Obituaries

Brandon

Kernersville – Surrounded by her family, Mrs. Berlene Jackson Brandon went home to be with her heavenly Father on Wednesday, October 16, 2019.
Mrs. Brandon was born June 22, 1926 in Sampson County to the late William Almon and Rosella Carroll Jackson. She was preceded in death by her husband Ted Clanton Brandon. She was also preceded in death by her brother William (Bill) Waylon Jackson and sisters, Gilma Pecone, Selma Tew, and Avis Naylor.
Mrs. Brandon is survived by her sons, Rex Brandon of Dunn, NC and Gary Porter and wife Brenda of Charlotte, NC; four grandchildren, Lisa Stathakis, Steve Porter, Carol Ann Williams and Ashley Bullard. She is also survived by eight great-grandchildren; Leah Williams, Davis Williams, George Michael Stathakis, Dalton Porter, Alexis Stathakis, Tucker Porter, Avery Bullard and Harper Bullard.
Prior to her retirement Mrs. Brandon worked as a nurse aide and Farm Journal Sales, Nutralite Sales, Autograph Ball and Dawn Acres Golf Course. She was very dedicated and a hard worker in all she did.
Mrs. Brandon expressed her love for her family and friends through being there for them. She loved her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren with all her heart and showed it in many ways.
The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to the Piney Grove Nursing Home staff for their compassion and care during her stay there. Also, her friends who supported her with visits and care, and prayers. There are no words to describe how much we appreciate your support for our Mom.
The funeral service for Mrs. Brandon will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, October 19, 2019 at Hayworth-Miller Chapel in Kernersville, NC with Pastor Fred Baker officiating. The family will receive friends from 9:00 – 10:45 AM Saturday morning prior to the service in the chapel. A graveside service will be held at 3:30 PM Saturday at the Robert’s Grove Free Will Baptist Church, on Robert’s Grove Church Rd., Dunn, NC 28334.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Colfax Baptist Church WMU, 9516 Hwy. 421, Colfax, NC 27235 or Robert’s Grove FWB Women’s Auxiliary, 725 Robert’s Grove Church Rd., Dunn, NC 28334, which she was a member of for many years.

Mickey

Kernersville – Mr. Richard Augustus Mickey, 92, passed away October 12, 2019 at Summerstone Health and Rehabilitation. He was born in Guilford County on September 21, 1927 to the late Claude and Eula Hayes Mickey. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Kernersville, he loved his church where he was a deacon for many years, and he loved the choir. Richard also taught the three year old Sunday School class for many years. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Sue Hutchins Mickey.
He is survived by his daughter, Tammie Spear and her husband Bruce, a son, Randy Mickey and his wife Donna, four grandchildren, Chalena, Candy, R.C., and Sarah.
A funeral service will be held 7:00 PM Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at First Baptist Church in Kernersville by Dr. Steve Martin and Rev. Charles Stevens. The family will receive friends immediately following in the church fellowship hall. A private graveside service will be held Wednesday, October 16, 2019. In lieu of flowers the memorials may be made to Wright State of Mind P.O. Box Laurel Hill, NC 28351 or to Trellis, 101 Hospice Lane Winston Salem, NC 27103. Online condolences may be made to www.hayworth-miller.com

Parker

Oak Ridge – Mr. James “Jim” Ray Parker, 75, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at his residence. He was born on October 31, 1943 in Guilford County to Jonah Crawford Parker, Jr. and Carleen Fulp Parker. Jim served in the Army Reserves for five years, from 1962 until 1967. He was a Texaco Retail Dealer and owned the Texaco on Broad Street in Winston-Salem form 1969 until 1980. During that time, he was voted the Number One Retailer in NC for three years. He was also the partial owner of Horn’s Garage in Winston-Salem.
In 1981, Jim went to work for the Guilford County Sheriff’s Department, and he remained there for three years. During his tenure with law enforcement, he quickly rose to the ranking and earned the prestigious title of Sergeant.
He worked for Parks Chevrolet of Kernersville and was the Operator of Parks Mazda in High Point for five years.
In 1991, Jim and Wanda purchased The Last-Minute Market in Oak Ridge, NC. Jim chose his retirement shortly after purchasing The Parkers Stop-and-Shop in 2001.
Jim spent his remaining years helping to care for his grandchildren, spoiling his dog, Molle, who he loved so very much, riding his tractor, filling his birdhouses, feeding the deer, and making the most of each day by loving his devoted wife, Wanda. He was a dedicated and loyal father and grandfather who will be deeply missed. May his legacy live in each of us who admired, respected, and loved him.
In addition to his parents, Jim was preceded in death by one brother, Douglas Parker; two aunts, Ann Fulp and Betty Johnson; and two uncles, Ed and Jim Fulp.
He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Wanda Sherron Parker; two daughters, Suzanne Parker Cockrum (husband, Rob) of Clemmons and Michelle Friddle of Kernersville; seven grandchildren, Victoria Friddle, Carson Penry, Riley Penry, Luke Pert, Emma Pert, Houston Friddle, and Katelyn Friddle; one brother, Michael Parker (wife, Lisa) of Winston-Salem; one aunt, Bonnie Fulp also of Winston-Salem; one sister-in-law, Sandra Parker of Winston-Salem; one brother-in-law, Jim Sherron of Greensboro; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, extended relatives, and friends.
A memorial service for Jim will be held at 2:00 pm on Friday, October 11, 2019 at Bethel United Methodist Church with Pastor Alan Mears officiating. Inurnment will follow the service in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church. In lieu of flowers, the Parker family has requested that any donations be made in Jim’s honor to the American Cancer Society at P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123 or to Bethel United Methodist Church at 8424 Haw River Rd, Oak Ridge, NC 27310. Hayworth-Miller Kernersville Chapel is assisting the Parker family. Online condolences may be made at www.hayworth-miller.com.

Harris

Kernersville – Talmadge Lee Harris, 71, went to be with the Lord Saturday, October 5th, 2019 at his home in Kernersville. His friends and family knew him as Tag. Born in Charlotte, North Carolina on July 27th, 1948, he was the son of Lee Adrian Harris and Phyllis Benfield Harris. Tag was preceded in his death by his sister Diane Harris Williams. He was a devoted father to his son Nathan Adrian Harris and is survived by him along with two brothers, Fred Lewis Harris (Jean) of North Topsail Beach, NC, Phil Adrian Harris (Jackie) of Braselton, Georgia and a sister, Debbie Harris Little (Quez) of Morganton, NC, along with many nieces and nephews.
Tag was a United States Army Veteran and served honorably during the Vietnam War as a Private First Class in the Military Police. He was a long time member of Oaklawn Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, NC where he served as the men’s softball coach during the early 1990’s.
Following his Army service, Tag worked for the Alexander County Sheriff’s Department. Later he was a salesman for Pella Window and Doors in Greensboro and Hedgecock Lumber in Kernersville. He also owned and operated Anchor Trucking Company for several years. Tag’s favorite pastimes were playing golfing, fishing, camping and hunting.
A memorial service will be held at Oaklawn Baptist Church, Winston-Salem, NC on Monday, October 14th at 2:00 p.m. The family will receive friends at the church from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Memorials may be directed to Oaklawn Baptist Church, 3500 Kernersville Road, NC 27107.

Godbee

SUMMERFIELD – Russell Warren Godbee, 56, passed away Monday, October 7, 2019 at his home. Russell was born on September 16, 1963 in Fairbanks, Alaska to Frank Warren, III and Patricia Tuttle Godbee. Russell was a loving husband, father, son, and Papaw. He never met a stranger he couldn’t find something in common to talk about. Russell was the owner/operator of Carolina Power Generation. In his free time, he loved spending time with his horses and pups. He has touched so many lives, and will be greatly missed by all who knew him!
Surviving are his wife, Lycia Kellam Godbee; one daughter, Amanda Parsons; one son, Tucker Godbee; two step daughters, Katie Parsons and Kerri Dunlevy; two grandchildren, Khloe Rose Chilton and Miles Robert Dunlevy; his parents, Frank and Patricia Godbee; and several aunts, uncles and extended family and friends.
Russell was preceded in death by a close friend, Phil Owens.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 4:00 p.m. Saturday, October 12, 2019 at Hayworth-Miller Kernersville Chapel with Pastor Steve Lattimer officiating. The family will receive friends from 3:00 – 3:45 PM prior to the service at the funeral home, and at all other times at the home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to American Diabetes Association, 1300 Baxter Street #150, Charlotte, North Carolina 28204.
Online condolences may be made at www.hayworth-miller.com.

Bergeron

Raymond F. Bergeron, 82, of Kernersville, NC passed away peacefully Monday October 7, 2019.
Funeral Services celebrating his life will be held 4:00PM Friday October 11, 2019 at Bunker Hill United Methodist Church with Rev. David Rorie officiating. The family will greet friends from 3:00PM to 4:00PM Friday in the church fellowship hall.
A native of Kennebunk, ME, Raymond was the husband of 57 years to Sharon Garrett Bergeron and the son of the late, Roland Bergeron and Elinor Hawkins Bergeron. Raymond was a veteran of the U. S. Air Force.
Raymond worked as a landscaper in the summer and cut wood in the winter. He was dedicated to helping his community as a Rotarian, with his buddies affectionately calling him, “Berg.” Spending time with his family brought him great joy, as did singing in the choir as a member of Bunker Hill UMC.
He loved playing bridge and could often be found at the Kernersville Senior Center and the YMCA. After retiring Raymond enjoyed woodcarving, painting, and writing poetry. His strong faith in God and love of nature were the subjects of many of his poems. One of Ray’s proudest accomplishments was publishing a book of poems, “A Simple Stone” in 2007.
Survivors include his wife, Sharon of the home; daughter, Jayne Thompson and husband, Fred of Kernersville, NC; sons, Michael Bergeron and fiancé, Aileen Skinner of Duluth, GA, and Mark Bergeron and wife, Beckie of High Point, NC; grandchildren, Eric Thompson and wife, Olivia of Charlotte, NC, Gena Parks of Casa Grande, AZ, Matthew Thompson and wife, Ashley of Charlotte, NC, Kayla James and husband, Marcus of Casa Grande, AZ, and Will Skinner of Duluth, GA; great grandchildren, Rory Parks, and Ephraim Thompson; and sisters, June Durette and husband, Peter of Wells Branch, ME, and Carol Doyon of Lyman ME.
Friends and family may view, and sign the guestbook at www.Pierce-JeffersonFuneralService.com
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Bunker Hill United Methodist Church for Bethany Café, 1510 Bunker Hill Sandy Ridge Rd., Kernersville, NC 27284 or to Kernersville Senior Enrichment Center, 130 E. Mountain St., Kernersville, NC 27284.

Woods

Kernersville – Mrs. Nellie Grey Roberts Woods, 90, passed away peacefully on Saturday, October 5, 2019 at her home with the loving support of her family. Mrs. Woods was born in Alleghany County, North Carolina on March 24, 1929 to John Emmett and Delphia Caroline Cockerham Roberts. First and foremost, she was a faithful and spiritual mother; a strong and independent protector.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Woods was preceded in death by her husband Elmer Lee Woods; a sister Alverta Jones; a brother Ellwood Roberts; two half-brothers, and five half-sisters.
She is survived by three daughters, Cynthia Woods Batson, Lorian ‘Lori Woods’ Eades, and Janice Woods Owens (John Owens); eight grandchildren – Israel J. Batson, Natasha S. Ward, Amber C. Crews, Cody S. Hoppe, Caleb S. Hoppe, Erin L. Hoppe, Jim Lovings, and Kimberly Shaw; six great-grandchildren; six great great-grandchildren and beloved nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be held at 1:00 PM Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at Eastlawn Gardens of Memory in Kernersville, North Carolina, with Rev. Dan Hipply officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of the Piedmont, 1801 Westchester Drive, High Point, North Carolina 27262. Hayworth-Miller Kernersville Chapel is assisting the family. Online condolences may be made at www.hayworth-miller.com.

Choate

Kernersville, NC- Reverend John Junior Choate, 71, passed away September 29, 2019. Funeral services will be held at 12noon Thursday, October 3, 2019 at United Holy Church of America, Greensboro, NC with family visitation at 11:00am. (RUSSELL)

Wililard

J Van Williard, 84, of Kernersville passed away peacefully Tuesday October 1, 2019.
Funeral Services celebrating his life will be held 3:30PM Friday October 4, 2019 at Kernersville Moravian Church with Reverend David Guthrie officiating. Interment will follow in God’s Acre at Kernersville Moravian Church.
A native of Guilford County, NC, J Van was the husband of 66 years to Ruth Smith Williard and the son of the late, Cyrus Franklin Williard and Lena Meadows Williard.
Survivors include his wife, Ruth of the home; daughters, Julia Stone and husband, Anthony of Iwakuni, Japan, and Ruth Beeson and husband, Gary of Kernersville, NC; sons, Jeff Williard and wife, Jennifer of Kernersville, and Charles Williard and wife, Stephanie of Raleigh, NC; grandchildren, Kristen Conway and husband, Rusty, Olivia Williard, Katie Williard, Charlie Williard, Emma Williard, Dow Adams, and Sadie Adams; great grandchildren, Henry Conway, Owen Conway, and Grady Conway; and sisters, Rebecca Proctor and husband, Ken of Ocean Isle Beach, NC, and Donna Decker and husband, Royce of Burlington, NC.
In addition to his parents, J Van was preceded in death by his son, Greg Williard.
The family will greet friends following the service in the fellowship hall.
Friends and family may view, and sign the guestbook at www.Pierce-JeffersonFuneralService.com
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Trellis Supportive Care, 101 Hospice Lane, Winston-Salem, NC 27103 or to the Christmas Stocking Fund, c/o Kernersville Moravian Church, 504 South Main Street, Kernersville, NC 27284.

Ballard

Lula Bell “Lucy” Pruitt Ballard, 83, of Kernersville, NC, passed away peacefully Friday September 27, 2019.
The family will greet friends from 6:00PM to 8:00PM Tuesday October 1, 2019 at the Main Street United Methodist Church, 306 S. Main St., Kernersville, NC 27284. Interment will be private at Oaklawn Memorial Gardens, Winston-Salem, NC.
Lucy was born March 17, 1936 in Stokes County, NC to Granville Odell Pruitt and Francis Goins Pruitt, both deceased. She retired from R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company with 19 years of service. Lucy married Keith Revere Smith May 30, 1952. Keith passed away July 30, 1967 after 15 years of marriage. Lucy adored and loved watching her two grandsons, Casey and Jason, play Little League Baseball through College Baseball. She was a member of Colfax Baptist Church.
Survivors include her beloved son, Keith Michael Smith and wife, Deborah Osborne Smith of Kernersville, NC; grandsons, Casey Revere Smith and wife, Stephanie of Colorado Springs, CO, and Jason Caswell Smith of Winston-Salem, NC; great grandson, Brayden Revere Smith, sister, Betty Mabe of Lawsonville, NC; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband, Keith, and her parents, Lucy was preceded in death by her sisters, Annie Mae McGee, Beatrice Clayton, and Brenda Litaker.
Friends and family may view and sign the guestbook at www.Pierce-JeffersonFuneralService.com
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Alzheimer’s Association 225 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60601, or at www.alz.org