Obituaries

Komara

Linda Stoltz Komara

Linda Stoltz Komara

Born March 22, 1949
Died June 6, 2020
The beloved daughter of Carl “Ed” Stoltz and Betty Frye Stoltz, Linda was born in Winston Salem on March 22nd, 1949 as the oldest of three siblings. She graduated from East Forsyth High School in 1967, where she was a proud founding member of the Madrigals Choral Group, and went on to attend East Carolina University. Musically inclined throughout her life, she sang beautifully in choirs, played handbells alongside her son and husband, and enjoyed the sweet strains of Southern Gospel Quartet Music as often as possible. Her creative spirit extended to award-winning works of art in photography, jam (a family tradition), and even baked goods, which she entered in the street festivals and fairs she enthusiastically attended each year with her darlin’ spouse John, whom she met in 2001, married in 2009, and loved more than words can say. As bright and beautiful a soul as the butterflies she cherished, she was always ready with a wry smile, brook-no-nonsense advice, and unconditional love, and leaves us all a legacy of hope, faith, and formidable spirit.
She is survived by: the “true love of her life” John Komara, daughter Jennifer Mitchell and grandson Christopher Abbey, son Jason Martinez and daughter-in-law Cheryl Dickovick, brother Billy Stoltz and wife Karen, nephews Brent, Phil (Laura), and John (Amanda) Stoltz, great nieces Kaleigha Stoltz and Annabelle, great nephews Isaiah and Lux Stoltz, as well as many other family members and dear friends; Frances Browne, Bob and Susan Richardson, Whitney and Ray Morgan, and Kathy Pope, among countless other beloved friends. Linda was preceded in death by her Father, Carl “Ed” Stoltz, her mother Betty Frye Stoltz, her brother in law Steve Crews, and her sister Susan Stoltz Crews.
Currently, due to Covid-19 restrictions, the family is unfortunately unable to hold a reception after the service. In lieu of food and flowers, we ask that donations made to the food pantry at Love’s United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 8, Walkertown, NC 27051. Online condolences may be sent to: www. salemfh.com.
All are welcome to the visitation in the portico at Love’s United Methodist Church (3020 Main Street, Walkertown, NC) by drive by or walk up, observing self-distancing, from 10-10:45 Wednesday, June 10, 2020 followed by a service at 11:00 am in the fellowship hall. The graveside at Gardens of Memory will follow at approximately 11:45 am. Only family and those involved in the service, due to COVID-19 restrictions, will be in the Fellowship Hall for the Funeral Service. The funeral will be live streamed on Facebook for those who cannot attend: https://www.facebook.com/lovesunitedmethodistchurch/.

Hickey

Kernersville-Judith Ellen Anderson Hickey, 79, loving wife, and mother, and grandmother, passed away peacefully on May 26, 2020. Born in Geneva, New York, on November 25, 1940, “Judy” was the only child of Carl H. Anderson and Ellen Warder Anderson. Her husband, Ronald D. Hickey, preceded her in death in March 2014.
Judy was an educator, a professor in the Business Division at Thomas Nelson Community College in Hampton, VA; and later employed with the US Department of Education in Washington, DC. Judy earned a Doctor of Education degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, VA; and co-authored two textbooks, Filing Systems and Records Management 3rd (1981) and Records and Database Management (1989).
In retirement Ron and Judy moved to Kernersville to be close to their daughter and her family. They especially enjoyed annual vacations on Ocean Isle Beach that were family reunions with children and grandchildren. They traveled, with highlights including the 2004 Rose Parade in Pasadena, CA to visit their son and his family. Judy’s unexpected favorite travel location was Alaska for the majestic beauty and history. Judy’s life-long hobbies were knitting and reading fiction. She especially enjoyed knitting baby blankets and scarves, and many Kernersville teachers enjoyed receiving a gift of one of her hand-knitted scarves.
She is survived by a daughter, Dawn H. Morgan and husband Eric of Kernersville, a son David Michael Hickey and wife Vicki Sellis of California; and six grandchildren.
A public time of remembrance will be held from 6:00PM until 7:00PM Friday evening as the family is asking everyone to “drive through” in front of the Pierce-Jefferson Funeral Home in Kernersville to offer your condolences to the family. Please wave, converse, and blink your lights if you wish, but please drive responsibly and slowly. Interment funeral services will be private at Mt. Gur Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the charity of your choice. Friends are invited to sign the guest book at www.Pierce-JeffersonFuneralService.com

McLennan

Peggy Jean Carpenter McLennan, 92, passed away peacefully Tuesday May 26, 2020.
Funeral Services celebrating her life will be held at a later date in Potsdam, NY.
A native of Thorntown, IN, Peggy was the wife of the late George McLennan and the daughter of the late John Paul Carpenter and Rena Olive McKinsey Carpenter. Peggy grew up in Thorntown, IN and later lived in Lebanon, IN. She went to Butler University, Indianapolis, IN and then attended Crane School of Music in Potsdam, NY where she eventually taught school. However, her first teaching jobs were in Nova Scotia and Bermuda. While in Potsdam, NY, Peggy met her husband, George who had five children ranging in ages six to sixteen.
Survivors include her niece, Claudia McLennan Covell and husband, Harvey Covell of Kernersville, NC; nephew, Charles McLennan and wife, Ruthie Wenderlich McLennan of Horseheads, NY; Stepson, Walter McLennan and wife, Kay Lakin McLennan of Potsdam, NY; and stepdaughter, Myrna McLennan Hickey Robinson and husband, Bob Robinson of Albany, NY.
In addition to her husband and parents, Peggy was predeceased by her stepsons, Ronald McLennan and Donald McLennan.
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 Kernersville Little Theatre, 152 South Main Street, Kernersville, NC 27284.

Wright

Kernersville – Mr. Danny Eugene Wright, 67, passed away peacefully on Monday, May 25, 2020 at Forsyth Medical Center. He was born on May 9, 1953 in Guilford County to Garland Luther and Mary Perry Wright. Danny was an accomplished carpenter and woodworker. He built cabins and enjoyed making model cars. He was a loving father, grandfather, brother and friend who will be missed.
In addition to his parents, Danny was preceded in death by two brothers, David Wright and Garland Lee Wright. He is survived by his daughter, Dana Wright; son, Daniel Wright; granddaughter, Danasia Hammond; siblings, Roger Wright (wife, Pamula Lynn), Nellie Swaim, and Robert Wright (wife, Teresa); many nieces and nephews; and his loving dog, Lupe.
Due to the pandemic of COVID-19, no formal services will be held. A memorial service may be planned at a time in the future. Hayworth-Miller Kernersville Chapel is assisting the family. Online condolences may be made at www.hayworth-miller.com.

Walker

James S. Walker, 92, died May 25, 2020.
Graveside Funeral Services will be held 2:00PM Thursday May 28, 2020 at Eastlawn Gardens of Memory.
A native of Forsyth County, Jim was the son of the late Agnes Cain Barrow Walker and Robert William Walker, Sr. In addition to his parents, he also was preceded in death by his sister, Margaret W. Stephens; brothers, Robert William Walker, Jr., and J.B. Walker; and two half brothers, and three half sisters.
He served his country with the United States Army during the Korean War. He worked at P.H. Hanes Knitting Company for 26 years, and later retired, in 1991, from Carolina Steel in Greensboro.
He was a longtime member of First Baptist Church of Kernersville where he was a children’s Sunday School Teacher for many years. He was one of the youngest ever to be elected and serve as Deacon of the church. Jim was a volunteer for Crisis Control Ministry where he worked in the food room and also volunteered with the Shepherd’s Center of Kernersville as a companion sitter.
Survivors include his loving wife of 61 years, Shirley Caudill Walker of the home; son, Samuel F. Walker and Amanda of Clemmons; granddaughter, Emma Katherine Walker; grandson, Liam Samuel Walker; and numerous extended family and friends.
Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church of Kernersville, or Senior Services of Forsyth County.
Friends and family may sign, and view the guestbook at www.Pierce-JeffersonFuneralService.com

Hedgecock

Kernersville – Mr. Ivey Clay Hedgecock, 96, passed away peacefully on Monday, May 18, 2020 at Forsyth Medical Center. He was born on May 30, 1923 in Forsyth County to Ira Clay and Lavada Welch Hedgecock. Ivey was a faithful member of Union Grove Baptist Church where he served for many years as a Deacon. Before he retired, Ivey was the Owner and Operator of Hedgecock Auto Repair Service. He was a veteran of WWII, serving in the United States Army. Ivey was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend. He will be greatly missed by those who knew him.
In addition to his parents, Ivey was preceded in death by his loving wife of 71 years, Dorothy McGee Hedgecock. He is survived by one son, Kenneth C. Hedgecock (wife, Diane); grandson, Bryan C. Hedgecock (wife, Stephanie); three great grandchildren, Sophia, Sienna, and Bryce Hedgecock; siblings, Virginia McNamara (husband, Archie) and Ralph Hedgecock (wife, Ruth); and numerous wonderful nieces and nephews, including Sylvia Clodfelter, who helped care for Ivey.
Due to the limitations in numbers for public gatherings, a private graveside service for Ivey will be held at Union Grove Baptist Church with Pastor Steve Roberson officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Union Grove Baptist Church at 5424 Union Grove Road, Oak Ridge, NC 27310. Hayworth-Miller Kernersville Chapel is assisting the family. Online condolences may be made at www.hayworth-miller.com.

Guy

My mom believed that Jesus Christ died for our sins and that we will one day be reunited, which I find comforting as I share with you that Elizabeth Allen Guy (Born April 18, 1944 in Portsmouth, VA), passed away in her sleep on the morning of Sunday, May 17, 2020, believed to be a result of complications from Covid-19.
She, along with her brother, Glenn D. Allen (Richmond, Va) and her sister, Jeannette Christiansen (Winchester, Va) grew up the children of Henry Vandon Allen Jr. and Elizabeth Grizzard Allen, all of whom, she loved very much.
She was a graduate of George Wythe High School (Richmond, Va) in the class of 1962.
She married my father, Leon Martin (Kernersville) and raised myself and my sister, Michele Martin Davis (Kernersville, NC).
She later married the second love of her life, James Guy (Winston Salem, NC).
Elvis, Cherry Coke Zero and Mounds bars brought her a great deal of joy over the years, but she simply beamed when my wife Kim brought her homemade coconut cakes at The Fairmont (Manassas, Va) and Annandale Healthcare Center (formerly Sleepy Hollow, Annandale, Va), where she called home since 2017.
I am grateful to the nurturing and compassionate nurses who gave special care to her when I could only talk to her through the window these last few weeks and foremost that I had these last few years through the generosity of the family, who came to my aid, when I needed it most.
Though she enjoyed bridge for many years and derived great pleasure from buying Reese’s Cups with her Bingo earnings at the Annandale resident store, her happiest moments were spent describing her grandchildren from the visits she received or pointing out how beautiful they were in the pictures beside her bed, for anyone who would listen.
As I share her story with you today, I know the world was made better with her and that her grandson – Michael Taft Martin (Alexandria, Va) and granddaughters Allee Elizabeth Davis, Whitley Smith Davis and Aubrey May Davis (Kernersville, NC) will serve as testimony from the good that can come from a positive and fun-loving matriarch, my mother, Elizabeth Allen Guy.
We will all miss you, Momma…
Scott Martin and family
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to “Children’s Ministries” at Main St UMC 306 S. Main St. Kernersville, NC 27284

Smith

Kernersville – Mrs. Connie Ray Lemons Smith, 82, passed away peacefully on Friday, May 15, 2020 at Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home. She was born in Forsyth County to Howard Taft and Ruth Blue Lemons. She was a member of Sprague Street Baptist Church (formally Missions Baptist Church) and later, Century Park Baptist Church. She loved to cook and was a very talented baker. Connie was such a loving wife, mother, and friend. Her large personality left a mark on everyone who met her. She would always have her nurses laughing along with her.
In addition to her parents, Connie was preceded in death by her loving husband of 65 years, Robert “Hoppy” Smith and a daughter in law, Martha Smith. She is survived by her son, Randall E. Smith; her sister-in-law, Bobbie Smith; former daughter-in-law, Joanna R. Smith; and many nieces and nephews. She also leaves behind a loving cat, Miss Patsy.
We would like to thank the nurses from Encompass Home Healthcare. They were very loving in their care for her and were more than caregivers; they became her friends. Connie was blessed to be surrounded by an amazing group of neighbors, who were kind and always there for her. The family would like to express their sincere appreciation for their kindness.
Due to the limitations in numbers for public gatherings, a private family graveside service will be held at Oaklawn Memorial Gardens with Pastor Brian Vanderford officiating. The family would like to express their gratitude to her sister-in-law, Bobbie, and her family, for all of their special care of Connie. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Smile Train at P.O. Box 96231, Washington, D.C., 20090-6231 or to Braille Books for Blind Children at American Action for Blind Children & Adults, P.O. Box 7481 Halethorp, MO, 21227-0481. Hayworth-Miller Kernersville Chapel is assisting the Smith family. Online condolences may be made at www.hayworth-miller.com.

Atkins

D. L. Atkins, Jr., 86, passed peacefully May 9, 2020 as he was surrounded by his sons and fami-ly.
A Drive Through time of visiting with the family will be held from 11:00AM until Noon, Satur-day May 16, 2020 at Shady Grove Wesleyan Church Cemetery in Colfax. A Graveside Service will be held for the family and friends in Shady Grove Wesleyan Church Cemetery.
A lifelong resident of Guilford County, D.L. was the son of the late Annie Mae Stanley Atkins and Durward Lloyd Atkins, Sr. He graduated from Colfax High School, and later served his country with the United States Air Force.
His love of aviation got him employed with Piedmont Airlines as a mechanic until 1989, and later retired from Piedmont Airlines, under the new name US Air in 1993. He had also been a mechan-ic for Chuck Yeager for a number of years.
He was a longtime member of the Tar Heel Beagle Club, where he raised and ran beagles. He al-so really enjoyed his golf rounds with his many golf buddies. He also used his mechanic knowledge on the hundreds of lawn mowers he repaired over the years.
In addition to his parents, he also was preceded in death by his beloved wife Eva Lee Wall At-kins; sister, Patty Atkins Coats; brothers, Stanley Atkins, Gene Atkins, Herb Atkins, Tommy At-kins, Paul Atkins, and David Atkins.
Survivors include his sons, Keith Atkins and Natalie, and Curtis Atkins all of Oak Ridge; grand-daughters, Courtney Atkins, and Alexis Atkins; sisters, Marie Parrish and Larry of Colfax, and Ann Allen and Hunt of Rock Hill, SC; and numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
Friends and family may sign, and view the guestbook at www.pierce-jeffersonfuneralservice.com
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

Bass

Richard Warren Bass, 61, died May 7, 2020.
Richard was the son of the late Elizabeth Spainhour Bass and James Milton Bass. He was a 1977 graduate of East Forsyth High School. He was the first of 25 cousins, and the first of his siblings.
His main hobby and love was flying RC Airplanes, and was an experienced operator. He always liked hanging out with his buddies.
Survivors include his father, Milton Bass; sisters, Marilyn Swart, and Cindy Wilkes and Jerry all of Kernersville; brothers, David Bass of Kernersville, and Jimmy Bass and Vivian of Winston-Salem; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and friends.
A “walk-through” visitation will be held 5:00PM until 6:30pm Tuesday May 12, 2020 at the Pierce-Jefferson Funeral Home in Kernersville. Social distancing will need to be respected at all times.
Friends and family may sign, and view the guestbook at www.Pierce-JeffersonFuneralService.com