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May 25, 2017

Kernersville – David James Eglinger, 75, passed away on Monday May 22, 2017 at his home. David was born on November 15, 1941 in Philadelphia County, PA to Joseph and Emily Fields Eglinger. David was a member of Kernersville Seventh-day Adventist Church for 22 years, where he served as Head Elder, a Sabbath School Teacher and Pathfinder Director. After moving to Florida, he served as Pastor of Cross City Church and Bonita Springs Church for many years. He loved spreading the Word of Jesus and loved his family. David shared his love of nature and the outdoors with his family by taking them on many camping trips when they were growing up! He also loved capturing nature through photography.
In addition to his parents, David was preceded in death by his grandson, Will Eglinger.
Surviving are his wife of 51 years, Evelyn Eglinger of the home; three sons, James Eglinger (wife, Wendy), Robert W. Eglinger (wife, Cyndi), and Eric Eglinger (wife, Christy); 11 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and one brother, Robert C. Eglinger (wife, Linda)
A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, June 4, 2017 at Kernersville Seventh-day Adventist Church with Pastor Lenton Edmonds officiating.
Burial will follow at the Kernersville Seventh-day Adventist Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.
Hayworth-Miller Kernersville Chapel is assisting the family. Online condolences may be made to the family at


May 25, 2017

Kernersville – Neal William Canada, 89, passed away Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at Piney Grove Nursing and Rehab. Neal was born on September 3, 1927 in Forsyth County to Elmer and Ruth Hines Canada. Neal retired from Thomas Built Buses with 43 years of service and was a member of Bunker Hill United Methodist Church.
In addition to his parents, Neal was preceded in death by three sisters, and two brothers.
Surviving are his wife, Jacqueline Campbell Canada; one brother, Dale Canada (wife, Glenda); one sister, Lolene Matthews; a sister-in-law, Carolyn McKaughan; two brothers-in-law, G.T. Campbell (wife, Gaylene) and Billy Campbell (wife, Shirley); a sister in law; Dorothy Canada, a special niece, Ashley Blalock and many other special nieces, nephews and relatives.
A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, May 27, 2017 at Bunker Hill United Meth-odist Church with Rev. David Rorie officiating. Burial will follow at Bunker Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Friday, May 26, 2017 at Hayworth Miller Kern-ersville Chapel.
Memorials may be made to Bunker Hill United Methodist Church, 1510 Bunker-Hill Sandy Ridge Rd, Kernersville, NC 27284.
Online condolences may be made to the family at


May 22, 2017

Kernersville – Donald Andrew Joyce, 86, quietly passed to his Heavenly home on May 21, 2017, where he joined together again with his wife, Maxine Duggins Joyce, after 11 years and 4 days. Also waiting to greet Don, were his parents, Robert Andrew and Mildred Hinsdale Joyce; his sister, Racheal Maxcy; and his much loved great-grandson, Shawn McKay. What a glorious homecoming it surely was!
Don and Maxine were soulmates, joining in holy matrimony on September 21, 1951 and were married for 54 years. To that marriage, and surviving him, are his sons, Michael Andrew Joyce (wife, Pam) and Thayer Joyce (special friend, Sonia Hage); two grandchildren, Eric Andrew Joyce (wife, Heather) and Lindsay Joyce Wade (husband, Junior); two great-grandchildren, Jun-ior Wade and Ethan Andrew Joyce. Two special nieces also survive, Caron Everhart and Brona Vest (husband, Richard).
Don was born on October 3, 1930 in Forsyth County and was a life long resident of Beeson CrossRoads and Sedge Garden United Methodist Church. As a matter of fact, the Joyce family, along with several others in the community grew up together for over 100 years, with each gener-ation carrying on the sense of “family”.
Don and Maxine loved to travel. They had visited most all 50 states, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. Family vacations at Myrtle Beach found the 4 Joyces all decked out in their matching beach attire! People would turn and watch as they would pass. Dad loved to see the smiles this sight would cause!
Don was a proud US Navy Veteran serving abroad the U.S.S Blair during the Korean War. He also was a founding member of Beeson CrossRoads Volunteer Fire Department. Living next door to the fire station, he usually was the first there. His family could always be found standing at the front window waiting to see which direction Dad headed. He could be found every year at the Dixie Classic Fair working the Fire Department Concession Stand at the entrance of the race track!
A funeral service to celebrate his life will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at Sedge Garden United Methodist Church with Rev. Dave Cash and Rev. Mike Goode officiat-ing. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1:00 – 1:45 p.m. prior to the service at the church.
Memorials may be made to Sedge Garden UMC, 794 Sedge Garden Rd, Kernersville, NC 27284. Hayworth-Miller Kernersville Chapel is assisting the family. Online condolences may be made to the family at


May 22, 2017

John David McKinney, 83, died May 20, 2017
Funeral Services celebrating his life will be held 11:00AM Thursday May 25, 2017 at First Presbyterian Church of Kernersville with Rev. Dan Wilkers officiating. The family will visit with friends from 5:30PM until 7:00PM Wednesday evening at the Pierce-Jefferson Funeral Home.
A native of Indianola, Mississippi, John was the son of the late Mable McCaleb and Homer McKinney. John would attend Mississippi State University for two years and later enroll at Oklahoma State University where he received an Associate’s Degree in Baking. He served his country with the United States Air Force. After his service with the Air Force, he returned to Mississippi State where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business. John received a William Walmsley Scholarship to American Institute of Baking and would graduate as a Master Baker in 1961. For the next ten years John would work in management at bakeries in Bermuda, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina.
While living in Wyoming, John was retired from Amoco Production Company after serving from 1971 until 1993. Wyoming offered him the opportunity to continue his childhood love of hunting and fishing, as well as raising cattle and Missouri foxtrotting horses. When John retired he moved to Destin, Florida where he bought a boat and spent many enjoyable times fishing the Gulf of Mexico.
In addition to his parents, John also was preceded in death by his first wife Phyllis Johnson McKinney, and his brother William H. McKinney.
Survivors include his loving wife Frances “Fran” Jones McKinney of the home; daughters Robin Morris and Frank of Columbus, Montana, and Lisa Rea of Durango, Colorado; sons David McKinney and Deb of Powell, Wyoming, and Cole McKinney and Lynette of Cortez, Colorado; step-son Dean Havas and Bonnie of Phoenix, Arizona; grandchildren Casey, Homer, Pam, Carolyn, Jarrod, Cody, Reagan, Sidney, and Alyssa; great-granddaughters Kayle and LaKota; numerous nieces and nephews; and many extended family and friends including Amy Carrickhoff and Brent of Oak Ridge, NC.
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Memorial contributions may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.


May 16, 2017

James Thomas “JT” Chandler, 77, went to heaven May 15, 2017.
Funeral Services celebrating his life will be held 11:00AM Saturday May 20, 2017 at Shady Grove Wesleyan Church with Pastor Nate Kingsbury and Rev. Phil Kirkman officiating. The family will visit with friends immediately following the service at the church.
A native of Forsyth County, J.T. was the son of the late Polina Lucille Bull and Charles Madison Chandler. J.T. served his country with the United States Army and was retired from Piedmont Airlines. He had been working recently at Kernersville Lake assisting with boat rentals and helping people.
He was a longtime member of Shady Grove Church and was an Usher of the church.
In addition to his parents, he also was preceded in death by brothers Virgil, Ray, Lawrence, Darrell, and Leonard.
Survivors include his loving wife of 48 years Sheila Chandler of the home; brother Gary Chandler of Kernersville; sister-in-law Sharyn Chandler; and several nieces and nephews.
Friends and family may sign, and view the guestbook at
In lieu of flowers, contributions are asked to be made to Shady Grove Wesleyan Church, P.O. Box 98, Colfax, NC, 27235.


May 11, 2017

Kernersville – Dewitt Eugene Rhoades was born on July 10, 1929 to Cordia Alice and Oscar Cicero Rhoades in Radical, Wilkes County, North Carolina, and passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family in Kernersville, North Carolina on May 8, 2017. He attended High Point University and served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War as a Fire-Control Officer and Senior Airman on the B-29 Bomber “No Sweat” in the 93rd Squadron, 19th Bomb Group, 2nd Air Force. He flew 26 combat missions over North Korea for which he received the U.S. Air Force Air Medal, the Korean War Medal, and the United Nations Service Medal among others.
Dewitt was a long-time executive and national leader in the office products and furniture industry founding FACTS Business Equipment in 1963 in Winston-Salem with partners Hobart Martin and Burt Townsend, and DERA, Inc, which he operated until his retirement. In 1981, President Ronald Reagan appointed Dewitt to the United States Small Business Administration National Advisory Council where he later served on its Executive Committee. He was a former Lt. Governor of the National Office Products Association and President of the Carolina Office Products Association. Dewitt was very active in the Winston-Salem Jaycees and received its Key Man Award.
Throughout his life, Dewitt served his country, state and community in numerous civic endeavors. In 2015, Dewitt was awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine for his lifetime service to the state and community. He was a longtime advocate on behalf of the North Carolina Community College System and Forsyth Technical Community College. Appointed to the Forsyth Tech Board of Trustees by Governor James Holshouser in 1976, Dewitt served on the board 38 years and became the longest serving Trustee in the school’s history upon his retirement in 2014. During his Board tenure, Dewitt served as Chairman and Vice-Chairman, and he also served as the Secretary-Treasurer, Vice-President and President of the N.C. Association of Community College Trustees. In recognition of his long-time service to Forsyth Tech and the Community College system, the Dewitt Rhoades Conference Center in the Oak Grove Center at Forsyth Tech was dedicated in 2015.
From his early childhood helping his Grandfather and Father in Wilkes County, Dewitt was a loyal participant in our government and electoral process. He was a Presidential Elector for the State of North Carolina in the United States Electoral College in 2000 and 2004, served on the Executive Committee of the North Carolina Republican Party, was Chairman of the Nominating Committees for both the 5th District NC Republican Party and Forsyth County Republican Party, and was a Commissioner on the Forsyth County Water Commission. He was presented the Life-time Achievement Award by the Forsyth County Republican Party and Outstanding Service Recognition by the 5th District Republican Party Committee.
Over six decades Dewitt was an active member at Kernersville First Baptist Church where he served in numerous capacities from Deacon and Chairman of the Nominating Committee to RA Basketball Coach and the Chancel Choir. He also served the Pilot Mountain Baptist Association as Finance Committee Chairman. Dewitt was a Freemason and member of the Kernersville Ma-sonic Lodge 669, Winston-Salem Scottish Rite, and the Oasis Shriners. He volunteered with the Boy Scouts of America as a Scoutmaster for Troop 779 at Sedge Garden United Methodist Church, and as a District Director and Board Member of Old Hickory Council. He was a member of the Order of the Arrow, the National Honor Society of the Boy Scouts of America.
In addition to his parents, Dewitt is preceded in death by his brother Dean Rhoades, sister Vera Rhoades Hayes and husband Chall, sister Veva Marie, and brothers-in-law Grady Kirkman and James Roberson. He is survived by his loving spouse of 66 years Mary Naylor Rhoades; daughter Lynn Rhoades; son Greg and daughter-in-law Kyo, granddaughter Cordia, grandson Tucker, wife Mara and great-grandson Griffin; son Neal and daughter-in-law Lynanne, and grandsons Jackson and Will; brother Vade G. Rhoades, M.D., and wife Sarah; sisters-in law Dorothy Rhoades, Ann Kirkman and Jane Roberson; nephews David Rhoades and wife Mary Beth, Mark Rhoades and wife Lisa, David Roberson and wife Patti, Steve Kirkman and wife Anne; nieces Saundra Hayes Van Strien, Karen Hayes Rotterman and husband Marc, Julie Kirkman Jones, and Emily Roberson Crossingham and husband Jim; and a host of grand nieces and nephews, cousins and extended family.
A celebration of Dewitt’s life will be held Monday, May 15, 2017, 12:00 Noon, at Kernersville First Baptist Church. The family will receive friends in the church fellowship hall immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Kernersville First Baptist Church Building and Grounds Fund, 401 Oakhurst Street, Kernersville, NC 27284, or to the Foundation of Forsyth Tech, 2100 Silas Creek Parkway, Winston-Salem, NC 27103-5197. Hay-worth-Miller Kernersville Chapel is assisting the family. Online condolences may be made at


May 11, 2017

Mr. Charlie Mahlon Crouse of Kernersville, was given his angel wings May 10, 2017. Funeral Services celebrating his life will be 2:00PM Saturday May 13 at his home on 806 Crouse Rd., Kernersville, N.C.
Charlie was born August 6, 1923 to the late Pearl Andrews Crouse and George Crouse.
Charlie was a Truck Driver his entire career with Mclean and Roadway Trucking Companies. He was a devoted husband to his late wife Ina Ray Crouse. His friends knew him as a very easy going and enjoyable man to be around.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by two sisters and four brothers.
Survivors include step-daughter, Gloria Ashe and Terry; step-sons Charles Legg and Kathy, James Ray Saunders and LeighAnn, Billie Jones and Jennifer; 15 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren, sister Imagene Chappell, special friends Teresa, Casey, and Stephanie Dodson, special pets BJ and Lacy, and many extended family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests you make a donation to the charity of your choice.
Family and friends may sign, and view the guestbook at
A special thanks is extended to the people who helped care for him over the last year.


May 9, 2017

Carlton Harker, age 89, passed away on May 8, 2017 in Winston-Salem.
Carlton was born in Le Mars, Iowa, the second son of Vincent and Eleanor Harker. This community suffered in his early years from drought, economic depression, and WWII but was essentially ecumenical and classless and believed education and hard work to be virtues. Armed with only their bicycles, youngsters in Le Mars enjoyed a great degree of freedom to live and grow and learn – so long as they were good and proper.
Following high school, Carlton served a tour with the 82nd and was both shocked and improved by his adventures. Strengthened thereby, Carlton furthered his education at the University of Iowa gaining both a BA and MS in mathematics. Carlton and Rita met in their senior year; Carlton claimed that he knew at once that Rita would bring to him what he lacked and wanted and Rita professed likewise. From this recognition, love rapidly grew. Their union measured 67 years.
Carlton was a practicing actuary for over 60 years and strived without ceasing to be a credit to his profession.
Carlton asserted to the end “it’s not over till it’s over” and claimed the end to be better than the beginning; he strived to “get it right” to the end.
Carlton is survived by his wife, Rita; daughter, Carla Harker, of Winston Salem; son, Douglas Harker, and his wife, Paula, and their daughter, Kayla, of Charlotte.
The funeral service will be Friday, May 12th at 11am a Vogler & Sons Funeral Home, 2951 Reynolda Rd. There will be a visitation half an hour prior at 10:30am. A gathering of family and friends will take place immediately after the service.


May 9, 2017

Jeffrey Horton, 55, passed away May 5, 2017. Funeral services celebrating his life will be held at 3:00PM Thursday, May 11, 2017 at Pierce-Jefferson Funeral Chapel.
Jeff was born June 19, 1961 in Carroll County, Virginia to Ruth Largen Horton and Alfred Sizer Horton.
He is predeceased by his grandparents, Sadie and Sizer Horton and Clarice and Frank Largen.
In addition to his parents, those left to cherish his memory include his daughter Jennifer Heyl Parks and husband Elliott; siblings, David Horton and wife Scarlett, Jason Horton and wife Kathy and Diana Allison and husband Jamie; nieces, Angela Horton, Sarah Horton, Lauren Horton, Sydney Allison, Ava Horton and nephew Cole Allison.
Jeff lived most of his life in Kernersville and was a 1979 graduate of East Forsyth High School. He was an avid sports fan, especially the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team, and a passionate film enthusiast.
The family will visit with friends following the service on Thursday in the chapel.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations in his memory to Autism Speaks, or 336-416-3802.
Family and friends may sign, and view the guestbook at


April 21, 2017

Kernersville – Paul Buster Roper, Sr., 78, went home to be with our Lord, Thursday, April 20, 2017 at his home surrounded by his loving family. Paul was born on July 5, 1938 in Swain County to Harley John and Ellen Mae Pasmore Roper. Paul was a member of The Church of God of Prophecy of High Point and retired from Roadway Trucking after 33 years of service. He was a natural jokester, loved fishing and repairing lawn mowers. In his retirement, Paul took up cooking and loved feeding his family.
In addition to his parents, Paul was preceded in death by his wife, Vera Buck Roper; one great grandson, Timothy Shane Malone; and four brothers.
Surviving are three daughters, Lois Ann Shields (Kenneth), Ellen Mae Tolbert (Michael), and Hope Lynn Tinnes (Gary); two sons, Paul Roper, Jr. (Janice), and Donald Roper (Sherry); 13 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; one brother, Kenneth Roper; a special sister-in-law, Betty Jo Roper; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Sunday April 23, 2017 at Hayworth Miller Kernersville Chapel with Rev. Ben Duncan officiating. The family will receive friends from 2:00 – 2:45 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home. There will be a private family burial at Eastlawn Gardens of Memory on Tuesday, April 25, 2017.
The family extends a special thank you to Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home for their caring staff.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home, 101 Hospice Lane, Winston-Salem, NC 27103.
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