Obituaries

McNeill

Cody Daniel McNeill, 32, of Kernersville, NC unexpectedly passed away on Thursday, April 8, 2021. Cody was born February 9, 1989 to Sonja Rose and Clyde Daniel McNeill. It was clear early that Cody was very active and adventurous. He would always do things his way. Athletically talented, Cody played soccer, football, basketball and baseball. He rode dirt bikes in arenas and on trails and even competed in bull riding. He enjoyed being outside, especially by the ocean, loved animals and never met a stranger. His heart was huge, filled mostly with love for his daughter Skyler Gail McNeill born December 19, 2012. He loved God, his family and his friends.
Funeral Services celebrating his life will be held 4:00PM Sunday, April 18, 2021 at the Pierce-Jefferson Funeral Services Kernersville Chapel with Dr. Pete Kunkle officiating. The family will greet friends with a walk-through visitation from 3:00PM to 4:00PM Sunday at the funeral home.
Survivors include his father, Danny McNeill and wife, Anita of Winston-Salem, NC; mother, Sonja Rose Anderson and husband, Eddie of St. Thomas, Virgin Islands; daughter, Skyler Gail McNeill; four sisters, Hannah Wilson (Jeff), Shannon Born (Peter), Stephanie Jones (Justin), and Kaitlin Slater; and extended family and friends too numerous to start naming.
Friends and family may view and sign the guestbook at www.Pierce-JeffersonFuneralService.com
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Cody’s name to the Brain Injury Rehab Program, Wake Forest Baptist Health, Medical Center Blvd., Winston-Salem, NC. 27157.

Greene

Kernersville – Billie Jean Sergent Greene, 73, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, April 14, 2021. She was born on December 7, 1947 in Letcher County, Kentucky to the late Linville and Norma Sergent. Billie had a big heart for animals and did everything in her power to help them. She loved shopping for her grandchildren and family. Billie was a faithful member of Triad Baptist Church and loved her church family. She was super organized with everything she did, enjoyed her time being involved with the Rotary Club, and loved plants and flowers. Having such a green thumb, she could make the desert bloom. Billie was a wonderful wife, mother, sister, grandmother, and great-grandmother to all her family, who she so dearly loved.
Left to cherish her memory are her husband, Ron Greene; five children, Delana Drye, Josh Brewer, Ronnie Greene, Jr., Malcom Greene, and Charlie Greene; one brother, Donnie Ray Sergent; one sister, Debbie Lynn Neal; seven grandchildren, Erica Taylor, Madison Honrine, Ryan Greene, Kyle Greene, Austin Greene, Zach Greene, and Trey Brewer; and one great-grandchild, Leo Greene.
A memorial service will be held at 6:30 PM Monday, April 19, 2021 at Triad Baptist Church with Pastor Rob Decker, and Pastor Tim Gerber officiating. The family will receive friends from 4:00 PM until 6:00 PM at the church. In lieu of flowers, Billie loved animals, so please help save them from cruelty. Donations may be made to the ASPCA 3163 Hines Chapel Road, Greensboro, NC 27405 in her honor. Hayworth-Miller Kernersville Chapel is assisting the family. Online condolences may be made at www.hayworth-miller.com.

Reilly

Edward John Reilly, 81, of Kernersville, NC passed away on Friday, April 9, 2021.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11:00AM Saturday, April 17, 2021 at Holy Cross Catholic Church with Father Noah Carter officiating. Inurnment will follow at the Holy Cross Cemetery Columbarium. The family will greet friends with a prayer vigil and visitation from 6:00PM to 8:00PM Friday, April 16, 2021 at the Pierce-Jefferson Funeral Services Kernersville Chapel.
Born in Scotland on December 1, 1939, Ed was the son of the late Edward Reilly and Mary Agnes Gibb.
Ed spent his childhood in Clydebank, Scotland and attended trade school to focus on mechanical engineering and later met his wife, Elizabeth “Liz” when they married in 1965. Ed worked for Rolls Royce in Canada and moved with them in 1971 to the states and later joined US Air and Piedmont airlines. After retiring in 2000, Ed had the opportunity to volunteer at the NC Transportation Museum in Spencer. Ed was a lifelong fan of the Scottish Football (soccer) Team Celtic United.
Ed was an active member and volunteered at Holy Cross Catholic Church. He never met a stranger and always had a smile on his face. Ed was a wonderful husband, father, brother, grandfather and friend.
Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth of 56 years; son, Mark and wife, Anna Reilly of Richmond, VA; daughter, Sharon Tucker and husband, Gary of Kernersville; his three grandkids, Brandon (Rachael), Caitlin, and Meghan; step-granddaughter, Meagan (Chris) Nadeau of Greensboro; step-great granddaughter, Blakely; sister, Jean Maxwell (Bob) of Canada; and several nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank the staff at Forsyth hospital and Pennybyrn for their excellent care and compassion towards our husband and father.
Friends and family may view, and sign the guestbook at www.Pierce-JeffersonFuneralService.com
In lieu of flowers, the family asks to make donations to the Leukemia Foundation.

Holt

Kernersville – Mrs. Peggy Macy Holt, 84, passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 11, 2021 at Piney Grove Nursing and Rehabilitation. A memorial service for Peggy will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, April 24, 2021 at Kernersville Wesleyan Church with Pastor Don Martin officiating. Inurnment will follow the service at Eastlawn Gardens of Memory. Hayworth-Miller Kerners-ville Chapel is assisting the family. A formal obituary will be posted at a later date.

Shell

Ricky Curtis Shell, 66, of Little River, SC passed away April 1, 2021. Born in Winston-Salem, NC, he was the son of Curtis Shell and Shirley Shell Butt. He was the loving husband for 16 years of Diane Shell.
Ricky is survived by his son, Ryan Shell; step-daughter, Sarah Conrad Newton; two brothers, Brian Butt, Hank Shell; one sister, Lynn Shell; one grandchild, Jack Shell; and one uncle, Bill Miller.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Gideons International, PO Box 1448, Little River, SC 29566.
A memorial service will be held at April 6, 2021 in SC. A graveside service will be held at Winston-Salem, NC on April 11, 2021 2:00 p.m.
Please share memories at www.leefhandcrematory

McGee

KERNERSVILLE- Edith Elizabeth Glidewell McGee, age 102, passed away on Sunday, April 4. She was born in Beaver Creek Community in Stokes County, North Carolina on November 14, 1918. Her parents were Lillar Hicks and Henry Gilbert Glidewell. Edith is the last surviving member of her generation. At a very young age, the family moved to Sedge Garden Community near Kernersville. Edith lived in Kernersville until her health necessitated a move to Countryside retirement community at the age of 95.
Edith is survived by her daughters Ernestine Smith of Greensboro, Rebecca Hedgecock of Kernersville and JoAn Williard of Clemmons. Her grandchildren Kevin Smith (Elizabeth), Christina Williard Brown and Caroline Hedgecock also survive, along with six great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Her grandchildren and great grandchildren were the joys of her life. In addition to her brothers and sisters, predeceasing Edith were her husband, Horace McGee, grandsons Alan Korey Smith and Timothy Franklin Hedgecock, and sons-in-law Carroll Hedgecock and Keith Smith.
Edith’s was a life well lived. At an early age, Edith learned the value of hard work, and passed that trait along with independence along to her family. No matter where life took her, that independence and joy of living prevailed. If you had to use one word to describe her, resilience would be it. To quote Edith, “I try to be happy everywhere I go”, this said while enjoying a visit during the Covid 19 quarantine. Her life spanned a time and changes rarely witnessed by one person. She survived two pandemics. At a very young age, her family moved to Sedge Garden in a wagon, and she witnessed cars, airplanes and electricity becoming commonplace. She was an Army wife during World War II. She worked at various textile mills, Pilot Life Insurance Company and Prudential Insurance prior to retiring. She always had a hobby, from ceramics, to quilting to cross stitch and finally knitting. Edith loved adventure and to travel. Travels included multiple trips to Europe, Australia and most of the United States. She loved the beach and fishing, and for several years, spent a lot of time at her second home on Oak Island.
When she was no longer able to spend time at the beach, she started attending water aerobics classes at the YMCA in Kernersville, and went regularly well into her 90’s. She was a member of Union Grove Baptist Church in Oak Ridge for over 70 years, where she taught Sunday School, was a choir member, a member of the “Sugar Sticks Singers” and various other committees and activities. She attended church every Sunday for many years, and most Sundays, she enjoyed lunch with her friends from church, “The Lunch Bunch”.
A funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM, Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at Union Grove Baptist Church with Rev. Dick Pridgen officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.
The family wishes to thank her many friends who, through the years after she lost her vision, continued to include her in activities at the Y and church, enabling her to remain socially active. They also thank her caregivers and the staff at Countryside Manor in Stokesdale for their love and care.
Memorials may be made to the Union Grove Baptist Church Land Purchase Fund or to the Cemetery Fund at 5424 Union Grove Rd, Oak Ridge, NC 27310, or to the charity of ones choice.

Austin

Joan Mawicke Austin, 85, of Greensboro, NC passed away peacefully Thursday, March 25, 2021.
Born in Chicago, Illinois July 25, 1935, Joan was the daughter of the late Mary Malone and Clement Mawicke. She was a graduate of Baret College in Lake Forest, Ill. Joan then married William B. Austin, Jr. in 1959, living in Raleigh, NC until 1972 when they moved to Kernersville, NC. She was one of the original members of Holy Cross Catholic Church in Kernersville, NC. Joan touched the lives of so many people with her positive outlook on life.
Survivors include her three sons, William Bryant Austin, III and wife, Jane of McKinney, Texas, Robert Clement Austin and wife, Amy of Denver, NC, and James Neal Austin and wife, Jennifer of Garner, NC; grandchildren, Ansley Suarez and husband, Drew, Ruby Davis, Maggie Austin, Lindsay Austin, Zachary Austin, and Tanner Austin and wife, Stephanie; great grandchildren, Caroline and Austin Suarez; brother Henry E. Mawicke of Kenilworth, Ill; and sister-in-law Janet Mawicke of Northbrook, Ill.
In addition to her husband and parents, Joan was preceded in death by her granddaughter, Haley Marie Austin.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 4:00PM Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at Holy Cross Catholic Church with Father Noah Carter officiating. There will be a visitation and viewing prior to the service on Tuesday from 2:00PM to 3:45PM at the church.
Interment will be held 1:00PM Thursday, April 8, 2021 at Jefferson City Cemetery, 165Wm Jb Blevins Dr., Jefferson, NC 28640 with Father Brendan Buckler officiating.
Friends and family may view, and sign the guestbook at www.Pierce-JeffersonFuneralService.com
In lieu of flowers, memorials contributions may be made to the Shepherd’s Center or to Holy Cross Catholic Church, both of Kernersville, NC.

Blakely

Kernersville – Mrs. Mary Frances Hubbard Blakely, 80, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home. She was born on May 17, 1940 in Guilford County to James Francis and Edna Newson Hubbard. Mary was the owner and operator of Skate World in Kernersville. When her health allowed, Mary was a faithful member of Kernersville Wesleyan Church. She loved to travel to the beach and enjoyed sewing and reading. She loved to spend time with her grandchildren and her great grandchildren. She was such a loving and giving person and she will be missed by all who knew and loved her.
In addition to her parents, Mary was preceded in death by her loving husband, Robert “Bob” Blakely, Sr; one sister, Phyllis Leonard; and one brother, Terry Hubbard.
She is survived by her three children: daughter, Penny B. Hobson (husband, Darrell), and two sons, Robert “Bobby” Blakely, Jr. (wife, Tracy), and Mike Blakely (wife, Lisa); five grandchildren, Tyler Blakely, Amanda Reich (husband, Justin), Ashley Ellis (husband, Ryan), Brandon Blakely, and Nicole Coburn (husband, Brett); four great grandchildren, Logan Ellis, Addison Ellis, Dawson Reich, and Saylor Reich; brother, Tommy Hubbard (wife, Loretta); sister in law, Carol Davis and her daughter, Jennifer Davis; and several close friends.
A funeral service for Mary will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, April 2, 2021 at Kernersville Wesleyan Church with Pastor Steve Martin and Pastor Don Martin officiating. There will be no formal visitation, but Mrs. Blakely will be available to view as well as sign the register for one hour prior to the service at 10:00 am. Interment will follow the service at Eastlawn Gardens of Memory in Kernersville. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Trellis Supportive Care at 101 Hospice Lane, Winston-Salem, NC 27103 or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105. The family would like to express their appreciation to Forsyth Medical Center Hematology/Oncology Department as well as the staff at Trellis Supportive Care for their care for Mary. Hayworth-Miller Kernersville Chapel is assisting the family. Online condolences may be made at www.hayworth-miller.com.

Swaim

Dennis W. Swaim, 72, died March 28, 2021. Born on April 23, 1948 to D.W. Swaim and Era Swaim (Loflin), he was the owner of Swaim’s Garage. He loved Fords, drag racing and hot dogs. He made a profession of faith in Jesus before passing.
Surviving are his wife of 51 years, Kay, and daughter Susan (Andy) Baduria; four grandchildren, Katelyn (Elwyn) Bumacod, Chase, Grace, Dylan; brother Gerald (Fay) Swaim; sister Daphne (Bobby) Garner.
Funeral will be on Friday, April 2, 2021 at 7 p.m. at Liberty Baptist Church. The address is 1548 Old Hollow Road. Masks are required as per family’s request.

Dickey

Robert “Bob” Joseph Dickey, 88, of Kernersville, NC passed away Sunday, December 20, 2020 at Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home.
He was born in Fairfield, Illinois to Harry and Pearl Dickey. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Doris Burnworth. Bob is survived by his wife of 34 years, Joan Dickey; step-daughter, Traci Baker (Greg); grandchildren, Bethany Moore (Joe), Stephen Baker (Stephanie); and great grandchildren, Liam and Miles Moore.
Bob was a graduate of Coldwater High School and Ferris State University and served in the U.S. Army. Bob loved volunteering in his community, doing so at Baptist Hospital, The Shepherd’s Center, and Meals on Wheels. He also loved visiting with shut-ins and at local nursing homes.
A private graveside memorial service will be held at Union Cross Moravian Church at 2:00PM Sunday, March 28, 2021.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Trellis Supportive Care of Winston-Salem or Union Cross Moravian Church.
Friends and family may view and sign the guestbook at www.Pierce-JeffersonFuneralService.com