Deaths for the week of April 25

Published 12:00 am Thursday, April 25, 2024

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Lois Brame Cheek

Lois Brame Cheek, 61, passed away peacefully at home in Yadkinville surrounded by her family on Friday, April 19, 2024. She was born Jan. 14, 1963, in Forsyth County to the late Richard Otis Brame and Doris Strupe Brame. At North Davidson High School, she was an accomplished majorette, participated in marching band, and graduated in 1981. She started college in a prestigious honors program at ASU majoring in accounting, and married Greg Cheek on July 23, 1983, before she transferred to UNCG, earning a bachelor’s in business information and support systems in 1985. She started her career at Ciba-Geigy Corp. (Novartis) in 1985 focusing on Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) in the IT area. She transitioned to Lowe’s Companies Inc. in 1998 and continued her career in EDI. Her hobbies included Bible study, reading spiritual books, music, baton twirling, dance, singing in the choir and participating in church youth activities.

Lois was a selfless individual, generous to others with her time, labor and support. She was deeply dedicated to her career, prioritizing the needs of her team members before herself with an unmatched work ethic. As a long-time caretaker of her late mother, she demonstrated tenderness, compassion and loving devotion. Her humor, kindness and curiosity allowed her to easily connect to others and form lasting friendships wherever she went. Her friends were always in her heart as she put forth effort to keep up with them and maintain those connections. Unwavering in her faith, Lois enjoyed studying the Bible and reading books to develop her deep spirituality, and was an active participant at Bethel Baptist Church, where she sang during services and volunteered with the youth programs. She was a loving and supportive wife, caring sister and devoted mother whose musical talent, creativity and sense of humor were imparted to her children, whom she helped to inspire from an early age. She made sure they always knew how much she loved and was proud of them.

Those left to cherish her memory are her husband, Greg Cheek; children, Andrew Cheek (Amy), Amy Cheek (Allan Guigou) and Anna Cheek; granddaughter, Artemis Cheek; brother, Richard Brame (Marie); and sisters, Laurie Black (Ray), Susan Kilpatrick (Rich), and Sara Kearns (Randy).

A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 27, 2024, at Hayworth-Miller Lewisville Chapel with Pastor Joel Riley officiating. Visitation will be held prior to the service at noon. Burial will follow at the Westlawn Gardens of Memory in Clemmons.

The family would like to thank her oncologists, Dr. Pasche and Dr. Rocha Lima; hematologists, Dr. Pardee and Dr. Reed; physician assistant, Laura Welsh; the third-floor infusion nurses, ICU staff and all other doctors and nurses who took care of her through her five-year battle with cancer at Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Hospital. The family would also like to thank the nurses and staff at Trellis Supportive Care. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be donated to the Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation, the MDS Foundation, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the Wounded Warriors Project, the Gary Sinise Foundation, or Gideons International. Online condolences may be made at

Carolyn Faye Lowder Tate

Carolyn Faye Lowder Tate was born on Sept. 24, 1938, to Alice Novella Matthews Lowder and Edgar Clarence Lowder. She was one of 10 children born to them and had two half-siblings. Carolyn attended Southwest High School, where she graduated in 1958. She married her love, William (Bill) Thurman Tate Jr. on April 5, 1959, at Union Hill Baptist Church in Clemmons. Carolyn was a talented artist and musician. She loved her family and did her best to care for them. She lived in Winston-Salem until she and Thurman moved in 2002 to Wilmington. Carolyn passed away on April 15, 2024, in Goldsboro. She is survived by her children Tracee Anne Tate Stewart (James), and William Michael Tate (Christi), grandchildren Morgan Stewart, Ariana Stewart, Sean (Kinsley), Christopher Michael, Matthew, A.J., & Katelynn; and great-grandchild, Oakley Jeralyn. A memorial service in her honor will be at 1 p.m. on Friday, May 10, at Union Hill Baptist Church in Clemmons. In lieu of flowers, please donate in her memory to 3HC 2402 Wayne Memorial Dr., Goldsboro, NC 27534, or Union Hill Baptist Church, 8494 Lasater Road, Clemmons, NC 27012.

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• Mrs. Stacy Berrier Harpe-Hall, 50, of Lexington went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, April 20, 2024.

• Mrs. Ann Elizabeth Snyder Miller, 93, passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 20, 2024, at Trinity Elms Health and Rehab.

• Billy Joe Phelps, 75, passed away peacefully in his home on April 20, 2024.

• Pamela Jane Byrd, 65, loving wife, mother and friend to many, passed away peacefully on April 19, 2024, at her home.

• Mr. Steven Wesley Mendenhall, 43, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, April 19, 2024.

• Mrs. Lorene O’Neal Todd, 95, of Clemmons entered heaven on April 18, 2024.

• Mr. Ronald “Ronnie” Wayne Gill, 73, of Winston-Salem passed away Wednesday, April 17, 2024.

• Randall Dothan Sledge, 99, died at Brookridge Retirement Community in Winston-Salem on April 17, 2024.

• Phyllis Reynolds Huffman, 92, passed away Monday, April 15, 2024.

• Jerry Bryan Russell, 83, passed away at home on April 15, 2024.

• Mrs. Lila Catherine Gorsuch Vestal, 94, peacefully departed this life on April 15, 2024.

• Ethel Kroncke Schramm, 84, passed into eternal life on April 12, 2024, at home.

• Mr. Douglas Edgar Hughett, 71, passed away Thursday, April 11, 2024, at his home.

• Mrs. Jane Guarascio Semple, 81, of Advance, died on Thursday, April 18, 2024, at Trinity Elms Assisted Living in Clemmons.

• Julia Creasy Reed, 93, died Sunday, April 21, 2024, in Clemmons after a period of declining health.