Obituaries for January 5, 2017

Published 3:05 pm Thursday, January 5, 2017

Janice Ann Kauffman Sparrow

Sept. 11, 1922 – Dec. 28, 2016

Janice Ann Kauffman Sparrow, 94, passed away on December 28, 2016 in Clemmons. She was born in Dayton, OH to the late William and Ruth Elsom Kauffman. Janice graduated from the University of Miami in Dayton, OH. She later went to work for Forsyth County Social Services for over 25 years in AFDC. Janice was an elder and proud member of Clemmons Presbyterian Church. She is preceded in death by her husband, Thornton Sparrow; parents; son, Mike Sparrow; brother, Dick Kauffman; and sisters, Joanne Kauffman Breelings and Dorothy Kauffman Jacobson. Janice is survived by her sons, Robert Sparrow, and wife Toni, and Chris Sparrow; the Breelings family, the Kauffman family, the Fuson family, and Jacobson family. The funeral service was held at Clemmons Presbyterian Church, 3930 Clemmons Road, on Saturday with Rev. Dr. William Hoyle officiating the services. Janice was laid to rest at Forsyth Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Davie County Hospice, Forsyth County Hospice, of Clemmons Presbyterian Church.

Regina Corene Eubanks Allison

Ms. Regina Corene Eubanks Allison, 71, passed away on December 26, 2016 at Forsyth Medical Center. She was born on February 8, 1945 to Horace and Corene Boatwright Eubanks in Clearwater, FL. Regina was a member at Calvary Lutheran Church. She was employed by Wells Fargo Bank as a Loan officer, retiring with 25 years of service. Regina enjoyed working in her flower garden and cooking for guests. She was also an animal-lover with a special place in her heart for birds. Regina will be remembered for her wonderful sense of humor as well as her love of family. She was dearly loved and will be greatly missed. Surviving are her children, Nancy Frye (Cathy Canzona-Frye), Jennifer Poston Kinsey (Thomas), and Jimmy Poston, Jr. (Sherry); brother, Edward Eubanks, sister, Antoinette Messer (Gene); as well as many friends; and her beloved companions, Tojo and Miss Emma. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM, Saturday Jan. 7, 2017, at Hayworth-Miller Lewisville Chapel with Pastor John Boyd officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to American Cancer Society, 250 Williams St., NW, Atlanta, GA 30303-1002. Online condolences may be made at

Robert Sebron Foster, Sr.

Mr. Robert Sebron Foster, Sr., 92, passed away December 25, 2016 in Clemmons, NC. He was born January 11, 1924 in Davie County to the late Dewey and Blanche Foster and spent his life in Davidson, Guilford, and Davie counties. An avid pilot, he held multi-engine and instrument ratings. His favorite place to tell stories and jokes was with fellow pilots at Twin Lakes Airport in Advance, NC. He also enjoyed snow skiing, hunting, and golf. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1943-1946, primarily with the minesweeper USS Sheldrake in the Pacific theater of World War II. He held a B.S. in civil engineering from N.C. State University and had a long career in banking and finance. He is survived by his wife, Mary Joyce Howard Foster; his children Georgette Foster and Robert S. Foster, Jr. (Kim); grandchildren Justin Foster Hedrick (Sarah), Kennan Foster Hedrick (Emily), Elizabeth Ashmore Foster and Katherine Morgan Foster; great-grandchild Ariana Shampois; a sister, Louise Smith; and step-sons Tommy Howard, Steve Howard and the late Larry Howard. He was preceded in death by siblings George Foster, James Foster and Ruby Ann Williams. A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, December 30, 2016 at Bethlehem United Methodist Church, Advance, NC, with Dr. Chuck Baker officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends in the fellowship hall after the services. Memorial donations may be made to Honor Flight (, which provides WWII survivors and others with transportation to Washington, DC, to visit their memorials. Online condolences may be made to (Hayworth-Miller Kinderton Chapel)

Virgie Hyatt Parks

Clemmons —

Mrs. Virgie Hyatt Parks, 79, of Clemmons, passed away on January 1, 2017 at her residence. She was born on January 31, 1937 in Davidson County to Clarence Lopp and Zana Hiatt Hyatt. She graduated from North Davidson High School. Virgie retired from RJ Reynolds after 31 years of loyal service. She was a member of Clemmons First Baptist Church where she served in the nursery for over 10 years. Virgie was very supportive of her grandchildren in all the activities they did. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Linda Cherry. She is survived by her loving husband, Mike Parks of the Home; daughter, Kay Jarvis; son, Keith Parks and wife Joni; five grandchildren, Brad Parks, Tracie Welch and husband Jimmie, Chad Jarvis and fiancé Kristen Davis, Troy Jarvis and Sam Jarvis; two great grandchildren, Camden and Harper Welch; a brother, C.L. Hyatt and several nephews and nieces; two special neighbors and friends, Ruby Watson and Jean Livengood. Also, a special thank you to Hospice & Palliative CareCenter of Davie County for all the love and compassion. A funeral service will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at Clemmons First Baptist Church with Rev. Scott Hammet officiating. Interment will follow at Westlawn Gardens of Memory. The family will receive friends from 6 – 8 p.m. Tuesday, January 3, 2017 at Hayworth-Miller Silas Creek Chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice & Palliative CareCenter, 377 Hospital Street, Suite 103, Mocksville, NC 27028. Online condolences may be made at

Joseph “Joe” C. Tomei

Mr. Joseph “Joe” Christopher Tomei, 38, of Kernersville, passed away on Friday, December 30, 2016, at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. Joe was born in New Castle, Pennsylvania to Joseph Tomei and Mary Elizabeth Orrico Tomei. He graduated from Laurel High School in New Castle in 1997. Following high school, Joe attended Clarion University in Clarion, Pennsylvania and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration. Joe was employed with R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company as a senior trade manager. Joe was a member of St. Leo the Great Catholic Church and an avid sports fan but spending time with his family was most important to him. Joe was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Ennio and Della Tomei; maternal grandparents, Joseph and Ernestine Orrico; and his first cousin, Nick Orrico. In addition to his parents, Joe is survived by his wife, Christina Castelli Tomei of the home; two daughters, Isabella Marie Tomei, age 5 and Sofia Elizabeth Tomei, age 3; one sister, Christine Tomei Orelli and husband, Chet of Monroe, Ohio; parents-in-law, Herman and Miriam Castelli of Clemmons, NC; a brother-in-law, Herman Castelli, Jr. of Denver, Colorado; and one sister-in-law, Alina Vazquez of Littleton, Colorado. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday, January 4, 2017, at St. Leo the Great Catholic Church with Fr. Brian Cook officiating. Interment will follow at Holy Family Catholic Church Cemetery in Clemmons. A memorial mass will be held at a later date in New Castle, Pennsylvania. Joe was a beloved husband, father, son and brother. He valued his family, his church and his job above all else. He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him. “It ain’t about how hard ya hit, it’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward.” Hayworth-Miller Silas Creek Chapel is assisting the family of Mr. Tomei.

Gareld Henry Benjamin

Mr. Gareld Henry Benjamin, 73, passed away Monday, January 02, 2017, at his home. He was born November 5, 1943 in Clinton County, MI to the late Naomi Ruth Roland Benjamin and Gerald Calvin Benjamin. Mr. Benjamin is survived by his wife, Sharon Benjamin of the home; two daughters, Melissa McPherson (Rick) of Kernersville and Michele Christian (Timothy) of MI; one son, Scott Benjamin (Beth) of IN; eight grandchildren: Brandon, Nicholas, Nathan, Ashley, Amanda, Aaron, Drew, and Lydia; two brothers, Larry Benjamin (Mary) and Mark Benjamin; one sister, Eileen Crincic (Tom); and several nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be conducted 2:00 p.m. Saturday, January 7, at First Baptist Church of Stanleyville with Pastor Eddie Honeycutt officiating. The family will receive friends immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Gideons International, PO Box 502, Pfafftown, NC 27040 or PruittHealth Hospice, 902 West D Street, Suite B, Wilkesboro, NC 28659.

Rebecca Moseley Neal

Ms. Rebecca Ann Moseley Neal, 91, died Monday, January 2, 2017, at The Crest of Clemmons Nursing Care. Ms. Neal was born on December 18, 1925 in Forsyth County, NC to Edgar Lee and Ruth Karriker Moseley. Ms. Neal retired from the Veteran’s Administration Outpatient Clinic, where she worked as an Administrative Assistant for 32 years. She loved to travel, loved her canine companions, and was an active member of the Forsyth County Kennel Club. In addition to her parents, Ms. Neal was preceded in death by a daughter – Karen Neal Whicker. Surviving are three grandchildren – Alan Whicker (Beth), Stephanie Gray (Patrick), and Beth Smith (Korey); and 7 great-grandchildren. A Memorial Service will be held at 4:00 PM on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at Hayworth-Miller Silas Creek Chapel. Memorials may be made to The Crest at Clemmons, 6010 Meadowbrook Mall Ct, Clemmons, NC 27012. Hayworth-Miller Kernersville Chapel is assisting the family.

Betty Denny Hutchins

Mrs. Betty Rebecca Denny Hutchins, 88, of Winston-Salem, passed away on Saturday, December 31, 2016 at Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home. She was born in Forsyth County on March 22, 1928 to Fred and Ethel Hendrix Denny. Mrs. Hutchins graduated from Hanes High School where she enjoyed playing basketball. She was Curriculum Director of hospitality in the community colleges for ten counties that was based in Forsyth Tech. Mrs. Hutchins was the first woman assistant manager of the Carolina Inn in Pinehurst. She was an avid golfer. She scored 5 official holes-in-one and was the 8 time club champion at Wilshire Golf Club. She lived her lifelong dream of being score keeper for Arnold Palmer at Greater Greensboro Open. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Bud Denny. She is survived by her husband of 49 years, Charles Hutchins; three children, Robert Lewis and wife Rikki of Winston-Salem, Susan H. Link and husband Jim of New London, Jeffrey Hutchins and partner Charles Kovach of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; three grandchildren; four great grandchildren; one brother, Don P. Denny of Texas; and a large extended family at Wilshire Golf Club. A memorial service will be at 1:00 pm on Saturday, January 14, 2017 at Wilshire Golf Club clubhouse.

Lucie Gaston Moffatt White

Lucie Gaston Moffatt White died on December 29. She was born in Syracuse, NY on September 10, 1934 to Dr. Lucius Gaston Moffatt and Susie Cathcart Moffatt and grew up in Charlottesville, Va. She was predeceased by her parents and her older sister Susanne Moffatt Meyung. She is survived by her loving husband of 57 years, John Sterling White and her nieces and nephews Bill Sheldon, Cynthia Dyer, Jeff Corbett, Brian Corbett, Karen Humphries, Susan Lynch, Davidson Wicker, Elizabeth Wicker and Drew Wicker. Lucie was a graduate of Gallaudet University in Washington DC where she and Sterling met. They were married after graduation in 1959 and moved to Winston-Salem where Sterling took a research position with RJ Reynolds. Early in their marriage she worked for Wake Forest University Library. She loved traveling with Sterling and cooking. The funeral service was held at Frank Vogler & Sons Funeral Home, Clemmons Chapel, 2849 Middlebrook Dr, on Tuesday at 11am with Reverend Emily McGee officiating. Memorials can be made to Gallaudet University, 800 Florida St. NE, Washington DC 20002.