Obituaries for the week of July 15

Published 12:30 am Tuesday, July 13, 2021

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William Clarence Buchanan Jr.

Mr. William Clarence Buchanan Jr., 86, of Winston-Salem, passed away surrounded by his loving family on Sunday, July 11, 2021. Buchanan was born Nov. 4,1934, in Roanoke, Virginia, to William Clarence Buchanan Sr. and Carma Ownbey Buchanan.

On Dec. 27, 1941, at the age of 7, he and his four siblings entered the Methodist Children’s Home on Reynolda Road, which is now Crossnore School & Children’s Home. Buchanan remained at the home until his graduation at RJ Reynolds High School in 1953. He attended High Point College and soon married his high-school sweetheart, Barbara Louise Kline. Buchanan had a long-standing and a successful career as a sales consultant in the banking and security industry.

Buchanan was a wonderful husband, father, brother and friend. Buchanan had an outgoing personality and never met a stranger. He always stayed in shape by playing racquetball, playing tennis, jogging and swimming. For many years, he started his day at the YMCA. He loved to get into the pool before anyone else and get his exercise in before most people were out of bed. He met many friends over the years attending his children’s horse shows and sporting events. He enjoyed friends from the YMCA, The Elks Club, Olde Beau Club, WS Civitan and Forsyth Country Club.

Preceded in death by his loving wife of 62 years, Barbara Louise Kline Buchanan; and brothers Jackson Lee Buchanan, Early Eugene Buchanan, and Thomas Kyle Buchanan. Buchanan is survived by children, William C. “Buck” Buchanan III (Donna) of Advance, Elizabeth “Beth” Alphin (Robert) of Winston-Salem, Barbara Ellen Helms (Mike) of Hickory; grandchildren, William Logan Buchanan (Amanda) of Greensboro, Andrew Shelton Buchanan of Mocksville, Michael Helms of Winston-Salem, and Brandon Helms of Hickory; great-grandson, Logan Reynolds Buchanan, brother; Donald Buchanan (Dorothy) of Frankfort, Kentucky; brother-in-law; Dr. David Kline (Laura) of Madison, Wisconsin; sister-in-law; Jo Ann Buchanan, and a host of cousins, nieces and nephews.

The Buchanan family would like to thank Miss Daisy Caregivers, especially Cary Glover for his outstanding care of Buchanan with such dignity and grace.

Buchanan was a member of St. Leo the Great Catholic Church and associate member of Friedland Moravian Church.

A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, July 15, 2021, at the Gazebo of Forsyth Memorial Park, 3771 Yadkinville Road, in Winston-Salem.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Crossnore School & Children’s Home, 1001 Reynolda Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27106, or the charity of your choice. Hayworth-Miller Silas Creek Chapel is assisting the Buchanan family. Online condolences may be made at

Hazel Billings Freeman

Hazel Billings Freeman, 97, of Winston-Salem, passed away peacefully on July 8, 2021, at the Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home. Freeman was born on Sept. 19, 1923, in Lomax to the late Romulus and Catherine Billings, and was one of 10 loving siblings. She cherished her time growing up in Lomax, later renamed Traphill, and working on the family dairy farm with her siblings. Upon high school graduation, Freeman moved to Maryland to help with WWII efforts. She later moved to Winston-Salem where she met the love of her life Harding “Bud” Freeman, and they had one daughter, Dianna. Freeman owned Hawthorne Beauty Shop in Winston-Salem until her retirement in 1985 and often shared stories and memories about the friends she made. In her free time, she enjoyed spending time with her family, gardening and being outside, watching birds, painting, cooking, reading, watching movies, completing crossword puzzles, and cross-stitching. Freeman was a member of Clemmons Moravian Church, and attended regularly until unable to do so. She was a beautiful, kind, gracious, generous and sweet person who will be remembered forever as such a blessing to her family’s lives. She was preceded in death by her parents and all of her siblings, Pearl Billings Morrell, Rachel Billings Absher, Ruth Billings Billings, Jettie Billings Carey, Alma Billings Healy, Chester Billings, Lester Billings, Tyra Billings and Jim Billings. Left to cherish her memory are her husband of 71 years, Harding “Bud” Freeman; daughter Dianna Freeman Overton (Lindsay); grandchildren, Brad Overton (Chelsey), and Bethany Overton Brown (Derrick); great-grandchildren, Beckett, Berkley and Collins Overton, and Bennett and Brady Brown; as well as many nephews and nieces. The family would like to extend a special thanks to Trellis Supportive Care and the Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home for their kindness and support. The family would also like to express their gratitude to Home Instead Senior Care, who assisted in making sure her days were full of companionship and care. A small private memorial was held in her honor, and she will be laid to rest at Westlawn Gardens of Memory in Clemmons.

Glenda Doty Myers

Mrs. Glenda Doty Myers, 83, passed away on Thursday, July 8, 2021. She was born in Forsyth County on Nov. 12, 1937, to the late James B. Doty Sr. and Rassie Mae Jester Doty. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 54 years, James A. Myers; brothers, James B. Doty Jr. and Lt. Col. Billy Gray Doty; and sisters, Nancy Sue Vestal and Sarah Lou Copple. Surviving are her son, James “Jimmy” Michael Myers (Guang); granddaughters, Ashley Nicole and Morgan Marie Myers; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Myers graduated from Clemmons High School and Droughns Business College. She was employed by Hanes Hosiery for 13 years and was a manager for Thalhimers Department Store for 25 years. She was a member of Griffith Baptist Church and the Women of the Moose 1169, where she served as an officer and on the chapter’s many committees. Myers’ wishes were no formal services to be held, but love one another, and give a special hand to someone in need. You will be blessed. A special thanks to Novant Health and a special Dr. Renee Tegeler and nurses. With Myers’ passing, she is now with her husband who she loved very much.

Teresa Anne Dunsmore Perry

Teresa Anne Dunsmore Perry, 70, of Lewisville, loving wife, mother, and grandmother met her savior on Sunday, July 4, 2021, at 2:12 am, at the Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home. She was born May 3, 1951, to the late Clyde and Agness Dunsmore. Also preceded in death by sister Pamela Jeanne Cregger. She is survived by husband and love of her life, N. Arthur Perry; sons Phillip Martin Perry (Tasha) and Michael David Perry (Alicia); grandchildren, Landon, Alysa, Ryann, and McKenzie Perry; brothers Clyde Dunsmore Jr. (Priscilla); Ronald G. Dunsmore Sr. (Patty); sister, Martha Cooper (Steve); sister-in-law Rosemary Steed (Clark); special brothers-in-law, Kenny Doby and Chuck Cregger; and many special and loving nieces and nephews as well as great-nieces and great-nephews.

Perry was employed by Wake Forest Baptist Health at the Wake Forest School of Medicine for over 35 years.

She loved her savior, her family, and especially her close friends, her Unity Moravian Church family, and coworkers, of which there were many kind and supportive friends.

Perry also cared for music, animals, and the beauty of God’s world. She believed and saw good in all people, accepting who they were.

Family will receive friends from 1-2 p.m. on Saturday, July 17, 2021, at Unity Moravian Church, 8300 Concord Church Road in Lewisville, with a memorial service to follow immediately with the Revs. William H. McElveen and Joe Moore officiating, assisted by Student Pastor Dana Myers.

The immediate family will gather privately for interment in the church cemetery following the memorial service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Unity Moravian Church or a charity of choice. A few of Perry’s favorites were; Wake Forest Baptist Health, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, Shriner’s Children’s Hospital, Wounded Warrior Project, Second Harvest Food Bank of North Carolina, or ASPCA.

The family wishes to express its appreciation to Trellis Supportive Care and the Comprehensive Cancer Center of Wake Forest Baptist Health for its care and support during Perry’s illness, especially Dr. Caio M. Rocha Lima and his wonderful staff of PAs, nurses, and hematology/oncology technicians.

Hayworth-Miller Funeral Homes & Crematory is assisting the Perry family. Online condolences may be expressed at

John Wilkins

Mr. John Wilkins, 70, of Clemmons, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, July 8, 2021. He was born July 17, 1950, in Elko County, Nevada, the son of Russell and Mona Forsha Wilkins. He was a member of New Hope Presbyterian Church, where he served as an elder. A graduate of Case Western Reserve University, Wilkins retired from Lincoln Electric, Earlbeck Gases & Technologies, and Roberts Oxygen. He was a member of the Porsche Club of America, Hobby Park Flight Club, and the American Model Aircraft Association. Wilkins was a godly man who was humble, passionate, caring and patient. He was an avid hobbyist, building and flying RC planes. Wilkins was enthusiastic about anything with an engine, primarily automobiles. Many, especially his family, will miss him. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, David Wilkins. He is survived by his wife, Judy Wilkins; sons, Daniel Wilkins (Stacy) of Dayton, Ohio, and Phil Wilkins (Elizabeth) of Winter Park, Florida; grandchildren, Marissa Wilkins, Arianna Wilkins, Roman Wilkins, Karina Wilkins, June Wilkins, and Virginia Wilkins; and brothers, Rusty Wilkins of Denver, Colorado, and Tony Wilkins of Palm Springs, California. A celebration of Wilkins’ life will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 17, 2021, at New Hope Presbyterian Church, with Pastor John Lindsay officiating. The family will receive friends after the service at the church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to New Hope Presbyterian Church, 2570 Harper Rd., Clemmons, NC 27012.

Amber Nannette Slater Wilson

Mrs. Amber Nannette Slater Wilson, 38, of Advance, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, July 7, 2021 at Forsyth Medical Center. Wilson was born in Forsyth County on Aug. 4, 1982. She enjoyed spending time outdoors and especially visiting the mountains and the beach. Wilson was a motorcycle enthusiast and loved riding her Harley-Davidson. She enjoyed being involved in all of her children’s activities and being there to support them. Wilson was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Ross Albert Slater and Vicki Rae Slater; maternal grandmother, Patricia Puckett; and uncle, Randy Childress. She is survived by her husband, Matthew Wilson; children, Madison Ann Burton, Lucas Alexander Wilson, Jaxon Andrew Wilson and Austin Tyler Wilson; parents, Robert Clayton Slater and Virginia Puckett Slater; siblings, Ashely Billings (James) and Tyler Slater (Erica); her maternal grandfather, Charles Puckett (Sharon); and aunts, Nancy Childress and Charly Kearns (Buddy). A celebration of Wilson’s life was held from 3-6 p.m. on Sunday, July 11, 2021, at Smokin Harley-Davidson, 3441 Myer Lee Drive, Winston-Salem, NC 27101. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to the Emergency Responders Credit Union, C/O Matthew Wilson, 1777 Link Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27103.