Obituaries for the week of Feb. 25

Published 2:27 pm Monday, February 22, 2021

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Carolyn Cook Cornelius

Mrs. Carolyn Cook Cornelius, 89, passed away Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021, at the Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home. She was born on May 22, 1931, in Davie County to the late James Clyde Cook Sr. and Rosa Walker Cook. Cornelius retired from Hanes with 37 years of service. She was a member of Bethlehem United Methodist Church. Cornelius enjoyed flower gardening, sewing and spending time in the mountains. Preceding her in death were five brothers: J.C., Norman, Lester, Buster and Tom Cook; three sisters, Ailene Boger, Doris Walker, and Peggy Carter. Surviving is her husband of 65 years, Robert Cornelius; sister Ola Boger; sister-in-law Jeanette Cook and several nieces and nephews. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021, at Bethlehem United Methodist Church Cemetery with Dr. Suzanne Michael officiating. The family requests that those in attendance please wear a mask and practice social distancing. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Bethlehem United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund, 321 Redland Road, Advance, NC 27006, Trellis Supportive Care, 101 Hospice Lane Winston-Salem, NC 27103 or to the Clyde and Rosa Cook Scholarship Fund, C/O Davie Community Foundation, 107 N. Salisbury St. Mocksville, NC 27028. Hayworth-Miller Kinderton Chapel is serving the Cornelius family.

Dr. Allen Ralph Ellington

Dr. Allen Ralph Ellington, 87, passed away peacefully at home in Clemmons on Feb. 15, 2021, surrounded by his loving family. Ellington was born on March 28, 1933, in Belmont to the late Irvin R. Ellington and Addie Belle Orr Ellington. He graduated from Belmont High School in 1951 and received his bachelor’s (1955) and master’s (1963) degrees from Appalachian State University. Ellington was a U.S. Army veteran, serving from 1955-1957, including 16 months in the Republic of Korea. He received his doctorate from the University of Georgia in 1972, where he was admitted to the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.

Ellington was a professor of business administration at North Georgia College and State University from 1964-1994, where he was an alumni distinguished professor and charter member of Phi Kappa Phi, president of Phi Kappa Phi, chairman of the faculty senate, president of the Athletic Booster Club, and president of the Ninth District Business Teachers. He was an active member of the Georgia Association of Accounting Instructors and wrote a curriculum guide for Georgia high school business teachers. He was president of the school PTA and president of the Gainesville High School Band Boosters in Gainesville, Georgia. Since moving to Clemmons, he was an active member of the Clemmons United Methodist Church.

Ellington was predeceased by his son John Allen Ellington, sisters Patsy Ellington Haney, Kathleen Ellington Hargett and Ann Ellington Cowan, and brother Irvin R. Ellington Jr. He is survived by Dr. Billie Jean Jones Ellington, his wife of 58 years; daughter Jennifer Ann Ellington (Samuel A. Moore III); grandchildren Andrew John Moore and Kathleen Marie Moore; nieces Lynn Haney Barnes and Lara Ellington Brink; and nephews Mark Dagenhart, Steven Hargett, Bryan Hargett, and Joseph Haney. Other special people in his life are Colvin (Pete) Ingram and Gail Loggins Ingram; their son Kevin Ingram (Christy); their daughter Kerry Ingram Morris (Dan); and their grandchildren Benjamin Ingram, Casey Ingram and his daughter Charlie, Haley Ingram Mahan, Jonathan Ingram, Trey Morris, Tristan Morris, and Katherine Morris.

Following current COVID-19 health guidelines, the family will hold a memorial service and celebration of Ellington’s life at a later date. Any memorial donations in Ellington’s name can be made to Clemmons United Methodist Church.

Donald Ray Halsey

Mr. Donald Ray Halsey, 81, of Pfafftown, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021. He was born in Forsyth County on July 27, 1939, to the late Opal Greek and Ella Vergie Whittington Halsey. Halsey was retired from Wake Forest University. After his retirement, he began working part-time for Flow Chevrolet. He was a prankster and had a playful personality, but most importantly, he loved his family, especially his granddaughters.

In addition to his parents, Halsey is preceded in death by his wife, Judy Burcham Halsey, a sister, and two brothers. Surviving are his two daughters, Cheryl Billings and Karen Tharington (Keith); two granddaughters, Jennifer Freeman and Donna Vernon; two great-grandchildren, Logan Freeman and Cole Cooke; and many loving nieces, nephews and cousins.

A graveside service was held 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021, at Forsyth Memorial Park, officiated by Dr. Robert Long. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Forsyth Humane Society, 4881 Country Club Road, Winston-Salem, N.C. 27104. Online condolences may be made at

Gail Wheeler Senter

Mrs. Gail Wheeler Senter, 78, of Clemmons, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, on Monday, Feb. 15, 2021, at Trinity Elms. She was born in Ringgold, Georgia, on Aug. 27, 1942, to the late Floyd Henry Wheeler and Bonnie Edwards Wheeler. As a member of Calvary Baptist Church, she cherished fellowship in her Sunday school class and singing in the choir. Senter had worked for more than 25 years in sales with the furniture industry in High Point. Senter was preceded in death by her brother, Steve F. Wheeler. Senter is survived by her loving husband, the love of her life for more than 51 years, Rodger F. Senter; as well as three sons, Mark D. Senter (Alicia) of Yadkinville; Todd F. Senter (Katherine) of Advance, and Trent S. Senter of Amarillo, Texas; grandchildren Coleman Senter, Alaina, Taylor, and Joshua Senter. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her, however the family rejoices knowing she is with her Lord and savior Jesus Christ. The family received friends on Friday, Feb. 19, 2021, at Calvary Baptist Church from 5-7 p.m. A private graveside service was held at Westlawn Gardens of Memory in Clemmons. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Salem Pregnancy Care Center, 1324 Westgate Center Dr., Winston-Salem, NC 27103. Online condolences may be made to

Bruce Shepherd

Bruce Shepherd, of Lewisville, peacefully went to be with his savior on Feb. 17, 2021. He was born in Jefferson on April 14, 1949, to Lillie and Grady Shepherd. At the age of 12, Shepherd accepted Christ and joined the Mennonite Church. He attended Northwest Ashe High School where he was a standout multisport scholar athlete. He received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business and education from Appalachian State University and his doctorate in education from UNC-Greensboro. After college, Shepherd worked at multiple institutions in the N.C. Community College System, spending the majority of his career at Forsyth Technical Community College.

While in school at ASU, Shepherd met lifelong friends as well as his wife, Pauline. Married in August 1971, they were always partners and a team. Shepherd was an active member of Calvary Baptist Church since 1980 where he volunteered with the youth and mission trips, Sunday Bible fellowship and choir. Within the community, Shepherd coached youth soccer and basketball. He served as president of the athletic booster club at West Forsyth High School.

There were many things that brought Shepherd joy in life. At the top was spending time with family and friends, watching college sports cheering for the Tar Heels and Mountaineers, and fishing or hunting in the mountains of North Carolina. His grandchildren were truly the apple of his eye. Shepherd shared his greatest accomplishments being his relationship with God, strong friendships, and helping others succeed, especially students.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Richard Shepherd, and sister Barbara Nichols. Surviving are his wife Pauline, son Jonathan Shepherd (Karyn), daughter Megan Berlinger (Bob), and his grandchildren Julia, Gabby and Zeke.

Memorial services will be held later this spring.  To celebrate his life, the family requests donations be directed to Forsyth Tech Cares c/o The Forsyth Tech Foundation via to help students complete their degree when hardships arise mid-program or to Calvary Baptist Church — Youth Mission Fund (134 South Peacehaven Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27104).

The family wishes to thank Dr. McCormack and the WFBMC Oncology teams as well as Trellis Hospice teams for their support during Shepherd’s pancreatic cancer journey.

Hubert Otis Williams

Hubert Otis Williams, 89, of Winston-Salem, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021.

Williams was born Jan. 15, 1932, in Yadkin County to Nathan and Pearl Williams. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. Upon returning, he worked for most of his career in the trucking industry. In his free time, Williams was an actively involved member of Clemmons First Baptist Church and with Boy Scout Troop 736.

Williams is survived by his wife of 70 years, Nancy Rhyne Williams; children, Sharon Rogers (Jeff) and Kenneth Williams (Elaine); grandchildren, Melinda Bethune (Scott), Chad Rogers (Kayla), and Adam Rogers (Jessica); great-grandchildren, Jacob, Ady and Kaleigh Bethune, and Daniel Rogers; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A private celebration of Williams’ life will be held.