Obituaries — Aug. 9

Published 12:00 am Thursday, August 9, 2018

Betty Lynn Cooper Campbell

BERMUDA RUN — Betty Lynn Cooper Campbell, 77, died Aug. 2, 2018, at Forsyth Memorial Novant Hospital. Betty was born to the late Reverend Thomas N. and Mannie Patterson Cooper on Jan. 18, 1941, in Kinston, N.C. She was also predeceased by two sisters, Elizabeth B. Cherry and Carolyn C. Cross, and a brother, Gordon P. Cherry. Betty retired from the Forsyth County Register of Deeds in 2010, after a 32-year tenure. She was also a middle school teacher, and teacher of medical terminology at several institutions. She was married to the Reverend Doctor Bill Campbell on June 17, 1961, in Bethel, NC. In addition to Bill, she is survived by daughters, Carolynn C. Wood (Tommy) of Prescott, Ariz.; and Melody C. Lee (Keith) of Wallburg, N.C.; and a son, W. Vance Campbell, II (Amy), of Chesapeake, Va.; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Also a brother, Thomas H. Cooper (Gail) of Pipe Creek, Texas; sister-in-law, Carolyn Johnson (Bill); and brother-in-law, Dub Hord (Jane); and a host of nieces and nephews. She was a member of Hope Moravian Church. For many years, she was a church choir and band member, organist, youth and Sunday School worker in the churches Bill served. At the time of her death, she was organist at the Memorial Reformed Church in Winston-Salem. Her body has been donated to the Wake Forest Baptist Medical School. A band prelude and memorial service was held on Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018, at 4:45 p.m. at Hope Moravian Church, 2759 Hope Church Road, Winston-Salem. The Rev. Judy Knopf, The Rt. Rev. Graham Rights, and The Rev. W. Glenn Davenport conducted the service. Following the service, the family greeted friends in the fellowship hall. A private service of burial will be held at a later date. Remembrances may be made to Hope Moravian Church, or Memorial Reformed Church, 236 W. Banner Ave., Winston-Salem, N.C. 27127. Condolences may be made online at


Betty Jean Rakes Lemons

CLEMMONS — Mrs. Barbara Jean Rakes Lemons, 79, left this world for a better life on Aug. 2, 2018. She was born Nov. 3, 1938 in Hemphill, W.Va., to George W. and Bertha D. Rakes. She enjoyed cooking, visiting with family and friends and looking for bargains. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jimmie Lemons; brothers, George W. and James Rakes; special brother-in-law, Elbert C. Street; and sister-in-law, Barbara Rakes. Those left to cherish her memories are daughter Deborah (Josh) Thompson, sisters Polly Street, Judy (Randall) Muncy, Betty (David) Taylor and Jo Ann Rakes. Brothers Roger (Peggy) and Samuel J. Rakes, sister-in-law, Mary Rakes Lane, and a host of nieces and nephews whom she loved dearly, and special friends, Janet Shore and Marylyn McQuade. A graveside service was held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018, at Westlawn Gardens of Memory with Pastor Michael Rakes officiating. The family received friends at Hayworth-Miller Silas Creek Chapel from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. prior to the service on Saturday. She was a longtime employee of G.C. Murphy and spent most of her life in North Carolina. Online condolences may be made at

William Halbert (Hal) Marshall

CLEMMONS — “I have need of silence and of stars,” Wm. Alexander Percy. “Perhaps they are not stars, but openings in heaven where the love of our lost ones shines down,” Eskimo legend. “When he shall die, take him and cut him out into little stars, and he shall make the face of heaven so fine that all the world will be in love with night and pay no worship to the garish sun,” Wm. Shakespeare. William Halbert (Hal) Marshall, passed away peacefully on July 27 to be reunited with all the saints before him including his beloved wife Dorothy. Growing up in Alexander County, he graduated from Hiddenite High School in 1949 then immediately joined the U.S. Army where he served with distinction during the Korean War. He lost many friends and fellow infantrymen fighting in the cold peninsular winters. Due to prolonged exposure to the elements he was hospitalized for two months in Japan following the conflict. Recovering, he continued to serve his country in peace time. He was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge, United Nations Service Medal, Occupation Medal (Japan), the Korean Service Medal with three bronze stars, and the ROK Presidential Unit Citation. Returning home following his military experience, he attended Clevenger Business College. He soon met and married Dorothy (Dot) Bowers and moved to Forsyth County where he worked for Home Beneficial Life Insurance Company. Hal and Dot settled in Kernersville where they raised their two sons. Hal also grew his garden there and could be spied lovingly tending to it in full suit, tie, and wing-tip. An avid tomato grower, everyone loved his transcendent German Johnson Heirlooms. After retirement in 1985, Hal and Dot enjoyed antiquing with their longtime friends Edwin and Lavetta Craft. Always the hard worker, loving husband, father and friend, Hal’s most lasting message to others was that it’s the small things in life that matter most, like sharing fresh produce with neighbors or gazing at the November evening stars. A modest man, Hal amassed a great wealth of love and affection from those he touched. Though reserved and unassuming, his spirit bloomed on the dance floor where he could indeed cut the proverbial rug. Halbert was preceded in death by his parents: William Arthur and Maude Bowles Marshall; brothers: William Dewey, Ellsworth (Bub), John Thurmond and James Otto Marshall; spouse, Dorothy Rita Marshall and son, John Gregory Marshall. He is survived by his loving sister Mary Helen Lackey of Hiddenite, and son William Jeffery Marshall of Lewisville as well as close friend Vogen Mark Everhart. Many will deeply miss Halbert and many will miss his heirloom beauties. The family is deeply grateful to The Crest of Clemmons’ staff who lovingly cared for Halbert. Both Halbert and Dorothy will be interred with military honors at the Arlington National Cemetery this November beneath the autumn stars and after summer’s garish sun. Condolences may be sent to


Nokomis Haywood Keaton

CLEMMONS — Nokomis Haywood Keaton, age 79, passed away on Aug. 1, 2018, in Winston-Salem. He was born in Forsyth County on Feb. 24, 1939, to Norman Haywood Keaton and Almeta Myrtle Gleen Keaton. Nokomis spent almost 20 years at RJ Reynolds and retired from the Forsyth County School System. In his spare time, he loved shooting pool. He was a proud member and deacon of New Birth Worship Center. Nokomis is preceded in death by his parents, and his brothers, George and Joseph Keaton. He leaves behind his wife of almost 50 years, Marie Taylor Keaton; children, Michael (Cheryl) Gregory of Walkertown, Nokomis (Chere) Gregory of Lewisville, Randy Keaton of Kernersville, Wanda K. Taylor of Raeford, and Yangita Keaton of Winston-Salem; 13 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; brother, Benjamin Keaton of Winston-Salem; sisters, Louise Wilson of Chicago and Shirley Imes of Winston-Salem; and many loved ones, family, and friends. The viewing will be held Saturday, Aug. 11, at 1 p.m. at New Birth Worship Center, 1033 New Birth Drive. The funeral service will follow at 2 p.m. with Dr. James L. E. Hunt officiating. There will be a repass following the services at the church. Flowers will be accepted or memorial contributions can be made to New Birth Worship Center, 1033 New Birth Drive, East Bend, N.C., 27018. Online condolences may be left for the family at