Obituaries for Feb. 9, 2017

Published 2:33 pm Thursday, February 9, 2017

Alan Marshall McGee, Jr.

Alan McGee, 88, passed away on February 1, 2017 at Trinity Elms in Clemmons, NC. He was born in Winston-Salem, NC on July 13, 1928 to the late Alan Marshall McGee and the late Bennie Lee Upchurch McGee. Alan graduated from R.J. Reynolds High School in 1945 and from North Carolina State University in 1949, earning a bachelors degree in Chemical Engineering with honors. After graduation he joined Hercules Incorporated, where he enjoyed a 30 year career in marketing, research and development and production management. After his retirement, Alan and his wife Nancy moved to Raleigh, NC and worked in several family businesses. He was an active member of Asbury Methodist Church in Raleigh for 20 years and taught Sunday School and served on numerous committees. After moving to Bermuda Village in Advance, NC in 2000, Alan became an active member of Clemmons United Methodist Church and the Upper Room Sunday School Class. Alan’s life was marked by his devotion to God, his wife and family. Alan was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was a life-long learner, a fierce competitor in any sport he participated in and a voracious reader. He never missed an opportunity to teach or impart some lesson to his children and grandchildren. He instilled in his children an abiding appreciation for nature through walks in the woods and visits to parks. He derived the greatest joy in his later years from his great-grandchildren and loved hearing about their growth and development. Alan was an avid tennis player from his early 20s until 6 months prior to his death. While living in Raleigh, he joined the Raleigh Racquet Club and became active in senior tennis, winning State Championships in both singles and doubles. He was selected for two consecutive years to play on the United States team in the Osuna Cup, an annual tennis competition between Mexico and the United States. Later in life, he loved playing doubles and enjoying the fellowship of his tennis buddies at Vision Tennis Center. Alan was an Eagle Scout and a member of the Order of the Arrow. He was also a lifelong member of the NC State Alumni Association and a member of its R. Stanhope Pullen Society. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughters, Janice Marshall McGee and Susan Elizabeth Smith, and his brother, Lawrence B. McGee. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Nancy Duckworth McGee; his son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Sandra McGee of Winston-Salem; his daughter and son-in-law, Nanci and Chris Robinson of Swansboro; grandchildren, Marshall McGee and his wife Melissa of Ashburn, VA, Sarah McGee Girard and her husband Richard of Key Largo, FL, and Shannon and Christopher Robinson of Swansboro; and five great-grandchildren, Davis, Carys, Conner and Emma Kate McGee and Richard Girard, Jr., his sister in law, Dot McGee of Raleigh and his nephews, David and Greg McGee. The family extends its appreciation to the staff at Trinity Elms for their loving care of Alan. A celebration of life was held at Clemmons Methodist Church on Saturday, February 4, 2017. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Hospice and Palliative Care Center, 101 Hospice Lane, Winston-Salem, NC 27103 or to the Clemmons Food Pantry, PO Box 871, Clemmons, NC 27012

Robert “Bob” Girard

Mr. Robert W. Girard, “Bob,” passed away on January 31, 2017 at the age of 83. He was born on October 13, 1933 in Baltimore, MD to the late Elizabeth Day Girard and Byron P. Girard. He is survived by his son, Stephen Girard and wife Rhonda of Richmond, VA; his daughter Sonja White and husband Walter of Texas; four grandchildren; two sisters, Joan G. Murphy of Wilmington, DE and Babette L. Girard of Los Osos, CA; and numerous nieces and nephews. Bob graduated from RJ Reynolds High School and from Wake Forest University in 1955. After working in the trucking industry for five years, Bob joined Security Life and Trust Company (Integon) in 1961. He became manager and vice president of Integon’s Underwriting and Reinsurance Department. After 28 years with Integon, Bob formed his own consulting business, providing underwriting and reinsurance expertise to various insurance carriers until his retirement. Bob was a very loyal Demon Deacon fan and was active in the Winston-Salem Jaycees and Junior Achievement. He was a member of Marvin United Methodist Church. The family wishes to thank the wonderful staff of Autumn Care of Mocksville and Hospice and Palliative Care Center. Special thanks to the caring friends James Allen, Bob Owen, and Nancy Graham, and to Rachel Ijames for her wonderful attentiveness and caregiving. A memorial service was held at Westlawn Gardens of Memory in Clemmons, NC on Saturday, February 4, 2017. Memorials may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care Center, 101 Hospice Ln., Winston-Salem, NC 27103.

Joseph “Joe” Franklin Warren

Mr. Joseph “Joe” Franklin Warren, 53, of Clemmons, passed away Sunday, January 29, 2017 at his residence. He was born May 10, 1963 in Forsyth County to Henry and Frances Byrd Warren. He was of the Christian Faith. He graduated from U.N.C.G. and then attended and graduated from Georgia State University with his BS Degree in education. After graduating he taught elementary school in the Fulton County School System, in and around the Atlanta Metro area for about fifteen years, and then returned home to be with his family. He enjoyed working and volunteering with the Forsyth Humane Society. He was an avid sports fan enjoying all types of sports, especially pulling for the Atlanta Falcons and Wake Forest. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, and one sister Jane Louise Warren. He is survived by his Parents Henry and Frances Byrd Warren of Clemmons; Two sisters Judy Herman and husband Mark of Clemmons, and Jan Warren of Lewisville; Two nieces Katie and Grace; Three nephews Tommy and wife Joy, and Andy and his wife Katie and Jackson; two great nieces Molly and Morgan Jacobs; great nephew, Henry Taylor, and a host of special cousins and extended family; two special friends Jeff Johnson and Louise B. Jacobson, and last but not least his special dog Riley. The family received friends on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at Hayworth-Miller Silas Creek Chapel. The family would like to thank the Davie Team from Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home for all the care and attention they gave Joe during his illness. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Forsyth Humane Society. Online condolences may be made to

Jessee Marshall Clawson

June 15, 1932 – Feb. 3, 2017

Jesse Marshall Clawson, 84, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his family on February 3, 2017. He was born on June 15, 1932 to Claude Clawson and Nettie Hepler Clawson of Cooleemee. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Peggy Cornatzer Clawson; his three daughters, Debra Garry, Cathy Pope (Michael), Marsha Johnson (Joe); six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; a sister, Nell Lagle; two brother-in-laws, Eugene Cornatzer and Glenn Cornatzer; several nieces and nephews; and his beloved dog, Buddy. Mr. Clawson honorably served in the United States Air Force and Air Force Reserves. He retired from Spector-Red Ball trucking and also worked in maintenance at Blumenthal Jewish Home. He was a founding member of Friends Baptist Church in Clemmons, and was a member of the Clemmons Lions Club. He enjoyed bowling and working in his yard and faithfully attended his grandchildren and great-grandchildren’s sports and events. A celebration of Mr. Clawson’s life was held on Monday, February 6, 2017, at Friends Baptist Church in Clemmons. Interment followed at Westlawn Memorial Gardens in Clemmons. The family wishes to extend a special thank you for the care and support provided by the Hospice staff during this difficult time. In lieu of flowers, the family requests for donations to be made to the Friends Baptist Church Building Fund in honor of Mr. Clawson. The mailing address is P.O. Box 842, Clemmons, NC, 27012.

G. Clarke Rigby

Jun 28, 1952 – Feb 06, 2017

G. Clarke Rigby, 64, of Winston-Salem, died Monday, February 6 at the Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home, after a year-long battle with lung cancer. Clarke was born June 28, 1952, to George Clarke Rigby and Anne Davis Rigby, their eldest child. He was a 1970 graduate of R.J. Reynolds High School, and attended North Carolina State University and Wake Forest University. Clarke was an expert small engine mechanic. He was a former employee of Pleasants Hardware, Coast to Coast Hardware in Clemmons, and High Point Lawn & Garden. He enjoyed spending time with friends, participating in outdoor activities such as canoeing, camping, hiking in the mountains, and riding motorcycles. He read widely, had a love of learning, and enjoyed sharing his knowledge with others. Clarke was known as a very loyal friend, son, brother, and uncle. Clarke was preceded in death by his father. He is survived by his mother, brothers David Rigby and Will (Florence) Rigby, sisters Emily (David) Rudiger, Alice (Frank) Elliott, Elizabeth (Dave) Martin, and Mary Rigby; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Services will be private for family and friends. The family requests that memorial gifts be made to The Hospice Foundation, 101 Hospice Lane, Winston-Salem, NC 27103. Online condolences may be sent to