KANNAPOLIS — Betty Wilkins Draughn, 80, of Kannapolis went to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, May 28, 2021 at Tucker Hospice House following a period of declining health.

Betty was born June 12, 1940 in Edgecombe County, NC a daughter of the late James Rufus Wilkins and Helen Rule Wilkins.

She had served as a teacher’s aide with the High Point City Schools for many years. Betty was a charter member of Lakeview Freewill Baptist Church in High Point where she was church pianist for 42 years; she also served as church secretary and was a Sunday school teacher. She was pianist for Ben Avenue Freewill Baptist Church where she served as pianist for seven years.

Betty was named Ms. Senior Davidson County in 2003 and was presented with a crown and sash. She loved to crochet and sew, sing, play word games and paint on canvas.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Donald Ray Draughn Sr., who passed away June 6, 2015, along with one brother and five sisters.

Family members who dearly loved her include a son, Rev. Donald Ray Draughn Jr. and wife Cathy of Kannapolis; a daughter, Deborah Draughn Bright and husband Steve of Mooresville; one grandchild, J. Bright; two brothers, William Wilkins and wife Jean of Smithfield, and Jerry Wilkins and his recently deceased wife Peggy of Fayetteville, Ark.

The family will receive friends Thursday, June 3, 2021 at Whitley’s Funeral Home from 6-8 p.m. At other times they will be at their respective residences. Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Friday, June 4, 2021 at Lakeview Freewill Baptist Church 3855 Johnson Street, High Point, NC 27265 where Mrs. Draughn will lie in state starting at 11 a.m. until the time of the service. Interment will immediately follow at Guilford Memorial Park in Greensboro.

Memorials may be made to Ben Avenue Freewill Baptist Church, 611 Ben Ave., Kannapolis, NC 28081.

Online condolences may be sent to www.whit