Obituaries for the week of Dec. 24

Published 12:21 am Tuesday, December 22, 2020

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Hilde Katherina Cook

Hilde Katherina Cook, acclaimed interior designer, passed away on the morning of Dec. 17, 2020, from complications of Alzheimer’s Disease. She lived 82 remarkable years, gracing her family, friends, clients, and their homes with her generous spirit. She is undoubtedly now with the Lord recommending where the sun and moon should be hung each day. She was born Dec. 1, 1938, in Mainz, Germany, to Jakob and Klara Pauli. She was married to her husband, Gene, for 42 years before he passed in 2011. Cook owned her showroom, Hilde’s Interiors, for 38 years before she retired. Her passion for design and creativity was exemplified in every detail of her life. Cook was a dedicated mother first and foremost. She treasured her children and embraced every moment with them. She especially loved her role as Omi and loved nothing more than spoiling her five grandchildren. To her family, she was the strongest woman they had ever met. Cook was a determined and fiercely independent woman. She had a vivacious personality and always made people around her laugh. She made friends everywhere she went, and her clients considered her far more than just their interior designer. She was the beloved mother of Raymond Cook and his wife Gwynne of Raleigh and Mark Cook and his wife Dawn of Charlotte, the proud grandmother of Abigail, Ashley, Valerie, Miranda and Vander Cook. She also is survived by her two sister-in-laws, Patsy Frazee and Faye Lane. Predeceased by her devoted husband Gene, sister Edith, brother Horst and sisters-in-law, Linda and Shirley. A funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020, at Calvary Baptist Church with Pastor Jerry Morrison officiating. The family received friends one hour prior to the service. Burial followed in Forsyth Memorial Park. Online condolences may be made to In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research at .

Robert ‘Bobby’ G. Lyons Sr.

Mr. Robert “Bobby” G. Lyons Sr. passed away on Dec 17, 2020, at Novant Forsyth Medical Center. Those left behind are terribly saddened but he is rejoicing in the presence of his Lord and savior Jesus Christ. Lyons was 84 and was born in Yadkin County on Aug. 20, 1936, to the late Gernie W. Lyons and Berti M. Marion Lyons.

Lyons honored his country by serving in the U.S. Army. When honorably discharged, he learned the trade of electrical work. He received his electrical license and became a successful businessman creating his own business, Lyons Electric.

He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He was preceded in death by his wife, whom he loved dearly, Peggy Marie Tate Lyons. Surviving are his three children, Lynn Lyons, Carole Lyons Sagraves (Wendell), and Robert Lyons Jr. (Rhonda), as well as three brothers, Jack W. Lyons (Harriet), Davie L. Lyons, and Harold E. Henderson. Lyons was an all-around “Mr. Fix-It.” He always enjoyed working with his hands and could repair car engines to dishwashers or build most anything. He loved the challenge of tinkering with old lawn mowers and getting them back in working order. Lyons loved the Lord and attended Grace Baptist Church of Germanton. He was a friend to all. He always kept his Bible by his sitting chair and always related real life situations to what the Bible said. Always thinking of the Lord. He will forever be remembered.

A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020, at 2 p.m. at Forsyth Memorial Park, with Pastor Andy Proctor officiating.

Online condolences may be made at .

Thelma Nugent Mathis

Mrs. Thelma Nugent Mathis, 97, of Advance, passed away Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020, at Cadence Assisted Living of Clemmons. She was born March 7, 1923, in Forsyth County to Martha Anne Goin Nugent and Kirby Lee Nugent. Mathis grew up in the West Salem Community in Winston-Salem and attended Gray High School and graduated from R.J. Reynolds High School. She was a lifelong member of Salem Baptist Church in Winston-Salem and was very active there while her health permitted. She worked many years for Life of Virginia Insurance Company. She later worked as secretary for the chairman of the ABC Board in Winston-Salem and then for an architect in Winston-Salem. “Tannie” as she was affectionately known as, was also known for her sweet spirit. Surviving are her husband of 70 years, James Dewitt Mathis; a daughter, Susan Prim (Frosty) of Mocksville; two sisters, Nancy Hardie of Winston-Salem and Doris Martin of Stanfield; one brother, William Nugent (Callie) of Clemmons and numerous nieces and nephews. A private graveside service will be held at Forsyth Memorial Park with her nephew, Ronnie Mathis officiating. The family would like to thank the staff of Cadence Assisted Living of Clemmons for their excellent and loving care of Mathis. 

Herman ‘Fuzzy’ Lee Phelps

Mr. Herman “Fuzzy” Lee Phelps, 90, of Winston-Salem, passed away Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020.

Phelps was born April 5, 1930, in Forsyth County to Samuel and Beulah Phelps. He was the owner of Phelps Shoe Shop and a longtime member of Sharon United Methodist Church. An avid gun enthusiast, Phelps also loved to cheer on his beloved Atlanta Braves. He was also well known for his sense of humor and could handmake a variety of practical items. Phelps was preceded in death by his wife, Jo Ann Phelps, daughter, Shirley Phelps Hutchings, and sister, Lavelle Phelps Whicker.

Phelps is survived by his daughter, Peggy Crater (Jeff); granddaughters, Emily (Spencer) and Elizabeth (William); niece, Laurie; nephews, Steve, Randy, Tim, Jimmy, Matt, Richard, Chad, and Tony; brother-in-law and sister-in-law John and Gay Briggs; special dear friend, Dawn Pfaff; and caregiver, Tina Craig.

A graveside service was held Monday, Dec. 21, 2020, at 11 a.m. at Sharon United Methodist Church.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to Gay, John, Dawn, Tina, Tim, and Matt for their special devotion to Phelps and his care.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Sharon United Methodist Church, 5330 Sharon Church Road, Lewisville, NC  27023. Online condolences may be made to .