John Eugene Sisk
John Eugene “Gene” Sisk, 77, of Winston-Salem, died May 27 at the Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home. He was born February 28, 1926, in Forsyth County to the late Charlie William and Florence Yates Sisk. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was retired from the City of Winston-Salem as a supervisor in the Utilities Department with 30 years service. He was of the Primitive Baptist faith. He was a member of the Forsyth County Beekeepers Association. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers Clyde, Howard and Gilmer Sisk.
Surviving are his wife, Mary Gordon Sisk of the home; two sons, Tommy G. Sisk and wife Peggy of Clemmons and Mark E. Sisk and wife Polly of Asheboro; a daughter, Sue S. Bruce and husband Randy of Rural Hall; eight grandchildren, Kelly S. Creasy, Andy Sisk, Stephanie Sisk, Sarah Sisk, Andrea Sisk, Hayden Sisk, Erik Bruce and Logan Bruce; two great-grandchildren, Parker and Abigail Creasy; a sister, Mrs. A.R. Pegg of Kernersville; and two brothers, Cecil Sisk and Victor Sisk, both of Winston-Salem.
Funeral services were held at Hayworth-Miller Silas Creek Chapel with Rev. Elizabeth Parker officiating, and burial followed at Forsyth Memorial Park.
Anne Siler Reynolds
Anne Siler Reynolds, 100, a resident of Vienna Village Retirement Center, died May 27. She was born in Macon County March 1, 1903, the daughter of Arther and Katherine Slagle Siler. She was a school teacher in Lewisville. She was a member of Lewisville United Methodist Church, where she was active in many church activities. She was also active with the Girl Scouts for many years. On May 20, 1929, she married Frank T. Reynolds, one of the original founders of L.A. Reynolds Co. in Winston-Salem and Seven Devils in Watauga County, who preceded her in death.
Surviving are a son, Richard Reynolds and wife Sharon of Kernersville; a daughter, Kathy Jackson of Boone; four grandchildren, Shannon Sparks of Houston, Texas, Jason Reynolds of Denver, Colo., John Sparks of Boone and Adrianne Reynolds of Clearwater, Fla.; a sister, Katherine Zachary of Charlotte; a brother, William Siler of Morro Bay, Calif.; three nieces; and two nephews.
Funeral services were held at Lewisville United Methodist Church with Rev. James Faggart officiating, and burial followed in the church cemetery.
Robert Giddings Boyd Jr.
Robert Giddings Boyd Jr., 63, of Clemmons died August 6 at Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem. He was born March 16, 1940, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, to Robert G. and Laura Jean Stephenson Boyd. He served as an Airborne Ranger in the U.S. Army and was a licensed nursing-home administrator employed by Avante Nursing Home in Wilkesboro.
Surviving are his wife of 25 years, Denise Boyd; a daughter, Julianna C. Boyd; a son, Robert “Robby” G. Boyd III of Clemmons; a daughter, Stephanie G. MacDonald of Charlottesville, Va.; and two brothers, Stephen Reid Boyd of Lehighton, Pa., and Gregory Page Boyd of Fergus Falls, Minn.
Funeral services were held at Hayworth-Miller Kinderton Chapel, Bermuda Run. A graveside service was held at Holy Trinity Chapel, Glendale Springs.
Carolyn Saylor Stewart
Carolyn Saylor Stewart, 55, of Lewisville died August 8 at Forsyth Medical Center. She was born in Forsyth County on November 20, 1947, to Bruce L. and Francis Webster Saylor. She was a loyal and dedicated member of Warners Chapel Church of Christ, where she was active in all aspects of the church, but especially enjoyed teaching. She was an avid gardener and loved bird watching. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother and a friend to all with whom she came in contact.
Surviving are her loving husband of 38 years, Sherrill L. Stewart of the home; a daughter, Capt. Karen Patrick and husband Sam of Hawaii; a son, Capt. Jay L. Stewart and wife Erica of Washington, D.C.; three grandchildren, Mary and Sophia Stewart and Jack Stewart Patrick; a sister, Kathy Arrington and husband Wesley of Pfafftown; a brother, Don Saylor and wife Peggy of Davidson County; and a special friend, Janet Stewart.
Funeral services were held at Warners Chapel Church of Christ with Denton Landon, minister, and Elder Ted Stewart officiating, and burial followed in the church cemetery.
Jess Roy Thompson
Jess Roy Thompson, 75, of Franklin died July 28 at an Asheville Hospital. He was a native of Macon County, a son of the late Jess H. and Ethel Buchanan Thompson. He was married to Margarete Popp Thompson who passed away in 1993. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy serving four years and a veteran of the U.S. Army serving 19 years. He retired from the military December 31, 1967, and also retired from Joseph Schlitz Brewing Co. in Winston-Salem in 1989. Hewas a lifetime member of the VFW Post No. 7339 and the American Legion Post No. 108 and was a member of Ridgecrest Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by a brother, William D. Thompson.
Surviving are four brothers, Harold Thompson and wife Norma of Clemmons, George Thompson and wife Virginia of Winston-Salem, Harry Thompson and wife Bea of Runge, Texas, and Doug Thompson and wife Pat of Franklin; two sisters, Elizabeth Buchanan and husband Howard of Sylva and Dolly F. Thompson of Franklin;12 nieces and nephews; 16 great-nieces and nephews; and seven great-great nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held in the chapel of Bryant Funeral Home with Rev. Guy Duvall and Rev. Tommy Fouts officiating. Burial followed at Ridgecrest Baptist Church Cemetery with the VFW and American Legion conducting military graveside rites.
Louise B. Seats
Louise B. Seats, 87, of Lewisville died August 10. She was born to Lewis A. and Mary Ella Caudle Bryant on September 23, 1915. On February 20, 1937, she married John C. Seats, who died on April 11, 2001. She was also preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Josephine Bryant; and an infant brother, James Andrew Bryant. She was a member of Union United Methodist Church.
Surviving are a daughter, Carolyn Disher and husband Johnny of Lewisville; a son, Phil Seats and wife Melissa of Winston-Salem; five grandchildren, David Disher, and Tim Disher and wife Buffy of Lewisville, Abby, Lizzie and John Seats of Winston-Salem; two great-grandchildren, Cara and Will Disher of Lewisville; four sisters-in-law, Elizabeth S. Pilcher of Lewisville, Frances S. Sisk and husband, Victor, of Winston-Salem, Mary S. O’Harrah and husband, Les, of Lewisville and Jackie Seats of Lewisville; three brothers-in-law, Joseph “Ted” Seats and wife, Ann, William “Tan” Seats and wife, Wayne, and Worth Seats and wife, Faye, all of Lewisville; and a number of nieces and nephews.
A graveside service was held at Union United Methodist Church Cemetery with Rev. Edwin Needham officiating.
Rubert Edward Cromer
Rubert “PaPa” Edward Cromer, 88, of Pfafftown died August 9 at Forsyth Memorial Hospital. He was born in Stokes County, the son of William Washington and Fannie Westmoreland Cromer, on November 11, 1914. He spent his early life in Stokes County and served in the U.S. Army and the N.C. National Guard. He was retired from Brown & Williamson Tobacco Co. after 43 years of service. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Alvis Cromer and Tony Cromer; and a sister, Lily Lackey.
Surviving are a daughter, Linda Foster of Whitsett; two sons, Clyde Cromer and wife Jessie of Winston-Salem and Roger Cromer and wife Debbie of Pfafftown; nine grandchildren, Patty, Charlene, Jason, Sharon, Mark, Kelly, Kim, Bobby and Jeremy; 18 great-grandchildren; four nieces, Jeanie, Nancy, Carolyn and Janice; and a special maternal niece, Janie.
A graveside service was held at Forsyth Memorial Park with Rev. Roger Motsinger officiating.
Ruth Helouise Schuyler
Ruth Helouise Schuyler, 85, of Lewisville died August 8 at Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home. She was born March 13, 1918, in Galax, Va., to Willie Jackson Schuyler and Rosa Hawks Schuyler. She was talented in music, playing several instruments. She will be remembered for her sense of humor and love of people. She faithfully attended Harmony Grove United Methodist Church. Her 11 brothers and sisters preceded her in death.
Surviving are her daughter, Sandra Rideout Dunn and husband R.A. Tony Dunn Sr. of Wilmington; a granddaughter, Shannon Thornton and husband James Allen Thornton Jr.; a great-granddaughter, Rachel Thornton, who was the love of her life, of Mount Pleasant, S.C.; a grandson, R.A. Tony Dunn Jr. of Winston-Salem; special relatives Dan and Janet Jennings and Rocky Schuyler; numerous nieces and nephews; and a special friend, Etta Adams.
Funeral services were held at Harmony Grove United Methodist Church with Rev David G. Lookadoo officiating, and burial followed at Westlawn Gardens of Memory in Clemmons.
Siena Hillegaart Hemmen
Siena Hillegaart Hemmen, 86, of Clemmons died August 3 at Forsyth Medical Center. She was born March 5, 1917, in the Netherlands to Johannes Hillegaart and Jocoba Hillegaart. She moved to America in 1948.
Surviving are a brother, Marinus Hillegaart of Clemmons.
There was no stated service.
Rev. Terence Ronald Martin
Rev. Terence “Terry” Ronald Martin, 74, of Pfafftown died August 7 at Forsyth Medical Center. He was born November 8, 1928, in Quebec, Canada, to the late Russell and Elsie Brown Martin. In his teen years he surrendered to God’s call to be a minister of the Gospel and served 54 years through the evangelistic ministry of chalk art and the spoken word. He served as alumni director of the King’s College in New York, and vice president of public relations at International Students Inc. in Washington, D.C. He was the director of Christian Service and Register at Piedmont Baptist College in Winston-Salem and managed a Missionary Prayer Letter Service in his home for 20 years. He was a member of Twin City Baptist Church.
Surviving are his wife, Anne T. Martin, who provided musical accompaniment for his chalk-art ministry; a son, Kyle and wife Carol; and a daughter, Kathy, all of of North Carolina.
Funeral services were held at Twin City Baptist Church with Pastor James Newcomer officiating, and burial followed at Parklawn Memorial Gardens.
Frances Mary Holcomb
Frances Mary Holcomb, 67, of Clemmons died August 10 at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.
A memorial service was held at J.C. Green & Sons Wallburg Chapel.
Evangeline Pardue Drane
Evangeline Pardue Drane, 92, of Winston-Salem died at Forsyth Medical Center on August 10. She was born in Davie County on July 11, 1911, to Henry and Cora Robertson Pardue. She was a member of First Baptist Church and had worked for 16 years at R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., in the engineering department. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dewey Edward Drane.
Surviving are her son, Henry E. Drane and wife Phyllis of Clemmons; three grandchildren, Sharon G. Guyer and husband Mitch of Belews Creek, Tami D. Ellis and husband Jerry of East Bend and J. Mark Drane and wife Shannon of Hendersonville; four great-grandchildren, Courtney, Brooke, Alex and Faith; and a sister, Clara Gabard and husband Clarence of Winston-Salem.
Funeral services were held at Hayworth-Miller Silas Creek Chapel with Dr. David Hughes officiating, and burial followed at Forsyth Memorial Park.
Thomas Milton Phillips Sr.
Thomas Milton Phillips Sr., 75, of Charlotte, died July 31 at his home. He was born June 16, 1928, in Charlotte, a son of the late Frank B. and Grace Willoughby Phillips. He grew up in Charlotte and was a pioneer manufacturer’s rep to the graphic arts industry. He retired from his own company, Milt Phillips and Associates, which he founded in the late 1960s and which became the largest such company in the Southeast. Prior to establishing his company, he enjoyed a successful career ranging from sales to regional sales management for such companies as Kendall Mills and Fairchild Davidson. He was an elder at Plaza Presbyterian Church and loved the outdoors, especially golfing and fishing. He was a member of Keystone Lodge #726 AF&AM, York Rite Bodies and the Oasis Temple of the Shrine. He was preceded in death by a son, David Wayne Phillips, and a brother, Jerry Phillips.
Surviving are his wife of 56 years, Mary Jane Nisbet Phillips; two sons, Thomas Milton Phillips Jr. of Clemmons and Walter Frank Phillips and wife Laura of Matthews; four grandchildren, Thomas Matthew, Lauren Ashley, Lesley Ann and Matthew Alexander Phillips; a brother, Billy Phillips of Lexington, S.C.
A memorial service was held at Plaza Presbyterian Church with Rev. Tom Tate and Rev. Mrs. Gerry Griffith officiating.
Eleanor Ruth Pittaway
Eleanor Ruth Pittaway, 84, died July 31 at Forsyth Residential Care Facility. She formerly resided at Independence Village in Winston-Salem. The wife of Clifford C. Pittaway Jr. (d. June 28, 1974), she was born in Archbald, Pa., on October 3, 1918, to the late Joseph and Pearl Schwartztrauber. She resided in Carbondale, Pa., for most of her adult life, retiring to Florida and North Carolina. While at Independence Village, she was active in the Village Voices and the “Name That Tune” singers. She was a devout member of the Lutheran Church of the Epiphany and served in ministry as a lector and as a member of the Mary-Martha Circle. Second of six, she was preceded in death by three sisters, Pearl Martini of Philadelphia, Pa., Mae Parry of Carbondale, Pa., and Dorothy Bjork of Carbondale, Pa.
Surviving are her son, Dr. Donald E. Pittaway and wife Carmel of Clemmons; her daughter, Carole Mancuso and husband Frank of Hermitage, Pa.; two sisters, Mildred Slade of Lebanon, Pa., and Joann Ruddy of Coorville, N.J.; four grandchildren, Michael Mancuso, Lisa Wheeler, Jennifer Baer and Donald E. Pittaway Jr.; three great-grandchildren, Alaina Myers and Katie and Hannah Wheeler; and a great-great-grandchild, Brendan Wilkenson.
Funeral services were held at the Lutheran Church of the Epiphany in Winston-Salem with Rev. Steven Gerhard and Rev. Laura Wind officiating. Burial was in East Dyberry Cemetery in Honesdale, Pa.
Treva Sizemore Macon
Treva Sizemore Macon, 83, of Polo Ridge Assisted Living died at Forsyth Medical Center July 26. She was born August 1, 1919, in Forsyth County to Irving and Nellie Flinchum Crews. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church for more than 60 years. She had managed a mail-order greeting-card business with her husband, N.C. Sizemore Sr. She later worked as a sales associate for J.C. Penney Co. until her retirement in 1988. She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Rev. Robert L. Crews and Jack Crews; and three husbands, N.C. Sizemore Sr. in 1966, Thomas H. Cook in 1988 and Leonard L. Macon in 1994.
Surviving her are her son, N.C. Sizemore Jr. and wife Shelley of Jacksonville, Fla.; two grandchildren, Rev. Julia Ashby and husband Dr. Charles Ashby of Virginia Beach, Va. and Cheryl Randall of Jacksonville, Fla.; six great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Irene Glasgow and husband Herbert C. of Winston-Salem; special caregivers, nephew, Bobby Sizemore and wife Peggy of Clemmons and niece, Peggy Holmes and husband Stephen of Winston-Salem; and numerous special nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held at Hayworth-Miller Silas Creek Chapel with Dr. Gary Chapman and Rev. Julia Ashby officiating, and burial followed at Forsyth Memorial Park.
Doris Bennett Priddy
Doris Bennett Priddy, 74, of Lawsonville died August 5 at her home. She was born December 1, 1928, in Stokes County, the daughter of the late Charlie E. and Ethel Stanley Bennett. She was retired from J.P. Stevens, was a homemaker and a member of Stoney Ridge Baptist Church.
Surviving are her husband of 55 years, William “Dee” Priddy, of the home; two daughters, Saundra Priddy of Madison and Denise Shelton and husband Tim of Lawsonville; a son, Phillip Priddy and wife Patricia of Walnut Cove; four grandchildren, Amanda Mabe and husband Randy, Emily Oakley and husband Darren, Crystal Stewart and husband Patrick and Jennifer Williams; two great-grandchildren, Savannah Williams and Allison Mabe; three brothers, Bob Bennett and wife Louise of Lewisville and Junior Bennett and wife Marie and Jack Bennett and wife Allure, all of Westfield; and a special friend, Shirley Wood of Madison.
Funeral services were held at Stoney Ridge Baptist Church with Rev. Yates Wilkinson and Rev. Joe Shockley officiating, and burial followed in the church cemetery.
Rev. Arthur Cox
Reverend Arthur Cox, 76, of Jonesville died July 31 at Elkin Health Care Center of Elkin. He was born in McDowell County, W.Va., on November 13, 1926, to Guy Cox and Annie Bateman Cox. He was a member of the Jonesville Church of God and was the minister there before he retired. He was preceded in death by his parents; and a son, Jim Cox.
Surviving are his wife, Lois Day Cox of the home; a son, Michael Cox and wife Treva of Charlotte; a daughter-in-law, Joyce Cox of Clemmons; three brothers, Warren Cox of Winston-Salem, Tim Cox of Welcome and Rev. Cabel Cox of Ronda; four sisters, Laverne Cox of Thurmond, Blanche Brown of Austin, Joyce Billings of Thurmond and Sylvia Key of Elkin; two grandchildren, Serena Cox and Carmen Cox; and a host of loving nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held at the Jonesville Church of God with Rev. Phillip King and Rev. Earl Baker officiating, and burial followed at Austin Baptist Church Cemetery in Austin.
Mildred Spainhour Duggins
Mildred “Aunt Mick” Spainhour Duggins, 76, of King died August 1. She was born July 27, 1927, in Forsyth County to Marvin and Flora Dull Spainhour. She retired from R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. after 25 years of service. She loved working in her flower gardens and was also an avid quilter, spending much of her time making quilts. She was a very active member of Mount Olive Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by two sisters and three brothers.
Surviving are her husband of 54 years, James C. “J.C.” Duggins of the home; two sisters, Thelma Dinkins of Lewisville and Lorene Groce and husband Ralph of Yadkinville; two brothers, Paul R. Spainhour and Dallas Spainhour and wife Rachel, both of Lewisville; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held at Mount Olive Baptist Church with Rev. Randy Roberts, Rev. Yates Wilkinson Jr. and Rev. Marshall Boyles officiating, and burial followed in the church cemetery.
Tab E. Morgan Jr.
Tab E. Morgan Jr., 24, of Clemmons died October 11. He was born September 29, 1979, in St. Petersburg, Fla., to Tab E. Morgan and Christina Strahan Morgan Sr. He attended Way of Life Full Gospel Tabernacle. He was employed with Winston-Salem Construction Co. He enjoyed sky diving with his father and loved spending time with his family.
Surviving are his wife, Andrea Arthur Morgan of West Virginia; his mother; his father of Asheville; his mother who raised him, Deborah Holcomb of Clemmons; a special sister and best friend, Nicole Holcomb of Clemmons; a brother, Wesley Lynhurst Holcomb of Clemmons; a stepbrother, Whitfield Walters of Fletcher; his grandparents, John Lyndhurst and Jeannie Morgan of Pennsylvania, Edna and William Knauss of North Myrtle Beach, S.C., and the Rev. Jimmy and Shirley Mahan of Hamptonville; and his uncles, Lex Morgan and family of Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Brad Morgan and family of Winter Park, Fla.
Funeral services were held at Way of Life Full Gospel Tabernacle with Rev. Jimmy Mahan and Rev. Ronnie Helton officiating. A private graveside service was held at the Way of Life Full Gospel Tabernacle cemetery.
Billy Joe Beshears
Billy Joe Beshears, 67, of Lexington, formerly of Clemmons, died at his home October 13. He was born December 29, 1935, in Forsyth County to the late Coy Edgar and Viola Welch Beshears. Retired from Taylor Brothers Inc., he was an avid hunter and fisherman, as well as an excellent athlete, playing fast-pitch and slow-pitch softball until 1993. He was a member of Coggins Memorial Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon and choir member. He was preceded in death by a sister, Marie B. Nifong.
Surviving are his wife, Jackie; four daughters, Robyn Vernon, Gina Nelson and husband Chuck, Jill Greene and husband Ken and Joy Hagy and husband George; three granddaughters, Katy Greene, and Ashley and Amber Nelson; a brother, Rex Beshears and wife June; three sisters, Pauline Pike and husband Bud, Frances Landreth and husband Luther of Clemmons and Angela Francis and husband Tony of Dallas, Texas; and a brother-in-law, P.M. “Pete” Nifong of Clemmons.
A private family graveside service was held at Westlawn Gardens of Memory in Clemmons with Rev. R. Claxton Hall officiating. A memorial service was held at Coggins Memorial Baptist Church with Rev. Lowell Askins, Rev. David Shaffer and Rev. R. Claxton Hall officiating.
Harry Rudolph Shuping
Harry Rudolph Shuping, 69, died October 15 in Chapel Hill. Born July 22, 1934, in Rowan County to Orlin Perry and Eudora Hess Shuping, he was a longtime employee of Pilot Freight Co., and was a resident of the Winston-Salem area for nearly 30 years.
Surviving are his wife, Jean Killon Shuping of Winston-Salem; two daughters, Lisa Shuping Tantillo of Burke, Va., and Robin Shuping of Charlotte; a son, Christopher Shuping of Chapel Hill; eight grandchildren; a sister, Christy Thompson of Salisbury; and three brothers, David Shuping of Clemmons, Paul Shuping of Columbia, S.C. and Kurt Shuping of Woodleaf.
A memorial service was held at Old Organ Lutheran Church in Salisbury.