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Obituaries — Page 2



Stephen Grady Fry, Kernersville, (79), died at home March 16, 2024. He was born May 29, 1944, to Alma Tuttle Fry and Grady Carr Fry. Steve was honorably discharged from the Army in 1970 and retired from R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. with 36 years of service. He enjoyed golf and traveling during his retirement, traveling all over including Alaska and Hawaii. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Beverly P. Fry of the home and son, Jeff Fry, of Colorado. Also surviving is his sister, Patricia (Roger) Steward, of Scottsdale, AZ; two special boys, Caden Seubert and Riley Seubert, their mother, Julie Fry of Clarksville, TN; sister-in-law, Jeannine (Tony) Canter of Winston-Salem; and two nieces. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother Bradley Fry. Per his request, there will be no services. His ashes will be spread in Colorado at a later date. Memorials may be made to Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s research. Arrangements are entrusted to Pierce-Jefferson Funeral Service and Cremation, Kernersville Chapel


Mark Taylor Johnson
Passed away peacefully on 3/9/24, after a long, difficult battle with cancer. He was 67.
Mark was preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Virginia (Baines) Johnson. His beautiful heart will be missed by Gerry Johnson, his wife of 22 years, his brother E.R. Randy Johnson (Lucy) of TN, local sisters Tracy Handy, Lori Martin, and Kim (Greg) Martin, sister in laws Connie (Jack) Stanley and Ginger (Jim) Packman of FL, along with many nieces, nephews and friends. His pets are also devastated by his loss.
Mark served in the US Air Force and later enjoyed work as a Field Technician in the construction industry. A lifelong animal lover, his volunteer work included wildlife rescue; raptors were his specialty. He was a generous friend who would step in to help others whenever he saw a need.
Mark had the ability to make meaningful connections with people from all walks of life. He was remarkably talented at gardening and cooking. Mark pursued a wide variety of interests and never did anything halfway.
A Memorial service will be held at Bunker Hill United Methodist Church in Kernersville at 3 pm on Saturday, March 23rd. In lieu of Flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the church.


Sterling Gene Ball, 93, died Saturday, March 9, 2024, at his home in Kernersville, NC. He was born August 22, 1930, in Tazewell County, Virginia to the late Charles Willis and Lucilia Ball. He married Clauda Faye Hale, his wife of 75 years, and they had two sons, Charles Edward and Jerry Keith and a daughter, Melanie Zoe who died in infancy. He was blessed with five grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren who he loved dearly.
As a young man, Sterling worked in the coal mines of Virginia. After moving to North Carolina, he became a member of Gospel Light Baptist Church where he served as the Maintenance Director under his dear friend Bro. Bobby Roberson for over 40 years. His greatest loves were God, family, church and friends.
A jack-of-all-trades, faithful servant, instigator, stubborn, hard-working, prayer warrior. Sterling, Bro. Sterling, Mr. Ball, Grandpa, PawPaw or Daddy, he was deeply loved and will be missed by all.
In addition to his parents and daughter Melanie, he was preceded in death by half brother John Ball, brothers Lenward Ball, Melvin Ball, Raleigh Ball, and sisters Exie Cline and Charlotte Compton.
Surviving are his wife, Clauda; son Charles and wife Mitzi Ball; son, Keith and wife Debbie; grandchildren, Kimberly Dunckel and husband Arthur, Wesley Ball, Melissa Ball, Daniel Ball, and Laura Ball; and great-grandchildren, Jordan, Sara, Rhett, Emma, McKinley, Jayden, LaMontaye, Knox, Austin, and Elias.
A Funeral Service will be conducted at 10:00 AM on Thursday, March 14, 2024, at Gospel Light Baptist Church with Dr. Steve Roberson officiating. Burial will follow the service at 4:00 PM at Greenhills Memory Gardens in Claypool Hill, Virginia. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, March 13, 2024, from 6:00 PM- 9:00 PM at Hayworth Miller Kernersville Chapel. Online condolences may be made at


Joshua Dalon Simmering, 30, passed away on Thursday, March 7, 2024. He was born on April 3, 1993, to Debra Denney Spires and the late Paul Kenneth Simmering Jr. Joshua will forever be remembered as a giving soul. He always gave others a chance and sought out the best in every person he met. He always wanted to make sure others were cared for, even at the expense of himself. Joshua enjoyed having fun, he loved children and animals. You would always hear him listening to Christian music, and he had a close relationship with the Lord. Joshua was incredibly hardworking. He graduated from Tarheel Challenge Academy, then studied at GTCC. After his studies, Joshua became a licensed locksmith and owned his own landscaping business. He put everything he had into his work. Family meant the world to Joshua. He will be remembered as a protector and how hard he loved those who were important to him. Joshua will be missed greatly by those who had the opportunity to meet him. Joshua was preceded in death by his father Paul Kenneth Simmering Jr. on March 14, 2000. Left to cherish his memory are his mother, Debra Spires (Carl); a brother, Paul Simmering III (Anna); a sister, Alyssa Parker; an Uncle Jr. (Angie); an Aunt Trish; a chosen brother, Nick Caviness; niece and nephew Whitney and Isaiah; special cousins, Amanda Mayes (Steven), and Chrissy Simmering; as well as many special others that he loved immensely. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, March 13, 2024, at Oaklawn Baptist Church with Pastor Jay Boyce officiating. A visitation will begin two hours prior to the service at the church. Hayworth-Miller Kernersville Chapel is assisting the family. Online condolences may be made at


Winston-Salem – Bettie Hemby Cross, 76, passed away on Friday, March 8, 2024, at her home surrounded by her loved ones. She was born on January 12, 1948, in Baldwin county, Alabama to the late David and Louise Norton Hemby. Bettie loved listening to country music, caring for her home, and tad bit of gambling. More than anything she had a strong love for her family. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend who will be dearly missed.
In addition to her parents, Bettie was preceded in death by three sisters, Lynette, Carolyn, and Dianne.
Left to cherish her memory are her husband of 49 years, Alan Cross; three children, Chuck Butler, Angela Slaydon, both of Kernersville, and Jeffery Cross, of Atlanta, GA; four grandchildren, Amber Butler, Seth Slaydon, Hannah Slaydon, and Bodhi Cross; and one brother, Mike Hemby.
There are no formal services at this time. Hayworth-Miller Kernersville Chapel is assisting the family. Online condolences can be made at


Mrs. Sharon Sechrest Pearson, 78, resident of Kernersville, went to be with the Lord on March 5, 2024 at Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home in Winston-Salem. She was born November 26, 1945 in Guilford County to Preston and Dorcas Sechrest. Her life was a tapestry of love, education, and service.
Sharon was born and raised in High Point with her sister, Pamela Myrick. After graduating from Ragsdale High School, she continued her education at High Point College and, in 1966, married the love of her life Gary, who she met in high school at church youth group. Sharon educated thousands of children in Guilford County over her thirty-five year plus career. Her passion took her from Jamestown Middle to Southwest Middle, and even to GTCC, where she taught remedial English to adults. During this time, she raised two children, tutored, obtained her master’s degree from A & T University, updated textbooks for a national publisher, and, along with her sister, wrote a national civics curriculum for middle school students. She even earned the opportunity to work behind the scenes at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C.
Surviving is her husband, Gary Pearson; son, Todd Pearson (JaRonn Nelson); daughter, Shelly Barrow (John); grandsons, Ryan Capra, Matthew Capra, and Ben Barrow; and her sister, Pamela Myrick.
Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 10th, in the chapel of Cumby Family Funeral Service in High Point with Rev. Leon Morrow and Rev. Jim Prichard, Jr. officiating. Interment will follow at Mt. Gur Cemetery in Kernersville. The family will receive friends prior to the service, from 2:00-3:00 p.m., at the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home at 101 Hospice Ln. Winston-Salem, NC 27103. Condolences may be made through


Mr. Glyde Eugene Shaver, 88, of Colfax, NC went home to be with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Saturday, March 2, 2024.
A native of Wilkes County, NC, Glyde was the husband of the late Molly Jean Dameron Shaver and the son of Ivan Glyde Shaver and Lexie Pruitt Welborn, both deceased. Glyde was a family man and loved his family and friends dearly. He was an avid fisherman who loved his boats and being on the water.
Survivors include his daughter, Darlene Shaver Dillon; son, Douglas Eugene “Doug” Shaver and wife, Lee; four grandchildren, Steven Dillon and wife, Ashley, Nicole Dillon Pilkenton, Dayne Shaver Sandler and husband, Cody, and Stephani Dickson; nine great grandchildren, Carly Dillon, Mason Doss, Gage Dillon, Connor Pilkenton, Tyler Pilkenton, Amelia Sandler, Avi Sandler, Scott Dickson, and Juliet Dickson; and brother, Norman Lyon.
In addition to his wife and parents, Glyde was preceded in death by his daughter, Debra Jean Shaver; grandson, Dustin Shaver; brother, Brantley Shaver; and sister, Frances Wade.
Funeral services celebrating his life will be held at 1:00PM Thursday, March 7, 2024, at The Crossing Church, North Main Campus, Kernersville, NC with Dr. Pete Kunkle officiating. Interment will follow at Lakeview Memorial Park, Greensboro, NC. The family will greet friends from 12:00PM to 1:00PM Thursday prior to the service at the church.
Friends and family may offer online condolences at


Kernersville – Mrs. Mary Myers Naylor Rhoades, 94, passed away peacefully at home, January 14, 2024. She was born on June 23, 1929, in Wilkes County to Nora Joyce Myers and Frank Austin Naylor, Jr. Mary graduated from Sedge Garden High School and Draughon’s Business College. Upon graduation, Mary served as the secretary to the owner of the Winston-Salem Downtown Garage for many years and to the Manager of Westinghouse’s North Carolina Works Plant in Winston-Salem. Later a home-maker and childcare provider, Mary tirelessly served her family, neighbors and friends throughout Sedge Garden and Kernersville. Mary volunteered in Boy Scout Troop 779 at Sedge Garden Methodist Church, her children’s schools and was a faithful member for 73 years of First Baptist Church in Kernersville where she served for decades in the homebound ministry, as a vacation bible schoolteacher, and in numerous other capacities. Mary loved gardening, preserving, cooking, and baking, but her greatest loves were her family, friends, neighbors, church, and the children of our community.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents; her beloved husband, Dewitt; her brothers in law, Grady Kirkman, James Roberson, and Vade Rhoades, M.D.; sisters and brothers in law Vera Rhoades Hayes and Chall Hayes, and Dorothy and Dean Rhoades; and niece Saundra Hayes Van Strien and husband James Van Strien. Mary is survived by her daughter Rev. Lynn Rhoades; sons Greg Rhoades and wife Kyo Kim Rhoades, and Neal Rhoades and wife Lynanne Rhoades; four grandchildren, Cordia, Tucker, Jackson and Will Rhoades; Great grandchildren Griffin and Cora Rhoades; sisters Ann Kirkman and Jane Roberson; sister-in-law Sarah Rhoades; nieces and nephews Julie Kirkman Jones, Annie and Steve Kirkman, Patti and David Roberson, Emily Roberson and Jim Crossingham, Karen Hayes and Marc Rotterman, Mary Beth and David Rhoades, and Lisa and Mark Rhoades; five grand nephews and eight grandnieces; and four great nephews and seven great nieces.
A celebration of life memorial service will be 3:00 PM Sunday, March 10, 2024, at First Baptist Church in Kernersville. The family will receive friends in the church fellowship hall immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the children’s ministry at First Baptist Church, 401 Oakhurst St., Kernersville, NC 27284; or to a favorite charity of your choice. Hayworth-Miller Kernersville Chapel is assisting the Rhoades family.


Sharon White Vanhoy 73 was welcomed peacefully into the arms of the Lord at her home February 27, 2024 after a long brave battle.
Ms. Vanhoy was born in Winston Salem to the late Allen and Sue (Nance) White. Sharon was a loving mother and grandmother as well as being a savvy antiques and collectibles dealer with a keen eye and even better negotiating skills. She was also quite the fashionista never shying away from bold styles and standout expression.
As well as her parents Sharon was preceded in death by her faithful sidekick Windy.
Left to honor her memory are her daughters Shannon Priddy (Joseph) of Kernersville Dawn Holloway (Clifton) of Kernersville grandchildren Jessica Murphy (Michael) Casey Holloway and Trenton Priddy. Great grandson Pierce Murphy sister Chris Johnson and Vickie Ballard brother Mike White as well as many nieces and nephews.
A private celebration of life will be held at a later date as per Ms. Vanhoy’s request.


Ms. Kelsey Tompkins Hodges, 80, of Hickory passed away on February 24, 2024 at her daughter’s home under the hospice care of Carolina Caring. Born in Whitmire, South Carolina, she was the daughter of the late Stanley and Elizabeth Tompkins.
Kelsey had a deep love of beach music and shagging. You could always find her on the dance floor in Myrtle Beach. She loved watching football and spending time with her grandchildren and family. She loved to laugh and always had a smile on her face.
Kelsey is survived by her children, Courtney Yount and husband, Scott of Hickory, NC and Joel Hodges of Kernersville, NC; her grandchildren, Parker and Pearson Yount; and her dear friend, Pamela Osborne.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Debbie Tompkins and Terry Delp.
Memorial services celebrating Kelsey’s life will be at Pierce-Jefferson Funeral Service, 213 W. Mountain St., Kernersville NC 27284 on Saturday, March 9th, 2024 beginning at 2:00pm with Pastor Don Martin officiating. The family will receive friends at the reception following the memorial service.
Those desiring may make memorial contributions to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Inc. in her memory.
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