Obituaries for the week of Nov. 18

Published 12:45 am Tuesday, November 16, 2021

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Stokes Henry Alridge Jr.

Mr. Stokes Henry Alridge Jr., 85, of Winston-Salem, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021, at Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home.

Alridge was born Sept. 22, 1936, to Stokes Henry Alridge Sr. and Lucille Click Alridge. He was a 1955 graduate of Glenn High School where he played his favorite sport, basketball. He worked as a police officer for the Winston-Salem Police Department for more than 30 years where he retired as sergeant. He also served in the Marine Reserves. He married Mildred “Bonnie” Atwood on May 25, 1957. They raised two children together — daughter, Donna and son, Kent. Alridge was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend. He had a passion for helping others, mowing lawns for neighbors for many years. In his free time, Alridge enjoyed hunting and sports of all types, especially coaching Little League at South-west.  Alridge lived his life for his loved ones, never letting anyone forget he was thinking about them and that he wanted them to “Be Careful” always. “To know him was to love him.” In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 45 years who he would call the best of the best, Bonnie Alridge, and his son, Kent Alridge.

Alridge is survived by his daughter, Donna Maitz (John); granddaughters, Salina Alridge-Everhart (Robbie), Michelle Parsons (Jeff), Laura Hockley (Sam), and Rachel Hayes (Bradley); great-grandchildren, Braxton Everhart, Eli Everhart, and Avery Parsons; and sister, Pat Wood.

A funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14, 2021, at Hayworth-Miller Silas Creek Chapel. Interment followed the service at Oak Grove United Methodist Church Cemetery. The family received friends from 5-7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021, at Hayworth-Miller Silas Creek Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Trellis Supportive Care, 101 Hospice Lane, Winston-Salem, NC,  27103 or the Winston-Salem Police Foundation.

Robert ‘Bob’ Middelton Caudill

Robert “Bob” Middelton Caudill passed away peacefully on the morning of Nov. 9 in Clemmons. He went to be with his Lord at the age of 94. Caudill was born on Oct 15, 1927, in Shelbyville, Kentucky. He was the son of Chalmer Bert and Mary Ann (Middelton) Caudill. He graduated from the University of Miami and was an avid supporter of the Hurricanes. Caudill started his professional career in sales with Continental Can in Ft. Smith, Arkansas, and Atlanta, Georgia, and later with Bassick-Sack in Winston-Salem. Caudill also started a successful manufacturer’s representative business serving the furniture industry. Caudill proudly served his country in the Korean War, and he retired from the Army Reserves as a lieutenant colonel. He was an active member of Highland Presbyterian Church in Winston-Salem. Caudill also enjoyed sailing on Lake Norman and was a member of the Power Squadrons boating club. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Virginia Ann Warren, and his loving wife of 51 years, Elizabeth Hawkins Caudill. He is lovingly remembered by his family: brother, Chalmer Caudill Jr. (Diane); sons, Rob Caudill (Helene) and Jim (Caroline); daughter, Mary Ann Placey (Drew); grandchildren Brian, Emily, Sean (Caroline) and Matthew; great-grandson, Jackson; and several nieces and nephews. A life celebration was held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021, at Highland Presbyterian Church in Winston-Salem. The visitation and funeral service were held from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 15, 2021, at Shannon’s Funeral Home in Shelbyville, Kentucky. Interment immediately followed at Grove Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Family Service of the Piedmont 315 E Washington St, Greensboro, NC, 27401.

Betty Jackson Mendenhall Davis

Mrs. Betty Jackson Mendenhall Davis, 88, of Lewisville, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021, at Forsyth Medical Center. She was born Sept. 24, 1933, in Surry County to Joseph Leander Jackson and Amanda Nevada Howard Jackson. Davis was a member of Temple Baptist Church and was owner and operator of Betty’s Beauty Shop. Davis was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was preceded in death by her first husband, John Robert Mendenhall; son, Randy Davis; one brother and a sister. Surviving are her husband, Brady Louis Davis; daughters, Donna Jennings (Michael), Debra Miller (Jerry) and Denese Mathews (Joe); son, Tony Davis; grandchildren, Christopher Blevins, April Jennings Whittington (Chris) and John Tyler Nixon; four great-grandchildren; three sisters and two brothers. A funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 15, 2021, at Hayworth-Miller Lewisville Chapel with Pastor Josh Boles officiating. Interment followed in Forsyth Memorial Park. The family received friends from 12:30 p.m.-2 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home.

Brenda Williams Denny

Mrs. Brenda Williams Denny, 61, passed away Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021, at Davie Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She was born Jan. 12, 1960, in Forsyth County to the late Wayne Robert Williams and Cora Ruth Williams. She is survived by her husband, Joseph W. Denny Jr.  Private family services will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to Trellis Supportive Care, 101 Hospice Ln. Winston-Salem NC, 27103. Online condolences may be made at

Donald Albert Price

Lt. Col. Donald Albert Price, USA Army Ret., passed away peacefully on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021, at Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home with his loving wife of 57 years, daughter and son by his side. He was born June 19, 1940, in Wilson County, Tennessee, to the late Clyde and Irene Price. Price was a graduate of West Point Military Academy and retired after 24 years in the U.S. Army, where he served with the Army infantry and military intelligence. He served two years in the Vietnam War. During his military career he received numerous decorations and awards. After retiring from the military, he had a second career, working 24 years as a legal assistant.

While recovering from frost bite during Ranger School at Fort Benning, Georgia, Price was introduced to Faye Hawkins. They later married on July 3, 1964. They raised two children together, Sharon Bickett (David) and Andrew Price (Carrie). Price was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend. He lived his life in devotion to Jesus Christ, always serving quietly and humbly. He was a member of Center Grove Baptist Church in Clemmons. He volunteered with the Armed Services Blood Program and worked as a volunteer grounds keeper at Tanglewood Park in Clemmons. Price spent much of his free time at Tanglewood, walking the trails, cleaning up fallen branches and greeting walkers and their dogs. He and his loyal dog, Jake, spent many hours on the Yadkin River trail. Price will be remembered by his grandchildren, Amanda and Adam Bickett and Dillon and Peyton Price, for his love of dogs, the speed with which he could eat a McDonald’s ice cream cone and a willingness to always take the road less traveled to go on an adventure.

In addition to his wife, children and grandchildren, Price is survived by his brother Carl Price (Mary Lena), sisters Marilyn Ellis (Bill) and Rena Langford (Joe) and sister-in-law Hilda Price. Price is preceded in death by brother, Howard Price, and twin grandsons, Bryan and Daniel Bickett.

The family would like to thank Drs. Lucie Lauve, Walter Wray and Christopher Warnimont, as well as the Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home for their compassionate care and support of Price and family during his declining health.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021, at Center Grove Baptist Church by Dr. Steve Corts. Burial will follow in Westlawn Gardens of Memory. The family will receive friends from 10-11 a.m. prior to the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the International Commission (, Compassion International ( or Trellis Supportive Care, 101 Hospice Lane, Winston-Salem, NC 27103. Online condolences may be made at

Frank H. Samuelson

Frank H. Samuelson, 77, of Clemmons passed away Dec. 6, 2020. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021, at Clemmons United Methodist Church. Military honors will follow at the church columbarium. The family will receive friends following the service in the commons area in the church.

Jack George Szydlowski

Jack George Szydlowski, 85, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021, at his home in Clemmons, after a courageous battle with heart failure. He was born Oct. 27, 1936, in Scranton, Pennsylvania, to the late Benjamin and Bertha Szydlowski. He married the love of his life, Marion Shaw Szydlowski, on Sept. 24, 1960, who preceded him in death. He served in the U.S. Navy (Seabees) from 1956 to 1982. Szydlowski retired as a command master chief petty officer. He has had a varied career seeing duty in such places as Virginia, Delaware, California, Rhode Island, British West Indies, Alaska, Philippines, Hawaii, Islands throughout the Pacific, Vietnam, Iceland and Maryland. He served three tours in Vietnam with the Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 40, in Chu Lai. He was one of the first to greet Astronaut John Glenn when he was stationed in Grand Turk Island, on board the ship (USS Noa, DD-841) following the historic three-orbit journey around the Earth on the Mercury Freedom 7 capsule. After military retirement, he served as a letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service for 22 years. Szydlowski was an avid golfer (year-round, even in the snow.) He loved to fish but his most favorite pastime was spending time with his most prized possessions, his great-grandchildren. Szydlowski is survived by one daughter, Robyn Scott of Clemmons; son, John Szydlowski of Clemmons; grandchildren, Steven Scott (fiancé Samantha) of Lewisville, Ryan Scott (Angel) of Clemmons, great-grandchildren, Elizabeth, Kyara, Chelan, Aeryn, Sean, Jack, Saoirse, Deaglan, Skyler and Caleb. Also surviving is sister, Shirley Paris (Joe) of Endicott, N.Y., and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by a sister, Joan Silva and a brother, Edward Szydlowski. Viewing with family and friends was from 4-7 p.m. on Tuesday, with services held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, both in the Edward J. Chomko Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 262 Railroad Avenue, Scranton, Pennsylvania. Entombment with military honors followed in Fairview Memorial Park Mausoleum, Elmhurst, Pennsylvania. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Saint Jude’s Children’s Hospital, Szydlowski’s favorite charity.

Robert Blaine Viars

Mr. Robert Blaine Viars, 70, of Advance transitioned to eternal life on Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021. Viars was born on Dec. 5, 1950, in Radford, Virginia. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Clinton Viars and Beula Viars; wife Brenda McCuiston Viars; sister, Janice Christine Viars; brother, Jerry Wayne Viars; and step-daughter, Sabrina Dawn Barker. Viars is survived by his loving son Chad Everette Viars, grandchildren Kaitlyn, Justin, and Breanna; great-grandson Aiden; nieces Angela, Melinda and Melissa, and nephew Steven; stepchildren, Derrick Barker, Kim Drye (James) and Denise Easter (Marc); step-grandchildren, Seth Barker (Christy), Jessica Schumacher (Zac), Brandon Drye, Karlee and Kenzee Easter, as well as a host of other cousins family and friends. A private celebration of life for Robert and his late wife Brenda were held from from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 14, 2021, at the family home. Flowers may be sent to Hayworth-Miller Silas Creek Chapel, 3315 Silas Creek Parkway, Winston-Salem, NC 27103.