Obituaries for the week of May 12

Published 12:24 am Tuesday, May 10, 2022

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Charles William Abbey

Mr. Charles William Abbey, 84, of Clemmons, the husband of Nancy Hughes Abbey, died Sunday, May 1, 2022, in Clemmons of complications from Alzheimers. Abbey was born in Rochester, N.Y., in 1937, the son of the late Charles Robert and Marjorie Louise Abbey. Abbey graduated from Pennsylvania State University, School of Forestry in 1959 and later from Northern Michigan University School of Business with a master’s in administrative service. Abbey retired from the United States Army as a lieutenant colonel after 20 years of service. He was a master Army aviator and a career-long cavalryman serving with the 9th, 11th, 14th, and 17th Cavalry. He served with the Eleventh Armored Cavalry for two tours in Vietnam. Among his military awards are the Soldier’s Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with ‘20’ device, Bronze Star, and the Republic of Vietnam Honor Medal. Abbey also retired from Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, serving for 18 years at R.J. Reynolds High School as the first senior Army instructor for the school’s JROTC program.

He was a volunteer of many years at Forsyth Medical Center, Lewisville Meals on Wheels, and at Tanglewood Park (as the “Bluebird Man”). He was a charter member of the North Carolina Bluebird Society, member of the Penn State “S” club as well as the American Chestnut Foundation. He also served as chairman of the Clemmons Village Appearance Commission and later as a member of the Winston-Salem Appearance Commission.

Surviving are his wife Nancy; daughter Donna Dunn of Advance (partner Terry Mitchell of Mocksville); and son Marc (Kristen) of Edgewater, Maryland; as well as grandchildren, Jacob, Isaac, Owen and Thomas.

His ashes will be interned at Salisbury National Cemetery with military honors at 10 a.m. Friday, May 13, 2022. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 13, 2022, at Vogler & Sons Funeral Home in Clemmons.

William Robert Carter

Mr. William Robert Carter, 85, of Advance, passed away Friday, May 6, 2022, at Forsyth Medical Center. He was born Jan. 11, 1937, in Davie County to Robert Avington Carter and DeEtte Turner Carter. Carter was a faithful member and deacon of Freedom Baptist Church, retired from Davie Oil Company and was a lifelong farmer. Surviving are his wife of 67 years, Peggy Hamilton Carter; daughter, Wanda Wisecarver (Robert); son, Michael Carter; grandchildren, Jason Wisecarver (C.J.), Jessica Coggins (Stephen), Patrick Carter and Jaclyn Barkley (Jordan); great-grandchildren, Gavin, Ganon and Grace Wisecarver and a lifelong friend, Frank Myers. A funeral service was held at 3 p.m. Monday, May 9, 2022, at Freedom Baptist Church in Mocksville with Pastor Billy Louya, Preacher Justin Barkley and Rev. John Byerly officiating. The family received friends from 1:30-3 p.m. before the service at the church.

Ruth Joyce Chappell

Mrs. Ruth Joyce Chappell, 83, of Clemmons, passed away Friday, May 6, 2022. Chappell was born Oct. 23, 1938, in Forsyth County to the late Brady and Ruth Fulp Joyce. Chappell was a member of Harmony Grove United Methodist Church. She enjoyed cooking and she loved spending time with her family. In addition to her parents, Chappell was preceded in death by her husband, Leon Clifton Chappell; grandson, Joseph Casey; and sister, Betty Petticord. Chappell is survived by her daughter, Pam Casey (Greg); granddaughter, Lauren Sollenberger (Daniel); great-granddaughters, Elsa Casey, Cora Casey, and Helena Casey; brother, Bill Joyce; and sister, Eva Beeson. A memorial service was held at 11 a.m., Monday, May 9, 2022, at Harmony Grove United Methodist Church with Rev. Randy Perdue and Rev. Greg Freeman officiating. The family receive friends from 10-10:45 a.m. at the church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Harmony Grove United Methodist Church, 5041 Styers Ferry Rd., Lewisville, NC 27023. The family would like to thank Donna Ireland for being Ruth’s best friend, Ruth and Donna were inseparable. Online condolences may be made at

Brown Clodfelter

Henry Brown Clodfelter Jr. passed away at his home the evening of May 1, 2022, after a courageous two-year battle with lung cancer. He leaves to hold dear his memory his wife Suzanne Clodfelter; son, John Clodfelter (Melanie and Alex Hendrix); daughter, Sara Phillips; and sister Diana Graham. He will also be greatly missed by his animal companions Muffin, Josey Wales and Harpo, as well as many other relatives and friends.

Clodfelter was born in Winston-Salem on June 27, 1942, to Henry Brown Clodfelter and Mary Selma Crews Clodfelter. He grew up in the Waughtown area and stayed in touch with his southside friends all his life. He graduated from Gray High School and Guilford College with a degree in economics. After college, he joined the Army, graduating from officer candidate and airborne schools in 1965. He served as 1st lieutenant on the Korean DMZ and returned to teach in gunnery school at Fort Benning, Georgia. Clodfelter felt his years in college and the military were his best preparation for life because they taught him to read and write well and be a leader. Clodfelter especially enjoyed the challenges of manufacturing. In 1997, he retired from Stroh’s Brewery after 30 years in management.

After retirement, Clodfelter enjoyed volunteering at at his son’s school and camping with his Boy Scout troop. Clodfelter had many hobbies, but  especially enjoyed all things trains, tubas and tractors. A great day for him was operating at the throttle of a steam train, the bigger, the better. He also played tuba in four community bands in Winston-Salem and Charlotte. Clodfelter was always reading two or three historical books and kept a copy of the Constitution on his TV table. With Suzanne, he developed a love for travel, especially to Alaska. Whether he was driving a team of sled dogs in winter Alaska, jumping out of an airplane or doing laps at Talladega, Clodfelter lived life to the fullest in his last decade.

Clodfelter was a lifelong member of Home Moravian Church. He accepted his savior Jesus Christ and was baptized at age 12. Clodfelter was playing horns in the Moravian bands at age eight. He faithfully served his Lord with his gift of music. He played tuba in 65 Easter sunrise services and many hundreds of funerals. Clodfelter also served in other ways at Home and Unity Moravian churches as a member of the board of elders, band leader, diener, usher and candle tea server.

In addition to his parents, Clodfelter was preceded in death by a son, David Joseph Clodfelter, and wife, Sandra Clodfelter. Suzanne would like to thank Brown’s many friends who kept him entertained with conversation the past two years. The family would like to thank Dr. Eugene Paschold and the staff at Novant Health Cancer Institute for their attentive care and encouragement, and the Clemmons Fire Department, who very kindly helped them on several occasions in his last month. A funeral service was held at 11 a.m., Monday, May 9, 2022, in the Home Moravian Church sanctuary. Burial followed in God’s Acre. No visitation or viewing was planned.

Clodfelter fiercely loved God, his family, his church and his country. In lieu of flowers, if you would like to donate, please consider the following:

• Wounded Warrior Project at

• North Carolina Transportation Museum at

• Home Moravian Church at

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Jerry Hyatt Knox

Jerry Hyatt Knox of Cary died on April 30, 2022, at Wake Med Cary. He was born in Mt. Vernon, Ohio, on July 28, 1935. Jerry and his wife, Jane, loved living in Greensboro and raised their four children there. Knox owned a heating and air conditioning company, Diversified Control Systems. Jerry and Jane were members at Trinity Church and were on the Young Life Committee. Later, they helped start Greensboro Bible Church. After retirement, he and Jane moved to Old North State where Jerry enjoyed golfing and fishing. Later they moved to Bermuda Village in Advance where they lived for 10 years. In 2021, they moved to Cary to be closer to family. Knox is survived by his wife, Jane; sons, John, Tom and Dan; daughter, Sarah; 10 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Young Life at or Greensboro Young Life Office, 4713 Kingswood Dr., Greensboro, NC 27410 or Alzheimer’s Association at or send to P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011.

Carol Ann McLester Schachtschneider

Carol Ann McLester Schachtschneider, 72, of Clemmons, passed away on Sunday, May 8, 2022. She was born Aug. 26, 1949.

A visitation for Schachtschneider will be held from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 11, 2022, at Frank Vogler & Sons, 2849 Middlebrook Dr. in Clemmons. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 11, 2022, at Parklawn Memorial Gardens, 2730 Peters Creek Pkwy, in Winston-Salem. An interment will follow the service.

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Gayle Wilson Walker

Mrs. Gayle Wilson Walker, 74, of Lewisville, passed away at her home on Tuesday, May 3, 2022. Walker was born on June 2, 1947, in Forsyth County to the late Henry Woodrow Wilson and Edna Mae Dull Wilson. Walker was the first female paramedic in Forsyth County. She is survived by her loving husband, David Walker and two sons, Scott Mock and Roger Mock. A funeral service was held at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 6, 2022, at Shiloh Lutheran Church. The family received friends from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, May 5, 2022, at Hayworth-Miller Lewisville Chapel. Online condolences may be made at

Richard Timothy Zinsmeyer

Mr. Richard Timothy Zinsmeyer of Advance went home to be with his personal Lord and savior the morning of May 3, 2022. He was born in Syracuse, N.Y. on Jan. 24, 1943, to the late Roy and Thelma Zinsmeyer. He was a Vietnam Army veteran. He retired from U.S. Airways. He was an active member of Main Street Baptist Church in Kernersville where he was a choir member and deacon. He was faithfully and lovingly married to Jean Weise Zinsmeyer for 44 years. They were married on Aug. 6, 1977. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughter, Susan Zinsmeyer Armsworthy; stepdaughters, Brenda Kuhn (James) and Darlene Humphrey (Elon). He also leaves to cherish grandchildren, Wyatt and Bailie Jo Armsworthy, Stephanie Jennings, Amanda Gall, Ethan and Tyler Humphrey; great-grandchild, Bryson Gall; sisters, Janet Hwilka and Judy Smith; sisters-in-law, Nancy Swift, Judy Crowe, Susan Cieri, Joanne Majka, Bonnie Rose, and Martha Smith; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sister Jean Brown. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, May 9, 2022, at Westlawn Gardens of Memory with Pastor Walter Overman officiating. The family received friends from 6-8 p.m. on Sunday, May 8, 2022, at Hayworth-Miller Kinderton Chapel. Online condolences may be made at