KERNERSVILLE – Mr. Carl Monroe Holt, passed away Friday, July 26, 2019 at Piney Grove Nursing and Rehab. Carl was born on May 11, 1935 in Guilford County to the late Monroe and Laura Joyce Holt. He was a member of Kernersville Wesleyan Church. Carl served as Military Police in the United States Army in Fort Lee, VA. He retired from the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office Detention Center after 16 years of service. Carl loved working on his VW and going to car shows. He also enjoyed watching NASCAR. Carl was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great friend to all who knew him.
Surviving are his wife of 62 years, Peggy Macy Holt; a son, Mark Holt (wife, Ann); one grandchild whom he loved so much, Kennadi Holt; one sister, Rebecca Drake; and one brother in law, Danny Macy (wife, Janice)
A funeral service will be held at 2:00 pm on Tuesday, July 30, 2019 at Hayworth-Miller Kernersville Chapel with Pastor Phil Hulen and Dr. Don Martin officiating. Burial will follow at Eastlawn Gardens of Memory. The family will receive friends from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm on Monday, July 29, 2019 at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Piney Grove Fire & Rescue, 7525 Vance Rd, Walkertown, NC 27051.
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Eddie S. Gray, 59, passed through the gates of Heaven July 22, 2019.
Funeral Services celebrating his life will be held 3:00PM Sunday July 28, 2019 at Sedge Garden United Methodist Church with Pastor Justin Lowe officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. The family will visit with friends Saturday evening from 4:00PM until 8:00PM at the Pierce-Jefferson Funeral Home in Kernersville.
Eddie was the son of the late Evelyn Louise Skeen Gray and Hobert Wayne Gray. Eddie was a 1978 graduate of Northwest Guilford High School. He was the Operations Supervisor for UPS Greensboro and had worked in the Freight business for a total of 43 years.
Eddie was a member of Sedge Garden United Methodist Church where he was an active member of the Fellowship Class, United Methodist Men, Youth Group, a Greeter, and the H.O.P.E. Committee.
He will be missed by all who knew him, and his greatest joy was his family. He spent his spare time kayaking, camping, and along with his wife as they loved on their grandchildren.
Survivors include his loving wife of almost 32 years, Beverly Pinkston Gray of the home; daughter, Courtney Robbins and Jared of Colfax; granddaughter, Lindley Reese Robbins; grandson, Talon Wayne Robbins; and granddaughter on the way, Everly Joy Robbins; sister, Beverly Shelton; brothers, Jerry Gray, Carey Gray and Charlotte; and numerous extended family and friends.
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In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Sedge Garden United Methodist Church Youth Group, 794 Sedge Garden Road, Kernersville, NC 27284


Joseph Rizzo, 79, of Pittsburgh, PA, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family and friends on July 24, 2019. Preceded in death by his beloved wife, Nonnie Rizzo. Survived by his daughter and son-in-law Jodi and Dan Lindner of Kernersville. Joe is also survived by his three grandsons Adam, Luke, and Benn Lindner, a sister Carol (John) Hopkins, of Pittsburgh, PA and a brother Ron (Lynda) Rizzo, of Palm Coast, FL. The funeral will be August 2nd in Pittsburgh, PA.

The family will be having a celebration of his life at Gypsy Road Brewing Company at 1105 E. Mountain St., Kernersville, NC on July 27, 2019 from 6 to 9 PM.
In lieu of flowers, please bring dog food and/or treats which will be donated to Project No Kill Canine Rescue- as Joe loved nothing more than supporting pups in need.


Elizabeth Spainhour “Lib” Bass, 87, passed away peacefully Monday July 22, 2019.
Funeral Services celebrating her life will be held 11:00AM Thursday July 25, 2019 at the Pierce-Jefferson Funeral Service Chapel with Rev. Frank Shumate officiating. Entombment will follow at Eastlawn Gardens of Memory.
A native of Stokes County, NC, Elizabeth was the daughter of the late, John Russell Spainhour and Avah Bowen Spainhour. She was employed for 31 years with Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School System as a lead secretary.
Survivors include her daughters, Cindy Wilkes and husband, Jerry of Kernersville, and Marilyn Swart of Kernersville; sons, Richard Bass of Kernersville, David Bass of Kernersville, and Jimmy Bass and wife, Vivian of Walkertown; seven grandchildren; numerous great grandchildren; sister, Lucy Boyles and husband, James of Kernersville; and brothers, Harold Spainhour and wife, Mary Alice of Kernersville, and Paul Spainhour and wife, Marie of Oak Ridge.
In addition to her parents, Elizabeth was preceded in death by her sisters, Doris Hockett, and Mary Otelia Crutchfield; and brothers, Russell Spainhour, and Elton Spainhour.
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R. V. Wilson, Jr., 95, passed away at his home in Chattanooga, TN and entered the presence of his Lord on Friday, July 19, 2019. He was born in Kernersville to Ralph V. Wilson, Sr. and Stella Rumley Wilson. He has been living in Chattanooga for the past 25 years near his daughter and family.
R. V. loved and served the Lord through many years, and most recently as a deacon at Morris Hill Baptist in Chattanooga. He was a wise, honorable man of outstanding character. He touched many people with his kindness and sense of humor.
R. V. served in the Army-Air Force as an airplane mechanic in Walla Walla, WA during WWII.
Returning to Kernersville he worked at the Kernersville News. After that he worked at the Winston-Salem Journal and Sentinel as supervisor in the composing room, retiring after 35 years.
R. V. was instrumental in establishing the Jaycees in Kernersville and served as their first president. He liked to read and educated himself in many avenues. He enjoyed being involved with horses with his daughter, Gwen, for several years, he was a beekeeper with his young grandson, Kelly, and he enjoyed deer hunting, camping in the mountains and at the coast.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his sister, Alice Faye (Myron) Sexton. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Jane Pegg Wilson, in 2015. They had been sweethearts since third grade and literally spent a lifetime together. He was also preceded in
death by his infant son, Ralph V. Wilson, III and infant daughter, Alice Ann Wilson.
R. V. is survived by his daughter Gwen and son-in-law Jerry (“Punk”) Echols of Chattanooga,
TN. The Lord blessed R. V. with five grandchildren and fourteen great grandchildren who survive him: Kelly Echols, Slater, Ember of White Salmon, WA….Paige (Jim) Batten, Chase, Chad, Somer, Sydney of Apison, TN….Joy (Chris) Petty, Emily, Anna, Caleb of Bolivia, South America….Amy (Justin) Park, Mikayla, Camden, Lane of Chattanooga, TN….Mark (Nicole) Echols, Logan, Christian of Chattanooga, TN. Additionally, R. V. is survived by his nephew Neal Wilson Sexton of Winston-Salem, NC.
R. V. will always be loved and respected by his family and friends. He will be greatly missed!
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KERNERSVILLE – Iris Lee Finney Fulk (Nana) died peacefully on Monday July 15, 2019 with her family surrounding her. She was born in Forsyth County on September 29, 1937 to Edgar G. & Eliza Virginia Jenkins Finney. Mrs. Fulk was a graduate of Mineral Springs High School. Early in life as an only child she and her family attended Glenn Avenue Gospel Chapel in Winston-Salem where she met her husband of 61 years Donald Ray Fulk Sr., they married in 1958. After moving to Kernersville in 2006 they joined the fellowship at Sedge Garden Gospel Chapel where they remained until moving and making their new home at Kerner Ridge Assisted Living in early 2018. There they attended services on Sunday morning and were fortunate to have their nephew Gary Martin as their pastor. Mrs. Fulk was employed by Wachovia Mortgage Company, Piedmont Airlines and retired from US Airways.
Throughout her life she never had unkind words to say about anyone, she was thoughtful, generous, kind and faithful to her family always providing for them in times of need. She loved to bake and her family always looked forward to her special desserts that she would share with them. She loved to travel and stay busy and was always planning her next trip.
She is preceded in death by her parents Edgar & Eliza Finney. She is survived by her husband Don of the home, two sons Donald Ray Fulk Jr. (Robin), James Christopher Fulk (Carole) and 3 granddaughters Candice, Carly and Casey and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at Hayworth-Miller Kernersville Chapel on Saturday July 20, 2019 at 2:00pm with Pastor Rod Sharp officiating. Burial will follow at Gardens of Memory Walkertown, NC. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mountain Top Youth Camp 1460 Mackay Lane Pinnacle, NC 27043 or to the Alzheimer’s Association 225 N. Michigan Ave. FL 17 Chicago, IL 60601. The family wishes to thank all of the kind and generous people at Kerner Ridge Assisted Living, Salemtowne and Oak Forest Rehabilitation for their help and support. Online condolences may be made at


COLFAX – Mary Leah Throckmorton Shields, 78, passed away Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at Moses Cone Memorial Hospital. Mary was born on January 6, 1941. She was a wonderful and devoted mother. Mary was a strong woman with a confident personality, raising four boys who learned quickly to respect her opinions. She loved to read romance novels, loved Elvis music, and enjoyed cooking and baking sweets. Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Lee Shields; and mother Zilla “Louise” Throckmorton. Surviving are her sons, Neal Shields (Lisa) of Greensboro, Dale Shields (Mona) of Michigan, Jay Shields (Rainelle) of Axton, VA, and Lou Shields (Trulia) of Greensboro; nine grandchildren; two great grandchildren; close friends, Marion and Willie May Scott; and two devoted canine companions, Lexie & Scooter. A service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, July 19, 2019 at Eastlawn Gardens of Memory Mausoleum Chapel. The family will receive friends from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Thursday, July 18, at Hayworth Miller Kernersville Chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to SPCA of the Triad, 3163 Hines Chapel Rd, Greensboro, NC 27405. Online condolences may be made at www.hayworth


Phil Phipps, 64, of Kernersville, NC, passed away Monday July 15, 2019.
The family will greet friends from 6:00PM to 8:00PM Friday July 19, 2019 at Pierce-Jefferson Funeral Service.
If you were lucky enough to have met this man, and he became your friend, then you were blessed, because you had a true friend. That is something that is very hard to find in the world these days. God bless him, he will surely be missed.
A native of Forsyth County, Phil was the son of the late John Paul Phipps and Viola Maye Everett Phipps. He was employed for several years with Morris Brothers Landscaping, Germanton, NC.
Survivors include his sister, Linda Starbuck and husband, Herbert of Walnut Cove, NC; and brother, Donnie Phipps and wife, Billie of Walkertown, NC.
In addition to his parents, Phil is preceded in death by his brother, Ricky Phipps.
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Kernersville – Mrs. Zora Evelyn Pegram Hemrick, 85, passed away peacefully on Friday, July 12, 2019 at Salemtowne Retirement Community. She was born on April 24, 1934 in Stokes County to Clinton Odell and Annie Perdew Pegram. After 38 years of service, she retired from AT&T where she was in the Advance Technical Division. Zora faithfully attended First Baptist Church in Kernersville where she was a member of the “Be Friendly Club”, the Dorcas Sunday School Class, and the Pioneers Young at Heart Club. She was also a member of the church choir.
In addition to her parents, Zora was preceded in death by her loving husband, Robert Glenn “Buddy” Hemrick; three brothers, Floyd “Bill” Mick Pegram, Odell Pegram, Jr., and Donald Wayne Pegram; four sisters, Dorothy P. Freeman, Ruby P. Latham, and Annie “Pat” P. Rhymes, Geneva P. Tucker; a niece, Deborah Latham Binkley; and a nephew, Kenneth “Kenny” Freeman.
She is survived by one sister, Gracie P. Combs (husband, Royden); two brothers, Richard B. Pegram (wife, Linda) and Daniel R. Pegram; and many nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews.
A funeral service for Zora will be held at 4:00 pm on Sunday, July 14, 2019 at First Baptist Church in Kernersville with Dr. Stephen Martin officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will take place at 2:00 pm on Monday, July 15, 2019 at Guilford Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church at 401 Oakhurst Street, Kernersville, NC 27284. Online condolences may be made at


Dawn M. Bender, 73, born on September 30, 1945 in York, Pa. to the late Joseph and Madeline Weidemann, passed away Thursday June 25, 2019 of natural causes.
Dawn was a wonderful wife to the late Robert E. Bender, a homemaker, and she loved to make quilts for her family and friends.
Dawn was a loving and caring mother to her children.
She is survived by her eldest son Robert D. Bender of Liberty NC, his daughter Angelina M. Bender and her son King-Risan G.C. Sims. Her 2nd son, Joseph S. Bender of Kernersville, NC, his 2 sons Joseph R. Bender and Jakob S. Bender and daughter Sable M. Bender. Also, her daughter Madeline M Grimes of Eastview, KY, her son David R. Grimes II, his son Abel Grimes and daughter Rachel Grimes. Her youngest son Zachary G. Bender of Kernersville, NC and his son Matthew L. West and his daughter Chevelle Mullins.
She was also survived by her special friends Audrey Flock, Yvonne Sylvester, Linda Benson, Tina and Christopher, Lawanda and Michael Blair, Delbert Raymer and friend of over 40 plus years Janis Shomo of Tyrone, Pa.
Dawn was preceded in death by her loving husband of 50 years Robert E. Bender, 5 sisters and a brother, and her grandson Zachary Joshua Bender and step granddaughter Kristie Widener.
Our mother died exactly 3 years and 3 months after her best friend and loving husband Robert E. Bender.
A memorial service is scheduled to be held for her on Friday, July 19, 2019 at the Kernersville Community House from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Delbert Raymer will be officiating. All friends and family are welcome.