KERNERSVILLE – Iris Lee Finney Fulk (Nana) died peacefully on Monday July 15, 2019 with her family surrounding her. She was born in Forsyth County on September 29, 1937 to Edgar G. & Eliza Virginia Jenkins Finney. Mrs. Fulk was a graduate of Mineral Springs High School. Early in life as an only child she and her family attended Glenn Avenue Gospel Chapel in Winston-Salem where she met her husband of 61 years Donald Ray Fulk Sr., they married in 1958. After moving to Kernersville in 2006 they joined the fellowship at Sedge Garden Gospel Chapel where they remained until moving and making their new home at Kerner Ridge Assisted Living in early 2018. There they attended services on Sunday morning and were fortunate to have their nephew Gary Martin as their pastor. Mrs. Fulk was employed by Wachovia Mortgage Company, Piedmont Airlines and retired from US Airways.
Throughout her life she never had unkind words to say about anyone, she was thoughtful, generous, kind and faithful to her family always providing for them in times of need. She loved to bake and her family always looked forward to her special desserts that she would share with them. She loved to travel and stay busy and was always planning her next trip.
She is preceded in death by her parents Edgar & Eliza Finney. She is survived by her husband Don of the home, two sons Donald Ray Fulk Jr. (Robin), James Christopher Fulk (Carole) and 3 granddaughters Candice, Carly and Casey and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at Hayworth-Miller Kernersville Chapel on Saturday July 20, 2019 at 2:00pm with Pastor Rod Sharp officiating. Burial will follow at Gardens of Memory Walkertown, NC. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mountain Top Youth Camp 1460 Mackay Lane Pinnacle, NC 27043 or to the Alzheimer’s Association 225 N. Michigan Ave. FL 17 Chicago, IL 60601. The family wishes to thank all of the kind and generous people at Kerner Ridge Assisted Living, Salemtowne and Oak Forest Rehabilitation for their help and support. Online condolences may be made at


COLFAX – Mary Leah Throckmorton Shields, 78, passed away Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at Moses Cone Memorial Hospital. Mary was born on January 6, 1941. She was a wonderful and devoted mother. Mary was a strong woman with a confident personality, raising four boys who learned quickly to respect her opinions. She loved to read romance novels, loved Elvis music, and enjoyed cooking and baking sweets. Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Lee Shields; and mother Zilla “Louise” Throckmorton. Surviving are her sons, Neal Shields (Lisa) of Greensboro, Dale Shields (Mona) of Michigan, Jay Shields (Rainelle) of Axton, VA, and Lou Shields (Trulia) of Greensboro; nine grandchildren; two great grandchildren; close friends, Marion and Willie May Scott; and two devoted canine companions, Lexie & Scooter. A service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, July 19, 2019 at Eastlawn Gardens of Memory Mausoleum Chapel. The family will receive friends from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Thursday, July 18, at Hayworth Miller Kernersville Chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to SPCA of the Triad, 3163 Hines Chapel Rd, Greensboro, NC 27405. Online condolences may be made at www.hayworth


Phil Phipps, 64, of Kernersville, NC, passed away Monday July 15, 2019.
The family will greet friends from 6:00PM to 8:00PM Friday July 19, 2019 at Pierce-Jefferson Funeral Service.
If you were lucky enough to have met this man, and he became your friend, then you were blessed, because you had a true friend. That is something that is very hard to find in the world these days. God bless him, he will surely be missed.
A native of Forsyth County, Phil was the son of the late John Paul Phipps and Viola Maye Everett Phipps. He was employed for several years with Morris Brothers Landscaping, Germanton, NC.
Survivors include his sister, Linda Starbuck and husband, Herbert of Walnut Cove, NC; and brother, Donnie Phipps and wife, Billie of Walkertown, NC.
In addition to his parents, Phil is preceded in death by his brother, Ricky Phipps.
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Kernersville – Mrs. Zora Evelyn Pegram Hemrick, 85, passed away peacefully on Friday, July 12, 2019 at Salemtowne Retirement Community. She was born on April 24, 1934 in Stokes County to Clinton Odell and Annie Perdew Pegram. After 38 years of service, she retired from AT&T where she was in the Advance Technical Division. Zora faithfully attended First Baptist Church in Kernersville where she was a member of the “Be Friendly Club”, the Dorcas Sunday School Class, and the Pioneers Young at Heart Club. She was also a member of the church choir.
In addition to her parents, Zora was preceded in death by her loving husband, Robert Glenn “Buddy” Hemrick; three brothers, Floyd “Bill” Mick Pegram, Odell Pegram, Jr., and Donald Wayne Pegram; four sisters, Dorothy P. Freeman, Ruby P. Latham, and Annie “Pat” P. Rhymes, Geneva P. Tucker; a niece, Deborah Latham Binkley; and a nephew, Kenneth “Kenny” Freeman.
She is survived by one sister, Gracie P. Combs (husband, Royden); two brothers, Richard B. Pegram (wife, Linda) and Daniel R. Pegram; and many nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews.
A funeral service for Zora will be held at 4:00 pm on Sunday, July 14, 2019 at First Baptist Church in Kernersville with Dr. Stephen Martin officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will take place at 2:00 pm on Monday, July 15, 2019 at Guilford Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church at 401 Oakhurst Street, Kernersville, NC 27284. Online condolences may be made at


Dawn M. Bender, 73, born on September 30, 1945 in York, Pa. to the late Joseph and Madeline Weidemann, passed away Thursday June 25, 2019 of natural causes.
Dawn was a wonderful wife to the late Robert E. Bender, a homemaker, and she loved to make quilts for her family and friends.
Dawn was a loving and caring mother to her children.
She is survived by her eldest son Robert D. Bender of Liberty NC, his daughter Angelina M. Bender and her son King-Risan G.C. Sims. Her 2nd son, Joseph S. Bender of Kernersville, NC, his 2 sons Joseph R. Bender and Jakob S. Bender and daughter Sable M. Bender. Also, her daughter Madeline M Grimes of Eastview, KY, her son David R. Grimes II, his son Abel Grimes and daughter Rachel Grimes. Her youngest son Zachary G. Bender of Kernersville, NC and his son Matthew L. West and his daughter Chevelle Mullins.
She was also survived by her special friends Audrey Flock, Yvonne Sylvester, Linda Benson, Tina and Christopher, Lawanda and Michael Blair, Delbert Raymer and friend of over 40 plus years Janis Shomo of Tyrone, Pa.
Dawn was preceded in death by her loving husband of 50 years Robert E. Bender, 5 sisters and a brother, and her grandson Zachary Joshua Bender and step granddaughter Kristie Widener.
Our mother died exactly 3 years and 3 months after her best friend and loving husband Robert E. Bender.
A memorial service is scheduled to be held for her on Friday, July 19, 2019 at the Kernersville Community House from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Delbert Raymer will be officiating. All friends and family are welcome.


Charles William Morton passed away on July 7, 2019 in Kernersville at the age 0f 88.
He was born in Mooresville on November 3, 1930 to the late Lewis and Elva Morton. Charles attended Huntersville High School where he lettered in baseball and basketball and graduated in 1949. He graduated from Catawba College in 1956 with a B.A Degree.
He was a great athlete. Charles lettered in baseball and basketball in high school. He was even a Kendall Mills Southpaw Knuckleball Pitcher Extraordinaire being one of the youngest players in the Textile League in 1946 at the age of 16. Charles went on to pitch for Gardner Webb and Catawba Colleges. He was offered a professional contract in the Texas League, but declined to serve his country.
Charles proudly served his country in the United States Army. He was a decorated Korean War Combat Soldier.
He went on to become an ordained minister and he served as pastor at Olive Grove Church.
Charles true passion came in coaching and teaching. He was a beloved teacher, coach, and mentor at Oak Summit, Mineral Springs, East Forsyth, Edgewood Christian School and Carver High School. Charles led his teams to championships in football and basketball. He was a high-level sports trainer and used these skills at Carver High School and East Forsyth.
Charles also volunteered in his spare time. He volunteered over 12 years in music therapy for seriously ill and handicapped children.
He is preceded in death by his sisters, Jackie Brooks, Jo Howell and brother Eric Morton. Charles leaves behind his sons, Chuck Morton and Barry (CinCin) Morton; grandchildren, Tori (Walt) Magaha and Charlie Morton; great grandson, Tripp Magaha; siblings, June Morton, Alan Morton, Dickie Morton, and Carol McConnell; and many nieces, nephews, and loved ones.
A memorial service and inurnment will be held at a later date at his family’s home church, Asbury United Methodist Church in Huntersville, NC.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Korean War Project, at We must never forget! His buddies died to keep us free!


Adelene Bennett Lewis, 87, went home to be with the Lord, and her loving husband of 68 years Charles Lewis, on July 7, 2019.
Funeral Services celebrating her life will be held Wednesday July 10, 2019 at the Pierce-Jefferson Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Walter Overman officiating. Interment will follow in Eastlawn Gardens of Memory.
A native of Stokes County, Adelene was the daughter of the late Pearlie Nelson and Andrew Jackson Bennett. In addition to her parents, and husband, Adelene also was preceded in death by her grandson Jake McCray Lewis; sisters Mamie Rierson, Hallie Mabe, and Margie Bullins; and brother Alonzo Bennett.
Adelene was retired from Musten & Crutchfield following more than thirty years of service. She was a longtime member of Main Street Baptist Church where she served as a member of the Golden Notes Choir, Sunday School Teacher, preparing food for the Bereavement committee, and with her husband Charles prepared communion for eighteen years.
Survivors include her daughter Charlene Caudill and Danny of Kernersville; son Dean Lewis and Sherry of Kernersville; grandchildren Dana Caudill Jones and David, Sara Lizotte and Daniel, and Chastity Hampton; great-grandson Eli Jones; sister Lucille Wall; brothers Swanson Bennett and Norman Bennett; and a host of nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
The family will visit with friends from 6:00PM until 8:00PM Tuesday evening at the funeral home.
Friends and family may sign, and view the guestbook at
Memorial contributions may be made to Trellis Supportive Care, 101 Hospice Lane, Winston-Salem, NC 27103, or Main Street Baptist Church, 126 N. Main Street, Kernersville, NC 27284
“The family wishes to thank the entire staff of Walnut Ridge Assisted Living for their love and care for Adelene these last years. The Lord blessed us with her love, strength and feistiness and we are forever grateful.”


Rev. William Paul Riggs, Sr., 90, of Mt Airy passed away Sunday, July 7, 2019. Mr. Riggs was born in Surry County, June 8, 1929, the son of the late William Coleman and Nellie Mathis Riggs. Mr. Riggs graduated from Gardner-Webb Junior College in 1954 and received his BA Degree in History from Limestone College in Gaffney, SC in 1956. In 1961 he received his Degree in Master of Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC. He served as Associate Pastor at Double Springs Baptist Church in Cleveland County, and Senior Pastor at Green River Baptist Church, Rutherfordton, Guilford Baptist Church in Greensboro, First Baptist Church in King, Bethany Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, First Baptist Church in Kings Mountain, Oaklawn Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, and First Baptist Church in Mocksville. He was Chaplain at Brookridge Retirement Home in Winston-Salem, NC from July 1993 until April 1999. He also held interim pastorates in the Winston-Salem, King, Kernersville, and Yadkinville communities from 1993 until his retirement in 2008.
Among his numerous commitments he served on the General Board of the Baptist State Convention, Board of Associates for Gardner-Webb University, and the Pilot Mountain Baptist Association. He also served in the United States Air Force from 1948-1952 with the rank of Staff Sergeant.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Loudene Wright Riggs, of the home; three daughters, Cynthia Leigh (Cindy) Riggs Coone and her husband, B.E. of Asheville, Nancy Lynne Riggs Minor, of N. Myrtle Beach, SC, Helen LuAnne Riggs Branson and her husband, Steven of Asheville; one son, William Paul (Billy) Riggs, Jr. and his friend Bonnie Baldwin of N. Myrtle Beach, SC; six grandchildren, Jason Ryan Minor, Meredith Leigh Coone Lamm, Allyson Elizabeth Riggs Smith, Stephanie LuAnne Branson, Kelsey Taylor Riggs Trexler, and Jessica Grace Branson Caudill; 11 great grandchildren; special nephew, Roy Riggs and his wife, Becky; two cousins, Sylvia Faw, and Christine Vernon. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one sister, Estelle Hawks, two brothers, Walter Riggs, and Marvin Riggs.
A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at 2:00 PM, at First Baptist Church in Mount Airy, NC with Dr. Steve Martin officiating. His family will receive friends in the Fireside Room of the church on Wednesday from 1:00 PM until the hour of the service. A private inurnment service will be held after the service.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 North Michigan Ave, Floor 17, Chicago, IL 60601 or to the charity of the donor’s choice.
Online condolences may be made at


KERNERSVILLE – Ralph Clayton Holcomb, Sr., 88, passed away Sunday, July 7, 2019 at his home. Ralph was born on November 4, 1930 in Yadkin County to Rovy and Mallie Pendry Holcomb. Ralph was a loving husband, father, grandfather and brother. He coached baseball at Kernersville Little League for Adams-Millis for several years and also coached in Yadkinville. Ralph enjoyed gardening, especially growing tomatoes. He was a kind and fair man, who set the bar high of how to live.
In addition to his parents, Ralph was preceded in death by his sister, Inez McClannon.
Surviving are his wife of 50 years, Betty I. Holcomb; three daughters, Becky Triplett (Charles), Jan Reavis, and Belinda Hudspeth (Lonnie); two sons, Ralph C. Holcomb, Jr. (Ann), and Stanley Holcomb; 12 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; 1 great great grandchild a sister, Nellie Swaim; a brother, JC Holcomb; and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 4:00 pm on Thursday, July 11, 2019 At Hayworth-Miller Kernersville Chapel with Carol Wilkinson officiating.
Online condolences may be made at


Leo John Konkel, Sr., 82, of Kernersville passed away peacefully Tuesday July 2, 2019.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 1:00PM Friday July 5, 2019 at Holy Cross Catholic Church with Rev. Noah Carter officiating.
A native of Philadelphia, PA, Leo was the husband of the late Joan Elizabeth Finn Konkel and the son of the late, Paul Konkel and Anna McCreary Konkel. He was a veteran of the US Army. Leo was a member of the Knights of Columbus served in the capacity of Grand Knight for Council 1436 in Delran, NJ.
Survivors include his daughters, Loretta Slozer and husband, Matthew of Kernersville, NC, and Susan Howard and husband, Carl of Delran, NJ; son, Leo John Konkel, Jr. and wife, Barbara of Delanco, NJ; and grandchildren, Carl, Zachary, and Rebecca Howard, Leo, Andrew, Ashley, and Kathryn Konkel, McKenna, Marissa, Joshua, Jarred, and Shalynn Slozer.
In addition to his wife and parents, Leo was preceded in death by his sister, Joananne Konkel; and brother, Paul Konkel; and his beloved pet, Kelly.
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In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Kernersville Medical Center Auxiliary, 1750 Kernersville Medical Parkway, Kernersville, NC 27284.