Daphne Louise Council Wagoner, 78, entered her heavenly home on Wednesday, January 19, 2023 from Hospice Home at High Point.
Daphne was born in San Diego, CA on January 3, 1945 to the late Robert Alvin Council and Frances Louise Johnson Council.
Daphne came from a hardworking, determined family. She worked after school all her school years, including college. Daphne preferred to wear the latest fashions, but she had to work to earn money to dress like her classmates. She attended Elon College and earned a degree in Mathematics (1966) and went to work for Pilot Life Insurance Company in Greensboro, NC. She continued to work at Pilot Life until her first daughter Carolyn was born. Daphne moved to Raleigh where her husband was pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering at NC State. She supported her family in Raleigh by first working as a waitress at the Angus Barn. When a teaching position came open, she shifted her focus and taught mathematics in the Raleigh school system. Daphne and her family moved to High Point and she taught math in the High Point and Greensboro school systems. After her son Luke was born, she became a stay-at-home mom. Daphne supplemented the family income by preparing tax returns at home, long before there was software to generate those returns. It was during that time that she thought that she would like to do this for a career. By the time her third child, Carrie, was in school; Daphne was attending UNC-Greensboro taking classes to complete the requirements to sit for the CPA exam. Daphne realized her goal and became a Certified Public Accountant in 1988. After working short stints at a couple of local accounting firms, she opened her own business, in a time when women were not widely represented in her field. She operated her business over 26 years providing compassionate and excellent service to the community. Daphne was fierce when facing the Internal Revenue Service and the North Carolina Department of Revenue on her client’s behalf and did everything within her skills to achieve favorable outcomes. A master at organization and delegation, she trained her replacement while always imparting the necessity of client service. As the years progressed, Daphne cut her work hours back but she still assisted many with tax issues and continued her mentoring until her death.
Daphne was raised in a Christian home. She learned the love of Christ early, sharing the joy of being a child of God was always on her mind. She read and studied the scriptures regularly and found great comfort there. Daphne never feared death, it was the entrance to the great HOPE that Jesus promises all of those that love Him and keep His commandments. Daphne and Doug joined other like minded families during the 1973 oil embargo to plant a church in High Point. That Church in High Point became Community Bible Church. Daphne worked the nursery, she assisted in the kitchen, and so many other servant based loving gestures for her Church Family. Daphne’s passion was supporting career Christian workers and those sharing God’s word in the mission field abroad. She participated with short term mission trips to India, Jamaica, and Appalachia. She volunteered at local charitable organizations assisting with basic life necessities of food, clothing, and shelter along with spiritual uplifting. These things she did with a loving heart and often her service was not discussed by her.
She not only nurtured people, but plants as well. In her home and office were an accumulation of loving green plants that she talked to and babied constantly. When Doug asked why she did not grow things that they could eat, she replied, “You promised if we married, you would not let me go hungry. “ Doug left that comment alone, but he did overhear her say, “I feel that if I leave this world before my husband, my plants will soon follow.”
Those who will cherish Daphne’s memory are her husband of 54 years, Wade Douglas Wagoner; daughters, Carolyn Louise Morris (Tim) of Thomasville, Carrie Francis Orso of Tucson, AZ; son, Robert Luther (Luke) Wagoner (Ann) of Forrest, VA; brother Donald Council (Taran); grandchildren, Jonathan Wade Morris, Susan Louise Troili (Paul), Jacob William Morris, Eva Pearl Morris, Arleigh Kay Wagoner, Samuel Luke Wagoner, Isabella (Bella) Burns Prelesnik, Brandon Micah Joseph Brietenstein; Emmerson (Emmi) Mae Belvin; and two great-granddaughters, Silvia Louise Troili; Bailyn Troili.
The family will greet friends from 1:00 until 1:45 pm on Saturday, January 28, 2023 at Community Bible Church at 4125 Johnson Street in High Point, followed by a Memorial service at 2:00 pm with Reverend Aaron Martin and Reverend Jon Eric Woodward officiating.
The family requests memorial donations to Hospice of the Piedmont, 1801 Westchester Drive, high Point, NC 27262 or Community Bible Church – Missions at 4125 Johnson Street, High Point, NC 27265.
Arrangements by Cumby Family Funeral Service, Archdale.