Obituaries — Jan. 3

Published 12:00 am Thursday, January 3, 2019

Stephen Ray Casper

Stephen Ray Casper Sr., 66, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2018, at Forsyth Memorial Hospital. Steve was born to Joseph and Margie Casper on March 1, 1952, in Kernersville. He married Rhoda Dean Henley in 1984 and they lived together in Clemmons.

He leaves as his legacy four children Janie ‘Tizzie’ (Junior); Stephen (Angela); Chris (Amber); and Stephanie. Two siblings Billie (Cookie) and Deresa (Wayne); as well as his beloved grandchildren Kara, Julie, Audrey, Brayden, Cody, Ariana, extended family; and many close friends.

He will be remembered as a great man who loved his family, classic country, and racing.

Service arrangements are pending.

Linda Adkins Church

Mrs. Linda Adkins Church, 76, of Clemmons, passed away peacefully Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018, at the Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home. She was born in Stokes County to Robert William Adkins and Alma Lee Jones Adkins. Linda lost her father at an early age and quickly became the protector of her mother, brothers and her sister. She was an exemplary student who received a full VA scholarship to Appalachian State Teachers’ College and later received her master’s degree from High Point University. Mrs. Church was a well- respected teacher for the Randolph County School System for 30 years. She was a member of Clemmons First Baptist where she was an avid quilter with a real passion for sewing and was active in the quilt ministry. This ministry has made over 13,000 quilts for veterans, the homeless, cancer patients, hospitals and children’s homes. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, James Hayes Church; her son, John Mark Newton and a brother, Charles William Adkins. Surviving are her family whom she loved dearly, her children, Randall Scott Newton, James C. Church (Lynn), Phillip C. Church (Gena), Lynne Church Patrick (Pat) and Lillie Church Crews (Danny); two sisters-in-law, Devola Church Wood and Joan Adkins; 10 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild. Also surviving are her brothers, Robert Owsler Adkins (Carolyn) and Richard Gray Adkins; a sister, Susan Adkins Warner and a host of nieces and nephews. A funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019, at Clemmons First Baptist Church with Reverend Ralph Sproles officiating. Entombment followed in Westlawn Gardens of Memory Mausoleum Chapel. The family received friends from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan 1,  at Hayworth-Miller Silas Creek Chapel. Memorials may be made to Trellis Supportive Care, 101 Hospice Ln., Winston-Salem, N.C., 27103 or to the Quilting Ministry at Clemmons First Baptist Church, 3230 Clemmons Rd., Clemmons, N.C., 27012. Online condolences may be made at

Reverend Scott Hammett, Jr.

Reverend Randolph Scott Hammett, Jr., 59, of 5775 Misty Meadows Court, Clemmons, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018.

Born in Gaffney, he was the husband of Melissa Wilson Hammett and son of Randolph (Randy) Scott Hammett Sr. and Anita Turner Hammett of Gaffney. He was a graduate of Gaffney High School, a graduate of Gardner Webb University and a graduate of Southwestern Seminary. He formerly served as minister of Buford Street United Methodist Church, First Baptist Church of Gaffney, First Baptist Church of Blacksburg and Spartanburg Community Church (Milestones). He currently served as minister of First Baptist Church of Clemmons.

He loved to play golf and build custom golf clubs. He was a former Limestone College Campus Minister and golf coach. Scott loved his family and loved his dog “Sherlock.”

Surviving in addition to his wife and parents are two sons, Randolph Scott (Tripp) Hammett III of Spartanburg and Jeremiah Grant Hammett of the home; a daughter, Cynthia Holland Lavine (Stephen) of Advance; a brother, Chris Hammett (Gena) of Spartanburg; a sister, Julie Gallman (Mark) of Jonesville; seven nieces and nephews.

The family received friends from 12:30-2 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 31, 2018, at First Baptist Church of Clemmons. Memorial services immediately followed at 2 p.m. at the church with Rev. Jeremy Poplin and Rev. Justin Hernandez officiating.

The family also received friends from 12:30-2 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019, at First Baptist Church in Gaffney. Memorial services immediately followed at 2 p.m. at the Church with Rev. Joel Sellers, Dr. Tommy Huddleston and Rev. Hub Blankenship officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: First Baptist Church of Clemmons, 3530 Clemmons Road, Clemmons, N.C., 27012, or First Baptist Church of Gaffney, 200 N. Limestone Street, Gaffney, S.C., 29340 or First Baptist Church of Blacksburg, P.O. Box 654, Blacksburg, S.C., 29702.

The family was at the residence in Clemmons and also at 113 McCoy Circle, Gaffney after noon on Tuesday.

An online guest register is available at


Evva Penry Grubbs

Mrs. Evva Penry Grubbs, 82, of Clemmons, passed away Friday, Dec. 21, 2018, at Bermuda Village. She was born Dec. 2, 1936, in Davidson County, the daughter of the late Thomas Howard and Ella Mae Kimel Penry. Mrs. Grubbs grew up attending Friedberg Moravian Church and was presently a member of Clemmons First Baptist Church. She was a graduate of North Davidson High School and worked at Tanglewood Golf Course. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William (Bill) Grubbs. Survivors include two sisters, Lola Ellis of Cleveland, and Tommy Thompson of Winston-Salem; nieces, Debbie Woratchek of Hickory, Linda Sechrest of Cleveland, Susan Rinehart of High Point and Connie Shoaf of Winston-Salem; a grand nephew, Nathan Rinehart of High Point; and a good friend and neighbor, Annette Hobson of Clemmons. A graveside service will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019, at Westlawn Gardens of Memory. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Clemmons First Baptist Church, 3530 Clemmons Road, Clemmons, N.C., 27012. The arrangements are by Hayworth-Miller Kinderton Chapel.  Online condolences may be made at


Richard Brian Wells

Mr. Richard Brian Wells, 50, of Clemmons, passed away unexpectedly Monday, Dec. 10, 2018. He was born in Charlottesville, Va., on Jan. 18, 1968. Richard was a very loving husband and father whose eye lit up when talking of his family. He enjoyed watching the University of Virginia Cavaliers and following sports. He had an incredible ability to recall trivia and many facts he called “useless trivia.” He will be dearly missed by many friends and loved ones. Preceding him in death was a brother, Trenton Wells and a sister, Brittnay Peterson. Surviving are his wife, Amy Wells; sons Chris Wells and Aiden Wells; daughter Autumn Wells; father, Ronnie Wells (Rita); mother Angie Gable (John); also surviving is a sister, Lisa Kinlaw and a brother, Paul Peterson. A memorial service was held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018, at Calvary Baptist Church with Pastor Jay McGuirk officiating. A private graveside service was held for the family. The family received friends from 3-5 p.m. Friday Dec. 21, 2018, at Hayworth-Miller Silas Creek Chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The V Foundation, Jimmy Valvano. Online condolences may be made at


Kit Binkley

Mrs. Kit Binkley, of Lewisville, died Monday, Dec. 24, 2018. She was born April 17, 1934, in Forsyth County to the late Martha Stella Webster and Robert Frank Webster. She graduated from Rural Hall High School and attended Mars Hill College. She went to work at RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company in accounting and retired in 1994 as a senior CDC assistant. She was past president of the Rural Hall Women’s Club. She and her husband, Martin, were faithful members of Concord United Methodist Church. They were ushers until her death, served love feast, and sang in the choir. They made chicken pies and worked at church suppers. Kit was a seamstress and loved making crafts and hand-stitched quilts for her children and grandchildren. She was known for her homemade chocolate pies and gave them away to her friends and to the sick. She was a good friend to many. In addition to her loving parents, Kit was preceded in death by her brother, Carl Eugene Webster; a son, William Darrell Nelson; and a stepdaughter, Beverly Green. She is survived by two sons, David Michael Nelson (Judy) of Texas, and Richard Todd Nelson of Rural Hall; step-son Chris Binkley; 8 grandchildren, TJ, John, Tana, Dustin, Damon, Brandy, Savannah and Preston. Funeral services celebrating Kit’s life were conducted 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 28, 2018, at Concord United Methodist Church in Lewisville with Rev. Glenda Bennett and Rev. Edwin G. Needham officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery. The family received friends one hour prior to the service at the church. Online condolences may be made at


Franklin Douglas, a.k.a. F.D. Craver

On Christmas Day, Franklin Douglas, a.k.a. F.D. Craver, of Clemmons, went to his forever home to be with his Savior and loving wife, Sylvia B. Craver. He was the son of the late Alford “Olin” and Elva D. Craver. He was born in Forsyth County on Jan. 1, 1937. He was preceded in death by his half-brothers, Harrison Elmer King, Jr. and Jack Bowers King. Mr. Craver was a retired Air Force veteran and a retired mortgage banker with the the Pfefferkorn Company. After retirement, Mr. Craver held other various jobs, such as managing the Lake Forest Marina, where he enjoyed spending his time and making new friends. He was a past president of the Sertoma West, and past VP of the W-S Jaycees. Survived by his daughters: Cheryl Nelson (Todd) and Manya C. Crouse (Allen), grandchildren, Wesley (Jenny) and Dustin (Chelsea) Newman, Dilyn, Adison and Kiley Gregory, and great-grandchildren, Izzy, Aiden and Fischer Newman, and his girlfriend, Dottie Wise. He is also survived by his beloved dog Sadie. A funeral service was held Sunday, Dec. 30, at 2 p.m. at Robinhood Road Baptist Church. Burial followed at Forsyth Memorial Park. The family received friends one hour prior to the service at the church on Sunday. Those wishing to give memorials, please consider Cancer Services of Winston-Salem or the American Red Cross. Online condolences may be sent to Arrangements are by Salem Funeral Home/Reynolda Chapel.


William Roy Robinson

William Roy Robinson, Jr., 83, of Clemmons, devoted son, husband, father and indulgent grandpa, passed away on Dec. 18, 2018, in Winston-Salem.

Born in Gastonia on Aug. 10, 1935, Roy enjoyed in his youth a reputation as a hellion, not only setting off fireworks indoors and sneaking into — and being expelled from — baseball games, but also spying on the bootleggers around Booger Mountain and getting chased off by their whizzing bullets. When he drove by, residents would remark, “There goes Roy, like a bat outta hell.”

From his parents, the late William Roy Robinson, Sr., and Lida Stacy Robinson, Roy quickly learned self-reliance and the value of a buck and would purchase movie tickets from money earned collecting soda bottles and running paper routes. He also learned the virtues of patience, devotion to family, taking care of others, and being cool, although these took more time. After he knocked his mom out. Accidentally.

After graduating from Gastonia High School in 1953, Roy attended Davidson College, where he was on the track and field team, earned his BA in business upon graduation in 1957, and formed lifelong friendships. In 1958, he married Allene Hudson, also from Gastonia, and began his 38-year career with Wachovia Bank, first in Charlotte, then later in Winston-Salem, until his early retirement in 1996.

Together he and his wife raised a son and daughter in Clemmons, where they were community leaders, founding the local PTA chapter. Roy also saved countless lives by donating his rare blood; coached and managed Clemmons Little League baseball; was an assistant Scoutmaster of Troop 736; and was active in the Clemmons Civic Club, promoting — and consuming — its pancake breakfasts and assisting with their investment portfolio to fund West Forsyth High School scholarships.

A graduate of and, subsequently, teacher at the American Institute of Banking (investments), Roy developed a deep passion for the stock market and began day trading of stocks, specializing in the selling of call and put options. He loved to explain to anyone that would listen the intricacies and magic of options and taught many people the technique of option trading.

Blessed with a keen wit, analytical mind, and a competitive, feisty spirit, Roy loved a puzzle and never turned down a challenge. During the ’60s and ’70s, he was a professional contester. He was both a card, winning joke contests, and a card shark. An expert bridge player, Roy challenged any takers, especially his nieces, to marathon bridge matches and played weekly at the Shepherd’s Center, South Fork, and Miller Park in Winston-Salem.

Preceded in death by his beloved wife, Allene Hudson Robinson, Roy leaves behind his grieving children, West Tripp Robinson of Davidson and Susan Allene Robinson of Clemmons; sister, Carolyn Robinson Lineberger of Dallas; brothers, Stacy Banks Robinson of Waxhaw and Starr Neely Robinson of Forest City; granddaughter, Kalista Chuanshi Robinson of Davidson; granddog, Rosie Mathilda; and many loved ones, both friends and family.

A memorial service was held 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, at Clemmons Moravian Church, 3535 Spangenberg Ave. The family received friends for a visitation following the service. Frank Vogler & Sons Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at .

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to either Davidson College or the Clemmons Civic Club.


Judy Holcomb Stijelja

Mrs. Judy Holcomb Stijelja, 68, of Clemmons, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018, at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. She was born June 9, 1950, in Iredell County, the daughter of Clayton and Darlene Barnard Holcomb. She was retired from R.J. Reynolds Tobacco and was devoted to her husband, children and grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Marko Stijelja. Survivors include her daughter, Melissa Green (Brent) of Charlotte; a son, Mark Stijelja of Clemmons; two granddaughters, Emily and Rachel Green both of Charlotte; two sisters, Pam Simpson (Wayne) of Mocksville and Wanda Duncan (Jerry) of Clemmons and two brothers, Brent Holcomb (Michelle) of Pfafftown and Ricky Holcomb of Winston-Salem. A graveside service was held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018, at Westlawn Gardens of Memory with Rev. Dr. Kendell Cameron officiating. A visitation was held before the service from 12:30-1:30 p.m. on Saturday Dec. 29, 2018, at Hayworth-Miller Kinderton Chapel. Online condolences may be made at