Loretta Marsh was born December 24, 1945 to the late Howard Lipscomb and the late Mabel Ruth Marsh. She went to be with the Lord on November 22, 2022.
Loretta was preceded in death by her parents; sister, one sister, Patrice Marsh; two brothers, Artis Lee Marsh and Otis Lee Marsh.
She leaves to celebrate her homegoing one daughter, Carolyn Marsh; two sons, Vincent Marsh and Reginald Marsh; a dedicated granddaughter, Trish Marsh; six grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; three sisters, Florence Marsh Beasley, Diane (Willie) Hughes, and Peggy (Joseph) Salley; two brothers, Howard (Darlene) Lipscomb, Jr., and Clarence Milton (Margo) Marsh; and a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends.
Public viewing from 12 PM until 6 PM, Thursday, November 24, 2022 at Clark S. Brown & Sons Funeral Home. Memorial service will be at 1 PM, Friday, November 25, 2022 in the chapel of Clark S. Brown & Sons Funeral Home. The family will meet and greet friends thirty minutes prior. Interment at Gardens of Memory.
Ms. Eunice T. Suber, 104, passed away on Monday, November 21, 2022. She was born on November 13, 1918 to the late Robert and Lurla Suber in Winston-Salem, NC.
Ms. Suber received her education locally and was a 1936 graduate of Atkins High School. She also received her certification in Early Childhood at Forsyth Technical Community College. Professionally, she was Day Care Director at St. Home’s Daycare.
Eunice became a member of New Bethel Baptist Church in 1937.
Ms. Suber leaves to cherish her memories her daughter, Roslyn Suber Lash; granddaughter, Ashlyn Lash; great grandson, Ashton Lash; goddaughters: Abbie Luckey, Gloria Swindell and caregiver, Cora Bryant; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Public viewing 1pm until 6 pm, Sunday, November 27, 2022 at Clark S. Brown & Sons Funeral Home. Graveside service, 2 pm, Monday, November 28, 2022 at Evergreen Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Trellis Supportive Care (formerly Hospice Care).
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Staphon B. Debnam, affectionately known as “Step” to his family and friends, was a wise, selfless, and humble man who loved quality time with his family, exercising his entrepreneurial spirit, preparing and exploring good food, and was an inspiration to all who knew him. He transitioned to eternal rest and peace in Heaven on November 19, 2022.
Step was full of character and skill. Considered the glue among his family and friends, he was known for his humility and wise perspective that made people change the way they think. Born on August 9, 1970, to the late Edward Debnam and Mrs. Barbara Debnam, Step grew up in Winston-Salem, NC where he graduated from Carver High School and attended Winston-Salem State University and ECPI. During this time, he fostered close lifelong friendships, one of the most special being with his brother, Derick.
On September 6, 1997, he married Sherri A. Fields; they were blessed to have recently celebrated 25 years of marriage. Step was a supportive and encouraging husband, always believing in her ability to learn new things and accomplish her goals. Together, they raised two sons, Jamari and Justin, creating a close-knit family who enjoyed living life together. They not only found joy in simple, everyday living but in travel as well; they quickly found that the secret ingredient to an enriched life was being together. Their devotion remained solid through joyous times and the challenges of life.
Step was a dedicated father who poured into his sons, constantly providing sound advice, spending quality time with them cooking and grilling, taking day trips to explore new restaurants, or watching Panthers games together (which they never missed). One of his final words to them was, “play chess, not checkers” and “be sure to think two steps ahead.”
Step was a problem solver, technology whiz, creative genius, and serial entrepreneur. He could learn to fix and do anything, believing in the power of research to make it happen. This coupled with his creativity for branding and development, fueled their family business “Popcorn Fanatic”, a Winston-Salem favorite along with other e-commerce businesses.
Step's humility, solid character, and perseverance have left a permanent imprint in the hearts of many; an imprint that will forever be remembered and will never be erased by his transition. He was preceded in death by his father, Edward Debnam, and niece, Destiny Debnam. Those who will lead carrying forth his memory and advice include his committed and loving wife, Sherri Debnam; proud sons, Jamari and Justin (Significant Other Uriah Cummings); his mother, Barbara Debnam; brother, Derick (Sharon) Debnam; father and mother-in-law, Herrell Sr. and Velma Fields; step-mother-in-law Paulette Smith; sisters-in-law LaShonda “Dee” Fields Hairston, Shanelle (Chris) Sellers; brothers-in-law Herrell Fields, Jr., Terrell Smith, and Chris (Monica) McMillian; and nieces and nephews, Derek Debnam, Jr, Nadiya Debnam, Zion Hairston, Zulay Hairston, Brookelyn Sellers, Zonntta’ Manns, Faith Hatton, and Zoé Fields.
For those who wish to honor Step's life, a Public Viewing will be held on Monday, November 28, 2022, at Clark S. Brown & Sons Funeral Home. The Funeral Service will take place on Tuesday, November 29, 2022, at noon at Union Baptist Church. A Family Visitation will be held before the service at 11:00 AM. Expressions of love are welcome, including flowers or donations to Cancer Services (Winston-Salem) or The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in his memory.
Mr. William Finley Fulton, Jr. aka “Coach Wink” was born December 22, 1964 to the late Pauline Robinson Fulton and William Finley Fulton, Sr. in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He passed away at Emory Medical Center in Atlanta, GA on November 17, 2022.
He graduated from East Forsyth High School in Kernersville, NC in 1983. He finished Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA in the graduating class of 1988.
He joined First Baptist Church on Highland Avenue in Winston-Salem, NC at an early age and was active in the youth program and sang with the spiritual choir. In Atlanta, GA, he joined the Chapel of Christian Love Missionary Baptist Church where he was active in many activities as well as singing in the choir. He also sang with a traveling mass choir in Atlanta.
William got his start in Tennis with Mr. David Lash and the Young People Tennis program of Winston-Salem, NC. The Kimberly Park Tennis also played a major
part in developing his tennis career through its young people program with Mr. Leon Kay and Miss D.D. Adams as the advisors.
He worked 30 years at the McGhee and Washington Park Tennis Centers in Southwest Atlanta, primarily with the youth. At the time of his death, he was operating his own Tennis Program in East Point, GA. The name of his organization was Coach Wink’s-NJTL-National Junior Tennis and Learning.
He held professional certifications with the United States Tennis Association, United States Professional Tennis Registry and a member of the NJTL-National Junior Tennis and Learning program. He received several awards and commendations from the USPTA and NJTL for his continuous and dedicated service through tennis with the youth of Atlanta and surrounding areas.
One of his major accomplishments was organizing trips to the United States Open Tennis Tournament in New York City at the Arthur Ashe Tennis Center for 35 to 40 young people.
William is preceded in death by his mother, Pauline Robinson Fulton; several aunts; uncles; and cousins.
He is survived by his father, William Finley Fulton, Sr. of Winston-Salem, NC; one brother Geoffrey E. Fulton of Atlanta, GA; one aunt, Maxine F. Johnson; and a host of cousin and friends.
Funeral service will be held at 12:00 PM, Saturday, November 26, 2022 at First Baptist Church, Highland Avenue. The family will greet friends 30 minutes prior to the service. Interment in Gardens of Memory, Walkertown, NC.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Scholarship funds of First Baptist Church, Highland Avenue in Winston-Salem, NC or the Chapel of Christian Love Missionary Baptist Church, Atlanta, GA.
Ms. Loretta Hughes was born October 17, 1944 to the late James and Mary Francis Hughes in New York, NY. She passed away at Forsyth Medical Center on November 14, 2022.
Loretta was a graduate of Paisley High School and received her Bachelor in Fine Arts degree from Pratt Institute, New York City. Her career included employment with Simplicity Pattern Company in New York, NY, Sears, in the Chicago, IL Executive Office, and Hanes Brands, Winston-Salem, NC. She was a member of Winston Salem First Church.
In the community, she had an encouraging presence and volunteered with Newborns in Need, Inc., and Susan G. Komen.
Those left to cherish her memory include: her sister, Catherine (Grippon) Boags, of Charleston, SC; her brothers, Walter Hughes and Louis Hughes, both of New York, NY; three nieces; three nephews; several great nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.
Funeral service will be held at 11:30 AM on Monday, November 21, 2022 in the chapel of Clark S. Brown & Sons Funeral Home. The family will greet friends 30 minutes prior to the service. Interment in Evergreen Cemetery. There will be no public viewing of Ms. Hughes.
Donations may be made in memory of Loretta Hughes to: Newborns in Need, Inc., 3323 Transou Road Pfafftown, NC 27040, Cancer Services, Inc. 3175 Maplewood Avenue Winston-Salem, NC 27103 or Winston-Salem First Church, 3730 University Parkway Winston-Salem, NC 27106.
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Charlene was born July 6, 1960 in Sarasota, Florida to Freda Wallace and Charles Kirby. Raised in the hometown of Winston-Salem, North Carolina by Bertha and Maceo Good in the Piney Grove neighborhood.
Charlene was a native resident of Happy Hill Gardens, where she raised four children: Larone Parms, Alisha Parms, Da’mone Carter, and Ale’ija Mayfield.
Charlene devoted her salvation and sang in the choir at Beula Tabernacle Holiness Church.
Charlene attended North Forsyth High School and worked as a CNA, Med-Tech and a Home Health Aid throughout her life. She sang in heart, lived out loud, loved hard, and fell soft for those she called lover and friend.
Charlene surrendered her fight against pancreatitis in the home and loving care of her daughter, Alisha. Her soul was made ready in forgiveness as she surrendered her way home with God restoring her vocals and accepting her songs of praise. God extended His redemption to prepare Charlene a new body to welcome her Home in Heaven.
Charlene leaves a legacy of five grandchildren, Juan Coleman, aka “Bear”, Kiing Mayfield, Alauni Little, Ayvah Carter and soon on arrival Aniyah Carter; also to cherish her memories are several brothers and sisters, namely Sandra Kirby, James and John Kirby, Debra Baskerville, and Barbara-Jean Humphries; and a host of nieces and nephews, family and friends.
There will be no public viewing. Memorial service 4:30 PM, Thursday, November 17, 2022 at Clark S. Brown & Sons Chapel. The family will greet friends thirty minutes priors. *Masks are required.
On Monday evening, October 31, 2022, Frederick Milton Craft, III (Tre'), 27, surrendered to the calling of the Lord while in his home in Winston Salem, NC, after a year of declining health.
He was born on August 14, 1995, to Frederick Craft, Jr. and Sha'Meika Albright in Winston Salem, NC. He was raised in a loving home with his mother, bonus father, Peri Jones (Whimp), and his siblings. No matter the distance or age, their family has stayed connected and continues to support each other.
“Tre'” as he was affectionately called by many, attended the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools and graduated from Forsyth Technical Community College.
He was an avid music lover and enjoyed writing and performing rap. He was known for sharing kind words and encouraging others. He will be remembered as a jokester that enjoyed putting a smile on the faces of the people he loved.
He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Frederick Craft, Sr. and Basil Brown.
He leaves his loving parents (Sha'Meika and Peri); three brothers, Peri Jones, Jr. “PJ” (of the home), Justin Craft, and Jalen Craft; two sisters, Briana Jones and Nikiyah Craft (all of Durham); his grandmothers, Kathy Albright (Moochie) and Sharon Craft; one aunt, Stacy DeFreitas (Andre); one uncle, Sequoia Albright (Natasha); a special friend, Cheyenne Nelson; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins and friends who will honor the brilliant but short life that he lived.
A public viewing will be held on Friday, November 4, 2022, from 12 PM-6 PM at Clark S. Brown & Sons Funeral Home. Funeral service will be at 4:00 PM, Saturday, November 5, 2022 at Clark S. Brown & Sons Chapel. The family will greet friends thirty minutes prior to the service. Minister Anthony Williams officiating. *Masks are required.
Donettra Lorraine Coker was born to the late Virmell Bryant Johnson, Sr. and Gloria Jean Hughes in Winston-Salem, NC on January 3, 1965.
She was educated in the local public schools and graduated from Parkland High School.
Donettra worked as a Home Health Aide for many years for various companies.
Donettra was known to many of her family and friends as “Dee”. She was always happy and showed off her beautiful smile.
She began her Christian faith at an early age and gave her life to the Lord. She was baptized by the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.
Donettra was preceded in death by her parents Donald Coker, Gloria Jean Hughes, and Virmell Johnson, Sr.
She is survived by her son, Eugene L. Collins, Jr.; daughter, Tiffany L. Brown; grandchildren, Jocelyn Ferguson, Jade Collins, D’vontae Clayton, Krischian Brown, Genia Collins, Rashied Richardson, Grea’sylis Brown, Kemmese Ferguson-Jenkins, and Eugene Collins, III; brothers, Christian (Stephanie) Hughes, Donald K. Coker, Virmell Johnson, Jr., Terence (Jewel) Anthony, Timothy (Ervinia) Anthony; sisters, Richardean (Winfred) Miller-Whisonant, Lisa M. Lynch, Valerie (Anderson) Hicks, and Violet (Kevin) Hoyle; a devoted uncle, Willard (Zenobia) Coker; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends who loved her.
There will be no public viewing. Funeral service will be held at 12 noon, Monday, November 7, 2022 at Clark S. Brown & Sons Chapel. *Mask are required
On Saturday, October 29, 2022, God in His infinite wisdom called Mr. Willie Bernard Conrad, 83 home into his loving arms. Mr. Conrad was born on December 21, 1940 in Wadesboro, NC to the late Michael William and Maybelle Conrad.
Mr. Conrad graduated from Anderson County High School. He also attended Winston-Salem State University and was employed at Lincoln National Insurance for over 35 years and Prime America.
Spiritually, he was a lifelong member of Phillips Chapel Missionary Baptist Church of Winston-Salem, N.C. where he served on multiple auxiliaries such as, the trustee ministry, PCBMC male chorus, gospel choir, soul winning team, and van ministry. He was also the Sunday school superintendent, supervisor of Baptist Training Union, and a lifelong member of the Brother Bill Pratt and the Gospel Crusaders. Additionally, he served in the United States Army.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Conrad was preceded in death by his wife, Sandra Diane Conrad; son, Bernard Leon Cooke; brothers James Robert Conrad, Billy Conrad, Andrew Conrad Sr.; sisters Martha Leona Conrad, Viola McKinsey, Elizabeth McGee, Kathleen Cash and Itessi Robinson.
Mr. Conrad is survived by three sons, Willie B. Conrad Jr. (Jackie), Michael Conrad, and Marcus Conrad; one daughter, Dewanna Conrad, all of Winston-Salem, NC; nine grandchildren; and a host of great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Public viewing from 12 PM until 6 PM, Tuesday, November 7, 2022 at Clark S. Brown & Sons Funeral Home. Funeral service 12 noon, Wednesday, November 9, 2022 at Phillips Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, 132 West Glenn Avenue, Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The family will greet friends thirty minutes prior to service.
Public viewing will be from 12 PM until 6 PM, Friday, October 28, 2022 at Clark S. Brown & Sons Funeral Home. Funeral service 2 PM, Saturday, October 29, 2022 at Bethlehem AME Zion Church, 6475 Yadkinville Road, Pfafftown, North Carolina. Family visitation one hour prior to service. Interment at Bethlehem AME Zion Church Cemetery.
Zenobia Evangeline Winfrey McLaughlin departed this life on Saturday, October 15, 2022, at her home in Baltimore, Maryland. Mrs. McLaughlin, affectionately known as “Zee” was the fourth child born to William Harding Winfrey, Sr and Lucy Vernelle Hilton Winfrey in Richmond, Virginia.
She attended the Richmond Public Schools and graduated from Armstrong High School in 1945 with the notable distinction of being salutatorian of her class. Zenobia was the recipient of numerous honors and awards and attended Virginia Union University where she graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry. She would later receive a Bachelor of Christian Education from Family Bible College.
She became a member of the Upsilon Omega Chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority in 1952.
Zenobia worked at the Medical College of Virginia as a Biological Assayist and Micro-technician. She would later work at Provident Hospital as a Patient Advocate and at Granada Nursing Home as a Patient Representative. She retired after working many years for the Baltimore City Department of Social Services.
Zenobia was married to Dr. Wayman B. McLaughlin, and to this union six children were born. She was a stay-at-home mother for several years who poured her love, life, and legacy into her children.
Zenobia gave her life to Christ at a young age at Mosby Memorial Baptist Church in Richmond. She had been a member of Calvary Baptist Church for 28 years. As a Deaconess, she faithfully served in various ministries including the Prison, Food Pantry, New Members, Missionaries and Drama ministries. For several years, she was an instructor at Family Bible Institute where she was known as “Mrs. Teaching Techniques.”
Zenobia was energetic, fun-loving, and had a zest for life. She was known for her radiant smile, sense of humor and commitment to excellence.
In addition to her parents’ death, Zenobia was preceded in death by Dr. Wayman B. McLaughlin; her daughter, Sharon McLaughlin Gadson and great grandson, D’Andre McLaughlin; three sisters, Vernelle Winfrey, Dorothea Polk, and Eunice Dotson; and two brothers, William Winfrey, Jr., and Reginald Winfrey, Sr.
She leaves to cherish her memory four daughters and one son: Zenobia Bernadine McLaughlin, Cynthia McLaughlin Lyons, Phyllis McLaughlin Wright (Brian), Beryl McLaughlin Miller and Wayman Bernard McLaughlin, Jr. (Jacqueline); ten grandchildren; eight great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.
Funeral service will be held at 2:30 PM on October 27, 2022 at Calvary Baptist Church in Baltimore, MD. The family will greet friends 30 minutes prior to the service. Interment will be at 10:00 AM on Saturday, October 29, 2022 at New Evergreen Cemetery in Winston-Salem, NC. Public viewing will be from 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM on October 26, 2022 at March Funeral Home-West, Baltimore, MD.
Alice Jean Allen, daughter of the late Norman Gray Allen, Sr. and Mamie Miller Allen was born December 29, 1934 in Bethania, North Carolina. She departed this life on Wednesday, October 12, 2022 at Novant Medical Center.
Alice Jean was a graduate of Carver High School. After graduating from Carver, she attended Livingstone College in Salisbury, North Carolina and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology. While at Livingstone she played basketball for the Blue Bears and proudly played with the team that was undefeated in 1953 and 1954. She began her teaching career in Mullins, South Carolina where she also served as the girls basketball coach. She led the Lady Bulldogs to the S.C.S.S.A.A. Championship in 1959. Alice was extremely proud of being named “Coach of the Year” for the Lady Bulldogs and continued to display her “Coach of the Year” plaque in her home.
After working in South Carolina several years, she returned to North Carolina and taught at Edenton High School in Edenton, NC. She returned home in 1974 and worked at South Park High School. While at South Park she served as a teacher and guidance counselor. During the 1992-1993 school year she was named the school’s Teacher of the Year. Alice continued her educational journey by taking courses at Atlanta University in Atlanta, GA during several summers.
Alice was a devoted family person and returned home to care for her father after her mother passed away suddenly. Her care and devotion for family did not end there because she later became caretaker for her aunt Esther Douthit, and her brothers, Norman Jr. and William Edward.
Keewaunee NeeChele Lentz (Kee) died unexpectedly at her home on Sunday, October 2, 2022.
Keewaunee was loved by all who crossed her path. Keewaunee had a great sense of humor and would tease or prank anyone crossing her path. One of her greatest joys was sneaking up on you and scaring you out of your wits.
Dancing was a passion of hers that she wanted to pursue in her future but was short lived after performing in The Wiz at the Landmark Theatre in Richmond, Virginia at age seven and then being diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease. She was obsessed with the whole Barbie Doll scene and was gifted by family with every item that came on the market. She would solicit her brother BJ to come into her room and play with her Barbie collections for hours with her and he did so lovingly.
Born in Winston-Salem on January 28, she was then moved to Richmond, Virginia where she grew up and was a graduate of Armstrong High School. After being educated in Richmond, Virginia, Keewaunee returned to North Carolina where she continued her education in the Nursing field and worked in Nursing Homes where she loved taking care of the elderly. She would get permission to sign some of the more mobile patients out of the facility and take them to church
Keewaunee started her family and after many years of raising her family in Winston-Salem, she decided to return to Richmond, Virginia where she spent the last nine years before returning to Winston-Salem in July of 2022.
Keewaunee was an avid lover of kids who gravitated to her infectious personality. Her love was like an elastic band, no matter how far she would go the kids would always find a way to connect to her so that her cousin, Delvon Meekins would deal with no one as a child except Keewaunee and his mother, Regina.
Keewaunee loved to do hair and was great at creating hairstyles when you could keep her still long enough to complete it in a timely manner.
One amazing quality she possessed was being an amazing mother to both her beautiful daughters Diamond and Morgan. Her love was unconditional and there were no lengths she wouldn’t go through to see a smile on their faces. Motherhood has no manual, but Keewaunee mastered the skill of being the best mother to her girls.
Keewaunee is survived by daughters: Diamond Lentz (Hezekiah) and Morgan Williford; son, Steven Williford; mother, Carolyn White; father, Thomas Starks; devoted friend, Steve Williford; brothers, Willice N. White, III (Tiffany), Antwan Duncan; sisters, Nakialee Starks, Nadia Starks, Denee Starks, Natasha Duncan-Alston (William), Felecia Mitchell (Arron); brother-in-law, Marvin Williford; grandparents, Gettis and Ruth Torrance; bonus brothers, Barry France (Andrea), Marvin L. DeWitt, Jr., James A. Johnson, Jr.; bonus sister, Shanae Chavis; aunts, Wyvern Anthony, Mary Lewis (Torre), Sharnay Torrance, Elizabeth Wiggins, Paulette Walton, Ethel Avery; uncles, Charlie Lentz (103 years young), Gerald Kirkland (Sharon), Robert Walton, Tremaine Torrance; bonus aunts, Dorothy P. Vaughn, Annette Patterson, Cassandra White, Lynette Smith, Deborah Brooks, Tonya Campbell; four nephews; a devoted nephew, Willice N. White, IV, Tavon Branch; five nieces; and a host of cousins; among them are Shani Dorsey (Eric), Sherry Taylor, Ishmul Lentz and a host of other relatives and friends.
Public viewing, Sunday, 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM, Sunday, October 9, 2022 at Clark S. Brown & Sons Funeral Home. Funeral service 12:00 PM, Monday, October 10, 2022
Clark S. Brown & Sons Chapel. Family visitation will be one hour prior to service. Interment Gardens of Memory Cemetery, Walkertown, North Carolina. *Masks are required.
Michelle "Missy" Mack was born on May 7, 1964 to Eloise and David James Wilson in New York City. She was born the fourth of five children.
She attended and completed Satellite Academy High School. In her youth, she was employed with Freedom National Bank in New York City as an Administrative Assistant.
In 1981, she met her beloved and devoted husband, Bernon Mack. They fell in love and married on August 30, 1994. Together, Mack and Michelle set out to live a happy, satisfying family life.
Michelle and Mack gave birth to a beautiful baby girl on July 26, 1990. Mother and daughter forged an everlasting, unbreakable bond and a beautiful relationship. Michelle was so proud of Kamika as she watched her graduated with a Master’s Degree. She loved traveling to watch her daughter coach and referee games as she fulfilled her dreams of officiating in the NCAA.
Michelle became aware of her spiritual need, studied the Bible with Jehovah’s Witnesses, and put faith in the truth found in God’s word, the Bible. She quickly gained a spot in the hearts of many dear friends in the Upper Harlem congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses.
After the family moved to North Carolina, she worked at Bell South for a time and later became a homemaker. Michelle loved cooking all kinds of dishes for her husband, being a mother, gardening, spending time with family and friends here, and traveling back to NYC to spend time with family, by whom she was dearly loved.
Her personality was bubbly and outgoing. She loved people and was always smiling. Michelle had a wonderful sense of humor and an outgoing personality She loved to crack jokes and make others laugh. Laughing was a big part of her life. We have all enjoyed indescribably special moments with Michelle filled with love, laughter, passion, and insight.
Michelle’s long battle with cancer ended on September 25, 2022 with her beloved daughter, mother, and sisters by her side.
She leaves to cherish her loving memories: her mother, Eloise Bibby; daughter, Kamika Mack; step-daughter, Kim Walker; siblings, James Wilson, Sharon Tate, Angie Harris, and Dawn Wilson-Mulligan; nieces, Candace and Shanel Tate; nephew, David Wilson; grandchildren, Mekyiaa and Melik Walker; grand-nieces, Daniella and Aerial Wilson; grand-nephews, Marco and Tyler Wilson; and a host of other relatives.
There will be no public viewing. A Celebration of Life will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, October 2, 2022 at Clark S. Brown & Sons Chapel. *Masks required.
Verdell Green was born on September 7, 1926 in Dothan, Alabama to the late John and Maggie (Kirkland) Roberts. She was the youngest of eight children, 3 brothers and 4 sisters, who all preceded her in death.
She attended and graduated from Henry County Training High School in Abbeville, Alabama. She later moved to New York where she attended business school. Shortly after, she began her career in banking at Chemical Bank (now J.P. Morgan Chase) as a Customer Service Representative. She enjoyed working in the financial world and for over 25 years, continued to advance in her career until her retirement.
She joined Mount Sinai Baptist Church in Newville, Alabama at the age of twelve. Later she joined Mount Olive Baptist Church after she moved to New York.
Verdell met and later married James Green in New York City on September 24, 1949. For 55 years they were happily married until his passing in 2005. To this union two children were born, Brenda Annette (Green) Battle and Michael James Green.
To cherish her memories and her legacy are her two children: her son-in-law, Robert Battle; her daughter-in-law, Jasmine Green; her granddaughters, Nicole Battle and Michelle (James) Bacon; grandson, Shawn Green; step grandchildren, Aaron Clark and Briana Clark and step-great granddaughter Mia Clark; and great-grandson, Austin Bacon. She also leaves behind a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
She moved back to the South in 2015 to live with her daughter and now is back in New York to spend eternity with her husband. She will forever be loved and missed.
Mrs. Green may be publicly viewed from 12:00 PM until 6:00 PM. Friday, September 30, 2022 at Clark S. Brown & Sons Funeral Home. Funeral service will be held in New York at 11:00 AM, Tuesday, October 4, 2022 at J. Foster Phillips Funeral Home, 17924 Linden Boulevard, Jamaica, New York, 11434. Interment Maple Grove Cemetery, Kew Gardens, New York. *Masks required.
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Brenda Lee Smith was born to the late Oscar & Dorothy Benn in Chicago, Illinois on December 22, 1962. She departed this life on Saturday, September 17, 2022.
Brenda moved to Winston-Salem at an early age and matriculated through the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools. She graduated from North Forsyth High School in 1981. She later earned her Associate Degree from Miller-Mott Business College in Winston-Salem. She was previously employed by U.S. Airways.
She professed her faith at an early age and was a former member of Union Baptist Church.
Brenda was always laughing and smiling. She loved to dance and have a good time, especially when she was watching sports. Her favorite teams were Dallas Cowboys Football Team and Los Angeles Lakers Basketball Team.
She leaves to cherish her memory her daughter, Brittany (Kendra) Berry; grandson, Kaleb Berry; sister, Olivia (Darrell) Howell; brothers, Aldeen (Paulette) Smith and Oscar Smith; nieces Demetrice Howell and Arlethia (Timothy) Hailstock; best friend, Millicent Smith; many other cousins and friends.
A public viewing will be held on Sunday, September 25, 2022 from 1 to 6 p.m. at Clark S. Brown & Sons Funeral home, 727 Patterson Avenue Winston-Salem, NC. The family visitation will be on Monday, September 26, 2022 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. with the service following at 2:00 p.m.
Robert “Rob” T. Willis born to Beverly C. and Robert J. Willis on July 2, 1982, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He transitioned to be with the Lord on September 16, 2022.
He attended and graduated from North Forsyth High School in 2001. He also attended Guilford Technical Community College in the Automotive Mechanic Program.
Rob was fun, outgoing, loyal, supportive and protective. He was a devoted son, brother, uncle, father, cousin, friend and mentor. We all called him, “The Family Mechanic.”
He was in the process of enrolling at Winston-Salem State University in the NASCAR program. He was excited about becoming part of the “Ramily”.
Rob worked for Whole 9 Security for several years. This laid the foundation for him to start his own security company. He also provided private security for several celebrities, fish tables and in the community. He was passionate about helping the youth in the community. Rob was a certified Para (Behavioral) Professional. He was on the Board for the AYF Pfafftown Packers and was a coach. He has touched so many young players, boys and men. While coaching the players during and after football season, he would allow them to spend the weekends with him. Education was important to him and that is why he invested in his players. Rob also went to his players’ school and followed up with their teachers to ensure they were doing well in class. Rob loved installing audio systems which lead him into wanting and loving to trick out vehicles and motorcycles. He was a member of Country Boyz (Car Club, Wide Open (Motorcycle Club) and a member of Iron Coalition (Motorcycle Club).
Rob rededicated his life to Christ. He was a member of New Birth of Christ Church where he served as a Director of Sound. He attended Bible Study and Worship on a regular basis.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents: Elease G. and Sidney J. Hanks; three aunts, Dorothy Carter, Delores Wilson, and Artless Carter; two uncles, Tommy and Sherman Carter.
He is survived by his loving daughter, Ashlyn Willis; two devoted sisters, Algenoria Willis and Janette (Kivet) Roseboro; two nieces, Ronisha and Chasity; two nephews, Jermiah and Kaleo; he was blessed with a great nephew, Alijah; a great niece, Ryleigh; aunts, Bleaker Dent and Shirley (Zeke) Johnson; uncles, Edison Carter and Wayne (Patricia) Willis; two special cousins, Marsha Reaves and Dwayne Carter; and a host of cousins and other relatives.
Public viewing will be from 12:00 PM until 6:00 PM, Friday, September 23, 2022 at Clark S. Brown & Sons Funeral Home. Funeral service 11:00 AM, Saturday, September 24, 2022 at Life on Lexington Church, 620 E. Lexington Avenue, High Point, North Carolina. Family visitation one hour prior to service. Interment Piedmont Memorial Gardens.
Harry Lee O’Neal passed away at his home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina on Sunday, September 11, 2022, following a period of illness. Harry was born to the late Freddie L. O’Neal and the late Dorothy L. O’Neal in Princeton, West, Virginia (“The Heart of Mercer County”) on August 23, 1956.
He attended public schools in Mercer County and graduated from Princeton Senior High School. He worked for the transportation department at Princeton Community Hospital. He briefly served his country in the United States Navy.
Harry moved with his sister, Gloria to Winston-Salem, North Carolina. His work history included a job with Carolina Narrow Fabrics. Following a desire to become a chef, he joined a program through Goodwill Industries who partners with the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina to offer the Triad Community Kitchen (TCK) Culinary Training. Harry completed the program at the top of his class.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his grandmother, Lucille Riser.
Those family members who survive and who will forever cherish loving memories of him include his son, Ryan Wilborn; three sisters, Gloria Hobson, Deborah Parson, and Anna O’Neal; nephews, Vernon Hobson and Tre’ Hopkins; nieces, Ashley Terry and Autumn Parson-Tann; great nieces, Teneshia Meadows and LaKeisha Taylor; a special friend, Luola “Missy” Whitaker; and several extended family members and friends.
There will be no public viewing. A memorial service will be at 12 PM, Monday, September 19, 2022 at Clark S. Brown & Sons Chapel. Family visitation will be thirty minutes prior to service in the chapel. *Masks required.
Angela Lucille Teague, 57 was born July 12, 1965 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina to Effie Mae Thompson (Biological) and Thelma Thompson (Maternal). Ms. Teague now joins her father, William James Thompson, Sr. and her siblings, Algefields Cain, Jr. and Denise Thompson.
She leaves to cherish her loving memory, three children, Anthony Dione Teague, Sr., Jurica Angell Teague and Brittany Lorraine McCorkle; four siblings, William James Thompson, Jr. (Billy), Crystal Thompson (Crissy), Theresa Thompson, Elder Tonia Cain; six grandchildren, Anthony Teague, Jr., Bobby Massy, Krishand Watson, Areona Brown, Payden Cuthrell, Brian Floyd, III (B3); and a host of nephews, nieces, and other loving relatives and friends.
Angela was educated in the Winston-Salem Forsyth/County School system, graduating from East Forsyth High School, Class of 1983.
Angela was a dedicated employee at Silas Creek Rehabilitation Center for several years.
Public viewing for Ms. Teague will be Tuesday, September 6, 2022 from 12:00 PM until 6:00 PM at Clark S. Brown & Sons Funeral Home. Funeral service will be held on Wednesday, September 7, 2022 at 12:30 PM in the Chapel of Clark S. Brown & Sons Funeral Home.
JaQuez Xavien Jadin Fredericks affectionately known as JaJa by his family and close friends, was born on February 9, 2007. He was the oldest of a twin brother, Marquez.
Early Thursday morning, August 25, 2022, God sent His angels to bring this precious young man home from labor to reward.
He graduated from Clemmons Middle School in June and was looking forward to attending Parkland High School. He had dreams of becoming an engineer.
He was a small frame, but big in heart. He was also very quiet and humble around people he did not know. But to his family and friends, he was a typical teenager, talkative, comical and fun loving.
He loved playing video games and was quite competitive. He loved cars and he could name the make and model of any car he saw. God only knows how much he will be missed by all.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Barbara Fredericks.
He leaves to cherish great memories his loving mother, Nicole Fredericks; a very special friend, Khadeeja Johnson; four brothers, Malik and Marquez Fredericks, Tramayne Miller, Jr. and Jonathan Broadway, Jr.; one sister, Tremya Fredericks-Miller; great grandmother, Henrietta Sutherland of South Carolina; grandmother, Linda John; five aunts, India Mitchell of New York, Tashia Fredericks of New Jersey, Takisha Mackey, Khadydra John, Koren Ingram (Joshua); two uncles Erick Fredericks of New Jersey and Kylin John; father, Jermain Wilson, special cousin, Rev. Scott Fredericks of New Jersey; and a host of other aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Public viewing will be Thursday, September 1, 2022 from 12:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at Clark S. Brown & Sons Funeral Home. Funeral service will be held on Friday, September at 2:00 p.m. Family visitation thirty minutes prior to service at Clark S. Brown & Sons Chapel. *Masks required.
Harriet Jones Tobe was born to the late Boykin and Mattie Wilkes Jones in Forsyth County, North Carolina on May 21, 1931.
She attended the public schools of Winston-Salem/Forsyth County and graduated from Carver Consolidated High School. She enrolled at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.
Harriet married Green Tobe on June 25, 1960 and their union was blessed with the birth of a son, Edward. They remained happily married until his death on July 26, 1981.
Mrs. Tobe was employed for a time at the historical Kate B. Reynolds Memorial Hospital. She subsequently went to work at Winston-Salem State University. Her role as a member of the financial aid department had a positive impact on the lives of many students as they sought guidance in securing financial assistance to cover the costs of their college education. Prior to her retirement, she gave 30 years of dedicated service to the university.
She was a lifelong member of Mount Zion Baptist Church where she joined under the pastorate of the late Reverend Dr. R. L. File. She exercised the tenets of her faith as a member of the Dorcas Missionary Group (Past President), The Ladies Usher Board, Advisory Board Member of The Senior Life Enrichment Center, Personnel Committee, The Hattie File Club and The R. L. File Scholarship Committee. She faithfully served until declining health limited her active participation.
Harriet Jones Tobe answered the Lord’s call to come home from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina on Wednesday, August 24, 2022, following a period of illness. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband; three siblings; and a devoted nephew, Danny Imes.
Those family members who survive and who will forever cherish loving memories of her as they look forward to a reunion in heaven include her beloved son, Edward (Temperance) Tobe; her grandchildren, Charity Tobe and Emmanuel Tobe; sister-in-law, Clara Jones; nephews, Kenneth (Donna) McDuffie, Gary (Carolyn) Brown, Gejuan (Melissa) Long and Clenzo Jones, Jr.; several great nieces and nephews, many extended family members and friends.
Public viewing will be from 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m., Sunday, August 28, 2022 at Clark S. Brown & Sons Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held at 12:00 p.m. Monday, August 29, 2022 at Mount Zion Baptist Church. The family will greet friends thirty minutes prior to the service. Interment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery.
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Roger Dean Gist, Jr. was born September 27, 1961 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina to Roger and Geraldine Gist. He departed this life on August 19, 2022.
Roger grew up in Winston-Salem where he was educated in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth School system. He had a passion for sports, especially for boxing. After serving in the Army for 3 years, he moved to Atlanta, GA, where he spent the most of his life before finally reuniting with his family. He worked in landscaping and loved the games of football, and basketball.
Roger was preceded in death by his parents, Roger Dean Gist, Sr. and Geraldine Gist; sister, Renee Denise Gist. He leaves behind to cherish his memory, his daughter, Anissa Johnson; siblings, Regina Danette (George) Freyberger, Ronnie Derringer (Lhaila) Gist, Ramon Deon Gist, Rochelle Diane Gist and Ryan Derrell (Nani) Gist; and a host of nieces, and nephews.
Public viewing will be Wednesday, September 7, 2022 from 12:00 PM until 6:00 PM at Clark S. Brown & Sons Funeral Home. Funeral service will be at 11:30 AM, Thursday, September 8, 2022 at Clark S. Brown & Sons Chapel. Interment Salisbury National Cemetery. *Masks required.
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Our beloved Charlene Adele Curtis, an esteemed leader and champion in the world of women’s basketball, took her last, perfect, buzzer-beater shot, on August 18, 2022, at the age of 67. Charlene was born June 28, 1955, in Roanoke, Va., to the late Marshall “Peaches” Curtis and Dorothy Charlton Curtis.
Wherever she lived or traveled, Charlene always proudly called Roanoke, Va., her home. She was greatly loved as a child and reared by a strong Christian family. As children, Charlene and Nickey enjoyed and appreciated playing golf with their father, a local business owner. Greatly influenced by their mother, an elementary school teacher, they spent many a day creating their own neighborhood committees, organizations, and practicing Robert’s Rules of Order.
Charlene excelled in academics, music, and sports. She was a talented trumpet player and the first African American to join the Roanoke Youth Symphony. In 1972, Charlene graduated with honors from William Fleming High School.
She chose Radford University, a close distance to home, to pursue her love of music and her dream of becoming a band director. She graduated with honors in 1976, with a Bachelor of Science in Music Education. While playing basketball for the Radford Lady Highlanders, she became team captain and earned Most Valuable Player honors in 1975/76, as the university’s first 1,000-point scorer, with 1,043 career points. She later was inducted into Radford University’s Sports Hall of Fame, as a charter member, coach, and player. Charlene went on to earn a Master's degree in Secondary Education Administration from the University of Virginia in 1982.
Among her many firsts, Charlene was the first Black women’s head basketball coach in the Atlantic Coast Conference. In 2019, she retired from a storied, 40-plus year career in women’s collegiate basketball, as supervisor of the Women’s Basketball Officials for the Atlantic Coast Conference, and coordinator of the Women’s Basketball Officials for the Big South, Colonial and Southern Conferences. In the collegiate ranks, Charlene held assistant coaching positions at the University of Virginia, Georgetown University and University of Connecticut. She served as head coach at her alma mater, Radford University; and, Temple University, and Wake Forest University. In 2004, she was named an assistant coach for the Women’s National Basketball Association-Charlotte Sting, and later became a women’s television collegiate basketball analyst. A career highlight and distinguished honor were serving on the coaching teams for USA Basketball, most notably the World University Games, the Women’s Goodwill Games, and the USA World Championship Games.
Charlene’s impressive accomplishments and lived expertise in the world of women’s collegiate basketball paled in comparison to her deep faith and devotion to church and community. Guided by God and her spirit to serve and give back, principles instilled by her parents, she participated on numerous organization boards and professional commissions, throughout her lifetime. Most recently, she was Lay Leader at St. Paul United Methodist Church, a member of Church Council, Committee on Finance, a Sunday School teacher and Grief Share leader. She was also Chair for the Commission on Equitable Compensation for the Western North Carolina United Methodist Conference; the Radford University Board of Visitors; North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame, and on the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Benevolent Fund. She spent decades associated with Big Brothers-Big Sisters in Southwest Virginia and the Piedmont Triad area of North Carolina as both a board member and a BIG.
Charlene left an incredible mark on the world, with her giant vision and gentle, kindred spirit. She bravely and mutinously navigated the possibilities in life and women’s sports, leaving a clear path, where none existed before. Her leadership and personal achievements were collectively shared with journeys by her players, teams, colleagues and family. And, after all, she was just a girl from Roanoke, Va.
Here to honor Charlene’s legacy and to forever share her life story is her partner of 24 years, Sharolyn Grant, of the home; her beloved sister, Millicent “Nickey” Wright and brother in-law, Byrl; and her aunt, Evelyn “Kitty” Board Charlton (late James “Red”), all of Roanoke, Va., along with a cherished circle of extended family, lifelong friends, and beloved colleagues.
A celebration of her life will be held Tuesday, August 30, 2022, with family visitation at 11 am, and a memorial service at 12 Noon, at Centenary United Methodist Church, 646 W. 5th St, Winston-Salem, NC, 27101. The service will be live streamed online at: https://www.centenary-ws.org/live-stream. Interment will be held Wednesday, August 31, 2022, noon, at Sherwood Memorial Park, in Salem, VA. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests donations to the Radford University Foundation,
Charlene A. Curtis Women’s Basketball Scholarship, P.O. Box 6893, Radford, VA 24142.
Lilly Wall Dockery was born to the late William and Ella Bell Walls on April 6, 1948 in Wadesboro, NC. She passed away on Friday, August 12, 2022.
Lilly attended JR Faison High School in Wadesboro, North Carolina.
She started her employment in Banking as a teller and was promoted to supervisor. From there she was employed and retired from US Airways as a Reservationist Supervisor; she was also employed with Princess House.
Mrs. Dockery attended Capernaum Church of Christ and North Patterson Church of Christ. Her membership was with the Carver Road Church of Christ, where she was faithful in attendance, visiting with the sick and shut-in, and assisted with social activities.
She loved going to church, eating, catching up on the latest news with friends, playing cards, and watching television.
She was preceded in death by her parents, William Thomas Wall and Ella Bell Wall.
Mrs. Dockery leaves to cherish her memory: her husband, Robert Dockery, Jr.; children, Michael Wall, Jean V. “Bop” (Sam) Cook, Chris Dockery; brother, John (Kathy) Wall; grandchildren, Joshua Cook, Rodney Thompson, Ashlie Nichol, Rashawn Dockery; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends; and social club members; and co-workers.
Public viewing for Mrs. Dockery will be Saturday, August 20, 2022 from 12:00 PM until 6:00 PM at Clark S. Brown & Sons Funeral Home. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM, Sunday, August 21, 2021 at Carver Road Church of Christ, 4399 Carver School Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27105. The family will greet friends 30 minutes prior to the service. *Masks are required*
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Mr. Dennis O’Keith Williams was born in Winston-Salem, NC on October 9, 1955. He departed this life on Friday, August 5, 2022. He was born to the late Mrs. Gladys Louise Williams Stephens and the late Mr. Aggie Sales. His stepfather was the late Mr. Jerry Walter Stephens, Sr. of Winston-Salem, NC.
Dennis was also reared in the home of his grandparents, the late Mr. Pilot Williams and Mrs. Marie Williams. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Mrs. Ophelia Caston Chadwick of Durham, NC and his brother, Mr. Jerry Stephens, Jr.
Dennis was raised and taught about Christ from birth at the Second New Bethel Baptist Church under the leadership of the Rev. W.O. Terry in Winston-Salem, NC. He served on the choir and the usher board. Later in life Dennis attended and joined the Friendship Baptist Church where he was an active member until his health declined.
Dennis was educated in the Winston-Salem County School System and graduated from Parkland High School in 1974. He served his country via the U.S. Army and afterwards he was employed as a counselor at Insight Services, Inc. in Winston-Salem, NC.
Dennis loved life and loved fishing! He was known as, “Mr. Fisherman.”
He leaves to cherish many wonderful memories his wife, Vanessa Vinson Williams; his daughter, Ms. Daphne C. Gainey; one grandson, Master Darian Gist, Jr.; one sister, Ms. Maria Stephens; two brothers, Mr. Dewin M. Williams and Mr. Pilot L. Stephens; one sister-in-love, Mrs. Audrey L. Stephens; three nephews; three nieces; fourteen great-nieces and nephews; a stepson, Ray Robinson; a stepdaughter, Hope Vinson; grandchildren of the home, Diamond and Makyrah Vinson; four step great-grandchildren, all of Winston-Salem, NC; and a host of other relatives and friends.
A memorial service for Mr. Williams will be held at 2:00 PM, Saturday, August 20, 2022 at Greater Higher Ground, 1354 N. Trade Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27105.
Mildred Ellis Knox was born to the late Rev. Golden C. and Sadie M. Ellis on August 9, 1924 in Winston-Salem, NC. She peacefully transitioned to her heavenly home on August 2, 2022, at the age of 97, while residing at Forest Heights Senior Living Community.
Mildred graduated from Atkins High School in 1942, then went on to attend Livingstone College in Salisbury, NC, graduating with honors in 1948. Mildred also did further studies at NC A&T State University.
She was employed by Kate Bitting Reynolds Memorial Hospital for nearly 10 years before accepting the position as secretary to the Vice Chancellor at Winston-Salem State University. She retired from that position in 1982.
Mildred married the late William Gaither Knox on June 13, 1946. Together they raised and nurtured three children: Constance “Connie”. Edythe “Edie” and William Gregory “Greg”.
Mildred was a member of Goler Metropolitan AME Zion Church for over 65 years. She was also a member of the Livingstone College National Alumni Association and Alph Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Loving memories shall be cherished by her daughter, Edie K. (Jesse) Dove, Summerville, SC; son, William Gregoy (Brenda) Knox, Kernersville, NC; five grandchildren; eight great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild; sister, Dorothy E. Wynecoff; four sisters-in-law; three nieces and a nephew; a host of other relatives and friends.
Funeral service will be held at 11:30 AM, Tuesday, August 9, 2022 at Clark S. Brown & Sons Funeral Home. The family will greet friends 30 minutes prior to the service. Interment in Parklawn Memorial Park. *Masks are required*
Memorial donations may be made to Goler Metropolitan AME Zion Church in memory of Mrs. Mildred E. Knox.
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SFC Roger Dean Gist Sr. USA, Retired, the son of Evelyn Kathleen Gist, was born 25 August 1938 in Pacolet, SC. He completed his final mission on 26 July 2022.
After high school, Roger attended classes at Surry County Community College. His distinguished military career in the US Army earned him the rank of Sergeant First Class. He retired with 17 years of service. Later, as a Counselor and Attorney–in Fact, he represented veterans with Disabled American Veterans (DAV) for 23 years. He held memberships with the DAV, American Legion, and Non-Commissioned Officers Association.
Those who remain to cherish his memory and legacy include his children: Roger D. Gist Jr, Regina D. (George) Freyberger, Ronnie D. (Lhaila) Gist, Ramon D. Gist (Sonya Miller), Rochelle D. Gist, Ryan D. (Nani) Gist; 14 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; siblings: Fletcher Gist, Larry Gist, Dorenda (Buttercup) Gist, Catherine Gist, Marion Gist, Ora Mae Gist, John (Popeye) Gist, and Brenda Richardson; a host of nieces and nephews and special friends.
Public viewing for Mr. Gist will be from 12:00 PM until 5:00 PM, Saturday, August 6, 2022 at Clark S. Brown & Sons Funeral Home. Funeral service will be held at 1:00 PM on Sunday, August 7, 2022 Clark S. Brown & Sons Chapel. The family will greet friends from 12 Noon until 1:00 PM. Interment in Arlington National Cemetery.
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Norma Jean Logan (née Andrews) of Winston-Salem, peacefully transitioned Friday, July 22, 2022 in her home surrounded by the love of her family. Mrs. Jean was born in Dalton, GA on August 2, 1939 to the late Tom Andrews, Sr. and Annie L. Easley Andrews.
She was educated in the Winston-Salem Public School System, graduated from Carver High School and later attended Winston Salem State University to study Administration. Throughout her career, she was an entrepreneur who owned and operated Andrews Place storefront and delivery service. She also worked with Experiment and Self Reliance (ESR) where she worked as a community counselor providing resources to single mothers, R.J. Reynolds, and Winston Salem Transit Authority (WSTA) as a bus operator.
Norma Jean was a member of the Grace Presbyterian Church under the leadership of Rev. Peterson. Also attending Mount Pleasant when her work schedule permitted.
Traveling and taking road trips with her grandchildren and friends to visit loved ones, playing cards, bowling, watching wrestling and the food network were hobbies she enjoyed. She also took delight in gardening, baking her pound cakes, candied yams and sweet potato pies when she was in better health. Her undying devotion to her family and community signals a huge loss as she opened her heart, wisdom and home to anyone in need.
Norma Jean is survived by three children, Elbert Hauser, Jr (Hyelan), Winston-Salem; Marjorie Hauser- Garland (Wayne), Temple Hills, MD; and Lauretta Hauser-MBacke (Kasim), Winston-Salem; five grandchildren, Marla Hauser of Upper Marlboro, MD; Kriston Andrews (Candice) of Atlanta, GA; Gustavo Gomez (Sue) of Cleveland, OH; Eric Hauser (Geneva) of Clarksburg, TN and Maya Hauser-Garland of Waldorf, MD; She is also survived by 10 great-grandchildren; her brother, Tom Andrews, Jr., and in-laws, Clarence Hauser (Anna) of Winston-Salem, Velma Hunter of Washington, DC, and Marcella Hauser of Winston-Salem; a host of loving nieces, nephews and cousins, loved ones and lifelong friendships with Jean Salter, Doris “Fuzzy” Chun, Mary Williams, the Settles, and Mildred Ashby.
Preceding Norma Jean in death were her parents; daughter Carol Hauser (Gomez); in-laws James and Claretta Hauser, high school sweetheart, first husband and father of her children Elbert Hauser, Sr.; two sisters Kathleen Andrews Cater and Mildred Andrews Jones; and second husband Fred Logan (former).
A memorial Service will be held at 1:00 PM, Saturday July 30, 2022 at Clark S. Brown & Sons Funeral Home, 727 N Patterson Ave, Winston-Salem, NC. The family will greet friends thirty minutes prior to the service. *Masks are required.
Darryl Lee Tatum was born to Opal Mae Trout and Levester C. Tatum in Milwaukee, WI in 1969. Darryl was the youngest of their four children.
Darryl lived a wonderful life! He attended elementary, middle and high school in Milwaukee. He was very smart, as evidenced by his full four-year academic scholarship to Iowa State University, where he graduated with a degree in Business Administration. He went on to receive a full fellowship to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he received a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing. While at Chapel Hill, Darryl also spent a semester abroad studying in Paris, France.
Darryl held several professional Marketing positions with major corporations including Andersen Consulting, Philip Morris USA, RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company,
Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company and Red-Letter Marketing. His career afforded him the opportunity to travel, and to manage many multi-million-dollar projects. Darryl’s professional career also led him to live many places throughout the US including Minneapolis, MN; New York City, NY; Santa Fe, NM; Ft. Lauderdale, FL
and Winston-Salem, NC.
Darryl left his career early and moved back to North Carolina to care for our father whose health began to fail. After our father passed, Darryl became a full-time caregiver for our mother. He also shared of himself to help other family members in whatever way possible. We will all be forever grateful for everything
he did for us all.
Darryl was loved by many people. He could always make you laugh, he loved to dance and was just plain fun to be around. He was also a very talented musician, pianist and singer, and participated in the music worship programs at the churches he attended. Being with him was always an adventure!
Darryl will be missed by a host of family and friends. We pray he will rest in peace.
A memorial service for Mr. Tatum will be held at 2:00 PM on Sunday, July 24. 2022 at New Story Church, 1401 Trademart Boulevard, Winston-Salem,
North Carolina, 27127.
A Celebration of Life service will be at 12:00 pm, Saturday, July 16, 2022 at Friendship Baptist Church, 1317 Cherry Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27105. Family visitation will be thirty minutes prior to service.
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Mr. Fred Logan was born on December 8, 1925 in Laurens County, SC, to the late Mary Sullivan Logan and Jessie Logan. He departed this life on July 4, 2022.
He moved to Winston Salem after serving in the U.S. Navy in World War II. He was very proud of having attended Agricultural and Technical College of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he received a degree in Tailoring and altered his clothing and others into his 90's. When he was diagnosed with glaucoma, he argued, "how is it that I can see how to thread a needle and not be able to see well enough to drive." He worked in RJ Reynolds Tobacco Co factory #97 Filter for the majority of his career from October 2, 1953 until November 1, 1983 and revered his boss, Romulus Mann, Jr.
His favorite pastimes were shooting pool (billiards) and playing chess & checkers. He loved the music of Marvin Gaye, plus the movies of Clint Eastwood and anything James Bond. One of his proudest possessions he received was a certificate from Goler Memorial AME Zion Church for one year of perfect attendance. He was always well-dressed!
Preceding him in death, one brother, Herbert Lester Logan; one son, Jerry Byers; one devoted aunt, Geneva Torrence; one uncle, Andy Logan; and best friend, Rosetta Harrell.
He leaves to recall fond memories and upbeat expressions, two daughters, Mary Logan Johnson and Nancy Logan Lash both of Winston-Salem; one son, Fred Lester Logan (Roslyn) of Bridgeport, CT; daughter-in-law, Elaine Byers of Winston-Salem; six grandchildren, Gary Lash, Logan Renee Lash, Jordan Lash, Erika Wooten, Eric Johnson, Xavian Gerrod Byers; thirteen great grandchildren; ten great-great grandchildren; and two God-daughters, Bessie Massey and Cornell Watlington.
The family acknowledges with great appreciation the long-term care and patience of former Novant physicians, Dr. Bashrai and Dr. Zekan and the injection lab staff. Also, the most recent care and kindness of Dr. Murphy, Dr. An and Dr. Copeland.
Public viewing for Mr. Logan will be Sunday, July 10, 2022 from 1:00 pm- 6:00 pm at Clark S. Brown and Sons Funeral Home. A Graveside service will be 12 pm Monday, July 11, 2022 at Piedmont Memorial Gardens. Interment at Piedmont Memorial Gardens.
Emanuel Alphonso Heyliger, II of Greensboro, NC, passed away on July 1, 2022, after a tragic accident.
Emanuel, aka “Man Man,” was born in Charleston, WV, on October 5, 1999.
He moved to Greensboro at age five and was educated in the Guilford County Schools System, graduating from Southeast High School in 2018. He also attended Hargrave Military Academy and Guilford Technical Community College.
Emanuel loved sports, especially football and basketball. As a young boy he played quarterback for the Lewis Recreation Center and played numerous other positions as an adolescent at Northern Middle and Northern High School, Greensboro, NC. He even discovered the love of baseball while attending the military academy. Although he spent most of his adolescence and young adult years in NC, his favorite college football team was the WV Mountaineers. He became a Minnesota Vikings fan when Randy Moss, from WV, was drafted to the NFL.
Emanuel had an enormous love for animals and young people. His siblings jokingly called him “Dr. Dolittle” because he was so good with animals. As a child, he would bring homeless and sick animals home and nurse them back to health. Younger children always gravitated towards him and his big, infectious smile. He had a way of nurturing and making them laugh.
His love for family was always evident and not always defined by blood. Emanuel was known as a protector and a big brother. The love of his life was his son, Emanuel Alphonso Heyliger, III, aka “Tre.” He stated that the best day of his life was when he found out he was expecting a son. Emanuel aspired to be the best dad to his son and his biggest superhero, as they both liked Spiderman. He truly had a big heart. If he loved you, then he loved you.
Although he left this earth quite suddenly, his baptism at 16 assures us that Jesus has welcomed him home.
Emanuel leaves behind to cherish him the love of his life, a son, Emanuel Alphonso Heyliger, III (Indirah Pratt); mother, Adenike Heyliger-Dawkins (Curtis) of Greensboro, NC; father, William Anthony Gary III of Cross Lanes; siblings, Emani Heyliger, Esaias Heyliger, and Emayh Ward; bonus siblings Avonna Dawkins, Tristan Dawkins of North Carolina; his grandparents, Bishop Emanuel Heyliger (Tonya) of Scott Depot and Cicely Heyliger of Houston, TX, his special grandmother “BoBo” Robin Beatty of Cross Lanes; along with a host of sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.
A Life Celebration service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 16, at Ferguson Memorial Baptist Church, 124 Marshall Ave. Dunbar, WV 25064. Burial will follow in Grandview Memorial Park, Dunbar, WV. Friends may visit one hour prior to the service at the church.
Joycelyn V. Johnson was the firstborn child of Leo B. and Dorothy S. Johnson. Upon the completion of God’s assignments for her, on June 21, 2022, she earned her wings and joined her parents and the heavenly host of her ancestors.
A graduate of Atkins High School, class of 1967, she earned her B.A. in Sociology with a concentration in Social Work from Bennett College Greensboro, NC and completed a Gerontology Fellowship at Livingstone College. She was employed by Wake Forest Baptist Health in the Office Graduate Medical Education, as the Senior Graduate Medical Education Specialist and Assistant Designated Institutional Official. Previously she worked in the Respiratory Care and Social Work Departments.
She was a lifelong member of Mars Hill Baptist Church where she actively participated in and initiated numerous programs locally and statewide that included but are not limited to Sunday School and Missionary Departments. She enjoyed music, sports, traveling, game shows and solving Sudoku puzzles.
She was elected to serve on the Winston-Salem City Council representing the East Ward from December 6, 1993 until December 7, 2009. During her term she was Chair of the Public Works Committee and Member of the Finance and Community General Housing Committees. She held the first semiannual East Ward Town Hall Meetings in Winston-Salem to address citizens’ concerns and encourage community participation in all phases of government.
Statewide, she served on the Board of Directors of the North Carolina League of Municipalities for District IX and the NCLM Finance Committee. She was a member and President of the North Carolina League of Municipalities. She was also President and Member of the North Carolina Black Elected Municipal Officials and a member of Women in Municipal Government. She initiated the effort to start the NCLM Leadership Foundation Board which is dedicated to the training and education of NC municipal elected and appointed officials.
Nationally, she was a member of the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials, the Board of Directors of the National League of Cities, the National League of Cities’ Council on Youth, Education and Family; member, Vice Chair and Chairperson of the University Communities Council for National League of Cities - 2004-2009, the National League of Cities’ Community Economic Development Steering and Policy Committees.
Her awards are numerous indicating her service to her community. The City of Winston-Salem named their Public Works Building the Joycelyn V. Johnson Municipal Service Building in recognition of her service to the City and its residents. She became an HBCU Living Legend, joined noted MLK Noon Day Community Service Awardees and was awarded the Hero Award for Belonging by the senior leadership at Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist.
Those who will cherish her legacy include her son, Frederick L. Johnson; siblings, Deltra J. (Horace) Bonner, Millicent J. (Herbert) Oliver and Leo Raymont (Lisa) Johnson; nieces Angela Bonner, Lauren Johnson and Addison Bonner; nephews, Anthony (Karen) Bonner, Justin Oliver and Brandon Johnson; and a close circle of extended family, friends and colleagues.
Funeral Service will be at 12 Noon on Saturday, July 2, 2022 at Mars Hill Baptist Church. The family will greet friends from 5PM~7PM on Friday, July 1, 2022 at Clark S. Brown & Sons Funeral Home and Saturday from 11:30 AM until the funeral hour at the church. Interment will be in the New Evergreen Cemetery.
Contributor’s choice in her memory can be made to: Bennett College, Attn: Institutional Advancement, 900 E. Washington Street, Greensboro, NC 27401 and/or
WS/FC Emancipation Association, P.O. Box 1204, Winston-Salem, NC 27102
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Melba Elfreda Holder (Sitta) was born on May 4, 1945 to the late Theresa P. and Joe H. Holder of Winston-Salem, NC. She was preceded in death by her brother Marvin Holder.
She enjoyed a loving early childhood and attended the Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools. She graduated from A. H. Anderson High School in 1963. As a student, Melba was studious and friendly, which led to her attending Spelman College upon graduation from high school. At Spelman, she majored in Biology and made many life-long friends. The Blue and Orange of Anderson and the Spelman Blue are forever etched in the love she exhibited throughout her lifetime to her Alma Maters.
Melba moved to Boston, MA upon graduation from college and began a gratifying career at Brigham and Women’s Hospital for over 30 years. It was in Boston that she developed her 3rd love for all things, New England from the Patriots, Celtics, Homemade chowders and the best lobsters you have ever eaten. Melba’s culinary excellence was joy to family and friends, who she served with precision and the positive delight of everyone. While in Boston, she pledged Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and participated in many activities in that city. She loved to read, buy gifts and QVC was her middle name. Generous to a fault, Melba returned home to take care of her mother Theresa. The care she gave to her mother was selfless and heartwarming to all who witnessed her care.
Her Fitch Street neighbors were like a family and delighted in gifts and culinary delights that she provided for them daily. Melba (Sitta) was a consummate neighbor and friend.
Survivors: Sister, Sandra Holder; niece, Natalie Young; nephews, Damon (Tracey), Kenneth, and Wesley Holder; great nephew Burrell Howard Young, III; sister-in-law, Valarie Holder; cousin and daily confidant, Debra Ann Thomas; the Penn, Dillard, Thomas, and Barclay family; adopted family Denise and Doris Hartsfield; childhood friends Daisy, Dennyse, Martha and Olivia; all of the Golden Girls of Spelman class of 1967; Agnes, Diane, Rosalyn, Cynthia, and Vernestine; the A. H. Anderson Alumni Association; her Fitch Street neighbors; and last but not least, Blue, her fur baby.
Funeral service for Ms. Holder will be at 2:00 p.m., Friday, July 1, 2022 at Clark S. Brown and Sons Funeral Chapel. There will be no public viewing. Interment Evergreen Cemetery. *Masks are required.
Josie Jean Kimbrough, daughter of Ruby and Charlie Champion was born November 16, 1964 in Winston-Salem, NC. She peacefully departed this life on Sunday, June 19, 2022.
Josie attended the local public schools and was a graduate of North Forsyth High School. She later attended Forsyth Technical College and Winston-Salem Cosmetology School. During her teenage years, she united with the Shiloh Baptist Church.
Josie was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Eleana Smoot; and two brothers, Dolphus Kimbrough and Cleo Kimbrough.
She leaves to cherish most precious memories, her devoted son, Jerome Aaron Lindsay; three sisters, Shirley (Harold) Marcus, Joycelyn Crosby, and Yvonnia (Bernard) Martin; two brothers, Donnell Kimbrough and Dennis Kimbrough; and several nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of friends.
Ms. Kimbrough will be publicly viewed on Sunday, June 26, 2022 from 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at Clark S. Brown and Sons Funeral Home. Funeral service will be 1:00 p.m., Monday, June 27, 2022 at Clark S. Brown and Sons Funeral Chapel. Family visitation thirty minutes prior. Interment Piedmont Memorial Gardens.
Frances Steele Page was born in Marshville, North Carolina, Union County on October 6, 1923. She was one of six children born to the late Brady and Sarah Steele.
She attended public schools in Winston-Salem, NC. She took pride in the childcare she provided for many years and also was a valuable salesperson for Paul H. Roses.
Frances loved gardening, macrame, and cooking. She also loved shopping and dining in fine restaurants (Cracker Barrel #1). Furthermore, she tried to hide her love for coloring books.
She initially attended First Calvary Baptist Church where she sang on the choir and was a member of the usher board. She later moved her membership to First Baptist Church to join her late husband of 54 years, Hawthorne Page.
Mrs. Page departed this life to join Deacon Page June 16, 2022. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by five siblings: Aaron Steele, Brady Steele, Johnnie Steele, Beatrice Steele Smith, and Doretha Steele McCracken.
Family members left to cherish her memory include children, Pamela (Jay) Farabee and William (Linda) Steele; grandchildren Briana Farabee, Jay Cedric Farabee Jr, Shay (Donita) Steele, and Stephanie Steele; four great grandchildren; three sisters-in-law, Anna Margaret Townsend, Clementine Gunter, and Ruth Page; brother-in-law, Wade (Carrie) Brown; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Public viewing for Mrs. Page will be Tuesday, June 21, 2022 from 12:00 P.M. until 5:00 P.M. at Clark S. Brown & Sons Funeral Home. Funeral service will be at 11:00 A.M., on Wednesday, June 22, 2022 at First Baptist Church, 700 Highland Avenue, Winston-Salem, NC. Family visitation will be thirty minutes prior. Interment Evergreen Cemetery.
Minnie Bell Jackson Evans was born to the late Clifton Suber and Minnie Bynum Jackson in Winston-Salem, North Carolina on October 20, 1937.
Minnie was affectionally known as “Minnie Bell” and “Momma” to the Shalimar Community, Sorors, and others. Minnie Bell Jackson Evans was called to be with the Lord on Monday, June 13, 2022.
She was educated in the local public schools and graduated from Atkins High School in 1956. In 1960, she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Winston-Salem State University (formerly as Winston-Salem Teachers College).
Minnie started working at Kate Bitting Reynolds Memorial Hospital and once it integrated, she worked at Forsyth Memorial Hospital (Novant Health) as a Registered Nurse for a total of 40 years until her retirement.
She began to exercise her Christian faith at an early age. She was a Gold Star member of First Baptist Church, having 70 years of membership. She was a member of the Women’s Progressive Club, Queen Esther Missionary Circle, former Girl Scout Troop Leader, and Senior Choir where she sang alto (Toe).
Minnie was a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. (Alpha Mu Sigma Chapter), Chi Eta Phi, National Women of Achievement, and the Winston-Salem State University Alumni – Kimberley Park Chapter.
Minnie married Lewis W. Evans, Jr. on October 22, 1960 and from that union were three girls: Ann, Michelle, and Lisa.
Minnie was preceded in death by her parents, Clifton Suber and Minnie Jackson; her husband, Lewis Evans, Jr., brother, Robert D. Jackson, Jr.; sisters, Doris L. Jackson, Lillie J. VanLandingham, Naomi Jackson Jeffries, and Shirley Jackson Scott.
She is survived by her daughters: Angela L. Evans, Michelle Y. Evans, and Lisa Evans Kelly, and a loving son-in-law, Herbert Kelly; a loving stepson, Hurlon (Doris) Bodger; grandchildren: Angelo (Shameka) Evans, Marvin L. Evans, and Marquis Saunders; ten great-grandchildren; nieces, Daphne J. Wright and LaTeesha (Doug) Mungin; nephews, Reginald O. Jackson and Cedric (Gwen) Jeffries; sister-in-law, Bernice E. Cross; extended family; Price and Mickle; close friends, Joyce Summey, Lou Ella Solomon, Ernestine Lash, Josie Simon, Mrs. O’Pharrow, Isadora Springs, Naomi Jones (sister and soror); a twin cousin, Annie McRae; and a host of other relatives, friends, and wonderful group of caregivers.
Mrs. Evans will be publicly viewed Thursday, June 16, 2022 from 12:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. at Clark S. Brown and Sons Funeral Home. Funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, June 17, 2022 at First Baptist Church, 700 Highland Avenue, Winston-Salem, NC. Family visitation will be thirty minutes prior. Interment Evergreen cemetery.
Once upon a time in the beautiful Kingdom of Heaven, God saw that Jervey Clark and Amaharia Harris needed a special gift that would fill their lives with joy. On October 26, 2015 in Winston-Salem, NC, God decided to send a little princess to earth and named her Ja’Nyila Airiam Clark. It was clear that Princess Ja'Nyila was a descendant of God’s magnificent Kingdom because she began her assignment the day she arrived on earth.
Ja’Nyila as young as she was, touched the hearts and lives of all who came in contact with her. She attended Speas Global Elementary School and was loved by her teachers and classmates. She enjoyed spending time with her family, music, reading, loved wearing her bows and really adored her aunt, Manaiya.
On June 4, 2022, Ja’Nyila passed away unexpectantly and received a special invitation from God to return to Heaven. Her great-grandmother, Miriam Harris was waiting next to Jesus at the gate ready to receive princess Ja’Nyila with open arms.
She was preceded in death by her great-great grandparents, Melissa Harris, Mariam Harris, Hope E. Harris and Lewis Harris, Sr.
To cherish her memory, Princess Ja’Nyila leaves her mother, Amaharia Harris of Winston-Salem, NC and her father Jervey Clark of Winston-Salem, NC; a special aunt, Manaiya Manley of Winston-Salem, NC; two sisters, Miracle Frieson of Winston-Salem, NC and Journee Byers of South Carolina; two brothers, Elijah Little of South Carolina and Jermerie Frieson of Winston-Salem, NC; her grandparents, Charlene Moses and Maurice Manley all of Winston-Salem, NC; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, and other relatives and friends.
Princess Ja’Nyila will be publicly viewed Monday, June 13, 2022 from 12:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. at Clark S. Brown and Sons Funeral Home. A Royal celebration will be at 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 14, 2022 at Clark S. Brown and Sons Chapel. *Masks are required.
Mrs. Mildred Geraldine Roseboro Griffin was the third child of 11 born on May 13, 1935 to the late Earl and Ruth Roseboro in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She passed away on Sunday, May 29, 2022.
She attended the public schools of Winston-Salem/Forsyth County. Mildred was a graduate of Winston-Salem State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree. She received her Master’s Degree in Education from North Carolina A&T University, Greensboro, North Carolina.
Mrs. Griffin has taught in the local school system for over 47 years and served as a mentor to new teachers. She was affiliated with many civic and educational organizations, including Rho Zeta Phi Beta Sorority; Gamma Phi Delta; Sickle Cell Board; Society for the Study of African-American History; National, State, and Local Chapters of Parent Teacher Association; National Education Association (NEA); NCAE and FCAE; NC and local Retired School Personnel; National, State AARP; Winston-Salem State University National Alumni Association WSSU Brown Alumni Chapter WSSU-Hoops, Inc.; NAACP; Coalition for Drug Prevention; National Association of University Women; National Council of C Women; Rural Hall Women Achievers.
Mildred was a consummate volunteer participating in numerous programs and activities at the local, state, and national, serving as a volunteer for the Shepherds Center, providing transportation for medical appointments and grocery shopping. She was a tutorial volunteer for the Roseboro Family Students, Hanes Middle School, Whitaker Elementary just to name a few. She taught Adult Basic Education/GED (1971-2000) at Forsyth Technical Community College.
Mrs. Griffin was a member of the Friendship Baptist Church, where she served as Director of Vacation Bible School, Co-Director of the Baptist Training Union, President of the Cathedral Choir, member of The Sunday School, President of the Women’s Council, and the Editor of the church newsletter, “The Friend-Ship”.
She received the following honors and awards: Winston-Salem State University National Alumni Association Hall of Distinction; Urban League Volunteer of the Year 2008; Four time recipient of the North Carolina Association of Educators – Martin Luther King Teaching Award; Two time recipient of the North Carolina Association of Educators Human Relations Award; Winston-Salem Forsyth County Retired School Personnel Volunteer Award; Effort Club of New Bethel Baptist Church as a Race Progress Promoter Volunteer Award; Jefferson Award 1996 – Winston-Salem Journal; 7 over Seventy Award – City of Winston-Salem; Teacher of the Year 1999 Konnoak Elementary School.
Mildred was preceded in death by her parents; husband, James Griffin; two sons, Michael and James Griffin; daughter, Thailia Griffin Mercer; brothers: Harold “John”, Eugene, and Audrey Roseboro; sister Alice Roseboro.
She is survived by sons: Fernandez “Bumpy”, Mark and Derrick Griffin; daughter, Charlene Roseboro; grandchildren: Darren, Jamita, India, James, Wayne, Marquisia, Alexia, Jordan, Michael Anthony, Marcus, Dominic, Derrick; great-grandchildren: MaKayla, Aylana, Kannijah, Mandison, Londyn, Kamorii, Raheim, Ma’Lani; daughter-in-law, Joanne Griffin; three brothers: Rev. Ardeal (Dianne), Curtis “Breadman” and Samuel Roseboro; sisters: Azalee Vinson, Bertha Parks and Robbie Allen; brothers-in-law, William and Willie Griffin; sisters-in-law: Viola Roseboro, Stella Imos, and Carol Griffin; nieces and nephews; special nephew, Clevell Roseboro, and cousins; special cousin, William Harris.
Public viewing for Mrs. Griffin will be Friday, June 3, 2022 from 12:00 P.M. until 5:00 P.M. at Clark S. Brown & Sons Funeral Home. Funeral service will be Saturday, June 4, 2022 at 11:30 A.M. and family visitation will be from 10:30 A.M. until 11:30 A.M. at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, 1317 Cherry Street, Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Interment Evergreen Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to: The Mildred Roseboro Griffin Scholarship Fund c/o WSSU Foundation Office of Advancement, 311 Blair Hall, Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27110.
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Mother Cora Elizabeth Taylor was born to the late James Albert and Lulu Pitts Taylor on July 11, 1934 in Philadelphia, PA. Her beautiful peaceful sunset was Saturday, May 28, 2022.
Cora attended the Public Schools system in Philadelphia, PA where she lived and reared her son and many nieces and nephews.
She attended Christian Union Church as a child and later joined City of David Church of God in Christ as a young adult. Cora moved to Winston-Salem, North Carolina in 1990 and began her affiliation with Solid Rock United Bibleway Church where she worshiped until the Lord called her home.
Cora was preceded in death by her parents, James Albert and Lulu Pitts Taylor; and grandson, Aaron Durant-Taylor.
She leaves to cherish her memories one son, Pastor Kevin Morris Taylor (Cherise) of Winston-Salem, NC; three grandchildren, Ivy Elizabeth Taylor of Winston-Salem, NC, Kevin Morris Taylor, Jr. of Greensboro, NC, and Deneen Renae Taylor of Charlotte, NC; one great-granddaughter, Iyanna Denise Simmons of Winston-Salem, NC; two sisters-in-law, Gladys Taylor and Althea Taylor both of Philadelphia, PA; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
She was a faithful senior Mother of the church and will be missed by her Solid Rock United Bibleway family.
Public viewing for Ms. Taylor will be Thursday, June 9, 2022 from 12:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. at Clark S. Brown and Sons Funeral Home. Funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, June 10, 2022 at Solid Rock United Bibleway Church, 3700 Southdale Avenue, Winston-Salem, NC 27107. Family visitation will be 30 minutes prior.
William “Bubber” Henry Alexander Hunt was born on June 10, 1950, to the late Dr. James L. Hunt and the late Kathleen Moore Hunt. He was nicknamed when his brother James couldn’t say “brother”, thus “Bubber” was his name from then on. If you had met Bubber, you would never forget him! He was a resilient, hilarious, witty man who lived a vibrant life with confidence and courage. He transitioned to Heaven on May 23, 2022 in the presence of his loving family.
Bubber was born in Asheville, NC. His family moved often to follow his father’s ministry. As a result, he was educated in Buncombe, McDowell, Burke, Rowan, and Forsyth Counties. Morganton, NC held a special place in his heart, as he made treasured friends and flourished as a football athlete. His athleticism continued at R.J. Reynolds High School where he graduated in 1968 with a football scholarship to Appalachian State University. He transferred to Winston-Salem State University where he pledged Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity and graduated with a degree in Business Administration.
Most of Bubber’s professional life was spent at Bell South where he was a National Account Executive in Sales for over 25 years. Outside of work Bubber had a diverse appreciation for music and loved being around people. Whether it was inspiring young boys through coaching Pop Warner Football, traveling to Hilton Head Island for his annual golf trip with longtime friends, or being a great neighbor, Bubber brought joy through his unmatched humor and personality.
His most treasured times were with those who called him “Daddy” and “Grandaddy”. He was a consistent and supportive father to LaShonda, Willonda, and Marc. He brought a dose of candid humor to every piece of advice he gave them, which he never held back in giving. He wanted to know about every detail of their lives and accomplished this through phone calls at any time of day. To his grandchildren, Kiya, Asha, Nare, Bryson, Bryan, Brandon, Esther, Leila, Kameron and Taylor, he was a Grandaddy who never failed to make them smile. He FaceTimed often, sent money in the middle of the night, and loved fearlessly. To them he was epic and to Bubber they were his motivation for living. As he prepared for end of life, it brought him comfort to know he could be a great angel in Heaven cheering them on from above
knowing they each are destined for greatness.
Bubber was preceded in death by his parents, Dr. James L. Hunt and Kathleen Moore Hunt, and his grandparents. Those who are left with memories that will undoubtedly make them smile are his wife of 26 years, Brenda Reaves Hunt; his three children, LaShonda (Natrone) Means, Willonda (Eric) Thomas, and William Marcus (Shannon) Hunt; his ten grandchildren, Kiya, Asha, Bryson, Nare, Bryan, Brandon, Esther, Leila, Taylor and Kameron; one brother, Rev. Dr. James (Elvita) L. E. Hunt, and nieces and nephews who cherished their “Uncle Bubber”. He was also loved by Brenda’s children, Tim (Brandi) Jones and children, Tre’Von and Jamari; Kristin Propst
and children, Khalil and Khaliah; and Callie Ellison, a family friend who was like a brother.
A memorial service will be held for Mr. Hunt at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, May 28, 2022 at Clark S. Brown & Sons Funeral. There will be no public viewing. *Masks are required*
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Bennie Edward Lassiter, Sr. was born December 22, 1948 to George W. Lassiter and Virginia “Vergie” Stephenson Lassiter in Seaboard, NC. He departed his earthly body to his heavenly one on Monday, May 16, 2022 at Novant Health Kernersville Medical Center surrounded by his loving family. Bennie was the youngest son of five children.
Bennie received his early education from the Northampton County Public School System and graduated from Gumberry High School, Class of 1969. He was baptized at an early age and was a faithful member of Bethlehem Baptist Church of Seaboard, NC where he served on the senior choir, mass choir, and the male chorus.
Bennie retired from RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company after 30 years.
Bennie was preceded in death by his father, George W. Lassiter and sister, Carolyn L. Williams.
He is survived by his mother, Mrs. Virginia S. Lassiter; wife of almost 51 years, Annie “Mae” Edwards Lassiter; son Bennie E. Lassiter, Jr., (Monica) of Winston-Salem, NC; Kendra Rowdy (Cory) of Kernersville, NC Cheryl Kearse (James) Oceanside, CA; five grandchildren; one great-grandchild; brother, George Lassiter (Linda) of Smithfield, VA; sisters: Delois Locust of Gretna, Virginia, and Shirley L. Boone of Waldorf, MD; brothers and sisters-in-law; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends whom he adored.
Funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM on Sunday, May 22, 2022 at Dreamland Park Baptist Church. The family will greet friends 30 minutes prior to the service. Interment will be in Gardens of Memory.
Rochester Cooper Damon, Sr. was born to the late Margaret Govan Damon and Albert Williams in Winston-Salem, North Carolina on November 3, 1943 and fell into a peaceful sleep on May 13, 2022 at his residence.
Rochester attended Forsyth County schools during his formative years and graduated from Paisley High School in 1963. He was employed by Forsyth County for twenty-two years and at Baptist Hospital for nineteen years. The owner of his own cleaning business for a number of years, he took great pride in sharing that business sense with his family. He was a great bowler and an avid golfer, a game he learned while caddying in his youth. He also enjoyed traveling in his camper and found pleasure in sharing those times with his family and friends. A straight shooter, who didn’t mince words, he loved hard and was a great provider for his family.
He became a member of Ephesus Seventh-day Adventist Church during his early adulthood and once he did, continued to work for the Lord during the course of his life. Rochester met the former Rosa L. Wilson and the two became one on April 4, 1969. To this union, three children were born, Margaret L. Damon, Rochester C. Damon, Jr. and Donfred L. Damon.
Rochester was preceded in death by his brothers, Herman Damon, Thomas Damon and Alvin Damon.
Left to cherish all memories are his devoted wife, Rosa W. Damon; three children, Margaret Damon, Rochester (Tarsha) Damon, Jr. and Donfred Damon; five grandchildren, Marie Combs, Dontae Frazier, Desmin Frazier, Rochester Damon III, and Robert Damon; five great grandchildren; one sister, Rosetta Davis; one brother, John (Nancy) Damon; four sisters in law, Margaret Damon, Shirley Damon, JoAnn Stimpson, and Clara Wilson; three brothers in law, Horace (Barbara) Wilson, Aaron Hunter and Craig Wilson; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.
Mr. Damon may be publicly viewed, Thursday, May 19, 2022 from 12:00 P.M. until 5:00 P.M. at Clark S. Brown & Sons Funeral Home. Funeral service will be Friday, May 20, 2022 at 1:00 P.M. at Ephesus Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1225 North Cleveland Avenue, Winston-Salem, NC. Family visitation will be 30 minutes prior. Interment Piedmont Memorial Gardens.
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Kedron Rolando Reid, 71, departed this life on Saturday, April 30, 2022, after years of health challenges. He was born August 1, 1950, in Sharon, PA.
Kedron was preceded in death by his parents, Evon and Queen Reid, and a nephew, David L. Coplin, Sr.
He is survived by a daughter, Eartha Johnson, of Charlotte, NC, a son, Stephen Edwards, of Pittsburgh, PA; five grandchildren, Eric Johnson of Durham, NC, Joniya Johnson of Greensboro, NC, Jaheim and Queen Kirkman of Charlotte, NC and Charles Anthony Edmonds of Pittsburgh, PA; a brother, Gerard Reid (Vivian) of Atlanta, GA. and a sister Valarie Coplin (Adolphus) of Pfafftown, NC, two nieces, Christina Barksdale, (James) and Aliyah Coplin, of Pfafftown, and a nephew, Michael Coplin (Harolynn) of Raleigh, NC, four great nieces, four great nephews; as well as cousins, Attorney Harold (Claudia), Attorney Harvey(Patricia) and Michael Kennedy.
Special thanks to those who enriched his life since returning back to his family home; Michael Thomas, his dedicated caregiver and friend; Frank Jordan who assisted him in all endeavors, and long-time devoted friend/caregiver, Sepora Shuler.
Kedron participated in his high school debate team and track team and was a leader in school and in the community, graduating from Atkins High School in 1968. Kedron served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam war. After receiving an Honorable Discharge, he worked in security and owned and operated the “In Need Call Reid” Bail Bond business here in the city. Kedron was a member of a Masonic Lodge in the 30th district. He lived and worked in security in Atlanta, Georgia for several years before returning to North Carolina when his health began to decline.
A memorial service for Mr. Reid will be held on Friday, May 6, 2022 at 3:00 P.M. at Clark S. Brown & Sons Funeral Home.
Mr. Sylvester Bitting 72, affectionately known as “Vest” and “Moon”, transitioned into the presence of God on Friday, April 29, 2022. He was born on October 18, 1949 to the late Robert “Moon” Sander and Cora Lee Bitting White.
Sylvester was preceded in death by his father, Robert “Moon” Sander; his mother, Cora Lee Bitting White; brothers, Tommy Lee White, Quentin Sander, and Pete Sander.
Sylvester attended the local public schools in Winston-Salem. He was employed by RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company, retiring after 32 years of service.
Sylvester was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. He gave his love freely and unconditionally.
Remaining to celebrate his life and legacy are his wife of 34 years, Ruby Bitting; son, Sylvester Bitting, Jr.; his daughters, Jessica Bitting and Romenthia Jones; a devoted brother, Bernard (Priscilla) White, brothers, Willie White and Richard White, all of the city; sisters, Robbin (Mike) Gibbs of High Point, NC, and Christina Sander of the city; his aunt, Gracie Stimpson of the city; a brother-in-law, John W. Jones, Jr.; father-in-law, John W. Jones, Sr. of the city; and a host of nieces, a nephew, and a host of friends and extended family.
Public viewing for Mr. Bitting will be Monday, May 9, 2022 from 12:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. at Clark S. Brown and Sons Funeral Home. Funeral service will be held on Tuesday, May 10, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. at Clark S. Brown and Sons Funeral Home. Interment Evergreen.
Public viewing will be Monday, May 9, 2022 from 12:00 P.M. until 5:00 P.M. at Clark S. Brown & Sons Funeral Home. Funeral service will be held on Tuesday, May 10, 2022 at 2:00 P.M. at Clark S. Brown & Sons Chapel.
Public viewing for Mr. Owens will be Sunday, April 3, 2022 from 1:00 P.M. until 6:00 P.M. at Clark S. Brown & Sons Funeral Home. Funeral service will be Monday, April 4, 2022 at 3:00 P.M. at Greater Destiny Impact Center, 406 W. Northwest Blvd, Winston-Salem, NC 27105.
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Ms. Doris Malloy Barr was born to the late Johnny Benton and Hattie Mae Simmons Malloy on April 11, 1939. She departed this life on March 26, 2022, after an extended illness. She grew up in Winston-Salem, received her early education in the local public schools and graduated from Atkins High School.
A dedicated employee of the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School System, she retired after more than thirty years of service. “Aunt Doris” was a very talented and creative lady. She will always be remembered by family and friends for her lovely handmade crafts and her delicious homemade cakes.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Willie B. (Thomasine) Malloy.
Those who remain to cherish her memory include her son, Dexter Eugene Barr; one daughter, Regina Barr; two brothers, Johnny (Helen) Malloy and Robert Malloy, all of Winston-Salem, NC; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.
There will be a graveside service for Ms. Barr, Friday, April 1, 2022 at 1:00 P.M. at Piedmont Memorial Gardens. Interment Piedmont Memorial Gardens.
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Anthony Gregg McLaurin, Sr. was born April 2, 1972 in Bishopville, South Carolina and was the son of Frank and Marilynne McLaurin. He attended Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools and graduated from East Forsyth High School.
“Lamont”, as he was known to family and friends, loved all types of music. He was an avid wrestler and enjoyed many of life’s pleasures. Above all, he enjoyed the time he spent with his children, grandchildren, siblings and other members of his family.
On March 26, 2021, he departed this life. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Reverend Joseph Louis McDaniel, Sr. and Dorothy Mae McDaniel and uncles: Richard Eugene Gregg, Curtis Lee Gregg, and Joseph Louis McDaniel, Jr.
Those who remain to cherish loving memories of him are: his spouse, Misty McLaurin of Galax, Virginia; children, Delicia McLaurin of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Anthony Gregg McLaurin, Jr. of California, and Kalon McLaurin of Galax, Virginia; his parents, Frank and Marilynne McLaurin; sisters, Candice McLaurin and April McLaurin; brothers, Frank McLaurin, Jr., Avondre McLaurin and Christopher McLaurin (Melissa); aunts, Brenda Shields and Linda McDaniels; uncle, Thomas McDaniel (LaToya); nieces, Autyana McLaurin, Avonna McLaurin, Nevaeh Washington and Malorie McLaurin; nephews, Treviz Murphy, Jr., Trevon Murphy, Lemonn Washington, Jr., Jacob McLaurin, Christopher McLaurin, Jr., Levi McLaurin, Quinton McLaurin and Chance McLaurin; and a host of extended family members and friends.
A memorial service for Mr. McLaurin will be held on Saturday, May 7, 2022 at 12:00 P.M. at Clark S. Brown & Sons Chapel. *Masks are required*
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James “Big Jim” Bowen, Jr., of Winston – Salem, NC, departed his earthly life on March 22, 2022 after a long illness. He was a beloved husband, father, uncle and friend to many. Born to James Bowen, Sr. and Maggie Jane Bowen, he was born and raised in Williamston, NC.
He was educated in the Martin County School system and graduated from EJ Hayes High School.
James attended NC A&T State University and later Winston - Salem State University. While in Winston - Salem, James married Frances Wynn, of Oak City, NC.
In May 2002, James retired from American Airlines at JFK Airport in NY.
James was an active member of First Baptist Church until he became ill. While active at First Baptist Church, James served as a trustee, a member of the G.W. Holland Homes board then later Chairman. His proudest moment was being recognized as a Gold Star Member (50 Year Member).
James never met a stranger and loved to cook, travel and entertain.
He leaves to cherish his memory his wife of 57 years, Frances Wynn Bowen, a daughter, Jemmise Bowen, and son James Bowen, III, both of Winston - Salem.
James was preceded in death by his mother, Maggie Jane Bowen, father, James Bowen, Sr. and brother, William Bowen.
Public viewing for Mr. Bowen will be Monday, March 28, 2022 from 12:00 P.M. until 5:00 P.M. at Clark S. Brown & Sons Funeral Home. Family visitation will be at 11:00 A.M., Tuesday, March 29, 2022 and service at 11:30 A.M., at First Baptist Church 700 North Highland Avenue, Winston-Salem, NC. Interment at Jones Family Cemetery, Oak City, NC.
Mrs. Nancy Quick Riggins (80) departed this earthly life on March 21, 2022. She was born May 24, 1941 in Hamlet, NC to Ernest Quick and Leatha Adams Quick Covington.
She is preceded in death by her parents; husband Charles Riggins; her daughter, Dorothy Brown Wilson; sons, Rexford Lee Brown Jr. and Barry Curtis Brown; her brothers, John and Alexander Quick, Hassie Covington; and a sister, Beatrice Hicks, all of Brooklyn, NY; also a brother, Laverne Quick of Winston-Salem, NC.; grandsons, Isaac Jermaine Brown (infant) and Yashine Brown, all born to Dorothy Brown; and two infant great grandchildren, born to Shalanta Wilson.
In the late 1950’s Mrs. Riggins moved from Hamlet, NC to Raleigh, NC, where she met and married Rexford Lee Brown, Sr. They moved to Brooklyn, NY to raise four children. She began working at Kings County Hospital and cared for patients there for over fifteen years. She was very passionate in her CNA position.
Moving back to NC in the late 1970’s, she continued in the nursing field. She met and married Charles Riggins. Mrs. Riggins also shared her love of singing. She had a voice that would move and make you feel her passion. She loved the church and often ministered to others.
She was ordained an Elder, graduated from Vintage Bible College in 2011and pursued her calling to evangelism and Christian Outreach. She attended many programs and traveled often with her friend, Joleatha Dockery “Little Pastor”. She moved to Winston-Salem, NC, continued her nursing career and also raised five of her grandchildren. In her lifetime, she touched and made a difference in many lives.
Those who remain to cherish her memory and honor her legacy are: her son, Anthony B. (Nancy) Brown; a brother, Bishop Ernest Quick, Jr. of Washington, DC; sisters, Nellie Hargrove of Brooklyn, NY, Doris (Richard) Miller of Kernersville, NC, and Deborah Martin of Hamlet, NC. She also leaves sixteen grandchildren; twenty-seven great grandchildren; four great-great grandchildren; another one, dear to her heart, her great-great grandbaby, Lyberti who called her “NaeNae”; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Mrs. Riggins may be publicly viewed on Friday, April 1, 2022 from 12:00 P.M. until 5:00 P.M. at Clark S. Brown & Sons Funeral Home. Service will be private. Interment Piedmont Memorial Gardens.
Mr. David Lee Emerson, 64, of Winston-Salem, NC passed away on March 4, 2022 at Novant Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem, NC after suffering a fatal heart attack. He was born October 31, 1957 in Finlay, OH and was preceded in death by his father Robert L. Emerson and mother Carol A. Burry Emerson.
Filmmaker and Yoga Instructor.
Affectionally known, Dave earned the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Photography from The Ohio State University in 1980. In 1984 he graduated from the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), Valencia, CA, earning the Master of Fine Arts Degree in Film and Video. Before and following his graduation from CalArts, Dave served as optical and special effects technician on many films from the middle 1980’s until the early 1990’s. Expertise allowed him to work for various southern California “film houses” and Hollywood directors of this time-period. He served as CalArts School of Filmmaking faculty representative for its’ Los Angeles outreach program for the city’s youth while serving as part-time faculty as well.
As stressful as the filmmaking industry can be, Dave soon sought refuge in the practice of yoga and received his certification for instruction prior to arriving in Winston-Salem. Known for his clear and calm style of leading his individual yoga sessions his practice lead him from Clemmons to several studios in Winston-Salem. His clear and calm style of teaching lead him to become popular while serving on adjunct faculty at Forsyth Technical Community College teaching classes in Film History and Film Video. Dave’s gentle personality has gained him respect from his family of friends and loved ones, as the academic classroom teacher and well as the yoga studio instructor.
David is survived by Clyde H. Howell, Jr., his long-time best friend and husband; stepmother, Melanie K. Emerson of Sebring, FL; four siblings, Jodi Emerson of Arlington, OH, Lisa Emerson of Forest, OH, Robert Emerson of Findlay, OH, Chad Emerson (Kenya) of Arcadia, FL; sisters-in-law Donna Feaster of Winston-Salem, NC, Jerry Lynn Smith of Jacksonville, FL and by many nieces & nephews.
A celebration of David’s life will be scheduled on a date in the near future.
Pastor Pamela Dolores Douglas Nelson was a pastor, a teacher, a mentor, and an astute student of the word of God. Pastor Pam was born April 21, 1958 to late Joann Elizabeth Williams Douglas Haywood and Charles Edward Cason Douglas.
She leaves to remember her life three children: sons, Ricardo (Tracie) Douglas and Marcus (Amy) Douglas; daughter, Nicole (Willie) Hosch; two sisters: Denise (Lewis) Barr and Mandy (Kenny) Marshall; aunt, Verna Mae Shaw; 4 grandchildren, 22 Nieces and nephews, and a host of family and friends.
Ms. Nelson’s services will be Friday, March 10 at 1:30 pm Goodwill Baptist Church, Bishop Stephen Williams presiding. The family will greet friends 30 minutes prior to the service at the church. Pastor Nelson will be publicly viewed from 12:00 PM ~ 5:00 PM, Thursday, March 9 at Clark S. Brown & Sons Funeral Home.