KERNERSVILLE – William “Ernest” Turner, 96, passed away on Sunday, September 20, 2020 at W.G. Hefner VA Medical Center. Ernest was born on December 22, 1923 in Patrick County, Virginia to Vanious and Bessie Mae Spencer Turner. Ernest and his wife, Nellie, moved to Winston-Salem from Danville, VA in 1952. He began driving for McLean Trucking Company and drove for almost 35 years. Mr. Turner was a World War II Veteran of the US Army, a Prisoner of War, and recipient of a Purple Heart. He and Nellie were faithful members of Gospel Light Baptist Church for over 40 years. Ernest was a bus driver for many years for the Bus Ministry and Nellie worked in the Bus Ministry kitchen as a biscuit maker. In addition to his parents, Ernest was preceded in death by his wife of 68 years, Nellie Williams Turner in November 2011; two brothers, Jack Turner and his spouse, Bertha, and D.V. Turner, Jr.; three adopted brothers and their spouses. Also preceding him in death were a son-in-law, Steve Hale; a daughter-in-law, Sandy Turner; and a granddaughter, Amy Turner. Surviving are his five children, Jean Turner Hale; Jim Turner (Janet), Randy Turner (Wilma), Wayne Turner, and Teresa Turner Thompson (Steve), sister in law, Hattie Turner; 12 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and 8 great, great-grandchildren. A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 23, 2020, at Gospel Light Baptist Church with Brother Frank Shumate officiating. The body will be available for viewing one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will follow at Gardens of Memory in Walkertown with full military honors. Memorials may be made to GLBC Bus Ministry, 890 Walkertown Guthrie Rd, Winston-Salem, NC 27101. “We hated to see you go but we know you are now at peace. We all still, and always will, love you Papa. Give Nanny our love.” Hayworth-Miller Kernersville Chapel is assisting the family. Online condolences may be made to


GREENSBORO – Ruby Josephine Stafford Cole, 93, passed away Friday, September 18, 2020 at her home. Ruby was born on September 15, 1927 in Guilford County to Will B. and Maranda Hendrix Stafford. She loved her family and friends and shared her love of cooking with young and old. Everyone was always welcome in her home and there was always plenty of food on the table. She also loved working in her yard and garden. Ruby was the rock of the family and it was important to her that her whole family stayed connected. She retired from Gilbarco in Greensboro.
In addition to her parents, Ruby was preceded in death by her husband Possie Esau Cole; a granddaughter, Lauren Cole; sisters, Jessie, Lucille, Nellie, Doris, and Viola; and brothers, Howard, Ralph, and Bill.
Surviving are her daughters, Janice Cole Macy (Danny) and Patricia Hooper (Cliff); her sons, Timothy Cole (Vickie) and Dennis Cole (Cindy); 9 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; a sister, Iris Farrington; a brother, Glenn Stafford; and numerous nieces and nephews.
With social distancing observed and masks requested, a funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, September 21, 2020 at Northwest Baptist Church with Pastor Rick Hamann and Pastor Chad Macy officiating. Ruby will be available for viewing one hour prior to the service at the church.
Memorials may be made to Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Carolinas Chapter – Raleigh Office, 7101 Creedmoor Road Suite 130, Raleigh, NC 27613 or AuthoraCare Collective – Greensboro Office, 2500 Summit Avenue, Greensboro, NC 27405
Hayworth-Miller Kernersville Chapel is assisting the family. Online condolences may be made to


Winston-Salem – Mr. Cornelius “BC” Manns, 75, passed away on Monday, September 14, 2020 at Wake Forest Baptist Health Medical Center. He was born on April 24, 1945 in Guilford County to Mack Manns and Maxine Brooks Manns. He graduated from Laughlin High School in Summerfield NC in 1963 where he was a part of the basketball team. He also attended Winston-Salem State University with a concentration in Business. BC was avid golfer and loved to play different courses. After 45 years as Operations Manager, he retired from Gilbarco. He was member of St. Peters World Outreach Center where he would alternate driving the church van. BC believed in service to his community where he provided and served meals to the homeless at the Salvation Army. He helped coach Little League Football and participated in the African American Youth Mentor program where he provided golf lessons. BC was a generous supporter of the March for Babies for which he and his fiancée annually raised over $5000.00.
He was a loving father, grandfather, great grandfather, and friend who will be greatly missed.
In addition to his parents, BC was preceded in death by his sister, Betty Manns; and his aunts who helped raise him, Odessa Brooks, Lucy Wilson, Nellie Frazier, and Elsie Frazier. Left to cherish his memory are three sons, Wesley Manns (wife, Jametta), Cornelius L. Jefferies (wife, Sunny Joyce), and Cornelius D. Manns, Jr.; three daughters, Alisa Manns (husband, Roger), Lisa Alameda (husband, Edwin), and Tashika “Tasha” Russell (husband, Travis); his fiancée, Charlisa Y. Davis of Fayetteville, NC; nine grandchildren, David Gregg, Lamar Gregg, Delana Davis, Delano Davis II, Shelena Houck, Cornelius Hardy, Tristian Jones, Harper Jefferies, and Tre’Von Jones; and 11 great grandchildren.
The family would like to express their heartfelt gratitude for BC’s fiancée, Charlisa for her love and care for him over the years.
With social distancing observed and masks requested, a graveside service for BC will be held at 11 am on Monday, September 21, 2020 at Piedmont Memorial Gardens. Due to public restrictions, there will be no formal visitation, but friends may come and view Mr. Manns as well as sign the register book from 12:00 pm until 5:00 pm on Sunday, September 20, 2020 at Hayworth-Miller Kernersville Chapel. Online condolences may be made at


Kernersville – Mrs. Nancy Goforth Timmons passed away peacefully on Tuesday, September 15, 2020 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. She was born on August 17, 1931 in Winston-Salem. Nancy was from a large family. All seven of her brothers served in the military – five of her older brothers served in WWII. She was a member of Main Street Baptist Church and enjoyed playing bridge at the Senior Center in Kernersville. She also enjoyed various crafts and baking pies.
Nancy is survived by her husband of 68 years, Fred Timmons; her daughter, Terry Gibson (husband, G.W.) of Kernersville, her son, Fred Timmons, III (wife, Jeannette) of Hayes NC; five grandchildren; and eight great grandchildren.
A memorial service for Nancy will be scheduled at a future date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Trellis Supportive Care at 101 Hospice Lane, Winston-Salem, NC 27103 or to Main Street Baptist Church in Kernersville at 126 North Main Street, Kernersville, NC 27284. Hayworth-Miller Kernersville Chapel is assisting the family.


Mazie Haynes Poteat, 87, went to be with her Lord September 13, 2020.
Graveside Funeral Services to celebrate her life will be held 1:00PM Monday September 21, 2020 at Eastlawn Gardens of Memory. The family will visit with friends Monday from 12:30PM until time for the service at the cemetery.
Mazie was the daughter of the late Ruth Snead and Samuel Haynes. In addition to her parents, she also was preceded in death by her loving husband of 49 years, Raymond “Ray” Poteat; daughter, Kelly Poteat Widener; brothers, Woodrow Haynes and Clifton Haynes; sisters, Eva Hanks and Louis Meetze.
She had worked as a telephone operator in Danville, Virginia prior to moving to Winton-Salem. She was a loving and devoted mother, and “MeMaw”, as she was lovingly referred by her grand-children.
Survivors include her daughter, Lee Ann Poteat Crouse; sons, Barry Poteat and Todd Poteat; grandchildren, Amy Crouse, Leslie Widener Tran, Jamie Widener, Melody Widener, Corey Wid-ener, Nichole Poteat McCroskey, and Lance Widener; four great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
Friends and family may sign, and view the guestbook at


Johnny Winfred Collins, Jr., passed away peacefully, September 14, 2020, with his loving wife by his side.
Johnny was born January 20, 1940 to the late Johnny W. Collins, Sr. and Myrtle Currie Collins. He graduated from Bessemer High School in Greensboro, and later graduated from the Universi-ty of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He would later serve his country for six years with the Unit-ed States Navy. He served as an Air Controller, and was aboard the USS Roosevelt during the Cuban Blockade.
He was an avid golfer, and enjoyed following his beloved Tar Heels.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Gay, of the home; children, April Smith and Robert, and Johnny W. Collins, III; sister, Kathy Strickland and Ronnie, Gloria Hull, and Peggy Rau and Bob; and numerous grandchildren, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
At Johnny’s request, there will be no service at this time. Friends and family may sign, and view the guestbook at
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Trellis Support Care of Forsyth County.


Stewart, Julia Cook
Julia was born December 24, 1947 in Kernersville, NC and lived in Kernersville, NC most of her adult life. Julia passed through this earthly veil September 12, 2020 where she was predeceased by her loving parents Ollie (Tom) and Ora Cook; her loving partner Neil Pardue; her siblings Tommy Cook and Bill Matthews. They are having a joyous reunion in Heaven!
Julia leaves behind the family she loved so much, son Michael and his partner Glenda, son Dean and his wife Joy. Sister, Beck and her husband Ed, Sister in law Jane. Niece, Chris and her husband Rob, Nephew, Matt and wife Lesa. Julia was also an extremely proud grandmother of four; grandson Ramy, granddaughter Berkeley, grandson Caleb and granddaughter Chloe.
Julia was an unselfish and giving person who loved celebrating holidays and other special gatherings with her family. She had an ease with people that let them know that she truly cared for them. She will be missed by many.
Julia was a long-time member of Kernersville Friends Church in Kernersville, NC where she and her partner Neil enjoyed participating in the Church. Many of her devoted and dear friends attended church with her. Julia was strong, independent and social; she had many dear friends. We express our gratitude to her many dear and loyal friends who have enriched her life.
Julia retired from General Dynamics where worked for many years.
Julia loved cooking, volunteering, traveling and anything involving her grandchildren.
Blessed with a keen mind and memory, Julia remained home until shortly before her passing.
A Memorial service for family and friends will be held September 18, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. at Kernersville Friends Church located at 320 N. Main St. Kernersville, NC 27284. Please wear masks.
Pastor Jerry Gibbons is assisting the Stewart family.


Lottie Faye “Maw” Jones Bowman, 82, earned her heavenly wings and went to be with the Lord on September 12, 2020 at Forsyth Medical Center surrounded by family.
Lottie was born March 22, 1938 at St. Joseph Hospital in Pinehurst, NC, to the late Amos Hue Tee and Mamie McLawhorn Jones.
Lottie attended school at City Memorial Hospital – School of Radiology Technology and gradu-ated in 1957. She worked at City Hospital until Forsyth Memorial was built. She was a Chief Radiology Technologist and Diagnostic Manager at Forsyth Medical Center for 35 years. She retired from Forsyth Medical Center and went to work as the Clinical Director at Triad Radiolog-ical Associates for eight years. She was also an instructor at Forsyth Technical Community Col-lege over the years.
She was loved by many, especially her late husband Jessie James Bowman. They were married for 53 years. She was a charter member of Manna Baptist church for over 50 years and dearly loved her church family.
In addition to her parents, Lottie Bowman was preceded in death by her husband, Jessie James Bowman, a sister, Verna Mae Pardon of Mocksville, NC and a brother Benny Ross Jones of West End, NC. She is survived by her children Pat Roberts; Greg Bowman (Denise); Steve Bowman (Cheryl); and Ryan Bowman (Melissa). Maw was dearly loved by her nine grandchil-dren, Kenneth, Garrett, Patrick, Lauren, Kendall, Brandon, AJ, Carter, and Drew; a great grand-child, Grant; numerous nieces, and nephews; a devoted sister and best friend Gerline Martin and a brother James Jones.
Lottie truly loved her family and treasured the time she spent together. Lottie often opened her door to family, friends, and anyone in need. It made her happy to care for others, especially those with four legs. She loved cooking, which she enjoyed sharing with others, including big family lunches on Sundays, baking cookies, pumpkin rolls and taking turkey sandwiches to coworkers after Thanksgiving. Her family anticipated and looked forward to their special birthday meal and homemade birthday treats. She was a caring mother to more than just her four children…she was an inspiration to many and will be greatly missed.
A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at 3:00 pm at East Lawn Garden of Memory located at 530 Dobson Street, Kernersville, NC. COVID-19 guidelines will be observed.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Cancer Services, 3175 Maplewood Avenue, Win-ston-Salem, NC 27103.
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Mr. James Vaughn Turner, Sr., 88, died peacefully in his home on Wednesday, September 9, 2020 surrounded by his loving family.
Vaughn was born in Hamptonville, NC on December 20, 1931 in a small house on the farm his family worked. He grew up raising tobacco and working hard. He was then drafted into the Army in 1953 and spent 2 years guarding the Berlin wall. He then left home and went to the big city of Winston-Salem, NC. He quickly began going to Gospel Light Baptist Church where he met the love of his life Nancy Temples, they were married on October 10, 1959. They raised 3 children in Walkertown, NC, and because of his hair color, he earned the nickname Red. They began a bus ministry at the church in the 1970’s, and he faithfully ran a bus for 50 years bringing children and adults to church. Only God knows how many people will be in Heaven because of the bus ministry our Daddy gave selflessly to. He spent countless hours in “Noahtown” witnessing and ministering to his bus family. He loved to rebuild things and tinker with machinery, and he retired from Pump and Tank shop in 2015.
If you asked a hundred people who this man was, they’d all give you a different story. You would hear Bus Captain, faithful servant, Champion of the faith, jokester, “favorite” Uncle, and many more; but to us he is Daddy. He left us this past Wednesday with very little warning, and we are sorrowing in our loss. Fortunately, we have the blessed assurance that we will see him in Heaven one day.
He is preceded in death by his faithful wife of 60 years on July 11, 2020, Nancy Temples Turner, his parents Preston and Lizzie Turner, his brothers and sister Bill Turner, June (Turner) Stevenson, and Jack Turner, his nephews Billy and Michael Turner, and a host of Aunts, Uncles and Cousins. He is survived by his loving children James and Lesa (McBride) Turner of Mayodan, Mark Turner of Walkertown, Charona (Turner) and Richard Remillard of Walkertown, and his adored grandson Joseph Remillard; Sister Joy Jarvis of Walkertown. He also has many nieces and nephews that he loved dearly.
Friends may come to view Br. Red as well as sign the register book from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at Gospel Light Baptist Church on Saturday, September 12, 2020, there will be a funeral conducted at 1:00 pm directly following. He will be buried in the cemetery at Gospel Light following the service. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Gospel Light Baptist Church Bus Ministry P.O. Box 38, Walkertown, NC 27051. This was his lifelong passion, and he gave everything he had to this ministry. The address for Gospel Light Baptist Church is 890 Walkertown Guthrie Road, Winston-Salem. Hayworth-Miller Kernersville Chapel is assisting the family. Online condolences may be made to


Mary E. Simmonds, age 96 of Kernersville, NC passed away at Hospice of High Point on Tuesday, September 1, 2020.

Mary was born in Guilford County to Clarence & Minnie Edwards. Mary lived in Greensboro with her husband of 59 years, Willard R. “Bill” Simmonds Sr. She worked for the War Department in Hampton Roads, VA, during WWII. She later worked at Western Electric in Greensboro, NC. When Western Electric became a part of AT&T, she worked at the Lexington Roads Facility in Winston-Salem, NC, where she retired after 34 1/2 years of service. The last four years of her life were spent in Kernersville surrounded by good friends & family.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her sister: Ethel Stone, and brothers: Roy, Louis, Richard, & Lee Edwards.

Surviving family members are her daughter: Bonnie Howard, & sons: James and Willard Jr. Simmonds; 3 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; & 1 great-great-grandchild.

A gathering to celebrate & remember her will be held on Saturday, September 12, 2020 from 2:00-4:00 P.M. at Davis Gardens Apartments. (422 Mountain View Drive Kernersville, NC 27284)

The family would like to extend it’s heartfelt appreciation to her Doctor & the wonderful people at Hospice & Palliative Care (Authoracare) in Greensboro. Thanks also, to the kind staff of Hospice of the Piedmont in High Point. It is requested by the family that donations be made in her honor in lieu of flowers to these organizations.

Arrangements entrusted to Triad Cremation & Funeral Service of Greensboro, NC.