Obituaries for March 24, 2016
Elmo Davis “Jack” Sparks, Jr.
May 30, 1925 – March 12, 2016
Elmo Davis “Jack” Sparks, Jr., 90, of Winston Salem, N.C. died March 12, 2016. Born May 30, 1925 in the Swan Creek community of western Yadkin County, he was the son of the late Elmo Davis Sparks and the late Gladys Sparks Allen. Jack grew up in Winston-Salem, attended Calvary Moravian Church and graduated in 1943 from R. J. Reynolds High School. Jack started working early in life delivering morning and afternoon newspapers throughout much of Winston-Salem’s “West End” neighborhood. He also sliced and sold ham in a meat market at the City Market downtown. He sold “War Bonds” door-to-door to support the nation’s efforts in World War Two. Jack served as an officer in the U. S. Merchant Marine from 1943 to 1947 and sailed on troop transport ships in the Atlantic, Mediterranean and the Pacific. Jack then attended and later graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After college Jack went to work in the plumbing and heating supply industry. From the early 1950’s to the mid 1960’s he worked for Atlas Supply Company in Charlotte, N.C., Atlanta, Ga. and Athens, Ga. In 1965, he moved back to Charlotte to join a newly created Murray Supply Company. He and the family then moved to Lewisville, N.C. in 1972, while Jack worked in sales for Murray Supply’s Winston-Salem office. He retired at age 70 but continued to call on customers part-time until well into his 80’s. Jack lived an active life. He loved working, singing, family gatherings and following UNC’s sports’ teams. Jack loved sowing grass and growing fruit in his yard. He also loved music, a pursuit he first cultivated by playing clarinet in orchestral groups in high school and the U.S. military. His musical expression then turned to singing. He served joyfully for more than four decades in the church choir at Clemmons Moravian, sang Handel’s “Messiah” with choral groups in Charlotte and Winston-Salem and performed several years during the late 1960’s in the “Singing Christmas Tree” in Charlotte. Jack is survived by his wife Betty Sparks, sons Jim Sparks and Drew Sparks and son-in-law Rick Jones, all of Lewisville; grandchildren Richard Jones of Winston-Salem, Katie Jones of Charlotte, Amy Jones and Desmond Harris, both of Lewisville; a nephew James Graham of Orange Park, Florida and a niece Trish Wickham of Gainesville, Fl. Jack was preceded in death by his parents, sister Doris Sparks Graham, daughter Cynthia Jones and son John Sparks. A graveside service was held on Friday, March 18, 2016 at Clemmons Moravian Church Graveyard with Pastor Ray Burke officiating. Donations may be made in Jack’s memory to Clemmons Moravian Church, Post Office Box 730, Clemmons, N.C., 27012. Online condolences can be made at www.hayworth-miller.com.
Kaibah Mavai Johnson
Kaibah Mavai Johnson was called home ending her time with us on March 7, 2016 at Forsyth Medical Center, located in Winston Salem, North Carolina. She was a business woman that managed the import and export of goods throughout several West African countries. In 1982, Kaibah was brought to the United States by her eldest daughter, Agnes Liberty Carver. As a widowed mother of six, she worked extremely hard as Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) for more than fifteen years to bring all of her children and grandchildren to the United States. She was a loving mother who lived her life for Jehovah and her children. Kaibah Mavai Johnson was born on July 10, 1941 in Lofa County Liberia, West Africa to the late Madala F. Johnson and Sabah Joejoe Johnson. She was a faithful member of the Jehovah’s Witnesses. She was very strong in her belief and every time she was asked, “How are you today”, her response would be, “I thank Jehovah”. Kaibah loved going around and speaking about Jehovah, sharing time with her family and helping people whenever she could. Kaibah was preceded in death by her parents; her beloved husband, Taylor N. Selli, Jr.; two sons, Arthur and Andrew Coleman; three sisters, Comfort Johnson Scott, Weedor Johnson, and Joe Johnson Mulbah; three brothers, You-Kollie, Andrew, and Sigbeh Johnson. Kaibah leaves to cherish her memories, six children, Agnes Liberty Carver (Franklin) of Clemmons, NC, Sonnie Coleman Massaquoi (John) of Baltimore, MD, Taylor N. Selli III of Fredericksburg, VA, Majoe M. Selli (Elizabeth) of Baltimore, MD, Sabah Selli Gurley (Milton) of Jacksonville, FL, and Sekou A. Selli of Winter Park, FL; eight sisters, Esther Johnson Morris, Saybah Johnson Kpamia, Cecelia Johnson Jorgbor, Saybah Johnson Jallah, Mamie Johnson, Gbolue Johnson Washington, Sabah Johnson, Domawah Johnson; eight brothers, Sigbeh Johnson, Emanuel Johnson, Francis Johnson, Kollie Johnson, You-Kollie Johnson, Saywala Johnson, Gbowah Johnson, Kolloboi Johnson, along with sixteen grandchildren, fifteen great grandchildren, four brother-in-laws, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. A Funeral Service was held on Saturday, March 26, 2016 at 10AM at Frank Vogler & Sons Funeral Home Clemmons Chapel, 2849 Middlebrook Dr. A sincere thanks is extended to all of our friends, church members, and the Jehovah’s Witnesses family for all your prayers and well wishes. Our enduring gratitude is extended to the medical practitioners and staff at Forsyth Medical Center and Regency Care of Clemmons. May God Bless each of you.
Douglas Fretzer Beasley
Aug. 7, 1934 – Mar. 17, 2016
Mr. Douglas Fretzer Beasley, 81, passed away Thursday, March 17, 2016 at Trinity Elms. He was born August 7, 1934 in Guilford County to the late William Bryant and Pearl Brooks Beasley. Mr. Beasley is survived by his wife, Wa-Dean Beasley; four children, Dawn Austin (David) of Wilmington, Robin Beasley of Greensboro, Arnold Beasley (Brenda) of Trinity, and Shane Beasley (Kay) of Rural Hall; two step-children, Swansa L. Bryant (Steve) of Yadkinville and Bryan Long (Tina) of East Bend; seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild; also surviving are three sisters, Bonnie Quick of Kernersville, Shirley Schoffner of Mocksville, and Juanita “Sis” Lindley of Kernersville. A graveside service was held Saturday, March 19, 2016 at Yadkin Memorial Gardens with Rev. Jamie Reavis officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care Center, 101 Hospice Lane, Winston-Salem, NC 27103. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.hayworth-miller.com. Hayworth-Miller Lewisville Chapel is serving the family of Mr. Beasley.
Helen Maxine Lewis
July 10, 1920 – March 15, 2016
Helen Maxine Lewis, 95, of Clemmons passed away Tuesday, March 15, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. She was born July 10, 1920 in Forsyth County to Ernest C. Caudle and Carrie Disher Caudle. Helen was born and raised in the Oak Grove Community, married Sherman F. “Lew” Lewis during World War II and they were blessed with 68 years of marriage. She graduated Walkertown High School and Draughon Business College in Winston-Salem. She worked for Western Electric Telephone as a supervisor in the computer department and retired in 1978 after 31 years of service. Although she spent a lifetime as a “career girl”, her heart had always been at home. Mrs. Lewis was a member of Oak Grove Moravian Church which had been the center of her life since 1930. As a child, she memorized the entire chapter of Romans 12 which became her favorite Scripture. She was a member of Margaret Hammock’s Adult Sunday School class, taught children’s Sunday School, sang in the choir, played piano and organ and also worked as the church librarian. She loved traveling, reading, boating, fishing and spending time at her home in Emerald Isle, NC where she hosted many friends and family members. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, and two sisters Edna Louise and Naomi Mae. She is survived by her cherished son, Kenneth Sherman Lewis and wife, Jo; three grandchildren: Heather Norman (Lee), Donna Clayton (Steve), Donny Lowery; and great-granddaughter, Savannah Norman and a host of nieces and nephews. Funeral services was held at Oak Grove Moravian Church, 120 Hammock Farm Road, off Old Walkertown Road, Saturday, March 19th with Pastor David Berrier and Rev. Matthew Allen officiating. Burial followed in the church graveyard. Memorials may be made to Oak Grove Moravian Church. A special thank you to the staff at 600 Hall Peak Resources in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Billy Joe Bullins
June 8,1938 – March 19,2016
Billy Joe Bullins, 77, went home to be with the Lord, March 19, 2016, at his home in Clemmons, NC. He was born June 8, 1938, in Stokes County, to the late Joseph and Hester Mabe Bullins. He was a retired tobacco farmer that enjoyed spending time at the beach. Billy Joe was also an avid guitar player who loved both bluegrass and country music. In addition to his parents Billy Joe was preceded in death by two brothers: Paul and Daniel Bullins and six sisters: Stella Brim, Annie Brim, Ruby Briggs, Nina Priddy, Katherine Bennett and Lorene Mabe. A graveside service was held Tuesday, March 22, 2016, at Gardens of Memory with Rev. Randy Broadstreet officiating. He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years: Carolyn Newman Bullins, three daughters: Sherry Broadstreet (Randy), Kathy Holland (Jerry), Vicky Davis (John), two grandchildren: Joseph Broadstreet and Tabitha Ladouceur, two great grandchildren: Skylar and Raina Ladouceur, one brother: Walter Bullins and one sister: Shirley Bibey. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home, 101 Hospice Lane, Winston Salem, NC 27103.
Patricia Guilfoil Johnson
July 6, 1927 – March 18, 2016
Patricia Guilfoil Johnson, 88, of Winston-Salem died on Friday, March 18, 2016 at her home. Patricia was born in Rochester, NY on July 6, 1927 to Louis Guilfoil and Anna Krenzer Guilfoil. On January 9, 1946 she was married to the love of her life, William George Johnson. She was a proud homemaker, and enjoyed traveling with her husband. Her devotion to her family always came first. She also loved cooking and reading as well as crocheting and sewing in the early years. Besides her beloved husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers, Robert, Tom, Dick, Jim and one sister, Roberta. She is survived by five children, Rosemarie Young and her husband, Earl of Dexter, MO, Virginia Kilgore and her husband, Burnard of Cincinnati, OH, Marianne Miller of Winston-Salem, NC, Louise Solomon and Herman Blackburn of Lakeland, FL, and William Johnson, Jr. and wife, Carla of Santa Rosa Beach, FL; nine grandchildren and six great grandchildren. A celebration of life was held Wednesday, March 23rd in the Chapel of Frank Vogler and Sons Funeral Home in Clemmons. Memorial contributions may be made to The American Heart Association, 7029 Albert Pick Road, Suite 200, Greensboro, NC 27409 in Patricia’s name.
Sara Delight Brown Adams
1/8/1937 – 3/12/2016
Mrs. Sara Delight Brown Adams, 79, of Winston-Salem, NC, passed away on Saturday, March 12, 2016, at her daughter’s home. Mrs. Adams was born on January 8, 1937, in Shelbyville, Indiana to the late Herrin H. Brown and Mary Louise Small Brown. Delight graduated from Shelbyville High School in 1954. Following graduation, she attended Franklin College where she was a member of the Delta Delta Delta National Sorority. In February 1956 Delight married Merlin S. Adams and they enjoyed 55 years of marriage until his death in 2011. Delight faithfully served her community in numerous capacities. She was elected two terms to the office of City Clerk Treasurer for the city of Shelbyville and served in that role from 1972 until 1979. Delight was the first woman in Shelbyville, Indiana history to run for the office of Mayor. She also served on the Board of S.C.U.F.F.Y. for several years. Delight was also the past President of the Parent Teachers Association. From 1981 to 1984 she was the Deputy County Auditor for the Shelby County Government as well as the Town Administrator of Hope, Indiana. Mrs. Adams also worked in the real estate field and was Realtor and Outstanding Sales Person for Century 21 from 1987 to 1993. Delight spent over 20 years working as a senior tax advisor for HR Block. She loved visiting her son in Florida and going out to dinner with friends and family. Delight treasured the time she spent with her family, friends and her beloved dogs. In addition to her parents and husband, Delight was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Ralph H. Brown and Ethel Belle Gunning Brown; maternal grandparents, George Small and Mary Fagel Small; and Merlin’s parents, John L. “Cookie” Adams and Hazel Webster Adams. Mrs. Adams is survived by her two children, Matthew Herrin Adams and wife, Debbie Hentoff Adams of Delray Beach, FL and Mary Kathleen Adams of Winston-Salem, NC. A memorial service was held on Tuesday, March 22, 2016, at Clemmons Presbyterian Church. The family would like to extend their sincere gratitude to Hospice and Palliative Care of Forsyth County, especially all of the South Team members led by Kathleen O’Brien; her loving caregivers, Crystal Ruiz and Renee Erbe; the staff at AL Nursing; devoted friend Peggy Jean Jarvis, Pastor Bill Hoyle, and all of her family and friends for the love and support shown to Delight and her family. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Forsyth County, 101 Hospice Ln., Winston-Salem, NC 27103 or Clemmons Presbyterian Church, 3930 Clemmons Rd., Clemmons, NC 27012.