Obituaries for Feb. 25, 2016
Published 12:26 pm Thursday, February 25, 2016
Glenna Lucille Brown Johnson
Glenna Lucille Brown Johnson of Winston-Salem passed away Monday, February 1, 2016. She was born July 3, 1923 in Ashe County, NC to William Dolphus Brown and Lelia Jane Shepherd Brown. Lucille attended Virginia-Carolina High School, where she lettered in basketball. Upon graduation, she followed her older sisters to Winston-Salem to pursue a career. Lucille worked as Secretary of the Anatomy Department of Bowman Gray School of Medicine, assisting Dr. Warren Andrew with his work and the publication of his book, Textbook of Comparative Histology. Growing up in Ashe County, she attended New River Baptist Church with her family, where she was baptized. Following her marriage, she attended Fairview Moravian Church the rest of her life. Lucille enjoyed growing plants and flowers, sewing and needle arts. She was a sports enthusiast following college basketball and professional baseball. Always cooking from scratch, Lucille took pride in her paper thin Moravian cookies. Travels included visiting all 50 states and a variety of foreign countries. She was especially fond of visiting the Holy Lands, and traveling with her family to Northern Ireland and Scotland, where she explored the homeland of her ancestors. Most of all, Lucille enjoyed telling stories about raising her children. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband of 56 years, Dr. Henry W. Johnson, III; her brothers Dale Brown and wife Daisy, Howard Brown and wife Savannah; her sisters Swanneda Brown Cleckley and husband Mack, Jewel Brown Olson and husband Marvin; and her in-laws Joe and Mary Johnson Vance. Lucille is survived by her daughter Stephanie Johnson, her son Brent Johnson and wife Darla, brother-in-law Gene Johnson and wife Barbara, and many special nieces, nephews and extended family. Funeral services were held at Hope Moravian Church on Friday, February 5 with Rev. Andrew Heil and Rev. David Merritt officiating. Burial follow in the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to Hope Moravian Church (2759 Hope Church Road, W-S, NC 27127), New River Baptist Church (1619 Weaver Ford Road, Grassy Creek, NC 28631), Boy Scouts of America – Old Hickory Council (6600 Silas Creek Parkway, W-S, NC 27106), and the “Angel Tree” Project of Salvation Army (901 N. Cleveland Ave., W-S, NC 27101). The family sincerely thanks Vickie Gwyn for her dedicated and loving care of Mrs. Johnson.
Imogene Brown Collins
7/26/1933 – 2/17/2016
Mrs. Imogene Brown Collins, 82, of Clemmons, NC, passed away on Wednesday, February 17, 2016, at Forsyth Medical Center. Mrs. Collins was born in Wilkes County, NC on July 26, 1933, to the late Ambrose Floyd Brown and Ollie Watson Brown. Imogene was a loyal member of Lewisville Baptist Church and was a member of the choir. She was a graduate of A.L Brown High School in Kannapolis, NC and retired from Bellsouth. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Aubrey James Collins; two sisters, Iva Smith and Cleatis Faulkenbury; and one brother, Hamp Brown. Mrs. Collins is survived by her son, Randy Collins and wife, JoAnn of King, NC; two grandchildren, Trip Collins and Jennifer Collins, both of King, NC; two great-grandchildren, Cai and Aubrey Kate; two sisters, Irene Moose of Kannapolis, NC and Ruth Holbrook of Charlotte, NC; two brothers, Ransom Brown and Ambrose Junior Brown and wife, Daphne, all of Davidson, NC; and numerous other loving relatives and special friends. A funeral service was held Saturday, February 20, 2016, at Lewisville Baptist Church with Dr. George D. Smith and Rev. Jo C. Bjorling officiating. Interment followed at Westlawn Gardens of Memory. The family is accepting flowers or memorials may be made to Lewisville Baptist Church, 125 Lewisville-Clemmons Rd., Lewisville, NC 27023 or The Enrichment Center, 1006 Marshall St. SW, Winston-Salem, NC 27101.
Ursula Stephens, of Lewisville, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 17 at the Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home. She was originally from Stamford, CT, and held an undergraduate degree from Russell Sage College and a master’s degree from Columbia University. She retired from the Winston-Salem Forsyth County School system as a curriculum coordinator at Old Town School. She was a member of Knollwood Baptist Church and sang in the choir for 20 years. She was an avid supporter of the performing arts, a musician and a student of classical guitar. She was preceded in death by her husband, James A. Stephens. Ursula is survived by her daughter, Vanessa Stephens Hess and two grandchildren, Claire and Christopher Hess. Funeral services were held Sunday, Feb. 21st at Knollwood Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Kate B. Reynolds Hospice and Palliative Care Center, 101 Hospice Lane, Winston Salem, NC 27103.
Thomas Slater Jr.
09/11/1966 – 02/14/2016
Mocksville Police Detective Thomas Slater Jr., 49, passed away Sunday at Forsyth Medical Center. “Slater” was a native of Forsyth County, the son of the late Thomas Walter Slater, Sr. and Mozelle Phillips Slater. He was a graduate of West Forsyth High School and served in the U.S. Air Force from 1987-1990. He had been with the Mocksville Police Department for 10 years, was also a reserve officer with the Davie County Sheriff’s Department and a member of Advance Masonic Lodge No. 710 AF & AM. Services were held Thursday, Feb. 18 at Davie Funeral Chapel. Interment followed in the Rose Cemetery with full Honors. He is survived by his wife, Teresa Lynn Hicks Slater; one son, Joshua Lee Slater (Caitlyn) and one daughter, Erica Flemming, all of Mocksville; a brother, Ray Slater (Kathy) of Morristown, TN; a sister, Lora Goins (Ricky) of Winston-Salem; three grandchildren: Makenzie Smoot, Khloe Gadson and Jonathan H. Slater. Memorials to the Purple Heart Foundation or the Wounded Warrior Project.
Lewana H. Huffman
Feb. 10, 1924 – Feb. 14, 2016
Lewana H. Huffman, 92, passed away Sunday, February 14, 2016. She was born February 10, 1924 in Surry County to the late John F. and Rosella S. Hemmings. Mrs. Huffman was a member of Concord United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph B. Huffman and three sons, Joseph B. Huffman, Jr., John E. Huffman, and David A. Huffman. Surviving is a son, Ronald L. Huffman (Jeannie) of Clemmons; daughter-in-law, Diane Huffman of Clemmons; grandson, Jason Huffman of Winston-Salem; granddaughter, Jennifer Huffman Haning (Gary) of Winston-Salem; also surviving are two great-grandchildren, Dean Huffman and Alyssa Haning. A graveside service was conducted Friday, February 19, 2016 at Westlawn Gardens of Memory with Chaplain Jon E. Smith officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Concord United Methodist Church, 8955 Concord Church Rd., Lewisville, NC 27023.
Joe Hunter Reins
May 4, 1930 – Feb. 14, 2016
Mr. Joe Hunter Reins, 85, of Clemmons, NC, died on Sunday, February 14, 2016, at Forsyth Medical Center. He was born on May 4, 1930, in Winston-Salem, NC, to Charles Cicero and Ella Armstrong Reins. Mr. Reins graduated from R. J. Reynolds High School in 1949. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and studied Business Administration. He left to serve in the United States Navy during the Korean War, including an assignment at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He was on active duty for 4 years. Mr. Reins worked for 35 years at Duke Energy (formerly Duke Power Company) in both Hickory, NC and Winston-Salem. He began his career in Winston-Salem as a salesman in the office. He transferred to Hickory as commercial manager and continued in that position for 19 years. He returned to Winston-Salem in 1977 to become the marketing manager and remained there until his retirement. During his professional career, Mr. Reins served his community as a member of Kiwanis International, the Home Builders Association of Winston-Salem, the Winston-Salem Sales & Marketing Association, and a local Toastmasters Club in Forsyth County. While in Hickory, Mr. Reins was active with church volunteer work from ushering during church services to helping with food preparation of church gatherings. He also enjoyed many hobbies including tennis, bridge, fishing, and golf. Mr. Reins is survived by his wife of 62 years, Marilyn Evans Reins; a daughter, Cheryl Reins Malcolm, and her husband, Kenneth Washam Malcolm, Jr.; a son, Blair Armstrong Reins, and his wife, Judy Flower Reins; and the beloved family dog, Alex. Another son, Randall Hunter Reins, predeceased Mr. Reins in 2011. They are now rejoicing together in Heaven. A memorial service was held Thursday, February 18th, 2016, in the Sanctuary at Ardmore United Methodist Church, 630 South Hawthorne Road in Winston-Salem with Rev. Jock Ollis, and Rev. Lisa Tanico officiating. A special thanks to the cardiac medical team at Forsyth Medical Center. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Forsyth County Humane Society, 61 Miller Street, Winston-Salem, NC, 27104, because Mr. Reins always remembered “all the little pets” in his daily prayers.
Elizabeth “Cricket” McElrath West
02/03/1930 – 02/16/2016
Mrs. Elizabeth “Cricket” McElrath West, 86, passed away Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at Clemmons Village II, after a courageous battle with vascular dementia since 2005. She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Mary McElrath, and three brothers, John, Jack and Tommy Lee McElrath. She leaves behind her loving & devoted husband of 65 years, Donald R West; 4 daughters: Donna Konkler, Robin Reid (Blake), Kim West (Gail) , and Janice Mendek (Steve); 4 grandchildren: David Konkler Jr (Steph), Heather Huels (Mike), Dustin Craven (Kayla), and Amanda Pope (Keith); 2 great-granddaughters: Sydney and Savannah Konkler; numerous nieces, 1 nephew, several cousins and a number of ‘granddogs’. Born Elizabeth Irene, she was immediately nicknamed ‘Cricket’ by her aunt who said she was “pert as a cricket”, meaning healthy and active. She met Don, the love of her life, at Reynolda Presbyterian Youth Fellowship when she was 16, and one of their first dates was to the Christmas Eve Lovefeast at Calvary Moravian Church, where he was a member. That ‘date’ became a ‘tradition’ and she attended the lovefeast annually thereafter with her family. Cricket graduated from Old Town School in 1949, married Don in 1951 and began working for Quality Oil Co. In 1953, when the first of 4 girls was born, she quit work to become the consummate “domestic engineer”, taking exceptional care of her family and home. Cricket was an avid sports player & fan, playing basketball in high school and then with the Twin City All Stars, softball for Barq Bottling Co, and cheering for the Atlanta Braves. She passed her love of athletics on to her daughters and could be found at all their games hollering from the sidelines. Her competitiveness spread to badminton, croquet, ping pong, bocce ball and putt putt where she loved to beat Don and claim bragging rights. Cricket loved the companionship of man’s best friend and a dog or two was always part of the family. She’ll always be in our hearts, for we ALL love her and will miss her very much. A funeral service was held Thursday, February 18, 2016 at Hayworth-Miller Kinderton Chapel in Advance, NC, with visitation immediately following the service. Interment was the next day in Westlawn Gardens of Memory, Clemmons, NC. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials in Cricket’s name be made to Forsyth Humane Society, 61 Miller St, Winston-Salem, NC or Mountain Valley Hospice & Palliative Care, 401 Technology Lane, Suite 200, Mt Airy, NC 27030. The family would like to thank the staff at Clemmons Village II for their wonderful & loving care of Cricket the past few years and Mountain Valley Hospice for their assistance over the last few months.