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Lou Ann (Knight) Spinks

August 13, 1957 ~ April 2, 2024 (age 66) 66 Years Old

Lou Spinks Obituary

Mrs. Lou Ann (Knight) Spinks, age 66 of Sanford, NC transitioned to eternal rest on Tuesday, April 2, 2024. 

The Obituary

Mrs. Lou Ann Knight Degraffenreidt Spinks, wife and best friend to her husband, Reverend Michael Clarence Spinks, died quietly during the early morning hours of Tuesday, April 2nd, 2024.
Lou Ann was 66 years old.

Mrs. Lou Ann Knight Degraffenreidt, daughter of Lonnie, Sr. and Patience Knight, was born in Chatham County, North Carolina.  Sister to Lonnie, Jr., Susan, Phyllis, and Tony Knight, they all grew up there and attended schools in Pittsboro, NC. Elementary and Middle School grades were at Horton School, renamed George Moses Horton in recent years. Lou Ann graduated from Northwood High School, Pittsboro, NC. Quiet and serious- minded even as a child, Lou Ann was very studious. She could stay on a task until it was finished, not easily deterred by the sound of her siblings having fun.  Armed with a strong determination to succeed, Lou Ann attended St. Augustine’s University and earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing. The love she had for her patients served as the impetus for her continuing studies.  Lou Ann worked as a Labor and Delivery Nurse at Memorial Hospital, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC for 20 years. Lou Ann also worked in Sanford, NC at Central Carolina Hospital as a Surgical Nurse. She would earn a master's degree in nursing from North Carolina Central University in Durham, North Carolina. She held the position of Instructor of nurses while at NCCU.  She also served many years as a Pediatrics’ nurse.  

Michael and Lou Ann were each other’s best friend.  Mike said she had an independent spirit, always happy to help others.  When Lou Ann’s health started to wan, Michael assumed responsibility for her care.  He was careful to add those touches and detail to her appearance that allowed her to confidently be moved about and around others as she had always been, when she cared for herself.  In days of vibrant health, Lou Ann was very sociable. Sister Phyllis said before she met Michael, she liked to travel, with or without family.

Lou Ann enjoyed church membership with Roberts Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in Goldston, NC, Rev. Dr. Joshua Jones, Pastor.  Her earlier years of church membership had been with First Missionary Baptist Church, Pittsboro, NC, and New Zion Missionary Baptist Church, Sanford, NC.  Lou Ann was President Emeritus of the Deep River Missionary Baptist Women’s Convention and past leader of the Deep River Missionary Baptist Health Ministry.  Lou Ann served in a number of positions of service in these churches.    

Lou Ann was preceded in death by her parents, Lonnie, Sr. and Patience Taylor Knight, siblings, Lonnie, Jr. (Darcy), and Susan Casandra (Freeman Brooks). 

Lou Ann was mother to Jeffrey and Josh Degraffenreidt. She leaves to cherish memories of life with her; husband, Michael Clarence Spinks; her sons, Jeffrey (Nicole), and Josh (Brittany); Michael’s children, Amber Nicole and Doran Gray; siblings, Phyllis Knight Coats (George-deceased) and Tony Knight (Annette); grandchildren, Jayden, Hayleigh and Layla and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and coworkers will fondly remember their times and associations.

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Flower Delivery
Monday
April 8, 2024

9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Knotts Funeral Home
719 Wall St.
Sanford, NC 27330

Public Walk Thru Viewing in the Funeral Home Chapel ( Everyone MUST wear a Mask)
Monday
April 8, 2024

12:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Knotts Funeral Home
719 Wall St.
Sanford, NC 27330

Funeral Service
Tuesday
April 9, 2024

1:00 PM
Roberts Chapel Church
439 Roberts Chapel Church Rd
Goldston, NC 27252

Burial
Tuesday
April 9, 2024

Roberts Chapel Church
439 Roberts Chapel Church Rd
Goldston, NC 27252

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