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March 27, 2018

Lynda Butler Collett, 76, passed away peacefully at Forsyth Memorial Hospital on February 19, 2018.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bryant Moore; sister, Patricia; brother, Kenneth; and daughter, Crystal Everette.

She is survived by her daughter, Kay Everette, of Eden; son, Jason Collett; grandson, Mitch Gaster; and great grandson, Erik Gaster.


February 21, 2018

Jerri Yvonne Fitzgerald Russell, 78, entered into heaven on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 from the Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home in Winston-Salem.
Jerri was born November 29, 1939 in Guilford County to the late Ted Roosevelt Fitzgerald and Mary Pauline Owen Scott. Jerri’s husband of 24 years preceded her in death, Leon Russell
She lived in the Kernersville area for 36 years and formerly of Atlanta, GA and Jacksonville, FL. Jerri had a love for animals especially cats and birds. She liked to crochet, weave baskets and do crafting. She enjoyed pastel painting in Christian themes and these paintings could be seen around her house.
She volunteered at Crisis Control in Kernersville for 3 years. She was a member at Kernersville First Christian Church and worked in the church office for 2 years. She loving provided homecare for the elderly and was known to enjoy working puzzles.
Those who remain to cherish her memory are her children; Natalie Hendrix Pope of Welcome, Devin Ray Smith of Kernersville, Masten Scott Smith of Staley, two sisters; Judy Marie Reed of Franklinville and Debra Scott Pegg of Kernersville, eight grandchildren; Ashley, Joey, Collin, Casey, Megan, Blake, James, Ariel, three great grandchildren; Graylin, Ethan, Nicole and several nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be held 1:00pm on Thursday, February 22, 2018 at Floral Garden Park Cemetery in High Point. The Reverend Dan Hipply will be officiating.
The family request in lieu of flowers memorials to be made to: Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home, 101 Hospice Lane, Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27103.
Cumby Family Funeral Service is handling the arrangements.


February 13, 2018

Silas J. “Bill” Eaton, 92, went to his heavenly home on January 26, 2018. He was born in Stokes County on March 22, 1925, to Silas and Mattie Cromer Eaton. He was a lifetime member of Gospel Light Baptist Church. He owned and operated S.J. Eaton Construction Co. He loved Nascar races. In addition to his parents, Mr. Eaton was preceded in death by two brothers, James and Noah Eaton, five sisters, Minnie Southern, Martha Holling, Mary Motsinger, Ella McGee and Alice Smith. Surviving is a brother, Clyde (Dot) Eaton and a special friend, George Mabe. A celebration of his life will be held at Gospel Light Baptist Church on Saturday, February 10 at 11:00 am. Memorials may be made to Hospice Home at High Point, 1803 Westchester Dr., High Point, NC 27262.


February 12, 2018

Mr. Jerry Lee Mayer died February 8, 2018 in Kernersville, NC.
A celebration of his life will be 2:00PM Monday, February 12, 2018 at Shady Grove Wesleyan Church in Colfax, NC with Rev. Wes Brown and Rev. Phil Kirkman officiating the service.
Jerry was born May 13, 1939 to the late William and Mary Mayer. A native of Miami, Florida, Jerry enjoyed being a member of The Boys and Girls Club of Miami Dade where he was named outstanding youth of the year. After he graduated from Coral Gables High School, he joined and served four years with the United States Air Force. After his service with the military he started working at Eastern Airlines in Miami. Later in life he moved to North Carolina and retired with 26 years of faithful service with Norfolk Southern Railway. He was also member of Shady Grove Wesleyan Church. He enjoyed playing golf; he loved his sporting events especially the Miami Dolphins. Most of all he loved to watch his grandchildren play ball.
In addition to his parents, he also was preceded in death by his brother Roger Hugh and his daughter in law Rebekah Beasley Mayer.
Jerry is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Patsy of Kernersville; son Todd Mayer; Daughter Kari Hood and husband Tony; five grandchildren Preston and Nick Hood, Billy, Jordan and Ethan Mayer; two brothers Bill Mayer and his wife Mary of Coral Springs, FL. and Bob Mayer and his wife Betty of Deland FL.
The family will receive friends following the service at the church.
Friends and family may view and sign the guestbook at


February 9, 2018

Dirk Rhayce Tucker, 61, passed away unexpectedly in his Daleville, AL home on January 25, 2018. The family will gather for a memorial service at 4:00PM Sunday, February 11, 2018 at Main Street UMC, with visitation immediately following.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Karen Wise Tucker and father, Bruce H. Tucker.
Survivors include daughters, Amanda Nicholle Ellington (Wayne), Amber Myriah Tucker, and Amegan Leia Rice (Andy); grandchildren, Adrienne and Aiden Lincoln, Zachary and Cade Ellington, Tucker Findley, and Ansley Rice; mother, Mary Smith Tucker; siblings, Tony Tucker (Karen), Vee Bracken (Dan), Myla O’Brien (Paul), and Dona Hedgecock and many nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles, and extended family.
Rhayce was a U.S. Army veteran, having served his country from 1976 to 1986, in Korea as well as state-side. After leaving the Army with a honorable discharge in 1986, he enjoyed several vocations, often serving his country as a civilian working at Fort Rucker. He loved his country, friends and family (who he was always ready to help in any way he could), a good bargain, and a good debate.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Wounded Warriors, the American Cancer Society, or your favorite charity.


February 6, 2018

George Phillip Youngs, 77, of Kernersville, NC passed away peacefully at his home on Monday, January 29, 2018 at 4:10 pm.

He was born on November 24, 1940 in Norwich, NY to Floyd Youngs, Sr. and Gertrude Primer Youngs. He was one of 12 children.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Floyd “Junior” Youngs, Jr., William “Billy” Youngs, and Robert “Bobby” Youngs; son in law, Terry Sharp; and one great grandchild.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Gloria Wilson Youngs. Also surviving are three daughters, Terry Ann Youngs (husband, Ken Gleason), Hope Youngs Castle (husband, Steven), and Melissa Youngs Sharp; 8 siblings, Walter Youngs, Ralph Youngs, Ronald Youngs (wife, Kathy), Betty Simpson (husband, Mike), Judy Boggess (husband, Lloyd), Ethel Chandler (husband, Jake), Susie Youngs, and Duncan Youngs; 10 grandchildren; and 17 great grandchildren.

Funeral Services will be held at a later date in New York. Hayworth-Miller Kernersville Chapel is assisting the family.


February 2, 2018

June 28, 1926 – January 31, 2018
Marcia Ann Kelley was born June 28, 1926 to William Denison Kelley and Florence Brooks Kelley in Bluefield, West Virginia. She graduated from Chestnut Hill College and entered the Salesians of Don Bosco where she remained for 20 years. She received her Masters Degree in Physics from Boston College. After leaving the Salesians of Don Bosco, she taught in high schools and community college as a lay person for the next 20 years. Upon retirement, Marcia volunteered with Father Wasson’s orphans, known as Neustros Pequenos Hermanos (Our Little Brothers and Sisters) with orphanages in Mexico, Honduras, Haiti, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Guatemala. She accompanied Father Wasson to some of these countries and resided in Guatemala for several years teaching computer skills to orphans.

Marcia is preceded in death by her parents, William Denison Kelley, Sr., and Florence Evans Brooks. Also preceding her in death are her brother, William Denison Kelley, Jr., and sister Virginia Kelley.
Survivors include her brother Don Kelley, Warminster, PA, sister Pat Kelley Henderson, Kernersville, NC, Margaret Bittinger, Lewisburg, WV, and many nieces and nephews. Marcia loved helping others and adored pets of all kinds. She felt happiest when working with the NPH orphanage. She lived an honorable and charitable life.

A prayer service was said with her family on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at Pierce-Jefferson Funeral Home in Kernersville, NC. Even in her death Marcia continues to help others, as she requested for her body to be donated to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center for research and education.


January 31, 2018

Willard Preston Watson, 85, passed away Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at Southfork Assisted Living Center in Winston-Salem.
Mr. Watson was born June 14, 1932 in Grayson County, Virginia to William Howard and Alma Virginia Carrico Watson.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Irvin Harold Watson and William Donald Watson, two sons Kenneth Wayne Watson and Danny Preston Watson.
Survivors include his wife, Alma Leona Walters Watson, daughters Barbara Watson Tuttle (Ronald) and Katherine Watson Johnson (Terry), three grandchildren, Stephanie Nicole Tuttle, Patrick Gray Tuttle (Allison), and Meredith Katherine Nance, two great-grandchildren, William Gray Tuttle and Lucas James Tuttle, sister, Margaret Watson Cornett, and two brothers, Frank Watson and Gordon Watson (Nancy).
Mr. Watson was the owner-operator of Winston Milling Company in Winston-Salem for many years. He also operated a long-haul trucking company during the 1960s and 1970s. However, his greatest talents were as builder and general contractor.
A graveside service will be held at 3:00pm Thursday, February 1, 2018 at Gardens of Memory, in Walkertown, NC with Reverend Tim Nelson officiating. There will be no formal visitation.
Memorial may be made to First Pentecostal Holiness Church, PO Box 5252, Winston-Salem, NC 27113.


January 24, 2018

Julia Smith Gilliam died January 22, 2018, at Salemtowne retirement community where she resided. Julia was born November 11, 1922 in Forsyth County, the oldest child of Erleen Clodfelter Smith and George Ernest Smith. She grew up in Kernersville and grad-uated from Sedge Garden High School and Salem College. She taught school in the Win-ston Salem Forsyth County Schools for 4 years. On July 3, 1945, Julia was married to William Tyree Gilliam at the Kernersville Moravian Church. After World War II, she and Tyree lived in Winston Salem. She lived in Alabama, in Minnesota and in Texas. Julia and Tyree returned to Kernersville in 1976. She is currently a member of Kernersville Moravi-an Church.
Julia was preceded in death by her parents, and a sister, Lucy Smith Singleton. She is survived by daughters Mollie Ledwith and husband Ron of Ridgewood, New Jersey, and Martha Currise and husband Don of Carmel, Indiana; grandchildren, Will Ledwith and wife Gina of Guilford, Connecticut; Katie Ledwith of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Julia Currise O’Brien and husband Jim of Indianapolis, Indiana; Kristen C. Smith and husband Tim of Plymouth, Minnesota: and Jennifer C. Crosley and husband Brad, of Carmel Indi-ana; and great-grandchildren Liam Ledwith, Mason Smith, Chloe Ledwith, Graham Smith and Cameron Crosley. Julia had two sisters, Nancy Smith of Kernersville, and Ruth Smith Williard, and her husband, J. Van Williard, of Kernersville. Julia had 11 nieces and nephews. At the time of her home going, Julia was 95 years, 2 months and 11 days.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Salemtowne Retirement Center, Winston Salem, NC, or Riverwood Therapeutic Riding Center, 6825 Rolling View Drive, Tobac-coville, NC 27250.
The Graveside Service will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday at Kernersville Moravian Church.
Online condolences may be made through


January 24, 2018

Shirley Burrell Lunsford, 66, was restored to her natural beauty January 22, 2018.
Funeral Services celebrating her life will be held 2:00PM Saturday January 27, 2018 at Kerners-ville First Baptist Church with Pastor Dr. Stephen Martin officiating. Interment will follow in Eastlawn Gardens of Memory.
A native of Athens, Tennessee, she was the daughter of the late Mary Ruth Hutton and Norman Coil Burrell. Shirley graduated from McMinn County High School Class of ’69. She earned her degree in Early Childhood Education and taught for a number of years at First Baptist Church and Holy Cross Child Development Center. She loved teaching and had a fulfilling career work-ing with her children. In addition to volunteering her time to Hospice, Shirley also was a past-President of Kernersville Women’s Club.
Survivors include her loving husband of 42 years Doug Lunsford of the home; daughters Allison Singer and Jason of Cary, and Erin Kuehn and Joel of Charlotte; son Brian Lunsford of Winston-Salem; grandchildren Wiley, Salem, Hutton, Tanix, Campbell, and Ivy; brother Doug Burrell of Athens, TN; and a host of little friends who she taught and adored.
The family will visit with friends from 1:00PM until time for the service Saturday at the church.
A special thanks to the staff of Kerner Ridge Assisted Living for their loving care and kindness.
Contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Research at
Friends and family may sign, and view the guestbook at