Obituaries — Dec. 6

Published 12:00 am Thursday, December 6, 2018

Tyler Andrew Allen

Tyler Andrew Allen, of Lewisville, passed away suddenly on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018. He was born in Forsyth County on Feb. 9, 1992. Tyler enjoyed gaming on his Xbox, hunting, and fishing. He was most happy spending time with his family and taking care of his best friend and beloved dog, Whelan. He loved people and would give the shirt off his back to help a stranger, even at the expense of his own self comfort. Tyler was preceded in death by grandmother Pat Allen; and great-grandparents Archel and Hazel Smith and Edna Gordon. He is survived by mother Tracey Dobson (Stacey); father Mark Allen (Vivian); siblings Shawn and Lea Allen; step siblings Andrew Dobson, and Haley Weeks (Ethan); grandparents Richard and Donna Smith, and Kent and Donna Allen; uncles Neal Smith (Pam), Jon Allen, Steve Allen (Kelly), and Tim Allen (Nicole); great-uncle Randy Smith (Terri); great-grandfather C. L. Gordon; great-aunt Ronna Kennedy (Jim); step grandparents Richard (Anna) Dobson and Ray (Peggy) Pippin; many other family members; and his special dog and friend, Whelan. A funeral service was held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, at Hayworth-Miller Silas Creek Chapel with Pastor Jerry Jones and Papa Kent Allen officiating. Entombment followed at Parklawn Memorial Park Mausoleum Chapel. The family received friends from 12:45 -1:45 p.m. Wednesday at Hayworth-Miller Silas Creek. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made in Tyler’s memory to Duke Heart Center Clinical research unit, 2200 West Main St. Suite 340, Durham, N.C. 27705. The family would like to give a special thanks to Dr. John Haney and his team. Online condolences can be made at


Shirley Ann Holman Allen

Mrs. G. Shirley Ann Holman Allen, 72, of Clemmons, was born to the late Vivian E. and Baxter D. Holman, Sr. on May 1, 1946. She departed this life on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018. Shirley was a member of the 1964 class of Carver High School. She was a lifetime member of Mt. Sinai AMEZ Church. G. Shirley Ann Holman Allen was preceded in death by her loving husband of 44 years, Smitty L. Allen, and leaves to cherish her memory a son, Devore Holman, Sr.; daughters, Sharon (Anthony) Campbell and Sonya Allen; grandchildren, DeVore Holman, Jr. “DJ”, Samuel Allen, Allen Walcott, Elane Allen, and Smitty Allen, II; brother, Lonnie (Romesena) Holman; sister, Carolyn Cunningham; sister-in-law, Ernestine Holman; six nieces; six nephews; special friend, Beverly Campbell; adopted families, the Rabils and Garners; many close cousins, friends, classmates and church members. Funeral service was held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, at Mt. Sinai AME Zion Church in Advance. The family greeted friends 30 minutes prior to the service. Interment in Westlawn Memorial Gardens.

Theo Wake Burke

Mr. Theo Wake Burke, 89, of Winston-Salem, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018, at Trinity Elms Health and Rehab. He was born Oct. 9, 1929, in Forsyth County to the late Aaron David and Lela Fulk Burke. Mr. Burke was a veteran of the United States Army. He was a member of Boyer’s Chapel Church of Christ where he led the singing for many years. Mr. Burke was retired from Western Electric with over 30 years of loyal service. He enjoyed singing at many different special occasions. He was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife of 66 years, Lucy Livengood Burke; two sisters, Catherine B. Morgan and Doris B. Todd; six brothers, Aaron D. Burke, Jr., James T. Burke, Bobby Burke, Ray Burke, Thomas Burke, and Paul Burke.  He is survived by his son, Tony A. Burke and wife, Vanessa of Winston-Salem; also his brother, William “Buddy” Burke and wife, Betty of Clemmons; and extended family. A funeral service was conducted on Friday, Nov. 30, 2018, at 2 p.m. at Hayworth-Miller Lewisville Chapel with Mr. Joel Morris and Mr. David Lewis officiating. Burial followed at Forsyth Memorial Park. The family received friends from 12:45-1:45 p.m. prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of donor’s choice.


Bill James, Jr.

Bill James, Jr., a beloved servant of the Lord, was called home to glory on Nov. 24, 2018. After suffering from cancer, he passed away at Hospice of Yadkinville. He served for more than 50 years in the ministry, where he had faithfully served as pastor of Shallowford Baptist Church in Pfafftown for 48 years, where he faithfully preached the Gospel of God’s saving grace.  He preached Christ and lived his life seeking to glorify God and win lost souls to the Savior. Billie Edward James, Jr. was born to Billie Edward James, Sr. and Rachel Eddinger James on April 16, 1943, in Winston-Salem. He was the oldest of four children. Throughout his life he was industrious, always busy building things, gardening, and doing other projects. Bill received Christ as a young man, after being convicted of his sin, and began serving the Lord while working at RJR of Winston-Salem, when he received a call to the ministry. While there, he preached the Gospel to his co-workers in the cafeteria, along with conducting Bible study. He later conducted tent meetings which then lead to the beginning of his church ministry at Antioch Baptist Church of Winston-Salem (his home church). His first pastorate was for a year at Vienna Baptist Church in Pfafftown. Afterwards, he began holding church in homes until organizing a church. On Oct. 11, 1970, Shallowford Baptist Church was organized and began meeting in Lewisville. Along with his church ministry, Bill also preached at Vienna Village Rest Home of Pfafftown since 1968. He helped many in need throughout his life and had a great heart for missions. Bill James also learned the carpentry trade and became a master carpenter. He enjoyed working on small and large projects, fishing, hunting, gardening, and raising chickens. He was a patriotic and avid supporter of our military and law enforcement. Pastor James lived what he preached. He was a loving father, husband, son, brother, grandfather, and uncle. He was preceded in death by his father, Billie E. James, Sr. and Gail Hester (the mother of his children). Survivors include his mother, Rachel (Bill James, Sr.) of Winston-Salem; brother, Tim (Debbie) of Cherokee; sister, Ann (Thom) Schuyler of Fort Worth, Tex; brother, Myron (Teresa) of Lexington; son, Kevin of Lexington; daughter, Kelly (Tony) Hall of Pilot Moutain; daughter, Kristy (Randy) Dinkins of Yadkinville; son, Kenan (Dana) of Yadkinville; and son, Kyle (Kayla) of Dobson. Also left behind are 12 grandchildren and one great-grandchild, three nephews, two nieces and a special friend, Marie Swaim. Visitation was held at Hayworth-Miller in Lewisville on Tuesday evening from 5-8 p.m. and funeral services was held at Hayworth-Miller in Lewisville on Wednesday, Nov. 28, at 1 p.m., followed by a graveside service at Shallowford Baptist Church in Pfafftown.  Pastors Dale Wallace and Jim Park officiated. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Shallowford Baptist Church, 2440 Beroth Road, Pfafftown, N.C., 27040 or to Hospice of Yadkinville.

Edith Smith Renfroe

Edith Smith Renfroe, 96, of Rochelle, Va., and formerly of Winston-Salem, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018. She was born Oct. 1, 1922, in North Carolina and was the daughter of Ira Edwin and Una Belle Smith. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert E. Renfroe, and is survived by her children Philip L. Renfroe, Michael H. Renfroe, and Ann Renfroe Gravett, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister Christine Reep, but preceded in death by her sisters Lois Hinceman and Jean Neal and by brother Ira E. Smith, Jr. Edith was a graduate of Mitchell College. She was a devoted wife and mother, a modest woman of many talents. She lived her life devoted to the service of others. She was a talented seamstress, and enjoyed gardening, crafts, painting and quilting. She was known for her family photo albums and scrapbooks. She enjoyed participating in the quilting ministry and volunteer work at Clemmons Baptist Church, where she was a member for many years. Funeral services will be held at Clemmons Baptist Church at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8, with interment and family visitation to follow. Hayworth-Miller Silas Creek is assisting the family. Online condolences may be made at

John E. Workman

A memorial service for Mr. John E. Workman, 93, of Clemmons, was held Friday, Nov. 30, 2018, at 1 p.m. at the chapel of Douthit Funeral Services.


— In Memory — 

A tribute to my father, Robert Lee Smith: My father was born Sept. 22, 1945, in Clemmons to the late Melvard and Irene Binkley Smith. He grew up on Kinnamon Road and attended Clemmons Elementary School. He was the third of five siblings: one sister, Peggy, and three brothers, Albert, Donald “Dink,” and Mike. He graduated from Southwest High School in 1964 and fulfilled his military obligations in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves and the Army National Guard Reserves. He retired from Coca-Cola Bottling Company after 27 years service as a route salesman. His hard work and talents won him many accolades, including an all-expenses paid trip to Hawaii for himself, my mom, and me. After retirement, he started Lee’s Home Renovations and worked with his brother-in-law, Jay Myers. He was later employed by Steve Sweet, who also did home remodeling. Dad always spoke highly of Steve and called him “the nicest man I’ve ever worked for.” Dad had a strong work ethic, and I am grateful for his example. It has served me well in both the academic and professional fields.

Dad loved sports and was an avid fan of the Atlanta Braves and Duke Blue Devils. We watched many games together over the years! He played one season of semi-professional softball and spent most of his adult years playing recreational softball with his brother, Dink, and his lifelong friends, Gene Shoemaker and Steve “Bo” Cornwell. I attended all of these games, and Dad taught me how to keep score. He also participated in league bowling at the AMF Lanes in Winston-Salem and taught me how to bowl as well. Dad liked classic cars (and bought me several) and enjoyed riding his motorcycle. He also liked playing miniature golf and taking trips to the coast, both of which were staples of my childhood. He always helped me with my math homework, and in fourth grade he bought my entire class tickets to Carowinds. Many of my friends loved him almost like their own! Thanks to the love, support, and encouragement from both my parents, I graduated with honors from West Forsyth High School and magna cum laude from Salem College. I am forever grateful for their sacrifices.

Being my dad’s only child and namesake, there were times when life threw us a lot of curveballs. We may not have always been on the same team, but what counts is that through it all we never stopped loving each other. Dad, we made it to home plate! As you struggled with health issues this year, God felt your pain and knew your biggest fear. On Nov. 27, 2018, He reached down and took you home, ending those struggles forever. Absent from the body, present with the Lord. Never forget that the truest end of life is that life never ends for those who have trusted the Lord Jesus Christ as their Savior. I love you, Dad, and I will carry our memories in my heart until I see you again. Semper Fidelis! Your daughter, Summer Lee.