Obituaries

West

Ms. Jeanne Gray West, 88, passed away on Wednesday, August 10, 2022, at her residence. Jeanne was born on March 7, 1934, in Forsyth County to Rev. Harrison B. and Nellie Browder West. She retired from Shields, Inc. after many years of service. Jeanne loved the Lord and was of the Baptist faith. She also enjoyed singing gospel music, reading, and writing poetry. She al-ways had a song to sing and did so whenever she wanted. Being the family matriarch and histo-rian, Jeanne was devoted to her son, David; her siblings; and her nieces and nephews. She was a sweet, kind, generous, encouraging, and loyal friend and neighbor. She will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved her.
In addition to her parents, Jeanne was preceded in death by her son, Lawrence Benjamin Grady; an infant grandson; and two brothers, Cecil Edward West and William Ray West.
She is survived by her son, David Kent Bodenhamer of Dunedin, FL; two sisters, Parmalee Tut-tle (husband, Don) and Lynne Green; one brother, Harold West (wife, Mary); and many special nieces and nephews.
A funeral service for Jeanne will be held at 2:00 pm on Monday, August 15, 2022, at Hayworth-Miller Kernersville Chapel with Rev. Wes Tuttle officiating. Interment will follow the service at Eastlawn Gardens of Memory in Kernersville. The family will receive friends from 1:00 pm until 1:45 pm prior to the service. In lieu of flowers memorial may be made to Trellis Supportive Care, 101 Hospice La., Winston-Salem, NC 27103. Online condolences may be made at www.hayworth-miller.com.

Shore

Edgar Eugene Shore, Jr., “Ed” passed away August 8, 2022 at Kate B. Reynolds Home after a hard-fought battle with cancer. Surviving family include his wife of 61 years, Sarah Frances Mangum Shore; daughters Hellen Wilson and Nancy Sawtelle (Butch); grandchildren Meredith Wilson, Michael (Macy), Kathleen, and Thomas Sawtelle; several sisters and brother-in-law and many nieces and nephews. Edgar was preceded in death by his parents Edgar E. Shore, Sr. and Mattie Butler Shore of Kernersville, NC; and his brothers Henry Eugene of Winston-Salem and James Butler of Waynesville.
Edgar loved to tell stories about growing up in Kernersville. Many of his friends from youth remained friends for a lifetime. He graduated from Kernersville High School and attended college before serving his country in the U.S. Army. Other than that, he lived in Kernersville his entire 93 years. He had a career with Sears, Roebuck and Company which spanned over 30 years. He was a lifelong member of Kernersville Moravian Church, serving when called in many capacities. He played in the band and sang in the choir for decades. Notably, he did not read music; he simply loved it. He also whistled a lot.
Edgar always enjoyed sports, as an athlete and spectator. He played baseball and basketball as a young man, tennis at the Y in middle-age, and golf in retirement. He liked working in the yard and doing handyman projects around the house. He always had fun going to Ocean Isle Beach, taking trips to the NC mountains, and he embraced some other opportunities for travel. He worked hard, he played hard, and more often than not, he had a smile on his face.
A graveside service will be held Monday, August 15, 2022 at 10 a.m., with a band prelude at 9:45, at Kernersville Moravian Church. Reverends Christy Clore and John G. Rights will officiate. The family will receive friends under the maple trees beside the chapel following the service. Due to the ongoing pandemic, please observe Covid precautionary measures.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Laurel Ridge Camp, Conference and Retreat Center in Laurel Springs, NC or Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home/Trellis in Winston-Salem. The Shores are most grateful to the Trellis team for their care of Edgar and support for the family in his last days.

Willard

Spencer DuWayne Willard
August 29, 1942 – August 5, 2022
Hoffman, North Carolina
“Coach” Spencer DuWayne Willard, 79, ended his hard-fought battle with cancer on August 5, 2022. Born on August 29, 1942 in Kernersville, North Carolina, he was the oldest child of the late Spencer McMillan Willard and Grace Alva Carson Willard.
Spencer attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on a baseball scholarship and was a pitcher for the 1964 ACC Championship team. He loved his Tar Heels and spent time each day reading sports news on Carolina websites. He married his first wife, Brenda Louise Barrow, after college and he started teaching and coaching in Rowland, North Carolina. He next took a job at Laurinburg High School which became Scotland High School. It was at SHS that Spencer became known as “Coach” by the thousands of students and athletes he challenged with his “tough love.” Spencer coached varsity football and baseball, and fell in love with the craft of teaching–and threw in some life lessons along with the erasers. Those life lessons were not confined to the classroom, but spilled into the farm fields across Scotland County as Spencer employed hundreds of SHS students for his summer corn detasseling and watermelon harvesting business.
In every aspect of life, he was a teacher, and modeled a life-long love of learning. His family watched with wonder at his fascination and intense study of such wide-ranging interests as quail hunting, duck hunting, turkey hunting, fly-fishing, dog training, wood working, furniture restoration, biodynamic gardening, beekeeping, and canning of pickles, jams, jellies, salsas, and vinegar. His pontifications on these various hobbies, or other matters, usually began with the statement, “Now, let me tell you what…” and ended with some questionable statistics that were in his favor.
Spencer’s love of learning was not limited to those hobbies. He was a man of deep faith and dedicated student of the Bible. His bookshelf looks like that of a seminary professor. After a week of teaching history and economics at Scotland High School, it was not unusual to find him preparing Saturday for more teaching on Sunday morning. Most recently teaching Sunday School at Fletcher’s Chapel United Methodist Church in Hoffman, where he was a member.
In 1992, he married Nancy McGee Gregory and together they enjoyed 30 years of a grand adventure. Grand because it was a shared spiritual journey. Spencer took great joy in being a preacher’s husband and listening to his wife preach in her various appointments. That journey culminated on the farm at Longleaf Lodge in Hoffman. Spencer and Nancy in partnership with daughter Beth and her family, brought a serene and welcoming sanctuary into existence. The farm was a labor of love and Spencer will forever be a part of its structures, soil, and soul.
Survivors include his wife, Nancy McGee Willard; his family, Derrick Duane Willard and his wife, Jenny, of Augusta, Georgia, Beth Willard Bockoven and her husband, Paul, of Hoffman, North Carolina, Jacob “Jeff” Foster Gregory IV and his wife, Jessica, of Matthews, North Carolina, Leslie Cole Gregory English and her husband, Jeffrey, of Raleigh, North Carolina; grandchildren, Mac Willard, Carson Bockoven, Anna Grace Willard, Cecilia Bockoven, Jack English, Reid Gregory. He was preceded in death by his sister, Donna Jan Chaney.

A memorial service and celebration of life will be held at St. Luke United Methodist Church in Laurinburg, North Carolina on Saturday, August 13th at 2pm. A visitation will follow the service in the fellowship hall.
The family wishes to express their eternal gratitude to the staff of The Scotland Cancer Treatment Center and the Richmond County Hospice Haven.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that you make a donation to your preferred charity or house of worship in Spencer’s memory.
Services entrusted to Richard Boles Funeral Service.

Garlow

Robert Marshall “Bob” Garlow, 83, of Kernersville, NC passed away peacefully August 7, 2022.
He was a loving husband and dedicated and caring father and grandpap.
A native of Point Marion, PA, Bob was the husband of 43 years to Kathryn Demboski Garlow and the son of Floyd and Mildred Garlow, both deceased.
Bob was a retired United States Air Force LtCol and service his country for 21 years as a pilot. After retirement he taught Air Force Junior ROTC in Forsyth and Rockingham counties for another 21 years. He was a Knight of Columbus at Holy Cross Catholic Church and a member of the Order of the Daedalians (a national fraternity of military pilots).
He is survived by his wife, Kathryn of the home; daughter, Rebecca (Clark) VanScoder of Jackson Twp, OH; sons, Mark (Denise) Garlow of Canton, OH, Matthew (Erica) Garlow of Kernersville, NC, and Michael (Laura) Garlow of Raleigh, NC; grandchildren, Madison VanScoder, Mallorie VanScoder, Courtlyn Garlow, Callan Garlow, Aiden McKneely, Tatum Garlow, Mia Garlow, Grant Garlow, and Holden Garlow; four brothers; one sister; and numerous in-laws, nieces and nephews.
Bob was an active member of Holy Cross Catholic Church in Kernersville.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Holy Cross building fund for a new education building at 616 S. Cherry Street, Kernersville, NC 27284.
A prayer vigil and a time of visitation will be held from 4:00PM to 6:00PM Sunday, August 14th, 2022 at the Pierce-Jefferson Funeral Services Kernersville Chapel.
A rosary will be prayed beginning at 10:30am in the church prior to the mass.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11:00AM Monday, August 15, 2022 at Holy Cross Catholic Church with Father Noah Carter officiating. Burial will follow at the Holy Cross Catholic Church Cemetery.
Friends and family may view, and sign the guestbook at www.Pierce-JeffersonFuneralService.com

Nelson

Bobby “Bob” Crim Nelson, 89, of Kernersville, passed away peacefully August 1, 2022 at home with family by his side.
Bob was born on May 14, 1933 to James W. “Monk” and Mima Nelson of Kernersville.
In addition to his parents, Bob was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 68 years, Loretta Ann Thomas Nelson, one great grandson, Timothy Shane Malone Jr, and his brother, Joe Nelson.
Surviving are three sons, Garry (Lynda), Danny (Amy) and Andy. Grandchildren, Mandy Wardrup (Steven), Chad Nelson, Jeremy Nelson, Tara Nelson, Jessica Smith (Travis), Seth Nelson and Avery Nelson; and great-grandchildren, Logan, Makayla, Carson, Emma, Allie, Paisley, Harper, Emery, Caleb, Chad Jr, Elizabeth, Mikayla, Bristol and Conner.
Bob graduated from Walkertown High School as Senior Class President. He was a dedicated employee of RJ Reynolds Tobacco company from which he retired in 1989. He served in the Army at Fort Benning. In his younger years, he raced go-carts and won a National Championship. He also enjoyed modified and NASCAR racing, gardening, and tinkering with just about anything he could get his hands on. Bob was known as a “fixture” at Bowman Gray Stadium for many years owning modified race cars.
Bob’s passions were his racing, trains, baseball, family and most of all his lovely wife Ann.
There will be a private celebration of life at a later date.

Haines

Lloyd Wesley Haines of Mebane, NC, passed away on July 31, 2022. Lloyd was a native of Maine, retired to Florida, then moved to North Carolina to be near his children. He was a career government employee serving in the military (Navy) and Civil Service. He retired from the US Forestry Service in 1982.
Wherever he lived, he found a local church and faithfully served his Savior in any way needed. He participated in six short-term mission trips which included two trips to Zaire, one trip to Ivory Coast, two to France, and one to Chile. His wife joined him on one trip to Zaire and the trip to the Ivory Coast. One of his talents and favorite hobbies was to draw plans for buildings. He is pre-deceased by his wife, Clara Jenny Besse Haines; parents, George Haines and Millie Warren; sisters Kathryn Talbot and Ardith Jacobson; and brothers Gerald, Quentin, Dale and Paul Haines. He is survived by one brother: Harold Haines.
He is survived by his three children: sons Peter (Nelda) and Timothy Haines and daughter Faith Husler (Dean); five grandchildren: Becki Peterson (Andy), Matthew (Meagan) Haines and David Haines, and Justin and Jeremy Husler; two great grandchildren, Taft and Kelcey Peterson.
He is pre-deceased by daughter-in-law, Libby Haines, and granddaughter, Sara Haines.
A graveside service will be held at the New Town Cemetery in Rollinsford NH on August 20 at 11:30 a.m.
Condolences may be shared on Lloyd’s tribute page at www.cumbyfuneral.com. Cumby Family Funeral Service in High Point is assisting the family.

Skotcher

Paul John Skotcher, 79, of Kernersville, NC passed away peacefully Friday, August 5, 2022.
A native of Detroit, MI, Paul was the husband of 55 years to Kathleen Appleby Skotcher and the son of Joseph Skotcher and Josephine Piesnik Skotcher, both deceased. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during the Vietnam War. Paul retired from Kernersville Post Office in 2008 with more than 36 years of service.
Survivors include his wife, Kathleen of the home; daughter, Lisa Pennington of Kernersville, NC; sons, Michael Skotcher and wife, Sarah of Winston-Salem, NC, Bob Skotcher of Kernersville, NC, John Skotcher and wife, Jen of Huntersville, NC, and Mark Skotcher and wife, Madison of Trinity, NC; eight grandchildren, Logan Herrington, Megan Herrington, Seth Skotcher, Caitlin Pennington, Ella Skotcher, Everett Skotcher, Rachel Skotcher, and Joe Skotcher; great grandson, Grayson Calloway; and daughter-in-law, Michelle Skotcher.
In addition to his parents, Paul was preceded in death by his sister, Patricia Tennant; and brother, Francis Skotcher.
A prayer vigil and a time of visitation will be held from 6:00PM to 8:00PM Friday, August 12, 2022 at the Pierce-Jefferson Funeral Services Kernersville Chapel.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30AM Saturday, August 13, 2022 at Holy Cross Catholic Church with Father Noah Carter officiating. Inurnment will follow at the Holy Cross Catholic Church Columbarium.
Friends and family may view, and sign the guestbook at www.Pierce-JeffersonFuneralService.com
Memorials may be made to Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina, 3655 Reed Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27107.

Fisher

Greensboro- Mr. Edward Albert Fisher Jr, 85, passed away Thursday August 4, 2022, at his resi-dence. He was born May 25, 1937, in Rensselaer County, NY, the son of Edward and Ann Phalen Fisher. He was a Navy Reservist, member and Elder at Kernersville Moravian Church and participated in Candle Tea, the Men’s Group and Love Feasts.
He retired from Norton Company with over 45 years of service and enjoyed gardening, golf and his woodshop. A straight-forward fair person, he will be missed by all that knew him. He was preceded in death by his parents. Survivors include his loving wife, Louise Madaio Fisher of 65 years, his children, Leisa Kaczmarczyk (Steve) of Peru, NY, Mark Fisher of Charlotte, David Fisher (Donna) of Kernersville, and Sophia Tarte of Largo, Florida.; a sister, Ann Fisher of Troy, NY; two brothers, Terry Fisher of Troy, NY and Timmy Fisher of Castleton, NY; six grandchil-dren, Jessica Henderson, Ashley Lamora, Kayla Edwards, Louise Fisher, Nicholas Fisher, and Dylan Ireland; four great grandchildren, Lillian Henderson, Leighton Lamora, Hazel Edwards and Hadley Lamora and many nieces, nephews and friends. A graveside service will be held at 10:00 AM Wednesday, August 10, 2022, at Kernersville Moravian Graveyard.
The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 PM on Tuesday, August 9, 2022, at Hayworth-Miller Kernersville Chapel. Online condolences may be made at www.hayworth-miller.com. Flowers are appreciated or donations can be made to Kernersville Moravian Church c/o Kerners-ville Christmas Stocking Fund, in memory of Edward Fisher, 504 South Main St, Kernersville, NC 27284.

Silverspear

Ms. Nella Silverspear, 90, passed away peacefully on Thursday, August 4, 2022, at Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home. She was born to Dewey and Vivian Allen on December 26, 1931, in Levy County Florida. Nella was a Shaman, healer, and teacher. She worked with crystals and stones for many years and lovingly handcrafted her flutes and drums. Working heart and soul with Spirit, she has been a vehicle in this lifetime for creating and making many healing tools. Nella represented a wide range of work and has been featured throughout the media. Nella also loved to travel and enjoyed camping; even camping from Florida to Alaska during the 1950s and 1960s. Although she didn’t currently have one as her own, she loved cats. Nella was a loving Sister, Aunt, Great Aunt and friend who will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved her.
In addition to her parents, Nella was preceded in death by one brother, Daniel Lee Allen. She is survived by her sister, Sherry Douglas and her husband, Charles; her niece, Tricia Broughton and her husband, Travis; her nephew, Robert C. Douglas; her very special great nephew, Chandler Canady; and many special friends whom she loved like family.
A celebration of life service for Nella will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials may be made to Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home at 101 Hospice Lane, Winston-Salem, NC 27103. Hayworth-Miller Kernersville Chapel is assisting the family. Online condolences may be made at www.hayworth-miller.com.

Branch

Roger Lee Branch, 71, of Kernersville, NC passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Sunday, May 22, 2022.
A native of Stuart, VA, Roger was the husband of 51 years to Barbara Jean Smith Branch and the son of Abe Lee Branch and Minnie Mary Pack Branch, both deceased. Roger was a hard working man who mowed lawns and worked on lawnmowers for years. He was a faithful member of Crossroads Ministries, where he always praised and thanked God for everything He had done for him. Roger was faithful in being a bell ringer and usher. He was a sweet man, who knew no stranger. Roger was a man who would give the shirt off his back for anyone. He was the greatest husband, dad, and pawpaw. Roger will be truly missed by all that knew him.
Survivors include his wife, Barbara of the home, daughters, Sarah Cox and husband, Everett, Vickie Ladd and husband, Buster, and Trisha Harmon and husband, Mikey; sons, Johnny Branch, and Ronnie Branch; grandchildren, Tiffany Jones and husband, Casey, Becca Ladd and fiancé, Will Heath, Ryan Ladd, and Shelby Cox; great granddaughter, Sophia Jones; brothers, Billy Branch and wife, Debbie, and Bob Branch and wife, Linda; sister, Dovie Harris; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Roger was preceded in death by his daughter, Mary Lou Branch; and sister, Dorothy Fulp.
The family will greet friends from 6:00PM to 8:00PM Friday, May 27, 2022 at the Pierce-Jefferson Funeral Services Kernersville Chapel.
Funeral services celebrating his life will be held 1:00PM Saturday, May 28, 2022 at the Crossroads Ministries of Walkertown, 3801 Old Hollow Rd., Kernersville, NC 27284 with Rev. Roger Bailey and Rev. Garland Glascoe officiating. Interment will follow at Eastlawn Gardens of Memory, Kernersville, NC.
Friends and family may view, and sign the guestbook at www.Pierce-JeffersonFuneralService.com