Dorothy Jean Hand Wagoner

Published 12:16 pm Wednesday, March 18, 2020

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Dorothy Jean Hand Wagoner, 92, of Kill Devil Hills, died at her home at Spring Arbor of The Outer Banks.

Born in Gates County on December 24, 1927, she was the daughter of the late Jimmie Blanchard and Leroy C. Hand.

The first schoolteacher to integrate classes in Gates County Public Schools, Dorothy was an amazing woman and teacher. She was business savvy with a passion for collecting and selling antiques. She continued to serve her community as a journalist and as a registrar for Gates County.

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Dorothy is survived by son James “Lew” Wagoner Jr. and wife Sarah of Green Mountain and grandson James Heath Wagoner of Brooklyn, NY. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Lewis Wagoner.

In keeping with her wishes, there will be no service at this time.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the food banks serving Dare County.

Twiford Funeral Homes, Outer Banks is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences and memories can be shared at