Ellen Ruth Grubbs Sutphin
Ellen Ruth Grubbs Sutphin, 75, of Lewisville died October 6. She was preceded in death by her husband, Leroy R. Sutphin of Lowgap; parents the Rev. C.H. and R.V. “Nannie” Grubbs of Calabash; and a brother, C.H. “Achie” Grubbs Sr.
Surviving are four children, Vivian Sutphin of Calabash, Karen Gordon of Pfafftown, Beth Sutphin Roberts and husband Jerry of the home in Lewisville and Leroy Sutphin Jr. and wife Mary Francis of Myrtle Beach; grandchildren J. Michael Reece Jr. and wife Maggie of Winston-Salem, Randy A. Reece of Mooresville, Shannon Sutphin of Indiana, Hunter and Ryan Gordon of Yadkinville and Candice and Jesse Leonard of the home in Lewisville; great-grandchildren Devon Jacob Hewitt of Indiana, Lillian P. Reece and James Benjamin Reece II of Winston-Salem.
Bobby Neal Colvard
Bobby Neal Colvard, 68, of Clemmons died October 6 at Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home. He was born January 24, 1937, in Watauga County to Ralph Neal Colvard and Winnie Norris Colvard. He was a member of Reedy Creek Baptist Church where he served as a deacon. He retired from Consolidated Freight and also worked for Pilot Freight. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps.
Surviving are his wife, Joyce Norris Colvard of the home; a daughter, Sherry Lynn Colvard of Clemmons; grandchildren Taylor Moore of Clemmons and Meredith Briley of Buies Creek; and sisters Barbara Baird and husband Wayne of Conover and Nancy Chandler of Kernersville.
Funeral services were held at Reedy Creek Baptist Church with Rev. Egbert Craven and Pastor Harold Fletcher officiating. Burial followed at the church cemetery.
Dr. Josephine Tutino Polito
Dr. Josephine Tutino Polito, 74, of Clemmons died January 23 at her home. She was born January 28, 1931, in Auburn, N.Y., a daughter of the late Emanuel Tutino and the late Frances Zambito Tutino. She was a retired professor of education at the University of South Florida and most recently tutored students at Forsyth Country Day School. She was preceded in death by her husband, Michael Polito, in 2002.
Surviving are her six children, Joseph Polito and wife Nanette of Hebron, Ky.; Michelle Harbeck and husband Peter of Glen Ridge, N.J.; Mark Polito and wife Dee of Sunrise, Fla.; Andrea Polito of Hickory; David Polito of Arlington, Mass.; and Monica Chamberlain of Clemmons; and her nine grandchildren, Mark, Christopher, Gregory, Benjamin, Alexandra, Page, Lucy, David and Zoe.
A funeral Mass was held at Holy Family Catholic Church in Clemmons with Father Michael Buttner officiating.
Donald Eugene Bailey
Donald Eugene Bailey, 75, of Lewisville died January 22 at Forsyth Medical Center. He was born January 6, 1931, in Forsyth County to Coy and Nelle Marsh Bailey who preceded him in death. He began his long career as an entrepreneur by purchasing a small grocery store at the age of 18. He served two years in the U.S. Army, being stationed in France. Upon completion of his service, he returned to Winston-Salem and began building and selling houses. He also met and married his wife Gail in 1957. He continued in the real-estate business by purchasing rental houses, and in 1970 he opened D.E. Bailey Real Estate Co., which still continues. He came to know Christ as his personal savior and became a member of the Church of Christ. He was compelled to preach the word of God, which he did faithfully for 35 years at the Churches of Christ throughout North Carolina and Virginia.
Surviving are his wife of 48 years, Gail Griffith Bailey; his children, Wayne Bailey and wife Lisa of East Bend, Donna Barrow and husband Brad of Clemmons and Sharon Bailey-Vaziri of Winston-Salem; his sister, Anne Dancy and husband Edward of Richmond, Va.; two nephews, Taylor Dancy of Richmond and Tim Dancy of Newberry, S.C.; five grandchildren, Bijan Vaziri, Natalie Bailey, Shanna Bailey, Viviana Vaziri and Jacob Bailey.
Funeral services were held at Hayworth-Miller Silas Creek Chapel with Minister Marvin Williams and Minister Lawrence Warden officiating. Burial followed in Boyers Chapel Church of Christ Cemetery.
Sarah Campbell Walsh
Sarah Campbell Walsh, 70, of High Point died January 22 at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. She was born May 4, 1935, in Lexington to the late Fannie Evelyn (Jones) Burns and Alton Parker Burns. During her life, she was active in community service in such organizations as Boy Scouts in the capacity of Den Mother and District Training Coordinator; the Public Library as a tutor for the Adult Literacy Program; the Lions Club as a member and later as president of her chapter; volunteering with Meals on Wheels; and giving generously to many charities she felt helped to make the world a better place. She had an enduring faith in God, which sustained her throughout her life and which eased her passing. She felt led to serve God by teaching Sunday school, becoming Sunday school superintendent, serving on church committees and, later in life, attended Seminary school and became a lay minister in the United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Harland Dewey Campbell of High Point; mother Evelyn (Burns) Clayton; and sister Ailene (Burns) Blackburn.
Surviving are her husband of five and a half years, James “Jim” Walsh of the home; sister Reva Ann Naylor and husband Johnny of Winston-Salem; brother John Paul Burns and wife Carolyn of Lewisville; her three children, Martha Campbell Kennedy and husband Chris of Winston-Salem, Harland Dean Campbell of High Point and Daniel Jackson Johnson of Lexington; her sister-in-law of 50 years, Lucille Howell Campbell; Barbara Cecil Campbell of High Point and Almeda (Campbell) Krahl of Onieda, N.Y.; two stepchildren, Marcella McInnis and Mark Walsh and wife Mirelle and their families; and many nieces and nephews and their children.
A memorial service was held at Lebanon United Methodist Church in High Point.
Alexander Splitt, 70, of Mocksville died unexpectedly January 25 at his home. He was born in Germany on December 6, 1935. He was educated in Germany, where he earned his master’s degree in music. He and his wife, Pearl, owned and operated Friendly Center Grocery Store in Mocksville for 28 years before their retirement in 2003.
Surviving are his wife, Pearl C. Splitt of the home; stepdaughter Jolene Kennedy of Lexington; stepson Ralph Byrd of Clemmons; three brothers in Poland and Germany; uncle Max Splitt of Germany; and a special friend, Roger Stokes of Winston-Salem.
A graveside service was held at Parklawn Memorial Park.
Ricky Coleman Redding
Ricky Coleman Redding, 50, of Walkertown died January 23 at Forsyth Medical Center. He was born November 24, 1955, in Forsyth County.
Surviving are his wife, Crystal Justice Redding of the home; his mother, Jo Sizemore of Winston-Salem; his father, James Coleman of Clemmons; a sister, Ronda Vaught of Yadkinville; a brother, Russell Redding of Walkertown; two aunts, Christine Fine of Walkertown and Pansy Kirkland of Jacksonville, Fla.; two uncles, William “Bill” Redding of Walkertown and John L. Redding of Miami, Fla.; three nieces, Jennifer Vaught, Courtney Justice and Whitney Justice; and three nephews, Jameson Vaught, Cole Redding and Cody Redding.
A graveside service was held at Woodland Cemetery with Rev. Joe McWethy officiating.
Raymond Charles Vogler
Raymond Charles Vogler, 74, died January 22 at his home in Sparta. He was born January 26, 1931, in Forsyth County to Charles and Mamie Todd Vogler. He was an outstanding athlete and a member of the Clemmons High-School Championship ball teams of 1948 to 1950. He was preceded in death by sisters May Tesh and Eula Frye; and brothers Wade Vogler and Gerald Vogler.
Surviving are his wife of 55 years, Jacqueline Reed Vogler; two sons, Clay Vogler and wife Terri Moser Vogler of Yadkin County and Heath Vogler and wife Stephanie Cornette Vogler of Sparta; a daughter, Ellen Vogler Matthews and husband Dalton of Yadkin County; seven grandchildren, David and Megan Vogler of Lewisville, Daniel and Diane Vogler of Yadkin County and Kalen, Suzanne and Charlie Vogler of Sparta; four sisters, Mary Jones, Garnet Bodsford, Dolly Riddle and Gladys Hockaday; and his twin brother, Richard Vogler.
Funeral services were held at Vogler & Sons Clemmons Chapel with Rev. Sylvia Wilhelm officiating. Burial followed at Pine Grove United Methodist Church Cemetery.
Irene Lucy Ramsbott Williams
Irene Lucy Ramsbott Williams, 84, of Lewisville died January 23 at Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home. She was born March 9, 1921, in Wiesbaden, Germany, to the late Arthur and Ilse Ramsbott. While working in a hospital in Wiesbaden, she met U.S. Army Sergeant Kermit W. Williams, married and moved to Winston-Salem on Thanksgiving Day 1948. She was recruited by the late Dr. Douglas L. Rights, archivist of Moravian history in Old Salem, as a principal translator of the old Moravian records from German script into English. She spent most of her life in southside Winston-Salem and later became a beauty operator, operating a shop in her home. She was a member of Trinity Moravian Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Kermit Wade Williams, founder of the popular Kermit’s Hot Dog House restaurant in Winston-Salem.
Surviving are a son, Arthur “Buster” Williams and wife Vicki; three grandchildren, Michael Williams and wife Kristal, Russell Williams and Jennifer Williams; a great-granddaughter, Kaitlyn Williams; beloved extended family members Rebecca and John Boner, all of Winston-Salem; and a cousin, Sophie Menges and family of Wiesbaden.
Funeral services were held at Trinity Moravian Church with Revs. John G. Rights and John P. Jackman officiating. Burial followed in God’s Acre in Old Salem.
Herman Elbert Wooten
Herman Elbert Wooten, 83, of Winston-Salem died unexpectedly January 26. He was born December 19, 1922, to Grover C. and Flora Stewart Wooten, who both preceded him in death. He was currently employed as a security guard for Lankford Protective Services and provided security at the Forsyth County Hall of Justice. He served as a corporal and machine gunner in the Marine Corps during World War II, where he served as a Marine Corps raider assigned to the Sixth Marine Division. He served in the Pacific Theater of operations where he fought at Guam, Bougainvillea, Okinawa, Ryukyu and Marinas Islands. He was wounded in action and received the Marines Corps Purple Heart but still participated in the final occupation of Japan. He co-owned and participated in several restaurant equipment-supply companies in the area and was instrumental in the beginnings of several fine-dining establishments in the Triad area. For several years, he served as manager of Parkway Bowling Lanes in Winston-Salem. He was an avid bowler and bowled in several semiprofessional leagues. He served as an assistant coach for the Southwest Forsyth Little League and as a Cub Scout Leader at Trinity United Methodist Church. He was currently a member of Friendship Baptist Church of Pfafftown. He was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Juanita Zenobia Bell Wooten; a son, Herman E. Wooten Jr.; three brothers, Thomas Eugene Wooten, James Hershel Wooten and Grover Cleveland Wooten; and two sisters, Geneva Wooten Hicks and Glenola Wooten Huff.
Surviving are a son, Timothy L. Wooten and wife Jane of Winston-Salem; a daughter, Pamela S. Wooten of Winston-Salem; and three sisters, Cynthia Wooten Winfrey of Lewisville, Osie Wooten Jennings and husband Roy of Winston-Salem and Doris May Wooten Tedder of Yadkinville; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held at Vogler & Sons Clemmons Chapel with Rev. Zack King and Rev. John Winfrey officiating. Burial followed at Westlawn Gardens of Memory.
Clarice Thelma Jeffers Davis
Clarice Thelma Jeffers Davis, 86, of Winton-Salem died January 28 at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. She was born on March 21, 1919, the sixth of nine children, to Dr. Eddie Isaac Jeffers and Mrs. Phronia Bright Jeffers in Greene County, Tenn. She taught language arts for 24 years in Kingsport, Tenn. She was an active member of Litz Manor Baptist Church in Kingsport and at Knollwood Baptist Church after her move to Winston-Salem in 1992. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 50 years, William Chester Davis; and seven of her siblings.
Surviving are her four children, Ronald J. Davis and wife Evalynn of Yadkinville and Judith D. Kuhn, C. Inez Davis and William L. Davis and wife Jennifer, all of Winston-Salem; five granddaughters, Rhonda Davis and husband Roger Pait of Clemmons; J. Carol Thompson and husband Mitch Lovett of Durham; Rachel Kuhn Stinehelfer and husband Daniel of Durham, Amber Hallman Ryan and husband Shawn of Richmond, Va., and Holly Hallman of Winston-Salem; four great-grandchildren, Anna Claire, Ella, Jack and Henry; her brother, Rex Jeffers and wife Helen of Greeneville, Tenn., as well as many sisters- and brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held at Knollwood Baptist Church. A graveside service was held at East Lawn Memorial Park in Kingsport.
Andrew Jackson Clark III
Andrew Jackson Clark III, 46, of Pfafftown died January 27 in Alamance County. He was born July 15, 1959, in Rockingham County, the only son of the late A.J. Clark Jr. and the late Connie Dalton Shipton. He was in automobile sales for 23 years. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Andrew Blake Clark, in 2002; and his stepfather, Bobby Shipton.
Surviving are his wife, Christina Crocker Clark; son Andrew Jackson Clark IV of the home, mother and father-in-law, James and Sylvia Dobbins of Hendersonville; brother and sister-in-law William and Lynae Crocker of Charlotte; and stepmother Anne Clark of Danville, Va.
Funeral services were held at Vogler & Sons Reynolda Road Chapel with Rev. Stephen Briggs, Terry Burleyson and Tony Rahimzadeh officiating. Burial followed at Forsyth Memorial Park.
Beverly Ann Dunlap
Beverly Ann Dunlap, 61, of Clemmons died January 26 at Forsyth Medical Center. Born on May 9, 1944 in Duval County, Fla., she was the daughter of Ellen L. Baggs and James A. Dunlap Sr. She attended Metropolitan Community Church of Winston-Salem.
Surviving are a brother, Al Dunlap Jr. and wife Beverly of Jacksonville, Fla.; a sister, Mary Helk and husband Fred of Asheville; and nieces Ellen Duyck and husband Mick of Mocksville and Beverly Joy Barnett and husband Alan of Anderson, S.C.
A memorial service was held at Metropolitan Community Church of Winston-Salem with Rev. Mark Byrd officiating.
Rolfe Thomas Cooper
Rolfe Thomas Cooper, 64, of Clemmons died April 30 at Forsyth Medical Center. He was a retired Air Force captain/F-4 fighter pilot. He was very active in his church, where he served as a Eucharistic minister and lay reader at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church and his former church, St. Matthias Episcopal Church, in Nashville, Tenn.
Surviving are his wife of 41 years, Carole; two children, Laura and Brian; and four grandchildren.
A memorial service was held at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church.
Dustin Anthony Lawhon Jr.
Infant Dustin Anthony Lawhon Jr. of Clemmons died May 4. He was born in Forsyth County on June 15, 2005, to Sarah Michelle Reece and Dustin Anthony Lawhon Sr. He was preceded in death by his maternal great-grandmother, Mildred Reece.
Surviving are his mother, Sarah Michelle Reece; his father, Dustin Anthony Lawhon Sr.; maternal grandparents Charlotte Reece of Clemmons and Mark Reece of Rural Hall; paternal grandparents Cathi Birke of Lexington and Tony Lawhon of Lewisville; maternal great-grandparents Bobby and Barbara Wilmoth of Winston-Salem and Guy Reece of Germanton; paternal great-grandparents Patricia Vierra of Washington and Denny Dalton of Washington and Claude and Carolyn Lawhon of Winston-Salem; three aunts, Christian Stack and husband Mark of Kernersville, Kelli Lawhon and Carol Lawhon both of Lewisville; and two uncles; Justin Reece and wife Maranda of Rural Hall and Scott Lawhon of Lewisville.
Funeral services were held at Bethany Baptist Church in Winston-Salem with Rev. Don Harvey officiating. Burial followed at Crestview Memorial Park in Rural Hall.
J.V. Clinton Shaver
J.V. Clinton Shaver, 86, of Clemmons, formerly of Albemarle and Denton, died May 4 at Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home. He was born on February 22, 1920, in Stanly County. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy who fought in World War II. He was retired from Estees Express Lines as a driver and he had been a terminal manager for Helms Motor Express. He was a member of Anderson Grove Baptist Church, where he had been a deacon, Sunday school teacher and choir member, and had worked with the NC Baptist Men’s Lay Witness Foundation. He was a former member of Gravel Hill Baptist Church in Denton. He was preceded in death by his first wife of 48 years, Hilda Lee Freeman Shaver, who died in 1986; his second wife of 17 years, Clara Mae Hogan Shaver, who died in 2003; his parents, William Travis Shaver and Ola Crowell Shaver; and grandsons Lee Tanner Shaver and Chad Brandon Shaver.
Surviving are his son, Jerry Clinton Shaver and wife Lou of Albemarle; daughters Rita Shaver Tucker and husband Steve of Clemmons and Lois Shaver Riggins and husband Gerald of Anderson, S.C.; stepdaughter Phyllis H. Doby and husband James of Denton; stepson Butch Hogan and wife Debbie of Asheboro; sisters Lucille Rummage and Margie Gardner, both of Albemarle; half-sisters Claudine Hopkins, Annie Scott and Ruby Furr, all of Albemarle, and Betty Hardin of Colombia, S.C.; grandchildren Brian Riggins, Rick Riggins, Kelly Shaver, Kent Shaver, Josh Tucker and Joseph Tucker; 10 great-grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; and two stepgreat-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at Anderson Grove Baptist Church with Rev. Ronald Honeycutt, Dr. Steve Chipps and Dr. Ronnie Chaney officiating. Burial followed in Anderson Grove Baptist Church Cemetery in Albemarle.
Virginia Holleman Mackie
Virginia Holleman Mackie, 76, of Clemmons died May 1 at her home. She was born March 15, 1930, in Forsyth County to Lonnie G. and Pearl Macemore Holleman. She was a member of Oak Grove Moravian Church and was retired from AT&T. She was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, M. Otis Mackie; a brother, Carl Holleman; and a sister, Ruth H. Smith.
Surviving are a daughter, Debbie M. Butner of Lewisville; two grandchildren, Nicholas J. Butner of Lewisville and Paige B. Downing and husband Lacy of Winston-Salem; two great-grandchildren, Trey Downing and Teagan Downing; a brother, Henry G. Holleman; and three sisters, Ruby Speer, Dot Hicks and Edith Messer.
A graveside service was held at Oak Grove Moravian Church graveyard with Rev. Matthew Allen officiating.
Elizabeth Kazakos, 90, of Clemmons died May 6. She was born in Raftopoulo, in the Evrytanian region of Greece in 1916. She moved to Lithoxori, where she was married to Theodoros Kazakos. She then became Presbytera of Father Theodoros Kazakos in Marathea, who suddenly passed away 21 years ago on October 3, 1984. She frequented the United States to spend time with her children. During her 90 years she faced World War II and the Greek Civil War. She showered her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, 42 in all, with hugs and kisses, often holding on to them a little longer to give them a few more kisses. She lived a long life, full of joys and sorrows, triumphs and tribulations but most of all, love. She was preceded in death by her two brothers, Christos and Kostas Zaharakis.
Surviving are her children, Fotini and Ilias Ziogas of Clemmons, Alexandra Kaliva of Greece, Maria and Gregory Ballas of Winston-Salem, George and Eleni Kazakos of Greece, Andreas and Vasiliki Kazakos of Clemmons, Anastasios and Stavroula Kazakos of Clemmons and Konstantinos and Evangelia Kazakos of Clemmons; two brothers in Greece, Vasili and Giorgos Zaharakis; 19 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren, soon to be 26.
A Trisagion service was held at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church. The funeral and burial will be held in Greece.
Sallie Bett Rutledge Nifong
Sallie Bett Rutledge Nifong, 85, of Clemmons died May 2 at her residence. She was born February 5, 1921, to Dallas David and Lucy Jane Harris Rutledge. She married Clifford Albert Nifong on April 14, 1940, and they were married for 52 years. Formerly of the Midway community, she leaves behind a legacy of strong family bonds that includes more than 50 members. Her last seven years were spent in the home and care of her daughter, Sandra Zink. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Clifford Albert Nifong; and her grandson Travis Nifong Zink.
Surviving are a sister, Nancy R. Hill of Loris, S.C.; daughters Sandra Zink and husband Paul of Clemmons, Linda Zink and husband Terry of Winston-Salem and Willa Sowers and husband Stanley of Lexington; and sons Lamarr Nifong and wife Bobbie of Lexington, Richard Nifong and wife Rebecca of Walkertown, Dallas Nifong and wife Tannis of Winston-Salem and Randy Nifong and wife Karen of Winston-Salem; 12 grandchildren and their spouses, Nicole and Mallory Miller, Lee and Katrina Zink, Ashley and Kevin Lay, Chad and Jordan Sowers, David and Sheri Nifong, Joann and Craig Snyder, Johnny and Robin Nifong, Tamara Jones, Daniel and Stephanie Nifong, Tracy and Michael Lilly, Samuel and Dara Nifong and Jarret Nifong; and 16 great-grandchildren, Lauren and Camden Miller, Andrew, Alexandra and Carson Lay, Jackson Sowers, Emily Nifong, Jacob and Seth Nifong, Matthew and Ryan Jones, Mason and Cassie Nifong, Hannah and Cari Lilly and Sara Nifong.
Funeral services were held at Davidson Funeral Home Hickory Tree Chapel. A graveside service followed at Faith Missionary Alliance Church.
Maxwell Frederick Stowers Jr.
Maxwell Frederick Stowers Jr., 77, of Winston-Salem died May 6 at Forsyth Medical Center. He was born April 17, 1929, in Gadsden, Ala., to Maxwell and Lea Weller Stowers. He served during the Korean War in Korea and Japan as a lieutenant in the Army Corps of Engineers. He was a member of the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity and the Pioneers. He retired from AT&T as an information-systems senior member after 31 years of service. He attended Messiah Moravian Church.
Surviving are his wife, Marilyn Hudson Stowers of the home; two daughters, Patricia Jones and husband Jerry of Clemmons and Jayne Stowers-Fritz and husband Gary of Winston-Salem; a granddaughter, Katie Jones and her fiance, Brian Carlin; a grandson, Danny Jones; his sister, Harriet Stubbs of Spicewood, Texas; nephew David Stubbs; niece Lea Stubbs Bertch and husband Wayne; and two great-nieces, Krystal and Kayla Bertch.
A memorial service was held at Hayworth-Miller Silas Creek Chapel with Rev. Truman Dunn officiating.