Kathleen Taylor McMillan
Kathleen Taylor McMillan, 87, of Port Orange, Fla., formerly of Greensboro died July 10 at Halifax Medical Center in Daytona Beach. She was born in Stokes County on March 12, 1919, to Delcarpio and Della Moorefield Taylor. She moved from Stokes County to Winston-Salem in 1937. She moved to Greensboro in 1953 and lived there until she moved to San Diego, Calif., in 1968. She moved for the last time in 2003 to Port Orange to be closer to her family. She was a retired branch manager for NCNB (now Bank of America), retiring in 1971 after 28 years of service. She was the first female bank manager in the United States and was a member of the ALTRUSA Club and the American Business Women’s Association, where she was once named Woman of the Year (ABWA). She also served as president and treasurer at various times of the Friendly Shopping Center Merchants Association and was head of the Heart Fund Drive (in charge of donations). She was a member of West Market Street United Methodist Church in Greensboro. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Edward Carter McMillan Jr.; and several brothers and sisters.
Surviving are her daughter, Linda Kay Powers of New Smyrna Beach; two stepsons, Peter B. McMillan of Annapolis, Md., and Edward Carter McMillan of Greensboro; sisters Pauline Hucks of Asheboro, Marie T. Brown of Winston-Salem, Doris T. Nicklas of Greensboro, Ann T. Jeffords of Lewisville, and Betty Lou T. Gallaher of Jamestown; a brother, Bobby Harrison Taylor of Raleigh; granddaughters Kate McMillan Powers and Casey Lee Powers, both of New Smyrna Beach; four stepgrandchildren; and a stepgreat-grandchild.
Funeral services were held at Forbis & Dick North Elm Street Funeral Chapel. Entombment followed at Westminster Gardens Mausoleum.
Margaret Conrad McGee
Margaret Conrad McGee, 89, of Clemmons died July 16 at her home. She was born February 7, 1917, in Forsyth County to the late William and Nora Lee Partridge Conrad. She was a member of Olivet Moravian Church and had retired from L. Roberts with over 25 years of service. She was preceded in death by her husband, Waldo Spencer McGee; and a daughter, Barbara M. Elliott.
Surviving are two daughters, Eleanor P. McGee of the home and Margaret McGee Bovender and husband Robert Jr. of Charlotte; a sister, Nora Lee Conrad Tomlin of Mandaville, La.; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at Olivet Moravian Church with Rev. Douglas Rights officiating. Burial followed in Mount Tabor United Methodist Church Cemetery.
Clara Thomas Ayers
Clara Thomas Ayers, 82, formerly of Mount Airy, died July 12 at Forsyth Medical Center. She was born July 7, 1924, in Surry County to Rufus and Allie Marshall Thomas. As a child, she was a member of Haymore Memorial Baptist Church. She married Elmo Ayers of Mount Airy in 1946. They lived in Mount Airy until 1952, when they moved to Newport News, Va. They moved back to Mount Airy in 1977. While residing in Virginia, she was active at Buckroe Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday school. She was a member of the Gospelettes, a trio that sang at gospel meetings, area churches and a local television station. She lived at Clemmons Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for the last nine months of her life. She loved to entertain and make others laugh. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Elmo Ayers; and two sisters, Arlene Thomas Beasley and Mary Thomas Smith.
Surviving are two daughters, Sue Flanders and husband Harry of Augusta, Ga., and Judy Seekins and husband Scott of Clemmons; three grandchildren and spouses, Cindi and David Bear of Pensacola, Fla.; Ned and Hoa Flanders of Mesa, Ariz.; and Doug and Brandi Seekins of Gig Harbor, Wash.; two great-granddaughters, Teah May Flanders of Mesa and Julia Belle Bear of Pensacola; two sisters, Doris Thomas Lovill and Margaret Thomas Dollyhigh, both of Mount Airy; a brother and sister-in-law, James and Estelle Thomas of Mount Airy; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, and friends.
Funeral services were held at Moody Funeral Home Chapel in Mount Airy with Rev. Gerald Lefevre and Chaplain Todd Byrd officiating. Burial followed in Oakdale Cemetery.
Frances Easter Phibbs Moore
Frances Easter Phibbs Moore 74, died July 15 at Oak Summit Nursing Center. She was born October 15, 1931, in Carroll County, Va. to Edd Valentine and Lena Hawks Easter. She was a member of West Bend Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by two brothers and a sister.
Surviving are her husband, Garney G. Moore of the home; two children, Linda P. Flynt and husband Keith of East Bend and Roger D. Phibbs and wife Carol of King; three stepchildren, Susan Holbert and husband Henry of Charleston, W.Va., Marilyn Mankins and husband William of Lewisville and Garney Dale Moore of Yadkinville; two sisters, Laura Dawson and husband Ted of Mount Airy and Opal Smithey and husband Wade of North Wilkesboro; a brother, Burley Easter and wife Margaret of Pilot, Va.; four grandchildren, five step-grandchildren, two great- grandchildren, seven step-great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held at West Bend Baptist Church in Lewisville with Rev. Warren Kerr officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
Dr. C. Mark Corts
Dr. C. Mark Corts, 68, of Winston-Salem died August 29 at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, after an extended illness. He was born February 24, 1938, in Star City, Ind., to Charles Harold and Hazel Louise Vernon Corts. He served as senior pastor of Calvary Baptist Church from 1963 to 2002. He traveled and participated in overseas ministry in more than 60 countries on every continent of the world. He preached weekly on Share Life, a television ministry of Calvary, viewed throughout the Piedmont. He served in numerous positions denominationally in the Pilot Mountain Baptist Association, the State Baptist Convention of North Carolina and the Southern Baptist Convention. He served as president of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina from 1977 to 1979. He also served as chairman of the Southern Baptist Convention Foreign Mission Board from 1988 to 1990; and was a member of the Fruitland Bible Institute Board of Trustees. He authored three key manuals, which are used in Baptist churches in the Southeast: Share Life Evangelism, Caring Christian (Personal Ministry Program) and the Christian Way of Life (for new members) manuals. He recently completed the book, The Truth About Spiritual Warfare.
Surviving are his wife, Shirley Rhinehart Corts of the home; four children, Dr. Stephen D.C. Corts and wife Cheryl of Clemmons; Rebecca Corts Miller and husband Tim of Montgomery, Ala.; Amy Corts Monk and husband Mike of Charlotte; and Jonathan Mark Corts and wife V.J. of Winston-Salem; 14 grandchildren: Christian, Brittany, Emily, Meredith, Bethany, Amanda and Jon Mark Corts; Marla, Maegan, Almon and Luke Miller; and Jenna, Harrison and Alexander Monk; a sister, Dr. Naomi White and husband George of West Palm Beach, Fla.; and four brothers, Dr. John Corts and wife JoAnn of Orlando, Fla.; Rev. David Corts and wife Sylvia of Phoenix, Ariz.; Dr. Thomas Corts and wife Marla of Birmingham, Ala.; and Dr. Paul Corts and wife Diane of Washington, D.C.
Funeral services were held at Calvary Baptist Church with Dr. Stephen D.C. Corts and Pastor H. Al Gilbert officiating. Burial followed in Forsyth Memorial Park.
Memorials may be made to Share Life Ministries, Inc. (a nonprofit ministry founded by Dr. Mark Corts) for the Corts Center for Pastoral Life and Leadership, 4140 Clemmons Road, Box 159, Clemmons, NC 27012.
William H. Beadle Jr.
William H. Beadle Jr., 75, of Winston-Salem died August 28 at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. He was born July 18, 1931, in Pennsylvania to William H. and Dorothy E. Beadle. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Korean War and was retired from Westinghouse Electric Co. in Rural Hall. He had a special relationship with his brother-in-law, Pennsylvania Pete, and his Little Theatre construction crew buddies. He also volunteered with the March of Dimes Chili Cook-off, the Crosby and Vantage golf tournaments and the Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center’s Standardized Patient Program.
Surviving are his wife of 46 years, Anne Timothy Beadle; daughter Teri E. Beadle and grandson Zachary R. Tesko of Winston-Salem; a son, Todd W. Beadle and wife Sharyn; grandsons Nicholas C. and Jacob H. Beadle of Clemmons; a sister, Joann Smith of Monroe; and a brother, Donald R. Beadle of Daisy, Tenn.
A memorial celebration will be held at a later date.
Leesa Dawn Shelton Foster Hernandez
Leesa Dawn Shelton Foster Hernandez, 43, of Lewisville died suddenly August 28. She was born May 20, 1963, in Forsyth County to Bobby and Betty Nichols Shelton.
Surviving are her parents; two sons, Chad Foster and wife Nikki of King and Terry Foster of Myrtle Beach, SC; a daughter, Amber Foster of Mocksville; a sister, Teresa Hill and husband Robert; a granddaughter, Kylee Foster; a nephew, Tyler Hill; and a special friend, Charles Haynes.
Funeral services were held at Hayworth-Miller Chapel in Rural Hall with Dr. Ray Hamilton and Rev. Paul Wonders. Burial followed at Beck’s Baptist Church in Winston-Salem.
Dennis Anthony Martin
Dennis Anthony “Tony” Martin, 65, of Winston-Salem died August 29 after a long battle with cancer. He was born in Winston-Salem on October 28, 1940, the son of William H. and Wilma Lee Martin. After retiring from R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., he spent a lot of time at the beach, was an avid golfer and enjoyed just being outdoors. He attended Union Hill Baptist Church. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Kelly Martin; a brother, Bobby Martin; and a sister, Peggy Messick.
Surviving are his wife, Janet Woosley Royall of the home; a son, Chris A. Martin and wife Robin of Winston-Salem; a daughter, Tracie Martin of Clemmons; grandchildren, Tonya Martin, Blake Martin, Randy Armstrong, Kayla Martin and Destiny Stewart; great-grandchildren, Caleb Greene and Naudia Martin; and sisters, Jean Lumley of Pfafftown and Donna Cranfill of Yadkinville
A graveside service was held at Pine Grove United Methodist Church Cemetery with Rev. Justin Jones and Rev. Jimmy Clodfelter officiating.
Willis Wharton Eccles
Willis Wharton Eccles, 78, of Winston-Salem died August 29 at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. He was born on June 24, 1928, in Clemmons, the son of Alexander and Eliza Wharton Eccles. He was a dedicated member of Carver Road Church of Christ. He demonstrated this dedication by washing and preparing communion trays and glasses for worship services for over 30 years, oftentimes at the expense of personal family vacation. He served as a military policeman in the Korean Conflict and worked at Western Electric, later known as AT&T for over 33 years. He was a member of the Teamsters Union at AT&T. He was also a member of the Jackson Avenue Savings Club. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Cerento Eccles; three brothers; and four sisters.
Surviving are a daughter, Warnetta Eccles of the home; two sons, Willis Eccles Jr. and wife Tamra of Walkertown and Albert Eccles of the home; five brothers, George E. Eccles and wife Viola of Norfolk, Va.; Frank L. Eccles of Luxenbourg, Germany; Willie S. Eccles and wife Mae Belle of Winston-Salem; Dallas C. Eccles and wife Ruth of Clemmons; and David L. Eccles and wife Francine of Columbia, Md.; two sisters, Louise Eccles and Bobed E. Murray, both of Winston-Salem; four grandchildren, Brandon, Danielle, Michael and Carnell Eccles; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held at Carver Road Church of Christ with Brother Cloys Cecil officiating. Burial followed in the family plot at Gardens of Memory in Walkertown.
Ruth Elda Brooks Byrd
Ruth Elda Brooks Byrd, 78, of Kernersville, formerly of North Wilkesboro, died August 30 at Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home. She was born September 28, 1927, to William M. and Minnie Lankford Brooks in North Wilkesboro, where she lived most of her life until she moved to Kernersville in 2003. She was a member of Fairplains Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, William “Bud” Byrd; and nine brothers and sisters.
Surviving are two daughters, Doris Byrd Stroud and husband Walter of Wilkesboro and Barbara Byrd McEneny of Clemmons; a son, G. Marvin Byrd and wife Marilyn of Kernersville; a sister, Pauline Love of North Wilkesboro; and four grandchildren, Neil Stroud, Dan Stroud, Jami Byrd and Rhead McEneny.
Funeral services were held at Reins-Sturdivant Chapel with Chaplain Fred Moretz officiating. Burial followed in Mountlawn Memorial Park.
Marie Reich Earnhardt
Marie Reich Earnhardt, 62, of Winston-Salem died August 30 at her home. She was born in Winston-Salem on February 4, 1944, to Henry F. and Beatrice Coleman Reich. She spent as much time as she could with her family and friends and enjoyed frequent visits to the beach with them. She was an avid shopper and loved reading. During her working career, she served as an accountant for several small businesses in the area.
Surviving are her daughter, Melanie Holtzclaw and husband Nathan of Clemmons; her son, Jason Earnhardt of Winston-Salem; three grandchildren, Allyson Payton Earnhardt, Joshua Franklin Earnhardt and Madyson Chase Holtzclaw; two stepgrandchildren, Elizabeth Riley Holtzclaw and Gabrielle Elise Holtzclaw; two brothers, Larry Franklin Reich and wife Kristine of Belmont and Thomas Eugene Reich and wife Debbie Lorene of Clemmons; aunts and uncles Joan and Olen C. Moore of Winston-Salem, William C. and Susie S. Reich of Lexington and Betty R. Hunter of Spartanburg, SC; and her close friends, Polly Southern, Carol White, Ginger Haynes and Janet Beacham, all of Winston-Salem.
A memorial service was held in the chapel at Parklawn Memorial Park in Winston-Salem with Tim Bodford officiating.
Willie Tommy Dinkins
Willie Tommy Dinkins, 85, of Yadkinville died September 1 at Yadkin Nursing Center. He was born April 3, 1921, in Yadkin County to James A. and Mary Whitlock Dinkins. He was retired from R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. with 32 years of service. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving in World War II. He was an active member of Huntsville Baptist Church, where he served the church as a deacon. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his three sisters, Dolly Dinkins, Pearl Dinkins and Opal Dinkins; and a brother, Johnny Dinkins.
Surviving are his wife of 49 years, Icie Whitaker Dinkins of the home; a sister, Rachel Smitherman of Lewisville; two brothers, James Dinkins and wife Helen and Paul Dinkins and wife Omie, all of Yadkinville; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held at Huntsville Baptist Church with Rev. Dennis Shaw and Rev. J.P. Sizemore officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
Edna Pope Sheets
Edna Pope Sheets, 77, of Kernersville died September 3 at Mallard Ridge Assisted Living in Clemmons. She was born in Giles County, Va., a daughter of the late Homer and Lena Sarver Pope. She was a member of Glenn View Baptist Church and was a retiree of Taylor Oil Co. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lee Sheets Jr.; and daughters Karen Denise Sheets and Sandra Sheets Landreth.
Surviving are a daughter, Rita Lewis and husband James of Winston-Salem; brothers Larry Sheets and wife Pattie of Lewisville; Jerry Sheets and wife Carolyn of Rock Hill, SC; and Bobby Sheets and wife Linda, Michael Sheets and wife Marilyn and Todd Sheets, all of Kernersville; sisters Ruby Parsons of Kernersville and Shelby Bubile and husband Joe of Winston-Salem; brothers Bill Pope and wife Jo of Piney Creek and Jim Pope and wife Wanda of Winston-Salem; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at Glenn View Baptist Church with Rev. Bill Coleman officiating. Burial followed in Eastlawn Gardens of Memory.
Carol Yvonne Cline
Carol Yvonne Cline, 47, of Winston-Salem died September 1 at her home. She was born August 13, 1959, to Rufus W. Cline and Doris K. Cline. She had worked at AMP Inc., before becoming disabled. She was a member of Faith Community Baptist Church in East Bend. She was preceded in death by her father and a baby sister, Deeanna.
Surviving are her mother, Doris; a brother, Charles K. Cline of Winston-Salem; two sisters, Jean Brewer of Clemmons and Patsy Black of Sophia; three nieces, Tracy Williams, Krissy Swaim and Anna Black; three nephews, Jason Williams, Matthew Black and Nicholas Cline; and her former husband, Brad Morton of Belews Creek.
A memorial service was held at Hayworth-Miller Silas Creek Chapel with Rev. Bob Edwards officiating.
Claire Michelle Crowley
Claire Michelle Crowley, 19, of Clemmons died December 23. She was born May 24, 1987, in Fulton County, Ga., to Steven T. and Lora Marvel Crowley. She was a member of Clemmons Presbyterian Church. She graduated from R.J. Reynolds High School in 2005 and was currently attending Duke University. She was an avid ultimate Frisbee player and a member of the Duke Women’s CHAKRA Frisbee team.
Surviving are her parents, Steven and Lora Crowley of Clemmons; her sister, Alison Crowley; grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Robert Eberle and Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Crowley; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
A memorial service was held at Clemmons Presbyterian Church with Dr. Bill Hoyle officiating. Memorials may be made to the Claire Crowley Memorial Fund at Duke University, Duke Women’s Institute for Secondary Education Research for Muhuru Bay, Kenya, P.O. Box 90338, Durham, NC 27708.
Keith Christian, 76, of Clemmons died December 23.
Funeral services will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Humane Society of the donor’s choice.
Rachel Denise Reich
Rachel Denise Reich, 38, of Lewisville died at the Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home in Winston-Salem after a battle with cancer. She was preceded in death by a son; Selby Lee Blevins.
Surviving are her husband, William Dathan Reich of the home; two daughters Nadia Elise and Siera Faith Reich; two sons, Benjamin Wayne Miller and David Lee Blevins of the home; her father and stepmother, Woodrow and Jean Blake of Piney View, W.Va; her mother, Cindy Blake of Gallatin, Tenn.; two sisters; Sarith Ercoline of Upper Marlboro, Md., and Gwen Blake of Mocksville; a brother, Woodrow Blake Jr. and wife Maya of East Bend; a stepsister; Stephanie Collins and husband Leroy of Piney View, W.Va.; a half-sister, Christy Burgess and husband Chism of Menea, Va.; her father-in-law and mother-in-law, William Sherrell and Dare Reich of Lewisville; and a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Daren and Sonya Reich of Lewisville.
Funeral services were held at Hayworth-Miller Silas Creek Chapel with Rev. Tom Albert and Rev. Leroy Kelly officiating. Burial will follow in Concord United Methodist Church in Lewisville. Memorials may be made to the Education Fund for Siera Reich, Nadia Reich, David Blevins and Wayne Miller c/o BB&T Bank, Lewisville branch, Lewisville, NC 27023, Hospice and Palliative CareCenter, 1100 S. Stratford Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27103; or to the charity of the donor'’s choice.
Lucy Martin Mathis Hobson
Lucy Martin Mathis Hobson, 82, of Boonville, widow of George Astor Mathis and Alonzo Hobson, died December 23 at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. She was born in Wilkes County on February 23, 1924, to Homer R. and Lillie Mathis Martin. She was a member of Union Grove Baptist Church in Yadkinville. She was retired from Lucent Technology. She was a member of Telecom Pioneers of America. In addition to her parents and husbands, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Tanya Lea Mathis; and a son, Douglas Steven Mathis.
Surviving are two daughters, Janet Mathis of the home and Rita Brewington and husband Francis of Lancaster, S.C.; two sisters, Ruth Conrad and husband Voyle and Nell Conrad, all of Lewisville; a brother, Dan Martin and wife Ina of Lenoir; two grandsons, Tyler Brewington and wife Sheri of Greenwood, S.C., and Ivan Brewington and wife Ashley of Greenville, S.C.; and two great-grandsons, Mathis Brewington and Trevor Brewington.
Funeral services were held at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Ronda withRev. Dennis Murphy and Rev. Kenny Gooden officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
Ruth Lucille Sanford
Ruth Lucille “Lucy” Sanford, 94, of Matthews died December 22. She was preceded in death by her husband, William A. Sanford.
Surviving are her children, Ellen Cuylen and husband Marcel of Weddington, Donald E. Sanford and wife Beverly of Clemmons, and William A. Sanford Jr. and wife Beverly of Richmond, Va.; eight grandchildren, Brian Smith, Zachary, Alex and Courtney Sanford, Katherine Harrelson, Jennifer Sanford, Cheryl Pozzuoli and Mark Cline; and six great-grandchildren, Kayla, Carson, Jacob, Julia, TJ and Mac.
A graveside service was held at Eastside Cemetery in Rockingham.
Catherine Fisher Lyerly
Catherine Fisher Lyerly, 87, of Spencer died December 24. She was born March 21, 1919, in Salisbury. She was employed by Bishop Leonard Jewelers in downtownSalisbury for many years before her marriage to J.L. Lyerly Jr. They were married for 55 years until his death November 29, 2005. Since January 2006, she was a resident of Carillon Assisted Living Facility.
Surviving are her two sons, Charles “Jack” Lyerly and wife Martha of Clemmons and John Lyerly of Charlotte; her granddaughters, Jennifer Lyerly and Allison Lyerly; and her grandsons, Christopher Lyerly and Jonathan Lyerly, all of Clemmons.
A graveside service was held at Rowan Memorial Park.