Mary Elizabeth "Dodie" Autry

February 4, 1928January 1, 2019
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Mary Elizabeth “Dodie” Autry, 90, originally living in Wilmington but retired to Winnabow, NC, went to be with the Lord on January 1, 2019.

“Dodie” was born in Winston-Salem, NC on February 4, 1928 to the late Lee and Sarah Kye. She is also preceded in death by her brothers, Carl Kye and Kenneth Kye.

“Dodie” was a loving wife of 68 wonderful years to her husband, Delbert Autry. “Dodie” was a devoted military wife for 23 years, traveling to all areas of the United States. Coming back to the Wilmington area, “Dodie” was the owner and operator of Autry’s Grocery for many of years until opening Autry 421 Ceramics. “Dodie” was known as Mom to her children and to so many others. “Dodie” will be remembered and loved by all that knew her.

“Dodie” is survived by her husband, Delbert; sister, Carol (Charles) Ruark; sons, Delbert Ray (Sandy), Ronald Dean(Penne), Charles Duane(Robin), Kenneth Lee(Dee), Carl Eugene(Caroline); grandchildren, Angela, Michelle, Shiloh, Brandon, Stephanie, Courtney, Benjamin, Jason and many beloved great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held from 6:00pm to 8:00pm on Friday, January 4, 2019 at Coble Ward-Smith Funeral and Cremation Service, 3915 Oleander Drive, Wilmington, NC 28403.

Funeral Service will be held at 2:00pm on Saturday, January 5, 2018 in the Coble Ward- Smith Chapel with Rev Haywood officiating. Interment will follow at Oleander Memorial Gardens, 306 Bradley Drive, Wilmington, NC 28409.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to New Hope Presbyterian Church, Winnabow, NC .

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  • Visitation Friday, January 4, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, January 5, 2019
  • Interment Saturday, January 5, 2019

Mary Elizabeth "Dodie" Autry

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Sandy Rabon Allen

January 8, 2019

Thank you for sharing the beautiful photos of Mary Elizabeth. I have missed her being at New Hope for so many of the last years - she and I worked closely together for several years when she was the Treasurer for the Presbyterian Women's group at New Hope. I will never forget the wonderful 50th anniversary party the family did for she and Delbert at New Hope and how much I enjoyed the photos shared at that party. She was a beautiful person inside and out and I will always remember her smile, her silliness, and her laughter. God bless you all and Delbert with peace and strength.

Sandy Rabon Allen

Michelle Autry

January 7, 2019

My Grandmother just recently passed, here are all the things I remember about her... she was the nicest, kindest, gentlest person I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. She used to call me buger butt and mustard mouth and always wanted to know if I needed a tomato sandwich and how much fresh butter I wanted on it.
She would always say to you “Smile your on Candid Camera” if she even saw you were sad or unhappy or would shout it out at you if she thought she surprised you.
She smelled like buttermilk and ceramic clay. One of the proudest and most humble humans ever. She would get embarrassed if my grandpa made loud noises with his straw at the McDonald’s , I never saw her yell at him or me or anybody my whole life.
I will never forget the summers I spent in North Carolina with her and my Grandpa Delbert. I have always been most proud of my Autry name , I have my grandmothers middle name and I thank my grandmother for her exemplary life and making me proud to be who I am, even if you are down or have nothing. She will always be loved more than she will ever know by me. Rest in Paradise Dodie

Wendell Easley

January 2, 2019

Aunt Lib, you will be truly missed.
Your, one of a kind, sense of humor was always welcomed. We never knew what you would say, but it was always in fun and kindness. You kept us all on our toes!
You were one of the great ones in my life. You taught me so me so much, and you did it in your own way.
I will miss you, we will miss you!
R.I.P., Aunt Lib.
Wendell and Vickie