Obituaries — June 4

Published 12:00 am Thursday, June 4, 2020

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Charlotte Irene Long Blevins

Charlotte Irene Long Blevins, 89, of Clemmons, passed away peacefully at home Thursday, May 28, 2020. She was a loving mother of six children. Each Sunday, she prepared a large home cooked meal, and all of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren would come together for food and fellowship. It was always full of love and laughter. She loved the N.C. beaches and reading in the sun and sand. Blevins was born in Washington, Iowa, on May 12, 1931, to the late John and Mary Louise Long. She moved to San Diego where she met her late husband Howard while he was in the Navy. From San Diego, they returned to his native North Carolina where they made their home in 1952 and started a family. In addition to her parents, Blevins is preceded in death by her husband, Howard Foster Blevins, her two sisters Mary Wade and Anna Yanda, and three brothers Ivan, Richard and Johnny Long. Surviving is her brother Delmar Long from Cedar Rapids, Iowa; her children Jerry Blevins (Susie), Jimmy Blevins (Tammy), Jill Bolick (Gary), Jan Waller (Nick), Becca Worley (Bland) and Chuck Blevins (Karen); grandchildren Clint Harmel, Ryan Bolick (Alexis), Emily Worley Forrest (Eddy), Brooke Blevins, and Jacob Blevins, great-grandchildren Charlotte, Bland and Hunter Forrest and a larger extended family who will also miss her greatly. A private Sunday family gathering will be held in her honor.

Clinton ‘Jitter’ Berryman Cornatzer

Mr. Clinton “Jitter” Berryman Cornatzer, 71, of Advance, passed away at his home on Saturday, May 30, 2020. He was born in Rowan County on Sept. 6, 1948, to the late Charlie Watkins and Hollie Mabel Hendrix Cornatzer. Cornatzer was a proud veteran of the U.S. Army, whom served his country during the Vietnam War. Cornatzer was the owner of Advance Video. He also worked for McLean Trucking and B/E Aerospace. His final job was being able to help take care of his grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, Cornatzer is preceded in death by three brothers: Richard “Red” (Jeanette), Charles “Pete” (Shirley), and Quincy “Bud” Cornatzer. Left to cherish his memory is wife of 51 years, Bonnie Cornatzer; a daughter, Jennifer Leigh Harris (Neal); a son, Brooks Cornatzer (Alicia Curtis); two grandchildren, Sydney Harris and Noah Harris; a brother, Toby Cornatzer (Ann); and a sister-in-law, Faye H. Cornatzer.

A private inurnment will be held at Advance United Methodist Church, officiated by Rev. Cheryl Skinner. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Advance United Methodist Church, 1911 NC Hwy 801 S., Advance, NC 27006. Online condolences may be made at

Fred Emory Holder

Mr. Fred Emory Holder, 86, passed away Friday, May 29, 2020, at his home in Lewisville. He was born in Forsyth County on Jan. 7, 1934, to the late Rufus Edwin and Roxie Warner Holder. Holder was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He retired from R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. and was a member of Warners Chapel Church of Christ. Preceding him in death was his wife, Mary Winfrey Holder; daughter, Jane Holder; two sisters, Gladys Harper and Dorothy Caldwell and a brother, Frank Holder. Surviving are nieces Julia Ann Winfrey, Leslie Warner (Roger), and Beverly Teal (Jim) along with many other nieces and nephews; cousin Wilburn Mabe (Helen); sisters-in-law Virginia Winfrey and Carol Burnette and her daughter, Rebecca Burnette. A graveside service was held at 3 p.m. Monday, June 1, 2020, at Warners Chapel Church of Christ Cemetery with Mr. Roger Warner officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Warners Chapel Church of Christ, 8999 Lasater Rd. Clemmons, NC 27012 or to Trellis Supportive Care, 101 Hospice Lane Winston-Salem, NC 27103. Hayworth-Miller Lewisville Chapel is serving the family of Mr. Holder.

Betty Lou Johnson

Miss Betty Lou Johnson, 91, of Clemmons passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 30, 2020. Johnson was born Aug. 31, 1928, in Forsyth County to Lester William Johnson and Venie Davis Johnson. She worked for more than 40 years as clerical staff for Nolan & Company Plumbing. In addition to her parents, Johnson was preceded in death by sisters Margaret J. West (David) and Dorothy Ketner (Johnny), and brother Fred Johnson (Mozelle). Johnson is survived by her nephew Allen West of East Bend; nieces Cynthia Rhudy of Charlotte, Brenda Vogt of Mocksville, and Sylvia Russell (Lester) of Lewisville and their son, Donald Ray Russell of Clemmons; and a host of great-nieces and nephews. A private graveside service will be held at Woodland Cemetery with Rev. Michael Flack officiating. The family would like to thank the staff of Accordius Health of Clemmons, especially Monique Hicks, for her compassionate care of Johnson during her time there.

Carl Gibson Safley

Carl Gibson Safley, of Clemmons, entered his heavenly home to be with his dearly loved Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on May 23, 2020.

Safley was born Sept. 4, 1937, to the late Robert Lee Safley and Maime Lee (Campbell) Safley. Safley is preceded in death by brothers Clarence and Roy, and sister Evelyn Ferebee.

In life, Safley attended Davie County schools. Before graduating, he enlisted in the United States Navy to serve his country, where he earned his GED. Safley married the love of his life, Nancy, in 1956. He worked with Tanglewood Park for 33 years, retiring as supervisor of buildings and grounds maintenance. Safley loved his family, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He enjoyed outdoor activities, riding his bicycle, working on his tractor, and making life enjoyable for his family.

Safley is survived by his loving wife Nancy Lou (Brown) Safley; children Lee Safley (Suzanne), Wendy Turner (Stan), Chris Safley (Mary), Kerry Moser (Mark); grandchildren Ken Safley, Erika Smith, Jana Safley, Caleb Safley, Alaina Wimberly, Katrina Safley, Jared Safley, Garrett Safley, Derek Turner, Bryn Taylor, Shayna Johnson, Joshua Safley, Cam Safley, Erin Hamilton, Jack Safley, Hannah Moser, and Peyton Moser; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Safley’s large family held a private graveside service. In lieu of flowers, donations be made to an organization of your choice which supports the spread of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

To sign the online guest book, go to . Davie Funeral Service of Mocksville is serving the family.

Carol Rae (Schwalenberg) Simpkins

Carol Rae Simpkins (Schwalenberg), 75, of Lewisville, beloved wife of Philip J. Simpkins for 53 years, was called home to heaven on May 25, 2020.  Born in Orchard Park, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Charles and Millie (Kaefer) Schwalenberg. Along with her husband, Simpkins is survived by her brothers Charles Schwalenberg and Dale Schwalenberg (Sally Danforth), daughter, Amy Simpkins Hildreth (Steve); three grandsons, Andrew and Gabe Hildreth and Josh Driggers (Marley Simpkins). Simpkins was preceded in death by her daughter Marley in 2018. Simpkins will be remembered for her kindness, unconditional love and dedication to her family and friends. No formal services will be held.