Obituaries — May 14

Published 12:00 am Thursday, May 14, 2020

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John ‘Wayne’ McInnis

John “Wayne” McInnis, of Lewisville, passed away on Saturday, May 9, 2020, at Select Specialty Hospital in Greensboro. The family was not allowed to visit in person, but their love surrounded him until the end. His wife Shirley; daughter, Dawn Spease (Tony); son, Mitchell McInnis (Melissa), and a very devoted and much-loved grandson Clinton Wayne “C.W.” Spease have memories of him to cherish forever.

McInnis was born into the family of John A. and Madeline Dorse McInnis with a sister, Gail Bargoil (George) of Lewisville and a brother, “Butch” of Las Vegas, Nevada.

McInnis also had other loved ones in his life, Ronald and Timothy McInnis, special nieces and nephews, and lots of neighborhood kids he watched grow up that were special to him.

McInnis retired from R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., No. 65 Machine Shop, as a certified welder with 36 years of dedicated service. He also served 20 years on the board of directors at Surry-Yadkin Electric Coop where he made many special friends. He loved his antique tractors and hit-and-miss engines. Spending the week at the southeast Old Thresher’s Reunion in Denton was the happiest time of the year for him.

McInnis was also very mechanical-minded, which led him to open his own auto repair shop, Wayne’s Garage. He treasured his memories and life lessons that he learned from his grandparents, Grover and Pearl Dorse.

In keeping with McInnis’ wishes amid the coronavirus outbreak, there was a private family graveside service on Tuesday, May 12, 2020, at West Bend Baptist Church Cemetery with Brother Lawrence Warden officiating.  The family deeply appreciates all your thoughts and prayers.

Rondall Dalton Sears

Rondall Dalton Sears, 88, of Clemmons, passed away on Wednesday, May 6, 2020. Born July 12, 1931, in East Bend to the late Early Gray and Etta Davis Sears, Dalton (also known as Ron) graduated from Kernersville High School, served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, and retired from Western Electric (AT&T) after 35 years of service. After retirement, Sears enjoyed life to the fullest for the next 30 years doing what he loved most; vegetable gardening (which he graciously shared with others), fishing, being an all-around handyman, meeting his buddies at McDonald’s and Pete’s Family Restaurant, and spending time with his family and dearest friends, Tom Hart and Jim Smith. Sears is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 33 years, Betty Poovey Sears of the home; daughters Robin Sears (C.H. McMahan) of Bermuda Run and Tina Chappell (Jon) of Clemmons; grandson Cameron Chappell (Brandi) of Clemmons; great-granddaughter Chloe Grace Chappell; his beloved dog Maggie; sister Nina Bryant of Pawleys Island; step-granddaughter Nikki Murphy (Steve) of Doylestown, Pennsylvania; step-great-grandsons Callan and Mason Murphy; numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of special friends throughout Clemmons. Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, a private graveside service will be held at Westlawn Memorial Gardens in Clemmons with Mark Jones officiating. The family plans to hold a celebration of life service at a later date.  Memorials may be made to Second Harvest Food Bank NWNC, 3655 Reed Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27107. Online condolences may be made at Hayworth Miller is assisting the family.