Obituaries — Jan. 31

Published 12:00 am Thursday, January 31, 2019

Donald ‘Don’ Wayne Haynes

Mr. Donald “Don” Wayne Haynes, 65, transitioned from this life on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019, in the loving arms of his wife. He was born on Sept. 16, 1953, in Rowan County to Willis Monroe Haynes and Zula Mae Cottingham Haynes. Don was an active member of Narcotics Anonymous where he was able to give love to hundreds of people and show them a new way to live. He earned his infinity tag with 22 years clean. He retired from Norandal with 32 years of service and was a member of the Steel Workers Union. Don was an avid fisherman, animal advocate, biker dude, and lover of all things outdoors. Above all, Don adored his wife and loved his family dearly. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by mother-in-law, Mary Lou McKenzie and brother, Lonnie Haynes. Surviving are his wife, soulmate, and partner, Leigh McKenzie; his children, Autumn Rodgers (Jeremy) and son, Broc Baldo; four grandchildren, Abram, Daegan, Odessah, and Adeline; one brother, Randy Haynes; father-in-law, Julian McKenzie; and a sister-in-law, Brook McKenzie. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019, at Hayworth-Miller Silas Creek Chapel with Pat Kirkman officiating. Interment will follow at Westlawn Gardens of Memory. The family will receive friends from 12:30-1:45 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019, at the funeral home. Online condolences may be made at

Benjamin Stacy Orrell Jr.

Benjamin Stacy Orrell Jr. (B.S.) passed away peacefully Jan. 21, 2019, at Greenville Memorial Hospital with his family by his side. He was born in Davie County in 1930 to Benjamin Stacy Orrell and Flora Mae Howard. He married his high school sweetheart Elsie Myers Orrell and they had 68 wonderful years together.

B.S. lived most of his life in Winston-Salem where he worked at and eventually owned his family’s business, Orrell Produce.   There he developed his love of sales, which stayed with him through the remainder of his professional life as he worked in the automotive, motorcycle and recreational vehicle industries.

Upon retirement, B.S. and Elsie moved to Maggie Valley, where he was an active member of his community and his church.  His faithfulness, intelligence, family care and sense of humor were just a few of his traits that endeared him to everyone that knew him. He was a person who never met a stranger and went out of his way to help others. He loved horses, dogs, cows, football, NASCAR and life. Most of all he taught unconditional love to his family and friends. He loved the Lord and was a prayer warrior.

B.S.’s legacy lives on through his loving wife Elsie, sons Barry and Eddie Orrell, daughters Sherry Orrell Bagale, Catherine Orrell Meyers, 3 grandsons and 3 great grandchildren.

His celebration of life service will be held at First Baptist Church Waynesville on Feb. 9 at 2 p.m. with fellowship to follow.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made FBC Waynesville Global Missions or general fund, 100 South Main St. Waynesville, N.C., 28786.

Pamela Rea Roberson

Pamela Rea Roberson, 64, passed away Jan. 24, 2019. Memorial services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 28, 2019, at the Russell Funeral Home Chapel with family visitation at 10:30 a.m.

Gary Michael Sebastian

Mr. Gary Michael Sebastian, 73, of North Wilkesboro, passed away on Monday, Jan. 21, 2019, after an extended illness. He was a beloved husband and father, and his children were the most important thing in his life. They will miss him dearly. He was employed by Lowes of Mocksville and took a great deal of pride in his work. Mr. Sebastian was born Aug. 16, 1945, in Johnston County to Samuel Elihue and Hettie Davis Woodall Sebastian, who preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife, Loretta Sebastian, of Clemmons; two children: daughter Caroline G. Sebastian and husband Clint Simonson of Minneapolis, Minnesota, and son Benjamin Sebastian of Seattle, Washington; a brother, Samuel E. Sebastian of North Wilkesboro; and fur babies, Frankie, Jubilee and Apollo. Services were held at noon Friday, Jan. 25, 2019, at Reins Sturdivant Funeral Home Chapel in North Wilkesboro where Pastor Randy Johnson officiated. Burial was held at Mountain Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery. The family received friends from 11 a.m. to noon prior to the service at Reins Sturdivant Funeral Home. Flowers will be accepted or donations may be made in his honor to the Brain Aneurysm Foundation. Online condolences may be made at

Sarah F. Shuping

Sarah F. Shuping passed away on Dec. 25, 2018. The family received guests at a reception from 2-4 p.m. Jan. 25, 2019, at Frank Vogler & Sons Clemmons Chapel. There will be a private family committal at Salem Cemetery.

Mary Ann Holland Smallwood

Mrs. Mary Ann Holland Smallwood, 86, passed away Monday, Jan. 21, 2019. She was born in Islip, New York. She was preceded in death by her parents, Claudia and Jack Holland, husband John J. Smallwood Sr., brother Philip Holland, and son John J. Smallwood, Jr. She is survived by four daughters, Debbie Bianucci (Mark), Peggy Pegram (Mark), Pattie Smith (Jeffrey), and Terri Bowen (Don); four grandchildren, Timothy, Lindsay, Meghan, and Lucas; and 3 great-grandchildren, Mackenzie, Liam, and Ellie. Services were held Friday, Jan. 25, 2019, at Good Shepherd Church in King. Visitation was at 10 a.m. prior to funeral mass at 11 a.m. The family would like to give special thanks to Clemmons Village II and Trellis Supportive Care.

Annie Pardue Vannoy

Mrs. Annie Pardue Vannoy, age 101, of Clemmons, formerly of C Street, North Wilkesboro, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019, at Clemmons Village. She was born Jan. 12, 1918, in Wilkes County to Wilson and Fannie Pardue. Annie was retired from Thalhimer’s Dept. Store and a longtime member of Beck’s Baptist Church in Winston-Salem. Mrs. Vannoy was preceded in death by her parents; husband, R. Wrenn Vannoy; a granddaughter, Laura Vannoy and six siblings. Mrs. Vannoy is survived by her sons, Gary Vannoy (Sheila) of Millers Creek, Mike Vannoy (Lauren) of Clemmons; grandchildren, Jay Vannoy (Beth) of Wilkesboro, Mark Vannoy (Brandy) of Raleigh, Merrill Shaw and Josh of Winston-Salem; great grandchildren, Matthew, Jack, Londyn, Tate and Alec. Funeral service was held at 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28, 2019, at Miller Funeral Chapel where Rev. Tom Vannoy officiated. Burial followed in Mountlawn Memorial Park. The family received friends at Miller Funeral Service from noon to 1 p.m. on Monday prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Clemmons Village 2 Activity Dept., 6441 Holder Road, Clemmons, N.C., or to Trellis Supportive Care (Davie Co.), 377 Hospital Street, Suite 103, Mocksville, N.C. Miller Funeral Service is in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences may be made to