Mr. Earl W. Wharton

Mr. Earl Wayne Wharton, age 78, of East Bend, NC passed away Friday July 18, 2014 at Forsyth Memorial Hospital.  He retired from RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company in 1987 after 33 years of service.
Mr. Wharton was a faithful and devoted member of Glenn’s Chapel AME Zion Church for his entire life.  He served as Superintendent of Sunday School, Sunday School Teacher, Pastor Steward and as members of both the Deacon and Trustee Boards.Mr. Wharton was also a devoted and active member of his community serving as member of the East Bend Ruritans, board member of the Richmond Hill Law School, president of the Forbush High School Boosters club, baseball coach and mentor.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Monroe C.  and Joyce S. Wharton.
He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Ida; three children: Earl (Jennie) Wharton, Janet Parsons and Lisa (Azariah) Moore; six grandchildren,  Darren (Mary Jo) Wharton, Brian Wharton, Justin Parsons, Vera Moore, Maya
Moore and Danielle Moore.; four great-grandchildren, Jayden Wharton, Dylan Wharton, Kaylee Wharton and Arianna Moore.  He also leaves to cherish his memory a special uncle, Mr. William (Watina) Wharton and aunt, Mrs. Carrie T. Shore and a host of other relatives and friends.
A funeral service will be held at 1:00pm on Tuesday July 22, 2014 at Glenn’s Chapel AME Zion Church with the Rev. Anthony Davis officiating.  The family will receive friends 30 minutes prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in the church cemetery.

Mrs. Annie L. Williams

Mrs. Annie L. Williams was born October 18, 1921 in Chester, South Carolina to the late Otis Bradford and Sadie McClinton Truesdale. She was reared in Charlotte, NC and attended Second Ward High School. She later moved to Winston-Salem, NC, where she met and married the late Roger F. Williams. Mrs. Williams retired from Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School System. She was a very active member of St. John CME Church for 75 years. She was a member of Stewardess Board, Missionary Society and Sunday School. Mrs. Williams was the last surviving member of the Ladies of the Elite Social Club. She departed this life quietly and serenely Monday, June 16, 2014 in her home, surrounded by her family. She leaves to cherish her loving memories three daughters: Arlene V. Simmons, Kaye F. (Larry) Cook, and Jean W. (Rev. Walter L.) Funderburk; a special son, Bishop Lawrence L. Reddick, III; four grandchildren; one great granddaughter; two sisters: Mille T. Davidson and Carolyn R. Higgins; two brothers: J. Kelsey (Beatrice) Truesdale and Henry B. Rochell; several nieces and nephews, a host of other relatives and friends. The family will receive friends at 12:00 Noon on Monday, June 23, 2014 at St. John CME Church with funeral services to follow at 1:00 PM, Rev. Peris L. Lester, I, officiating. Interment in Piedmont Memorial Gardens.

Ms. Deve' L. Smith

Ms. Deve’ L. Smith was born to Patrical Little and Alonzo Dennis in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, on January 15, 1971.
She was educated in the public schools of Winston-Salem and completed the requirements and earned her high school diploma at Forsyth Technical Community College in that city.
Deve’ was happy and full of life. She took her role as “sister-mother” very seriously and without restraint she demonstrated her unconditional love for her children. She was an independent, strong-willed woman who was not afraid of hard work.
She enjoyed gardening and decorating and she loved to travel. Deve’ had a willing heart and she always offered a helping hand. She was positive, never complained and she was known to speak truthfully.
Her work history was varied. She lived in Georgia for a brief period of time and she finally settled in Virginia where she worked for Stihl, Incorporated for over ten years before declining health ended her ability to work.
Following a period of illness, Deve’ passed away at Sentara Hospice House in Virginia Beach, Virginia on Saturday, June 7, 2014.
In addition to her parents, those family members who survive and who will forever cherish loving memories of Deve’ include her daughter, Keewanee Little; her son, Reginald Salaam; a sister, Rachel Perry; a brother, Ronnie Ray Perry, Jr.; in-laws, Wali (Sarah) Salaam; former husband, Reginald H. Salaam, Sr.; close friend and caregiver, Harold Franks, “Drew;” and her devoted angel of a caregiver and friend,” Darlene Spence; several ex-tended family members and many friends.
A funeral service was held at 12:30 PM on Saturday, June 14, 2014 in the chapel of Clark S. Brown & Sons Funeral Home. The family greeted friends 30 minted prior to the service.

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Mr. Kester K. Evans

Mr. Kester Kenyatta Evans, 23, passed away at his home in Winston-Salem, NC on Monday, May 12, 2014. He was born to the late Samantha Diggs and Gregory Evans, Sr. in Orangeburg, SC on August 16, 1990.

Kester was a 2012 graduate of Carter Vocational High School in Winston-Salem. He was a very artistic young man who loved music and basketball.

In addition to his mother, Kester was preceded in death by his grandmother, Lucille Bailey and his grandfather, Thurmond Diggs.

Survivors include his father, Gregory Evans, Sr.; his adoptive parents, Hope and Tony Jordan; sister, Kashawna Scott; brothers, Gregory Evans, Jr., Joshua Jordan, Gerian Slater and Therron Toppin; grandmother, Curley Mae Brunson; grandfather, Leroy Bailey; a nephew; and his especially devoted great aunt and uncle, Nathaniel  and Alice Jordan.

Funeral services will be held at 12 noon on Saturday, May 17, 2014 at Clark S. Brown and Sons Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at Piedmont Memorial Gardens. The family will greet friends an hour prior to the service at 11:00 am in the chapel.

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Mrs. Melvyne J. Davenport

Mrs. Melvyne J. Davenport passed away on May 9, 2014 at Forsyth Medical Center following a brief period of illness. She was born on March 8, 1944 in Winston-Salem, NC to the late Ivory Kirkland and Julia Wallace Jackson.

Mrs. Davenport attended the WSFC schools and after completing the educational requirement at Forsyth Technical Community College, she was licensed as a Practical Nurse. She was employed at NC Baptist Hospital for several years and she retired from RJ Reynolds at Archer following more than twenty years of dedicated service as a comptroller.

Mrs. Davenport was honorably discharged following service for her country in the 312th Evacuation Hospital Unit of the US Army Reserves.She was a faithful member of Mount Zion Baptist Church where she sang with the Inspirational Choir.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a very special aunt, Mrs. Elizabeth K. Boozer.

Mrs. Davenport was a devoted wife and mother who is survived by James K. Davenport, Jr., her husband of 54 years; three daughters: Robin D. (Michael) Sutton, Janis M. Davenport and Ramona W. Gray; a son, James (Evette) Davenport, III; granddaughter, Renecia W. Gray; three grandsons: Richard W. Gray, III, James Davenport, IV and Devon T.J. Davenport; sister-in-law, Barbara Davenport Keller; three nieces, including a “sister/niece”, Verdell Hayes; four nephews; special cousins: Lynn M. Kelley and Sonja Lowery and many extended family members and friends.Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM on Thursday, May 15, 2014 at Mount Zion Baptist Church with Dr. S.T. Churn, Sr., officiating. Burial will follow at Piedmont Memorial Gardens. The family will greet friends thirty minutes prior to the funeral hour at 12:30 PM at the church.

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