Obituaries — Jan. 16

Published 12:00 am Thursday, January 16, 2020

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Robert ‘Rob’ Dominick Griffin

Robert “Rob” Dominick Griffin, 49, of Winston-Salem, joined the more immediate presence of our Lord and Savior unexpectedly while at his brother’s home on Jan. 12, 2020. He was born Oct. 8, 1970, in Greensboro, to the late Robert W. Griffin and Judy Monterose Griffin Culler. He was a graduate of Davie County High School class of 1988, and of ECPI University in Greensboro. He proudly served his country in the United States Navy during Operation Desert Storm. He was the owner of Griffin IT Services and was also employed by Salem Technologies, Inc. He was a member of Clemmons Moravian Church and served his Lord as deiner. Rob loved Jesus Christ and believed he was our Savior. He is survived, and loved most, by his son Dominick, his mother Judy Griffin Culler and stepfather, Steve Culler, his two brothers, Glen Griffin (Doris), of Concord, and Samuel Griffin (Raven) of Rural Hall, special nephews, Anthony and Alex Griffin, a special niece, Amelia Grace Griffin, a special friend, Molly Brown, and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews and nieces. Rob was quick-witted and loved spending time with his family. His joys in life were the beach, grilling out and playing with his niece and nephews. He played the saxophone in the jazz band and was a lover of music. Rob’s motto was “God, Family & Friends mean the most. Without them and their support, where would I be?” everyone was blessed to have had Rob in their lives and he will be forever missed. “There is power in the name of Jesus.” Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020, at Clemmons Moravian Church with Rev. Christopher C. Thore officiating. Interment will follow in God’s Acre. The family will receive family and friends following the graveside service. Memorials may be made to Clemmons Moravian Church and the American Heart Association. Online condolences may be made at

Ronnie Eugene Lee Sr.

Ronnie Eugene Lee, Sr., 78, passed peacefully from this life to the next on Jan. 4 at his home in Lewisville, surrounded by his family. Born Nov. 9, 1941, in Graham, to Delma Eugene Lee and Verna Mazel Perry Lee, Ronnie was a longtime resident of Lewisville, where he lived with his soulmate and wife of 40 years, Ellen Padgett Lee. Ronnie graduated from Elon College in 1968 and was the owner of both Triangle Body Works in Winston-Salem, and Miller Truck Equipment in Durham. Prior, he served our country in the United States Navy from the years 1959-1962 where he reached the rank of second class petty officer aboard the USS Independence as an AMH flight mechanic for Attack Squadron 75. Ronnie was defined by his incredible work ethic and his no-nonsense attitude that managed to coexist with an incredibly large heart. He passed down to his children an understanding that if you saw a need for help in the world and it was within your ability to lend aid, it was your duty to do so. He is survived by his wife, Ellen Padgett Lee; his brother and sister, Steven Keith Lee (Amy) and Linda Kay Lee Councilman; his children, Ronnie Eugene Lee Jr. and partner Vicki Keslar, Cayce Ellen Lee (Seth Spainhour), Samuel David Lee (Hanna), Dennis Craig Lee (Cayce), Amy Lee McCormick (Adam), and Julie Dale Lee; and his grandchildren, Grayson Rhodes McCormick, Jordan Chance Lee, Grace Marie Lee, Baylor Reid McCormick, and Gloria Joy Lee. A visitation was held Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020, in lieu of a traditional funeral. The family also asks that instead of flowers all interested parties make a donation to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Ronnie’s favorite charity. Condolences may be made online at

Carlene Cornett Parrish

Mrs. Carlene Cornett Parrish, 69, of Advance, died on Jan. 6, 2020, at Forsyth Medical Center due to a second large hemorrhagic stroke nearly five years after her initial stroke in February 2015. She was born March 17, 1950, in Harlan, Kentucky, and grew up there. She was saved at a young age due to her belief in Jesus as the one and only Son of the one God, and that He died a substitutionary death for human kind’s sins.  She is survived by her husband, Ronald Parrish, of 48 years and son, Jason Paul Parrish of Virginia. She and Ronald met in Washington, D.C. while both were working for the FBI. After marriage, they lived in the Baltimore, Maryland, area, New Jersey and Oklahoma before moving to Advance. She maintained friendships from everywhere she lived. After marriage, she became a full-time homemaker. Her joy in life was creating and maintaining an exceptional home for Ronald and Jason. Additionally, she is survived by her 98-year-old mother, Magdalene Cornett of Kentucky; two sisters, Betty Guyer (Lloyd) of Pennsylvania, and Mossie Cima of Kentucky; a brother, Bobby Ray Cornett (Trish) of Kentucky; a sister-in-law, Dawn Swearingin of New Mexico, and brother-in-law, Lynn Parrish of North Carolina. She was preceded in death by her father, Dillard Cornett; three brothers, Ralph, Millard and Howard S. Cornett and two sisters Opal Cornett and Mary Crider. Surviving also are several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. A funeral service was held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 10, 2020, at Fork Baptist Church, 3140 U.S. Hwy 64 E, Mocksville, with Pastor Robert Garrett officiating. Burial followed at Fork Baptist. Church members and friends served as pallbearers. The family received friends from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, at Hayworth-Miller Kinderton Chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN  38105.  Online condolences may be made to .