Mr. Curtis L. Cockerham

Mr. Curtis Leander Cockerham was born on March 16, 1945 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina to the late Thurmond Phillip Cockerham and Mattie Pauline Martin Cockerham.
He attended the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools and was a graduate of Atkins High School. Following graduation, he attended North Carolina Central University in Durham. Mr. Cockerham subsequently entered Kate Bitting Hospital’s School of X-Ray Technology in Winston-Salem and upon completion worked as an x-ray technician for Kate Bitting Hospital. He was most recently employed by Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.
Mr. Cockerham passed away at his home unexpectedly on Friday, September 5, 2014. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Those family members who survive and who will forever cherish fond memories of him include his sons, Cory Cockerham and Shawn Cockerham; his sisters, Connie C. Martin of Columbus, OH and Valeria C. (David) Butler of Cleveland, OH; a brother, Vernon Cockerham of Detroit, MI; an aunt, Gracie Lee Martin of Cleve-land, OH; an uncle, Warren Martin of North Wilkesboro; four nephews, Tommy Martin and Gregg Martin of Columbus, OH , Darryl Butler of St. Louis, MO and Damon Butler of Raleigh, NC; and many other family members and friends.

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Ms. Velma Penn Hawkins

Mrs. Velma Penn Hawkins, the youngest of three children born on July 13, 1941 to the late Bruce and Sadie Glover Penn in Forsyth County. Ms. Hawkins passed away on August 29, 2014 after a period of illness. She was a 1959 graduate of Atkins High School and she earned a BA Degree in Criminal Justice from Shaw University.

Mrs. Hawkins had a varied employment history which included a position as a Children’s Counselor with the New York City Department of Social Services, School Crossing Guard and Substitute Teacher for Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, officer for Pinkerton Security and Investigation Service and  Owner/Operator of Hawkins Transportation System for Children.

She was a member of Rho Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Sisters of Bivouac #530, OES, National Women of Achievement (Pfafftown Chapter).

Mrs. Hawkins was a former member of White Rock Baptist Church and was recently in regular attendance at Dellabrook Presbyterian Church.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Harold Penn. Survivors include her loving and devoted son, Sean R. Hawkins (D’Netta Breland); grandson, Sean R. Hawkins, Jr.; brother, Willis (Barbara) Penn and many other relatives and friends.

Graveside Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 4, 2014 at Evergreen Cemetery with Dr. Carlton A. G. Eversley officiating. There will be no public viewing

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Mr. Clarence McMillian

Mr. Clarence McMillian, 75, passed away on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at Forsyth Medical Center after a period of illness. 

He was born in Forsyth County to the late Paul C. and Inez Carr McMillian on June 16, 1939.

Mr. McMillian was a 1957 graduate of Atkins High School. He was a founding member of The Mighty Wonders Gospel Singers during his high school days. He was the last survivor of the original Mighty Wonders.

He worked for RJ Reynolds Tobacco and retired after 34 years of service to the company.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his siblings, Alice N. McMillian, Richard McMillian and Johnny McMillian and his son, Dwight E. Evans.

Survivors include his wife, Velma S. McMillian; children, Helen (Robert) Harris, Camilla McMillian (Ben), Clarence McMillian, Jr., Michelle M. Foster, Keith Speas, Sonja McMillian and Kewaun Lineberger; sisters, Pauline Martin and Mary (Larry) Covington; two sisters-in-law; two brothers-in-law; 22 grandchildren, including Keashia Lineberger of the home; 30 great grandchildren; other extended family members and many friends.

Funeral services will be held at 12 noon on Saturday, August 30, 2014 at New Jerusalem Baptist Church with Rev. Sam Cornelius, eulogist. The family will greet friends one hour prior to the service. Interment will be in Bethlehem AME Zion Church cemetery in Pfafftown, NC. (Clark S. Brown & Sons)

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Mr. Randy M. Butler

Ms. Deloris A. Green