Rebecca Bentley Gay
Rebecca Bentley (Becky) Gay, 60 of Mount Airy, wife of Wayne Gay, died April 5 at Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem. She was born in Birmingham, Ala., on October 28, 1942, the daughter of the late Joe Melvin and Rebecca Qualls Bentley. She retired from Cross Creek/Russell Manufacturing, was a member of the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority and Surry Arts Council in Mount Airy and a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Mount Airy, where she was active in the church choir.
Surviving are her husband, Wayne Gay of the home; four daughters, Katrina Gay Bowman and husband Jeffery of Clemmons, Catherine E. Burns and Rebecca V. Burns, both of New York, N.Y., and Jessica J. Gay of Opelika, Ala.; a son, Michael D. Gay and wife Samantha of Claudville, Va.; eight grandchildren; and a sister, Rev. Jo Bentley Reece and her husband Rev. Wayne Reece of Nashville, Tenn.
Funeral services were held at the First Presbyterian Church in Mount Airy with Rev. Wayne Reece and Rev. Steve Lindsley officiating. A graveside service was held at Macedonia Methodist Church Cemetery in Andalusia, Ala.
Mary Evelyn Safely Ferebee
Mary Evelyn Safely Ferebee, 76, of Meadowbrook Terrace, formerly of Mocksville, died April 3 at Meadowbrook Terrace. Born in Davie County November 11, 1926, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Mamie Campbell Safely. She was a member of Eatons Baptist Church and had worked at Monleigh Garment Co. Her husband, John Monroe Ferebee, preceded her in death October 2, 2002.
Surviving are a son, John Frank Ferebee and wife Joyce of Mocksville; a grandson, Jason Frank Ferebee of Mocksville; two brothers, Clarence Safely of California and Carl Safely of Clemmons; and three great-grandchildren, Mary, Rebecca and Lee Ferebee.
Funeral services were held at Eatons Baptist Church with Rev. David Gilreath officiating, and burial followed in the church cemetery.
Otha Kermit Foster Jr.
Otha Kermit Foster Jr., 62, of Clemmons died June 23. He was born February 2, 1944, in Forsyth County to Otha Kermit and Delorese Wall Foster. He was of the Presbyterian faith. He was a Navy veteran and served in the Mediterranean and in Vietnam. As a youth, he was in the Boy Scouts, received his Order of the Arrow and later became a Boy Scout leader. He loved to travel, fish and hunt and was an avoid outdoorsman. Surviving are his wife, Mary A. Billingsley; two sons, Jeffrey Mark Foster of Massachusetts and Matthew Shane Foster and wife Marla of Advance; two sisters, Dorcas Foster Weavil and husband Jerry of Wallburg and Karen Foster of Winston-Salem; a nephew, Scottie Weavil, and wife Holly; and a great-niece, Rhianna Weavil of the Wallburg community.
Funeral services wer held at Clemmons United Methodist Church with Rev. Mark Potts officiating. Burial followed in Westlawn Gardens of Memory.
James Fred Hauser
James Fred Hauser, 83, of Lewisville died June 26 at Vienna Village. He was born June 13, 1923, in Dundy County, Neb., to Fred Jennings and Katherine Stevenson Hauser. Hewas a member of Warners Chapel.
Surviving are his wife of 60 years, Hilda; a daughter, Teresa Kay Hauser; a son, Darrell S. Hauser and wife Robin; and granddaughters Holly and Carly, all of Winston-Salem; and two stepsisters, Lib and Freda. Funeral services were held at Warners Chapel with Paul Kirkpatrick and Ted Stewart officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
Cecil Rice, 80, of Kernersville died June 25 at Britthaven of Thomasville. He was born in Madison and was a U.S. World War II Army veteran.
Surviving are his wife, Lillie Beck Rice of the home: sons David Rice and wife Jo Ann of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Timothy W. Rice of Cary; a daughter, Darlene Wyatt and husband Roy of Weaverville; stepdaughters Renee Burchette of Lewisville and Donna Childress of Thomasville; stepson Lee Cavanaugh of Duluth, Ga.; 16 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
A graveside service was held at Oaklawn Memorial Gardens with Rev. Joe Beck officiating.
Mary Elizabeth Holleman Dietz
Mary Elizabeth Holleman Dietz, 97, of Winston-Salem, died June 26 at Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home in Winston-Salem. She was born on May 14, 1909, in Elkin to William Sanford and Martha Brown Holleman. She came to Winston-Salem very early in her life and worked at R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. Afterward, she worked at Fogle Furniture Co. as a seamstress, retiring after 20 years. She and Albert Clifford Dietz were married in 1927 and raised five children. She enjoyed cooking, sewing and gardening. Shewas preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a son, Owen Roger Dietz; two grandchildren, Bonnie Sims and Braden Jones; her brothers, Sanford Holleman, Lonnie Holleman, Walter Holleman, Sherman Holleman and Gurney Holleman; a half-brother, Willie Holleman; sisters Nancy Davis, Laura Ragsdale, Harriet Smith and Louise Love; and a half-sister, Sally Manus.
Surviving are her children, Mildred Young of Clemmons, Lorene Jones of Kernersville, Allan Dietz of State Road and Lee Dietz of Welcome; her sisters, Julia Hedspeth and Martha Bowers of Winston-Salem; a half-sister, Etta Mae Maynard of Winston-Salem; half-brothers John Holleman of Morganton and Dallas Holleman of Greensboro; 15 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at Vogler & Sons Funeral Home Chapel on Reynolda Road. Burial followed at Salem Cemetery.
Patrick Holly Batson
Patrick Holly Batson, 65, of Clemmons died June 29 at his home. He was born July 10, 1940, in Marion, Va. He was the son of Frederick Hal Batson and Sophie Kloeckler Batson. He had served as the Corporate Quality Systems manager at Hayward Industries for the past three years.
Surviving are his wife of 43 years, Sandra Walker Batson; his daughter, Stacie Batson Kravchak of Virginia Beach, Va.; and his two sons, Christopher Holly Batson and Patrick Shea Batson, also of Virginia Beach.
A memorial service was held at Holy Family Catholic Church. A celebration of life was held at the home of Barry and Lynn Brothers in Newport News, Va.
Hillus Walton Conrad Sr.
Hillus “Tip” Walton Conrad Sr., 83, of Pfafftown died June 28 at Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home. He was born in Forsyth County on September 19, 1922, to John Joseph Conrad Sr. and Pearl Beroth Conrad. He retired from R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. after 23 years of service as a security guard. He loved his family, the outdoors and his vegetable and flower gardens. The name Conrad Sawmill Road reflected the family business of which generations have been proud. He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Edna Hicks and Lula Haga; and his wife of 64 years, Mildred Vestal Conrad, who died in November 2005
Surviving are a son, Hillus W. Conrad Jr. and wife Peggy, of Kernersville; a daughter, Linda Marshall and husband Reggie of Winston-Salem; two grandchildren, Stephen Conrad and Amber Blevins; two great-grandchildren, Justin and Jessica Stroot; two brothers, John J. Conrad Jr. of Pfafftown and Richard E. Conrad of Winston-Salem; and two sisters, Julia Windsor of Winston-Salem and Lillie Hicks of Lewisville.
A graveside service was held at Forsyth Memorial Park.
Grace Kilby Simpson
Grace Kilby Simpson, 90, died June 27 at her residence at Vienna Village, Pfafftown. She was born on August 4, 1915, in Rugby, Va., the daughter of Gaither and Ennis Kilby. She was the wife of Harold E. Simpson, whom she married on May 16, 1946. She worked as a beautician in Boone and Chapel Hill, where she met her future husband. After moving to Lewisville in 1947 when her husband became principal of the new Lewisville school, she became active in a variety of church and civic organizations and devoted her life to her husband and the raising of their three children. She was an avid gardener, loved to sew, read, play bridge and spend time with her grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1997 and her sisters, Clyde Kilby and Madge Gaither.
Surviving are her son, Ed Simpson and wife Cydney of Winston-Salem; two daughters, Martha Pearce and husband Gaff of Lewisville and Rebecca Andrews and husband Guy of Summerfield; grandchildren Benjamin Simpson of Indiana, Pa.; Margaret Simpson of New York City; Reid Cranfill of Lewisville; Emily Cranfill of Winston-Salem; and Stacey Andrews and Meredith Andrews, both of Summerfield; her sisters, Mae Redfield of Lewisville and Kate Campbell of West Jefferson; and many nieces, nephews and dear friends.
Funeral services were held at Lewisville United Methodist Church. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
William Joseph Doub Sr.
William Joseph “Billy Joe” Doub Sr., 80, of Pfafftown died July 1 at Forsyth Medical Center. He was born in Yadkin County on February 6, 1926, to Marvin Eugene Doub and Sarah Ozell Poindexter Doub. He lived most of his life in the Pfafftown community and was a descendant of the founders of Doub’s Chapel United Methodist Church. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1944 to 1946. In the 1950s and ‘60s, he trained American saddle horses in Tennessee, Kentucky and North Carolina, participating in many horse shows throughout the southeast. Later he worked in the insurance business and the trucking industry, and in retirement worked part time at a local towing company.
Surviving are his son, Joe Doub and wife Laura Juli of East Bend; daughters Jan Doub Morgan of Raleigh and Dr. Julie Doub of Winston-Salem; grandchildren Jill, Jane and David Doub of East Bend and Anna and Alex Morgan of Raleigh; a sister, Betty Jean Doub and husband Ward; a brother, Edgar Vernon Doub and wife Eunice; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Cornelius Abraham Pitts
Cornelius Abraham Pitts, 90, of Tobaccoville died June 30 at Village Care of King in King. He was born April 9, 1916, in Forsyth County to the late Rufus Cornelius and late Marticia Teague Pitts. He was humbly grateful to be a ministerial servant in the King Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses and active in service as long as his health permitted. A talented cabinet-maker, he loved the beauty of natural woods and retired in 1978. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his former wife, Edith Hawks Pitts; a son, Jerry Cornelius Pitts; his brothers, Harlee, Denny, Clifton and Julian Pitts; and two sisters, Elsie Morris and Meta Beeson.
Surviving is his wife of 28 years, Mary Pitts of the home; two daughters, Audrey Bodenhamer and husband Bob of Lewisville and Connie Carper of Statesville; eight grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; five stepgreat-grandchildren; a brother, George Pitts of Jonesville; and numerous special nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held at Hayworth-Miller Rural Hall Chapel with Brother Larry Langdon and Brother John Pesenti officiating. Burial followed at Crestview Memorial Park.
Kathrine Reavis Stine
Kathrine Reavis Stine, 91, of Winston-Salem died June 29 at Vienna Village in Pfafftown. She was born September 23, 1914, in Winston-Salem to Carl C. and Myrtle Sharpe Reavis. She was a longtime member of Ardmore United Methodist Church. She was also a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the American Legion. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Henry Stine Sr.
Surviving are two sons, Carl Hugh Stine of Appling, Ga., and James Henry Stine Jr. and wife Patricia of Lewisville; six grandchildren; a number of great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Mary Lounsbury of Winston-Salem; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held at Vogler & Sons Reynolda Road Chapel with Dr. John Franklin Howard officiating. Burial followed in Forsyth Memorial Park.
Robyn Sener Clinard
Robyn Sener Clinard, 42, of Mocksville died June 30 of injuries sustained in an automobile accident. She was born June 20, 1964, in Chattanooga, Tenn, and was the daughter of Frederick C. and Scarlett Brewer Sener. On July 23, 1983, she married Wesley Clinard. She worked at the Ben Franklin Store in Mocksville and was an active member of Bethany Presbyterian Church, where she worked with the Vacation Bible School.
Surviving are her husband, Wesley; a daughter, Kaitlyn Clinard of the home; a son, Luther Clinard of the home; her parents, Fred and Scarlett Sener of Hamptonville; a brother, Charles F. Sener of Yadkinville; her parents-in-law, Stuart and Cynthia Clinard of Clemmons; two brothers-in-law, Robert Clinard of Clemmons and Jeffery Clinard of Wilmington; and two aunts, Frances Nemut of Saluda and Tommye Nail of Chattanooga.
Funeral services were held at Bethany Presbyterian Church with Rev. Frank Stewart officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
John D. Thacker Jr.
John D. “Johnny” Thacker Jr., 55, of Clemmons died August 8 at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. He was born November 2, 1950, in Forsyth County to John D. Thacker Sr. and the late Earline Winfrey Thacker. He was a retired sergeant with the Winston-Salem Police Department after 30 years of service, having served on the motorcycle squad and the downtown bike and foot patrol.
Surviving are his wife, Bobbie Thacker; a son, Jason Thacker; and a daughter, Brandi Thacker, all of the home; a sister, Linda Glass and husband Greg; an uncle, Ronnie Winfrey and wife Pam; an aunt, Reba Noah; his father of Winston-Salem; granddogs “L.B.” and “R.J.”; numerous young adults for whom he was a family role model; and special friends Mike Newsome, Ronnie Venable, Tommy Shields and Robert Williams.
A graveside service was held at Westlawn Gardens of Memory in Clemmons with Rev. Riddick Weber officiating.
Mary Ellen Stewart Lane
Mary Ellen Stewart Lane, 79, of Clemmons died August 13 at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. She was born July 8, 1927, to the late G.W. and Mary Canter Stewart. She retired from Hanes Knitwear after 46 years of service. She was a faithful witness for the Lord. She lived by her life’s motto, “God is good.” She was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Dallas Gray Lane; and a sister, Barbra Jean Minor.
Surviving are a daughter, Lynn Rydman and husband Blaine; two sons, Randy Lane and wife Melinda and Don Lane and wife Donna; two sisters, Jennie Mae Bodsford and Katherine Wood; three brothers, Ned Stewart, Ted Stewart and Sherrill Stewart; seven grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.
Funeral services were held at Temple Baptist Church in Lewisville with Pastor Bud Owen officiating. Burial followed at Westlawn Gardens of Memory in Clemmons.
Dossie Scott Dagenhardt
Dossie “Dot” Scott Dagenhardt, 86, died August 13 at Yadkin Nursing Center in Yadkinville. She was born September 25, 1919, in Surry County to Samuel Taylor Scott and Mary Betty Harris Scott. The family moved to Forsyth County in 1923, and she resided there until June 2006. On April 13, 1941, she married Curlee Dagenhardt who preceded her in death in May 1990. During World War II while her husband was overseas, she worked at Silvers Department Store and lived at Atwood boarding house downtown, making many lifelong friends. She also worked for a brief time at the Carbon Plant. At the end of World War II, she and her husband opened a small country store on Clemmonsville Road. In 1948, they built a larger business one block away and named it Food Land Grocery. She ran the store for 46 years and made countless friends. She joined Antioch Baptist Church as a teenager and raised her family there, being active in GAs and as a Sunday school teacher and faithfully keeping the nursery in her later years, which she loved. After the passing of her husband, she was a faithful member of Cornerstone Baptist Church. She was multitalented with her hands at sewing, crocheting and especially knitting. Along with her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by siblings Mary Alice Scott, Hallie Scott Lampley, Vallie Scott Brown, Cabble Scott, Elmira Scott Arrington, Pauline Scott Alldred and Ralph Scott.
She is survived by a daughter, Sharon “Sherry” Dagenhardt Griggs and husband Ron of Winston-Salem; sons Scott Dagenhardt and wife Nan and Ronald Dagenhardt and wife Vicky of Clemmons; and seven grandchildren, the Rev. Dr. Christopher Griggs and wife Tiffany of Denver, NC; Parrish Griggs of New York, N.Y.; the Rev. Sterling Griggs and wife Kellie of Yadkinville; Clayton Dagenhardt, Tyler Dagenhardt and Jessica Dagenhardt of Clemmons; and Chastity Dagenhardt Bennett and husband David of Winston-Salem; six great-grandchildren, Mary Beth Griggs, Jenna Cate Griggs and Elijah Griggs of Denver; and Chandler Elizabeth Griggs, Reynolds Griggs and Deacon Griggs of Yadkinville; a brother and sister, Paul Scott and wife Eleanor of Greensboro and Ivey Scott Lowder of Kernersville; two sisters-in-law, Edith Scott and Louise Dagenhardt; her nieces and nephews; and Nancy Billings Turner and husband Raymond, Don Lowder and wife Joan, Paula Scott Turner and husband Joe, Lynn Oliver Lampley, Gerald Lampley and wife Sandra, Dane Lampley and wife Jean, and many others.
A graveside service was held at Forsyth Memorial Park with Rev. Charles Martin officiating.
Alfred Grady Alexander
Alfred Grady Alexander, 56, of Clemmons died August 13 at Forsyth Medical Center. He was born April 26, 1950, in Little Washington to Alfred G. and Ann Finnegan Alexander. He was a production manager in the furniture industry for over 25 years. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Nancy Alexander.
Surviving are his wife, Terri Walton Alexander of the home; a son, C. S. Alexander and wife Lee of Wilmington; a brother, Joe Alexander of Windsor; a sister, Theresa Jordan and husband Terry of Edenton; a niece, Jamie Harmon of Windsor; a nephew, Wendell Jordan of Edenton; and a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Trey and Donna Walton, and their son, Donny Walton, all of Willow Spring.
Funeral services were held at Bryan-Lee Funeral Chapel in Garner. Burial followed in Montlawn Cemetery in Raleigh.
Gary Lee Newsome
Gary Lee Newsome, 69, of Lexington died August 5 at Lexington Medical Center. Born in Forsyth County on May 8, 1937, to Harry Wilburn and Alice Newsom Newsome, he had made his home in Lexington for the past 20 years, moving from New Orleans. He was a human-resources manager for Wackenhut Security where he loved his job and his co-workers. He was a member of Cornerstone Baptist Church and was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran. He enjoyed his church and his church family at Cornerstone, gospel music, “good preaching” and particularly get-togethers with his family. He was preceded in death by his parents; and a son, Gary Dane Newsome.
Surviving are his wife, Mitsuko “Taco” Kochi Newsome of the home, whom he married on November 27, 1963; a daughter, Alice Lynn Coleman of Arkansas; son Lanny Newsome of Louisiana; sisters Linda Kerr and husband Bob of Statesville and Patsy Forester and husband John of Rural Hall; brother Ronnie Newsome and wife Shirley of Clemmons; grandson Jason Coleman; and a canine companion, Tippy.
Funeral services were held at Cornerstone Baptist Church with Rev. Charlie Martin and Rev. Bob Kerr officiating. Inurnment followed at Parklawn Memorial Park.
Ralph Monroe McNeal
Ralph Monroe McNeal, 75, of Winston-Salem died August 7 at Forsyth Medical Center. He was born September 26, 1930, in McDowell County, W.Va., to Quincy A. and Allie Mae Wood McNeal. He was a member of Waughtown Baptist Church and the Men’s Bible Class. He retired from the City of Winston-Salem as supervisor at Thomas Water Plant and was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He was preceded in death by his parents; and four brothers.
Surviving are his wife, Rachel Faw McNeal of the home; two sons, Jeffrey McNeal and wife Jill of Winston-Salem and David McNeal and wife Heidi of Clemmons; a brother, Jimmie McNeal of Kernersville; and two sisters, Eunice Snyder of Princeton, W.Va., and Geneva Hull of Torrance, Calif.
Funeral services were held at Waughtown Baptist Church with Rev. Joe McWethy officiating. Burial followed in Oaklawn Memorial Gardens.
Joseph Henson Norris
Joseph Henson Norris, 70, of Pfafftown died August 14. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Grant Norris of Zionville.
Surviving are his wife of 49 years, Peggy Norris; three precious daughters, Kathy Riggs of Winston-Salem, Karen Francis of Advance and fiance Charley Gibson of Huntersville and Robin Mash and husband Tony of Pinnacle; his mother, Faye Norris of Zionville; sisters Joyce Colvard of Clemmons, Geneva Stevens of Zionville and Cindy Eller of Zionville; and two brothers, Jimmy Norris of Zionville and Gary Norris of Lexington; his four grandchildren, Jennifer Williams of King, Clinton Myers of Winston-Salem, Jessica Myers of Winston-Salem and Megan Tomlinson of Pinnacle; anda great-granddaughter, Hailie Armstrong of King.
Funeral services were held at Shiloh Lutheran Church with Rev. Amy Crump officiating. A military graveside service followed in the church cemetery.