Obituaries for March 29, 2018

Published 10:49 am Friday, March 30, 2018

Etta Dunn Sheets

Mrs. Etta Dunn Sheets, 77, of Winston-Salem passed away on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home. She was born on March 28, 1940 in Forsyth County to Elmer and Pauline Davis Dunn. Mrs. Sheets retired from Landmark Builders as corporate secretary. She enjoyed camping, traveling, and spending time with those she loved. She was a caring and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Mrs. Sheets is survived by her husband of 56 years, Bud Sheets; two daughters, Dana Sheets Radford and husband Jimmy, Teresa Terrell; five grandchildren, Kristin Stark, Caleb Russell, Cory Russell and wife Charity, Ryan Graves, and Paula Radford; two great grandsons, Alex and Tyson Steele; one sister, Louise Hart and husband Tom; one brother, Avery Dunn and wife Elizabeth. A funeral service will be held at 2:00 pm on Thursday, March 22, 2018 at Hayworth-Miller Silas Creek Chapel with Rev. Jerry Webb officiating. A private family committal service will follow. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home, 101 Hospice Ln., Winston-Salem, NC 27103. Online condolences can be made at

Charles Franklin Foster

Mr. Charles “Frank” Foster, 91, passed away Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at Forsyth Medical Center. He was born August 6, 1926 in Davie County to the late Franklin Kerr and Beulah Cope Foster. Mr. Foster served in the U.S. Navy during WWII and was stationed in Norfolk, VA. He was a member of Lewisville United Methodist Church, Lewisville Civic Club, and the American Legion. Preceding him in death were three brothers, Irving Foster, T.J. Foster, and Phil Foster. Surviving is his wife of 68 years, Irene Foster; daughter, Suzanne Foster; sister, Polly Slaydon; also surviving are several nieces and nephews. A funeral service was held Friday, March 23, 2018 at Lewisville United Methodist Church with Dr. Ivan Peden officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Lewisville United Methodist Church, PO Box 305 Lewisville, NC 27023. Condolences may be made to the family at Hayworth-Miller Lewisville Chapel is serving the Foster family.

Shirley Burton Phelps

Shirley Burton Phelps went to be with her Lord peacefully in her sleep and joined her husband of 49 years, Thomas A. Phelps, Jr. on March 21, 2018. She was born on October 27, 1937 in Davie County to Johnnie and Nannie Burton. She was a homemaker, who loved to crochet and work in her garden when she was able. She was a Duke Basketball fan. Mrs. Phelps was a loving mother, grandmother, and sister. Preceding her in death were her parents, step-mother, Eupharzine; brothers, Robin and Herbert Burton; sisters, Ruby Burton, Mildred Holder, and Doris Barnes. Surviving her to cherish her memory are her three children, Phyllis Hundley (Steve), Tommy Phelps (Michelle), and Donna Spurlock (Scott); six granddaughters, Jessica Henning, Rachel and Lauren Phelps, Ashley Welborn, Candy Holland, and Bethany Spurlock; seven great-grandchildren; sister, Abbie Stanley; brothers, Johnnie Burton, Jr., William, Rodney and James Burton. A graveside service was held Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at Westlawn Gardens of Memory with Rev. Danny Hauser officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice.

Delano “Del” Thomas Roberts

Mr. Delano “Del” Thomas Roberts, 84, passed away Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home. He was born on December 26, 1933 in Forsyth County to the late Glenn William Roberts and Lera May Joyce Roberts. He graduated from Clemmons High School in 1952. After graduating he joined the United States Army during the Korean conflict. Del later met the love of his life, Sylvia Ann Fowler, and they married on March 31, 1956. He retired from R.J. Reynolds with 30 years of service. Del was a faithful member of Woodland Baptist Church where he was also a member of the Ambassadors Sunday School Class. His testimony of his salvation was evident to whomever he met. He was a devoted husband, loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and will be dearly missed by his family. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his beloved wife of 61 years, Sylvia Ann Fowler Roberts, two brothers, and one sister. He is survived by three children: Mark (Beth), Marty (Melissa), and Kim (Julian); seven grandchildren: Tyler, Blair, Caleb, Zachary, Mollie, Lindsay, and Corey; five great-grandchildren: Lera, Aaron, Mason, Beau, and Jacob. A funeral service was conducted Saturday, March 24, 2018 at Woodland Baptist Church with Rev. Tim Gammons officiating. Interment followed at Gardens of Memory in Walkertown, NC. Memorials may be made to Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home, 101 Hospice Lane, Winston-Salem, N.C. 27103.

Bobby Lee Poindexter

Mr. Bobby Lee Poindexter entered into the immediate presence of his Lord on March 25, 2018. He was born on March 20, 1927 to the late William S. and Maggie S. Poindexter. Mr. Poindexter was a member of Clemmons Moravian Church in Clemmons, NC. He enlisted in the Navy at the age of 17 during WWII. He served with the 82nd and 58th units of the Seabees on Okinawa in 1945. He drove a motor grader mostly at night constructing landing fields for the large bombers. My Dad was fortunate that he never had to shoot his gun but he did have to hide under the grader during raids. He retired from Western Electric following 35 years of service. He found out that retirement was not for him so he went to work for his son’s company, Marven L. Poindexter, Inc. in Charlotte for 17 years as a plumber. During this time, Dad had all the grandchildren and Mom helping him build up sinks and shower heads in his workshop. Dad would tell everyone that he would retire in one more year, but he kept working so he finally retired from working at the age of 75 He and his wife, Marie M. Poindexter attended Bethesda Moravian Church where they were married on April 10, 1948 and he served as an usher and assistant Sunday School superintendent. They then attended Mount Carmel Methodist Church where he worked with the scout troop as an Assistant Scoutmaster in 1966. They joined Clemmons Moravian Church when they and their family moved to the Clemmons area after his Dad’s passing. Bob served as an usher and on the Board of Elders. He also served as an Assistant Scoutmaster for Troop 736, sponsored by the Clemmons Civic Club. Bob was an avid outdoorsman, loved raising a garden that could feed an army, and being on his tractor. He especially loved bush hogging his fields and mowing his yard. He kept all of them neat and clean. Dad and Mom did some traveling but they mainly loved being in their home and enjoying their family and grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 7 sisters and their husbands, Mamie Sales (Bernie), Edith Walker (Kemp), Ethel Brewer (June), Violet Rothrock (Carl), Evelyn Boles (Glenn), Betty Miller (L.F.), and Shirley Watkins (Laddie) and one brother, Bill Poindexter. His loving wife of 63 years preceded him in death in September of 2011, Marie M. Poindexter. He was also preceded in death by both of his sons, Marven L. Poindexter and Gary D. Poindexter (wife Candy). Also preceding him was his son-in-law, Earl W. Clopton and grandson, Adam Poindexter, Sr. Bob is survived by his daughter, Martha Carole Clopton of Lewisville; grandsons, Wayne Hege (Martha) of Winston-Salem, Chris Hege (Christine) of Lewisville, and Matt Poindexter (Kara) of Charlotte; granddaughters, Michelle Poindexter of Asheville and her mother Susan Spencer of Charlotte and Lisa Leath (Mark) of Thomasville; sister-in-law, Louise Poindexter of Clemmons; 13 great-grandchildren; and 4 great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. A celebration of Bob’s life will be held Thursday, March 29, 2018 at 2 PM at Clemmons Moravian Church with Rev. Christopher C. Thore and Rev. Ray Burke officiating. Interment with military honors will follow the service in the church graveyard. The family will receive friends Wednesday, March 28, 2018 from 5 – 8 PM at Hayworth-Miller Silas Creek Chapel. Flowers will be accepted or memorials can be made to Clemmons Moravian Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 730, Clemmons, NC 27012 or Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home, 101 Hospice Lane, Winston-Salem, NC 27103. My father had a great sense of humor and wrote most of his obituary for me, his daughter, to find after his passing. He added the following: “Bury me with my feet up and a hole in the casket for my nose so it will not be smashed with the lid closed!” Dad, you got me one more time and I cannot get you back. Love, Carole