Mrs. Helen Nifong Foster, 75, of Fraternity Church Road, wife of George Leo Foster went home to be with the Lord on Jan. 15, 2001, after a recent illness. She was born Oct. 10, 1925, in Davidson County to the late Harvey Lee and Martha Scott Nifong. Mrs. Foster was of the Methodist faith. She was preceded in death by a son, James Lee Foster. Surviving in addition to her husband are two children, Rebecca Elizabeth and husband, Art J. Sivilla of Tallahassee, Fla., and David Leo and wife, Debra Hamlin Foster of Fraternity Church Road; four grandchildren, Michael and Kimberly Sivilla of Tallahassee, Fla., Amie Carlyle of Kernersville an Krysta Foster of Fraternity Church Road. A funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 18, 2001, at Parklawn Memorial Gardens Mausoleum Chapel with the Rev. J. Mark Weekley, the Rev. Robert Williard and Mr. G.K. Foster officiating. Entombment will follow the service. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Hayworth-Miller Silas Creek Chapel. Memorials may be made to Bethlehem United Methodist Church Building Fund, 321 Redland Road, Advance, NC 27006.
Mr. Virgil Gray Foster, 75, of 3949 U.S. Highway 64 West, Mocksville, died Monday at the Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home in Winston-Salem. Born in Iredell County on Feb. 28, 1925, he was a son of the late Raymond Clay Foster and Fannie Laird Foster. He was a retired sawmill operator and the founder of Midway Campground. He was an active member of Union Chapel Baptist Church having served on the maintenance committee and was a member of the senior adult Sunday school class. He served his country during World War II in the U.S. Army having fought in nine battles, one of which was the Battle of the Bulge. He received the Purple Heart, the Good Conduct Medal, and Five Bronze Stars. He was also a member of the Harold Littlefield Chapter #68 of the D.A.V. of Statesville. On April 24, 1953, he married the former Olivia Stroud who survives. Also surviving is a son, Dennis G. Foster and his wife, Patsy of Mocksville; a daughter, Mrs. Sandra Kay Vestal and her husband, Steve of Mocksville; and four grandchildren, Chris Foster of Kernersville, Clay Foster of Greensboro, Emily Snider and her husband, Bryan of Mocksville and KayRon Vestal and her fiancé Brian Lantz of Hickory and a great grandson, Matthew Snider of Mocksville. Also surviving is a brother, Zaro E. Foster of Odessa, Texas and two sisters, Mrs. Dorothy F. Greene of Jacksonville, Fla. and Mrs. Gwendlyn F. Smith of Mocksville. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Union Chapel Baptist Church with the Rev. Bobby Henderson and the Rev Jimmy Myers officiating. The body will lie in state for 30 minutes before the funeral service and burial will follow in the church cemetery. Pallbearers will be Chris and Clay Foster, Byran Snider, J.D., Michael and Randy Stroud. Full military rites will be accorded at the graveside by V.F.W. Post #2031, Harold Littlefield Chapter #68 and American Legion Post #217, all of Statesville. The family will assemble at the residence of the deceased and will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Reavis Funeral Home of Harmony. Condolences may be sent by e-mail to the family by www.legacy.com. For those who prefer, memorials may be given to the Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home, 101 Hospice Lane, Winston-Salem, NC 27103 or to the cemetery fund of Union Chapel Baptist Church, c/o Richard Haliburton, 216 Longview Road, Statesville, NC 28625. Reavis Funeral Home of Harmony is serving the Foster family.
BALTIMORE, Md. – Mr. Ernest Rease Gibson, 86, of Baltimore, Md., formerly of Walnut Cove, died Saturday, Jan. 13, 2001, after a brief illness. He was born to the late Ernest and Lucy Gibson in Stokes County. He is survived by his wife, Evelyn Gibson of the home; a son, Ernest '`Buddy’‘ Gibson Jr. of Marrero, La.; five daughters, Ruth Bagby, Wendy McEachern and Benita Burton, all of Baltimore, Md., Deanna Cooke of Pikesville, Md. and Barbara Richardson of Reidsville; two brothers, John Gibson and Frank Gibson of Walnut Cove; a step sister, Ruth Watkins of Walkertown; a stepbrother, Otis Hughes of Roanoke, Va.; 20 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends in North Carolina. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Gospel Tabernacle in Baltimore. Family visitation will be from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at the church. March Funeral Home, 4300 Wabash Ave., Baltimore, Md., is in charge of arrangements. Courtesy of Perry & Spencer Funeral Home, Madison, N.C.
GERMANTON – Mr. Edward Preston Heath, 78, died Monday, Jan. 15, 2001, at Stokes Reynolds Hospital. He was born in Stokes County to the late Robert William and Cassie Ann Gibson Heath. He served in the Army as a cook while stationed in India with the Quarter Master Corp for 38 months. He was a member of Red Bank Baptist Church and retired from R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. with 32 years of service as a mechanic. Preceding him in death was a sister, Lillie H. James and five brothers, Rufus O. Heath, Abe L. Heath, John H. Heath, Robert J. Heath and Joseph B. Heath. Surviving is wife of 26 years, Lucy Lentz Heath of the home; a daughter, Bessie Heath Wright of Kernersville; three sons, Tony E. Heath (Kathy) of Burlington, William C. Heath (Ellen) and Roger O. Holder (Sue), all of Kinston; four sisters, Elizabeth Fansler of Thomasville, Inez Brown (L.G.) of Walnut Cove, Patty Griffin (Earl) and Sally '`Tip’‘ Fansler, all of King; a brother, Charlie E. Heath of Walnut Cove; grandchildren, Melinda Frye (Emory), Vickie Isley, Larry Isley, William Heath Jr., Thurmond Heath, Leethea Lentz, Lawrence Lentz, III and Larry Lentz; great grandchildren, Sydney Frye, Kayla Heath and Jonathan Isley and many nieces and nephews including a special niece, Debbie Banner. A 2 p.m. funeral service will be held Thursday, Jan. 18, 2001, at Burroughs Funeral Home with entombment following at Gardens of Memory, Walkertown. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home and other times at his daughter’s home in Kernersville. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Corinth Church of Christ Building Fund, c/o Keith Cromer, 1335 Daisy Trail, Germanton, NC 27019. The family wishes to thank Dr. M. Sevilla, the nurses and staff of Stokes Reynolds Hospital for the excellent care given to Mr. Heath.
Mrs. Mary Louretta Henderson, 69, of 1980 Oklahoma Road, Roaring Gap, formerly of Winston-Salem, died Monday, Jan. 15, 2001, at her home. She was born April 15, 1931, in Forsyth County to Charles Sebastian and Geneva Tuttle Harvey. Mrs. Henderson was a member of Liberty Grove Baptist Church in Wilkes County. She worked at Hanes Knitting Co. for 18 years. She also worked at Photo Mat, One Hour Photo and Mother and Daughter. Survivors include her husband, James Clyde '`Hard Rock Charlie’‘ Henderson of the home; a daughter, Joy Henderson Tanner of Mount Holly and a granddaughter, Amber Lauren Tanner of Mount Holly. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Oaklawn Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Vogler & Sons Main Street Chapel.
Charles H. Hubley III, (U.S. Navy) retired, 45, passed away at his residence Saturday, Jan. 13, 2001. He was born in Hanover, Pa., and had resided in Jacksonville since 1991. Upon graduation from James Buchanan High School in 1974 he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and retired after 20 years of service. Survivors include his wife, Vicki P. Hubley; two children, Amanda and Charles IV, both now living in Orange Park, Fla., parents, Charles and Gloria Hubley of Saint Thomas, Pa.; three brothers, Daniel Hubley, Key West, Edward Hubley, Mullica Hill of New Jersey and Patrick Hubley of Mustang, Okla. A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19, 2001, in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 4087 Hendricks Ave. Memorialization will be by cremation. Arlington Park Funeral Home, 6920 Lone Star Road, Jacksonville, Fla. (904) 724-6384.
PILOT MOUNTAIN – Mr. Junior Russell Love, 76, husband of Bonnie Adams Love of 994 Jessup Grove Church Road, Pilot Mountain, passed away Tuesday, January 16, 2001, at his home. He was born Nov. 7, 1924, in Surry County to the late Johnnie Blaine and Ida Frances Hall Love. Mr. Love was a brick mason, farmer, mechanic and a member of Jessup Grove Baptist Church. He was a beloved husband, father and friend. Survivors are his wife, Bonnie Adams Love of the home; two daughters and sons-in-law, Gilda and Dale Riddle of Pilot Mountain and Phyllis and David Lanier of Winston-Salem; three grandchildren, Tamson R. Venable, Morgan Riddle and Philip Lanier; three sisters and a brother-in-law, Thelma and Herbert Taylor of Westfield, Audrey Hauser of Wesfield and Clara Hutchens of Westfield. Mr. Love was preceded in death by two brothers, Eugene Love and Otis Love. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18, 2001, at Jessup Grove Baptist Church conducted by the Rev. Roger Vaden and the Rev. Dale Riddle. Interment will follow in the Jessup Grove Baptist Church Cemetery. Mr. Love is at Cox-Needham Funeral Home and will be taken to Jessup Grove Baptist Church at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. The Love family will receive friends at Jessup Grove Baptist Church from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday. Memorials may be made to Jessup Grove Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, P.O. Box 1367, Pilot Mountain, NC 27041 or to Northern Hospice, P.O. Box 6626, Mount Airy, NC 27030. The Love family is being served by Cox-Needham Funeral Home, Pilot Mountain, NC.
Mr. Norris Ray Lytton, 69, of White Plains Road, Roaring River died Monday, Jan. 15, 2001, at his home. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18, 2001, at Roaring River Baptist Church with the Rev. Rex Foster and the Rev. Lonnie Brown officiating. The body will be placed in the church at 1:30 p.m. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Mr. Lytton was born Oct. 1, 1931, in Wilkes County to M.H. and Eula Alexander Lytton. He was retired from Chatham Manufacturing after 33 years of service as a truck driver. Mr. Lytton served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He was preceded in death by a grandson, Daron Hayes and a brother, W.R. Lytton. He is survived by his wife, Betty Jo Sparks Lytton of the home; a daughter and son-in-law, Donna and James Davis of East Bend; a son and daughter-in-law, David and Sharon Lytton of Millers Creek; a sister, Faye Sparks; three grandchildren, Kara Lytton and Amanda Lytton, both of Millers Creek and Ashley Hayes of Mulberry. The family will be at Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday. Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to Roaring River Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, 312 White Plains Road, Roaring River, NC 28669.
Mr. Lewis Hall McHone, 76, of Rural Hall, the husband of Mrs. Vicie Wall McHone, passed away Monday, Jan. 15, 2001, at Forsyth Medical Center. Mr. McHone was born in Surry County, Jan. 1, 1925, to Marion and Stella Hall McHone. He was retired from R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Stanleyville. Mr. McHone served in the U.S. Navy on the USS Neundoff DE200 as a seaman first class. He was in the South Pacific. He received the American Theater Medal and the Asiatic Pacific Medal with four stars. He also received the Philippine Liberation and Victory in World War II medals. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Vicie Wall McHone of the home; a son and daughter-in-law, R. Michael and Patsy McHone of Kernersville; a twin sister, Louise McHone Brown of Lowgap, and a brother, Howard McHone of King. In addition to his parents, Mr. McHone was preceded in death by six sisters and seven brothers. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 18, 2001, at Moody Funeral Home Chapel in Mount Airy conducted by the Rev. Jonathan Rogers. Entombment will follow at Skyline Memory Gardens Mausoleum. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Moody Funeral Home in Mount Airy. Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Stanleyville, 851 Ziglar Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27105.
Mr. William Lee Payne Sr., 81, of 3460 York Road died Monday evening at Wake Forest University-Baptist Medical Center. He was born on April 18, 1919, in Winston-Salem to Thomas Alan Payne and Bertha Coleman Payne. Mr. Payne served with the U.S. Army during World War II. He was deeply devoted to his family. For many years he was a member of Parkway Presbyterian Church, where he had served as a deacon, elder and Sunday school teacher. He was a gifted artist and was an avid golfer. For 46 years, Mr. Payne worked for the Winston-Salem Journal, retiring in 1983 as Production Director. Surviving are his wife, Mary Fox Payne of the home; a son, William Lee Payne, Jr., and his wife, Joy, of Augusta, Ga.; a daughter, Jane McKinney and her husband, Bill, of Greensboro; four granddaughters, Amy Lanier of Birmingham, Ala., Patricia Gumbrill of Atlanta, April Payne of Augusta, and Kim Ready of Boston; four sisters, Frances Roesel of Winston-Salem, Grace Hubbard of Richmond, Va., Laura Parker and Rae Campbell of West Palm Beach, Fla.; several nieces and nephews. The funeral will be at Parkway Presbyterian Church Thursday at 1 p.m. conducted by Rev. Daniel C. Wilkers and Rev. Jonathan Freeman. Mr. Payne will lie in state from 12:30 p.m. until service time. Interment will follow in Forsyth Memorial Park. There will be no formal visitation but friends are welcome to call at Vogler & Sons Reynolda Road Chapel Wednesday afternoon or Thursday morning. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Youth Mission Trip Fund at Parkway Presbyterian Church, 1000 Yorkshire Road, Winston-Salem, N.C., 27106 or to a charity of the donor’s choice.