August 13, 2018

After a life of service to God, family, and community, Kay Collins Sudderth of Kernersville was called home on Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018.
Kay was a longtime member of First Presbyterian Church of Kernersville, where she was the organist and secretary. This continued a practice of worship and service she established in her family’s church, Newland Presbyterian Church of Newland, NC.
She was born in Monroe County on March 9, 1945, to Howard and Mabel Hughes Collins. She earned her bachelor’s and master of business education degrees from Appalachian State University and taught in Avery County Public Schools. She married William Hugh “Rusty” Sudderth, Jr. on August 4, 1968; the couple proudly celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this month.
Surviving are her husband, Rusty; son William Hugh “Chip” Sudderth III, wife Shannon, and grandson Will; and son Charles Collins “Chuck” Sudderth and wife Hsuan-yi Cheng.
The family will receive friends at Pierce-Jefferson Funeral Service, 213 W. Mountain St., Kernersville, NC 27284, from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 14. A service of witness to the resurrection will be held at First Presbyterian Church, 611 Oakhurst St., Kernersville, NC 27284, at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 15. A graveside service will be held in the Hughes Cemetery on Squirrel Creek in Newland at 3 p.m. the same day.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to First Presbyterian Church at the address above or to the Hughes Cemetery Fund, c/o Mrs. Lib Greene, 124 Maple St., Newland, NC 28657.
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August 13, 2018

STOKESDALE – Donald Lewis Garner, Jr., 54, died on Saturday, August 4, 2018, at his home.
The family will receive friends from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m., Monday, August 13, 2018 at Colonial Funeral Home in Madison.
Mr. Garner was born on November 2, 1963 in Guilford County to Elaine Williams Asher and the late Donald Lewis Garner, Sr. Donald was previously employed as a heavy equipment operator and pipe layer, thoroughly enjoying both professions. His hobbies included racing, tractors and being an all-around Mr. Fix-It. His family was of upmost importance to him, especially his loving grandkids.
In addition to his mother, survivors include his fiancé and longtime companion of twenty-seven years, Barbara Manley; step-son, Brandon Manley; step-daughter, Brandy Manley Wilkins; brothers, Kenneth Garner (Stacy), Paul Garner (Amy) and Trevor Garner (Monica); grandchildren, Chloe and Wyatt Wilkins; two uncles; three aunts and many nieces and nephews.
Colonial Funeral Home in Madison, North Carolina is serving the family.
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August 6, 2018

Kernersville – Mr. Noah Delbert Lauten, Sr., 96, passed away August 6, 2018 at the Liberty Lane Hospice Home in Salisbury, NC. Mr. Lauten was born April 14, 1922 to Ida Welch Lauten and Willie Reid Lauten. Mr. Lauten lived the greatest portion of his life on the original family farm. He seemed to enjoy working in the “dirt” and loved to see things grow. All his life, Mr. Lauten had a knack for fixing things. His life on the family farm afforded him exposure to a myriad of farm tools on which to work as a boy. He was more formally trained by the Army as a mechanic soon after his enlistment and put that talent and training to work for 38 years at S & R Motor Company in Kernersville, retiring from that same Chrysler dealership as the shop foreman in July 1987. Our father lived at a time where everyone in Kernersville knew almost everyone else and most folks called him “Dewberry”, a nickname he acquired as a young boy who liked to climb up those type of berry trees and eat the fruit. He was one of the longest living founding members of Union Cross Baptist Church and served in numerous capacities at the church until his health would not permit. Mr. Lauten enlisted in the U.S. Army in July 1940 and was honorably discharged in April 1945 with the rank of E-8. While training in England, Mr. Lauten secured additional “work” by testing parachutes for the Air Force and made over 600 jumps to perfect a parachute system for pilots of a certain type of plane. He was ultimately promoted to First Sergeant of the headquarters company, 377th Parachute Field Artillery, 101st Airborne Division and as such, was a member of the D-Day invasion forces, 6 June 1944. He suffered an initial wound in his left knee on the second day of the invasion. He lost 153 men in his company alone on D-Day and 22 days of subsequent fighting to get back to the Allied lines in France. Out of 305 men in his company, only 29 would ultimately make it back to the United States. After a minimal recovery in Edinburgh, Scotland, he was returned to active duty and jumped for the second time, 17 September 1944, in Operation Market Garden, in Holland. Somewhere outside Nijmegen, Holland on 21 October 1944, he was blown through a wall, the result of the concussion from an M-80 rocket that exploded near him. Another 10 or 12 of his men died that day. He woke up in Denver, CO in April 1945, not knowing how he got there. Throughout his life, he had not pursued commendations that had been awarded by the Army. However, Mr. Lauten was a decorated WWII Veteran and shortly after his 89thbirthday, Senator Richard Burr saw to it that he was awarded a series of medals and ribbons he earned, including a purple heart with oak leaf cluster, two bronze stars, distinguished unit citation, along with numerous other theater and unit Presidential citations. He was predeceased by his mother, father and a brother, Vernon Lauten; along with numerous cousins, uncles, aunts and old Army buddies that he managed to keep in touch with throughout the years. He was also preceded in death by his loving wife, Willie Frances Seal Lauten in May 1996. Mr. Lauten is survived by two sons, Noah Delbert Lauten, Jr. (Becky) and Michael Noble Lauten (Sunni); three grandsons, Darren Lauten (Jessica), Daniel P. Lauten, and Russell T. Lauten (Amy); one granddaughter, Angela Lauten Page (Nate); two great-grandsons, Alex Southwick and Nate Lauten; two great-granddaughters, Katie Southwick, and Brenna Lauten; bonus grandchildren, Bo Poske (Megan), Tripp Poske, and Maggie Poske; three sisters, Velma Lauten Matthews, Hallene Lauten Brindle and Shirley M. Lauten; along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family friend, Gayle Wimbrow. The family will receive friends Thursday, August 9, 2018 at Union Cross Baptist Church from 10:00 – 10:45 a.m. prior to an 11:00 a.m. Celebration of Life service that will be conducted by Dr. Kent Kern and Dr. Steve Ayers. Interment to follow at Oaklawn Memorial Gardens. Flowers will be accepted, but our father requested that memorials be made to Union Cross Baptist Church- Building Fund, 4350 High Point Rd, Kernersville, NC 27284; KBR Hospice and Palliative Care, 101 Hospice Ln, Winston-Salem, NC 27103; Liberty Lane Hospice, 1601 Brenner Ave, Salisbury, NC 28144; or the charity of donor’s choice. Hayworth Miller Kernersville Chapel is assisting the family. Online condolences may be made at


August 6, 2018

Colfax – Mrs. Carolyn Jessup Williams, 81, passed away August 3, 2018. She was born in Guilford County, N.C. on March 2, 1937 to the late Everett Pearly Jessup and Bertha Della Cox. Carolyn was a real estate agent and co-owner of Tom West’s Association for the majority of her career. She was an amazing cook and enjoyed nothing more than cooking for her family and friends and was perhaps Judge Judy’s number one fan. She would sneak away to her beach condo any chance she had. Carolyn was an avid book reader. She was an intelligent and witty woman, who always seem to have the winning hand in poker! Even when her vision failed, she still loved to play solitaire on her extra-large monitor. She was a very dedicated woman and always made sure family traditions were valued and carried on. In addition to her parents, Carolyn was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Robert “Bob” Larry Williams, Sr. her son, Robert “Hoby” Larry Williams, Jr., a daughter, Stacey Lynn Williams Krusinski, as well as an infant son, her brother, Everett Wayne Jessup, and son-in-law, Daniel Bretton DeVaney.
Surviving are her daughter, Juliana DeVaney; a daughter-in-law, Nancy Davis Williams; a son in law, Darlish Ray Krusinski; six grandchildren; Monica Leigh Williams, Dustin Ray Krusinski, Amber Lynn Krusinski, Robert Daniel Williams, Madelyn Breanna DeVaney, and Kristin Danielle DeVaney, three sisters; Jackie J. (Robert) Morris, Linda J. (Gary) Allred, Jerri J. Lubke, and many caring, loving family and friends.
A memorial service will be held 2:00 PM Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at Shady Grove Wesleyan Church with Rev. Phil Kirkman officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. There will be a reception with light refreshments following the service in the fellowship hall. Hayworth-Miller Kernersville Chapel is assisting the Williams family. Memorials may be made to Shady Grove Wesleyan Church, 119 North Bunker Hill Road, Colfax, North Carolina 27235. Online condolences may be made to


July 30, 2018

Mr. John Thomas “Tommy” Cooke, 68, passed away Wednesday, July 18, 2018. Tommy was born on March 1, 1950, in Halifax, North Carolina to Louie Davis Cooke, Sr. and Betsy Ring Cooke. His mother passed away February 15, 1964 when Tommy was just 13 years old. His father re-married Martha Ivey Cooke who he cared for deeply until her death in 2016. Tommy was cared for in his early years by his maternal grandparents the late Clay V. Ring Sr. and Maude Kerner Ring.
His family and childhood friends knew him as Tommy, however during his professional career with the City of High Point he was known as John. Tommy graduated from Chowan College and later received his Civil Engineering degree from Guilford College. He worked several years with a private testing laboratory prior to becoming an engineer with the City of High Point. He was very proud to say “I have several bridges still standing “. In 1982, he left the City to pursue his interest in woodworking in opening Cooke’s Custom Cabinets of which he operated until the time of his death. Tommy’s expertise in fine cabinet making can be found in countless homes & businesses throughout the region and as far away as NJ. His love of wood and the desire to create quality cabinets and furniture for his customers was his passion. He worked daily until his health would no longer permit.
Tommy is survived by a daughter Sharon Young of Thomasville, grandson Robert Crisp of Walnut Cove, his special “lady friend“ Jerry Hunter of Winston-Salem, one sister Marty Walker (John) of Hampstead, five brothers, Louie D. Cooke, Jr. (Jenny) of New Bern, Phillip R. Ferris (Barbara) of Florida, Paul L. Ferris (Donna) of Quaker Gap, Dennis W. Ferris (Robyn) of Kernersville, Mike Cooke (Judie) of Brown Summit, uncle, Clay V. Ring, Jr. of Winston-Salem, cousin, Ann Hall Ring Wauford of Rural Hall, numerous nieces and nephews of which he was very proud.
A Celebration of Tommy’s life will be held at Main Street United Methodist Church in Kernersville, on Saturday, August 4th at 1:00 PM, Dr. Al Ward officiating. The family will greet friends at the church from 12:00 noon until 12:45 PM. Interment will follow the service in the church cemetery.
Special thanks to the staff of Trinity Glen for the care given to Tommy during his illness. In lieu of floral tributes memorials may be directed to Lutheran Services Carolina, 1416 S. Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave.PO Box 947, Salisbury, NC 28145
Online condolences may be directed to the family at
Boone & Cooke Inc. Funeral Home and Crematory.


July 25, 2018

Flora Belle Wright Whicker, 82, passed away on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at Piney Grove Nursing and Rehab. Flora Belle was born on October 6, 1935 in Guilford County to John and Velia Ballard Wright. She grew up on a farm and enjoyed fishing, gardening and especially loved watching the hummingbirds.
In addition to her parents, Flora Belle was preceded in death by her husband of almost 60 years, James Andrew Whicker; one son, Paul Whicker; two sisters and four brothers.
Surviving are her son, Thomas Ray Whicker; her daughter, Joann Royal (husband, Eddie); five grandchildren, Renae Barnette (Joel), Travis Royal, Jason Whicker, Amy Collins (Mike), and Paula Bowman; eight great-grandchildren; and one sister, Ruth Ann Bobbitt of Salisbury.
A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, July 27, 2018 at Eastlawn Gardens of Memory Mausoleum. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the Mausoleum.
Memorials may be made to American Diabetes Association, 1300 Baxter Street – Suite 150, Charlotte, North Carolina, 28204.
Hayworth Miller Kernersville Chapel is assisting the family. Online condolences may be made at


July 23, 2018

Mr. Robert Wayne Peddycord, 75, passed away July 20, 2018 at Forsyth Medical Center. He was born November 12, 1942 in Forsyth County to the late Thomas Grady Peddycord and Allie Pope Peddycord. He was preceded in death by his wife, Melba Carolyn Peddycord in 2012. Mr. Peddycord is survived by his son, Jeff Peddycord (Phyllis); his two daughters, Rhonda Landreth (Brian) and Debbie Deaton (David); Eight grandchildren, Robert (Randi), Chris (Hayley) and Tyler (Cheyene) Landreth, Emily, Wade and Matthew Peddycord, Tim and Dalton Hydorn; four great-grandchildren. The family will receive friends from 6:00pm until 8:00pm on Monday, July 23, 2018 at Hayworth-Miller Kernersville Chapel and at other times at the home of Jeff & Phyllis Peddycord. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00am, Tuesday, July 24, 2018 at Pisgah United Methodist Church with Pastor Michele Brown Hill officiating. Inurnment will follow at Gardens of Memory in Walkertown. Memorials may be made to Pisgah United Methodist Church, 2165 Pisgah Church Rd., Kernersville, NC 27284.
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July 20, 2018

Ivey Martin Redmon, Sr., 95, went home to be with his Lord July 18, 2018.
Funeral Services celebrating his life will be held 2:00 PM on Saturday, July 28, 2018 at Main Street United Methodist Church in Kernersville with Rev. Dr. Michael Gehring, Rev. Dale Hilton, and Rev. Rick Carter officiating. The family will visit with friends immediately following the service at the Paul Ciener Botanical Gardens. Graveside services with full military honors will be held 5:00 PM Saturday, July 28, 2018 in the Pisgah United Methodist Church cemetery in Kernersville.
Ivey was born January 31, 1923 in Stokes County to the late Adelia Fandora Tuttle and John Wesley Redmon. He was married to the late Doris Mae Motsinger for fifty-seven years. In addition to his parents and wife, he also was preceded in death by his son Kevin Keith Redmon, and brothers Troy, Porter, Orville, Odell, John Ray, and Lester Redmon.
Ivey was a graduate of Skyland Signal Corp School in Winston-Salem and the United Electronic Engineering School in Louisville, Kentucky. He also studied at Babcock School of Management at Wake Forest University.
He would serve his country with the United States Army with the European Theatre Operation. He was a Combat Communications Sergeant with the 36th Calvary Reconn. Ivey was awarded three Bronze Stars, Battle Stars, and numerous other medals of honor.
He served as a member of numerous organizations within his community. He was past Chairman of the Kernersville Chamber of Commerce and received the Chamber’s Community Award in 1988, the prestigious Lee and Joan Hope Award, a Community Enhancement Award, graduate of Kernersville Leadership Class, treasurer of Kernersville Cares for Kids, and past president of Kernersville Historical Society. He served on the Board for Forsyth Sci Works, Forsyth ABC Board, Kernersville Downtown Preservation and Development Council, Crisis Control, Kernersville Shepherd’s Center, Kernersville Novant Hospital, Paul Ciener Botanical Gardens, and advisory board member for Kernersville Parks and Recreation Sidewalk/Bike and Green Trail. He was a past member of the Friends of the Library. He was an active member of the Kernersville Exchange Club since its inception in 1952, where he had served as President, Treasurer, and Secretary. He would serve eight years on the Kernersville Board of Alderman and was Mayor Pro-Tem for two years. He also served as a Justice of the Peace.
Ivey was a member of Main Street United Methodist Church where he was an assistant Sunday School Teacher, member of the Building and Finance Committee, and the Church Council. He was inducted into the Methodist Church Who’s Who in 1962.
Ivey was a partner in Redmon/Motsinger Grocery in Kernersville, owner of Redmon Radio & TV Sales and Service, president of Redmon/Hutchins Appliance, Furniture Sales and Service, general sales manager of Dalton-Hege Radio Supply in Winston-Salem, and owner of L.G. White Southern Electronic Representatives, Inc.
His favorite hobbies included golf, gardening, bicycle repair for local youth, woodworking, and traveling.
Survivors include his daughters Sharon Jan Redmon Stamper and Robert “Bob,” and Tina D. Redmon Higgins and Scott all of Kernersville; son Ivey M. Redmon, Jr. and Sue of Kingsport, Tennessee; sister Mae Petticord of Lilburn, Georgia; nine grandchildren, fourteen great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, extended family and community friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Main Street United Methodist Church, 306 South Main Street, Kernersville, NC 27284, or one’s favorite charity.
The family is grateful for the love, grace, and care provided by the staff of Kerner Ridge Assisted Living and Home Loving Senior Care.
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“Make a point to help or assist someone every day, then thank God for the strength”-Ivey Redmon


July 18, 2018

William Byron Kerner, Sr., 89, died on Saturday, July 7 at his home at The Colonnades in Charlottesville, Virginia, with his wife Betty by his side.
Born October 20, 1928 in Kernersville, North Carolina, he was the son of Essie Hankins Kerner and Rephelius Byron Kerner. He was preceded in death by his sister, Frances.
Bill was educated at Virginia Episcopal School and at the University of Virginia, where he attended as an NROTC midshipman, and was a member of the Serpentine Club and the Glee Club. Following his graduation in 1951, he reported for active naval duty aboard the USS Henley in Norfolk. Upon completion of his first active duty tour in 1954, he and his wife Betty were married in 1955, and he enrolled in Moravian Theological Seminary that autumn. After an interregnum during which he taught English and coached tennis at the Pomfret School in Connecticut, Bill completed his Divinity Degree and became pastor at Providence Moravian Church, near Winston-Salem. In 1965, the Bureau of Naval Personnel asked him to return to active duty as a Chaplain, an appointment that would allow his family to live and learn in a variety of places as far-flung as Newport, Rhode Island; Grosse Ile, Michigan; Naples, Italy; and New London, Connecticut.
Bill retired from the Navy in 1982, and in the ensuing years, his love of educational travel and cultural adventure propelled him and Betty around the world again, beginning with a year in Jerusalem (studying biblical archeology at the Institute for Holy Land Studies). He loved to learn new things, whether it was a summer class in Maine on post-and-beam construction (which enabled him to build a wing on his Richmond home), how best to bargain with rug merchants in the wild rural west of Turkey, or the countless lectures and performances he and Betty enjoyed over their many summers visiting the Chautauqua Institution in upstate New York. Back home in Richmond, Bill was a cornerstone of a new Moravian congregation, Redeemer Moravian Church. He was later an active member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Richmond, where he served as a Stephen Minister and was a spirited volunteer for a variety of social efforts, including St. Pauls’ Woodville tutoring program, and Meals-on-Wheels.
Bill was a strong, principled, faithful man whose sometimes stern demeanor belied his droll sense of humor. He spent his final decade living in Charlottesville, close to his children and grandchildren, cheering vigorously for his alma mater’s basketball team, and stopping into nearby Splendora’s with a frequency reserved for those possessing his professional-grade sweet tooth.
Bill is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Brewer Kerner; his daughter Hilary Kerner, daughter-in-law Carolyn Shears, and grandson Langston Kerner-Shears, of Charlottesville; his son Will Kerner, of Charlottesville; his son Thane Kerner, daughter-in-law Loaina Kerner, and granddaughter Luciana Kerner, of New York, NY; his sister, Dorothy Per-Lee, and brother-in-law, John H. Per-Lee, Sr., of Atlanta; his nieces Cynthia Per-Lee, Anne Porr, Anna Smith, and Cheri McCoy, and nephews Phil Per-Lee and John H. Per-Lee, Jr., as well as nine grand-nieces and grand-nephews.
There will be a memorial service celebrating Bill’s life at 2pm on Saturday, August 11th at Kernersville Moravian Church at 504 S. Main Street in Kernersville. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests you make a contribution to Habitat for Humanity or the Moravian Camp, Conference, and Retreat Center (Laurel Ridge).

Frances Norman Collins

July 16, 2018

I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth. – Psalm 121
J Frances Norman Collins entered into the more immediate presence of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ near midnight, Friday, July 13, 2018. She was 93 years old.
Born February 14, 1925, to Henry Arvil Norman and Bessie Reece Norman in the Smithtown Community of Yadkin County. She and her brother, Ray Norman were raised in a rural farming community where she acquired a deep faith, a strong work ethic, a patient demeanor and a boundless love for family. She was married to Harry Lee Collins, Jr. on September 7, 1942 whom she met on a blind date just months before. Their 60-year marriage ended upon his death January 20, 2003. Frances and Harry had two children, Rebecca Jean Venable (Joe) and A.L. “Buddy” Collins (Rene’), whom they raised in the Ardmore Community of Winston-Salem.
During their retirement, Frances and Harry moved to Kernersville living next door to their son and enjoying the love, laughter and energy of two of their grandchildren, Whitney Hunter (Gray) and David Collins. She was also very proud of her granddaughters, Tori Whalen and April Ma-nuel (Keith), whom she spoiled with love, affection and constant attention. Always available for a chat, a meal or just a phone call, Frances remained a part of their lives until her death.
Her long life allowed her to see two great grandchildren, Heather Millsaps (Ryan Moore) and Bay Routh, graduate from college and began their careers. Great-grandchildren, Will Hunter and Salem Hunter, are young but were showered with her love during frequent visits to her at Trinity Elms Retirement Center in Clemmons.
Forsaking public work at RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company in 1957, Frances was a homemaker. She was a friend to many and loved by all who were embraced by her gentle spirit. While active in many church, school and civic endeavors, Frances and Harry found their greatest joy as mem-bers of the Camel Caravan and Airstream travel trailer clubs where they made a host of friends as they traveled throughout the country.
Graveside services will be held in God’s Acre in Old Salem in Winston-Salem at 11 AM Thurs-day, July 19, 2018. The family will visit with friends immediately following the service.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made in memory of Frances Norman Collins to Ardmore Moravian Church, 2013 West Academy Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27103.
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