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home : obituaries : obituaries May 16, 2021

5/6/2021 2:25:00 AM
Michelle Annette Ligon & George Wyatt Ligon
March 24, 1960 & October 4, 1962-April 27, 2021

Michelle Annette Ligon 61 of Boone died Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at her residence.

Michelle was born March 26, 1960 in Fayetteville, NC to Bill and Peggy Wilson.

At the age of 6, Michelle and her mom relocated to Greenville, SC. Jim Glass came into Michelle’s life when her mom married him in 1966. Jim was a true dad to Michelle, and they loved each other dearly. Michelle’s love for the mountains started as she attended homecomings at Lees-McRae College with her mother. By the time Michelle graduated from Berea High School, she was committed to Appalachian State University. Her studies there were interrupted when she married and had two children, Sommer and Isaac Barnes. Michelle returned to ASU and juggled school and the upbringing of the children, always putting the children first. Michelle graduated from ASU in 1994. She began her employment history with Goodwin Weavers and, when they closed, started with the Boone Convention & Visitors Bureau as Public Relations Director.

From July 2010 until her passing, Michelle served as Director of Public Relations and Social Media at Explore Boone. In 2017 Michelle was awarded the Sue W. Wilmoth Award for the Advancement of Tourism, recognizing her work on Michelle & George Ligon met in 2004 and George quickly became a dear friend to the whole family. They were married August 5, 2006 with Sommer as a bridesmaid and Isaac as an usher. They had 15 wonderful years together. Michelle constantly promoted the Boone/Watauga area. She loved volunteering, especially for Horn in the West. She made period dresses to wear as she served as attendant at the various events. George was supportive, made chili to sell and helped Michelle plant a beautiful flower display on the property.

Michelle is survived by her daughter Sommer Barnes of Carrboro, NC, her mother Peggy Glass and brother Sam Glass of Wilmington, NC. 

She was predeceased by her father. Her son, Isaac Alton Barnes, died April 2021.

Flowers are accepted and appreciated. Contributions to NAMI NC, or the charity of your choice would be a way to honor the memory of Michelle

George Wyatt Ligon, who also went home to be with the Lord on April 27, 2021, was born October 4, 1962 in Richmond Virginia, to Wendell and Mary Miles Ligon. He lived in Richmond, then moved to Indonesia where his parents were on the mission field. In the early 1970’s the family moved to Norfolk, Virginia and later to Charlotte, NC. George was a graduate of South Mecklenburg High School in Charlotte (1980), Lees-McRae College (1983) where he was on the clogging team and in the Highlanders Chorale; and Appalachian State University (1986).

George never met a stranger. He loved life, family, laughter and fun. He always took the time to listen if someone needed a friend. He had a big smile, warm heart and great hugs. He served as Branch Manager of Terminix of the Triad for more than 20 years. He was a member of Rumple Memorial Presbyterian Church in Blowing Rock, NC. He loved the Lord, Appalachian State sports, Tarheel basketball, fishing trips, the beach, Merle Fest, and being with Michelle.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Wendell and Mary Miles Ligon, brother Jimmy, and stepmother Linda. He is survived by his brother Wendell Ligon of Hartsville, SC and his children Melissa Hudgins (Dave) and Wen Ligon of South Hill, Va, sister Lucy Heffelfinger (Karl) and their children Richard and Jonathan (Jeani) of Newton, NC, sister Rachel Bradley and her children William and Mary River of Asheville, NC, and Michelle’s daughter, Sommer Barnes. Also surviving are stepsisters Wendy Deese (Jim) of Greensboro, NC and their sons Lane and Brooks, and Susan Sisk (Junior) of Ferrum, Virginia and son Patrick (Gina), and stepbrother Eric Wilson (Monica) of Charlotte, NC and their children Hannah Kessler (Cory) and Andrew Wilson.

George is also survived by cousins, and too many friends to count.

A memorial service will be held for both George and Michelle Ligon at 2:00 pm Saturday May 8th, 2021 at Boone United Methodist Church. As COVID restrictions will limit seating, a live streaming option will be available for the memorial service. 

Flowers are accepted and appreciated. Contributions can be made to Rumple Memorial Presbyterian Church at 1218 Main St., Blowing Rock, NC 28605, NAMI NC online; or catch a fish, walk the beach, adopt a pet, watch a sunset, help a friend, give a hug or make someone laugh and think of George & Michelle.

Please sign the online guestbook at The Ligon family has entrusted arrangements to Jenkins Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Newton 828-464-1555.

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