Obituaries — May 2

Published 12:00 am Thursday, May 2, 2019

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Melba Hardy Davis

Melba Hardy Davis, 95, of Clemmons, passed into the loving hands of her God and Savior on Thursday, April 25, 2019. Melba was born on June 10, 1923, in Winston-Salem as the first child of Myrtle Key Hardy and Garlie C. Hardy. She was educated in the Forsyth County School System and Winston-Salem Business College. In addition to her full-time job as a wife and mother, she also worked for the Winston-Salem Journal and the Washington Mills Corporation. She loved her church, her family and her flowers. Melba was married to Gilbert T. Davis, Sr. for 70 years until his passing in 2009. They had four children: daughter Mona Jones (who preceded her in death) having two daughters, Ginger Bryan (Dolph) of Durham and Debbie Arnold (Andrew) of Greensboro; son Gilbert T. Davis, Jr. (Brenda) of Advance with two children, Jessica Dean (Joe) of Roswell, Georgia, and Thomas Justin Davis of Winston-Salem; daughter Donna Keylon of Clemmons with one son, Michael Best of Copenhagen, Denmark; and daughter Rebecca Norman of Winston-Salem with one son, David Lee Norman (Heather) of Clemmons. She is also survived by eight precious great-grandchildren: Isabella Best, Sofia Best, Leilani Arnold, Makayla Arnold, Savannah Norman, Cady Dean, Carson Dean and Charlotte Dean; and her only sibling, sister Rachel Scott and her family living in Lawrenceville, Georgia. A service was held 2 p.m. on Monday, April 29, 2019, at First Baptist Church of Clemmons, where Rev. Don Harvey officiated. The family received friends from 1-1:45 p.m. at the church prior to the service. Entombment was private for the family immediately following the service at Westlawn Gardens of Memory Mausoleum. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Clemmons, 3530 Clemmons Road, Clemmons, N.C., 27012, earmarked for the quilting or the youth ministry. Online condolences may be made at Hayworth-Miller Kinderton Chapel is assisted the family.

Marion Elizabeth James Durbin

Mrs. Marion Elizabeth James Durbin, 92, of Clemmons, passed away Sunday, April 21, 2019, at Forsyth Medical Center.  She was born March 27, 1927, in Akron, Ohio, to Edward and Grace Wells James. She was preceded in death by her husband Paul Robert Durbin. Surviving are a son, Patrick Eley-Durbin (Carolyn) of Clemmons and a daughter, Jean Svet (Frank) of Florida; grandchildren Tristan Eley-Durbin (Lauren), and Scarlette Eley-Durbin, and great-grandchildren Cayden Arabie and Grayson Eley-Durbin, several nieces and nephews, and special friend Margaret Webster Shapiro. A memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to your favorite charity. Online condolences may be made to

Eileen M. McLaughlin

Ms. Eileen M. McLaughlin passed away on Thursday, April 25, 2019. She was born on April 8, 1921, in Decatur, Alabama. She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers and son Michael Lee McLaughlin. She is survived by her daughters, JoAnn Hawks (David), Jonnie Miller (Ralph) and grandsons Jarred and James Miller. A private family burial took place on Sunday, April 28, 2019. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate a donation to Senior Services of Winston-Salem, 2895 Shorefair Drive, Winston-Salem, N.C., 27105, in honor of Mrs. McLaughlin.

Ernest ‘Ernie’ Robert Parry

Ernest “Ernie” Robert Parry, 98, passed away on April 27, 2019. He leaves behind his daughter Carol Cross; granddaughter, Marie Daniel (Lee); and two cherished great-grandchildren, Carlie and Ivy Daniel. He has numerous nieces and nephews and an extended Cross family who loved and admired him. Born and raised in Hinton, West Virginia, the son of John and Grace Parry, he resided in West Virginia most of his life. He was preceded in death by his childhood sweetheart, Juanita Farley Parry, whom he was married to for 70 years. Our beloved Ernie was a part of America’s greatest generation. He bravely fought in WWII with the 6th Division Marine Corp in the last land battle of Japan. Although he did not talk much about his time spent there, he was a dedicated Marine and was proud of his service. After completing his military service, he began his career at Kroger as a clerk. His work ethic and friendly manner quickly escalated him to manager. He not only took pride in the company he worked for, but truly cherished the co-workers and customers he came in contact with during his time with Kroger. He was an active member of Mount Juliet United Methodist Church in Belle, West Virginia. He sang in the choir and served on the finance committee. After moving to Clemmons, he became a member of Clemmons First Baptist Church. He joined The Men’s Bible study where he met a group of extraordinary men. He lived his last four years at Clemmons Village II where he was well-loved and cared for by Kim, Wendy, Tracey, Charles, and many others. Ernie lived a full life and had so many delightful stories to tell about being a Golden Glove boxer, keeping his younger brother Raymond Parry out of trouble, and playing golf. One of his proudest accomplishments was being one of the “11 Ironmen” and winning the West Virginia State Football Championship in 1937. One of the most enduring characteristics of Ernie was his loving and humble nature. He never met a stranger and loved all animals, especially dogs. He was a kind, thoughtful man that loved with his whole heart, especially Carlie and Ivy. A funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 1, 2019, at Hayworth-Miller Silas Creek Chapel with Rev. Don Harvey officiating. Interment followed in Westlawn Gardens of Memory with full military honors. The family received friends one hour before the service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mt. Juliet United Methodist Church, 417 E. 4th Street Belle, W.V., 25015 or to Trellis Supportive Care, 101 Hospice Lane Winston-Salem, N.C., 27103.