Obituaries

Kiger

Michael A. “Mike” Kiger, 68, passed away peacefully Friday March 6, 2020.
A native of Forsyth County, NC, Mike was the son of the late, Luther Aldean “Check” Kiger and Margaret Nuegent Kiger. He was an accomplished guitarist who enjoyed playing with Harvey and Sara Mabe and their group called “Flashback” for over 40 years. Mike enjoyed fishing, cooking and spending quality time with friends and family.
Survivors include his fiancé, Erica Doss of Kernersville, NC; sister, Sandra K. “Sis” LaRue and husband, Bobby of Kernersville, NC; two special nieces, Debbie Joyce, and Wendy Ureche and husband, Adam; three special aunts, Myrtle, Frances, and Shirley; and special friends, Harvey and Sara Mabe, and Joel and Rita Jackson.
There will be no formal funeral services. The family request that each of his friends takes a friend or loved one out to eat and enjoy their company in the memory of Mike.
Friends and family may view and sign the guestbook at www.Pierce-JeffersonFuneralService.com
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Piedmont, 1803 Westchester Drive, High Point, NC 27262, American Liver Foundation at liverfoundation.org, or to Project No-Kill Canine Rescue P.O. Box 965, Kernersville, NC 27285.

Campbell

Ray Nelson Campbell, 82, of Kernersville, NC passed away Tuesday March 3, 2020.
Funeral Services celebrating his life will be held 12:00PM Friday March 6, 2020 at Triad Baptist Church with Rev. Tim Wall officiating. Inurnment will follow at Mt. Gur Cemetery. The family will greet friends from 11:00AM to 12:00PM Friday at the church.
A native of Shreve, OH, Ray was the husband of 60 years to Betty Davis Campbell and the son of the late, James R. Campbell and Grace Bowman Campbell. He was a veteran of the U. S. Marine Corps. Ray retired from Piedmont Airlines/U. S. Airways after 35 years of service. He was a faithful member of Triad Baptist Church in Kernersville, NC.
Survivors include his wife, Betty of the home; son, Ray Randall Campbell and wife, Julia of Newton, NC; daughter, Kelley Wittmann and husband, Chris of Kernersville, NC; grandchildren, Ryan Wittmann, Tye Wittmann, and Miranda Campbell; brother, Jim Campbell and wife, Jan of Phoenix, AZ; sisters, Nancy Pifer of Columbus, OH, and Avis Campbell of Arizona; and two special sisters-in-law, Jackie Davis and Gail Cunningham of Bristol, TN.
In addition to his parents, Ray was preceded in death by his brother, Joe Campbell.
Friends and family may view, and sign the guestbook at www.Pierce-JeffersonFuneralService.com
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Gideons International Forsyth East Camp, P.O. Box 1160, Kernersville, NC 27285.

Mueller

Christopher “Chris” Mueller, 22, of Kernersville passed away Friday February 28, 2020.
Funeral Services celebrating his life will be held 2:00PM Saturday March 7, 2020 at Oaklawn Baptist Church with Rev. Jay Boyce officiating. The family will greet friends from 1:00PM to 2:00PM Saturday at the church.
A native of Forsyth County, Chris was the son of Tammy Smothers Mueller and David Mueller. He was a 2015 graduate of Glenn High School. Chris grew up with a natural talent for baseball and participated in the Kernersville Little League at Swaim Park. At the age of 13, he was a member of an All-Star Team that traveled to Cooperstown, NY where he hit a “Home Run”. Chris was a kind, loving son and friend who loved his family dearly.
Survivors include his mother, Tammy of Kernersville, NC; father, David and Tammy B. of Mebane, NC; maternal grandmother, Brenda Smothers; cousin, Kathy Kiger; uncle, Vic Smothers and wife, Gwen and their children, Erica Edwards, Easton Edwards, Jordan Smothers, and Lacy Smothers; great uncle, David Smothers; and great aunt, Jane Sechrist.
Chris was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Horace “Dick” Smothers; paternal grandparents, David and Judy Mueller; and great aunt, Mary Mueller Slough.
Friends and family may view, and sign the guestbook at www.Pierce-JeffersonFuneralService.com

Zarate

Claudia Brendle Zarate, 59, went home to be with the Lord on February 27, 2020. She was born in Forsyth County to Leslie and Lois Brendle in 1960.
Funeral Services celebrating her life will be held 6:00 pm Tuesday March 3, 2020 at Sedge Gar-den United Methodist Church with Rev. Justin Lowe and Rev. Phil Bauguess officiating. She will be inurned at a later date.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her granddaughter, Marciella Reyes.
Survivors include her children, Lee Nelson (Stacey) and Michelle Audit; siblings, Christine Young and Willard Brendle (Karen); grandchildren, Gabby Reyes, Mackenzie Audit, and Noah Nelson; boyfriend, Mike Wagner; and a number of nieces and nephews.
The family will visit with friends immediately following the service at the church on Tuesday.
Friends and family may sign, and view the guestbook at www.Pierce-JeffersonFuneralService.com

Smith

Kernersville – Mr. Robert E. Smith, 85, passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 23, 2020 at Forsyth Medical Center. He was born on December 1, 1934 in Forsyth County to Arnold “Chub” and Vesta Johnson Smith, who preceded him in death. At the time of his birth, he weighed just 2 pounds and due to the T.L.C. of his parents, he grew to be a good and strong man. Robert was an employee of Bahnson Co. for 25 years and retired from Fishel Steel. Robert was an excellent gardener and won several blue ribbons in the county fair. He was a member of Sprague Street Baptist Church (formally Missions Baptist Church) and later, Century Park Baptist Church. Robert was a loving husband, father, brother, and friend who will be greatly missed.
Also preceding him in death is his sister, Violet Johnson; two brothers, Don Smith (his wife, Betty) and Douglas Smith; and his daughter-in-law, Martha Smith. His loving wife, Connie Smith of 65 years survives him. He is also survived by his son, Randall E. Smith; his sister-in-law, Bobbie Smith; former daughter-in-law, Joanna R. Smith; and many nieces and nephews.
A funeral service for Robert will be held at 2:00 pm on Monday, March 2, 2020 at Hayworth-Miller Kernersville Chapel with Rev. Patricia Lewis officiating. Interment will follow the service at Oaklawn Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. The family would like to express their gratitude to his sister-in-law, Bobbie, and her family, for all of their special care for he and Connie. Online condolences may be made at www.hayworth-miller.com.

Lorenz

SOPHIA – Rev. Grayson Crews Lorenz, 24, passed away Monday, February 24, 2020 at Hos-pice Home of High Point. Grayson was born on November 10, 1995 in Forsyth County to Mark and Annette Rothrock Lorenz. He graduated from Southern Wesleyan University with a degree in Youth and Christian Ministries. Grayson competed in Track and Field and enjoyed the out-doors. SWU is where he met his wife, Laurie, and pursued his calling into ministry. He was or-dained with the Wesleyan Church, serving as the Assistant Camp Director at Victory Mountain Wesleyan Camp. Grayson’s whole life depicted John 3:30 – He lived by the scripture “He must increase, I must decrease” – everything he did was for Jesus. Grayson never took any glory for his works and had a wonderful sense of humor.
Grayson is survived by his wife, Laurie Lorenz; his parents, Mark and Annette Lorenz; and par-ents-in-law, Teresa and Pat Buckley.
A memorial service will be held at 4:00 p.m. Saturday, February 29, 2020 at Kernersville Wesley-an Church with Pastors Stephen Tolan and Scott Simmons officiating. The family will receive friends from 2:00 – 3:45 p.m. prior to the service at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Victory Mountain Youth Camp, 3594 Youth Camp Road, Sophia, NC 27350.
Hayworth-Miller Kernersville Chapel is assisting the family. Online condolences may be made to www.hayworth-miller.com

LeCompte

Alice Marie Biles LeCompte, 78, of Kernersville, NC passed away peacefully Sunday February 23, 2020.
A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held 2:00PM Saturday February 29, 2020 at Pierce-Jefferson Funeral Services Kernersville Chapel, 213 West Mountain Street, Kernersville, NC 27284 with Rev. Jonathan Robbins officiating. The family will greet friends from 1:00PM to 2:00PM Saturday at the funeral home.
A native of Winston-Salem, NC, Marie was the wife of the late, James Leonard “Jim” LeCompte and the daughter of the late, James Kenneth Biles and Alice Marie Broadway Biles.
Survivors include her sons, George Kenneth LeCompte and wife, Debbe Eudy LeCompte, and James Leonard LeCompte, II and wife, Sherri Leigh LeCompte; grandchildren, Stephanie Ellington Scott and husband, Travis, Grayson LeCompte, Nicholas LeCompte, Peyton LeCompte, and Abigail LeCompte; great grandchildren, Rylee Page Scott, and Harper Leigh LeCompte; and sisters, Martha Biles Radiloff, and Jane Biles Page.
Friends and family may view and sign the guestbook at www.Pierce-JeffersonFuneralService.com
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Summit Church, 4440 High Point Road, Kernersville, NC 27284.

Pegram

Georgia M. Pegram, born June 22, 1951, went to sing in the Lord’s Heavenly Choir on February 21, 2020. She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Elma Hiatt, and surviving include her brother, Jr. Hiatt, and sister, Lucille (Jr.). She was the loving wife of James; mother to Ricky (Bev), Crystal (Tim) and Jamie; grandmother to Katie (Ryan), Breanna and Shane; and great-grandmother to Perry. She loved being outside. She was an avid gardener and loved flowers and animals. A celebration of life will be at Stokesdale Baptist Church, in Stokesdale, on March 1, 2020 at 2 pm.

Smith

Mr. Donald Carlyle Smith, Jr. passed away Saturday, February 22, 2020. He was a loving father, brother, uncle, and grandfather. He was born May 8, 1943 in Guilford County, NC to the late Donald Carlyle Smith, Sr. and Edith Catherine Kirkman Smith. Donald was an Army veteran and worked as a foreman doing concrete work.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Johnny Smith.
Surviving are; his loving son; Donald Carlyle Smith, III and his wife, Alesia Smith; one granddaughter, Ally; one sister, Kathryn Vernon; and many special nephews.
A funeral service will be held 11:00 AM, Saturday, February 29, 2020 at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Colfax. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. A visitation will be held 6:00-8:00 PM, Friday, February 28, 2020 at Hayworth-Miller Kernersville Chapel. Online condolences may be made to www.hayworth-miller.com.

Pinnix

Rev. Roger Dale Pinnix, went home to be with his Lord February 23, 2020.
Funeral Services to celebrate his life will be held 1:00PM Wednesday February 26, 2020 at Welcome Door Baptist Church where he pastored for 45 years. The services will be officiated by Pastor Brian Taylor, Rev. Richard DeHart, Rev. Randy Johnson, and Rev. Dale Bass. Interment will follow in Eastlawn Gardens of Memory. The family will visit with friends from 11:00AM until 1:00PM Wednesday at the church.
A lifelong resident of Forsyth County, Roger was the son of the late Vinnie Branch Pinnix and Rev. Albert T. Pinnix. He graduated from Northwest Guilford High School Class of ’67, where he lettered in Baseball.
“Brother” Roger, as he was lovingly referred to by all who knew him, was a loving husband, father, and “Poppy” to his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Brother Roger was the most kind hearted, humble, and even tempered gentleman. He was the most knowledgeable and passionate about his belief in the Lord Jesus Christ, and the King James Version, as anyone could be. He will be truly missed by all who loved, and knew him.
Survivors include his loving wife of 53 years, Carlotta Honaker Pinnix of the home; daughters, Lisa Chamelin and Kent of Kernersville, Sarah Martin and Shawn of Winston-Salem, and Rachel White and Tim of Climax; son, Roger Dale Pinnix, Jr. and Melissa of Clemmons; grandchildren, Brittany Pinnix, Megan Enscore and Daniel, Tevin Clayton, Tyler Pinnix, Ryan King and Nicole, Courtney Murray and Matthew, Kristan Clayton, Austin King, and Alex King; great-grandchildren, Braylee, Braison, Kaiden, Zohee, Shaylee, Kingsley, and Tate; brother, David T. Pinnix of Kernersville; and a host of extended family, church family and friends.
Friends and family may sign, and view the guestbook at www.Pierce-JeffersonFuneralService.com
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are asked to be made to Welcome Door Baptist Church, 6741 Vance Road, Kernersville, NC 27284