Col. Albert D. Aberson
Col. Albert D. Aberson, 88, U.S.A.F. (Ret.), died May 19. He was born in Ennis, Texas, on February 19, 1918, to Franklin Albert Aberson and Jerrel Blanche Nelson Aberson. He entered the U.S. Army Air Corp as an aviation cadet on January 16, 1942. He graduated from pilot training on October 9, 1942, as a second lieutenant and was awarded the Silver Wings as a pilot. His first duty station was MacDill Field, Fla., where he received training in the Martin B-26 bomber. He was assigned to the 386th Bomb Group, 555th Bomb Squadron, on December 1, 1942. He flew his airplane to England in May 1943 and flew 66 combat missions over Europe, returning to the U.S. in July 1944. He made the U.S. Air Force his career, retiring as a colonel in 1971 as commander of Peterson Field, Colo. After retiring, he worked in the oil industry as vice president with an independent oil company. During his career, he served in several positions, including commander of 1603 Support Squadron, Military Transport Command, Nouasseur Air Base, Casablanca, North Africa; chief of Training, Mitchell Air Force Base, Long Island, N.Y.; chief of Sector Crew Training (SAGE), Gunter Air Force Base in Montgomery, Ala.; commander of the 641st Air Control (Air Defense Command), Goose Air Force Base, Labrador; and Surveillance Systems Division, Pentagon, Washington, D.C. He was most proud of his having been in D-Day operations and flying his B-26 bomber back to base from France on one engine after a direct hit in the right engine. He was awarded his first Distinguished Flying Cross for that mission. His Legion of Merit medal was awarded at his retirement in Colorado Springs, Colo. He was a 50-year member of the Masons and a current member of Broadmoor Masonic Lodge - Shreveport, La.; a 50-year member of the Scottish Rite Bodies; a Knight Commander of Court of Honor; a 50-year member of the Ancient Order, Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, El Karubah Temple, the Legion of Honor Unit, the National Sojourners and The Retired Officers Association. He was preceded in death by his parents; and his first wife, Dorothy Simmons Aberson.
Surviving are his wife, Marjorie M. Aberson of Winston-Salem; his daughter, Diana F. Deutsch and husband Mel of Lawrence, Kan; their children, Michelle Lang and husband Keith and Mike Deutsch of Kansas; his son, Albert D. Aberson Jr. and wife Beverly; and granddaughter Amanda D. Aberson, all of Marietta, Ga. Also surviving are two stepdaughters, Lynn B. Weston and husband Tom of Sarasota, Fla.; and their children, T.J. Weston of Atlanta, Ga., and Wes Weston of Sarasota; and Cathe B. Hege and husband Ed of Advance; and their children, Erin Hege of Winston-Salem and Will Hege and wife Leslie of Clemmons; a sister, Anna Jerrel Cress of Dallas, Texas; nephew Jerrel Cress; and niece Karen Partin and husband Mike.
Funeral services were held at Osborn Funeral Home followed by a Masonic graveside service with military honors at Forest Park Cemetery in Shreveport. A celebration of life was held at El Karubah Temple after the burial service.
Dr. Alfred Siebert Llorens
Dr. Alfred Siebert Llorens, 74, of Clemmons died May 26 at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. He was born August 23, 1931, in Manhattan, N.Y. to Luis Alfredo and Alice Siebert Llorens. He was a member of Reynolda Presbyterian Church. He was retired from the U.S. Army with 21 years of service and the University of Missouri with 19 years of service.
Surviving are his wife, Barbara St. Clair Llorens of the home; two daughters, Mary Beth Llorens of Eugene, Ore. and Jean Marie Seward and husband Peter of Winston-Salem; two sons, William A. Llorens and wife Marcia of Herndon, Va. and John S. Llorens of Austin, Texas; and seven grandchildren.
Kenneth Ray Webb
Kenneth Ray Webb, 67, of Winston-Salem died May 23 at his home. He was born July 4, 1938, in Crab Orchard, Tenn., to William Franklin and Lelar Essie Pelfrey Webb. He was a member of Crestwood Baptist Church, where he was a deacon, an outreach leader and a substitute Sunday school teacher. He was retired from TRS Furniture Co. in Thomasville and had worked at Pendleton Frame Co. in High Point as plant supervisor. He was preceded in death by a sister, Ninnie Spoon; and two brothers, O.D. and Lonnie Webb.
Surviving are his wife of 50 years, Joan H. Webb of the home; a daughter, Sonya Moorefield and husband Joel of Winston-Salem; three sons, Lonnie Webb and wife Diane of Midway, Allen Webb and wife Vickie of Winston-Salem and Roger Webb and wife Linda of Clemmons; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a sister, Pauline Smith and husband Elmo of Crossville, Tenn.; two brothers, Fred Webb and wife Helen of Rockwood, Tenn., and Fritz Webb and wife Ursula of Nolansville, Texas; a half-brother, Jimmy Webb; and a half-sister, Judy Webb.
Funeral services were held at Crestwood Baptist Church with Rev. David Wood officiating. Burial followed in Parklawn Memorial Park.
Katherin Farrell Lewter
Katherin “Patty” Farrell Lewter, 53, of Clemmons died May 27 after a battle against cancer. She was born October 12, 1952, in Winston-Salem. She had been employed at Bell South Winston-Salem for several years.
Surviving are her husband of 34 years, Jeff Lewter; son Joseph Michael Lewter and wife Dixie of Winston-Salem; two granddaughters, Megan and Sara Lewter; sister Mary Ann Farrell of Clemmons; brother Joe Farrell and wife Gloria of Lula, Ga.; brothers-in-law and spouses Randy and Connie Lewter of Summerfield and Michael and Jeanie Lewter of Surf Side Beach, S.C.; nieces and nephews Shelly Oliver O’Brien of Montvale, Va., Jenna, Kiley and Brandon Lewter of Summerfield and Kristy, Brad and Josh Farrell of Lula, Ga.; special friends Vicky and Thurman Porter; and a number of aunts, uncles and cousins.
A memorial service was held at Vogler & Sons Clemmons Chapel.
Mary Ann Farrell
Mary Ann Farrell, 54, of Clemmons died August 12 after an extended battle against cancer. She was born August 20, 1951, the daughter of Joseph D. Farrell and Margaret Price Farrell of Clemmons. She won the Academy of American Poets prize as a graduate student at Florida State University. From 1974 to 2000, she worked in various journalism positions for newspapers in Davidson and Richmond Counties; the (Wilmington) Star-News; Cox Newspapers in West Palm Beach, Fla.; and for Knight-Ridder/Tribune in Washington, D.C. As a reporter, she won an N.C. Press Award; National Press Club Award; and an EDI award. She also operated a small retail store for a short time in Tallahassee, Fla., where she lived for 20 years. Her interests included writing, swimming, gardening and reading Southern literature. She returned to her hometown of Clemmons in 2004. She was preceded in death by her parents; and her sister, Patty Lewter of Clemmons.
Shurviving are her brother, Joe Farrell and wife Gloria of Lula, Ga.; stepmother Nettie Cook Farrell of Clemmons; brother-in-law Jeff Lewter of Clemmons; niece Kristy Farrell of Dahlonega, Ga.; nephews Michael Lewter of Winston-Salem, Brad Farrell of Atlanta, Ga., and Josh Farrell of Lula; great-nieces Megan and Sara Lewter; aunts, uncles, cousins and special friends in Tallahassee; and the many neighbors and friends she met after her return to Clemmons.
A memorial service was held at Vogler’s Clemmons Chapel.
Christopher Alan Parker
Christopher Alan Parker of Winston-Salem died August 18 after a battle with cancer. His passions were animals, plants (except azaleas), history, fantasy books, and music, especially the Beatles. He was also known to collect a Star Wars or Lord of the Rings figure or two. A construction worker, a landscaper, and a general handyman, he loved working with and on the land. He was generous with his time in building homes for Habitat for Humanity and other efforts helping people. He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Louis Parker.
Surviving are his mother and stepfather, Dorothy Slater Parker-Price and Carl “Skip” Price of Pilot Mountain; three brothers, Ric Parker and wife Kim of Cary, Kerry Parker and wife Linda of Alexandria, Va., and Mike Parker, wife Kelly and stepdaughter Taylor Stoltz of Clemmons; his aunt, Doris Boyles; and his uncle Don Parker and wife Peggy, all of Winston-Salem; uncle Bob Slater and wife Bunny of Lewisville; friend Elise Carter; and the homeless animals that he fostered.
A graveside service was held in Salem Cemetery in Winston-Salem.
Ruth Holleman Moffitt
Ruth Holleman Moffitt, 86, of Pfafftown died August 15 at her home, after an extended period of declining health. She was born February 20, 1920, to the late W.E. Holleman Sr. and Edith Adams Holleman. She retired from Wesley Business Forms Inc. in 1984 after 30 years of service. She was a member of United Baptist Church and was active in many areas of the church as long as her health permitted. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, W.E. “Ed” Moffitt Sr., and a brother, W.E. “Ed” Holleman Jr.
Surviving are two sons, Eddie Moffitt and wife Gayle of King and Gregg Moffitt and wife Susan of Rural Hall; four grandchildren, Donna Holder and husband Dale of King; David Moffitt and wife Susan of Gallatin, Tenn.; and Amber Moffitt and Adam Moffitt, both of Rural Hall; five great-grandchildren, Laura, Kayla, Grace, Glory and John David; and a sister, Glennie Lord of Winston-Salem.
Funeral services were held at United Baptist Church with Rev. Will Watson and Dr. Paul Kennedy officiating. Burial followed in Forsyth Memorial Park.
Ruby Elizabeth Johnson Joyce
Ruby Elizabeth Johnson Joyce, 84, of Winston-Salem died August 16 at Forsyth Medical Center. She was born to Walter Yancey and Mary Seal Johnson on October 11, 1921, in Mount Airy. She moved to Winston-Salem and attended Baptist Hospital Nursing School until 1948, when she married Harry Richard Joyce Sr. She was a dedicated homemaker. For more than 50 years, she was a member of Fairview Moravian Church, where she was in the Weber Sunday school class and Circle No. 5. She was also active with YWCA and volunteered for Meals on Wheels. She was a member of the College Park Extension Club for 40 years, a member of Wake Forest Deacon Club and was a past officer of Joyce Brothers Co.
Surviving are her husband of 58 years, Harry; their three children, Mary Wiggins Joyce Beard and husband Hoyt of Winston-Salem; Harry Richard “Dick” Joyce Jr. and wife Ellen of Clemmons, and Thomas Michael Joyce of Winston-Salem; seven grandchildren, Beth Haenni and husband, Scott; Randy Beard and wife Laurie; David, Brad and Leigh Ellen Joyce; and Michael and Laura Joyce; two great-grandchildren, Kathryn and Austin Haenni; a brother, Monroe Johnson of Mount Airy; a sister, Arlene Shields of Texarkana, Texas; aunts Josephine Seal and Elizabeth Hawks of Mount Airy; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services were held at Fairview Moravian Church in Winston-Salem with Rev. Riddick Weber officiating. Burial followed at Salem Moravian Graveyard.
Parks Thomas Brown
Parks Thomas Brown, 65, of Hamptonville died August 16 at Forsyth Medical Center. He was born March 20, 1941, in Yadkin County to the late Fletcher and Beulah Gardner Brown. He was a farmer and member of Mountain Grove United Methodist Church. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Fletcher “Doots” Brown, in December 1991.
Surviving are his wife, Mary Adelee Hudspeth Brown of the home; three children, Teresa Collins and husband Jimmy, Melissa Reece and husband Kenny and John Brown, all of Hamptonville; three grandchildren, Jennie Jerome, Katie Jerome and Haley Brown; five sisters, Bertha “Doodle” McMahan of Yadkinville; Nellie Wall and husband Bobby of Lewisville; Bobbie Hudspeth and husband Wayne of Hamptonville; Mary Allison and husband James of North Wilkesboro; and Della Pinnix and husband Ronnie of Elkin; and six brothers, Edd Brown and wife Carol and Willie Brown, both of Hamptonville; George Brown and wife Vickie of Las Vegas, Nev.; David Brown and wife Dawn of Hamptonville; Spencer Brown of North Wilkesboro; and Joseph Brown of Boonville.
A graveside service was held in Mountain Grove United Methodist Church Cemetery with Rev. Jesse Clubb officiating.
Bill McCall Rhodes
Bill McCall Rhodes, 79, of Winston-Salem died August 15 at his home. He was born December 12, 1926, in Stokes County, the son of the late Elbert Franklin Rhodes and the late Claudie Bell Vernon Rhodes. He was retired from Unifi Inc. in Madison. He was an avid gardener and jack of all trades. He enjoyed NASCAR racing, his gardening, tinkering with old bicycles and listening to old hymns and bluegrass music. He was of the Baptist faith and attended Oak Grove Baptist Church. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Dallas, Noel, Thomas, Hassel, Denison and Delano Rhodes; and sisters Arzula Fulp, Lola Rhodes and Doris Wood.
Surviving are his wife of 60 years, Elzie Moorefield Rhodes of the home; sons Don Rhodes and wife Mabel of Clemmons and Ricky Fulp and wife Terry of Belmont; daughter Jo Ann Rhodes Johnson and husband Gray of Madison; grandchildren Brandon Johnson and wife Christy and Eric Johnson, all of Madison, and Ricky Parnell of Belmont; three great-grandchildren; Austin, Abbi and Ashton Johnson, all of Madison; four sisters-in-law; two brothers-in-law; several nieces and nephews; and many friends.
Funeral services were held at Oak Grove Baptist Church with Rev. James Wall and Rev. Roy Little officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
Fannie Model Black
Fannie Model Black, 100, of Lewisville died August 16 at Forsyth Medical Center, after a short illness. She was born January 17, 1906, in Davie County to the late Enoch Sanford and Lola Hilton Beauchamp. She was the oldest member of Concord United Methodist Church. She celebrated her 100th birthday on January 17, 2006, at the church, with over 150 people in attendance. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Willie Gray Black; three sisters, Mittie Holder, Julia Brown and Emma Hege; four brothers, Charlie Sr., Lester, Robert and Luther Beauchamp; and a granddaughter, Rachel Ann McBride.
Surviving are a daughter, Mildred Black McBride of the home; and two special friends, Terry A. Doub and Jean Messick.
Funeral services were held at Concord United Methodist Church with Rev. Tom Albert and Rev. Edward Needham officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
Betty Hale Miller
Betty Hale Miller, 77, of Bermuda Run died August 18. She was born November 18, 1928, in Wilmington to Harvey and Minnie Flowe. She moved to Winston-Salem after graduating from UNC Greensboro with a degree in business education. She was a member of Clemmons Presbyterian Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry D. Miller.
Surviving are two daughters, Kim Hale of Clemmons and Debe Hale of Palm Springs, Calif.; a stepson, Mike Miller and wife Gena of Winston- Salem; a son-in-law, Dennis C. Roof of Sherman Oaks, Calif.; two sisters, Dorothy Flowe Hall of Arden and Nancy Flowe Dunn of Jackson, Tenn.; eight grandchildren, Zach Roof of Sherman Oaks, Calif., Chris, Ashley, Josh, Nancy and Matt Hale of Clemmons and Erica Miller McKnight and Evan Miller of Winston-Salem; two nephews, Ron and Scott Dunn of Jackson, Tenn.; and many cousins and friends.
A memorial service was held at Clemmons Presbyterian Church with Dr. Bill Hoyle officiating.
Justine Ruth Gum Rooney
Justine Ruth Gum Rooney, 85, of Clemmons died August 16 at Forsyth Medical Center. She was born September 4, 1920, in Doddridge County, W.Va., daughter of the late William Brent and Beulah Meek Gum. She was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church and was a former schoolteacher. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur Paul Rooney.
Surviving are her daughters, Maureen Conley and husband Marvin of Advance; Paule Hyre and husband David of Bridgeport, W.Va.; Kim Westmoreland of Palm Harbor, Fla.; Robin Gastineau and husband Richard of Doylestown, Pa.; and Kelly Hobbs and husband Troy of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.; sons Jeffory Rooney of Mocksville and James D. Rooney and wife Kim of Advance; 17 grandchildren; and a sister, June Duffelmeyer of West Virginia.
A Mass was held at Holy Family Catholic Church. Burial followed in Westlawn Gardens of Memory.
Doris M. Foster
Doris M. Foster, 83, of Mocksville died August 15 at Forsyth Medical Center. She was born April 19, 1923, in Forsyth County to the late L.F. and Tishie Callicutt Miller. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Maxine Archer.
Surviving are her husband of 58 years, Paul Everette Foster of the home; three sons, Paul E. Foster Jr. and wife Elaine and Eugene Foster, all of Mocksville, and Edward Carter and wife Georgia of Jonesborough, Tenn.; two brothers, Ed Miller and wife Nannie of Winston-Salem and L.F. Miller Jr. and wife Betty of Lewisville; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held at Dulin United Methodist Church, with Rev. Ray O’Ferrell and Rev. David Smith officiating.
Henrietta Spencer Langdon
Henrietta Spencer Langdon of Asheboro died May 26 at Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital in Greensboro. She was a native of Randolph County and was a member of Oakhurst Baptist Church. She was retired from Sara Lee Corp. and formerly operated the Sew Special Outlet Store.
Surviving are her husband, Smith Langdon; daughter Tammy L. Nooner of Clemmons; son Sam Langdon and wife Julie of Asheboro; granddaughters Cloie and Caroline Langdon, both of Asheboro; grandson Ben Nooner of Clemmons; and sisters Maggie Bibb of Richmond, Va., and Ruby Carr and Hilda Bulla, both of Sophia.
Funeral services were held Pugh Funeral Home with Pastor Johnny R. Henderson and Rev. Bob Dowling officiating. Burial followed at Back Creek Friends Meeting Cemetery.
Gladys Wright Idol
Gladys Wright Idol, 80, of Kernersville died May 25 at Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home. She was born on June 14, 1925, a daughter of the late Noah Clifton and Sadie Wright. She was born and raised in Merigold, Miss. She worked for Southern Bell and later Western Electric. Most of her life was spent as a homemaker. She enjoyed trips to the mountains and the coast. Many a fall was spent saltwater fishing with her husband. She was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Evan Leigh Idol; and a sister, Pauline W. Wiggers.
Surviving are her husband, Garland S. Idol of the home; a daughter, Joan I. Everhart and husband James E. Everhart Jr. of Kernersville; a son, Anthony G. Idol and wife Linda of Clemmons; two brothers, Dr. Gottrel Wright and wife Glorina of Las Cruces, N.M., and James Edward Wright and wife Sue of Drew, Miss.; and four grandchildren, Erin and Jordan Idol and Anna and Blake Everhart.
Funeral services were held at Bunker Hill United Methodist Church with Rev. S. Neill Shaw and Rev. Patrick Snow officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
Mary Ollie Lawson Petree
Mary Ollie Lawson Petree, 90, of King died May 28. She was born September 8, 1915, in Surry County, to Joseph Linwood and Ada Palmer Lawson. She was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert Sherman Petree, in 2001.
Surviving are a daughter, Mary Lee Tuttle of King; a son, Joseph Sherman Petree and wife Jean of Winston-Salem; four grandchildren, Joe Tuttle of King, Jeff Tuttle and wife Leslie of Rural Hall, Cindy Lineberry and husband Brian)of East Bend and Susan Petree of Clemmons; seven great- grandchildren, Amy, Martin, Chris, Brittany and Nathan Tuttle and Adam and John Lineberry; three sisters, Eva L. Perrell of King, Lois L. Bennett of Winston-Salem and Katie L. Southern of Georgia; and a brother, Charles M. Lawson of Winston-Salem.
Funeral services were held at Slate Funeral Home in King with Brother Frank Shumate officiating. Burial followed at Mount Olive Baptist Church Cemetery.
Edith Louise Tilley Gordon Martin
Edith Louise Tilley Gordon Martin, 90, of Pinnacle died May 21 at Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home. She was born January 24, 1916, in Stokes County to Bud Tilley and Florida Ella Nelson Tilley. She was an inspector for Armtex in Pilot Mountain for 33 years and a member of Brims Grove Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ulyss Gordon; her second husband, Ralph Martin; her parents; a daughter, Jeanette Hudson; a son, Aston Junior Gordon; six sisters; and four brothers.
Surviving are a daughter, Linda Sturgill of Winston-Salem; a stepson, Basil Gordon and wife Janice of Pilot Mountain; seven grandchildren, Jerel Gordon of Pilot Mountain, Teresa Butner of East Bend, Jeff Gordon of King, Michelle DeBald of Clemmons, Chris Stoltz of Advance, Cynthia Bowen of Clemmons and Wendy Ellender of Kernersville; 12 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Frank Tilley and wife Shirley of King.
Funeral services were held at Brims Grove Baptist Church with Pastor Gerald Jones and Brother Don Collins officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
Ronnie Irvin Sell
Ronnie Irvin Sell, 62, of Elkin died unexpectedly May 28 at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. He was born April 12, 1944, in Forsyth County to the late Irvin E. Sell and the late Mildred Hester Sell. He was a disabled truck driver and was a member of Oak Grove Moravian Church in Walkertown.
Surviving are his wife, Pam Hall Sell of the home; a daughter, Melody Anne Sell of Sparta; three sons, Christopher Caudill Sell of Sparta, Ronnie Irvin Sell Jr. and Betty Jo Quick of Kernersville and David Willis and Mischa Sell of Winston-Salem; a stepson, Jason Greene of Mooresville; four grandchildren, Danta Sell, Trevor Sell, Hannah Sell and Cameron Pack; and a brother, Lester Sell and wife Dorothy of Clemmons.
Funeral services were held in the chapel of Moody Davis Funeral Home in Dobson. Burial followed at Zephyr Cemetery with military honors by Veterans of Foreign Wars Memorial Honor Guard, Mount Airy Post 2019 and Pilot Mountain Post 9436.
Mary Oleene Tate Jestes
Mary Oleene Tate Jestes, 75, of Winston-Salem died May 26. She was born November 22, 1930, in Forsyth County. She was a member of Grace Baptist Temple, where she was a member of D.M.A. She helped with the Lighthouse Ministry and Wednesday morning bible study. She retired from R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. with 20 years of service. She was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Bessie Pitts Tate; her husband James Jestes; a grandson, Billy East; a sister Novella Watson; and two brothers, Robert and Buddy Tate.
Surviving are two daughters, Becky J. East and husband Bill of Clemmons and Jane McCaskill and husband Pastor Bob of Winston-Salem; four grandchildren, Kimberly E. Corns and husband Terry, Amanda Metcalf and husband Daniel, Brooke McCaskill and fianc Monty Hobbs and Kelly McCaskill; a great-grandson, Tyler Corns; and a brother G.E. “Pete” Tate and wife Betty Jo.
Funeral services were held at Grace Baptist Temple with Pastor Ed Sears and Pastor Bob McCaskill officiating. Burial followed at Parklawn Memorial Park.
Jimmy Ray Matthews
Jimmy Ray Matthews, 72, of East Bend died May 29 at Forsyth Medical Center. He was born January 29, 1934, in Yadkin County, to the late Joe T. Matthews and Sarah Wooten Matthews. He was a retired tree surgeon and of the Quaker faith. He also served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict and was a member of VFW Post 10346.
Surviving are two sons, Lindsay Matthews and wife Becky of Boonville and Ronald Burton Mikles and wife Marcia of Winston-Salem; a daughter, Lisa Stewart of Clemmons; a brother, Elbert Matthews of Boonville; a sister, Roseadiline Chapel; and four grandchildren, Delbert Lineberry, Shaina Marie Mikles, Kyle Finney and Kristina Finney.
A graveside service with military honors was held at Forbush Friends Meeting Cemetery with Rev. Elisha Robertson officiating.