Obituaries

Costello

Patrick Michael Costello, 75, passed away August 23, 2019.
A native of Sandusky, Ohio, Pat was the son of the late Elsie Mary Heiler and George Costello. He served his country with the United States Air Force from 1962 until 1968. He is married to the former Judith Ann Spalsbury. Pat was in auto sales his entire career spanning stints in Ohio, Florida and North Carolina.
He loved his golf, the ocean, time with his granddaughters and family and all were cherished.
Survivors include his loving wife of almost 52 years, Judy Costello of the home; daughter, Tiffany Keeler and Sean of Kernersville; granddaughters, Rileigh Keeler and Talon Keeler; sisters, Mary Ann Costello of Sandusky, OH, and Catherine Murphy and William of Kenosha, WI; brother, Tim Costello and Ginny of Sandusky, OH; and numerous extended family and friends.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Home, c/o Hospice of the Piedmont, 1801 Westches-ter Drive, High Point, NC 27262
In keeping with Pat’s wishes, no formal services will be held.
Friends and family may sign, and view the guestbook at www.Pierce-JeffersonFuneralService.com

Vernon

KERNERSVILLE – Shirley Little Vernon, 83, passed away Monday, August 19, 2019 at Kern-ersville Medical Center. She was born on July 5, 1936 in Tazewell County, VA to the late Frank and Lura Alderman Little. Shirley was a longtime member of Kerwin Baptist Church. She worked for many years caring for children.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Garland Eu-gene Vernon; and siblings, Carrie Boothe, Vera “Vee” Powers, Raymond Little, E.B. Little, Eu-gene “Gene” Little, Bureda “Boots” Little, and James “Jim” Little.
She is survived by two daughters, LuAnn Chaney (husband, Robert) of Lincolnton, NC, and Sherry Bolens (husband, Mark) of Kernersville, NC; three grandchildren, Shannon Proctor (Ethan) of Lincolnton, Brandon Chaney of Columbia, SC and Justin Bolens (Ariel) of Belews Creek; four great grandchildren, Addison Proctor, Bryce Chaney, Brooks Chaney, and Connor Bolens. Shirley also leaves behind two sisters, Juanita “Nein” Legard, and Betty Livengood; along with many nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 12:00 – 1:30 PM Saturday, August 24, 2019 at Hayworth-Miller Kernersville Chapel. A graveside service will follow at Eastlawn Gardens of Memory at 2:00 PM.
The family expresses their sincere gratitude to Linda Walker of Walkertown for four years of care and friendship to Shirley, as well as others who provided care and support.
Online condolences may be made to www.hayworth-miller.com

Gilley

Mr. Samuel “Sam” Gilley, 86, of Kernersville, passed away Friday, August 16, 2019. He was born May 24, 1933 in Surry County to Samuel and Bertha Mills Gilley. Sam was a veteran who served in the U.S. Navy. He of the Baptist faith and retired from Western Electric in 1989. Sam was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Jewell Simmons. Surviving are his wife of 57 years, Lynda Dunn Gilley; one daughter, Sheila Beaver (Dennis) of Charlotte; one stepson, Jim Burton (Chris) of New York; five grandchildren and one sister, Glena Culler. A funeral service will be held at 12:00 noon Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at Hayworth-Miller Silas Creek Chapel with Rev. Steve Roberson officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow the service at Bethlehem United Methodist Church Cemetery in Advance with military honors by the V.F.W. Memorial Honor Guard. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Shepherds’ Center of Kernersville or to the charity of the donor’s choice. The family would like to mention a special thanks to Sam’s caregivers, Teresa Collins, Denise Thompson, Holton Byrd and Evelyn Faulk. Online condolences may be made at www.hayworth-miller.com.

Sapp

We were richly blessed with the life of Evelyn Marie Patterson Sapp for 94 years. She passed to her heavenly home on August 9, 2019 at Arbor Acres United Methodist Retirement Community.
Evelyn was born in Forsyth County on May 28, 1925 to Ivory Weisner Patterson and James William Patterson. Her older brother (deceased) was Charles D. Patterson. After graduating from Griffith High School she went to work for RJ Reynolds Tobacco Co. as a payroll clerk in several different tobacco offices until she retired in 1982. She married the love of her life, Gerald Wayne “Buddy” Sapp on June 21, 1947. She missed Buddy terribly since his passing in February 2012. They had a wonderful, long and happy marriage. Their son, Gerald Wayne Sapp, Jr. and his wife Terri whom Evelyn loved as her own daughter of Kernersville are thankful for the legacy Evelyn and Buddy passed to them and their grandchildren. Evelyn is also survived by grandson Daniel Wayne Sapp of Brevard, NC and granddaughter Meredith Sapp McCay and husband Kyle of Winston-Salem and was so excited about the upcoming arrival of her first great-grandchild. She also leaves several special nieces and nephews.
The celebration of Evelyn’s life will be on Wednesday, August 14th at 1:00pm at Sedge Garden United Methodist Church, 794 Sedge Garden Rd., Kernersville, NC. Visitation with the family will follow the service in the fellowship hall.
Evelyn’s family is so thankful for the love and care the entire family received at Arbor Acres by the wonderful staff in assisted living for 3 years and in skilled care for the last several weeks.
In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests that memorials be directed to Arbor Acres, 1240 Arbor Rd., Winston-Salem, NC 27104. Phone #336-724-7921
Friends and family may sign, and view the guestbook at www.Pierce-JeffersonFuneralService.com

Jones

Wayne Jordan Jones, 94, died August 9, 2019 at Trinity Glen in Winston-Salem.
Funeral Services celebrating his life will be held 12:00PM Monday August 12, 2019 at the Pierce-Jefferson Funeral Chapel with Rev. Mike Gehring and Rev. Rick Carter officiating. The family will visit with friends immediately following the service at the funeral home.
A native of Walkertown, Wayne was the son of the late Odella and Dallas Jones. In addition to his parents, Wayne also was preceded by a son, Joseph Wayne Jones; sister, Reba Pulliam; and his brother, R. B. Jones.
He graduated from Walkertown High School in 1943. He later served his country with the US Army Air Corps for the remainder of WWII until 1946. Upon returning from the War, Wayne attended Draughn’s Business College. Beginning his career in the car business at Hull Dobb’s Ford in Winston-Salem, Wayne would become a part of a Ford Dealership in Rural Hall and later acquire the Ford dealership in Eden. Wayne Jones Ford grew over the next seventeen years of operation.
Wayne and his wife of 72 years, Ruby moved back to Kernersville in 1982, where they have lived the past 37 years. They both have been longtime members of Main Street United Methodist Church.
Survivors include his loving wife Ruby Smith Jones of Kernersville; son, Tim Jones and Lori of Charlotte; grandchildren, Cathy Jones of Charlotte, Stephen Jones and Sarah of Chapel Hill, Hillary Ash and John of Charlotte, and Natalie Jones of Washington, D.C.; five great-grandchildren; and numerous extended family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, contributions are asked to be made to Main Street United Methodist Church, 306 S. Main Street, Kernersville, NC 27284
Friends and family may sign, and view the guestbook at www.Pierce-JeffersonFuneralService.com

King

Kernersville – Arnold G. King, born October 15, 1944, passed away peacefully on August 7, 2019.
A native of Winston-Salem, Arnold grew up in the Mineral Springs area, and attended Mineral Springs High School (Class of 1963), where he captained the men’s basketball team and garnered All-Conference and All-Northwest North Carolina honors while playing for legendary coach Gray Cartwright.
A 1967 graduate of Wake Forest University, Arnold served in the United States Army from 1968-1970. His professional life included careers in the trucking industry, non-profit fundraising, and commercial real estate, as well as owning and operating golf, trophy and beach music shops in downtown Kernersville.
Arnold’s hobbies were equally diverse. An avid rabbit hunter, he also enjoyed Wake Forest sports, beach music, and shag dancing. His talent as dancer resulted in his induction into the Beach Shaggers National Hall of Fame in 2014, as well as numerous other shag dancing recognitions.
A member of the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Planning Board from 2000-2019 (Chairman from 2003-2019), Arnold maintained perfect attendance throughout his service on the board, attending more than 400 public hearings and meetings without an absence. In recognition of this remarkable record of leadership and service, earlier this year, the Winston-Salem City Council and Forsyth County Commissioners renamed the Planning Board’s meeting room in his honor.
Arnold’s love for Kernersville started as a young boy while spending summers on the Sear’s Family Farm, helping in the tobacco fields, and hunting with his uncles.
It was, however, the civic life of his adopted hometown of Kernersville where Arnold’s impact was most deeply felt. It is nearly impossible to identify a part of Kernersville’s business and civic life left untouched by Arnold’s remarkable ability to motivate and lead people to do great things.
Arnold served as President of the Kernersville Chamber of Commerce in 1993 and was instrumental in the development of its Leadership Kernersville program, along with “Spring Folly”, Kernersville’s downtown festival recognized as one of the top outdoor festivals in the Southeast. Arnold also served as Chair of the Chamber’s Economic Development Advisory Council, President of the Kernersville Downtown Preservation & Development Council, and Chairman of the Kernersville Medical Center Foundation. He played pivotal roles in bringing both a Forsyth Tech campus and Novant Health Kernersville Medical Center to Kernersville.
A driving force behind the development of the Kernersville Foundation, Inc., Arnold served as its Chairman from 1999 until his death. The Foundation provides financial support for non-profits serving the Kernersville community.
An ardent believer that a spirit of regionalism would give the Triad a more prominent role in North Carolina, Arnold’s civic involvement didn’t stop with Kernersville. He served as Chairman of the Piedmont Triad Chambers of Commerce and the Triad Leadership Network; Co-Chair of the Heart of the Triad Steering Committee; President of the Piedmont Triad Sports Club; member of the Board of Trustees of Forsyth Technical Community College; and as a member of the boards of Piedmont Triad Partnership, the Piedmont Triad Partnership Foundation, the Tanglewood Park Foundation, and the Forsyth-Guilford Metropolitan Baseball Park Authority.
The civic organization closest to Arnold’s heart was undoubtedly his beloved Rotary Club of Kernersville. A charter member of the club, Arnold served as its President from 1990-1991, and again from 2017-2018, making him one of only two individuals to serve multiple terms as the club’s President. In typical fashion, Arnold maintained perfect attendance as a Rotarian, from the club’s founding in 1987 until his death, even joining the club’s meetings by live video feed once his health no longer allowed him to attend in person. Arnold went on to serve as District Governor of Rotary District 7690 and General Chairman of the Rotary Foundation for District 7690. In 1997, he was honored as Kernersville’s “Rotarian of the Decade”, and the same year, was recognized with a Rotary Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service. An outstanding example of Rotary’s motto of “Service Above Self”, Arnold truly believed in Rotary’s ability to make a difference in the community and the world.
In recognition of his years of leadership and service to the community, in 2015, Governor Pat McCrory honored Arnold with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the highest recognition a North Carolina Governor can bestow upon a citizen. The Kernersville Chamber of Commerce recognized Arnold with nearly all of its major awards over the years, including Citizen of the Year, Small Business Advocate of the Year, its Economic Development Award, and its Community Distinguished Service Award, which the Chamber recently renamed in his honor. Additionally, Arnold was honored as the 2015-2016 Cash Elementary School Volunteer of the Year, and was recognized with the Duke Energy Citizenship and Service Award, as well as the Kernersville Parks & Recreation “Mae Kaney Service Award”. In 2016, Arnold was recognized as one of Spark Magazine/Senior Service’s “7 Over 70” honorees.
Despite all of his involvement, and all the honors and awards he received, Arnold’s most lasting legacy may be his impact on the lives of the many youth and adults he mentored. From the dozens of students he, as part of the Rotary Club’s “Study Buddy” program at Cash Elementary, to a whole generation of Kernersville civic and business leaders, Arnold leaves behind an untold number of individuals who will forever carry with them the lessons he imparted about leadership, hard work, doing the things the right way, dreaming big, and making a difference in your community.
A generous and loyal husband, brother, uncle, and friend, he will be missed by many. Arnold was preceded in death by his parents, Frank Arnold King and Bonnie Sears King. In addition to his loving wife, Kimberly Simser King of Kernersville, Arnold is survived by his stepson, Brandon Ywaskvic of Kernersville; sisters Carol Whicker and husband, Dennis, of Kernersville, and Cheryl Collins and husband, Tony, of Greensboro; nephews Bart Whicker of Kernersville and Taylor Collins of Greensboro; niece Kristi Meadows and husband, Chris, of Hampstead, NC; great-nephews Collin and Connor Meadows, also of Hampstead; a brother-in-law, Eddie Simser and wife, Tia; and a host of friends too numerous to count.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Kernersville Foundation, with a designation for the Arnold G. King Permanent Fund, P.O. Box 921, Kernersville, NC 27285-0921, or a charity of the donor’s choice.
A private graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, August 10, 2019 at Forsyth Memorial Park for family and friends, with Dr. Pete Kunkle officiating. A reception will be held Saturday at Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden from 1:00-3:00 PM following the graveside service.
Hayworth-Miller Kernersville Chapel is assisting the family with arrangements.

Popp

Mr. Gordon Franklin Popp, 86, of Kernersville went home to be with the Lord Tuesday August 6, 2019.
Funeral Services celebrating his life will be held 11:00AM Saturday August 10, 2019 at the Pierce-Jefferson Funeral Service Chapel with Pastor Phil Kirkman officiating. The family will greet friends following the service at the funeral home.
Gordon was born April 2, 1933 in West, Texas to the late Joe and Betty Popp. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Popp.
Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth Popp of the home; daughter, Rosanna Popp of Virginia; sons, John Popp of Nowhere, Australia, Alex and wife Deanee of Colfax, NC, and Chris and wife, Laurie of Pulaski, TN; eight grandchildren; six great grandchildren; and brother, Kenneth Popp and wife, Lily Jane of Waco, TX.
Gordon joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1948 at the age of 15 and served for 20 years, retiring as Master Sergeant. He served during the Korean and Vietnam Wars, after which he was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal with Combat “V” by the Secretary of the Navy.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro, 2500 Summit Ave., Greensboro, NC 27405.
Friends and family may view, and sign the guestbook at www.Pierce-JeffersonFuneralService.com
The family would like to extend a special thanks to the staff of Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro, and to the staff of Comfort Keepers for their loving care of Gordon.

Jennett

Louis Laurent “Larry” Jennett, formerly of Westbrook, Connecticut, passed peacefully at home Tuesday August 6, 2019 following a long illness.
Funeral Services celebrating his life will be held 10:00AM Friday August 9, 2019 at the Pierce-Jefferson Funeral Service Chapel with Pastor Israel Mora and Pastor Jeff Barnes officiating. Interment will follow in the Kernersville Seventh-day Adventist Cemetery.
Larry was born in New Haven, Connecticut, August 19, 1932. He was the son of the late Louis and Georgina Lanteigne Jennett. Larry was the devoted husband of Valorie McEwen Jennett.
Survivors include his wife, Valorie of the home; children, John Jennett and wife, Lee Ann, Steven Jennett, Robert Jennett, Suzanne Jennett Mordecai, Kari Jennett Baker and husband, Rob, Colleen Jennett Oldham and husband, Ben, and Mark Jennett, seven grandchildren; one great granddaughter; loving niece, Kathryn Moran and husband, Terry of Guilford, Connecticut; and best friends, Ron and Georgi Caminati of East Haddam, Connecticut.
Larry was a master craftsman, having worked in construction welding on Ohio-Class Submarines at Electric Boat, Groton, Connecticut. Later he joined Iron Workers 424 until their move to Kernersville, North Carolina, where he retired from Grass America.
Larry was a member of Kernersville Seventh-day Adventist Church. He was an avid fisherman, winning many trophies. He loved Duke Basketball and New York Yankees Baseball. Larry will be remembered by his dry, New England wit.
The family will greet friends Friday from 9:00AM to 10:00AM at the funeral home.
Friends and family may view, and sign the guestbook at www.Pierce-JeffersonFuneralService.com
The family is deeply grateful to Trellis Supportive Care, Seventh-day Adventist Church, and Kernersville Friends Church.

Collins

Patricia “Pat” Shepherd Collins, 71, passed away July 31, 2019 at Baptist Hospital.
Funeral services celebrating her life will be 2:00PM Monday, August 5, 2019 at Pierce-Jefferson Funeral Chapel. Burial with military honors will be at 11:00 AM, Tuesday August 6, 2019 at Salisbury National Veteran’s Cemetery.
Pat was born November 20, 1947 in Roanoke, VA to the late Helen Via Shepherd and Jessie Shepherd.
In addition to her parents, she is predeceased by her loving husband of 36 years, Robert Eugene Collins; great-grandson, Jaxson Hull and her poodle “Pookie”.
Those left to cherish her memory include her daughters, Michele Hull and husband Greg and Tri-cia Thomas and husband Keith; grandchildren, Danielle Watt and Joseph Schneider, Anthony Thomas, Amber Hagan and Travis, Joshuah Arellano, Kelsey Hull, Jessica Arellano and Robby Hull; great-grandchildren, Madi Watt, Gavin Hagan, Reagan Watt, Zachary Witcher and Eevee Brinkley.
Following graduation from Cave Spring High School in Roanoke, Pat enlisted in the US Army and served her country honorably. She adored her family and enjoyed having big family gather-ings. She was known for her karaoke talents at American Legion Post 55 in Winston-Salem, NC.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Legion Post 55, 111 Miller St. Winston-Salem, NC 27103.
Family and friends may sign and view the guestbook at www.Pierce-JeffersonFuneralService.com

Rumley

Betty Stewart Rumley, 84, passed away peacefully Saturday August 3, 2019.
Funeral Services celebrating her life will be held 12:00PM Tuesday August 6, 2019 at Kernersville Friends Meeting with Dr. Jerry Gibbons and Pastor Jeff Barnes officiating. Interment will follow at Eastlawn Gardens of Memory.
A native of Kernersville, NC, Betty was the wife of 61 years to Robert Rumley and the daughter of the late, Coy Russell Stewart and Annie Lamar Stewart. She retired from the Forsyth County School System with over 21 years of service. Betty was a faithful member of Kernersville Friends Meeting for over 40 years.
Survivors include her husband, Robert of the home; sons, Robbie Rumley and wife, Crystal of Julian, NC, and Keith Rumley of Greensboro, NC; grandchildren, Meghan Rumley, and Taylor Rumley; and step-grandson, Chance Overby.
In addition to her parents, Betty was preceded in death by her brothers, Bobby Stewart, and Jimmy Stewart.
The family will greet friends 11:00AM to 12:00PM Tuesday at the church.
Friends and family may view, and sign the guestbook at www.Pierce-JeffersonFuneralService.com