Obituaries for the week of Nov. 12

Published 1:03 am Tuesday, November 10, 2020

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Richard Leo Crouse

Richard Leo Crouse, 83, of Bermuda Run, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020, after a brief illness. He was born on July 25, 1937, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. A graduate of St. Justin High School, Crouse received a bachelor’s degree from Duquesne University and, later, a juris doctorate from the Wake Forest School of Law. He was admitted to the N.C. Bar Association in 1987.

Crouse was a founding partner of two successful commercial real estate mortgage companies: Carey, Kramer, Crouse & Associates, in Pittsburgh, and Crouse & Associates, in North Carolina, which he owned in partnership with his three sons.

Following his retirement, Crouse worked as a pro-bono attorney, providing free legal services to families in need. Later, he volunteered with the Brave Hearts For Kids program at the Brenner Children’s Hospital, comforting children fighting pediatric cancer.

Crouse enjoyed golf and tennis, loved all sports, and was a passionate fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Pirates and Penguins.

Crouse is survived by “the love of his life,” Carol (Ciechalski) Crouse, his wife of 63 years; son Eric (Blair) of Greensboro; daughter Dawn Puente (Joe) of Kenner, Louisiana; son Marc (Cheryl) of Wirtz, Virginia; and son Todd (Melinda) of Cary; and 11 loving grandchildren.

A funeral mass will be held at 11 am on Saturday, Nov. 14, at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church, 1730 Link Road in Winston-Salem. The family requests social distancing, and masks will be required. Hayworth-Miller Funeral Home is assisting the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to Brenner Children’s, PO Box 571021, Winston-Salem, NC 27157or online at

Julia Speas Davis

Heaven gained another angel on Nov. 3, 2020, as Julia Speas Davis left her life well lived to be with her husband, Claude, and other family members in God’s house. Davis, born to John Henry Speas and Elsie Martin Speas on Jan. 11, 1930, lived in Yadkin County her entire life. She defied the norm by going to college at an early age and later, while balancing motherhood, obtained her master’s degree in social work from UNC Chapel Hill. Davis taught school, was a therapeutic dietitian, worked at the Yadkin County DSS and retired after 31 years at Forsyth County DSS, where she was director of social work programs. Davis was very involved at Centenary United Methodist Church and served as the leader of Circle 3 for 10 years. She was a proud docent at Reynolda House for 10 years. She also served on several boards, including Serendipity House, Trans-Aid, and Northwest Child Development Council Inc. In retirement, when she and Claude were not traveling all over the world and U.S., she enjoyed gardening and spending time outside. Although her career was fulfilling, she always put family and her faith first. Davis set high standards for herself and her four children, Debbie Morse (Tim), Donna Bost (Lee), Bryan (Jennifer), and Patricia Brody, by encouraging them to pursue and appreciate higher education. Davis was also a devoted and doting grandmother to Kate, David, Alex, Amy, Molly, Dylan, Olivia, Emma, Hanna, and Jake. She has four  precious great-grandchildren — Natalie, Benjamin, Isaac and Teddy. Davis took great pride in her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and was always their most enthusiastic cheerleader. Davis was blessed with a very devoted sister and best friend, Kay Brown, who was always at her side. An additional blessing is a special niece, Candice Batchelor, whom Julia regarded as another one of her children. The family would like to thank the staff of Arbor Acres, who provided love and kindness in her last years. Davis asked any memorials in her honor be given to Centenary United Methodist Church or the organization of your choice.

Linda Williams Knox

Linda Williams Knox, 77, of Clemmons, died Monday, Nov. 2, 2020, at Forsyth Regional Medical Center. Born in Iredell County on Dec. 18, 1942, she was a daughter of the late Richard Carter Williams and Ruth Virginia Elam Williams. Knox was a very intense, energetic and enigmatic person. She was an outstanding athlete in her younger years and had an entrepreneur spirit having owned a restaurant, drove an 18-wheeler and was a real estate developer and general contractor.

In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by two sisters, Brenda Josey and Janet Williams.

Survivors include a son, Giles Knox (Christa), brothers, David Williams (Debbie) and Hiram Williams, a sister, Marie Steele and grandsons, Sage and Ramsey Knox. Also surviving is her best friend and business partner, Judy Cherry.

Graveside services were at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 6, 2020, at Oakwood Cemetery. The greeted friends at Nicholson Funeral Home in Statesville.

Condolences may be sent online to the family to Memorials may be given to the Humane Society of Iredell, 110 Robinson Road, Mooresville, N.C. 28117. Nicholson Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements.

Shirley ‘Kay’ Moose

Shirley “Kay” Moose went to be with our Lord and savior on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020. Moose was born on Dec. 11, 1934, in Marlington, W.V., to Richard and Dolly Gibson. Preceding her in death was her loving husband of 53 years, Major Wayne Nelson Moose. Left to cherish Moose’s memory are her children, Virginia, Deborah (Tim), Brenda, and Mark (Amy); 10 grandchildren, Brandon, Miki, Eric, Jessica, Hannah, Richard, Rebecca, Adam, Stephen, and Wesley; four great-grandchildren. Moose will be remembered for her love of family, her horses, and friends. The family will have a private celebration of her life.

Donna Burton Sims

On Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020, Donna Burton Sims, 63, loving wife and mother, passed away at her residence. Sims was born July 24, 1957, in Forsyth County, to R.J. and Patsy Burton. She received her nursing degree in 1980 and practiced as a nurse until her retirement in 2018. On Aug. 20, 1983, she married Charles Robert Sims and they raised two daughters, Cayla and Courtney. Sims was preceded in death by her father, R.J. Burton and a sister, Debbie Haynes. Survivors include her husband, Charles Sims; her mother, Patsy Burton of Pfafftown; two daughters, Cayla Sims (Damion Ackert-Owen) of Advance, and Courtney Sims of Advance; a sister, Linda Shore of Pfafftown; a brother, Bobby Burton of Salisbury; several nieces, nephews and cousins and two good friends, Kathy Walker and Carroll Brock. A graveside service was held at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 9, 2020, at Westlawn Gardens of Memory Open Air Chapel. The family had a private visitation. Online condolences may be made at

Una Leggett White

Una Leggett White, of Pfafftown, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020. She was born Feb. 26, 1930, in Bertie County. She attended Windsor High School and Carolina College of Beauty Culture after which she opened her own hair salon and operated for 15 years. She is preceded in death by her parents, E.A. Leggett and Elva Leggett, and husband, Herman F. White Jr.  Surviving are her daughter, Dinah McCotter; grandchildren, Shannon Whitson (Jonathan) and Trent McCotter and one great-grandchild, Maddie. The family thanks to the staff at Vienna Village and her lifelong friend, Sara Richardson for their love, help, and support. All who knew her, loved her. White was full of grace and unconditional love, and she will be greatly missed. The family takes solace in knowing that now she is reunited with her husband, the love of her life, just in time to celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary, Nov. 5. A funeral service was privately held on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Lewisville United Methodist Church, PO Box 305 Lewisville, NC  27023. Hayworth-Miller Lewisville Chapel is serving the White family. Online condolences may be made at .