Willie B. Hill
Willie B. Hill of Winston-Salem died November 20 at Winston-Salem Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center. He was a retired employee of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. and Kentucky Fried Chicken on Deacon Boulevard and University Parkway. He was a member of First Baptist Church, where he was an usher.
Surviving are his wife, Lena K. Hill of the home; a son, Larry Kimbrough of the city; two daughters, Thomasina Hawkins of Lewisville and Anna K. Partlow of Winston-Salem; and a sister, Lizzie Hill of Charlotte.
Funeral services were held at First Baptist Church with Rev. Wendell Johnson officiating. Burial followed in New Hope A.M.E. Zion Church Cemetery in Lewisville.
R. Dale Catlett
R. Dale Catlett, 72, of Winston-Salem died Thursday November 25 at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, the result of a car wreck. He was born October 24, 1932, in Forsyth County to Ralph and Kathryn Brodie Catlett. He graduated from Appalachian State Teacher’s College and served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean conflict. He was a member of Southside Baptist Church. He was also a member of the American Legion, the Piedmont Pioneer Masonic Lodge, a Shriner and a member of the Elks Lodge. He owned and operated Old Salem Log Homes for 30 years and was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Hodges Catlett in February 1994.
Surviving are his fiancee, Alice Hunt of Clemmons; five children, Jana Doub and husband Richard of Pfafftown, Debi Tyler and husband Tim of Oregon, Brodie Catlett of White Lake, Dawn Catlett and fiance Mark Mayberry of Winston-Salem and Sonya Smith and husband Scott of Kernersville; and four grandchildren, Dreama Spivey, AMN Timothy Doub U.S. Air Force and McKenzie and Riley Smith.
A memorial service was held aat Agape Faith Church with Pastor J.B. Whitfield officiating.
Calvin John William Melton
Calvin John William “C.J.” Melton, 82, of Pfafftown died November 22 at the Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home in Winston-Salem. He was born in Yadkin County on November 29, 1921, to the late Robert Lee and Permealia Prim Melton. He retired from R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. with 36 years of service. He was an avid gardener who loved to share what he grew with his friends and family.
Surviving are his wife, Lois Jane West Melton of the home; two daughters, Martha Ann Melton and Linda Sue Melton, both of King; a grandson, Brian Stephen Cook of Blacksburg, VA; two sisters, Eva Swartzel of King and Evelyn Tuttle of High Point; a brother, Melvin Melton of Lexington; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held at Hayworth-Miller Chapel in Rural Hall with Rev. Tom Maxey and Rev. Tommy Holder officiating. Burial followed in Forsyth Memorial Park.
Roger Kelly Owens Jr.
Roger Kelly Owens Jr., 28, of Winston-Salem died November 23 at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. He was born October 14, 1976, in Forsyth County to Roger Kelly and Glenda Hunt Owens Sr.
Surviving are his wife, Crystie L. Owens, and a son, Cody Austin Owens, of the home; a daughter, Emily Beth Owens of Clemmons; his parents, Roger K. and Glenda Owens Sr. of Lewisville; two sisters, Kelle Lea Owens of Greensboro and Michelle Jones and husband Carter of Winston-Salem; a mother-in-law, Rhonda Kirby of the home; his grandfather, James R. Hunt Sr. of Lewisville; a host of other family members and friends; and his beloved pit bulls, Tank and Diesel.
A graveside service was held at Westlawn Gardens of Memory in Clemmons with Rev. Don Griffin officiating.
Myron Wade Sexton
Myron Wade Sexton, 81, of Lewisville died November 22 at the Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home. He was born October 3, 1923, in Denton, to Daniel Mose Sexton and Nannie Bell Hill Sexton.
He served in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II. He completed 35 missions over Europe as a flight engineer/top turret gunner in a B-17 bomber. He enjoyed a 30-year career with McLean Trucking Co., eventually serving as the executive vice-president of the Southeastern Division. He retired in 1981. He was an avid golfer and also enjoyed woodworking and roaming the fields and woods surrounding his Lewisville home. In his waning years, he enjoyed attending 401st Bomb Group reunions and spending time with his grandchildren and his beloved dog, Judge. Myron was notorious for “picking”at people in a good-natured way and maintained his sense of humor until the end. He was a long time member of Lewisville United Methodist Church. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Hugh Ames Sexton Sr. and Robert Neil Sexton.
Surviving are his wife of 50 years, Alice Wilson Sexton of the home; his son, Neal Wilson Sexton and wife Janson of Winston-Salem; two grandchildren, James Hampton Sexton and Lynnsay Elizabeth Sexton; a brother, John E. Sexton of Thomasville; three sisters, Jean S. Foust of Greensboro, Betty S. Brown of Houston, Texas, and Patsy S. May of Moseley, VA; and 18 nieces and nephews.
A memorial service was held at Lewisville United Methodist Church.
Sue Cruse Swann
Sue Cruse Swann, 58, of Winston-Salem died November 27 at the Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home after a 12-year battle with breast cancer. She was born November 20, 1946, in Concord, to the late Charles and Mary Alice Cruse. She worked in medical collections at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center until March 2004.
Surviving are her daughter, Alice M. Swann of Charlotte; her fiance, John Kimel of Advance; her brother, Larry Cruse and wife Martha of Clemmons; two nephews, Kevin Wood of Fort Lauderdale, FL, and Rob Cruse of Winston-Salem; two nieces, Mary Scott Swyers of Alexandria, VA and Leeanne Testerman of Charlottesville, VA; three grandnieces; and her uncle, Bill Clark and wife Edith and their son David, all of Charleston, SC.
A graveside service was held at Westlawn Gardens of Memory in Clemmons with Rev. Harry D. Sammons officiating.
Bernice Adele Wright Hailey
Bernice Adele Wright Hailey, 58, of Lexington died November 22 at Forsyth Medical Center. She was born in Henry County, VA, on July 15, 1946, to James Allen Wright and Mozelle Fallin Wright. She was a homemaker. Her husband, Thomas Hailey, preceded her in death in 2001.
Surviving are two sons, Wade Warren and wife Ann and Thomas Hailey II, all of Lexington; a daughter, Robin Warren Miller of Clemmons; a stepson, Rick Hailey of Winston-Salem; and four grandchildren, Zachary, Derek and Blake Miller, all of Clemmons, and Troy Warren of Lexington.
Funeral services were held at Davidson Funeral Home Hickory Tree Chapel with Dr. Ron Baity officiating. Burial followed at Mount Olivet United Methodist Church Cemetery.
John Thomas Wellington Jr.
John Thomas Wellington Jr., 48, of Pfafftown died November 20. He was born January 22, 1956, in Lumberton. He lived the past 12 years in Winston-Salem and was of the Baptist faith. He was employed by C.W. Myers Trading Post.
Surviving are his wife, Stephanie Allen Wellington; his daughter, Alexandria Hope Wellington; his parents, John Thomas Wellington Sr. and wife Joyce of Lumberton and Nell Crofton Wellington of Lumberton; two sisters, Virginia Webb and husband Bill of Williamston and Georgia Stephenson and husband Jimmy of Angier; two brothers, James Wellington of Lumberton and Keith Powers and wife Priscilla of Lumberton; four nieces and four nephews; his mother-in-law, Louise Myers Allen of Winston-Salem; his father-in-law, Robert M. Allen Jr. of Rockford; and many friends and loved ones.
Funeral services were held at Vogler’s Reynolda Chapel with Pastor Craig Bowman and Ted Foreman officiating. Burial followed at Forsyth Memorial Park.
Mildred Yow Clodfelter
Mildred Yow Clodfelter, 81, formerly of Winston-Salem, died November 23 at Windsor Point Nursing Home in Fuquay-Varina. She was born May 14, 1923, in Winston-Salem to Marvin Claude and Grace Manuel Yow. She was a member of the Lutheran Church of the Epiphany, where she was in the Women’s Circle and sang in the church choir. She retired from Western Electric after 36 years of service. She was preceded in death by her husband, DeWitt R. Clodfelter.
Surviving are a daughter, Kay C. Fields and husband Hampton of Raleigh; a granddaughter, Christi Morgan and husband Jef of High Point; two great-grandchildren, James and Emily Morgan of High Point; four sisters, Lena Barber of Winston-Salem, Frances Davis of Denton, Valla Dellinger of Belmont and Peggy Kiger and husband Paul of Pfafftown; and a brother, Marvin Yow and wife Louann of Lewisville.
Funeral services were held at the Lutheran Church of the Epiphany with Rev. Stephen Gerhard officiating.
Virginia Slaney Burns
Virginia “Ginn” Slaney Burns, 74, of Winston-Salem died November 24 at the Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home. She was born January 9, 1930, in Boston, MA, to Frank and Margaret Harnden Slaney. She was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church and was preceded in death by a daughter, Joanne Poelker.
Surviving are her husband of 51 years, Robert T. Burns of the home; two daughters, Terri Cornelius and husband David of East Bend and Pat Koontz and husband Chris of Clemmons; a son, Mike Burns of Wentworth; five grandchildren, Chad and Ryan Burns, Patrick and Robert Cornelius and Alex Koontz; and a brother, John Slaney of Melrose, MA.
A funeral Mass was held at Holy Family Catholic Church with Rev. Fr. Brian Cook officiating. Burial followed in Westlawn Gardens of Memory.
Floyd Henry Isgett
Floyd Henry “Cotton” Isgett, 78, of Lewisville died November 22 at Brunswick Community Hospital. He was born September 16, 1926, in Forsyth County, a son of the late William Henry Isgett and the late Lula Wood Isgett. He was employed with L.A. Reynolds for 16 years and was the owner and operator of Lewisville Paving for 22 years. He was a longtime member and deacon of Grapevine Baptist Church. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Mable H. Isgett; sisters Karomilla Bissett and Edith Livengood; and brothers W.L. Isgett and Bobby Isgett.
Surviving are his wife, Jean Steelman Isgett of the home; children Tommy Isgett and wife Joyce of Lewisville, Diane Elmore and husband Charles of Dobson and Vicki McIver of Pfafftown; stepchildren Wayne Hutchins and wife Karen of Lewisville, and Deborah Cearley and husband Donald of Pfafftown; siblings Edna Barnes of Advance, William Isgett of Myrtle Beach, SC, and Gwandella Griffin of Lexington; grandchildren Rodney Isgett, Tery Isgett, Charles Lee Elmore, Charlene Allen, Julie Parker and Dylan Isgett; stepgrandchildren Chris Cearley, Michael Cearley, Dawn Francisco and Tammy Tyree; and great-grandchildren Ashley Isgett, Charlie Allen, Sawyer Allen, Ethan Isgett and Lanie Reed.
Funeral services were held at Vogler & Sons Clemmons Chapel with Rev. Johnny Winfrey and Rev. Robert Taylor officiating. Burial followed at Grace Baptist Church Cemetery in Lewisville.
James Charles Midkiff
James Charles Midkiff, 74, of Pfafftown died unexpectedly at his home November 27. He was born in Surry County August 29, 1930, to the late George Washington and Rosa Rakes Midkiff. He retired as a truck driver from Hennis Freight Lines and also from the American Red Cross. He served his country in the U.S. Navy. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Katherine Barr and Ramona Cheek; and two brothers, Lloyd Midkiff and Harold Keith Midkiff.
Surviving are his wife of 48 years, Peggy Midkiff of the home; three daughters, Kimberly Jones and husband Travis of Greensboro, Jill Donadio and husband Michael of Charlotte and Pam Vandelli of Pfafftown; three grandchildren, Valentina Vandelli, Lauren Donadio and Matthew Donadio; three stepgrandchildren, Randy Jones, Cindy Cook and Marco Vandelli; two sisters, Carol Mills of Mount Airy and Colleen Hutchens of Dobson; a brother, Thurmond Midkiff and wife Mary Ellen of Mount Airy; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held at Hayworth-Miller Chapel in Rural Hall with Rev. Don Harvey officiating. Burial followed at Skyline Memory Gardens in Mount Airy.
Edward Kent Welch
Edward Kent Welch, 23, of Winston-Salem died November 23 as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident in Prague, Czech Republic. He was born November 13, 1981. He graduated fromUNC-Chapel Hill in June 2004, with a double major in history and peace, war and defense. He enjoyed spending time with friends and family, and he loved watching UNC athletics. He was an accomplished banjo player and performed in a Chapel Hill bluegrass band, The Grindstone String Band.
Surviving are his mother and stepfather, Kathy Acton and Jerry Smith of Winston-Salem; his father and stepmother, John and Jane Welch of Lewisville; a twin sister, Katie Welch of Columbus, Ohio; a sister, a brother-in-law and a nephew, Ashley, Doug and Wells Walker of Raleigh; a brother and sister-in-law, Stewart and Elizabeth Joseph Welch of McGuire Air Force Base, N.J.; a brother, Michael Weaver of Wilmington; maternal grandparents Katherine and Bill Acton of Winston-Salem; paternal grandfather Aaron Welch of Raleigh; and many friends and family members.
Funeral services were held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Winston-Salem.
Ola Mae Gant Poindexter
Ola Mae Gant Poindexter, 95, died December 29 at Clemmons Nursing and Rehab Center. She was born October 29, 1909, in Surry County, a daughter of Charles Gant and Mandy Cummings Gant. She was retired from Sara Lee after 42 years of service. She was of the Moravian faith. She was preceded in death by a son, Clarence R. Poindexter.
Surviving are her son, Charles Edward Poindexter and wife Jasmine of Winston-Salem; grandsons Clay Poindexter and wife Vicky of Winston-Salem and Craig Poindexter of San Francisco; and two great-grandchildren, Clayborne and Tanner Poindexter.
A graveside service was held at Oaklawn Memorial Gardens with Rev. Bill Campbell officiating.
Patricia Schoepko Spangard
Patricia Schoepko Spangard, 56, of Clemmons died December 28 at her home. She was born March 15, 1948, in Evanston, IL. She was an avid gardener, birdwatcher, cat lover and artist. She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Verna Schoepko; and a sister, Maryann North.
Surviving are her husband, Bob Spangard; a son, Matt Spangard and wife Lori of Charlotte; two sisters, Janet Didier and husband Frank of Morton Grove, IL, and Mary O’Leary of Minneapolis, MN; and her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Robert and Genevieve Spangard of Sun City Center, FL.
Funeral services were held at Hayworth-Miller Kinderton Chapel. Burial followed in Westlawn Gardens of Memory in Clemmons.
Richard Craig Schuyler
Richard “Dickie” Craig Schuyler, 58, of Winston-Salem died December 30 at his home. He was born June 7, 1946, in Forsyth County to Roscoe Lloyd and Elva Jennings Schuyler. He was a Christian man who loved all. He was a member of Hunting Creek Friends Meeting, in Hamptonville. He was an accomplished musician whose music took him around the world. He was a former member of the Grand Ole Opry, played on The Arthur Smith Show in Charlotte for nine years and worked with George Hamilton IV for many years. More recently he worked for Coates Field Services of Oklahoma City, OK. His father and brother, Joe Schuyler, preceded him in death.
Surviving are his wife, Janice Crews Schuyler of the home; his mother and stepfather, Kelly Griffin of Rural Hall; sisters Jacquie Schuyler Doby of Charlotte and Skokie Roberts and husband Vern of Galax, VA; brother Rocky Schuyler of Clemmons; sister-in-law Cindy Schuyler of Pilot Mountain; stepsister Sandra Prater and husband Kenny of Belews Creek; stepbrother Ronnie Griffin and wife Jan of Germanton; and nieces and nephews Kristie, Mandy, Angie and Casey Doby, Brandi, Lori, and Topper Jennings and Ethan Schuyler.
Funeral services were held at Hunting Creek Friends Meeting in Hamptonville with Pastor Robert Blake and Pastor Christopher Flanagan officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
Margaret Ann Myers Weatherman
Margaret Ann Myers Weatherman, 72, of Boonville died December 29 at her home. She was born October 22, 1932, in Yadkin County, the daughter of Lester Ray Sr. and Annie Dixon Myers. She began her nursing career with Dr. Ben Martin in Winston-Salem. She also worked as the Yadkin County School nurse until her retirement. She was a member of Harmony Grove Friends Meeting and was actively involved with the N.C. Yearly Meeting of Friends, where she held several positions.
Surviving are her husband of 48 years, Thad Weatherman of the home; a daughter, Julia Weatherman Baity and husband Tim of Winston-Salem; two grandchildren, Hannah Marie and Caleb John Baity of Winston-Salem; three sisters, Ethel Plyler and husband Ewell of Albemarle, Shirley Hutchens of Yadkinville and Linda Pegram and husband Tommy of Lewisville; and a brother, Lester Ray Myers Jr. and wife Pam of Yadkinville.
Funeral services were held at Harmony Grove Friends Meeting with Pastor Chris Flanagan, Pastor Billy Britt and Pastor Harold Salmons officiating. Burial followed in the Center United Methodist Church Cemetery.
Charles Kenneth Laughter
Charles Kenneth “Ken” Laughter, 37, of King died December 28 from severe injuries sustained in an automobile accident. He was the son of Jerry and Frances Laughter of Terrell. He was employed as a sales manager at Lowe’s Inc. of Mount Airy. He was of the Christian faith.
Surviving in addition to his parents are a sister, Renee Taylor and husband John of Clemmons; his girlfriend, Lisa Lowe of Pilot Mountain; and his best friend, Michael Hart and wife Tonya of Winston-Salem and their children, Becca and Katie.
Funeral services were held at Hayworth-Miller Chapel with Rev. Mike Willard and Dr. James Crocker officiating. A graveside service was held at Mountain Rest Cemetery in Kings Mountain.
Opal Beamon Warren Cooke
Opal Beamon Warren Cooke, 84, of Winston-Salem died December 30 at the Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home. Born April 18, 1920, in Forsyth County, she was the daughter of Houston L. and Vera Gertrude McNeil Beamon. She retired from Western Electric on May 31, 1980. She was preceded in death by two husbands, Macon Albert Warren in 1965 and Everett L. Cooke in 1985; and three brothers, Odell H. Beamon, Lawrence G. Beamon and Stanley J. Beamon.
Surviving are four children, Darlene Warren Long and husband Dennis of Tobaccoville, Jimmy G. Warren and wife Connie of High Point, Michael A. Warren and wife Cynthia of Tobaccoville and Shannun Warren Clark and special friend John Breier of Lewisville; three grandchildren, Deborah Bogart of Florida and Brandy Warren and Jaime Warren, both of Belews Creek; and a sister, Lucile Beamon Vogler of Clemmons.
Funeral services were held at Hayworth-Miller Silas Creek Chapel, with Rev. G. Thomas Shelton officiating. Burial followed in Forsyth Memorial Park.
Ruby Refiner Charles
Ruby Refiner Charles, 86, of Winston-Salem died December 28 at Clemmons Village. She was born November 10, 1918, in Forsyth County to Harrison and Georgia O’Mara Charles. She was a member of Macedonia Moravian Church. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Lonnie Charles and Clarence Charles.
Surviving are seven sisters, Hazel Nance, Alice Charles, Mildred Holbrook and Mary Butner, all of Winston-Salem, Betty Charles of Clemmons, Charlotte Ingles of Burlington and Margaret Brown of Yucaipo, CA; and two brothers, Lawrence Charles of Carolina Beach and George Charles of Mocksville.
Funeral services were held at Macedonia Moravian Church with Rev. Richard Shamel officiating. Burial follow
Robert James Westmoreland
Robert James “Rob” Westmoreland, 40, of Rural Hall died December 25 at Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem. He was born in Forsyth County on December 27, 1963, to Robert Henry and Stella Mae Brinkley Westmoreland. He was preceded in death by his parents and his father-in-law, Philip John Salamone.
Surviving are his wife, Josie Westmoreland; a daughter, Kathryn Angel Westmoreland; a son, Robert James “Jay” Westmoreland, all of the home; a sister, Teresa Wolverton and husband Hugh of Clemmons; a niece, Candace Wolverton; a nephew, Brian Wolverton and wife Monica; a great-niece, Landry Wolverton; a great-nephew, William Wolverton; mother-in-law Antonina Salamone; sister-in-law Rosie Salamone; and two brothers-in-law, Benny Salamone and wife Rosalie and Philip Salamone, all of Illinois.