Teresa Godfrey Shumate
Teresa Godfrey Shumate, 45, of Lewisville died unexpectedly August 30. She had been attending First Assembly of God over the last few months and loved worshiping Jesus. She was preceded in death by her father, Warren Godfrey; and a sister, Robin Godfrey Cheatman.
Surviving are her husband, Grover Wayne Shumate Sr.; and a son, Grover Wayne Shumate Jr. of the home; two daughters, Carol Shumate of Elk Park and Misty Godfrey of Gaffney, S.C.; a stepfather, John, and mother Janice Cook of Gastonia; three brothers, Howard “Bo” Godfrey of Rock Hill, S.C., Kenneth Godfrey of Blacksburg, S.C., and Kenneth Cook of Gastonia; and two sisters, Margaret Jeff of Beverly Hills, Fla., and Cynthia Godfrey of Gastonia; and four grandchildren, Brandon, Alexis, Justin and Devon.
Funeral services were held at Hayworth-Miller Silas Creek Chapel with Pastor Carl Miller officiating. Burial followed in Woodland City Cemetery.
Louise Rogers Kistler
Louise Rogers Kistler, 87, of Lewisville died September 2 at Harris Hospice Unit in Charlotte. She was born February 12, 1918, in Mecklenburg County to Vernon and Bertha Williams Rogers. She was of the Methodist faith. She enjoyed needlepoint and fishing.
Surviving are a daughter, Brenda Laughrun and husband James of Charlotte; a son, Jim Kistler and wife Becky of Lewisville; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
A graveside service was held at Sharon Memorial Park in Charlotte with Dr. Mike Jamison officiating.
James William Wells
James William Wells, 66, of Pfafftown died August 28 at the Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home after a lengthy period of declining health. He was born January 12, 1939, in Sumter, S.C., to the late Perry Daniel Wells and Mable Anice Hyatt Wells. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, having served on the U.S.S. Hank. He worked for the city of Winston-Salem in the Utilities Division as long as his health permitted.
Surviving are his wife of 13 years, Patricia White Arrington Wells; a stepdaughter, Marie Arrington Larson and husband Mike of Lewisville; a stepson, Michael Arrington and wife Jolena of King; three step-grandchildren, Cheryl Ann Larson and Hannah Marie Larson of Lewisville, and John Michael Arrington of King; three sisters, Sarah Rogers and Judy Russell, both of Sumter, and Nell Wilson of King; and a number of nieces and nephews.
A memorial service was held at Vogler & Sons Reynolda Road Chapel with Pastor Steve Monroe and Chaplain Meghan McSwain officiating. Burial followed at the Pfafftown Cemetery.
Opal Everhart Bowman
Opal Everhart Bowman, 82, of Winston-Salem died September 3 at her residence. She was born January 30, 1923, in Forsyth County to Carlos Coyt and Annie Sowers Everhart. She was a member of Pine Chapel Moravian Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Billy P. Bowman Sr., as well as her eldest son, Billy P. Bowman Jr.; two sisters, Betty Deaton and Mildred Taylor; and two brothers, Francis Everhart Sr. and Koyt Everhart.
Surviving are a son, Charlie Bowman of the home; two grandchildren, Lori and Lynn and Christopher Gray Bowman, all of Newport; a daughter-in-law, Sandra Bowman of Newport; three sisters, Ruby Stoots, Stella Walker and husband David and Carolyn Pardon and husband Ralph, all of Clemmons; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held at Pine Chapel Moravian Church with Rev. George Chittie officiating. Burial followed at God’s Acre.
Drudie Mae Cook Porter
Drudie Mae Cook Porter, 93, died September 2 at Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home. She was born on January 25, 1912, in Forsyth County to the late Alpha Thomas and Joshie Miranda Crater Cook. She was a lifelong member of Pine Grove United Methodist Church. She retired from P.H. Hanes Knitting with 43 years of service, and then went on to work at Revco for 10 years. She also worked as a baby sitter for 15 years at Calvary Baptist Church and also Clemmons United Methodist and Clemmons Baptist Churches, along with caring for children in her home for a host of special friends. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Kenneth Cook; and a sister, Ruby Cook.
Surviving are a daughter, Ruby Reece of Winston-Salem; a son, Kenneth “Bud” Porter and wife Debbie of Yadkinville; four grandchildren, Sherry Wall and husband Neil of East Bend, Ken Porter Jr. of Winston-Salem, Rhonda Duhon of Winston-Salem and Bobby Hilterbrand of Alexandria, Va.; two great-grandchildren, David Wall and wife Tonya of East Bend and Joshua Wall of Clemmons; two great-great-grandchildren, Davis and Austin Wall; a sister, Sybilla Spach of Winston-Salem; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held at Pine Grove United Methodist Church with Pastor Sylvia Wilhelm and Rev. Joe Jacobson officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
Bobby Ray Hellard
Bobby “Bob” Ray Hellard, 68, of Clemmons died September 1 at Forsyth Medical Center. He was born in Davie County to Floyd and Charlotte Doby Hellard. He was a veteran serving in the U.S. Army. He was a 1955 graduate of Clemmons High School and an active member of his church, Union Grove Baptist. He was a retiree of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. with 30 years of service.He was preceded in death by his parents; and an infant daughter, Terri Teresa Hellard.
Surviving are his wife, Shirley Edwards Hellard of the home; a daughter, Renee Weaver and husband Jon of Lexington; two grandchildren, Anna Weaver and Jonathan Weaver of Lexington; a sister, Jennie Stewart and husband Johnny of Lexington; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held at Union Grove Baptist Church with Rev. Ken Harris and Rev. Harold Fletcher officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
Etta Elizabeth Merritt Seivers
Etta Elizabeth Merritt Seivers, 103, of Mount Airy died August 30 at Central Continuing Care in Mount Airy. She was born in Stokes County on July 6, 1902, to John Simon Merritt and Clara Estella Mae Pendry Merritt. She was a member of Oak Grove Moravian Church in Walkertown. She had worked at Hanes of Winston-Salem, Quality Mills of Mount Airy and was retired from Lynn Hosiery of Mount Airy. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of over 60 years, William Henry “Bill” Seivers; two sisters, Margaret Louise Merritt Wayatt and Annie Virginia Merritt; and four brothers, Charles Theadoro Merritt, Junious Alexander Merritt, Jasper Lee Merritt and Edgar Sidney Merritt.
Surviving are two sons, Henry Lee Seivers Sr. and wife Lois B. Seivers and Kelvin Thomas Harry Seivers and wife Novijo D. Seivers, all of Mount Airy; eight grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; 20 great-great-grandchildren; four sisters, Clara Estella Mae Merritt Welch Vanhoy of Galax, Va., Mary Bell Merritt Anderson, Allie Beatrice Merritt Lawing and Ruby Irene Merritt Scism, all of Winston-Salem; and two brothers, Simon Wilborn Merritt of Clemmons and John Junior Merritt of Winston Salem.
A graveside service was held at Oak Grove Moravian Church Cemetery in Winston-Salem with Rev. Matthew W. Allen officiating.
Bobby Paul Brian
Bobby Paul Brian, 61, of Clemmons died September 3. Born October 18, 1943, in McDowell County he was the son of the late Horace Paul Brian and Bertha Walker Brian. He was a refrigeration technician at Flair Inc. in Daytona Beach, Fla., for 20 years. He retired from Piedmont Vending of Hickory in 1998. He enjoyed boating, traveling, camping and meeting new friends. He delivered Meals on Wheels and did volunteer work in Avery County after his retirement.
Surviving are his wife of 44 years, Joyce Smyre Brian; a daughter, Tammy White and husband Chris of Advance; a daughter, Paula Allen and husband Doug of Deltona, Fla.; a granddaughter, Jenna White of Advance; a grandson, Air Force Cadet Brandon White of Colorado Springs, Colo.; a brother, Roy H. Brian Sr. of Hendersonville; and a nephew, Roy H. Brian Jr. of Horseshoe.
No formal services will be held.
Ruth Davis McKnight
Ruth Davis McKnight, 92, of Boonville died August 31. She was born May 11, 1913, in Yadkin County to the late Edward Booth “Dee” Davis and Nancy Virginia Matthews Davis. On May 24, 1941, she married Willie H. McKnight, who preceded her in death on August 10, 1994. She spent her life in Yadkin County as a homemaker and a wife, mother and grandmother. She was a member of Richmond Hill Baptist Church and attended as long as her health permitted. She was preceded in death by four brothers, Graham Davis, Fred Davis, Ralph Davis and Arvil Davis; and five sisters, Myrtle Hobson, Mae Bullin, Ila Morefield, Annie Pearl Bullin and Vernell Calloway.
Surviving are her two sons, Howard McKnight of Boonville and Dennis McKnight and wife Lynn of Lewisville; two granddaughters, Scarlett McKnight of Durham and Cortney McKnight of Raleigh; a sister-in-law, Katie Lee Davis of East Bend; and her nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held at Richmond Hill Baptist Church with Rev. Will Hamric and Rev. Dan Merritt officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
Quincy Albert Cheek
Quincy Albert Cheek, 91, of Roaring River died September 3 at Elkin Healthcare. He was born, November 28, 1913, in Wilkes County to Wesley and Annis Jolly Cheek. He was a member of Pleasant Home Baptist Church, where he was the music director for 37 years. He was the first president of the Shepherds Crossroads Volunteer Fire Department. He also served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
Surviving are two sons, Jerry Cheek and wife Brenda of North Wilkesboro and Harry Cheek and wife Sandra of Clemmons; two sisters, Peda Martin of Havelock and Frankie Walker of Winston-Salem; two brothers, Kenneth Cheek of Bermuda Run and Leo Cheek of Roaring River; four grandchildren; a great-grandchild.
Funeral services were held at Pleasant Home Baptist Church in the Lomax Community with Rev. Kenneth Jordan officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
Arizona Hester Clodfelter
Arizona Hester Clodfelter, 90, of Winston-Salem died September 5 at Bermuda Terrace. She was born March 13, 1915, in Forsyth County to Levi Pender Hester and Flossie Lenore Hester. She was a member of Oakhill Baptist Church and was preceded in death by her husband, Edgar Bradshaw Clodfelter; two brothers; two sisters; a granddaughter; and a daughter-in-law.
Surviving are three sons, Chester Lee “Bobby” Whittington and wife Laura Gay of Winston-Salem, James Clifton “Buddy” Whittington and wife Shelva of Winston-Salem and Wayne Clodfelter of Lewisville; a daughter, Linda Deveaux and husband Noel of Hamptonville; 10 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and also a number of nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held at Hayworth-Miller Silas Creek Chapel with Rev. James Whittington officiating. Burial followed in Waughtown Cemetery.
Frances Lowder Hunter
Mrs. Frances Lowder Hunter, 98, of Mooresville, formerly of Winston-Salem, died Monday morning May 19, 2008 at Genesis Health Care. Mrs. Hunter was born December 17, 1909 in Forsyth County, a daughter of the late Sidney Lowder and the late Mattie Stipes Lowder. She was a devoted mother and a homemaker. Mrs. Hunter attended Covenant Presbyterian Church, but maintained her membership at Clemmons Moravian Church. In additions to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Flake Hunter in 1975, sisters, Dorothy Reynolds, Mattie Whitt, Ruth Long, Elizabeth Mason, brothers, William Lowder, and John Lowder. She is survived by her son, Donald Hunter and wife Ellen of TN., daughter, Elizabeth Greene of Mooresville, sister, Janice King, grandchildren, Shelia Hunter, Mark Greene, Lori Smilowitz, Jennifer Robinson, and eight great-grandchildren. The funeral service was conducted Wednesday, May 21, at Hayworth-Miller Silas Creek Chapel with Rev. Norwood Green officiating. Interment followed in Clemmons Moravian Graveyard.
Mr. Tommy Johnson, 66, of Clemmons died Wednesday, May 14, 2008, at Forsyth Medical Center. He was born Sept. 3, 1941, in Wilkes County, the son of the late Robert and Esther Johnson. Mr. Johnson was a member of First Baptist Church of Stanleyville and retired from Westinghouse after 25 years of service. He was a former member of The Forsyth Lions Club and was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Elizabeth; two brothers, Walter and Monroe; and two sisters, Mildred and Mabel. Survivors include a son, Keith Johnson (Sandy) of Midway; a daughter, Wendy Needham (Julian) of Stroud, England; four grandchildren, Dana Needham of Archdale and Tyler Wood, Victoria Wood and Casey Johnson of Midway; two brothers, Robert and Reuben; and four sisters, Parkie, Pauline, Rachel and Sue. The funeral service was held Sunday, May 18, at Hayworth-Miller Silas Creek Chapel. Burial followed in Crestview Memorial Park. A special thanks to Betty and Henry Capps.
Lonnie Edward Foltz
Lonnie Edward Foltz, 78, of Winston-Salem went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, May 13, 2008. Mr. Foltz worked most of his life at Foltz Concrete Pipe Co. During his years of employment at Foltz Concrete, his true passion was working on his dairy farm. He spent countless hours from sunrise to sunset plowing fields, bailing hay and tending to the cattle. He was a member of Friedberg Moravian Church all of his life where he was a head diener for many years. He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Alice Foltz; and brothers, Charlie and Don Foltz. He leaves behind his loving wife of 42 years, Alberta Foltz; his children, daughters Judy Foltz Gandy, Gail Huddleston and Jeannie Smith and husband Don; and sons Mike Foltz and Ronnie Foltz and wife Leigh. Also surviving are 15 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and siblings Opal Stafford and husband Alan; Lib Tyson and husband Bob; Gail Tolley and husband Jerry; and Archie Foltz and wife Dale. Funeral services were conducted Friday, May 16, at Friedberg Moravian Church in Winston-Salem, with the Rev. G. Thomas Shelton and the Rev. James C. Newsome officiating. The family has requested that memorials be made to Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home, 101 Hospice Lane, Winston-Salem, NC 27103, or Friedberg Moravian Church, 2178 Friedberg Church Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27127.
Ralph Newman Craver
Ralph Newman Craver, 73, of Clemmons died November 9 at his home. He was born July 11, 1929, in Forsyth County to Robert Edward and Oma Lovelace Craver. He attended Victory Baptist Church and was retired from Wilson Pest Control. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving in World War II and Korea. He was a member of District 11 Memorial Honor Guard, where he was Post Commander of 9010 in 2000-2001. He was preceded in death by a brother, Clarence Craver.
Surviving are his wife of 51 years, Della Posey Craver, of the home; two sons, Ralph Michael (Mike) Craver and Richard Newman Craver, both of Clemmons; two granddaughters, Lydia Renee and Ashley Lynn Craver; three sisters, Virginia Dugger and Shirley Camby, both of Harstville, Mo., and Barbara Mahannah of Clemmons.
A graveside service was held at Westlawn Mausoleum Chapel in Clemmons with Rev. Mike Duffield and Chaplain A.G. Parker officiating. Military rites were conducted by District 11 Memorial Honor Guard.
Kasandra Torey Laird-Purdy
Infant Kasandra Torey Laird-Purdy of Clemmons died November 1 at Forsyth Medical Center.
Surviving are her mother, Melissa Laird Coleman; her father, Paul D. Purdy Sr.; four sisters, Sally Coleman, Tina Coleman, KristiJo Purdy and Tara Lacy; two brothers, Alexander Coleman and Paul D. Purdy Jr.; her maternal grandmother, Lydia Laird; her maternal grandfather, Henry Monroe Boyer Jr.; and her paternal grandparents, Martin and Mildred Purdy.
A private graveside service was held with Rev. Mark Weckley officiating.
Bobby Lee Matthews
Bobby Lee Matthews, 62, of Pfafftown died November 6 at Forsyth Medical Center. He was born May 14, 1940, in Forsyth County, to the late Henry Lee and Goldie Farmer Matthews. He was retired from Horn's Garage.
Surviving are his wife, Verna (Peggy) Matthews of Pfafftown; a daughter, Joanne Epperson and husband Curtis of Pfafftown; a son, Henry Matthews of Yanceyville; a stepson, James Call of Wilkes County; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Jackie Matthews of Pfafftown and Connie Matthews of Tobaccoville.
A graveside service was held at Forsyth Memorial Park with Pastor Dwayne Johnson officiating.
Sherrill Odell Beauchamp
Sherrill Odell Beauchamp, 94, of Winston-Salem died November 4. He was born February 15, 1908, in Davie County to Zack A. and Edna Orrell Beauchamp. He was retired from the City of Winston Salem and was a member of Bible Baptist Church of Clemmons. He spent the last three years at Clemmons Village Nursing Home in Clemmons. He was preceded in death by his wife, Annie Davis Beauchamp in 1980.
Surviving are two daughters, Diane Manuel of Clemmons and Shirleen Benson of Salisbury; a son, Ronald S. Beauchamp of Lewisville; five grandchildren; 11 great-grand-children; a great-great-grandchild; three sisters, Wilma Wood of Durham, Thelma Conrad of Winston-Salem and Gladys Laxton of Lewisville; and a brother, Robert Beauchamp of Winston-Salem.
Funeral services were held at Immanuel Baptist Church with Rev. Donald Jones officiating, and burial followed in the church cemetery.
Frank Robert Samuelson
Frank Robert Samuelson, 85, of Winston-Salem died November 7 at Brian Center Health Care. He was born April 21, 1917, in Akron, Ohio, to Eric A. Samuelson and Mary Helen Bancroft Samuelson. He worked at BF Goodrich in Akron, Ohio for 41 years. He was a deacon and elder at the First United Church of Christ in Akron, a 32nd degree mason in the Coventry Masonic Lodge of Akron, commodore of the Craftsman Boat Club and director of the Copley, Ohio, Civil Defense Unit and Air Force Ground Observer Corps. He was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Freda; and his eldest sister, Mildred Nicodemus of Tallmadge, Ohio.
Surviving are his children, Barbara Mary Ernest of Winston-Salem, Frank Henry Samuelson and wife Barbara of Clemmons; grandchildren Carol Samuelson of Clemmons, Capt. Frank David Samuelson and wife Kelly of Geilen-kirchen Air Base, Germany, Cheryl Bowers and husband Robert of Clemmons; great-grandchildren Frank William “Will” and Annmarie Samuelson, also of Germany; sisters Marjorie Merrill of Winston-Salem and Evelyn May Letzel of Barberton, Ohio; a loving niece, Sue Eden of Winston-Salem; plus many other nieces and nephews.
A memorial service was held at Clemmons United Methodist Church with Rev. Cathy Vlastakis officiating, and interment followed in the columbarium at the church.
Cleve Fishel Lowrey
Cleve Fishel Lowrey, 76, of Winston-Salem died November 4 at Forsyth Medical Center. She was born April 4, 1926, in Forsyth County to the late Arthur Sanford and Lettie Myers Fishel. She was a member of Advent Moravian Church, where she was a member of the Senior Friends and Nettie Gobble Sunday school class. She was also a former secretary of the Sunday school and served as a diener. She was employed at Griffith High School Cafeteria, Food Fair Meat Market and retired from Davis Shoe Department. She was preceded in death by her husband, Frederick Glenn Lowrey Sr.
Surviving are a son, Frederick Glenn Lowrey Jr., of Clemmons; a daughter, Martha L. Merkle and husband Ellis of Winston-Salem; two grandchildren, Nathan Merkle and Meredith Stockner and husband Daniel; two sisters, Esther Cash and husband H.R. of Winston-Salem and Ruth Aldridge of Toast; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services were held at Advent Moravian Church with Rev. Tripp May, Rev. Roger Kimball and Rev. Charles Fishel officiating, and burial followed in the church graveyard.