Obituaries

Manns

Winston-Salem – Mr. Cornelius “BC” Manns, 75, passed away on Monday, September 14, 2020 at Wake Forest Baptist Health Medical Center. He was born on April 24, 1945 in Guilford County to Mack Manns and Maxine Brooks Manns. He graduated from Laughlin High School in Summerfield NC in 1963 where he was a part of the basketball team. He also attended Winston-Salem State University with a concentration in Business. BC was avid golfer and loved to play different courses. After 45 years as Operations Manager, he retired from Gilbarco. He was member of St. Peters World Outreach Center where he would alternate driving the church van. BC believed in service to his community where he provided and served meals to the homeless at the Salvation Army. He helped coach Little League Football and participated in the African American Youth Mentor program where he provided golf lessons. BC was a generous supporter of the March for Babies for which he and his fiancée annually raised over $5000.00.
He was a loving father, grandfather, great grandfather, and friend who will be greatly missed.
In addition to his parents, BC was preceded in death by his sister, Betty Manns; and his aunts who helped raise him, Odessa Brooks, Lucy Wilson, Nellie Frazier, and Elsie Frazier. Left to cherish his memory are three sons, Wesley Manns (wife, Jametta), Cornelius L. Jefferies (wife, Sunny Joyce), and Cornelius D. Manns, Jr.; three daughters, Alisa Manns (husband, Roger), Lisa Alameda (husband, Edwin), and Tashika “Tasha” Russell (husband, Travis); his fiancée, Charlisa Y. Davis of Fayetteville, NC; nine grandchildren, David Gregg, Lamar Gregg, Delana Davis, Delano Davis II, Shelena Houck, Cornelius Hardy, Tristian Jones, Harper Jefferies, and Tre’Von Jones; and 11 great grandchildren.
The family would like to express their heartfelt gratitude for BC’s fiancée, Charlisa for her love and care for him over the years.
With social distancing observed and masks requested, a graveside service for BC will be held at 11 am on Monday, September 21, 2020 at Piedmont Memorial Gardens. Due to public restrictions, there will be no formal visitation, but friends may come and view Mr. Manns as well as sign the register book from 12:00 pm until 5:00 pm on Sunday, September 20, 2020 at Hayworth-Miller Kernersville Chapel. Online condolences may be made at www.hayworth-miller.com.

Timmons

Kernersville – Mrs. Nancy Goforth Timmons passed away peacefully on Tuesday, September 15, 2020 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. She was born on August 17, 1931 in Winston-Salem. Nancy was from a large family. All seven of her brothers served in the military – five of her older brothers served in WWII. She was a member of Main Street Baptist Church and enjoyed playing bridge at the Senior Center in Kernersville. She also enjoyed various crafts and baking pies.
Nancy is survived by her husband of 68 years, Fred Timmons; two children; six grandchildren; and eight great grandchildren.
A memorial service for Nancy will be scheduled at a future date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Trellis Supportive Care at 101 Hospice Lane, Winston-Salem, NC 27103 or to Main Street Baptist Church in Kernersville at 126 North Main Street, Kernersville, NC 27284. Hayworth-Miller Kernersville Chapel is assisting the family. Online condolences may be made at www.hayworth-miller.com.

Poteat

Mazie Haynes Poteat, 87, went to be with her Lord September 13, 2020.
Graveside Funeral Services to celebrate her life will be held 1:00PM Monday September 21, 2020 at Eastlawn Gardens of Memory. The family will visit with friends Monday from 12:30PM until time for the service at the cemetery.
Mazie was the daughter of the late Ruth Snead and Samuel Haynes. In addition to her parents, she also was preceded in death by her loving husband of 49 years, Raymond “Ray” Poteat; daughter, Kelly Poteat Widener; brothers, Woodrow Haynes and Clifton Haynes; sisters, Eva Hanks and Louis Meetze.
She had worked as a telephone operator in Danville, Virginia prior to moving to Winton-Salem. She was a loving and devoted mother, and “MeMaw”, as she was lovingly referred by her grand-children.
Survivors include her daughter, Lee Ann Poteat Crouse; sons, Barry Poteat and Todd Poteat; grandchildren, Amy Crouse, Leslie Widener Tran, Jamie Widener, Melody Widener, Corey Wid-ener, Nichole Poteat McCroskey, and Lance Widener; four great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
Friends and family may sign, and view the guestbook at www.Pierce-JeffersonFuneralService.com

Collins

Johnny Winfred Collins, Jr., passed away peacefully, September 14, 2020, with his loving wife by his side.
Johnny was born January 20, 1940 to the late Johnny W. Collins, Sr. and Myrtle Currie Collins. He graduated from Bessemer High School in Greensboro, and later graduated from the Universi-ty of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He would later serve his country for six years with the Unit-ed States Navy. He served as an Air Controller, and was aboard the USS Roosevelt during the Cuban Blockade.
He was an avid golfer, and enjoyed following his beloved Tar Heels.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Gay, of the home; children, April Smith and Robert, and Johnny W. Collins, III; sister, Kathy Strickland and Ronnie, Gloria Hull, and Peggy Rau and Bob; and numerous grandchildren, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
At Johnny’s request, there will be no service at this time. Friends and family may sign, and view the guestbook at www.Pierce-JeffersonFuneralService.com
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Trellis Support Care of Forsyth County.

Stewart

Stewart, Julia Cook
Julia was born December 24, 1947 in Kernersville, NC and lived in Kernersville, NC most of her adult life. Julia passed through this earthly veil September 12, 2020 where she was predeceased by her loving parents Ollie (Tom) and Ora Cook; her loving partner Neil Pardue; her siblings Tommy Cook and Bill Matthews. They are having a joyous reunion in Heaven!
Julia leaves behind the family she loved so much, son Michael and his partner Glenda, son Dean and his wife Joy. Sister, Beck and her husband Ed, Sister in law Jane. Niece, Chris and her husband Rob, Nephew, Matt and wife Lesa. Julia was also an extremely proud grandmother of four; grandson Ramy, granddaughter Berkeley, grandson Caleb and granddaughter Chloe.
Julia was an unselfish and giving person who loved celebrating holidays and other special gatherings with her family. She had an ease with people that let them know that she truly cared for them. She will be missed by many.
Julia was a long-time member of Kernersville Friends Church in Kernersville, NC where she and her partner Neil enjoyed participating in the Church. Many of her devoted and dear friends attended church with her. Julia was strong, independent and social; she had many dear friends. We express our gratitude to her many dear and loyal friends who have enriched her life.
Julia retired from General Dynamics where worked for many years.
Julia loved cooking, volunteering, traveling and anything involving her grandchildren.
Blessed with a keen mind and memory, Julia remained home until shortly before her passing.
A Memorial service for family and friends will be held September 18, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. at Kernersville Friends Church located at 320 N. Main St. Kernersville, NC 27284. Please wear masks.
Pastor Jerry Gibbons is assisting the Stewart family.

Bowman

Lottie Faye “Maw” Jones Bowman, 82, earned her heavenly wings and went to be with the Lord on September 12, 2020 at Forsyth Medical Center surrounded by family.
Lottie was born March 22, 1938 at St. Joseph Hospital in Pinehurst, NC, to the late Amos Hue Tee and Mamie McLawhorn Jones.
Lottie attended school at City Memorial Hospital – School of Radiology Technology and gradu-ated in 1957. She worked at City Hospital until Forsyth Memorial was built. She was a Chief Radiology Technologist and Diagnostic Manager at Forsyth Medical Center for 35 years. She retired from Forsyth Medical Center and went to work as the Clinical Director at Triad Radiolog-ical Associates for eight years. She was also an instructor at Forsyth Technical Community Col-lege over the years.
She was loved by many, especially her late husband Jessie James Bowman. They were married for 53 years. She was a charter member of Manna Baptist church for over 50 years and dearly loved her church family.
In addition to her parents, Lottie Bowman was preceded in death by her husband, Jessie James Bowman, a sister, Verna Mae Pardon of Mocksville, NC and a brother Benny Ross Jones of West End, NC. She is survived by her children Pat Roberts; Greg Bowman (Denise); Steve Bowman (Cheryl); and Ryan Bowman (Melissa). Maw was dearly loved by her nine grandchil-dren, Kenneth, Garrett, Patrick, Lauren, Kendall, Brandon, AJ, Carter, and Drew; a great grand-child, Grant; numerous nieces, and nephews; a devoted sister and best friend Gerline Martin and a brother James Jones.
Lottie truly loved her family and treasured the time she spent together. Lottie often opened her door to family, friends, and anyone in need. It made her happy to care for others, especially those with four legs. She loved cooking, which she enjoyed sharing with others, including big family lunches on Sundays, baking cookies, pumpkin rolls and taking turkey sandwiches to coworkers after Thanksgiving. Her family anticipated and looked forward to their special birthday meal and homemade birthday treats. She was a caring mother to more than just her four children…she was an inspiration to many and will be greatly missed.
A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at 3:00 pm at East Lawn Garden of Memory located at 530 Dobson Street, Kernersville, NC. COVID-19 guidelines will be observed.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Cancer Services, 3175 Maplewood Avenue, Win-ston-Salem, NC 27103.
Online condolences may be sent to www.salemfh.com.

Turner

Mr. James Vaughn Turner, Sr., 88, died peacefully in his home on Wednesday, September 9, 2020 surrounded by his loving family.
Vaughn was born in Hamptonville, NC on December 20, 1931 in a small house on the farm his family worked. He grew up raising tobacco and working hard. He was then drafted into the Army in 1953 and spent 2 years guarding the Berlin wall. He then left home and went to the big city of Winston-Salem, NC. He quickly began going to Gospel Light Baptist Church where he met the love of his life Nancy Temples, they were married on October 10, 1959. They raised 3 children in Walkertown, NC, and because of his hair color, he earned the nickname Red. They began a bus ministry at the church in the 1970’s, and he faithfully ran a bus for 50 years bringing children and adults to church. Only God knows how many people will be in Heaven because of the bus ministry our Daddy gave selflessly to. He spent countless hours in “Noahtown” witnessing and ministering to his bus family. He loved to rebuild things and tinker with machinery, and he retired from Pump and Tank shop in 2015.
If you asked a hundred people who this man was, they’d all give you a different story. You would hear Bus Captain, faithful servant, Champion of the faith, jokester, “favorite” Uncle, and many more; but to us he is Daddy. He left us this past Wednesday with very little warning, and we are sorrowing in our loss. Fortunately, we have the blessed assurance that we will see him in Heaven one day.
He is preceded in death by his faithful wife of 60 years on July 11, 2020, Nancy Temples Turner, his parents Preston and Lizzie Turner, his brothers and sister Bill Turner, June (Turner) Stevenson, and Jack Turner, his nephews Billy and Michael Turner, and a host of Aunts, Uncles and Cousins. He is survived by his loving children James and Lesa (McBride) Turner of Mayodan, Mark Turner of Walkertown, Charona (Turner) and Richard Remillard of Walkertown, and his adored grandson Joseph Remillard; Sister Joy Jarvis of Walkertown. He also has many nieces and nephews that he loved dearly.
Friends may come to view Br. Red as well as sign the register book from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at Gospel Light Baptist Church on Saturday, September 12, 2020, there will be a funeral conducted at 1:00 pm directly following. He will be buried in the cemetery at Gospel Light following the service. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Gospel Light Baptist Church Bus Ministry P.O. Box 38, Walkertown, NC 27051. This was his lifelong passion, and he gave everything he had to this ministry. The address for Gospel Light Baptist Church is 890 Walkertown Guthrie Road, Winston-Salem. Hayworth-Miller Kernersville Chapel is assisting the family. Online condolences may be made to www.hayworth-miller.com

Simmonds

Mary E. Simmonds, age 96 of Kernersville, NC passed away at Hospice of High Point on Tuesday, September 1, 2020.

Mary was born in Guilford County to Clarence & Minnie Edwards. Mary lived in Greensboro with her husband of 59 years, Willard R. “Bill” Simmonds Sr. She worked for the War Department in Hampton Roads, VA, during WWII. She later worked at Western Electric in Greensboro, NC. When Western Electric became a part of AT&T, she worked at the Lexington Roads Facility in Winston-Salem, NC, where she retired after 34 1/2 years of service. The last four years of her life were spent in Kernersville surrounded by good friends & family.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her sister: Ethel Stone, and brothers: Roy, Louis, Richard, & Lee Edwards.

Surviving family members are her daughter: Bonnie Howard, & sons: James and Willard Jr. Simmonds; 3 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; & 1 great-great-grandchild.

A gathering to celebrate & remember her will be held on Saturday, September 12, 2020 from 2:00-4:00 P.M. at Davis Gardens Apartments. (422 Mountain View Drive Kernersville, NC 27284)

The family would like to extend it’s heartfelt appreciation to her Doctor & the wonderful people at Hospice & Palliative Care (Authoracare) in Greensboro. Thanks also, to the kind staff of Hospice of the Piedmont in High Point. It is requested by the family that donations be made in her honor in lieu of flowers to these organizations.

Arrangements entrusted to Triad Cremation & Funeral Service of Greensboro, NC.

Comer

Betty M. Comer, 84, went home to be with her Lord September 6, 2020.
Graveside Funeral Services to celebrate her life will be held 12:30PM Thursday September 10, 2020 at Eastlawn Gardens of Memory. There will be a “walk through” time of visiting with fami-ly and friends Thursday from 11:00AM until Noon at the Pierce-Jefferson Funeral Home.
Betty was the daughter of the late Ruby Knowles and Jesse E. Morris. In addition to her parents, she also was preceded in death by her sister, Bonnie Campbell. She worked in the accounting department of Ross Chemical Company, and WSB Radio & TV. She was in charge of the payroll division of the State of Georgia Supreme Court for a number of years. She was a graduate of Georgia State University where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in History. She was retired from Forsyth County Department of Social Services.
Betty was a longtime member of Kernersville First Baptist Church where she had served as a Sunday School Teacher, and also on the church Food committee.
Survivors include her loving husband of 43 years, William A. “Bill” Comer of the home; sons, Richard M. Watson of Atlanta, GA, James M. Watson and Shell of Fairburn, GA, and Daniel M. Watson of Phoenix, AZ; step-daughters, Donna Park and Barry of Stockbridge, GA, and Jeannie Moore and Jay of Sandy Ridge, NC; stepson, William A. Comer, Jr. and Donna of Belews Creek, NC; ten grandchildren and eighteen great-grandchildren; and numerous extended family and friends.
Friends and family may sign, and view the guestbook at www.Pierce-JeffersonFuneralService.com
Memorial Contributions may be made to Trellis Support Care/Stokes Chapter, or Crisis Control of Kernersville.
“The family expresses their sincere appreciation for all of the love and care extended by the staff of both Trellis Support and Walnut Ridge Assisted Living.”

Matthews

Kernersville – Mr. Larry Keith Matthews, 75, passed away peacefully on Saturday, September 5, 2020 at Forsyth Medical Center after being in declining health for several months. He was born on November 12, 1944 in Forsyth County to Coy L. and Mary T. Matthews. Larry was a member of Glenn View Baptist Church. He was the owner of Larry K. Matthews Accounting Firm. Larry was a 1963 graduate of East Forsyth High School and a 1967 graduate of High Point College. He was a member of the Kernersville Chamber of Commerce and the N.C. Society of Accountants.
In addition to his father, Larry was preceded in death by his twin brother at birth and his older brother, Wayne. He is survived by his mother, Mary Matthews of the home; sister and brother-in-law, Nora and Michael Williard of Kernersville; his nephew, Matthew Williard and wife, Amanda and their son, his great nephew, Michael Southwood Williard all of Wilmington; and many cousins, special friends, and clients.
With social distancing observed and face coverings requested, a graveside service for Larry will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, September 10, 2020 at Glenn View Baptist Church with Dr. Brad Wright and Rev. Coley Rimmer officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Glenn View Baptist Church at 4275 Glenn High Rd, Winston-Salem, NC 27107. Hayworth-Miller Kernersville Chapel is assisting the family. Online condolences may be made at www.hayworth-miller.com.