Obituaries for the week of Oct. 29

Published 12:26 am Tuesday, October 27, 2020

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Jo Ann Speaks Cornatzer

Jo Ann Speaks Cornatzer, 87, passed away at her home on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. She was born on Dec. 7, 1932, to the late Toy Lee Speaks Sr. and Mamie Wilson Speaks. Cornatzer was a member of Clemmons First Baptist Church and attended until she was unable to do so. She worked almost 37 years at R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company. Cornatzer was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Raford Speaks, Toy Lee Speaks Jr., Eugene Speaks and Douglas Speaks. Cornatzer leaves behind her devoted husband of 69 years, Roy Lee Cornatzer Jr.; two children, Vickie Linville (David) and Ricky Cornatzer (Frances); three grandchildren, Laura Clark (Daniel), Avery Cornatzer and Jackson Cornatzer; two great-grandchildren, Sophia Clark and Ava Clark; brother, Harold Speaks (Vennie); Cody Brewster whom she loved as her own; as well as several nieces and nephews. A graveside service was held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, at Forsyth Memorial Park, with Rev. Justin Hernandez officiating. The family would like to thank all the caregivers that were so kind and compassionate to Cornatzer. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Trellis Supportive Care, 101 Hospice Lane, Winston-Salem, NC 27103 or to Senior Services, Inc., 2895 Shorefair Dr., Winston-Salem, NC 27105. Online condolences may be made at .

Nancy Mikels Gough

Mrs. Nancy Mikels Gough, 83, of Advance, passed away Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, at her home. She was born April 27, 1937, in Pinnacle to Addie Lee Stone Mikels and Charles Mikels. Gough was preceded in death by her first husband, W.D. Parks Jr. and was a member of Bethlehem United Methodist Church. She enjoyed flying planes, skeet shooting, gardening and traveling the world. Surviving are her husband, Ezra Gough; one daughter, Connie Siler; one son, Donald Parks (Tina); two step-sons, Charles Dean “Chad” Gough (Linda) and Robert Anthony “Tony” Gough (Claudia); three grandchildren, Stephanie Siler, Austin Siler and Joshua Parks; six step-grandchildren, Ashley Gough, Christopher Gough, Cory Gough, Amaris Gough, Benjamin Gough and Speranza Gough; one great-grandson, Kaine Siler and two siblings, Lettie Caroline “Leny” Whitfield and Charles Mikels. A private graveside service will be held at Bethlehem United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Storehouse for Jesus, 675 Lexington Road, Mocksville, NC 27028 or to Bethlehem United Methodist Church Choir Fund or Good Neighbor Fund, 321 Redland Road, Advance, NC 27006. Online condolences may be made at .

Flora Mae Hockaday

Mrs. Flora Mae Hockaday, 89, of Advance, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, at Forsyth Medical Center. She was born July 26, 1931, in Davie County to John Odell and Mildred Allen Smith. She was preceded in death by her husband, Thurmond; her parents; brothers, Wayne and Glen and her sister, Nancy Howell. Surviving are her brother, Willie Gray Smith; sister, Annie Howell and many nieces and nephews whom she dearly loved. A private graveside service will be held at Macedonia Moravian Church Graveyard. Hockaday loved her Lord and had a servant’s heart. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Macedonia Moravian Church, 700 NC 801 N., Advance, NC  27006. Online condolences may be made to The family would like to thank all those who helped care for her.

Jerry Lane McLester

Jerry Lane McLester passed away on Oct. 21, 2020, in Winston-Salem. He was born in Mooresville on Aug. 4, 1944, to the late Clarence and Annie McLester. McLester proudly served his country in the U.S. Air Force for four years. He worked for 16 years as the store manager at Food Lion. McLester then went to work as a food broker until his retirement.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his four brothers. He leaves behind his wife of 40 years, Sharon B. Wagoner McLester; stepson, Scott Wagoner (Carrie); step-grandson, Tanner Wagoner; sister, Carol Schachtschneider (Eric) and many nieces, nephews, family members, neighbors, and friends.

McLester’s easy-going personality made him a friend to all. He will truly be missed by those who knew him.

A funeral service was held on Monday, Oct. 26, at 11 a.m. at Frank Vogler & Sons Funeral Home in Clemmons. The family received friends for a visitation beginning at 10 a.m. Interment followed the service at Westlawn Gardens of Memory.

Joyce Jeanne Mills Robertson

Joyce Jeanne Mills Robertson died peacefully on Oct. 18, 2020, only a few days shy of her 92nd birthday.

Robertson was born on Oct. 25, 1928. She was the fourth daughter of Ellis W. and Stella Forkner Mills of Ararat, in Surry County. Despite the difficult economic times of the era, she and her siblings were raised in the idyll of rural farm life. Her family descended from the early Quakers who settled in Surry County and the faith and practices of friends greatly influenced Robertson’s life.

Robertson attended school in Pilot Mountain and graduated from High Point University with degrees in English and history. She commenced a career in teaching, but decided to forego that career to devote herself full-time to raising her three children. Robertson was married to Bob Robertson in 1951 and they shared their lives together until Bob’s death in 2017. Described by friends as the consummate lady, Robertson had a quick and often dry sense of humor. Always a gardener, she shared her plants and knowledge with her many friends. Robertson was one of the organizers of the first efforts to enhance the appearance of the village of Clemmons. She also devoted time and energy for several years to the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts in Old Salem. The Robertsons were members of Clemmons United Methodist Church and the Upper Room. She is predeceased by her husband, parents, sisters, Phyllis Reeves, Edith Proctor and Christine Shelton and brother Robert Gray Mills. She is survived by her three children, Richard Lee Robertson (Debbie Robertson) of Charlotte, Charles Ronald Robertson (Hilary Smith) of Advance, and Pamela Ann Robertson (Leslie McCaskill) of Greensboro; five grandchildren, Richard Lee Robertson Jr., Meredith Monday (William), Mary Elizabeth Robertson, Joseph Harmon “Jack” Robertson and Steven Ellis Robertson, two great-grandchildren, Mary Alma Monday and William Douglas Monday, and sisters-in-law, Jackie Mills of Ararat, and Joyce Malone of Denver, Colorado.

The family would like to extend their sincere gratitude to Robertson’s care providers and to Tinika Brown for her years of assistance to Robertson. A graveside service was held on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020, at 1 p.m., at Westlawn Gardens of Memory in Clemmons. Memorials may be made to Clemmons United Methodist Church, in Clemmons or Ararat Friends Meeting in Ararat. Hayworth-Miller Kinderton Chapel is assisting the family.

Betty Jean Angel Sain

Betty Jean Angel Sain, 87, of Lewisville, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. Sain was born in Forsyth County on March 31, 1933, to the late John Wesley Angel and Linnie Mae Smith Angel. She retired from Dillard Paper Company and was a member of Lewisville Baptist Church where she taught Sunday school for 36 years. Sain was a true survivor. After contracting polio at the age of 16 and being told she would never walk again, she fought hard and successfully overcame her illness and was able to walk again. Sain, along with her husband John, enjoyed gardening and preparing foods by freezing and canning their harvests. In addition to her parents, Sain was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, John Sanford Sain; and one brother, Bill Angel. Surviving family includes her children, Teresa Ball of Winston-Salem, and Terry Sain (Kim) of Holly Springs; sister, Peggy Ingram (Vernon) of Winston-Salem; three grandchildren, Kelsey, Kathryn and Will; and several nieces and nephews. A private graveside service will be held at Lewisville Baptist Church Cemetery with Rev. Dr. Bill Messer and Rev. Jo Bjorling officiating. Sain’s family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff of Salemtowne for their compassionate care. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Cancer Services, 3175 Maplewood Ave., Winston-Salem, NC 27103. Online condolences may be made at .

Jayme Victoria Foster Severt

Mrs. Jayme Victoria Foster Severt, 36, of Clemmons passed away peacefully on Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020, at Forsyth Medical Center. She was born on March 19, 1984, in Catawba County to Tracy Kornegay Martin and Jeffrey Eugene Foster. Severt was a loving wife, mother and friend. She graduated from Bunker Hill High School and UNC Greensboro where she earned a degree in criminology with a minor in psychology. Severt had a successful career as a paralegal in the Winston-Salem area. She enjoyed cooking, decorating and being around her family. Severt brought so much joy to those around her. Her laugh was infectious, and it was accompanied by the most beautiful smile. She was the epitome of selfless and was often worried over the well-being of others rather than herself. Severt was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Avery and JoAnn Kornegay. Surviving are her husband of 14 years, Chad Severt; two sons, James Chandler and Gabriel Turner Severt; her mother, Tracy Martin (Joey Stilley); sister, Allyson Sestric (Alex); nephew, Deacon Sestric; aunt, Betty Powell (Gary); cousins, Donna Wellmon and David Sigmon and numerous other family members. A private celebration of life service will be held on Saturday. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Levine Children’s Hospital. Online condolences may be made to .

Harry Tomlinson

Mr. Harry Tomlinson, 85, of Bermuda Run, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, at Bermuda Village in Davie County. He was born in Richmond, Virginia, to Lillie Martin and Harry Tucker Tomlinson. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Janice Gilman Tomlinson; son, Brent Alton Tomlinson (Vicki) of Manteo; daughters, Laura Tomlinson Dollason of Manning, S.C., and Lynne Tomlinson Blake (L.D.) of Wynne, Arkansas; three granddaughters, Brittany Lynne Blake of New York City, N.Y., Lauren Blake Rogers (Matt) of West Memphis, Arkansas, and Summer Janette Tomlinson of Greenville, N.C., and a step-grandson, Josh Pennell of Winston-Salem. Also survived by two great-grandsons, William Blake Rogers and Matthew Graham Rogers and a sister, Barbara Tomlinson Buell of Richmond, Virginia. Tomlinson was a career newspaper man. He started as a paper carrier in Glen Allen, Virginia, and worked part-time in college for the Richmond News Leader. After graduation from the University of Richmond in 1957, he worked his way up to assistant circulation director of Richmond Newspapers. When the parent company, Media General, bought the Winston-Salem newspapers, he accepted the position of circulation director of the Winston-Salem Journal and Sentinel. He retired in 1994 from the position of circulation director of the Winston-Salem Journal. During his career, he was a past president of the Mid-Atlantic Circulation Manager Association. The family would like to thank the staff of Bermuda Village Batangas Gardens Skilled Nursing for their love and care of Tomlinson for almost three years. A memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 300 North Cherry Street, Winston-Salem, NC  27103 or to Trellis Supportive Care, 101 Hospice Lane, Winston-Salem, NC  27103. Online condolences may be made to .

Elsie Mae Beauchamp Whitaker

Mrs. Elsie Mae Beauchamp Whitaker, 93, of Advance, passed away Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, at Trellis Supportive Care. She was born Sept. 22, 1927, in Davie County to Anna Rights Beauchamp and Roy Charles Beauchamp. Whitaker was a member of Redland Church, IPHC where she loved to sing in the choir. Whitaker loved sending cards and church bulletins to those who were absent from church. She loved gardening and cooking meals for her family. Whitaker was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Knox Whitaker; brother, Roy Beauchamp Jr.; sister, Sue Ellis; son, Danny Whitaker; daughter, Vickie Whitaker Crews and grandson, Justin Whitaker. Surviving are two daughters, Janis Whitaker Rogers Stimpson and Cindy Parker; a daughter-in-law, Jane Whitaker; two sisters, Laverne Hicks and Betty Grey Pardue (David); eight grandchildren, Kimberly Rogers Rowell (John), Brad Rogers (LeAnn), Wendy Owens (Dave), Tony Gray Foster, Samantha Voreh (Matt), Brian Simpson (Nicole), Christie Massey and Tim Fishel (Kristen); 16 great-grandchildren, Meridith Richard, Kirsten Dillingham, Madi Rogers, Morgan Bullington, Cameron Owens, Lucas Foster, Madelyne Rose, Meghan Voreh, Michael Maready, Dalton Simpson, Rowen Simpson, Grayson Simpson, Braxton Massey, Heidi Kinder, Taylor Kinder and Cade Fishel; four great-great-grandchildren, Fletcher Richard, Blakely Maready, Bentley Bullington and Blakelyn Bullington. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020, at Redland Church, IPHC with Pastor Dave Richardson Jr., Pastor Joel K. Boyles and Mr. Tim Dunn officiating. The family will receive friends one hour before the service. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.