Ms. Annie Mae Walker

Ms. Annie Jones-Walker, affectionately called “Annie Mae,” departed this life at her home on Sunday Morning, November 15, 2015. She was born in Forsyth County, NC on June 9, 1952 to the late Arthur Leroy Jones and Annie Maude Jones.

Annie Mae was a graduate of Carver High School and a member of Bethlehem AME Zion Church, where she was a Missionary and a member of the Hospitality Committee of the church. She was also a member of the Good Neighborhood Community Club. Ms. Walker was a loving and devoted homemaker who loved her houseplants and she had a passion for food and loved to cook. She was a household technician in private homes for many years.

She is survived by her children, Dwayne Walker and Diane Walker; her mother, Annie Maude Jones; four grandchildren; two great grandchildren; extended family members and many friends.

A Home-Going Celebration will be held at 1:00 pm Saturday, November 21, 2015 at Bethlehem AME Zion Church. The family will greet friends thirty minutes prior to the service at the church.
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Mrs. Rosetta Barnes Jones

Our beloved Rosetta quietly slipped away into eternal rest on Saturday morning, November 7, 2015. Rosetta Barnes Jones was born on January 24, 1919. She was the third of eight children born to the late Adam and Bessie Wade Barnes, in Lancaster, SC.

Rosetta, affectionately called “Zet,” became the caregiver for her younger siblings at a very young age and she dutifully served as the family matriarch throughout her life.

Mrs. Jones moved to Winston-Salem, NC in 1975 and she resided in the Northwood Estates Community for over fifty years. When her mobility was limited, she found pleasure in reading the Word of God, working word search puzzles and watching her “stories” on television.

Rosetta was a loving and charitable individual. She freely shared her blessings from God with her family and friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Bernice and four brothers, Purcell, Pernell, Johnnie and Blease. Survivors include the son of her heart, Gregory (Carrie); their sons, Gregory aka Jack, Jeffrey (Regina) and Jonathan; she cherished the time spent with “her girls,” Rhayana, Rhayven, Rhasha, Rachel and Jaiyana; two sisters, Lucille B. Duncan and Juanita B. Montgomery of Lancaster; ten nieces, twelve nephews, many great nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.

A funeral service will be held at 12 noon, Thursday, November 12, 2015 at Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church. Interment will follow at Piedmont Memorial Gardens. The family will greet friends thirty minutes prior to the service at the church.
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Mr. Sandy R. Payne

Sandy Revonne Dobson-Payne, 66, of Columbus, passed from this life at 2:30 a.m. Thursday, October 22, 2015, at his home.
Born December 9, 1948, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Mr. Payne was the son of Sandy Augustus and Mary Syfonsbia Dobson Payne. He married Nancy J. Starks July 18, 1983.
Mr. Payne was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran. He retired from Cummins Engine Company in 1998 and he was an auctioneer with Wetzel, Turner & Payne.
Sandy was a member of St. John CME Church and he was instrumental in getting the Dobson family reunion started in Winston-Salem. His true passion was auctioneering and his hobbies included genealogy and antiquing.
Survivors include his wife of 32 years, Nancy; his father, Sandy A. Payne of Winston-Salem, North Carolina; daughters, Aleesha Payne-Wilson of Atlanta, Georgia, Monique Payne-McNeely of Plano, Texas, and Cathy Payne-Chairs of Tulsa, Oklahoma; stepsons, Charles Curtis Long and William Kelly Long, both of Columbus; 11 grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; sisters, Vaughnita Solomon and Patrice Adams, both of Winston-Salem, North Carolina; brothers, Timothy (Pat) Payne of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and Ervin (Rita) Payne of Winnipeg, Canada; a special friend, Leighton Turner of Edinburgh, IN; and a host of other family members and friends.
Mr. Payne was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Syfonsbia Payne; his first wife, Claudia Anderson; a sister, Mary L. Drummond; and grandparents, Ervin and Janie Dobson.
A funeral was held at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Barkes, Weaver & Glick Funeral Home on Washington Street with the Rev. Ray Ware officiating.
Family and friends may call from 1 p.m. until service time Tuesday.
Funeral services will be held at 12:00 Noon on Friday, October 30, 2015 at St. John CME Church. Interment will be in Gardens of Memory, Walkertown with military honors. The family will greet friends one hour prior to the service.
Memorials may be made in memory of Mr. Sandy R. Payne to St. John CME Church, 350 NW Crawford Place, Winston-Salem, NC 27105.

Mr. Henry O. Washington

Mr. Henry Owens Washington, 80, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, October 18, 2015. He was born to the late Fred Lee Washington and Maxie Johnson Washington in Attapugus, GA on September 19, 1935.

Mr. Washington married the former Ernestine Bickers and they became the proud parents of seven children.

After giving honorable service for his country in the United States Marine Corps, Mr. Washington and his family moved to Winston-Salem, NC. He then went to work for AT&T and following 28 years of dedicated service her retired from the company.

Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his eldest son, Henry O. Washington, Jr. and a sister, Erma Foster. Those family members who survive and who will cherish loving memories of him include Ernestine Washington, his wife of 50 years; daughters, Gevonder (Derrick) DuPree and Diane Wardlow; sons, Ernest (Desha) Washington, Ronald Williams, Darryl Washington and Dwayne (Vonya) Washington; 16 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren; his sister, Jean (Walter) Carter; a daughter-in-law, Laura Washington; two special friends, Fredrick Brown and William Thomas; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

A funeral service will take place at 1:30 pm on Saturday, October 24, 2015 at Clark S. Brown and Sons Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow in Forsyth Memorial Park. The family will greet friends one half hour prior to the service.

Mr. Elbert D. Thacker

Mr. Elbert Delano Thacker, Sr. was born to Esther Butler and the late Willie Hipps in Bronx, New York on June 11, 1950.
He was educated in the public schools of Winston-Salem/Forsyth County and graduated from A. H. Anderson High School in 1968. Following high school graduation he attended Winston-Salem State University.
Mr. Thacker began his early Christian Education when he joined and was bap-tized at Mount Olive Baptist Church. He later joined the fellowship of First Thes-salonians Baptist Church where he faithfully served as a member of the Board of Deacons. And he frequently worshipped at Union Baptist Church, all in the city of Winston-Salem.
He held two jobs for several years, he worked as a computer operator at Integon Insurance Company (GMAC) for over twenty-five years and he retired from the housekeeping department of Wake Forest University Baptist Health in 2012.
Elbert Delano Thacker, Sr. passed away on Saturday, October 17, 2015 at Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, following a period of illness. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his grandmother, Christa Bell Hipps.
Those family members who survive and who will forever cherish fond memories of him include his daughter, Jamilah Sinkler; two sons, Elbert D. Thacker, Jr. and Damien Thacker; his granddaughter, Zion Thacker; his mother, Esther Butler; two sisters, Carol (Fred) Wilson and Christie Davis; three brothers, Anthony Thacker, Ronald Michael Thacker and Gregory Butler, Sr.; a very special and devoted friend, Jessica Starke; a hosts of nieces, nephews, extended family members and friends.

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