Cordella Louise Hill Rumph, 95, of Winston-Salem, NC, passed away on January 21, 2023. She was born in New Orleans, LA to the late Newton T. Hill and Thelma Rebecca Wimbs on June 18, 1927. She married Nathaniel Leo Rumph, Sr. on November 30, 1962 in Greensboro, NC.
She was a graduate of Tuskegee University, where she received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Cordella taught Nutrition at Winston-Salem State University. She worked as a Registered Dietitian for Forsyth Hospital, retiring after 27 years of service. Following retirement, she continued to offer her expertise as a Registered Dietician to the Head Start program of Family Services.
She served faithfully at St. Stephens Episcopal Church for many years. In the community, she was a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, founding member of Guys and Dolls, a Charter Member of the Winston-Salem Chapter of the National Women of Achievement (NWOA). She was an avid bridge player and frequently traveled with The Ebony Hearts Bridge Club.
In addition to her parents, Cordella was preceded in death by her brothers, Newton T. Hill, Jr. "Sonny" and Richard Washington.
Cordella lives on in the hearts of her husband, Nathaniel Leo Rumph, Sr; children: Brenda Brown, Nathaniel Leo (Carla) Rumph, II, Nicholas Leon (Sandi) Rumph, Cordi Nadean (Jerry) Powell; sister, Ruby Sanchez; grandchildren: Earnest Brown, Jr., Candie Rumph, Constance Rumph, Corbren Powell, Camille-Macie Brown Rumph, Rhea Rumph, Nathaniel Rumph, III, Noah Rumph, Jeremiah Powell, Cierra Powell, and great grandchild, Alayah Rumph; other relatives and friends.
A graveside memorial service will be held at 3:00 PM, January 29, 2023 in Evergreen Cemetery, section H, 2124 New Walkertown Rd, Winston-Salem, NC 27101.
The Rumph family request that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Cordella’s to the Winston-Salem National Women of Achievement (NWOA), 413 Westbourne Court, Kernersville, NC 27284. Please write Scholarship Fund in the memo line.
Mr. Randal Hillian, also lovingly known as Randy was born on July 10, 1961 to Calvin and Nancy Hillian. He passed away on Thursday, January 19, 2023.
Randall attended the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Public Schools.
Randall was a kind soul and truly loved his family. Randall had a special bond with his sister, Teresa, who was there for him, supported him, and took care of him until the very end.
He loved the music of Bob Marley. Randall was a serious Washington Redskins/Commander fan. He and his brother, Calvin Hillian, Jr. who is a Dallas Cowboys fan often went back and forth in a friendly competition about their teams.
Randall was preceded in death by his father, Calvin Hillian, Sr.; one brother, Michael Hillian; his maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Henry Lynch, Sr.; paternal grandparents, Reverend and Mrs. James Hillian, Sr.
He is survived by his daughter, Kimberly Nails of Winston-Salem, NC; two granddaughters, Elizabeth and Kimmora Nails; his mother, Nancy Hillian of Winston-Salem, NC; one sister, Teresa Hillian Phillips of Greensboro, NC; one brother Calvin Hillian, Jr. of Winston-Salem, NC; four aunts, Gloria (Dupree) Johnson of Fredericksburg, MD, Viola Hillian Werts and Annie Campbell both of Winston-Salem, NC and Shirley Greenwood of Walkertown, NC; one uncle, Donald (Beatrice) Johnson of Apopka, FL; a devoted friend and mother of his daughter, Pamela Ferrell; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends; a special thank you to the Magnolia House and the Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home.
Public viewing will be from 12:00 PM until 6:00 PM, Thursday, January 26, 2023 at Clark S. Brown & Sons Funeral Home. Funeral service 1:00 PM in the chapel of Clark S. Brown & Sons. The family will greet friends one hour prior to service. Interment in Oaklawn Memorial Gardens. *Masks required.
Antwan Lamont Campbell, beloved son, brother, uncle, and nephew, friend, affectionately known as "Twan", fought a good fight and finished a strong race and was rewarded his crown of righteousness on December 29, 2022, at the age of thirty-two. He was born in Winston-Salem, NC to Anthony Lamont Campbell and Tammy Martin-Jackson.
Antwan was educated in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Public Schools and attended West Forsyth High School.
He was preceded in death by his grandmothers, Cleopatra Jackson, Jannie Mae Pickens, Julia Mae Scales, Lorraine Livingston; his grandfathers, Carl Smith, Clinton Campbell, Lorenzo Watson, Sr., Johnny Livingstone, Quincy Martin; uncles, Charlie Joe, Sr., Duwan Stern, Johnny Joe, Sr., Tony Martin, Sr., Willie Lane, William Pickens; aunts, Geneva Pickens, Shirley Kelly; cousins, Charlie Joe, Jr., and Julius Clark.
He leaves to cherish his loving memories, his parents, Anthony Campbell and Tammy Martin-Jackson; four sisters: Asia Campbell, China Campbell, Enda Montgomery, and Khalilah Campbell; six brothers: Al’Trevion Jackson, Allen Michael, Kristopher Black, Kedrick (Lanita) Martin, Brandon Campbell, Devin Campbell, Jordan Phillips, Nicholas Roberts, and Samuel Allen; two grandmothers, Janice Campbell-Moore and Betty Martin-Watson; six aunts, Audrey Campbell, Elizabeth Campbell, Khalilah Campbell, Roberta Geneva Joe, Sandra Campbell, Sandra (Terry) Faye Gibbs, Tanya Martin; three uncles, Clinton Campbell, James Robert (Quivette) Joe, Larry (Pam) Joe, and Duronn Stern; a much loved cousin, Darius Campbell; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and other relatives and friends.
Public viewing Saturday, January 7, 2023 from 12 PM ~ 6 PM at Clark S. Brown & Sons Funeral Home. Funeral service 1 PM, Sunday, January 8, 2023 at Clark S. Brown & Sons Chapel. The family will greet friends thirty minutes prior to service.
The book of life opened for Shirley Mae Powers Dukes on July 5, 1943 in Davidson County North Carolina. After a brief illness, at the age of 79, she reached the sunset of her life on December 26, 2022 at Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.
Shirley graduated from Dunbar High School in Lexington, NC in 1961. Her career included employment with The Singer Company in Thomasville, NC, and Hostess Cakes and K & W Cafeteria in Winston-Salem, NC. She was also employed by the Guilford County Public School System for many years. She attended and participated in many ministries and activities at North Lexington Baptist Church until her health began to decline.
She was preceded in death by her parents, James Powers, Sr., and Barbara C. Powers, her husband, Richard Dukes, her brother, James Powers, Jr., and her sister, Teresa Powers.
Shirley leaves to cherish fond memories: her six children, Angela Dukes, Janet Dukes Moss, Mark Dukes, Charlene Dukes McMillan, Kareme Dukes and Richard Ashley (Gena Robinson); grandchildren, Mario, Malitta and Tecora Dukes, Carlos and Christine Moss, Sebastian and Amari Dukes, Trai, Ebony and Elbert Dukes, Elijah Mobley, Isaiah and Josiah Dukes; 17 great-grandchildren; brothers, Mayfield M. (Rozella) Powers, George C. (Marketta) Powers, Bobby L. (Veronica) Powers and David L. Powers; sisters, Betty P. Mitchell, Carlene P. (Henry) Moore, and Elizabeth Powers.
There will be no public viewing. A memorial service will be held at 12:30 PM, Saturday, January 14, 2023 at North Lexington Baptist Church, 201 Mize Road, Lexington, NC. Interment at Brooks Temple United Methodist Church, Midway, NC.
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Patrick was born on August 8, 2000, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and passed away on December 26, 2022.
He graduated from West Forsyth High School in 2018 and attended UNC Charlotte as a political science major.
Patrick enjoyed wrestling, MMA, video games, music, reading, and singing. He was a cheerleader at UNC Charlotte. He earned his black belt in Tae Kwon Do and the rank of Eagle scout with the Boy Scouts of America.
He joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and loved to share his testimony of his Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. His wonderful smile and enthusiasm will be missed by all who knew him.
Patrick was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Willie Lee and Geraldine Taylor.
Patrick leaves beautiful memories to cherish with his mother, Karen Taylor (David), and his father, Robert Harding (Anetria); siblings, Ranisha, Robert, and Jaden Harding; paternal grandmother, Virginia Greer; bonus grandparents, Joe and Clara Williams; nieces and nephews, Zakiya, Zamir, Zakirya Phillips, Ryann, Rhyland, and Robert Harding, Jr.; Godmother, Gigi Conrad; two bonus moms, Lori Miller and Latarsha Ward; and a host of great aunts, great uncles, aunts, cousins, and a community of friends whom he cherished.
There will be no public viewing. Funeral service 1:00 PM, Saturday, January 7, 2023 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 4260 Clinard Road, Clemmons, NC 27012. The family will greet friends one hour prior to service. Interment in Westlawn Gardens of Memory, 6135 Ridgecrest Drive, Winston-Salem, NC.
December 21, 2022, Ms. Montana Stimpson, 70, a native of Winston Salem, N.C. gained her wings officially and went to her heavenly home. She was born to the late Irene Hughes Hairston and Robert B. Stimpson, Sr. on July 6, 1952.
Montana, was the very meaning of “Life and Love”. With no hesitation, she shared her wisdom, light, and caring for you with every encounter. Montana's presence was a priceless gift and the love she shared will live on forever.
She attended Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools and graduated from Parkland High School. Montana worked as a supervisor at Forsyth Medical Center until her retirement.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Irene Hughes Hairston and Robert B. Stimpson, Sr.; daughter, Myra Stimpson; brother, James Hairston, Sr.; and sister, Princella H. Lash.
She leaves her light to shine on in her: daughter, Rashena Stimpson, three sons: Tommie L. Fair, Rashard B. Stimpson, and Robert B. (Angela) Stimpson, Jr.; her sister, Inez H. Davis, two brothers: Michael (Phyllis) Hairston and Quinton Hairston; three grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.
Funeral service will be held at 11:30 AM, Wednesday, December 28, 2022 at Clark S. Brown & Sons Funeral Home. The family will greet friends 30 minutes prior to the service. Interment in Gardens of Memory, Walkertown, NC. *Masks required.
Mr. Wilbert Meadows, Jr. better known as “Crip” was born in Winston-Salem, NC to the late Ruby W. Meadows. He passed away on December 16, 2022.
He attended the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Public Schools.
His greatest joy was his grandson, Jayceon Meadows. He was an avid Miami Dolphins Fan.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Ruby W. Meadows; and two brothers, Gerald West and Phillip Meadows.
He is survived by two children: daughter, Shayla Campbell; son, Jarrell Meadows (Brittany); one brother, Tony West (Pam); two sisters, Rita Meadow and Barbara Meadows-Johnson; two aunts, Alma M. Barber and Mary M. Williams; his favorite cousin, Ralph Meadows; his niece, Tenesia Meadows; his best friend, Jerome Davis; and a host of other relatives, nieces, nephews, and friends.
Public viewing will be from 12 PM until 6 PM, Tuesday, December 20, 2022 at Clark S. Brown & Sons Funeral Home. Funeral service 12 noon, Wednesday, December 21, 2022 in the chapel of Clark S. Brown & Sons Funeral Home. The family will greet friends thirty minutes prior to service. *Masks required
Orlin Elijah Acker of Winston-Salem, NC transitioned from this life on December 7, 2022 at the age of 52. Orlin Acker was born on February 5, 1970 in Winston-Salem, NC to the late Elijah Billings and Annie Mae Acker.
As a child and young teen, he enjoyed being in ROTC and participating on the Mo Luca drill team. He graduated from Parkland High School in 1988.
On July 26, 1997, Orlin married Chasity Horton Acker, the love of his life. Orlin and Chasity worked in partnership together over their 25 years of marriage to provide a loving and faithful home to their children, grandchildren, and extended family.
Orlin was a devoted father and grandfather who loved his family fiercely. Standing in the gap as a father figure to many of his nieces and nephews, Orlin set an exemplary life to his home and community as a devoted family man. He was a die-hard Dallas Cowboys fan and loved spending time with his family, especially on family vacations.
Orlin preceded in death by his mother, Annie Mae Acker; father, Elijah Billings; and sister, Antoinette Acker.
He leaves to cherish his memory his wife, Chasity Horton Acker; two children, Cameron Elijah Acker and Brittany Alexis Acker; two grandchildren, Jorden Elijah Acker and Kamyra Alexis Acker; sister, Carolyn Linda Acker; and brother, John Santana Acker; sisters-in-law, Diauna Horton and Candace Horton; brother-in-law, Elon A. Horton; father-in-law, Elon B. Horton; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Orlin will be deeply missed by friends, family and all who knew him and memories of him will forever be cherished by those he loved.
Public viewing will be from 12 PM until 6 PM, Saturday, December 17, 2022 at Clark S. Brown & Sons Funeral Home. Funeral service 3:30 PM, Sunday, December 18, 2022 at First Waughtown Baptist, 838 Moravia Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27107. The family will meet friends thirty minutes prior to service.
Montaque Lamont “Bam” Blackburn, son of Vera Veronica Blackburn was born March 12, 1968 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Bam peacefully departed this life on Tuesday, December 6, 2022 at his residence.
He attended the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Public Schools.
He professed his faith in Jesus Christ and joined The Dwelling Lutheran Church becoming a dedicated member.
Mr. Blackburn was an exceptional chef and longtime Butcher at Ogburn Station Market in Winston-Salem.
Bam was blessed with seven children. His loving caring spirit and sense of humor will be missed. He was loved by many
He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Daisy May Blackburn; aunts, Mary Boles, Karen Crowell, Linda K. Hardy; uncles, Roger Blackburn, Robert Blackburn; and daughter, Lynekya Scott.
His beautiful life will forever be cherished in the lives of his children: Ronald “Ray” Vinson, Shantel “Pooh” Hayes, Shakima Scott, Montaque “Monta” Blackburn, Jr., Kiera Scott, and Japhon Patterson; daughter-in-law, Tia Vinson; son-in-law, Damien Hayes; life-long loving partner, Luewanda Scott; ten grandchildren: Rejanea, Ta’neah, Ra’shad, Da’raya, Tayshawn Vinson, Dezmond, Derrien, Dezirae Hayes, Roscoe and La’Shae Franklin; sister, Ly’Tona Blackburn; brother, Maurice Blackburn, Larry Blackburn, and Chris Blackburn; aunts, Deborah Wallace, Carol Everhart, Alice Blackburn; and a host of devoted nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
There will be no public viewing. A memorial service will be held at 12:00 PM, Thursday, January 12, 2023 at Clark S. Brown & Sons Funeral Home. The family will greet friends thirty minutes prior to service.
John Mack Poindexter. III was born on April 7, 1946 in Winston-Salem, NC to the late Mildred Ridley Poindexter, Sr. John departed his earthly home early in the morning on Sunday, November 27, 2022.
John was lovingly known to his family and friends as “Poin”, “Johnny Mack” and the name he loved the most was “Papa”.
Johnny Mack was a 1964 graduate of John W. Paisely High School where he played football. Upon graduation, Johnny Mack attended North Carolina A&T State University.
Johnny Mack married Linda Joyce Gould on August 20, 1966 and to this union 3 children were born.
Johnny Mack worked at McLean Trucking, RJ Reynolds and as a lab technician for 28 years for Schlitz Brewing Company, which was later named Stroh’s Brewery, until their closing in 2000. After the closing of Stroh’s, Johnny Mack worked several years for the city of Winston-Salem, Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools and the Red Cross.
Johnny Mack was a Gold Star Member of First Baptist Church.
Johnny Mack was in the Winston-Salem Sportsmen’s Club. He was a diehard Washington Commanders (Redskins) fan. He also enjoyed gardening, grilling, family gatherings and trips.
Johnny Mack was preceded in death by his parents; 2 aunts, Margaret (John) Hoyle and Mary B. (David) Hopkins; his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Elizabeth and Berkely Gould; 2 brothers in-law, Bernell Gould and Rodney Lash.
Johnny Mack is survived by his loving and dedicated wife of 56 years, Linda; his children, John Mack, IV (Johnny), Marcus and April (Keith) McBride; his beloved grandsons, Keith and Amare McBride; god grandson, Latrez McCollum; grand dog, Bently; his brother, George (Vernell) Poindexter of Oxon Hill, MD; brothers-in-law, James Berkely (Penelope) Gould of Hamlet, NC, Herbert (Mildred) Gould of Bennettsville, SC and Lisa Lash of the city; and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins, and lifelong friends.
Public viewing from 12 PM until 6 PM, Friday, December 2, 2022 at Clark S. Brown & Sons Funeral Home. Funeral service 10:30 AM, Saturday, December 3, 2022 at First Baptist Church, 700 North Highland Avenue, Winston-Salem, NC 27101. Interment in Gardens of Memory, Walkertown, NC.
Oscar Kinard Ledbetter was born in Winston-Salem, NC on March 3, 1951 to Naomi Ledbetter and James Reese.
He graduated from Atkins High School where he wrestled and played other sports. He continued his education at Winston-Salem State University. He worked at ITT Grinell as a nuclear radiation tester and later became a supervisor at Hanes Brands, where he retired.
Oscar attended St. John CME Church and served in many capacities including Trustee Board, Male Chorus, and the J.L. Pickens Choir. He was often seen frying fish at church functions or cooking with his brother and sisters. He also worked with his brother Ray and Tyrone to build the new St. John CME Church.
Oscar passed away quietly at his home on November 26, 2022 in his favorite chair, which he was known to be in frequently. He was also known to cook fatback and dumplings…which were a constant at Ledbetter Sunday dinners. His grandchildren were known to have bags of fatback instead of the typical toddler snacks. He was known to many as “Gus”, “Rooster”, or “Uncle Pop”. He was also known to have many jokes, although many were real-life situations that he was a part of or created. He was known to live life and do whatever he chose to do.
He cherished his grandchildren and their happiness and did whatever it took to make sure they had what they wanted. He was never a stranger and would talk junk to anyone. He loved his brothers and sisters, and would often be seen on the front porch of mother’s and his home. We will always remember the fun times and we hold them close to our hearts.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Naomi H. Ledbetter; father, James Reese; sisters Barbara Herring and Antoinette Hunt; brother, Jerry Ledbetter; and brothers-in-law, Donald Spencer and Nathaniel Fox.
Oscar leaves to cherish his memory a devoted wife of 44 years, Sallie Hilliard Ledbetter; daughter, Diamond L. Cotton and son, Oscar K. Ledbetter, Jr. of Winston-Salem, NC. Five grandchildren, Lyric Cotton, Jamir Ledbetter, C.J. Cotton, Niara Rousseau, and NaOsha Rousseau-Ledbetter; also cherishing his memory are seven siblings, Ray Ledbetter, Jacqueline Spencer, Miriam (David) Wagner, Tyrone (Derreka) Ledbetter, Linda Fox, Bernadette (Vaughn) Booker, and Donna (Calvin) Hendrickson; two aunts, Evelyn Andrews and Aron Ledbetter; in-laws, Patricia (John) Cauley, Lucy (Garland) Brown, Charles Hilliard; and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Public viewing will be from 12 PM until 6 PM, Friday, December 2, 2022 at Clark S. Brown & Sons Funeral Home. Funeral service 1:30 PM Saturday, December 3, 2022 at St. John CME Church, 350 NW Crawford PL, Winston-Salem, NC. The family will greet friends thirty minutes prior to service. Interment at Piedmont Memorial Gardens.
Mrs. Mary Kate Lowrey Dennis, 93, teacher, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, passed away on November 25, 2022. She was born in Oxford, MS, on October 12, 1929, daughter of the late Edwin Stovall Lowrey and Anna Jane Allen Lowrey of Clarksdale, MS.
Mary Kate is preceded in death by her husband of 70 years, artist Warren Cameron Dennis Jr. She is also preceded in death by her beloved siblings Robert Lowrey of Maryville, TN, Bill Lowrey of Sheridan, AR, and Rebecca Lowrey Cramer of Colorado Springs, CO. Mary Kate is survived by her daughter Anna Kathryn Sartin and husband Laddy Sartin, son Warren Cameron Dennis III and wife Terri Dowell-Dennis, son Edwin Lowrey Dennis and wife Denise Lyon Dennis, daughter Martha Dennis and husband Landus Bennett, grandchildren Marianna Sartin Parker and husband Cedric Parker, Kathryn Sartin Drum and husband Russell Drum, Ian Dennis and wife Anna Willis, Max Dennis, Andrew Dennis, Michael Dennis, and great- grandchildren Elijah Parker and Arthur Dennis.
Mary Kate and Warren called North Carolina home for over 55 years. They moved their family to Boone, NC, from Marion, AL, in 1965, and lived there for 49 years before moving to Winston-Salem in 2014 to be closer to family. Mary Kate earned her undergraduate degree from Mississippi’s Blue Mountain College, which was founded by her great-grandfather Brigadier General Mark Perrin Lowrey (the “Preacher General”). She taught elementary school in Mississippi
and, after earning her master's degree in English at Appalachian State University, taught English at Watauga High School, where she also served as advisor to the Journalism Club and oversaw the school newspaper. Mary Kate left Watauga High School to pursue her PhD at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, completing her dissertation on Irish playwright Brian Friel. She then served as an adjunct professor of English at Appalachian State University until her retirement. Warren was a long-time faculty member in the Art Department at Appalachian, so Mary Kate was, by association, connected with many Appalachian faculty. Travel was a passion for Mary Kate. She and Warren traveled to Europe, England, and Ireland several times, organizing student art tours and trips abroad with their grandchildren. They frequently hosted student groups at Appalachian’s residences in New York City and Washington, D.C.
Mary Kate suffered from dementia but never lost her ready smile and sense of humor. She lived a long life surrounded by those who loved her. Along with her passion for travel, Mary Kate is remembered for her love of family, debate, politics, literature, journalism, art, sewing, gardening, amateur architectural drawing, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and camping, and appeared as a frequent figure and influence in Warren’s art. Her love of language arts is represented in this quote by Brian Friel:
“It is not the literal past, the 'facts' of history, that shape us, but images of the past embodied in language.”
The family plans a celebration of life for Mary Kate and a private ceremony to combine their parent’s ashes, to take place sometime in the spring.
“No matter how long the sun may linger on his long and weary journey, at length evening comes with its sacred song.”
Brian Friel In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to:
Montre’ Donnell Richardson, 46, father, son, brother, uncle and friend went to be with the Lord on Friday, November 25, 2022. He was born in Winston-Salem, NC on April 19, 1976 to Willa Richardson and the late Michael Johnson.
Montre’ had a big personality and could light up the room with his smile He was full of quick wit and would quickly have everyone laughing uncontrollably from his storytelling and jokes.
Montre’ is survived by his loving mother, Willa Richardson; his children, whom he loved immensely, Dante Harris, Syncere Douthit and Monee Richardson; and his sister Tracey Watson. He also leaves his two grandchildren; a nephew; a niece; and a host of family members and friends.
There will be no public viewing. A private memorial service will be held for the family at Clark S. Brown & Sons Funeral Home.
Loretta Marsh was born December 24, 1945 to the late Howard Lipscomb and the late Mabel Ruth Marsh. She went to be with the Lord on November 22, 2022.
Loretta was preceded in death by her parents; sister, one sister, Patrice Marsh; two brothers, Artis Lee Marsh and Otis Lee Marsh.
She leaves to celebrate her homegoing one daughter, Carolyn Marsh; two sons, Vincent Marsh and Reginald Marsh; a dedicated granddaughter, Trish Marsh; six grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; three sisters, Florence Marsh Beasley, Diane (Willie) Hughes, and Peggy (Joseph) Salley; two brothers, Howard (Darlene) Lipscomb, Jr., and Clarence Milton (Margo) Marsh; and a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends.
Public viewing from 12 PM until 6 PM, Thursday, November 24, 2022 at Clark S. Brown & Sons Funeral Home. Memorial service will be at 1 PM, Friday, November 25, 2022 in the chapel of Clark S. Brown & Sons Funeral Home. The family will meet and greet friends thirty minutes prior. Interment at Gardens of Memory.
Our dear and loving mother, Anne Starnes, sadly passed away on November 21, 2022, at the age of 78. She was a wonderful mother who was always there when needed. She was born on September 4, 1944 in Gastonia, NC to Elisha and Mamie Moses. She was one of six children.
Anne graduated valedictorian of her high school class at James Fenimore Cooper in Harlem, New York.
Her life was a living example of her favorite Bible verse, Ephesians 4:32, “And be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving one another, just as God also forgave you in Christ.”
Anne was preceded in death by her husband Henry Starnes; mother, Mamie and father, Elisha Moses; sons, Sean and DeAndre Starnes; daughter, Shitedra Starnes; brothers, Elisha and Harold Moses; and sisters, Mamie Dean and Marion Hill.
She is survived by her four children, Eric Starnes (Tine), Darryl Starnes (Elanda), Natatia Starnes and Keisha Starnes; eighteen grandchildren; twenty-six great grands; and two great great-grands; her sister, Flora Moses; her uncle, Edward Addison (Shirley); and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.
Funeral service will be held at 12:30 PM on Thursday, December 1, 2022. The family will greet friends at 12 Noon. Public viewing will be held from 12PM until 6PM, Wednesday, November 30, 2022 at Clark S. Brown Funeral Home. Interment in Parklawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers please make donations to the American Cancer Society at the following website: https://donate3.cancer.org
Ms. Eunice T. Suber, 104, passed away on Monday, November 21, 2022. She was born on November 13, 1918 to the late Robert and Lurla Suber in Winston-Salem, NC.
Ms. Suber received her education locally and was a 1936 graduate of Atkins High School. She also received her certification in Early Childhood at Forsyth Technical Community College. Professionally, she was Day Care Director at St. Home’s Daycare.
Eunice became a member of New Bethel Baptist Church in 1937.
Ms. Suber leaves to cherish her memories her daughter, Roslyn Suber Lash; granddaughter, Ashlyn Lash; great grandson, Ashton Lash; goddaughters: Abbie Luckey, Gloria Swindell and caregiver, Cora Bryant; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Public viewing 1pm until 6 pm, Sunday, November 27, 2022 at Clark S. Brown & Sons Funeral Home. Graveside service, 2 pm, Monday, November 28, 2022 at Evergreen Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Trellis Supportive Care (formerly Hospice Care).
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James Kennard Terry was born on April 23, 1961, in Winston Salem, NC. He was the youngest of 10 children. He graduated from Parkland High School in Winston Salem. He lived in Michigan for a time. Upon returning to Winston Salem in the mid-eighties, he met Denise Terry and her children, Anisha Terry and Jamaal Terry. He loved them as his own. Married in 1989, this union of 22 years was blessed with 5 more children, Imara Terry, Terrell Terry, Jessica Terry, Sabra Terry, James Terry II, and 11 grandchildren.
Left to cherish his memory are two siblings, Rhonda Haider, Danita Craft and numerous nieces, great-nieces, nephews, and great-nephews. He also leaves one older son, William Allen and 3 grandchildren, whose relationship developed in recent years.
He is preceded in death by his parents, James H., and Louise Terry; his siblings, Theopilia Covington, Donald Terry, Cynthia O’Neal, Adrienne Terry, Nerissa Terry, and Stephanie Terry.
He took pride in providing for his family. He learned the trade of plumbing and developed a business as a plumbing contractor. He self-taught many skills and worked in general maintenance. He was crafty and creative and enjoyed his work. He enjoyed fishing and camping, football, cooking, beach trips, cookouts, and gardening. He attended all holiday events with family. He lived a very active life.
There will be no public viewing. Celebration of Life will held at 1 PM, Sunday, December 4, 2022 at Clark S. Brown & Sons Chapel, 727 N. Patterson Avenue, Winston-Salem, NC 27101.
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Staphon B. Debnam, affectionately known as “Step” to his family and friends, was a wise, selfless, and humble man who loved quality time with his family, exercising his entrepreneurial spirit, preparing and exploring good food, and was an inspiration to all who knew him. He transitioned to eternal rest and peace in Heaven on November 19, 2022.
Step was full of character and skill. Considered the glue among his family and friends, he was known for his humility and wise perspective that made people change the way they think. Born on August 9, 1970, to the late Edward Debnam and Mrs. Barbara Debnam, Step grew up in Winston-Salem, NC where he graduated from Carver High School and attended Winston-Salem State University and ECPI. During this time, he fostered close lifelong friendships, one of the most special being with his brother, Derick.
On September 6, 1997, he married Sherri A. Fields; they were blessed to have recently celebrated 25 years of marriage. Step was a supportive and encouraging husband, always believing in her ability to learn new things and accomplish her goals. Together, they raised two sons, Jamari and Justin, creating a close-knit family who enjoyed living life together. They not only found joy in simple, everyday living but in travel as well; they quickly found that the secret ingredient to an enriched life was being together. Their devotion remained solid through joyous times and the challenges of life.
Step was a dedicated father who poured into his sons, constantly providing sound advice, spending quality time with them cooking and grilling, taking day trips to explore new restaurants, or watching Panthers games together (which they never missed). One of his final words to them was, “play chess, not checkers” and “be sure to think two steps ahead.”
Step was a problem solver, technology whiz, creative genius, and serial entrepreneur. He could learn to fix and do anything, believing in the power of research to make it happen. This coupled with his creativity for branding and development, fueled their family business “Popcorn Fanatic”, a Winston-Salem favorite along with other e-commerce businesses.
Step's humility, solid character, and perseverance have left a permanent imprint in the hearts of many; an imprint that will forever be remembered and will never be erased by his transition. He was preceded in death by his father, Edward Debnam, and niece, Destiny Debnam. Those who will lead carrying forth his memory and advice include his committed and loving wife, Sherri Debnam; proud sons, Jamari and Justin (Significant Other Uriah Cummings); his mother, Barbara Debnam; brother, Derick (Sharon) Debnam; father and mother-in-law, Herrell Sr. and Velma Fields; step-mother-in-law Paulette Smith; sisters-in-law LaShonda “Dee” Fields Hairston, Shanelle (Chris) Sellers; brothers-in-law Herrell Fields, Jr., Terrell Smith, and Chris (Monica) McMillian; and nieces and nephews, Derek Debnam, Jr, Nadiya Debnam, Zion Hairston, Zulay Hairston, Brookelyn Sellers, Zonntta’ Manns, Faith Hatton, and Zoé Fields.
For those who wish to honor Step's life, a Public Viewing will be held on Monday, November 28, 2022, at Clark S. Brown & Sons Funeral Home. The Funeral Service will take place on Tuesday, November 29, 2022, at noon at Union Baptist Church. A Family Visitation will be held before the service at 11:00 AM. Expressions of love are welcome, including flowers or donations to Cancer Services (Winston-Salem) or The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in his memory.
Shirley Ann Hall was born on February 3, 1943 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina to Dewallo and Flora Counts.
Shirley and the late Vernon Francis Hall, Sr. met in 1961 in Winston-Salem where he spotted her at the bus stop. That is when they began their amorous courtship and eventually wed in 1962. The family eventually relocated to Detroit, Michigan in 1964.
Shirley loved the Lord and attending church where she was a member of New Hope Missionary Baptist.
Shirley graduated from Atkins High School in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. After High School she attended Winston-Salem State College where she received her Bachelor of Science in Education in 1967. Later, she matriculated through the University of Detroit where she earned her Master of Arts in Education degree in 1977.
She began her career as an educator teaching at Detroit Public Schools in 1967.
Shirley was a love of life. Shirley enjoyed traveling across the country by train and touring amazing places such as Hawaii, The Grand Canyon, wine country, and museums, she also loved shopping and going to new movies.
From Shirley and Vernon Sr.’s matrimony, two children were born: their late daughter, April Lynn, and their son, Vernon Francis, Jr.
Shirley’s love and compassion overflowed for her family which she simply adored.
Shirley leaves to celebrate her life and cherish her memory: her loving son, Vernon F. Hall Jr.; grandchildren, Antuan, Keyon (Jessica) and Dalvin (Brianna), Amaria; great-grandchildren, Jaden, Angel, Ariele, Keyon Jr. (K.J.); best friends, Mary Berry and Brenda Clark; and a host of extended family and friends.
Funeral service, 11:30 AM, Friday, December 2, 2022 at Clark S. Brown & Sons Chapel. The family will greet friends thirty minutes prior to service. Interment at Piedmont Memorial Gardens.
Mr. William Finley Fulton, Jr. aka “Coach Wink” was born December 22, 1964 to the late Pauline Robinson Fulton and William Finley Fulton, Sr. in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He passed away at Emory Medical Center in Atlanta, GA on November 17, 2022.
He graduated from East Forsyth High School in Kernersville, NC in 1983. He finished Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA in the graduating class of 1988.
He joined First Baptist Church on Highland Avenue in Winston-Salem, NC at an early age and was active in the youth program and sang with the spiritual choir. In Atlanta, GA, he joined the Chapel of Christian Love Missionary Baptist Church where he was active in many activities as well as singing in the choir. He also sang with a traveling mass choir in Atlanta.
William got his start in Tennis with Mr. David Lash and the Young People Tennis program of Winston-Salem, NC. The Kimberly Park Tennis also played a major
part in developing his tennis career through its young people program with Mr. Leon Kay and Miss D.D. Adams as the advisors.
He worked 30 years at the McGhee and Washington Park Tennis Centers in Southwest Atlanta, primarily with the youth. At the time of his death, he was operating his own Tennis Program in East Point, GA. The name of his organization was Coach Wink’s-NJTL-National Junior Tennis and Learning.
He held professional certifications with the United States Tennis Association, United States Professional Tennis Registry and a member of the NJTL-National Junior Tennis and Learning program. He received several awards and commendations from the USPTA and NJTL for his continuous and dedicated service through tennis with the youth of Atlanta and surrounding areas.
One of his major accomplishments was organizing trips to the United States Open Tennis Tournament in New York City at the Arthur Ashe Tennis Center for 35 to 40 young people.
William is preceded in death by his mother, Pauline Robinson Fulton; several aunts; uncles; and cousins.
He is survived by his father, William Finley Fulton, Sr. of Winston-Salem, NC; one brother Geoffrey E. Fulton of Atlanta, GA; one aunt, Maxine F. Johnson; and a host of cousin and friends.
Funeral service will be held at 12:00 PM, Saturday, November 26, 2022 at First Baptist Church, Highland Avenue. The family will greet friends 30 minutes prior to the service. Interment in Gardens of Memory, Walkertown, NC.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Scholarship funds of First Baptist Church, Highland Avenue in Winston-Salem, NC or the Chapel of Christian Love Missionary Baptist Church, Atlanta, GA.
Ms. Loretta Hughes was born October 17, 1944 to the late James and Mary Francis Hughes in New York, NY. She passed away at Forsyth Medical Center on November 14, 2022.
Loretta was a graduate of Paisley High School and received her Bachelor in Fine Arts degree from Pratt Institute, New York City. Her career included employment with Simplicity Pattern Company in New York, NY, Sears, in the Chicago, IL Executive Office, and Hanes Brands, Winston-Salem, NC. She was a member of Winston Salem First Church.
In the community, she had an encouraging presence and volunteered with Newborns in Need, Inc., and Susan G. Komen.
Those left to cherish her memory include: her sister, Catherine (Grippon) Boags, of Charleston, SC; her brothers, Walter Hughes and Louis Hughes, both of New York, NY; three nieces; three nephews; several great nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.
Funeral service will be held at 11:30 AM on Monday, November 21, 2022 in the chapel of Clark S. Brown & Sons Funeral Home. The family will greet friends 30 minutes prior to the service. Interment in Evergreen Cemetery. There will be no public viewing of Ms. Hughes.
Donations may be made in memory of Loretta Hughes to: Newborns in Need, Inc., 3323 Transou Road Pfafftown, NC 27040, Cancer Services, Inc. 3175 Maplewood Avenue Winston-Salem, NC 27103 or Winston-Salem First Church, 3730 University Parkway Winston-Salem, NC 27106.
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Minnie Lucille Caldwell was born October 17, 1930 to the late Pearl and George Caldwell, Sr. in Winston-Salem, NC. She was one of nine children. She completed elementary school graduated from Atkins High School in Winston-Salem. She worked as a cook and dishwasher at Pratt and Alma’s Café and at the Baptist Home to finance her college education. She furthered her education at Winston-Salem Teacher’s College where she received her Bachelor’s of Arts in Early Childhood Education.
In October of 1957, Mother Caldwell relocated to Rochester, New York after her friend, Pearl Penn, encouraged her to look for a teaching position in Rochester. Once she arrived in Rochester, she took Graduate courses at the University of Rochester. She worked at Cutler Union which was an extension of the University of Rochester. On September 25. 1958, she was employed by the Belle J. Michael’s Nursery School, now known as the Baden Street Child Development Center where she was employed for over 35 years. She had several positions within Baden Street and she became the Director of Baden Street Child Development Center. She retired from there in 1995.
Mother Minnie was a great woman of faith and she began her Christian journey at Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, NC. When she moved to Rochester, New York she became a faithful and dedicated member of the Holy Trinity Missionary Baptist Church where she served on the children’s ministry, The Little Lambs, along with sister C. Vernise Bryant. She was also a member of the ACC Choir and was a willing servant assisting and helping where she was needed within the church.
Over the years, she had received numerous awards, trophies, citations, and recognition from various churches and organizations throughout the Rochester area. She was also past, Worthy Matron of the Order of the Eastern Stars, Daughter of Jericho Chapter #15. Mother Minnie Caldwell’s hobbies included playing the piano, reading, playing on her iPad, reciting old hymns and poetry, watching game shows and soap operas. She also was a huge fan of the Buffalo Bills football team. Mother Minnie loved spending time with her family and friends especially going on outings with her granddaughter Gabbi. She will be remembered for her beautiful smile, her sweet and nurturing spirit, words of wisdom and encouragement, and her witty sense of humor.
Mother Caldwell departed this earthly life on November 14, 2022. In addition to her parents, her six brothers preceded her in death; Haywood, Nathaniel, Raeford, George, Jr., Leon and Eugene; two sisters, Maggie C. Green and Beatrice C. Rorie; nephew, Anthony K. Green; niece, Dorothea A. Green, Butler B. Green, Betsy G. Williams; daughter, Gwendolyn (Susie) Felder; special cousins, Thomasen Able Jennings and Elsie M. Coleman; and best friend, Pearlie Felder.
She leaves to cherish their priceless and loving memories: her nieces, Cassandra “San” Green-Walker, Linda Caldwell Peter, Cathy Caldwell, Edythe C. Harris, nephews, Eugene D. Caldwell, “Tony”, Sylvester Green; great-nephews, Corey Walker and Shawn Walker; great-niece, Ashley Thompson; extended nieces, Ernestine Keeton, Stephanie Tillman Hayes; cousins, Mary Gaston, Fannie Anthony, John H. Able of Rock Hill, SC, Frank Able, Betty Ann Mackey and other cousins include, Williams, Able, Boyd, McDuffie, Jackson, Hicks, families; granddaughters, Gabrielle Green, Adelaide (Darcy) Carroll, Shawn Carroll, Christina Smith; grandson Nuri Simmons; great granddaughters, Amaya Crawford, Asante Shipp, Whitney Carroll, Shani Simmons; and great grandson, Ashton Chung.
She had a loving and motherly relationship with her Godchildren, Roslyn Lentz, Debra Ann Thomas, Jackie Williams, Marvin Rogers, Reginald Wright, Martinous Edwards, Charles Edwards, Dubose Edwards, Carla Robinson, Vanessa Scott, God-grandchildren, Kari Perr, Aniyah Bentancourt, Brianna Williams and touched the lives of everyone she met.
Funeral service 12 PM, Monday, November 28, 2022 at Holy Trinity Missionary Baptist Church, 397 North Street, Rochester, NY 14605. Professional Funeral Services Entrusted to D.M. Williams Funeral Home. Funeral service locally, 12:00 PM, Friday, December 2, 2022 at Morning Star Baptist Church, 1401 Fitch Street, Winston-Salem, NC. The family will meet and greet friends thirty minutes prior to service. Public viewing from 12 PM until 6 PM, Thursday, December 1, 2022 at Clark S. Brown & Sons Funeral Home. Interment in Evergreen Cemetery.
Charlene was born July 6, 1960 in Sarasota, Florida to Freda Wallace and Charles Kirby. Raised in the hometown of Winston-Salem, North Carolina by Bertha and Maceo Good in the Piney Grove neighborhood.
Charlene was a native resident of Happy Hill Gardens, where she raised four children: Larone Parms, Alisha Parms, Da’mone Carter, and Ale’ija Mayfield.
Charlene devoted her salvation and sang in the choir at Beula Tabernacle Holiness Church.
Charlene attended North Forsyth High School and worked as a CNA, Med-Tech and a Home Health Aid throughout her life. She sang in heart, lived out loud, loved hard, and fell soft for those she called lover and friend.
Charlene surrendered her fight against pancreatitis in the home and loving care of her daughter, Alisha. Her soul was made ready in forgiveness as she surrendered her way home with God restoring her vocals and accepting her songs of praise. God extended His redemption to prepare Charlene a new body to welcome her Home in Heaven.
Charlene leaves a legacy of five grandchildren, Juan Coleman, aka “Bear”, Kiing Mayfield, Alauni Little, Ayvah Carter and soon on arrival Aniyah Carter; also to cherish her memories are several brothers and sisters, namely Sandra Kirby, James and John Kirby, Debra Baskerville, and Barbara-Jean Humphries; and a host of nieces and nephews, family and friends.
There will be no public viewing. Memorial service 4:30 PM, Thursday, November 17, 2022 at Clark S. Brown & Sons Chapel. The family will greet friends thirty minutes priors. *Masks are required.
On Monday evening, October 31, 2022, Frederick Milton Craft, III (Tre'), 27, surrendered to the calling of the Lord while in his home in Winston Salem, NC, after a year of declining health.
He was born on August 14, 1995, to Frederick Craft, Jr. and Sha'Meika Albright in Winston Salem, NC. He was raised in a loving home with his mother, bonus father, Peri Jones (Whimp), and his siblings. No matter the distance or age, their family has stayed connected and continues to support each other.
“Tre'” as he was affectionately called by many, attended the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools and graduated from Forsyth Technical Community College.
He was an avid music lover and enjoyed writing and performing rap. He was known for sharing kind words and encouraging others. He will be remembered as a jokester that enjoyed putting a smile on the faces of the people he loved.
He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Frederick Craft, Sr. and Basil Brown.
He leaves his loving parents (Sha'Meika and Peri); three brothers, Peri Jones, Jr. “PJ” (of the home), Justin Craft, and Jalen Craft; two sisters, Briana Jones and Nikiyah Craft (all of Durham); his grandmothers, Kathy Albright (Moochie) and Sharon Craft; one aunt, Stacy DeFreitas (Andre); one uncle, Sequoia Albright (Natasha); a special friend, Cheyenne Nelson; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins and friends who will honor the brilliant but short life that he lived.
A public viewing will be held on Friday, November 4, 2022, from 12 PM-6 PM at Clark S. Brown & Sons Funeral Home. Funeral service will be at 4:00 PM, Saturday, November 5, 2022 at Clark S. Brown & Sons Chapel. The family will greet friends thirty minutes prior to the service. Minister Anthony Williams officiating. *Masks are required.
Donettra Lorraine Coker was born to the late Virmell Bryant Johnson, Sr. and Gloria Jean Hughes in Winston-Salem, NC on January 3, 1965.
She was educated in the local public schools and graduated from Parkland High School.
Donettra worked as a Home Health Aide for many years for various companies.
Donettra was known to many of her family and friends as “Dee”. She was always happy and showed off her beautiful smile.
She began her Christian faith at an early age and gave her life to the Lord. She was baptized by the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.
Donettra was preceded in death by her parents Donald Coker, Gloria Jean Hughes, and Virmell Johnson, Sr.
She is survived by her son, Eugene L. Collins, Jr.; daughter, Tiffany L. Brown; grandchildren, Jocelyn Ferguson, Jade Collins, D’vontae Clayton, Krischian Brown, Genia Collins, Rashied Richardson, Grea’sylis Brown, Kemmese Ferguson-Jenkins, and Eugene Collins, III; brothers, Christian (Stephanie) Hughes, Donald K. Coker, Virmell Johnson, Jr., Terence (Jewel) Anthony, Timothy (Ervinia) Anthony; sisters, Richardean (Winfred) Miller-Whisonant, Lisa M. Lynch, Valerie (Anderson) Hicks, and Violet (Kevin) Hoyle; a devoted uncle, Willard (Zenobia) Coker; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends who loved her.
There will be no public viewing. Funeral service will be held at 12 noon, Monday, November 7, 2022 at Clark S. Brown & Sons Chapel. *Mask are required
On Saturday, October 29, 2022, God in His infinite wisdom called Mr. Willie Bernard Conrad, 83 home into his loving arms. Mr. Conrad was born on December 21, 1940 in Wadesboro, NC to the late Michael William and Maybelle Conrad.
Mr. Conrad graduated from Anderson County High School. He also attended Winston-Salem State University and was employed at Lincoln National Insurance for over 35 years and Prime America.
Spiritually, he was a lifelong member of Phillips Chapel Missionary Baptist Church of Winston-Salem, N.C. where he served on multiple auxiliaries such as, the trustee ministry, PCBMC male chorus, gospel choir, soul winning team, and van ministry. He was also the Sunday school superintendent, supervisor of Baptist Training Union, and a lifelong member of the Brother Bill Pratt and the Gospel Crusaders. Additionally, he served in the United States Army.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Conrad was preceded in death by his wife, Sandra Diane Conrad; son, Bernard Leon Cooke; brothers James Robert Conrad, Billy Conrad, Andrew Conrad Sr.; sisters Martha Leona Conrad, Viola McKinsey, Elizabeth McGee, Kathleen Cash and Itessi Robinson.
Mr. Conrad is survived by three sons, Willie B. Conrad Jr. (Jackie), Michael Conrad, and Marcus Conrad; one daughter, Dewanna Conrad, all of Winston-Salem, NC; nine grandchildren; and a host of great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Public viewing from 12 PM until 6 PM, Tuesday, November 7, 2022 at Clark S. Brown & Sons Funeral Home. Funeral service 12 noon, Wednesday, November 9, 2022 at Phillips Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, 132 West Glenn Avenue, Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The family will greet friends thirty minutes prior to service.
Harnetha B. Parks, 76, beloved mother, daughter and sister, passed away on Friday, October 28, 2022 at Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Oakland, CA, with her family by her side.
The daughter of the late Chambers and Lullie Brown, she was born August 11, 1946 in Winston-Salem, NC. She grew up in the family home located in the city at 312 South Cleveland Avenue.
"Neet", as she was lovingly called by family and friends, graduated from A.H. Anderson High School in Winston-Salem, NC in 1964. She then graduated from San Jose State University, San Jose, CA where she received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology. Her career included employment for over 15 years with The Proctor & Gamble Company. There she worked primarily as a Systems Analyst before her early retirement, due to a disabling medical condition.
Married to Carlester Parks in 1964, this union of more than 20 years was blessed with one child, Tiffany Parks Correa. The family thrived and made their home in Winston-Salem, NC.
She enjoyed cooking, traveling, and helping others. She especially enjoyed spending time with her beloved grandchildren, other family, friends and the animals she loved. An active member of Faith Deliverance Missionary Baptist Church in Greensboro, NC, she participated in many church activities.
In addition to other ancestors and her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Joseph and Shelton Brown; and two sisters, Betty Lou Brown and Lillian Brown Connor.
Harnetha is survived by her daughter, Tiffany Parks (Julio) Correa; three grand-children, Haven, Hailey, and Julio Correa, III; two brothers, Benjamin and Gordon Brown; one sister, Johnnie Mae Bailey; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.
Public viewing will be held on Tuesday, November 29, 2022 from 12:00 PM until 6:00 PM at Clark S. Brown & Sons Funeral Home. Interment at Evergreen Cemetery.
Public viewing will be from 12 PM until 6 PM, Friday, October 28, 2022 at Clark S. Brown & Sons Funeral Home. Funeral service 2 PM, Saturday, October 29, 2022 at Bethlehem AME Zion Church, 6475 Yadkinville Road, Pfafftown, North Carolina. Family visitation one hour prior to service. Interment at Bethlehem AME Zion Church Cemetery.
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Zenobia Evangeline Winfrey McLaughlin departed this life on Saturday, October 15, 2022, at her home in Baltimore, Maryland. Mrs. McLaughlin, affectionately known as “Zee” was the fourth child born to William Harding Winfrey, Sr and Lucy Vernelle Hilton Winfrey in Richmond, Virginia.
She attended the Richmond Public Schools and graduated from Armstrong High School in 1945 with the notable distinction of being salutatorian of her class. Zenobia was the recipient of numerous honors and awards and attended Virginia Union University where she graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry. She would later receive a Bachelor of Christian Education from Family Bible College.
She became a member of the Upsilon Omega Chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority in 1952.
Zenobia worked at the Medical College of Virginia as a Biological Assayist and Micro-technician. She would later work at Provident Hospital as a Patient Advocate and at Granada Nursing Home as a Patient Representative. She retired after working many years for the Baltimore City Department of Social Services.
Zenobia was married to Dr. Wayman B. McLaughlin, and to this union six children were born. She was a stay-at-home mother for several years who poured her love, life, and legacy into her children.
Zenobia gave her life to Christ at a young age at Mosby Memorial Baptist Church in Richmond. She had been a member of Calvary Baptist Church for 28 years. As a Deaconess, she faithfully served in various ministries including the Prison, Food Pantry, New Members, Missionaries and Drama ministries. For several years, she was an instructor at Family Bible Institute where she was known as “Mrs. Teaching Techniques.”
Zenobia was energetic, fun-loving, and had a zest for life. She was known for her radiant smile, sense of humor and commitment to excellence.
In addition to her parents’ death, Zenobia was preceded in death by Dr. Wayman B. McLaughlin; her daughter, Sharon McLaughlin Gadson and great grandson, D’Andre McLaughlin; three sisters, Vernelle Winfrey, Dorothea Polk, and Eunice Dotson; and two brothers, William Winfrey, Jr., and Reginald Winfrey, Sr.
She leaves to cherish her memory four daughters and one son: Zenobia Bernadine McLaughlin, Cynthia McLaughlin Lyons, Phyllis McLaughlin Wright (Brian), Beryl McLaughlin Miller and Wayman Bernard McLaughlin, Jr. (Jacqueline); ten grandchildren; eight great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.
Funeral service will be held at 2:30 PM on October 27, 2022 at Calvary Baptist Church in Baltimore, MD. The family will greet friends 30 minutes prior to the service. Interment will be at 10:00 AM on Saturday, October 29, 2022 at New Evergreen Cemetery in Winston-Salem, NC. Public viewing will be from 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM on October 26, 2022 at March Funeral Home-West, Baltimore, MD.
Alice Jean Allen, daughter of the late Norman Gray Allen, Sr. and Mamie Miller Allen was born December 29, 1934 in Bethania, North Carolina. She departed this life on Wednesday, October 12, 2022 at Novant Medical Center.
Alice Jean was a graduate of Carver High School. After graduating from Carver, she attended Livingstone College in Salisbury, North Carolina and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology. While at Livingstone she played basketball for the Blue Bears and proudly played with the team that was undefeated in 1953 and 1954. She began her teaching career in Mullins, South Carolina where she also served as the girls basketball coach. She led the Lady Bulldogs to the S.C.S.S.A.A. Championship in 1959. Alice was extremely proud of being named “Coach of the Year” for the Lady Bulldogs and continued to display her “Coach of the Year” plaque in her home.
After working in South Carolina several years, she returned to North Carolina and taught at Edenton High School in Edenton, NC. She returned home in 1974 and worked at South Park High School. While at South Park she served as a teacher and guidance counselor. During the 1992-1993 school year she was named the school’s Teacher of the Year. Alice continued her educational journey by taking courses at Atlanta University in Atlanta, GA during several summers.
Alice was a devoted family person and returned home to care for her father after her mother passed away suddenly. Her care and devotion for family did not end there because she later became caretaker for her aunt Esther Douthit, and her brothers, Norman Jr. and William Edward.
Keewaunee NeeChele Lentz (Kee) died unexpectedly at her home on Sunday, October 2, 2022.
Keewaunee was loved by all who crossed her path. Keewaunee had a great sense of humor and would tease or prank anyone crossing her path. One of her greatest joys was sneaking up on you and scaring you out of your wits.
Dancing was a passion of hers that she wanted to pursue in her future but was short lived after performing in The Wiz at the Landmark Theatre in Richmond, Virginia at age seven and then being diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease. She was obsessed with the whole Barbie Doll scene and was gifted by family with every item that came on the market. She would solicit her brother BJ to come into her room and play with her Barbie collections for hours with her and he did so lovingly.
Born in Winston-Salem on January 28, she was then moved to Richmond, Virginia where she grew up and was a graduate of Armstrong High School. After being educated in Richmond, Virginia, Keewaunee returned to North Carolina where she continued her education in the Nursing field and worked in Nursing Homes where she loved taking care of the elderly. She would get permission to sign some of the more mobile patients out of the facility and take them to church
Keewaunee started her family and after many years of raising her family in Winston-Salem, she decided to return to Richmond, Virginia where she spent the last nine years before returning to Winston-Salem in July of 2022.
Keewaunee was an avid lover of kids who gravitated to her infectious personality. Her love was like an elastic band, no matter how far she would go the kids would always find a way to connect to her so that her cousin, Delvon Meekins would deal with no one as a child except Keewaunee and his mother, Regina.
Keewaunee loved to do hair and was great at creating hairstyles when you could keep her still long enough to complete it in a timely manner.
One amazing quality she possessed was being an amazing mother to both her beautiful daughters Diamond and Morgan. Her love was unconditional and there were no lengths she wouldn’t go through to see a smile on their faces. Motherhood has no manual, but Keewaunee mastered the skill of being the best mother to her girls.
Keewaunee is survived by daughters: Diamond Lentz (Hezekiah) and Morgan Williford; son, Steven Williford; mother, Carolyn White; father, Thomas Starks; devoted friend, Steve Williford; brothers, Willice N. White, III (Tiffany), Antwan Duncan; sisters, Nakialee Starks, Nadia Starks, Denee Starks, Natasha Duncan-Alston (William), Felecia Mitchell (Arron); brother-in-law, Marvin Williford; grandparents, Gettis and Ruth Torrance; bonus brothers, Barry France (Andrea), Marvin L. DeWitt, Jr., James A. Johnson, Jr.; bonus sister, Shanae Chavis; aunts, Wyvern Anthony, Mary Lewis (Torre), Sharnay Torrance, Elizabeth Wiggins, Paulette Walton, Ethel Avery; uncles, Charlie Lentz (103 years young), Gerald Kirkland (Sharon), Robert Walton, Tremaine Torrance; bonus aunts, Dorothy P. Vaughn, Annette Patterson, Cassandra White, Lynette Smith, Deborah Brooks, Tonya Campbell; four nephews; a devoted nephew, Willice N. White, IV, Tavon Branch; five nieces; and a host of cousins; among them are Shani Dorsey (Eric), Sherry Taylor, Ishmul Lentz and a host of other relatives and friends.
Public viewing, Sunday, 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM, Sunday, October 9, 2022 at Clark S. Brown & Sons Funeral Home. Funeral service 12:00 PM, Monday, October 10, 2022
Clark S. Brown & Sons Chapel. Family visitation will be one hour prior to service. Interment Gardens of Memory Cemetery, Walkertown, North Carolina. *Masks are required.
Michelle "Missy" Mack was born on May 7, 1964 to Eloise and David James Wilson in New York City. She was born the fourth of five children.
She attended and completed Satellite Academy High School. In her youth, she was employed with Freedom National Bank in New York City as an Administrative Assistant.
In 1981, she met her beloved and devoted husband, Bernon Mack. They fell in love and married on August 30, 1994. Together, Mack and Michelle set out to live a happy, satisfying family life.
Michelle and Mack gave birth to a beautiful baby girl on July 26, 1990. Mother and daughter forged an everlasting, unbreakable bond and a beautiful relationship. Michelle was so proud of Kamika as she watched her graduated with a Master’s Degree. She loved traveling to watch her daughter coach and referee games as she fulfilled her dreams of officiating in the NCAA.
Michelle became aware of her spiritual need, studied the Bible with Jehovah’s Witnesses, and put faith in the truth found in God’s word, the Bible. She quickly gained a spot in the hearts of many dear friends in the Upper Harlem congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses.
After the family moved to North Carolina, she worked at Bell South for a time and later became a homemaker. Michelle loved cooking all kinds of dishes for her husband, being a mother, gardening, spending time with family and friends here, and traveling back to NYC to spend time with family, by whom she was dearly loved.
Her personality was bubbly and outgoing. She loved people and was always smiling. Michelle had a wonderful sense of humor and an outgoing personality She loved to crack jokes and make others laugh. Laughing was a big part of her life. We have all enjoyed indescribably special moments with Michelle filled with love, laughter, passion, and insight.
Michelle’s long battle with cancer ended on September 25, 2022 with her beloved daughter, mother, and sisters by her side.
She leaves to cherish her loving memories: her mother, Eloise Bibby; daughter, Kamika Mack; step-daughter, Kim Walker; siblings, James Wilson, Sharon Tate, Angie Harris, and Dawn Wilson-Mulligan; nieces, Candace and Shanel Tate; nephew, David Wilson; grandchildren, Mekyiaa and Melik Walker; grand-nieces, Daniella and Aerial Wilson; grand-nephews, Marco and Tyler Wilson; and a host of other relatives.
There will be no public viewing. A Celebration of Life will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, October 2, 2022 at Clark S. Brown & Sons Chapel. *Masks required.
Verdell Green was born on September 7, 1926 in Dothan, Alabama to the late John and Maggie (Kirkland) Roberts. She was the youngest of eight children, 3 brothers and 4 sisters, who all preceded her in death.
She attended and graduated from Henry County Training High School in Abbeville, Alabama. She later moved to New York where she attended business school. Shortly after, she began her career in banking at Chemical Bank (now J.P. Morgan Chase) as a Customer Service Representative. She enjoyed working in the financial world and for over 25 years, continued to advance in her career until her retirement.
She joined Mount Sinai Baptist Church in Newville, Alabama at the age of twelve. Later she joined Mount Olive Baptist Church after she moved to New York.
Verdell met and later married James Green in New York City on September 24, 1949. For 55 years they were happily married until his passing in 2005. To this union two children were born, Brenda Annette (Green) Battle and Michael James Green.
To cherish her memories and her legacy are her two children: her son-in-law, Robert Battle; her daughter-in-law, Jasmine Green; her granddaughters, Nicole Battle and Michelle (James) Bacon; grandson, Shawn Green; step grandchildren, Aaron Clark and Briana Clark and step-great granddaughter Mia Clark; and great-grandson, Austin Bacon. She also leaves behind a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
She moved back to the South in 2015 to live with her daughter and now is back in New York to spend eternity with her husband. She will forever be loved and missed.
Mrs. Green may be publicly viewed from 12:00 PM until 6:00 PM. Friday, September 30, 2022 at Clark S. Brown & Sons Funeral Home. Funeral service will be held in New York at 11:00 AM, Tuesday, October 4, 2022 at J. Foster Phillips Funeral Home, 17924 Linden Boulevard, Jamaica, New York, 11434. Interment Maple Grove Cemetery, Kew Gardens, New York. *Masks required.
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Brenda Lee Smith was born to the late Oscar & Dorothy Benn in Chicago, Illinois on December 22, 1962. She departed this life on Saturday, September 17, 2022.
Brenda moved to Winston-Salem at an early age and matriculated through the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools. She graduated from North Forsyth High School in 1981. She later earned her Associate Degree from Miller-Mott Business College in Winston-Salem. She was previously employed by U.S. Airways.
She professed her faith at an early age and was a former member of Union Baptist Church.
Brenda was always laughing and smiling. She loved to dance and have a good time, especially when she was watching sports. Her favorite teams were Dallas Cowboys Football Team and Los Angeles Lakers Basketball Team.
She leaves to cherish her memory her daughter, Brittany (Kendra) Berry; grandson, Kaleb Berry; sister, Olivia (Darrell) Howell; brothers, Aldeen (Paulette) Smith and Oscar Smith; nieces Demetrice Howell and Arlethia (Timothy) Hailstock; best friend, Millicent Smith; many other cousins and friends.
A public viewing will be held on Sunday, September 25, 2022 from 1 to 6 p.m. at Clark S. Brown & Sons Funeral home, 727 Patterson Avenue Winston-Salem, NC. The family visitation will be on Monday, September 26, 2022 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. with the service following at 2:00 p.m.
Robert “Rob” T. Willis born to Beverly C. and Robert J. Willis on July 2, 1982, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He transitioned to be with the Lord on September 16, 2022.
He attended and graduated from North Forsyth High School in 2001. He also attended Guilford Technical Community College in the Automotive Mechanic Program.
Rob was fun, outgoing, loyal, supportive and protective. He was a devoted son, brother, uncle, father, cousin, friend and mentor. We all called him, “The Family Mechanic.”
He was in the process of enrolling at Winston-Salem State University in the NASCAR program. He was excited about becoming part of the “Ramily”.
Rob worked for Whole 9 Security for several years. This laid the foundation for him to start his own security company. He also provided private security for several celebrities, fish tables and in the community. He was passionate about helping the youth in the community. Rob was a certified Para (Behavioral) Professional. He was on the Board for the AYF Pfafftown Packers and was a coach. He has touched so many young players, boys and men. While coaching the players during and after football season, he would allow them to spend the weekends with him. Education was important to him and that is why he invested in his players. Rob also went to his players’ school and followed up with their teachers to ensure they were doing well in class. Rob loved installing audio systems which lead him into wanting and loving to trick out vehicles and motorcycles. He was a member of Country Boyz (Car Club, Wide Open (Motorcycle Club) and a member of Iron Coalition (Motorcycle Club).
Rob rededicated his life to Christ. He was a member of New Birth of Christ Church where he served as a Director of Sound. He attended Bible Study and Worship on a regular basis.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents: Elease G. and Sidney J. Hanks; three aunts, Dorothy Carter, Delores Wilson, and Artless Carter; two uncles, Tommy and Sherman Carter.
He is survived by his loving daughter, Ashlyn Willis; two devoted sisters, Algenoria Willis and Janette (Kivet) Roseboro; two nieces, Ronisha and Chasity; two nephews, Jermiah and Kaleo; he was blessed with a great nephew, Alijah; a great niece, Ryleigh; aunts, Bleaker Dent and Shirley (Zeke) Johnson; uncles, Edison Carter and Wayne (Patricia) Willis; two special cousins, Marsha Reaves and Dwayne Carter; and a host of cousins and other relatives.
Public viewing will be from 12:00 PM until 6:00 PM, Friday, September 23, 2022 at Clark S. Brown & Sons Funeral Home. Funeral service 11:00 AM, Saturday, September 24, 2022 at Life on Lexington Church, 620 E. Lexington Avenue, High Point, North Carolina. Family visitation one hour prior to service. Interment Piedmont Memorial Gardens.
Harry Lee O’Neal passed away at his home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina on Sunday, September 11, 2022, following a period of illness. Harry was born to the late Freddie L. O’Neal and the late Dorothy L. O’Neal in Princeton, West, Virginia (“The Heart of Mercer County”) on August 23, 1956.
He attended public schools in Mercer County and graduated from Princeton Senior High School. He worked for the transportation department at Princeton Community Hospital. He briefly served his country in the United States Navy.
Harry moved with his sister, Gloria to Winston-Salem, North Carolina. His work history included a job with Carolina Narrow Fabrics. Following a desire to become a chef, he joined a program through Goodwill Industries who partners with the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina to offer the Triad Community Kitchen (TCK) Culinary Training. Harry completed the program at the top of his class.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his grandmother, Lucille Riser.
Those family members who survive and who will forever cherish loving memories of him include his son, Ryan Wilborn; three sisters, Gloria Hobson, Deborah Parson, and Anna O’Neal; nephews, Vernon Hobson and Tre’ Hopkins; nieces, Ashley Terry and Autumn Parson-Tann; great nieces, Teneshia Meadows and LaKeisha Taylor; a special friend, Luola “Missy” Whitaker; and several extended family members and friends.
There will be no public viewing. A memorial service will be at 12 PM, Monday, September 19, 2022 at Clark S. Brown & Sons Chapel. Family visitation will be thirty minutes prior to service in the chapel. *Masks required.
Angela Lucille Teague, 57 was born July 12, 1965 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina to Effie Mae Thompson (Biological) and Thelma Thompson (Maternal). Ms. Teague now joins her father, William James Thompson, Sr. and her siblings, Algefields Cain, Jr. and Denise Thompson.
She leaves to cherish her loving memory, three children, Anthony Dione Teague, Sr., Jurica Angell Teague and Brittany Lorraine McCorkle; four siblings, William James Thompson, Jr. (Billy), Crystal Thompson (Crissy), Theresa Thompson, Elder Tonia Cain; six grandchildren, Anthony Teague, Jr., Bobby Massy, Krishand Watson, Areona Brown, Payden Cuthrell, Brian Floyd, III (B3); and a host of nephews, nieces, and other loving relatives and friends.
Angela was educated in the Winston-Salem Forsyth/County School system, graduating from East Forsyth High School, Class of 1983.
Angela was a dedicated employee at Silas Creek Rehabilitation Center for several years.
Public viewing for Ms. Teague will be Tuesday, September 6, 2022 from 12:00 PM until 6:00 PM at Clark S. Brown & Sons Funeral Home. Funeral service will be held on Wednesday, September 7, 2022 at 12:30 PM in the Chapel of Clark S. Brown & Sons Funeral Home.
JaQuez Xavien Jadin Fredericks affectionately known as JaJa by his family and close friends, was born on February 9, 2007. He was the oldest of a twin brother, Marquez.
Early Thursday morning, August 25, 2022, God sent His angels to bring this precious young man home from labor to reward.
He graduated from Clemmons Middle School in June and was looking forward to attending Parkland High School. He had dreams of becoming an engineer.
He was a small frame, but big in heart. He was also very quiet and humble around people he did not know. But to his family and friends, he was a typical teenager, talkative, comical and fun loving.
He loved playing video games and was quite competitive. He loved cars and he could name the make and model of any car he saw. God only knows how much he will be missed by all.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Barbara Fredericks.
He leaves to cherish great memories his loving mother, Nicole Fredericks; a very special friend, Khadeeja Johnson; four brothers, Malik and Marquez Fredericks, Tramayne Miller, Jr. and Jonathan Broadway, Jr.; one sister, Tremya Fredericks-Miller; great grandmother, Henrietta Sutherland of South Carolina; grandmother, Linda John; five aunts, India Mitchell of New York, Tashia Fredericks of New Jersey, Takisha Mackey, Khadydra John, Koren Ingram (Joshua); two uncles Erick Fredericks of New Jersey and Kylin John; father, Jermain Wilson, special cousin, Rev. Scott Fredericks of New Jersey; and a host of other aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Public viewing will be Thursday, September 1, 2022 from 12:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at Clark S. Brown & Sons Funeral Home. Funeral service will be held on Friday, September at 2:00 p.m. Family visitation thirty minutes prior to service at Clark S. Brown & Sons Chapel. *Masks required.
Harriet Jones Tobe was born to the late Boykin and Mattie Wilkes Jones in Forsyth County, North Carolina on May 21, 1931.
She attended the public schools of Winston-Salem/Forsyth County and graduated from Carver Consolidated High School. She enrolled at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.
Harriet married Green Tobe on June 25, 1960 and their union was blessed with the birth of a son, Edward. They remained happily married until his death on July 26, 1981.
Mrs. Tobe was employed for a time at the historical Kate B. Reynolds Memorial Hospital. She subsequently went to work at Winston-Salem State University. Her role as a member of the financial aid department had a positive impact on the lives of many students as they sought guidance in securing financial assistance to cover the costs of their college education. Prior to her retirement, she gave 30 years of dedicated service to the university.
She was a lifelong member of Mount Zion Baptist Church where she joined under the pastorate of the late Reverend Dr. R. L. File. She exercised the tenets of her faith as a member of the Dorcas Missionary Group (Past President), The Ladies Usher Board, Advisory Board Member of The Senior Life Enrichment Center, Personnel Committee, The Hattie File Club and The R. L. File Scholarship Committee. She faithfully served until declining health limited her active participation.
Harriet Jones Tobe answered the Lord’s call to come home from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina on Wednesday, August 24, 2022, following a period of illness. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband; three siblings; and a devoted nephew, Danny Imes.
Those family members who survive and who will forever cherish loving memories of her as they look forward to a reunion in heaven include her beloved son, Edward (Temperance) Tobe; her grandchildren, Charity Tobe and Emmanuel Tobe; sister-in-law, Clara Jones; nephews, Kenneth (Donna) McDuffie, Gary (Carolyn) Brown, Gejuan (Melissa) Long and Clenzo Jones, Jr.; several great nieces and nephews, many extended family members and friends.
Public viewing will be from 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m., Sunday, August 28, 2022 at Clark S. Brown & Sons Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held at 12:00 p.m. Monday, August 29, 2022 at Mount Zion Baptist Church. The family will greet friends thirty minutes prior to the service. Interment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery.
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Roger Dean Gist, Jr. was born September 27, 1961 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina to Roger and Geraldine Gist. He departed this life on August 19, 2022.
Roger grew up in Winston-Salem where he was educated in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth School system. He had a passion for sports, especially for boxing. After serving in the Army for 3 years, he moved to Atlanta, GA, where he spent the most of his life before finally reuniting with his family. He worked in landscaping and loved the games of football, and basketball.
Roger was preceded in death by his parents, Roger Dean Gist, Sr. and Geraldine Gist; sister, Renee Denise Gist. He leaves behind to cherish his memory, his daughter, Anissa Johnson; siblings, Regina Danette (George) Freyberger, Ronnie Derringer (Lhaila) Gist, Ramon Deon Gist, Rochelle Diane Gist and Ryan Derrell (Nani) Gist; and a host of nieces, and nephews.
Public viewing will be Wednesday, September 7, 2022 from 12:00 PM until 6:00 PM at Clark S. Brown & Sons Funeral Home. Funeral service will be at 11:30 AM, Thursday, September 8, 2022 at Clark S. Brown & Sons Chapel. Interment Salisbury National Cemetery. *Masks required.
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Our beloved Charlene Adele Curtis, an esteemed leader and champion in the world of women’s basketball, took her last, perfect, buzzer-beater shot, on August 18, 2022, at the age of 67. Charlene was born June 28, 1955, in Roanoke, Va., to the late Marshall “Peaches” Curtis and Dorothy Charlton Curtis.
Wherever she lived or traveled, Charlene always proudly called Roanoke, Va., her home. She was greatly loved as a child and reared by a strong Christian family. As children, Charlene and Nickey enjoyed and appreciated playing golf with their father, a local business owner. Greatly influenced by their mother, an elementary school teacher, they spent many a day creating their own neighborhood committees, organizations, and practicing Robert’s Rules of Order.
Charlene excelled in academics, music, and sports. She was a talented trumpet player and the first African American to join the Roanoke Youth Symphony. In 1972, Charlene graduated with honors from William Fleming High School.
She chose Radford University, a close distance to home, to pursue her love of music and her dream of becoming a band director. She graduated with honors in 1976, with a Bachelor of Science in Music Education. While playing basketball for the Radford Lady Highlanders, she became team captain and earned Most Valuable Player honors in 1975/76, as the university’s first 1,000-point scorer, with 1,043 career points. She later was inducted into Radford University’s Sports Hall of Fame, as a charter member, coach, and player. Charlene went on to earn a Master's degree in Secondary Education Administration from the University of Virginia in 1982.
Among her many firsts, Charlene was the first Black women’s head basketball coach in the Atlantic Coast Conference. In 2019, she retired from a storied, 40-plus year career in women’s collegiate basketball, as supervisor of the Women’s Basketball Officials for the Atlantic Coast Conference, and coordinator of the Women’s Basketball Officials for the Big South, Colonial and Southern Conferences. In the collegiate ranks, Charlene held assistant coaching positions at the University of Virginia, Georgetown University and University of Connecticut. She served as head coach at her alma mater, Radford University; and, Temple University, and Wake Forest University. In 2004, she was named an assistant coach for the Women’s National Basketball Association-Charlotte Sting, and later became a women’s television collegiate basketball analyst. A career highlight and distinguished honor were serving on the coaching teams for USA Basketball, most notably the World University Games, the Women’s Goodwill Games, and the USA World Championship Games.
Charlene’s impressive accomplishments and lived expertise in the world of women’s collegiate basketball paled in comparison to her deep faith and devotion to church and community. Guided by God and her spirit to serve and give back, principles instilled by her parents, she participated on numerous organization boards and professional commissions, throughout her lifetime. Most recently, she was Lay Leader at St. Paul United Methodist Church, a member of Church Council, Committee on Finance, a Sunday School teacher and Grief Share leader. She was also Chair for the Commission on Equitable Compensation for the Western North Carolina United Methodist Conference; the Radford University Board of Visitors; North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame, and on the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Benevolent Fund. She spent decades associated with Big Brothers-Big Sisters in Southwest Virginia and the Piedmont Triad area of North Carolina as both a board member and a BIG.
Charlene left an incredible mark on the world, with her giant vision and gentle, kindred spirit. She bravely and mutinously navigated the possibilities in life and women’s sports, leaving a clear path, where none existed before. Her leadership and personal achievements were collectively shared with journeys by her players, teams, colleagues and family. And, after all, she was just a girl from Roanoke, Va.
Here to honor Charlene’s legacy and to forever share her life story is her partner of 24 years, Sharolyn Grant, of the home; her beloved sister, Millicent “Nickey” Wright and brother in-law, Byrl; and her aunt, Evelyn “Kitty” Board Charlton (late James “Red”), all of Roanoke, Va., along with a cherished circle of extended family, lifelong friends, and beloved colleagues.
A celebration of her life will be held Tuesday, August 30, 2022, with family visitation at 11 am, and a memorial service at 12 Noon, at Centenary United Methodist Church, 646 W. 5th St, Winston-Salem, NC, 27101. The service will be live streamed online at: https://www.centenary-ws.org/live-stream. Interment will be held Wednesday, August 31, 2022, noon, at Sherwood Memorial Park, in Salem, VA. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests donations to the Radford University Foundation,
Charlene A. Curtis Women’s Basketball Scholarship, P.O. Box 6893, Radford, VA 24142.
Lilly Wall Dockery was born to the late William and Ella Bell Walls on April 6, 1948 in Wadesboro, NC. She passed away on Friday, August 12, 2022.
Lilly attended JR Faison High School in Wadesboro, North Carolina.
She started her employment in Banking as a teller and was promoted to supervisor. From there she was employed and retired from US Airways as a Reservationist Supervisor; she was also employed with Princess House.
Mrs. Dockery attended Capernaum Church of Christ and North Patterson Church of Christ. Her membership was with the Carver Road Church of Christ, where she was faithful in attendance, visiting with the sick and shut-in, and assisted with social activities.
She loved going to church, eating, catching up on the latest news with friends, playing cards, and watching television.
She was preceded in death by her parents, William Thomas Wall and Ella Bell Wall.
Mrs. Dockery leaves to cherish her memory: her husband, Robert Dockery, Jr.; children, Michael Wall, Jean V. “Bop” (Sam) Cook, Chris Dockery; brother, John (Kathy) Wall; grandchildren, Joshua Cook, Rodney Thompson, Ashlie Nichol, Rashawn Dockery; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends; and social club members; and co-workers.
Public viewing for Mrs. Dockery will be Saturday, August 20, 2022 from 12:00 PM until 6:00 PM at Clark S. Brown & Sons Funeral Home. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM, Sunday, August 21, 2021 at Carver Road Church of Christ, 4399 Carver School Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27105. The family will greet friends 30 minutes prior to the service. *Masks are required*
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Mr. Dennis O’Keith Williams was born in Winston-Salem, NC on October 9, 1955. He departed this life on Friday, August 5, 2022. He was born to the late Mrs. Gladys Louise Williams Stephens and the late Mr. Aggie Sales. His stepfather was the late Mr. Jerry Walter Stephens, Sr. of Winston-Salem, NC.
Dennis was also reared in the home of his grandparents, the late Mr. Pilot Williams and Mrs. Marie Williams. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Mrs. Ophelia Caston Chadwick of Durham, NC and his brother, Mr. Jerry Stephens, Jr.
Dennis was raised and taught about Christ from birth at the Second New Bethel Baptist Church under the leadership of the Rev. W.O. Terry in Winston-Salem, NC. He served on the choir and the usher board. Later in life Dennis attended and joined the Friendship Baptist Church where he was an active member until his health declined.
Dennis was educated in the Winston-Salem County School System and graduated from Parkland High School in 1974. He served his country via the U.S. Army and afterwards he was employed as a counselor at Insight Services, Inc. in Winston-Salem, NC.
Dennis loved life and loved fishing! He was known as, “Mr. Fisherman.”
He leaves to cherish many wonderful memories his wife, Vanessa Vinson Williams; his daughter, Ms. Daphne C. Gainey; one grandson, Master Darian Gist, Jr.; one sister, Ms. Maria Stephens; two brothers, Mr. Dewin M. Williams and Mr. Pilot L. Stephens; one sister-in-love, Mrs. Audrey L. Stephens; three nephews; three nieces; fourteen great-nieces and nephews; a stepson, Ray Robinson; a stepdaughter, Hope Vinson; grandchildren of the home, Diamond and Makyrah Vinson; four step great-grandchildren, all of Winston-Salem, NC; and a host of other relatives and friends.
A memorial service for Mr. Williams will be held at 2:00 PM, Saturday, August 20, 2022 at Greater Higher Ground, 1354 N. Trade Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27105.
Mildred Ellis Knox was born to the late Rev. Golden C. and Sadie M. Ellis on August 9, 1924 in Winston-Salem, NC. She peacefully transitioned to her heavenly home on August 2, 2022, at the age of 97, while residing at Forest Heights Senior Living Community.
Mildred graduated from Atkins High School in 1942, then went on to attend Livingstone College in Salisbury, NC, graduating with honors in 1948. Mildred also did further studies at NC A&T State University.
She was employed by Kate Bitting Reynolds Memorial Hospital for nearly 10 years before accepting the position as secretary to the Vice Chancellor at Winston-Salem State University. She retired from that position in 1982.
Mildred married the late William Gaither Knox on June 13, 1946. Together they raised and nurtured three children: Constance “Connie”. Edythe “Edie” and William Gregory “Greg”.
Mildred was a member of Goler Metropolitan AME Zion Church for over 65 years. She was also a member of the Livingstone College National Alumni Association and Alph Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Loving memories shall be cherished by her daughter, Edie K. (Jesse) Dove, Summerville, SC; son, William Gregoy (Brenda) Knox, Kernersville, NC; five grandchildren; eight great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild; sister, Dorothy E. Wynecoff; four sisters-in-law; three nieces and a nephew; a host of other relatives and friends.
Funeral service will be held at 11:30 AM, Tuesday, August 9, 2022 at Clark S. Brown & Sons Funeral Home. The family will greet friends 30 minutes prior to the service. Interment in Parklawn Memorial Park. *Masks are required*
Memorial donations may be made to Goler Metropolitan AME Zion Church in memory of Mrs. Mildred E. Knox.
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SFC Roger Dean Gist Sr. USA, Retired, the son of Evelyn Kathleen Gist, was born 25 August 1938 in Pacolet, SC. He completed his final mission on 26 July 2022.
After high school, Roger attended classes at Surry County Community College. His distinguished military career in the US Army earned him the rank of Sergeant First Class. He retired with 17 years of service. Later, as a Counselor and Attorney–in Fact, he represented veterans with Disabled American Veterans (DAV) for 23 years. He held memberships with the DAV, American Legion, and Non-Commissioned Officers Association.
Those who remain to cherish his memory and legacy include his children: Roger D. Gist Jr, Regina D. (George) Freyberger, Ronnie D. (Lhaila) Gist, Ramon D. Gist (Sonya Miller), Rochelle D. Gist, Ryan D. (Nani) Gist; 14 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; siblings: Fletcher Gist, Larry Gist, Dorenda (Buttercup) Gist, Catherine Gist, Marion Gist, Ora Mae Gist, John (Popeye) Gist, and Brenda Richardson; a host of nieces and nephews and special friends.
Public viewing for Mr. Gist will be from 12:00 PM until 5:00 PM, Saturday, August 6, 2022 at Clark S. Brown & Sons Funeral Home. Funeral service will be held at 1:00 PM on Sunday, August 7, 2022 Clark S. Brown & Sons Chapel. The family will greet friends from 12 Noon until 1:00 PM. Interment in Arlington National Cemetery.
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Norma Jean Logan (née Andrews) of Winston-Salem, peacefully transitioned Friday, July 22, 2022 in her home surrounded by the love of her family. Mrs. Jean was born in Dalton, GA on August 2, 1939 to the late Tom Andrews, Sr. and Annie L. Easley Andrews.
She was educated in the Winston-Salem Public School System, graduated from Carver High School and later attended Winston Salem State University to study Administration. Throughout her career, she was an entrepreneur who owned and operated Andrews Place storefront and delivery service. She also worked with Experiment and Self Reliance (ESR) where she worked as a community counselor providing resources to single mothers, R.J. Reynolds, and Winston Salem Transit Authority (WSTA) as a bus operator.
Norma Jean was a member of the Grace Presbyterian Church under the leadership of Rev. Peterson. Also attending Mount Pleasant when her work schedule permitted.
Traveling and taking road trips with her grandchildren and friends to visit loved ones, playing cards, bowling, watching wrestling and the food network were hobbies she enjoyed. She also took delight in gardening, baking her pound cakes, candied yams and sweet potato pies when she was in better health. Her undying devotion to her family and community signals a huge loss as she opened her heart, wisdom and home to anyone in need.
Norma Jean is survived by three children, Elbert Hauser, Jr (Hyelan), Winston-Salem; Marjorie Hauser- Garland (Wayne), Temple Hills, MD; and Lauretta Hauser-MBacke (Kasim), Winston-Salem; five grandchildren, Marla Hauser of Upper Marlboro, MD; Kriston Andrews (Candice) of Atlanta, GA; Gustavo Gomez (Sue) of Cleveland, OH; Eric Hauser (Geneva) of Clarksburg, TN and Maya Hauser-Garland of Waldorf, MD; She is also survived by 10 great-grandchildren; her brother, Tom Andrews, Jr., and in-laws, Clarence Hauser (Anna) of Winston-Salem, Velma Hunter of Washington, DC, and Marcella Hauser of Winston-Salem; a host of loving nieces, nephews and cousins, loved ones and lifelong friendships with Jean Salter, Doris “Fuzzy” Chun, Mary Williams, the Settles, and Mildred Ashby.
Preceding Norma Jean in death were her parents; daughter Carol Hauser (Gomez); in-laws James and Claretta Hauser, high school sweetheart, first husband and father of her children Elbert Hauser, Sr.; two sisters Kathleen Andrews Cater and Mildred Andrews Jones; and second husband Fred Logan (former).
A memorial Service will be held at 1:00 PM, Saturday July 30, 2022 at Clark S. Brown & Sons Funeral Home, 727 N Patterson Ave, Winston-Salem, NC. The family will greet friends thirty minutes prior to the service. *Masks are required.
Darryl Lee Tatum was born to Opal Mae Trout and Levester C. Tatum in Milwaukee, WI in 1969. Darryl was the youngest of their four children.
Darryl lived a wonderful life! He attended elementary, middle and high school in Milwaukee. He was very smart, as evidenced by his full four-year academic scholarship to Iowa State University, where he graduated with a degree in Business Administration. He went on to receive a full fellowship to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he received a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing. While at Chapel Hill, Darryl also spent a semester abroad studying in Paris, France.
Darryl held several professional Marketing positions with major corporations including Andersen Consulting, Philip Morris USA, RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company,
Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company and Red-Letter Marketing. His career afforded him the opportunity to travel, and to manage many multi-million-dollar projects. Darryl’s professional career also led him to live many places throughout the US including Minneapolis, MN; New York City, NY; Santa Fe, NM; Ft. Lauderdale, FL
and Winston-Salem, NC.
Darryl left his career early and moved back to North Carolina to care for our father whose health began to fail. After our father passed, Darryl became a full-time caregiver for our mother. He also shared of himself to help other family members in whatever way possible. We will all be forever grateful for everything
he did for us all.
Darryl was loved by many people. He could always make you laugh, he loved to dance and was just plain fun to be around. He was also a very talented musician, pianist and singer, and participated in the music worship programs at the churches he attended. Being with him was always an adventure!
Darryl will be missed by a host of family and friends. We pray he will rest in peace.
A memorial service for Mr. Tatum will be held at 2:00 PM on Sunday, July 24. 2022 at New Story Church, 1401 Trademart Boulevard, Winston-Salem,
North Carolina, 27127.
A Celebration of Life service will be at 12:00 pm, Saturday, July 16, 2022 at Friendship Baptist Church, 1317 Cherry Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27105. Family visitation will be thirty minutes prior to service.
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Mr. Fred Logan was born on December 8, 1925 in Laurens County, SC, to the late Mary Sullivan Logan and Jessie Logan. He departed this life on July 4, 2022.
He moved to Winston Salem after serving in the U.S. Navy in World War II. He was very proud of having attended Agricultural and Technical College of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he received a degree in Tailoring and altered his clothing and others into his 90's. When he was diagnosed with glaucoma, he argued, "how is it that I can see how to thread a needle and not be able to see well enough to drive." He worked in RJ Reynolds Tobacco Co factory #97 Filter for the majority of his career from October 2, 1953 until November 1, 1983 and revered his boss, Romulus Mann, Jr.
His favorite pastimes were shooting pool (billiards) and playing chess & checkers. He loved the music of Marvin Gaye, plus the movies of Clint Eastwood and anything James Bond. One of his proudest possessions he received was a certificate from Goler Memorial AME Zion Church for one year of perfect attendance. He was always well-dressed!
Preceding him in death, one brother, Herbert Lester Logan; one son, Jerry Byers; one devoted aunt, Geneva Torrence; one uncle, Andy Logan; and best friend, Rosetta Harrell.
He leaves to recall fond memories and upbeat expressions, two daughters, Mary Logan Johnson and Nancy Logan Lash both of Winston-Salem; one son, Fred Lester Logan (Roslyn) of Bridgeport, CT; daughter-in-law, Elaine Byers of Winston-Salem; six grandchildren, Gary Lash, Logan Renee Lash, Jordan Lash, Erika Wooten, Eric Johnson, Xavian Gerrod Byers; thirteen great grandchildren; ten great-great grandchildren; and two God-daughters, Bessie Massey and Cornell Watlington.
The family acknowledges with great appreciation the long-term care and patience of former Novant physicians, Dr. Bashrai and Dr. Zekan and the injection lab staff. Also, the most recent care and kindness of Dr. Murphy, Dr. An and Dr. Copeland.
Public viewing for Mr. Logan will be Sunday, July 10, 2022 from 1:00 pm- 6:00 pm at Clark S. Brown and Sons Funeral Home. A Graveside service will be 12 pm Monday, July 11, 2022 at Piedmont Memorial Gardens. Interment at Piedmont Memorial Gardens.