Obituaries — May 21

Published 12:00 am Thursday, May 21, 2020

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Diane Parks Gray

Diane Parks Gray, 69, of Clemmons, passed away unexpectedly May 10, 2020, at Forsyth Medical Center. Diane was born in Winston-Salem, to the late Edward W. Parks and the late Loretta Hester Montgomery. Gray was blessed to have four wonderful siblings to share life’s experiences growing up in Winston-Salem and Germanton. In addition to her parents, Diane was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Kerry Renee Banner, her stepfather Jack Montgomery, stepmother Frances G. Parks, bother-in-law Dan Warren, and a special sister-in-law Pamela G. Parks. Gray was a 1969 graduate of North Forsyth High School. She enjoyed a long airline career with Piedmont Airlines (later U.S. Airways, then American Airlines) until her retirement in 2015. She was involved with many organizational activities with Piedmont Airlines, including company-wide coordinator for the annual United Way campaigns. She also stayed involved with many coworkers for the past several years participating in monthly lunches and hosting Christmas parties. She enjoyed her beach trips to Oak Island and mountain home in Mountain Glen of Newland, N.C. Gray’s smile and personality seemed to light up a room wherever she was, and leaves a very long list of very close friends from all walks of life. Gray is survived by her husband, Bradley O. Gray, of the home, brother Edward W. Parks Jr., of Winston-Salem, and sisters Vickie Long (Michael) of Clemmons, Connie Beauchamp (Wade) of Lewisville, Jackie Montgomery of Charlotte, a stepsister Margaret Lawson of Winston-Salem, several very special nieces and nephews, and a best friend Lori Burris. She is also survived by her Labradoodle companions of the home, Benfield and Oaklee. In light of the current situation worldwide, there will be a memorial service and celebration of life at a later and safer date for all. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Forsyth Humane Society at 4881 Country Club Road Winston-Salem, NC 27104.

John Frank Howard

Mr. John Frank Howard, 93, of Mocksville, passed away Tuesday, May 12, 2020, at the Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home in Winston-Salem with his family by his side. Howard was born April 26, 1927, in Davie County to the late Joseph Henry Howard and Martha Rebecca Allen Howard. Howard was a loving husband, father and “papaw/grandpop.” Howard was from the generation that believed in strong family ties and always strongly supported his family. He was a proud veteran of the U.S. Army.

Howard believed in recycling before recycling became popular. He did not believe in throwing items away until he had had a chance to repair them and return them to service. He was an excellent repairman/builder and made numerous pieces of furniture and crafts for his family. Howard retired from the N.C. School of the Arts as an outstanding carpenter. He was also known as a fine bluegrass musician. He played and sang at different bluegrass events and especially loved singing at the early service at Bethlehem United Methodist Church in Advance.

He would fondly remember his time as a young teenage boy working on the WinMock Farm. Late in life, he made a new friend, Tom Williams, grandson of the original owner of WinMock Farm. He thoroughly enjoyed his visits with Tom and made an immediate connection.

In addition to his parents, he was proceeded in death by his wife of nearly 74 years, Ellon Howard, son Tony Howard, brothers Leonard, Allen, Sam, Taylor, and Bill and sisters Ila Mae, Mary Ellen, Edna, Nina Jean. He leaves behind two sons Jerry (Gail) and Dennis (Vickie), daughter-in-law (Lana), granddaughter Christin, step-grandchildren Shane Wood (Rosa) and Dawn Sechrest (Tim), step-great-grandchildren Will and Elizabeth Sechrest and Anna, Mia and Aila Wood, sister-in-law Betty Harper, nieces Vicky, Gena, April, Sharon, great-nephew Jamie, close family members Kylie and Tyler and other special nieces and nephews.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a private family graveside service will be held in his memory. The family requests memorials be made to Bethlehem United Methodist Church (Advance) – Good Neighbor Fund.

Hayworth-Miller Kinderton Chapel is honored to serve the family of John Frank Howard.

Robin Denise Baynes McKeown

Mrs. Robin Denise Baynes McKeown, 62, of Clemmons, passed away Thursday, May 14, 2020. She was born in Forsyth County on Oct. 2, 1957, to Paul G. and Carol A. Baynes. McKeown was an alumnus of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She was retired from the WSFCS/Children’s Center with 29 years of service. McKeown was a loving wife, mother, and friend that will be dearly missed.

Preceding her in death is her father, Paul G. Baynes, and in-laws, Grumpy and Grammy McKeown. Left to cherish her memory is her mother, Carol A. Baynes; husband of 39 years, Ken McKeown Jr.; three children: Lauren, Adam, and Austin; sister Paula Gavlik; two nephews, John Paul and Thomas Gavlik; three dear friends, Lloyd and Dru Whitley and Mary Ann Johnson; and many other friends.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Forsyth Humane Society, 4881 Country Club Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27104. Online condolences may be made at

Judy Gail Hancock Morris

Mrs. Judy Gail Hancock Morris, 76, of Clemmons, passed away unexpectedly at her home on Wednesday, May 13, 2020. Morris was recently retired from Wake Forest Baptist Health as an ER nurse and nurse anesthetist. She will be truly missed by her husband of 43 years, Reuben Franklin Morris Jr., and her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Private services for the family were held. Online condolences may be made at

Jo Ann Ketner Totten

Jo Ann Ketner Totten, 72, passed away unexpectedly on May 14, 2020, at Forsyth Medical Center. She was born in Winston-Salem on April 2, 1948, to William (Bill) Edwin Ketner and Dorothy (Dot) Tucker Ketner.

Totten was a member of Boyer’s Chapel Church of Christ in Clemmons and was a graduate of West Forsyth High School. She had lived at Magnolia Creek Assisted Living for the last several years. She is preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Gail K. Doby; brothers-in-law Bobby L. Doby and Thomas (Tommy) A. Hubbard; and a nephew Gregory A. Harper.

She is survived by her daughter, Joy Vecolia Totten; grandchildren Alexis Bracley, Alex Totten, and Jayden Jah; sisters Brenda K. Harper (Richard) and Betty K. Lewis (David); aunt, Edith Ketner and uncle, David Reed; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a memorial service will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Boyer’s Chapel Church of Christ, 798 South Peace Haven Road, Winston-Salem, NC, 27103.