Obituaries for the week of Sept. 1

Published 12:07 am Tuesday, August 30, 2022

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Virginia ‘Ginni’ Willetts Goodwin

Mrs. Virginia “Ginni” Willetts Goodwin, 90, of Mocksville, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2022, at Bermuda Commons. She was born Jan. 10, 1932, in Leland to Dan Wesley Willetts and Tressie Dilsaver Willetts. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles “Woody” Douglas Goodwin Sr.; granddaughter, Lyndsey Goodwin Palmer; sister, June Ernst; and brother, Dan Willetts Jr. Surviving are her children, Charles Douglas Goodwin Jr., Tracey Goodwin and James “Eddie” Goodwin; grandchildren, Douglas Goodwin, Whitney Cooper and Daniel Gough and five great-grandchildren. A graveside service was held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, 2022, at Westlawn Gardens of Memory. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Trellis Supportive Care or to Senior Services of Davie County.

Mrs. Peggy Ann Baucom Hall

Mrs. Peggy Ann Baucom Hall, 93, of Dunwoody, Georgia, formerly of Pfafftown, passed away on Sunday, Aug. 21, 2022. Peggy was born on March 2, 1929, in Union County to the late Henry Alexander Baucom and Eunice Holmes Baucom.

She married Paul Morris Hall on March 2, 1947. He preceded her in death on Nov. 23, 2014.

In addition to her parents and husband, Peggy was preceded in death by three siblings, Mollie Allen (Clarence), Ellen White and Elbert Baucom; and brother-in-law, Ralph “Skip” Chambers.

Peggy is survived by sons: David Hall (Carolyn) of Pfafftown and their sons, Brian Hall (Tiffany) and Andrew Hall (Terry); and grandchildren, Madison and Brianna Hall; Stephen Hall (Ginny) of Katy, Texas, and their children, Jason Hall (Terri) and Tiffany Warren (Kyle); and grandchildren, Samantha and Christopher Warren; Michael Hall (Angela) of Pfafftown and their son, Zachary Hall (Katelyn); and grandchildren, Ronnie and Henry Hall; Randall Hall (Jackie) of Sandy Springs, Georgia, and their children, Christian Grant (Morgan), Jennie Knapp (Stephen), Kara Youssi (Chris), Victoria Hall, Daniel Hall (Caitlyn), Joshua Hall (Alyssa), and Jonathan Hall; and grandchildren, Nora Grant, Tanner, Carson and Leighton Knapp and Ezra and Amelia Youssi. Also, two special “adopted” children, Steve Patrick (Charlene) of Houma, Louisiana. All were loved greatly.

She is also survived by sister, Shirley Chambers; sister-in-law, Nancy Baucom; and brother-in-law, Ken White.

Peggy retired after many years of service with Pilot Mountain Baptist Association. This was truly a job meant for Peggy.

Through Paul’s military service, the family was able to experience living in Japan, Panama, Arkansas, Idaho, California and Texas.  Not only did the family learn history, but they also lived where it had happened. Peggy ensured it was a loving home, no matter where they lived.

Also, Paul pastored several churches during this time. Peggy was a great support to Paul as a pastor’s wife and a teacher for Sunday school and Bible studies, the last one being Danbury Baptist Church. Peggy loved the Lord and was always faithful in attending church services with Paul and her children. They were faithful in attendance at Old Town, King First and Pfafftown Baptist churches locally.

While living at various locations, she was a mother, pastor’s wife as well as a military wife. What a fulfilled life she lived and shared, not only with her children, but all she met.

A service was held at noon on Friday, Aug. 26, 2022, at Forsyth Memorial Park in the Mausoleum Chapel with Pastor Will Watson officiating.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice. Hayworth-Miller Silas Creek Chapel is serving the Hall family. Online condolences may be made at

Estelle Pickel Hill

Cecelia Estelle Pickel Hill joined the church triumphant on Thursday, Aug. 25, 2022, with family and caregivers at her side, singing her to heaven.

A memorial service is planned for 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1, 2022, at Centenary United Methodist Church, Hampton Road in Clemmons. Visitation with the family is from 6 – 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2022, at Davidson Funeral Home, 858 Hickory Tree Road in Winston-Salem (Midway).

Estelle and her beloved twin sister, Ann Pickel McAlister, were born in Winston-Salem on March 30, 1939, to Roy Lee Pickel and Celia Brewer Pickel, joining a lovingly-attentive older sister, Carolyn. The family lived on a tobacco and dairy farm in northern Davidson County. The twins attended North Davidson Senior High School and graduated from University of North Carolina Greensboro (Women’s College) in 1961. Following graduation, Estelle married her high school sweetheart, Walter A. “Andy” Hill in July 1961.

With her degree in early childhood education, Estelle enjoyed several teaching posts in the Winston-Salem schools and as a private kindergarten teacher at Friedberg Moravian Church. She was naturally gifted with children and continued using her gifts as an educator throughout her life.

Estelle’s life centered around family and church. Of motherhood, she said she was less concerned with loving her children equally; she was more concerned with loving them uniquely. Her children, Walter A. Hill Jr. (Michon), Elizabeth Hill Gulley (John) and Mayne Hill (Elizabeth), are grateful recipients of Estelle’s unique love and nurture. Her grandchildren, Jesslyn, Nolan, Cecelia, Marcus, Seth, Zachary and Elijah, and her great-grandson Rhyker, each thrived in the magical realm of Grandma’s love. Estelle’s extended family of nieces, nephews and cousins also shared in the simple joys of family time spent on the farm with Estelle picking blueberries, sharing stories, reading books, playing with toys at the hearth or eating a slice of her delicious blue-ribbon recipe chocolate pound cake.

Estelle was baptized, confirmed and married at Centenary United Methodist Church, Clemmons, her family’s church since its founding in 1883. For over 50 years, Estelle served as a Sunday school teacher, a dedicated member of the chancel choir, and a leader in the United Methodist Women. Estelle’s service to the UMW was recognized in 2021 when she was awarded the UMW Special Mission Recognition pin. Her passion for working with children and experience as an educator led her to accept the challenge to organize and serve as chairperson of the Centenary Childcare for 10 years. Her calling was in service to others, and she did so with open heart and mind.

Estelle was an admirer of the natural world and a tireless gardener. She was an avid quilter, gifted seamstress, cook and homemaker who loved to entertain family and friends in her home.

The family is most grateful to her Bayada and Trellis caregivers, her many doctors, and her special friend, Renea. They helped her to remain at home, live beyond her illness, and enjoy each day to the fullest.

Memorial gifts can be directed to United Methodist Women in Faith Legacy Fund, ATTN Louise Davis, Centenary United Methodist Church 5280 Hampton Road, Clemmons NC 27012.

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Cynthia Stephenson Tate

Cynthia Stephenson Tate, 61, unexpectedly passed away on Friday, Aug. 12, 2022, in her Winston-Salem home.

Cynthia, a long time N.C. resident, was born to Connie Rhoads and Leroy Stephenson on Oct. 22, 1960, at Wake Forest Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem.

Cynthia fulfilled one of her childhood dreams of becoming a nurse when she received her nursing certification from Davidson County Community College in Thomasville; one of her proudest achievements. When she wasn’t working, she enjoyed nothing more than spending time with her close family and friends, and vacationing at her favorite Carolina beaches.

Cynthia is survived by children; Misty Lyons, Ashley Tate, Adam Tate, Jessica Tate and Jonathon Tate, as well as her son-in-law Monte Lyons, plus her eight grandchildren. She is also survived by her mother, Connie Rhoads; brother and sister, Roy and Kristin.

A remembrance service will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 4, 2022, at Maple Springs United Methodist Church in Winston-Salem.