Marcia Sutton Ray
Marcia Sutton Ray, 86, of Winston-Salem died suddenly December 10 at Forsyth Medical Center, due to complications from a stroke. She was born in Clare, Mich., on May 22, 1919, to Mannie and Clara Sutton. She was a member of Ardmore United Methodist Church. After graduating from nursing school, she served in the U.S. Navy and later worked at Wilkes General Hospital. For the past 15 years, she was a cherished member of Volunteer Services of Forsyth Medical Center. She worked in the flower room, and she crocheted many blankets for the neonatal nursery. She was fondly known as “Miss Marcia” by the many children she cared for at Calvary Baptist Church, Ardmore United Methodist Church and in the community.
Surviving are her three daughters, Ann DiIorio of Frankfort, Germany, Clara Bancroft of Hilton Head Island, S.C., and DeDe Stone of Salisbury; two sons, Tom Ray of Columbia, S.C., and Jeff Ray of Clemmons; two sisters, Bess Nystrom and Ila Baker of Clare; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at Ardmore United Methodist Church. Burial followed at Mountlawn Memorial Park in North Wilkesboro.
Deacon Grover Williams, 72, of Pfafftown died unexpectedly December 1 at Forsyth Medical Center. He was a native of Union Springs, Ala., born January 19, 1933, the son of Ossie and Sterling Williams. He had resided in Pfafftown since 1993. He was a member of United Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church, where he was a deacon and a member of the Gospel Choir. He was presently employed with the Winston-Salem Forsyth County School System. He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, C.B. Williams, Richard Williams and Rev. Joe Williams.
Surviving are his wife, Bessie Ramseur Williams of the home; daughters Pat Miles and husband Tommy, Shirley Gary and husband George, Cynthia Ramseur and husband Deon Watson, all of Akron, Ohio, Beverly Gray and husband Jeff of Statesville, and Wanda Ramseur and Lisa Ramseur Williams, both of Mansfield, Ohio; sons Andre Ramseur and Allen Ramseur, both of Newark, N.J., Robert Chapman, Darrell Traylor and Darnell Traylor, all of Winston-Salem; 18 grandchildren; four devoted grandchildren, Arkeem Woods, Jodeci Ramseur and Marquel and Deon Ramseur; 20 great-grandchildren; a brother, Lovell Williams and wife Pearl of Akron, Ohio; a special niece, Kathryn Johnson and husband James of Detroit, Mich.; and a host of other nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held at United Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Prince Raney Rivers officiating. Burial followed at Salisbury National Cemetery.
Juanita Marie Shinlever Ernest
Juanita Marie Shinlever Ernest, 86, died January 6 at Clemmons Village I Assisted Living Community in Clemmons after a brief illness. She was born in Clinton, Tenn., on July 16, 1919, and was raised by her parents, Bernie H. and Jessie Chiles Shinlever. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Joseph M. Ernest Jr. of Hattiesburg, Miss., with whom she resided until his death in 1997. Shortly after her husband’s death, she moved to Winston-Salem’s Independence Village and more recently to Clemmons Village I.
Surviving are her two children, Joseph M. “Mac” Ernest III of Clemmons and Bernie H. Ernest of Winston-Salem; her grandchildren, Joseph Benjamin Ernest and Daniel McDonald Ernest (sons of Mac and Sheila Ernest) and Cori Ernest Webre (daughter of Bernie Ernest); her nieces, Elizabeth Johnson of Bay Minette, Ala., and Ethel Bretschneider of Alabaster, Ala.; and her nephew, Joseph Michael Ernest of Chula Vista, Calif.
A memorial service will be held at Calvary Baptist Church in Winston-Salem.
Timothy M. Vernon
Timothy M. Vernon, 60, of New York City and Briarcliff Manor died December 28 after a brief illness. Born in Winston-Salem on February 5, 1945, he spent his adulthood in New York but was a worldwide traveler and advocate for peace and justice. He was an accomplished musician, composer, conductor, professor and scholar, as well as music director of St. Mary the Virgin (Episcopal) in Chappaqua for the past 15 years, and director of the Choral Arts Society of Westchester since 1991. He devoted his life to the Episcopal Church and liturgical studies, as well as teaching children and adults to love music and excel in piano and voice. He was proud of his 2002 pilgrimage and bicycle ride across Spain for 13 days for the 848K to Santiago, raising funds for a human-rights youth organization, and of his 60th birthday celebration, where he brought his friends and family from all over the world to share his special day. He began piano lessons at the age of 4. He was the Junior Pianist for the N.C. Symphony, and attended the N.C. Governor’s School. He made his conducting debut at 18 with the Brevard Music Center Orchestra, in which he was also a soloist. He has conducted the Yale Philharmonic and has been musical director of opera productions in Buffalo; at the Aspen Music Festival; in New York City and at State University of New York at Purchase, where he was music director of the opera program as a faculty member at Purchase College. He toured extensively as a pianist and conductor, working throughout Canada, Europe, South America and the United States, in particular the Blossom Music Festivals in the U.S. He served on the board of the Westchester Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, and taught private lessons in Manhattan and at Briarcliff Manor. He was preceded in death by his parents, Wilson V. Vernon and Sarah Rivers Vernon (longtime advocate for children and older adults) of Winston-Salem.
Surviving are his brother, John Vernon and wife Jode; sister Carolyn Carter of Winston-Salem; aunts Iris Eckes of Lewisville and Elizabeth Goodwin of Richardson, Texas, and Esther Hedgecock, Roberta Franklin and Doris Ward; nieces and nephews Joshua, Sarah, Justin Vernon, Steve Carter and Cheryl Brooks and husband Phil, all of Winston-Salem; special cousin Lynn Rivers Johnson and husband Paul of High Point; other cousins; and great-nieces and great-nephews; as well as a devoted friend, Nan Holbrook Griswold.
A celebration of life was held at the parish hall of St. Mary the Virgin (Episcopal). A requiem Mass was held at Mount Kisco Presbyterian Church.
Clarence Russell Hill
Clarence Russell Hill, 73, of Winston-Salem died January 3 at his home. He was born on July 8, 1933, in Davidson County to Roy Russell Hill and Elsie Shoaf Hill. He was retired from Frank L. Blum Co. He was preceded in death by a brother, Ralph Hill.
Surviving are his son, Steve Russell Hill of the home; a daughter, Sandra McGee of Lewisville; a grandson, Craig Bowles of New York; brothers Archie Hill and Edwin Hill of Lexington; and sisters Betty Hege of Lexington and Marie Whicker Lanier of Winston-Salem.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Stella Elizabeth Mock Conrad
Stella Elizabeth “Ted” Mock Conrad, 98, died December 10 in St. Augustine, Fla. at the home of her niece, Brenda Sugg. She was born to Arthur Cornelius Mock and Sallie Ann Hester Mock on September 17, 1907, in Lewisville, where she resided most of her life. She was preceded in death by brothers and sisters Kathleen, Ronda (Sugg), Doris (Baucom), Balfour, A.C. and Everett Mock; and by her husband, Stanley Conrad.
Surviving are nieces and nephews Brenda Sugg of St. Augustine, Julia Mock Doub of Winston-Salem, Jean Mock Binford of Oberlin, Ohio, Michael Baucom of Fuquay, D.C. Mock of Lewisville and Sara Hill of South Carolina.
A graveside memorial service will be scheduled for the spring at Lewisville United Methodist Church.
Capt. Alvin Thomas Kyle Sr.
Capt. Alvin Thomas Kyle Sr., 83, of Brookridge Retirement Community died January 2 at Forsyth Medical Center. He was born February 2, 1922, in Fair Hope, Pa., to Thomas William and Elizabeth Osthouse Kyle. Capt. He was a member of College Park Baptist Church and was a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps, serving during World War II and the Korean Conflict. He was a commercial pilot and retired from Piedmont Airlines after 33 years of service. He was preceded in death by his parents, who lived in Arcadia, Fla.; and a sister, Grace Kyle Harvey, and husband Warren of Huber Heights, Ohio.
Surviving are his wife of 60 years, Charline Eller Kyle of Brookridge Retirement Community; two sons, A.T. “Tom” Kyle Jr. and wife Madeline of Port Orchard, Wash., and David William Kyle and wife Lynn of Clovis, Calif.; two daughters, Anita Kyle Williams and husband Dave of Beaufort and Allyson Kyle Morillo and husband Patricio of Lewisville; 10 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and two nephews, Barry and Dennis Harvey.
Funeral services were held at College Park Baptist Church with Rev. Raymond Smith and Chaplain Ray Benfield officiating. Burial followed in Parklawn Memorial Park.
Eleanor F. Eaton
Eleanor F. Eaton, formerly of Vero Beach, Fla., and Indiana, Pa. died January 6 at her home in Winston-Salem. Born May 15, 1922, she grew up in Niles, Ohio, and was a graduate of Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pa.
Surviving are her three daughters, Rebecca E. O’Dell and Holly E. Stahura, both of Lewisville, and Melissa E. Allman of Chapel Hill; and three grandchildren.
A private memorial service will be held in Niles, Ohio.
Eleanor Hoover Pope
Eleanor Hoover Pope, 83, died January 7 at the Gordon Hospice House in Statesville. She had been in declining health for the past five years and had been a resident of the Valley Nursing Center, Taylorsville. Born April 20, 1922, in Alexander County, she was the daughter of the late William Reid Hoover and Eudella Norton Hoover. On November 3, 1940, she was married to Troy Lee Pope in York, S.C.. He died December 12, 1981. She was a homemaker and was a very active member of Concord Presbyterian Church while her health permitted. She had also served as a deacon of the church. In addition to her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by three sisters, Ruby H. Elliott, Doris H. Bradburn and Hazel H. Beaver; three brothers, Ralph Hoover, Glenn Hoover and James Roy Hoover; a grandson, Troy Ronald Waugh; and a great-grandson, Matthew Lee Wiseman.
Surviving are two daughters, Brenda P. Cook and husband Billy Joe of Statesville and Glenda P. Waugh of Winston-Salem; grandchildren Charlotte C. Queen and husband Nelson of Maiden, Roger Joe Cook of Statesville, Leslie Annette Wiseman of Clemmons, Darren Matthew Waugh and wife Kendall)of Marion and Cameron Lee Waugh of Mooresville; great-grandchildren Sarah Faye Josey, Troy Wade Josey, Madison Lee Wiseman, Reagan Elizabeth Waugh, Mackenzie Ellen Waugh and Nicholas Bryce Waugh; a great-great-granddaughter, Brenna Marie Adams; and a sister, Hilda H. Willet of Hiddenite.
Funeral services were held at Concord Presbyterian Church with Rev. Otis Johnson and Rev. Steven Pope officiating. Burial followed at Oakwood Cemetery.
Catherine Ann Bettini
Catherine Ann Bettini, 80 died December 25 at the Bermuda Terrace Nursing Home in Advance. She was born June 28, 1925, in Indianapolis to Frank and Julia Palencer of Budapest, Hungary. She was a homemaker, wife and mother for most of her life, but also worked for Winston Printing in Winston-Salem for several years after her husband, Julius J. Bettini of Chicago, died in 1981.
Surviving are her daughter, Nancy Marshall and husband Charles of Bluffton, S.C.; her son, Patrick Bettini and wife Carol Ann of Mooresville; her two grandchildren, Nicole Higginbotham and Christopher Bettini, both of Charlotte; three sisters, Julia Palencer, Bertha Wilson and Helen Thompson; her brother, Joe Palencer; and her nephew, Tom Reidy of Indianapolis.
A private service in the country will be held.
Alice Barger Hunter
Alice Barger Hunter, 81, of Winston-Salem died January 2 at Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home. She was born August 13, 1924, in Hickory to Edgar F. and Sallie Perdue Barger. She was a member of Christ Lutheran Church. She retired from Forsyth Memorial Hospital and City Hospital with more than 40 years of service. She was an active member of Associate of Operating Room Nurses (AORN). She was preceded in death by her husband, William R. Hunter, and a brother, E.F. Barger Jr.
Surviving are two daughters, Nelma Covington of Winston-Salem and Donna Norsworthy of Hamilton, Ohio; a son, Vincent V. Hunter, and wife Sandy of Clemmons; four grandchildren, Heather L. Miller, Jonathan Norsworthy, Ryan Hunter and Jared Hunter; and a sister, Edwina B. Paul of Burlington.
A memorial service was held at Christ Lutheran Church with Dr. Don Murray officiating. Burial followed in Oaklawn Memorial Gardens.
Erik James Walker
Erik James Walker, 23, of Clemmons died unexpectedly October 21. He was born October 15, 1983, in Forsyth County to Larry James Walker and Peggy Bowman Walker. He attended Clemmons First Baptist Church, was a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a professional baseball player for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
Surviving are his father, Larry Walker and wife Anne of Clemmons; his mother, Peggy Smith of Clemmons; two brothers, Greg Noe and Brett Noe of Charlotte; a nephew, Corey Noe of Midway; his girlfriend, Christy Murray of San Jose, Calif.; a stepbrother, Sam Gaither, and a stepsister, Amy Gaither, both of Clemmons; his maternal grandmother, Frances Bowman of Winston-Salem; his paternal grandfather, Halley Walker of Hays; an uncle, Garry Walker and wife Melanie of North Wilkesboro; three aunts, Judy Atkinson of Wilmington, Kaye Byrd of Winston-Salem and Susan Arthur and husband Bryan of Huntersville; many cousins; and a multitude of friends.
Funeral services were held at West Forsyth High School with Dr. Robby Phillips officiating. A private entombment service was also held. Memorials may be made to West Forsyth High School Athletic Department, 1735 Lewisville-Clemmons Road, Clemmons, NC 27012 or UNC-Charlotte Baseball, 9201 University City Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28223.
Mary Ann Marshall
Mary Ann Marshall, 50, of Clemmons died October 24 at Forsyth Medical Center. She was born in Fairmont, W.Va., on April 28, 1956, to the late John Greynolds and Rita Greynolds and was employed at Southern Family Market in Clemmons.
Surviving are her husband, Brantley Marshall III; two sons, Brantley L. Marshall IV and John “Patrick” Marshall; sisters Pearl Eddy and Jaunita McQuane; and brothers John Greynolds and Larry Greynolds.
A memorial service was held at Immanuel Baptist Church.
Shelby Jean Norris Bodford
Shelby Jean Norris Bodford, 66 died October 20. She was born September 1, 1940 in Winston-Salem. She recently retired from AT&T in December of 2005 after 35 years of service. Since 1976, she resided in Hanover Park, Ill., near her children and grandchildren.
Surviving are her daughter, Robin Bodford Perdomo and husband Albert F. Leczewski Jr. of Streamwood, Ill.; her son, Jeffery Scott Bodford of Bloomingdale, Ill.; grandchildren Rachel Perdomo, Rebecca Perdomo and Zachary Bodford; her sister, Bettie Fussel and husband Leroy of Clemmons; and a brother, Clinard Norris and wife Gladys of Winston-Salem.
Funeral services were held at Hayworth-Miller Silas Creek Chapel. Burial followed at Woodland Cemetery.
Margaret McKinney Speaks
Margaret McKinney Speaks, 81, of Clemmons died October 25. She was born in Galax, Va., to the late Grover and Lucinda Golden McKinney. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Leonard Speaks; a sister, Madeline Lowerly; and two brothers Byron McKinney and Boyd McKinney.
Surviving are two daughters, Susan Schweitzer and husband Michael of Laurel Springs, and Debra Martin and husband Jeff of Woodstock, Ga.; a son, Leonard Speaks; five grandchildren, Chad Frye and wife Shannon of Huntersville; Monnette Carter and husband Chad of Advance; Whitney Miller and husband Tommy of Alexandria, Ala.; Gray Speaks and wife Joanie of Winston-Salem and Krista Davis of Lewisville; three great-grandchildren; a brother, Jack McKinney, and a sister, Carol Johnson, both of Toast.
Funeral services were held at Hayworth-Miller Silas Creek Chapel with Rev. Darryl Carter officiating. Burial followed at Oaklawn Memorial Gardens.
Clyde Grady Blair
Clyde Grady Blair, 90, formerly of Thomasville, died October 28 at Britthaven of Davidson after a lengthy illness. Born in Thomasville on October 14, 1916, to Edward and Callie Blair, he had made his home in this area his entire life. He worked for Thomasville Furniture Industries, Sears and Morgan’s Expert Fence Co. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He was a lifelong active member of Fair Grove United Methodist Church, where he served in numerous leadership positions and was Sunday school superintendent for many years. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Joseph and Paul Blair; a sister, Martha Leamon; and his wife, Mary Shore Blair, in 2004.
Surviving are his daughter, Jeanne Ellerbe and husband Roger of Clemmons; sons Rev. Stephen Blair and wife Libby of Mocksville, Tim Blair and Rachel of Greensboro and Rev. Mark Blair and wife Kathy of Arcadia; two brothers, Bill Blair of Thomasville and Herbert Blair of High Point; ningrandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at Fair Grove United Methodist Church with Rev. David White officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
Dorothy Eleanor Rogal Nifong
Dorothy Eleanor Rogal Nifong, 86, of Linville died October 23 at Cannon Memorial Hospital in Linville. She was born on July 15, 1920, to William and Anna Rogal in Lehighton, Pa. She married Dr. Frank M. Nifong on August 21, 1942. In 1947, they moved to Clemmons where she resided for their 55-year marriage. She moved to Hickory in 2003. She was an active member in her church and community, as well as a registered nurse and published author. She worked as an RN at Jefferson Memorial Hospital, where she met her husband, Frank. She was a dedicated member of Clemmons Moravian Church, where she served as president of the Women’s Fellowship and as a synod delegate, as well as a Sunday school teacher and church archivist. She was also active in community service, serving as president of the Forsyth-Stokes County Medical Auxiliary. She was a Red Cross volunteer, a member of the Clemmons Historical Society, the Clemmons Stagecoach Restoration Committee and the Wachovia Historical Society and was a Girl Scout troop leader. She was preceded in death by her husband on April 19, 1997; an infant daughter, Barbara Jane; and a sister, Jane Greber.
Surviving are her children, William H. Nifong of Gastonia, Emily N. Garrett of Hickory, Michael R. Nifong of Black Forest, Colo., and Frank M Nifong Jr. of Westfield; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; a sister, Elaine Buonovito of Pennsylvania; and two brothers, William Rogal of Annandale, Va., and Tom Rogal of Weissport, Pa.
Funeral services were held at Friedburg Moravian Church. Burial followed in Friedburg Moravian Church Graveyard. Memorials may be made to Clemmons Moravian Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 730, Clemmons, NC 27012.
Sadie Louise Warden Berrier
Sadie Louise Warden Berrier, 90, formerly of Thomasville, died October 26 at Britthaven of Davidson. She was born on March 30, 1916, in Forsyth County to Robert Lee Warden Sr. and Ruth Viola Everidge Warden. She was a homemaker and a member of Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Clyde Berrier, on December 10, 2005, and three brothers.
Surviving are her daughter, Judith A. Raper of Clemmons; a son, Randy Joe Berrier of Winston-Salem, and his girlfriend, Sarah Cox of Thomasville; three sisters, Edith Farmer of Clemmons, Katherine Hicks of Lewisville and Ethel Blakley of Winston-Salem; grandchildren, Joseph Aaron Berrier, Robert G. Everhart III, Jennifer Hill and John Everhart and eight great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church with Rev. Chris Clontz officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.