Obits for the week of Sept. 10

Published 12:23 am Tuesday, September 8, 2020

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Miriam Gwaltney Adams

Mrs. Miriam Gwaltney Adams, 91, of Lewisville, passed away Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020. She was born Dec. 25, 1928, to Eunice Turner Gwaltney and Otho Marsh Gwaltney. Adams was a dedicated member of Lewisville Baptist Church where she actively participated in her much-loved Sunday school class of Ruth and the LBC choir. In her younger years, she was a member of Antioch Baptist Church and Centenary Methodist Church in Winston-Salem.

Adams was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, William R. Adams, Jr. “Bill” and a great-grandson, infant Joshua Brian Lancaster. Surviving are sister, Audrey Cash of Eden; children, Beverly Adams Parker (Lancaster) and William “Ted” R. Adams III (Lumy); two grandsons, Joshua Adams (Shanda) and John Lancaster (Robin); step-granddaughter Claire Siburt (Michael); six great-grandchildren/step great-grandchildren, Ava Lancaster, Kinsley Lancaster, Landon Adams and Will, Emma and Noah Siburt; a special family friend, Dorothy Adams; special in-laws, Peggy Adams Joyner, Linda Adams Cantrell, Jim Adams and Rita Adams; very special nephews and nieces; and many beloved friends and neighbors.

Adams was an avid horse lover and in her early 60s began showing her first American Saddlebred horse, Wings Fashion in Fine Harness and Pleasure Driving. Under the training of Cash Lovell of Cash Lovell Stables, she often took the blue ribbon. She was also known in Lewisville as “the pig lady” because of her love of pot-bellied pigs, Babe and Sunshine. She had a special love for all animals, including her cat Woofy.

Adams was a loving sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend who cherished her family, church, horse friends and neighbors. She retired as manager, corporate correspondence from R. J. Reynolds Industries. She helped lead the way for women’s equality in career advancement in the workplace.

Dementia made her last few years challenging, but as with everything else in life, she fought hard, did her best and tried to find the joy in all circumstances. She loved living life to its fullest and loved giving of herself.

Due to COVID-19, a graveside services was held for the family at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 6, 2020, at Lewisville Baptist Church, with Rev. Bill Messer officiating. Flowers will be appreciated. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Lewisville Baptist Church, 125 Lewisville-Clemmons Road, Lewisville NC 27023 or Trellis Supportive Care, 101 Hospice Lane, Winston-Salem, NC  27103. Special appreciation is expressed to Landmark Health for their excellent care, support and services with special gratitude to Penny and Vicki at Landmark. Online condolences may be made at

Mildred Eloise Money Clayton

Mrs. Mildred Eloise Money Clayton, 97, of Mocksville, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020, at Trellis Supportive Care in Winston-Salem. She was born on Sept. 19, 1922, in Old Salem, to the late George William and Flora Elizabeth Evans Money.

She and her husband owned and operated G.W. Clayton Well Drilling in Stanleyville for 35 years. Mildred and G.W. participated in and judged state and national field trials. They were also avid horsemen who owned, raised, and showed registered quarter horses. Clayton loved music and reading, a love she shared with her family. She always had a song in her heart.

In addition to her parents, Clayton was preceded in death by her husband, Gabe Wilson Clayton Jr.; brothers Luther and Dalton Money; sisters Ruth Smith, Alberta Willard and Edna Black; and her beloved son-in-law, Donald Wayne Holston.

She is survived by her daughter, Gail LaVon Clayton Holston of Mocksville; precious grandson, Benjamin Patrick Holston (Pearl); two wonderful and delightful great-grandchildren, Claymore Patrick and Kimber Grace Holston.

A family service is planned at a later date at the Clayton Family Cemetery in Stanleyville. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Trellis Supportive Care, 101 Hospice Lane, Winston-Salem, NC 27103, or to First Presbyterian Church of Mocksville, 261 S Main St, Mocksville, NC 27028. Online condolences may be made at

Rebecca ‘Becky’ Hastings Fisher

Rebecca ‘Becky’ Hastings Fisher, 97, entered the more immediate presence of the Lord on Monday, Aug. 31, 2020, at Mallard Ridge Assisted Living in Clemmons.

Fisher was born July 14, 1923, to Ernest Cornelius Hastings and Nevada Payne Hastings. She had four siblings, France, Bernice, Helen and Donald. Fisher married Jack Fisher on March 25, 1950. They lived, loved and enjoyed life alongside each other for 65 blessed years.

Fisher, commonly known as “Memaw” to all who knew and loved her, always had a smile on her face. She was as genuine as the day is long. Fisher was always quick to offer love, kindness and her gift of hospitality. She always shared from the heart — food, friendship, laughter and her home. Fisher was a devoted mother to her children and was always doting on her grandchildren, never missing an opportunity to cheer them on at the ball field. She also really enjoyed a round of golf with her friends.

Fisher was a dedicated and lifetime member of Trinity Moravian Church. She faithfully served and worshipped alongside her husband. She could be found greeting folks at the door with her warm smile; in the kitchen, making Moravian chicken pies; leading as the head diener; or serving in one of the many facets of the Women’s Fellowship. Fisher embodied a welcoming kind-heartedness in all that she did, touching everyone she knew.

In addition to her parents, Fisher was preceded in death by her husband Jack, her two sisters, two brothers and one great-granddaughter. She is survived by her children Cheryl Livengood (Mike) of Clemmons; Jack Fisher Jr. (Angie) of Winston-Salem, grandchildren, Jason Tuttle (Jessica) of Winston-Salem; Seth Fisher (Traci) of Raleigh; Haley Johnson (Shane) of Winston-Salem; Chase Livengood (Caroline) of Asheville; Taylor Dixon (Derek) of Wichita, Kansas; 10 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

With social distancing observed and mask requested, a graveside service was held at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 4, 2020, at God’s Acre in Old Salem.

The family would like to especially thank the staff at Mallard Ridge Assisted Living for their love and care of Fisher over the last four years and Trellis Supportive Care for their compassionate care the last weeks of her life. Memorials may be made to Trinity Moravian Church, 220 E. Sprague Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27127 or Trellis Supportive Care, 101 Hospice Lane, Winston-Salem, NC 27103. Online condolences may be made at

Carl Steven ‘Bud’ Sapp

Carl Steven “Bud” Sapp, 70, went to be with his heavenly father on Friday, Sept. 4, 2020.

Sapp will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 50 years, Pat; daughters Ronda and Rebecca, grandchildren Lillie and Nathan, brother Jim Sapp (Colleen) and sister Patricia Reich (Mickey), sons-in-law Wade Beauchamp and Tim Dionne, “son” Mario, best friend and fishing buddy Sonny Myers, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father Allen, mother Mildred, and brother Johnny.

Throughout his life, Sapp made friends and helped others wherever he went. Whether at home in Winston-Salem or at the fishing piers of Atlantic Beach and Emerald Isle, he touched countless lives with his humor, wisdom, and generosity.

A celebration of Sapp’s life will be held at Temple Baptist Church in Lewisville at a date to be determined.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Take A Kid Fishing (

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