Obituaries — Oct. 4

Published 12:00 am Thursday, October 4, 2018

Dorothy (Wiggs) Priddy

Dorothy Page Wiggs Priddy passed away peacefully at the age of 101 on Sept. 29, 2018.

Born Aug. 7, 1917, in Louisburg, N.C. to Mozelle and Spencer Wiggs, Sr., Dorothy spent her childhood in Louisburg  She moved to Winston-Salem in 1937 at the encouragement of aunts and uncles, joining them in a family business, Morrisette’s Department Store.

From 1942 to 1984, she was employed with R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company in various accounting/clerical roles. She and husband “Mack” enjoyed life together for many years in Ardmore and then in the Meadowbrook community of Clemmons. Dorothy spent her last 12 years at Homestead Hills Retirement Community in Winston-Salem.

Dorothy was predeceased by her husband Matthew Dread Priddy (2005) and her grandson Zachary Christopher Priddy (2016). She is survived by her son Michael Dread Priddy (Susanne), granddaughter Michelle Priddy Stancil (Greg), step-granddaughter Hannah Sartelle McDonald, five great grandchildren, three step-great grandchildren and dear family friends Bob and Marianne Steagall. Dorothy was the last remaining of six Wiggs children and is survived by many nieces and nephews.

Lovingly referred to as “Boo” by her family and “Dot” by many friends, Dorothy was a life-long member, first, of Louisburg Baptist Church and then First Baptist Church in Winston-Salem. She enjoyed jewelry-making, crocheting and needlepoint, having crafted more than 200 hand-made afghans over the years as well as numerous pieces of needlework. She loved shopping and was once featured in the Winston-Salem newspaper about her collection of matching purses and shoes.

The family wishes to thank the staff, caregivers and residents of Homestead Hills who befriended Dorothy during her entire residency.  They also greatly appreciate Trellis Supportive Services, and the staff and caregivers of Homestead Hills for their special comfort efforts in recent times.

Arrangements are by Hayworth-Miller Funeral Home, 3315 Silas Creek Pkwy., Winston-Salem. The funeral service will be held on Friday, Oct. 5 at 2 p.m. in the Chapel at Hayworth-Miller, with visitation beforehand at 1 p.m. Interment will follow immediately at Oaklawn Memorial Gardens, 3250 High Point Rd., Winston-Salem.

Memorial donations may be made to the Priddy Family Fund, a scholarship fund at the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Education established by the family in honor of Dorothy’s 100th birthday in 2017. Checks should be made payable to UNC-CH Foundation with fund #223407 or Priddy Family Fund written on the memo line. Please mail checks to UNC Chapel Hill School of Education, Attn: Development, Peabody Hall, Suite 101, Campus Box 3500, Chapel Hill, NC 27599.

Martha Shelley O’Brien

Martha Shelley O’Brien, 85, of Clemmons passed away on Sept. 29, 2018. The visitation was Wednesday, Oct. 3, from 6-8 p.m. at Frank Vogler & Sons in Clemmons, 2849 Middlebrook Drive.


Eugene Colman McKay

Eugene Colman McKay, 79, of Clemmons passed away on Sept. 25, 2018. Gene was born in Charlotte on Aug. 30, 1939, to the late Brevard D. and Nan Baker McKay. He grew up in Pageland, S.C. Gene graduated from high school in Asheville. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Air Force and Army. He served for four years in the Air Force and then went on to retire from the Army as a Lieutenant Colonel. Gene retired from Lockheed Martin and moved to Winston-Salem. Gene is survived by his wife, Nancy Horton McKay, 2 children, 3 stepchildren, 2 sisters, a nephew, and their families. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Oct. 20, at 2 p.m. at Shallowford Presbyterian Church, 1200 Lewisville Clemmons Road, with Pastor Jeff Sockwell officiating. Gene will be inurned at Arlington National Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Crisis Control Ministries, 200 E 10th St, Winston-Salem, N.C., 27101. Online condolences may be left for the family at


Michael Duane Hodowansky

Michael Duane Hodowansky, 72, of Clemmons, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018, at his home surrounded by his loving family and friends. Michael was born in Hudson, New York on May 11, 1946, to the late Michael and Ruth Leahy Hodowansky. In 1967, Michael married the love of his life, Carol Mueller. They recently celebrated their 51st wedding anniversary. He will be greatly missed by his wife and daughters, Kim Boyles (Scott) of Clemmons and Amy Sessoms (Jeff) of Advance and his six grandchildren; Meghan Boyles of Atlanta, Nicholas Boyles of Winston-Salem, Madison Boyles of Clemmons, and Logan Sessoms, Morgan Sessoms, and Colton Sessoms of Advance. Michael is also survived by his sister Mary Jane Haywood (Lesley), his mother-in-law Hilda Mueller, and several nieces and nephews from Hudson, New York. Michael was a very loving and devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He was very proud of his family and enjoyed spending time with them. He loved attending his grandchildren’s sporting events and all activities. His contagious sense of humor was immeasurable. He loved joking around and making his family and friends laugh. In his own words Mike told his priest, “When I pass I will be God’s jester in heaven.” There’s no doubt that he is doing just that. Michael enjoyed his summer beach trips and vacations with family, spending time in the mountains, and visiting the Cherokee Casino. His favorite pastimes were playing golf, watching the New York Yankees and Panthers games and driving his Mustang. He will forever be in our hearts. Michael proudly served his country in the U.S. Air Force in the military police. After his honorable discharge from the U.S. Air Force, Mike enjoyed an extended career in the trucking industry as vice president of sales and marketing for Pilot Freight Carriers. His jobs relocated him to Nebraska and Pennsylvania before finally locating to Winston-Salem. Later, his career path led him to the computer industry where he worked as general manager and president of Key Services where he retired in 2011. Through his working career, many of Mike’s customers became personal friends. A memorial mass will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 5, 2018, at Holy Family Catholic Church by Father Peter Nouck. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Hayworth-Miller Kinderton Chapel. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Holy Family Catholic Church, 4820 Kinnamon Road, Winston-Salem, N.C., 27103 or to Trellis Supportive Care, 101 Hospice Ln. Winston-Salem, N.C., 27103.  The family would like to extend a very special thank you to Dr. Timothy Collins and staff, and nurses at Derrick L. Davis Cancer Center and the nurses at Trellis Supportive Care. Online condolences may be made at .

Deborah Ann Conrad Dalton

Deborah Ann Conrad Dalton, 64, of Clemmons passed away on Sept. 22, 2018. Debbie was born on Oct. 15, 1953, in Forsyth County to the late William Leonard and Mary Yow Conrad. She was a devoted caregiver to her family. Debbie was generous, loving, and made sure everyone in her family was well taken care of. In her spare time, you would find Debbie and husband, Jack, traveling around the United States on his motorcycle. She always claimed that the sound of the Harley’s engine was the sound of freedom. Debbie is survived by her husband of 38 years, Jack Dalton; children, Christina (Ron) Freeman and Mitchell Dalton; grandchildren, Sarah (Austin) Reavis and Ben Freeman; great-grandchildren, Nathan and Sophia Reavis; siblings, William “Lenny” (Debby) Conrad, Jr., Gary (Wanda) Conrad, and Mark (Maureen) Conrad; the Dalton family; and many other family members and friends. Debbie was an amazing wife, mother, grandmother, “second mom,” and friend. She will be truly missed by all of those fortunate enough to have met her. The family received friends for a visitation Saturday, Sept. 29, at 11 a.m. at Frank Vogler & Sons Funeral Home, 2849 Middlebrook Drive. A celebration of life service followed at noon at the funeral home with John Priest officiating. Online condolences can be left for the family at .


Bernard (Bud) Carroll Curtiss

Bernard (Bud) Carroll Curtiss, 99, of Clemmons died Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018. He was born at his home on Julian Street in Avon, Ohio, on March 24, 1919, the son of the late Harvey Johnson and Florence Casper Curtiss. Mr. Curtiss graduated from St. Mary’s Catholic School in 1932, Avon High School in Ohio in 1936 and Fenn College (now Cleveland State University) in 1952 with a B.A. in accounting. He was a lifetime CPA, retiring in 2003. Mr. Curtiss joined the U.S. Navy on Jan. 15, 1942, and was honorably discharged on Sept. 6, 1945, after the end of WWII. He was an Aviation Radioman First Class with 177 flights and over 2,043 hours aboard U.S. Navy airships during WWII.

As an Avon, Ohio, resident he devoted 10 years in total as a councilman and Avon Village clerk. During this time, the first main waterlines were constructed and the original I-90, was the first in the area to be approved by the city of Avon. In 1973, Mr. Curtiss and his family moved to Elizabeth City, N.C., his wife’s hometown.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Curtiss was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Doris Phelps Curtiss on Sept. 10, 2005; and his son, Scott Matthew Curtiss on July 12, 1968. He was a lifetime member of the Ohio and N.C. CPA societies and the Elks.

Survivors include his daughter, Carole Curtiss Hiller and her husband, Keith of Clemmons; grandchildren, Matthew (Wendy) Hiller, Katy (Tim) Ringeman, Gregg  and Ben; and great-grandchildren, Peyton and Ashley Hiller, Lillie, Clara and Tess Ringeman.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to an organization of the donor’s choice.

Condolences may be made online at


Nancy Beth Brake

Nancy Beth (Walnes) Brake, of Clemmons was born on April 3, 1946, in Teaneck, New Jersey, to the late Helen C. Walnes and the late Col. Paul Alje Walnes, and entered into her Lord’s arms at age 72 on Sept. 26, 2018, in Winston-Salem. She graduated from Hampton High School in Hampton, Va., in 1964 and Longwood University in Farmville, Va., in 1968. She was an educator and homemaker. Nancy was the loving wife of Gary F. Brake. She is survived by her daughter, Stephanie Brake Kiel; son, Adam C. Brake (Michele); identical twin sister, Eleanor Walnes Semerjian (George); grandchildren, Abigail Beth Kiel, Hannah Grace Kiel, Madeline Joy Kiel, Cassidy Rose Brake, and Cameron Elise Brake; a brother-in-law, Dr. Ronald Brake (Candy) and many wonderful nieces, nephews and cousins. She also leaves behind her adored Boston terrier, Trudy. Nancy enjoyed traveling domestically and abroad, spending time with her family especially her granddaughters, volunteering, and reading. In June of 2018, she and Gary shared their 50th wedding anniversary. She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church and also taught kindergarten and served as principal at St. John’s Lutheran School. Nancy lived life to the fullest and loved her Lord Jesus Christ with all her heart. Those around her could not help but feel special after getting to know her. Nancy never met a stranger and to this day has friends around the globe. She was a kind and generous friend, mother, sister, amazing nana and wife and will be missed by many who cherished her in their hearts. Those who wish may donate in Nancy’s name to Senior Services of Forsyth County. Visitation was held at Hayworth-Miller Silas Creek Chapel on Wednesday, Oct. 3, from 6-8 p.m. and the celebration of Nancy’s life will be Thursday, Oct. 4, at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 2415 Silas Creek Parkway, Winston-Salem. Interment will follow in Westlawn Gardens of Memory in Clemmons. Online condolences may be made at Hayworth-Miller Funeral Home is handling arrangements, 3315 Silas Creek Parkway, Winston-Salem, N.C. 27103.


Wesley Campbell Hunter

Wesley Campbell Hunter, 95, of Mocksville, passed away Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018, at Forsyth Medical Center.

Born Aug. 9, 1923, in Forsyth County, Mr. Hunter was the son of the late Wesley and Delma Campbell Hunter. He attended Gray High School and graduated from Lenoir-Rhyne University. Mr. Hunter was a member of Clemmons United Methodist Church and was employed with McLean Trucking Company for 35 years. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII. Mr. Hunter was a strong supporter of his family and laughter. He left a legacy of story-telling and paying attention to the things that mattered.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Joyce Benfield Hunter in 2014; and his grandson, Justin Sheets in 2012.

Mr. Hunter is survived by his daughters, Betsy Hunter Hannah and husband, Dan, and Ann Hunter Demarest and husband, Bill; granddaughter, Emily Hunter Demarest and fiancé, Ben; great-grandchildren, Tyler Sheets and Charlee Sheets; and his brother, Billy Hunter.

A memorial service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018, at Clemmons United Methodist Church with his nephew, Rev. Jim Hunter, officiating. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 10-10:45 a.m. in the commons area of the church.

Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Condolences may be made online at