Obituaries for January 19, 2017
Mary Magdline “Mag” Brandon
Mrs. Mary Magdline “Mag” Brandon, 91, of Clemmons, passed away on Tuesday, January 10, 2017, at the Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home. Mag was born in Forsyth County on June 27, 1925, to the late William Lee Spaul and Amanda Elizabeth Reid Spaul. Mag was a member of Clemmons Moravian Church for 62 years. She worked in childcare as well as at Hanes Hosiery Mill. Mag married Robert Gray Brandon, Sr. on February 2, 1945. She was a city girl who met a country boy and they were together until he passed away on January 27, 2010. Mag was a godly woman who read her bible daily. She prayed for the needs of others, especially her family. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her siblings, Harvey Spaul, Ruth Wells, Frances Monaghan, Willie Spaul, Wilbur Spaul and Aaron Spaul. She was also preceded in death by Marion and Bessie Reid. Following Mag’s mother’s passing at a young age, Marion and Bessie took her in and raised her like their own child. Mag is survived by three children, Robert “Bob” Gray Brandon, Jr. and wife, Gale, Janice B. Wood and Cindy Gathje and husband, Bob; grandchildren, Lori Hill and husband, Jon, Jolie Brandon-Lecnar and husband, Scott, Mandy Brandon and friend, Shane, and Zach Gathje; great-grandchildren, Jordyn Hill, Sophie Lecnar, Evan Lecnar, Andrew Brandon, Hayden Vaughn, Kaleb Vaughn, and Lucas Vaughn; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Betty Alexander and husband, Herbert, Larry Brandon and wife, Carolyn, Linda Massengill, Wayne Brandon and wife, Gwen, Willa Brandon and Yvonne Brandon; and special friends, Darla Bonnet and Audrey Clampitt. Funeral services were held at 12:00 noon on Saturday, January 14, 2017, at Clemmons Moravian Church with Rev. Q. Ray Burke officiating. Interment followed in the church graveyard. The family received friends one hour prior to the service at the church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Senior Services Meals on Wheels, 2895 Shorefair Dr. NW, Winston-Salem, NC 27105 or the Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home, 101 Hospice Ln., Winston-Salem, NC 27103. Hayworth-Miller Silas Creek Chapel is assisting the family of Mrs. Brandon. Online condolences may be made at www.hayworth-miller.com.
Samuel Lewis Harper
Mr. Samuel Lewis Harper was called home with God on Tuesday, January 10, 2017. Sam was the son of the late Shirley and Ruth Harper. He retired from R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company after 34 years of dedicated service. Sam was preceded in death by his loving parents; and his daughter, Karen Harper. He leaves behind his loving wife, Tannie Jean Harper; two daughters, Lynda K. Harper of Winston-Salem and Lori H. Craft and husband Darren of Lewisville; one stepdaughter, Debra Davis of King; two grandchildren, Brittany and Austin Craft of Lewisville; two sisters, Eula Spease of Pfafftown and Flora Ruth Forbus of Lewisville; one brother, Richard Harper and his wife Brenda of Lexington and several nieces and nephews. Funeral serviceswere held Friday, January 13, 2017 at Hayworth-Miller Lewisville Chapel with Pastor Danny Poindexter officiating. Entombment followed in Westlawn Gardens of Memory Mausoleum Chapel. The family would like to thank the staff of Trinity Elms Rehab and Hospice of Forsyth County for their assistance and care as well as a special thanks to their friend Wilma Thompkins. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Forsyth County, 101 Hospice Lane Winston-Salem, NC 27103.
Jack Lawrence Hall
Mr. Jack Lawrence Hall, 80, left this earthly home to be with his heavenly father on Monday, January 9, 2017. He was born July 19, 1936 in Forsyth County to the late Lawrence C. Hall and Mabel Hartman Hall. He graduated from Griffith High School and worked for R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. where he retired. Mr. Hall was a member of Lewisville United Methodist Church. Surviving is his loving wife of 60 years, Audrey Bracken Hall; daughter, Dawn Hall Evans (Ronnie); son, Jeffrey Hall (Donna Coram); four grandchildren, Erika E. Jester (Robbie), Brooke Evans, Zachary Hall and Adam Hall; also surviving is a great-grandson, Preston Jester. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM Thursday, January 12, 2017 at Hayworth-Miller Lewisville Chapel with Rev. Dr. Ivan Peden officiating. The family will receive friends following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Lewisville United Methodist Church, PO Box 305 Lewisville, NC 27023.
Marian Ann Reid McKenzie
Mrs. Marian Ann Reid McKenzie, 73, of King passed away on Monday, January 9, 2016 at Forsyth Medical Center. She was born on May 27, 1943 in Forsyth County to Lewis Marion and Mary Alberta Brandon Reid. Mrs. McKenzie loved the Lord and was a member of Boyer’s Chapel Church of Christ. She was a member of the Red Hat Society. She enjoyed watching senior softball and fishing. Mrs. McKenzie had a sweet smile, loved children, and she never met a stranger. She retired from R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company and Wachovia Bank. Mrs. McKenzie was preceded in death by her parents. Surviving are her husband of 54 years, Thomas McKenzie of the home; two sisters, Carol Reid Ivey of Winston-Salem, Sue Reid Cook and husband Chris of Ridgeland, SC; numerous nieces and nephews. A funeral service was held at 2:00 PM on Friday, January 13, 2017 at Hayworth-Miller Silas Creek Chapel with Mr. James Percival officiating. Interment followed at Boyer’s Chapel Church of Christ Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Association P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011. Online condolences can be made at www.hayworth-miller.com
Grace Pardue Kiger
Mrs. Grace Pardue Kiger, 87, passed away Sunday, January 8, 2017 at Forsyth Medical Center. She was born June 20, 1929 in Forsyth County to the late Willie Leole and Nettie Miles Pardue. Mrs. Kiger was a member of Clemmons Presbyterian Church. Surviving is her loving husband, Ernest W. Kiger; two sons, Mark Kiger (Leslie) of St. Simons Island, GA and Scott Kiger (Tammy) of Toano, VA; two grandchildren, Dana and Ally Kiger; also surviving are two sisters, Hazel Kaisinger and Sandra Whitley (Rick) and a brother, Harvey Pardue (Juanita). A funeral service was held Thursday, January 12, 2017 at Hayworth-Miller Kinderton Chapel with Dr. William Hoyle and Dr. Judson Milam officiating. The burial will be private at Crestview Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Clemmons Presbyterian Church, 3930 Clemmons Rd. Clemmons, NC 27012.
Ronald “Ronnie” Lawrence Rierson
Mr. Ronald “Ronnie” Lawrence Rierson, 79, of Winston-Salem, passed away on Friday, January 13, 2017 at Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home. He was born on May 17, 1937 in Forsyth County to Charles McCoy and Sadie Lawrence Rierson. Mr. Rierson grew up in Waughtown. He graduated from Gray High School in 1955, where he earned multiple trophies and awards in football including, the Bocock-Stroud award and WTOB player of the year and he was voted Most Valuable City Player his senior year. Mr. Rierson married Myra Faye Hilton on February 13, 1954. He worked his entire career of 40 years for the Clein family of Camel Pawn Shop. Golf was his passion and, up until recent years, he was a scratch golfer. He was a member of Clemmons First Baptist Church where he served as a deacon. He was a Mason and a Shriner and was active in the Shriners Children’s Hospital. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Faye Rierson of the home; one daughter, Carol Cearley and husband Tom of Lincolnton; two grandchildren, Wesley T. Cearley and wife Marcie of Arden, Ashley C. Ward and husband Matthew of Bryan, Tx; two great grandchildren, Madeleine and Catherine Ward; one sister, Jane R. Copple and husband Ben; one brother, Charles M. Rierson, Jr. and wife Shirley; numerous nieces and nephews. A funeral service was held Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at Clemmons First Baptist Church with Rev. Scott Hammett officiating. Interment followed at the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Kate B. Reynolds Hospice and Palliative Care Center, 101 Hospice Ln. Winston-Salem, NC 27103.
Oscar Curtis “Curt” Simmons
Mr. Oscar Curtis “Curt” Simmons, 87, of Winston-Salem, passed away on Thursday, January 12, 2017, at Forsyth Medical Center. Mr. Simmons was born in Yadkin County on December 9, 1929, to the late Oscar Burton Simmons and Pauline Martin Simmons. Curt served his country in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. He was a member of Center Grove Baptist Church in Clemmons. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Merritt Simmons; a daughter, Vicki Simmons; and one sister, Martha Brown. Curt is survived by his son, Mark Curtis Simmons and wife, Julie of Winston-Salem; one daughter, Olivia Simmons Doyle and husband, Tracy of Pfafftown, NC; three grandchildren, Alexander Simmons of Winston-Salem, Jonathan Simmons and wife, Megan of Charlotte, NC, and Matthew Doyle of Pfafftown, NC; one sister, Louise Shore and husband, George of Raleigh, NC; and numerous other loving relatives and friends. Funeral services were held Sunday, January 15, 2017, at College Park Baptist Church with Rev. Ramon Smith officiating. Interment followed at Forsyth Memorial Park. Curt was a loving husband, father, grandfather and brother and will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the Winston-Salem Rescue Mission, 718 N. Trade St., Winston-Salem, NC 27101. Hayworth-Miller Silas Creek Chapel is assisting the family of Mr. Simmons. Gerald Porter Felten Gerald Porter Felten (Jerry) passed away on January 12th, 2017. He was born in Chicago, IL and lived in Winston Salem the past 27 years. He graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a degree in Business. He began his career as a salesman for Playtex and rose to Senior Vice President of Sales before retiring. After retirement Jerry’s love of people and golf moved him to work and serve in a variety of committees and organizations including St Leo’s Catholic Church, the Special Children’s School, and the golf committee at Forsyth Country Club. He is survived by his wife Lois of 39 years; his sons, Jason (Jeannie) and Matthew (Kelly); his grandchildren, Madelyn and Nathan; his sister, Kathy Coleman; as well as numerous nieces and nephews from Chicago. A visitation was held on Monday, January 16th, 2017 at Hayworth-Miller Funeral Home on Silas Creek Pkwy in Winston Salem. The memorial service was held on Tuesday, January 17 at St Leo’s the Great Catholic Church in Winston Salem. In lieu of flowers, contributions to Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home in Winston Salem, NC 27103 would be greatly appreciated. Online condolences may be made at www.hayworth-miller.com.
Smith Allen Jones
Mr. Smith Allen Jones, 87, passed away Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at Bermuda Commons. He was born in Forsyth County on December 6, 1929 to the late Huber Clifton and Pauline Burke Jones. Mr. Jones was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during the Korean War. He retired from R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. with 41 years of service. He loved to paint and cook and was famous for his homemade pickles and beets. Mr. Jones was a loving father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. Preceding him in death was his wife, Barbara Palmer Jones and a sister, Bernice Rabon. Surviving are two daughters, Marsha Atwood (Andy) and Beverly Jones; two grandsons, Danny Carter (Melissa) and Justin Atwood and his girlfriend, Hannah; great-grandson, Kari Carter; two special nephews, Ronnie Rabon (Cora) and Donnie Rabon (Pam); also surviving are several nieces and nephews. A graveside service was held at 11:00 AM Friday, January 13, 2017 at Westlawn Gardens of Memory. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to New Philadelphia Moravian Church, 4440 Country Club Rd. Winston-Salem, NC 27104 or to True Light Baptist Church, 1840 US HYW 64 West Lexington, NC 27295. The family would like to thank the staff at Bermuda Commons for their care especially Jaclyn, Derrick, Liz, and Cathy.