Mrs. Elizabeth E. Bethea

Mrs. Elizabeth Exum Bethea, formerly of Winston-Salem, passed away on June 26, 2012 in Matthews,NC. She was born on July 15, 1919 in Goldsboro to the late Henrietta and Pete Exum. She was the seventh of ten children, seven siblings preceded her in death. In addition to her parents and siblings, Elizabeth was also preceded in death by her husband, Howard T. Bethea in 1988.

She attended the local schools in Goldsboro and was a graduate of Shaw University.
Professionally she was a beautician and owner of Libby’s Beauty Box in Brooklyn, NY. She also worked as a nurses assistant for over 15 years at Amos Cottage. Mrs. Bethea was very active in the Winston-Salem community. She was previously a member of Carver Road Church of Christ. She and her husband were members of the Foster Parent Association of Forsyth County, where she served as president for three years.

In addition to being a loving wife, mother and foster parent, she was an excellent cook and gardener.

She leaves to cherish her memory, her daughter, LaNette F. Bethea of Charlotte, NC; two brothers, Wilford E. Exum of Warrenton, NC and Charles L. Exum of Raleigh, NC in addition to a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, numerous foster children and friends.

She was a wonderful spirit whose caring nature touched everyone with whom she came in contact.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 PM on Sunday, July 1, 2012 in the chapel of Clark S. Brown & Sons Funeral Home. The family will greet friends 30 minutes prior to the service. Interment will be in the Historic Salisbury National Cemetery at 11:00 AM on Monday, July 2, 2012.

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Mrs. Ruth J. Wilson

Mrs. Ruth Graham Wilson passed away peacefully surrounded by family and friends at the Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center on June 22, 2012.

Ruth was born on August 23, 1937 in Gaffney, SC to Sudie Graham. She graduated from Granard State High School in Gaffney, SC and attended Winston-Salem’s Teacher College (WSSU). Mrs. Graham worked as a factory worker at Hanes and Taylor Brothers Tobacco Company, ending her career working closely with the family of Dr. Antoinette Wymer and Dr. Michael Sollenberger of Winston-Salem, NC.

Ruth was a special person with the kind of wisdom most of us wished we had. She was generous and kind, a devoted daughter, sister and friend. She never met a child or small dog that she didn’t love. She cherished her family and friends, loved all sports and had a deep abiding faith. She was a devoted member of Mount Zion Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Ms. Sudie Graham, her husband, Herman Wilson, her sister, Darlene Lipscomb and her two brothers, Thomas Graham and Howard Graham.

Ruth is survived by one brother, Mr. Eugene Graham, one sister, Mrs. Ilo Graham Hairston (James), two sister-cousins, Jacqueline Tolbert and Edith Mehlinger, 13 nieces and nephews and many great nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. She held a special place in her heart for her devoted nephew, Tim Hairston who she raised as a son and his wife Nikki. She was also a very special part of the family of Toni Wymer and Michael Sollenberger and a “second mom” to their children, Matthew, Julia and Ben.

A celebration of Ruth’s life will be held at 12:00 Noon on Saturday, June 30, 2012 at Mount Zion Baptist Church with Dr. Serenus T. Church, Sr., eulogist. The family will greet friends one hour prior to the service. Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery.

Ruth will be missed but her memory will be carried forward in the echoes of her laughter, by her many acts of quiet kindness and the encouragement that she gave to all of us.

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Mrs. Andra Wilson-Moore

On June 20, 2012, Andra Laureen Wilson Moore departed her life at Wake Forest Baptist Hospital.

Andra was the daughter of Robinsena Wilson, who preceded her in death. She was born on August 8, 1970 in Brooklyn, NY. Later in her early childhood life, her mother moved her family to Bennettsville, SC. She attended public schools in Bennettsville, SC and Winston-Salem, NC. She graduated from East Forsyth High School. She was a member at Clifton Grove Baptist Church.

Andra leaves to cherish her loving memories to her two daughers La’Keisha and D’Andra Wilson of the home in Walnut Cove, NC; her brothers: James (Jennifer) Wilson of High Point, NC, Timothy (Celeste) Wilson and Chris (Teresa) Wilson of Winston-Salem, NC; one beloved sister; Tammy (Michael) Moore; one grandson, Jailyn Wilson; one nephew of the home, Avery Wilson, and one niece of the home, Faith Wilson; three aunts who cherished her deeply: Daisy Green of Bennettsville, SC, Ida (Joe) Shannon of Winston-Salem, NC, and one special aunt Annie Abraham of the home; one uncle, Clarence (Velma) Moore of Winston-Salem, NC; a special friend, Gregory Bowens; and a host of other nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM on Sunday, June 24, 2012 at Clifton Grove Baptist Church in Kernersville, NC with Pastor Calvin Eggleston, officiating. The family will greet friends 30 minutes prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in the church cemetery,

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Mr. Nathan Alan Carter

Mr. Nathan Alan Carter, 49, son of the late Abraham James Carter and Sarah Lash Carter was born September 30, 1963 in Forsyth County. He departed this life, Friday June 15, 2012 at Grady Trauma Center in Atlanta, Georgia after an automobile accident.

Nathan grew up in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and Detroit, Michigan, where he graduated from high school. He was formerly employed by the Pepsi Corporation in Winston-Salem, NC and Sealy Mattress Mfg. Company, Trinity, NC as a Computer Analyst.

Nathan was very devoted to his mother who left him at an early age. Upon her death, he became especially attached to his devoted Grandmother.

He was united in Holy Matrimony to Angela Denise Carter. He oved his family, especially his daughters.

Nathan was a people-person who met no strangers. He loved the latest fashions in clothes and fine jewelry. When he lived in Winston-Salem he would entertain family and friends at cook-outs and other gatherings.

He leaves to cherish his memory: wife, Angela Denise Carter; two daughters, Sarah Carter and Alasha Jones; two step-daughters, Lacrecia Withers and Wendi Speas; two grandsons, Harold and Tyler; two aunts, Melinda Lash and Frances Cloud; devoted cousins, Terry (Gwen) Carter, Anthony Carter, Michael Carter, Marc Carter, Gilda Moore, Robert Carter, Jr., Delores Carter, David Meadows, Davina Meadows Jackson, Susan Epperson, Keith Epperson, Kim Epperson, Jeffrey (Deborah) Cloud, Carmen Cannon; devoted Godmother, Frances Ferrell; mother-in-law, Celestine Sheppard; father-in-law, Charlie (Patricia) Sheppard; sister-in-law, Charlestta Sheppard; brother-in-law, Anthony Sheppard; devoted friend, Cepeda Thompson; and other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, June 22 in the chapel of Clark S. Brown & Sons Funeral Home. The family will greet friends 30 minutes prior to the service. Mr. Carter’s remains may be viewed from 12 noon until 7 p.m. at the funeral home. There will be no public viewing the day of the service.

Mr. William G. Knox

William Gaither Knox was born to the late Henry and Leronia Knox on November 18, 1924 in Iredell County. At the age of 9 he went to live with his grandmother, the late Lizzie Knox. God sent an angel to bring him home on June 8, 2012
William attended Davie Central High School, Russell Commercial School and Forsyth Technical Community College. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II (1943-1946) and was recipient of the American Theater Victory World War II Medal. He was employed with the Hanes Corporation, retiring in 1982. He was a member of Masonic Lodge #72 where he formerly served as a Past Master.
William enjoyed hunting, playing checkers and visiting family and friends. He loved serving the Lord and worked diligently and humbly at Goler Metropolitan A.M.E. Zion Church where he was a member for over 50 years. He served as the church custodian for over 15 years and will be remembered for greeting members and visitors with a genuine smile and humble spirit. William was a member of the Trustee Board, Sunday School (former teacher) and Cathedral Choir. He loved to read the Bible and sing. He shared his talent throughout his life participating in numerous church programs, including as a tenor soloist for the Seven Last Words of Christ Easter Cantata. He was also a former member of The Twin City Choristers.
He was preceded in death by three sisters: Mattie Johnson, Laura Thomas and Leronia “Sallie-Ann” Knox and two brothers: James Knox and Macon Knox.
Surviving are his loving and devoted wife of 65 years, Mildred Ellis Knox; two daughters, Constance K. Foster (James) of Poughkeepsie, NY and Edythe K. Dove (Jesse) of North Charleston, SC; a son, William Greg Knox (Brenda) of the city; a sister, Lizzie Anthony of Lewisville, NC; two brothers William “June” Knox, formerly of Buffalo, NY who recently moved to the city; and John Henry Knox (Anne) of the city; two brothers-in-law, Franklin Thomas of East Bend, NC and  Nathaniel Ellis (Trudy) of Spanaway, WA; three sisters-in-law: Dorothy Wynecoff and Olivia Morgan of the city and Grace Knox of Lanham, MD; six grandchildren, David (Meredith) and Dwayne (Christine) Dove, Steven and Bryan Knox, Michelle Evans (Leon) and Michael Foster; seven great-grandchildren: Jackson, Davis, Miarra, Kayla, Stephon and Leon; and a host of relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM on Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at Goler Metropolitan AME Zion Church with Pastor Johnny L. Ruff, officiating. The family will greet friends from 12:00 until the funeral hour. Interment will be in Parklawn Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Goler Metropolitan A.M.E. Zion Church.

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Mrs. Mozella S. McLean

Mrs. Mozella Stone Pelzer McLean passed away peacefully at the Lutheran Home on June 6, 2012. Until her illness, she faithfully attended and served God and her community at the United House of Prayer For All People. Mozella was born to the late Joseph Sr. and Flora Stone on February 21, 1918. She was preceded in death by her parents, one daughter, Doris P. Townsend, one son, Emanuel Grace Pelzer, one grandson, Cedric H. Cheeks, one brother, Sir Hilton Stone, Sr. and one daughter-in-law, Veronica Pelzer.
Mozella is survived by one daughter, Shirley P. Cheeks, and two sons, Curtis (Mary) Pelzer and Donald Pelzer of Winston-Salem, NC; one grandson whom she raised, Curtis H. (Sandra) Cheeks, Jr. of Winston-Salem, NC; one daughter-in-law, Margaret Pelzer, two brothers: Joseph (Opal) Stone, Jr. of Winston-Salem, NC and John W. (Hester) Stone of Columbus, Ohio; a sister-in-law, Ruby Stone; a host of grandchildren and great grandchildren; a God child, James "Tiger" Harris, Jr,; nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, June 11, 2012 at United House of Prayer For All People, 1506 Ivy Avenue. The family will greet friends 30 minutes prior to the service. Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery.

Mr. Arthur L. Bitting

Mr. Arthur Leon Bitting “Duck”, 50, passed away on June 4, 2012 at Wake Forest Baptist Hospital. He was born on June 29, 1961 in Forsyth County to John C. and Carol Bitting Young. Arthur attended the local schools and graduated from South Park High School where he played basketball and football. “Duck” loved sports, especially basketball. His favorite team was the San Antonio Spurs. In addition to his parents, Mr. Bitting is survived by his son, Maurice Brown; his brother, John C. (Irene) Young, Jr.; a niece, Johnetta Young and nephew, Jonathan Young; three aunts: Diane Bitting, Shirley (George) Robinson and Gwendolyn (Raymond) Sorrell; two uncles: Bernard (Vivian) Bitting and Lonnie R. Young; several cousins, his “homeboys” and many, many friends. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, June 9, 2012 at St. Matthew Apostolic Church of Jesus Christ, Inc with Bishop Joseph P. Lowery, Pastor and eulogist. The family will greet friends thirty minutes prior to the service. Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery.

Ms. Naomi M. Crawford

Ms. Naomi Miller Crawford was born March 27, 1940 to the late Mr. Milas and Mrs. Martha Smith Miller in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She departed this life Saturday morning June 2, 2012.
She was a member of White Rock Baptist Church for over 40 years. She joined under the leadership of the late Rev. J.S. Mickens. She was a member of the spiritual choir, an active member of the Sunday school, and the Mother of White Rock Baptist Church. She was the founder and sponsor of the Naomi F. Crawford Scholarship Educational fund. She worked with Paul Myers catering and she retired from RJ Reynolds after 30 years.
She was preceded in death by her sisters, Minister Mary O. Grimes and Mrs. Ruth Hughes and brothers Milas Jr., Billy Sr., Samuel, David, and Lewis Miller.
Ms. Crawford is survived by her children: daughters: Cassandra, Cheryl, and Cornella Crawford, all of the city. Cherry Crawford of Alexandria, VA, Corrinthia, Fauconier (Ian), of Fort Morgan, CO and Carleen Similton (Wendell) of Evans, GA; sons: Cedric Crawford (Brenda), Carlos Crawford (Marylin), and son-in-law Joseph Brim Sr.; nineteen grandchildren and nine great grandchildren; sister, Ms. Rachel Penn; sisters-in-law: Mrs. Carolyn Miller and Mrs. Almeda Miller; a host of nieces, nephews, relatives, two life-long friends Mr. Joe Lyles and Mr. James McClinton and many other dear friends.
Funeral services will be held at 11:30 AM on Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at White Rock Baptist Church. The family will greet friends 30 minutes prior to the service. Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery.

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Mr. Ronald L. Patterson