Obituaries for April 27, 2017

Published 11:34 am Thursday, April 27, 2017

George Edward Stansbury

WAYNESVILLE — George Edward Stansbury, age 87, went home to be with his Lord on April 12, 2017 in Waynesville, NC at Silver Bluff Village. He was born on February 22, 1930 in Washington DC to Evelyn Rittue and Norman Stansbury. George served our country in the United States Army during the Korean War. Preceding him in death are George’s parents and loving wife Betty Sue Brown Stansbury. He is survived by his children, Keith (Erika) Stansbury and Mark (Alison) Stansbury; his grandchildren, Brittany, Ashley, Brandon, Christa, Morgen, Samantha, and Virginia; his great-grandchildren, Gabrielle, Novella, Nahlia, and Skylar; and many other loved ones and friends. A Graveside service will be held on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at Westlawn Gardens of Memory with Pastor Tim Wolfe officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Purple Heart Homes at P.O. Box 5535, Statesville, NC 28687 Frank Vogler and Sons of Clemmons is honored to serve the Stansbury family. Online condolences may be made at

Joseph G. O’Connell

Joseph G. O’Connell of Thornhurst, PA died Saturday April 1st at the Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center Hospice. Born August 9th 1943 in New York City, NY, Joe was the son of the late Marian (nee Grab) and Maurice O’Connell and was the grandson of Anastasia and Joseph Grab. Joe was educated in New York and served in the Navy as a Chinese and Japanese Communications Specialist during the Vietnam War. After leaving the military, Joe graduated from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY. In the following years, Joe continued to utilize his Chinese and Japanese linguistic skills working for several Far East shipping companies in NY, NJ, FL and VA. In 1978, Joe answered a ministerial calling and moved to North Carolina to complete a Masters in Divinity with Languages at Southeastern Seminary in Wake Forest. As an ordained Southern Baptist Minister, Joe served in several parishes in NJ and VA. Retiring and moving to PA, Joe continued his pastoral work and served as Thornhurst Fire Dept. Chaplin. Joe also shared his love of languages as a Latin teacher at Notre Dame High School, East Stroudsburg and more recently as a substitute teacher at Holy Cross High School in Dunmore. Joe is survived by four children, Maurice Ian O’Connell of Seminole FL, Alana Johnson of Beaufort NC, Christopher O’Connell of Raleigh NC and Kathleen O’Connell of Ft. Lauderdale FL; his brother John O’Connell of Boothbay Harbor ME and sister Clare O’Connell of Hopewell Junction NY; two grandchildren, Andre and Desiree; two nieces, a nephew, two grandnieces and two grandnephews; and numerous Grab family members here in PA and throughout the US. A viewing was held on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at the Duffy and Snowdon Funeral Home, 401 Church Street, Moscow, PA. In lieu of flowers, Joe has requested contributions to the either the Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center Palliative Care/Hospice GFP-8090 (Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center, Voluntary Service Office (01/10), 1111 East End Blvd, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711) or St. Jude Children’s Hospital ( Church services and internment will be held in July to coincide with the annual Grab reunion so that more family members will be able to attend his memorial.

Sarah Phelps Davis

Jan. 28, 1931 – Apr. 23, 2017

Sarah Phelps Davis, 86, of Lewisville, passed away Sunday, April 23, 2017 at her home. She was born January 28, 1931 in Forsyth County to Lillie Mae Black Phelps and James L. Phelps. Mrs. Davis was a member of Green Meadows Baptist Church of Mocksville, NC. She worked many years for Royal Cake Company and then went to work for R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, where she later retired after 33 years of service. She was preceded in death by her faithful husband of 49 years, Luther R. Davis, Sr.; one sister and two brothers. Surviving are her daughter, Patsy Williams (Gary) of Galax, VA; three sons, Homer Gough, Jr. (Jennifer) of Lewisville, Ronnie Davis (Donna) of Advance and James Davis (Anita) of King; twelve grandchildren, Tammy Shively (Richard), Carl Williams (Dawn), Joey Williams (Valerie), Jessica Gunter (Bill), Joshua Gough (Kristi), Tiffany, Travis, Luke and Krystal Davis and Zachary, Hannah and Kathryn Davis; ten great grandchildren; three great great grandchildren; one brother, Roy Lee “Dusty” Phelps and her special dog, Ginger. A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, April 27, 2017 at Hayworth-Miller Lewisville Chapel with Pastor Josh Greene, Pastor Ronnie Comer and Pastor Gary Williams officiating. Interment will follow in Forsyth Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. The family would like to recognize and thank various physicians and nurses along with the staff and administration at Trinity Elms in Clemmons and the special care given that comforted her. Condolences to