Obituaries for Jan. 7, 2016

Published 11:35 am Thursday, January 7, 2016

James Dixon ‘JD’ Beshears

James Dixon “JD” Beshears, 96, of Clemmons, passed away January 2, 2016. He was born April 26, 1919 to Florence and James Beshears in the Hanestown community of Forsyth County. JD was one of ten children all of whom proceeded him in death. After the death of his parents JD and his youngest siblings lived at Barium Springs Orphanage and he graduated from Barium Springs High School in 1939. JD was a WWII veteran and a survivor of the Bataan Death March. After being held prisoner of war for 3 years and 4 months at Mukden POW Camp he was liberated on August 15, 1945. JD was preceded in death by his wife, Maxine Manning Beshears. He retired from Western Electric after 28 years of service and was an avid golfer with many devoted golfing buddies. Surviving are his son James (Gwyn), granddaughter Gina Brannock (Russ) and children Ryan and Matthew, nephew Grant Clark (Beth), niece Delores Clark along with many other nieces and nephews. JD had many special friends and all who knew him loved him. A funeral service was held on Tuesday, January 5, 2016 at Hayworth Miller Kinderton Chapel in Advance with Rev. Gary Byrum officiating. Burial followed with full military honors at Westlawn Gardens of Memory in Clemmons. The family would like to give a special “Thank you” to Morgan Price a very special caregiver and Hospice Palliative Care. Online condolences can be made at

Janice ‘Jan’ Dawn Smith Freshwater

Feb. 7, 1952 – Jan. 1, 2016

Mrs. Janice “Jan” Dawn Smith Freshwater, 63, died Friday, January 1, 2016 after battling cancer for 22 years. She was born February 7, 1952 in Kannapolis, NC to the late Clement “Sonny” Smith and Kathleen H. Smith. Jan graduated from UNC Greensboro and retired from Southwest Elementary School in Clemmons with 25 years of teaching. She was a member of Clemmons United Methodist Church. Jan loved spending time with her family and her dogs. Preceding her in death were her parents; a brother, Timothy B. Smith; grandparents, Julia and Clement Smith and Mr. and Mrs. John Hinson. Surviving is her husband, Dr. James Freshwater; daughter, Caroline E. “Carrie” Freshwater of Winston-Salem; brother, Roger C. Smith and wife, Becky of Graham, NC and a niece, Laurin Smith. A memorial service was held Monday, January 4, 2016 at Hayworth-Miller Kinderton Chapel with Rev. Paula Northrup officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Susan G. Komen Foundation Northwest NC, 1106 Burke St., Winston-Salem, NC 27101.

Margie Lynn Foltz

May 28, 1948 – Dec. 29, 2015

Mrs. Margie Lynn Foltz, 67, of Winston-Salem, died peacefully on Tuesday, December 29, 2015 at Forsyth Medical Center, surrounded by family and friends. Born to James Ernest Wolfe and Esther Shepherd in 1948, Lynn grew up in Durham and Winston-Salem, nurtured by a large and loving family. While attending Reynolds High School Lynn met her life long sweetheart, Richard Steven Foltz at a Hi-Fi dance at the fairgrounds. They later married in 1967 and were blessed with two sons, Andy and Jonathan. While raising her family, Lynn went back to school, earning her BFA in 1987 from UNCG, then began her career as an arts educator, teaching at Petree, Latham, Ibraham, and Bolton for many years. As her skills and career grew, she earned her Masters in School Administration from Gardner-Webb University in 2006, after which she accepted more responsibilities as Arts Education Program Manager for the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools. In her dedication and love for education, she earned many awards, inspired many students, and turned colleagues into a diverse bouquet of friends, including among many others, Jan Detter, Cary Driver, Carolyn Mason, Debbie McNeil, Angela Pittman, Lillian Shelton, and Heidi Wicker. Retiring in 2012, Lynn was free to travel with Richard, to the mountains and the beaches, and visiting her sons. Lynn was a long time member of Friedberg Moravian Church, and her faith motivated much of her kindness and efforts. When she was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis, she began to need more and more oxygen as her lung capacity diminished. Through her suffering she never complained and refused to let many know how sick she was. We are so grateful for the kindness and professional help of the nurses and doctors that attended to her in her last days. Preceded in death by her parents, and sister Ernestine Cline, Lynn is survived by her sisters Joye Beckner and Marie Echols, her brothers David Wolfe and Dennis Wolfe, her devoted husband Richard Foltz and their two sons, Andy (Lauren) Foltz and Jon (Liz) Foltz. We are so thankful for everyone’s love, prayers and support during this time. We are blessed to have had her in our lives and are better people for it. She was an amazing mother to her sons, raising them to be strong, caring men. Her passion and dedication for arts education enriched the lives of hundreds, leaving a legacy that still enriches the city and county she loved. A service celebrating her life was held at Friedberg Moravian Church on Saturday, January 2nd.

Meroba Alice Wells Spaugh

08/26/1926 – 12/27/2015

Meroba Alice Wells Spaugh, 89, passed away December 27, 2015. She was born August 26, 1926 to Levi and Ethel Wells in Burgaw, NC. She loved gardening and selling at area farmer’s markets. Meroba is preceded in death by her husband, Paul Gordon Spaugh. She is survived by her children, Anne (Mark) Millaway and Wayne (Mary) Spaugh; her sister, Vera Owens; her grandchildren, Jeffrey (Michelle) Spaugh, Tracy (Aaron) Miller, Randy (Sheri) Mathis, Jennifer Bently, Sarah Millaway, Josh Millaway, and Sam (Judy) Millaway; 14 great-grandchildren, and many other loved ones. The Funeral Service was held Thursday, December 31, 2015 at Frank Vogler and Sons Funeral Home in Clemmons.