Deaths for the week of May 2

Published 12:00 am Thursday, May 2, 2024

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Christopher Ryan Tyler

February 23, 1982 – April 16, 2024

Christopher Ryan Tyler, 42, passed away April 16, 2024. He was born on Feb. 23, 1982, in Winston-Salem.

A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 5, 2024, at Ardmore United Methodist Church in Winston-Salem. An additional service will be held in Emerald Isle at a later date.

Chris quickly developed a circle of friends wherever he lived — Winston-Salem, Clemmons, Wilmington, Virginia Beach, Linden and Hubert (Emerald Isle). He was kind, gregarious, quick-witted and brought out the best in people. He never let a friend fight a fight alone no matter what they were battling. When he met Margaret, the love of his life, it completed him. Their love for each other was uncompromising and unconditional. Prior to his untimely passing, he realized his dream of marrying a beautiful woman, moving to the coast (and driving on the beach), becoming a professional waterfowl and bear hunting guide and having children with whom he and Margaret could enjoy the outdoors.

Chris was a masterful hunter and fisherman with incredible instinct, able to catch fish and bring home game when others could not. Since Chris’s passing, we expect a massive increase in fish and wildlife populations. As his voicemail greeting says “You’ve got Chris. I’m either in the woods or on the water. Please leave a message.” We are absolutely certain that he is in one of those two places right now.

At a young age, Chris learned carpentry from his late grandfather, Roy Harding. He worked on houses with his uncles and brothers and was proud of the covered dock he built at his family home on High Rock Lake. He earned his Eagle Scout certification at the age of 16 and helped many other scouts along the way.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret Ponce Tyler, stepson Samuel Johnston (16) and daughter Summer Rose Tyler (3) of the home. He was eagerly awaiting the birth of their son, Silas Maximus Tyler on May 28. Also surviving are his parents, David and Terri Tyler of Clemmons; sisters Mary Danskin (Scott) of Columbia, S.C., and Katie Tyler (Liza) of West Seattle, Washington; brothers Mike Park (Winnie) of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and David Tyler Jr. (Tyler) of Clemmons; maternal grandmother Jackie Rose Harding of Lewisville; paternal grandfather Earle Tyler of Columbia, S.C.; his father and mother-in law Fred and Rita Ponce; his beloved dog Tucker and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews, nieces and friends — all of whom loved him so much.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be sent to the family at, search on Christopher Tyler.

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• Samson (Sam) Prysiazniuk Jr., 56, died peacefully at his home surrounded by his family on April 24, 2024.

• Anne Reeder Harper, 89, passed away April 24, 2024.

• Forrest Marshall Browning, Jr., 84, passed away on April 24, 2024, at the Joan and Howard Woltz Hospice Home in Dobson.

• Bernice Regina McGovern Meyer, 94, passed away Wednesday, April 24, 2024, at Pine Ridge Health and Rehab.

• Thomas “Wade” Willard, 91, passed away Tuesday, April 23, 2024, at Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home.

• Mr. Donald Lee Chapman, 84, passed away April 23, while in the care of Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center.

• Paula Joanne Wyrick, 77, passed away Monday, April 22, 2024, at her home.

• Mr. Thomas Tice Phillips, 78, passed away at his home on April 22, 2024.

• Rosa “Rosie” Enid Nazario, 60, passed away on April 22, 2024 at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem.

• Mrs. Ruth Earleen Rierson, 87, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, April 20, 2024.

• Ms. Shelby Jean Donathan, 77, peacefully transitioned to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, April 20, 2024, at Forsyth Medical Center.

• Mr. Kenneth “Ken” Bert Quintal, 85, of Salem Glen, Clemmons, passed away Thursday, April 18, 2024.

• Mrs. Ann Pratt Hartle, 86, passed away Sunday, April 21, 2024, at Atrium Health.

• Lois Brame Cheek, 61, passed away peacefully at her home on Friday, April 19, 2024.

• Joseph Michael Brewster, 73, of Advance passed away on Tuesday, April 23, 2024.

• Robert S. Cochran, 78, of Clemmons passed away on Wednesday, April 24, 2024.

• Robert “Bob” Paul Donohoe, 82, passed away on Thursday, April 25, 2024.