Helping Families and Friends Honor Their Loved One

Missy Cottrell

Missy Cottrell, 62, died peacefully on Monday July 25, 2022, surrounded by loved ones.  She was born January 11, 1960, in Durham, NC to Mattie Mae Lanier and Adkins Dillehay (Pat and AD).  A resident of Oxford, NC, Missy graduated from the Watts School of Nursing and received her BSN from North Carolina Central University.  Her nursing career allowed the privilege of providing care at Murdoch Developmental Center, the Masonic Home for Children at Oxford, and Granville County Schools.  Missy was steadfast in her faith and was an active member of Oxford Baptist Church.
Ever the optimist, Missy chose to see the good in everyone and treasured every friendship made.  Among her favorite things in life were the Pinecrest crew, the Tuesday Night Bridge Club, girls’ trips, Little Kid/Mom Weekend, Sunday afternoon beach music radio shows, family vacations, Christmas (which started sometime just after Labor Day and lasted through mid-January), and spending time with the love of her life, Tim.  Nothing took priority over her family, most especially her grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Pat and AD, and her brother Lanny Dillehay.  She is survived by her husband Tim; children Tim, Whitaker, Will, Mandi, and Bobby; grandchildren Mary Adkins, William, Ellie, Maggie, Mattie, and Tripp.  Also surviving are brother Barry Dillehay and his wife Nonnie; sister Dulcie Creech and her husband John; father-in-law Wallace Cottrell; sister-in-law Lynn Currin and her husband Paul.  Additionally, her beloved nieces and nephews Missy and Archer Butler and their children CeCe, Patterson, and Tee; Katherine Westmoreland and her daughter Whitaker; Mary Lanier and Graham Stepp and their children Wells, Ford, and Annie; Ansel and Derya Currin and their children Watson and Amelya; Adam Currin; Randall Swift; and Jessica Klueger her husband Alex.
Memorial services will be held at Oxford Baptist Church on Saturday, July 30, 2022 at 11AM.  In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Oxford Baptist Church Youth Ministry.
“Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die.’” (John 11:25-26)


  • Wanda Clay Posted July 27, 2022 8:46 pm

    Tim and Family,
    We are so sorry to hear about Missy. She was a remarkable person and we were blessed to have known her. Keeping all of you in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Ricky and Jane Satterwhite Posted July 27, 2022 9:03 pm

    Tim and Family,
    We were very sad when we heard this. Missy was a special person and she touched my life in many ways she probably didn’t even know. Sending prayers for comfort to Tim and all the family members.

  • Susan Lyon Posted July 27, 2022 9:14 pm

    Missy was the finest young lady I have ever met. She always had that beautiful smile. It was my pleasure to know her. Prayers to all of her family.

  • Karen and Gary Honeycutt Posted July 27, 2022 9:33 pm

    Missy was such a dear person and always smiling, and trying to help and serve others. I will always remember “Nurse Missy” so fondly when I think of her helping hands at West Oxford Elementary. Our hearts are broken for all of you, and we will remember you all in our prayers. Heaven definitely as gained a faithful servant!

  • Frank Hancock Posted July 27, 2022 9:45 pm

    Tim and family,

    I am at a loss, Missy was one of the most kind, sweet people I ever knew from childhood to her passing. Ever the optimist, a fun spirit and positive on all topics.

    Our deepest sympathy for your loss. God bless…….

  • Kelly Woodlief Posted July 27, 2022 9:47 pm

    Missy was the sweetest and most genuine person I knew. She always greeted me and family with a smile. She will be missed by so many in our community and at our church. Continued prayers and love for the whole family.
    The Woodlief family

  • Tony Coghill Posted July 27, 2022 11:13 pm

    She was a wonderful lady who will be missed by everyone!! Her patience in dealing with some of my students is something that I’ll ALWAYS remember!!! Praying for her family and friends in this most difficult time.

  • Sara Johnson Williams Posted July 27, 2022 11:17 pm

    Tim and Family
    I was heartbroken to hear about Missy. We went to Watts together and had so much fun in those nursing school years. She was always so sweet and kind. So much laughter and so many great memories. Every time I saw her since she was still the same fun Missy always smiling. She will be missed by so many for the love she always shared. Praying for you Tim and all the family.

  • Sara Johnson Williams Posted July 27, 2022 11:47 pm

    Tim and Family
    I was heartbroken to hear about Missy. We went to Watts together and had so much fun in those nursing school years. She was always so sweet and kind. So much laughter and so many great memories. Every time I saw her since she was still the same fun Missy always smiling. I am praying for all of you during

  • Clay and Billie Frazier Posted July 27, 2022 11:49 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you Tim and all your family. Missy will be missed by all. Always a smile on her face.

    With deepest sympathy,

    Clay and Billie Frazier

  • Gayle Glass Posted July 28, 2022 12:12 am

    My heart aches for Tim and the family. I graduated from high school with Missy and also briefly worked with her at Murdoch. She was the of the kindest people I have ever known. My prayers go out to the family.

  • Nell Keith Posted July 28, 2022 12:16 am

    Tim and family, Missy was definitely one of a kind, a true friend that was so caring and always had that beautiful smile. I am so sorry for your loss and pray you can find peace knowing she is heaven smiling down on all of us now. May God comfort you during this difficult time.

  • Jan Lee Posted July 28, 2022 12:24 am

    What a fabulous angel is in heaven now. I worked with Missy starting at Masonic Home and continuing through Granville Co. Schools. There was never a happier more positive person. My prayer is that loving and fond memories help heal the hole in your hearts. I know she will be smiling down upon all of her family as you learn to live without her earthly presence.

  • Beth W. Gray Posted July 28, 2022 12:57 am

    Dear Tim and family, we are shocked and saddened to hear of Missy’s death. We can’t ever remember Missy without her beautiful and friendly, radiant smile. Such a beautiful and kind soul. Holding you all close to our hearts as you navigate through such a difficult time. – Beth & Ricky Gray

  • Teresa Bennett Pratt Posted July 28, 2022 3:00 am

    My dear Tim and your beautiful family whose hearts I pray God holds especially close at this time of deep sorrow. I ask He comforts you and shows you the way through this unbearable grief. Missy’s love for you all will live on. As you said “she was something else”. You are in my prays and thoughts.
    Much love,
    Your cousin Teresa and James who loved you so

  • Dorothy Blackwell Posted July 28, 2022 4:22 am

    Tim and family, I am so sorry to hear of your loss of your Dear Missy. 🙏

  • Jennifer S Phillips Posted July 28, 2022 10:52 am

    Missy will forever be remembered by me for her big smile and loving spirit! She radiated love and joy to everyone! I enjoyed working with her for many years at Credle when she was our school nurse. My thoughts and prayers are constant for her sweet family as they adjust to life without her. Heaven gained a beautiful angel!

  • Ruth Carraway Posted July 28, 2022 12:24 pm

    Dear Tim and family …I am so sorry to hear of Missy’s death. I remember her as the school nurse at West Oxford Elementary. You and your family will be in my prayers.

  • Sandra Mitchell Posted July 28, 2022 12:50 pm

    Tim and family. Missy was a wonderful, sweet person . I worked with her at West Oxford & Granville Central High School. She loved her job and always went above and beyond the call of duty.She was so lovable and amazing..May you find peace and comfort during this difficult time.

  • Lynn Sadler Forsythe Posted July 28, 2022 1:21 pm

    Dear Tim and family, I have no adequate words to express how sad I am for your loss of this beautiful loved one. My love and prayers are with you.

  • Vanessa Adcock Posted July 28, 2022 1:42 pm

    I am so sorry to hear about Missy. She was Meghan’s school nurse for awhile. Missy was a wonderful lady and will be missed.

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  • Darla W Hobgood Posted July 28, 2022 2:03 pm

    Dear Tim and family: I am so saddened to hear of Missy’s death. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Shelly Huff Posted July 28, 2022 2:16 pm

    Tim and family. My prayers are with you during this difficult time. Missy’s personality, smile and love for helping others was infectious. Missy was instrumental starting first responders at GCPS. She was always willing to share her knowledge with first responders so we would be able to help others. Missy said, “knowledge is a powerful instrument when shared to help others”. We all knew her true love was family.

  • Jacob and Terry Turner Posted July 28, 2022 2:16 pm

    Tim and Family, We were so sad to hear of Missy’s passing. She was one of the sweetest people, and will be missed so much by her family, friends, and community. Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with you all during this very difficult time and in the days to come. Take care.

  • Beth Ellerbe Hubbard Posted July 28, 2022 3:01 pm

    Cottrell Family,
    I met Missy when we were at ECU many years ago. When I moved to Henderson with my husband our paths crossed many times over the years. Always a smile on her face and a sincere “ How are you doing? Your granddaughters are so cute!” Heaven sure gained a sweet angel and I am so grateful for all of our crossing of paths. Prayers for peace and comfort. I am so sorry for your loss.

    Beth Ellerbe Hubbard

  • Wesley and Brenda Jones Posted July 28, 2022 3:09 pm

    Tim and Family,
    We are so sorry and sad to hear about Missy leaving us. What a wonderful and kind person she was. It had been quite some time since I last saw Missy until a recent gathering. It was a joy to see and talk to her again and hear about her life and family! True friends always remain that way, no matter the distance and time between. She was indeed that to me. I am sure she will be missed greatly. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  • Ann Nichols Posted July 28, 2022 3:28 pm

    I am so very saddened by this news. Missy was one of the first people that I met in 2005 when I took a state position that included Granville County Schools. She was always so supportive, and did her absolute best in everything. I know that her passing with leave a big space in every life that she touched. I was blessed to have known Missy.

  • Joe Haskins Posted July 28, 2022 3:28 pm

    Tim and family, May God bless you all during this time and beyond. Missy was a very sweet person and she loved you all. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • JImmy and Glenda Williams Posted July 28, 2022 3:30 pm

    Tim and Family,
    We are so saddened to learn of Missy’s passing. Our prayers are with you during this difficult time. Missy always had a smile and a kind word for everyone. She loved the example of a Christian life with service to her family and to others. May your precious memories and God’s love sustain you and give you comfort.

  • Nicholas Holliday and Piedmont Family Posted July 28, 2022 3:37 pm


    Our condolences go out to you and your family. You will be in our thoughts and prayers.


  • Cynthia Betts Posted July 28, 2022 6:35 pm

    I was truly shocked to hear of Missy transition! Praying that God is covering the family with peace,strength and love. Please hold your memories of Missy close in your hearts now and the days ahead as to be a source of healing. We were classmates! (78)

  • Beverly Williams Posted July 28, 2022 6:55 pm

    Someone said she “radiated love and joy” and she surely did. Her smile was contagious and genuine. Randall and I are so very sorry for your heartbreak. I do believe she is following you all from heaven – she is one of the “cloud of witnesses” watching you all now and I’ll bet she is pointing you out to the rest with great pride and love and that warm smile! We are lifting your family in prayer for strength and healing.

  • Valeria Womack Posted July 28, 2022 7:52 pm

    Tim and family I am so sorry to hear of Missy’s passing. She was a very sweet and caring person and I know she will be greatly missed. Sending prays for you all from the Womack family.

  • Becky Claiborne Posted July 28, 2022 7:53 pm

    There are no words that can be said to help with the pain and loss you all are feeling. Missy was such a special person and will truly be missed by all that knew her. Thinking of you all in this difficult time.

  • Donna Fitzpatrick Posted July 28, 2022 7:59 pm

    Tim and family, please accept my deepest sympathy in the loss of your precious Missy.
    I had the privilege of knowing Missy when she worked in the MDC clinic. Missy was always a positive, kind and gentle nurse. Her smile was radiant. No doubt her loss is a loss for the entire community.
    Your family will be in my prayers.

  • Robin and Cynthia Liggon Posted July 28, 2022 8:13 pm

    Dearest Tim and Family,
    We are at a loss for words but Praising our Lord Jesus that Missy is Safely at Rest with Him.
    We Love You All and will continue to lift you up in Prayer.
    With Deepest Sympathy,
    The Liggons

  • Carol and Jeff Nelson Posted July 28, 2022 10:36 pm

    Tim and Family,
    Missy really was special, such a giving, open-hearted soul. We mourn her passing and wrap you all in our prayers.
    The Nelsons

  • David Thomerson Posted July 28, 2022 11:04 pm

    Tim and family – I’m just devastated on hearing of Missy’s death. She was such a loving, caring and good person . To her, being young, old, rich or poor she didn’t care. She treated everyone the same … like family. Always a friend with a smile. My prayers are with your family!!! May the fond memories you hold dear comfort you today and sustain you in the difficult days ahead.

  • Angela Brooks Posted July 29, 2022 1:19 am

    Tim and family-
    I really enjoyed getting to know Missy over the past year. She was one of kind , as you know. I was touched by her thoughtfulness, her genuine smile and great sense of humor. She will be greatly missed by all whose lives she touched. You are all in my prayers.
    Angela Brooks

  • Shanita Green Hawley Posted July 29, 2022 1:39 am

    Tim and family. So sorry to hear about the passing of Missy. I had the privilege of working along with Missy in the school system. Missy was a gentle and sweet person. Her family was her everything. I had not seen her but once at Family Diner and she was still that sweet person. God has an angel.

  • Deacon Darryl Curtis Posted July 29, 2022 4:16 am

    To Tim and family I’m so sorry for your loss missy was one of my favorite nurses in the school system she loved her job making sure every one was talking care of all the time my prayers goes out to you and your family she will truly be missed.

  • Pam and Greg White Posted July 29, 2022 7:18 am

    Tim and family, we are so sad to hear of Missy’s passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Missy was such a kind and gentle person.

  • Ray Faulkner Posted July 29, 2022 10:51 am

    Tim and family, You all are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Marjorie Lumpkin Posted July 29, 2022 12:40 pm

    Take comfort and rest in the words of John 11: 25-26. A very special lady and a very special family. Prayers are lifted for you all, as you celebrate Missy’s life.

  • Dag Bailey Posted July 29, 2022 2:16 pm

    My heart is full hearing the sad news about Missy. I worked with her a West Oxford Elementary. She was a sweet and beautiful lady. Tim you and your family will be in my prayers.

  • Faye Land Davenport Posted July 29, 2022 3:14 pm

    Tim, my prayers are with you and your entire family at this time! I am so very sorry for your loss. Love, Faye

  • Cindy Allen Goss Posted July 29, 2022 3:44 pm

    Tim and family, I’m praying for comfort and understanding. Missy was just a true sweetheart. My mom(Beulah Allen) just loved her dearly. There was a moment when mom was in the hospital and Missy asked mom if she remembered her, my mom smile and sad “Missy”. It seemed to have made both of their day. Keep the faith, there are going to be several rough days, GOD got you. You’re stronger than you think

  • Diane and Tom Houlihan Posted July 29, 2022 6:52 pm

    When you look in the sky and see a bright star shining…that will be Missy. She was a bright light in our lives and we will miss her deeply. Love and blessings to all of you.

  • David and MaryScott Burt Posted July 29, 2022 10:12 pm

    Wrapping your sweet family in love and prayers.

  • Laura & Jake Knott Posted July 29, 2022 11:40 pm

    Sending thoughts and prayers to all who knew and loved Missy. We were so lucky to be able to know her wonderful spirit and sense of humor. She will be dearly missed.

  • Kim Kinsley Meza Posted July 30, 2022 1:46 am

    Dear Tim and Family,
    I’m so sorry to hear the news about Missy. She was a sweet and loving person who always had a smile and a kind word. Prayers of comfort for you and your family during this difficult time.

  • William and Alice Wright Posted July 30, 2022 2:58 am

    Sorry for your loss Tim, your family have my condolences, we will keep you in our prayers

  • Carl and Jill Pike Posted July 30, 2022 11:56 am

    Dear Tim and family, we are so sad to hear of the loss of precious Missy. Please know we are thinking of you all and you will be in our hearts and prayers.

  • Betsy Hayes Posted July 30, 2022 12:57 pm

    Tim and family
    I am so sorry for your loss. I worked with Missy at Murdoch. She was so full of energy, kindness, love and her beautiful smile. I pray for peace and comfort.

  • Guy and Sandra Tunstall Posted July 30, 2022 3:15 pm

    So Sorry for your loss.

  • JR and Susan Cottrell Posted July 30, 2022 4:19 pm

    Tim and family,
    We are so sorry to hear about Missy. She was such a special person who touched the lives of everyone she met. She was always wearing a smile and her bubbly personality could make anyones day better just by being around her. I remember the last time we saw her in the store, she was so excited just talking about her grandkids. Without a doubt she will be greatly missed. Prayers for all.

  • Todd Comer Posted July 30, 2022 4:54 pm

    What an amazing lady AND family. This picture of Missy is how she always looked and how I will always remember her. She had the most beautiful and amazing smile which glowed from her heart outwards. I can’t remember ever seeing her without it. My prayers are with you Tim, Will and the rest of the family. Much love to you all!! The Lord Jesus just added another beautiful Angle to heaven!

  • Vermadine Jiggetts Clark Posted July 30, 2022 5:26 pm

    My sincerest Sympathy for The Family during your time of grief. May The ✝️LORD heal your broken hearts in due time. Family remember & be comfort by the fact that Missy Believed in ✝️JESUS CHRIST. Then, know this: (John 11:25) Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying.~The Word of The ✝️LORD! Thanks Be To✝️ GOD! ~Amen.
    “She LIVES” because our ✝️ SAVIOR & ✝️GOD say so! Believe!
    Love You All~ Vermadine Jiggetts Clark

  • Dann Carnes Posted July 30, 2022 7:54 pm

    I was a unit manager at Murdoch Center when M1 became Pinecrest. I was inspired by those like Missy Cottrell who brought their expertise to improve the comfort and health of the residents who had little to no control over their lives. We had some really fine people who came from Oxford and the surrounding countryside who made a career of of improving the living conditions and brightening up the lives of those who lived at Murdoch. Many of us only contributed for a few years. Like Missy, we moved on to other, often lesser challenges. However, for some of us, the improvements at Murdoch that we were a part of, were some of what we are most proud of. I hope Missy felt the same. Dann.

  • Sally and Bob Shope Posted July 31, 2022 12:43 am

    Tim and Family – prayers to you for this tremendous loss! She beamed around you Tim and it was easy to see that her family was everything to her! She was a gracious lady taken way too soon! But now she can be an angel guiding us all! Blessings to you all!

  • Dorwin and Jaynette Howard Posted August 1, 2022 2:56 pm

    Tim and family We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your lovely Missy. She was such a sweet person always greeting you with a big smile and a hello! Please know that you are in our prayers.

  • Ruth Roberts Posted August 1, 2022 3:20 pm

    Please know that the Couples Class of West Oxford Baptist Church is praying for the family and friends of Missy Cottrell – today and in the days ahead. We pray God’s blessing over you.

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