Obituaries for March 17, 2016

Published 3:06 pm Friday, March 18, 2016

Myra Smith Thompson

August 1, 1949 – March 3, 2016

Mrs. Myra Smith Thompson, 66, of Clemmons, NC, departed this life on Thursday, March 3, 2016 at Florida Hospital in Orlando, Florida. She was the daughter of Joseph G. Smith and Amelia Miller Smith. Mrs. Thompson was a life long member of Union Ridge United Methodist Church were she was active in the United Methodist Women, Jerry Pitts Sunday School Class, and a member of the choir. The wonderful cakes she baked were some of the biggest selling items at the Church Bazaar. She enjoyed going to the beach and mountains with family and friends. She especially enjoyed spending time with her family at Lake Norman and watching the beautiful sunrises and sunsets. In 1967, she married the love of her life, Steve C. Thompson. Of that marriage their son, Brian, was born. She was preceded in death by her father and mother; her grandmother who raised her, Myrtle Miller; her uncles, R.V. Miller, Jr., Red Miller, Jerry Pitts, Chuck Phillips, Fletcher Martin, Dick Moser; her aunt, Clara Moser. She is survived by her husband, Steve Thompson of the home; son, Brian Thompson (Linda) of Mooresville; granddaughter, Boston; grandson, Lincoln; sister, Cindy Morgan (Rick) of High Point; nephews; Thomas Morgan, Christopher Morgan (Jessica); stepmother, Patsy Smith; aunts; Irene Martin, Linda Ketner (Clete), Donna Phillips, Candy Newsom (Larry), and Gayle Miller. A celebration of her life will be held on March 19, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at Union Ridge United Methodist Church with the Rev. Jerry Evans and Rev. James Raines officiating. The family will receive friends an hour and half prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation or to Union Ridge United Methodist Church, 3620 Old Lexington Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27107.

Gwendolyn Blackburn Sink

06/10/1937 – 01/28/2016

Gwendolyn Blackburn Sink, 78, of Lawrenceville GA died unexpectedly but peacefully with family by her side on January 28, 2016. A Celebration of Life service will be held 1:30pm on March 19, 2016 at Clemmons First Baptist Church in Clemmons, NC, 27012. Born June 10, 1937, Winston Salem, NC, graduated from Griffith High School 1955, preceded in death by parents James Walter Blackburn, Ethel Robinson Blackburn, brother Russell Blackburn. Retired from Kraft Foods, an avid gardener who took great pride in her flowers, excelled in genealogy, and a proud member of DAR. She had strong faith & was grateful for every day. She enjoyed traveling with family & was blessed to visit idyllic historical sites in New Zealand, Australia, Italy, Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary, Mexico, Virgin Islands, Hawaii & more. She enjoyed researching her ancestry with her grandchildren. Family was always her highest priority. Survived by her husband of 59 years, Carl H. Sink; brother James Blackburn; 3 children (& spouses), Sherri Moore (Ted), Scott Sink (Tina), Scarlett Lopez (Michael); & 9 grandchildren to whom she was devoted: James, Tadd, Jonathan, Arielle, Victoria, Alexander, Savannah, Madeline, Mary Katherine. Gwen’s North Carolina roots run deep & her family & friends that remain there were important to her. It was her wish to be buried at Forsyth Memorial Park. Join the family to celebrate Gwen’s life this Saturday at Clemmons First Baptist Church. Following the service, share memories at the Family Life Center. We miss the most kind and selfless woman we’ve ever known, our beloved Mimi. Condolences/Memories:

James Adron “Woody” Woodruff

April 8, 1934 – Mar. 13, 2016

James Adron “Woody” Woodruff, of Lewisville, NC passed away Sunday, March 13 at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and entered his heavenly home. He was born April 8, 1934 in Glade Valley, NC. Woody graduated from Sparta High School. Having been paraplegic since 1956, Woody overcame many obstacles to live a fully rich life. Fond memories of his wonderful life with Ruby, family gatherings, times in the mountains, and spending time with good friends were among his many treasures. In his younger years he was known as the young man to help all the neighbors prepare their fields for spring planting. After his accident he continued to have a successful career at Piedmont Airlines and US Airways, a successful and enjoyable bowling career with the American Wheelchair Bowling Association (serving as officer for several positons), and a very independent life until the very end. Groups such as the Craft Brothers were often playing on his radio as he enjoyed Southern Gospel and Country Music. As an avid reader he was always seeking knowledge of the world around him. In 1975 Woody was honored by the Winston Salem Mayor’s Committee for the Handicapped as Handicapped Athlete of the Year. He received the Service to Mankind Award from the Stratford Sertoma Club of Winston Salem in 1979. The Stratford Sertoma Club awarded honorary membership to Woody in 1980. On June 26, l982 the American Wheelchair Bowling Association inducted him into their Hall of Fame. Until recent years Woody conducted wheelchair bowling tournaments since 1968. He has been featured in two bowling magazines and bowled in many states from California to North Carolina. Woody was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Grace Woodruff of Glade Valley, NC. He is survived by his wife Ruby Wilson Woodruff of Bermuda Commons, Advance, NC. Also surviving is a brother Frank Woodruff of Winston Salem. Clara (Ken) Pruitt of Winston Salem, Norma (Clayton) Brooks of Clemmons, and Pauline (Bruce) Shepherd of Lewisville are the three surviving sisters. Several nieces and nephews also survive as well as several great nieces and nephews. Please join the family for visitation Wednesday, March 16, 12:30 pm – 2:00pm at Hayworth Miller Funeral Home in Lewisville, NC. A graveside service and burial will begin at 2:30 at Westlawn Gardens of Memory in Clemmons, NC. Please make donations to the American Wheelchair Bowling Association, 16006 Congo Lane, Jersey Village, Texas or Woodruff Cemetery Trust Fund, 6337 Arden Circle, Clemmons, NC 27012. Donations can also be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Francis Leo Rabil

March 12, 2016

Francis Leo Rabil, passed away Saturday March 12, 2016 at the Kate B.Reynolds Hospice Home. He was born February 11, 1929 to Frank and Mary Rabil of Weldon, NC. He graduated from Weldon High School and attended East Carolina University. He served in the United States Army from 1951 to 1953 in the Korean war and was a purple heart recipient. He mostly worked in pharmaceuticals since 1959 until he retired at age 82. He was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church. He was preceded in death by hisloving wife of 54 years, Jean Bradley Rabil. He is survived by his daughter, Fran R. Newman and spouse, Edward of Clemmons, N.C. and his son, Bradley Mark Rabil, of Winston-Salem, NC. He is also survived by three brothers and two sisters. He was the example of a true hero. He was a beloved husband and father. A memorial service will be held atTrinity United Methodist Church, 3819 Country Club Road, Winston-Salem, NC, Wednesday March 16, 2016 at 2:00pm. The family will receive friends after at the church. His resting place will be in the Columbarium in the prayer garden at Trinity Church. The family would like to thank Hospiceand the west team for all of their love and care. In lieu of flowers,memorials may be made to the Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home, 101 Hospice Lane, Winston-Salem, NC 27103.

Hugh Barefoot

August 8, 1929 – March 7, 2016

Hugh Barefoot, 86, passed away peacefully on March 7, 2016, at Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home in Winston-Salem, surrounded by his loving wife and children. Hugh was born August 8, 1929, in Dunn, NC, to Egbert and Ruby Barefoot. He graduated from Dunn High School in 1947 and later received his Bachelor of Science from Wake Forest College and his Master of Education from UNC Chapel Hill. He served in the U.S. Army 449th “A” Battery Field Observation Battalion from 1951-1953. He married his truly beloved wife, Frances Dixon, and they moved to Winston-Salem in 1956. In 1966, they moved to Clemmons where they have lived together ever since. Hugh worked as assistant manager at Tanglewood Park in Clemmons from 1966-1976, but spent most of his career as a teacher and coach for Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools. After retiring in 1995, Hugh enjoyed playing golf, working in his yard, spending time with his grandchildren, and walking at the mall with his friends. Hugh was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Mac Barefoot. He is survived by his devoted wife of 60 years, Frances; one son, Lee Barefoot and wife Donna of Lewisville; one daughter, Lisa Barefoot of Winston-Salem; two grandchildren, Zachary and Shannon Barefoot; special sister-in-law, Louise Barefoot of Dunn; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law and several nieces and nephews who were loved dearly; many close friends; and, a very special canine companion, Lily Bell. The funeral service will be Saturday, March 19, 2016, at 11:00 am at Clemmons Moravian Church with Rev. Ray Burke officiating. The family will receive friends following the service at a Celebration of Life at Tanglewood Park Clubhouse Ballroom. The family requests that memorials be made to Clemmons Moravian Church, PO Box 730, Clemmons, NC, 27012; or, Hospice & Palliative CareCenter, 101 Hospice Lane, Winston-Salem, NC, 27103. The family would like to thank the staff at Bermuda Commons Rehabilitation and Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home for their special care of Hugh during his time of illness. They express sincere gratitude for all the support, prayers, and visits from faithful friends and family. They also extend a very special thank you to Debbie Phillips and Nancy Sutton for all the care and love given to Hugh and his family. Love to all! Online condolences may be sent to

Jeanne Baughman

3/1/1920 – 2/29/2016

Jeanne Baughman, 95, resident of Bermuda Village N.C. since 1995, died February 29, 2016. She was born in Warren, Ohio on March 1, 1920 to Mary and Homer Whiting. After graduating from Warren G. Harding High School, she attended Denison University and Hiram College, both in Ohio. She and husband Milton Day Baughman were married in 1943 and after the war settled in Warren to raise their family. Jeanne was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Warren where she served on a number of committees and Shallowford Presbyterian Church, N.C. She was also a member of Fortnightly Study Club, the Womens Auxiliary of Trumbull Memorial Hospital where she was the treasurer for many years and lead buyer for the gift shop. Jeanne also served on the board of Children’s Rehabilitation Center and as a Brownie Troop leader.The Baughmans spent many summers at Chautauqua Lake N.Y. at their summer home. She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, a brother and a husband. Jeanne loved animals, mystery novels, music of all kinds and was “the damnest shopper” according to her many friends. She loved to travel, and as noted by her grandmother “Jeanne, you are happiest when your hat is on”. She instilled resilience and a sense of adventure in her children.She is survived by five children: Kaye Pulkrabek (Larry) Tom Baughman (Michele), Sue Downey (Tom), Sally Anderson (Ron), Pam Curtis (Alan); nine grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.Gifts in her memory may be made to the Winston-Salem Symphony, 201 N. Broad St., Suite 200, Winston-Salem, NC 27101 ( The family would like to extend a special thank you to all the staff at Bermuda Village who so lovingly cared for Jeanne in her final months. Services will be at the convenience of the family.

Sallie Elizabeth Rehder Serosky

Dec. 10, 1954 – Feb. 29, 2016

Sallie Elizabeth Rehder Serosky, 61, died on February 29, 2016 at Forsyth Medical Center. She was born on December 10, 1954 in Forsyth County to Patricia Zminkowsky and John Rehder. Sallie graduated from R.J. Reynolds High School in 1972, she went on to begin her undergraduate studies at N.C. State and graduated from Wake Forest University with a Bachelor of Science Degree. She started her career with Booke & Co. and later retired from Aon Consulting Co. with many years of service. Volunteering with Animal Assisted Therapy at Wake Forest Baptist Health and Meals on Wheels with Senior Services, she was passionate about helping others. In addition to being an avid animal-lover, she enjoyed nature and the beach. She was preceded in death by her parents. Surviving are her loving husband of 40 years, Mark Serosky; one son, Michael Serosky; one daughter, Susan Serosky; three brothers, David Rehder (wife Margaret), Paul Rehder (wife Barbara), and John Rehder (wife Shirley); and several nieces and nephews. The family received friends on Thursday, March 3, 2016 at Hayworth-Miller Silas Creek Chapel. Words of remembrance followed the visitation. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Best Friends Animal Society, 5001 Animal Canyon Road, Kanab, Utah 84741. Online condolences may be made at
Jackie Gardner

Sept 5, 1951 – Feb 19, 2016

Jackie Gardner, 64, died on February 19, 2016 at Mallard Ridge in Clemmons. She was born in Forsyth County to Jack Wolfe Gardner and Janet Perryman Gardner, and named Mary Jacquelynn but everyone knew her as Jackie. She was employeed by Ingredion Corporation (formerly Corn Products). She enjoyed volunteering with Red Cross, Crisis Control, Harvest Church, and River Oaks Church. She is survived by her daughter Amy Russell (John) of Washington state; grandchildren Wyatt and Sammy Russell; and sister Nora Moser of Granite Falls, NC. A Celebration of Life service was held on Saturday March 5, 2015 at River Oaks Community Church in Clemmons officiated by Pastor Sonny Flowers. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to H.O.P.E. of Winston-Salem, PO Box 26672, Winston-Salem, NC 27114

Paul R. Webster Jr.

Aug. 4, 1935 – March 6, 2016

Paul R. Webster Jr., of Clemmons, NC died Sunday, March 6, 2016 at his home. He was born in Rockingham County on August 4, 1935 to the late Paul R. Webster, Sr. and the late Martha L. Webster. Mr. Webster was a member of the Jaycees, US Power Squadron, Home Builders Association, and Winston-Salem Fishing Club. He volunteered with the Shepherd Center and Medical Park Hospital. Mr. Webster was the owner of Glass Service Inc. and retired from Fowler Jones Construction company in 2000. He is survived by his wife of 60 years Anne Webster; Children, Ron Webster of Pfafftown, Linda Lamb and husband John of Dalton, GA, and Teresa Carter and husband Neil of Lexington. Grandchildren Adam Carter, Aaron Carter and wife Jessie, Lindsay Greene and husband David and Drew Lamb. Great grandchildren Silas Pledger, Hadley Greene and Charlie Carter. He was preceded in death by his sister Joe Ann W. Shelton. Funeral Service will be held Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at 2:00 pm at Salem Funeral Home Chapel. The Family will receive friends on Tuesday, March 8 at Salem Funeral Home from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Memorials may be made to The Shepherd Center of Greater Winston-Salem, 1700 Ebert St., Winston-Salem, N.C, 27013.