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Rebecca Loflin Tomlin

July 20, 1951 — March 23, 2023

Yadkinville Rebecca Vallie Loflin Tomlin,71, passed away on Thursday March 23 into the loving arms of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, family and friends. Rebecca, “Becky”, grew up in the Courtney Township of Yadkin County. She was the oldest daughter of J.H. Loflin Jr. and Minnie Merline Myers Loflin. Her parents raised her in a loving home with her sisters Elizabeth, Betina and special sister, Peggy Somers. She attended Courtney Elementary and Forbush High School. As a young person she loved spending time with her dog Sputnik and riding her horse, Blaze. She was expected to work hard and help whoever she could throughout her life. In 1971 she married and graduated Guildford Technical Institute where she earned her License Practical Nursing Degree. She began her career at Lula Conrad Hoots Hospital in Yadkinville, NC. In 1972 she had her first daughter, Samyra Ann and her second daughter, Heather Jolyn in 1973. While working her third shift nursing job she also traveled and sold handles from her father’s handle company, farmed tobacco; all while raising her girls on her own. She later met the love of her life, Joseph Allen “AL” Tomlin, Sr. and they married in 1977. In 1981 they had a son, Joseph Allen, Jr. She loved camping, going to the beach, traveling abroad, gardening, farming, playing music, decorating for all the holidays and spending time with her family. She worked hard alongside her husband, “Al” to provide for their family. She was a fantastic cook and showed her son Joseph how to use the waffle iron when he was 8 years old. Joseph Jr. is now a fabulous cook, makes the best cakes and works in sales. Her daughter, Heather JoLyn, took after her in “go-getting” and business. Her daughter, Samyra Ann, followed her in a Nursing career. She also coached T-ball in past years, was responsible for helping start the community watch in Courtney. She was involved in countless fundraisers, theaters and festivals. In 1995, she sponsored an international student from Brazil, Bruno Wagner. He became just like one of her kids. She taught him how to cook, clean and do his own laundry. Since then, Bruno has been to visit his NC family and “Beck”, he called her, two additional times over the years. In 2019, she was diagnosed with Liver Failure and underwent a Liver transplant at Duke Medical Center. In 2020, she underwent a heart TAVR at Forsyth Medical Center followed by a Stroke, Fall and broken back. She entered intense rehab and even survived COVID. She was a member of South Oak Ridge Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her mother, Minnie Merline Loflin, sister, Elizabeth Gonzalez, special sister: Peggy Somers, Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles and her loving horse: Blaze; puppies: Sputnik, Dixie and Mollie. She is survived by her husband of 45 years, Mr. Joseph Allen Tomlin, Sr., Father: J.H. Loflin, Jr., Sister: Betina Loflin Gonzalez (Ben), Brother-in-Law, Nicolas Vargas Gonzalez; loving daughters, Samyra Ann Matthews Tripp (Roy), Heather JoLyn Tomlin, Loving son, Joseph Allen Tomlin, Jr., Step-daughter, Jennifer Bishop (Greg); grandchildren; Mackenzie and Sophia Matthews, Marcus Potts and Hugh Whitaker, Cole and Pasilee Tomlin, Zachary and Samantha Krizon (Vicky); numerous cousins, nieces and nephew; very special best friends: Beverly Altizer, Sandy Stanley and Darlene Hutchens. The family will receive friends from 5:00pm-8:00pm, Sunday March 27, 2023 at Gentry Family Funeral Service in Yadkinville. A memorial service will be conducted at 11:00am, Monday March 28 at Gentry Family Chapel in Yadkinville with Pastor Christopher Hauser officiating. Graveside service will follow at the Family Loflin Cemetery on Harvel School Road. The family wishes to express their sincere appreciation to the staff at Mountain Valley Hospice, Willow Brook Nursing Home, Duke Medical Center, Yadkin Medical Associates, Dr. Joanie Williams, Impact Yadkin and others that were involved in her care. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Mountain Valley Hospice and South Oak Ridge Baptist Youth Fund or Impact Yadkin. South Oak Ridge Baptist Church Youth/Impact Yadkin 1336 Lone Hickory Road Yadkinville NC 27055 or Mountain Valley Hospice PO Box 1267 Yadkinville, NC 27055. Gentry Family Funeral Service in Yadkinville is serving the Tomlin family.


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