Obituaries for March 30, 2017

Published 9:20 am Thursday, March 30, 2017

Betty Sue Brown Stansbury

Betty Sue Brown Stansbury, age 84, went home to be with her Lord on March 19, 2017 in Waynesville, NC. She was born on July 12, 1932 in Bedville, NC to Lonnie and Lena Burke Brown. Betty Sue was always involved with her community and in church. She loved her family deeply. She is survived by her husband of 65 years, George Edward Stansbury; her children, Keith (Erika) Stansbury and Mark (Alison) Stansbury; her grandchildren, Brittany, Ashley, Brandon, Christa, Morgen, Samantha, and Virginia; her great-grandchildren, Gabrielle, Novella, Nahlia, and Skylar; and many other loved ones and friends. A Graveside service were held on Monday, March 27th at 11am at Westlawn Gardens of Memory with Pastor Tim Wolfe officiating. Frank Vogler & Sons Funeral Home Clemmons Chapel is assisting the family with arrangements.

Annemarie Brod Shelness

Annemarie Brod Shelness was born on June 30, 1922, in Prague, Czechoslovakia (now the Czech Republic), to Artur and Eugeny Brod and died peacefully on March 23, 2017, in Clemmons, NC. She grew up in Prague and attended boarding school in London where she remained after World War II. She reconnected with a family friend, Rudolph Shelness (Tschelnitz), also originally from Czechoslovakia. They married on May 28, 1948 and resided in Huddersfield, England, where three of their children were born. In 1957, Annemarie and her husband immigrated to the United States and settled in Westchester County, NY, where their fourth child was born. Along with raising her children, she bred and trained Labrador Retrievers, wove samples for her husband’s textile design firm, and held a variety of jobs including one with the Greater New York Blood Center. In 1965 she manifested her interest in public health by founding the Northern Westchester (NY) Highway Safety Council through which she exposed the deficiencies of school bus safety and launched programs geared to driver awareness and child passenger safety. A few years later, she became the Executive Director of Physicians for Automotive Safety (PAS), where she and PAS President Seymour Charles, M.D. focused on public policy in the field of highway transportation and the need for national standards for the design and manufacture of child safety seats in automobiles. They coauthored articles published by the American Academy of Pediatrics, including, “How Safe is Pupil Transportation?” (1970) and “Children as Passengers in Automobiles: The Neglected Minority on the Nation’s Highways.” (1975). These publications ignited the concern of pediatricians and spurred the development of the field of child passenger safety. In 1978, she produced an educational pamphlet and video for parents, healthcare professionals, educators, and government agencies, Don’t Risk Your Child’s Life (currently in its ninth edition). Upon the death of Dr. Charles and the dissolution of PAS, she founded Shelness Productions in 1989, first based in Connecticut and then Winston-Salem, NC, to continue her work in this field. Over the course of her career she was quoted in many national publications, appeared on radio and television programs, lobbied and testified before Congress, sat on professional committees and task forces, spearheaded the founding of grassroots advocacy groups, and made a major impact on public awareness, industry policies, and government legislation. She was preceded in death by her husband, Rudolph; her brother, Stephen Brod of London; and her parents. Surviving are children Nicholas Shelness (Maggi Allan) of Edinburgh, Scotland; Felicity Pine (James) of Southbury, CT; Gregory Shelness (Barbara Yoza) of Winston-Salem, NC; Jonathan Shelness (Lisa Hamilton) of Des Moines, IA; and grandchildren Michael Pine of Chicago, IL; Katherine Henderson (Reid) of Concord, NH; Nathaniel Shelness of Brooklyn, NY; and Sarah Shelness of Winston-Salem, NC. Friends visited the family at Hayworth-Miller Silas Creek Chapel on Monday, March 27, 2017. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Animal Adoption & Rescue Foundation, 311 Harvey Street, Winston Salem, NY 27103 ( or Forsyth Humane Society, 4881 Country Club Rd, Winston-Salem, NC 27014 (

Bradford, Sandra “Sandy” Sue

Nov. 6, 1938 – March 21, 2017

MOCKSVILLE – Mrs. Sandra “Sandy” Sue Bradford, 78, passed away Tuesday, March 21, 2017, at her home. She was born in Wilsonburg, WV and received her bachelor’s degree from West Virginia University. After graduation she accepted a position as a research home economist in a food preparation laboratory at United Fuel Gas Company in Charleston, WV. It was there that she met and married her future partner for life, Bert Bradford, III. Several years and three daughters later, they moved to Bermuda Run and then to nearby Mocksville to renovate an antebellum home that became their shared labor of love throughout the years. Sandy was active in the First United Methodist Church. She was known for her love of family, her creativity, her independent spirit, and her dedication to what she believed in. She was truly one of a kind. Sandy was preceded in death by her husband; her parents, Wayne and Virginia Swiger; and her in-laws, Dr. Bert Bradford and Harriet Bradford. She is survived by her sister, Linda (Roy) Palmer; brothers-in-law, John (Kathy) Bradford and Dick (Sue) Bradford; daughters, Debbie Bradford (Stephen Schultheis), Cathy (Rich) Hasel and Ginny (Chris) VanZile; granddaughters, Christin Stewart and Bella Cole; nephews, Kirk (Julie) LaLance and Rick (Lee Ann) LaLance; and cousins from childhood, Jeff (Brenda) Moss, Patti Beatty and Greg (Leslie) Moss. A memorial service will be conducted at 4 p.m., Saturday, April 1, at First United Methodist Church with the Dr. Glenn L. Myers, Jr. officiating. Memorials may be considered for Prayers and Squares, c/o First United Methodist Church 310 N. Main St., Mocksville, NC 27028.

James Howard Coffey

James Howard Coffey, 79 of Clemmons, died peacefully on March 18, 2017 in his home surrounded by his family. He was a native of Watauga County, NC and was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corp. Mr. Coffey worked as a surveyor for John G. Baine Civil Engineering and retired from Landmark Builders in 2006 as VP of Construction. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, and jigsaw puzzles. Preceding him in death were his parents, Glenn and Reba Jones Coffey; daughter, Janet Lee Coffey; sister-in-law, Joyce Coffey and a brother-in-law, Ted Williams. Surviving are his loving wife and best friend of 59 years, Janice Lucille Trivette Coffey; daughter, Patricia Hurst (Jim) of Bardstown, KY; son, Mark Coffey (Tammy) of Clemmons, NC; brothers, Bill Coffey (Sandy) and Joe Coffey; sisters, Maxine McGuire (Tom) and Lorene Williams; grandchildren, Jessica Talley, Janet Lee Coffey, Rebecca Hurst, and Rachel Hurst; also surviving are several nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, and grand-nephews. A memorial service was held Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at Hayworth-Miller Lewisville Chapel with Mr. Joby Poteat officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Bethany Lutheran Church, 1030 Big Hill Rd., Boone, NC 28607 ATTN: J. Lookabill or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

James “Mike” Robbins

Mr. James Michael “Mike” Robbins, 70, of Lewisville, NC passed away Sunday, March 19, 2017 at Forsyth Medical Center. Born February 2, 1947 in Lenoir, NC to Vada “”Pat” Rainey Robbins and Grover Cleveland Robbins, Jr. Mr. Robbins was a veteran who proudly served in the United States Air Force in Vietnam. Loved by many for his tall tales and jovial spirit. He was a thrill seeker who enjoyed racing cars, skydiving, and flying air planes or just relaxing on the New River. The Original Nice’n. Surviving are his wife, Diane Robbins; a son, Travis Matthews of Dallas, TX; a sister, Jan Robbins Elder of Boone; a niece, Lora Elder of Angwin, CA and a nephew, William Patrick “Billy” Elder of Banner Elk. A Memorial Service was held Saturday, March 25, 2017 at Hayworth-Miller Silas Creek Chapel with Pastor David H. Floyd officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Disabled American Veterans, 3725 Alexandria Pike, Cold Spring, KY 41076.