Obituaries for the week of Sept. 30

Published 12:38 am Tuesday, September 28, 2021

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Brenda Kaye Morton Bristow

Mrs. Brenda Kaye Morton Bristow, 76 of Clemmons passed away Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021, at the Hinkle Hospice House in Lexington.  She was born Dec. 21, 1944, in Stanly County to the late Hubert Clinton Morton and Jewel Talbert Morton. Bristow graduated nursing school from the North Carolina Baptist Hospital School of Nursing in 1966, specialized in oncology nursing throughout her career, and was recognized as one of the Great 100 Nurses of North Carolina in 1991. She had retired from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center as a Registered Nurse with 40 years of service. She is preceded in death by her husband, Clyde Albert Bristow Jr. and her brother Steve Morton. Surviving is son, Clyde A. Bristow III (Darlene) of Advance; daughter, Catherine Harris (Buddy) of Leland; granddaughters, Rebecca Harris, Sarah Harris and Deborah Harris; sister, Louise M. Waller (Michael) of Greensboro and brother, Rodney Morton (Sally) of Holly Springs. A funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021, at Friedberg Moravian Church by Rev. James C. Newsome Jr. and Rev. Dan Nelson. Burial will follow in the church graveyard. The family will receive friends from noon-2 p.m. prior to the service at the church. In lieu of flowers, please consider contributing to the Friedberg Moravian Prayers & Squares Quilter Mission or making a donation to the Hinkle Hospice House in Davidson County. Online condolences may be made at .

George Michael Crotts

George Michael Crotts passed away peacefully into the immediate presence of his Lord and savior on Sept. 24, 2021.

Crotts is survived by his sister, Martha Crotts Evans; niece, Melissa L. Evans; and Jason Kincaid. He was preceded in death by his parents; maternal grandparents, Marvin Mansfield Spainhour and Eunice Long Spainhour; paternal grandparents, George Washington Crotts Sr., and Jessie Lackey Crotts; brother-in-law, Jerry M. Evans Jr. (Marty), in 1992; and, wife, Joyce Dean Crotts, in 1996.

Crotts was born on Sept. 23, 1957, in Winston-Salem, the only son of George Washington Crotts Jr., and Frances La Rue Spainhour Crotts. He was a 1976 graduate of West Forsyth High School and began working at a very young age with his father in home construction. He was employed by Michael L. Poe Builders. As a master carpenter for over 50 years, not only was he skilled and conscientious, but he took great pride in his work, whether it be new home construction, remodeling, building furniture or sound speakers. He also had a love of trains and model railroading. There was nothing that Crotts could not do, and the knowledge of these things he has taken with him will be greatly missed.

As a member of New Philadelphia Moravian Church, he served as a trustee and was an instrumental member of the audio/video committee, where he was always most eager to lend his knowledge of sound systems even up until the week prior to his passing. He was raised in South Fork Baptist Church where he made life-long connections with many dear friends.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021, at Forsyth Memorial Park, Winston-Salem. Memorials may be made to New Philadelphia Moravian Church and/or Trellis Supportive Care who the family is most grateful for during Crotts’ last months.

Larry Hinshaw

Larry Hinshaw passed away peacefully on Monday, Sept. 20, 2021, at his home in Clemmons. Hinshaw was born Dec. 10, 1943, in Galax, Virginia, to the late Cecil and Mildred Hinshaw. He attended school in Galax, graduating in the exceptionally motivated class of 1962. He served his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam conflict. He returned to Washington, D.C. and attended the University of Maryland. He worked for the First National Bank of Washington, D.C. where he met his first wife, Mary, the mother of his three children. The couple lived in New York and Massachusetts where he was a district manager for Conrail. He moved to North Carolina in 1994 where he was manager of Overnite Express in Winston-Salem. It was then he and his high school sweetheart, Helen, met and rekindled their relationship. He retired and began to further enjoy his freedom fishing or playing golf. He began to work part-time at the driving range at Tanglewood where his gregarious nature earned him many new friends. Hinshaw is survived by his wife Helen Whittington Hinshaw; daughter, Heather Hinshaw Blews (Ken) of Macungie, Pennsylvania; sons, Matthew Hinshaw (Sarah) of Agawam, Massachusetts, Christian Hinshaw (Maureen) of Longmeadow, Massachusetts, and stepdaughter: Erin Wooten (Greg) of Elkin; grandchildren, Cameron Blews, Haley and Marybeth Hinshaw, Edward (Teddy) and Liam Hinshaw, Sarah Dinkins (Jeff), and Meredith Styers (Cody) and three great-grandsons, Wyatt, Jackson and Memphis. A celebration of life was held at Hayworth-Miller Funeral Home on Kinderton Way in Advance on Sunday, Sept. 26. The family received friends at 1 p.m. with the service following at 2 p.m. Online condolences may be made at

Ronald ‘Ronnie’ McCuiston

Mr. Ronald “Ronnie” H. McCuiston, 76, of Advance transitioned to his heavenly home, surrounded by his beloved family on Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021, at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. McCuiston was born Dec. 6, 1944, in Forsyth County to the late Jackson H. McCuiston and Esther Glasscoe McCuiston. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and president/CEO of McCuiston Concrete Co., Inc. He is preceded in passing by his parents, brother, Richard McCuiston; son, Richard “Ricky” L. Widener Jr.; and granddaughter, Kristie Nicole Widener. Surviving is his loving wife, Gail Spriggs McCuiston; daughters, Cloey McCuiston, Rhonda McCuiston, Cheri Barringer (Jimmy), Lori McCuiston, Vickie Widener; sons, Charlie Ellis and Landon Pegram; grandchildren, Megan, Katy, Hannah, Jack, Jakob, and Jamie; great-grandchildren, Kaydence, Corey, and William; sisters, Treva Fuller (Stan) and Jackie McCuiston. McCuiston was blessed with many nephews, nieces, cousins, in-laws, church family, neighbors and friends. He will be missed by many. McCuiston lived most of his life in Davie County, was known as a cowboy, loved Jesus, his family, was a hard worker, loved working on his farm, riding horses, listening to music and singing, building things, traveling and visiting with family and friends. A celebration of his life will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021, at Redland Church IPHC, by Pastor David Richardson Jr., Mr. Tim Dunn, and Mr. Billy Pate. The family will receive friends from 4:30-6:30 p.m. prior to the service at the church. Burial will follow on Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Farmington Community Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Redland Church, IPHC, 137 Baltimore Rd., Advance, NC 27006. Online condolences may be made at .

Bettie Sue Ratledge Rix

Bettie Sue Ratledge Rix, 93, passed away on the evening of Sept. 20, 2021, at Bermuda Commons Nursing Home in Advance. She is the daughter of the late Ralph C. Ratledge and Gladys Thompson Ratledge of Advance. After graduating high school from Shady Grove School, where she represented her school in basketball, she found employment in Winston-Salem before moving there permanently in 1955. She worked at several jobs before becoming an inspector at Western Electric (now AT&T) from which she took early retirement in 1973. Rix enjoyed travel, time on the water and fishing. She and her loving late husband, Charles J. Rix, traveled most of the U.S., including Alaska, in various RVs and for many years wintered in the Florida Keys (Marathon and later Key Largo). Rix loved the beach, the mountains, her home state of North Carolina, and was a huge fan of Lexington-style BBQ. She treasured the companionship of friends and loved ones, always engaged with others whether she had just met them or had known them for years. Nothing raised Rix’s spirits more than conversation about her grandson or her great-grandchildren. Visits from them or her devoted and loving brother always brightened her day immensely. She is an active, longtime (66 years) member of Mount Carmel United Methodist Church where she created the “Prayer Bear” program and was a member of the Motsinger Bible Class. Loyal and devoted friends from Mount Carmel, Carolyn and Hilda, checked on and visited Rix frequently. These thoughtful visits were always deeply appreciated.

Rix bravely overcame several health challenges in recent years, including COVID. She is survived by her brother, James L Ratledge (Jacki) of Charleston, S.C.; son, Wayne F. Jarvis (Myra) of Mooresville; grandson, Aleix F. Jarvis (Libby); great-grandson, William F. Jarvis; great-granddaughter, Caitlin E. Jarvis all of Washington, D.C.; nephew, Michael Ratledge of Charleston, S.C.; and niece, Kathryn Ratledge of Columbia, S.C. She is preceded in death by her nephew, Charles Ratledge of Charleston, S.C., and niece, Adona Kaye of Florida.

A funeral service was held at noon on Monday, Sept. 27, at Frank Vogler & Sons Funeral Home in Clemmons officiated by Dr. Rev. Mary Miller of Mount Carmel UMC. The family received friends at 11 a.m. Burial followed the service at Forsyth Memorial Park.

The family would like to thank hospice for their care and support in the last few months.

Ramie Jay Taylor

Ms. Ramie Jay Taylor, 51, passed away Monday, Sept. 20, 2021, at Wake Forest Baptist Health. She was born on April 6, 1970, in Chicago, Illinois. Taylor was a hair stylist for 33 years. She lived life to the fullest and was a very devoted mother, grandmother, sister, and friend. Preceding her in death was her parents, Ken and Colleen Quigley; brother, Randy Mosley and a brother-in-law, Lee Nicely.  Surviving are three daughters, Jordan Taylor (fiancé Kenan Shore), Alyssa Taylor, and Amy Taylor; grandson, Jackson Lott; sisters, Debbie Nicely and Robin Rush (Raymond); brother, Rusty Kenny and several nieces and one nephew. A celebration of life service was held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021, at Woodland Baptist Church. Flowers will be accepted, or donations can be made to Woodland Baptist Church, 1175 Bethania Rural Hall Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27106. Hayworth-Miller Lewisville Chapel is serving the Taylor family. Online condolences may be made at

Nancy McBride Warner

Nancy McBride Warner, 87, of Winston-Salem, died peacefully on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021. She was born on July 12, 1934, in Forsyth County to the late Walter McBride and Nancy Money McBride.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband; Leroy Warner; brothers; W.D., Thomas Homer, and Paul McBride; and sisters, Frances M. Harris and Betty M. Gross. Survivors include her sister, Karlene Cope and numerous nieces and nephews. She was a beloved sister and aunt. She will be dearly missed by her family and her many friends.

Visitation was held from 6-8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 27, 2021, at Frank Vogler & Sons in Clemmons with a graveside service to be conducted at Warners Chapel Church of Christ at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021.

The family would like to thank the staff of Clemmons Village and the doctors at Novant Health Hospital. Memorials may be made to Warners Chapel Church of Christ Cemetery Fund or to Union United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.frankvoglerandsonsclemmons.comfor the Warner family.