Obituaries — Sept. 5

Published 12:00 am Thursday, September 5, 2019

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Linda Richardson Anderson

Linda Richardson Anderson, 75, of Bermuda Run, passed away peacefully at Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019, surrounded by her family. She was born on March 26, 1944, to the late Everette and Ruth Richardson. She attended Shady Grove School through eighth grade before moving to New Brunswick, N.J. She graduated from New Brunswick High School in 1962. Linda lived the majority of her life in the Clemmons area. She was married to the love of her life, Larry Anderson, for 38 years, until he passed away in 2004. Together, they enjoyed traveling and riding motorcycles and spending time with their family, especially their grandchildren. She worked as an administrative assistant at Members Credit Union (formerly McLean Trucking Company) for 36 years before retiring in 1996. Linda was a joy to all who knew her. One of her favorite sayings was, “Today is a good day to have a good day.” She had a warm and welcoming spirit and found great satisfaction in helping others. Linda had a special talent for knitting, baking, decorating and gardening. She loved to watch the birds and spend time with her grandchildren, whom she treasured above all else. She was an amazing person who made the world a brighter place and she will be dearly missed by many.  Even in the face of adversity, she was gracious and loving, and managed with a quiet strength that exemplified her nature. Linda is survived by her two daughters, Lisa Davis of Huntersville and Leslie Newsome (Ashley) of Bermuda Run; sister, Nancy Ward (Gene) of Mocksville and three very special granddaughters, Kristi Davis (Will Taylor), of Richmond, Virginia, Meredith Davis, of New York, N.Y., and Elliot Newsome, of Bermuda Run, and one very special grandson, Campbell Newsome of Bermuda Run; nieces Susan Correll (Lewis) and Melissa Richardson, of Mocksville; nephews Daniel Ward, of Winston-Salem, and Whittaker Anderson (Kate) of Cheyenne, Wyoming; and sister-in-law Suzanne Anderson of Cheyenne, Wyoming. She was predeceased by her parents, her husband, her brother, Jimmy Richardson, in 2001, and brother-in-law, Ron Anderson in 2011. Visitation was held at Hayworth-Miller at Kinderton in Advance on Saturday, Aug. 31, from 11-noon followed by a private burial at Westlawn Gardens of Memory. The family would like to extend a special thank you to Trellis of Davie County and to the nurses and staff at Kate B. Hospice Home in Winston-Salem. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Trellis Supportive Care, 101 Hospice Lane, Winston-Salem, NC 27103.  Online condolences may be made at

Robert ‘Bob’ Lee Cornwell

Robert “Bob” Lee Cornwell, 85, of Winston-Salem, passed away on Sept. 1, 2019, after spending his last days surrounded by his family and friends. Bob was also known as “Pep” by his family. He grew up in the Clemmons area and attended Clemmons school.  In May 1958, he married the love of his life, Barbara “Bobbie” Dodd and moved to Winston-Salem. Bob worked for Poindexter Lumber Company for many years and later worked for North Carolina Baptist Hospital in the engineering department until he retired after 30 years of service. He attended South Fork Baptist Church. He was a fan of racing, spending many hours watching the races. Bob’s love of racing led to 25 years as a respected, well-liked owner of a race team at Bowman Gray Stadium in various divisions, the majority in the Limited Sportsman with cars driven by his son and son-in-law, Ron. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Bobbie, his brother, Thomas Cornwell and his sisters, Sarah Logan and Sue Phillips. A beloved father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and uncle, Bob is survived by his children, Lee Ann Collins of Wake Forest, Dean (Lisa) Cornwell of Davidson, Candy (Ron) Barron of Midway, Sandy (“Joey”) Weaver of King and Danny Cornwell of Winston-Salem; his grandchildren, Tiffany (Josh) Mohundro, Ryan (Carina) Cornwell, Caitlin (Matt) Cornwell, Mallory Cornwell, Liam Cornwell, Blake McCall and Connor McCall; and his great-grandchildren, Isabella and Erik Cornwell. He is also survived by his siblings, Margaret King of Winston-Salem, Jane Cornwell of Yadkinville, Steve Cornwell of Clemmons and Peggy (Don) Saylor of Clemmons and many nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019, at Hayworth-Miller Silas Creek Chapel with Rev. Stan Scott officiating. Interment will follow at Westlawn Gardens of Memory. The family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, 2019, at the funeral home. Bob enjoyed living life to the fullest and requests that rather than shedding tears that everyone go out and treat their selves to a nice dinner to celebrate his life. Memorials may be made to Brenner’s Children’s Hospital, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Medical Center Boulevard, Winston-Salem, N.C., 27157 or to Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home, Trellis Supportive Care Foundation, 101 Hospice Lane, Winston-Salem, N.C., 27103. Online condolences may be made at

Kathleen Verrier Grubbs

Mrs. Kathleen Verrier Grubbs, 76, of Advance, passed away peacefully Friday, Aug. 30, 2019, surrounded by her children. Mrs. Grubbs was born Nov. 8, 1942, in Massachusetts. She leaves behind a true legacy of love. When she attended church, it was Winston-Salem First (First Assembly). Her special accomplishments consisted of being the best mom on the face of the planet.  Loving her own children along with many others. Her soul purpose was to give to others. She loved everyone no matter where they were in life. She was never judgmental and always unconditional. She was definitely known for being the best cook in the family.  Kathleen had retired from AT&T. She is preceded in death by one brother, Aurthur Verrier. She is survived by three daughters, Lynn Roland (Link), Tonia Grubbs and Chrissie Grubbs; one son, Kelly Grubbs (Paige); six grandchildren, Caleb and Madison Roland, Savannah Andryczak, Katie Perryman and Talen and Taylor Grubbs; one great-grandson, Carter Peach; one sister, Rita Keicher and Kathleen’s dearest friend, Garry Bullard and his late mother, Lucy Bullard. Funeral services were held 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019, at Mt. Pleasant Church at Tanglewood Park by Pastor Chuck Taylor. Entombment services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Parklawn Memorial Park Mausoleum Chapel. The family of Mrs. Grubbs would like to give a special thanks to the staff at Bermuda Commons and the Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home for all of their tender loving care. Online condolences may be made at .

Nancy Duckworth McGee

Nancy Duckworth McGee, 89, of Advance, passed away on Sunday, Sept. 2, 2019, at Trinity Elms in Clemmons. She was born in Fayetteville on July 23, 1930, to the late Paul Calloway Duckworth and the late Elizabeth M. Duckworth. Nancy graduated from E.C. Glass High School in Lynchburg, Virginia, in 1947 and from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College in Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana, in 1977, earning a bachelor’s degree in English. While attending Salem College, Nancy met Alan McGee. They fell in love and married in 1950, which interrupted her pursuit of a college education. A hallmark of Nancy’s life was her determination to graduate from college. Over the course of the next 27 years, while raising four children and moving to six states, Nancy took courses at four separate colleges to finally earn her degree at the age of 47. If that weren’t enough, during this time she spent countless hours volunteering in local hospitals, in a juvenile court system, and teaching children in church pre-school and after school programs.  Nancy’s life was marked by her devotion to God, her husband and family. Nancy was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She was a life-long learner, an amateur poet and a voracious reader. She loved traveling with her husband and spending time in the North Carolina mountains. She derived the greatest joy in her later years from her great-grandchildren and loved their visits and hearing about their growth and development. Nancy was an active member of Clemmons United Methodist Church and the Upper Room Sunday School Class. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by Alan McGee, her husband of 66 years, her daughters, Janice Marshall McGee and Susan Elizabeth Smith and her brothers, Paul Frederick Duckworth and Roderick Lamar Duckworth. She is survived by her son Larry McGee (Sandra) of Winston-Salem; her daughter Nanci Robinson (Chris) of Swansboro; grandchildren, Marshall McGee (Melissa) of Ashburn, Virginia, Sarah McGee Girard (Richard) of Islamorada, Florida, Shannon Robinson Ray of Virginia Beach, Virginia, and Christopher Robinson of Swansboro and five great-grandchildren, Davis, Carys, Conner, Emma Kate McGee, and Richard Girard, Jr.; her sister-in-law, Ella Mae Drinkard Duckworth of Lynchburg, Virginia, and six nephews and nieces. The family extends its appreciation to the staff at Trinity Elms for their loving care of Nancy.  A celebration of her life by her immediate family will be held at a later time. Memorials may be made to Clemmons United Methodist Church or to Trellis Supportive Care, 101 Hospice Lane, Winston-Salem, N.C., 27103. Hayworth-Miller Kinderton Chapel is serving the family of Mrs. McGee.

Edith Holleman Messer

Mrs. Edith Holleman Messer, 74, of Lewisville passed away on Friday, Aug. 30, 2019, at Vienna Village. She was born on Dec. 12, 1944, in Forsyth County to Lonnie and Pearl Macemore Holleman. She was of the Baptist faith and had attended Robinhood Road Baptist Church for the past few years. She volunteered at Vienna Village doing many different things until her health failed. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, George Messer; two brothers; and four sisters. Left to cherish her memory is a son, Mike Messer (Shelley) of Lewisville and a grandson Mason Messer. A graveside service was conducted at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019, at Grace Baptist Church Cemetery with Rev. John E. Hackworth Jr. officiating. The family received friends from 8:45-9:45 a.m. at Hayworth-Miller Lewisville Chapel.

James Graham Oates

Mr. James Graham Oates, Jr., 91, of Bermuda Village, Bermuda Run, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019, at Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home. He was born Nov. 7, 1927, in Columbia, South Carolina, to James Graham and Mary Evelyn Hamrick Oates. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy and Army and obtained a business degree from UNC-Chapel Hill. Mr. Oates was a sales representative and division vice president of Dillard Paper Company from 1950 until he retired in 1992. Mr. Oates was an avid trombonist and was one of the longest-standing musicians with the Salem Band. Mr. Oates is preceded in death by his parents and his infant son. Surviving is his wife, Ann Smedley Oates of the home; two daughters, Kimberly Oates Caudle and Jami Oates Morgan (John); a son, James C. Oates; two step-daughters, Amanda Black and Kelly Cozart; six grandchildren, Jay Caudle, Sarah Wheeler (Mitch), Laura Graham (Andrew), Ryan Black, Hayley O’Barr (Patrick) and Logan Cozart; two great-grandchildren, Aidan and Audrey Caudle and a sister, Dorothy Oates Bowden. A memorial service was held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 2, 2019, at Clemmons Presbyterian Church with Dr. William Hoyle officiating. The family received friends following the service. Burial was on Tuesday in the Dalton Memorial Garden at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Winston-Salem. Memorials may be made to Salem Band, 500 South Church Street, Winston-Salem, N.C., 27101, or to the Winston-Salem Community Band, c/o Marion Clark, 102 Willow Oak Ct., Kernersville, N.C., 27284. Online condolences may be made to Hayworth-Miller Kinderton Chapel is serving the family.