Obituaries

Medford

Jerry Noyel Medford, 79, of Kernersville, NC passed away on Thursday, January 19, 2023 at Trellis Support Care of Winston-Salem. Born in Portsmouth, Virginia, November 27, 1943 to Jesse Noyel Medford and Isabel Williams Medford. Jerry grew up in Clinton, NC, graduated from Clinton High School in 1962, and East Carolina University in 1966 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.
After teaching for three years in the Business Department at Wayne Community College in Goldsboro, NC he was employed by Kemp Furniture Industries for fifteen years. During this season of life, Jerry was a charter member of the Sunrise Kiwanis Club, served with the United Way, and was an active member of First Baptist Church, teaching children and youth. He also served as Scout Master of Boy Scout Troop #6.
In 1984, Jerry joined his brother-n-law, Craig Perryman at K.C. Construction Company, in Kernersville to start a new career in the building of residential homes. Finding a love for helping families build their dream homes. Jerry had an eye for color, design and architectural details. In 1991, Jerry started Medford Construction Company Inc, along with his wife Carolyn, building many homes in the Kernersville, Greensboro, and Winston Salem area. Jerry and his son, Carson, merged their companies in 2011 to combine their experience in the construction field in order to offer residential and commercial construction, as well as, remodeling and commercial upfits.
He was a member of the Kernersville Lions Club and member of the Kernersville Chamber of Commerce, where he made many lasting friendships. Jerry also enjoyed serving on the Shepherd’s Center of Kernersville Board of Directors from 2015-2020, and as President in 2018. As a person of faith, he and Carolyn found their church home at First Baptist Church in Kernersville. He served on numerous committees through the years and taught the Men’s GoForth Sunday School class.
Jerry and Carolyn enjoyed traveling with friends and relaxing at the beach in Garden City, SC. Though he never esteemed to be a great golfer, he enjoyed the fellowship around the golf course with close friends for numerous years. He especially enjoyed family and extended family gatherings. Jerry always had a winsome smile and each friend was a treasure.
Preceding him in death were his parents. Left to cherish his memory are his devoted wife of 56 years, Carolyn Fussell Medford; son, Carson Noyel Medford and wife, Jan of Kernersville; daughter, Ashley Hart Medford of Kernersville; sister, Brenda Medford Knight and husband, Gary of Belhaven, NC; as well as, numerous cousins, nephews and friends.
A Celebration of Life Service for Jerry will be on Wednesday, January 25, 2023 at First Baptist Church of Kernersville, 401 Oakhurst St., 11:00AM with Dr. Stephen Martin officiating. Friends and family are invited to a reception in the Fellowship Hall following the service. Burial will be at 2:00PM at Eastlawn Gardens of Memory, 530 Dobson St., following the reception. The family will greet friends from 6:00PM to 8:00PM on Tuesday, January 24, at First Baptist Church of Kernersville.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the First Baptist Church of Kernersville, 401 Oakhurst St., Kernersville, NC 27284, The Shepherd’s Center of Kernersville, 636 Gralin St., Kernersville, NC 27284, or to Trellis Support Care, 101 Hospice Lane, Winston-Salem, NC 27103.
Peirce-Jefferson Funeral & Cremation Services will be serving the family. Friends and family may offer online condolences at www.piercejeffersonfh.com

Walsh

Mr. Thomas Edwin Walsh, 78, of Kernersville, NC passed away on Saturday, January 21, 2023. Thomas was born to the late Thomas Gaither Walsh and Helen Ferguson Walsh in Wilkes County. He graduated from Kernersville High School in the class of 1962. Thomas spent over fifty years of his life being a Truck Driver. He was the best husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather any family could ever ask for. He was a kind person who would give you the shirt off his back and dedicated all his free time to helping his family. In addition to his parents Thomas is preceded in death by his sister, Shelia Jean Walsh. He is survived by his loving wife of many years, Martha Walsh; sons, Stephen Walsh, and Eddie Walsh; daughters, Mitzi W. Turner, and Teresa Parsons; grandchildren, Haley Walsh, and Madison Walsh; great-grandchild, Cash; brother, Joe Walsh (Debbie); and sister, Pam Trevit (Paul). A Graveside Service will be held on Thursday, January 26, 2023, at 2:00pm at Mt. Gur Cemetery with Kenny Crews officiating. Online condolences may be made at www.hayworh-miller.com.

Manuel

KERNERSVILLE – Herman “Gene” Eugene Manuel, 89, passed away on Wednesday, January 18, 2023, at Forsyth Medical Center. He was born in Forsyth County on May 24, 1933, to the late Walter Ashburn Manuel and Pearl Sapp Manuel. Gene was a proud veteran of the Navy. From 1951 to 1955 he served our country, during which he was on the USS Essex Aircraft Carrier during the Korean War. After his time in the service, Gene went on to become an aircraft mechanic for Piedmont Airlines/U.S. Airlines for 40 years. Herman loved his family and would give the shirt off of his back for the ones he loved. He was a loyal man and will be missed by those who had the pleasure of knowing him.
In addition to his parents, Gene is preceded in death by four brothers, Roger, Bill, Roy, and Paul; as well as three sisters, Dot Godwin, Marylou Snow, and Ellen Pierce.
To carry on his memory are his companion, Carol Lemons; brother, Francis “Pappy” Manuel; two sons, Ron Manuel (Shelby) and John Manuel (Cheryl); Daughter, Jamie Hicks (Tim); as well as those who considered him “Paw Paw” and “Papa Gene” (18 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren).
A funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM on Monday, January 23, 2023, at Union Grove Baptist Church, Oak Ridge, with Pastor Steve Roberson, Pastor Parker Manuel, and Rev. Tim Hicks officiating. A visitation will be held from 1:00-1:45 PM at the church prior to the service. Burial will follow at Eastlawn Gardens of Memory. Memorials may be made to the VFW of Clemmons at P.O. Box 601 Clemmons, NC 27012. Hayworth-Miller Kernersville Chapel is assisting the family. Online condolences may be made at www.hayworth-miller.com.

Pinnix

Kernersville – Mr. Larry Blake Pinnix, 66, passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 15, 2023, surrounded by his family at Forsyth Medical Center. He was born on April 9, 1956, in Forsyth County to the late Edwin Blake Pinnix and Ruth Blackburn Pinnix. From the age of 5, Larry was raised by his mother and step-father, Perry Reid. Larry retired from RJ Reynolds after over 45 years of faithful service as a Training Mechanical Specialist. During that time, he went to serve 4 years in the United States Air Force where he earned the rank of Staff Sergeant. Larry enjoyed fishing, which brought him hours of peace and joy. His true passion was building racecar engines and he was very respected by those in the racing industry. Larry was a loving husband, father, son, brother and friend who will be so missed by those who knew and loved him.
In addition to his father and step-father, Larry was preceded in death by his two step-sisters, Patricia Priddy and Alice Pack; two step-brothers-in-law, James Hill and Tommy Dull; and three brothers-in-law, Larry Roberts, Allen Hall, and Phillip Poindexter.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 39 years, Rhonda Pinnix; son, T.J. Smoot (wife, Megan); his mother, Ruth Reid; step-brother, Perry Reid, Jr. (Renee); two step-sisters, Virginia Hill and Betty Dull; half-brother, Fred Pinnix (wife, Margaret); two half-sisters, Heather Styers and Beverly Pinnix-Jackson (husband, Jack); brother-in-law, Charles H. Roberts (wife, Linda); two sisters-in-law, Donna Roberts and Linda Hall-Poindexter; and his loving dog and best buddy, Chico.
A memorial service for Larry will be held at 1:00 pm on Saturday, January 21, 2023, at Morris Chapel United Methodist Church with Pastor Jeff Coppley and Samantha Wesley officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the nonprofit founded by his son and daughter-in-law, Jah Works, Inc. at www.JahWorksExperience.org or to the Morris Chapel United Methodist Church food pantry at 2715 Darrow Road, Walkertown, NC 27051. Hayworth-Miller Kernersville Chapel is assisting the family. Online condolences may be made at www.hayworth-miller.com.

Whitaker

Kernersville – Mr. Roy Kenneth “Kenny” Whitaker, Jr., 66, passed away unexpectedly on Satur-day, January 14, 2023, at his residence. He was born on February 2, 1956, in Forsyth County to Roy Kenneth and Shirley Kiger Whitaker. Kenny was a very kind person and would help anyone with anything at the drop of a hat. He enjoyed playing the guitar, woodworking, and just fixing things in general. Kenny loved to have an audience and enjoyed making people laugh. He was truly the life of the party no matter where he was. He loved the Lord and was a faithful member of Triad Church of Christ. Kenny’s three grandchildren were the light of his life and he loved to spend time with them. He was a devoted husband, father, son, grandfather, brother, and friend who will be greatly missed by those who knew him.
Kenny was preceded in death by his father, Roy Kenneth Whitaker, Sr.
He is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Debbie Baumgartner Whitaker; two children, Brian Whitaker and Jessica Hodges (husband, Jimmy); three grandchildren, James, Dena, and Reid; his mother, Shirley Whitaker; one sister, Karen Holder (husband, Dan); niece and nephew, Farrah Hilton (husband, Richard) and Chris Holder (wife, Loren) as well as their families.
A funeral service for Kenny will be held at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, January 18, 2023, at Hay-worth-Miller Kernersville Chapel with Minister David Miller and Cory Popp officiating. Inter-ment will follow the service at Mt. Gur Cemetery in Kernersville. The family will receive friends from 12:00 pm until 1:45 pm prior to the service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memori-als may be made to Triad Church of Christ Building Fund at P.O. BOX 1476, Kernersville, NC 27285. Online condolences may be made at www.hayworth-miller.com.

Piatt

EPSON MFP imageMr. Dean Robert Piatt, long-time resident of Kernersville, NC, passed away Monday, January 9, 2023 at Kernersville Medical Center. He was born in Angelica, New York, the youngest of five, to the late Donovan Elijah Piatt and Leah Mae James Piatt on July 27, 1934.
Dean was a graduate of Alfred State College and went on to play professional baseball as a pitcher with the Salem Rebels, a single A minor league team. Following his stint in baseball, he was a surveyor for the St. Lawrence Seaway. In 1958, Dean married his childhood sweetheart, Carol Bray, and joined the Air Force as an officer, bravely serving his country in many capacities. He was a Strategic Air Command B-52 Navigator. Later in EB-66s and in the newly formed F-4 Wild Weasel squadron he flew over 100 missions in Southeast Asia jamming and destroying enemy radars. He finished out his career as a Tactical Warfare Officer Instructor training US and allied airmen at Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas, NV. Dean retired as a Major from the Air Force in 1977. Once completing his military career, Dean and Carol relocated their family to Kernersville, where he became a real estate agent.
Dean led a faith driven life. He was a member of Main Street United Methodist Church and very active in the Kernersville community. He frequently volunteered his time by driving for the Shepherd’s Center, helping out at the Women’s Shelter, and delivering meals to shut-ins. As a charter member of the Kiwanis Club of Kernersville, Dean maintained one of the town’s flower beds and spearheaded the third-grade dictionary project distributing over 10,000 dictionaries in Forsyth County Schools. Each year, he took pride in putting out the flags and other decorations for the annual Miss Mary’s Children’s Parade.
Personally, he enjoyed many hobbies including reading (especially Westerns), gardening, and cheering on the Duke Blue Devils and Atlanta Braves, or any team playing against the New York Yankees.
Dean was a loving husband, father and proud grandparent. He shared 62 years together with Carol before her passing in December of 2020. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends, had nearly perfect attendance at all family sporting events and would often join in backyard games, even kickball, with his grandkids well into his 70’s.
He is survived by his children Brian Piatt, Brent Piatt (Lori), Todd Piatt (Georgia), and Tara Boname (Andrew); grandchildren Brice Piatt, Meagan Piatt, Teradee Hagan Hamilton (Kaitlin), Edward Hagan, Kyle Piatt, Jack Piatt, Ian Boname, Owen Boname, Corbin Piatt, and Cole Piatt; and great-grandchild Celesta George Hamilton.
A memorial Service will be held Saturday January 14th, 12:30 PM at Main Street Methodist Church with Rev. Michael Gehring officiating, there will be a gathering of family and friends after the service at the church. A military funeral honors service will be held at 11:00 am at Eastlawn Gardens of Memory for anyone that wishes to attend.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Main Street Methodist Church, 306 S. Main Street, Kernersville, NC 27284. Online condolences may be sent to
www.hayworth-miller.com.

Troxler

Kernersville – Mr. James Edward Troxler, 78, passed away January 1, 2023, at Forsyth Medical Center in Winston Salem, NC after an intense but short battle with lung cancer. He was born December 17, 1944, in High Point, NC of Guilford Co. to the late Lucile Hayworth Troxler and Robert Ellis Troxler.
James “Jim” was a veteran of the United States Air Force. He was based in Charleston, SC where he met his wife during their service. Jim retired as a sales manager from VB Splawn of Burlington. Jim enjoyed traveling during his years in the military and for business. However, his favorite travel destination through the years was the beach. He loved his family, the beach, beach music, and sweets. Jim leaves his family and friends with many wonderful, cherished memories.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his older brother, Robert E Troxler, a daughter, Kathryn Troxler Bowen and a grandson, Dustin Bowen.
Jim is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Sharon Harpole Troxler, two sons: Michael Gregory Troxler and wife, Melissa, and Jeffery Ellis Troxler and fiancé, Tracy; nine grandchildren (Christina, Cody, Courtney, Jacob, Tyler, Alex, Tessa, Sydney, and Liam); 4 great grandchildren (Carter, Logan, Bradley, and Hunter Jr.) and nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be held 2:00 PM Friday, January 13, 2023, in Eastlawn Gardens of Memory in Kernersville. The family requests donations be made to the VFW Post 9010 P.O. Box 601 Clemmons, NC 27012.
Hayworth-Miller Kernersville Chapel is assisting the family. Online condolences may be made to www.hayworth-miller.com.

Johnson

Lewis Donald Johnson, 83, passed away January 5, 2023. He served in the army for two years before transferring to Piedmont Bible College. Whi le there he met and married his wife of 57 years, Joyce Ann McGuire. He obtained two bachelor’s degrees there also, he was saved and spent his life as a devoted follower of Jesus Christ. He is survived by his wife, three children, Mary Ann, David Eugene, and Sarah Faye. He is in heaven with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Affordable Cremations of Winston-Salem is assisting the family.

Perciaccanto

Jeanne Terese Perciaccanto, 71, of Kernersville, NC passed away peacefully Monday, January 2, 2023. Jeanne was born in Camp Kilmer, NJ, and was the daughter of the late Peter Perciaccanto and Margaret Kelly Perciaccanto.
Jeanne graduated from East Brunswick Sr. High School in NJ and received her bachelor’s degree from Salem College, West Virginia. She taught at Monsignor Donovan High School in Toms River, NJ for twenty years, and coached girls tennis, basketball, and softball. After retiring Jeanne followed her passion and love of dogs becoming a professional canine trainer, establishing her own concierge dog training business. She also taught a course at Ocean County College, Toms River, training service dogs. She pursued this endeavor until she was forced to cease due to illness, yet maintained touch with her practice with online and phone consultations. She moved to North Carolina in 2019 to be closer to family while keeping contact with close friends. Jeanne was always ready to laugh and have fun!
Survivors include her sister, Patricia Lichtenstein (Gary) of Winston Salem; nieces, Stephanie Lilchtenstein Kennedy (Rodney) of Wallburg, NC, Suzanne Waters (Michael) of Oklahoma, and Cara Perciaccanto Bennett (Bobby) of Whittier, NC; nephews, Steven Lichtenstein of San Fran-cisco, CA and Peter Pruett of Florida; several great nieces and nephews; and many cherished friends and Scooter.
Additionally, Jeanne was preceded in death by her brother, Joseph Perciaccanto, and sister-in-law, Ellen Perciaccanto.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 1pm, January 12, 2023 at Holy Cross Catholic Church, Kernersville, with Father Noah Carter officiating. Inurnment will follow at the church columbarium.
Friends and family may offer online condolences at www.piercejeffersonfh.com

Lowe

Liberty – Mrs. Joyce Stewart Lowe, 75, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 3, 2023, at her residence. She was born on March 12, 1947, in Surry County to the late Metta Atkins Sillesen. Joyce was a 1965 graduate of East Forsyth High School. Family was everything to Joyce and she loved to spend time with them. She also loved to cook and provide meals for her family. She had an extensive recipe collection. Joyce enjoyed doing cross stich, needle point, and collecting angels. She also loved collecting family photos. Joyce was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved her.
Left to cherish her memory are her loving husband of 56 years, Ronny Lowe; son, Ed Lowe (wife, Carey); Rebecca Lowe James (husband, Aaron); seven grandchildren, Kendra Moore, Katryna Sloat (husband, Sean), Austin, Phillip, Autumn, Lauren, and Dennis Aaron “Junior” James; and four great grandchildren, Ryan, Ayden, Gibson, and Elliette.
A funeral service for Joyce will be held at 1:00 pm on Friday, January 6, 2023, at Hayworth-Miller Kernersville Chapel with Rev. Steve Williams officiating. Burial will follow the service at Oaklawn Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 12:00 pm until 12:45 pm prior to the service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to AuthoraCare Collective at 914 Chapel Hill Rd., Burlington, NC 27215. Online condolences may be made at www.hayworth-miller.com.