Obituaries — Jan. 2

Published 12:00 am Thursday, January 2, 2020

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Janet Moser Hancock

Janet Moser Hancock, 78, of Bermuda Run, passed away peacefully on Dec. 21, 2019, at Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem. A celebration of life will be held from 1-3 p.m. on Jan. 11 at Bermuda Run Country Club. Janet was born in Forsyth County to William Henry and Hilda Ryan Moser on Sept. 22, 1941. She went to school at Lewisville School and graduated from Southwest in 1959. She married Larry Hancock on Oct. 15, 1976, in their home in Bermuda Run. She worked 40 years in the banking industry, retiring in 1996 from Branch Banking and Trust Company. She began her career with First Federal which became Southern National and later Branch Banking and Trust Company. Janet held various positions throughout her banking career, including branch coordinator, merger team trainer and loan executive. During this time, she made many friendships and lasting memories with everyone she met, including a very special group of co-workers she referred to as “The Hens.” The Hens and Janet made many special memories over the years as they enjoyed crafting, traveling, shopping, celebrating birthdays and most recently meeting monthly and dining out together. Janet was truly old school. She learned from her parents that hard work earned true value and rewards. Janet was the true definition of the “woman behind the man.” She supported Larry in many business ventures, and they both believed “if you ain’t the lead dog, then the scenery don’t change much” way of doing things. They began the cable TV franchise River Cable as their “side job” in Davie County. They worked by each other’s side, completing the monthly bills at their kitchen table. Later River Cable was sold to Triad Cable, which then became Spectrum. Janet was also very involved with Larry’s endeavors at his day job with Long Communications, which was sold to Tyco Communications. All the while Janet continued her career with BB&T. She always called things as she saw them, resulting in a long successful career of her own. Janet and Larry traveled the world together and found St. Petersburg, Florida, to be their second home, as they wintered there for the past 20 years. She had a passion for shelling and would comb the area beaches for hours. Having never met a stranger, she formed many strong connections with fellow shell collectors. She also enjoyed and felt most relaxed watching the boats and dolphins pass by on the Boca Ciego Bay. She knew she was a very blessed individual. If you were fortunate enough to be in her circle, you and your family were blessed as well. Janet was an extremely generous, enthusiastic, dedicated and tenacious soul and always had a “get it done” attitude. She never thought twice about opening her home or her heart. Janet is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her brothers, Steve and Bill Moser. Janet is survived by her stepdaughter Kelly Hancock, sister-in-law Dianne Jones Moser, nephews Ryan Thomas Moser (Jennie), Kevin William Moser (Megan), great-nephews Cole and Jack Moser and Greyson Moser, along with numerous friends, old and new. Memorials may be given to Trellis Supportive Care and N.C. Chapter of the ALS Foundation. Janet’s family wishes to extend sincere gratitude and appreciation to all the doctors and nurses who assisted her through her health care journey along with her dear friend Alan Giles and Pastor Mark Key of Mount Tabor United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be made at .

Dorothy Mae ‘Dot’ Essex McKnight

Dorothy Mae “Dot” Essex McKnight died Monday, Dec. 23, 2019, at Trinity Elms in Clemmons. Born in Davie County on March 2, 1929, to Charlie Jennings Essex and Martha O’Della (“Della”) Orrell Essex, Dot was a graduate of Shady Grove High School and attended Draughn’s Business College in Forsyth County. For many years, she was the secretary and treasurer of Edmac, Inc. Dot was married to Edgar M. McKnight for 42 years. “Lonesome Ed” was a Forsyth County representative in Raleigh for a number of years. Dot loved her family, her home, and delighted in traveling. She was a faithful and active member of Calvary Moravian Church as long as her health permitted. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a daughter, Gayle McKnight; a granddaughter, Jessica Romahn; stepson, Don McKnight; and brothers: David, Edward, and Glenn Essex. She is survived by her son, Keith McKnight (Norma) of California; a granddaughter, Neva Butler (Scott) of Huntersville; a grandson, Bart McKnight (Linda) of Winston-Salem; seven great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild; a sister, Ann Foil (Edward) of Mocksville; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019, at Calvary Moravian Church, conducted by The Rt. Rev. Lane A. Sapp. Interment followed at Salem Moravian Graveyard. The family greeted friends one hour prior to the service at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Calvary Moravian Church, 600 Holly Avenue, Winston-Salem, N.C., 27101. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff of Trinity Elms for their loving care.

Larry Don Owens

Mr. Larry Don Owens, 82, of Advance, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2019. Larry was born Feb. 4, 1937, in Ashe County to Paul and Marie Owens. He proudly served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He retired as an administrator from the City of Winston-Salem Sanitation Department. In his free time, Larry enjoyed playing golf and being a car enthusiast. In addition to his parents, Larry was preceded in death by his wife, Melba Owens, sister, Iva Blake, and brother, Dale Owens.

Larry is survived by his daughter, Donna Shelton (Mike) of Kingsport, Tennessee; grandchildren, Meredith Shelton of Seattle, Washington, Jeremy Shelton of Ft. Myers, Florida, and Kierney Shelton of Winston-Salem; brother, Dwight Owens of West Jefferson; nieces, Marsha Owens of Banner Elk, Marta Westmoreland of Walkertown, and Amanda Thompson of West Jefferson; nephew, Bill Owens of Littleton; and extended family, Jerry Pegram, Steve Pegram, and John Pegram, all of Walkertown.

A graveside service was held at noon on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019, at Westlawn Gardens of Memory.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Habitat for Humanity of Forsyth County, 1023 W 14th Street, Winston-Salem, N.C.,  27105.