Obituaries for the week of July 8

Published 11:55 pm Monday, July 5, 2021

Barbara Lambeth Atkins

Ms. Barbara Lambeth Atkins, 71, of Bermuda Run, passed away Monday, June 28, 2021. She was born in Forsyth County on Sept. 11, 1949, to the late Fred and Doris Lambeth. Atkins loved the outdoors, shopping, visiting Las Vegas, and flowers, but most importantly, she loved her family. She enjoyed life and laughed easily.

Surviving is her two sons, Chad Atkins (Tara) and Larry Atkins Jr. (Leann); grandchildren, Victoria McCoy (Thomas), Lauren Atkins, Clint Atkins, and Blake Atkins; great-grandchildren, Brantley and Ethan McCoy; sisters, Becky Smith (Don) and Carol Smith (Gary); many loving nieces and nephews; a great-nephew; and best friend, Martha Hix.

A celebration of life service was held at 3 p.m. Thursday, July 1, 2021, at Hayworth-Miller Kinderton Chapel, officiated by Rev. Francis Smith. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, 7029 Albert Pick Road, #200, Greensboro, NC 27409, or to the American Cancer Society, PO Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK, 73123. Online condolences may be made at www.hayworth-miller.com.

Edna Lois Beauchamp Baker

Mrs. Edna Lois Beauchamp Baker, 77, of Winston-Salem passed away Saturday, June 26, 2021, at Universal Health Care of King. Baker was born in Lewisville to the late Edna and Clyde Beauchamp on April 25, 1944. Baker was a waitress most all her life. She enjoyed watching racing and wrestling. She also enjoyed working on crossword puzzles. She is preceded in death by her husband Roynal Baker. Baker is survived by her son Jason Baker (Joy); brother, Neal Beauchamp; sister, Linda Ayers and several nieces and nephews. No formal service will be held at this time.

Patricia Bunker

Patricia Bunker passed away on June 29, 2021. She was born on Sept. 13, 1941, in Detroit, Michigan, to the late Rose and Bruno Stokosa. Bunker is survived by her two daughters, Stacy Mayhew (Les) of Clemmons, and Shana Bunker (Shrikant) of Midland, Michigan, and grandchildren Meredith, Jaya, Kiran, Ryan, Jake and her adorable cat, Fluffy. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Richard. Bunker married her husband, Richard (Dick) Bunker, in August 1966 and they were married for 50 years prior to his passing. Bunker was not only the first person in her family to graduate high school but also was valedictorian of her graduating class at Farmington High School in Farmington, Michigan. After attending Wayne State University, she began working in the telephone industry to help support her family and her husband’s graduate degree in engineering. Because she was never able to finish college herself, she felt a solid education and college degrees were the most important things for her daughters to accomplish to obtain the careers of their choice. Her motto for raising kids was “a busy child is a happy child.” Bunker enjoyed reading, watching baseball, bowling and playing bridge. One of her fondest memories was going to the World Series to watch the Florida Marlins win in 1997. She will always be remembered for having at least five books checked out of the library at any given time and always carrying a book with her wherever she went. She felt that reading is a gateway to the world. While she lived most of her life outside of Michigan, and she certainly didn’t miss the winters, she always considered that her home. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Forsyth Humane Society or the Clemmons Library in Bunker’s memory.

Scott Lane Eckholdt

Scott Lane Eckholdt, 42, of Morehead City, passed away on Tuesday, June 29, 2021.

Eckholdt was born on July 8, 1978, in Statesville, to Starr and Janice Eckholdt, one of six children. He was a 1996 graduate of West Forsyth High School and continued his education at Carteret Community College, followed by Appalachian State University where he received his bachelor’s degree in business and computer science. Eckholdt assisted many in our community through his role as commercial loan officer with Dogwood Bank.

Eckholdt was a typical active young man who participated in various sports, starting with Little League baseball in his younger years. He had a love for the mountains. He loved fishing and spending time on the water. Offshore fishing created many happy memories for Eckholdt including this past summer when he caught his first blue marlin. He also enjoyed the thrill of hunting.

Eckholdt had a creative flow with words and wrote beautiful poetry, being on the water was a great inspiration to his writing. He was an active and dedicated member of One Harbor Church and his community. He was known for his favorite saying, “Faith Over Fear.” Eckholdt wasn’t shy about showing how much he loved and cared for people and made sure they knew it when he gave them one of his famous hugs. Cooking and grilling for his friends and family was another way he expressed his love to others.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by the love of his life, Lauren Elizabeth Inscoe and their dog Java of Morehead City; siblings, Shelley Bowen (Jason) of Orem, Utah; David Starr Eckholdt (Krissy) of St. Cloud, Florida; Stacey Anderson (Rodney) of Severna Park, Maryland; Brooke Elizabeth Ivers of Las Vegas, Nevada; and Melissa Kay Morrow (Matthew) of Mathews; 19 nieces and nephews; and two godchildren.

He is preceded in death by his fur babies, Puddin’ and Marlin.

His memorial service will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, July 6, 2021, at One Harbor Church, officiated by Pastor Frikkie Grobbelaar. The family will receive friends an hour prior to the service. Friends are welcome to attend the service. For those unable to attend, the family invites you to view the webcasting of the service through his obituary page on Munden Funeral Home’s website.

As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions in memory of Eckholdt may be made to Hope is Alive Ministries, 14401 N. May Ave., Oklahoma City, OK 73134.

Family and friends are welcome to submit online condolences at www.mundenfuneralhome.net

Arrangements by Munden Funeral Home & Crematory in Morehead City.

James Dewitt Mathis

James Dewitt Mathis, 96, of Advance, passed away Wednesday, June 30, 2021. He was born in Wilkes County on June 30, 1925, to the late Charles Clinton Mathis and Hazel Irene Martin Mathis. Mathis grew up in West Salem Community in Winston-Salem and was a lifelong member of Salem Baptist Church. He attended Granville School and then graduated from Reynolds High School. He was a member of the Winston Masonic Lodge #167 for 65 years. After graduating high school, Mathis enlisted in the United States Navy. After his service in the Navy, he attended college at UNC Chapel Hill graduating with a bachelor’s degree in science. Mathis retired from R. J. Reynolds with 30 years of loyal service. He is preceded in death by his loving wife of 70 years, Thelma Mathis; one sister and two brothers. Mathis is survived by his daughter, Susan Prim (Frosty) of Mocksville and several nieces and nephews. A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 6, 2021, at Forsyth Memorial Park with his nephew Ronnie Mathis officiating. The family would like to thank the staff of Cadence Assisted Living of Clemmons for going above and beyond in the care of both Mr. and Mrs. Mathis, as well as Mountain Valley Hospice for their excellent care. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the donor’s choice. Online condolence may be made at www.hayworth-miller.com

Howard Miller

Great aviators don’t die. They “fly west.” Howard Miller, flew west, on June 28, 2021 at the age of 95. He will be missed by many: his family, his church — Maple Springs United Methodist Church — the Piedmont Silver Eagles, the Quiet Birdmen, and many others. Miller was born on Jan. 3, 1926, and was a WWII veteran of the Army Air Corps. After the war, he and his twin brother, Harold, knew they wanted to pursue aviation. They attended Spartan School of Aeronautics, where they both learned to fly and acquired their aircraft mechanic’s license. From there, they started Miller Brothers Aviation, and then both went on to join Piedmont Airlines. After retirement from the airlines, Miller flew a corporate charter Boeing 727 all over the world, where he transported many famous entertainers and dignitaries. He was honored to receive the “Wright Brothers Master Pilot” award and the “Charles Taylor Master Mechanic” award, both for 50 years of aviation service. After that, he was still not through flying. He went on to fly for two different NASCAR teams. Finally retiring from professional flying, he flew general aviation and rebuilt two antique Cubs. He last flew his Cessna just two months ago. He leaves behind his beloved wife of 71 years, Lois; three sons, Joe, Tom, and Perry; three daughters-in-law, Susan, Lisa, and Krista Miller; and several special nieces and one nephew. In his retirement he really enjoyed his six grandchildren and later his six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his identical twin, Harold Miller; sisters, Mabel Archer and Lucille Linker; and brother, Jimmie Miller. A funeral service was held at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 2, 2021, at Maple Springs United Methodist Church with Rev. Dr. Dan Lyons and Rev. Sylvia Wilhelm officiating. The family received friends from 10-10:45 a.m. prior to the service at the church. Interment was held at 3 p.m. on Friday, July 2, 2021, at Centenary United Methodist Church, 620 Centenary Church Road, Mt Ulla, NC 28125. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Maple Springs United Methodist Church, 2569 Reynolda Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27106. The family would like to say a special thank you to Brookedale on Reynolda Road, Trellis Supportive Care of Winston-Salem, and Piedmont Home Care for the compassionate care, kindness, and love shown to Miller and his family. The family will miss his companionship, stories, advice and love. He told family members he loved them every time they parted. Online condolences may be made at www.hayworth-miller.com.

Colleen Sink Reed

Colleen Sink Reed, of Winston-Salem passed away Wednesday June 30, 2021, at Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home. She was the daughter of Hubert F. Sink and Bertha L. Sink, who preceded her in death. She was a graduate of Lewisville High School and was employed as a secretary before joining her husband Ray, in the Army. After returning, she resumed her career for several years. Subsequently she opened and operated the Second Home Daycare for more than 20 years. She is survived by her loving husband of 67 years, Raymond Reed of the home; daughter, Robyn Bowman (Steve); son, Danny Reed (Anita Harrison); grandchildren, Whitney Stefano (Nick), Harper, Harrison and great-grandchildren, Nicholas, and Aria. She is also survived by a brother, Bud Sink (Jean) and sister, Kay Bush (Johnny). A graveside service will be held at noon Tuesday, July 6, 2021, at Parklawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, the family welcomes monetary gifts in Reed’s honor to the Food Pantry of Rosemont Baptist Church. The family will greet friends following the service at Rosemont Baptist Church, 415 West Clemmonsville, Winston-Salem. Online condolences may be made at www.hayworth-miller.com.