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November 24, 2017

Leo Maurice Lambert, 69, died Thanksgiving Day November 23, 2017.
A Gathering of his friends and a celebration of his life will be held 5:30pm Tuesday November 28, 2017 at the Pierce-Jefferson Funeral & Cremation Services Chapel. Full Military Honors will be bestowed at the conclusion of the services.
A native of Woonsocket County, Rhode Island, Leo was the son of the late Marian Fesko and Leo Maurice Lambert. He served his country with the United States Navy during the Vietnam War as a 2nd Class Machinist and a 2nd Class Petty Officer. He was a heating and air-conditioning specialist.
Leo lived in New York for a number of years prior to coming to North Carolina in 2008. While in Kernersville he enjoyed going to Auctions as he would both buy and sell, particularly antiques. What Leo really enjoyed most was his time at Fitz on Main to begin his days. Leo liked to talk with all of his friends at Fitz’s and make new friends as well.
He is survived by cousins Lorraine Kroll, Susan Whaley, and Jo Ann Interlandi. He was especially appreciative of his caregivers Heather Slate, along with Ronnie and Jackie Slate as well as Chuck and Judy Coley. His caregivers were deeply devoted to Leo and his care was always given with Love.
Friends and family may sign, and view the guestbook at
Donations in lieu of flowers are asked to be made to Hospice of High Point.


November 21, 2017

Jeanette Mercer Stanley, 92, passed away Monday, November 20, 2017 at Kerner Ridge Assisted Living. Jeanette was born on December 25, 1924 in Cooter, Missouri to William Alexander and Maudie Farish Mercer. She was an active member of First Baptist Church – Kernersville, where she was a member of the B-Friendly Group and the Dorcas Sunday School Class.
In addition to her parents, Jeanette was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, Robert Lee Stanley, Jr.; eight sisters; and one brother.
Jeanette’s family spent many exciting years traveling the world as a military family, enjoying gardening, sightseeing and engaging in the favorite activities of the towns close to the Air Force bases. As a result Jeanette’s family members have tight bonds with one another and will carry this loving tradition forward, with Jeanette’s enthusiastic approval.
Surviving are four children, Debi Saleeby (Gary) of Chapel Hill, Terry Stanley (Terri), John Stanley (Maggie), and Teresa Stephens (Darrell) all of Kernersville; six grandchildren, Shannon Harrell (Rob), Brandon Stanley (Leann), Amy Murchison (Cameron), Katie Landreth, Molly Nester (Gray), and Stephanie Hefner; and eight great grandchildren.
A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, November 24, 2017 at First Baptist Church with Dr. Stephen Martin officiating. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 1:00 -1:45 p.m. prior to the service at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church-Building Fund, 401 Oakhurst St, Kernersville, NC 27284 or the American Heart Association, 7029 Albert Pick Rd Ste. 200, Greensboro, NC 27409. Hayworth Miller Kernersville Chapel is assisting the family. Online condolences may be made at


November 20, 2017

Ruth C. Lunsford, 96, went home to be with her Lord peacefully November 19, 2017.
Funeral Services celebrating her life will be held 1:00PM Saturday November 25, 2017 at Thomas-McAfee Northwest Funeral Chapel in Greenville, South Carolina. The family will visit with friends immediately following the service at the funeral home on Saturday. Interment will follow privately in Graceland West Cemetery in Greenville.
A native of Anderson, South Carolina, Ruth was the daughter of the late Maude Rokeppa Cox and Austin Lee Campbell. She was married to the late Wiley Thomas “Dude” Lunsford. In addition to her parents and husband, she also was preceded death by her sisters Vera Long, Margaret Sue Ellis, and Louise Ellison, brothers Horace Campbell, Homer Campbell, Leonard Campbell, Rupert Campbell, and Lamar Campbell.
Survivors include her son Doug Lunsford and Shirley of the home; grandchildren Brian Lunsford of Winston-Salem, Allison Singer and Jason of Cary, and Erin Kuehn and Joel of Charlotte; great-grandchildren Wiley, Hutton, Campbell, Salem, Tanix, and Ivy; and numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
Ruth was a longtime member of Washington Avenue Baptist Church where she taught Sunday School, and had the honor of having her class named the “Ruth Lunsford Sunday School Class”. She attended First Baptist Church of Kernersville while living in Kernersville.
She had worked for a number of years at Westpoint Stevens in Greenville. The joys of her life were her love for her family, her service for the Lord, and her personal faith.
Friends and family may sign, and view the guestbook at
In lieu of flowers, contributions are asked to be made to Washington Avenue Baptist Church, 200 N. Washington Avenue, Greenville, SC 29611
A special “thank you” is offered to all the staff of Kerner Ridge Assisted Living in Kernersville for their kind and loving care.


November 20, 2017

Derrick Lee Davis, 70, passed away peacefully in Winston-Salem, NC, on No-vember 15, 2017 surrounded by his family, following a long illness.

Davis was born on February 26, 1947 in Asheville, North Carolina. He graduat-ed from James A. Gray High School in Winston-Salem in 1965. Davis went on to Lees-McRae in Banner Elk, North Carolina and served in the U.S. Army Re-serves after college. He was married to Ann Collins on December 29, 1968.

In 1974, Davis founded D.L. Davis & Company, Inc., which has become one of the premier financial services and employee benefit firms in the Southeast. To-day it has thousands of business and individual clients throughout the country. Davis received many awards and accolades for his outstanding work in the in-surance industry to name only a few: the MassMutual Presidents’ Honorary Award, President’s Organizational Award, the distinguished ELIF (Exceptional amount of Life Insurance in Force) honors, Life Blue Chip Council award since 1986, as well as the industry’s distinguished National Quality Award. He was a consistent member of many professional organizations, including Million Dollar Round Table for 26 years, the prestigious Top of the Table for 23 years, and NAIFA since 1976.

Davis also became a leader and well known in the community for his real estate efforts in the community including the revitalization of historic downtown Win-ston-Salem as early as the 1980s. He began a real estate development business in the early 1990s named East Coast Capital, Inc. This family company is recog-nized as one of the region’s most innovative commercial and residential real es-tate and property management organizations.

Davis’ philanthropic heart was large as well as his passion for helping others in need, and his many contributions to the community, was nothing less than ex-emplary. In 2004, The Derrick L. Davis Regional Cancer Center at Forsyth Med-ical Center of Novant was named in his honor and serves many patients and families as one of the largest cancer centers in the South. Chairing many boards and participating in multiple organizations throughout the community, Davis was always willing to give his time and efforts. He was a past Chairman of the Forsyth Medical Center Foundation Board. He has served as a member of the Medical Center Board of Visitors for Bowman Gray School of Medicine, the Board of Directors for First Citizens Bank, The Wake Forest University School of Business and Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce. He also served on the Forsyth Tech Foundation Board and was a longtime member and contributor to the Wake Forest Deacon Club. He was a member of Centenary United Methodist Church. Davis’ love for his family including his wife, two chil-dren, and two grandchildren, and for his favorite retreat, his farm, was immeas-urable.

Davis is preceded in death by his mother, Doris Virginia Robinson Pressler, stepfather, Charles Augustus Pressler, and father, Parker Ray Davis. He is sur-vived by his loving wife, Ann Collins Davis; a son, Chadwick Derrick Davis, of Charleston, South Carolina; a daughter, Suzanne Collins Davis, and two grandchildren, Davis Lauren Campbell and Will Campbell, of Winston-Salem; a brother, Jerome “Jerry” Ray Davis of Virginia Beach, VA; nephew Brantley (Ann) Davis of Washington, D.C.; nieces Southard (John) Nowak of Asheville, NC and Kinsley James of Greensboro, NC; nephews Michael (Angie) Collins of Eden, NC and Trentt (Amy) James of Wilmington, NC; sisters-in-law Judy Collins James and Debra Louise Collins of Winston-Salem; brother-in-law Jerry Lewis Collins; family friend James Hank Perkins; his D.L. Davis & Co., Inc. and East Coast Capital, Inc. families; and dear family and friends.

Davis’ memorial service will be held on Monday, November 20, at 1:00 p.m. at Centenary United Methodist Church, 646 W. Fifth Street in Winston-Salem. The family will receive guests at Forsyth Country Club following the service. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his memory to the Derrick L. Davis Re-gional Cancer Center, 3333 Silas Creek Parkway, Winston-Salem, NC 27106.

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November 13, 2017

COLFAX – David Jerold Stack, 82, passed away Monday, November 13, 2017 at his home. Jerold was born on January 2, 1935 in Guilford County to Benjamin and Mary Hastings Stack. He was a Veteran of the US Marine Corps, worked for Western Electric over 25 years and was a safety officer for the Guilford County Fire Marshall for 20 years. Jerold was an active member of Shady Grove Wesleyan Church, where he sang in the Church Quartet and taught Sunday School for over 20 years. He was a life member of the Masonic Lodge – Kernersville, the US Marine Corps League, as well as the American Legion. He enjoyed oil painting, wood carving, gardening and restoring old tractors.
In addition to his parents, Jerold was preceded in death by a sister, Pearle Stack; and two broth-ers, Wayne and Dale Stack.
Surviving are his wife, Violet Stack of the home; a son, Jared Stack of Charlotte; one brother, Howard Stack; and one sister, Kathleen Atchison
A funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, November 16, 2017 at Shady Grove Wes-leyan Church with Pastor Phil Kirkman officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 15, at Hayworth Miller Kernersville Chapel.
Memorials may be made to Shady Grove Wesleyan Cemetery Fund, 119 N. Bunker Hill Road, Colfax, NC 27235.
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November 13, 2017

KERNERSVILLE – Mr. James Leon Lambert, 92, passed away November 10, 2017 at Kernersville Medical Center. He was born in Forsyth County to the late Lloyd Jasper Lambert, Sr. and Lelia Durham Lambert. Mr. Lambert was of the Baptist faith. He attended Mineral Springs High School and retired from Quality Oil with 25 years of service. He served in the U. S. Navy during World War II in the Pacific Theater and the Invasion of Normandy. Mr. Lambert had a selfless dedication and love to his family and will always be remembered for his interesting stories and his everlasting sense of humor. He was preceded in death by his two sisters, Norma Lee (Stewart) Clayton and Patsy Jo Lambert Boyd and his two brothers, Floyd “Jack” Austin Lambert and L. J. Lambert, Jr. He is survived by his three nephews, Terry and Ashley Lawson of Kernersville, Mike Tuttle and Jennifer Tuttle of Thomasville, and Barry Lawson of South Carolina; his great-nieces and nephews (who he loved as his own grandchildren), Peyton and Brody Lawson, and Haley, Sydney, and Ryan Tuttle; his two brothers, Roy Lambert and wife Blanche and Ray Lambert and wife Peggy both of Pfafftown. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. A Celebration of a Life well lived will be held at 12 Noon, Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at Bethel United Methodist Church, 8424 Haw River Rd., Oak Ridge, NC 27310 with the Rev. Andy Lambert and Steve Lambert officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Bethel United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be made at


November 13, 2017

Kernersville – Goldia Smith Hauser, 86, passed away peacefully on November 11, 2017 at Trinity Glen. She was born on January 4, 1931 in Forsyth County, to Carvie Luthur Smith and Mattie Smith. She retired from Lucent Technologies after 30 years of service. Goldia loved her family, friends, bowling, and playing the piano. Mrs. Hauser attended Cornerstone Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Lee Hauser.
Surviving are; three sons, Mike Hauser of Kernersville, Eddie Hauser (Lesa) of Midway, and Tim Hauser (Theresa) of Kernersville, seven grandchildren, Eric, Stacy, Charity, Tiffany, Faith, Brittany, Whitney, and three great grandchildren, Tanner, Haven, and Hope.
A funeral service will be conducted 2:00 PM Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at Cornerstone Baptist Church with Pastor Charles Martin officiating. Burial will follow in Mt. Gur Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.
Memorial donations may be made to Cornerstone Baptist Church at 4507 Thomasville Rd. Winston Salem, NC 27107.
Online condolences may be made at


November 13, 2017

Kernersville – Mary Ellen Taylor Crews, 79, passed away peacefully on November 12, 2017 at her home. She was born on August 25, 1938 in Forsyth Co. to William Roy Taylor and Nettie Norris Davis Taylor. Mary Ellen loved working in her flowers, going to the Kernersville Farmers Market to sell Tump’s homegrown vegetables, and going fishing. Mary was preceded in death by her husband of 60 yrs., Ralph Harrell “Tump” Crews, and a brother, Don Taylor.
Surviving are; a daughter, Teresa Ragan (Charles), a granddaughter, Brandy Norman (David), two sisters; Donna Jamison, Janice Yokley, and a brother, Mike Taylor.
A funeral service will be held 2:00 PM Thursday, November 16, 2017 at Union Grove Baptist Church with Rev. Steve Roberson officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6-8 PM Wednesday evening, November 15, 2017 at Hayworth-Miller Kernersville Chapel.
Memorials may be made to Union Grove Baptist Church at 5424 Union Grove Rd. Oak Ridge, NC 27310, or to Hospice and Palliative Care Center at 101 Hospice Lane Winston Salem, NC 27103.
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November 10, 2017

Peggy Hester Ballard of 30 Lake Terrace Dr., Dawsonville, GA passed away on November 3, 2017. She was preceded in death by her loving husband John Franklin Ballard Sr of Dawsonville Georgia.

Peggy was born on September 2, 1932 in Kernersville NC. After high school she married John Ballard on July 1, 1949. Peggy worked in the medical department of Western Electric for 10 years. Later on she became a real estate agent. In 1983 she and John became antique dealers establishing in PJ’s Olde Tyme Treasures LTD.

Peggy was an avid painter and writer who also loved to work in her garden.
Through the years she was active in the Woman’s Club, the Garden Club, The Bowen Center For The Arts, and The Dawson County Chamber Of Commerce. Peggy was a member of Bethel United Methodist Church of Dawsonville.

Peggy is survived by her sons Mark Ballard of Dawsonville Georgia; John Ballard Jr of Woodstock Georgia; granddaughter Julie Ballard Strain (David) of Marietta, GA; Daughter-in-law Bonnie Ballard of Woodstock, GA; sisters Sandra Bryant of Kernersville, NC, Pat Pendry Avenue High Point, NC ; and brother Jack Hester of Winston Salem, NC

Cremation was completed at Bearden Funeral Home in Dawsonville, GA
Her final resting place is with her loving husband in a mausoleum at
East Lawn Gardens Of Memory Kernersville, NC

A Celebration of life for Peggy will be held at a future date.


November 8, 2017

Janice Taylor, 84, passed away November 7, 2017 at Forsyth Medical Center.
Funeral Services celebrating her life will be private.
She was a long time resident of Kernersville. Her love in life was her garden and her dog, Maggie.
Survivors include a daughter, Kathy Fordham and a son, Lynwood Taylor and many extended family and friends.
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In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice of your choice.