Charles Andrew Becknell
Charles Andrew Becknell, 87, died September 27 at Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home. He was born on October 1, 1917, in Pelzer County, S.C., to Wallace W. and Minnie Fowler Becknell. He retired in 1982 as office manager for Charlotte Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. He was a member of Union Ridge United Methodist Church. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ina Mae Ladd Becknell, in 1971; a special friend, Lillian Garner, in 2000; and a godchild, Bobby Garner, in 1999.
Surviving are godchildren Jodi Hall and husband Chris of Charlotte, Jeff Garner and wife Susie of Winston-Salem, Janice Hodges and husband Randy of Walburg, Janie Barwick and husband Bo of Winston-Salem, JoAnn Stegall and husband Rick of Clemmons, along with Jackie Garner (wife of Bobby) of Winston-Salem; grandchildren Christian, Aaron, Jordan and Lillian Grace Hall, Jennifer Garner, Stephanie Benson, Heather Lewis, Stacie Marsh, Kim Peacock and Tracy Gray; four great-grandchildren; a niece, Alma Hall of Georgia; and a nephew Arden Lowery of South Carolina.
Funeral services were held at Union Ridge United Methodist Church with Rev. Cathy Davis officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
Roger Wayne Taylor
Roger Wayne “Pap” Taylor, 73, of Winston-Salem died September 28 at Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home. He was born August 23, 1932, in Forsyth County to the late Homer Wilson Taylor and Lora Hobson Taylor. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He was a member of Hanes United Methodist Church and a faithful member of the Methodist Men. He retired from BellSouth with 43 years of service. He was an avid gardener and handyman who could repair almost anything. His son, Deric G. Taylor, preceded him in death.
Surviving are his wife of 52 years, Desiree “Daisy” L. Taylor, of the home; a son, Allen Taylor and wife Tina of Clemmons and their children, Kevan Land and Bradley and Madelyn Taylor; two daughters, Waynetta Trottier and husband Charles of Clemmons and their children, Meredith, Molly and Drew Trottier and Sally Williams and husband Ralph of Winston-Salem, and their son Zach Williams; three brothers, Bernie Taylor and wife Carrie, Jimmy Taylor and wife Glenda and Ron Taylor and wife Martha; four sisters, Pauline Hunt, Wilma McBrien and husband Eben, Nell Brown and husband Jim and Yvonne Coe; and three special granddogs, Dolly, Kirby and Shelby.
A memorial service was held at Hanes United Methodist Church with Rev. Jimmy Lawton and Rev. Charles Sparks officiating.
Mary Frances Stokes
Mary Frances Stokes, 69, of Clemmons died January 14 at Forsyth Medical Center. She was born March 30, 1936, in Stokes County to the late Arch and Nannie Bennett. She was a member of Open Door Baptist Church in Winston-Salem. She was preceded in death by her parents, Arch and Nannie Bennett; and a son, David Bennett.
Surviving are two sons, Charles Bradley Jeffords and Christopher Jeffords; a grandson, Bradley Ryan Jeffords; and two sisters, Barbara Westmoreland and Jo Ann Ashby.
A memorial service was held at Open Door Baptist Church with Rev. Richard Wallace officiating.
Cicero Went Cornatzer Jr.
Cicero Went Cornatzer Jr., 65, of Winston-Salem died January 18 at his home. He was born in Forsyth County to the late Cicero Went Cornatzer Sr. and Marie Wood Cornatzer. He retired from R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Glenda Locklear Cornatzer; four brothers, Alfred Drane, Bill Drane, Frank Drane and Richard Drane; and two sisters, Juanita Williams and Betty Hart.
Surviving are a son, Kevin Cornatzer of Winston-Salem; a daughter, Toni Cornatzer of Winston-Salem; and two brothers, Woody Cornatzer and wife Mary Ruth of Lewisville and Charles Cornatzer and wife Jennie of Clemmons; and a special friend, Peni Plemmons.
Funeral services were held at Hayworth-Miller Silas Creek Chapel with Pastor Ed Sears officiating. Burial followed at Westlawn Gardens of Memory.
Norian Denny Fordham Jr.
Norian Denny Fordham Jr., 68, of Winston-Salem died January 18 after a short bout with cancer. He was born June 25, 1937, in Forsyth County to N.D. Fordham Sr. and Alpha Sealey Fordham. He was a third generation member of Calvary Moravian Church where he faithfully served as a member of the Board of Trustees, the Music Committee and the Organ Restoration Committee. A lifelong musician, he was an active member of the adult choir of Calvary Moravian from 1957 to 1985, and he also served as director of the Church Band from 1957 to 1985. From 1985 until his death, he was the director of music at Olivet Moravian Church in Winston-Salem. He also taught beginning and intermediate band classes for Salem Congregation for more than 30 years. During his long career in church music. he served as assistant director and director of the Salem Band and director of the Moravian Band, Southern Province. At the age of 6, he began playing the trumpet in the Moravian Band for the Easter Sunrise Service held each year in Salem. For 37 years, he was employed by Duncan Music Co. where he served as store manager. He also owned and operated Fordham Music Co. and in recent years was an employee of Target Stores, a bus driver with the Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools and for a period of time was a cafeteria cashier at Southwest Elementary School.
Surviving are his wife, Jean Lewis Fordham of the home; a son, Norian D. Fordham III and wife Caroline of Clemmons; a daughter, Wendy Fordham and fiancé Michael Goforth of Winston-Salem; a sister, Beth Fordham Golden and husband Charles of Kernersville; and a sister-in-law, Ann Coogler and husband Bill of Salem, S.C.
Funeral services were held at Calvary Moravian Church, and burial followed in Salem Moravian Graveyard.
Nora Craver Wyatt
Nora Craver Wyatt, 48, of Winston-Salem died January 17 at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. She was born in Roanoke, Va., to Charlie James Gallimore Jr. and Shirley Ring Gallimore.
Surviving are her parents; husband David Paul Wyatt of Yadkinville; daughters Tina Craver-Roach and April Dawn Craver, both of Clemmons; grandson Dylan Ashton Roach; brother Michael Ray Gallimore; her dog, Tango; and mother-in-law Bertha C. Prim of Boonville.
Funeral services were held at Hayworth-Miller Silas Creek Chapel with Dr. Ray Hamilton officiating. Burial followed at Parklawn Memorial Park.
Dennis B. Lawson
Dennis B. Lawson, 48, of Lewisville died January 18 at Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home. He was born January 4, 1958, in Forsyth County to Robert H. Lawson Sr. and Helen Campbell Lawson. He leaves behind a legacy of artistry displayed in his craftsmanship in cabinetry and tile laying which will be enjoyed by many for years to come.
Surviving are his parents; three sisters, Denise Lawson, Faye Bumgardner and Kaye Teague; three brothers, Robert Lawson Jr., Keith Lawson and Scott Lawson; and an aunt, Peggy C. Levers, who was a second mother to him.
A graveside service was held at Ketners Church of Christ with Minister Don Sloan officiating.
Margaret Jeanette Taylor Williams
Margaret Jeanette Taylor Williams, 90, the oldest of five children and the last surviving member of her family, died January 18 at Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home. She was born June 21, 1915, in Winston-Salem to Herbert Yates Taylor and Rosa Aldridge Taylor. She worked in the family bookkeeping and accounting business until her retirement. She was a member of Southside Baptist Church. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Catherine Thompson and Emilie Satterfield; two brothers, Elze Lee Taylor and Francis E. Taylor; and her husband, John Roy Williams, who died in 1994.
Surviving are a son, Herbert E. Williams and wife Patricia of Clemmons; two sisters-in-law, Shirley Taylor of Pueblo, Colo., and Mildred W. Williams of Yadkinville; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held at Vogler’s Reynolda Chapel with Meghan McSwain, Hospice Chaplain, officiating.
Darel Keaton Huie
Darel Keaton Huie, 40, of Winston-Salem died January 20. He was born on October 14, 1965, in Forsyth County, the youngest son of Clarence and Betsy Huie of Clemmons. He was active for many years in the South Little League program. Darel enjoyed golf, N.C. State basketball and football, and his favorite team was the Dallas Cowboys. He was employed by Piedmont/U.S. Airways for 20 years. He was preceded in death by both sets of grandparents, John Milo and Pearlie Huie and Clarence Keaton and Opal Hemrick.
Surviving are his wife, Missie Huie of Tyro; a son, Tyler Keaton, 9, and his mother Cindy; three siblings, Clarence Huie Jr. and wife Libby of Lewisville, Anna Huie of Pilot Mountain and Dennis Huie and wife Vickie of Gladstone, Va.; six nieces, Monica Tucker and husband Mark of Oakboro, Elizabeth Schaaf and husband Scott of High Point, Amanda Arnold and husband Adam of Gladstone, DeaRae Thomsen and husband Stephen of Winston-Salem, Leslie Wargofcak and husband Josh of Chester, Va., and Kathleen Huie of Lewisville; a nephew, Travis Sink of King; three great-nieces; a great-nephew; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Funeral services were held at Hayworth-Miller Silas Creek Chapel with Rev. Steve Hardy and Rev. Tony Wright officiating. Burial followed at Oaklawn Memorial Gardens.
Luther Glenn James Jr.
Luther Glenn James Jr., 74, of Winston-Salem, formerly of Burlington, died January 17 at Forsyth Medical Center after a six-day illness. He was born on April 14, 1931. He was a retired engineer with AT&T, former president of the Vagabonds Ham Radio Group and a member of First United Methodist Church of Elon. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during the Korean War. His interests included ham radio, photography, painting and sketching, cooking, fishing, gardening, music, reading and creative writing. He was preceded in death by his parents, Luther Glenn James and Pearl Beasley James.
Surviving are his wife of 52 years, Barbara Williams James; his son, Luther Glenn James III and wife Terri of Lewisville; his daughter, Denise James Church, and husband Fred of Charlotte; four grandchildren, Paul James, Bridget James, Meredith Redding of Winston-Salem and Sean Church of Charlotte; and a brother, William A. James of Burlington.
Funeral services were held in the Rich and Thompson Chapel in Burlington with Rev. Edwin G. Needham officiating. Burial followed in Pine Hill Cemetery in Burlington.
Michael “Lee” Livingston, 58, died January 19 at his Yanceyville home, under the care of Hospice. He was born in Winston-Salem on June 21, 1947, to James W. and Mildred Cain Livingston. He served in the U.S. Navy (Seabees) from 1966 to 1968, where his courage and dedication were rewarded with numerous medals and ribbons. During that time he was stationed in Long Beach, Calif., and Vietnam. He spent 27 years building his sandblasting business. He enjoyed going to work every day and loved what he did.
Surviving are his wife of 10 years, Debbie Livingston of the home; mother Mildred Livingston of Winston-Salem; brothers David Livingston of Winston-Salem and Gerald Reavis and wife Kathy of Tampa, Fla.; children Barry Livingston and wife Paula of Clemmons and Connie Williams and husband Shane of Pfafftown; stepchildren Shauna Carter of Greensboro and Jennifer Carter of Yanceyville; grandchildren Jeremy Spainhour, Timothy Jorden Carter, Landon Xavier Carter, Ryan Byerly and Jordan Byerly; lifelong friend Donna Haynes; many wonderful friends; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
Memorial services were held at Lambeth-Troxler Funeral Chapel with Rev. Donald Kimery officiating.
Alice Perl Doty Wood
Alice Perl Doty Wood, 89, died February 15 at the Elms at Tanglewood. She was born in Davidson County on November 21, 1916, to Andrew Cicero and Alice Victoria Knouse Doty. An LPN at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center and Medical Park Hospitals, she retired in 1985. She was preceded in death by her grandson, David Patterson.
Surviving are two daughters, June Sealey and husband Avery and Shirley Patterson and husband Ronald; and grandchildren Jim Patterson and wife Kathleen, Susan Robbins and husband Richard and Danny Sealey and wife Sherri.
A private funeral service was held.
Mary Leslie Robertson Outlaw
Mary Leslie Robertson Outlaw, 79, of Pfafftown died February 16 at Forsyth Medical Center. She was born June 5, 1926, in Lee County (Jonesboro Heights), a daughter of Robert Leslie Robertson and Mamie Bright Robertson. She was a retired schoolteacher with 35 years of service.
Surviving are her husband of 50 years, Rev. Dr. Jackson Kent Outlaw Jr. of the home; her children, Jackson Kent Outlaw III of Knightdale, Robert Leslie Outlaw and wife Janice Scales-Outlaw of California, and Julia Gray Outlaw and husband Vincent J. O’Boyle Jr. of Clemmons; and a granddaughter, Anna Marie Outlaw of Wendell.
Funeral services were held at Clemmons United Methodist Church with Rev. Philip Cole and Rev. Mark Portis officiating.
A graveside service was held at Fairview Cemetery in Albemarle.
Clay Shelton Jr.
Clay Shelton Jr., 60, of Clemmons died February 12. He was born on May 25, 1945, in Augusta, Ga., to the late Clay and Mary Edith Reynolds Shelton. He was a veteran of the Vietnam Conflict, having served two tours in Vietnam. He loved radio broadcasting and throughout his career worked at radio stations in Kentucky, Alaska, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Virginia. From October 1999 to April 2002, he was employed by WSJS-WMFR radio in Winston-Salem/High Point. He was a very active member of Agape Faith Church in Clemmons, where he taught Shepherd’s Fold New Member classes and was involved in the TV ministry. At the time of his death, he was serving as the Men’s Ministry leader. On February 12, 1994, he married Darlene Crawford Shelton. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Billy Ray and Paul Leonard Shelton.
Surviving are his wife; two children, Jon Paul Shelton of Falcon Heights, Minn., and Kelley Renee Shelton of Chesterfield, Va.; and stepchildren Greg Dowling and wife Amy of Annapolis, Md., and Stephanie Dowling of Charlottesville, Va.; a brother, Windle L. Shelton and wife Shirley; and sisters Patricia Durham and Brenda Shelton of Louisville, Ky.; Margie Anderson of Brunswick, Ga.; Annetta Neeley of North Port, Fla.; and Donna Kramer of Sacramento, Calif.; and a host of nieces and nephews and extended family and friends, including Rev. Karl Stewart and wife Lana, Rocky Mount, Va.; Jasper White and wife Carolyn and Archie Comfort and wife Linda of Winston-Salem; and his special little buddy and companion, “Bertha.”
Funeral services were held at Agape Faith Church in Clemmons, and burial followed at National Veteran’s Cemetery in Salisbury.
Thelma Haire Rich
Thelma Haire Rich, 82, of Pfafftown died February 18 at Forsyth Medical Center. She was born in Yadkin County to the late Abner Haire and Carolyn Loflin Haire. She was of the Baptist faith. She loved working with her flowers and being outside. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Robert Rich; and a son Ronald “Bubba” Rich.
Surviving are two daughters, Connie Fearrington and husband Jerry of Pfafftown and Brenda Hoover and Keith of Pfafftown; a son, Joey Rich and wife Linda of Winston-Salem; seven grandchildren, Jordan Fearrington, Brandon Rich, Cameron Hoover, Joshua Rich, Hanna Rich, Jody Rich and Chad Rich; a sister, Opal Matthews of Greenville, S.C.; and a brother, Paul Haire of Yadkinville.
Funeral services were held at Hayworth-Miller Silas Creek Chapel with Rev. Jack Nance and Rev. Roy Hoover officiating. Burial followed at Waughtown Cemetery.
Shirley McMichael Owens
Shirley McMichael Owens, 70, of Kernersville died February 16. She had been in declining health for a year. She was born September 9, 1935, in Forsyth County to the late Obie W. and Fannie McMichael. She retired from R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. September 1, 2000, and was previously employed by Western Electric Co. in Greensboro. She was an active member of Goodwill Baptist Church where she was a Sunday school teacher for the United Bible class. She was also very active with the youth of the church, and her home was always open to them. She was an active Core Leader in the Community Bible Study for a number of years and a member of the BSF International Bible Study. After her retirement, she worked with Nacel Open Door as the local representative for placing foreign students with host families. She made many new friends, keeping many of these students in her home and visiting them in their home country. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Owens; and a sister, M. Sue McMichael.
Surviving are two sons, Dr. Jeffrey Williams and wife Karen of Medford, Ore., and Gregory Williams and wife Dottie of Kernersville; a brother Eddie McMichael and wife Marie, of Belews Creek; five sisters, Ava McMichael, Velda Walsh, Barbara Lunsford and husband Joe of Belews Creek, Helen Hester and husband Jack of Kernersville and Betty McNeil of Clemmons; six grandchildren, Joshua, Daniel and Jennifer Williams of Kernersville and Taylor, Jackson and Bella Williams of Medford; three stepgranddaughters, Jennie Key of Winston-Salem and Rachel and Kate Cornatzer of Kernersville; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends; and a special aunt, Ruby McMichael of Kernersville.
A memorial service was held at Goodwill Baptist Church with Rev. Mervin Garrison and Rev. Todd Lusk officiating.
Lona Parris Newsom
Lona Parris Newsom, 88, of Winston-Salem died February 14 at Forsyth Medical Center. She was born in Forsyth County on May 19, 1917, to the late Jessie S. Parris and Edna Putina Parris. She was a member of Pine Chapel Moravian Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Newsom; two daughters, Ruth Newsom and Jo Ann Newsom; brothers Cletus Parris, Dean Parris and Milton Parris; a sister, Thelma Scott; and three stepchildren, Harold Newsom, Gilbert Newsom and Richard Newsom.
Surviving are a daughter, Burnese Parker and husband Buddy of Lewisville; a sister, Bethel Hartley of Midway; four grandchildren, Kim White and husband Jerry, Darin Parker and wife Angela, Jeff Parker and wife Kristy and Britt Parker and wife Angela; 10 great-grandchildren; three stepchildren, Paul Newsom Jr., Helen Lewis and Louise Royall, all of Winston-Salem; and numerous stepgrandchildren.
Funeral services were held at Pine Chapel Moravian Church with Rev. Tim Sapp and Rev. Mathew Allen officiating. Burial followed in Salem Moravian Graveyard.
Beulah Hinson Saunders
Beulah Hinson Saunders, 93, of Harmony died February 13 at Iredell Memorial Hospital. She was born April 6, 1912, in Yadkin County and was the daughter of the late Marion A. Hinson and Nancy Jane Sims Hinson. She taught school for eight years in Yadkin and Surry Counties, and then moved to Washington, D.C., and worked for the Defense Department until her retirement. It was there in Washington that she met and married her husband, Francis Hill Saunders. She was preceded in death by her husband and her six brothers and sisters, Weaver Hinson, Pearl Branon, Collie Hinson, Claude Hinson, Inez Welborn and Leona Myers.
Surviving are 13 nieces and nephews, Hubert Hinson and wife Virginia of Harmony; Gilmer Hinson and wife Bettie of Jonesville; Jane White and husband G.D. of Statesville; Feimster Hinson and wife Mary of Atlanta, Ga.; Marion Hinson and wife Jewell of Boonville; Nancy Wagoner and husband Larry of Hamptonville; Jo Dorsett and husband Tommy of Yadkinville; Walt Welborn and wife Blanch of Boonville; Nell Vickers and husband Larry of Hamptonville; Ann Nicks and husband Ricky of Clemmons; Jane Waddell and husband James of Rocky Mount; Nancy Hunter and husband Robert of Marion; and Mary Morris and husband Larry of Charlotte.
Funeral services were held at Hebron Baptist Church with Rev. Darrin Johnson officiating. Burial followed in Flat Rock Cemetery in Hamptonville.
Peter S. Vrooman
Peter S. Vrooman, 69, died February 16 at Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem after a two-month illness. He was born May 18, 1936, in Rome, N.Y. to Ethel G. and Earl S. Vrooman. He worked for Revere Copper & Brass Inc. and finally Carolina Steel Corp. until retiring in 1993. His career included moves to Pittsburgh, Pa.; Greensboro; Atlanta; and again Greensboro, where he lived with his wife, Lynn. He touched the lives of hundreds of the area’s youths for decades as a volunteer coach of the Green Valley Gators for both baseball and football. Even after his own two sons grew up, he continued to give back to the community through coaching football at Lewis Center. In his later years, he enjoyed the company of his childhood friends, visiting with them in the Adirondack Mountains for a yearly gathering. He looked forward to hunting trips in Pennsylvania and South Dakota with friends and his son, Peter Jr.
Surviving are his wife, Lynn; sons Paul Vrooman of Cutler Bay, Fla., and Peter Vrooman Jr. and wife Carol of Lewisville; granddaughter Hannah Vrooman; and sister Mary Jane Pierson of Northboro, Mass.
Funeral services were held at St. Paul The Apostle Catholic Church. Burial was held in Fonda, N.Y.