WINSTON SALEM – Rev. Dr. Virgil Thaw Chitty, 82, passed away on November 23, 2020. Virgil was born on November 29, 1937 in Forsyth County to Luther and Mary Frances Doty Chitty. He was a veteran of the US Navy and served as Pastor of Harvest Baptist Church in Walkertown for 43 years. In addition to his parents, Virgil was preceded in death by one brother, Allen “Pete” Chitty.
Surviving are his wife of 65 years, Alma Butner Chitty; two daughters, Veige Beeson (Ronald) and Velma Blake (Darrell); two grandsons, Jason Beeson (Jessica), and Joshua Bowman (Ash-ley); one step grandson, Jason Blake (Christina); three great grandchildren, Jadon & Jaxon Beeson, and Amelia Bowman; and three step great grandchildren, Elijah, George and Ivy Blake.
Due to the current restrictions on public gatherings, there will be no formal visitation, but friends may come and view Virgil and sign the register, from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 25, at Hayworth-Miller Kernersville Chapel.
A private service will be held with Pastors Robert Combs, James Whittington and Verlin Oliver officiating. Burial will be at Gardens of Memory in Walkertown. Memorials may be made to Trellis Supportive Care, 101 Hospice Lane, Winston-Salem, NC 27103. Online condolences may be made to


Mr. Johnny Earl Rhodes, 87, slipped peacefully from this life to the next on Monday, November 23, 2020 while a resident at Piney Grove Nursing and Rehabilitation Facility in Kernersville, N.C. Born in Wilkes County on May 1, 1933, Johnny was the oldest child of the late Philmore and Fay Rhodes. Johnny attended Wilkes Central High School and after a brief time with RJ Reynolds, he began self-employment with various ventures and was blessed with the knowledge and the desire to succeed.
Johnny was a faithful member of Waughtown Baptist Church where he ministered in various capacities including deacon of the church as well as Sunday school teacher. He enjoyed traveling and gardening. He especially enjoyed watching Duke basketball, old westerns and his athletic grandsons play various sports.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Kent Rhodes, of North Wilkesboro. Survivors include his wife of 68 years, Peggy Williams Rhodes; two children, Cindy Ann Marshall (Gray) and John Earl Rhodes Jr; and two grandchildren, Trey and Will Rhodes, all of Kernersville. He is also survived by a brother, James Rhodes (Ruth), of California.
A private service to celebrate his life will be at Oaklawn Memorial Gardens with Preacher Eddie Brackett officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Waughtown Baptist Church at 1538 Waughtown St., Winston Salem, N.C 27107.


Mrs. Roberta “Bobbi” Marie Huntoon Young, 74, passed away peacefully on Monday, November 16, 2020 at Hospice Home at High Point.
Bobbi was born in Yonkers, NY on March 23, 1946 to the late Robert W. Huntoon and Margaret Colgan Huntoon.
Bobbi was the love of Robert’s life! She was a professional businesswoman and we worked for the same company and she was the only one from her division who could handle this retired NCO. She made many friends and was highly respected throughout the business world. She enjoyed life, a good laugh and loved her family. She also loved our family dogs. Bobbi made many friends and special lifelong friends as well. One of her dear friends from Germany, it was a relationship that quickly turned into us having a second family in Germany. I Love You Bobbi, you know I always will. Love Robert!
Bobbi is survived by her husband of 33 years, Robert J. Young U.S.A.F. ret NCO; sister, Margaret Podstupka of NY; nieces, Lori, Pam, Gail, Maggie and also her beloved dog, Sarah.
A gathering of family and friends will be held from 5:00 until 6:00 p.m. at Cumby Family Funeral Service at 1015 Eastchester Drive in High Point. A graveside service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, November 23, 2020 at Salisbury National Cemetery in Salisbury, NC.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Southern Siberian Rescue, P.O. Box 98601, Raleigh, NC 27624-8601 or to: Full Moon Farm Wolfdog Sanctuary, P.O. Box 1374, Black Mountain, NC 28711-1374.
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William Wesley “Bill” Pegg, Jr., 92, of Colfax, NC went home to be with the Lord and his loving wife on Wednesday, November 18, 2020.
Graveside Funeral Services celebrating his life will be held 2:00PM Sunday, November 22, 2020 at the Sandy Ridge United Methodist Church Cemetery with Rev. Donna Friddle officiating.
A native of Guilford County, NC, Bill was the husband of the late Janet Robbins Pegg and the son of the late William Wesley Pegg, Sr. and Annie Lee Pegg. Bill was a veteran of the U.S. Army where he was in 101st Airborne and was stationed in Hawaii in the 25th Division, “The Screaming Eagles”. He was a faithful member of Sandy Ridge United Methodist Church. Bill accrued many licenses throughout his life, including his real estate license as well as his pilot’s license of which he was particularly proud. He was the owner/operator of Deep River Golf Club in Greensboro, NC and was a life-time member of the PGA. Bill’s favorite pastime was maintaining his property with his grandson, Matthew.
Survivors include his three daughters, Teresa Darr and husband, Ben of Oak Ridge, NC, Ellen Burleson of Colfax, NC, and Beverly Smith and fiancé, Keith of Summerfield, NC; two grandchildren, Matthew Smith, and Melissa Darr; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his wife and parents, Bill was preceded in death by his three sisters, Mary Pegg Cooke, Patty Pegg Murphy, and Esther Pegg Parker; and two brothers, Lee Pegg, and Mark Pegg.
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In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Sandy Ridge United Methodist Church, Cemetery Fund, 2223 Sandy Ridge Road, High Point, NC 27265.


James Harold Metts, 72, of Kernersville, NC passed away peacefully Monday November 16, 2020.
A native of Mississippi, Harold was the husband of Maria Cornelia Brown-Metts and the son of the late Malvin A. Metts and Ruth Woods Metts.
Survivors include his wife, Maria of the home; daughter, Sandra Stewart; son, Daniel Metts; sister, Glenda Davis and husband, Mike; and brother, Johnny Metts and wife, Jewel.
In addition to his parents, James was preceded in death by his son, James Wesley Metts; daughter, Wendy Metts; and sister, Betty Lou Metts.
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In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Cancer Association or to the American Heart Association.


Kernersville – Mrs. Dolores Harrison Lynch, 93, passed away Tuesday, November 17, 2020. She was born March 30, 1927 to the late Otmer Icom Harrison and Georgie Cunningham Harrison. Dolores was a faithful member of Triad Baptist Church and loved her church family. She retired from AT&T with 38 years of service. Mrs. Lynch was an amazing and strong woman, who was loved by all who knew her. She loved life and people; she had a natural way of drawing people to her. Her home was always open and many of her neighborhood friends would often gather around with their dogs. She was affectionately known as “Granny D” In addition to her parents she was preceded by her husband, James Aubrey Lynch; two brothers; Otmer and Tray Harrison and sister; Dessell Bailey.
Surviving are her daughter, Carolyn Marshall; sister, Dottie Brunty and many special nieces and nephews.
Due to the limitations at this time, a private service will be held Friday, November 20, 2020 with Dr. Rob Decker officiating. A private burial will be Tuesday, November 24, 2020 in Alamance Memorial Park in Burlington. Hayworth-Miller Kernersville Chapel is assisting the Lynch family.
Memorials may be made to Triad Baptist Church, 1175 S. Main Street, Kernersville, NC 27284
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Tommy Patterson, 77, passed away on November 15, 2020, in Charleston, SC, of heart complications. He was born on June 30, 1943, in Lexington, KY, to Ralph and Lola Mae Patterson. The family settled in Nashville, TN, and Tommy attended Hillsborough High School and later, the University of Tennessee. After college, Tommy began his long tenure of working for Speidel Watchbands as a Sales Representative and relocated to North Carolina. He and his family made Kernersville their home. Tommy loved Kernersville and invested his time in the Lions Club and was a long-time member of Main Street United Methodist Church.
Tommy was a special man that loved golf and his Tennessee Volunteers, but most of all, he cherished his precious friends and family. Later in life, Tommy’s happiest times were spent surrounded by his buddies at Sixty-Six, J. Peppers, and the golf course. He always had a way of making everyone he encountered feel special and loved, and because of this, he was adored by many.
Tommy Patterson is proceeded in death by his father, Ralph Patterson, mother, Lola Mae Patterson, and sisters, Penny Krebs and Patsy McClelland. He is survived by his three children, Trish Patterson of Nashville, Scott Patterson of Charlotte, and Kathryn Patterson and husband Mike of Charleston.
Due to Covid-19 risks and restrictions, we will be postponing the celebration of Tommy’s wonderful life until the spring of 2021.


Winston-Salem – Ms. Clementine Vernon Lunsford, 77, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 11, 2020 at Kate B. Reynolds Hospice House. Her passing reminds us that angels are watching over us. Clementine’s friends and family are comforted knowing that she has rejoined her heavenly family and gained her wings. She was born on March 26, 1943 in Rockingham County to Jessie Oliver and Sarah Jane Tilley Vernon. Clementine was a member of Harvest Baptist Church in Winston-Salem. Clementine was a compassionate spirit whose passion was caring for others, especially her family. She enjoyed drawing, singing, and writing poetry and sharing those gifts with others. She loved her family and was a loving mother, grandmother, sister, and friend who will be missed by all who knew her.
In addition to her parents, Clementine was preceded in death by her brother, Glenn Vernon. She is survived by two children, Jesse Lunsford and Angela Jumper; two grandchildren, Krystal Jumper and Kyle Carlan; three brothers, James Vernon, Alden Vernon (Jean), Tony Vernon; one sister Mary Louise Hester; and three special nieces.
The family would like to express their heartfelt gratitude to the staff at Kate B. Reynolds Hospice House for their care and support during this difficult time.
With social distancing observed and masks required, a graveside service for Clementine will be held at 2:00 pm on Monday, November 16, 2020 at Mount Gur Cemetery in Kernersville. Hayworth-Miller Kernersville Chapel is assisting the family. Online condolences may be made at


Oak Ridge – Mrs. Betty Sue Tilley Smith, 84, passed away peacefully on Thursday, November 12, 2020 at her home. She was born on September 28, 1936 in Guilford County to the late William Valner Tilley and Mattie Geneva Tilley.
Betty was a housewife and mother who touched so many people with her loving and caring personality.
In addition to her parents, Betty was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Argie Clinton Smith and two brothers, Francis Tilley and Wayne Tilley.
Surviving is one daughter, Karen Smith, of the home; three brothers, Donald Tilley (Edna), David Tilley (Mary Ann), Gary Tilley (Barbara); and lots of nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank Hospice and all of Betty’s friends and family (especially her brothers for their support) as well as a special friend, Linda Watson.
A private family funeral service for Betty will be held. Due to limitations for public gatherings at this time, there will be no formal visitation. Friends are welcome to come, without the family present, to sign the register and view Mrs. Smith from 2:00 pm until 4:00 pm Monday, November 16, 2020 at Hayworth-Miller Kernersville Chapel. Online condolences may be made at


Goldis Staron Starling Reel passed away on Saturday, November 7, 2020 after a very brief illness, surrounded by her children. Born on March 21, 1942 to Janie Gold and Robert Belvin Starling, Goldis and her brother Leo were raised in Greenville, North Carolina. In 1960 she met her husband, John Calvin Reel, Jr., and her life was forever changed. Goldis and John were married in 1962 and welcomed three children over the next ten years. Life took them to Michigan and Virginia before finally settling back in North Carolina.
Goldis was full of adventure from her earliest days and this bold spirit continued throughout her life. She was a licensed realtor, a certified postmaster, and a certified teacher. Goldis had a deep passion for helping others, impacting so many lives during her 30+ years as an educator. Her classrooms were full of laughter and energy as Goldis nurtured curiosity in every child that crossed her doorway. She loved every child as her own and had a special way of making each person feel like they were her favorite.
Family was everything to Goldis. She had a deep passion for genealogy and maintained a treasure of family artifacts that have been collected over 150 years. Goldis is preceded in death my many beloved family members, including her parents, husband John, brother Leo Starling (and his wife Evelyn), beloved cousin Joyce Worthington and mother in love Maezell Reel.
Goldis’s greatest legacy was her family. She is survived by her three children: daughters Cynthia Reel and Melanie Reel Pulliam (Ben) of Kernersville, NC and son John Michael Reel (Jennifer) of Raleigh, NC. She also leaves behind her two precious grandchildren: Cassidy Pulliam and Olivia Pulliam of Kernersville, and her beloved rescue dog Jaycee.
Goldis was truly one of a kind. She loved horseback riding, crafting, gardening, reading, painting, puzzles, any opportunity to do something with family and any opportunity to do for others. To know her was to love her.
The family has elected a private cremation at this time. We are planning a celebration of life in the spring of 2021 around Goldis’s birthday and look forward to sharing memories of our beloved mother, grandmother and friend at that time.
In lieu of flowers, donations are kindly requested to Goldis’s favorite animal rescue: Carolina Poodle Rescue. Donations can be made online at or mailed directly to Carolina Poodle Rescue, 6705 Union Highway, Pacolet, SC 29372.
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