Jack Laurence Palmer
Jack Laurence Palmer, 77, a resident of Rose Tara Plantation in King, died January 2 at the Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home in Winston-Salem following a period of declining health. He was born in Forsyth County on October 3, 1927, a son of the late Robert Glen and Lillian Lawrence Palmer. He was a member of Baux Mountain Baptist Church. He had retired from AT&T with 37 years of service. He was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Barbara Saunders Palmer, and a son, Mark Palmer.
Surviving are two sons, Gary Palmer of Walkertown and Jack Palmer Sr. and wife Felicia of King; five grandchildren, Melissa Palmer, Jack D. Palmer Jr., Stacey Lynch, Tyler Palmer and Cassidy Palmer; and a brother, Robert Palmer and wife Janice of Lewisville.
A graveside service was held at Gardens of Memory in Walkertown with Rev. Mark Smith officiating.
Winfred Lee Bovender
Winfred “Wimpy” Lee Bovender, 62, of Winston-Salem died December 28 at Forsyth Medical Center. He was born June 23, 1942, in Forsyth County to the late LeRoy W. and Ruth Fortson Bovender. For several years, he played on softball teams for Lawrence’s Grill and Poindexter Lumber Co.
Surviving are his wife, Nancy Hunt Bovender of the home; a daughter, Hope Slate and husband Johnny of Walnut Cove; a son, J. Kent Bovender and wife Lisa of Lexington; four grandchildren, Zack and Dalton Slate, Kayla Bovender and Erica Parrish; two sisters, Kaye Hester and husband Kenneth of Clemmons and Sandra Bovender of Rural Hall; and his grandmother, Maggie Bovender of Winston-Salem.
Funeral services were held at Hayworth-Miller Silas Creek Chapel, and burial followed in Oaklawn Memorial Gardens.
Vermell Stilley Lawson
Vermell Stilley Lawson, 89, of Winston-Salem died April 2 at her home. She was born July 16, 1916, in Forsyth County, a daughter of the late Gray and Carrie Spainhour Stilley. She was a packing-machine operator with R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. and retired with 42 years of service. She was a member of Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Rete Calvert Lawson, in 1947.
Surviving are her children, Ruth Stilley Stanley of Archdale, Kenneth Ray Stilley and wife Barbara of Alabama, Calvin Richard Lawson and wife Brenda of Amelia Courthouse, Va., Jerry Wayne Lawson and wife Susan of Lewisville, and Liller Kay Wiles and Richard Taylor of East Bend; sister Jane Pinnix of Winston-Salem; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at Hillsman-Hix Funeral Home Chapel in Amelia Courthouse. Burial followed in Little Flock Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery.
Charles Gray Craft
Charles Gray Craft, 82, of Lexington, Ky. died March 21. He was born September 19, 1924, in Forsyth County to Ethel Mae and Gurney Baxter Craft Sr.
Surviving are his wife, Phyllis Craft; two sons, Charlie and Ronnie Craft; brothers Edwin and John Craft of Lewisville; Raymond Craft of Pfafftown, James Craft of Winston-Salem, and Gurney Craft Jr. of O’Fallon, Ill.
Mark David Price
Mark David Price, 48, of Winston-Salem died April 2 at Rowan Regional Medical Center. He was born February 26, 1958, in Forsyth County to David William and Marzell Bowers Price. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. His father, David William Price, preceded him in death.
Surviving are his mother, Marzell Bowers Price of the home; a sister, Teri Osborne, and husband Doug of Belews Creek; a niece, Megan Lennex of Belews Creek; and aunts and uncles Ella Mae Weatherman of Lewisville, Nova Potts of Winston-Salem, Harold Price and wife Kirby of Greensboro, Billy Price and wife Ruth of Winston-Salem, Barbara Bowers of Winston-Salem, and Elzada Bowers of Easley, S.C.; and several cousins.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Ruby Lorraine Smith
Ruby Lorraine Smith, 94, of Winston-Salem died April 8 at Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home. She was born July 19, 1911, in Yadkin County to Henry and Pearl Royal. She was the oldest living member of Southside Baptist Church, where for a number of years she made the costumes for their annual living nativity scene. She was preceded in death by her husband, Miles A. Smith; three sisters; and two brothers.
Surviving are a son, William Smith and wife Delores of Winston-Salem; a daughter, Phyllis Johnson and husband Charles of Franklinton; a grandson, Donald G. Smith and wife Vickie of Clemmons; four great-grandchildren, Melissa, Michelle, Taylor and Leeanna Smith of Clemmons; three sisters, Kate Royal, Betty Tilley and Evelyn Wilson; two brothers, Jim Royal and wife Joe and Clarance Royal; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held at Vogler & Sons Main Street Chapel with Rev. Max Furr and Pastor David Frankenfield officiating.
Janie Hall Gordon
Janie Hall Gordon, 50, of Walnut Cove died April 6 at her home, after a three-week illness. She was born on January 15, 1956, in Winston-Salem to Mabel Cooke Hall and Grady Hall. She worked for Bank of America in Greensboro and was a member of Refuge Baptist Church in Walnut Cove. She was preceded in death by her mother.
Surviving are her husband of 32 years, Gary N. Gordon; her father, Grady Hall of Clemmons; her brothers, Charles Terry Hall of Raleigh and David W. Hall of Tobaccoville; her nephews, Zachary Hall, Nicholas Hall and John Taylor Hall of Tobaccoville; and her nieces, Kimberly Gordon of Winston-Salem and Courtney Gore of Carolina Beach.
A memorial service was held at Refuge Baptist Church in Walnut Cove with Rev. Jerry Nelson officiating.
George Edward Johnson
George Edward Johnson, 71, of Pfafftown died April 9 at Forsyth Medical Center. He was born on October 31, 1934, to Joseph Edward and Ann McCandless Johnson. He was a member of Olivet Moravian Church, where he had served as a Sunday school teacher and on various church boards and committees. He was a former member of the Provincial Elders’ Conference and the financial board of the Moravian Church in America, Southern Province. He retired as president of Holly Poultry Co. of Winston-Salem in 2003.
Surviving are his wife, Patricia Peterson Johnson; two sons, Mike Johnson and wife Kathy and David Johnson; two grandchildren, Emily and Abby; three sisters, JoAnne Dunn and husband Jerry Sarah Rhodes and Mary Lou Scofield and husband Earl; mother-in-law Margie Peterson; and brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Bennett and Linda Perry.
Funeral services were held at Olivet Moravian Church with Rev. Doug Rights officiating.
Emmit Otis Ayers
Emmit Otis Ayers, 76, of Advance died April 7 at home. He was born November 15, 1929, in Cana, Va., to C.D. and Frances Thomas Ayers. He retired from R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. after more than 35 years. He and his wife owned and operated E&J Cafeteria in Clemmons for 10 years. The restaurant was known for his biscuits, tenderloin and gravy, and her preparation of the vegetables he lovingly grew in their garden. He enjoyed retiring to Daytona Beach for several years. He was a member of Clemmons First Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by a son, Rodney; brothers Bobby and Ray; and sisters Marie and Josie.
Surviving are his wife of 56 years, Jane Ayers; three sons, Steve Ayers and wife Janet of Concord, Ken Ayers and wife Cecilia of Lewisville and Chris Ayers and wife Vicky of Charlotte; seven grandchildren, Valerie Lassiter and husband, Chris of Raleigh, Julie Turner and husband Matthew of Plymouth, Lauren Simpson and husband Miles of Concord, Tim Ayers of Seagrove, Steve Ayers Jr. of Concord, Melissa Ayers of Lewisville and Will Ayers of Charlotte; two great-grandchildren, Zachary and Bradley Turner of Plymouth; three sisters, Mae Mayes of Winston-Salem, Alice Hutchens of Kernersville and Betty Hollifield and husband Bill of Winston-Salem; brother Garnett Ayers and wife Nancy of Winston-Salem; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held at Vogler & Sons Reynolda Chapel with Rev. Dr. Chris Ayers and Rev. Dr. Steve Ayers officiating.
Sue Johnson Cox
Sue Johnson Cox, 74, of Walkertown died April 7 at her home. She was born October 2, 1931, in Yadkin County to Charlie Kye and Nellie Money Johnson. She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church and was retired from R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. after 31 years of service. She was preceded in death by a grandson, Cody Cox.
Surviving are her husband, L. Alton Cox of the home; two children, Cathy S. Crosby of Charlotte and William Chris Shore of Winston-Salem; three stepchildren, Monteese Webb and husband Stanley of Lexington, Denise Williams of Lexington and Alton Van Cox of Walkertown; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a brother, Harold C. Johnson of Spartanburg, S.C.; and a sister, Peggy Vestal of Lewisville.
Funeral services were held at St. John’s Lutheran Church with Rev. Kevin Armbrust officiating. Burial followed in Gardens of Memory in Walkertown.
Debra Lerlen Fulton
Debra Lerlen Fulton Robinson, 54, of Pfafftown died April 5 at Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home. She was born on February 23, 1952, in Brooklyn, N.Y., the daughter of William and Dorothy Nettles Fulton. She was the owner of D&S Consignment and was a retired registered nurse of the Forsyth County Public Health Department. She was a former member of Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church, Steward Chapel and was presently a member of Phillips Chapel Baptist Church.
Surviving are her children, Dormeka Antionette Headen, Carlos Denard McClam and wife Jeannette and Rayshaun Detonio Robinson; her mother, Dorothy Jarrett; her siblings, Gloria Fulton, Ronald Jarrett, William Fulton, Donald Jarrett and Reginald Jarrett; and other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held at Phillips Chapel Baptist Church with Rev. Lamont Johnson officiating. Burial followed in Evergreen Cemetery.
Geneva Alley Newsome
Geneva Alley Newsome, 85, formerly of Winston-Salem, died April 3 at Huntersville Oaks Nursing Home in Charlotte. She was born December 14, 1920, in Forsyth County to Robert Alley and Sibbie Mae Alley. She was a member of Crews United Methodist Church.
Surviving are three daughters; Annette N. Johnston and husband George of Birmingham, Ala.; Nancy N. Crater of Winston-Salem; and Janet N. Kutcher and husband George, of Charlotte; two sons, Ronnie Newsome and wife Donna of Clemmons and Stephen Todd Newsome and wife Terri of Cornelius; 10 grandchildren, Wendy N. Helmendach, Farrah N. Dixon, Julie J. Lowder, Hailey J. Caldwell, Lynne Johnston, Nicholas Alexander, Michael Kutcher, Katie Kutcher, Hunter Holt Newsome and Brooke Newsome; six great-grandchildren, Morgan and Truett Helmendach, Nicholas and Ashley Alexander and Campbell Dixon and Austin Gray Lowder; and a sister, Geraldine Carter Gorman of Pensacola, Fla.
Funeral services were held at Crews United Methodist Church with Rev. Bob Huffman officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
Edythe Louise Yale Enscore
Edythe Louise Yale Enscore, 74, of Clemmons died June 12 at Forsyth Medical Center. She was born on June 27, 1931, in Forsyth County to Joseph Earl Yale Sr. and Ollie Byrd Yale Hellard. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James R. Enscore Sr., on March 16, 1997.
Surviving are her son, Roger Enscore and wife Linda of Winston-Salem; her daughters, Becky Blakely and husband Ron, JoAnn Williams and husband Dennis, all of Winston-Salem, and Susan Enscore of the home; brothers Joseph Earl Yale Jr. of Las Vegas, Nev., and Richard Hellard and wife Carol of Juneau, Alaska; sister Ruth Brooks and husband Jim of Winston-Salem; and three grandchildren, Matt Blakely, Paula Enscore and Kati Enscore.
A graveside service was held at Oaklawn Memorial Gardens with Pastor Chris Byrne officiating.
Phillips S. Stitt
Phillips S. Stitt, 89, of Clemmons died June 13 at Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home. He was born May 30, 1917, in Vandergrift, Pa. He served 39 years with the U.S. federal government, retiring as chief, Admeasurement Branch, from the U.S. Coast Guard. He also served with the U.S. Army during World War II.
Surviving are his wife of 71 years, Helen Stitt of the home; two daughters, Lois Kincer of Winston-Salem and Gail Chavrid and husband Alexander of Greenbelt, Md.; a brother, Earl Stitt and wife Jean of Wheaton, Md.; seven grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.
Funeral services were held at Central Terrace United Methodist Church with Rev. Ken Eller and Rev. David Greene officiating. Burial followed in Parklawn Memorial Park.
Grace Ellen Steelman Sloop
Grace Ellen Steelman Sloop, 87, of Yadkinville died June 14 at Willowbrook Health Care Center. She was born September 20, 1918, in Yadkin County to Ansel Camey “A.C.” and Rebecca Masten Steelman. She was a faithful member of Deep Creek Baptist Church, as long as her health permitted. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Sloop, in 1993; three sisters, Stella Hayes, Clarine S. York and Doris Fields; and two brothers, Archie Steelman and Leewood Steelman.
Surviving are her two sons, Gerald Sloop and wife Nancy of Yadkinville and Kenneth Sloop of Lewisville; grandchildren, Michael and Jason Sloop of Raleigh; and Eric Sloop, Allyson Burns and Robert Kendall, all of Yadkinville; and four great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at Deep Creek Baptist Church with Dr. Ron Davis officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
James Howard Greenwood
James Howard Greenwood, 80, of Winston-Salem died June 14 at Forsyth Medical Center. He was born September 23, 1925, in Surry County to William McKinley and Fannie Pardew Greenwood. He served in the U.S. Navy as a coxswain aboard the USS LST 972 during World War II. He was awarded the American Area Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (two stars), the Philippine Liberation Ribbon 1 star, the Point System and the World War II Victory Medal. He was a member and very supportive of the VFW.
Surviving are a son, Kyle Greenwood and wife Margaret of Clemmons; his grandchildren, Kimberly G. Wagoner and husband Shane of Clemmons and Amy G. Riley and husband Kevin of Norfolk, Va.; great-grandchildren Emily Wagoner and Graham Wagoner; a sister-in-law, Kathleen Greenwood of Winston-Salem; a nephew, Randy Greenwood and wife Kaye of Lewisville; a great-niece, Morgan Greenwood; and a very special friend, Mildred Boggs of Clemmons.
A graveside service was held at Westlawn Gardens of Memory in Clemmons with Dr. Worth Green officiating.
Angela Dunn Gould
Angela Dunn Gould, 54, of Durham, Maine died June 12 at her home. She was born in Winston-Salem to James Wilson and Ella Lashmit Dunn. She worked several years in the textile industry. Her devotion to Christ led her to forsake a career in textiles to provide a godly home for her husband and two daughters. She was well known for her mastery of the domestic arts and her warm Southern hospitality. She and her family moved to Maine in 1987 and with five other families helped establish the Brunswick Church of the Brethren.
Surviving are her husband of 32 years, James L. Gould; her two daughters, Mary Ella Hanson and husband Jonathan of Fayetteville, Pa., and Sarah Minnich and husband Joshua of Lisbon Falls; her father, James W. Dunn of Clemmons; sisters Peggy Chappell of Winston-Salem and Ella Dee Edwards of Clemmons; brothers Michael Dunn of Advance and Steven Dunn of Winston-Salem; and nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held at Fraternity Church of the Brethren in Winston-Salem.
Marie Mathis Boles
Marie Mathis Boles, 82 of Lewisville died June 12 at Forsyth Medical Center. She was born February 18, 1924, in Forsyth County to the late Turner William and Mamie Lashmit Mathis. She retired from AT&T with 31 years of service. Marie was a member of South Fork Baptist Church and the Pioneers. She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Clinard Boles; and her brother, Lee Mathis.
Surviving are a son, Ronald A. Boles Sr. and wife Mary of East Bend; a daughter, Carolyn E. Boles of Winston-Salem; two grandchildren, Ronald A. Boles Jr. and wife Christina and Debra Boles Adams and husband Derrick; five great-grandchildren, Jamie, Avery and Hayden Adams and Caleb and Logan Boles; a brother, Richard A. Mathis of East Bend; and a sister, Kaye Cobbler of Kernersville.
Funeral services were held at Hayworth-Miller Silas Creek Chapel with Rev. Herbert Mabe and Rev. Carroll Bibb officiating. Burial followed at Westlawn Gardens of Memory in Clemmons.
Jimmy Franklin Hanes
Jimmy Franklin Hanes, 72, of Lexington died June 13 at Forsyth Medical Center after a lengthy illness. He was born January 29, 1934, in Davidson County to John Herman Hanes Sr. and Hazel Walser Hanes. He was owner/operator of J.F. Hanes Paving Co. and served in the U.S. Marines. He was a former member of Midway Lions Club and a director for Davidson Water Co. He was a member of Midway United Methodist Church. He was preceded in death by two brothers, J.H. Hanes Jr. and Roy Hanes.
Surviving are his mother, Hazel W. Hanes of Reedy Creek; his wife, Joanne Hanes of the home; daughters Ginger Davis and husband Mark of Lewisville, Tracey Hanes of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Heather Hanes of the home; three grandchildren, Holly Davis, Whitney Davis and Emily Davis, all of Lewisville; brother William V. Hanes and wife Sylvia of Reeds; sister Virginia Weisner of Reedy Creek; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held at Midway United Methodist Church with Rev. John Woods Jr. officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
Gertrude Pegram Burton
Gertrude Pegram Burton, 100, of Lewisville died June 14 at Vienna Village in Pfafftown. She was born August 23, 1905, in Forsyth County to William Anderson and Lucy Swain Pegram. She was a member of Brookstown United Methodist Church. She was retired from Duplan Textile Co. with 22 years of service. She was also a member of the Lewisville Joy Club. When health permitted, she enjoyed gardening, especially roses. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lee Roy Burton Sr; a daughter, Dorothy B. Dimmette; and four sisters, Mary, Sara, Ruth and Gladys.
Surviving are a daughter, Phyllis Wiles of Winston-Salem; four sons, Lee Roy Burton Jr. and wife Rosie of Lewisville, Alburn Burton and wife Peggy of Walkertown, Larry Burton and wife Betty of Advance and Wayne Burton and wife Lydia of Pfafftown; 16 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and numerous great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at Forsyth Memorial Park Mausoleum Chapel with Rev. Roland Barnhardt officiating.
Grady Wayne Weaver
Grady Wayne Weaver, 64, of Clemmond died unexpectedly June 16 at his home. Born March 2, 1942, in Forsyth County, he was the son of Earnest Grady and Laura S. Weaver. He was of the Baptist faith and loved to go bass fishing and deer hunting. He was preceded in death by his father and an infant brother.
Surviving are his wife of 43 years, Beth B. Weaver of the home; a daughter, Shannon Joyce and husband Steve of Lexington; a son, Brent Weaver and wife Sherry of Clemmons; his mother, Laura S. Weaver of Winston-Salem; six grandchildren, Zach, Corey and Kayla Joyce and Lauren, Andrew and Morgan Weaver; and a host of cousins.
Funeral services were held at Hayworth-Miller Silas Creek Chapel with Rev. G. Thomas Shelton officiating. Entombment followed at Parklawn Memorial Gardens.