Obituaries — Feb. 21

Published 12:00 am Thursday, February 21, 2019

Dixie McIntyre Bell

Psalm 23: The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want… Dixie McIntyre Bell, 89, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019, of natural causes, surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Ossippee, N.C. on April 17, 1929, to the late Clarence and Elsie Barber McIntyre. Mrs. Bell was a member of Mocks United Methodist Church and loved to listen to gospel music. Preceding her in death were her husband, E. Allen Bell, and a brother, Richard McIntyre. Surviving are two sons, Rick Bell (Cathy) and Ray Bell (Camie); five grandchildren, Jennifer Tucker (Adam), Rickey Bell, Amanda Bell, Raymond Bell, and Kristina Bell; also surviving are three great-grandchildren, Wyatt Tucker, Heidi Tucker, and Angel Tucker. The family received friends from 3-5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019, at the Hayworth-Miller Kinderton Chapel. A funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Monday at the funeral home and Rev. Gary Elrod officiated. Burial followed at Mocks United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be made at

Virginia Elizabeth Felts Burke

Virginia Elizabeth Felts Burke, 94, died Feb. 13, 2019, at Trinity Elms after a few years of declining heath. She was born Feb. 8, 1925, in Wilkes County, the daughter of Luther and Belle Parks Felts. She was a longtime member of Antioch Baptist Church and shared friendship and fellowship with many of the church members. She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, James W. Burke in 1995; her brothers, Kermit, Eugene, David, Donald, Johnnie and Leon Felts and a sister, Rachel Gregory. Survivors include her son, Gary W. Burke and a sister, Evelyn Johnston. A memorial service will be held at a later date at Trinity Elms with Pastor Beth Woodward officiating. Burial will be private. Special thanks are given to the nurses and staff of Trinity Elms, which was her home for the last years of her life. Memorials may be made to Trinity Elms Health and Rehab, 7449 Fair Oaks Dr., Clemmons, N.C., 27012 or to Trellis Supportive Care (formerly Hospice of Davie), 377 Hospital St. Ste. 103, Mocksville, N.C. 27028. Online condolences may be made at

Lola Quick Cearley

Mrs. Lola Quick Cearley, 94, passed away Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, at Clemmons Village. Lola was born May 15, 1924, in Robeson County, N.C., to the late William Prentice and Deiliah Nance Quick and was a member of Mt. Tabor United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Ford Cearley, Sr.; brother, Earl Quick and a great-granddaughter, Emmerson. Surviving are two sons, Donald Cearley (Debra) and Charles Cearley (Nancy); five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. There was a graveside service at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019, at Forsyth Memorial Park where Pastor Mark Key officiated and a reception for family and friends immediately followed the service at Robinhood Road Baptist Church, 5422 Robinhood Road in Winston-Salem. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mountain Valley Hospice, 401 Technology Lane Suite 200 Mount Airy, N.C., 27030.

Catherine Elsie Castner ‘Cass’ English

Mrs. Catherine Elsie Castner “Cass” English, 65, of Cooleemee, passed away Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, in the comfort and care of her devoted husband of 44 years, Mark, son, Alan, and niece, Ann Wallace.

She was born July 14, 1953, in Brookville, Penn., to the late George Sylvester and Helen Sushereba Castner. Cass spent her childhood in Corsica, Penn., and graduated salutatorian of her class in 1971, from East Forest High School in Marienville, Penn. She attended Edinboro University and graduated in 1974, with a degree in education and certification as a speech and hearing pathologist.

Cass and Mark were married on Sept. 28, 1974, in Brookville, Penn. While visiting her parents in Cooleemee for Christmas, Cass was paralyzed on Dec. 26, 1975, with a spinal hemangioma. After a lengthy hospitalization, she and Mark settled in North Carolina close to family and her doctors.

Cass did not let her paralysis stop her from doing anything she desired. The drive that she brought to working around her disability is a model of courage and strength. In 1983, she purchased a retail clothing business, which moved and grew into the formal wear business, now English’s Bridal and Formalwear, which she and Mark operated together. Since 1991, they have served thousands of couples preparing for their weddings from their store in Clemmons, where Cass handled most of the business operations.

Over the years, Cass served her community as a member of PTA boards, as secretary of the Davie County Arts Council, and by donating her time and merchandise to local non-profits. Cass was recognized in 1989, 1990 and 1992 by North Carolina’s then-Governor Jim Martin for her volunteer commitments.

She enjoyed the arts, always listening to music and even playing piano and saxophone in her younger years. Cass was a lover of great food and company, and could always be found in the kitchen, giving directions to Mark or Alan preparing meals for family and friends. She also authored two family cookbooks to preserve recipes passed down through the generations. On weekends, you could find Cass outside in the yard, enjoying the sun and chatting with neighbors, and Cass relished the time she was able to spend with her family. She was always the organizer of high school and family reunions.

Survivors include her husband, Mark English of the home; son, Alan English (Gretchen) of Hartford, Conn.; brother Robert Castner (Laling) of Virginia Beach, Va.; sister Judy Wallace (Buck) of Redclyffe, Penn.; brother James Castner (Bobby Jean) of Vowinckel, Penn.; six aunts and uncles, 12 nieces and nephews, many great-nieces and great-nephews, adoring cousins, friends and neighbors. She was especially proud of her two grandsons, Everett (3) and George (9 months) of Hartford, Conn., who she delighted in watching grow.

A celebration of life will be conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, at The Granary at WinMock Farm in Bermuda Run. Internment services will be held the weekend of May 25 in Jefferson County, Penn., where she will be laid to rest at Pisgah Cemetery in Corsica, Penn.

In lieu of flowers the family has requested you continue Cass’ legacy of supporting education by donating to the North Carolina School of Science & Mathematics Foundation (1219 Broad Street, Durham, N.C., 27705). The family has established the English Family Fund for Global Experiences in her memory.

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Thomas Jefferson Lockhart

Mr. Thomas Jefferson Lockhart, 86, of Clemmons, passed away Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019. He was born July 27, 1932, in West Virginia to Clarence and Emma Farrar Lockhart. Mr. Lockhart served in the U.S. Navy and Naval Reserves. He worked for Smith-Douglas in Virginia and Martin Marietta Inc. in Florida. In 1969, Mr. Lockhart moved his family to Clemmons to work for Hanes Corporation in Winston-Salem as a systems analyst. He also was a partner and CFO of Richmond Works Coal Mining Company in West Virginia. He was a loving and caring husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. Granddad enjoyed spending time with his family and was always generous with gifts and vacations for his family. He was predeceased by his parents and his wife of 64 years, Athleen Morgan Lockhart, who died Feb. 27, 2018. He is survived by his three children and their spouses: Pam Fulton (Randy) of Lewisville, Susan Bullock (Kevin) of Clemmons, and Joseph Lockhart (Selena) of Raleigh; four grandchildren: Anna and Adam Fulton and Abigail and Benjamin Lockhart; and one great-grandson: Atticus Fulton. He also is survived by a brother, Charles (Nancy) Lockhart of Florida; sister, Aleene Spencer of Virginia; brother-in-law, Ron Morgan of Georgia; and five nieces and one nephew. The family would like to thank the staff of Heritage Woods and Trinity Elms for their care of Mr. Tom this past year. The family is forever grateful to Mr. Lockhart’s loyal caregivers who began helping him at home and then followed him to both skilled nursing facilities. The family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18, 2019, at Hayworth-Miller Kinderton Chapel. A private family graveside service was held Tuesday, Feb. 19, at Forsyth Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association online or at 1-800-272-3900. Online condolences may be made at

Robert ‘Trix’ Messer

Robert “Trix” Messer, 79, passed away on Feb. 11, 2019. He was born to Allie and Monroe Messer on April 13, 1939. He was preceded in death by four brothers and three sisters. He is survived by the love of his life of 51 years, Becky Messer. He leaves behind two sons, Rodney and Dean (Rhonda), three grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, one brother, Joe, and two sisters, Doris and Pauline. His humor and wit will be remembered by many special friends and family members. A memorial service was held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, Lewisville Baptist Church, followed by a gathering in the Fellowship Hall. Gentlemen are asked to refrain from wearing ties. Memorials may be made to Lewisville Baptist Church.

Mary Elizabeth Moorhead Reavis

Mary Elizabeth Moorhead Reavis, 94, died peacefully on Feb. 7, 2019. Mary was born on Sept. 28, 1924, to the late Joseph Hughes and Frances Moorhead of Blacksburg, S.C. Following college at Furman University, Mary began her career at Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte. Mary married the love of her life, William Bryce Reavis, Sr. on June 21, 1947. They continued to live in Charlotte for a few years, later purchasing a farm and moving to Yadkinville where they devoted their life to family, church, community and farming. She was a member of Maplewood Baptist Church. In addition to her parents, Mary was preceded in death by her husband, William Bryce Reavis, Sr., a brother, Walter James Moorhead and a sister, Ann Hawkins. She is survived by her five children, William Bryce Reavis, Jr. (LouAnn), Nancy Reavis Shore (Michael), Hugh Moorhead Reavis (Cindy), Janet Reavis Wall (Mike), and Joel David Reavis (Jennifer). Also, surviving are two sisters, Jean Miller and Edith Satterfield. Mary has 13 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. A celebration of life service was held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, at Salem Funeral Home at 2951 Reynolda Road. The family received friends one hour prior to the service from 2-3 p.m. The family wishes to express their sincere appreciation to Community Hospice for all their love, care and support. Also, a big thank you to all the excellent caregivers that assisted with Mary’s care. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Community Hospice, 1308 Davie Avenue, Statesville, N.C., 28677 or Trellis Hospice, 101 Hospice Lane, Winston-Salem, N.C., 27103. Online condolences can be made at

Joan Hensley Winfrey

Joan Hensley Winfrey died peacefully in Winston Salem on Feb. 12, 2019, at the age of 72. Joan is survived by her children Larry Ray Jr, Matthew Patrick (Jessa) and Andrew Scott (Debbie) and daughter-in-law Gina; nine grandchildren, April (Thomas), Chris, Julia, Rhiannon (Mark), William, Zoe, Rowan, Matthew and Amanda; 12 great-grandchildren, and her beloved dog Rosie. Joan was preceded in death by her lifelong partner of 51 years and loving husband Larry Ray Winfrey Sr. Joan was born on Oct. 24, 1946, in Forsyth County. She was part of the first graduating class of West Forsyth High School where she graduated in 1965; where she also met and went on to marry her high school sweetheart, and life partner, Larry Ray Winfrey Sr. While living in Winston-Salem, Joan worked for Bell South while the couple had three sons. Joan’s family remembers her as a gentle, empathetic woman who loved to serve others as an example of the perfect hostess; who encouraged them to pursue their goals and was always available to offer advice. She started as Joan but she became Grandma Joan — and lived as that moniker every moment of her life. Everyone, including her husband and sons, referred to her as such; because she was the very best grandma in the world. Joan loved to visit Cherokee, Tunica, and the local adult arcades where she would spend time playing machines. She enjoyed cooking, as well as shopping all the hottest deals. A funeral service was held at  noon Saturday, Feb. 16, at Westlawn Gardens of Memory Mausoleum where Rev. John Winfrey officiated the ceremony. The family received friends from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15. at the Hayworth-Miller Lewisville Chapel. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to The Masonic Home for Children, 600 W College St, Oxford, N.C., 27565 and Shriner’s Hospital for Children, Condolences can be sent to The family would like to thank Forsyth Hospital, and the NICU staff for their care and dedication to helping her pass from this life as peacefully as possible.