Juanita Vance Higgins
December 23, 1922-January 31, 2021

Juanita Vance Higgins passed away peacefully at the age of 98 on January 31, 2021. She was born in Kernersville, North Carolina, to Kemp Odell Vance and Elsie Mabe Vance and was a lifelong resident there until failing health required a move to Countryside in Stokesdale.
Juanita was a graduate of Kernersville High School and received the degree of Registered Nurse from St. Leo’s Hospital in Greensboro, North Carolina. She served on the staff of Dr. Richard H. Whitaker, a longtime family physician in Kernersville.
Juanita’s greatest loves were her family and her church. She was an active member of Main Street United Methodist Church in Kernersville for over seventy-eight years, fully participating in the United Methodist Women, Sunday School, and Senior Adult Bible Study. She first met her future husband, Claude Vernon Higgins, in the Chancel Choir. There they made beautiful music together and were married for 47 years until his death in 1991. During that time they raised their three children in the Christian faith and rarely missed a Sunday or any other church gathering.
Juanita never missed a Vance or Higgins reunion and was very close to her family. We fondly remember how she faithfully invited her children and grandchildren to Sunday dinner after the church service every Sunday. She was a great cook and baked the best pound cake ever. Mamie and Pawpaw were always available to love and spoil their grandchildren when the opportunity presented itself. At the last Thanksgiving when all the family gathered in the Higgins home, Juanita called everyone to form a circle holding hands for the blessing. She looked around at all of her family with a big smile and said, as her voice broke, “We’re all here!”
Juanita was predeceased by her parents; her brother, Zebulon Daniel Vance; and her sister, Mary Vance Mullinax. Survivors include her daughter, Claudia Whitaker and Frank of Oak Ridge; daughter, Jennifer Parsons of Kernersville; son, David Higgins of Winston-Salem. Her grandchildren include, Ellen Bragdon and David of Raleigh, Vance Whitaker and Terri of Brandon, Florida, Sharon Cooke Young of Thomasville, Jason Higgins and Amanda of Thomasville, Daniel Higgins and Lydia of Winston-Salem, and Lori Welch and Jeff of Advance. Juanita was also blessed with thirteen great-grandchildren.
The family plans to hold a graveside service at a later date.
Memorials may be sent to the Chancel Choir, Main Street United Methodist Church, 306 South Main St., Kernersville, N.C. 27284.
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Esther Harvey Scott, loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother passed away Saturday, January 30, 2021, at Kernersville Medical Center, after several months of decline.
Graveside Funeral Services celebrating her life will be held 1:00PM Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at the Shady Grove Wesleyan Church Cemetery for immediate family only. Masks and social distancing will be strictly observed due to Covid restrictions.
She was born on August 2, 1929 in Colfax, North Carolina to Carol and Geneva Harvey. Esther married Anderson L. Scott on August 9, 1947 and were married for 67 years. They raised two sons, William Anderson Scott and Robert Mark Scott. Esther was a homemaker and became a licensed practical nurse after attending Forsyth Technical School in mid-life. She worked as a private duty nurse throughout Kernersville, Forsyth Memorial Hospital, and ended her career as an office nurse for Dr. Leo Record in Kernersville. Esther’s whole life revolved around Shady Grove Wesleyan Church, where she was a lifelong member with her family, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She served on the church’s board and sang in the choir for many years. She cherished visits, family get-togethers, and especially calls from her grandchildren.
Esther is survived by her two sons, Bill Scott and wife, Bonnie, and Bob Scott and wife, Joy; grandchildren, Zachary Scott and wife, Amy, Christen Cline and husband, Allen, Rachel Stogner and husband Johnny, and Rebekah Nettles and husband, Cole; great grandchildren, Emma Kathryn, Colt, Justus, Hannah, Leah, Jacob, Alek, Liam, and Cohen; and two nieces and their children.
In addition to her husband and parents, Esther was preceded in death by her sister, Ruth Quiseberry.
A special note of appreciation to longtime friends Maxine Ballard Sellers, Phil Kirkman, and Jimmy Laughter.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Kernersville Shepherd Center or charity of choice.
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Kernersville – Mrs. Barbara Jean Cox Dortch, 84, passed away on Monday, February 1, 2021 at Forsyth Medical Center. She was born on October 13, 1936 to Morton Levi and Leona Utter Cox in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
In addition to her parents, Barbara was preceded in death by her loving husband of 48 years, Richard Warren Dortch. Left to cherish her memory are her three sons, Richard Dortch (wife, Janice), John Dortch (wife, Anita), and Rus Dortch (wife, Tita); five grandchildren, Rick, Mike, Jamison, Lindsay, and Heather; four great grandchildren, Rowan, Phoenix, Cove, and Aria; four step-grandchildren; several step great grandchildren; and nieces and nephews whom she loved dearly.
There will be no formal services at this time. There will be memorial service planned for later in the summer. Hayworth-Miller Kernersville Chapel is assisting the Dortch family. Online condolences may be made at


Shannon Flynn Meeker, 49, received her new heart on January 26, 2021. Born with a heart defect, Shannon spent much of her life focused on mending her heart. She endured numerous surgeries, including multiple valve replacements and pacemakers, and was currently preparing to face a heart transplant. Shannon faced each surgery and obstacle with strength and perseverance. But despite its defects, Shannon’s heart couldn’t have been any bigger. Shannon had a heart for her husband. She is survived by husband, Kent, of nearly 27 years of marriage. Together, they overcame every challenge they faced with unity and oneness. They met when Kent came to North Carolina, while in the Army through a “date wanted” ad, and the two couldn’t have been a more perfect match. Shannon had a heart for her family. She is survived by her mother, Becky Flynn of Kernersville and her father, Ronnie Flynn; brothers Rick (Dodie) and Jay Flynn; nephew Conner Flynn; special nephew Jordan Flynn, of Winston-Salem; her father- and mother-in-law, Mike and Jane Meeker of Chillicothe, Ohio; and brother-in-law, Hank (Autumn) Meeker of Anderson, Indiana; aunt, Ada O’Ferrel and uncle, Donnie Flynn of the Winston-Salem area. She was preceded in death by her grandparents on both her mother’s and father’s side and uncle, Ricky Flynn. Shannon had a heart for her dogs, all chihuahuas. She is survived by Bailey, Tink, Buddy, and Lucy. Shannon had a heart for her friends. She loved seeing her church family and being apart of The Summit church. Shannon had also a heart for a lot of things: North Carolina beaches, jigsaw puzzles, classic TV shows, animals of all kinds. But even more, Shannon loved to laugh. And most importantly, Shannon had a heart for Jesus Christ, the source of her joy, and the one who makes all things beautiful in His time. A memorial service for Shannon will be held at 4:00 PM on Sunday, January 31, 2021 at The Summit Church in Kernersville, NC. “Do not carry on over the dead like people who have nothing to look forward to, as if the grave were the last word. Since Jesus died and broke loose from the grave, God will most certainly bring back to life those who died in Jesus… Oh, Death, who’s afraid of you now?” Hayworth-Miller Kernersville Chapel is assisting the family.


Mrs. Mildred Lucille Coffman Evers, 90, our loving mother, Mamaw, great-Mamaw, great-great Mamaw and best friend passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 28, 2021 at her residence. She was born on November 4, 1930 in Knoxville, Tennessee to James Doyle and Vallie Lusk Coffman. Mildred retired from Sears after 23 years of faithful service. She loved bowling, reading, going to church, working word puzzles, spending time with family and friends, as well as helping others. Mildred lived in Florida for over 40 years where she made a lot of great friends. Being the social butterfly, she was she never met a stranger. There were many bunco and chicken foot nights that she spent with good friends. Her great sense of humor, giving heart and loving smile will always stay in our hearts and never be replaced. We will never forget and always love her. So now she gets to trade her butterfly wings for Angel Wings. We know she is finally at peace and with God. Take care of her until we all get together again.
While in Tampa she attended Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church. Recently, since moving to Kernersville, she has attended Triad Baptist Church.
In addition to her parents, Mildred was preceded in death by her loving husband of 31 years, Lawrence Clarence Evers. Left to cherish her memory are three daughters, Patsy Grimes Simcox (husband, Harold), Karen Coffman Goodwin, and Nancy Grimes Knox (husband, Mike); one son, Donald Coffman (wife, Denise); eight grandchildren, Kevin Simcox, Angela Rabey, Cameo Goode, Jazmin Silver, John Goodwin IV, Samantha Mascari, Keli Comacho, and Dylan Martin; 18 great grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren.
With social distancing observed and masks requested, a funeral service for Mildred will be held at 10:30 am on Saturday, January 30, 2021 at Triad Baptist Church with Dr. Rob Decker officiating. Graveside services will be held in Lakeland, Florida at Oak Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Red Cross at PO Box 37839, Boone, IA 50037, where Mildred was a faithful blood donor. Hayworth-Miller Kernersville Chapel is assisting the family. Online condolences may be made at


Peggy Knight McGee went to her heavenly eternal home on January 25, 2021, after a long battle with vascular dementia. Peggy was born January 28, 1937.
Peggy was a loving wife, a great mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She worked for Burlington Mills in Kernersville NC for 18 years before transferring to Gilbarco Industries in Greensboro NC, as a board technician, where she retired after working 30 years.
She loved family, especially watching her kids play sports, and watching them grown into their own families and spoiling all her grandchildren. She loved her flowers and going camping. She loved her family dearly. Left behind is her husband, of 68 years, Ronald F. McGee; three children, Judy Cockman (Joe), Randy McGee (Norma), Hope Greer (Jimmy); and grandchildren, Denise Masters (Mack), Dawn Hunley, Julie Lowery, Chris McGee (Carrie), Hillary Hill (Danny), Will Groce (Kimberly), and Anna Groce. She also leaves behind nineteen great grandchildren and seven great-great grandchildren.
Funeral Services celebrating her life will be held 2:00PM Thursday, January 28, 2021 at Welcome Door Baptist Church, 6741 Vance Road, Kernersville, NC, officiated by Pastor Brian Taylor and Pastor Clayton Reid. Interment will follow at Eastlawn Gardens of Memory, 530 Dobson Street, Kernersville, NC. The family will greet friends from 1:00PM to 2:00PM prior to the service at the church.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Welcome Door Baptist Church, in memory of Peggy Knight McGee.
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Belews Creek – Mr. Bradley Monroe Taylor, 36, passed away January 23, 2021. He was born May 3, 1984 to Charlie Monroe and Patricia Hash Taylor. Bradley was a member of Welcome Door Baptist Church. He could do anything he put his mind to. Bradley was a great artist and skateboarder. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents; Carl and Ethel Royal, his paternal grandparents; Otis and Arizona Taylor.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by his three children; Jaylynn, Bradley, Jr. and Charlie; the mother of his children, Maranda Taylor; two sisters, Julie Pardue (Wesley), Katie Padgett (Clint); four nieces, Hannah, Jillian, Isabella, Arizona; one maternal aunt and uncle, Mike and Susan Royal, and numerous paternal aunts, uncles, and cousins.
A service will be held 1:00 PM Saturday, January 30, 2021 at Welcome Door Baptist Church with Pastor Brian Taylor officiating. A visitation with social distancing observed and masks required, the family will receive friends from 11:00 AM – 12:45 PM at the church prior to the service. Memorials may be made to Welcome Door Baptist Church 6741 Vance Rd. Kernersville, NC 27284. Online condolences may be made to


Ross Durant Wall
February 24, 1938 – January 21, 2021
On Thursday, January 21, 2021, Ross Durant Wall, loving husband, father of three children and grandfather of eight grandchildren, passed away at the age of 82 at Forsyth Medical Center in Winston Salem.
Ross was born on February 24, 1938, in the Meadows community of Stokes County to the late Percy Gray Wall and Henrie Marshall Wall. He was the youngest of nine children. He attended Walnut Cove High School and then proudly served his country in the United States Navy for four years of active duty and four years in the reserve.
Ross graduated from Draughon Business College where he later taught Business classes and met his wife of 58 years, Patricia Ann Owens Wall. Ross and Pat were married December 1, 1962, at Providence Moravian Church. Together they raised two sons, Billy and Scotty, and a daughter, Angie.
Ross retired as General Manager of High Point Chevrolet in 2000. He also enjoyed providing consulting and tax services to family and friends for many years.
Ross enjoyed spending time with his family at his lake house at Badin Lake. He took pride in teaching everyone how to water ski and taking them on long rides on the pontoon boat. His big-gest enjoyment was attending events that involved his grandchildren, and he was proud of each one of them and all of their accomplishments. His warm and sometimes mischievous smile was endearing to everyone. He was “Papa” to his family and most friends. He dearly loved his two dogs, Bella and Sandy, who were always at his side, especially at a mealtime.
In addition to his parents, Ross is proceeded in death by his three brothers, James Wall, Gray Wall and Ken Wall, four sisters, Rebecca Wall Hedrick, Lillian Wall Greer, Myrtle Wall Stone and Sallie Wall Spainhour. He is survived by his wife, Pat Wall, son Billy (Chante’) Wall, daughter Angie (Rich) Walsh, son Scott (Amber) Wall, eight grandchildren, Austin (Sara) Wall, Rebecca Wall, Bryan Walsh, Alek Wall, Hunter Wall, Natalie Wall, Megan Walsh and Lauren Wall, a brother, Bud (Frances) Wall, sisters-in-law, Louberta Wall and Joy Wall, brother-in-law, Richard Stone and many very special nieces and nephews.
A celebration of life will be held at a later time to be announced.


Mary H. Taylor transitioned into the loving arms of her Savior, Jesus Christ on Sunday, January 24, 2021.
Mrs. Taylor was born August 2, 1926 to Cora and James S. Hale in Halifax County, NC. She was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers, and two sisters.
She is survived by her daughter, Becky Long and husband, Jimmy of Kernersville, NC; her grandson, Brandon Long and wife, Misty; and her great grandchildren, Luke and Haley all of Midway, NC. Her family brought her great joy and she loved every minute spent with them. Her favorite pastimes included all puzzle books and any time she could play a game of BINGO with her friends. She retired from Western Electric after 33 years of service. She was a faithful mem-ber of Union Grove Baptist Church in Oak Ridge, as long as her health permitted.
Mary was a loving, compassionate lady with a heart of gold and a beautiful smile. She was well loved by all who knew her.
Graveside Funeral Services celebrating her life will be held 11:00AM Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at Eastlawn Gardens of Memory with Brother Richard Lenderman officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Floor 17, Chicago, IL 60601 or to a charity of one’s choice.
The family would like to extend their gratitude to the staff of Countryside Manor in Stokesdale, NC. Mrs. Taylor lived there for several years and was given loving care and attention from her caregivers.
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Kernersville – Mrs. Cheryl “Cheri” Christina Caldwell Crotts, 73, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 21, 2021 at the Brian Center, Lincolnton, NC. She was born on March 11, 1947 in Lincolnton, NC.
She was preceded in death by her mother Vivian Hicks Smith and step-father Carl Linsie Smith of Fallston, NC. Left to cherish her memory are her loving husband, George Crotts; daughter, Christie Crotts Hollinger and son-in-law, Kurt Hollinger; daughter, Holly Crotts, one grandson, Michael Carl Azarian of Georgia; one half-brother, Alan Smith; and brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Jim and Brenda Crotts of Greensboro, NC.
With deep regrets from the family, there will not be a service at this time. Due to the dangers of COVID-19 and for the safety of all those who would like to participate, a memorial service for Cheryl will be held at a later date. Hayworth-Miller Kernersville Chapel is assisting the family during this time.