Obituaries

Hallings

Mary Lea Bolling Hallings, 67, of Kernersville, NC passed away peacefully Tuesday, January 19, 2021.
A native of Rochester, NY, Mary was the wife of William David “Bill” Hallings and the daughter of the late Herman Bolling and Leacil Tapscott Bolling. Mary was a long-time employee of Eastman Kodak Company, Rochester, NY. She enjoyed crafting, riding motorcycles, hanging out with her beloved dogs, and traveling with her husband, Bill.
Survivors include her husband, Bill of the home; son, Liam Wescott and Jackie of Washington State; sister, Connie Trovato and husband, Dennis of Macedon, NY; brothers, Frank Brockler of Macedon, NY, and Micheal Brockler of Virginia; step-daughters, Kim Sage of Brockport, NY, and Kelly Farrell of Brockport, NY; and step-son, Matthew Hallings of Asheboro, NC.
Services celebrating her life will be private.
Friends and family may view, and sign the guestbook at www.pierce-jeffersonfuneralservice.com

Smith

Juadane Elsie Smith, 88, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on January 14, 2021. Juadane was born April 5, 1932 to Elsie Parnell Smith and Koy Smith in Forsyth County, NC. Juadane, or “Grammy,” graduated from high school and Bowman Gray to become an X-Ray technician. These were just the least of her accomplishments. Grammy was a gifted craftswoman who taught others to make hats, painted, knitted, sewed, and baked Christmas sugar cookies that left her family scrambling for every last crumb. Her latest project was the completion of a lovely barn quilt, showcasing a beloved Moravian star. Her time was invested in the lives of her hus-band, Gary, her children and grandchildren. She attended dance recitals (while tapping her own toes in her 70’s), motorcycle races, school events, and scooter shows. If Grammy was asked to speak of her greatest accomplishment, undoubtedly, she would speak of those she is survived by: her husband, Gary of 65 years; two children, Shandi (Kevin) Kilbreth and Travis (Anne) Smith; seven grandchildren, Sarabeth Kilbreth, Anna (Jason) Caranci, Joseph (Sarah) Kilbreth, Peter (Caitlyn) Kilbreth, Nikolaus, Riley, and Catherine Smith. Also filling Grammy’s heart were ten great-grandchildren: Kellan Kilbreth, Eden, Harry, and Cosette Caranci, Charlotte, Amelia,and Abigail Kilbreth, Lily, Evie and Jackson Kilbreth. Grammy was truly a Proverbs 31 woman: “Her children rise up and bless her; her husband also, and he praises her, saying, “Many daughters have done nobly, but you excel them all.’” We love you and will miss you, but are looking forward to that great reunion day! OX OX! Private services were held. Condolences may be made online at www.salemfh.com.

Sapp

Louise Edwards Sapp passed away at the age of 94 on January 11, 2021 in Marietta, Georgia.
She was born January 27, 1926 to Felix Marvin and Alma Beatrice Edwards in her beloved hometown of Kernersville NC.
Louise was married to David Benjamin Sapp in 1950. He preceded her in death in 2001.
Louise was employed as a secretary at Main Street UMC in Kernersville NC from 1962 to 1985.
Louise had a quiet, servant’s heart. She enjoyed sewing, knitting, gardening, years of square dancing and cooking untold meals for those in need, particularly in her church.
Louise is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Steve and Judy Sapp, daughter and son-in-law, Cynthia and Fred Brown, grandchildren, Matthew Brown, Lauren Murphy, Jonathan Brown, Ben Sapp and Samuel Sapp. She was also blessed with great grandchildren, Luke, Hannah, Wesley, Ellie, Gunnar, Suki, Cobra and Freya.
A service will be planned at a later date.
‘Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. Ps 23:6
Please make any memorials to the Main Street UMC building fund.

Seff

Iris Anne Fitch Seff, 87, went to dance with her late husband, Seymour M. Seff, on December 21, 2020.
Iris was born on March 27, 1933 in Frederick, Maryland to the late Thomas Freeman Fitch and Rosealene Hoffman Fitch. In addition to her beloved Seymour, she was preceded in death by a son, Greg. Surviving family include her sister, Doris Scott of Austin Texas, and her cousin, Miri-am Troglin of Maryland.
In 1951, Iris graduated from the Phyllis Bell Modeling School in Washington, D.C. As a certi-fied color and fashion consultant, she began her career as a winner of numerous beauty titles, the most notable of which was being crowned Miss Washington D.C. in 1952 followed by the Miss America Pageant where she won the coveted title of Miss Congeniality and the Talent Award.
Iris was also a professional model, who for eighteen years, appeared in television commercials and served as an instructor for finishing and modeling schools throughout the United States. She also sang professionally on radio, television and in supper clubs. Her interest in health and nutri-tion led her to a later career in the health foods industry where she managed a health food store for eight years and spent five years as a health food sales representative serving stores all over Colorado and New Mexico.
Iris will long be remembered by her many friends through the United States for her sense of style and fashion, her love of a good joke, her ability to laugh at herself, and how much she loved a good Charades night with the Yaya’s!

Rose

Edward Daniel Rose fell asleep in the arms of Jesus on January 8, 2021.
He was born prematurely on July 21, 1958 to Edward E. and Glenna Rose in Firestone Park, Ak-ron, Ohio. He had open heart surgery at 6 weeks old and the newly developed heart lung ma-chine saved his life. His congenital conditions required further procedures and heart surgeries throughout his adulthood. Being strong minded, loyal hearted and a natural salesman, he gradu-ated from the University of Akron and pursued business until his early retirement from Diamond Tool and Abrasives in Elgin, Illinois in 2016.
The ongoing heart issues caused kidney failure leading to multiple health challenges but his cour-age and strength inspired others who never heard one complaint. Ed never blamed God for his pain and struggling and cherished the life he built with his family. He sacrificed and protected their interests while preparing them for his transition over several years. He was selfless and re-spected greatly for that gift.
Married to Catherine for 32 years, they built their marriage on love, trust, friendship, and deep commitment to one another. Their roots grew deep as they worked together to raise children and become good stewards of the blessings provided to them. Ed’s legacy can be found in the minis-try work that Catherine will continue to grow. Their children Ronnie, Laura and Joshua will re-member his silly humor and teachings about being responsible with money. He will forever be loved by his sisters, Denise Rose and Maureen (Doug) Lapchynski; niece, Autumn (John) Payne; and nephew, Robert Markham. He will forever hold his foster son, William in his heart and will remain a guardian for him from heaven. A special sister-in-law, Kristen Ott will forever be cher-ished.
Ed was generous with his time, playing a gentle and loving Santa for many Christmas parties and events. He loved to help working single mothers, as well as women in need of a calming man in their life. He was an encouragement, loved and appreciated by all. Ed was a founding member of the ministry Within This Woman’s House, in Kernersville NC. His desire and vision for develop-ing a prayer garden and path will evolve as the ministry grows. He had a passion for photog-raphy, music, and watching his wildflower garden blossom. It brought great peace and joy to him in his final time with his family.
In lieu of flowers he asked that any donations be made to this ministry that meets the practical and spiritual needs of women of all ages. If desired, tax-deductible donations can be made to Within This Woman’s House, P.O. Box 1704, Kernersville, NC 27285. To God be the Glory!
Friends and family may view, and sign the guestbook at www.Pierce-JeffersonFuneralService.com

Church

Kernersville – Mrs. Mary Scott Church, 78, passed away Tuesday, January 5, 2021, at her home. Mary was born July 6, 1942 in Ashe County to Tom and Marie Pierce Scott.
She was a faithful and dedicated member at Sedge Garden United Methodist Church for many years. Mary worked in the Engineering Department at RJ Reynolds Tobacco, retiring with over 36 years of service.
She was a huge Elvis fan and a big sports fan as well, with NC State Basketball at the top of the list. Mary and David loved to travel and were especially fond of the mountains. Their travels took them to all US states, with the exception of Alaska.
Mary had a genuinely kind soul, who loved her family, her church family and her neighbors. She will be dearly missed.
In addition to her parents, Mary was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, David Church, in 2017.
Surviving are her son, Kenny Church (wife, Terri); two grandchildren, Tyler and Karsyn Church; and two sisters, Nancy LaPrad and Tommie Kay Koontz.
A graveside service will be conducted 3:00 PM Thursday, January 7, 2021 at West Jefferson City Cemetery with Pastor Justin Lowe officiating. Due to public restrictions, there will be no formal visitation. Friends can sign the register book from 10:00 – 11:30 AM Thursday at Hayworth-Miller Kernersville Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Sedge Garden United Methodist Church at 794 Sedge Garden Rd. Kernersville, NC 27284. Online condolences may be made to www.hayworth-miller.com

Robertson

Kernersville – Mr. Jerry Eugene Robertson, 80, passed away on Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at Kate B. Reynolds Hospice. He was born in Forsyth county on July 14, 1940 to the late Charlotte Virginia Freeman Robertson and Paul Eugene Robertson.
Left to cherish his memory are his son, Dale Robertson; his daughter, DeDe Bush (Kevin), his grandson Tyler Bush; his sisters, Lois Nieuwenhuis (George) and Jeanette Matthews (Jim), his niece, Lisa Turner (Aaron), and his nephews, Chad Fox (Debi) and Brian Nieuwenhuis (Melissa).
A graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, January 16, 2021 at Eastlawn Gardens of Memory.

McGowan

Frances Yeatts McGowan, 94, went home to be with her Lord January 2, 2021.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Noon on Wednesday January 6, 2021 at Holy Cross Catholic Church with Father Noah Carter officiating. Interment will follow in Eastlawn Gardens of Memory.
A native of Danville, Virginia, Frances was the daughter of the late Helen Lucille Ferrell and Charles Herbert Yeatts. In addition to her parents, she also was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Walter Joseph McGowan, Sr.; grandson, Charles Michael McGowan, Jr.; and son-in-law, Barry Pileggi.
A Founding member of Holy Cross Parish, Frances was always devoted to her church family. For a number of years, Frances had worked at Belk Department Store in Winston-Salem, Innkeeper in Winston-Salem, and A-1 Self Storage.
Survivors include her daughters, Fran Petticord and Larston of Kernersville, and Maureen Pileggi of Winston-Salem; sons, Marty McGowan and Lynn of Kernersville, Mike McGowan and Lynn of Kernersville, and Joe McGowan and Jennifer of Winston-Salem; grandchildren, Lars Petticord and Helen, Nicole Gottfried and Chris, Ryan Hutchins and Jeff, Martin McGowan and Morgan, Brittany McGowan, Joey McGowan and Amanda, Annie McGowan, Sarah Greco, and Katie McGowan; great-grandchildren, Hugh, Elliott, Drew, Greer, Frankie, Grace, Cora, and Rae; and a host of extended family and friends.
Frances will lie in state at the church from 11:00AM until time for Mass on Wednesday. The family will visit with friends outside the church from 11:00AM until time for Mass. Social distancing protocol including masks will be observed at all times.
In lieu of flowers, contributions are asked to be directed to the Holy Cross Catholic Church Building Fund, 616 S. Cherry Street, Kernersville, NC 27284
Friends and family may sign, and view the guestbook at www.Pierce-JeffersonFuneralService.com

Reid

Kernersville – January 2, 2021, marks a day of double sadness and loss for our family with the sudden and unexpected passing of both of our parents, Dorothy Moore Reid and Charles Franklin Reid. Dad passed away this morning, and 14 hours later, mom followed him to eternal peace. Daddy took care of mom in life and he was there for her waiting at Heaven’s door.
Dorothy was born on August 8, 1935 in Surry County, NC; Charlie was born in Forsyth County, NC on April 6, 1935.
Charlie served in the United States Air Force from Sept. 1954 – April 1958. Dorothy was a Registered Nurse and met Charlie when he was on leave from the Air Force, visiting his grandmother in a Winston-Salem hospital. Dorothy was her nurse; Dorothy and Charlie’s love story began.
They were married on June 24, 1956 at Friedland Moravian Church in Winston-Salem. They started a family in Winston-Salem then moved to Kernersville in the late 60’s where they raised their family. The family was looking forward to celebrating their 65th wedding anniversary in June. We are heartbroken beyond words that we will not have the opportunity to share this magnificent milestone with the loving couple, family and friends.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents Fletcher Ray Moore and Iva Belle Smith Moore and her brother Donnie Moore. Survived by her sister Debbie Moore Grogan and many nieces and nephews. Dorothy had so many passions and no matter her interest at the time, she was “all in.” She loved to read, work in her flower and vegetable gardens and painting crafts. She loved to create and paint and left many much loved keepsakes to her children and grandchildren. One of mom’s greatest passions was her nursing at Baptist Hospital, the nurses and doctors she worked with and caring for all she touched but her greatest passion of all was her family.
Charlie was preceded in death by his parents Wade Michael Reid and Frances Hutchins Reid. Survived by his sister Bettie Reid Poindexter, her husband Tommy Poindexter and many nieces and nephews. Like mom, dad had many passions in life but most of all, he loved people and sharing stories of life, mechanical engineering and figuring out how things worked. He was a proud Mechanical Engineer for Bell Labs and AT&T. Dad was a true patriot, loved this country and served the community as a member of the Civitan Club for over 40 years, worked as a volunteer at local polling site and a faithful member of Friedland Moravian Church. Dads favorite story was about Texas Pete…only a lucky few know the rest!
Our parents were kind, caring, wonderful people who shared their love generously with family and friends every day of their lives. They were our coaches, our role models, our heroes, our compass in life. They were the best people you’d ever want to meet. Everyone who knew them were touched by their grace and willingness to share their hearts of gold. We will miss you forever, mom and dad.
Charles and Dorothy were preceded in death by one grandchild, Travis Heath. Surviving are two sons, Michael Ray Reid and wife Darcy Bonfils, David Charles Reid and wife Tammy, one daughter, Robin Reid Heath, and their three grandchildren Tyler Heath, Walker Heath and Savannah Heath.
Memorials may be made on behalf of Dorothy Reid to https://mothersdayoffering.org, and memorials for Charles Reid may be made to the Kernersville Civitan Club at P.O. Box 942 Kerners-ville, NC 27285. Online condolences may be made to www.hayworth-miller.com
A graveside service will be held at a later date.

Davis

Mr. Gurney Edward Davis Jr., 72, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at his residence. He was born on July 23, 1948 in Camden, New Jersey to Gurney Edward and Mildred Davis, Sr. He was a 32nd Degree Mason at Kernersville Masonic Lodge. Gurney was a veteran of the United States Army and served his country in Vietnam. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather who will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife, Patsy Davis; a daughter, Jaime Casstevens (Boy-friend, Tony); granddaughter, Hailey Casstevens; two brothers, Eddie Davis (wife, Cindy) and Brad Davis (wife, Susan); and special nieces and nephews.
Due to restrictions for public gatherings, a private graveside service for Gurney will be held. Hayworth-Miller Kernersville Chapel is assisting the family.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Masonic Home for Children at Oxford, 600 College Street, Oxford, NC 27565 or Trellis Supportive Care, 101 Hospice Ln, Winston-Salem, NC 27103.
Online condolences may be made at www.hayworth-miller.com.