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July 20, 2017

Kernersville – Samuel Mitchell Bradley, 70, passed away peacefully on July 14, 2017 at the Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home. He was born on September 30, 1946 in Asheville, NC to James Wesley and Virginia Card Bradley. He graduated from Davidson College with a Bachelors in History and from NC State with his Masters in Accounting. Samuel was self-employed as a CPA since 1984. Samuel was preceded in death by his father. He is survived by his loving wife of 33 years, Sally Bradley; one son, James Bernard Bradley (Jordan); mother, Virginia Bradley; one grandson, Samuel Griffin Bradley; and two sisters, Sarah Davis (Rudy) and Nancy Gettys (Bill). A memorial service for Samuel will be held at 3:00 pm on Sunday, July 23, 2017 at Hayworth-Miller Kernersville Chapel with The Rt. Rev. Lane A. Sapp and Rev. Judy M. Knopf officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to a charity of your choice. Online condolences may be made at


July 20, 2017

Marlene Garlington DuBose, 68, went to be with the Lord July 18, 2017. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11:00 AM Monday July 24, 2017 at Holy Cross Catholic Church with Father Paul Dechant, O.S.F.S. officiating. Inurnment will follow in the church columbarium.
Marlene was born May 10, 1949 in High Point to the late Hazel Choice Garlington and George Henry Garlington, Sr. She graduated from William Penn High School class of ’67. She then went to study at Hampton Institute (Hampton University). She worked 47 years at Lincoln Financial, until her retirement in 2014. Marlene was very active on many boards and committees at Holy Cross Catholic Church. She loved her family greatly and enjoyed spoiling her granddaughters.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving husband Thurman Antenard DuBose.
Survivors include daughter, Christina DuBose Bradley and Paul; sons Chris DuBose, and Corwin DuBose and Cynthia; granddaughters, Chloe DuBose, Caitlyn DuBose, and Camryn DuBose; sisters, Myrtle Garlington and William “Bill”, and Nora McAdoo and Paul; brothers, George Garlington, Jr. and Sharon, and Cecil Garlington and Justine, and many extended family and friends.
A Wake Service will be 5:00 P.M. Sunday July 23, 2017 at Pierce-Jefferson Funeral & Cremation Services Chapel with visitation to follow until 7:00 P.M.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Room At the Inn or Holy Cross Catholic Church Building Fund, 616 S. Cherry Street, Kernersville, North Carolina 27284
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July 20, 2017

Mr. Auburn Gardner Strickland, 86, of Kernersville passed away Monday July 17, 2017. Funeral services celebrating his life will be 1:00PM Saturday, July 22, 2017, at Pierce-Jefferson Funeral Service Chapel.
Auburn was born November 15, 1930, in Johnston County, NC, to the late Ida May West Strickland and Ransom Budd Strickland. He was the baby of their 13 children. Auburn served his country honorably in the United States Army, including tours of duty overseas. He received several medals, awards and accommodations such as Purple Heart, CIB and Bronze Star with V for Valor during his 24 year career with the military.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his loving wife of 51 years Betty Jean Strickland; Son Douglas Wayne Strickland; grandson Shannon Gaffney and several older brothers and sisters.
Those left to cherish his memory include his children John and Suzan Strickland of Greensboro, Susan and Thomas Gaffney of Pacolet South Carolina, Terry and Debbie Strickland of Kernersville; grandchildren Ashley Strickland, Brandon and Jennifer Gaffney, Deanna Gaffney, Penny and James Cooper and Maria Cailtin Strickland; great grandchildren, Ethan and Evan Gaffney and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family and friends.
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July 19, 2017

Kernersville – Mary Lou Dean, 66, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, July 18, 2017, at her home. She was the wife of retired Air Force MS, James K. Dean. Mary Lou was born on July 14, 1951 in Forsyth County to Ralph Edward and Ruth Bowen Tesh. She was a longtime member of Oaklawn Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, as was her husband, James. They were married for 44 years, with no children. A Tribute Memorial Service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, July 30, 2017, at Oaklawn Baptist Church.

Hayworth Miller Kernersville Chapel is assisting the family. Online condolences may be made to


July 18, 2017

Mr. Bobby “Craig” Haney, 77, of High Point, passed away Sunday, July 16, 2017.
Craig was born May 13, 1940 in Forsyth County to the late Albert Murphy Haney and Della Yates Haney. He worked for 39 years as an Ink Specialist for R.J. Reynolds Tobacco – Archer and was also a high school baseball coach and served as statistician and bus driver for several high school teams and traveling teams. Craig was a member of Union Cross Moravian Church, where he had been a member from the age of 12. He also served as a board member, sound engineer, and Sunday School teacher there. He was a 31 year member of the Union Cross Fire Department in the Traffic Control Division. In his free time, Craig enjoyed sports photography and was an avid Carolina fan. In addition to his parents, Craig was preceded in death by his brothers, Crayton, Wallace, Bud, Arnold, and Douglas Haney.
Craig is survived by his wife of 55 ½ years, Carolyn Dillard Haney; daughter, Chrissy Haney Johnson and husband Brad; and grandson, Elijah Johnson.
A celebration of Craig’s life was held Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at Union Cross Moravian Church with Rev. Russell Williams officiating.
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July 17, 2017

Ronald Wade James, 67, died Sunday, July 16, 2017 at Forsyth Medical Center. Ronald was born November 28th, 1949 to Charles and Edna James.
Ronald was a member of Kernersville Church of Christ, a graduate of East Forsyth High School and retired from K & W Cafeterias as a licensed Electrician. He was on the 1974 National Class-A Softball Champion Team for Piedmont Sheet Metal. Ronald enjoyed hunting at Grandpa Griffin’s farm and carp fishing with all his buddies. He enjoyed the game of golf until his body wouldn’t allow him to play anymore. Ronald also enjoyed running his beagles and jumping rabbits. His Grandkids were the highlight of his life, and his most precious furry friend that never left his side, Murphy – As Daddy called him, “Murphy of Yorkshire.”
In addition to his parents, Ronald was preceded in death by his son, Casey Todd James.
Surviving are two daughters, Crystal James Faircloth and husband Chris of Winston-Salem and
Carrie James Snyder and husband Jason of San Diego, CA; 4 grandchildren, Bailey “Bay Bay” Faircloth, Gavin “Jasper” Snyder, Allie “Allie-Cat” Snyder, and Gage “Gagie Poo” Snyder; one sister, Brenda James Vawter and husband Don of Mebane; a nephew, Jeff Vawter and wife Jennifer, their sons, Jadon and Matthew of Charlotte; a nephew, Chad Vawter and wife Heather, their children Emma, John Solomon and Phineas, of Chapel Hill.
A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at Kernersville Church of Christ with Pastor Larry Hatfield and Chaplain Anthony Varner officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Hayworth-Miller Kernersville Chapel is assisting the family.
Memorials may be made to Kernersville Church of Christ, 1016 Salisbury Street, Kernersville, NC 27284.
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July 17, 2017

Advance – Don Murdock Berrier, 77, passed away Saturday, July 15, 2017. Don was born on September 5, 1939 in Kernersville to Lewis Monroe and Mary Lou Murdock Berrier. He retired from the Kernersville Fire Department and owned and operated Berrier Auto Service. Don shared his interest and support of youth sports by coaching several youth teams in the community. He was also a founder of Kernersville Soccer Association. He enjoyed the outdoors, was an avid hunter and fisherman, and loved spending time with his grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, Don was preceded in death by three brothers, Lewis Berrier, Jr., McCoy Berrier and Carson Berrier.
Surviving are his wife, Linda Thompson Berrier of the home; one son, Todd Berrier and wife, Ginger, of Clemmons; two daughters, Shannon Berrier of King, and Paula Correa and husband, Scott, of Clemmons; eight grandchildren, Leah, Hunter, Blaine, Gavin, Cooper, Emily, Morgan, and Spencer; two brothers, Tom Berrier of SC, and Jackson Berrier of Kernersville; two sisters, Louise Michael and Faith Kirkman, of Lexington.
His funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at Pine Grove United Methodist Church with Rev. Mitch Robertson officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 18, at Hayworth-Miller Kernersville Chapel and other times at the home.
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July 17, 2017

Mrs. Ruth Alice Griggs Church, 86, of Walkertown, passed away on July 15, 2017, at Trinity Elms Health and Rehab. She was born on April 11, 1931, in Forsyth County to Max and Verna Calhoun Griggs. Mrs. Church was known throughout the area for her baked goods. She was Governor’s Cookie Jar blue ribbon winner multiple times at the Dixie Classic Fair and won a blue ribbon at the State competition in Raleigh. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Paul Orion Church; two sisters, Ethel Hughes, Gertrude Hushbeck; and one brother, Howard Griggs. She is survived by two sons, Barron Church and wife, Leesa of Advance and Mark Church and wife, Rhonda of Kernersville; five grandchildren, Josh Church, Stephanie Howell Mathis, Erin Atwood, Alex Church, and Danielle Church-Graham; six great-grandchildren; and one sister, Opal Bovender of Clemmons. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AMon Tuesday, July 18, 2017, at Hayworth-Miller Silas Creek Chapel with Chaplain Randy Hillman officiating. Interment will follow at Gardens of Memory in Walkertown. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church, 4700 Old Walkertown Rd, Winston-Salem, NC 27105 or to the charity of the donor’s choice. Online condolences can be made at


July 14, 2017

Kernersville – James Robah Ragland, Sr. (Jim) peacefully passed away while at home with family Thursday, July 13, 2017. He was 84.
Jim was a life-long Kernersville resident and a fourth generation descendent from James Madison Ragland who was originally from Oxford, NC. He was born on March 15, 1933 in Forsyth County to Herbert Kemp and Flavia Carol Matthews Ragland.
Jim loved family. He was a loving father to six children, and he cared for each uniquely. He also blessed many others as a grandfather, great-grandfather and friend. Jim always found time to enrich the lives of family, friends and new acquaintances. His uncanny ability to logically evaluate how to successfully complete most any project, or repair, served all the family time and again. To his family and friends he was our “Jim the toolman Ragland”.
Like his great-grandfather and great-great-grandfather, Jim was a veteran. He served three years in the US Army where he met his blushing bride from Lowell, MA. Jim often entertained by recounting yet another story of his experiences while in military service.
Jim knew Jesus as his Savior. He was a member of Union Grove Baptist Church in Oak Ridge, NC.
In addition to his parents, Jim was preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Gertrude “Fluff” Ragland (Flynn); a daughter, Lynn Marie Ragland; and a son, Kemp James Ragland.
Surviving are his best friend and cherished companion, Mary Ruth Blackburn; one daughter, Sandra Katherine Ragland; three sons, Richard Wade Ragland (wife, Esperanza), James Robah Ragland Jr. (wife, Jackie); and Dean Thomas Ragland (wife, Valencia); 14 grandchildren, Brooke, Donnie, Anthony, Angelita, Ashley, Meagan, Heidi, Whitney, Cash, Heather, Chelsea, Abbigail, Haley and Amira; 12 great grandchildren, Malachi, Hartley, Rylynn, Liam, Wyatt, Austin, Abrielle, Addison, Alexia, Lacy, Jayden and Grayson; three sisters, Barbara Spicer, Mary West and Carol Bennett; and numerous other extended family.
Family and friends are invited to gather at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at Hayworth Miller Kernersville Chapel to honor Jim and celebrate his homegoing, Rev. Steve Roberson officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Gur Cemetery. Pallbearers assisting are: Donnie Martin, Anthony Ragland, Cash Ragland, Matthew Bowman, Wesley Longworth and Travis Goode.
The family will receive friends, acquaintances and well-wishers from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. Monday, July 17 at the funeral home.
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July 13, 2017

Darlene Cheryl Barone, 72, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on July 8, 2017.
A native of Niagara Falls, New York, Darlene was born on August 11, 1944 to the late Cynthia (Jones) Corr and J. Walter Corr. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Richard Smith; her second husband, Anthony Barone; and her first granddaughter, Chelsea Hildebrand. She grew up in the town of Niagara and attended Gaskill High School and Niagara Wheatfield High School.
After marrying and having her children, she attended beauty school in Buffalo, NY to become a licensed cosmetologist. The family lived in the Town of Wheatfield while Darlene worked at Wurlitzer Beauty Salon in North Tonawanda before opening her own salon. Her many customers became life-long friends.
Darlene and her late husband, Anthony, moved to Kernersville, NC in 1997. They traveled the US and Europe extensively while also enjoying many cruises.
Darlene is survived by her sister, Joanne (Jack) Tobey; her daughter, Tammy (George) Hildebrand; her son Randy (Gabriella) Smith; stepchildren Louis Barone; Maria (Bill) Frye; Michael (Dee) Barone; and Marc (Sheila) Barone. She will be remembered as an adoring grandmother to Shelby Hildebrand, Adam Smith, Sydney Smith, and 9 step grandchildren.
She is also survived by her beautiful great-granddaughter Willow McKenzie Hildebrand who brought Darlene so much joy and her sweet step great-granddaughter Violet Rose. Darlene also leaves behind many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Memorial donations may be made to Gospel Light Baptist Church, 890 Walkertown Guthrie Road Winston-Salem, NC 27101, where Darlene was a member.