Obituaries for the week of Feb. 4

Published 11:53 pm Monday, February 1, 2021

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Jimmy Ray Frye

Jimmy Ray Frye, 85, passed away at his home on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2021. Frye was born on May 4, 1935, in Forsyth County to the late William Wade Frye Sr. and Stella Gough Frye. He grew up in Forsyth County and graduated from Griffith High School in 1953. Frye worked for Lucent Technologies as an engineering associate, retiring after 41 years of service. Frye was a talented square dancer, and it was at one of these dances where he met his beloved wife, Louise. He was a huge N.C. State football and basketball fan, and a lifelong fan of the New York Yankees. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his siblings, Wade Jr., Nancy and Diane. He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Louise Stafford Frye; daughter, LuAnn Steele (Flake) of Clemmons; son, Tony Frye of Winston-Salem; granddaughter, Jennifer Sanz (Tristan) of Winston-Salem; great-grandchildren, Drum, Charlotte, Emilia and baby Sanz (due in March); and several nieces and nephews. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021, at Forsyth Memorial Park, with Rev. Timothy Wolf officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 7023Merrifield, VA  22116-7023. Online condolences may be made at

Julie Wells-Keefe

Mrs. Julie Wells-Keefe, 63, of Lewisville, passed away Monday, Jan. 25, 2021, at the Woltz Hospice Home. She was born in Oakland, California, on Dec. 30, 1957, to the late Robert and Callista Parker Wells. Wells-Keefe graduated from Virginia Wesleyan College and Salem College. She was an avid sport-touring motorcyclist and loved to sing especially in church choirs and recitals. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Kathy Lewis. Surviving is her husband, Charles Keefe; sister, Stacy Markowitz (Mitch); brother, Bob Wells (Kim), and a sister, Merrie Prestridge (Wayman). A private memorial service will be held at Hayworth-Miller Lewisville Chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Western Carolina Chapter, 4600 Park Road, Suite 250 Charlotte, NC 28209. 

Mary Fearrington Mann

Mrs. Mary Fearrington Mann, 96, of Lewisville, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021, at Forsyth Medical Center. She was born in Forsyth County on Dec. 29, 1924, to the late Baxter and Artie Dull Fearrington. Mann was a lifelong resident of Lewisville and a lifelong member at Shiloh Lutheran Church. She was a veteran of the U.S. Army-W.A.C. She was a nurse at Walter Reed Army Hospital where she met and married her husband, Chester. Mann truly enjoyed her vegetable garden and her flowers. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Chester A. Mann, of 48 years; daughter, Brenda Harper Jones; grandson, Chad Harper; two brothers, Robert and Kenneth Fearrington and a sister, Alice Stevens. Surviving is a son, Richard Mann (Cindy); five grandchildren, Kyle Harper (Sara), Kym Styers (Gary), Lauren Dalton (Travis), Leslie Bowman (Gary), and Heather Barksdale (Josh); also surviving are nine great-grandchildren and a son-in-law, John Jones. A graveside service was held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, 2021, at Shiloh Lutheran Church with Rev. Dr. John Beeg officiating. Mann had resided at Vienna Village for this past year and the family would like to thank the Lowe family and staff for her excellent care. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Shiloh Lutheran Church, 703 Lewisville-Vienna Rd., Lewisville, NC 27023.

Nancy Jean Wooten Poore

Nancy Jean Wooten Poore, 89, graduated to her heavenly home on Jan. 28, 2021, at Mallard Ridge Assisted Living. She was born on Oct. 24, 1931, to Marvin A. Wooten and Mary Harbin Holland Wooten in Iredell County. Poore was a longtime member of Pinedale Christian Church. In her younger years, she served in the nursery, missions committee and taught first-grade Sunday school. Poore enjoyed the outdoors, gardening and tending her flowers. More than anything she loved spending time with family. Poore will be remembered for her quiet nature and sweet spirit. In addition to her parents, Poore was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Poore; brother, Jack Wooten; and sister, Gertrude Zachary. Surviving are her sons, Jason Poore (Laura), and Jonathan Poore; grandchildren, Jill Bennett (Mike), and Steve Timmons (Mimi); great-grandchildren, Logan Bennett, Livy and Joshua Timmons; sister, Evelyn Webb; and brother, Bobby Wooten (Agnes); and numerous cousins, nephews and nieces. A funeral service was held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 30, 2021, at Pinedale Christian Church with Rev. Bob McCaskill and Pastor Bill McKenzie officiating. Interment followed at Oaklawn Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Pinedale Christian Church, 3395 Peters Creek Parkway, Winston-Salem, NC 27127. Out of an abundance of caution, no visitation was held. Online condolences may be made at

Dorman Lemuel Williams

Dorman Lemuel Williams, 94, of Pulaski, Virginia, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, while holding the hand of his wife of 73 years, Sarah Elam Williams. Williams was born to parents Mattie Dixon and Lemuel Williams in Cleveland County in 1926. The youngest of eight siblings, his strong senses of humor, independence, faith, and fairness were evident at a young age. He served his country in the Navy during World War II including on Okinawa and later attended Louisburg College in N.C.

Williams spent most of his adult life in Clemmons, where he retired from Piedmont Federal Bank as a senior vice president. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Clemmons for 45 years where he served as a deacon. A nearly lifelong Southern Baptist, Williams also served on the board of the Southern Baptist Convention in Nashville, Tennessee, and on the board of trustees at Meredith College in Raleigh. Closer to home, he also served on the Winston-Salem Forsyth County Planning Board, as president of the Tanglewood Golf Association, on the board of the local fire department and as an elections volunteer.

In 2007, Dorman and Sarah moved to Pulaski, Virginia, to be closer to their family. In Pulaski, he continued his lifelong hobbies of golf, bridge and gardening, became a member of the First United Methodist Church, and volunteered at the Lewis Gale Pulaski Hospital.

Williams is survived by his wife Sarah, son Dixon (Julie), and granddaughters Abby Nicolo (Jacob), Lee Williams-Ratliff (Brandon Ratliff), and Jill Williams (Michael Reis). He loved and was loved by his seven great-grandchildren to whom he was affectionately known as Oompa.

Williams will be buried at the Southwest Virginia Veterans Cemetery. Due to the pandemic, a memorial service will take place at a later time.