Obituaries

Holder

Samuel S. “Sam” Holder, 82, of Kernersville, NC passed away peacefully Thursday, July 15, 2021.
A native of Statesville, NC, Sam was the husband of 64 years to Rachel Ann Swearingen Holder and the son of the late Edgar Lee Holder and Hattie Mae Brown Holder.
Survivors include his son, Mark Holder and wife, Michelle of Kernersville, NC; grandchildren, Matthew Holder, William Holder, and Christopher Holder; daughter-in-law, Pam Holder; sister, Brenda Gardner; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his wife and parents, Sam was preceded in death by his son, Micheal Holder; brother, Harvey Holder; and sisters, Lokell Harris, Violet Thompson, and Thalia Shoemaker.
Funeral services celebrating his life will be held 11:00 a.m. Monday, July 19, 2021 at Kerwin Baptist Church with Rev. Daniel M. Hawtree, Jr. officiating. Interment will follow at Eastlawn Gardens of Memory. The family will greet friends from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sunday, July 18, 2021 at the Pierce-Jefferson Funeral Services Kernersville Chapel.
Friends and family may view and sign the guestbook at www.pierce-jeffersonfuneralservice.com
Memorial contributions may be made to Well Care Hospice, 5380 US-158, Suite 210, Advance, NC 27006.
The family would like to express a special thank you to the staff of Well Care Hospice for their compassion during this difficult time and making it possible for Sam to be at home with his family.

Lemons

Tommy Lemons died peacefully at his home in Kernersville on July 7, 2021. He lived in Winston-Salem and Kernersville except for his time in the US Air Force. Tommy met and married Faye in Orlando, Fl. on March 6, 1965. They had two children Laurie Getter (Rodger) and Jeffrey. He graduated from Gray High School, received his Bachelors Degree at Guilford College in Greensboro and completed traffic school at Northwestern University. Tommy joined the Winston-Salem Police Department in October 1967 where he worked as a police office and detective before transferring to the IT department. Tommy was an avid NASCAR fan and after retirement he and Faye enjoyed NASCAR races and traveling. They were actively involved in the lives of their grandchildren; Van Getter (Laurin), Linzy Shaffer (Chase), and Cade Lemons, and great grandchildren; Emma Shaffer, Ryan Getter and Lilah Shaffer. His parents Marshall and Virginia Lemons and sister Janet Nelson preceded Tommy in death. Tommy was a husband, father, and grandfather. He was loved and will be missed by his family and friends. A graveside service will be held July 22, 2021 at 2 p.m. at Parklawn Memorial Gardens with Pastor Kevitt Hicks Officiating at 2730 Peters Creek Parkway, Winston-Salem. Hayworth-Miller Kernersville Chapel is assisting the family.

Overman

Ransom Lee “Bill” Overman, a longtime resident of Kernersville, passed away at home in the early morning hours of July 12, 2021 surrounded by family and friends with love and compassion at the age of 89.
Bill was a veteran of the United States Air Force and United States Navy Reserves during the Korean War, and an employee of Nello Teer Construction Company, working as a truck driver for over 40 years, eventually retiring from Pilot Freight Carriers after being transferred to Kernersville in 1968. He hauled in the first piece of heavy machinery used to build Disney World among many other items and miles over the years.
Bill treasured his family and even left school at a young age to take care of his family and has been doing so since then. Bill was always known to have room for dessert and would sometimes even lick the plate of his coconut cake made by Miss Debbie.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Leesom Overman and Rillie McLamb Overman; wife of 53 years, Barbara Helen Andrews Overman; siblings, Ottis George, Claude Overmam; and children Barbara Gail and Baby Boy Overman.
He is survived by his children, Rhonda Lynn Overman, Karon Rae Overman, and Rodney Lee Overman and his wife, Laurie Medlin Overman; his sister, Noma King; brothers Frank Overman and wife, Barbara and Mack Overman and wife, Jo; and grandchildren, Robert Brenden Hernandez and wife, Kimberly Ward Hernandez, Kynlee Hernandez Sisson and husband, Matthew Lewis Sisson, Rebecca Leigh Overman and Rodney Lee Overman Jr.
The family will receive friends on July 13, 2021 from 6-7 pm at Hayworth-Miller Funeral Home in Kernersville with funeral service to follow at 7:00 pm. A graveside service will be conducted at 11:00 am on Wednesday July 14, 2021 at Woodlawn Memorial Park in Durham, NC. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Trellis Supportive Care, 101 Hospice Lane, Winston-Salem, NC 27103. The Overman family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff of Wake Forest Baptist Health Geriatric Medicine and to the staff of Trellis Supportive Care. Online condolences may be made at www.hayworth-miller.com.

Bowman

Rachel Harrison Bowman, 94, of Kernersville, NC, closed her eyes and went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, Wednesday, July 7, 2021, where her husband was waiting for her with open arms.
She was born July 19, 1926, in Forsyth County to the late Vernon Clark Harrison and Ethel (Da-vis) Harrison. She was married to William Elbert “Boe” Bowman for 52 years before his passing in 1995. Rachel was a life-time member of Kernersville Wesleyan Church.
Rachel enjoyed Western movies, especially Cowboys, and loved cooking and tending to her flowers. She was a fan of Tom Selleck, and she loved caring for her grandkids.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her loving husband, and her brother J.V. Harrison, and a son-in-law Stanton Robertson.
Left to cherish her memory are her children, Ronald E. Bowman, Mary B. Robertson, and David “Mike” Bowman (Saundra); grandchildren, Tanya Rintoul (Jeff), Bradley Bowman (Tammy), David Bowman (Danielle), Rachelle Whitaker, and Karen Gibbons; 10 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Monday, July 12th at 11:00AM at Kernersville Wesleyan Church, 930 N. Main Street, Kernersville, NC 27284 with Pastor Don Martin officiating. Visitation will be from 10:00AM to 11:00AM at the church prior to the service. Burial will follow in Eastlawn Gardens of Memory in Kernersville.
Donations may be made to Oasis Senior Adult Ministry, 930 N. Main Street, Kernersville, NC 27284.
Condolences may be shared with family at www.pierce-jeffersonfuneralservice.com

Barham

Mary Lou Barham, 90 of Kernersville, NC, passed of natural causes July 3rd, 2021.
Mary Lou was born in Cleveland, Ohio May 1st, 1931. Mary Lou grew up in Montrose, California where her brother introduced her to a young sailor, Harold Barham, of Wendell, NC. Harold and Mary Lou were married over 40 years and had two children, Diana Lentz, of Kernersville and Daryll Barham of Lakeside, CA.
God knew it was time for Mary Lou to be free from pain, waiting to greet her were her husband Harold, parents Antonio and Mildred Scarpaci, two brothers Johnny and Gordon and grandson Dana.
Grandchildren were Mary Lou’s greatest joy Rodger Lentz, Marci Slagle, Jennifer Kelly plus 7 amazing great grandchildren.
Mary Lou was an accomplished and creative artist in several mediums including; pottery, weaving, woodworking, artistic clothing, rug hooking, flower arranging, and especially quilt making, she even built a surfboard with her son. Mary Lou was recognized for many of her accomplishments. Of course, when it came to cooking, gardening, and entertaining she was a master.
As a young mother Mary Lou and her lifetime friends were very involved in PTA where mom was President. Mary Lou and the gang were instrumental in leading parents to create well attended fund-raising events that built a playground, Library, and other necessary items for schools.
One day in the early 60’s her dear friend Bernice Johnson of Spring Valley, CA and mom decided to take a trip to Burbank to a new show called “The Price is Right” with host Monte Hall. Low and behold both were chosen as contestants on the show and both won prizes! The dining set mom won is still in use today by her granddaughter.
In the 60’s Mary Lou and Bernice formed their own all women Painting Co. in San Diego. Just the two of them and a silent partner for the books. They did the work themselves, cleaning, painting, and even plumbing!
Mary Lou loved sports especially the San Diego Padres, and NASCAR. After moving to Kernersville in 1993 NASCAR was what she really enjoyed. Her favorite driver was “Jimmy Johnson”, if he was out of the race she was done.
In 1976 Bicentennial, quilting had a revival so mother (always learning) took a class and was hooked! Mother started working at the Country Loft in La Mesa, CA where she began her love of teaching others to quilt. She was a Founding Member of “Sunshine Quilters of El Cajon, CA” in 1979.
After moving to Kernersville in 1993 she met Terri La Rue, Terri opened Quilting Peace by Piece. Mary Lou continued her love of teaching at Terri’s shop and continued working. Mary Lou was also a founding member of “Heart of the Triad Quilt Guild”.
Mary Lou attended the First Presbyterian Church and loved making the chocolate Easter eggs for various charities.
Mary Lou loved family activities and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a good cook carrying on the tradition of making crave worthy Apple Pie she learned from her mother.
Mary Lou had a very full life, always enjoying learning, creating and making friends where ever she traveled.
Thank you to Hospice caring guideline, also for mother’s comfort care during her final days. Your support and words of encouragement made a difference. Thank you to the caring staff at Kerner Ridge.
A Celebration of Life Ceremony will be held Saturday, July 10th at 11:00AM in the Chapel of Pierce-Jefferson Funeral Service, 213 West Mountain Street, Kernersville, NC 27284 with a Memorial Reception following in the Jefferson House after the service. She will join her husband in Salisbury National Cemetery at a later date.
Condolences may be shared with family at www.pierce-jeffersonfuneralservice.com

Hoots

Mrs. Sandra Ingram Hoots, 65, passed away Monday, June 21, 2021 at Forsyth Medical Center. She was born in Forsyth County to the late Frank Ray and Annie Myrtle Fulton Ingram. Mrs. Hoots graduated from High Point University in 1996, Summa Cum Laude, Jr. Marshall, Who’s Who, and Alpha Chi. She retired from Sara Lee/Leggs with several years of service. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church and a former member of Goodwill Baptist Church. Surviving is her husband, Mark Hoots; son, Matthew Hoots; brother, Gerald F. Ingram (Kathie) of Statesville and a nephew, Brad Ingram of Columbia, SC. A celebration of life will be held at 3:00 PM Saturday, July 10, 2021 at Calvary Baptist Church with Rev. Al Fausch and Rev. Francis Smith officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to On Wings Like A Dove, PO Box 557 Clemmons, NC 27012 or to Solus Christus, PO Box 416 East Bend, NC 27018. Hayworth-Miller Lewisville Chapel is serving the Hoots family.

Rydberg

Kernersville – Arvid Leroy Rydberg, 85, passed away Saturday, July 3, 2021, at River Landing at Sandy Ridge. Arvid was born on August 25, 1935, in Washburn County, Wisconsin to the late Edwin and Magdah Olivia Erickson Rydberg. He served in the U.S. Air Force, serving as a master sergeant, and eventually retiring after 22 years of service. Arvid loved nature and was an avid outdoorsman; being able to stalk the woods to hunt and cast a fishing reel in still waters are things he really enjoyed. He really loved cheering on his favorite college basketball team, the North Carolina Tar Heels. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather who will greatly be missed. In addition to his parents, Arvid was preceded in death by two sisters, Loretta Washkoon and Loraine Stouffer. Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife, Betty Pegg Rydberg; three children, Ashley “Nikki” Stacherski (Jason), Brett Saint Arnaud, and Robin Saint Arnaud; eight grandchildren, Abbi, Lorna, Reese, Ashton, Landin, Harper, Sophie, and Carter; a sister, Helen Boortz; two sisters-in-laws, Mary Wilson and Alice Schroeder; and many special nieces and nephews that he loved dearly. A memorial service will be held 6:00 PM Thursday, July 8, 2021 at Hayworth-Miller Kernersville Chapel with Rev. Francis Smith officiating. Visitation immediately following the service. Online condolences may be made at www.hayworth-miller.com.

Wilson

Patricia Wester Wilson, 60, of Greensboro, went home to be with her Lord on June 25, 2021, at Hospice of High Point. Patti was born April 16, 1961, in Guilford County to the late Thurman Wester and Rheta Stephens Wester. She was a member at Westover Church in Greensboro for many years. Patti had a strong faith and loved the Lord with her whole heart and soul. Patti worked for Guilford County Schools for 38 years as a teacher assistant and front office secretary. She loved working with children and touched the lives of many during her years with the school system. Surviving are her husband, Dean Wilson, of Greensboro, her sister, Mary Wester, of Kernersville and her best friend, Wanda Dezern of Archdale. A Celebration of Patti’s life will be held on Wednesday, June 30, 2021, at 2:00 PM at Westover Church in Greensboro lead by Pastor Michael Carter. The family will receive friends before the service from 1-2:00PM in the Westover Church Atrium. Burial will be at Union Grove Baptist Church in Oak Ridge, NC. In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to Samaritan’s Purse, Boone, NC or Westover Church Missions Fund, 505 Muirs Chapel Rd., Greensboro, NC 27410. Hayworth-Miller Kernersville Chapel is assisting the family.

Holder

Rachel Ann Swearingen Holder, 82, of Kernersville, NC passed away peacefully Monday, June 21, 2021.
A native of Statesville, NC, Rachel was the wife of 64 years to Samuel S. “Sam” Holder and the daughter of the late Wiley Thomas Swearingen and Earlene Messick Moss.
Survivors include her husband, Sam of the home; son, Mark Holder and wife, Michelle of Kernersville, NC; grandchildren, Matthew Holder, William Holder, and Christopher Holder; and daughter-in-law, Pam Holder.
In addition to her parents, Rachel was preceded in death by her son, Micheal Holder; sister, Mary Elizabeth Swearingen; step-father, Robert C. Moss; and half sister, Diane Romero.
Funeral services celebrating her life will be held 12:00 p.m. Friday June 25, 2021 at Kerwin Baptist Church with Rev. Daniel M. Hawtree, Jr. officiating. Interment will follow at Eastlawn Gardens of Memory. The family will greet friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, June 24, 2021 at the Pierce-Jefferson Funeral Services Kernersville Chapel.
Friends and family may view and sign the guestbook at www.pierce-jeffersonfuneralservice.com
Memorial contributions may be made to Well Care Hospice, 5380 US-158, Suite 210, Advance, NC 27006.
The family would like to express a special thank you to the staff of Well Care Hospice for their compassion during this difficult time and making it possible for Rachel to be at home with her husband and family.

Bickley

The funeral of Dr. Sam Bickley will be held this Saturday, June 26, at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in High Point, 108 W. Farriss Ave. A reception will be held in the fellowship hall following the service. Dr. Bickley practiced as a family doctor in Kernersville for many years. His wife, Sarah Vance Bickley, grew up in Kernersville, one of four children of Beatrice Warner Vance and Sam F. Vance II. The family attended Kernersville Moravian Church.