Obituaries for the week of Aug. 6

Published 12:23 am Tuesday, August 4, 2020

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Catherine West Fry

Mrs. Catherine West Fry, 90, of Advance, passed away Tuesday, July 28, 2020, at the Danby House Assisted Living in Winston-Salem, where she was a resident since January 2015. Fry was born Jan. 2, 1930, in Davie County to the late John Asbury West and Mattie Lola McBride West. Fry graduated from Farmington High School in 1948 and was employed at Hanes Knitwear in Winston-Salem for a short while. She married David Johnson Fry on Jan. 9, 1952, and was married for 47 years at the time of his death in 1999. They had one son, Bryan Keith Fry, who passed away in 2016. Fry was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son and siblings and their spouses; brother, Charles Martin West, John Clint West (Lorena); sisters Zelma Rea Reavis (Foy), Josephine Nancy Reavis, Laura Lee Fry (Will); Emma Elizabeth Hartman (Albert), infant sister, Velma Adine West; Jennie Vee Walker, Edith Gray Fry (John); three nephews, Eric Eugene Fry, Donnie Reavis and Ronald Reavis. Fry is survived by a brother, Billy Franklin West (Jean) of Advance; brother-in-law, Wilburn Walker of Clemmons Village in Clemmons; several nieces and nephews and a special niece, Ernestine Parker, who saw to her needs while she was a resident at the Danby House. The family would like to express its thanks to the staff at the Danby House for their loving care and support they gave to Fry during her stay there and a special thanks to Debra Craft and Tracy Dixon and to Community Hospice of Statesville. A private graveside service will be held at Westlawn Gardens of Memory in Clemmons. Online condolences may be made at .

Charles ‘Charlie’ Edward Hicks

Charles “Charlie” Edward Hicks, 85, was called home to meet the Lord his personal savior at 6:08 p.m. on Tuesday, July 28, 2020, and was reunited with his beloved daughter Dana.

He is survived by the love of his life, his wife Ann Ketner Hicks; brother, C.G. Hicks (Allison); and brother-in-law, Kenneth Ketner (Yvonne).

In addition to his daughter, Hicks was preceded in death by his parents, Clyde Hicks and Annie Caudle Hicks; sister, Frances Wall; and brother, Larry Hicks.

Hicks was born on Sept. 12, 1934, in Forsyth County. He retired from Reynolds Tobacco Co. where he worked as a mechanic. He was a faithful member and usher at Harmony Grove United Methodist Church in Lewisville. Hicks was also an active member of West Bend Masonic Lodge #434. Earlier in life, Hicks was known in the community for cleaning and detailing cars and made many close friends during that time.

Due to the current pandemic, funeral services and burial will be private at the request of the family. The family would like to thank all the doctors, nurses and caregivers who helped care for Hicks.

Online condolences may be made at .

Ruth Beck Kreeger

Ruth Beck Kreeger, 87, of Clemmons, passed away on Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020. She was born Aug. 6, 1932, in Washington, D.C., to Clyde L. Beck Sr. and Sallie C. Beck. She graduated from Clemmons High School, Draughon Business College, and Forsyth Technical College. She worked for Sartin Advertising Company for 21 years and for Smithdeal Company before completing her working career as co-owner of Kreeger Mobility Aids Inc. Kreeger was a member of Calvary Baptist Church and the Frank Hinson Adult Fellowship Class in Winston-Salem. She was a member of the Old Town Chapter of the Eastern Star. Kreeger also enjoyed the friendships in her Red Hat ladies’ group and any entertaining opportunity which involved decorating. Both Kreeger and her husband treasured the times they were able share with their family and other relatives. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Fred “Buzzy” Kreeger. Surviving is her daughter, Beth K. Sanders (Rick) of Winston-Salem; two grandchildren, C. Daniel Sanders (Leslie) of Charlotte, and Kristy S. Moorman (Dr. Drew) of Georgia; great-grandchildren Madison, Eden and Lauren Sanders, and Elijah, Cora, and Emmie Moorman; a devoted brother, Clyde L. Beck Jr. of Winston-Salem; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020, at Forsyth Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Gideons International, 931 South Main Street, Kernersville, NC 27284 or Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home. The family is thankful for the love and compassion shown to Kreeger by friends and neighbors, the Frank Hinson Adult Fellowship Class, longtime friend Stella Blackwell, and the staffs of Griswold Home Care, Trellis Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home, and Bermuda Village Skilled Nursing. Online condolences may be made at

Joyce King Myers

Mrs. Joyce King Myers, 85 of Advance, passed away Tuesday, July 28, 2020, just one day short of her 86th birthday. She was born July 29, 1934, in Davie County to the late Robert Harding King and Alma Howard King.Myers was a member of Yadkin Valley Baptist Church and had retired from Forsyth Hospital after 25 years of service. She is preceded in death by her husband, Billy Eugene Myers, who passed away in 2009 and one brother, Wade King. She is survived by two sons, Scott Myers (Crystal) and Terry Myers (Tammy) and one grandson Carson Myers, all of Advance; one sister, Elizabeth “Libby” Williard (Larry) of Yadkinville and one sister-in-law, Mildred King of Mocksville. A funeral service was conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, July 31, 2020, at Yadkin Valley Baptist by Rev. Ronnie Craddock. Burial followed in the church cemetery. The family received friends following the service. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Yadkin Valley Baptist Church 1324 Yadkin Valley Road, Advance, NC 27006. Online condolences may be made at .

W. Larry Sowers Sr.

Mr. W. Larry Sowers, Sr., 76, passed away Monday, July 27, 2020, at Southfork Assisted Living. He was born March 1, 1944, in Winston-Salem to the late Walter Lindsay Sowers and Ruth Thompson Sowers. Sowers was a lifelong resident of Lewisville and a faithful, attending church member of Calvary Baptist Church until the decline of his health. Sowers had a very strong, active Christian faith which was evident to his family and those with whom he had contact. He loved his family and friends and was very willing to help others. He actively participated and served in the lives of those close to him as a laborer, coach, mentor, counselor and adviser. Among his many activities, Sowers was a volunteer with the Lewisville Fire Department in his early adulthood, a coach with both Little League baseball and softball, and a Boy Scout leader. He loved being on the water teaching water skiing and boating. He was very mechanically inclined and had a fascination with developing solutions to problems encountered along the way. Sowers retired from R.J. Reynolds after 34 years. He then went on to serve eight years as an elected member of the Lewisville Town Council. Preceding him in death were his wife, Carol St. Pierre Sowers, and his parents. Surviving are three children, Walter Sowers (Jennifer) of Madison, Alabama, David Sowers (Dawn) of University Park, Pennsylvania, and Maria Womble (David) of Lewisville; grandchildren Kimberly, Mitchell, Jake, Cheyenne, Bo, Holli, Grace, Mackenzie and Jarrett; great-grandchildren Georgia, Reagan, Elliott and Adeline. Also surviving are his brothers Michael Sowers (Susan), of Hilton Head Island, S.C., and Alan Sowers (Janet), of Lewisville; nieces, Julie Merrell (Brian), Emily Dye (Ernie), and Kristi Sowers; four grandnephews and two grandnieces. A memorial service was held at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020, at the Calvary Baptist Church shelter next to the ball field, 5000 Country Club Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27104. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to Baptist Children’s Home of NC, PO Box 338 Thomasville, NC 27361-0338.