Obituaries

Thompson

HIGH POINT – Gayle Tucker Thompson, 80, passed away Friday, September 24, 2021 at Brookdale North Senior Living of High Point. Gayle was born on August 1, 1941 in Stanley County to Curtis and Addie Almond Tucker. She was always happiest spending time with her family, working in the garden, fishing, collecting shells at the beach and babysitting for her grandchildren and granddogs.
In addition to her parents, Gayle was preceded in death by her husband, Tommy Thompson.
Surviving are her two sons, Chris Thompson (Jennifer), and Jeff Thompson (Tiffany); five grandchildren, Raylin, Carson, Kailey, Kaia, and Chloe; one sister, Lovene Scott; and many special nieces and nephews.
With masks and social distancing observed, a funeral service will be held at 4:00 p.m. Sunday, September 26, 2021 at Hayworth-Miller Kernersville Chapel with Layperson Tim Thompson officiating. The family will receive friends following the service at the funeral home from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Sunday. Burial will be held on Monday, September 27, at 11:00 a.m. at Stony Hill United Methodist Church in Albemarle.
Online condolences may be made to www.hayworth-miller.com

Williard

Joseph Wiley Williard
2/24/1927 – 9/22/2021
Joseph Wiley Williard, a sixty-year resident of Kernersville, passed away September 22, 2021, at Novant Health Kernersville Medical Center. He was born February 24, 1927, in Kernersville, North Carolina to Daniel Ernest and Minnie Smith Williard. Mr. Williard was a graduate of Kernersville High School and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Class of 1951). After college, he moved to Bartow, Florida and worked as a chemist. He married Sara Young Newsom on May 25, 1951, and after several years there, moved to Florence, Alabama. He worked for the Tennessee Valley Authority as a research chemist for forty years. His work on fertilizer development was published in over fifteen papers and technical reports. While in Florence, he was also a home builder and contractor.
Upon retirement, Mr. Williard returned to Kernersville where he was a lifetime member of the Kernersville Moravian Church. He loved to travel and had been to many places domestically and worldwide. He enjoyed working with his hands and was an avid woodworker, building many pieces of furniture and other items. He had an optimistic outlook and had many close friends and could be found most days with Richard Hedgcock and Corby Eisbacher at the framing studio in downtown Kernersville.
Mr. Williard was preceded in death by his wife Sara Young Williard, son Thomas Ellyson Williard, his grandsons Timothy Williard and Troy Williard, his parents, and his brother George Donald Williard and wife Mary Lillian, brother Daniel Smith Williard and wife Evelyn Hewitt Williard, and sister Evelyn Williard Stafford and husband Harold Wade Stafford.
He is survived by his son John Newsom Williard and wife Carla, grandchildren Tiffany Rose Ibarra, Joseph Hunter Williard and wife Alyssa Joy Williard, and Daniel Brooks Williard, all of The Woodlands, Texas, and Thomas Wiley Williard of Sparks, Nevada. There are also three great-grandchildren, Sebastian, Charlotte, and Ella Rose. He is also survived by nieces and nephews and their families.
Mr. Williard was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. He will be missed and remembered by family and friends as well as his church family.
A graveside service will be held at 11:00 am on Tuesday, October 12, 2021, at the Kernersville Moravian Church.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Joseph Wiley Williard Memorial Fund at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Link for donation: https://fundraising.stjude.org/site/TR/GiftFunds/GiftFunds?px=7222991&pg=personal&fr_id=39300

Chalfant

Gaylord Fred Chalfant, 75, of Kernersville, entered his heavenly home on Tuesday, September 21, 2021 at Forsyth Medical Center.
Born, February 21, 1946, in Middlebury, Vermont, he was the son of the late Fred Maurice Chalfant and the late Junette Evelyn Oberg Chalfant. Gaylord served our country honorably in the United States Army. He was retired from Delta Airlines after many faithful years of service. He married the love of his life Kathy Marshall on May 30, 1981. Gaylord was a true family man, and loved his family passionately. He will be missed dearly by all of his friends and family.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 40 years, Kathy Marshall Chalfant of the home; son, Jonathan Chalfant (Tania) of Walkertown; daughter Ashley Chalfant (Christine Graham) of Thomasville; grandchildren, Bradford Chalfant of Walkertown, Madelline McEathron of Canastota, New York, Ronald McEathron of Canastota, New York, Caitlyn Graham of Thomasville, Matthew Graham of Thomasville; sister, Sandee Blanchard of Oneida, New York; and grand dog Jolene Chalfant.
In addition to his parents, Gaylord was preceded in death by his beloved grand dog Gunner.
A celebration of life service will be held at 3:00 PM on Sunday, September 26, 2021 at Sedge Garden United Methodist Church with the Rev. Justin Lowe officiating. Inurnment will follow immediately in the church columbarium. The family will receive friends following the services at the home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in Gaylord’s memory may be made to the Central Spay and Neuter Clinic in Kernersville, 2780 West Mountain Street, Kernersville, NC, 27284, Disabled Veterans Regional Office, 251 North Main Street, Room 151, Winston-Salem, NC, 27101, or the Triad Ladies Civitan Club of Kernersville.

Carter

Mary Atkins Carter, 65, of Kernersville, NC, went home to be with the Lord Monday, September 13, 2021.
A native of Kernersville, NC, Mary was the wife of Wayne Carter and the daughter of Herbert Hastings Atkins, Sr. and Carolyn Marine Atkins, both deceased. She was Mom, Mamaw, Mary, Libby, Aunt Libby, Aunt Mar, Aunt Mary. She had a special heart, never met a stranger, lived to help others, and constantly put everyone before herself. She was a caretaker, counselor, record keeper, memory keeper, general go-to for anything family related. She enjoyed spending time and playing with her grandchildren, hanging out on the beach with her feet in the water, being with her brothers and sisters, and spending time with her many friends. She truly lived life to the fullest the last 44 years with the love of her life Wayne.
Survivors include her husband, Wayne Carter of the home; son, Joshua Carter and April of Wall-burg, NC; grandchildren, Sophie and Brodie Carter; siblings, Gwen Atkins Lord of Longs, SC, Herbert Hastings Atkins, Jr. and wife, Carol of Kernersville, Cindy Atkins Rehmar and husband, Steve of Roan Mountain, TN, and Robbie Atkins and wife Denise of Kernersville; and a host of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, extended family and friends.
In addition to her parents, Mary was preceded in death by her niece, Katie Atkins.
Friends and family may view, and sign the guest book at www.Pierce-JeffersonFuneralService.com
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Siegel Rare Neuroimmune Associ-ation (SRNA) https://wearesrna.org/donate .

Idol

Colfax – Mr. Homer “Burch” Idol, 97, passed away peacefully after a life well lived on Saturday, September 18, 2021 at Forsyth Medical Center. Burch was born on August 19, 1924, the first son of the late Homer E. and Ethel Stafford Idol. Burch proudly served in WWII in the 8th Army Air Corps, 398th Bomber Group. Burch retired as Postmaster of Colfax, NC after many years of faithful service.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife of 62 years, Aileen McGee Idol; children, John Michael Idol and Becky Idol Collins; two brothers, Wilbur and Weldon Idol; and his sister, Bernice Idol Smith.
Survivors include his son, Richard Burch Idol (wife, Cathy); two granddaughters, Ashley Idol Diebenow (husband, Steve) and Katie Collins Thomson (husband, Jon); and five great grandchildren.
A memorial service for Burch will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, October 2, 2021 at Hayworth-Miller Kernersville Chapel with Rev. John Pruitt officiating. There will be a private family inurnment at Shady Grove Wesleyan Church Cemetery.
Online condolences may be made at www.hayworth-miller.com.

Merritt

Asheboro- Mr. Tony Randall “Randy” Merritt, 50, passed away on Friday, September 17, 2021 at Kernersville Medical Center. He was born on March 3, 1971 in Forsyth County to Tony Francis and Linda King Merritt. He was a hard working man who enjoyed working outdoors with his tools and on his farm equipment, and with his hands. Randy loved cats and would feed any cat in the neighborhood. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Randy was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his fiancée of 11 years, Billie DeNoyelles; three stepchildren, Michelle Perry (Logan), Melissia, and Michael; three step grandchildren, Ian, Ava, and Jaxson; his sister, Candy Monita (Ricardo); and numerous nieces and nephews.
There will be no formal services at this time. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to ASPCA at https://www.aspca.org. Hayworth-Miller Kernersville Chapel is assisting the family. Online condolences may be made at www.hayworth-miller.com.

Wallace

Kernersville – Mr. James Wallace, 87, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, September 15, 2021 at his residence. He was born in Yancey County to Arcemus and Addie Laws Wallace. James was a Nationally Certified welder by profession and even worked on the USS Enterprise as a reactor and catapult pipe welder. He was an auto mechanic for fun. He built cars and helped teach the neighborhood boys to be respectful men. James loved NASCAR and was a former drag racer. He was a deacon at Congregational Christian Church for many years and also helped the shut in church members with anything they needed fixed. He was a dedicated Christian man and loved the Lord. James was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather (“Papa”) who will be so missed by all who knew and loved him.
In addition to his parents, James was preceded in death by two brothers, Billy Ledford and Arcemus Wallace, Jr. He is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Loretta Freeman Wallace; his three children, Rainy Browning (Dan), Darlene Tuttle (Wayne), and James Franklin Wallace; two grandchildren, Brooke Story (Tim) and Brand Browning; five great grandchildren, Brayden, Isabelle, Emilee, and Abigale Story, and Wyland Browning; one sister, Joy Higgins (Hoover); one brother, Douglas Ledford (Roz); and many loving nieces and nephews.
A graveside service for James will be held at 2:00 pm on Monday, September 20, 2021 at Gardens of Memory in Walkertown with Rev. GE Freeman officiating. There will be no formal visitation, but friends may come and sign the register book for Mr. Wallace at the funeral home Saturday, September 18, 2021 or Sunday, September 19, 2021 at Hayworth-Miller Kernersville Chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in James’ name to St. Jude Children’s Hospital at 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or to a Hospice organization of the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be made at www.hayworth-miller.com.

McCombs

Charles Ingram McCombs, 74, of Kernersville, entered into his heavenly home, Wednesday, September 15, 2021, at Kernersville Medical Center.
Born, August 20, 1947, in Crestview, Florida, he was the son of the late Clarence Medford and the late Mary Lee Weekly. He was a retired truck driver. Charles honorably served our country in the United States Army during the Vietnam conflict. He was a member of the 70th Engineering Battalion, and was injured on hill 875 in the battle of Dak To. As a result, Charles was awarded the purple heart, presidential citation, and two meritorious citations. Charles was a family man, and devoted his life to his family. He will be greatly missed.
In addition to his parents, Charles was preceded in death by his son, Jerry Romano; daughter, Kimberly McCombs; and granddaughter, Brittany Reid.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Mina McCombs of the home; children, Wendy McCombs, Tonya McCombs, Charlie Romano, Keith Romano, Angel Morgan, and Madlin Escobar; grandchildren, Jay, Cheryl, Cayleigh, Remi, Ryleigh, Skylar, and Jared; great-grandchildren, Aria and Austin; and a host of extended family members and friends.
A celebration of Charles’s life will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in Charles’s memory may be directed to the family, 9015 Ambridge Lane, Kernersville, NC, 27284.
Pierce-Jefferson Funeral Service- Kernersville Chapel is serving the McCombs family.

Marshall

HIGH POINT – Barney Glenn “B.G.” Marshall, Jr., passed away peacefully at Moses Cone Hospital on September 10, 2021, his 66th birthday. B.G. was born on September 10, 1955 in Guilford County to the late Barney, Sr. and Mary Burchett Marshall. B.G. was a graduate of Northwest Guilford High School. He was one of the most loved and respected members of the Colfax community and was always willing to help others do anything. He and his father-in-law, Edward Williard, ran a dairy farm and did other farming for many years. B.G. never met a tractor he did not love (and fix). He had a soft spot in his heart for animals. He farmed all over this western part of Guilford County for many people and is a hero to many younger and older folks. Surviving are his wife, Frances “Fran” Williard Marshall; his sister-in-law, Joan Williard Behrens (Philip); his uncle and aunt, Thomas Fred Burchett and Saxon; his aunt, Doris Boyce of Naples, FL; his uncle and aunt, Terry Marshall and Linda; cousins, Mary Johnson (Dennis) of Naples, FL, Lisa McLaughlin (Doug) of Greensboro, Wendy Basil (Anthony) of Colfax, and Gina Tucker (Scott) of Colfax; Ted Burchett of Greensboro, Fred Burchett, Jr. (Denise) of Cary; R.D. Marshall (Kempy) of Colfax; Craig Marshall (Heidi) of Oak Ridge, and Owen Marshall (Hayley) of Kernersville; niece, Margot Behrens; nephew, Arto Behrens; many special great nieces and nephews; and his dedicated farm assistant, Johnna Osborne, who shared his love for farming and worked with him on the farm for many years. A graveside celebration of life service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, September 15, 2021 at Shady Grove Wesleyan Church Cemetery in Colfax with Rev. Phil Kirkman officiating. There will be no formal visitation, but friends may come and pay respects to B.G. from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, Sept 14, at Hayworth-Miller Kernersville Chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Shady Grove Wesleyan Church Cemetery Fund, 119 Bunker Hill Road, Colfax, NC 27235. Friends and family can view and sign the guest book at www.hayworth-miller.com.

Stanyard

Julie Lyn Walker Stanyard 57, of Kernersville, entered into eternal rest on Monday, September 13, 2021, at Novant Forsyth Medical Center.
Born, July 9, 1964, in Forsyth County, Julie was the daughter of Tony Walker and the late Peggy Leonard Walker. She was a devoted wife and mother, and loved her family passionately. Julie was a faithful member of Union Grove Baptist Church. She enjoyed her work as a dispatcher for the campus police at Guilford Technical Community College.
In addition to her mother, Julie was preceded in death by her brother, Tim Walker.
Left to cherish her memory are her husband, Jon Stanyard of the home; son and daughter-in-law Jordan and Dayna Walker of Kernersville; daughter, Kyra Stanyard of Erie, PA; granddaughter, Amelia Walker of Kernersville; father, Tony Walker of Kernersville; sister, Karianne (Kack) Walker of Kernersville; father and mother-in-law, Herb and Helen Stanyard of Columbus OH; and a host of dear friends and extended family.
A visitation will be held from 5:00 – 7:00 PM on Monday, September 20, 2021 at Union Grove Baptist Church. A Celebration of Julie’s life will be held at 2:00 PM on Tuesday, September 21, 2021, at Union Grove Baptist Church with Rev. Steve Roberson officiating. Live-stream will be available at the following sites: www.ugbcoakridge.org, Facebook @ugbcoakridge and YouTube Union Grove Baptist Church Oak Ridge NC.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in Julie’s memory may be directed to the local animal charity of your choice.
Pierce-Jefferson Funeral Service- Kernersville Chapel is serving the Stanyard family during this time.