Obituaries

Jacobs

Maria Vargas Jacobs, born on July 1st, 1947, of Kernersville, NC passed away on Sunday, July 22, 2018. A native of Mexico City, Mexico, Maria was the daughter of the late Teresa Cuevas and Simon Vargas. She was married to the late Williams Jacobs, Sr. for over 20 years. She graduated from the University of Mexico City, and became a pediatric nurse. After she married, she became a teacher’s assistant. She retired from the school system after 22 years of service. She is survived by her children, Teresa Jacobs and Albert Jacobs, of Kernersville; her grandchildren, Alex Jacobs, of Kernersville, and Gabriel Jacobs, of Kernersville; as well as many nieces, nephews, extended family.

Duggins

Dorothy Hester “Dot” Duggins, 85, of Walkertown, NC passed away peacefully Friday January 10, 2020.
A memorial service celebrating her life will be held 11:00AM Friday January 17, 2020 at Love’s United Methodist Church with Rev. Bruce Updyke and Rev. Tracy Schumpert officiating. The family will greet friends after the service at the Church.
Dot was the dedicated and loving companion of Norwood Brock of Walkertown. She described the past eight years as the best years of her life. It was his love and loyalty that fueled her wish to remain at home during her illness. Her quality of life was exceptional as a direct result of his care.
Survivors include her daughter, Amy Robertson and husband, Jason of Raleigh, NC; sons, David Duggins and wife, Cyndy of Youngsville, LA, Randy Duggins and wife, Beth of Dublin, GA, and Tod Duggins and wife, Margaret of Lewisville, NC; grandchildren, Ryan, Kyle, Chelsea, Kasey, Nicholas, Evan, and Avee Ann; and great grandchildren, Cash, Reagan, and Lucas.
Dot had an amazing life, starting with her humble beginnings in poverty on a farm in Belews Creek, NC. The fifth child of six, she loved her Hester siblings Earl, Mary, Jack, Margaret and Ben. Dot fell in love with designing and sewing her own clothes in high school through her home economics class. Her creative talent allowed her to afford a wardrobe that her family means could not provide.
Dot married Leonard Neal Duggins at a young age and started their family. She selflessly devoted her life to raising her kids, putting their needs over her own each day. A woman before her time, she was an early yoga practitioner, avid reader and self-taught psychologist. Dot was a human and civil rights activist; for example, on farm workdays during the 1960’s, she would not allow her family to eat separately from their farm workers. She insisted the group share dinner together, regardless of social status or race, progressive for that day and time in rural North Carolina.
Dot was a distinguished artist; her medium was as varied as her unique works. Her paintings though acrylic and watercolor, brought to life stories of old homeplaces, landscapes and fragrant flowers. Her favorite days were teaching art to local children and doing crafts with her grandchildren.
Dot was also a dynamic church and community leader. Her devout faith was demonstrated through her service on many committees, choirs, bazaars and fundraisers. She served eight years on the Walkertown council. Her contributions to long-term planning for the city ensured controlled business and residential growth for years to come.
The family wishes to thank the caregivers from Trellis Supportive Care and Home Loving Care, her niece Penny Everhart, and friends, neighbors and family who cared for and supported Mom through the past year.
Friends and family may view, and sign the guestbook at www.Pierce-JeffersonFuneralService.com
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Love’s United Methodist Church, 5280 Friendly Road, Walkertown, North Carolina 27051.

Lane

Kernersville- Johnny Wesley Lane, 75, went home to be with the Lord at his home, Thursday, January 9, 2020. Johnny was born September 20, 1944 in Surry County to the late Woodrow Wilson and Addie Edwards Lane.

Mr. Lane was a hard worker, loved to farm, and provided produce to everyone at no charge. He loved to go hunting and fishing. He also loved to visit nursing homes playing as Santa Claus.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his first wife, Carolyn Stigall Lane.

Survivors include his loving wife Deboraha Lane; his son, Rodney Wesley Lane (Lisa); two grandchildren, Brett and Jessica; six brothers and sisters, Dot Grimes, Joan Norris (Eddie), Marti Polimino, Billy Lane (Joyce), Frankie Lane (Sharon), Theresa Andrews (Dwight); and a special nephew, Tony Lane (Joanie).

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, 2:00 pm, at Kernersville Church of Christ. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Trellis Hospice Supportive Care 101 Hospice Lane, Winston-Salem, NC 27103 and Kernersville Church of Christ and Youth Fund 1016 Salisbury St, Kernersville, NC 27284.

Online condolences may be made to the Lane family at www.Hayworth-Miller,com

Hill

KERNERSVILLE – Wanda Sue Stigall Hill, 74, passed away Thursday, January 9, 2020 at Summerstone Nursing and Rehab. Sue was born on May 21, 1945 in Forsyth County to Calvin Edd and Emma Fletcher Stigall. She was a member at First Christian Church in Kernersville. After a debilitating car accident at the age of 16, her tenacity to survive was evident in all that she accomplished throughout her life. Sue went back to school and graduated from East Forsyth High School. Sue’s interest in helping others with disabilities led her to a 10-year career with Goodwill Industries as a payroll clerk and a 15-year career working for our state as the secretary for the Independent Living Rehabilitation Program, also serving as an assistant to the counselor for Vocational Rehab. Sue was a loving wife, sister, aunt, and friend. She will be greatly missed.
In addition to her parents, Sue was preceded in death by her loving husband, Ed Hill; and a sister, Pat Mock.
Surviving are her sister, Penny Cox (Marty); her brother, John Ed Stigall (Sandy); a nephew, Bill Mock; two nieces, Christine Huntsman and Joy Prevatte; and many great nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, January 11, 2020 at Hayworth-Miller Kernersville Chapel with Dr. Pete Kunkle and Pastor Dan Hipply officiating. Burial will follow at Eastlawn Gardens of Memory. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to American Diabetes Foundation, P.O. Box 15829, Arlington, VA 22215. Online condolences may be made to www.hayworth-miller.com.

Owensby

Connie Carter Owensby, 73, went home to be with the Lord January 9, 2020.
Funeral Services celebrating her life will be held 2:30PM Sunday January 12, 2020 at Main Street United Methodist Church with Dr. Michael Gehring and Rev. Rick Carter officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. The family will visit with friends, immediately following the interment services, in the church fellowship hall.
A lifelong resident of Kernersville, Connie was the daughter of the late Ruth Irene Smith Carter and Fred Preston Carter. She graduated from East Forsyth High School Class of ‘64. Connie would later graduate from Guilford College with a degree in Biology, and post graduate degree in Medical Technology at Moses Cone Hospital. She practiced Medical Technology for 21 years, 19 of those were at Forsyth Hospital where she served as assistant supervisor in Microbiology. She retired to her second career at Kernersville News, the family business, where she was first vice-president and office manager.
Survivors include her loving husband of 49 years, John Owensby of the home; daughters, Meredith Harrell and Barry of Greensboro, and Jennifer Eminger and Corey of Kernersville; son, Dr. John Paul Owensby and Susan of Lookout Mountain, Georgia; grandchildren, Charlie, Carter, Harrison, Nathan, Alison, and Daniel; and her brother, Frederick Carter.
Friends and family may sign, and view the guestbook at www.Pierce-JeffersonFuneralService.com

Newman

William “Billy” Stafford Newman

September 5, 1951 – January 2, 2020

William S. Newman (best known as Billy) was born on September 5, 1951 to Evelyn Stafford Newman and William Oliver Newman. He was a life-long resident of Oak Ridge, North Caroli-na, who still occupied the same home built by his grandparents in 1919.
The family will greet friends from 1:00PM to 3:00PM Saturday January 11, 2020 at Pierce-Jefferson Funeral Services, Kernersville, NC. Masonic Graveside Rites will follow at 4:00PM at Oak Ridge United Methodist Church Cemetery.
He received his high school education at Oak Ridge Military Institute (ORMI) graduating in 1970, before attending college at North Carolina State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Animal Science in 1974.
Billy dedicated his energies to the Oak Ridge Fire Department for much of his adult life. He served in a variety of capacities starting in 1971, serving as Fire Chief from 1994 until 2009 for a total of 38 years. In the words of personnel at the ORFD, “he saw the department through exten-sive growth in the Oak Ridge community and fire service”. The design and construction of the modern Fire Station #15 and the expansion of the department to construct a second Fire Station #51 took place under his leadership as Oak Ridge Fire Chief.
In April 2011, Billy was appointed to the 18th Judicial District of the State of North Carolina as a Magistrate assigned to the Guilford County Courthouse in High Point, NC. He was still serving in that capacity at the time of his death.
He was a 19 year member of Masonic Lodge #428 located in Stokesdale, NC where he served as Master of the Lodge in 2006 and again in 2008. He took pride in being a part of the Lodge and recruited several new members to the worthwhile organization.
Billy was a hands-on co-owner of a small cattle operation. Although he worked with the cattle, his love was for horses. He owned a beloved quarter horse “Brother” for many years and enjoyed organized Trail Rides with his friend Drew Donnell He also raised Percheron draft horses at one time. His affinity for horses was also evidenced by his commitment to the annual Oak Ridge Horse Show established in 1945. Billy’s dad was one of the founding members. It was a top-rated community event for more than 60 years. Billy served in various roles from Ring Master to Vice-Chairman.
He took great pleasure in watching the stock car races at Bowman Gray Stadium with his bud-dies. Billy also enjoyed hunting with his friends and his Labrador Retrievers, Careless, Zeb, and Pete. He became a licensed airplane pilot and flew cargo commercially for a short period. During his pilot training and subsequent cargo carrier flights along the east coast, he told of some enter-taining adventures! He had a gift for making every story a treat for his listener. He will certainly be remembered as an extraordinary story-teller!! He was a fun Bridge partner, too.
Another of his accomplishments to be noted would have to be the enormous amount of pork Bar-B-Que that he prepared for charitable fund-raising causes. Thanks to the addition of the closely guarded secret BBQ sauce recipe from Leo Phelps, Billy’s efforts were rewarded with great sales.
Billy Newman was a man who loved Oak Ridge, ORFD, his friends and his family. People who knew him repeatedly said, “there was nothing fake about Billy. You knew where you stood with him.” He was a big guy with a big personality, a big grin, and a big heart, who will be missed be-yond measure by his family and friends as we mourn his passing.
He was preceded in death by his parents. Left to cherish his memory are his sister, Dana and husband Steve Sigmon of Okmulgee, OK; nieces, Sonja Lewis (David) of Statesville, NC, and Tara Griggs (Kelly) of Edmond, OK; nephew, Nathan Sigmon (Nicole) of Broken Arrow, OK; 6 six great nieces and nephews; and one special 1st cousin, Donna Mokscycski of South Salem, NY.
Friends and family may view, and sign the guestbook at www.PierceJeffersonFuneralService.com
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Oak Ridge Fire Department, 8325 Linville Rd., Oak Ridge, NC 27310 or to Masonic Lodge #428, 8420 Ellisboro Rd., Stokesdale, NC 27357.

Roberts

Oak Ridge – Mr. James Carroll “JC” Roberts, 88, passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 2, 2020 at his residence. He was born on December 11, 1931 in Galax, VA to James A. and Eva Bowers Roberts. He had a 50-year plus career in auto sales which he turned into a hobby after his retirement.
In addition to his parents, JC was preceded in death by one brother, R.A. Roberts and three sisters, Georgie Lundy, Mary Moser, and Gladys Bowers. He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Bernice Roberts; his daughter, Sharon Abell (David); his son, Tim Roberts; four grandchildren, Nathan Abell (Karyn) of Raleigh, Matthew Abell of Kernersville, BreAna Ayers (Tommy), and Bailey Roberts, both of Wilmington; five great grandchildren, Emma, Sarah, James, Wyatt, and Nicholas; one brother, Larry Roberts; and one sister, Lucille Lawrence.
To honor JC’s request, there will be no public viewing and there will be a private family graveside service. In lieu of flowers, JC would want you to take your family to dinner in his honor. Hayworth-Miller Kernersville Chapel is assisting the family. Online condolences may be made at www.hayworth-miller.com.

LeFever

Mrs. Myra Dolores LeFever, 80, passed away Sunday, January 5, 2020, at her home. She was born July 2, 1939, to the late Omar and Lola Collins Kiger.
Dolores was born in Stokes County, North Carolina and married Wyatt LeFever at the age of 17. Soon after, they started a family in Kernersville, North Carolina. Together, they founded Blue Ridge Fish Hatchery and for most of her life, she was the beloved “boss lady” of the company. Today, Blue Ridge continues to be owned and operated by multiple generations of her family.
Dolores was happiest when surrounded by her family at home or at Lake Norman, where her breakfasts became legendary. Among family and friends, she was known for her unconditional love, support and common sense. If you needed help, you could always count on Dolores or “Aunt Lorsie” to be there for you. She was the true matriarch of the LeFever family.
For their 63 years together, Dolores and Wyatt were inseparable. The love and partnership they shared was an inspiration to everyone who knew them. She often said, regarding their work together, “He has the dreams and I make them happen.”
Surviving are her husband, Wyatt; her three sons, Randy and wife Karen, David and wife Shannon, and Lee and wife Sachi; nine grandchildren, Casey and wife Carla, Josh, Jimmy and wife Kat, Jessi and husband David, Caroline and husband Justin, Shelby, Garrett, Drew, and Leah; and three great-grandchildren, Adelaide, Rosemary and Finlee.
The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Carmela Wood for her wonderful care and attention in Dolores’ time of need.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at the Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 8, 2020.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Shepherd Center, 431 West Bodenhamer Street, Kernersville, NC 27284. Online condolences may be made to www.hayworth-miller.com

Parsons

Michael G. “Mike” Parsons, 68, passed away peacefully Thursday, January 2, 2020.
Funeral Services celebrating his life will be held 3:00PM Sunday, January 5, 2020 at Friedland Moravian Church with Rev. Adam Goodrich officiating. Interment will follow in God’s Acre at Friedland Moravian Church. The family will greet friends following the interment in the fellowship hall.
A native of Wilkes County, Mike was the husband of 48 years to Micol Morgan Parsons and the son of the late, Ray Parsons and Belva Woodie Parsons. He was a veteran of the U. S. Army. Mike was a faithful member of Friedland Moravian Church. He spent his lifetime playing the guitar and celebrating his love of Bluegrass Gospel Music with friends and family.
Survivors include his wife, Micol of the home; son, Matt Parsons and wife, Jennifer of High Point, NC; five grandchildren, Ryan Parsons, Gavin Parsons, Erica Parsons, Jenna Parsons, and Ethan Parsons; and brother, Dan Parsons of Winston-Salem, NC.
In addition to his parents, Michael was preceded in death by his sister-in-law, Anne Parsons.
Friends and family may view, and sign the guestbook at www.Pierce-JeffersonFuneralService.com
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Friedland Moravian Church, 2750 Friedland Church Rd., Winston-Salem, NC 27107.

McEntire

“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on thee because he trusteth in thee.”
Isaiah 26:33
Jerry Lamar McEntire, 84, died peacefully December 26, 2019 at home surrounded by his loving family after a short battle with cancer.
Funeral services celebrating his life will be 2:00PM Sunday, December 29, 2019 at Sedge Garden United Methodist Church with Pastor Justin Lowe officiating. Inurnment in the church columbarium with military honors and Masonic Rites will immediately follow. The family will receive friends in the church beginning at 1:30PM on Sunday.
Jerry was born May 17, 1935 in Dalton, Georgia to the late Mary Lee and Henry Lee McEntire. He graduated from high school in Atlanta, GA and was an alumnus of the University of Georgia. Jerry was raised in the Southern Baptist Church and was a member of Jamestown Methodist Church. He worked in industrial electric sales and was honored with the “Endangered Species Award” for his successful sales career. He retired from Cameron and Barkley Electrical Wholesale Distributors. Jerry is a veteran of the Korean War serving his country honorably in the US Army, a 32nd degree Mason of the Scottish Rite of Winston-Salem, NC, a member of the Masonic Lodge #669 in Kernersville, NC, and the York Rite Bodies of High Point, NC, the past Eminent Commander #24, past master of the Numa F. Reid Lodge of High Point, NC, and an Oasis Shriner in Charlotte, NC.
Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Kay Smith McEntire. Jerry and Kay’s children are Brenda McEntire Ferguson (Allen), Rhonda McEntire Gullett (Doug), Jerry McEntire, Jr., Forest Vance Gambrell and Erin Gambrell Kangiser (Marty); grandchildren, Kelly Ferguson Workman (Chad), Chad Ferguson (Samantha), Nick Gullett, Steven Gullett, Brandon McEntire, Adam Kangiser, Ryan Kangiser and Katie Kangiser; precious great-grandchildren, Davis McKay Workman and Reed Allen Ferguson and numerous extended family members and friends.
A man is known for the loves of his life. Jerry loved his family, friends, Georgia Bulldogs, fishing at Harker’s Island, duck and pheasant hunting in Nebraska and Hyde County, Ocean Isle Beach, the USA, and the Mason’s dedication to children and widows.
In lieu of flowers, you may make donations to the charity of your choice or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or the Masonic Home for Children, 600 College St., Oxford, NC 27565 or White Stone Masonic Home, 700 S. Holden Rd. Greensboro, NC 27407.
Family and friends may sign and view the guestbook at www.Pierce-JeffersonFuneralService.com