Sidney Nolan Solomon.

A memorial service celebrating Carolyn’s life will be held at 2:00PM, Saturday, April 20, 2024, at the First United Methodist Church, 340 Hawthorne Road, Elkin, NC 28621. The family will greet friends immediately following the service in the church fellowship hall.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Trellis Supportive Care-Hospice of Stokes County, P.O. Box, 863, Walnut Cove, NC 27052.

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Memorial Service

2:00 pm
Saturday, April 20, 2024
First United Methodist Church of Elkin
340 Hawthorne Road
Elkin, North Carolina, United States