Obituaries for April 21, 2016

Published 10:01 am Friday, April 22, 2016

Claudia Gabrels Lyda

Feb. 10, 1945 – April 11, 2016

Claudia Gabrels Lyda, would like to let all of you know that her work here is complete. She received a call and an offer which she could not refuse. Her offer included the greatest of bonuses, to be with her savior and to reunite with family and friends that she has not seen for a while. She was most excited to see her Mother and Father Mary & Max Gelburd. She was strong, beautiful, dedicated, devoted, loving, unwavering, classy, sassy, and strong in faith; all the traits required to be a true Southern Lady. As a result, she leaves behind two exceptional sons, Todd and Jamey Hammond. A grateful daughter in law, Chris. Seven Grandchildren ~ Andrea, Courtney (her husband Kevin), Max, Emily, Claudia, Kaley & David and 2 Great Grandchildren ~ Halle & Kameron. There were also countless friends whom she loved and they reciprocated. She was a member of Clemmons United Methodist Church for 38 years, achieved a 37-year career at Womble Carlyle, mastered shagging to beach music, perfected the martini, was a culinary master with dressing & gravy, and was unmatched in her allegiance to the Clemson Tigers. For those of us she leaves behind we are all the better for having her in our lives. In the words of her favorite poet William Wordsworth “What though the radiance which was once so bright. Be now taken forever from my sight. Though nothing can bring back the hour of splendor in the grass, of glory in the flower. We will grieve not, rather find strength in what remains behind”. Services were held at Clemmons United Methodist Church on Monday the 18th. Her wishes included having her ashes placed in the Columbarium, on the grounds of Clemmons Methodist Church, so she can remain close to her family and friends. Claudia requested that any remembrances be given as a donation to the Wounded Warriors Fund.

Katherine Dooley

6/27/30 – 4/11/16

Katherine Dooley, 85, of Clemmons passed away April 11, 2016 at Hospice of Davidson County. She was a devoted wife and mother and will be greatly missed. Mrs. Dooley is preceded in death by her parents Floyd and Juanita Barber, her loving husband, James Leonard Dooley, Sr., sisters Margaret Smith, Boots Mitchell and her brother, Dub Barber. She is survived by her daugher Kathy Dooley Herr(Chris), son James Leonard Dooley, Jr. (Amanda); grandchildren Tara Nagel, Justin Aldridge, and Julia Dooley; great grandchildren Hunter Aldridge, Trevor Nagel; her brother Terry Barber and sisters, Ruby Anderson, Nancy Creeson, and Claudia Estep. There will be a private graveside service for immediate family at Arcadia United Methodist Church cemetary. A memorial service is planned for a later date. In lieu of flowers the family has requested that memorials be made to Hospice of Davidson County.

Daniel E. Baisden

April 28, 1946 – April 11, 2016

Daniel E. Baisden, Dan’s spirit left its earthly shell to be with his Lord and loved ones on Monday, April 11, 2016. He was born April 28, 1946 in Madison to Jack and Jewell Bell Baisden Garten. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his college sweetheart and wife of 19 years, Sandee Wheeler, who died in an auto accident in 1987. He is survived by his children, Jason Baisden (Debbie), and four sons, Paul, Brad, Andrew, and Joshua, Brad Baisden (Teresa), McKenzie Bodiford (Nick) and daughters, Taylor, Logan and Harper, Kiersten Baisden, living in SC, and Will Baisden (Citadel Cadet), sisters, Dee Rogers (Gary), of South Charleston, WV, Jackie Berthold (Rob), of Charleston, WV and Sandra Cobb Baisden, mother of Kiersten and Will. He attended Scott High School in Madison, Marshall University in Huntington, Troy State University in Troy, Ala., and the LSU School of Banking. Dan also served in the United States Air Force. During his banking career he served as a branch manager, commercial lender, branch coordinator (supervising 13 branches), director of training and sales process director. Dan helped to found the first Goodwill Industries in South Carolina, and was volunteer chairman and served on the business committees of Goodwill of North Carolina. He was also a board member of WLFJ Christian radio station in Greenville, S.C.; chairman of the Greenville Christian Business Men’s Committee, president of Greenville Full Gospel Business Men International; chosen as “Boss of the Year” by Greenville Credit Women International; chosen “Volunteer of the Year” by United Way of Winston-Salem, N.C.; and received the North Carolina Governor’s Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service from then-Governor Jim Hunt. Dan spoke in South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia, sharing the importance of having a personal relationship with Jesus. He was a Sunday school teacher, and a substitute teacher after retirement. He also worked with Iraqi and Burmese refugees settling in North Carolina. Dan’s personal mission statement: “Not to deem myself better than others I meet and to be a servant to all.” His license plate in three states read BPOSITV. Some would say Dan was a good man. Others would say he was not. Those in the latter group would be in agreement with God, who said, “There is none who does good, there is not even one.” (Romans 3:12). Hopefully both groups would say, “Dan tried to do good.” His body was donated to the Marshall University Medical School. Memorial Service was held Monday, April 18, 2016 at River Oaks Community Church, 1855 Lewisville Clemmons Road, Clemmons, NC with Pastor Gary Byrum officiating.

Jerry Blizard

Feb. 2, 1939 – April 11, 2016

Jerry Blizard, 77, of Winston-Salem died Monday, April 11, 2016 at Kate B. Reynolds with his family by his side. Jerry was born February 2, 1939 to his mother, Elizabeth Angel Blizard. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brother, Richard Blizard. He loved his family, friends, and was involved in local community activities such as cycling. He was a graduate of Hanes High School in 1958 and enjoyed playing the trumpet. He is survived by a sister Linda Nelson and Jeannie Blizard (wife of Richard) both of Winston-Salem; two children, Eric Blizard and wife Bethany of Advance and Deborah Harper of Raleigh; niece Corrine Ogburne of Winston-Salem and Renee Wilkie and husband, Roy of Jamestown and grandchildren and cousins. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions will be accepted online ( or at New Life Baptist Church, PO Box 1626, Clemmons, NC 27012 supporting missions. Online condolences may be made at

Charles Richard Jones

10/20/1930 – 04/12/2016

Mr. Charles Richard Jones, 85, of Advance, NC, passed away on Tuesday, April 12, 2016, at the Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home. Mr. Jones was born in Washington, D.C. on October 20, 1930, and grew up in McLean, VA the son of the late Ernest Willie Jones and Grace Gulli Jones. Mr. Jones served his country in the United States Army Reserves. Buddy, as known by friends, spent 38 years in the Transportation Industry, with a majority of that time at McLean Trucking Company in Winston-Salem. In addition to his parents, Mr. Jones was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Patricia “Patsy” R. Jones; one brother, Billy Jones; and one brother-in-law, Dave Richardson. He is survived by four children, Lynn Marcellino and husband, Tom of Bermuda Run, NC, Lauren Jones Darnell and husband, Steve of Chapin, SC, Liz Spainhour of Advance, NC, and Bud Jones and wife, Becky of Mooresville, NC; nine grandchildren, Ann Marie Marcellino, Matthew Thomas Marcellino and wife, Christina, August Darnell Trammell and husband, Jonathan, Aliza Ann Darnell, Avery Jones Darnell, Max Spainhour, Taylor Nicole Jones, Morgan Alexandra Jones and Charles Richard Jones, III; two great-grandchildren, Caroline Grace Marcellino and Thomas Dean Marcellino; two sisters, Betty Mae Richardson of Montrose, VA and Bonnie O’Connor and husband, Kris of Advance, NC; and one brother, Biffy Jones of Potomac Falls, VA. A memorial service was held Saturday, April 16, 2016, at St. Clement’s Episcopal Church in Clemmons. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be made to the Hospice and Palliative Care Center at Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home, 101 Hospice Ln., Winston-Salem, NC 27103 and/or St. Clement’s Episcopal Church, 3600 Harper Rd., Clemmons, NC 27012. Hayworth-Miller Silas Creek Chapel is assisting the Jones family.

Rev. Mark F. Wimmer

July 02, 1934 – April 14, 2016

DRY FORK, VA — Rev. Mark F. Wimmer, 81, passed away on Thursday, April 14, 2016 at Forsyth Medical Center Winston-Salem, NC. He was born on July 02, 1934, in Dry Fork, VA, to the late Carl C. Wimmer and Lura Hoskins Wimmer. Rev. Wimmer served many United Methodist Churches in the Western North Carolina Conference including Pine Grove United Methodist Church, Winston-Salem, and wrote a weekly One Minute Sermon for The Clemmons Courier. After retirement in NC, he served as interim pastor at several Methodist churches in the Danville area. After his VA retirement, Rev. Wimmer attended Whitmell United Methodist Church. He is survived by his wife, Paige Wimmer, of the residence; sons, Sterling Leon Wimmer of the Charlotte, NC, area, Robert Nelson Wimmer (Xochitl) of Atlanta, GA, and Grier C. Wimmer (Mary) of Winston-Salem, NC. Also surviving are five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren and sister, Clara Bowman who resides in Danville, VA. In addition to his parents, Rev. Wimmer was predeceased by his sisters, Edith Coleman and Elma Nunnery, and brothers Carl Wimmer, Ennis Wimmer, Frank Wimmer, Grier Wimmer, Jerome Wimmer, Roy Wimmer, and Sterling Wimmer. Funeral services was conducted on Sunday, April 17, 2016 at Swicegood Funeral Home with Pastor Wayne C. Moore officiating. Interment followed in Highland Burial Park. In lieu of flowers, the family requests any donations be made to Whitmell United Methodist Church in Dry Fork, VA. Swicegood Funeral Service is serving the Wimmer family. Sign the guestbook at,, and