Obituaries for Sept. 22, 2016

Published 6:09 pm Sunday, September 25, 2016

Vergie Hannon Campbell

CHERRYVILLE – Mrs. Vergie Hannon Campbell, 91, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, September 6, 2016 at her residence. Mrs. Campbell was born on July 3, 1925 in Cleveland County, NC a daughter of the late Rufus Edwin Hannon and Vera Etta Neill Hannon. She worked at Blackwelders Textiles in Cherryville for many years and later became a professional seamstress and her sewing talents and skills were widely known locally and throughout the state. She cherished her family and often said her most rewarding accomplishments were as a wife, mother, grandmother and homemaker. She was also a National and State officer of Woodmen of the World. Mrs. Campbell was a member of First Baptist Church of Cherryville where she worked in the nursery for many years. Her love of God, family and friends remained constant throughout her life and was expressed through her “greeting card ministry.” She maintained personal contact and shared love and cheer through cards for birthdays, anniversaries and get well wishes to her many friends and family across the nation. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, James Richard “J.R.” Campbell, Sr.; a brother, Walter Marcellus Hannon; two sons-in-law, John McCall, Jr. and Rich Adams. Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Rick and Beverly Campbell of Cherryville; three daughters and a son-in-law, Joan and Earle Gaulden, Jr. of Greenville, SC; Marilyn Adams of Sherrills Ford and Chris McCall of Cherryville; six grandchildren, Rich Campbell, Ali Beale, Trey McCall, Dean Lake, Hunt Gaulden and Margaret Gaulden and six great grandchildren. Visitation was held Friday, September 9, 2016 at First Baptist Church and at other times the family will be at the home of her son, Rick Campbell. A funeral service was held at First Baptist Church with Dr. Vince Hefner officiating. Burial will be Private. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 301 E. First St. Cherryville, NC 28021 or to the donor’s choice. Stamey-Cherryville Funeral Home & Cremation Service is serving the family of Mrs. Campbell.

John Wayne Vestal

May 1, 1940 – Sept. 6, 2016

Mr. John Wayne Vestal, 76, was called home to our Savior on Tuesday, September 06, 2016. He was born May 1, 1940 in Forsyth County to the late Clarence Grant and Joyce Hoots Vestal. Johnny served for six years in the Air National Guard and later retired from R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. with 33 years of service. He was a member of Unity Moravian Church where he served as an usher and helped out in many other capacities. He loved fishing, NASCAR, listening and dancing to beach music, making paper Moravian Stars, and spending time with his friends for breakfast at Bojangles. He was preceded in death by his sister-in-law, Lynn Cox-Yoder. Surviving is his wife of 54 years, Hilda Stewart Vestal; brother, Ronnie Vestal (Reta) of Yadkinville; brother-in-law, G. Wesley Stewart (Kay) of High Point; brother-in-law, Allen Yoder of Clemmons and many nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews. A funeral service was held Friday, September 9, 2016 at Unity Moravian Church with Rev. Barry Foster and Rev. Bill McElveen officiating. Burial followed in the church graveyard. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Unity Moravian Church, 8300 Concord Church Rd., Lewisville, NC 27023. Online condolences may be made to the family at

Bobby Joe Brooks

EMERALD ISLE, September 16, 2016 — Bobby Joe Brooks, 70, of Emerald Isle, passed away on Friday, September 16, 2016 at Carolina East Medical Center. No services will be held. Bobby is survived by his sister, Dianne Brooks Brown and husband Dennis; nieces, Stephanie Brown Coates and husband Michael, and Danielle Brown Nash and husband Robert; aunt, Gladys Jennings; great nieces, Grace Coates and Brianna Bolling; and great nephew, Justin Bolling. He was preceded in death by his parents, Dillard and Alma Brooks. Bobby attended Spartanburg Methodist College in Spartanburg, SC and graduated Limestone College in Gaffney, SC. He worked for Hastings Co. in King, NC and lived in both Winston Salem and Clemmons, NC. After retiring, he moved to Emerald Isle, NC where he thoroughly enjoyed all his new friends and activities. He liked kayaking, cooking, gardening and “Silver Sneakers” classes at the Cape Carteret Aquatic Center where he made so many good friends. He was a member of the Humane Society and a contributor to “Hem of His Garment” in Swansboro. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Carteret County Humane Society, PO Box 357, Newport, NC 28570 or N.C. Coastal Federation, 3609 Hwy 24, Newport, NC 28570. Online condolences may be made at Arrangements are by Munden Funeral Home & Crematory, Morehead City, NC.

Robert Stimson Green

4/16/1924 – 9/13/2016

Robert Stimson Green, 92, passed away on Tuesday, September 13, 2016. He was born April 16, 1924 to the late Robert Olin Green and Julia Stimson Green, on the Stimson family farm by the Yadkin River in Forsyth County. He grew up in Lewisville, NC where he graduated from Lewisville HS and was a member of Lewisville United Methodist Church. He volunteered for the U.S. Army during WWII and served from March, 1943 to April, 1946 – being discharged at the rank of Sergeant. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill after the war, graduating in 1952 with a BA in Business Administration. In 1953 he joined the Social Security Administration and retired in 1987 as the District Manager in High Point, NC after 33-plus years of service. He was a very active Assistant Scoutmaster with Troop 1 in High Point, and assisted many Scouts on their path to the rank of Eagle. The family enjoyed many memorable camping vacations to the NC mountains and coast over the years. Bob was the definition of a family man and was totally committed to supporting his family’s growth and dreams. Nothing came before family, regardless of the personal sacrifice. He was also a man of high integrity who strived to do the right thing, always. And, he was, indeed, quite a character. He will be sorely missed by those who knew and loved him. He was preceded in death by his brother, Lewis Heitman Green. Surviving are his beloved wife of 61 years, Jean Berry Green, sons Bobby and Bill Green, daughters Jana Newsome and Sherri Branch, grandchildren Will Green, Hunter Newsome, Evan Newsome, Haley Newsome, Matt Branch, Caitlin Branch and his sister Hattie-Ann Hauser. A private, family funeral service was held at Lewisville U.M.C. on Sunday, September 18, 2016 with the Reverend Dr. Ivan Peden officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Boy Scouts of America or to Lewisville U.M.C. Online condolences may be made to the family at

Mildred Elizabeth Furches

May 17, 1927 – Sept. 13, 2016

Mrs. Mildred Elizabeth Furches, 89, passed away on September 13th, 2016 at Homestead Hills. Mildred was born to Henry and Nora Miller on May 17th, 1927 in Winston-Salem, NC. She was the wife of George West Furches, who died on December 4th, 2014 after 66 years of marriage. Mildred graduated from Clemmons High School and was employed by Duke Power and Bland Piano Company. She also was the organist for many years for New Philadelphia Moravian Church. Mildred then transitioned to full-time employment with West Forsyth High School as Guidance Counselor Secretary. She retired after many years of joyful service to the school system in 1986. She and George then embarked on a new life journey covering the next 20 years, during which they visited every state in the continental US, played golf several times per week and spent time at their new second home in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Their love for each other and for their Savior grew even stronger in these years. Mildred’s close relationship with The Lord – as evidenced in the fellowship of New Philadelphia Moravian Church – continued for all of her earthly life, including her service to Music, Circle, Sunday School, Prayer Chain, Candle Trimming, Board of Elders, and many other areas. Mildred was preceded in death by her daughter, Ann Elizabeth Furches who died at birth. Mildred is survived by Randal Furches and his wife Julie, Alexander Furches and his wife Katie, Jessa Macdonald-Furches, Gwynne Macdonald-Furches; sister-in-law, Katherine Rumley; brother and sister-in-law Bill and Betty Furches; brother and sister-in-law, Jim and Colleen Furches; fourteen Furches nephews and nieces and their families, and five Miller nephews and their families. A funeral service was conducted Saturday, September 17, 2016 at New Philadelphia Moravian Church with Dr. Worth Green officiating. Interment followed in God’s Acre. Memorials may be made to New Philadelphia Moravian Church, 4440 Country Club Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27104. Online condolences may be made at (Hayworth-Miller Silas Creek Chapel)

Lois W. Ulrich

Lois W. Ulrich passed away September 13th in Chesapeake, Virginia. She was born 88 years ago in Duncannon, PA, to George and Helen Weaver. She graduated from William Penn High School in Harrisburg, PA. Lois is survived by her devoted and loving husband of 65 years, John, also of Chesapeake; son John Michael of Issaquah, WA; daughter and son-in-law, Jana and Paul Pompier of Chesapeake; sister and brother-in law, Shirley and Fred Schneider; brother, Richard Weaver; and cousin Janet Mc Naughton, all of Pennsylvania. Lois worked 19 years as both a teacher’s aide and secretary at Clemmons Elementary School, Clemmons, NC. She was also a member of the Jefferson United Methodist Church in Jefferson, NC, while living in the beautiful mountains of Ashe County. She will be remembered as a kind, considerate lady always ready to lend a hand and to offer her help in a thoughtful, loving manner. Lois was a passionate reader- author’s Catherine Cookson and Rosamund Pilcher were favorites. She was also a fan of old British TV series on PBS, a good cup of coffee, and was a delightful cook. One of her specialties was baking cookies during the Christmas holidays. They were a sight to behold – and even more to enjoy – each and every season. Sandtarts were the best! The family would like to thank the many friends and extended family members who corresponded with Lois while she was in long-term care and hospice care these last months, including her dear friend and Clemmons Elementary colleague, Jean Beam, of Winston Salem, NC; niece, Karen Schneider of Harrisburg, PA; cousins Peggy Scott of Millerstown, PA and Linda Beam of Newport, PA. Lois has requested no memorial service. Inurnment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in her name to the “Legacy Fund” at: Jefferson United Methodist Church, 115 East Main Street, P. O. Box 236, Jefferson, NC 28640 (336) 846-9512 “His loving kindness begins afresh each day.” (Lamentations 3:23 TLB)