Obituaries — May 16

Published 12:00 am Thursday, May 16, 2019

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Joseph John Dovi

Joseph John Dovi passed away at home surrounded by family on May 9, 2019, at the age of 88 a most beloved husband, father, grandfather and uncle.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years Ann Dovi; his son John (Ann) Dovi and granddaughters, JoAnn and Kimberly; and his daughter Linda (Allie) Hutchison and grandsons, J.C and Grant.

Joe was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on June 18, 1930, to the late John Torcivia and Concetta Nigrelli Dovi. After attending the Milwaukee School of Engineering, he was drafted into the Army and proudly served his country overseas. He was an avid sportsman in his younger years; he loved the Green Bay Packers and enjoyed skiing, tennis, golf, and the beautiful game of bocce. He held a lifelong love for building and drafting. He spent 30 years in the steel industry working around the country, retiring from U.S. Steel after 25 years and then working at TransAmerican Steel in N.C. for 5 years. He then began a different career at AMP and retired again, after 15 years.

He thoroughly enjoyed his retirement and was very active at his church with the self-titled ROMEOS, and also spent hours playing and promoting bocce at Miller Park with a wonderful group of friends.

His family would like to acknowledge and thank the Trellis nurses, Melinda, Megan and Chastity for the support and care they offered during Joe’s final days, with a special thanks to the Chaplin Rick Charles for the warmth and care of his late night visit to pray with the family.

The mass celebrating his life will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 16, at Holy Family Catholic Church, 4820 Kinnamon Road. The family will receive friends for visitation beginning at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Trellis Supportive Care or Holy Family Catholic Church.

Robert ‘Mason’ Linker III

Robert “Mason” Linker, III, age 49, passed away on May 9, 2019, of natural causes. Mason was born in Winston-Salem on Dec. 16, 1969. He graduated from Mount Tabor High School in 1988 where he played varsity baseball and soccer. Mason went on to get his bachelor’s degree from High Point University where he studied journalism and communication and was a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity. After graduating in 1992, Mason worked with the Winston-Salem Journal for 23 years as prep writer covering high school sports. He was honored by the N.C. High School Athletic Association by receiving the Tim Stevens Medial Representative of the Year award. Mason treasured the friendships he made with co-workers, athletic administrators, coaches and players throughout his time at the Journal. Mason also co-authored and published three hardcover collegiate children’s mascot books for Wake Forest, High Point and N.C. State with his lifelong friend Chip Crutchfield. Mason loved fishing at the coast for flounder, Kodiak, rooting for the Redskins, and watching the Braves. As much as he loved the Redskins, he had equal disdain for the Dallas Cowboys. Most of all, he enjoyed his time with his family, whether it was playing baseball with his son or spending quality time with his daughter. In addition to Mason’s many talents, one of his greatest gifts was the ability to make anyone laugh in any situation. He is survived by his wife, Kristin Hill Linker; daughter Molly and son Bo; parents, Mason and Martha Linker; sister, Mary Margaret Clark (Neil); nieces, Martha Wood Clark and Jane Clark; in-laws, David and Janet Hill; and many close friends. A memorial service was held at 2 p.m. Monday, May 13, at Centenary UMC, 646 W 5th Street, Winston-Salem. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Chris Paul Family Foundation.

James ‘Pete’ Morefield

Mr. James “Pete” Morefield, age 86 of Clemmons, passed away Saturday, May 11, 2019. He was born July 4, 1932, in Forsyth County to the late Raymond D. Morefield and Lillie Mathis Morefield. Mr. Morefield was a member of Clemmons First Baptist Church and had retired from R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company with 30 years of service. Surviving is his wife, Jackie H. Morefield; one daughter, Rhonda M. Wall (John) of Advance; one son, Gary L. Morefield (Tammy) of Eden; four grandchildren, Mandy Dixson (Philip), Mindy Goodrich, Brant Morefield (Heather) and Phillip Hedgepeth; 10 great-grandchildren and one sister, Betty Carter. A funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 14, 2019, at Hayworth-Miller Kinderton Chapel by Mr. Mark Jones, brother in Christ.  Burial followed in Westlawn Gardens of Memory. The family received friends one hour prior to the service. Online condolences may be made at

Sylvia Prince Poe

Mrs. Sylvia Prince Poe, 82, beloved mother and grandmother was received into the loving arms of God on Tuesday, May 7, 2019, at Homestead Hills in Winston-Salem. She was born Oct. 25, 1936, in Horry County, S.C.. to Ira Rupert and Dula Cox Prince. Mrs. Poe was a teacher with the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County school system where she retired. She attended Clemmons First Baptist Church and was a member of the Dorcas Sunday school class. She was preceded in death by her husband Levi “Lee” Clinton Poe.  Surviving are two sons, Michael Poe (Michele) of Mocksville and Chris Poe (Sheena) of Winston-Salem; two grandsons, Levi Poe of Davie County and Allan Poe of Ohio and a sister, Barbara Austin of Shallotte. A funeral service was held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 11, 2019, at Hayworth-Miller Kinderton Chapel with Rev. Jeremy Poplin officiating. Burial followed at Westlawn Gardens of Memory. The family received friends from 1-2:30 p.m. prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Clemmons First Baptist Church. Online condolences may be made to .

Diane Livengood Turner

Mrs. Diane Livengood Turner, 78, of Lewisville, passed away on her birthday, Thursday, May 9, 2019, at Forsyth Medical Center. She was born May 9, 1941, in Forsyth County and was the daughter of the late George and Arizona Brown Livengood. Mrs. Turner was a member of Southfork Baptist Church where she taught preschool children. She was retired from Life of Virginia Insurance Company. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her first husband, Kenneth Wooten, and her second husband, Joe Turner. She is survived by numerous cousins and friends. A funeral service was conducted at 2 p.m. Monday, May 13, 2019 at Hayworth-Miller Lewisville Chapel where Rev. John Hackworth officiated. Burial followed in Forsyth Memorial Park. The family received friends prior to the service from 12:30-1:45 p.m. at the funeral home. The family would like to thank the staff at Clemmons Village One for their love and care shown to Mrs. Turner during her stay there. Memorials may be made to Robinhood Road Baptist Church Building Fund, 5422 Robinhood Road, Winston-Salem, N.C., 27106. Online condolences may be made at .

Sandra ‘Sandi’ White

Mrs. Sandra “Sandi” Cooper White, age 74, passed away Thursday, May 9, 2019, at her home in Clemmons, after a long battle with cancer. She is survived by her husband, Nelson White, of Clemmons; her daughter, Tammy Tompkins and grandson Cristian Tompkins of Raleigh; her stepdaughters Scottie White of Conover and Wendy Eury (Jerry) and granddaughter Bailee Eury of Lucia, N.C. Sandi is also survived by her sister Sue Byington of Marion, N.Y.; brother Ronald Cooper of Mouth of Wilson, Virginia; and brother Tim Cooper of Independence, Virginia. The family received friends from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, May 12, 2019, at Hayworth-Miller Kinderton Chapel. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Trellis Supportive Care.