Brad Ishmael Adams was born on October 30, 1972 to Betty Adams Price and Jesse Adams. He departed this life on September 16, 2023.
Brad leaves to cherish his memories a son, Kawayn Barr (Crystal); grandchildren, Zah’Meeya, Neviah Williams, Kayden Kawayn Barr and Amara Rebecca Barr; a stepson, Antonia Barr; siblings: sisters, Catima Thompson, Alfreda, Charlene, Valerie and Deborah; three stepsisters, Lo Peques Gentry, Tesshua Gentry and Sharon Gentry; best friends, Andrew (Blue), Javar, Terry and Thomas; nine aunts, Carolyn Francisco, Dorothy Price, Gloria Boone (Allen), Katie Mims (Roosevelt), Robin Watts, Jacqueline Price, Annette Price, Deloris Price, Yolinda Johnson (Anthony); two uncles, Charles Rice (Gloria) and Henry Price (Cindy); a devoted friend, Monica Roberts; and a host of nieces, nephews, great-nephews and other relatives and friends.
Public viewing will be from 12:00 PM until 6:00 PM, Thursday, September 28, 2023 at Clark S. Brown & Sons Funeral Home. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM, Friday, September 29, 2023. The family will greet friends thirty-minutes prior to service. Interment in Gardens of Memory, Walkertown, North Carolina.
Gevontae Daeron Morrison...Some call him son, few call him dad, others brother, uncle or friend, many consider him family and he is most affectionately known as Tae aka Xhop. Most importantly, he is loved. Taken away from this earthly vessel at the young age of 26 on Monday, September 11, 2023. Gevontae was born on February 5, 1997 to Tiffanie Marsh and George Morrison, Jr., both of Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Gevontae was always joking around, he was everyone's backbone. If you needed anything, Tae was the person to call, it didn't matter what it was for he always showed up for those he loved. He was a confidant to many, trustworthy and dependable. He was the person you always wanted to keep in your circle, he was just that good of a friend. A humble, loving, silly giant, whose energy was contagious. He demanded respect, a true king that many looked up to. In his free time, he enjoyed time with his family, the one he was born in to and the family he made through bonds. His children were his everything, they held a special place in his heart that no one could compare to. Gevontae was at every function, if he didn't do anything else, he supported his people! He was outspoken, bold, and fearless, anything he set his mind to was sure to happen. His smile, memories and incomparable love will forever be cherished.
Gevontae was preceded in death by his grandmother, the light of his life, Frankie Marsh Patterson; grandfather, Tyrone Peterson and his best friend who was more like a brother, Darryl Rice, Jr.
Although Tae isn't physically here with us his legacy will forever live on through his mother, his rock, Tiffanie Marsh; father, George Morrison, Jr.; beloved children, Genesis Morrison, Kehlani Williams, Avonte Smith, Gevontae Morrison, Jr., and Aveah Soney; grandparents, Vannessa Morrison and George (Sandra) Morrison, Sr.; irreplaceable brothers and sisters, Mekaylah Marsh, Kiwannie James, Jr., Jayla Penn, Jania Penn, Jalil Hargrove; adored niece, Keziah Marsh; influencial uncles, Bryant Marsh, Sr. and Hollis Cotton; great-aunt, Vernell Stovall; very specially bonded cousins, Cree Marsh, Bryant Marsh, Jr., Bryana Marsh and Jabrea Marsh; inspiring god mother, Stacey Linster; admirable god sister, Shuntailya Graves; undeniable best friends, Timothy Marsh, Daveon Greene, William Norwood, Jr., Anthony Frazier, Jharee Ingram and Avonte Evens; and an abundance of extended friends who were family to him just the same who will miss him dearly.
There will be no public viewing. Funeral service will be held at 1:30 PM, Monday, September 18, 2023 at Clark S. Brown & Sons Chapel. Family visitation will be thirty minutes prior to service. Interment in Oaklawn Memorial Gardens, Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Ms. Betty A. Murray of Winston-Salem, NC passed away on Tuesday, August 22, 2023. Betty was born March 17, 1938 in Bristol, Florida to the late Elizabeth Dawson and Luther Wade.
Betty Murray was a very active member of Alpha and Omega Church from 1981 to 2023, where she was the mother of the Church, a Choir member and at one time the Financial Secretary with 42 years of dedicated service on the battlefield for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
She was preceded in death by her husband Richard Murray; two sisters, Juanita Pattom and Barbara Hunter.
Mother Murray leaves to cherish her memories two daughters, Eugenia Smith and Sonja (Christopher, Sr.) Key both of Winston-Salem, NC; one son, Anthony Roddy of Powder Springs, GA; grandchildren, Wendell (Alena) Smith, Jr. of Powder Spring, GA, Antoine (Ashley) Smith of Powder Spring, GA, Christopher (Keshia) Key of Winston-Salem, NC, Jazmin (Stephan) Cribb of Winston-Salem, NC, Anthony Roddy of Lithonia, GA, Brianna and Rosalyn Roddy of Mableton, GA; and a host of great grands, nieces, great nieces, nephews and other relatives, church family members and devoted friends.
Funeral service 1:00 PM, Tuesday, August 29, 2023 at Alpha & Omega Church of Faith, 1445 Gray Avenue, Winston-Salem, NC 27105. Family visitation will be at 12:30 PM. Interment in Fulp Family Cemetery, Walkertown, NC.
Eugene Francis Parmlee, born on August 29, 1954 in Bridgeport, CT, was the son of William H. Parmlee and Myrtle I. Parmlee. A loving member of our family, he went to sleep in Jesus on August 22, 2023. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Gary Parmlee.
He was a student athlete at Warren Harding High School, in Bridgeport, CT where he played football. He was a skilled mechanic with positions at Davis Garage and Modern Chevrolet. He attended Rising Ebenezer Baptist Church where he supported many of the church ministries. An entrepreneur, he had his own car shops and trucks. He was an umpire for softball with USSSA, USA, NCHSAA and other Associations. In earlier years, he was a member of Lords of Thunder & Company Motorcycle Club.
Eugene did not let his cancer diagnosis slow him down. In fact, he umpired even during chemo treatments. He maintained a positive attitude throughout his illness and showed more concern for his wife and family than for himself. “Gene” was a wonderful brother and friend. He loved fishing, hunting and playing his guitar and riding motorcycles. He enjoyed watching Marvel and DC movies, Star Wars and ME TV. Even though we may feel “Gene” was taken too soon, he lived an extraordinary life surrounded by people who loved him.
Survivors include: spouse, Dedra Parmlee; children: Eugene Parmlee Jr. of Philadelphia, PA, Tanya (David) Brusewitz, Staples, MN, Eugene Sneed, of High Point, NC, Kenny (Chantale) Parmlee, Kevin Parmlee, and Reginald McLaurin, of Winston-Salem, NC, Daja (Devin) Alexander, Mobile, AL, Reginald (Frencheska) Hunter of Greensboro, NC; and a host of grandchildren; siblings; Edward Parmlee, Richard (Monique) Parmlee,, William (Wanda) Parmlee, Helen Parmlee, Alice (Willie) Polite, Shirley (William) Gibson, Judy (Ernest) Barnes, Linda Yvonne Obbsohan, Linda Walker, Deborah Smith, Dorothy Cox; uncle, Albert Bush; aunts, Helen Belle and Betty Bethune; many neices, nephews and cousins; in-laws, Cleo (Mardine) Kimbrough; Barbara (Australia) Smith, Gregory Hunter, Francis Hunter, Zeno (Joyce) Hunter; and many friends.
Please join us as we celebrate his life at 11:30 AM on Monday, August 28, 2023 in the chapel of Clark S. Brown & Sons Funeral Home. We will begin greeting friends at 11:00 AM. Interment will be held at Lakeview Cemetery in his hometown of Bridgeton, CT. There will be a viewing one hour prior to interment at Morton’s Mortuary in Bridgeport, CT.
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December 8, 1949 ~ August 20, 2023
Fletcher Levone Bennett, 73, formerly of Winston-Salem, NC passed away at his home in Columbus, NJ on August 20th, 2023. Fletcher lived in Nyack,Tarrytown and Harlem, NY before moving to Columbus, NJ, 22 years ago.
Fletcher attended Anderson Jr/Sr High School and was awarded a Scholarship to attend Deerfield Academy in Deerfield, MA. He was also a Graduate of Columbia University in N.Y. He was an Electrical Engineer for Spectrum Cable and belonged to the local IBEW 3 Union for 43 years, where he was very active as a representative. Fletcher served as a volunteer Sheriff in Westchester County, NY.
He was a man who loved music and enjoyed playing the saxophone and piano. He was passionate about reading, talking politics, bird watching and feeding ducks. Fletcher also earned his Black Belt in Martial Arts. He recently picked up a new hobby, brushing up on his French and learning Spanish.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Forster Fletcher Bennett and Geneva Coleman Bennett and his sister, Barbara Buie.
He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years Marsha Gambles-Bennett; sons, Sahib Bennett (Micaela), Sharif Bennett, Marcus Bennett; grandson, Robeson Bennett; brother, Arthur Preston Bennett ( Brenda); sister, Roslyn Bennett Lentz (Ronald); and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 PM, Saturday, September 9, 2023 at Martin's Funeral Home, 48 Elm Street Montclair, NJ 07042, 973-746-2158 or
Arrangements are under the care and direction of Huber-Moore Funeral Home, Bordentown, NJ.
Dean Carol Jennings was born in Brandon, Mississippi in 1951. She was the third of five children born to Sherman and Ruby Lee Holmes, Jr. Dean would often speak fondly of growing up in Brandon, Mississippi and would relish opportunities to take family and friends on tours of local landmarks and places that were so important to the fabric of her childhood.
After High School, Dean went on to attend Alcorn University before transferring to Jackson State University where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. After obtaining her Bachelor’s degree, she joined the National Guard and later enlisted in the United States Army Reserves.
Dean relocated to Los Angeles, California in the 1970’s, where she worked for the United States Postal Service for a number of years. During this time, she operated a catering business alongside her good friend Shirley Webb. Shortly thereafter, Dean accepted a job working at Blue Cross of California (now Wellpoint) where she retired after 20 years. Dean also retired from the Army Reserves after 30+ years of service. Dean truly believed in dedication, commitment and hard work.
Los Angeles is where she found a very important pillar in her life, her church home of Greater Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church (GEMBC). As a member of GEMBC, she was active for many years as part of various auxiliaries including: Women’s Chorus, Sunday School, Baptist Training Union and Phoebe’s Circle. Additionally, she worked with the Saturday Morning Youth ministry. It was also at GEMBC where she would meet her future husband Deacon William Frank Jennings and after this union became a faithfully serving member of the Deaconess ministry.
Dean never met a stranger. She would always find something to talk to someone about. Dean would often joke that she could track down and find anything and anyone, who knew Dean well knew this to be true. Family, co-workers, friends and church family would be on the hunt for some niche or obscure antique or particular piece of clothing, and once Dean got wind of what the person was looking for, she would make several calls and trips to various stores to locate and secure the item. She found joy in these “treasure hunts” and would ask for nothing in return from the person that was seeking it. Very often, she would give ‘just because’ gifts to people in her life when something caught her eye and reminded her of them. Dean was truly a selfless giver who loved God, her family and others.
Dean was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, William Frank Jennings; two brothers, John Harold and Connie (Hannah).
She leaves to cherish her memory, her children: BPorshe (Charles), Justin, Robert (Pamela), William Jr. and Glynis (Otis); grandchildren: Tiara, Zemirah, Natassia (Courtney), Charles, Jr. (India), Jennelle and Maya.; great-grandchildren: Peyton, Casey, Cameron, Carter, Sophia, Lana and Molly; siblings, Karon and Donnie Joe; nieces and nephews: John, Jr., Timothy, Tomeka, Toriano ‘Rollow’, Andre, Ingrid, Johnathan (Adrienne) and Yolanda; and a host of family, friends, neighbors and church members to cherish her memories.
Public viewing will be from 12:00 PM until 6:00 PM, Thursday, August 10, 2023 at Clark S. Brown & Sons Funeral Home. Funeral service 12 PM, Friday, August 11, 2023 at Union Chapel Baptist Church, 300 NW 25th Street, Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27105. The family will greet friends at 11:30 AM. Interment in Parklawn Memorial Park.
Mr. Harry Lee Allen, 87 of Winston-Salem, NC departed this earthly life on Tuesday, August 1, 2023. He was born May 14, 1936 and was the youngest of eight children to his parents, Silas B. and Inez Allen.
Affectionately called “Harry Lee” by family and friends. Harry Lee attended the Winston-Salem Forsyth County Public Schools and graduated from Atkins High School in 1955.
Harry Lee was employed by RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company for 23 years and worked for Winston-Salem Forsyth County School System for 20 years. Harry was a hardworking family man devoted to his wife, Annie Mae Allen, who reunites with in heaven.
He leaves to cherish his precious memories a loving daughter, April Jennings; four devoted grandchildren, Tavaras (Natasha) Allen of Charlotte, NC, Jacquelina (Latray) Williams of Covington, GA, Verbi (Kayla) Jennings of Winston-Salem, NC, and Latrice (Jerell) Harley of Winston-Salem, NC; 18 great grandchildren; 4 great great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Public viewing will be from 12:00 P.M. until 6:00 P.M., Monday, August 7, 2023 at Clark S. Brown & Sons Funeral Home. Funeral service for Mr. Harry Lee Allen will be held at 11 A.M., Tuesday, August 8, 2023 at St. John CME, 350 NW Crawford PL, Winston-Salem, NC 27105. The family will greet friends thirty-minutes prior to service.
Katherine Butler McCloud, affectionately known as “Kat”, “Ms. Kat”, and “Mother McCloud”, made her transition from this part of her journey on July 27, 2023 at Forsyth Medical Center following a period of illness. She was 84 years old.
Katherine was born on February 12, 1939 in Forsyth County. She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Jessie Butler; her husband, Amzire McCloud; her beloved son, Gregory McCloud; and her brother, William (Sonny) Butler.
Katherine attended public schools in Winston-Salem and proudly graduated from Atkins High School in 1957. She also attended McLean Stenography College. She was known professionally as an employee of K&W Cafeteria and RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company from which she retired after more than thirty years of service.
Mother McCloud’s spiritual journey began at Kimberley Park Holiness Church where she surrendered her life to Christ at an early age. She was active as a child in the Children’s Choir, Bible Study and Sunday School as well as other church activities. She faithfully served her Lord in several churches including the Miracle Christian and the Revealed Church of Christ. In 1993 she became a member of Goler Memorial AME Zion Church where she was consecrated as a Deaconess, served as a Class Leader and as President of the Stewardess Board. In 1998 she became a charter member of Word of Truth International Life Center which was founded by her daughter, Bishop Pamela Phillips. There she served as a Deaconess, Sunday School Teacher for the children and Intercessory Prayer Leader. Mother McCloud also organized and led the annual prayer conference for the church. The heart of her ministry was ministering to the children and teaching them the Word of God. She was always seen around the church serving with a willing spirit, loving heart, and an infectious smile.
Katherine leaves to cherish her precious memory and continue her legacy three cherished daughters, Bishop Pamela (Pastor Ron) Phillips of Kernersville, NC, Rev. Beverly Orr of Kernersville, NC, Pastor Teresa (Pastor Calvin) Suggs of Wilson, NC; three sisters, Delores Lassiter of Clemmons, NC, Patricia Higgins of Winston-Salem, NC, Claudette (Robert) Jarrett of Lexington, NC; one brother, Jesse Butler of Rural Hall, NC; one sister-in-law, Brenda Butler of Clemmons, NC; six grandchildren, Tony McCloud, Tamika McCloud, Thomas Orr, Jr., Rayvon Hawkins, Jr., Antonio Livingston, and Travis Livingston; sixteen great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Public viewing will be from 12:00 PM until 6:00 PM, Thursday, August 3, 2023 at Clark S. Brown & Sons Funeral Home. Funeral service 12:00 PM, Friday, August 4, 2023 at St. Peter's Outreach Center, 3683 Old Lexington Road, Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27107. The family will receive friends at 11:00 AM. Entombment in Parklawn Memorial Park.
Bessie Bernice Brooks Hodge was born to the late Carrie Jane Harris and the late Hugh Gibbons Brooks in Person County, North Carolina on September 10, 1934. She was the youngest of twelve children and was affectionately called Bernice.
Bernice was educated in Orange County, North Carolina and graduated from Central High School in 1951. She then enrolled at St. Agnes Hospital School of Nursing in Raleigh. St. Agnes offered the first professional training for Black nurses in the State of North Carolina. She completed the required studies, earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing and was licensed as a Registered Nurse. She was also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.
While employed at St. Agnes Hospital, Bernice met and married her soulmate, Dr. Ernest B. Hodge. They were the proud parents of one son, Danny.
The couple shared 58 wonderful years of marriage until his death in 2015.
Dr. and Mrs. Hodge joined Mount Zion Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. They were faithful in their church attendance, always sat in the rear of the sanctuary and quietly worshipped each Sunday for more than forty years.
Bernice Brooks Hodge departed this life and received her heavenly wings at her home in Winston-Salem on Saturday, July 22, 2023, with her beloved son, Danny, at her side. In addition to her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by her siblings.
The unspeakable joy that awaits her in heaven is the hope and promise of those who look forward to a reunion with her in eternity. Those family members who survive and who will forever cherish loving memories of her include her son, Danny Hodge, of the home, several nieces, nephews, extended family members and friends.
There will be no public viewing. A memorial service will be held at 12 PM, Friday, July 28, 2023 at Mount Zion Baptist Church, 950 File Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101. The family will receive friends thirty-minutes prior to service. Clark S. Brown & Sons entrusted to services.
Nannette Higgins Walker-Taylor was born to the late Osceola L. Higgins Weaver and the late Richard E. Higgins in Winston-Salem, North Carolina on September 6, 1962.
She was educated in the public schools of Winston-Salem/Forsyth County and graduated from East Forsyth High School. She began her early Christian Education at Mount Zion Baptist Church in Winston-Salem.
Following high school graduation, Nannette married, raised her boys, and traveled for a number of years. Upon returning to Winston-Salem, she was Employed with the Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools (WSFCS) as a cafeteria director at J F Kennedy. She later went to work for Northwest Child Development Centers, Inc. where she was the Child Nutrition Director. She continued in this roll even after deciding to go back to WSFCS. Not only was she a joy to have as a staff member but the children truly adored her as much as she did them. On Sundays because of her joy of working with children, she spent Sunday morning working in the Church’s Sunday Child Care Room at Peace Haven Baptist Church. Nannette was a devoted member of Beauty of the West #36 (O.E.S.) and Sethos Court #105 (D.O.I.).
Nannette was preceded in death by Harold B. Weaver and Charles E Walker III.
Nannette answered the master’s call to “come home” from her residence in Winston-Salem, NC on Thursday, July 13, 2023, following a period of illness. “Family I fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I kept my faith and now I’m gone to enjoy the master’s joy. See you soon!”
The unspeakable joy that awaits her in heaven is the hope and promise of those who look forward to a reunion with her in eternity. Included in that number are her sons, Charles (Johanna) Walker and their children, Joe, Jeremiah, Makaylah, Zabriel, Ariel, Cali and Brooklyn; Richard Walker and his children, Richard Jr., Caleb, Lillian and DeMarcus; and Telvin Taylor and his children, Telvin Jr., and Triston; her sisters and brothers, Franklin Higgins, Richard (Gloria) Higgins, Linda Gail Thomas, Gregory T. Higgins, William (Diana) Higgins, Osceola D. Higgins, and A'nayjah Bullard; and several nieces and nephews, cousins, extended family, her Masonic family and many friends.
Public viewing will be from 12:00 PM until 6:00 PM, Thursday, July 20, 2023 at Clark S. Brown & Sons Funeral Home. Funeral service 1:00 PM, Friday, July 21, 2023 in the chapel of Clark S. Brown & Sons Funeral Home. The family will receive friends at 12:00 noon prior to service. Internment in Gardens of Memory.
Deacon Kenneth William Wright, Sr., was born on September 29, 1952, in Winston-Salem, N.C., to the late Fred and Lizzie Lash. He was called to his eternal home at the age of 70 on Tuesday, July 4, 2023.
Public viewing will be from 12:00 PM until 6:00 PM, Friday, July 7, 2023 at Clark S. Brown & Sons Funeral Home. The family will receive friends from 10:30-11:00 AM on Saturday, July 8, 2023, at Solid Rock United Bible Way Church. Funeral service will begin at 11:00 AM. Burial will follow at Piedmont Memorial Gardens, 3663 Piedmont Memorial Drive, Winston-Salem, NC 27107.
Mr. Charlie Harris Brown, age 100, was born on September 17, 1922 in Myers Mill, SC to the late Martin Brown and Emma Harris Brown. Mr. Brown moved to Winston-Salem, NC in 1943. He passed away on June 14, 2023 at his home.
Mr. Brown was a member of First Calvary Baptist Church for over 60 years and served as President of the Senior Usher Board and as a member of the Trustee Board. He served three years in the US Army. He retired from R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company in 1983 after over 36 years of service. Historically, he was one of the first drivers for Camel City Cab Company while working at R. J. Reynolds.
A big supporter of Negro League Baseball, he specifically cheered on the local team, The Pond Giants. He served the community as a member of American Legion Post 220 for 55 years, and as an active participant of the Piney Grove Community Recreation Center and the surrounding neighborhood.
In 1968 he married Catherine McNeil. They were blessed to enjoy 50 years of marriage until her death in 2018. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Gracie Lee Foreman, and two sons, Rayvon Cox and Rahim Amir.
Better known as “Calhoun” he is survived by two sons: Deramus (April) Cox and Jacques (Cherry) Holiday, both of the city; a very devoted grandson/caregiver, Austin Holiday; fifteen additional grandchildren; fifteen great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.
Public viewing will be from 12:00 PM until 6:00 PM Tuesday, June 20, 2023 at Clark S. Brown & Sons Funeral Home. Funeral service will be held at 12 noon, Wednesday. June 21, 2023 at First Calvary Baptist Church, 401 N. Woodland Avenue, Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Interment in Piedmont Memorial Gardens.
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Joseph Franklin Ervin was born May 13, 1928 in Forsyth County, North Carolina to the late George Butler and Rosabelle Dalton Ervin. Joseph was called to his eternal home at the age of 95, on June 13, 2023.
He attended Carver School and left at an early age to be of assistance to his parents at home. Joseph later joined the United States Navy where he served as a steward. The rest of his working career was spent as an employee of RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company,
Throughout his life Joseph always exhibited a strong work ethic. Joseph always arrived at work or to an event on time, or in most cases ahead of time. He expected punctuality from his family, doctors and everyone else. In his later years, he was more forgiving of others when they were running late.
When given a task to complete, Joseph could be depended upon to get the job done from start to finish with a spirit of excellence. Whether training employees on the job at Reynolds, shopping for groceries, doing the laundry or chauffeuring his beloved wife, he took pride in completing his tasks efficiently and with a joyful spirit.
Joseph and his wife Anna were married for 68 years. They were role models to their children and grandchildren by showing them how to remain united in spite of differing opinions. When faced with challenging situations, Joseph and Anna prayed, listened to each other’s point of view and then worked together to come up with solutions that they both could agree upon.
Joseph was a servant leader in his home, church and community. He led by example with integrity, zeal and excellence. In his home he provided structure, security and stability for his family. On Sunday morning, the children knew that there would be stacks of coins for each one of them. They were not for a weekly allowance, but to put into the offering plate at church.
Joseph was an active member of Bethania A.M.E. Zion Church and remained active in the church until experiencing health challenges. Joseph and Anna together exemplified a lifestyle where church and school activities were prioritized. He and the entire family participated together in worship, Sunday school and other church activities. All of his children were expected to know the 10 Commandments and Psalm 23 at an early age.
Sunday was an important day to Joseph and the Ervin household. After the Sunday church service, dinner that had been prepared (mostly on Saturday) by both parents was ready. Fried chicken and grape Kool--Aid or fresh lemonade were Sunday dinner staples. Joseph was the beverage maker for the meal, and he always called on one of the family members to sample. It was an honor to be the one to give the final stamp of approval before his concoction was served. Sunday dinner often included extended family members and friends. In the earlier years, the preacher and his family also frequented the Sunday dinners. Joseph and his wife Anna used these occasions as opportunities to teach their children that there are times that they were expected to put others before themselves. They might not get their favorite piece of chicken as guests and elders were served first. Joseph and his wife were very much involved in modeling and teaching family values and manners to their children. After dinner, the children usually went off to participate in their own activities, while the adults interacted with each other. As Joseph and Anna's children became adults, married and became parents, after dinner interaction became multigenerational. It became important for the grandchildren and great grandchildren to learn from and have their own memories of their elders. Joseph enjoyed playing board games, horseshoe pitching, family cookouts and making homemade ice cream with family participation.
Education was also important to Joseph and the family participated in school activities such as PTA and school programs. After retirement, he volunteered in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County school system as a lunch monitor and reading buddy. Joseph never missed an opportunity to vote in local, state, or federal elections.
Joseph loved to sing with his siblings at the Ervin family reunions each summer and was also a member of: Senior Choir, Gospel Choir and Men’s Choir. As a servant leader, Joseph served on the Steward Board, was Chaplain of the Conference Lay Council, and President of the Winston Salem District Lay Council for more than 10 years.
In his latter months of life, he was literally a walking miracle inspired by the scripture Isaiah 40:31. He was told that he would not be able to stay at home without a lift, but on his second night home, he said that he felt like getting up. So, he miraculously sat up on his own, was able to stand with his walker, and had dinner at the table in his wheelchair.
He was preceded in death by his parents Butler and Rosabelle Dalton Ervin; his wife Anna Shouse Ervin; two sons Raymond Littlejohn Jr. and Wayne Littlejohn; sisters, Mary Abbott, Elizabeth Valentine, and Marie Mitchell; brothers, Jimmy Valentine, Wilson Ervin, and Jakay Ervin.
He leaves to celebrate his life and legacy his children, two devoted daughters, Renda (Floyd) Perry of Charlotte, NC and Pamela Nolan of Winston-Salem, NC; a faithful son, Philip Littlejohn (Peggy); two daughters-in-law; Barbara Littlejohn of Gardena, CA and Nettie Littlejohn of Winston-Salem, NC; eight grandchildren Justin (Lee) Perry, Jeanelle Perry and Joseph Perry of Charlotte, NC; Candrice (Khalif) Oliver of Wake Forest, NC, Bryan (Casondra) Littlejohn of Durham, NC, Raymond Littlejohn III of Gardena, CA, Pia Hardy and Ashley Nolan of Winston-Salem, NC. ; 10 great grandchildren: Justin “Gray” Perry Jr.; Stella Anna Perry; Skyler Nolan; Jacob Oliver; Micah Oliver; Gavin and Grayson Hardy; Camryn Littlejohn; and Bryson and Carlyn Littlejohn. Also remembering him fondly are 3 sisters-in-law: Minnie Ervin, Hannah Eldridge, and Mollie Mclain; an adopted son, Kenneth Dobbins; adopted daughters: Princess Settles and Dr. Theresa Johnson; one official godson: DJ Jones; an adopted granddaughter: Nicole Blackmon; as well as a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, friends, and loving children who simply called him “Uncle Joe.”
Public viewing will be from 12:00 PM until 6:00 PM, Friday, June 23, 2023 at Clark S. Brown & Sons Funeral Home. Funeral service 12:00 PM, Saturday, June 24, 2023 at Goler Metropolitan AME Zion Church, 1435 E. Fourth Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101. The family will greet friends one hour prior to service. Interment in Bethania AME Zion Church, 2120 Bethania-Rural Hall Road, Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27106.
Michelle Hewitt-Smith was born in Washington DC to the late Dr. Nathaniel E Hewitt and Minnie L. Hewitt on April 9, 1970. In addition to her parents, he was preceded in death by her husband, James David Smith and her older brother Nathaniel E. Hewitt III. Michelle is being mourned by her older sister, Denise Hewitt Chaplin and younger brother, Christopher Eric Hewitt.
Michelle spent her formative years in Winston Salem, graduating from West Forsyth High School in Clemmons, North Carolina. At the age of 16, she met the love of her life James David Smith. Michelle went on to become a Registered Nurse of the State of North Carolina. She worked for a number of hospitals including but not only Duke University Medical Center, Triumph Mental Health LLC and Guilford County Public Health Department. Michelle held a number of positions including travel nursing for a number of hospitals and worked with the Cherokee Nation at their hospital in Cherokee, North Carolina. Michelle also worked diligently in the fight of Covid 19. Her true love was Mother Baby. She served her clients with love and distinction.
Funeral service will be held at 10:30 AM on Saturday, June 17, 2023 at Galilee Baptist Church. Family visitation at 10:00 AM. Interment in Piedmont Memorial Gardens.
On Friday, May 19, 2023, Mr. Gary Jerome Caldwell of Kernersville, NC, departed this life at his residence, to enter into eternal rest with God guiding his light after a brief illness. He was born on September 6, 1960 in New York to Joseph and Polly Caldwell Sr.
Gary attended the Winston Salem Forsyth County School System and was a graduate of East Forsyth High School.
He was a member of Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church of Walkertown, N.C. He served in the United States Marine. He was employed from 1991-1998 at the W-S Transit Authority. He was later employed by Schneider Trucking Company of Charlotte, N.C.
Those left to cherish his memory are: his wife, Latonia Caldwell, of the home; two daughters, Shanties Caldwell and Angelina Caldwell of Hawaii; two stepsons, Timothy F. (Leslie) Haymer, Jr. and Toriyan F. Haymer; his parents, Joseph and Polly Caldwell, Sr. of Kernersville; three brothers: Deacon Joseph (Deaconess Laura) Caldwell, Jr. of Kernersville, Bruce (Carolyn) Caldwell of Winston – Salem, N.C., and Rev. Heath (Tina) Caldwell of Kernersville, N.C.; two sisters: Karen (Thomas) Brantley of Atlanta, GA, and Shelia (Charles) Parker of Kernersville, N.C. He also leaves behind four grandchildren, a host of uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces, great nephews, great nieces, cousins, and friends.
Public viewing from 12:00 PM until 6:00 PM, Friday, May 26, 2023 at Clark S. Brown & Sons Funeral Home. Funeral service will be held at 12:00 Noon on Saturday, May 27, 2023 in the chapel of Clark S. Brown & Sons Funeral Home. The family will greet friends at 11:00 AM. Interment will be in Eastlawn Gardens of Memory, Kernersville, North Carolina.
Mr. Darrell Lionell Howell was born on April 21, 1959 in Winston-Salem, NC to the late Betty Howell Dean and departed this earthly life on Friday, May 12, 2023 at Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Hospital.
Darrell matriculated through the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools and was Baptist by faith.
During his career he worked in manufacturing and food services. His love was for his family, cooking, laughing, dancing, singing and watching his favorite sports teams, the Dallas Cowboys and Chicago Bulls.
Darrell was preceded in death by his mother, Betty Dean.
He leaves to cherish his memory his wife of 43 years, Olivia D. Smith Howell; children: Romaro Jackson, Devarus Howell and Olivia Howell; father, John Dean; grandchildren, Dionah, Dnaria, Patrick, Dareen, Myasia, Jamirah, Tayonna and Khanijah; great grandchild, Chase; sisters: Cheryl Jackson, Joya Hardy and Pamela Lindsay; faithful fur baby of 10 years, Ivy; special nieces: Chemika Richardson and Brittany (Kendra) Berry; special nephew, Sam Richardson; aunts: Shirley Gibbs, Cynthia Howell and Yvette Mullett; uncle, Michael Howell; brothers-in-law: Aldeen (Paulette) Smith and Oscar Smith; special friends, Curtis Miller and Kenneth Jones; other relatives and many friends.
The celebration of life will be held on Saturday, May 20, 2023 at Clark S. Brown & Sons Funeral Home located at 727 Patterson Avenue, Winston-Salem, NC. Family visitation will begin at 12:30 PM with the service following at 1:00 PM. A public viewing will be held on Friday, May 19, 2023 from 12:00 noon to 6:00 PM at Clark S. Brown & Sons Funeral Home.
Mr. Ulysus “Bae” Henry Rucker was born on May 28, 1949, the son of James Rucker and Ruby Jarels Rucker. Another soldier gone home; he earned his last reward on May 5, 2023.
Born in Mocksville, NC, he attended schools in Forsyth County and was a 1967 graduate of Carver High School in Winston-Salem. He later received an associate degree and furthered his education in engineering at NC State University.
He enlisted in the United States Navy and after being honorably discharged, became a truck driver for McLean Trucking Company. With an entrepreneurial spirit, he was the owner of A-I Heating & Air Conditioning. Additionally, he was a technician with Ed Kelly Appliances.
Ulysus was raised in the Church of Christ and attended Capernaum Church of Christ. In the community, he was a member of the Committee to Save the Children.
His pastimes included having a love of listening to different types of music, dancing, fishing and definitely being around people. He was a student of the Bible, who regularly and intently read the Word and shared scriptures with anyone who had an ear.
He was preceded in death by his father, James Rucker.
Those who remain to cherish precious memories: son, Eric (Nicole) Rucker; granddaughter, Erica Rucker; grandson, Thiry Dennis; four great-grandchildren, Gracei, Nova’lei, Noah’lei Dennis, and Sev’n Barber; mother, Ruby Jarels Rucker; sister, Mildred Rucker; three brothers, Artis (Theresa) Rucker of the city, Joseph (Burnu) Rucker, and Sanford (Bettye) Rucker of Arizona; uncles, Herman Rucker of Georgia and Joe (Marjorie) Jarels of Texas; aunts, Christine Summers of Massachusetts and Clara Tomlin; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Public viewing will be from 12:00 PM until 6:00 PM, Wednesday, May 10, 2023 at Clark S. Brown & Sons Funeral Home. Funeral service at 12:00 PM, Thursday, May 11, 2023 in the chapel of Clark S. Brown & Sons. The family will greet friends thirty-minutes prior to the service. Interment in Salisbury National Cemetery, Salisbury, North Carolina.
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Felix Henry, devoted husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend peacefully departed this earthly journey and took his heavenly flight on the evening of April 27, 2023, at the grateful age of 91. A Winston-Salem native, Fred was born on January 16, 1932, in Winston-Salem, NC to the late Felix and Venetia Henry. He was preceded in death by his eight treasured siblings: Makeba Henry, Alice Henry, Samuel Lee Henry, Willie Mae Henry Kirby, Augusta Henry, John C. Henry, Fred C. Henry, and Barbara Henry Holman.
Felix graduated from Atkins High School in Winston-Salem after serving in the Korean War from 1950 -1953. He was honorably discharged as a Corporal of the United States Army. Following his army service, Felix began work with R.J.Reynolds Tobacco Company. Felix went on to enjoy a fulfilling 34-year career as an employee of R.J.Reynolds Tobacco Company before retiring in 1989. After retirement, Felix enjoyed travelling with the Odyssey Club and walking daily.
Felix was proud to acknowledge having received Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. He joined Union Bethel AME Church at a young age, and continued until he could no longer attend due to his illness.
Felix was married to his travelling partner, and best friend, Claudette Cannady, in August 2008. She was a dedicated homemaker and caregiver for Felix during their marriage.
Though Felix has gone to exchange this earthly life for his heavenly reward, a host of loved ones remain behind to treasure a lifetime of rich, fond, and happy memories shared. He leaves to carry on his legacy: his wife, Claudette D. Cannady; three stepsons, John Correll(Delores) aka “Fruitney” of Atlanta, GA., David Gray and Antwan Jefferies of Winston-Salem; two stepdaughters, Treavor Houenou of High Point, NC and Nakesha Cannady of Winston-Salem; grandchildren, Joshua Gray, Ervin Boyce, Danielle Jefferies, Kelsey Jefferies, Brianna Jefferies all of Winston-Salem; sister, Beverly McMillan (Calvin); brother, Charles Henry; two sisters-in-law, Carol P. Henry, and Carolyn Henry; and a host of loving nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives, and friends. A special thanks to his devoted nieces and nephews, Alicia F. Holman, Freda Henry, Fred Henry Jr, Fernard Henry and Nikki Mack.
Public viewing will be from 12:00 PM until 6:00 PM, Wednesday, May 3, 2023 at Clark S. Brown & Sons Funeral Home. Funeral service will be held at 11:30 AM, Thursday, May 4, 2023 at Union Bethel AME Church, 1716 N. Trade Street, Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The family will greet friends thirty-minutes prior to the service. Interment in Salisbury National Cemetery.
“To everything there is a season, and a time and purpose for everything under the sun. A time to be born and a time to die……”
Mr. Jack N. Howie was born on June 29, 1939 in Lancaster, South Carolina to the late Janie Mae B. Howie and Cleo Howie. He departed this life on Wednesday, April 26, 2023 at Trinity Glen Rehabilitation Center following a period of illness.
His early education was received in the Charlotte, North Carolina school district.
Jack was a retired employee of the City of Winston-Salem Parks and Recreation Department with over 30 years of service. After he retired, he enjoyed going to the Gate City “Y”. This would be followed by a visit to Bojangles (East Winston) to join the other early risers. His hobbies included doing “word search puzzles”, picking out and naming older cars and giving the make and model. His signature head attire was the “Big Apple Cap”.
Jack was a very kind and gentle man to all who knew and loved him. He was preceded in death by four brothers, two sisters, twin granddaughters, son-in-law, Dennis Peppers and Pearline Baynes McCall.
Left to mourn but not forget him are: his companion, Alma M. Peay; daughters: Finita M. Peppers, Monica M. (Prince) Matey and Mona M. (Clay) Bryan, Pamela (William) Misenheimer, Anita (Percy) Careathers, Marchell (Samuel) Scott; son, Rodney Hairston; four sisters: Hattie Barr, Louise Howie, Betty McCollie and Shirley Givens, both of Charlotte, NC. Jack’s legacy will continue through his grandchildren, great grandchildren, great great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.
Graveside service will be held at 12:00 Noon on Tuesday, May 2, 2023 at Piedmont Memorial Gardens followed by interment. There will be no public viewingof Mr. Howie.
“And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” Revelation 21:4
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Bernice Nicholson Reynolds, daughter of the late Earnest and Ella Nicholson, was born November 8,1928 in Robeson County, North Carolina. She was the eight of nine children. Bernice was the God daughter of her Spiritual Godparents Parents: Doc and Cora Turner. Bernice completed her primary and secondary education in Robeson County, North Carolina. Bernice trained to become a Bank Teller in Winston Salem, North Carolina where she began her career at First Union National Bank. She retired from Mechanics and Farmers Bank, the oldest Black owned bank in the United States.
Bernice was indeed the “Virtuous Woman” described in Proverbs 31 of the Holy Bible. Everyone who was blessed to visit Bernice in her home was truly anointed because the Lord had ordered their steps to go in her office and sit down at “The Round Table”. It was in her kitchen where Bernice was at her best serving up over sized portions of wisdom, laughter and love. At the Round Table is where the magic happened! Bernice would impart counsel, knowledge and an overabundance of insight on everything from individual issues, religion, relationships to politics. It did not matter how sad, worried or confused you were when you arrived to Bernice’s home once you took your seat at the Round Table she had you seeing the issue in a different light. She would remind you that “All things work together for the good, of them that Love the Lord and are called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28)
Bernice accepted Christ at an early age and was truly a woman of God. She was known for her virtue, strength, wisdom, grace, and character. As a young child she was baptized at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Lumberton, North Carolina. For over sixty years, Bernice was a dedicated member of Shilo Baptist Church in Winston Salem, North Carolina. There, she served as a Trustee and was very active in many other ministries and programs.
Bernice was a lifetime member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the National Council of Negro Women, Incorporated, the Skyland Senior Citizen’s Club, Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) and Eastern Stars.
Early Tuesday morning on April 25, 2023, Ms. Bernice Nicholson Reynolds transitioned from labor to reward. On her deathbed Bernice said that “she and the Lord had decided that the Lord’s Will be done.” At that point Bernice looked up at all those in the room and gave a big, serene smile. Showing that she had the Lord’s Peace that surpasses all understanding. Her last words were a request, she asked to hear the spiritual “Rough Side of the Mountain” by Reverend F.C. Barnes. She was preceded in death by her 4 brothers: Johnnie, Elmer, Ezra (Ed), and Harvey Nicholson. 3 sisters: Geneva Nicholson, Lorena Bradley and Dora Sinclair
Bernice Nicholson Reynolds lived a full life surrounded by family and friends.
She is survived by her brother Wardell Nicholson of Buffalo, NY, four nieces: Juanita Miller, Mary McDonald, Shirley Scott and Sheila Adams and three nephews: Gregg Bradley, Thomas Holliday, William Holliday, a host of great nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, May 6, 2023 at Shiloh Baptist Church. The family will greet friends at 10:30 AM. Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery.
Travis Warnell Jenerett was born on September 18, 1952 in Winston-Salem, NC to the late Eli and Thelma Caesar Jenerett. He attended the local schools and Atkins High School.
He worked for Dixie Concrete, Myers, Inc., and Tommy Cobble. He was well known in the community as a Master Leather Craftsman and Mr. Fix It, specializing in bicycle repair. He was also known for his desire to help others and especially looking out for the children.
Mr. Jenerett passed away unexpectedly on April 22, 2023. He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Carolyn Dawkins and brothers, Derrick Jenerett and Ronald Jenerett.
Left to cherish their memories of him are his daughters: Travette (Cornell) O’Neal, Jearnerica Hardy and Victoria Hughes; his sister, Lynda Jenerett; his brothers: Michael Jenerett and Eli Jenerett, Jr.; a host of grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
Memorial service will be held at 1:00 PM on Thursday, May 4, 2023 in the chapel of Clark S. Brown & Sons Funeral Home. The family will greet friends thirty minutes prior to the service.
Mrs. Christina Denise Miller was born on May 22, 1971 to Jesse Groce and Patricia Jackson Groce in Philadelphia, PA.
She attended the local public schools and was a 1991 graduate of Martin Luther King High School. She furthered her education at Hartford Community College in Belair, MD where she achieved certification in Medical Office Technology, Customer Support Center and Technical Training, and Human Resource Management. She additionally received certification in Electronic Medical Records from Forsyth Technical Community College in Winston-Salem, NC.
Professionally, Christina held position in various roles while residing in Maryland. They included KMart Department Store, Proctor and Gamble, GAP Distribution Center and Rite-Aid Customer Support Center. After she and her family relocated to Winston-Salem, NC, she held position in Human Resource at HanesBrands Corporate Headquarters until her health declined.
She was a nurturing mother to all of her children, both biological and extended. She was always encouraging, taking care of those she loved. She had a loving heart. She told it like it was and spoke her mind. She loved making music, rapping, singing, doing art, going to movies and museums. Her two favorite places were the casinos and the beach.
Christina passed away on April 16, 2023 at Duke University Hospital.
She leaves to cherish her memory: her loving husband, Dedric Miller; five children: Johntae, Terrence Rorie, Chrishanna (Otis) Brown, Diamond Cannon, Cherrish Cannon; her parents, Jesse and Patricia Groce; step children: Shawade Cannon, Thresa (Attronia) Cole, Brionna and Julisa Miller; grandchildren: Jonae and Jaedon Fisher, Oasis, Osias, Osier and Osyraha Brown; stepgrandchildren: Ayden, Akhemi and Asia’h; two brothers: Jesse and James Groce; eight sisters-in-law: Anita Dieter, Wanda, Doris, Shawn, Alissa and Jessica; three brothers-in-law: Tony, Stacey, and Brian; a host of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Funeral service will be held at 2:30 PM on Thursday, April 27, 2023 in the chapel of Clark S. Brown & Sons Funeral Home. The family will greet friends 30 minutes prior to the service. Mrs. Miller will be publicly viewed on Wednesday, April 26, 2023 from 12:00 PM ~ 6:00 PM at the funeral home.
Mr. Exie Alvin Glenn, Sr., affectionately known to many as “Daddy Alvin”, 78 departed this life unexpectedly on April 13, 2023, following a brief period of illness. He was born in Wilkesboro, N.C., on August 6, 1944, to the late Exie Eugene Glenn and Hyacinth Watkins Glenn. He was preceded in death by two siblings, Rodney Glenn and Lateefah Razzak.
He was a graduate of Carver High School, "Class of 62”. He was employed by R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., Greyhound Bus Transportation, and Summit Cable now Time Warner Cable where he was a supervisor for several years until he retired. After his retirement, he loved spending time out on the lake on his boat fishing and chilling.
Alvin was such a warm-hearted, passionate, kind, and loving Gentle Giant. He touched the lives of so many people he knew and there will forever be a HUGE void left in all our hearts. He was a devoted and loving caretaker for several years to his wife of 54 years, Barbara Staggs Glenn, and mother-in-law, Lou Ella Attucks until their passing.
He leaves to cherish many precious memories, one daughter Robin LaShawn Gross, one son Exie Alvin Glenn, Jr. (Angela). Three sisters Gearldine Smith (Rev. Bobby), Loretta Cannon of Austell Georgia, and Myra Benjamin of Winston Salem, and one brother Shelton Glenn (Carolyn) of Houston Texas, a special sister-in-law, Jeannette Glenn of Florence S.C., and a brother-in-law Asim Razzak of Winston Salem.
He was blessed with four amazing grandchildren, Alexis Shakari Glenn, of Atlanta Georgia, Malcolm David Gross, of San Antonio Texas, Aisha Tumai Gross, of Jacksonville Florida, and Journey Rene Glenn, of Conyers Georgia, and a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends.
Funeral service will be 12 Noon, Monday, April 24, 2023 at Union Baptist Church. The family will greet friends at 11:30 AM. Interment will be in Parklawn Memorial Park. Mr. Glenn will be publicly viewed today from 1:00 PM ~ 6:00 PM at the funeral home.
Mr. Delana Lemarr Crosby was born in Winston-Salem, NC on December 29, 1961 to the late Queen Elizabeth Black and James Hairston. He departed this life on April 9, 2023 at Wake Forest Baptist Health.
He was educated in the local schools and was a handyman by trade.
He was a loving and devoted brother to his siblings, Al Crosby and Tymphony Crosby. He is also survived by his only beloved daughter, Delana Crosby and her two daughter, Keyana Watlington and Azriel Jenkins; his aunts: Mary Abussasaeur, Cassandra Daniels and Brenda Clark; special friend, Yvonne Little and a host of other relatives and friends.
Mr. Crosby’s funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, April 15, 2023 in the chapel of Clark S. Brown & Sons Funeral Home. The family will greet friends 30 minutes prior to the service. Mr. Crosby will be viewed publicly from 12:00 PM ~ 6:00 PM on Friday, April 14, 2023 at the funeral home.
Funeral service will be at 2:00 PM, Monday, April 3, 2023 at Clark S. Brown & Sons Funeral Home. The family will greet friends at 1:30 PM. Interment in Bethania AME Zion Church Cemetery. Mr. Lash will be publicly viewed today from 1 PM ~ 6 PM at the funeral home.
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Deaconess Jannie Mae McCullough was born to the late Harmon and Mary Cooper in Hemingway, South Carolina. On Tuesday, March 21, 2023, God called her home.
She attended Battery Park School in the town of Hemingway, SC. While there she worked on the farm for a few years before she moved to Winston-Salem, NC in 1952.
Known as a woman who loved to read, cook, and work in her garden, she also loved to watch her favorite gospel TV shows and listen to gospel music. Most of all, she was a homemaker who loved caring for her husband, and their five children.
Deaconess Jannie was a faithful and devoted member of Galilee Missionary Baptist Church. Her church family was very important to her and she enjoyed serving with several ministries, including the Deaconess Board and the Missionary Board She was truly committed for as long as her health allowed.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, James Cooper and Willie Cooper; and two sisters, Sarah Singletary and Minnie Wilson.
Deaconess Janie leaves to cherish her memory and legacy, her husband of 74 years, Eligar McCullough; two daughters, Sadie Jenkins and Mary Jones both of Winston-Salem, NC; three sons, Harold (Louisa) McCullough of Muncie, IN, Eli McCullough, Jr. of Charlotte, NC and Matthew (Towana) McCullough of Winston-Salem, NC; five brothers, Joseph Cooper of Sacramento, CA, Melvin Cooper and Harmon (Jannie) Cooper, Jr. both of Hemingway, SC, David (Ernestine) Cooper and Sam (Ruth) Cooper both of Winston-Salem, NC and a host of grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Many other relatives and friends share in prayer and condolences since her transition. She will be missed.
Public viewing from 12:00 PM until 6:00 PM, Monday, March 27, 2023 at Clark S. Brown & Sons Funeral Home. Funeral service at 12 PM, Tuesday, March 28, 2023 at Galilee Missionary Baptist Church, 4129 Northampton Drive, Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The family will greet friends thirty-minutes prior to service. Interment in Parklawn Memorial Gardens.
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Aquilla Laverne Tucker Rousseau was born on October 8, 1955 to Mildred Singletary and Leroy Tucker in Salisbury, North Carolina. After years of working and caring for others, she earned eternal rest on March 16, 2023.
She received her formal education locally and graduated from Reynolds High School. There she was a member of the National Honor Society and other organizations.
With a desire to help others, she enrolled in Winston-Salem State University where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. Beginning in 1982, she used her training at various medical facilities including: Forsyth Hospital for a total of more than 38 years, a Piedmont Dialysis Nurse for 4 years, and Head nurse on the 8th floor. At Forsyth Hospital, she was one of the first nurses to insert a PICC line, used to give intravenous fluids and medications to patients. She retired in 2015.
Aquilla received the highest-class cumulative average at Winston-Salem State University in 1980 for academic excellence. While there, she was a member of Chi Eta Phi Nursing Sorority and graduated May 1980 with the highest honors for a Nursing major at the university.
Traveling was a favorite pastime, second only to the love of spending quality time with her family. Aquilla was preceded in death by her son, Shea D. Rous-seau; her parents; and her brother, Leroy Tucker Jr.
She is survived by: her son, Kenneth Rousseau; granddaughters, Keyanna Rousseau and Delicia Hughes; grandsons, Ahmad Rousseau and Rico Rousseau; sisters, Deb-bie (Charles) Jackson and Angela Wilds; brother, Bernard Singletary; nieces, Katina Tucker and Tiffany Wilds; nephews, Randy Wilds, Decarlos West, and Cedric Braddy, Jr; a special friend for 61 years, Marilyn Odom; a special cousin, Sampson Towens; and a host of great nieces, nephews and cousins.
Public viewing from 12:00 PM until 6:00 PM, Friday, March 24, 2023 at Clark S. Brown & Sons Funeral Home. Funeral service 11:30 AM, Saturday, March 25, 2023 in the chapel of Clark S. Brown & Sons Funeral Home. The family will receive friends thirty minutes prior to service. Interment in Oaklawn Memorial Gardens 3250 High Point Road Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
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Genene Lori Chaskley was the second child born to the late Deloris and Gene Chaskley in Winston-Salem, NC on November 2, 1973.
Genene was educated in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School System. She was a 1992 graduate of Mount Tabor High School where she was a member of the flag team. Genene continued her education and graduated from Salem College in 1996 with a degree in English.
A life-long member of Goler Memorial African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, she championed the causes of the Stewardess Board and the Women’s Home & Overseas Missionary Society. Additionally, she was the Young Adult Missionary Society Coordinator for the Winston-Salem District. Genene also volunteered in the Youth Department whenever needed.
Genene had a very strong work ethic. Her professional career path led her from Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC to Aon, and finally to Syngenta as a benefits analyst. Genene truly enjoyed her work and developed lasting friendships with many of her workmates. One of Genene’s favorite activities (besides shopping) was running. She joined Black Girls RUN! Winston-Salem in the fall of 2018 and fell in love with the sport. An added benefit was the opportunity to shop for cute running outfits and sneakers. Through her infectious smile, good-natured humor, and ever-positive attitude, Genene gained new “sole sister”.
At the onset of the Corona Virus pandemic in 2020, she endeavored to improve her running. With an unstoppable spirit of determination and fierce independence she worked hard that year, often going out for solo runs. She ultimately reached her goal and significantly improved her running. She completed her first marathon in 2021.
Genene wore many hats and served in so many capacities in the life of her family. She was one of the best conversationalist; the family fun instigator/coordinator; she drove the most fun cars; she was everyone’s caretaker; the world’s best “Auntie”; the vacation planner; her sister’s personal shopper and stylist; a voice of Godly counsel; everyone’s cheerleader; and not least of all – a great doggy-mom to Sanchez! Genene didn’t back down from a challenge and she lived life on her own terms. She encouraged her family to do the same.
Genene was preceded in death by her parents, Genene Allen and Deloris Cuthrell Chaskley.
Living to cherish her memory, her sister, Genita Chaskley-Oakes; nephews, Allen Chaskley Oakes (Ashlei) and Alexander Chaskley Oakes; great nephews, James and Jacob; special loved ones: Delois Oakes and James Oakes; god-daughter, Chloe Jordan; aunts, Doris Chaskley, Sarah Hicks and Faye Williams; and a host of loving cousins and friends.
Public viewing from 12:00 PM until 6:00 PM, Friday, March 17, 2023 at Clark S. Brown & Sons Funeral Home. Funeral service 11 AM, Saturday, March 18, 2023 at Goler Memorial AME Zion Church, 3894 Northampton Drive, Winston-Salem, NC 27105. The family will greet friends one hour prior to service. Interment in Evergreen Cemetery.
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Mr. Clifton Alphonso McCullum, known to family and friends as “Butch”, was born on October 6, 1941 to Jennie McCullum and Clifton Johnson in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. After a period of illness, Clifton passed away on February 27, 2023.
Before he was a year old, after the death of his mother, he was lovingly cared for by his maternal grandmother, Margie McCullum. He received his formal education from Winston-Salem Schools and attended Atkins High School.
Clifton enjoyed working on cars and was a mechanic by trade. Additionally, he was employed by Douglas Battery, Hanes Brands, and served as a sexton at Reynolda Presbyterian Church where he provided maintenance services and set up for various church activities.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Patricia Strickland and Sandra Hoyle; and his maternal grandmother.
He leaves to cherish his memories; his sisters, Eliner Walker, Dorothy Taylor, Vickie McCollum, Deborah McCollum and Bertha McCullum; brothers, Lester McCollum, and John McCullum; godson, Lovell McCollum; a host of nieces, nephews; and godchildren; and his devoted friends, Michael Bristow and Ray Bristow.
Public viewing from 12:00 PM until 6:00 PM, Friday, March 3, 2023 at Clark S. Brown & Sons Funeral Home. Funeral service 11:00 AM, Saturday, March 4, 2023 in the chapel of Clark S. Brown & Sons Funeral Home. The family will greet friends thirty-minutes prior to the service. Interment in Piedmont Memorial Gardens.
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Donavan (Hassan) Fritzgerald Clark was born July 3, 1968, to Lewis Scott and the late Mattie Lee Clark in Fountain Inn, South Carolina. Donavan passed away February 23, 2023.
Donavan graduated from Glenn High School, Class of 1987. Thereafter, began his journey and legacy as a barber by attending Pyramid Barber School. Donavan was a well-known barber in his community and had very close relationships with his customers. Whether you knew him from Jetway, Carver school, or Variety Cuts, Hassan would welcome you with conversations and laughs. He was one of the best barbers in Winston-Salem and was loved by many.
Donavan was a family-oriented man, who believed in love and loyalty and upholding that within the family. He was the father of six beautiful daughters and a proud grandpa of three.
Hassan had long and loving friendships, and regardless of blood, he considered you family. He answered to many nicknames such as Hi, Hot, and Hassan. Donavan will truly be missed and always remembered for his unmatched personality and genuine spirit.
Donavan is preceded in death by his Grandparents, Yvonne Rush, Dean Clark, Delia Scott and Toy Scott Sr.
Donavan is survived by his father Lewis Scott; six daughters Ciera Williams, Rashidah Brandon, Aniya Clark, Kayla Jackson, Alexis Jackson, and Mecca Shipman; two sisters, Amira Clark (Walt) and Erica Clark; five brothers, Dean Clark, Shawn Clark, Nicholas, Devin Scott David Lee Blair; two aunts, Francis Clark and Vivian Clark; and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.
There will be no public viewing. A memorial service will be held Saturday at 3:00 PM, March 3, 2023 in the chapel of Clark S. Brown & Sons Funeral Home.
Mr. Lester Cleveland Flowers, Jr. passed away on February 22, 2023. He was born to Ossie Flowers and the late Lester Flowers on May 21, 1953 in Philadelphia, PA.
He was preceded in death by his father and his sister Stacy Flowers.
Mr. Flowers is survived by his daughter, Armen Renee Ferguson; son Brian O’Neal Flowers; mother, Ossie Flowers; sisters, Panda Flowers, Sonia Flowers, Wendy Flowers, and Dixie Flowers; brother, Braxton Flowers.
There will be no public viewing. A memorial will be held Friday, March 3, 2023 at 1:00 PM in the chapel of Clark S. Brown & Sons Funeral Home.
Public viewing from 1:00 PM until 6:00 PM, Sunday February 26, 2023 at Clark S. Brown & Sons Funeral Home. Funeral service at 2:30 PM, Monday, February 27, 2023 at Main Street United Methodist Church, Kernersville, North Carolina 27284. The family will greet friends thirty-minutes prior to service. Interment in Salisbury National Cemetery, Salisbury, North Carolina.
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Larry Darnell Fulp, Sr. was born in Winston-Salem, NC on March 3, 1953 to the late Robert and Anna Mae Hairston Fulp. Having completed his earthly assignments, he was called to his heavenly home on February 18, 2023.
A graduate of Carver High School, he continued his education and training and began his professional career. His employment included the position of Engineer with Morrison Knudsen, and Blueprint Developer with RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company. Later he became a member of the Clark S. Brown & Sons Funeral Home staff.
He exercised his faith as a member of the Assembly of Lord Jesus Christ Church. When not working or participating in church ministries, Larry enjoyed repairing cars, music, especially if he was the DJ, helping his father on the farm, and coaching baseball.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Farah Fulp and a brother Robert Fulp, Jr.
He leaves to cherish his memory and honor his legacy, his children: Brandon Butterfield, D’Tonya Dean, and Larry Darnell (Jennifer) Fulp, Jr.; seven grandchildren; a brother, Richard (Shirley) Fulp; sisters, Margie (Reginald) Cunningham and Sarah (Wali) Salaam; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins and friends.
Public viewing will be from 12:00 PM until 6:00 PM, Thursday, February 23, 2023 at Clark S. Brown & Sons Funeral Home. Funeral service 2:00 PM, Friday, February 24, 2023 in the chapel of Clark S. Brown & Sons. The family will greet friends thirty minutes prior to service. Interment in Mt. Sinai Cemetery, Walkertown, North Carolina.
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Rev. Walter Lee Funderburk, Jr. 76, transitioned to his heavenly home on February 8, 2023.
Walter, affectionately known as “Fundy,” was born on September 27, 1946 to the late Walter and Beatrice Funderburk in Charlotte, NC.
As a young boy, Walter grew up with a love for all sports, but football by far was his passion. Upon graduating from Second Ward High School, Walter received a football scholarship to North Carolina Central University in Durham, NC. After graduating, Walter began his career with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School System and then moved to Winston Salem, NC to pursue a career with the Winston Salem Department of Recreation. There he was introduced to the love of his life, Jean (Williams) Funderburk, and Winston-Salem would become his forever home.
Walter continued his career within recreation for several years but returned to education with the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School System as a Home-School Coordinator.
He was a proud lifetime member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity. He was also the founder of the St John C.M.E. Methodist Men organization, the Second Ward Brotherhood of Champions, and the Chestnut Trails Community Organization.
Walter answered his call into ministry in 2001. He was a member of St. John C.M.E Church for approximately 40 years where he taught Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, served on the Steward Board, organized the St. John Men’s Choir and served as the president of the Methodist Men (now Ministry2Men.) Walter received a Certificate of Theology from Phillips School of Theology at the Interdenominational Theological College in Atlanta, GA; and furthered his studies at Apex School of Theology. After becoming ordained, Rev. Funderburk was assigned to serve as lead pastor of the Wayside C.M.E Church in Winston-Salem, NC for 7 years.
Rev. Walter Lee Funderburk, Jr. is predeceased by his loving parents, four siblings: Corrine Tolbert, Margie Patton, Catherine Williams, and Robert Lee “Bobby” Funderburk.
He is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Jean Funderburk; children: Felicia Giles (Charlotte, NC), Walter Funderburk, III (Concord, NC), Janelle Funderburk (Atlanta, GA); sister: Juanita Tolbert; brother-in-law: Charles L. Patton; sisters-in-law: Kaye Cook (Larry), Arlene Simmons, and numerous relatives and friends.
Public viewing will be from 12:00 PM until 6:00 PM, Friday, February 17, 2023 at Clark S. Brown & Sons Funeral Home. Funeral service will be held at 12:00 Noon on Saturday, February 18, 2023 at St. John C.M.E. Church. The family will greet friends one-hour prior to service. Interment in Piedmont Memorial Gardens.
Cordella Louise Hill Rumph, 95, of Winston-Salem, NC, passed away on January 21, 2023. She was born in New Orleans, LA to the late Newton T. Hill and Thelma Rebecca Wimbs on June 18, 1927. She married Nathaniel Leo Rumph, Sr. on November 30, 1962 in Greensboro, NC.
She was a graduate of Tuskegee University, where she received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Cordella taught Nutrition at Winston-Salem State University. She worked as a Registered Dietitian for Forsyth Hospital, retiring after 27 years of service. Following retirement, she continued to offer her expertise as a Registered Dietician to the Head Start program of Family Services.
She served faithfully at St. Stephens Episcopal Church for many years. In the community, she was a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, founding member of Guys and Dolls, a Charter Member of the Winston-Salem Chapter of the National Women of Achievement (NWOA). She was an avid bridge player and frequently traveled with The Ebony Hearts Bridge Club.
In addition to her parents, Cordella was preceded in death by her brothers, Newton T. Hill, Jr. "Sonny" and Richard Washington.
Cordella lives on in the hearts of her husband, Nathaniel Leo Rumph, Sr; children: Brenda Brown, Nathaniel Leo (Carla) Rumph, II, Nicholas Leon (Sandi) Rumph, Cordi Nadean (Jerry) Powell; sister, Ruby Sanchez; grandchildren: Earnest Brown, Jr., Candie Rumph, Constance Rumph, Corbren Powell, Camille-Macie Brown Rumph, Rhea Rumph, Nathaniel Rumph, III, Noah Rumph, Jeremiah Powell, Cierra Powell, and great grandchild, Alayah Rumph; other relatives and friends.
A graveside memorial service will be held at 3:00 PM, January 29, 2023 in Evergreen Cemetery, section H, 2124 New Walkertown Rd, Winston-Salem, NC 27101.
The Rumph family request that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Cordella’s to the Winston-Salem National Women of Achievement (NWOA), 413 Westbourne Court, Kernersville, NC 27284. Please write Scholarship Fund in the memo line.
Mr. Randal Hillian, also lovingly known as Randy was born on July 10, 1961 to Calvin and Nancy Hillian. He passed away on Thursday, January 19, 2023.
Randall attended the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Public Schools.
Randall was a kind soul and truly loved his family. Randall had a special bond with his sister, Teresa, who was there for him, supported him, and took care of him until the very end.
He loved the music of Bob Marley. Randall was a serious Washington Redskins/Commander fan. He and his brother, Calvin Hillian, Jr. who is a Dallas Cowboys fan often went back and forth in a friendly competition about their teams.
Randall was preceded in death by his father, Calvin Hillian, Sr.; one brother, Michael Hillian; his maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Henry Lynch, Sr.; paternal grandparents, Reverend and Mrs. James Hillian, Sr.
He is survived by his daughter, Kimberly Nails of Winston-Salem, NC; two granddaughters, Elizabeth and Kimmora Nails; his mother, Nancy Hillian of Winston-Salem, NC; one sister, Teresa Hillian Phillips of Greensboro, NC; one brother Calvin Hillian, Jr. of Winston-Salem, NC; four aunts, Gloria (Dupree) Johnson of Fredericksburg, MD, Viola Hillian Werts and Annie Campbell both of Winston-Salem, NC and Shirley Greenwood of Walkertown, NC; one uncle, Donald (Beatrice) Johnson of Apopka, FL; a devoted friend and mother of his daughter, Pamela Ferrell; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends; a special thank you to the Magnolia House and the Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home.
Public viewing will be from 12:00 PM until 6:00 PM, Thursday, January 26, 2023 at Clark S. Brown & Sons Funeral Home. Funeral service 1:00 PM in the chapel of Clark S. Brown & Sons. The family will greet friends one hour prior to service. Interment in Oaklawn Memorial Gardens. *Masks required.
Antwan Lamont Campbell, beloved son, brother, uncle, and nephew, friend, affectionately known as "Twan", fought a good fight and finished a strong race and was rewarded his crown of righteousness on December 29, 2022, at the age of thirty-two. He was born in Winston-Salem, NC to Anthony Lamont Campbell and Tammy Martin-Jackson.
Antwan was educated in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Public Schools and attended West Forsyth High School.
He was preceded in death by his grandmothers, Cleopatra Jackson, Jannie Mae Pickens, Julia Mae Scales, Lorraine Livingston; his grandfathers, Carl Smith, Clinton Campbell, Lorenzo Watson, Sr., Johnny Livingstone, Quincy Martin; uncles, Charlie Joe, Sr., Duwan Stern, Johnny Joe, Sr., Tony Martin, Sr., Willie Lane, William Pickens; aunts, Geneva Pickens, Shirley Kelly; cousins, Charlie Joe, Jr., and Julius Clark.
He leaves to cherish his loving memories, his parents, Anthony Campbell and Tammy Martin-Jackson; four sisters: Asia Campbell, China Campbell, Enda Montgomery, and Khalilah Campbell; six brothers: Al’Trevion Jackson, Allen Michael, Kristopher Black, Kedrick (Lanita) Martin, Brandon Campbell, Devin Campbell, Jordan Phillips, Nicholas Roberts, and Samuel Allen; two grandmothers, Janice Campbell-Moore and Betty Martin-Watson; six aunts, Audrey Campbell, Elizabeth Campbell, Khalilah Campbell, Roberta Geneva Joe, Sandra Campbell, Sandra (Terry) Faye Gibbs, Tanya Martin; three uncles, Clinton Campbell, James Robert (Quivette) Joe, Larry (Pam) Joe, and Duronn Stern; a much loved cousin, Darius Campbell; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and other relatives and friends.
Public viewing Saturday, January 7, 2023 from 12 PM ~ 6 PM at Clark S. Brown & Sons Funeral Home. Funeral service 1 PM, Sunday, January 8, 2023 at Clark S. Brown & Sons Chapel. The family will greet friends thirty minutes prior to service.
The book of life opened for Shirley Mae Powers Dukes on July 5, 1943 in Davidson County North Carolina. After a brief illness, at the age of 79, she reached the sunset of her life on December 26, 2022 at Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.
Shirley graduated from Dunbar High School in Lexington, NC in 1961. Her career included employment with The Singer Company in Thomasville, NC, and Hostess Cakes and K & W Cafeteria in Winston-Salem, NC. She was also employed by the Guilford County Public School System for many years. She attended and participated in many ministries and activities at North Lexington Baptist Church until her health began to decline.
She was preceded in death by her parents, James Powers, Sr., and Barbara C. Powers, her husband, Richard Dukes, her brother, James Powers, Jr., and her sister, Teresa Powers.
Shirley leaves to cherish fond memories: her six children, Angela Dukes, Janet Dukes Moss, Mark Dukes, Charlene Dukes McMillan, Kareme Dukes and Richard Ashley (Gena Robinson); grandchildren, Mario, Malitta and Tecora Dukes, Carlos and Christine Moss, Sebastian and Amari Dukes, Trai, Ebony and Elbert Dukes, Elijah Mobley, Isaiah and Josiah Dukes; 17 great-grandchildren; brothers, Mayfield M. (Rozella) Powers, George C. (Marketta) Powers, Bobby L. (Veronica) Powers and David L. Powers; sisters, Betty P. Mitchell, Carlene P. (Henry) Moore, and Elizabeth Powers.
There will be no public viewing. A memorial service will be held at 12:30 PM, Saturday, January 14, 2023 at North Lexington Baptist Church, 201 Mize Road, Lexington, NC. Interment at Brooks Temple United Methodist Church, Midway, NC.
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Patrick was born on August 8, 2000, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and passed away on December 26, 2022.
He graduated from West Forsyth High School in 2018 and attended UNC Charlotte as a political science major.
Patrick enjoyed wrestling, MMA, video games, music, reading, and singing. He was a cheerleader at UNC Charlotte. He earned his black belt in Tae Kwon Do and the rank of Eagle scout with the Boy Scouts of America.
He joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and loved to share his testimony of his Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. His wonderful smile and enthusiasm will be missed by all who knew him.
Patrick was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Willie Lee and Geraldine Taylor.
Patrick leaves beautiful memories to cherish with his mother, Karen Taylor (David), and his father, Robert Harding (Anetria); siblings, Ranisha, Robert, and Jaden Harding; paternal grandmother, Virginia Greer; bonus grandparents, Joe and Clara Williams; nieces and nephews, Zakiya, Zamir, Zakirya Phillips, Ryann, Rhyland, and Robert Harding, Jr.; Godmother, Gigi Conrad; two bonus moms, Lori Miller and Latarsha Ward; and a host of great aunts, great uncles, aunts, cousins, and a community of friends whom he cherished.
There will be no public viewing. Funeral service 1:00 PM, Saturday, January 7, 2023 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 4260 Clinard Road, Clemmons, NC 27012. The family will greet friends one hour prior to service. Interment in Westlawn Gardens of Memory, 6135 Ridgecrest Drive, Winston-Salem, NC.
December 21, 2022, Ms. Montana Stimpson, 70, a native of Winston Salem, N.C. gained her wings officially and went to her heavenly home. She was born to the late Irene Hughes Hairston and Robert B. Stimpson, Sr. on July 6, 1952.
Montana, was the very meaning of “Life and Love”. With no hesitation, she shared her wisdom, light, and caring for you with every encounter. Montana's presence was a priceless gift and the love she shared will live on forever.
She attended Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools and graduated from Parkland High School. Montana worked as a supervisor at Forsyth Medical Center until her retirement.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Irene Hughes Hairston and Robert B. Stimpson, Sr.; daughter, Myra Stimpson; brother, James Hairston, Sr.; and sister, Princella H. Lash.
She leaves her light to shine on in her: daughter, Rashena Stimpson, three sons: Tommie L. Fair, Rashard B. Stimpson, and Robert B. (Angela) Stimpson, Jr.; her sister, Inez H. Davis, two brothers: Michael (Phyllis) Hairston and Quinton Hairston; three grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.
Funeral service will be held at 11:30 AM, Wednesday, December 28, 2022 at Clark S. Brown & Sons Funeral Home. The family will greet friends 30 minutes prior to the service. Interment in Gardens of Memory, Walkertown, NC. *Masks required.
Mr. Wilbert Meadows, Jr. better known as “Crip” was born in Winston-Salem, NC to the late Ruby W. Meadows. He passed away on December 16, 2022.
He attended the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Public Schools.
His greatest joy was his grandson, Jayceon Meadows. He was an avid Miami Dolphins Fan.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Ruby W. Meadows; and two brothers, Gerald West and Phillip Meadows.
He is survived by two children: daughter, Shayla Campbell; son, Jarrell Meadows (Brittany); one brother, Tony West (Pam); two sisters, Rita Meadow and Barbara Meadows-Johnson; two aunts, Alma M. Barber and Mary M. Williams; his favorite cousin, Ralph Meadows; his niece, Tenesia Meadows; his best friend, Jerome Davis; and a host of other relatives, nieces, nephews, and friends.
Public viewing will be from 12 PM until 6 PM, Tuesday, December 20, 2022 at Clark S. Brown & Sons Funeral Home. Funeral service 12 noon, Wednesday, December 21, 2022 in the chapel of Clark S. Brown & Sons Funeral Home. The family will greet friends thirty minutes prior to service. *Masks required
Orlin Elijah Acker of Winston-Salem, NC transitioned from this life on December 7, 2022 at the age of 52. Orlin Acker was born on February 5, 1970 in Winston-Salem, NC to the late Elijah Billings and Annie Mae Acker.
As a child and young teen, he enjoyed being in ROTC and participating on the Mo Luca drill team. He graduated from Parkland High School in 1988.
On July 26, 1997, Orlin married Chasity Horton Acker, the love of his life. Orlin and Chasity worked in partnership together over their 25 years of marriage to provide a loving and faithful home to their children, grandchildren, and extended family.
Orlin was a devoted father and grandfather who loved his family fiercely. Standing in the gap as a father figure to many of his nieces and nephews, Orlin set an exemplary life to his home and community as a devoted family man. He was a die-hard Dallas Cowboys fan and loved spending time with his family, especially on family vacations.
Orlin preceded in death by his mother, Annie Mae Acker; father, Elijah Billings; and sister, Antoinette Acker.
He leaves to cherish his memory his wife, Chasity Horton Acker; two children, Cameron Elijah Acker and Brittany Alexis Acker; two grandchildren, Jorden Elijah Acker and Kamyra Alexis Acker; sister, Carolyn Linda Acker; and brother, John Santana Acker; sisters-in-law, Diauna Horton and Candace Horton; brother-in-law, Elon A. Horton; father-in-law, Elon B. Horton; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Orlin will be deeply missed by friends, family and all who knew him and memories of him will forever be cherished by those he loved.
Public viewing will be from 12 PM until 6 PM, Saturday, December 17, 2022 at Clark S. Brown & Sons Funeral Home. Funeral service 3:30 PM, Sunday, December 18, 2022 at First Waughtown Baptist, 838 Moravia Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27107. The family will meet friends thirty minutes prior to service.
Montaque Lamont “Bam” Blackburn, son of Vera Veronica Blackburn was born March 12, 1968 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Bam peacefully departed this life on Tuesday, December 6, 2022 at his residence.
He attended the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Public Schools.
He professed his faith in Jesus Christ and joined The Dwelling Lutheran Church becoming a dedicated member.
Mr. Blackburn was an exceptional chef and longtime Butcher at Ogburn Station Market in Winston-Salem.
Bam was blessed with seven children. His loving caring spirit and sense of humor will be missed. He was loved by many
He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Daisy May Blackburn; aunts, Mary Boles, Karen Crowell, Linda K. Hardy; uncles, Roger Blackburn, Robert Blackburn; and daughter, Lynekya Scott.
His beautiful life will forever be cherished in the lives of his children: Ronald “Ray” Vinson, Shantel “Pooh” Hayes, Shakima Scott, Montaque “Monta” Blackburn, Jr., Kiera Scott, and Japhon Patterson; daughter-in-law, Tia Vinson; son-in-law, Damien Hayes; life-long loving partner, Luewanda Scott; ten grandchildren: Rejanea, Ta’neah, Ra’shad, Da’raya, Tayshawn Vinson, Dezmond, Derrien, Dezirae Hayes, Roscoe and La’Shae Franklin; sister, Ly’Tona Blackburn; brother, Maurice Blackburn, Larry Blackburn, and Chris Blackburn; aunts, Deborah Wallace, Carol Everhart, Alice Blackburn; and a host of devoted nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
There will be no public viewing. A memorial service will be held at 12:00 PM, Thursday, January 12, 2023 at Clark S. Brown & Sons Funeral Home. The family will greet friends thirty minutes prior to service.
John Mack Poindexter. III was born on April 7, 1946 in Winston-Salem, NC to the late Mildred Ridley Poindexter, Sr. John departed his earthly home early in the morning on Sunday, November 27, 2022.
John was lovingly known to his family and friends as “Poin”, “Johnny Mack” and the name he loved the most was “Papa”.
Johnny Mack was a 1964 graduate of John W. Paisely High School where he played football. Upon graduation, Johnny Mack attended North Carolina A&T State University.
Johnny Mack married Linda Joyce Gould on August 20, 1966 and to this union 3 children were born.
Johnny Mack worked at McLean Trucking, RJ Reynolds and as a lab technician for 28 years for Schlitz Brewing Company, which was later named Stroh’s Brewery, until their closing in 2000. After the closing of Stroh’s, Johnny Mack worked several years for the city of Winston-Salem, Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools and the Red Cross.
Johnny Mack was a Gold Star Member of First Baptist Church.
Johnny Mack was in the Winston-Salem Sportsmen’s Club. He was a diehard Washington Commanders (Redskins) fan. He also enjoyed gardening, grilling, family gatherings and trips.
Johnny Mack was preceded in death by his parents; 2 aunts, Margaret (John) Hoyle and Mary B. (David) Hopkins; his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Elizabeth and Berkely Gould; 2 brothers in-law, Bernell Gould and Rodney Lash.
Johnny Mack is survived by his loving and dedicated wife of 56 years, Linda; his children, John Mack, IV (Johnny), Marcus and April (Keith) McBride; his beloved grandsons, Keith and Amare McBride; god grandson, Latrez McCollum; grand dog, Bently; his brother, George (Vernell) Poindexter of Oxon Hill, MD; brothers-in-law, James Berkely (Penelope) Gould of Hamlet, NC, Herbert (Mildred) Gould of Bennettsville, SC and Lisa Lash of the city; and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins, and lifelong friends.
Public viewing from 12 PM until 6 PM, Friday, December 2, 2022 at Clark S. Brown & Sons Funeral Home. Funeral service 10:30 AM, Saturday, December 3, 2022 at First Baptist Church, 700 North Highland Avenue, Winston-Salem, NC 27101. Interment in Gardens of Memory, Walkertown, NC.
Oscar Kinard Ledbetter was born in Winston-Salem, NC on March 3, 1951 to Naomi Ledbetter and James Reese.
He graduated from Atkins High School where he wrestled and played other sports. He continued his education at Winston-Salem State University. He worked at ITT Grinell as a nuclear radiation tester and later became a supervisor at Hanes Brands, where he retired.
Oscar attended St. John CME Church and served in many capacities including Trustee Board, Male Chorus, and the J.L. Pickens Choir. He was often seen frying fish at church functions or cooking with his brother and sisters. He also worked with his brother Ray and Tyrone to build the new St. John CME Church.
Oscar passed away quietly at his home on November 26, 2022 in his favorite chair, which he was known to be in frequently. He was also known to cook fatback and dumplings…which were a constant at Ledbetter Sunday dinners. His grandchildren were known to have bags of fatback instead of the typical toddler snacks. He was known to many as “Gus”, “Rooster”, or “Uncle Pop”. He was also known to have many jokes, although many were real-life situations that he was a part of or created. He was known to live life and do whatever he chose to do.
He cherished his grandchildren and their happiness and did whatever it took to make sure they had what they wanted. He was never a stranger and would talk junk to anyone. He loved his brothers and sisters, and would often be seen on the front porch of mother’s and his home. We will always remember the fun times and we hold them close to our hearts.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Naomi H. Ledbetter; father, James Reese; sisters Barbara Herring and Antoinette Hunt; brother, Jerry Ledbetter; and brothers-in-law, Donald Spencer and Nathaniel Fox.
Oscar leaves to cherish his memory a devoted wife of 44 years, Sallie Hilliard Ledbetter; daughter, Diamond L. Cotton and son, Oscar K. Ledbetter, Jr. of Winston-Salem, NC. Five grandchildren, Lyric Cotton, Jamir Ledbetter, C.J. Cotton, Niara Rousseau, and NaOsha Rousseau-Ledbetter; also cherishing his memory are seven siblings, Ray Ledbetter, Jacqueline Spencer, Miriam (David) Wagner, Tyrone (Derreka) Ledbetter, Linda Fox, Bernadette (Vaughn) Booker, and Donna (Calvin) Hendrickson; two aunts, Evelyn Andrews and Aron Ledbetter; in-laws, Patricia (John) Cauley, Lucy (Garland) Brown, Charles Hilliard; and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Public viewing will be from 12 PM until 6 PM, Friday, December 2, 2022 at Clark S. Brown & Sons Funeral Home. Funeral service 1:30 PM Saturday, December 3, 2022 at St. John CME Church, 350 NW Crawford PL, Winston-Salem, NC. The family will greet friends thirty minutes prior to service. Interment at Piedmont Memorial Gardens.
Mrs. Mary Kate Lowrey Dennis, 93, teacher, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, passed away on November 25, 2022. She was born in Oxford, MS, on October 12, 1929, daughter of the late Edwin Stovall Lowrey and Anna Jane Allen Lowrey of Clarksdale, MS.
Mary Kate is preceded in death by her husband of 70 years, artist Warren Cameron Dennis Jr. She is also preceded in death by her beloved siblings Robert Lowrey of Maryville, TN, Bill Lowrey of Sheridan, AR, and Rebecca Lowrey Cramer of Colorado Springs, CO. Mary Kate is survived by her daughter Anna Kathryn Sartin and husband Laddy Sartin, son Warren Cameron Dennis III and wife Terri Dowell-Dennis, son Edwin Lowrey Dennis and wife Denise Lyon Dennis, daughter Martha Dennis and husband Landus Bennett, grandchildren Marianna Sartin Parker and husband Cedric Parker, Kathryn Sartin Drum and husband Russell Drum, Ian Dennis and wife Anna Willis, Max Dennis, Andrew Dennis, Michael Dennis, and great- grandchildren Elijah Parker and Arthur Dennis.
Mary Kate and Warren called North Carolina home for over 55 years. They moved their family to Boone, NC, from Marion, AL, in 1965, and lived there for 49 years before moving to Winston-Salem in 2014 to be closer to family. Mary Kate earned her undergraduate degree from Mississippi’s Blue Mountain College, which was founded by her great-grandfather Brigadier General Mark Perrin Lowrey (the “Preacher General”). She taught elementary school in Mississippi
and, after earning her master's degree in English at Appalachian State University, taught English at Watauga High School, where she also served as advisor to the Journalism Club and oversaw the school newspaper. Mary Kate left Watauga High School to pursue her PhD at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, completing her dissertation on Irish playwright Brian Friel. She then served as an adjunct professor of English at Appalachian State University until her retirement. Warren was a long-time faculty member in the Art Department at Appalachian, so Mary Kate was, by association, connected with many Appalachian faculty. Travel was a passion for Mary Kate. She and Warren traveled to Europe, England, and Ireland several times, organizing student art tours and trips abroad with their grandchildren. They frequently hosted student groups at Appalachian’s residences in New York City and Washington, D.C.
Mary Kate suffered from dementia but never lost her ready smile and sense of humor. She lived a long life surrounded by those who loved her. Along with her passion for travel, Mary Kate is remembered for her love of family, debate, politics, literature, journalism, art, sewing, gardening, amateur architectural drawing, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and camping, and appeared as a frequent figure and influence in Warren’s art. Her love of language arts is represented in this quote by Brian Friel:
“It is not the literal past, the 'facts' of history, that shape us, but images of the past embodied in language.”
The family plans a celebration of life for Mary Kate and a private ceremony to combine their parent’s ashes, to take place sometime in the spring.
“No matter how long the sun may linger on his long and weary journey, at length evening comes with its sacred song.”
Brian Friel In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to:
Montre’ Donnell Richardson, 46, father, son, brother, uncle and friend went to be with the Lord on Friday, November 25, 2022. He was born in Winston-Salem, NC on April 19, 1976 to Willa Richardson and the late Michael Johnson.
Montre’ had a big personality and could light up the room with his smile He was full of quick wit and would quickly have everyone laughing uncontrollably from his storytelling and jokes.
Montre’ is survived by his loving mother, Willa Richardson; his children, whom he loved immensely, Dante Harris, Syncere Douthit and Monee Richardson; and his sister Tracey Watson. He also leaves his two grandchildren; a nephew; a niece; and a host of family members and friends.
There will be no public viewing. A private memorial service will be held for the family at Clark S. Brown & Sons Funeral Home.