Obituaries for May 26, 2016

Published 4:26 pm Thursday, May 26, 2016

Ruth Reich Dickerson

May 11, 1929 – May 21, 2016

Mrs. Ruth Reich Dickerson, 87, of Clemmons, passed away on Saturday, May 21, 2016, at the Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home. She was born on May 11, 1929, in Forsyth County, one of four children, to the late John Ralph and Mary Elizabeth Linville. Ruth was a graduate of Griffith High School class of 1947. She worked at Wachovia Bank, Reynolds Carolina Credit Union and as a Real Estate Agent. Ruth was a member of Friedberg Moravian Church and a lifelong participant in the church ministry. Ruth is survived by her daughter, Deanna Mosher (Joseph) of Roanoke Rapids, NC; son Kenan Dickerson (Gwen) of Plano, TX; and three grandchildren Marseille, Colin, and Danika Mosher. A funeral service was held on Tuesday, May 24, 2016, at Friedberg Moravian Church with Rev. James C. Newsome and Rev. Dan Nelson officiating. Burial followed in Friedberg Moravian Church graveyard. The family received friends on Monday at Hayworth-Miller Silas Creek Chapel. Memorials may be made to Friedberg Moravian Church Building Fund, 2178 Friedberg Church Road Winston-Salem, NC 27127. Online condolences can be made at

Catherine Joan (Geiger) Brown

03\30\1930 – 05\17\2016

Catherine Joan (Geiger) Brown, was peacefully called home to our Lord on Tuesday evening. Those called home before her included her parents, Charles Frances and Catherine Marie (Crossey) Geiger; a sister, Jeanne Mclaughlin, a sister-in-law Barbara Breen and a grandson her special angel, Jacob Alan Brown. She is survived by a loving and loyal husband of the home for 60 years, Richard (Dick) Brown; five children: Rick (Shere) Brown of Pinnacle, NC; Jeff (Susan) Brown of Advance, NC; Cathy (Al) Carter of Rocky Mount, NC; Dan (Ann) Brown of St. Charles, MO and Greg (Megan) Brown of Snellville, GA; 10 grandchildren: Ricky (Tamara) Brown of Kings Bay, GA; Brittany Maclean-Crews (Travis) of Pinnacle, NC; Aaron Brown of Advance, NC; Jordan Carter of Rocky Mount, NC; Sydney (Jonathan) Wiggs of Nashville, NC; Julie (Ryan) Munos and Alex Brown of St. Charles, MO and Sammy and Elyse Brown of Snellville, GA; 7 great grandchildren: Lorelai, Ethan and Tanner Brown of Kings Bay, GA; Dayden Maclean, Chloe and Emma Crews of Pinnacle, NC and Harper Wiggs of Nashville, NC; a brother, Charles “George” (Kay) Geiger of Mantoloking, NJ; a brother-in-law, Chet (Marlyn) Brown of Lincoln, DE; a brother-in-law, Jim (Kay) Breen of Bozeman, MT and numerous nieces and nephews; a great aunt Ann Stewart Lequer (97 years old) of Seattle, WA Joan was a long standing member of Holy Family Catholic church and served as a Eucharistic minister. She also served the community through Meals-on-Wheels for the shut-in. She loved to travel, sew, work in the garden and sit on the beach. She was the “best” Mom ever, and her children’s biggest fan. Above all, she loved family and friends. We will miss you Mom, Grammy and Beloved Wife! Special thanks to all of her caretakers and those who helped make her passing peaceful. A Mass of Christian Burial was offered on Monday at Holy Family Catholic Church in Clemmons, NC with burial following in Westlawn Gardens of Memory Cemetery.

Max Barker Kimel

Dec. 13, 1931 – May 15, 2016

Mr. Max Barker Kimel, 84, of Winston-Salem, passed away Sunday, May 15, 2016. He was born December 13, 1931 in Forsyth County to Cora Bodsford Kimel and Norman S. Kimel. Max spent his childhood in Canton, Ohio and moved back to Winston-Salem when he was 18 years old. He played football, basketball and baseball at Clemmons High School. After high school he worked for RJR until he was drafted into the U.S. Army. He served during the Korean Conflict and was an expert marksman. While in Korea, he was on the Drill Team and performed in front of President Eiesenhower and Syngman Rhee. When he returned from service, he went back to work at R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company at Reynolds Research Lab and retired after 36 years of service from the Quality Assurance Department as a supervisor. Max loved playing softball and played in the church league and for the R.J. Reynolds Research Lab team. He loved to play Santa Claus at the Jonestown Civic Club and at Pine Grove United Methodist Church. Max loved children and bragging about his own grandchildren. He was a Blue Ribbon Winner at the Dixie Classic Fair for his carvings of birds, dogs and Santa’s. Max was an enjoyable person who loved to laugh, mow yards, cutting wood, hunting and fishing. He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Lorene Laughman and Helen Gordon. Surviving are his wife of almost 64 years, Mrs. Billie Cumby Kimel; three children, Lynn Ridenour (Steve), Max B. Kimel, Jr. (Susan) and Stephanie Kimel (Jeff Bull); three grandchildren, Karen Kimel Scott, MD, Jennie Kimel and Devan Bull; and two sisters, Doris Laughman and Carolyn Black. A funeral service was held Thursday, May 19, 2016 at Pine Grove United Methodist Church with Rev. Greg Freeman officiating. A private family graveside service followed in the church cemetery. A reception will follow in the church fellowship hall. Memorials may be made to Pine Grove United Methodist Church, 1130 Jonestown Rd., Winston-Salem, NC 27103.

John Paul Nickels

Sept. 24, 1964 – May 16, 2016

John Paul Nickels, 51, of Advance, passed away Monday May 16, 2016. John Paul was born in the Marshall Islands to Dewey Nickels and Virginia Wright Nickels on September 24, 1964. An excellent musician, he played several different instruments and was a guitar player for the bands Kickin’ Kountry and the Kitty Hawk Band. He most recently played for Tammie Davis. John Paul will be fondly remembered as a humble, good-natured person, with a big heart and always willing to help others. John Paul is survived by his daughter, Brittany Nickels; sister, Betty Frogge and husband Arthur; brothers, Marvin Nickels and Steven Nickels; and several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. A celebration of John Paul’s life was held Thursday, May 19, 2016 at Friends Baptist Church, 1840 Lewisville-Clemmons Road, Clemmons, NC with Rev. Daron Osborne officiating. Burial followed the service at Westlawn Gardens of Memory.

Betty Jane Boggs Goodwin

06/23/1929 – 05/16/2016

Mrs. Betty Jane Boggs Goodwin, 86, passed away May 16, 2016. She was born June 23, 1929 in Forsyth County to the late Robert McKinley Boggs and Rosa Messick Boggs. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church. She graduated from Lewisville High School class of 1947 and graduated from Draughon’s Business College. She retired as office manager with R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company with 42 years of service. Mrs. Goodwin was preceded in death by her husband, Clifford Walter Goodwin and her brothers, Marshall Ray Boggs and Thomas Gray Boggs. She is survived by her brother, Michael Evan Boggs and wife Diane and her two nephews, Justin Michael Boggs and Evan Robert Boggs. A funeral service was held Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at Hayworth-Miller Lewisville chapel with the Pastor Jay McGuirk officiating. Burial followed at Westlawn Gardens of Memory in Clemmons. The family would like to give special thanks to Clemmons Village II for all the loving care given to Mrs. Goodwin for the time she lived there. Memorials may be made to Mountain Valley Hospice, PO Box 1267, Yadkinville, NC 27055 or Calvary Baptist Church, 5000 Country Club Rd., Winston-Salem, NC 27104.