Obituaries for the week of Nov. 25

Published 11:28 am Monday, November 22, 2021

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Eva Litt Cruse

Eva Litt Cruse, better known as Mickey, transitioned into eternal rest on Nov. 18, 2021, surrounded with warm love and her family. Cruse was born to William C. and Edith L. Litt and spent her childhood between Savannah and Chicago. She proudly called herself the Original Georgia Peach and cherished her time and lifelong friendships from Mother McCauley High School in Chicago. After two years at DePaul University, she transferred to University of Tennessee, the decision that largely defined her life. She met the love of her life, Lamont, and they began their life together that took them from Roanoke, Virginia, to New York City, to Burlington and finally to Clemmons, where they raised their two children, Kevin and Caroline. Their life together was blessed by deep, loyal friendships that have been paramount to her sustaining such an abundance of love and life after losing Lamont in 1998. Her children honor their friends who stayed steadfast with her, especially Joe and Sandy Turner. After being a stay at home mom (ie Children’s Theatre volunteer, aerobics enthusiast, sports and dance shuttle service, and Julia Child wanna-be), Cruse started her career in real estate with Lambe Young and eventually Graham and Boles, which gave her as much purpose as it did fulfilling friendships. Cruse was known for being perfectly accessorized, fond of gimlets and Old Fashioned’s, ready with hot cheese to be shared at parties and with friends, and walking countless miles in Old Meadowbrook. Her life was immeasurably blessed by the staff at Bermuda Village and Griswold Home Care as she began her journey with Lewy Body Dementia. Her family expresses their deep appreciation for the unwavering love and genuine care by the Bermuda Village staff team and especially her Griswold Home Care caretaker Pam Spainhour. They became her family, and ensured her journey was full of love, laughter, patience and devotion that only these special caretakers can provide. Cruse is survived by her son Kevin, his wife Laurie and their boys, Cosmo, Noah and Jaxon and her daughter Caroline, husband Trevor and their daughter Cecelia.A celebration of life will be scheduled in early 2022. In the meantime, cherish traditions, celebrate friendships, share your best recipes and drink an Old Fashioned or some of the good eggnog in this season in her honor.

Linda Nichols Fisher

Ms. Linda Nichols Fisher, 78, of Winston-Salem, passed away Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021. She was born Dec. 20, 1942, in Forsyth County to Amos Nichols and Nettie Cook Nichols. Fisher retired from the City of Winston-Salem Sanitation Division in the payroll and human resources department. She was a Christian who loved the Lord and her family. In addition to her parents, Fisher was preceded in death by a sister, Kay McAllister. Surviving are a son, Jon Shumate; grandchildren, Logan McDaniel (Brad), Grant Shumate (Hailee), Spencer Shumate and Owen Shumate; and great-granddaughter, Evelyn Lineberry. The family will receive friends from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 22, 2021, at Hayworth-Miller Kinderton Chapel. A private graveside service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Trellis Supportive Care, 101 Hospice Ln., Winston-Salem, NC 27103.

James Westly Frye

Mr. James Westly Frye, 74, of Winston-Salem, passed away Monday, Nov. 15, 2021, at Forsyth Medical Center. He was born Feb. 20, 1947, in Forsyth County to the late William Edward Frye and Ophelia Clinard Frye. Frye had retired from Tyco Electronics with 34 years of service. He is preceded  in death by brothers, Bill and Ray Frye and sister, Norma Lee Vogler. He is survived by his daughter, Jamie Frye of Clemmons and son, Steve Frye (Gail) of Advance; the mother of his children, Barbara Frye also of Advance, and special friends Bill and Debbie Baker. A private family service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Online condolences may be made at

Hazel Davis Frye

Hazel Davis Frye went to be with her Lord and savior on Nov. 1, 2021. She was born on March 18, 1927, in Hoke County to the late George and Fannie Davis. Frye worked in quality control for RJ Reynolds for over 41 years.

Frye was a dedicated member of Shiloh Lutheran Church in Lewisville. When she could, she volunteered at her church crocheting for Busy Hands, sang in the choir, and taught Sunday school. In her spare time, Frye loved watching old movies and westerns. She could always be found in her garden. Frye had a green thumb and could nurture any plant back to health. She was the best at spotting and collecting four-leaf clovers. Above all, Frye loved her family and spending time with them, especially her granddaughter and great-granddaughter.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Monroe Frye, and three siblings. Frye leaves behind her children, Timothy Monroe Frye and Melissa Frye (Richard Colwell); granddaughter, Harmony Frye-Colwell (Dalton Miller); great-granddaughter, Lorelei Hazel Miller; and many nieces, nephews, and loved ones.

A visitation was held from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 5, 2021, at Frank Vogler & Sons Funeral Home in Clemmons. The funeral service was at noon on Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021, at Shiloh Lutheran Church in Lewisville. She was laid to rest at the church cemetery following the service.

Memorial contributions can be made to Shiloh Lutheran Church, 730 Lewisville Vienna Rd, Lewisville, NC 27023.

Sharon Ann Wilmurth Hale

Mrs. Sharon Ann Wilmurth Hale, 78, of Advance, answered Jesus’ call and passed away from life into heaven on Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021, at her home. Hale brought a light and love for life from the first moment she was born on June 27, 1943, in San Bernardino, California, to the late James Henry Wilmurth and Ruth Stricker Wilmurth. She is preceded in death by a brother, James “Jimmy” Wilmurth and sisters, Ruth Breuer and Norma Mace. Surviving are her husband, Lewis D. Hale Jr.; son, Brock Saladin (Sharon) of Lexington, Kentucky; daughter, Julie Ann Hale of Charlotte; granddaughters Brittany LeVeque (Pat), Ragan Saladin and Madison Saladin; great-granddaughter Isabella LeVeque; and sister Judy Ash (Richard). Hale was faithful in her walk with Jesus and beloved by all who knew her. She was an active member of Calvary Baptist Church and cherished every moment spent doing God’s work. While her family grieves her loss, they want to remember Hale in a way that honors her loving and faithful spirit. A memorial service was conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 22, 2021, at Hayworth-Miller Kinderton Chapel by Rev. Harry Sammons. The family received friends one hour prior to the service. Online condolences may be made at

Richard Joseph Reynolds

Richard Joseph Reynolds, 73, of Winston Salem, known to all as Dick, died at home Nov. 19, 2021, following a courageous battle with cancer. Reynolds was born Oct. 31, 1948, in Durham to the late William Joseph Reynolds and Joyce Hinson Reynolds, who survives. Reynolds is also survived by his wife of 53 years, Nina Ellis Reynolds, who was Reynolds’ college sweetheart, as well as sons, William Thera Reynolds (Kristina), Richard Joseph Reynolds III (Berkley), and Ryan Andrew Reynolds (Sarah), all of Winston Salem. Reynolds especially enjoyed being papa to his seven grandchildren, Katie, Riley, Finn, Lucy, Jake, Vanessa and Jack.

Reynolds was a 1970 graduate of North Carolina State University School of Engineering. He began his career as a nuclear engineer for the U.S. Navy in Charleston, S.C. He also worked as an engineer for Corning Glass Works. After several relocations with Corning, Reynolds decided to return to N.C., establishing his own businesses — Equitable Home Inspections and Richard J. Reynolds, PE, PA. Dick and Nina had many wonderful adventures traveling the world, playing bridge, and made many fantastic memories with family beach trips. Reynolds was an avid golfer who especially enjoyed playing with his three sons at Tanglewood. Reynolds also enjoyed boating, beginning with sailboats, catamarans and jet skis before graduating to captaining a Grady White to catch the big fish.

Whatever Reynolds did, he did so heartily and grabbed life with gusto always ready for the next adventure.

Reynolds’ funeral service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 23, at St Clement’s Episcopal Church, 3600 Harper Road in Clemmons. Rev. Jamie Edwards and Rev. Frances Cox will be officiating. The family will receive friends at 1 p.m. before the service. Masks will be required inside the church. A private interment will follow the service. Memorial donations may be made to The V Foundation for Cancer Research and St. Jude Children’s Hospital.