Mrs. Joanne Critcher Wellborn, age 82, of US 221 North, Deep Gap, passed away Saturday morning, August 16, 2014 at Watauga Medical Center.

Born February 9, 1932 in Watauga County she was a daughter of the late Fred and Lillie Hartley Critcher. Joanne was a member of Gap Creek Baptist Church. She worked along with her husband Jack at J & M Wrecker Service as the office manager and was the owner and operator of Mountain Top Ice Cream. Joanne enjoyed working in both her flower garden and vegetable garden.


She is survived by one son, Phil Wellborn, one daughter in law, Debbie Wellborn, both of Deep Gap, two granddaughters, Courtney Eller and husband Jason of Todd and Meagan Wellborn and fiancé Scottie Rich of Sophia, three great grandchildren, Sawyer and Peyton Eller and Hurley Rich, two sisters; Faye Castor and Margaret Cook and husband Roger all of Boone, five brothers, Carl Critcher and wife Ethel Mae, Tommy Critcher and wife Robbie of Boone, Dwight Critcher and wife Virginia, Sammy Critcher and wife Gloria of Deep Gap, and Ray Critcher and wife Joan of Charlotte, and one sister in law, Jan Blackburn of Deep Gap. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Wellborn, one son, Mark Wellborn, two sisters, Selma Hollars and Mary Cook, and three brothers, Bill Critcher, Jerry Critcher and an infant, Don Critcher.

Funeral services for Mrs. Joanne Critcher Wellborn will be conducted Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock at Laurel Springs Baptist Church. Officiating will be Rev. Paul Coffey, Rev. Rick Critcher and Rev. Keith Wagner. Burial will follow in the Laurel Springs Baptist Church Cemetery.

Flowers are accepted or memorials gifts may be made to the family or Appalachian Senior Companion Program, PO Box 605, Jefferson, NC 28640.

The family will receive friends Sunday afternoon from 1 o’clock until 3 o’clock at Laurel Springs Baptist Church Baptist Church. At other times friends may call at the Wellborn residence. Online condolences may be shared with the Wellborn family at

Austin & Barnes Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the Wellborn family.

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