Kirksey Funeral Home


Minister Thelma Carlton Dula

December 21, 1936October 9, 2021

Minister Thelma Carlton Dula, 84, of Moravian Falls, NC was born December 21, 1936 to the late Lang Jones Carlton and Maude Redman Saner Carlton.

She was the widow of John Wilbur Dula, Sr., she went home to rest in the arms of Jesus Saturday, October 09, 2021 at her residence.

She was a gradate of Lincoln Heights School in Wilkes County and chose a career in Health Care. Her greatest joy in life was fulfilling her Evangelistic calling and being a mother. Her ministry began as a child she often spoke of how her father would preach and then ask her to sing. Her singing ministry blossomed when she began singing solos at First Assembly of God Church in Drexel. Years later, she joined Hoods Chapel UCOG in Lenoir. She sung in the choir, taught Sunday School, and became a licensed minister. It didn't realize her ministry reached far beyond the four walls of the church. She spoke at prisons, created hands of love that distributed care packages throughout Burke, Caldwell, and Wilkes counties. She wrote tributes for loved ones who had passed away, volunteered at Lenoir Healthcare played the piano and many other acts of kindness.

In addition to her parents, and husband, Thelma was preceded in death by her daughter, Vinita Michelle Dula, brothers; James Everitt Saner, Charles Saner, Vernon Carlton, Jesse Carlton, Lester Carlton, Lloyd Carlton, Thomas Wray Carlton, Sanford Carlton, and William Carlton, sisters; Alene Saner Davenport, Minnie Saner Patterson, Rosalee Saner, Dula, Mattie Carlton, Barnes, Beatrice Carlton, Hattie Mae Carlton Barnes, and Sarah Carlton.

Those left to cherish her memories is her children; Monica Dula of Morganton, Angela Dula Dioum of Greensboro, Patrice Dula (Aaron), and Margaret Dula both of Morganton, John Wilbur Dula, Jr., of Wilkesboro, and Edward Dula of Morganton, sister; Jewel Maxine (Polly) along with 7 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren a spiritual sister, Virginia Hood of Lenoir, along with a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, October 16, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. in the chapel of Kirksey Funeral Home of Morganton, the family will receive friends one hour prior to service time 12:00-12:55 p.m. Burial will follow at Forest Hill Cemetery.

Services will be live streamed on Kirksey Funeral Service and Cremation Services Facebook page.

Due to COVID-19 masks and social distance is required.

The Dula Family has entrusted Kirksey Funeral Home of Morganton with arrangements.


16 October

Receiving of Family and Friends

12:00 pm - 12:55 pm

Kirksey Funeral Home

406 Lenoir Rd.
Morganton , NC 28655

16 October

Funeral Service

1:00 pm

Kirksey Funeral Home

16 October


Forest Hills Cemetery


Minister Thelma Carlton Dula

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Glenda Preswood Truax

October 14, 2021

Thelma was such a kind, caring woman who lived her religion and beliefs, loved her family with all her being, and made the world a better place. Well done, though good and faithful servant. God is well pleased. Rest well my sweet friend!

VJ Colvin

October 13, 2021

I just learned of Mrs. Dula passing today; my heart is heavy. What a beautiful soul she was. I had the wonderful pleasure of meeting her when I was student at Appalachian State via her daughter (my friend), Angie. Mrs Dula was never without that beautiful smile, the love of Christ and a soft word whenever I was in her presence. She will be truly missed.
Dula Family - please know you are in my prayers and l love you all dearly.

Mary E. Barnes For Barnes

October 13, 2021

Family & Friends of Mrs. Thelma Carlton Dula: My deepest sympathy for the loss of this dear, sweet, sweet soul. She and I shared a friendship of love, laughter and deep respect for each other along with my sister Diane. While I know she enjoyed our earthly love, I know she knew the love of Our Heavenly Father was more than we could match. DEATH: There is no death! the stars go down To rise upon some other shore, And bright in Heaven's jeweled crown, They shine for ever more. John L. McCreery.
May God grant you comfort and peace. A special thanks to Patrice.

Vanessa & Larry McMillon

October 12, 2021

We are going to miss Momma Thelma so much. She had been an encouragement for many, many years and we will miss her laugh and her wisdom. She was truly a good friend and we loved her so much. Although our hearts are heavy now, we will see her again in Heaven. Prayers and love to the family.

Jacqueline Kanipe

October 11, 2021

My heartfelt condolences to you in the earthly loss of your mother, “Ms. Thelma.”
A jewel, she was indeed. Thank God for her ministry and works on this side in preparation for the best side. May God bless you all and give you the comfort that you need to sustain this challenge.