Obituaries for the week of Nov. 5
Michael Raymond Adams
Dr. Michael Raymond Adams, 74, passed away peacefully to heaven on Oct. 27, 2020, at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, N.C., surrounded by his loving family. He was born on July 18, 1946, in Moline, Illinois, to Raymond and Phyllis (Holtz) Adams. After graduating from the University of Illinois in Champagne-Urbana, he moved to Winston-Salem to attend Wake Forest School of Medicine (formerly Bowman Gray School of Medicine) to pursue a career in research of atherosclerosis and atherogenesis. Along with an outstanding group of colleagues, he spent 36 years in research and scholarship as a preclinical scientist whose research continues to influence the practice of medicine today. He retired in May of 2010 as professor emeritus of pathology-comparative medicine. Having survived two liver transplants (2009 and 2010), he went on to enjoy his family and close friends. His grandchildren Addison (12) and Noah (8) were undoubtedly the greatest joys of his life, along with his daughter, Susan, and her husband, Drew Barber, of Winston-Salem. In addition, he is survived by his wife of 43 years, Janice Reynolds Adams, and a sister, Lisa Adams Bennett (Steve) of Seward, Nebraska. As a lover of sports, he played golf as long as his health permitted. One of his greatest pleasures was as a lifelong fan of the Chicago Cubs, finally witnessing a World Series win in 2016. And as a (frustrated) Demon Deacon fan for Wake Forest University always waiting for next year. The family wishes to express its heartfelt appreciation to all of the health care professionals from Vidant Medical Center in Greenville who cared for Adams during these past few weeks for their exceptional and compassionate care. Also of special importance are the Liver Transplant Center at Carolinas Medical Center (now Atrium Health) in Charlotte and the Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem (Dr. John Gilliam and Dr. Christopher Miles). The family suggests that anyone who wishes to honor Adams’ memory, consider becoming an organ donor. There is perhaps no greater expression of love for others than becoming an organ donor. For more information, go to CarolinaDonorServices.org . Due to continued concerns regarding health and safety during this pandemic, no services are planned at this time. Hayworth-Miller Lewisville Chapel is serving the family of Dr. Adams.
Roger Brown Mock
Mr. Roger Brown Mock, Jr., 71, of Advance, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, at Forsyth Medical Center. Mock was born in Forsyth County to the late Roger Brown Mock and Doris Hilton Mock on Dec. 5, 1948. Mock served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, and had retired from R.J. Archer after 30 years of service. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather, who will be missed dearly. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Carol W. Mock; son, Chad Mock (Tabatha); grandchildren, Christian and Nathan Mock; brothers, Thomas E. Mock (Carol) and William C. Mock (Jackie); and several nieces and nephews. A funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020, at Mocks United Methodist Church, with Rev. Luke Mitchell officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mocks United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be sent to www.hayworth-miller.com .
Eldon James Nance
Mr. Eldon James Nance, 73, passed away Monday, Oct. 26, 2020, at his home. He was born in Surry County on Feb. 6, 1947, to the late Paul Brady and Connie Hinson Nance. Nance graduated from UNC Chapel Hill. He served in the U.S. Navy as a corpsman for the First Marine Aircraft Wing in Vietnam. He worked in the textile industry for more than 40 years and was a member of Calvary Moravian Church. Nance was a loving husband, father and grandfather. Surviving is his wife of 52 years, Beth Thomas Nance; three sons, Thomas “Tommy” Eldon Nance (Alisa) of Mooresville, John Rowley Nance (Paige) of Winston-Salem, and Matthew Paul Nance (Melanie) of Lewisville; 10 grandchildren, James, Joseph, Quest, Zion, Macy, Carter, Chandler, Addison, Quinn, and Shepherd; also surviving are a brother, Dallas Nance (Priscilla), a sister, Melba Nance, and loved nieces and nephews. An outdoor funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, at Calvary Moravian Church with Rt. Rev. Lane Sapp and Rev. Chaz Snider officiating. A graveside service was held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020, at Oakwood Cemetery in Mebane with military honors. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project. Hayworth-Miller Lewisville Chapel is serving the Nance family.
Virginia Reavis Seats
Mrs. Virginia Reavis Seats, 82, of Mocksville, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020, at Pruitt Health in Elkin. She was born Sept. 11, 1938, in Iredell County to Vance and Margaret Reavis. She worked for Southern Bell, where she started as an operator and worked her way to become a supervisor. She was an active member of Pioneers (a volunteer network). She enjoyed spending time with her family and supporting their activities. Above all, she always sacrificed herself for others and put their needs and wants above hers. She will be remembered as a great wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend. In addition to her parents, Virginia was preceded in death by her loving husband, Leonard Seats Sr. and one brother, Johnny Reavis. Left to treasure her memory are her daughter, Sheila Scott (Ricky) and son, Vance Holdsclaw (Sucha); brothers, Jimmy Reavis (Rachel) and Robert Reavis (Jane) and one sister-in-law, Johnsie Reavis; grandchildren, Chassidy Ford, Jonathan Ford (Kim), Christina Holdsclaw, and Emily Holdsclaw; great-grandchildren, Madilyn Ford, Cody Ford and Waylon Ford. Due to public restrictions there will be no formal visitation. A graveside service was held at 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 2, 2020, at Westlawn Gardens of Memory in Clemmons. Hayworth-Miller Kinderton Chapel is assisting the family. Online condolences may be made at www.hayworth-miller.com .
Glenda Kay Rogers Wagoner
Glenda Kay Rogers Wagoner, 77, Clemmons, was called home on Monday, Oct. 26, 2020, after a hard-fought battle with cancer. She was born on July 13, 1943, in Surry County to Brockley and Margaret Pruitt Rogers. After growing up on a tobacco farm, she was the first in her family to attend college and graduated from Appalachian State University in 1965 in 3½ years. She married the love of her life, Jerry, in 1967. She taught middle school for more than 40 years in the WS/FCS system, where her loving spirit touched countless children. She used her gifts to serve God her entire adult life, teaching Sunday school and ministering to prisoners through the Yokefellow Prison Ministry.
In addition to being a devoted wife and servant to God, she was a loving mother to Angela and Shane. She treasured her role as a grandmother and loved to cook and entertain for family and friends. She was often characterized as generous, kind, loving, thoughtful and loyal, and quietly helped many individuals in need. She will be dearly missed and her legacy will live on in the hearts of everyone she interacted with, as well as those she reached but never met.
Surviving is her husband of 53 years, Jerry Wagoner; daughter, Angela Reece (Billy) of Clemmons; son, Shane Wagoner (Kim) of Lewisville; four grandchildren, Emily, Graham and Madison Wagoner and Sarah Reece; and three cousins, Gina Cox, Nan Atkins and Johnny Cox.
The family received friends from 1–2:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, at Westlawn Gardens of Memory. A graveside service followed at 2:30 p.m. with Dr. Steve Corts officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Yokefellow Prison Ministry of N.C. Inc. or to Mountain Valley Hospice, Dobson, NC. Online condolences may be made to www.hayworth-miller.com .