Obituaries — Aug. 8

Published 12:00 am Thursday, August 8, 2019

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Donald ‘Donnie’ Wayne Burton

Mr. Donald “Donnie” Wayne Burton, 63, passed away Sunday, July 28, 2019 at Forsyth Medical Center.  He was born in Forsyth County on May 24, 1956, to Wayne and Lydia Janes Burton. Donnie was a member of Brookstown United Methodist Church. He enjoyed riding his Suzuki motorcycle, especially with his brothers. Preceding him in death was his wife, Melissa Reynolds Burton. Surviving are his son, David Burton; parents, Wayne and Lydia Burton; two brothers, Gary Burton (Kathy Davis) and Jay Burton (Darlene); also surviving are several nieces and nephews. A funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 31, 2019, at Brookstown United Methodist Church with Rev. James T. “Chip” Webb officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery. The family received friends 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Hayworth-Miller Lewisville Chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Brookstown United Methodist Church,6274 Yadkinville Road, Pfafftown, N.C., 27040.

Frederick Ernest Kurkowski

Frederick Ernest Kurkowski went to be with his Lord and Savior on July 15, 2019. He was born in Rochester, N.Y., on May 2, 1935, to the late Braynard and Mary Kurkowski. Frederick was ordained in 1960 at the Lancaster Theological Seminary. He was a minister in the United Church of Christ. Frederick was an elected officer in both the associate and conference levels of the United Church of Christ. He served at seven general synods with the church. Frederick strongly supported the life of the church and the work of the denomination. He ministered at churches in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Louisiana and North Carolina.

Frederick was highly involved with each community he lived in. He participated in local community boards, shelters for battered women, ministries to the elderly, community responses to stop drug abuse, and ecumenical youth work. He was an accomplished Eagle Scout and enjoyed participating in the Boy Scouts.

Frederick leaves behind his wife of 59 years, Delores Kurkowski; children, Heather Elizabeth Kurkowski-Wolcott, Sarah Anne Kurkowski Simpson, and Michael Ernest (Laura) Kurkowski; grandchildren, Kaila Wolcott, Taylor Wolcott, Kelsey Simpson, and Rebecca Simpson; siblings, Paul Kurkowski, Catherine Reimer, and David (Myra) Kurkowski; and many nieces, nephews, and loved ones.

A memorial service was held on Saturday, July 20, 2019, at 2 p.m. at Parkway United Church of Christ with Reverend Craig Schaub officiating. There was a gathering of family and friends following the service.

Richard ‘Whitey’ Kyle Masten, Sr.,

Richard “Whitey” Kyle Masten, Sr., 88 of Advance, received his heavenly wings on Friday, July 26, 2019, at his home surrounded by his family. He was born Oct. 1, 1930, in Winston-Salem, the son of the late John Henry and Ola Knouse Masten. He was also preceded in death by the love of his life of 54 years, Virginia Masten in 2014 and his four brothers, Johnny E. Jones, Henry M. Masten, Robert “Brick” W. Masten and F. David Masten. Left to carry on his legacy is his three loving children, Richard K. Masten, Jr. (Pat), John David Masten of Winston-Salem and Martha M. Broadbent (Bryan) of Wilmington. His four beloved grandchildren also survive him, Matthew Kyle Masten (Brooke) and Thomas Kerns Masten of Winston-Salem, Harrison Broadbent (Megan Alexander) and Andrew William Broadbent of Wilmington. Richard graduated from R.J. Reynolds High School in 1948 and then enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1951 and served on the aircraft carrier USS Wasp during the Korean War as the ship’s quartermaster until 1954. He later attended Wake Forest University from 1956-1960 with concentration in finance. In 1960, he began his career at R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company as a shipping supervisor and retired after 27 years in 1987. Richard will be fondly remembered by his family and friends for his kind, gentle spirit, as well as his sense of humor. Although he was also known for his spendthrift ways, his kind spirit would often give way to his generosity for many. In addition, Richard will be remembered as an avid fan of all sports, especially golf and baseball. He was a dedicated fan of Wake Forest and the N.Y. Yankees. When he was not watching sports, he was watching the stock market and would readily give advice regarding which stocks to buy, but would sheepishly admit that he tended to buy high and sell low. Although Richard was a devout Christian throughout his life, he only became baptized days prior to his passing. However, this reaffirmed what he already believed all along; Jesus was with Him now and had always been with him throughout his entire life. A memorial service to celebrate Richard’s life was held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019, at Hayworth-Miller Kinderton Chapel in Advance. In lieu of flowers, go forth and love one another. Online condolences may be made at