Obituaries for March 16, 2017
Published 10:45 am Thursday, March 16, 2017
Dolly Brenneman Diehl
Mrs. J. Darlene “Dolly” Brenneman Diehl passed away peacefully in the Palliative Care unit at the Forsyth Medical Center on March 8, 2017. She was a member of the Unity Moravian Church in Lewisville, NC. She was born April 23, 1941, in Friendsville, MD, to the late Rhuea Fay Livingood Brenneman and Audley Norris Brenneman. She spent her early years growing up in Albright, WV. When she was 9 years old she went to live in Frostburg, MD, with her aunt and uncle, the late Madesta Brenneman Shuck and William A. Shuck, who raised her to adulthood. Dolly attended Saint Michael’s Elementary School and was a 1959 graduate from Beall High School. She loved animals from an early age, and few photos of her can be found that do not include a horse, dog, or cat. She liked to ride horses for pleasure, but also had a competitive spirit. During the 1970’s she could be found riding gaited Saddlebreds in horse shows in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. In 1982 she decided to leave the corporate world to pursue a new career. She served a six month apprenticeship to learn to groom dogs. After moving to Lewisville, NC, she worked as a groomer in shops in Pfafftown, Oldtown, and Clemmons prior to grooming at home. She continued to groom dogs and cats until last year. All the dogs she groomed became ‘her’ dogs. She worked as a volunteer with a local Wildlife Rehab group that took care of injured or abandoned wild animals and birds until they could be returned to their natural habitat. She enjoyed playing golf, and was a member of the Oak Valley Ladies Golf Association. After purchasing her Paso Fino horse named Filon, there were trail riding trips with good friends Tom and Martha or Bill and Pinky to Blowing Rock, Stone Mountain, Uwharrie Forest, Hungry Horse, Natural Bridge or just an afternoon “in the bottoms”. And you can’t forget the vacations with Mike and Carol to Cancun, Aruba, Hawaii, Belize, Turks and Caicos to snorkel, play golf, or just a day on the beach. After rescuing a female Lab with 6 newborn pups, Dolly cared for them until the pups were old enough to be adopted. Nobody seemed to want the ‘black one’, so she became Dolly’s, and was named Ebony. Dolly and Ebony joined the Winston-Salem Dog Training Club, and were soon going to Agility Trials in NC, SC and VA. They both retired from competition 5 years ago because of ‘bad knees’. Dolly became an instructor at the club teaching Rally classes, and volunteering to help in the various trials and activities that the club sponsored. She liked to cross stitch, and has 3 blue ribbons from entries judged in the Dixie Classic Fair. Other activities include baking and tending to her indoor plants and outdoor natural areas. Dolly was preceded in death by brothers, Harvey A. Brenneman, and Robert “Joby” Brenneman; sister, Martha Jean Bolyard. She is survived by her husband of 34 years, Frank M. Diehl of Lewisville, NC; stepsons, Mark D. Diehl (Sharon) of Cumberland, MD, Jeffrey A. Diehl (Carole) of Frostburg, MD; stepdaughter, Susan B. Sanders (Dennis) of Fairfield, PA; nieces, Robin Gazzanigo of Viginia Beach, VA, Roxann Borish (Ronald) of Keizer, OR, Mary Bolyard of Columbiana, OH, Janet Bolyard Kelly, of Panacea, FL, and Tammy Barlow (Mike) of Tunnelton, WV; nephews, Robert Brenneman (Marie) and Richard Brenneman (Rosie) of Virginia Beach, VA, Steve Bolyard of North Lima, OH, and Keith Brenneman of Tunnelton, WV. Following cremation, her ashes will be interred with her aunt and uncle in Frostburg, MD at a future date. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 3:00 PM at the Unity Moravian Church, 8300 Concord Church Rd, Lewisville, NC 27023. Dolly has requested that any gifts made in her memory go to the church or the Forsyth Humane Society, 4881 Country Club Rd., Winston-Salem, NC 27104.
Naomi Kathleen “Kat” Frye
Naomi Kathleen “Kat” Frye, 96, passed away Sunday, March 5, 2017 at Regency Care of Clemmons. A native of Lewisville, Kat was born on November 3, 1920 to the late Walter A. Ridings and Nora Griffin Ridings. She was a lifelong member of Sharon United Methodist Church. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Oscar Dallas Frye; four sisters, Love Yow (Carl), Louise Motsinger (Gilbert), Mary Doub (Austin), and Gladys Ridings and two brothers, Troy Ridings and Walter A. Ridings, Jr. Surviving are two sons, D. Eugene “Gene” Frye (Norma) of Albuquerque, NM and Larry R. Frye (Reba) of Clemmons; one grandson, Scott Eugene Frye; two great-grandchildren, Seth and Ethan Frye; three step-grandchildren, Randy Conrad (Libby), Pauletta Warfford (Miles), and Tracy Wooten (Cindy); five step-great-grandchildren, Richard and Allen Conrad, Josh and Olivia Whiteheart, and Cody Wooten; also surviving is a sister-in-law, Billie Ridings and a host of nieces and nephews. A funeral service for Kat was held Friday, March 10, 2017 at Hayworth-Miller Lewisville Chapel. Burial followed at Sharon United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Sharon United Methodist Church, 5300 Sharon Church Rd., Lewisville, NC 27023. The family would like to thank the staff at Clemmons Village I and Regency Care for the great care given to mom during the last 14 years.
Edward “Ed” Michael Bentz
Mr. Edward “Ed” Michael Bentz, 62, of Clemmons, NC, passed away on Friday, March 3, 2017, at Forsyth Medical Center. Ed was born in Brooklyn, Ohio on February 15, 1955, to the late Norman and Virginia Bentz. In 2004 Ed and his wife Beth moved to Clemmons, NC and soon after their arrival they joined Salem Glen Golf Club. Ed was an avid sports fan and enjoyed rooting for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns, and especially The Ohio State University Buckeyes. Ed is survived by his wife, Beth Minch Bentz; three brothers, Richard “Ricky” Bentz (Robbie) of Medina, Ohio, David Bentz (Meg) of Girard, Ohio, and Mark Bentz of Cleveland, Ohio; one sister, Vivian Bentz Loge (Ron) of Red Wing, Minnesota; two sisters-in-law, Amy Barsa (Randy) of Red Lion, Pennsylvania and Meg Van Son of Winter Springs, Florida; nieces and nephews, Stephen Bentz, Greg Bentz, A.J. Bentz, Michael Bentz, Vanessa Bentz, Matt Kufner (Liz), Greg Kufner (Kate), Corey Van Son, Rachael Loge, and Jennifer Loge. A service celebrating Ed’s life will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, March 11, 2017, at Hayworth-Miller Kinderton Chapel with Rev. John Bishop officiating. The family will receive friends following the service at the funeral home. A memorial service will be held in Cleveland, Ohio at a later date. The family would like to say a special thanks to Skip Tussey and Kathy Kovack for their everlasting support during Ed’s illness. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to The First Tee of the Triad, P.O. Box 236, Clemmons, NC 27012, www.thefirstteetriad.org.
Carol Gwendolyn Hunter
Carol Gwendolyn Hunter, 93, passed away at Forsyth Medical Center on March 2, 2017. She was born Christmas day in 1923 and lived in the South Fork community of Winston-Salem, until moving to Arbor Acres two years ago. Ms. Hunter graduated from Lewisville High School and Draughn’s Business College in Winston-Salem. She worked for RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company from 1942-1965. Carol was a lifelong member of New Philadelphia Moravian Church and served for many years at Sunnyside Ministry. She most recently was on the Welcoming Committee at Arbor Acres where she also enjoyed painting pictures, making jewelry and playing bingo. In 1947, Carol was the first person from North Carolina to receive a corneal transplant which was performed in New York. She was also a 60-year, breast cancer survivor. Carol is preceded in death by her parents; Robert Waldo & Erma Elizabeth Sheek Hunter and two sisters; Zelma Lorene Dunnagan and Sara Frances Yokley. She is survived by one brother; John Robert (“Bob”) Hunter of Clemmons and six nieces and nephews; Linda Shouse (George), Elizabeth Norkum, Robert Dunnagan (Sara), Susan Hazzard (Ken), Sandra O’Brien (Tracy) and Michael Hunter (Shelli); eight great nieces and nephews and numerous great-great nieces & nephews all of whom she enjoyed mothering. On March 5, 2017, a celebration of life service was held in the sanctuary at New Philadelphia Moravian Church. Memorials may be made to New Philadelphia Moravian Church, 4440 Country Club Rd, Winston-Salem, NC 27104; Sunnyside Ministry, 319 Haled St, Winston-Salem, NC 27127; or Habitat for Humanity, 617 N Elm St, Greensboro, NC 27401. The family would like to thank the staff of Arbor Acres and Forsyth Medical Center – 8th floor for their kind and gentle care to Ms. Hunter.