November 20, 2018

Kernersville – Marian Mae Miller, 84, passed away Monday, November 19, 2018 at Forsyth Medical Center. Marian was born on February 21, 1934 in Lebanon, PA to John and Bertha Brandt. She was a dedicated member of Sedge Garden United Methodist Church, where she was a member of the United Methodist Women, Stitches of Love, and was a past choir member. Marian enjoyed being a part of the Silver Sneakers and didn’t spend much time apart from her husband, Ralph. She had a kindred, gentle spirit that she passed down to her family and will be dearly missed.
In addition to her parents, Marian was preceded in death by her brother, Norman Brandt; and one sister, Alma Skiles.
Surviving are her husband, Ralph Miller; three sons, Dale Miller (wife, Catusia) of France, Jim Miller (wife, Wanda) of Kernersville, and Glenn Miller (wife, Renate) of Alabama; one daughter, Donna Johnson (husband, Carl) of Kernersville; three grandsons, Josh Miller (wife, Maggie), Danny Miller (wife, Davana), and Alexis Miller; one granddaughter, Nadia Miller; two great grandchildren, Dannalyn Grace and Daya Quinn Miller; and one sister, Esther Bowman.
A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, November 24, 2018 at Sedge Garden Unit-ed Methodist Church with Rev. George Freeman officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends following the service in the church Fellowship Hall.
Memorials may be made to Sedge Garden UMC – Choir Fund, 794 Sedge Garden Road, Kern-ersville, NC 27284.
Hayworth Miller Kernersville Chapel is assisting the family. Online condolences may be made at


November 16, 2018

Kannapolis – Mrs. Betty Jean Critz Sloop, 89, passed away Wednesday, November 14, 2018, at her home in Kannapolis.
A funeral service is scheduled for 12:00 pm Wednesday, November 21, 2018, at Carolina Memorial Park Mausoleum. Entombment will follow.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 9:00 pm Tuesday at Lady’s Funeral Home and again from 10:30 to 11:30 am Wednesday prior to the service.
Mrs. Sloop was born February 17, 1929 in Kannapolis. She was a daughter of the late Ralph Edward Critz and Willie Mae Robinson Critz. Mrs. Sloop enjoyed quilting, her cooking shows and her cat, Sparky.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Alexander Sloop.
Mrs. Sloop is survived by her daughter, April Rocco and husband Robert of Kannapolis; two sons, Paul Edward Sloop and wife Judy of Boynton Beach, FL and Khris Franklin Sloop and wife Teresa of Mooresville; eight grandchildren, Troy Sloop and wife Nikki, J.T. Sloop and wife Haley, Patrick Horton, Shelby Swanton and husband Bobby, Meaghan Sloop, Ryan Sloop, Chelsea Horton and Justin Sloop; one great grandchild, Carter Horton; and her caregiver and close friend, Catherine Ransom.
Memorials may be sent to Saving Southern Kitties, 14137 Rivergate Parkway, Charlotte, NC 28273.
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Lady’s Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting the family of Mrs. Sloop.


November 14, 2018

COLFAX – Katherine “Kathy” Aimee Reed Flynt, 67, passed away peacefully to her forever home on Tuesday, November 13, 2018. Kathy was born on December 29, 1950 in Parkersburg, West Virginia to Bill and Lilian Jourdan Reed. Kathy was devoted to her family, extended family and church family. Her energy was endless, with a huge heart for helping and caring for others. Kathy inherited her arts and crafts talent from her parents and had a special love for her canine companions, “Rudy” and “Jackie-Boy”. Kathy was an active member of First Christian Church in Kernersville, where she especially enjoyed working with the Next Step Ministry Program. She was a strong lady who fought her fight with dignity, strength and determination. “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness.” 2 Tim. 4:7-8
In addition to her parents, Kathy was preceded in death by her son, David Wolfe; and a brother-in-law, Walter Haycook.
Surviving are her husband, David A. Flynt; a stepson, Josh Flynt (wife, January); two grandsons, Jace and Jaxsten Flynt; two sisters, Jacqueline Reed Haycook, and Marie L. Reed Weekley (husband, Donald); one brother, Christian J. Reed (wife, Tawnya); an abundance of loving nieces and nephews, extended family and friends.
A service to celebrate her life will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, November 17, 2018 at First Christian Church in Kernersville with Dr. Pete Kunkle officiating. The family will receive friends from 1:00 – 1:45 p.m. prior to the service at the church.
Memorials may be made to First Christian Church, 1130 N Main St, Kernersville, NC 27284; or Trellis Supportive Care, 101 Hospice Ln., Winston-Salem, NC 27103.
Hayworth Miller Kernersville Chapel is assisting the family. Online condolences may be made at


November 13, 2018

Cecil Virgil Brown, Jr., 75, went home to be with his Lord November 11, 2018.
Funeral Services celebrating his life will be held 2:00PM Thursday November 15, 2018 at Main Street United Methodist Church with Rev. Rick Carter, Rev. Dale Hilton, and Dr. Al Ward offi-ciating. Entombment will be in Westminster Gardens Cemetery in Greensboro.
A native of Carrollton, Alabama, Cecil was the son of the late Sarah Elizabeth Adams and Cecil Virgil Brown, Sr. Cecil served with the United States National Guard for eight years. He gradu-ated from the University of Alabama and loved his “Crimson Tide”. He was retired from the former Texaco Oil in Houston, Texas, now Chevron Corporation. While at Texaco, Cecil served as an Internal Auditor which led him to volunteer with the Houston Chapter of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA). He was honored by being given the IIA’s “Chairman’s Exceptional Vol-unteer Award” out of 70,000 members.
He most recently had operated CB’s Antiques and also did some Estate sales.
Cecil was a longtime member of Main Street United Methodist Church where he taught Sunday School for thirty-five years with the United in Christ Class. He had volunteered for the Shep-herd’s Center serving on their Board of Directors, served on the advisory board of the Senior En-richment Center,
Survivors include his loving wife of forty-seven years, Ann Byrd Brown of the home; sister Nan-cy Henry of New Bern, Alabama; sisters-in-law Linda Calhoun and B. H. of Greensboro, and Freddie Baldwin and Mike of Kernersville; niece Deanna Baldwin; nephew Brian Calhoun; and four great-nieces, and three great-nephews also survive.
The family will visit with friends in the church fellowship hall immediately following the service in the sanctuary.
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November 13, 2018

Mrs. Mary Ann Shelton Stafford, 83, of Kernersville, NC passed away peacefully on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at Brookridge Retirement Community in Winston-Salem. She was born in Milam County, Texas to the late Polk and Margret “Manga” Shelton. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 41 years, HB Stafford, Jr. and her brothers, Roy and Nimm Shelton. She is lovingly remembered by her three daughters, Patti Joyce (James) of Clemmons, Joyce Williams (Patrick) of Winston-Salem, Connie Kuhlman (Sherrill Ward) of Winston-Salem; her brother and sister-in-law, Max and Shelda Stafford; four grandchildren, Christi, Michael, Ford and Parker; brother, Dr. Tom Shelton (Virginia) and she recently welcomed into the family a grandson-in-law, Michael Stover and a great-grandson, Hunter Michael Stover.
She was a member of Bunker Hill United Methodist Church in Kernersville and was involved in numerous activities with the church and Meals on Wheels until health issues prevented her from participating.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 18, 2018 at Bunker Hill United Methodist Church in Kernersville with a time of fellowship to follow. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Bunker Hill United Methodist Church, 1510 Bunker Hill-Sandy Ridge Rd., Kernersville, NC 27284.
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November 12, 2018

Doc25Brandon Cory Bennett was born Sept. 14, 1982 to Daryl and Doris Bennett of Forsyth county. He graduated from East Forsyth High School and attended Western Carolina University. He was a member of the Tau Kappa Epsilon
Fraternity. He was baptized and a member of Main Street Baptist Church in Kernersville.
Brandon is survived by his loving wife, Erica Reedy Bennett, Cat, parents, grandparents, Swanson and Dora Bennett, aunt and uncle, Kim and Danny Bennett. Brandon was a member of a large loving family in Burke, Forsyth and surrounding counties.
He was employed with James M. Pleasants Company in Greensboro, NC in Sales and Service. Brandon’s hobbies included camping, fishing, gardening, growing trees, hunting and listening to all types of music. His sense of humor, outgoing personality and love for life will truly be missed by many. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Second Harvest Food Bank
of Winston-Salem in memory of Brandon. Brandon’s Celebration of Life will be held at Paul J. Ciener Botanical Gardens, Kernersville, NC on December 1, 2018 from 2:00 PM-4:00 PM.


November 9, 2018

Linda Gail Williamson Flynn, 74 of Kernersville, NC; passed on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at Novant Health Kernersville Medical Center.
A visitation will be held from 5 to7PM on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at the Boles Funeral Home in Pinehurst. A graveside service will be held 2PM, Sunday, November 11th 2018 at the Bible Tabernacle Church Cemetery in Whispering Pines. Mrs. Flynn was born August 20, 1944 in Moore County to the late Bernard Thomas Williamson and Hazel A. Moore Williamson. She was a 1962 graduate of Pinehurst High School. Linda had over 30 years’ experience as a server at Captain Tom’s, and the Brick Oven, which is now 66 Pizzeria. She was beloved by many, including customers who requested her to wait on them for years on end. Known for her witty banter and sense of humor, she would always be direct. She was vibrant and strong-willed, yet calm in tough times, being a source of strength for her family and loved ones. She will be dearly missed. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Marsha Kennedy and two brothers, John and Charles Williamson. She is survived by her granddaughter, Alicia L. Kennedy of Winston Salem, NC; A brother, Don Williamson and wife Eve of West End; Two sons-in-law, Kevin Kennedy of Winston Salem and Tony Hunt of Thomasville, NC; Two great-grandsons, Jase Orrell and Laith Smitherman.
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Services are entrusted to Boles Funeral Home of Southern Pines.


November 8, 2018

Nancy E. Hope, 63, passed away November 6, 2018. Funeral Services celebrating her life will be 2:00 P.M. Saturday December 1, 2018 at St. Matthews Episcopal Church of Kernersville, North Carolina officiated by Rev. Frances Cox.
Nancy was born February 18, 1955 to the late Leon M. Hope and Joan Riley Hope in Fort Bel-voir, Virginia. Nancy was the second of six children of a career U.S. Army Officer. She grew up in Virginia, Georgia, Massachusetts, Okinawa, Japan, North Carolina and Bangkok, Thailand be-fore her family settled in North Carolina. Nancy graduated from East Forsyth High School in 1973. She received a B.A. in Political Science in 1977 from Western Carolina University and a Master of Arts in Public Administration from UNC-G. She joined the U.S. Navy and served in Diego Garcia, London, Germany, and California. After leaving the Navy she taught Information and Computer Technology at Heald Technical College and Institute in San Francisco, California. Nancy returned to North Carolina in 2006 to be closer to family and took a position as Infor-mation Technology (IT) Specialist at Winston-Salem State University (WSSU).
Nancy’s passions were family, animals, friends, reading, and music, especially The Beatles. She was very close to her mother and father and provided critical care and companionship in the last years of their lives. Nancy had a special place in her heart for her numerous nephews and nieces. She loved going to the Outer Banks to spend time watching them grow into adulthood. She cher-ished her family and friends. She taught her cousin to drive, schooled her brother in everything about The Beatles, played Angry Birds with her nephews, and exchanged in spirited discussions about books and politics with friends. She was especially close to her friends and colleagues at WSSU. She loved working in the IT field at the school and sharing her knowledge. She dearly loved her dogs and treasured her time with her family and friends.
In addition to her parents Nancy was preceded in death by a beloved niece, Briana Hope Bugg.
Survivors include, a sister, Tracy Bugg and Glenn of South Hill, Virginia; brothers, Bruce Hope of Kernersville, North Carolina, Tim Hope and Cyndi of Fairfax, Virginia, Jeff Hope and Allison of Winterville, North Carolina, and Chris Hope and Susan of Stafford, Virginia; nieces, Katie Robins, Molly Hope, Colleen Hope, and Meghann Bugg; nephews, Sean Bugg, Riley Hope, An-drew Hope, Bryce Hope, and Scott Hope, and many extended family and friends.
The Family will visit with friends 5:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M. Friday November 30 at Pierce-Jefferson Funeral Services Chapel.
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November 8, 2018

Kernersville – Mrs. Alma Leona Walters Watson, 87, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at Forsyth Medical Center. She was born on October 19, 1931 in Wythe County, VA to James Worley and Bertha Alma Walters.
In addition to her parents, Leona was preceded in death by her husband, Willard P. Watson; sons, Kenneth Wayne Watson, and Danny Preston Watson. Though the third oldest of her parents’ nine children, she was the last surviving member of her family and lived ten years longer than any of her siblings.
Surviving are two daughters, Barbara Watson Tuttle (Ronald) and Katherine Watson Johnson (Terry); three grandchildren, Stephanie Nicole Tuttle, Patrick Gray Tuttle (Allison), and Meredith Katherine Nance (fiancé Josh Chunn); and two great-grandchildren, William Gray Tuttle and Lucas James Tuttle.
The family would like to express special thanks to Cheryl Stubbs RN at Novant Medical Center for the compassionate care given to Mrs. Watson during the final hours of her life.
A funeral service will be held at 4:00 p.m. Saturday, November 10, 2018 at Hayworth-Miller Kernersville Chapel with Reverend Tim Wolfe officiating. The family will receive friends from 3:00 – 3:45 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to First Pentecostal Holiness Church, PO Box 5252, Winston-Salem, NC 27113. Online condolences may be made at


November 7, 2018

Ralph Meares of Burlington, North Carolina, and formerly of Tabor City, North Carolina, died Wednesday, October 31, 2018, at his residence. Mr. Meares was born in Columbus County on June 20, 1933 and was the son of the late Rowland Jason and Ethel Sealey Meares. He was also preceded in death by an infant daughter, Nora Luann Meares. Ralph leaves behind a wife, Josephine Hayes Meares, of the home, and two sons, Mr. Ralph Timothy Meares (Diane) of Kernersville, and Mr. Samuel Lane Meares, of the home. He had two grown grandchildren, Luke Lewis Meares and Rachel Erin Meares, both from Kernersville. Ralph was also preceded in death by five brothers: Norlie (Marlene), Quittie (Mary Jane), Hubert (Meredith), twin brother Luther (Marie), Russell (Juanita), and a sister, Kathleen Duncan (Jack).
After serving for two years as a Private First Class in the US Army, stationed at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, Ralph attended Durham Barber Institute in Durham, North Carolina. He married Josephine Hayes on July 11, 1959, after which they established residency for two years in Fayetteville, North Carolina. They returned to Tabor City where Ralph maintained Ralph’s Barber Shop for fifty-four years. He could often be found on the corner of Fifth and Main Streets in Tabor City conversing with town residents and numerous friends. Ralph loved people and so enjoyed rich conversations, never meeting a stranger. He was also known for his kindness and generosity as well as a captivating, contagious smile. Ralph was a loving husband and father, as well as a devout Christian servant. He was often called upon to deliver eloquent and meaningful prayers of blessing and thanksgiving to a God whom he devoutly loved and worshiped.
A celebration of his life will be held at Macedonia Lutheran Church at 2 PM on Saturday, November 10, 2018, with the Reverend Richard Goeres presiding. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Music Memorial Fund at Macedonia Lutheran Church, 421 West Front Street, Burlington, North Carolina 27215. The family will receive friends and relatives during a short visitation to be held in Luther Hall prior to the service from 12:30 – 1:30 PM, with light refreshments to be served. Interment will take place at Alamance Memorial Park following the completion of the Service of the Resurrection. The family would like to express its sincere gratitude to the staff and volunteers at the Adult Day Program at Twin Lakes Community, to Dr. Mark Miller and staff of Kernodle Clinic, and to Hospice of Alamance-Caswell.
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