Obituaries for the week of April 22

Published 12:38 am Tuesday, April 20, 2021

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Gerald Edward Aneskewich

Gerald Edward Aneskewich, 81, passed away peacefully Friday evening, April 16, 2021, surrounded by family. He was born June 9, 1939, in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, the only child of the late Edward P. and Margaret Pavlica Aneskewich. He was preceded in death by a great-granddaughter, Ayla Gray Little. Jerry grew up in Lambertville, N.J., graduating from Georgetown Preparatory School in North Bethesda, Maryland, in 1957, where he played football, baseball and basketball.

Aneskewich then attended Boston College on a football scholarship. After graduating from Boston College in 1961 with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, he was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Army, stationed at Highlands Air Force Base in Highlands, N.J. until 1969.

Aneskewich ended up working in telecommunications and settled in Raleigh in 1975, where he and his family made their home for the next 30 years and enjoyed more than 20 years participating in Bible study fellowship. After retirement, they moved to Davie County in 2006.

Aneskewich is survived by his wife of 58 years, Helen Rider Aneskewich; three daughters, Beth Little (Greg) of Mocksville, Teresa Lawson (Ken) of Raleigh, and Susan Gloss of Hampstead; 10 grandchildren, Bethany Little Miller (Grant), Jacob Little (Sydney), Will Lawson, Caleb Little, Seth Little (fiancée Jenny Lawrence), Emily Lawson, Jonah Gloss, Micah Little, Moriah Little and Elijah Gloss; and two great-grandsons, Barrett and Colt Miller, with two more great-grandsons on the way, Owen Miller and Jaxon Little.

The family expresses appreciation to caregivers Melanie, Sherri, Kathy and Stephanie.

A celebration of Aneskewich’s life will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, April 23, 2021, at Salem Chapel in Winston-Salem with Pastor Johnny Pereira of Salem Chapel and Pastor Josh Lindstrom of Woodmen Valley Chapel officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Interment with military honors will follow the service at Farmington Community Cemetery in Farmington.

Memorials may be considered for Salem Chapel, 610 Coliseum Drive, Winston-Salem, NC  27106 or Woodmen Valley Chapel, 290 East Woodmen Road, Colorado Springs, CO  80919.

Rev. Max Taylor Furr

Rev. Max Taylor Furr, 81, passed away on Saturday, April 17, 2021, at Wake Forest Baptist Hospital. He was born in Guilford County on Feb. 13, 1940, to the late Cyril Worth and Mildred Inez Taylor Furr. Rev. Furr spent 35 years as a missionary in Peru, Honduras, and the Spanish Baptist Publishing House in El Paso, Texas, and also served as a pastor at four churches. He was a teacher who had a special heart for Hispanic Christian ministry. Preceding him in death was his first wife, Joan Fisher Furr; infant son, Byron Fisher Furr and a brother, Wayne Furr. Surviving is his wife, Bonnie Collins Furr; two sons, Scott Furr (Diana) of Oak Ridge, and Bryan Furr (Jocelyn) of Abilene, Texas; five grandchildren, Justin Furr (Sarah), Kristen Furr Kulesz (Jon), Graciela Furr, Natalia Furr, and Jonathan Furr; two great-grandchildren, Conner and Kayden Furr; also surviving are two brothers, Jimmy Furr (Mary Lou) and George Furr (Linda) and a sister-in-law, Jo Ann Schillinger (Jerry). A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 22, 2021, at Salem Baptist Church in Dobson with Pastor Steve Hardy and Pastor David Powell officiating. Rev. Furr will lie-in-state at the church from 10-11 a.m. prior to the service. A private family graveside will follow the service in High Point. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering, C/O International Mission Board, 3806 Monument Ave. Richmond, VA 23230.

John William ‘Bill’ Gillespie

Mr. John William “Bill” Gillespie, 92, of Clemmons, passed away Monday, April 12, 2021, at Forsyth Medical Center. He was born Sept. 27, 1928, in Forsyth County to John Early Gillespie and Laura Ellen Riggs Gillespie. Gillespie was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and served on the USS Eldorado. Gillespie was a former member of Pleasant View Baptist Church and later joined Center Grove Baptist Church in 1997. He retired from Piedmont Airlines with 32 years of service. Gillespie was preceded in death by his two wives, Edwina Gillespie and Faye Gillespie and two sisters, Clara Williams and Frances Sink. Surviving are his son, Stephen Gillespie; two nieces, Cheryl Williams and Nancy Williams and one nephew, Mike Sink. The family will have a private family service at Hayworth-Miller Silas Creek Chapel with Mr. Rusty Goff and Rev. Ron Schuyler officiating. Interment will follow in Forsyth Memorial Park. Online condolences may be made at

Mary Adelene Wooten Harrington

Mrs. Mary Adelene Wooten Harrington, 93, of Bermuda Run, passed away April 3, 2021, at The Health Care Center of Bermuda Village. She was born Sept. 8, 1927, daughter of Frank Lakey and Kate Cornelius Wooten Sr. She was preceded in death by her two parents; her brothers, Frank Wooten Jr., and William Gray Wooten and a grandchild. She was a graduate of John W. Hanes High School, where she later taught. She was also a teacher in Newark, Ohio, and Cherry Hill, New Jersey. Harrington graduated from the Richmond Professional Institute of the College of William and Mary; she also attended Women’s College of the University of North Carolina, Greensboro and Capital University in Bexley, Ohio. Throughout her life, Harrington was actively committed to the communities in which she lived, while being a dedicated mother to three. She was an avid supporter of the fine and performing arts, and was active in many and various church activities and committees. She was a founding member of the Winston-Salem Association of Business and Professional Women. She was active in the County Home Extension of Huntingdon, Pennsylvania; the Association of University Women; served on the Board of the Boys and Girls Club, and was vice president of the League of Women Voters, all in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania. Harrington was an active member of the First United Methodist Church, the Newark Gardening Club and the Board of the County Art Association in Newark, Ohio. While living in Savannah, Georgia, Harrington was a tutor-mentor at the Boys and Girls Club, and Gould Elementary School.  She was an administrator on the Board of Skidaway Island United Methodist Church and a member of The Landings Club. Harrington returned to the Winston-Salem area as a resident of Bermuda Village in 2004. She was very involved in activities at the Bermuda Village Chapel and served as treasurer of the Vespers Committee. She is survived by sons, Steven Mark and Philip Leigh (Sandra Lucia) of Dallas, Texas; daughter, Elliotte Sue (Ronald Ian Lopez), of Glen Rock, New Jersey; granddaughter, Marina Rose Lopez; sisters, Dorothy Ellington, Judy Hemenway, Vicy Marshall (Larry) as well as several cousins, nieces and nephews. She will be remembered fondly as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and a dear friend to many. Per Harrington’s wishes, no memorial service will be held. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Baltimore United Methodist Church, 2419 Baltimore Road East Bend, NC 27018, or the charity of your choice. Online condolences may be made to Hayworth-Miller Kinderton Chapel Advance, NC 27006

Wanda Lewis Jackson

Mrs. Wanda Lewis Jackson, 79, passed away Wednesday, April 14, 2021, at Bermuda Village. She was born in San Angelo, Texas, on Sept. 6, 1941, to the late Stanley and Mary Paine Lewis. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Laverne Menvielle. She is survived by her loving husband, Harold Lloyd Jackson; daughter, Stephanie West (Stacy); granddaughter, Alyssa West; grandson, Cole West; and brothers Buddy Lewis and Walter Lewis. Jackson retired from Sara Lee in the financial department with more than 30 years of service. A graveside service was held 11 a.m. Monday, April 19, 2021, at Westlawn Gardens of Memory in Clemmons. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Cancer Services, 3175 Maplewood Ave. Winston-Salem, NC 27103 or to The ALS Association, NC Chapter 4 N. Blount St. Suite 200, Raleigh, NC 27601. Online condolences may be made to

Annie Laura Gray Mabe

Mrs. Annie Laura Gray Mabe, 80, passed away Sunday, April 4, 2021, at Forsyth Medical Center. She was born in Stokes County on Dec. 30, 1940, to the late Lloyd and Rachel Collins Gray. Mabe was a member of Yadkin Valley Baptist Church. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who spent countless hours taking care of her grandchildren, including retiring early to babysit several of her grandkids full-time. She was best known for her fabulous cooking. Her sister said she could make the cheapest pintos taste better than the most expensive steak. Many of her family and friends benefitted from her great cooking, as no one was every hungry at her house. From biscuits and gravy to fried apple pies, she was masterful in the kitchen and made everyone feel welcome at her table. Preceding her in death was her husband, Dennis McArthur Mabe and a brother, Gary Gray.  Surviving are sons, Rick Mabe (Penny) and Kevin Mabe (Sherry); daughters, Lisa Handy (Keith), Lori Smith (Tommy), and Paige Green (Scott); 14 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; also surviving is a brother, Tim Jefferson (Teresa) and a sister, Kaylene Shelton. A funeral service was held at 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 7, 2021, at Yadkin Valley Baptist Church with Rev. Ronnie Craddock officiating.  The family received friends one hour prior to the service. A private graveside for the family followed the service in the church cemetery. Hayworth-Miller Kinderton Chapel is serving the Mabe family.

John Clark Schmitt

Mr. John Clark Schmitt, 57, of Clemmons, passed away Wednesday, April 14, 2021. He was born in Clifton Springs, N.Y., on Sept. 14, 1963, to John Sullivan Schmitt and Sandra L. Clark Sheehan. Schmitt was a graduate of Newark High School in Newark, N.Y., and Daytona Beach Community College in Daytona Beach, Florida. He was a proud veteran who served his country in the US Air Force.

Schmitt is preceded in death by his father and his brother, James Schmitt. Surviving is his son, Chad Allen Schmitt; mother, Sandra L. Sheehan; sisters Tracy Tearpock (Vincent), Renee Somerville (Scott), and Colleen Sheehan (Paul Manor); and many loving nieces and nephews.

A private celebration of life will be held in his honor at Hayworth-Miller Kinderton Chapel, officiated by Chaplain Rennie Adcock. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in his honor to Trellis Supportive Care, 101 Hospice Lane, Winston-Salem, NC 27103, or to the Jerry Long Family YMCA, 1150 S. Peace Haven Road, Clemmons, NC 27012. Online condolences may be made at

Maggie ‘Inez’ Howard Watkins

Maggie “Inez” Howard Watkins, a lifelong resident of Clemmons, went to her heavenly home with Jesus after 91 joyful years on this earth. She passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by her loving family on April 16, 2021. Watkins was born Aug. 19, 1929, to the late Clarence and Pansy Howard in Clemmons.

In addition to her parents, Watkins was preceded in death by her ex-husband, Thomas Thornhill Watkins; siblings Eloise Myers, Casper Howard, Peggy Muto, JoAnn Douthit and Travis Howard; and lifelong partner William “Bill” Snyder. She was his “Sunshine” as he used to call her. She is survived by sister, Brenda Howard Weiss, and sister-in-law LaVale Howard, and several nieces and nephews. Family was always important to her and while she had no children of her own, she became a mother figure to many including her two very special great-nieces, Kristi Douthit-Brandon and Jodi Douthit. She is also survived by them as well as their children, Triston, Owen, Miley-Grace Brandon and Skyler Schmidt, and many loyal, lifelong friends. She was always known as “Nana” to all, and will be sorely missed by those who loved her.

Watkins was the first in her family to graduate high school. She was a star basketball player and her yearbook described her as “cute, sweet, and can’t be beat” — a slogan she carried throughout her life. She had a successful career as a dental assistant and worked for several prominent dentists who adored her work ethic. After retirement, she also held a position at Walmart where she was also recognized for her work dedication. She was a strong, independent woman and her talents were plentiful. She was a gifted ceramic artist, and held classes in her basement with many close friends. She quilted and crocheted for relaxation, and was a huge fan of the Atlanta Braves. Her passion for cooking was known throughout the family and neighborhood. Nothing made her happier than to “fix you something to eat”— especially on Sunday nights with her family. Her pound cake should have been famous and named a recipe of its own. Watkins gardened for the majority of her life, was very proud of her home and yard that she worked in religiously each weekend. She used to joke that “the crows would carry her home one day.” She loved traveling with her companion Bill, and took Kristi and Jodi to Disneyworld and Gatlinburg almost every year. She was a member of Victory Baptist Church over the years and most recently Trinity United Methodist where she attended services regularly before her health started declining two years ago. The family sincerely wishes to thank Senior Services of Winston-Salem where Watkins attended their day center recently, and Amedysis and Well Care Hospice for their support during this difficult time.

A graveside service will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 21, 2021, at Westlawn Gardens of Memory in Clemmons. The family would like to invite all that are able to attend. This shall be a celebration of life for a woman who touched so many. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in her name to Williams Adult Day Center, 231 Melrose Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27103. Online condolences may be made at .