February 6, 2019

Ms. Carene “Elaine” Martin Wilson, age 80, of Peachtree City, formerly of Kernersville, NC and Wytheville, VA, passed away February 6, 2019.
Ms. Wilson was born on January 19, 1939 in Winston-Salem, NC to the late Herman Arvill and Carene Wilson Martin. Ms. Wilson grew up in Wytheville, VA and graduated from George Wythe High School in 1956. She was a born-again Christian and baptized on March 31, 1968 at Oaklawn Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, NC. Most recently Ms. Wilson worked as a property manager and retired from Page Construction in Kernersville, NC. She enjoyed vacationing with her family in the Blue Ridge Mountains where she took in the natural beauty and serenity. She was warm, kind, entertaining, witty and nurturing. Many who knew her well affectionately referred to her as “Coochie.” Ms. Wilson was a godly and devoted daughter, sister, mother, grandmother, aunt, cousin and friend to many, and most importantly, servant to her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Along with her parents, Ms. Wilson was preceded in death by her sister, Barbara Lagard and brothers-in-law: Robert Lagard and Mike Hampton. She is survived by her sister: Gayle Hampton of Kernersville, NC; brother: Richard Martin of Wytheville, VA; son and daughter-in-law: Garrett Owen and Loren Bynum Williams of Peachtree City, GA; granddaughter and grandson-in-law: Corinne Doré and Aaron Rochotte of Nashville, TN; granddaughter and fiancée: Claire Elizabeth Williams and Collier Jackson of Alpharetta, GA; nieces and nephews: Lisa (Rick) Pfefferkorn of Winston-Salem, NC, Robyn (Jeff) Roberts of Greensboro, NC, Chris Woodward of Kernersville, NC, Stacy (James) Orefice of Manassas, VA, and David (Jenny) Lagard of Olympia, WA.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Southwest Christian Care (, 7225 Lester Road, Union City, GA 30291. A private family memorial service will be held at a later date.
Ms. Wilson’s family is being assisted by Georgia Cremation, 1086 Hwy 54 West, Fayetteville. Condolences may be left at


February 5, 2019

Frances Marcell Towery Brown, 88, of Kernersville, NC, formerly of Asheboro, NC, died Tuesday, February 5, 2019, at Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem.
A graveside service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Friday, February 8, 2019, at Randolph Memorial Park, 4538 US Hwy 220 Bus. N., Asheboro. The family will receive friends from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., Friday, at Ridge Funeral Home, 908 Albemarle Road, Asheboro.
A celebration of life service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, February 9, 2019, at Union Cross Moravian Church, 4295 High Point Road, Winston-Salem, with Rev. Russell Williams officiating. The family will receive friends following the service at the church.
Born in Montgomery County, NC, on November 18, 1930, Frances was the daughter of the late George Towery and Ola Holland Towery. She was retired from Randolph Hospital and worked for the Asheboro/Randolph Chamber, prior to moving to Kernersville in 2010 to be near her family.
She was a former member of First Assembly in Asheboro and a current member of Union Cross Moravian Church in Kernersville. She was very active in her church and enjoyed keeping the children in the nursery. She also enjoyed traveling. Frances had a “heart of gold” and she was always full of joy that she spread to everyone that was in her presence.
Surviving are her son, Michael Brown and wife, Julie, of Kernersville; sister, Grace T. Gremer and husband, Charles, of West Hills, CA; grandchildren, Colten Brown and Kayla Brown, of Kernersville.
Memorials may be made to the NC Baseball Academy, (Reference Colten Brown), 1137 Pleasant Ridge Road, Greensboro, NC 27409.
Condolences may be made online at


February 4, 2019

Kernersville- William Russell Shreve, Jr., 80, passed away February 3, 2019. He was born August 12, 1938 in Rockingham County to the late William Russell Shreve, Sr. and Lockie Crouse Shreve. Mr. Shreve retired from Norfolk Southern Railroad and was a member of Kernersville Wesleyan Church. He was an avid outdoorsman. In addition to his parents, William was preceded in death by a brother, Jack Shreve; and two sisters, Betty Cooper, and Edna Sams. Surviving are his wife of 57 years, Evelyn G. Shreve; sons, Kevin Russell Shreve (Donna) and William Keith Shreve; daughter, Allison Shreve Peters; five grandchildren, Kasie Marrufo, Leslie Wilson, Melanie Shreve, Zachary Shreve, and Laeo Peters; four great-grandchildren, Emery, Jordan, Logan, and Rykker; sisters, Mildred Shreve Johnson, and Carol Ann Shreve Bennett; and numerous nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 6, 2019 with Rev. Don Martin and Rev. Scott Simmons officiating. Burial will follow at Eastlawn Gardens of Memory. The family will receive friends from 1:00 – 1:45 p.m. prior to the service at the church. Memorials may be made to Kernersville Wesleyan Church – Oasis Sr. Adult Ministry, 930 N. Main St, Kernersville, NC 27284 or Williams Adult Day Center, 231 Melrose Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27103. Hayworth Miller Kernersville Chapel is assisting the family. Online condolences may be made at


February 4, 2019

Kernersville- Rev. James Corven Smith, 89, passed away peacefully, February 2, 2019 at Forsyth Medical Center. He was born March 14, 1929 in Perquimans County, NC, a small community called Bagley Swamp, to the late Wray Josiah and Carrie Estelle Smith. He was a graduate of UNCG and High Point College, and pastored for 55 years in NC. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Mary Alice Smith.
Surviving are; his loving wife, Ruth Surbrook Smith, Many wonderful cousins, second cousins, Wayne and Judy Peabody, and Howard and Cathy Peabody, two nephews, and two great nephews.
A funeral service for will be held 7:00 PM, Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at Kernersville Wesleyan Church with Rev. Charles Moses, Rev. Dan Leroy, and Rev. Leon Thompson officiating. The family will receive friends from 6:00 – 6:45 PM prior to the service in the sanctuary, and also following the service in the church sanctuary. Burial will be 11:00 AM Wednesday, February 6, 2019 in Eastlawn Gardens of Memory with Rev. Phil Hulen and Rev. Scott Simmons officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family would like donations to be made to Victory Mountain Camp at 3594 Youth Camp Rd. Sophia, NC 27350.
Online condolences may be made to


January 30, 2019

Dr. Worth Monroe (Bill) Coward passed away on January 23, 2019 at the age of 100. He was born in Guilford County on August 29, 1918 to Walter Monroe Coward and Mary Lou Vella York. Dr. Coward served in the Army/ Air Force during WWII from 1940- 1945. He was a bomber pilot as well as flying reconnaissance from Iceland to England. He was of the Baptist faith and was also a member of the Masons as well as Shriners in Greensboro, NC. He served his community as a dentist for 35 years in Greensboro, NC. Dr. Coward was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and three sisters and also a young son. He is survived by his wife Jean, oldest daughter Brenda C. Grose, son Greg Coward and youngest daughter Susan Coward, as well as four step-daughters. Surviving also are several grandchildren as well as numerous great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter. Per his request, there will be no service. Memorials should be made to the Wounded Warriors Fund, PO Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas, 66675-8517.


January 30, 2019

Ronald “Ron” Eugene Kepley, age 73, Colfax NC, died on Sunday January 27, 2019 at Forsyth Medical Center, Winston-Salem, NC
Born March 5, 1945 in Thomasville, NC, he was the son of the late Charlie and Ethel (Beeson) Kepley.
He leaves behind his wife Hannele (Laurikainen) Kepley of 32 years; his brother; Vernon Kepley and wife Ruby; daughters Denise Albosta and husband, Matthew of Southport NC , Katrina Warren and husband, Barry of Greensboro NC; grandchildren, Heather, Michael, Nicholas and Griffin and great grandson, Luka. Niece Paula (Kepley) Murray and husband Jason, nephew Danny Kepley, Ron will be missed by his entire family but specially by his canine “kids” Henry and Heidi the Weimaraners
Ron attended Bessemer High School. He retired from P&G after 17 years of service in 2004.
Family will hold a private memorial service at a later date.


January 21, 2019

KERNERSVILLE – William Carson Melton, 93, passed away Sunday, January 20, 2019 at Kernersville Medical Center. Carson was born on February 5, 1925 in Forsyth County to John Franklin and Mary Perry Melton. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Kernersville and was the owner of Kernersville Dry Cleaners. Carson was an avid gardener and fisherman. In addition to his parents, Carson was preceded in death by his wife of 72 years, Myrtle Hopkins Melton; and one brother, Charles L. Melton. Surviving are two sons, Stephen Dale Melton (Linda), and John Franklin Melton both of Kernersville; three grandchildren, Marie Ann Melton, Clara Lynn Wagner (Jason), Steven Ray Melton; two great grandchildren, Raylin Melton and Riley Melton; and one brother, James Arthur “Pete” Melton. A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 23, 2019, at Eastlawn Gardens of Memory Mausoleum Chapel with Dr. Stephen Martin officiating. The family would like to extend a special thanks to the staff Infusion Center of Kernersville Medical Center for their wonderful care of Carson. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 401 Oakhurst Street, Kernersville, NC 27284 or Kernersville Medical Center Foundation,1750 Kernersville Medical Pkwy, Kernersville, NC 27284. Hayworth Miller Kernersville Chapel is assisting the family. Online condolences may be made at


January 14, 2019

Kernersville – Mrs. June Marie Miller Russ, 71, passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 12, 2019 at her residence. She was born on February 5, 1947 in Chicago, IL to Robert O. and Margaret T. Miller. June was the first Medical Social Worker in Columbia, South Carolina at Providence Hospital. She was a member of Community Lutheran Church in Summerfield. June was very active in the Kernersville New Comers Club. She was also an avid bridge player. June was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother who will be greatly missed. June was proceeded in death by her parents. She is survived by her loving husband of 46 years, Charles F. Russ; two sons, Charles G. “Jerry” Russ (Jennifer) of California and Robert W. “Rob” Russ (Stefani) Missouri; and four grandchildren, Chris Russ, Baylee Russ, Blake Russ, and Chase Russ. The family would like to express their gratitude to Trellis Supportive Care, Summerstone Rehab, and Forsyth Medical Center for their care and support. A memorial service for June will be held at 2:00 pm on Thursday, January 17, 2019 at Hayworth-Miller Kernersville Chapel with Pastor Chris Johnson officiating. The family will receive friends from 1:00 pm until 1:45 pm prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Trellis Supportive Care, 101 Hospice Lane, Winston-Salem, NC 27103; the ALS Association North Carolina Chapter, 4 North Blount Street, Suite 200, Raleigh, NC 27601; or a charity of one’s choosing. Online condolences may be made at


January 11, 2019

Kernersville – Mr. Charles Gideon Clodfelter, 65, passed away peacefully surrounded by family and friends on January 10, 2019 at Kernersville Medical Center. He was born in Forsyth County to the late Dumont Beecher Clodfelter and Polly Motsinger Clodfelter on September 2, 1953.
Charles was a lifetime resident of Kernersville. He was a graduate of East Forsyth High School. Charles worked for Atlantic Coast Toyotalift of High Point. His passion was working and restoring his Chevy truck.
Charles is survived by a daughter, Patricia Duncan and husband, Jeff of Delco, N.C.; granddaughters, Ashley Fowler, Megan Carter and fiancé Taylor Adams, also of Delco, Summer Duncan, Hunter Duncan, Hannah Duncan, and Craven Duncan; great grandsons, Aiden James, Caleb Benson, Jaxon Nobles, and Brayden Duncan great granddaughters, Shayleigh Adams, Roxy Duncan, and Riley Duncan; brother, Denziel (Denny) Lee Clodfelter and wife, Gayle of Kernersville; two sisters, Gwen Dean and husband, Lee of Kernersville, and Kay Bastasini of Palm Springs, California; and two special brothers by choice, Mike Watson and Mike Slater.
The family would like to extend a special thanks to the staff at Kernersville Medical Center ICU for their loving care for Charles and his family during his short illness.
A Celebration of Life service will be held on Saturday, January 19, 2019 at 12:00 noon at Hayworth-Miller Kernersville Chapel, 141 Smith Edwards Road, Kernersville, NC 27284, with Pastor Wayne Eller officiating. Burial will follow the service at Oaklawn Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Trellis Supportive Care, 101 Hospice Lane, Winston-Salem, NC 27103. Online condolences may be made at


January 11, 2019

Nancy Lee Blackard Plyler, 78, passed away January 10, 2019.
Funeral Services celebrating her life will be held 3:00PM Tuesday January 15, 2019 at Main Street United Methodist Church with Pastor Michael Gehring and Dr. Al Ward officiating.
A native of Guilford County, Nancy was the daughter of the late Annie Pearl Melvin and Alton Clyde Blackard. She graduated from Nathaniel Greene High School and later graduated from King’s Business College in Greensboro. She later attended Women’s College (now known as UNC-G).
Nancy would marry the love of her life, David Ray Plyler, on September 30, 1961. She worked at JP Stevens until the early 1980’s, all the while being a Mom to two beautiful girls. She worked with the Forsyth County District Attorney’s office for twenty-five years and retired in 2007.
In addition to her parents, she also was preceded in death by her sister Mary Elizabeth Brower, and her brother Junior Blackard.
Survivors include her loving husband of 57 years, David Plyler of the home; daughters Amanda Lee Plyler Sieg and Richard of Winston-Salem, and Suzanne Plyler Register and Ryan of Kernersville; grandchildren Aaron Sieg, David Sieg, Adam Register, and Jackson Register; sister Linda Holt and Leon of Greensboro; and numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
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
Memorial contributions may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation at