Anne Kartikis Mackaronis
Anne Kartikis Mackaronis, 80, of Pfafftown died September 5 at Forsyth Medical Center. She was born November 23, 1925, in New Brunswick, N.J., to Peter and Mary Zervoudakis Kartikis. She was a member of the Greek Orthodox Church. She had been employed by the Middlesex County Road Department in New Brunswick. After retiring and moving to North Carolina, she spent most of her time landscaping, gardening and entertaining family and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gregory “Zip” Mackaronis Jr.
Surviving are a daughter, Georganne Mackaronis of Bethania; a son, Gregory Mackaronis III and wife Barbara of Port Jervis, N.Y.; five grandchildren, William and Walker Price, Galen Mackaronis and Megan and Patrick Mackaronis.
Funeral services were held at St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Piscataway, N.J. Burial followed in Vanliew Cemetery in North Brunswick, N.J.
Johnny Robinson of Clemmons died January 3. He was formerly a student at West Forsyth High School. His favorite activity was riding his motorcycle.
Surviving are his parents, John and Jackie Robinson; two sisters, Stephanie and Brooke Robinson; two brothers, Ryan and Brendan Palmer; a son, Taylor Mason Childress; grandparents, Anita and Brian Talbott and Larry and Betty Robinson; and a niece, Shayna White.
Funeral services were held at West Side Baptist Church. A candlelight service was held at Putters.
Beverly Lynn Surface Arnold
Beverly Lynn Surface Arnold, 58, of Pfafftown died January 3. She was born March 13, 1948, in West Virginia to Kelly and Jeanette Brown Surface. She was a member of Grapevine Baptist Church in Lewisville and was employed with Coldwell Banker Realty Co. She was preceded in death by her father; two daughters, Kellie Navarro-Arnold and Penelope Arnold Homer; a sister; Thelma Rae Stewart, and close friend, Don Maloney.
Surviving are three daughters, Roxanne Weatherman and husband Arnold of Mocksville, Jennifer Cummings and husband Mark of Pfafftown, and Jamie Butcher and husband Dustin of Pfafftown; 12 grandchildren; John and Taylor Weatherman, Kenneth Clore Jr., Richard Neal, Kellie Navarro-Arnold of the home; Brantley, Sarah, and Jessica Cummings, Ian Homer, Kaitlynne, Kendall, and Kaleb Butcher; her mother of Winston-Salem; two sisters, Shelvia Barry of Lewisville and Barbara Mullies and husband Rex of Farmington; two brothers, Larry Surface and wife Angie of Rural Hall and Kelly “Butch” Surface and wife Becky of Winston-Salem; and several nieces, nephews, close cousins and friends.
Funeral services were held at Grapevine Baptist Church with Pastor Ronnie Comer officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice/Palliative Care, 1100 S. Stratford Road, Winston-Salem, N.C. 27103.
Larry J. Childress
Larry J. Childress, 59, of Pfafftown died January 2 at his home. He was born September 5, 1947, to the late Robert Reed and Virginia Harrell Childress. He was a member of Mt. Tabor United Methodist Church, where at one time he was a member of the United Methodist Men’s Fellowship. Racing was his life and joy. He was associated with NASCAR for the past 25 years in many different aspects. He also was affiliated with RCR Promotions and most recently with Childress Properties. He was an avid motorcyclist and loved the outdoors.
Surviving are his wife of 38 years, Judy C. Childress of the home; a son, Larry C. Childress and wife Tia of King; two grandchildren, Carter Jackson Childress, two years old and Avery Michelle Childress, four months old; two sisters, Linda Cline and husband Thomas of Cherokee and Becky Hodge and husband Johnny of Winston-Salem; two brothers, Richard Childress and wife Judy Kay of Lexington and Ronnie Childress and wife Debbie of Winston-Salem; many friends; and his dog, Angel.
Funeral services were held at Hayworth-Miller Silas Creek Chapel with Rev. Richard W. Payne officiating. Burial followed at Mt. Tabor United Methodist Church. Memorials may be made to Victory Junction Gang Camp, 4500 Adam’s Way, Randleman, NC 27317.
Adner Tate Duggins
Adner Tate Duggins, 91, died January 2 at Vienna Village in Pfafftown. She was born February 21, 1915, in Forsyth County to Sidney F. Tate and Emma Moore Tate. She was a Christian and was a member of Waughtown Baptist Church. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Duggins; a son, Richard; two sisters, Ruth Wood and Elizabeth Tate.
Surviving are her son, Roger Duggins and wife Diane of Carrollton, Ga.; a grandson, Brent Duggins of Carrollton, Ga.; a grandaughter, Julie Duggins of Decatur, Ga.; a grandnephew, Kevin Wood and wife Melinda and their children, Nathan and Hannah, of Kernersville; nephews Daniel R. Wood and wife Shirley of Kernersville, Kent Duggins and wife Becky of Greensboro, Ronnie Williams and wife Sue of Pfafftown, Gary Williams and wife Jackie of Conway, S.C., David Duggins and wife Ann of Matthews; nieces, Cindy Murphy and husband Mike of Thomasville, Sheila Pusey and husband Mike of Greensboro, Debbie Gamble and husband Charlie of Pleasant Garden, and Pamela Duggins of Winston-Salem; and a special friend, Jenny Southern, and her children, Madison and Kennedy, of Kernersville.
Funeral services were held at Salem Funeral Home Chapel, 120 S. Main St., with Pastor Joe McWhethy officiating. Burial followed in Forsyth Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to the Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home, 101 Hospice Lane Winston-Salem, NC 27103, or Waughtown Baptist Church 1538 Waughtown St., Winston-Salem, NC 27107.
Blanche Yates Bailey
Blanche Yates Bailey, 92, formerly of Brookridge Retirement Community, died January 3 at Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home. She was born March 13, 1914, in Welch, McDowell County, W.Va., to the late Mordecai N. Yates and Georgia May Howard Yates. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church and Grace Sunday School Class. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Elwood Bailey, on July 6, 1985. She continued to operate R.E. Bailey Real Estate after her husband’s death. She was also preceded in death by a sister, Myrtle Yates Mason, and two brothers, Burnes G. Yates and Everett W. Yates
Surviving are two daughters, Barbara Bailey Morgan and husband Dr. Douglas Morgan of Fort Myers, Fla., and Janet Bailey Gordon and husband John W. Gordon Jr. of Pfafftown; a granddaughter, Michelle Janet Gordon of Winston-Salem; two nephews, Burnes G. Yates Jr. and wife Shelva of Winston-Salem, Bob Yates and wife Kathy of Clemmons; a niece, Jerrie Mason Howell and husband Keith of Sparta; and two sisters-in-law, Thelma Yates of Winston-Salem and Hazel Bailey of Clemmons.
A graveside service was held at Forsyth Memorial Park with Pastor Eric Davis officiating.
Bobby Ray Boles
Bobby Ray Boles, 74, of Mocksville died January 3 at Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home in Winston-Salem. He was born December 13, 1932, in Davie County to Hubert and Elizabeth Jackson Boles. He was the owner/operator of Boles Grocery. He was of the Methodist faith and was a former employee of the Davie County Sheriff’s Office. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Cloyce Wallace and Patty Spillman.
Surviving are a longtime companion and friend, Willie Mae Bracken of Mocksville; a special “daughter and son-in-law,” Linda and Ronnie Barnette of Mocksville; special “grandchildren,” Amiee and Phil Vetter and Christopher Barnette; special “great-granddaughter,” Carsen Grace Vetter; three sisters, Barbara Culler, Mary Norman and husband Jerry, all of Mocksville, and Shirley Simpson and husband Roy of Goose Creek, S.C.; three brothers, Jim Boles and wife Shirley of Hamptonville, Donnie Boles and wife Judy of Mocksville and Bill Boles of Monroe; two brothers-in-law, Jim Spillman of Clemmons and John Wallace of Mocksville; eight nieces; 11 nephews; six great-nieces; 21 great-nephews; and a great-great-nephew.
A graveside service was held at Chestnut Grove United Methodist Church Cemetery, with Rev. George Burton officiating.
Sarah Elizabeth Nance
Sarah Elizabeth Nance of Newnan, Ga. died December 26, the day of her birth.
Surviving are her parents, Mantle and Sally Nance, and her brother, Jackson Nehemiah of Newnan, Ga.; her grandfather, Dallas Nance and wife Priscilla of Clemmons; her grandmother, Suzanne Johnson and husband David of Germanton; her grandparents, Steve and Cindy Martin of Fayetteville, Ga.; her great-grandparents, George and Josephine Cook of Peachtree City, Ga.; her great-grandmother, Cherry Martin of Indianapolis, Ind.; her Uncle Matt and Aunt Kandi Martin and cousins Emma Grace and Matthew Malachi of Tyrone, Ga.; her Aunt Paula Nance of New York, N.Y.; her Uncle David and Aunt Pamela Coleman and cousins, Chloe and Tessa of Rolesville; her Great-Aunt Melba of State Road; as well as many other family members and friends.
A private graveside service was held at Poplar Springs Baptist Church Cemetery in State Road with Rev. Steve Martin officiating. A public memorial service wad held at Elkin Presbyterian Church in with Rev. Hank Rast and Mantle Nance officiating.
Thomas Lawlor Towle
Thomas Lawlor Towle, 55, of Lewisville died January 4 at Medical Park Hospital. He was born July 21, 1951, in Paterson, N.J., to Richard Burton and Marcella Lawlor Towle. He entered the insurance industry, which took him to Los Angeles, New Jersey and finally Seattle, Wash., in 1978, where he rose to senior vice president at Johnson & Higgins. In 1999, he retired to follow his dream to live in Ireland until 2005. He was active in the parishes where he resided. His true loves were his family, friends, sports and his pets.
Surviving are his wife, Ann Noon Towle of the home; two sons, Richard Hoffmann of Catonsville, Md., and Timothy Towle of the home; and two brothers, Richard E. Towle of Stockton, N.J., and Michael D. Towle of Severna Park, Md.
Funeral services were held at Hayworth-Miller Kinderton Chapel with Rev. Father Brian Cook officiating. Burial followed in Severna Park, Md. Memorials may be made to the Timothy Towle College Fund, c/o Ann Towle, 2428 Sattsgate Drive, Lewisville, NC 27023.
Richard McNeil Harrill
Richard McNeil Harrill, 70, of Winston-Salem died January 6 at Forsyth Medical Center. He was born in Forsyth County to the late Abraham Gabriel and Katherine Moffitt Harrill. He was a member of Bethel United Methodist Church, where he held numerous positions, sang in the choir and enjoyed the music program. He was very active in the work and support of the church. He was happiest in life when he was helping others, having worked with the Methodists in Habitat for Humanity and going into Princeville to assist in the rebuilding after Hurricane Floyd. He and his wife Betty were longtime members of the Wake Forest University Deacon Club and enjoyed supporting the student athletes as well as travels and the Deacon Club members. He retired from RJR Tobacco Co. in 1987 after 33 years.
Surviving are his wife, Betty Scott Harrill of the home; two sisters, Lavanda Holder and husband Joe of Lewisville and Phyllis Harrill-Neil of Kernersville; niece Melinda Calcutt and fiancé Ashley Powell; nephew Richard Holder and friend Drema Hargett; extended family, Richard Hickman, the A.J. Scott and the Paul Casper families who loved him as their own brother; and his Schnauzer friend, Winston.
Funeral services were held at Bethel United Methodist Church with Rev. Patty Sugg and Rev. Arthur Livengood officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
Robert Nathan Simmons
Robert Nathan Simmons, 23, of Winston-Salem died December 16. He was the youngest of four children born to Lynn and Ann Simmons. A gentle giant, he never understood violence or hatred, and believed in sharing whatever he had with those who had less. He quietly taught those lessons to those who loved him.
Surviving are his parents; his sister, Jennifer Trahan of Clemmons; two brothers, Christopher Simmons of Mocksville and Michael Simmons of Fort Mill, S.C., and his paternal grandmother, Margaret Hicks of Whiteville.
A memorial service was held at Mount Tabor United Methodist Church in Winston-Salem.
Mary Sibyl Hines Johnson
Mary Sibyl Hines Johnson, 88, of Winston-Salem died January 5 at Forsyth Medical Center. She was born April 23, 1918, in Davidson County to the late Vaughan and Gladys Jones Hines. She joined Christ Moravian Church in 1958, was head diener for 32 years and taught Sunday school for 42 years. She loved to cook. She also had studied her family genealogy back to 1669 and she lived life to the fullest.
Surviving are her husband, Robert Lee Johnson; a daughter, Rita Johnson of Tennessee; a son, Donald Gray Johnson of Advance; a son-in-law, Greg Maksi of Memphis, Tenn.; five grandchildren, Sabrina Maksi of Winston-Salem, Jared Maksi of Tennessee, Joshua Maksi and wife Mandi of Hattiesburg, Miss., Donald Gray Johnson Jr. and wife Lisa of Winston-Salem and Doug Johnson and wife Melanie of Clemmons; and three great-grandchildren, Austin Johnson of Winston-Salem, Hunter Johnson of Clemmons and Meredith Maksi of Hattiesburg, Miss.
Funeral services were held at Christ Moravian Church with Dr. Neil Routh officiating. Burial followed in Salem Moravian Graveyard.
Mary Ayers Markey
Mary Ayers Markey, 88, of Winston-Salem died January 5 at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center after a brief illness. She was born September 26, 1918, in Pinnacle to Ernest Franklin and Mattie Martin Ayers. She moved to Winston-Salem. She retired from the OB-GYN department at Bowman Gray School of Medicine. She was an active member of New Philadelphia Moravian Church until 1950, when she converted to Catholicism and became a member of St. Leo’s Catholic Church, where she was past president of the St. Theresa Guild and served as Mass coordinator for 9 a.m. Mass for over 20 years. She served on the church Parish Council and was the founder and past president of the St. Leo’s Investment Club. She was a lifelong Democrat who remained actively involved and interested until her death. She married Andrew Joseph Markey on November 22, 1945. He preceded her in death in 1995. She was also preceded in death by her son, Andrew Joseph Markey Jr.; a daughter, Jane Ayers Markey; three sisters, Frances Johnson, Dorothy Sloan and Mattie Buchanan; and a brother, George W. Ayers.
Surviving are two daughters, Carol Elizabeth Markey of Winston-Salem and Anne Markey Jones and husband Larry J. Jones of Severna Park, Md.; three grandchildren, Emily Jane Markey, Andrew William Markey and Mary Anne Markey; a brother, Ernest F. Ayers Jr. of Lewisville; and three sisters, Helen A. Green of Georgetown, S.C., Betty A. Jones and Evelyn A. Gordon, both of Pinnacle; and many nieces and nephews.
A funeral Mass was held at St. Leo’s Catholic Church with Rev. Thomas J. Kessler officiating. Burial followed in Forsyth Memorial Park. A rosary service was held at Hayworth-Miller Silas Creek Chapel.
Betty Carol Tinsley Imes
Betty Carol Tinsley Imes, 71, of Clemmons died March 12 at Forsyth Medical Center. She was born in Shelby on August 22, 1935, to the late Miller Tinsley and Ovetta Gaston Tinsley. She was a member of Hickory Grove AME Zion Church in Clemmons, where she was a member of the Missionary Board, a Sunday school teacher, Usher Board and Deaconess Board. She was preceded in death by her husband, Everette E. Imes; and her sister, Eloree Tinsley.
Surviving are three sons, James Imes and wife Denise of Winston-Salem, Elbert Bernard Imes and wife Terry of Clemmons and Charles Walker of Philadelphia, Pa.; two daughters, Carolyn Imes Poole and husband James and Tammie Imes Simmons and husband Robert of Clemmons; eight grandchildren, James L. Imes, Dewery Imes, Jordan Imes, Jena Imes Poole, Jasmine Poole, Eric Wright, Chris Snyder and Myasia Cherry; a sister, Doris A. Smith of Winston-Salem; a brother, Charlie Tinsley of Philadelphia; two devoted nephews, Eugene Richmond and wife Nancy and Charles R. Smith of Winston-Salem; a brother-in-law, Charlie Imes of Winston-Salem; two sisters-in-law, Dorothy Conrad of Winston-Salem and Shirley Imes of Clemmons; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held at Hickory Grove AME Church with Rev. Robert Bailey officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
Pearl Taylor Crews
Pearl Taylor Crews, 85, died March 12 at The Oaks at Forsyth. She was born November 1, 1921, in Mabscott, W.Va., to Walter Raleigh and Crestenia Lewis Taylor. She was a member of Amazing Grace Baptist Church, where she sang in the choir and taught children’s Sunday school. She was a retired employee of Hanes Hosiery. She was married to the late George “Zeb” Crews for 41 years.
Surviving are two daughters, Alma Sue Kirkman and husband Charlie of Clemmons and Rebecca Garcia and husband Roberto of Liberty; a son, Danny Crews and wife Laura of Winston-Salem; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; a great-great-granddaughter and a sister, Norma Stump of Beaver, W.Va.
Funeral services were held at Salem Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Richard Mathis officiating. Burial followed in Oaklawn Memorial Gardens.
Marie Modlin Whiteheart
Marie Modlin Whiteheart, 60, died March 9 at Cleveland Regional Medical Center in Shelby. She was born May 27, 1946, in Winston-Salem. She was first employed by Wachovia Bank in its Winston-Salem insurance subsidiary. She later was employed by N.C. Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Chapel Hill. After moving to Shelby, she was first employed by the Shelby City Schools and subsequently by the Cleveland County Health Department. She served almost 20 years in the Women, Infants, Children (WIC) program. She was a gifted pianist and singer with a beautiful soprano voice. She began her musical studies with Rev. T. Melvin McClelland at Southside Baptist Church in Winston-Salem and continued them at every opportunity thereafter. She was a talented participant in chorus and glee club and was a leading member of the James A. Gray High School Advanced Chorus. She was a distinguished performer in many musical programs at Southside Baptist Church under the direction of Rev. McClelland and at Salem College under the direction of Paul Peterson. She was married on August 16, 1970, to John D. Whiteheart of Winston-Salem. She was a member of Poplar Springs Baptist Church in Shelby, where she was a member of the sanctuary choir and the master ringers handbell ensemble. She sang for a number of years with the Cleveland County Choral Society, service in the educational program and music ministry of Poplar Springs Baptist Church. She was also a member of The Gideons International Auxiliary. She spent countless hours visiting, helping and encouraging elderly people. She was preceded in death by her father, Joseph S. Modlin, of Winston-Salem; her mother, Mabel Harriet Gunter Modlin of Winston-Salem and Shelby; and her sister-in-law, Sandra Barbee Whiteheart of Winston-Salem.
Surviving are her husband of 36 years, John D. Whiteheart of Shelby; her children, Lisa of Durham and Grant of Raleigh; her brother-in-law, Donald S. Whiteheart Jr. and wife Susan of Lewisville; her nephew, David E. Whiteheart and wife Cindy of King’s Mountain; her great-nephew, William, and great niece, Sandra, both of King’s Mountain; numerous cousins and friends; and her two “grand-cats,” Spencer and S’mores.
Funeral serviecs were held at Poplar Springs Baptist Church. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
Todd Eugene Boyles
Todd Eugene Boyles, 36, of Shallotte died unexpectedly March 15. He was born in Forsyth County on August 10, 1970, to Alice Cox Boyles and Michael Eugene Boyles. He was employed as a real-estate broker by Coastal Carolina Communities. He had a passion for golf, and his outgoing personality won him many friends.
Surviving are his son, Dalton, of Shallotte; mother Alice Ledford and stepfather Steve Ledford of King; his father, Mike Boyles and stepmother Wanda Boyles of Tobaccoville; his sister, Amber Boyles; nephew Colton Meadows of Lewisville; his grandmothers, Lou Boyles of King and Vernie Cox of Tobaccoville; a special aunt, Diane Lackey of Winston-Salem; numerous other family members; and a devoted friend, Kelly Beeler of Shallotte.
A memorial service was held at Trinity United Methodist Church in King.
Vernon G. Foster
Vernon G. Foster, 77, a developer of apartment and condominium projects in the Winston-Salem area and the Southeast, died March 18 at Forsyth Memorial Hospital. He was born in Wilkes Couny, the son of the late William Doughton and Mamie Crane Foster, and moved to Germanton with his parents in 1946. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict. Returning home, he worked for Western Electric in Winston-Salem and was also introduced to construction by wiring new homes at night. He left Western Electric in the early 1960s and with his brother, Ocie, began building houses, including the Quail Hollow development in Kernersville. In 1972 he started his apartment and condo development career, first creating Grosvenor Square in Kernersville. Throughout the next two decades he developed more than 2,000 units in nine complexes in Winston-Salem, Kernersville, Durham and Myrtle Beach, and also condo projects on Emerald Isle and in Sebastian, Fla. he was an avid and skilled pilot and loved flying his twin-engine Beachcraft Baron. He lived on Bartram Place in Winston-Salem in the 1970s and later moved to Bermuda Run. He was preceded in death by two brothers, A.G. and Ocie Foster; and a sister, Madeline E. Foster.
Surviving are his wife, Janice Bodsford Foster; two sons, R. Mark Foster and wife Stephanie of Tupelo, Miss. and W. Craig Foster and wife Cissy of Myrtle Beach; his sons’ mother, the former Jean Williams of Shelby; a brother, Arlie O. Foster of Bermuda Village; two sisters, Juanita Smith and husband Carl of Bermuda Run and Billie Kern of Winston-Salem; seven grandchildren, Israel, Noah and Sloane of Tupelo and Abbie, Reid, Jack and Zachary of Myrtle Beach; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held at Vogler’s Clemmons Chapel with Rev. Sylvia Wilhelm officiating. A private graveside service with VFW Honor Guard followed.
Clifton Nathaniel Whisenhunt
Clifton Nathaniel Whisenhunt Sr., 80, died March 16 at Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem. He was born in Forsyth County on January 20, 1927, to the late Maney Whisenhunt Sr. and Myrtle Hawks Whisenhunt. He loved his family and his church. He was a member of Woodland Baptist Church for 47 years and was a member of the Ambassadors Sunday school class. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Maney Whisenhunt Jr.; and a sister, Sadie Williams.
Surviving are his wife, Pearl C. Whisenhunt of the home; two daughters, Sylvia Groce and husband Harold of King and Wilma West and husband Larry of Winston-Salem; four sons, Jimmy Whisenhunt and wife Loretta of Yadkinville, Clifton Whisenhunt Jr. and wife Rita of Winston-Salem, Donnie Whisenhunt and wife Rhonda of Pinnacle and Mark Whisenhunt and wife Jannette of Winston-Salem; 11 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; a sister, Catherine Lane and husband Harold of Clemmons; and two brothers, Raymond Whisenhunt and wife Jane and Haywood Whisenhunt and wife Ilene, both of Winston-Salem.
Funeral services were held at Woodland Baptist Church with Rev. Tim Gammons and Rev. Zeno Groce officiating. Burial followed in Crestview Memorial Park in Rural Hall.
Esther Lenoir Reavis Foster
Esther Lenoir Reavis Foster, 85, of Mocksville died March 17 at Forsyth Medical Center. She was born June 8, 1921, in Davie County to Thomas Cordell and Annie Jordan Reavis. She was a homemaker and was of the Baptist faith. She was preceded in death by a brother, Wade Reavis.
Surviving are her husband of 65 years, Roy Thomas Foster of the home; four children, Linda Foster, Roy Foster Jr. and Steve Foster, all of Mocksville, and Myra Nance of Stanfield; six grandchildren, Theresa Lee, Pamela Carr, Chad Foster, Shawn Foster, Lisa Nance and Adam Nance; a great-grandson, Ian Carr; and a brother, Felix Reavis of Clemmons.
Funeral services were held at Dulin United Methodist Church with Pastor David Smith officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.