He attended the public schools of Winston-Salem/Forsyth County and graduated from A. H. Anderson Senior High School. He was a former employee of RJ Rey-nolds Tobacco Company.
Earl departed this life at Wake Forest Baptist Health Center in Winston-Salem on Sunday, March 8, 2015, following a period of illness. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Devoria J. Weaks Davis; a daughter; his grandson; and many aunts and uncles.
Those who survive and who will forever celebrate the life of “Big Earl” with fond memories, include his daughter, Syehilver J. Davis; son, Daren Weaks; grand-children Donald M. Stowe, IV and Jadakess M. Stowe; his sister, Carolyn Hamp-ton; two brothers, Willie (Sandra) Hampton and Ralph Hampton; his aunt, Ella Lena (Miles) Graham; a close family friend who was always there to help, Vickie Majett; Sister-in-Christ, Caregiver, “God-Sent” Angel and very close friend, Carolyn A. Scales; and a very close friend who traveled wherever Earl was to see how his brother was doing, Nokomia Keaton.
A service in his memory will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, March 21, 2015 in the chapel of Clark S. Brown & Sons Funeral Home. The family will greet friends 30 minutes prior to the service.
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Mrs. Davis transitioned to her eternal life with Jesus on Wednesday morning, March 4, 2015 at the Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home following a brief illness. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Camilla McClellan and her sister, Dorothy M. Fair. She leaves to cherish their kind and loving memories two children: Chico (Cynthia) Fair of East Bend, NC and Derrick (Toni) Fair of the city; five grandchildren: Frenchie L. Brown, Derrick Fair, Jr. Shaquania Henry, DeShawn McClellan and Chico Dominique Fair; four great grandchildren; one God daughter, Janet Robertson Price; a devoted friend, Sharon Fair and a host of other friends. Funeral service will be held at 12:00 Noon on Saturday, March 7, 2015 in the chapel of Clark S. Brown & Sons Funeral Home. Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery. The family will greet friends from 11:00 AM until the funeral hour.
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Mrs. Margaret Valentine Speas was born on January 22, 1912, the second born and last survivor of 13 children born to the late Mamie Scales and Edward Valentine, in Forsyth County, NC. She passed away peacefully at her home on Sunday, February 22, 2015.
She was educated in the public schools of Winston-Salem/Forsyth County. She was a proud wife, mother and homemaker for her family and a dedicated employee and member of the Larson Family. She became a hostess for K and W Cafeterias (Hanes Mill Road location) at 90 years old and remained in that position until declining health was her reason for final retirement at 95 years of age.
Mrs. Speas was a life-long member of Center Grove A.M.E. Zion Church in Tobaccoville, NC where she served as past president and faithful member of the board of deaconess for more than fifty years. She was also well-known in her community and praised for the support that she gave to the community.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by Samuel Elmer Speas, her husband of 58 years; three children, Ernest Odell Speas, Mamie Speas Johnson and Barbara Speas Peoples; and her 12 siblings.
Those family members who survive include three daughters, Joan S. (Napoleon) Cloud, Majorie Louise Phillips and Deborah Lee Speas; a son, Cary D. Speas; 14 grandchildren, including special and devoted caregivers, Derrick Speas and Wayne Johnson; 11 great grandchildren; 6 great, great grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, extended family members; and the Center Grove A. M. E. Zion Church Family.
A celebration of her life and legacy will take place at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, March 1, 2015 at Center Grove A. M. E. Zion Church in Tobaccoville. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. The family will greet friends thirty minutes prior to the service, 2:30 p.m., at the church.