Obituaries

Lunsford

Winston-Salem – Ms. Clementine Vernon Lunsford, 77, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 11, 2020 at Kate B. Reynolds Hospice House. Her passing reminds us that angels are watching over us. Clementine’s friends and family are comforted knowing that she has rejoined her heavenly family and gained her wings. She was born on March 26, 1943 in Rockingham County to Jessie Oliver and Sarah Jane Tilley Vernon. Clementine was a member of Harvest Baptist Church in Winston-Salem. Clementine was a compassionate spirit whose passion was caring for others, especially her family. She enjoyed drawing, singing, and writing poetry and sharing those gifts with others. She loved her family and was a loving mother, grandmother, sister, and friend who will be missed by all who knew her.
In addition to her parents, Clementine was preceded in death by her brother, Glenn Vernon. She is survived by two children, Jesse Lunsford and Angela Jumper; two grandchildren, Krystal Jumper and Kyle Carlan; three brothers, James Vernon, Alden Vernon (Jean), Tony Vernon; one sister Mary Louise Hester; and three special nieces.
The family would like to express their heartfelt gratitude to the staff at Kate B. Reynolds Hospice House for their care and support during this difficult time.
With social distancing observed and masks required, a graveside service for Clementine will be held at 2:00 pm on Monday, November 16, 2020 at Mount Gur Cemetery in Kernersville. Hayworth-Miller Kernersville Chapel is assisting the family. Online condolences may be made at www.hayworth-miller.com.

Smith

Oak Ridge – Mrs. Betty Sue Tilley Smith, 84, passed away peacefully on Thursday, November 12, 2020 at her home. She was born on September 28, 1936 in Guilford County to the late William Valner Tilley and Mattie Geneva Tilley.
Betty was a housewife and mother who touched so many people with her loving and caring personality.
In addition to her parents, Betty was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Argie Clinton Smith and two brothers, Francis Tilley and Wayne Tilley.
Surviving is one daughter, Karen Smith, of the home; three brothers, Donald Tilley (Edna), David Tilley (Mary Ann), Gary Tilley (Barbara); and lots of nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank Hospice and all of Betty’s friends and family (especially her brothers for their support) as well as a special friend, Linda Watson.
A private family funeral service for Betty will be held. Due to limitations for public gatherings at this time, there will be no formal visitation. Friends are welcome to come, without the family present, to sign the register and view Mrs. Smith from 2:00 pm until 4:00 pm Monday, November 16, 2020 at Hayworth-Miller Kernersville Chapel. Online condolences may be made at www.hayworth-miller.com.

Reel

Goldis Staron Starling Reel passed away on Saturday, November 7, 2020 after a very brief illness, surrounded by her children. Born on March 21, 1942 to Janie Gold and Robert Belvin Starling, Goldis and her brother Leo were raised in Greenville, North Carolina. In 1960 she met her husband, John Calvin Reel, Jr., and her life was forever changed. Goldis and John were married in 1962 and welcomed three children over the next ten years. Life took them to Michigan and Virginia before finally settling back in North Carolina.
Goldis was full of adventure from her earliest days and this bold spirit continued throughout her life. She was a licensed realtor, a certified postmaster, and a certified teacher. Goldis had a deep passion for helping others, impacting so many lives during her 30+ years as an educator. Her classrooms were full of laughter and energy as Goldis nurtured curiosity in every child that crossed her doorway. She loved every child as her own and had a special way of making each person feel like they were her favorite.
Family was everything to Goldis. She had a deep passion for genealogy and maintained a treasure of family artifacts that have been collected over 150 years. Goldis is preceded in death my many beloved family members, including her parents, husband John, brother Leo Starling (and his wife Evelyn), beloved cousin Joyce Worthington and mother in love Maezell Reel.
Goldis’s greatest legacy was her family. She is survived by her three children: daughters Cynthia Reel and Melanie Reel Pulliam (Ben) of Kernersville, NC and son John Michael Reel (Jennifer) of Raleigh, NC. She also leaves behind her two precious grandchildren: Cassidy Pulliam and Olivia Pulliam of Kernersville, and her beloved rescue dog Jaycee.
Goldis was truly one of a kind. She loved horseback riding, crafting, gardening, reading, painting, puzzles, any opportunity to do something with family and any opportunity to do for others. To know her was to love her.
The family has elected a private cremation at this time. We are planning a celebration of life in the spring of 2021 around Goldis’s birthday and look forward to sharing memories of our beloved mother, grandmother and friend at that time.
In lieu of flowers, donations are kindly requested to Goldis’s favorite animal rescue: Carolina Poodle Rescue. Donations can be made online at www.carolinapoodlerescue.org/donate or mailed directly to Carolina Poodle Rescue, 6705 Union Highway, Pacolet, SC 29372.
Friends and family may view, and sign the guestbook at www.Pierce-JeffersonFuneralService.com

Earnhardt

Jack Vernon Earnhardt passed away on November 8, 2020. He was a long time resident of Winston-Salem. He was born in Misenheimer, NC on August 23, 1930. After graduating from high school there he attended Allentown Bible College in Allentown, Pennsylvania where he met Elizabeth Dymond, his bride of 68 years.
Jack joined the US Air Force in 1951. He served 21 years and was a Master Sergeant when he retired. He specialized in communication equipment maintenance, a skill that often required him to be away from his family. He had tours of remote duty in Saudi Arabia, Labrador, Canada and U-Tapao, Thailand. He was able to have his family with him while assigned to duty in Hawaii and the Philippines.
After retiring from the Air Force, Jack and his family returned to North Carolina where he began his second career with BellSouth telephone, retiring in 1994.
He was a member of Christ Wesleyan Church in Winston-Salem.
Jack is survived by his wife Elizabeth who resides in Kernersville, his daughter Priscilla Robbins (Dennis) of Kerrville, Texas, his son Stephen Earnhardt (Betsy) of Winston-Salem and his daughter Lynette Chamelin (Don) of Kernersville and one brother Alvin Earnhardt of Misenheimer, NC. Additionally, Jack and Elizabeth have four grandchildren, Mandi Everett, Maria Jacobs (Aaron), Jacob Chamelin, Luke Chamelin and three great grandchildren, Hannah Jacobs, Kara Jacobs and Conor Everett.
A funeral service was held at 3:00 PM Tuesday, November 10 at J.C. Green and Sons Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Mark Norris officiating. Entombment followed at the Eastlawn Gardens of Memory with military honors. The family received friends from 6 until 8 PM Monday at the funeral home. Online condolences may be sent to the Earnhardt family at www.jcgreenandsons.com.

West

Naomi Holder West transitioned from this world into paradise on Monday, November 9th, 2020. We praise God for His faithfulness to His beloved child!
Naomi was born February 3, 1930 to Anna and William Holder. Naomi was preceded into para-dise by her beloved husband of 53 years, Carl West, beloved grandson Chad Duggins, sister Lu-vica Holder, brothers William and Joseph Holder and parents, Anna and William Holder.
Mama lived her life in faithful service to her Lord Jesus Christ. She was a charter member of the Kernersville Church of Christ. She loved her church family and loved being of service to others through the Ladies Group.
At Mama’s request, we will have a private graveside service only for immediate family. David Terriaco, past pastor of the church, and loved by Carl and Naomi, will hold the service for the family.
We would like to express our heartfelt gratitude and thanks to Trellis Supportive Care. The kind-ness, guidance and comfort from all the staff in caring for mama was amazing. We especially thank Amanda for her kindness, caring, support and comfort during this difficult time. Hay-worth-Miller Kernersville Chapel is assisting the family.

Sapp

KERNERSVILLE – William Robin Sapp, 65, passed away Sunday, November 1, 2020 at Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home. Robin was born on November 5, 1954 in Forsyth County to the late James and Martha Morton Sapp. Robin was a dedicated employee in the Telecommunications Industry for 40 years. He exemplified determination and enjoyed life, later showing great fortitude while facing his illness over the past 17 years. Surviving are his wife of 42-1/2 years, Mary Sapp; a son Eric Wade Sapp (wife, Sarah Childers Sapp); a sister, Gwen Fitts; a sister-in-law, Melissa Harris (husband, Mark); and his best friend & cousin, Patty Mabe. Due to current gathering restrictions, a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Trellis Supportive Care, 101 Hospice Ln, Winston-Salem, NC 27103 or a charity of donor’s choice. Hayworth-Miller Kernersville Chapel is assisting the family. Online condolences may be made to www.hayworth-miller.com

Gramley

Mrs. Sarah Morris Williams Gramley passed away peacefully in her home on Friday October 23, 2020. She was born Sarah Alice Morris on April 19, 1933 in Kernersville NC.
She attended elementary and high school in Kernersville but graduated from Lawton High School in Oklahoma while following her father’s military assignments. A Dean’s list student and Charleston Dance Champion at Duke University, she was visiting her parents on military assignment in Tokyo where she met and married Capt. William Dawes Williams Jr. After tours overseas they returned and lived in Virginia and North Carolina raising three sons.
After a stint at Oak Ridge Military Academy as Executive Secretary and ?nishing college with honors at night from UNC-G, Sarah became a school teacher at Stokesdale Elementary. She continued with night school while working and caring for her parents and three children. Sarah earned her Master’s degree with honors in Library Science. She ended her career as the librarian at Colfax Elementary. During those years she met and married Mr. Hugh Andrew Gramley of Winston Salem.
Retiring in 1996 she enjoyed travels to Europe, Africa, Australia, New Zealand as well as time with her five grandchildren. Sarah was extremely well read, well-traveled, and intelligent. She was a sought after bridge partner. She was an active member and volunteer within committees and circles at Main St United Methodist Church in Kernersville. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, volunteered within the Kernersville community as a Librarian, and as an Adult Literacy teacher. She continued her volunteerism within committees at Friends Home Guilford.
Sarah is survived by her brother and wife Fred H. and Ann C Morris of Oregon; her three loving sons, William D. Williams III, Steven M. Williams, and Stuart P. Williams, and their spouses
Esther Williams, and René Williams; five grandchildren Max, Madison, Joanna, Christina, and Miranda; nieces and nephew, Lester, Elizabeth, Laura and Melissa; and numerous extended family and cousins including Alice Harris. Her loving close friends are too numerous to list but include Sally Green?eld, Ann Barton, Ginny Wagner, and Sally Hawkins to name only a few.
Sarah was preceded in death by her husbands, Maj. William D. Williams Jr and Mr. Hugh A. Gramley; by her parents, LTC Fredrick H. Morris, and Mrs. Georgia Newman Morris; as well as her beloved sister Mrs. Martha Morris Ewing.
A service to celebrate her amazing life will be held at 2:00PM Sunday, November 1, 2020 at Main Street United Methodist Church. The service will be limited to no more than 100 in attendance with all precautions for COVID-19 in place.
Memorials can be sent in her memory to Main Street United Methodist Church in Kernersville, NC, the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), or The National Coalition for Literacy.
Friends and family may view, and sign the guestbook at www.Pierce-JeffersonFuneralService.com

Jones

Ronald David Jones, 80, of Kernersville, NC passed away peacefully Wednesday October 14, 2020.
Funeral Services celebrating his life will be held 2:00PM Saturday October 24, 2020 at the Pierce-Jefferson Funeral Services Kernersville Chapel with Rev. Rick Carter officiating.
A native of Flint, Michigan, Ronald was the husband of 55 years to Janet Bates Jones and the son of the late Harold D. Jones and Ruth A. Jones. Ronald was a 1961 graduate of Xavier Uni-versity in Cincinnati, Ohio. After graduation, he served in the Army Reserves and went to work at Leaseway Transportation. He worked for Leaseway until retirement. Ronald was happiest spending time with his family at home and at the beach. He loved fishing at Hatteras Island and his two Golden Retrievers, Chelsea and Casey. Time spent with his grandchildren were his most treasured moments.
Survivors include her sons, David C. Jones and wife, Katherine Dalton Jones, and Stephen A. Jones and Sharon Lynch; daughter, Suzanne Jones Brookshire and husband, John W. Brookshire; grandchildren, Rachel Jones, Jack Jones, and Lukas Brookshire.
Friends and family may view, and sign the guestbook at www.Pierce-JeffersonFuneralService.com

Brown

MADISON – Joel Douglas Brown, 68, passed away Sunday, October 19, 2020 at his home. He was born on October 6, 1952 in Forsyth County to William and Ruth Brown. He grew up in Kernersville attending the local schools, including East Forsyth High School, where he graduated in 1972. After completing high school, Joel enlisted in the US Army and served a total of six years between active and reserve duty. In 1976, Joel went to work for the United States Postal Service where he worked full time for 30 years before retiring. Joel had a variety of interests that kept him busy, especially in retirement. He was an avid coin collector who genuinely enjoyed searching for old coins and other collectable coins. He thoroughly enjoyed putting puzzles together that he would frame upon completion. Joel frequently read the Bible and other Christian related books relating to the history of the Bible and he enjoyed traveling to see other parts of the country. Joel was one of the nicest and most generous people someone could ever meet. He never met a stranger. He loved to laugh and make others laugh. He would help people who needed guidance and assist anyone in need. In addition to his parents, Joel was preceded in death by a sister, Dorothy Leamon; and a brother, Larry Brown. Surviving are his wife, Karen Brown; a son, Douglas and his mother Dorene; a sister, Wilma Ward; and a brother, Bill Brown (Sibbie). Due to Covid precautions there will not be a viewing or funeral. A Celebration of life will be held at a later date. Hayworth-Miller Kernersville Chapel is assisting the family. Online condolences may be made to www.hayworth-miller.com

Chatman

Kernersville – Ms. Barbara Myers Chatman, 76, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at Piney Grove Nursing and Rehabilitation. She was born on August 19, 1944 in Forsyth County to Ernest Franklin and Myrtle Lillian Williams Myers. Barbara loved Elvis Presley and owned many collectables related to him and his music. She was a loving mother, grandmother, sister, and friend. She will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved her.
In addition to her parents, Barbara was preceded in death by her two brothers, Clyde Ray Myers, and Ernest Steve Myers. Left to cherish her memory are two daughters, Deborah Wagoner (Richard) and Heather Chatman (Darrick); eight grandchildren, Dylan, Brandon, Donovan, M’Keyla, Tiahna, Jaikyiah, Darrius Jr., and Dashia; one sister, Patsy M. Smith (Ricky); one sister-in-law, Lucy Myers; and many special nieces and nephews.
There will be no formal services for Barbara held at this time. Hayworth-Miller Kernersville Chapel is assisting the family. Online condolences may be made at www.hayworth-miller.com.