Obituaries for the week of Sept. 17

Published 12:39 am Tuesday, September 15, 2020

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Larry Alan Armbruster

Larry Alan Armbruster, of Clemmons, passed away on Sept. 9, 2020, in his home surrounded by family.

Armbruster was born in Martins Ferry, Ohio, on Aug. 5, 1941, and grew up in Bridgeport, Ohio. Armbruster graduated from Bridgeport High School in 1959 where he excelled at baseball and basketball, and was well known for hitting three home runs in an all-star game. He developed a love for fishing on the banks of the Ohio River.

Armbruster served in the United States Army and Army Reserves before attending Ohio University where he graduated in 1967. He came to North Carolina for a position at RJ Reynolds in 1968, where he worked for 33 years before retiring as a financial manager in 2001.

Armbruster was an active member at Holy Family Catholic Church in Clemmons where he served as a member of the building committee for the original church and its expansion. He also served as an usher counting weekly offerings and enjoyed playing on the church’s softball team. Armbruster’s love for sports also led him to coach a variety of youth athletics.

A devoted family man, Armbruster was preceded in death by his parents, John and Frieda Armbruster; sister, Carol Givens; brothers-in-law, Bob Hunter and Frank Givens; and sister-in-law, Edith Armbruster.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Diana Armbruster; sister, Elaine Hunter; brother, Jack Armbruster; three children, Beth Tally (Jeffrey), Brad Armbruster (Jane), and Becky Howe (Trey); seven grandchildren, Amelia Tally, Audrey Armbruster, Grant Tally, Addison Howe, Ashley Armbruster, Ava Armbruster, and Aubrey Howe; and many other family and loved ones.

A funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 18, at Holy Family Catholic Church with Father Peter Nouck officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Holy Family Catholic Church or Trellis Supportive Care. Online condolences may be made at

Sally Bazemore Lewis

Sally Bazemore Lewis, born on Feb. 28, 1935, passed away peacefully in her home on Saturday, Aug. 12, 2020, after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was a homemaker and loved to cook, shop, and spend time with her husband and her four daughters. Lewis was preceded in death by her parents, David and Mary Bazemore, and two daughters, Vanessa Whitt and Toni Winegardner. She is survived by her husband, Bobby Gene Lewis, her daughters, Sherry Whitley (Robert) and Bobbie Jo Roberts (Keith), seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. The family will hold services at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made in loving memory of Sally Lewis to Mountain Valley Hospice, 320 West Maple St., Yadkinville, NC 27055. Online condolences may be made at .

Sandra Wolff Linville

Mrs. Sandra Wolff Linville, of Clemmons, died at her home on Sept. 13, 2020. She was born Feb. 21, 1946, in King to Herman Andrew Wolff Sr. and Ruth Rutledge Wolff. Linville was a devoted and caring wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and friend. She loved traveling, gardening, reading, laughter and being a welcoming and gracious hostess. Ministry and ministering to others were her first priorities. For many years, she volunteered at Forsyth County and Davie County Detention Center assisting/teaching women Bible studies, and then disciplining new believers. In recent years, Linville was a teacher and volunteer at Solus Christus, a Christ-based intake house for women who desired to break the cycle of addiction. Her passion was to help those who struggled to know the freedom available in Jesus Christ. Her parents, her sister Joan W. Thacker, her brother H. Andrew Wolff and a special niece Sara Thacker Raynor, preceded Linville in death. Survivors include her husband, Larry Burton Linville, of the home; daughter Karen Smitherman Drane (Andy) of Pinnacle; son C. Rod Smitherman, of Greensboro; her much-loved grandchildren Emily A. Drane (Logan), and Derrick A. Drane (Maida Danielle); great-granddaughter McKenna Rose Cole; two special nephews Brian Thacker (Jessica) and Bruce Thacker (Michelle) along with special friends Patricia George, Cindy Leonard, neighborhood friends, and her ministry partners, Ellen Duncan and Carolyn McKay. “Put your hands on the car” will always be a special memory with Ellen and Carolyn. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, at Friends Baptist Church 1840 Lewisville-Clemmons Road in Clemmons. Visitation will be at 12:30 p.m. followed by a service at 2 p.m. Burial will be in the First Christian Church Cemetery 625 Meadowbrook Dr., in King immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Solus Christus, P.O. Box 416, East Bend, NC 27018, Samaritan’s Purse in Boone, or a charity of the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be made at

Judy Kegley McDaniel

Mrs. Judy Kegley McDaniel, 70, of Clemmons, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020.

McDaniel was born May 17, 1950, in Virginia and moved to North Carolina as a child. She was a faithful member of Friends Baptist Church and in her free time, enjoyed shopping and crafting. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ronnie McDaniel.

McDaniel is survived by her daughter, Vonda Hughes (Darin); grandchildren Logan Hughes and Lauryn Hughes; sister Carolyn Anders (Wayne); and best friend of many years, Linda Ratliff.

A celebration of Judy’s life will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, at Friends Baptist Church with Pastor Daron Osborne officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow the service at Westlawn Gardens of Memory.

Betty Kay Rockett

Betty Kay Rockett, 78, passed away on Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020, at Trinity Elms in Clemmons. Rockett was born in Forsyth County on Sept. 29, 1941, to John McDowell Rockett and Anna Mae Hutchins Rockett. She retired from R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company after 38 years of service as an administrative assistant. Rockett was a member of Mineral Springs Baptist Church in Pfafftown, where she served as pianist and organist. She also played piano for “The Group” for many years. She was preceded in death by her brother, J.D. Rockett. Surviving family includes brother Ron Rockett (Annette Adams); nephew Benjamin Drew Rockett (Alexis); nieces Alison K. Rockett and Whitney Boger (John); great-niece and great-nephew, Paisley Boger and Mason Boger; and sister-in-law Sandra Rockett. A private graveside service for family and members of “The Group” will be held at Forsyth Memorial Park, with Dr. Cecil Cave and Dr. Gus Thomas officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Mineral Springs Baptist Church, 5460 Skylark Road, Pfafftown, NC 27040; Trinity Elms Assisted Living, 3750 Harper Road, Clemmons, NC 27012; or Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC, 3655 Reed St., Winston-Salem, NC 27107. Hayworth-Miller Lewisville Chapel is assisting the family. Online condolences may be made at .

Kathleen Livingston Vogler

Mrs. Kathleen Livingston Vogler, 92, of Advance, passed away on Monday, Sept. 7, 2020, at her home. She was born in Davie County on Dec. 13, 1927, to John Elmer and Venice Long Livingston. She was preceded in death by her husband, Herman Hartman Vogler; three sisters and one brother. Vogler is survived by her daughter, Robin Vogler, four nephews and two nieces. A graveside service will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020, at Advance United Methodist Church with Chaplain Patricia Greene officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Davie County Senior Services or to Advance United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be made to .

Cordelia ‘Pat’ Jane Nifong Wishon

Mrs. Cordelia “Pat” Jane Nifong Wishon, 93, passed away on Friday, Sept. 11, 2020.

She was born in Forsyth County on March 14, 1927, to Clyde R. Nifong, Sr. and Mary Jane Binkley Nifong.

Wishon graduated from Lewisville High School, where she was the captain of the basketball team. She worked at Hanes Hosiery for many years and then retired to be home with her husband. Wishon was a member of Temple Baptist Church. She was a very avid sports fan. Wishon enjoyed the outdoors and gardening. Above all things, she loved her children and grandchildren dearly.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Wade W. Wishon; son David W. Wishon; brothers Jacob M. Nifong and C. Roy Nifong Jr.; and sister Martha A. Nifong Walsh.

Surviving are daughters, Nada W. Moore (Jack) of Walkertown and Mary Ann W. Burchette (Neil) of Clemmons; grandchildren Jeramie W. Burchette (Kristi Johnson) of Winston-Salem, Joseph P. Burchette (Izzy) of Advance, Haley M. Cooper (Josh) of Clemmons, and Lacy M. Castellano (Lee) of Kernersville; great-grandchildren Jacob W. Burchette of Winston-Salem, Joseph P. Burchette Jr. of Advance, Jackson G. and Evan W. Cooper of Clemmons, and Silas E. and Kathryn Jane Castellano of Kernersville; sisters-in-law Evelyn Goslen Nifong and J. Agnes Landreth Nifong; brother-in-law, Robert Lee Walsh; and many nieces and nephews.

Due to COVID-19, a private graveside service will be held at Westlawn Gardens of Memory with Pastor Josh Boles officiating.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to Lisa Michalowski and Yadkin Nursing Center for the loving care given to Wishon for the past two years.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Temple Baptist Church, 7035 Franklin Road, Lewisville, NC 27023.