Carolyn Wike


Carolyn Alligood Wike, age 84, of Cullowhee, N.C., passed away on Sept. 17, 2020, after a brief illness.

She was the wife of the late Johnny Wike and the daughter of the late Bill and Ruth Alligood.

She was born in Roanoke Rapids, N.C., raised in Mount Holly, N.C., and graduated from Mount Holly High School. She also graduated from Winthrop Women’s College in Rock Hill, S.C., now Winthrop University. She retired from the Jackson County N.C. Public School System where she taught language arts at Cullowhee Valley School. She also served as a cheerleading sponsor and coach at the former Cullowhee High School. Carolyn dearly loved her family and her friends.

Carolyn is survived by two sons; Eric (Angie) Wike of Seneca, S.C., and Matt (Rachel) Wike of Sylva, N.C. She is also survived by four grandchildren, John Tanner Wike of Charleston, S.C., Joseph Hayden Wike of Conneaut, Ohio, Kendall Paige Wike and Lawson Daniel Wike, both of Sylva, N.C.; and one sister, Susan Alligood Hess of Stanley, N.C.

A private, family graveside service will be held later at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church Cemetery in Claremont, N.C.

The family welcomes cards and letters of remembrance addressed to P.O. Box 2614, Cullowhee, NC 28723.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made in Carolyn’s memory to The Coach Johnny and Mrs. Carolyn Wike Athletic Scholarship @ WCU Catamount Club, 92 Catamount Road, Cullowhee, NC 28723; or by phone at 828-227-3047.

An online registry is available at

Appalachian Funeral Services of Sylva, N.C., is serving the family.