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September 22, 2017

Milton Avant, age 79 of Foxcroft Drive, Lexington passed away Thursday night, September 21, 2017 at Wake Forest, Lexington Medical Center.
A funeral service will be held 2:00 PM Sunday, September 24, 2017 in the Davidson Funeral Home, Lexington Chapel with Dr. Gary Gibson and Rev. William Allison officiating. Burial will follow in Lexington City Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 1:00 until 2:00 Pm prior to the service.
Milton was born in Columbus County, NC February 26, 1938 to Woodrow Avant and Isabelle Hilburn Avant. He was a retired employee of Hooker Furniture. Milton was preceded in death by his parents and twin-sister, Meredith Edge.
Surviving are his wife, Clara Fowler Avant; daughter, Cheryl Kuykendall (Nathan) of Lexington; Milton Gregory Avant of Kernersville and Kenneth Duane Avant (Donna) of High Point; grandchildren, Allison Kuykendall Tuck, Heather Kuykendall Conrad, Jessica Avant Wright, Kayla Avant Venable and Milton Gregory Avant, Jr.; great-grandchildren,
Parker, Draven and Jackson; sister, Faye Fuller of Thomasville.
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September 22, 2017

Pablo Miguel Lopez, 24, died September 15, 2017.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held 10:00AM Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at Holy Cross Catholic Church. The family will visit with friends at 9:30AM.
Pablo enjoyed snowboarding, drawing art, listening and playing music and the company of his friends.
Survivors include his loving parents Edward and Julia Lopez; Uncles Jose Lopez and Tim McIntosh; Aunts Serena Lopez and Margaret McIntosh and numerous cousins.
Friends and family may view and sign the guestbook at
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation to your favorite charity.


September 18, 2017

Winston Salem – Todd Gentry DeBusk, 54, passed away peacefully Wednesday, September 13, 2017 with family and friends by his side.
Todd was born on July 31, 1963 in Forsyth County to LeRoy DeBusk and the late Carol Smith DeBusk. He was a faithful member of Sedge Garden United Methodist Church where he was able to share his love for music by playing the keyboard in the Praise Band for many years. Todd exemplified a strong faith; loyalty & devotion to his wife, son, family, co-workers and friends; determination; genuine care and compassion for others; and an unconditional love for all those dear to him. He retired from NASCAR earlier this year, with over 23 years of service. Todd loved Mickey Mouse and Elvis and had a special place in his heart for his canine companion “Scrappy”.
In addition to his mother, Todd was preceded in death by a close cousin, Keith Routh.
Surviving are his wife, Karen DeBusk; his son, Adam DeBusk; his brother, Tracy DeBusk; a nephew, Tyler DeBusk; a niece, Savanna DeBusk; many loving aunts, uncles, cousins and dear friends, all who will miss him dearly.
A service to celebrate Todd’s life will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at Sedge Garden United Methodist Church with Rev. Dave Cash, Rev. George Freeman and Rev. Karen Smith officiating. The family will receive friends from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, Septem-ber 19, 2017 at Hayworth Miller Kernersville Chapel.
Memorials may be made to Sedge Garden United Methodist Church – Youth Fund, 794 Sedge Garden Rd, Kernersville, NC 27284 or Motor Racing Outreach (MRO), 5555 Concord Pkwy South, Smith Tower- Ste. 405, Concord, NC 28027
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September 18, 2017

Ms. Eileen Rebecca Boyles, 64, a loving sister, passed away on Saturday, September 16, 2017 at Moses Cone Hospital. She was born March 18, 1953 in Panama, Central America to the late Carl Virgil Boyles and Clara Sechrest Boyles. She enjoyed working in her yard and spending time in her garden. Eileen loved talking to a variety of people listening to their life experiences. Most of all she loved her dog “Buddy”. She was preceded in death by her brother, Johnny Boyles. Eileen is survived by her four brothers, Terry Boyles, Tracy Boyles, Richard Boyles (Annie), and Randy Boyles (Rena); her sister, Angela Boyles and a nephew, Blake Boyles. A private funeral service will be held at Eastlawn Gardens of Memory. The service will be officiated by a family friend, Linda Smith. Memorials may be made to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, 5005 L.B.J. Freeway, Suite 250, Dallas, TX 75244, or to Next Step Ministries at 955 NC-66, Kernersville, NC 27284 Online condolences may be made at


September 13, 2017

Winston-Salem – Miranda Caye Branscome, 47, passed away Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home. Miranda was born on January 14, 1970 in Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Miranda was a member of First Christian Church in Kernersville and was employed by Bank of America.
Surviving are her husband of 25 years, Roy Branscome; two daughters, Katherine Branscome, and Haileigh Branscome; one son, Nicholas Branscome, all of the home; her mother, Sharon Holbert (husband, Cary) of Columbia, SC; a grandmother, Betty Holbert, of Milton, WV; two sisters, Melanie Lancaster (Wilson) and Monica Holbert (Kenneth Proffitt), both of Columbia, SC; one brother, Marc Holbert (Tiffany), of Misenheimer, NC; a niece, Makynlie Holbert of Misenheimer, NC; a nephew, Gabriel W. Lancaster of Columbia, SC; a sister-in-law, Karen Sadler (Dan); and brother-in-law, David Branscome (Amy).
A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, September 14, 2017 at Hayworth-Miller Kernersville Chapel with Dr. Pete Kunkle officiating. Burial will follow at Eastlawn Gardens of Memory in Kernersville. The family will receive friends from 10:00 – 10:45 a.m. prior to the service at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 4 Oak Branch Drive – A, Greensboro, NC 27407. Online condolences may be made at


September 13, 2017

Kernersville – Rebecca “Becky” Jane Davis, 42, passed away Sunday, September 10, 2017. Becky was born on December 30, 1974 in Raleigh County, WV. She was a beautiful woman, a wonderful wife & mother, and friend to countless people. Strength, energy, and “full of life” made up her composition, complimented by her great sense of humor. She was a caretaker, open-ing her home to many children over the years.
Becky is survived by her husband, Jason Davis; twin sons, Rex and Riley and youngest son, Blaine Davis; her mother, Betty Brammer Chapman; her father, Leo Moore; six sisters, Sandy, Christy, Bobbi, Darlene, Donna, and Missy; one brother, Jimmy; and many special nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, September 15, 2017 at Hayworth Miller Kern-ersville Chapel with Rev. Danny Hemric and a dear friend, Robbie Richmond officiating. Burial will follow at Eastlawn Gardens of Memory. The family will receive friends from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Thursday, September 14, 2017 at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Faith Baptist Tabernacle, 7923 Lester Rd, Stokes-dale, NC 27357.
Online condolences may be made at


September 12, 2017

Paul C. Stephens, 87, went home to be with his Lord September 11, 2017.
Funeral Services celebrating his life were held 2:00PM Wednesday September 13, 2017 at Union Grove Baptist Church with Pastor Steve Roberson officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.
A native of Guilford County, Paul was the son of the late Maggie Bull and Allen Stephens. Paul graduated from Colfax High School, and continued his education at both High Point College and Guilford College. He served with the United States Army, during the Korean War, in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. He was married to the late Inez Theo Meadows and also was preceded in death by sisters Betty Myers and Rheta Wester.
Paul was a longtime member of Union Grove Baptist Church where he served in numerous capacities. On September 2002 the church conferred him as Deacon Emeritus.
He was inspired by both his mother and father to always practice honesty and integrity. His mother gave him a code of ethics by quoting many scriptures and sayings. His father taught him many practices of farming, including molding butter that the family would sell. These practices came in handy during his 42 working years at the former Sears-Roebuck Catalog order center in Greensboro.
Survivors include his son Michael P. Stephens and Diane of the home; sister Peggy Conrad and Hillus of Kernersville.
The family visited with friends from 1:00PM until time for the service on Wednesday at the church. Paul will lie in state during the visiting time prior to the service. The family also visited following the service in the church fellowship hall.
Friends and family may sign, and view the guestbook at
“Michael and Diane would like to express their dear thanks to Tammy Pratt, Paul’s longtime caregiver for her kindness and love shown.”


September 12, 2017

Ms. Sheri Lynn (Cook) York Alley, 62, of Kernersville, NC, passed away peacefully at Forsyth Medical Center on Thursday, September 7, 2017.
A Celebration of Sheri’s life will be held 2:00PM Saturday, September 16, 2017 at Pierce-Jefferson Funeral Service Chapel. The family will receive friends from 12:00 Noon until 2:00PM at the funeral home.
Sheri was born July 18, 1955 to Roy and Joyce Cook in Maryville, Tennessee at the foothills of the Smoky Mountains. She adored children, all animals, spending time in the mountains, the beach, as well as good live music. Sheri was a huge fan of classic rock and roll, but Bob Seger was her favorite. She also loved her Tennessee Volunteers and Carolina Panthers football. Sheri’s favorite thing to do most of all was spend time with her great group of friends and her family who all loved her dearly. She worked for Food Lion in Customer Service for several years and touched many lives with her beautiful smile. She will be remembered for that beautiful smile, fun loving and engaging personality and quick witted sense of humor. She will be dearly missed by all.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Nelson L. York in 1974.
Those left to cherish her memory are her loving parents Roy and Joyce Cook of Kernersville; her loving son Steve (Carey) York of Marrow, OH; loving brothers David Cook of Newnan, GA and Jimmy (Bobbi) Cook of Pendleton, IN; grandchildren Bradley (Jessica) Tucker of Midland, OH; Mathew (Dani) Tucker of Wilmington, OH; great grandchildren Ty and Taitum Tucker; one niece Christina Cook; nephews Josh and Hunter Cook, as well as countless friends.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation to the SECU Family House of Winston-Salem, NC; St Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital or your favorite local cancer charity.
Family and friends may view and sign the guest book at


September 12, 2017

Mr. Walter “Sonny” Grey Bovender, Sr., 80, of Kernersville, NC, passed away Sunday, Septem-ber 10, 2017. He was born November 10, 1936 in Forsyth County to Ruth Irene Bradley Boven-der and Elder Sofonia Bovender. Mr. Bovender was a veteran who served in the U.S. Navy (Boatswains Mate on the USS Ajax AR-6). He retired from Roadway as a truckdriver in 1996 after 36 years of service. Mr. Bovender was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Faye Beazley Bovender. Surviving are his daughter, Tammy White (Michael) of Thomasville; two sons, Grey Bovender (Cindy) of Clemmons and Mark Bovender (Renee) of Winston-Salem; five grandchildren, Matthew Bovender (Jessica) of Durham, Natalie Bovender (Justin) of Lewisville, Ethan White of Thomasville, Zachary Bovender of Raleigh and Samantha Womack (Dalton) of Concord; a sister-in-law, Margie Eason (Paul) of Martinsville, VA; a niece, Rachel Eason of Chattanooga, TN and a nephew, Stephen Eason of Charlottesville, VA. A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, September 16, 2017 at Hayworth-Miller Silas Creek Chapel. Inter-ment will follow in Forsyth Memorial Park. The family will receive friends one hour before the service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Operation North State, 151 Windemere Court, Winston-Salem, NC 27127. (A military service organization that supports North Carolina’s deployed troops and Online condolences may be made at


September 11, 2017

The family of John Morris Sloan, Jr. is saddened at the loss of their beloved husband, father, and grandfather. John lost a very painful battle with cancer on Saturday, September 9th. John was 81 years old. He lived a full life serving in the Navy as a young man and later working for Norfolk Southern Railroad. John loved to sail and travel. He had his pilot’s license and owned several planes over his lifetime, too. His sense of humor, gentle temperament, and caring nature will be missed by all. He is preceded in death by his father, John Morris Sloan, Sr., mother, Beatrice Day Young, and brother, Mickey Sloan. His surviving family includes his wife, Loretta, son, John Christopher Sloan, daughter-in-law, Kellie Sloan, and his two grandsons, William, and John Mi-chael. John and his wife attended Morris Chapel United Methodist Church in Walkertown. Vis-itation will be held at Morris Chapel at 4PM with funeral services following at5PM on Thursday, September 14th. Burial will follow the service in the church cemetery. Friends and family are asked to make donations to Morris Chapel United Methodist Church, or the American Red Cross to help with Hurricane Irma disaster relief in Florida. Hayworth-Miller Kernersville Chapel is as-sisting the family. Online condolences may be made at