Obituaries for the week of Jan. 28

Published 2:42 pm Monday, January 25, 2021

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Emily Carolyn Binkley Collins

Mrs. Emily Carolyn Binkley Collins, 74, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. She was born in Forsyth County, on June 30, 1946, to the late Howard and Mollie Binkley. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Philip Oscar Collins. She is survived by her son Jeff Binkley (Andrea); and two grandchildren, Matthew Binkley and Adam Binkley. A  private graveside service will be held at Fellowship Baptist Church Cemetery in Advance. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The American Cancer Society. Online condolences may be made to

Edith Ilene Whicker Mayes

Mrs. Edith Ilene Whicker Mayes, 88, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. She was born in Forsyth County, on July 21, 1932, to the late Charlie Wilburn Whicker and Agnes Roberta Whicker. Mayes retired from Binkley Realty and Insurance company. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Aaron Gray Mayes, and her sister, Edna Whicker Mayes. She is survived by her devoted daughter, Karen Mayes Andrews; a special former son-in-law, Bill Lemons; aunt Ruth Granger; and her two fur babies at home.  A private graveside service will be held at Westlawn Gardens of Memory in Clemmons. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to your local Humane Society. Online condolences may be made to .

Walter Ralph Oliver

Mr. Walter Ralph Oliver, 78, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, at Forsyth Medical Center. He was born in Ashe County on Dec. 23, 1942, to the late Jesse and Hassie Riddle Oliver. Oliver retired from Yadkin Valley Telephone with more than 45 years of service. He enjoyed bird watching, knife making, cruising and vacationing at the beach. Most of all he loved his family. Preceding him in death was his brother, Lloyd Oliver and a sister, June Stikes. Surviving is his wife, Dianne Creason Oliver; son, Barry Oliver (Debra); daughter, Breena Seganish (Joe); son, Philip Oliver (Tammy); four grandchildren, Julian Oliver, Brian Oliver, Madeline Seganish, and Ally Seganish; two stepdaughters, Missy Ginther (Chuck) and Megan McDaniel; four step-grandchildren, Haley Howell, Ross Ginther, Jake Renegar, and Macy McDaniel; also surviving is his special companion cat, “Coco.” A private graveside service will be held at Westlawn Gardens of Memory. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Forsyth Humane Society, 4881 Country Club Rd. Winston-Salem, NC 27104. Hayworth-Miller Kinderton Chapel is serving the Oliver family.

June Evelyn Powlas Powell

June Evelyn Powlas Powell, 84, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, at Piedmont Crossing in Thomasville. She was born Nov. 2, 1936, in Forsyth County to the late Everett Leroy Powlas and Vada Moore Powlas. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Susan Powell Little; brother, Barry Powlas and sister, Ann Powlas White.

Those left to cherish her memory are her daughter Lisa Carley (Tim) of Apex; sons, Harrell “David” Powell (Kim) of Charlotte and Mark Powell (Cathy) of Lewisville; son-in-law, Don Little; grandchildren, Hunter Powell, Lindsey Powell, Katie Powell, Connor Powell, Liam Carley, Aidan Carley and Emily Little; nieces, Dana Burgess, Mexi White; and nephew, Barrett Powlas.

Powell grew up in Rowan County and graduated from Cleveland High School. She later attended Catawba College. After her marriage to Harrell Powell Jr., she moved to Winston-Salem, and later to Clemmons, where she raised her four children and spent most of her life.

She was a wonderful, loving mother, and her children were her life. She spent many years on the sidelines watching and cheering all four of her children at their many sporting events and activities. She was a Scout den mother, school room mother, field trip chaperone, sports booster, etc. Always there to lend a helping hand.

When her children were young, Powell worked as a teacher’s aide for the WSFCSS so she could enjoy the summers off with her children. Many of those summers were spent traveling in the old wood-paneled station wagon with camping trips to the mountains and the beach. Later, Powell received her CNA certificate and worked in home health, providing lots of love and care to elderly patients in their home.

She was a previous member of Clemmons Moravian Church and enjoyed many outings with the Young at Heart fellowship group. Powell loved to sing and enjoyed watching old movies. She also had a great love of animals and took in many rescues over the years.

Powell will be dearly missed by her family and all who knew her.

A graveside service was held 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021, at Cleveland United Methodist Cemetery with Rev. John Rights officiating.

Online condolences may be left at

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association in June Powell’s name:

The family would like to thank the wonderful staff of Piedmont Crossing and Hospice of Davidson County for the exceptional care given to June the last few months of her life.

Summersett Funeral Home is serving the Powell family.

Dorothy ‘Dot’ Lee Ring Yates

Mrs. Dorothy “Dot” Lee Ring Yates, 80, of Pfafftown, passed away Jan. 21, 2021, at her residence. She was born June 24, 1940, to Claude Vernon and Myrtle Long Ring. Yates graduated from Northwest High School. She was a devoted wife and homemaker in the Dozier community, and enjoyed cooking, gardening and entertaining. Yates was a talented artist and excelled at drawing and painting. She helped raise many nieces and nephews as well as chickens, guineas, ducks, fish, dogs and cats. She also enjoyed visiting yard sales and flea markets and spending time in the mountains with her husband.  Though she suffered from dementia for many years, her family will always remember her fun-loving spirit, gift of hospitality and generosity to family and neighbors. Yates was preceded in death by her parents. Surviving is her husband of 60 years, Gordon Charlie Yates; three sisters, Hilda Scott, Jane Eudy and Sylvia Patterson; one brother, Lonnie Ring (Shirley); and many nieces and nephews. A graveside service was held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021, at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church Cemetery with Rev. Bob Richardson officiating. The family received friends following the service. Memorials may be made to Trellis Supportive Care, 101 Hospice Lane, Winston-Salem, NC 27103 or a charity of choice.