Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home

56 Northwest Blvd., Newton, NC


Nancy Gantt Killian

April 10, 1932February 6, 2020

Nancy Ann Gantt Killian, age 87, of Newton, NC, passed away peacefully on Thursday, February 6, 2020 at Conover Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. Born April 10, 1932 in Catawba County, NC, she was the daughter of the late Henry Clay Gantt and Lillie Combs Gantt.

Nancy was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great- grandmother. She was a life-long member of First United Methodist Church in Newton where she was active in the choir and many other church activities. Nancy retired from the Public Works Department of the City of Newton and worked at Lucy-Lou Dress Shop in Newton. She worked for her father at Gantt’s Grocery for many years. A woman of many talents, she was a wedding director, loved helping people and enjoyed playing Bridge.

In addition to her parents, Nancy was preceded in death by her brother, Major Jack Clay Gantt; and brother-in-law, Ernest Troutman.

Left to cherish her memory is her husband of 64 years, Joe Killian; son, Clay Killian and wife, Carrie; daughter, Jane White and husband, Ed; sister, Betty Jane Troutman; sister-in-law, Patricia Gantt; grandchildren, Brandi Moss, Jamie Moss; great-grandchildren, Hailey, Chance, Maverick; and several nieces and nephews.

The funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM on Monday, February 10, 2020 at First United Methodist Church with Rev. Josh Sherfey and Rev. Fred Thompson officiating. Burial will follow Eastview Cemetery in Newton, NC.

The family will receive friends prior to the service from 12:30 to 1:45 PM.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial contributions be made to: First United Methodist Church, 300 North Main Avenue, Newton, NC 28658 or Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care, 902 Kirkwood Street NW, Lenoir, NC 28645.


  • Receiving of Friends and Family Monday, February 10, 2020
  • Funeral Service Monday, February 10, 2020


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Phyllis Brown

February 11, 2020

To all of Nancy's Family - Nancy was always a great friend to all our family. She and my Mom are really "catching up" in heaven. They were two great wedding directors! You are in my thoughts and prayers, and you have my deepest sympathy. God bless!!

Andy Hahn

February 10, 2020

Sorry to hear of Nancy's passing

I would often run into Nancy. She would update me on how Clay and Jane were doing and ask me how things were going.

She'd have Joe with her.

I send my warmest sympathies to Joe, Clay and Jane.

A fine lady.

Donna Boone (Matthews)

February 10, 2020

My Father, Thomas Jack Matthews, and Nancy worked together at Public Works Department for the City of Newton for several years. He thought very fondly of Nancy. Our whole family did. She was a very kind and very sweet person who never seemed to meet a stranger wherever she was. Please accept my sincere condolences on the loss of your Wife, Mother, Grandmother.

Dave & Claudia Arp

February 10, 2020

Our thoughts and prayers are with Joe, the Killian and Gnatt families as you grieve but also celebrate Nancy’s life. Joe and Nancy enjoyed 64 years together - what a blessing! We are sorry we are unable to make the trip to be there for the funeral today.

Shirley Baker

February 9, 2020

My condolences and prayers to the family, Nancy poo it was a pleasure taking care of you and being able to talk to you and knowing your family, I will miss you. Love Shirley Baker

Karl Shelton

February 9, 2020

Sorry to hear of Nancy's passing. Fond memories of her from NCHS.She was a fine lady and wwill be sorely missed by First Church. Karl Shelton, Panama City, FL

Kevin Boggs

February 8, 2020

I’ve known the Family for many many years. My Thoughts and Prayers to Joe, Clay and Jane. Nancy was a Wonderful Lady. Always a Joy to be around! She directed our Wedding back in 1986. She was a Gift to us All. There is Rejoicing in Heaven!! We Love you dear Friend.

Judy Bost Kirby

February 8, 2020

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all as you adjust to this huge loss in your family.
You have our deepest sympathy, Steve and Judy Bost Kirby

Leona Schell

February 7, 2020

Joe, Clay and Jane - your Mom was my best friend growing up in Newton and going to FUMC - My prayers are with all of you and know she is going to be guarding over all of you from above.
My Love to you.
Leona Schell