Obituaries for the week of June 30

Published 11:51 pm Monday, June 27, 2022

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Glenn Daniel Culp

Glenn Daniel Culp, known as “Dan” of Winston-Salem was born on May 24, 1940, in Albemarle to Glenn Bradshaw Culp and Jessie Austin Culp of Cabarrus County.

After a lengthy illness, Culp departed this life on June 25, 2022, at Arbor Acres United Methodist Home in Winston-Salem with his wife Nancy at his side.

Culp held a N.C. professional engineering license; he was a graduate of Mt. Pleasant High School Class of 1958 and Wingate University Class of 1960 where he had received an associate’s degree and the award for Excellence in Mathematics.

In 1962, he received a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from N.C. State University. Following graduation, Culp married Nancy Jo Miller of Misenheimer. Dan and Nancy had dated throughout high school and college and their fathers had been classmates at Pfeiffer College during the 1930s and had remained friends throughout their lives.

After graduation, Culp joined the engineering department at Reynolds Tobacco Co., later Reynolds American, from which he retired as a senior principal engineer with 33 years of service. Culp also served six years in the United States Army Reserve, was a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE).

Long a believer in engineering and related fields as careers, in 1996 Dan and Nancy set up the Dan Culp Scholarship in Engineering Endowment to NC State. This gift provides a scholarship to an engineering student annually.

In the 1960s when their first child was born, Dan and Nancy joined Centenary United Methodist Church in Winston-Salem. There Culp served on visitation committees, on the property committee and as secretary of the Senior Adult Council.

In retirement, Culp enjoyed a variety of hobbies. He worked with digital photography regularly exhibiting and selling his photos locally. Ever in search of wildlife and wildflowers along the Yadkin River banks, Culp and his wife hiked regularly at Tanglewood Park where he photographed and documented the appearance by date and location of nearly 200 wildflowers.

Taking up genealogy on his 60th birthday, he traced more than 30 family lines with concentration on the Kolb family his research took him and his wife to Wolfsheim, Germany, where the family had lived in 1560. From his research and photos, he prepared a publication for his father’s family who had settled in Cabarrus County.

Surviving to cherish his memory are his loving wife of more than 60 years, Nancy Miller Culp; son, Christopher Daniel Culp Sr. (Kathy) of Pfafftown; and daughter, Anne Culp Fleeson (Will) of Lewisville; grandchildren, Christopher Daniel Culp Jr. of Raleigh, Nathan Daniel Culp (Addy) of Clemmons, Mackenzie Elizabeth Culp of Pfafftown, and Lillianna Fleeson of Lewisville.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, June 28, 2022, at Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery in Misenheimer.

Family members would like to express their gratitude to the staff at Arbor Acres for his exceptional care.

The family has requested that in lieu of flowers memorials be made to Anne London, Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church, PO Box 1532 Misenheimer, NC 28109 or to Bethlehem United Methodist Church, PO Box 407 Gold Hill, NC 28071.  Hayworth-Miller Silas Creek Chapel is serving the Culp family.

Jerry Ray Jones

Mr. Jerry Ray Jones, 78, passed away at his home on Tuesday, June 21, 2022. He was born in Forsyth County on Sept. 18, 1943, to the late James Pledger and Lessie Todd Jones.  Jones was a longtime member of Harmony Grove United Methodist Church. He was a brick mason and owned Jones Masonry Co. for several years. Jones loved his family. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend. Preceding him in death was a brother, Billy Pledger Jones. Surviving is his loving wife of 59 years, Trudy Jones; sons, Eric Jones (Kelly) and Chad Jones (Tammy); daughter, Cary Napoletano; grandchildren, Will Jones, Jason Jones, CeaCea Long (Daniel), Amber Runge (Kevin), and Daniel Napoletano; great-grandchildren, Avery and Addy; sister, Lynette J. Harper (Richard); nephew, Craig Harper (Theresa); great-nieces, Ashley Fontenot, Rachel and Shelby Harper; also surviving are special friends, Ronnie Eads, Doug Brandon, David Hege, and Marty Myers. A memorial service was held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 25, 2022, at Harmony Grove United Methodist Church with Rev. Randy Perdue and Rev. Greg Freeman officiating. The family received friends following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial may be made to Harmony Grove United Methodist Church Building Fund, 5041 Styers Ferry Road, Lewisville, NC 27023.