February 18, 2019

Lowell Bennett Anderson, 81, was taken home to be with the Lord on Sunday, February 17, 2019 at his residence. He was born on March 13, 1937 to Kenneth Hogue and Alva Gilmer Anderson in Virginia, where he also met and married his sweetheart, Shirley. Shortly after they moved to Chicago, Illinois and started working for American Airlines. After having two children, they moved to North Carolina where he went to work for Eastern Airlines. He loved working for the airlines and always had so many stories to tell about people he met. He eventually retired from the US Postal Service. He has lived in Kernersville, North Carolina for over 50 years.
Lowell loved pier fishing, hunting, gardening and he could spend hours in his garage tinkering with his tools. One of his favorite things to do was to talk about his trip to Costa Rica. He was an active member of the Kernersville Exchange Club and the Methodist Men’s at Pisgah United Methodist Church.
In addition to his parents, Lowell was preceded in death by his brother, Kermit Anderson. He is survived by his wife of almost 59 years, Shirley Anderson; his daughters, Vicki Anderson Estes (husband, Andrew) and Lois Rupert (husband, Russell); grandsons Michael and William Rupert; brother Kenneth Dale Anderson; and many extended family members.
A funeral service for Lowell will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, February 21, 2019 at Pisgah United Methodist Church with Rev. Harry Sammons officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm on Wednesday at Hayworth-Miller Kernersville Chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Pisgah United Methodist Church at 2165 Pisgah Church Rd, Kernersville, NC 27284 or to Community Homecare and Hospice at 1308 Davie Ave, Statesville, NC 28677. Online condolences may be made at
The family would like to thank everyone, especially the staff at Community Hospice, along with the members of Pisgah United Methodist Church, for all their support and prayers. The members of the church were like family to Lowell. He loved playing the welcome bells on Sunday morning for all the neighborhood to hear.


February 15, 2019

Melissa Jones Gray McNeal
June 19, 1959-February 2, 2019
Our sweet Melissa passed away February 2, 2019. She is now in the loving arms of her husband, Steve McNeal, her son Jonah Gray, her brother Mike Jones and her parents John and Marjorie Jones.
We shall miss her kind, gentle spirit and her ability to never meet a stranger. Her heart was always open to everyone. Her laughter and storytelling were a gift. She began each day with the phrase “let your soul shine!” She was most proud of and dearly loved her children, Jennifer (Robert) Cassell and Austin (Crystal) McNeal. She was a proud grandmother to Olivia, Hannah, and Kolby Gray.
Surviving are her sisters, Leslie Jones, of Fort Mill, SC; Patti J. Newsom (Steve) of Greenville, SC; sister in law Frances Jones of Lancaster, SC, and many beloved nieces and nephews
A Celebration of Life will be held on February 23, 2019 from 1-3pm at Meadowlands Golf Club, 542 Meadowland Drive, Winston-Salem, NC, 27107
In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to her children and grandchildren.


February 15, 2019

Janis “Zig” Robins, 88, passed away peacefully February 13, 2019, at Arbor Acres with family by his side. He left resting in the arms of the Lord and the love of family and friends. Funeral Services celebrating his life will be held 3:00 PM Saturday, February 23, 2019, at Fountain of Life Lutheran Church in Kernersville.
Zig was born September 19, 1930, in Daugavpils, Latvia to the late Augusts Robins and Anna Savitgis Robins. Zig had a full and rich life. His family fled from the 1944 Russian invasion and settled in a displaced persons camp in Fischbach, Germany. In 1949, they relocated to Grand Rapids, Michigan. He graduated from Godwin High School in 1951 and continued his education at the University of Michigan. He was drafted in 1954 to the United States Army before he could complete his education. After two years of active service, he moved to Baltimore, Maryland to attend the Maryland Institute College of Art and graduated in 1959. He worked as an Architect for several firms. Zig met his wife, Joan Baggan, in 1957 and they married in 1962. In 1968, they welcomed their son, Greg, and in 1970 their daughter, Karen.
The family moved to Kernersville in 1981, and Zig joined his brother Andy’s business, Kitchen Pak\Corilam. He retired in 1996.
Zig had many interests which included cooking, gardening, designing and building, playing bridge, and racquetball. One of Zig’s greatest loves was his family, especially his Grandies.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by sister, Val Stronks; brother, Paul Robins; and nephew, Walter Schuman.
Survivors include, loving wife of 56 years, Joan Robins; daughter, Karen Robins; son, Greg Robins and Michelle; granddaughters, Hannah Robins and Lily Robins; sister, Ida Weir; brother, Andy Robins and Becky; brother-in-law, Jeff Baggan and Bonnie; and many cherished family and friends.
The family will visit with friends following the service in the church fellowship hall.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Fountain of Life Lutheran Church, 323 Hopkins Road, Kernersville, NC 27284 and/or Trellis Supportive Care, 101 Hospice Lane, Winston-Salem, NC 27103.
Friends and family may sign, and view the guestbook at
The family would like to thank the many doctors and caregivers that helped take care of Zig over the years, and a special thank you to the staff at Arbor Acres.


February 13, 2019

Muriel Matthews Garland, 80, formerly of Kernersville, NC, passed away Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at Winston-Salem Forsyth Medical Hospital. She was born February 19, 1938 to Robert Matthews and Zula Trout of Craig County, VA. Muriel was a member of Colfax Baptist Church of Colfax, NC and waitressed at Suzie’s diner for nearly 30 years in Kernersville, NC. Muriel, also known as “MAMA” to most, was a diehard fan of NASCAR’s famous Dale Earnhardt and his son, Jr. In addition, she was preceded in death by her husband Bill Garland of Kernersville, NC. Surviving is her twin sister Madge Duncan and brother in law E.W. Duncan as well as her loving sons and grandchildren, James R. Atkins and his wife Terri Atkins of Stokesdale, NC and their children Robert, Kevin, Christopher and late grandson Jimmy along with youngest son Andrew C. Atkins and his wife Tammy Atkins of Colfax, NC and their children Sarah, Kevin and Emily along with late granddaughter Melissa and living great granddaughter Haylee Wright. A special thanks to Emily Bidgood, her granddaughter, for constantly being by her side in her final days. A memorial for Muriel to commemorate her wonderful life will be posted in the Kernersville News at a later date.


February 12, 2019

Robert Graham Lundergan, 93, died February 8, 2019 at his home.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held 10:30AM Tuesday February 12, 2019 at Holy Cross Catholic Church with Father Paul Dechant, O.S.F.S. officiating.
He was born September 23, 1925 in Brockton, Massachusetts to the late John Plunkett Lundergan and Susan Kent Fitzpatrick. In addition to his parents, he also was preceded in death by his former wife, Anna Caporaso of Pen Argyl, Pennsylvania, and brothers, Richard Kent and John P. “Jack” Lundergan, Jr.
Robert graduated from Freeport High School on Long Island, New York in 1943. He sailed in the Merchant Marine with his father for many years, carrying displaced persons from Europe to countries all over the world. He married Anna Caporaso. After many years of attending Lafayette Evening College in Easton, Pennsylvania, he earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Lafayette in 1964.
He was employed as a product engineer for nine years with Ronson Corporation in Delaware Water Gap, Pennsylvania. He retired at age 70 after being product engineer for thirty years with AMP Inc. in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and later in the Triad of North Carolina.
Bob was a lector and a faithful member of Holy Cross Catholic Church in Kernersville, including being the “Parishioner of the Year”. He was a fourth degree member of the Knights of Columbus. He was a faithful handyperson and won a distinguished award with the Shepherd’s Center of Kernersville.
Survivors include his wife Grace Cordelia Dobbins Yeager Lundergan; children, Patrick Lundergan and Beverly, Cecelia Flanary and Keith, and Susan Berrier and Charles; grandchildren, Patrick Emery Lundergan and Jenny, Thomas Joseph Lundergan and Jenie, Anastasia Berrier, Olivia Berrier, and Victoria Berrier; great-grandchildren James, Abigail, and Alexander; brothers, Dennis Michael Lundergan, and Donald Joseph Lundergan; sister-in-laws, Ellie Lundergan and Kathy Lundergan; and numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
He had bequeathed his body to Wake Forest Medical Center and his remains will be inurned in Gardens of Memory in Walkertown at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Cross Catholic Church.


February 11, 2019

Kernersville – Mac Clyde “M.C.” Graham, III, 83, passed away Monday, February 11, 2019 at Forsyth Medical Center. He was born April 26, 1935 in Moore County to the late Mac Clyde Graham, Jr. and Pansy Hoots Graham. Mr. Graham was a loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather and brother. He served in the United States Army. Mac was a faithful and charter member of Sedge Garden Baptist Church. He will be missed by all who knew him. In addition to his parents Mac is preceded in death by his wife of 48 years, Martha Jane Mowery Graham; sister, Barbara Graham Moore; two brothers-in-law, Bill Moore and Tom Moore. Surviving are his daughter, Ann Smith (Greg); two sons, David Graham (Miko) and Tim Graham (Janet); six grandchildren, David Smith (Amanda), Hannah Graham, Braxton Graham, Justin Graham, Daniel Graham and Nathan Graham; two great-grandchildren, Aubrey Smith and Abigail Smith, four brothers, Jerry Graham (Frances), Harry Graham (Jenny), Larry Graham (Irene) and Phillip Graham (Frances); sister Vivian Moore; and numerous nieces and nephews. A funeral service for Mac will be held at 2:00 PM, Thursday, February 14, 2019 at Sedge Garden Baptist Church with Rev. Tim Duncan officiating. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 1:00 PM- 1:45 PM prior to the service on Thursday at the church. Memorials may be made to Sedge Garden Baptist Church at 4221 Kernersville Rd. Winston-Salem, NC 27107. Hayworth-Miller Kernersville Chapel is assisting the Graham family. Online condolences may be made at


February 8, 2019

Mrs. Patricia Ann Myers Butler, 56, died on Thursday, February 7, 2019, at her residence. Patricia was born on April 24, 1962, in Charleston, WV, to Mary Louise Stone and Clarence L. Young. She enjoyed reading, shopping, and trips to the mountains. Patricia always put others first, loved her kids, and adored her grandchildren. She was loved by many and will be dearly missed. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her granddaughter, Talila Carter. Surviving are her loving husband of 15 years, Rick Butler; two daughters, Stephanie Johnson (Pat) and Bailey Carter (Albert); nine grandchildren, Taylor, Tristin, Teagan, Tannan, Charles, Jordan, Natasha, Riley, and Ella. Also surviving are two sisters, Tina Spears (Richard) and Melinda Young; one brother, Buddy Young; two nephews, and two nieces. Private family services will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to American Lung Association, 401 Hawthorne Lane, Suite 110 #298
Charlotte, NC 28204. Online condolences may be made at


February 8, 2019

Marietta Phillips Record, 83, went to be with the Lord on February 7, 2019, and joined her husband, Dr. S. Leo Record, Jr. and her son, Dr. Charles Record, both of whom preceded her in death recently.
Funeral Services celebrating her life will be held 11:00AM Saturday February 9, 2019 at Kernersville Wesleyan Church with Pastor Scott Simmons and Pastor Don Martin officiating. The family will visit with friends immediately following the service in the church. Interment will be in Eastlawn Gardens.
A native of Randolph County, she was the daughter of the late Hannah Schendel and William Roy Phillips.
She was a devoted longtime member of Kernersville Wesleyan Church. She served over 25 years as Treasurer of The NC East District Wesleyan Women’s Organization. She also taught Sunday School, was a CYC Leader, and served on the church Missions Committee.
Marietta’s greatest joy was assisting her husband and her brother, Dr. Wesley Phillips with their medical practice as Office Manager.
Survivors include her daughter Anita Baughman and husband Bud; son Glenn Record and wife Julia; daughter-in-law, Kristi Record; grandchildren, Carmen R. Moody and husband Jonathan, Brooks Record and wife Amanda, Alex Kursonis, Anderson Kursonis, Nicolas Kursonis, Palmer Record and wife Katherine, Alyson Record, Tanner Record and wife Kendall; great-grandchild, Caleb Record; sisters, Leuola Beck, and Ernstena Parker Wood and Clifton; brother, Wesley Phillips and Darlyne; sister-in-law, Jane Blair; step-grandchildren, Brandon Baughman, Brianna Garrison husband Ben and step-great grandchildren, Maddie and Reagan Garrison.
Friends and family may sign, and view the guestbook at
In lieu of flowers the family asks that you make donations to Victory Mountain Youth Camp, 1701 Westchester Drive, Suite 300, High Point, NC 27262


February 7, 2019

Kimberly Drown Trone, 59, went to be with the Lord Thursday, January 3, 2019. A celebration of her life will be held at a later date.
She was born May 21, 1959 to Richard Drown and Nancy Ferrell Johnson in Huntington, West Virginia. She graduated from Huntington High School in 1976 then continued her studies at Marshall University. Kim later moved with her family to Kernersville, North Carolina in the late 1980s.
Kim enjoyed working in her garden, cooking, rooting for the Carolina Panthers and Marshall Thundering Herd, but mostly, she loved spending time with her family and friends, especially her grandchildren.
Survivors include, a daughter, Brandi Danielle Merry and her boyfriend Zachary Poston; a son, William Mitchell Trone, Jr and fiancée Kristen Danielle Branch; grandchildren, William Mitchell Trone, III and Everlee Reese Branch; brothers, Teddy Johnson, Scott Drown, Jeff Drown, and Shawn Johnson; father of her children and dear friend, William Mitchell Trone, Sr; a boyfriend, Michael Brian Stokes; 2 dogs; and many extended family and friends.
Kimberly was a beloved mother, daughter, sister, gigi, aunt, cousin, and friend. She was loved so much by all, and will be missed greatly.


February 7, 2019

Mrs. Frankie J. Marshall Edwards, 70, of Kernersville, formerly of Mt. Airy passed away at Forsyth Medical Center Wednesday, February 6, 2019. She was born in Patrick County, VA March 29, 1948 to the late Rev. Ed Green and Evelyn Peel Marshall. Mrs. Edwards retired from retail management in Kernersville after many years of service. She was a faithful member of Free Will Baptist Church. Mrs. Edwards will lovingly be remembered by her husband Alvin F. “Al” Edwards; a daughter and son-in-law, Amanda and Brad Hill; grandchildren, Haley Nicole Hill and Kirstin Savannah Hill; a sister Frieda Hall; brother and sisters-in-law, Glenn and Opal Marshall, Wilford Marshall and Mel Marshall; several special nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Edwards was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Hope Elizabeth Edwards; sister, Hattie Adkins and Virginia Harrold; a brother, Roy Marshall and brothers-in-law, Jay Adkins and Doug Harrold. Funeral services will be held at 11:00AM Monday, February 11, 2019 at Moody Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Cecil Pickler officiating. Burial will follow at Chestnut Grove Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 7:30 PM on Sunday evening at Moody Funeral Home in Mt. Airy. Online condolences may be made at