Obituaries for the week of Jan. 20
Published 1:37 am Tuesday, January 18, 2022
Carrol Mickey Craver Jr.
Carrol Mickey Craver Jr., 70, of the Huntsville community in Yadkin County, passed away surrounded by his family on Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022, following a brief illness. Born in Winston-Salem on May 19, 1951, to Carrol Mickey Craver Sr. and Lois Hartman Craver, Craver graduated from R.J. Reynolds High School and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He married Jane Baity on Feb. 2, 1974, and they had two children, Russell and Laura. For many years, Craver worked in the family business, Craver’s Country Ham House. He then owned and operated JB’s Hotdogs in Clemmons and later joined Golding Farms Foods, where he retired as director of purchasing and planning. Craver was a faithful church member, growing up in Central Terrace United Methodist Church, raising his own family at Maple Springs United Methodist Church, and joining his children at Huntsville Baptist Church, where he was a deacon. Craver was a voracious reader and thoughtful gift giver, and he instilled a love of travel in his children. Craver loved his family and friends dearly, and especially being a grandfather to Wesley and Eli. He rarely missed a chance to take them bowling, to the movies or to play miniature golf, and he enjoyed cheering them on at their baseball, basketball and football games. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him and depended on him. Craver was preceded in death by his parents, son Russell Hartman Craver, brother Ronnie Craver, nephew Jason Craver, and brother-in-law Steve Driver. Surviving are his wife Jane Craver of the home; daughter Laura Miller (Daniel) of the Huntsville community; grandsons Wesley and Eli Miller; brother Randy Craver (Sharon) of Winston-Salem; cousins, nieces and nephews; Jane’s sister, brothers, and sisters-in-law who loved him like a brother; and special friends and neighbors. A funeral service was conducted at 1 p.m., Friday, Jan. 14, 2022, at Huntsville Methodist Church in Yadkinville. Burial followed in the church cemetery. The family received friends and family at 1 p.m. Thursday Jan. 13, 2022, at Hayworth-Miller Lewisville Chapel. The family would like to thank the staff of the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit of Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Hospital for the excellent care they provided. Memorials may be made to Huntsville Historic Preservation Society (c/o Anne White, 5205 Courtney-Huntsville Road, Yadkinville, NC, 27055) or Winston-Salem Montessori School (wsmontessori.org or 6050 Holder Road, Clemmons, NC, 27012). Online condolences may be sent to www.hayworth-miller.com.
Samuel Andrew Freeman
Mr. Samuel Andrew Freeman, 80, passed away Friday, Jan. 14, 2022, at Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home. He was born in Burke County to the late Hilliard Tilmon Freeman and Mamie Gordon Freeman on May 5, 1941. Known to his family and friends as “Sam,” he was a member of Clemmons First Baptist Church. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends and had a wonderful sense of humor. Freeman also loved to play golf, watch NASCAR and read about cars. Along with his parents, he is preceded in death by brothers, William and Clyde Freeman; sisters, Hazel Morton and Edna Meredith. He is survived by his loving wife, Dixie Freeman; children, Samuel Freeman (Norma) and Page Eldridge (Jenny); grandsons, Brighton Freeman and Alex Freeman (Ashlee); two great-grandchildren and a special brother-in-law Derentz Collins (Faye). Arrangements are pending due to COVID 19. Online condolences may be sent to www.hayworth-miller.com.
Marguerite Fulton, 56, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022. A native of Clemmons, she graduated from West Forsyth High School, Class of 1983. After graduation, she worked in the travel, hospitality and airline industries. She was a lover of all things cats and dogs. She also enjoyed playing pool, spending time with friends, watching football and NASCAR and traveling, where she always found the local Harley-Davidson Shop. She is preceded in death by her father Charlie Lee Fulton. She is survived by her life partner, Scott Neeley of Winston-Salem; mother, Betty Sue Bovender Fulton of Clemmons; brother, Steve Miguel Fulton of King; sister, Melissa Lee Fulton Penland of Clemmons; niece, Heather Penland and partner Neil Whicker; and lifelong friend Angela Moser and wife Nancy Gaston. A graveside service was held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022, at Westlawn Gardens of Memory in Clemmons with Rev. Randall Speer officiating A viewing for family and friends was held from 9:30-10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022, at Hayworth Miller-Kinderton Chapel in Advance. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Forsyth Humane Society. The family would like to say a special thank you to Liberty Hospice for their care and support. Online condolences may be made on www.hayworth-miller.com.
Martha Blevins Jennings
Martha Blevins Jennings, 83, of Lewisville, passed away Jan. 12, 2022, at Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home in Winston-Salem. She was born Dec. 16, 1938, in Ashe County to the late James Walter Blevins and Anna Beulah Shatley Blevins. She is survived by her two sons, Mark D. Jennings (Kelia) and Neal A. Jennings (Coral Shaw and family); sister-in-law, Carrie M. Jennings; grandchildren, Alex Jennings and Taylor Jennings; sisters Polly Andrakakos, Alda Vandling, Wanda Egly (Bob) and Willa Schlegel (Phil).
She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 63 years, Rex D. Jennings, on Aug. 25, 2021; three sisters, one brother and a nephew.
The family would also like to extend their sincere thanks and gratitude to the caregivers.
A private graveside service will be held. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Trellis Supportive Care. Online condolences may be made at www.hayworth-miller.com.
Bradford Todd Kauffman
Bradford Todd Kauffman will be remembered as a loving husband, a devoted father, a sensitive brother, and a compassionate friend, worship leader, musician, pastor and meticulous carpenter. His selflessness and love for others was shown in everything he did. This love came from his Lord and savior, Jesus Christ. Kauffman was the son of a pastor; the grandson of pastors; and the brother of pastors. Living, preaching and singing God’s word and love was something instilled within him from before birth.
Kauffman was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, on Nov. 28, 1966, to Marlin and Joan Shenk Kauffman. He was the oldest of eight, with seven sisters. Kauffman attended Christ For The Nations Institute (NY campus) and fell right into his music ministry and pastoral calling. He spent 15 years at The Church of Grace and Peace in New Jersey as its worship pastor, Christian school chaplain, and small groups leader. Kauffman moved to North Carolina in 2010 to take a position at Agape Faith Church. Shortly thereafter, he met and fell in love with the love of his life, his darling wife, Nikki, and became a father to his beautiful children. He was then called to Awake Church where he has spent the last several years as its Get Together Groups pastor. Kauffman’s ability to lead people into worship, preach God’s word, and his talent of storytelling, led him to be a wonderful musician, pastor, loving husband, father and friend.
Kauffman loved to work with his hands, particularly in carpentry. He had a true passion for woodworking and finished carpentry. He specialized in framing, molding and staircases. His acute eye for detail and perfection made his projects true works of art.
Kauffman leaves behind his (as he referred to) darling wife, Nikki Kauffman; children, Caleb Horn (Bri), Carly Kauffman, Hunter Kauffman; father, Marlin Kauffman; sisters, Leigh Hjaltalin (Jan), Shay Kauffman, Joni Logatto (Gil); Rebecca Clark (Robert), Elizabeth Panepinto (Adam), Emily Bailey (Greg), and Ami Phillips (Nathaniel); and several nieces, nephews and loved ones.
A celebration of Kauffman’s life was held at 1 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 14, 2022, at Awake Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Hydrating Humanity at hydratinghumanity.org.
Amy Margaret Queen
On Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022, Amy Margaret Queen departed this life due to complications of COVID-19. Queen was born on Oct. 23, 1974, to Susan Williams Queen and Jack R. Queen, who predeceased her. She lived her entire life in the Lewisville area, having graduated from West Forsyth High School, Class of 1993. She continued her education at Western Carolina University, graduating in 1997. At the time of her death, Queen was completing her master’s degree at The University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Queen was employed by Smart Start of Forsyth County, dedicating her life to the education and protection of young children. A very kind and compassionate person, Queen was loved by many and was in inspiration and light to all who knew her. She was of the Moravian faith. Her faithfulness and inner strength helped carry her through many trials in this life and will allow her peace in the next.
Left to cherish her memory are her fiancé, Travis Rhea and his sons Travis and Alistair; sisters Cynthia “Cindy” Queen, and Sharon Vannoy (Adam); niece and nephew Rachel and Luke Vannoy; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
A celebration of life will be scheduled at a later date, to be announced. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to The National Kidney Foundation www.kidney.org, the American Heart Association www.heart.org., or Smart Start of Forsyth County.
Ima Jean Smith
Ima Jean Smith, 82, of Advance passed away on Sunday, Jan. 16, 2022, after a period of declining health. Smith was born on July 29, 1939, in Winston-Salem. Her parents Phyllis and Clifton Cook raised a child who would become a beloved sister, mother and friend. After graduating from Gray High School in 1957, she worked for a short while before she met Charles E. Smith, and they wed in February 1959, going on to have two children, Glenda Leigh Howard (Farley) and Donald Gray Smith. She dedicated her life to being a loving and wonderful mother and added to that by returning to work for AON Risk and Insurance until she retired in the mid 1990s. Smith encouraged her family and friends through all the aspirations and difficulties of their lives. She always seemed to have the right words to say that conveyed her compassion and encouragement for any occasion. Smith was an envied cook and talented crafter. When she wasn’t filling her home with warmth and kindness, she could be found filling Bethlehem United Methodist Church with her spirit of love and service. She also shared her spirit of service by volunteering for the Davie Campus of the Wake Forest Baptist Hospital shortly after they opened that facility. Smith was predeceased by her parents and husband. She is survived by her brother, Clifton Wayne Cook (Mary) of Kingsport, Tennessee; sisters Anne Leonard (Tex) of Pfafftown, and Bonnie Cook of Winston-Salem; children, Glenda Howard (Farley) of Rocky Point, and Donald Smith of Advance; grandchildren Dana Courtemanche of Salisbury, Kelly Fravel of Rocky Point and Kenneth Vann Smith of Aurora, Colorado; great-grandchildren, Emily Courtemanche, Kiera Woodard and Abel Fravel. A funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022, at Bethlehem United Methodist Church by Dr. Suzanne G. Michael. Entombment will follow in the church cemetery. Smith will lie in state from 1:30-2 p.m. prior to the service at the church. The family will receive friends following the service. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Bethlehem United Methodist Church, 321 Redland Rd. Advance, NC 27006 or Mountain Valley Hospice, 3069 Trenwest Dr. Winston-Salem, NC 27103. Online condolences may be made at www.hayworth-miller.com.
Patricia ‘Patsy’ Ann Hicks Taylor
On Jan. 14, 2022, Patricia “Patsy” Ann Hicks Taylor, 76, passed into the full presence of the one who has sustained her and loved her all her life. She was born on Sept. 26, 1945, to Charlie Lee and Edna Conrad Hicks of Lewisville. A 1963 graduate of Southwest High School in Clemmons, Taylor had an entrepreneurial spirit that inspired several successful business endeavors over the years. Her deepest passion was always playing piano and sharing it with others. She was a gifted pianist and started playing in church from her youth and continued throughout her life.
She taught piano for many years and served several congregations in both Winston-Salem and Charlotte as director of music/organist/pianist. Her most fulfilling tenure was creating musical programs for the UMC Children’s Home from 1984-95. She became a certified activities director and served the Carriage Club and Plantation Retirement Estates in Charlotte for many years. She loved any opportunity to unite people through music.
She was preceded in death by her parents, and a sister, Josie Simmons. She is survived by her sister, Martha Shaw (Greg); brother, Terry Hicks (Edgar); brother-in-law, John Simmons; nieces, Cathy Norman (Mark) and Caroline Harrell; nephew, Jeff Shaw (Heather); seven great-nieces and nephews; many cousins; and a host of cherished friends.
Due to COVID and her wishes, no gathering will be held at this time. Please make any memorial donations to Meals on Wheels c/o Senior Services, Inc., 2895 Shorefair Drive Winston-Salem, NC 27105 or the charity of your choice.
Online condolences may be made at www.hayworth-miller.com.
Carol Elizabeth ‘Beth’ Wilson Tsiolkas
Carol Elizabeth “Beth” Wilson Tsiolkas died peacefully on Jan. 12, 2022, at her home in Clemmons at the age of 61. She was born on Feb. 7, 1960, in Louisville, Kentucky, to the late Dr. Joe Leon “J.L.” Wilson and Alice Gardner Wilson. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business from Oklahoma Baptist University in 1982.
Tsiolkas spent much of her childhood in Bangkok, Thailand, where her parents served as missionaries. She then lived in Grandview, Missouri, and Shawnee, Oklahoma, before moving to Winston-Salem in 1982. She worked for several years at Walker and Associates, reaching the level of director of inside sales. Later, she held other marketing and sales positions until her health no longer permitted her to do so.
Tsiolkas was diagnosed with primary progressive multiple sclerosis (PPMS) in 2004. PPMS is a chronic, non-remitting disease for which there is no cure. The disease wore down her body but not her spirit. Tsiolkas accepted her diagnosis with extraordinary grace and dignity throughout the years following her diagnosis.
Tsiolkas was a loyal friend and devoted family member. She was known for her warm smile, generous hospitality and sense of humor. Friends have described her as confident, fun-loving and strong-willed. She loved animals, particularly her cats and her dog Jazz. She enjoyed traveling, gourmet cooking, celebrations and music. Although her ability to socialize diminished as her disease progressed, she continued to greet everyone who visited with a smile and a laugh.
Tsiolkas is survived by her husband George Tsiolkas; sister, Debbie Newsome (David); nephew, David Newsome Jr. (Emily); niece, Jennifer Haeberle (Hunter); and a great-niece. George’s family also joins them in their grief.
The family is extremely grateful to George Tsiolkas for his devoted commitment to Beth. He deeply loved her and cared for her tenderly during the last nine years of her life. The family also appreciates the extended Tsiolkas family for surrounding Tsiolkas with their love. The family also thanks the staff at Trellis Supportive Care for their support during Tsiolkas’ final weeks.
A celebration of life is scheduled for 6 p.m. Jan. 23, 2022, at Hayworth-Miller Silas Creek Chapel, 3315 Silas Creek Pkwy., with the Rev. Tyler Tankersley of Ardmore Baptist Church officiating. The family will greet friends after the service and will follow COVID protocol. Masks and social distancing are required.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the National MS Society or the Forsyth Humane Society. Online condolences may be expressed at www.haywood-miller.com.
Cynthia ‘Cindy’ Jane Watson
Cynthia “Cindy” Jane Watson, 78, of Clemmons passed away on Dec. 28, 2021, at the Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home. She was born March 8, 1943, in Gastonia, the daughter of late Alma Ferguson Hoffman and Jonas Hoffman.
Watson is survived by the love of her life, her husband of 59 years, Jon “Kenney” Watson; daughter, Christy Beasley (Frankie) of Hartsville, S.C.; son, Jon Watson Jr. of Statesville; daughter, Alex Watson and significant other, Jackie Brown, of Thomasville; grandchildren, Rachel Rhodes (Mike) of Princeton; Mara Webster (Matt) of Timmonsville, S.C.; Alanah Turner of Chicago, Illinois; Morgan Watson of Blowing Rock and Connor Watson of Hickory. Watson was preceded in death by her sister, Carole Hoffman Carter and brother, Joe Hoffman, both of Dallas, N.C.
Watson was very artistic and was known for her creativity. She was an avid gardener and loved working in her flower beds. She also loved trips to the coast where she could be found searching for shells and dancing. Watson was a loving and fun wife, mother and grandmother whose sweetness and sass will be missed greatly.
Visitation was held at Frank Vogler and Son’s Funeral Home from 2-3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022, followed by a memorial service at 3 p.m. in the chapel. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to The Centers for Exceptional Children at www.thecfec.org/donate.
Thelma Inez Jones Williams
Thelma Inez Jones Williams went to be with Jesus on Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022. She was born Aug. 18, 1929, to the late Pinkie Ola and Ben Jones in Yulee, Florida. She was preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, Oren Avis Williams Sr. as well as three sisters and three brothers. Thelma and Oren have eight children, Gloria Jacobs (Desmond) of Advance, Rebecca Williams, Oren Williams Jr., Norman Williams all of the home in Advance, Sharon Brown (Charles) of King, Wesley Williams (Leesa) of Winston-Salem, Barbara Bullock (Rick) of Ardmore, Oklahoma, and Teresa Williams of Navarre Beach, Florida; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandsons; also surviving are several nieces and nephews that she also loved. She was an active member of Yadkin Valley Baptist Church and a member of “The Ladies Bible Class.” Williams worked a combined 25 years with the Magic Market and the Pantry Convenience Stores. She loved fishing and the annual family vacations to Ocean Isle. She enjoyed her word puzzle books and watching TV with Oren Jr. Often, she played her harmonica at church. In earlier years, she enjoyed the horse shows and took pride in Barbara and Teresa as they showed. One of the highlights of her life was a trip to Italy. Williams is a Proverbs 31 kind of woman and will surely be missed. Many thanks to the staff at Trellis Supportive Care. A funeral service was held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022, at Yadkin Valley Baptist Church with Rev. Ronnie Craddock officiating. Burial followed at Forsyth Memorial Park. The family received friends from noon-1 p.m. prior to the service at the church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Trellis Supportive Care, 101 Hospice Lane Winston-Salem, NC 27103 or to Yadkin Valley Baptist Church, 1324 Yadkin Valley Rd. Advance, NC 27006. Online condolences may be made at www.hayworth-miller.com.
James Matheson Wise
Mr. James Matheson Wise, 97, of Clemmons passed away Friday, Jan. 14, 2022. He was born Nov. 15, 1924, in Forsyth County to the late Charity Kiser Wise and Luther Franklin Wise. Wise served in the U.S. Navy and retired from Western Electric. He was also a member of Clemmons First Baptist Church and was preceded in death by his six siblings. Surviving are his wife of 76 years, Bessie Petree Wise; daughters, Debbie Harper (Barry) and Cathy Saunders (Michael); grandchildren, Kim Buckner (David), Pam Saunders-Phillips, Bradley Harper (Jodi) and Jonathan Harper (Janaina); 15 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. A private graveside service will be held at Westlawn Gardens of Memory. A memorial service will be held at a later date.