Obituaries

King

Ruth Anese King, 92, of Kernersville, NC passed away peacefully Saturday, April 30, 2022 at Countryside Manor, Stokesdale, NC.
A native of Forsyth County, Ruth was the daughter of Rufus J. King and Arra McGee King, both deceased. Ruth was a lifelong member of Cherry Street United Methodist Church, Kernersville, NC. She was retired from Western Electric (Nokia) with 25 years of service.
Survivors include her nephew, Larry King and wife, Pat; great nephew, Ryan King; three great-great nephews, Brady King, Brennan King, and Rylan King; and one great-great niece, Kyleigh King.
In addition to her parents, Ruth was preceded in death by her brother, Lawrence King and his wife, Jane; and numerous McGee family cousins.
Funeral services celebrating her life will be held 2:00PM Thursday, May 5, 2022 at the Pierce-Jefferson Funeral Services Kernersville Chapel with Rev. Drew Southern officiating. Interment will follow at Eastlawn Gardens of Memory. The family will greet friends from 1:00PM to 2:00PM Thursday prior to the service at the funeral home.
Friends and family may view and sign the guestbook at www.Pierce-JeffersonFuneralService.com

Nelson

Kernersville – Mr. James “David” Nelson, 85, passed away on Friday, April 29, 2022, at Kernersville Medical Center. He was born on December 13, 1936, in Forsyth County to James and Irene Nelson. David was a great man; always thinking of others before himself. He was always a chipper person and just wanted to help make everyone feel better. He enjoyed the outdoors, especially fishing. David loved the Lord and just loved his life. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, and great- great grandfather who will be deeply missed.
In addition to his parents, David was preceded in death by his son, Jackie Ray Nelson; two brothers, I.J. and Robert Nelson; and two sisters, Josie Goins and Becky Poole.
He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Maebell Nelson; seven children, Debbie Bonilla (husband, Jose), Ricky Nelson (wife, Teresa), Tony Nelson (wife, Traice), Teresa Kallam (husband, Gray), Glenn Nelson (wife, Ana), Curtiss Nelson (wife, Pam), and Joe David Bonilla; 23 grandchildren; 44 great grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren; four sisters, Mary, Martha, Sadie, and, Rachel; and many nieces and nephews.
A graveside service for David will be held at 3:00pm on Wednesday, May 4, 2022, at Pine Ridge Cemetery with Rev. Terrance Evans officiating. The family will receive friends from 1:00 pm until 2:30 pm at Hayworth-Miller Kernersville Chapel. Online condolences may be made at www.hayworth-miller.com.

Grose

Ann Hicks Grose passed away at her home in Lake Junaluska on Saturday, April 23. Her son Stanley was by her side at her moment of departure. Ann spent her last weeks at home being cared for by her sons James and Stanley, and by Haywood Hospice. There were times during her final weeks that she was in great pain, but now she is in her heavenly home with her beloved husband, J.C. and her dear daughter, Jennifer.
On Dec 17, 1936, Ann was born in High Point and was the daughter of Marville Thomas Hicks and Grace Bennett Hicks. After graduating from high school at High Point Central, she got degrees in music and Christian education from Greensboro College and a degree in education from The University of NC Greensboro. She also earned a Masters Degree in Education from UNC-Charlotte.
She was a full-time teacher in the NC public schools for 30 years in Gaston, Forsyth and Guilford Counties. She was a language arts teacher, but her great love was in staging dramatic productions through which she enriched the lives of countless students. After retirement, she moved to Lake Junaluska in 1997 where she did some teaching in Haywood County at Waynesville Middle and Pisgah High School. Starting in 2001, she became the church organist at Hazelwood Presbyterian Church. She loved serving the Lord through her work at Hazelwood Presbyterian. She kept this position until her death.
Ann is survived by her sons James (Xinia) and Stanley. She was preceded in death by her husband J.C., and her daughter Jennifer.
Her funeral will be held Saturday, April 30 at First United Methodist Church, Waynesville at 11am. Preceding the service, her family will greet friends from 10-11. She will have a graveside burial service on April 30 at 3pm at Main Street United Methodist Church in Kernersville. After the burial, her family will greet friends in the church fellowship area until 5pm. The services will be conducted by Bishop Charlene P. Kammerer and by Rev. James M. Armstrong, Jr.
Ann’s family wants to express their gratitude to the staff of Haywood Hospice and Palliative Care and to the members of Hazelwood Presbyterian Church for their kind outpouring of Christian love during this time. Ann was especially appreciative of Sam Smith who is the music director at Hazelwood Presbyterian Church for his encouragement and support.
The family requests in lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to Hazelwood Presbyterian Church, Haywood Hospice and Palliative Care, or the charity of your choice

Vitale

Wilda McDade Vitale passed away on April 25, 2022 at Hospice of the Carolina Foothills. She was mostly recently a resident of Laurelwoods Assisted Living in Columbus, NC. She was born on September 27, 1934 in Hillsborough, NC.
Wilda was a fiercely independent woman who overcame many obstacles and was never shy about speaking her mind. She lived in Chapel Hill, NC most of her life and retired from Chapel Hill/Carrboro City Schools in 1999. Wilda was a lifelong UNC Tarheel fan, gardener and mem-ber of her local Baptist church. She loved working in her plant beds and always had a yard filled with flowers. She also loved shopping, traveling and spending time with her dogs. In her early retirement years Wilda enjoyed taking bus tours around the country and always sitting in the front row, talking to the driver. Later in life she enjoyed reading as many books as possible and spending time with her grandchildren.
She is survived by her son Barry Vitale of Columbus, NC; his wife Angela; their children, Eliza-beth and Sarah; of the home. She was preceded in death by her parents, James McDade and An-nie Mills and her daughter Cheryl A. Vitale.
A private family service will be held at a later date in Chapel Hill, NC. In lieu of flowers dona-tions can be made to your local hospice or humane society. The family would like to thank the staff at Laurelwoods Assisted Living and Hospice of the Carolina Foothills for their care and support.
An online guest register is available at www.mcfarlandfuneralchapel.com
McFarland Funeral Chapel
Tryon, North Carolina

Maness

Donald Ray Maness, 58, passed away Monday, March 28, 2022, at his home. He was born July 6, 1963, in Newport News, Virginia to the late Toye Ann Maness and Roger Maness. Donald was employed as a welder at Johnson Controls and Deer Hitachi. One of Donald’s favorite hobbies was to ride his motorcycle.
Surviving are his three daughters, Brandie, Courtnie, and Lauren Maness; two granddaughters; two sisters Cynthia and Kathy; and two brothers Rodney and Robert.
Currently, there will be no formal services, but a celebration of life will be held at a later date. Hayworth-Miller Kernersville Chapel is assisting the family. Online condolences may be made at www.hayworth-miller.com.

Dostal

Jean Elledge Dostal, 78, of Kernersville, NC passed away peacefully Saturday, April 23, 2022.
A native of Taylorsville, NC, Jean was the wife of 55 years to Robert Alan “Bob” Dostal and the daughter of Gordon “Clay” Elledge and Ruth Watts Elledge, both deceased. She graduated from Wake Forest University in June of 1966 with a degree in History. Jean and Bob were married on June 18, 1966 in Taylorsville, NC. She was a school teacher in various locations and capacities, and later became the owner and officer at Metalcrete Industries. Jean served in Brecksville, OH as Chairman of Heartfelt Holiday and the President of the PTA. She was an active bridge player, participant in Ladies Night out Group and Art Mart. Jean was an avid follower of the Cleveland Orchestra, Cleveland Browns, and the Cleveland Indians. She served in Winston-Salem, NC as President of the Encore Society for the Winston-Salem Symphony and as a volunteer with the Winston-Salem Symphony. Jean loved to travel and some of her favorite spots to visit were London and Charleston, SC. She was active in gardening, especially with flowers inside and outside the house. Jean loved entertaining friends and family. She especially enjoyed decorating the house for Christmas!
Survivors include her husband, Bob of the home; daughter, Susan Dostal Rice and husband, Adam Michael Goldberg of Denver, CO; grandchildren, Austin Lanz Rice, Madison Marie Rice; and Caleb Abram Goldberg; sister, Nancy Elledge and husband, James Magill of Dallas, TX; and cousin, John Watts and wife, Susan Cook Watts of Taylorsville, NC, and their children, Jonathon Watts and wife, Lindsey Holland Watts, and Nita Watts Putnam and husband, Travis Putnam.
Funeral services celebrating her life will be held 3:00PM Wednesday, April 27, 2022 at the Pierce-Jefferson Funeral Services Kernersville Chapel. The family will receive friends from 2:00PM to 3:00PM Wednesday prior to the service at the funeral home. Interment will be at a later date in Brecksville Highland Drive Cemetery, Brecksville, OH.
Friends and family may view, and sign the guestbook at www.Pierce-JeffersonFuneralService.com
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Winston-Salem Symphony, 301 N. Main St., Winston-Salem, NC 27101 or to the Cleveland Orchestra, 11001 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44106.

Kepins

Joan Marion Kepins passed from this life on April 20, 2022, in Kernersville, NC. She was born on February 18, 1939, in Brooklyn, NY as the only child of John and Marion Pisano.
In 1966 she and her husband, Edward, moved from Bay Ridge, New York to Lake Ronkonkoma. There they raised their four children: Madelaine, John, Edmond, and Heather. Edward died in 1996.
Joan worked her way through several colleges getting her Associate’s, Bachelor’s, and finally her Master’s degree in Library Science. For many years, she worked at Sachem Public Library in Holbrook, NY. She loved cats and traveling to exotic locations.
Four children, seven grandchildren, and one great-grandchild survive her.
A celebration of life will be held from 6:00PM to 8:00PM Monday, April 25, 2022 at the Pierce-Jefferson Funeral Services Kernersville Chapel. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 2:00PM Tuesday, April 26, 2022 at Holy Cross Catholic Church, Kernersville, NC with Father Noah Carter officiating.
Memorial donations in Joan’s name may be made to the ASPCA or Alzheimer’s Association.
Friends and family may view, and sign the guestbook at www.Pierce-JeffersonFuneralService.com

Wilk

Michelle Elizabeth Wilk passed away Wednesday, April 13th, 2022, at Forsyth Medical Center. She was born November 4th, 1976, to Elwyn and Glenda White.
Michelle graduated from East Forsyth High School in 1995 and worked for Cornerstone Healthcare as a Medical Coder. Due to ongoing health issues, she retired in 2016.
Michelle enjoyed life and nothing could get in the way of her smile and having fun. After receiving a liver from a generous donor in 1997, she continued to live her life to the fullest by snow skiing, water skiing, hiking, camping and even went skydiving. She loved nature, being outdoors, and attending her niece and nephews’ musical concerts and sporting events. Michelle loved cheering on the Carolina Tarheels and Detroit Redwings with her family.
Surviving are her parents, Elwyn and Glenda White, husband, Tim Wilk, sisters, Angela Bates (Jim) and Leslie Seger (Chuck), niece, Lily Bates, and nephews, Nicholas Seger (Ava), Trace Seger, and Luke Bates.
A Celebration of Life Ceremony will be held at 6pm on Friday, April 22nd at Pisgah United Methodist Church; located at 2165 Pisgah Church Road, Kernersville, NC 27284. It will be officiated by Reverend Michele Brown Hill.
A wake will be held at 5pm on Saturday, April 23rd at The Brewers Kettle Kernersville, located at 308 E. Mountain Street, Kernersville, NC 27284.
Michelle was a strong advocate for organ donation. She was extremely thankful to the donor family 24 years ago when she received a liver. Please go to the NC Secretary of State’s website to register to be an organ and tissue donor.
Memorials can be made to Donate Life NC via their Online Memorial Page or mailed to P.O. Box 5536, Cary, NC 27512 (please use their donor form available on their website).
Online condolences may be made at www.hayworth-miller.com.

Jackson

Patricia Ruth Franke Jackson of Kernersville, NC transitioned into eternal rest and peace on Thursday, March 31, 2022 at Moses Cone Hospital from a long illness. She was born on June 3, 1953 as Patricia (Patty) R Franke, daughter of Elmer Frederick Franke and Joan Ann Franke in the county of Chester, PA. Patricia was a dedicated and very skillful administrator of which she earned at Berkeley College in White Plains, NY. Patricia went on to use those skills at Peat, Marwick, Mitchell in Stamford, CT., ISG Inc. Consultant (Randy Glendinning) in West Port, CT. and lastly, Volvo Logistics, NA, in Greensboro, NC where she was Executive Administrator to the CEO. Patricia retired to home life after Volvo Logistics.
Surviving to cherish her memory, a loving husband of 36 years Eugene H. Jackson Sr., her husband’s family of which I’ll name a few ( Steve & Regina Conway and family, Kim & Donna Conway and family, Janet Byrd & family, Veronica Anthony & family, Lazard Harrison & Terri and family, Earnest Harrison, Eugene H. Jackson Jr. and family, Jean Marie Jackson & family, Edward Jackson and family, Terrance & McCoy ), Numerous friends of which I’ll name some (Sherry & Baron Ogata and family of 40 years, Nancy Lo Nigro, Pat Hammond, Dean Meyer, Steve & Lisa carter, Paul Morrison, Brenda Johnson, Clem & Beverly Johnson, Peter & Barbra Shanahan of Maine).
There were numerous company people that Patty kept in touch with: Randy Glendinning of ISG Inc., and Stephen C. Mathis, CPA of Sills and Associates.
Patty and Gene previously resided in Bridgeport, CT. and relocated to North Carolina after retiring from IBM. Patty loved our home in Kernersville, NC.
A Celebration of Life will be held for Patricia (Patty) on Saturday, April 30, 2022 at 1:00pm live at the Pierce-Jefferson Funeral Home in Kernersville, NC and on their web via Tribucast live or at a later date. They are located at 213 West Mountain Street, Kernersville, NC 27284 and can be reached at 336-904-1053. The online presentation can be viewed at the funeral home website www.Pierce-JeffersonFuneralService.com Patricia’s name will appear on the screen on April 30,2022. Click on TribuCast on the screen.
You were a joy to know and love Patty, you were my friend and companion. And we will always remember your laughter and bubbly personality. Until we meet again…

Williams

Kernersville – Mr. Perry Eugene Williams, 53, passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 14, 2022, at Forsyth Medical Center. He was born on August 1, 1968, in Guilford County. Perry was very hardworking. He was a Commercial Plans Examiner with the City of Winston-Salem, retir-ing in August 2021. Perry was always the coworker that people asked questions and advice from. His kids even threw him a “Legend” themed retirement party. Perry loved sports and was a huge Washington Redskins fan. He was a craftsman and loved to build things, especially furniture for his family. Family was very important to him. While Perry loved being a dad, “Paw-Paw” was the title that he most cherished. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend who will be so missed by those who knew and loved him.
Perry was preceded in death by his daughter, Laura Renee Williams.
Left to cherish his memory are his high school sweetheart and wife of 37 years, Carole Williams; three children, Perry “P.J.” Eugene Williams, Jr., Courtney Holderfield (husband, Todd), and Rebecca Morton (husband, Danny); and two grandchildren, Marleigh and Presleigh Holderfield.
A funeral service for Perry will be held at 2:00 pm on Tuesday, April 18, 2022, at Hayworth-Miller Kernersville Chapel with Bucky Frye officiating. Burial will follow at Eastlawn Gardens of Memory. The family will receive friends from 7:00 pm until 9:00 pm on Monday at the funeral home. In addition to flowers, the family kindly asks for friends to bring cereal boxes for Perry’s granddaughters, as they are trying to collect 1000 boxes for the homeless. Online condolences may be made at www.hayworth-miller.com.