Lester Ward Stallings
Lester “Les” Ward Stallings, 84, died February 19 at Northern Hospital of Surry County in Mount Airy. He was born September 11, 1920, in Gates County, the son of Thomas J. and Eva Ward Stallings. He was a charter member of St. Andrews Presbyterian Church in Winston-Salem, where he remained active as long as his health permitted. At the church, he had served as an elder, the head of the day-care program and assisted with the Presbyterian camps. He also was the chairman of the original building committee for St. Andrews Presbyterian Church and remained chairman for many years. He served during World War II in the U.S. Army, where he helped with the rebuilding of Japan during U.S. occupation there. He was also the founder of Stallings Construction Co. from where he also retired. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Alice Cahill Stallings in 2000, and also by a sister, Ruth Sovelius.
Surviving are a son, Robert Stallings and wife Dale of Coral Springs, Fla.; a daughter, Pyllis Collins and husband John of Chatham, Va.; four grandchildren, Brady and Mike Stallings, both of Coral Springs, Fla., Angela Perdue and husband Rodney of Clemmons and Lee Collins of Munich, Germany; a great-granddaughter, Kristina Perdue; a sister, Maxine Wiggins and husband Marvin of Hobbsville; a brother-in-law, Ray Sovelius of Portsmouth, Va.; a niece, Dena Wiggins; and a nephew, Steve Sovelius.
Funeral services were held at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church in Winston-Salem with Dr. Judson J. Milam officiating. Burial followed at Crestview Memorial Park in Rural Hall.
Alfred Leroy Forbus
Alfred Leroy “Nap” Forbus, 74, of Lewisville died February 17 at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. He was born on March 15, 1930, in Forsyth County to Wesley (Buddy) and Della Stilley Forbus. He was of the Baptist faith. He served in the U.S. Army having been stationed in Germany, and he retired from Camel City Dry Cleaning and Laundry. He was a longtime member of the National Rifle Association.
Surviving are his wife of 48 years as of Feb. 14, 2005, Flora Harper Forbus; a daughter, Teresa F. Hobson and husband Gray of Lewisville; a son, Michael A. Forbus and wife Shady of Lewisville; three grandchildren, Katie Hobson, Stone and Salem Forbus; a sister, Blanche F. Pennington and husband Sam of Lewisville; a brother, Paul W. Forbus and wife Bobbyette of Lewisville; special friends, Floyd Craft and Whitey Teague; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held at Hayworth-Miller Silas Creek Chapel.
Patrick Matthew Kelly
Patrick Matthew “Matt” Kelly, 46, died February 18 at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. He was born July 22, 1958, in Forsyth County, the son of Charles Weldon and Esther Jones Kelly. He loved his farm and the outdoors. He was co-owner of Kelly Office Machines Inc. and a member of Old Town Masonic Lodge.
Surviving are his wife, Denise Pace Kelly; two sons, Ian Matthew Kelly and Sean Patrick Kelly, all of the home; his parents, Charles Weldon and Esther Jones Kelly of Winston-Salem; a brother, Peter Kelly and wife Jamie of Winston-Salem; four sisters, Joelle Kelly of Winston-Salem, Melissa Adams of Las Vegas, Nev., Eliza Woodburn of Yellow Springs, Ohio and Miranda Adams of Claremont; an uncle, Robert Kelly and wife Elizabeth of Charlotte; an aunt, Helen McBride of Lewisville; an uncle, Cecil Jones of Manassas, Va.: several nieces and nephews and very special friends, Bob and Debbie Keenum of Billings, Mont.
A memorial service was held at Lewisville United Methodist Church.
Gloria Blanton Chadwick
Gloria Blanton Chadwick, 51, of Lewisville died February 18 at Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home. She was born July 1, 1953, in Spartanburg, S.C., the daughter of Georgia Faye Jennings Blanton and the late Jonas DeTroy Blanton. Her medical mission to China in 2000 was meaningful to her subsequent work as case management department manager at Forsyth Medical Center, and with her work in Fraud and Counterfeit Deterrents for Pharmaceutical Manufacturing, Automotive Parts Manufacturers, and High Security Printers. Earlier in her career, she was the manager for Medical Services at Partners National Plan, and was a managed care administrator for Aetna US Healthcare. She taught nursing for 14 years at both the University of North Carolina at Greensboro School of Nursing, and the Florence Darlington Technical College at Florence, S.C. In 1996, she was the first woman recipient of Aetna’s “HATS-OFF Award” from the Chairman of the Board at Aetna. In North Carolina, she received the “Great 100 Award for Nursing Excellence” in 1995. She had a BSN and Master’s of Nursing from the University of South Carolina in 1974 and 1979, respectively. She was not only a registered nurse, but a psychiatric clinical nurse specialist.
Surviving are her husband, Sidney Chadwick; a son, David Lloyd Johnson and wife Kinney of Marlton, N.J.; a daughter, Katherine L. Johnson of Lewisville; her mother, Georgia Faye Blanton of Falls Church, Va.; a sister, Nancy C. Blanton of Alexandria, Va.; two step-children, Ginger Lynn Taylor and husband James of Mooresville and their children, Jeremy and Bridgett Taylor; and Eric Michael Chadwick and wife Brenda of Charleston, S.C.
A memorial service was held at St. Clements Episcopal Church in Clemmons.
Henry Ellis Swaim Jr.
Henry Ellis Swaim Jr., 81, of Jonesville died February 20 at Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital of Elkin. He was born in Yadkin County February 19, 1924, to Henry Ellis Swaim Sr. and Annie Casstevens Swaim. He was the owner of Swaim Motor and Leasing Co. of Jonesville and was a member of Long Town Pentecostal Holiness Church. He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Katie Brown Swaim; and a brother, Thad Swaim.
Surviving are his wife, Dorothy Simmons Swaim of the home; three children, James Swaim and wife Jennifer of Elkin, Jean Swaim of Winston-Salem and Tim Swaim of Elkin; seven grandchildren, Tammie Groce and husband Richard of Lewisville, Missy Murray and husband Grice of Greensboro, Michael Harris and wife Kim of Columbia, S.C., Jeff Swaim and wife Mary of Cummins, Ga., Elizabeth Swaim, Erica Swaim and Kayla Swaim, all of Winston-Salem; six great-grandchildren, Gray, Madeline, William, Max, Joseph and Nicholas; a brother, Paul Swaim of Boonville; and a host of loving nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held at Johnson Funeral Home in Elkin with Rev. Bobby Russell and Rev. Phillip King officiating. Burial followed at Crestwood Memorial Gardens.
James Doughton Hagaman
James Doughton Hagaman, 82, died February 20 at Forsyth Medical Center following a period of declining health. He was born in Vilas on February 28, 1922, to the Rev. and Mrs. Fred C. Hagaman. He was an Air Force veteran of World War II, serving in North Africa and Sicily. He retired from AT&T in 1981, with 25 years of service. He was a man of faith who loved his church and served both as a deacon and Sunday school teacher at Ardmore Baptist Church. He was past president of the senior citizens at Ardmore, and he loved woodworking. He was preceded in death by his brother, John N. Hagaman; and sister, Madge H. Harmon.
Surviving are his wife of 55 years, Daisy Greene Hagaman; two daughters, Amy Patricia Hagaman of Chicago, Ill., and Ruth H. Woosley and husband Danny Lee of Kernersville; two grandsons, Dustin H. Robertson of Moscow, Idaho and Benjamin L. Woosley of Kernersville; and four sisters, Anne Klevinski and husband Ed Sr. of Clemmons, Lucy H. Holland of Bowersville, Ga., Sue H. Harmon and husband Raymond of Boone, and Carolyn H. Adams and husband Jerry of Sugar Grove
A memorial service was held at Ardmore Baptist Church with Dr. William Ireland and Rev. Ty Talton officiating.
B.H. Mock Jr.
B.H. Mock Jr., 78, of Lewisville died February 20 at Salemtowne Retirement Community. He was born December 30, 1926, in Perrine, Fla., son of the late B.H. Mock Sr. and Betty Conrad Mock. After serving as 2nd Lt. in the U.S. Army, he went to work for R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., where he was the factory manager, and retired after 34 and a half years of employment. He was active in Little League baseball and the church league softball teams. He enjoyed the mountains, hunting and fishing. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Wilder Mock, in 1980.
Surviving are three children, Michael L. Mock and wife Jan of Mount Pleasant, Wayne H. Mock and wife Sandra of Lexington, and Pamela M. Langill and husband David of Lewisville; a sister, Julia Ann Doub of Winston-Salem; grandchildren, Elizabeth and Jonathan Mock, Christina and Laura Langill, and Tyler S. and Riley C. Mock; a stepson, Kevin Langill; and a special friend, Maxine Davis of Pfafftown.
A memorial service was held at Sunrise United Methodist Church in Lewisville.
June Hatfield, 63, of Clemmons died July 9. She was born to Syble (Singleton) and Jesse Montgomery in London, W.Va., on February 16, 1942. She moved from Marmet, W.Va., to Clemmons in 1968. She was a teacher for 42 years, beginning in Charleston, W.Va., and Farmington and finishing by teaching Spanish and French for 36 years at West Forsyth High School, where she served as the head of the Foreign Language Department, Spanish and French Clubs and Anchor Clubs. She retired from teaching to spend more time with her family.
Surviving are a daughter, Kelly Hatfield; a son, Brett Hatfield; grandchildren, Christopher Clark, Emily Hatfield and Jesse Montgomery Hatfield; a sister, Janice Neal of Hurricane, W.Va.; nephews, Clay and Wade; great-nieces, Jordan and Karly; and a great-nephew, Koby.
A prayer service was held at Vogler & Sons Clemmons Chapel with Father Brian Cook officiating.
Nancy Jane Hutchens
Nancy Jane Hutchens, 72, of Lewisville died July 11. She was born September 4, 1932, in Forsyth County to Harrison Anderson and Elizabeth Luck Hutchens. She retired from R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. with 37 years service. She also was a member of Concord United Methodist Church and was preceded in death by her former husband, Thomas C. Wagoner; and a sister, Louise Hutchens Sturdivant.
Surviving are a daughter, Karen Minton and husband Steve of Kernersville; a son, Randall Wagoner and wife Gina of Columbia, S.C.; four grandchildren, Marianne and Michelle Minton and Amanda and Andrew Wagoner; four brothers, Jim Hutchens of Winston-Salem, Bob Hutchens of Rural Hall and Roy and Wayne Hutchens, both of Lewisville; and also several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held at Hayworth-Miller Silas Creek Chapel with Rev. Thomas Albert officiating. Burial followed in Concord United Methodist Church Cemetery.
Kate Cornelius Wooten
Kate Cornelius Wooten, 98, of Walkertown died July 11. She was born September 2, 1906, in Yadkin County to the late Leon Turner and Sophronia E. Lackey Cornelius. She was a lifetime member of Baltimore United Methodist Church of East Bend, where she taught children’s Sunday school for many years. She attended church there as long as her health permitted. She was preceded in death by her husband of 39 years, Francis L. Wooten Sr.; brothers, Claude L., Paul A., Wade R. and Ray E. Cornelius; sisters, Lester C. Hennings and Ruth S. Cornelius; a son-in-law, Mitchell Ellington; and a great-granddaughter.
Surviving are six children, Mary Harrington and husband Larry of Bermuda Run, Dorothy Ellington of Cocoa, Fla., William G. Wooten and wife Ola of Wallburg, Judy Hemenway and husband George of Atlanta, Ga., and Vicy Marshall and husband Larry of Walkertown; a stepson, Francis L. Wooten Jr. and wife Lois of Savannah, Ga.; 17 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandson; a sister, Ella C. Long of Clemmons; and several nieces, nephews and many friends.
Funeral services were held at Baltimore United Methodist Church in East Bend with Rev. Mel Freeman, Rev. Chip Webb and Rev. L. Wayne Marshall Jr. officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
Elizabeth Ann McClure
Elizabeth Ann McClure, 56, of Lansing died July 11 at Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem. She was born February 17, 1949, in Ashe County to Walter and Mae Price McClure, who preceded her in death.
Surviving are two sons, Tim Taylor of Clemmons and Tony Taylor of Colorado; a brother, Jack McClure of Jefferson; special friend, Johnny Eller; three grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held at Lansing Presbyterian Church. Burial followed in Poe Cemetery.
Roy Arthur Yates
Roy Arthur Yates, 76, of Lewisville died July 11 at Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home. He was born in Forsyth County on September 7, 1928, to the late William A. and Berchie Free Yates. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict with the 701st Military Police Battalion. He was a self-employed plumber for 35 years in the Winston-Salem area and also was an auctioneer for 25 years.
Surviving are his daughter, Lynn Y. Norris and husband Michael; a granddaughter, Amber L. Norris and fiance Chris Wright, all of Lewisville; a brother; and two sisters.
A graveside service was held at Gardens of Memory in Walkertown.
James Alfred Drage Jr.
James Alfred Drage Jr., 87, of Winston-Salem died July 13 at Forsyth Medical Center after a brief illness. He was born in Philadelphia and, at an early age, moved to Winston-Salem with his family. He served in the U.S. Navy and Merchant Marines during World War II. Al retired from the post office to the golf course at age 55. He was an active life-long member at Reynolda Presbyterian Church where he served many a men’s breakfast. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred, and his daughter, Nancy.
Surviving are his daughter, Barbara, and husband John Paul of Clemmons; a sister-in-law, Jean Davis of Duluth, Ga.; several nieces and nephews; and special friends Bill Beckerdite, Karen Spangler and Tina and Matt Hodges.
A graveside service was held at Forsyth Memorial Park followed by a celebration of life service at Reynolda Presbyterian Church.
Robert Glenn Payne Jr.
Robert Glenn Payne Jr., 78, of Westfield died July 11 at his home. He was born February 15, 1927, in Surry County to the late Robert Glenn Payne Sr. and Stella Jane Hill Payne. He was a retired farmer, a World War II Navy veteran and was of the Baptist faith. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Vernell Palmer Payne; his parents; and two sisters, Jean Mathis and Nita Smith.
Surviving are two daughters, Sylvia Jackson and husband Ted of Pilot Mountain and Brenda Jessup and husband Kenneth of Clemmons; two sons, Jeff Payne and wife Susan of Pinnacle and Robert Lynn Payne and wife Karen of Westfield; five grandchildren, Lisa Jackson Studstill and husband Clayton, Ashley Payne Atkins and husband Kevin, Jessica Payne Bowman and husband T.J., and Ellis Payne and Joseph Payne; a great-grandson, Elijah James “E.J.” Bowman; and a sister, Nona Smith of Pilot Mountain.
Funeral services were held at Cox-Needham Chapel with Rev. Ricky Rogers officiating. Burial followed at Westfield Baptist Cemetery.
Richard Harold McElfresh
Richard Harold McElfresh, 86, of Winston-Salem died July 11. He was born May 3, 1919, in Chester, W.Va., to the late Burton and Lyda Cameron McElfresh. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II and was retired from the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County school system. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church and was a member of the Salem Moravian Band. He was also a member of Salem Lodge No. 289 AF&AM.
Surviving are his wife of 61 years, Ethel Holcomb McElfresh of the home; two daughters, Sharon Yearty and husband Danny of Concord and Robin Brown of Clemmons; a son, Larry McElfresh and wife Susan of Old Fort; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
A memorial service was held at Calvary Baptist Church with Dr. Gary Chapman and Rev. Donald Schmidt officiating.
Margaret Ruth Garlitz Mahoney
Margaret Ruth “Grandma Ruth” Garlitz Mahoney, 92, of Pfafftown, formerly of Akron, Ohio, died July 14 at Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home. She was born March 15, 1913, in Salisbury, Pa., daughter of the late Earl Garlitz and the late Edith Hay Garlitz. She lived most of her life in Akron, where she was a homemaker and a member of High Street Christian Church. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard “Dancer” Mahoney, in 1994; and brother Jim Garlitz of Florida.
Surviving are her daughter, Cheryl Atkins and husband Jim of Pfafftown; granddaughters Shannon Kirby, Courtney Bauguss and Kaitlin Battle and husband Nathan, all of Pfafftown; a great-granddaughter; a great-grandson; and brother Dick Garlitz and wife Barb of Arizona.
Marie Sammons Yost
Marie “Ewee” Sammons Yost, 90, of Independence Village in Winston-Salem died July 15. She was born on November 20, 1914, in Williamson, W.Va., to John Mac Sammons and Peggy Lee Maynard Sammons, both of Stiltner, W.Va. She won the title of Miss Wayne County in Wayne, W.Va., in 1928 at the age of 14. She began a teaching career at the age of 19 and served as a teacher in Mingo, Bramwell and Mercer County Schools for many years. She was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Bluefield, W.Va., and a past member of the Ladies Circle there. She was also a member of the Bluefield Garden Club, Civic Club and various bridge clubs. She began a new life in Winston-Salem after the death of her mother, whom she cared for. She attended First Assembly of God in Winston-Salem and also attended services at Independence Village, taught by Bob Wilson. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles “Keith” Yost; her father, John Mac Sammons; her mother, Peggy Lee Maynard Sammons; and her sister, Henri Ellen Sammons Cartwright, who resided in Bluefield, W.Va., at the time of her death.
Surviving are her nieces, Peggy Sue Cartwright Whittaker and husband Wayne of King, Jon Ellen Cartwright Brown and husband Jeff Brown of Clemmons; great-nieces, Jacki Brady Farley of Athens, W.Va., Renee Brady White of Athens, W.Va., Kelli Brady of Thomasville and Traci Brown Early of Clemmons; a great-nephew, Travis Brown of Clemmons; an aunt, Ruth Maynard of Charleston, W.Va.; and many great-great-nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.
Funeral services were held at Vogler’s Reynolda Chapel with Dr. Wayde Goodall officiating. A committal service was held at Monte Vista Park Cemetery Mausoleum Chapel in Bluefield, W.Va.
Nonie Heath Sykes
Nonie Heath Sykes, 85, of Winston-Salem died July 15. She was born July 16, 1920, in Forsyth County to Henry R. and Myrtle Bowden Heath. She was a member of the Church of God of Prophecy. She was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Virgil Joseph Sykes; a daughter, Elizabeth Johnson; a sister, Gracie Williams; and a brother, Harvey Heath.
Surviving are a daughter, Betty Capps and husband Henry of Winston-Salem; two sons, V. Eugene “Gene” Sykes and wife Theresa of Winston-Salem and Joseph W. “Jay” Sykes of Fancy Gap, Va.; a son-in-law, Tommy Johnson of Clemmons; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at the Church of God of Prophecy with Rev. Robey Ayers and Rev. Stanley Glover officiating. Burial followed at Oaklawn Memorial Gardens.
Bernice McMillian Jarvis Green
Bernice McMillian Jarvis Green, 80, of Winston-Salem died July 14 at The Oaks at Forsyth. She was born December 2, 1924, in Forsyth County to the late Elmer and Lillian Utt McMillian. She was a member of Cornerstone Christian Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert Franklin Jarvis; and two sisters, Elizabeth Jenkins and Vesta May Baynes.
Surviving are her two children, which she raised on her own, a son, Chris Jarvis and wife Debbie of Lewisville, and a daughter, Kim Jarvis Williams and husband John of Lewisville; five grandchildren, Matthew Glen Williams and fiancee Shannon Gilbert, Katie and LeighAnne Williams and Lynne and J.D. Mise; a brother, Garel McMillian; several nieces and nephews; and two special lifetime friends, Kate Watson and Jean Harrelson.
Funeral services were held at Hayworth-Miller Silas Creek Chapel with Pastor Greg Little officiating. Burial followed at Forsyth Memorial Park.