Obituaries for the week of July 23
Faye Robinson Everhart
Faye Robinson Everhart, of Lewisville, passed away Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at Brighton Gardens. Everhart was born July 2, 1931, to Manley Z. Robinson and Sparks Castner Robinson. She graduated from Troy High in 1949 and continued her education at City Memorial Hospital School of nursing in Winston-Salem. She married Thomas Denver Everhart on March 31, 1950. They enjoyed their beach home at Ocean Lakes, S.C., and going to Florida every year to the St. Louis Cardinal baseball practice until Tom’s death in June 2009. After five children and 41 years old, she went back to school at Forsyth Tech to finish her nursing training and then was employed by N.C. Baptist Hospital for 18 years in their intensive care nursery. Everhart was a long-time member of Robinhood Road Baptist Church. She enjoyed anything with a needle — sewing, cross stitch, knitting, crocheting, etc. She was preceded in death by her husband and parents; brother Lowell Preston Robinson, of Charlotte; sister Ruth Logan Lamb, of High Point; daughter Donna Everhart Stafford of Lewisville; son Thomas Denver Everhart Jr. Everhart is survived by her children Dale Manley Everhart, Daryl Charles Everhart (Shannon), daughter Desca Lynn Everhart; five grandchildren, Christy Pinckney; Houston Stafford; Shelley Stafford Lail; Victoria Everhart and Landon Everhart; three great-grandchildren, Jordan Lynn Pinckney; Eli Pinckney and Brady Lail; sister Jewell Robinson Shore; many cousins, nieces and nephews. Everhart had many friends at Ocean Lakes and Robinhood Baptist Church and Brighton Gardens Assisted Living. A graveside service was held at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 18, 2020, at Forsyth Memorial Park with Rev. Jason East officiating. In Lieu of flowers, memorial may be made to Robinhood Road Baptist Church Building Fund, 5422 Robinhood Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27106 or Trellis Supportive Care, 101 Hospice Lane, Winston-Salem, NC 27103.
William Earl Harris
Mr. William Earl Harris, 81, of Clemmons, passed away Monday, July 13, 2020. He was born Nov. 30, 1938, in Yadkin County to the late Ora Edison Harris and Hazel Long Harris. Harris had retired from R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company. He was a jack-of-all-trades, loved all of his family and friends and enjoyed doing anything to help whoever he could. He loved to pick and make people laugh, he loved his dogs and he loved singing the gospel. He will be missed. Harris is preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Lee Chipman Harris. Surviving are son Scott Harris (Melanie) of Clemmons; grandson Christopher Harris (Jessica); two great-grandchildren, Ryder Harris and Skyler Doomy. A graveside service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 21, 2020, at Westlawn Gardens of memory by Rev. Randall Lenderman. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601. Online condolences may be made at www.hayworth-miller.com
Charles L. Porterfield
Mr. Charles L. Porterfield, 84, of Clemmons, passed away Tuesday, July 14, 2020 at his home. He was born Dec. 6, 1935, in Georgia to Ephraim Orion and Olivia Power Porterfield. Porterfield is survived by his wife of 59 years, Joan Cooley Porterfield; two daughters, Lisa Porterfield Auten and Olivia Lynn Porterfield Thomas-Dugan (Paul): five grandchildren: Danielle Dull (Travis), Seth Thomas (Rachel), Morgan Dugan, Sara-Grace Thomas, and Anna-Elizabeth Dugan, four great-grandchildren: Mallory, Lilly, Jeremiah and Rowan. Porterfield was a self-employed general contractor and real estate broker. He owned Porterfield Builders, LLC. He was a loving husband, father, Papa and a loyal friend to anyone who knew him. He leaves a legacy of love, memories and wisdom to his family and friends. A graveside service was held 10 a.m. Friday, July 17, 2020, at Westlawn Gardens of Memory with Pastor Bill Ketner officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Trellis Supportive Care, 101 Hospice Lane, Winston-Salem, NC 27103. Online condolences may be made to www.hayworth-miller.com
H. J. ‘Jack’ Russell
Herbert Jackson “Jack” Russell, 100, died in Clemmons on July 11 from congestive heart failure. Several weeks prior to his death, Russell entered the hospital for an aggressive treatment of the disease. Though the procedure was successful, complications developed during his stay in the hospital, and, following his discharge, he continued to weaken. Family members and hospice personnel ministered to him during his final weeks, and he died at home. Russell loved God, his family, his church, his work, his garden and his workshop. Whatever occupied him received his full attention.
Russell was born Aug. 29, 1919, in Mila on the northern neck of Virginia, the fourth of five children. His dad farmed for a living, and in Russell’s words, “We were poor but did not know it.” Following graduation from high school, Russell moved to Roanoke, Virginia, where he began a career in the automotive industry. He worshipped at the Belmont Baptist Church and sang with the men’s group. When the men’s group needed help with rehearsals, the pastor suggested that Russell ask a pianist named Gwendolyn Mitchell. Jack and Gwen grew to love one another, and determined to marry when their combined income reached $125/month. Then the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor and life changed.
Russell was drafted into the United States Army in 1941. In his words, “Most of the men wanted to serve one year and get out. I was intrigued at the thought of being an airplane mechanic and, after passing a written exam, the Army Air Force accepted me on Oct. 8, 1941.” He had an aptitude for things mechanical and was appointed engineering inspector, supervising in England a crew of a dozen men to repair damaged B-24 bombers, and holding the rank of master sergeant when discharged at the war’s end.
Jack and Gwen Russell married in 1945, and they found a church home in the newly formed Grandin Court Baptist Church, worshipping there for the next 70 years. He held virtually every position of leadership including Sunday school teacher, chairman of the deacons, chairman of the finance committee, Sunday school superintendent, member of the pastoral search committee and member of the choir’s bass section. If something at church needed to be fixed or built, he was always there to help. The motto of his life could well be, “What can I do to help?” He was constantly engaged at home building this or fixing that. He kept a large garden for fresh produce in the summer and frozen or canned produce in the winter; he built or repaired countless things for his children, grandchildren, and countless others.
Never one to call attention to himself, Russell was simply there to help in whatever way was needed. His finest moment came at the end of Gwen’s life. She had been a bookkeeper for her life’s work, and about 10 years before she died, Russell noticed that she had trouble accurately adding a column of figures. He stayed by her side as the dementia gradually took her conscious mind, giving her full care during the last six years of her life, eventually calling in hospice for her last year of life. When asked why Gwen had lived so long after hospice care was needed, the nurse replied, “It is the quality of love and care that Gwen received from Jack.”
Russell will be remembered lovingly and reverently by his sons, daughter, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, in-laws, nieces, nephews, cousins, and the countless lives that he touched in Roanoke, Clemmons, and even places he simply visited. He was preceded in death by parents Southey and Julia Russell, brothers George, Bob, and Stuart Russell, sister Virginia Edge, and grandson Peter Russell. He is survived by son Robert Russell (Linda) of Portland, Maine; son David Russell (Debbie) of Lancaster, Virginia; daughter Ann Kimmer (Tross) of Clemmons; grandson Ben Russell of Brooklyn, N.Y.; grandson Will Russell of Powhatan, Virginia; granddaughter Emily Russell (Siavash Haghtalab) of Brooklyn, N.Y.; granddaughter Julia Russell of Wilmington; grandson Andy Taylor of Fort Lauderdale, Florida; grandson Rob Taylor (Vicki) of Gainesville, Florida; grandson Steve Taylor of Plantation, Florida; and great-grandchildren Braden, Gracie, and Clayton Taylor of Ocean Isle Beach, and Peter Ryan Russell of Parrish, Florida. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Jack’s memory to Grandin Court Baptist Church, 2660 Brambleton Ave, Roanoke VA 24015. A Celebration of Life service will be held at a later date.
George Samuel Self
Mr. George Samuel Self, 82, of Advance, passed away Saturday, July 11, 2020, at Cadence of Clemmons. He was a member of Clemmons Presbyterian Church, was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and was a graduate of UNC- Charlotte. He retired from Travelers Insurance after 30 years of service and had previously worked for the Federal Bureau of Investigations. Self was known to be a funny man with a quick wit. His friends have so many stories of how he made them laugh and how fun he was. Self was the most loving husband and father and is missed so dearly by his family. He is survived by his wife, Faye Self; a son, Craig Self (Jen); a daughter, Tina Self Ridenhour (Kevin); four granddaughters, Autumn Self, Lauren Self, Kaylan Ridenhour and Rachel Ridenhour and a brother, Wayne Self. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Online condolences may be made at www.hayworth-miller.com .