Mrs. Nellie Newman Stutts Strupe, 91, died Thursday, Aug. 31, 2000, at Brookridge Healthcare Center. She was born Feb. 1, 1909, in Virginia to Charles and Ida Willard Newman. Mrs. Strupe was an associate member of Hopewell Moravian Church, where she had been a charter member. She was presently a member of Ardmore Moravian Church and was very active in both as long as her health permitted. She was also an active member of the Rebecca Assembly and served as president of the North Carolina chapter in 1982 and 1983. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband of 35 years, Ferry Stutts; her second husband, Henry Strupe; a sister, Mazie Myers; a brother, Oscar Newman; and her stepmother, Flora Newman. She was a loving mother and grandmother and enjoyed spending time with her family. Surviving are a daughter, Helen Stutts Davis and husband Gilbert; two sons, Jack L. Stutts and wife Sue and Dennis L. Stutts and wife Judy; a stepdaughter, Nancy Strupe Clark and husband Mitch; a half sister, Rachelle N. Sink; five grandchildren, Darrell Davis and wife Phyllis, Karen Davis Key and husband Charlie, Sharen Davis Graham and husband Max, Terry L. Stutts and wife Debbie and Cindy Stutts; two stepgrandchildren, Matt Clark and wife Lisa and Sarah Clark Campbell; nine great-grandchildren; and two special nieces, Betty Byerly and Wynonia Warren. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Hayworth-Miller Silas Creek Chapel, with the Rev. Kevin Frack and the Rev. Norwood Green officiating. Burial will follow in Hopewell Moravian Church Graveyard. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Hopewell Moravian Church Graveyard Fund, 715 Hopewell Church Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27127.
SILER CITY -- Mr. Robert Lee Wood Sr., 77, of 320 Feaster Road died Thursday, Aug. 31, 2000, at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Durham. Funeral services will be 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 3, 2000, at Smith & Buckner Funeral Home, 230 N. Second Ave., Siler City, conducted by the Rev. Larry Ness. Burial will be at Chatham Memorial Park, Siler City. Mr. Wood was a native of Wilkes County, a World War II veteran, serving with the U.S. Marines, a retired farmer and builder and was of the Baptist faith. He was preceded in death by a son, Robert Lee ''Bobby'' Wood Jr. Surviving are a son, Nicky Wood of Siler City; two daughters, Lucy W. Walden of Los Angeles, Calif., and Patricia W. Street of Siler City; two brothers, Foster Wood of Walkertown and John H. Wood of Patrick Springs, Va.; five sisters, Ruby Williams of Old Town, Joan Brown of Yadkinville, Edna Mondragon of Pacific Grove, Calif., Linda Mondragon of Monterey, Calif. and Carleen Clore of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; four granddaughters, Crystal M. Wood, Jamie Renee Wood, Stephanie F. Street and Hayley Walden; four grandsons, Ryan N. Wood, Danny W. Street, Bobby Ray Wood and Sean D. Walden; and three great-grandchildren. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 2, 2000, at the Smith & Buckner Funeral Home and other times at the home of a daughter, Patricia W. Street, 423 Gees Grove Road, Siler City. Memorials may be made to Hospice of UNC, P.O. Box 1077, Pittsboro, NC 27312.
Mr. Dexter Alric Wright Jr., 23, of 3185 Shaw Ridge St. passed away Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2000. He was a native and lifelong resident of Winston-Salem, born March 22, 1977, the son of Sharon Doby Wright and Dexter A. Wright Sr. He was a member of the Bethlehem Baptist Church, where he was a former member of the Youth Choir, the Children's Ministry and the Sunday school. He was a graduate of Carver High School, class of 1995, where he was a member of the varsity football and basketball teams. He attended A&T State University. He is survived by a son, Malcolm Wright; his fiance and mother of their son, Ebony Drummond; his parents, Sharon and Dexter Wright Sr. of the home; his sister, Shanita Green (Alphonso) of Winston-Salem; his maternal grandmother, Savannah Doby; his paternal grandfather, Anthony C. Wright; a great-grandmother, Myrtle Doby; aunts Valisia Acker, Patricia Doby, Vickie Gray, Christy Wright, Jeri Bradford and Gratia Wright; uncles Arthur ''Butch'' Bradford, Ronald Wright, Bobbe Wright, Nathan Wright, William Doby and Reginald Doby; great-aunts Ida Mae Ruff and Etta Griffin; great-uncles James Parker, Eddie Parker and Darryl Parker; other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 2, 2000, at the Bethlehem Baptist Church with Elder Victor Clark officiating. Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery. The family visitation will be from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday at the church. (RUSSELL)
MT. AIRY -- Mrs. Bessie Truitt Bray, age 89, of 106 Essex Lane, Mt. Airy, widow of Mr. Emery Deen Bray, Sr., died Saturday, October 30, 1999 at her home. Mrs. Bray was born in Stokes County on April 25, 1910, the daughter of the late Nummer and Annie Mae Truitt. Mrs. Bray was a homemaker and member of First Baptist Church, where she was active member of the Women's Society, and was an avid bridge player. Surviving are one daughter and son-in-law, Betty Jo and Dick Lackey, of Atlanta, Ga.; one son Dean Bray, of Mt. Airy; five grandchildren and spouses, Shannon Barto and husband, Joel, of Greensboro, Becky B. Ebert and husband, Greg, of Clemmons, Rick Lackey and wife, Linda, of Atlanta, Ga., Joel Lackey and wife, Pam, of Atlanta, Ga., and Dean Bray, III and wife, Julie, of Mt. Airy; five great grandchildren, Blair Ebert, of Clemmons, Austin Lackey, Erica Lackey and Nicole Lackey, all of Atlanta, Ga., and Elizabeth Bray, of Mt. Airy. Graveside services will be held Tuesday, November 2, 1999 at 11:00 a.m. in Oakdale Cemetery, conducted by Rev. Charles C. Hayes, who is a former Mt. Airy resident. The family will receive friends at Moody Funeral Home of Mt. Airy on Monday from 7:00-8:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to First Baptist Church Missions, North Main St., Mt. Airy, N.C. 27030 or to the Southern Piedmont Alzheimers Association, 3470 Shamrock Road, Charlotte, N.C. 28215.
Miss Andrea Marie Davis, 45, of Winston-Salem, died Tuesday, October 26, 1999 at her home. Miss Davis was born April 16, 1954 in Forsyth County to the late Johnny and Rena Davis Badger. She was formerly employed at Silas Creek Manor. Survivors include her daughters, Paris Badger and DeLisa Badger, both of Winston-Salem; sisters, DeLores O'Neal, of Winston-Salem and Marcella J. Fuell, of Maryland; two brothers, Timothy Davis and Howard Davis, both of Winston-Salem; and six grandchildren. A memorial service will be conducted 2:00 p.m., Monday, November 1, 1999 at Foster Funeral Home. The family will receive friends thirty minutes prior to the service.
Mrs. Shirley Snyder Edwards, 84, of 700 Oaklawn Avenue, Winston-Salem, died Saturday, October 30, 1999 at Forsyth Medical Center. She was born March 22, 1915 in Forsyth County to the late Fred N. and Ruth Miller Snyder. Mrs. Edwards was educated in the Winston-Salem School System, attended Asbury College in Wilmore, Ky., and Salem College. She was a very active member of Ardmore Moravian Church. Her interests were in home and foreign missions and foreign travel. Mrs. Edwards was also very active in the Lions Club and helped organize the second deaf Lions Club in North Carolina, which eventually became Piedmont deaf Lions Club. She also served on the board of directors at the Salvation Army Girls' Club for many years. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Linda Edwards Upshaw. Surviving are her husband, Wilson E. Edwards, of the home; two daughters, Mrs. Robert Saunders, Jr. (Patsy), of Petersburg, Va. and Mrs. Charles E. King (Carol), of Winston-Salem; one son, Wilson E. Edwards, Jr. (Katie), of Goldsboro, N.C.; three sisters, Mrs. F.L. Gobble, Jr., of Winston-Salem, Mrs. Frank Cox, of Colfax, and Mrs. Raymond Waddell, of Winston-Salem; one brother, F. Conard Snyder, of Winston-Salem; seven grandchildren; and three great grandchildren. Private graveside services will be held Tuesday, November 2, 1999 in God's Acre. Rev. Kevin Frack and Dr. Richard Amos will officiate. There is no stated visitation. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to Salemtowne Moravian Retirement Community, 5401 Indiana Ave., Winston-Salem, N.C. 27106. Hayworth-Miller Silas Creek Chapel is handling arrangements.
HIGH POINT -- Dennis Clark Haynes, 85, a resident of 519 Haynes Road, died Sunday morning, October 31, 1999. He was born July 22, 1914 in Davidson County, a son of Herman Haynes and Fleta Mae Kennedy Haynes. He was a graduate of Hasty High School and was employed with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, where in 1974, he received the Community Service Award by the Area A.S.C.S. Organization. Mr. Haynes was a volunteer fireman in the 10A Fire Department, now Hasty Fire Department. He was a licensed auctioneer with the State of North Carolina. He was a member of the Hasty Lions Club since 1952, serving two terms as president. He served as zone chairman and district governor of 31E District for the Lions Club. He was a life member of the N.C. Association for the Blind. He served as a district White Cane Chairman and scholarship chairman, where he received the Outstanding Service Award as director of the White Cane Drive for 31E District, and received a certificate of appreciation for valuable service and cooperation. He was a lifetime member of Spring Hill United Methodist Church, where he served as Sunday School teacher and superintendent of the Sunday school, was a member of the board of trustees, and a member of the elected church board. He was also church treasurer, building fund treasurer, and cemetery committee recorder. He was married to Dorothy Dean Hall Haynes, who died February 2, 1998. Surviving are daughters, Mrs. Farres Upton, of High Point and Mrs. David ''Margot'' Hardee, of Wilmington; sisters, Mrs. Everett (Alice) Swaim, of Wallburg, Mrs. Ruth Byerly, of High Point, and Mrs. Grace Rankin, of Greensboro; a brother, Thurman G. Haynes, of Jamestown; three grandchildren, Kent Allen Upton and wife, Perry, Bryant Clark Hardee, and Allison Hardee; and one great granddaughter, Holly McClelland. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, November 2, 1999 at 11:00 a.m. in J.C. Green & Sons Chapel, with Rev. Ellen Harkey, Rev. Ardis Payne, and Rev. Joe Hicks officiating. Burial will follow in Spring Hill United Methodist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Monday from 7:00-9:00 p.m., and other times, at the home. The family requests memorials be directed to Human Service Alliance, 3983 Old Greensboro Road, Winston-Salem, N.C. 27101; Hospice of the Piedmont, 1801 Westchester Drive, High Point, N.C. 27262; or to Spring Hill United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund, 1626 W. Lexington Avenue, High Point, N.C. 27265. Members of the Hasty Lions Club serving as honorary pallbearers are asked to meet at the funeral home chapel by 10:40 a.m.
HIGH POINT -- Homer Herbert Holden, 80, died Saturday, October 30, 1999 at High Point Regional Hospital. Homer was born in Silvermine Creek, Swain County, N.C. on January 1, 1919, the son of John Riley and Emiline Wilson Holdem. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and was awarded the American Theatre Service Award, the Asiatic-Pacific Service Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, and the WWII Victory Medal. He was formerly employed at Crescent Ford in High Point as an automotive repairman. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Hubert Montgomery, Hobart Riley, Oscar Abraham, and John Kermit Holden; and his sisters, Elsie Palistine Holden Mashburn, Izetta Verdell Holden Wilson, Jettie Esibell Holden Gibson, and Florie Mae Holden. Surviving are his wife, Mary Hassalyn Holden, of the home; one son, Jerry Clark Holden and his wife, Marinella, of Winston-Salem; one grandson, Christopher Alan Holden and his wife, Carla, of Plano, Texas; two great grandsons, Riley Christopher Holden and Henry Clark Holden, of Plano Texas; and one sister, Almer Rosetta Holden Mashburn, of Silvermine Creek, Swain County, N.C. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, November 2 at 2:00 p.m. in the Harold C. Davis Funeral Chapel. Burial with military honors conducted by the Randolph County Honor Guard will be in Floral Garden Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7:00-9:00 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Mrs. Helen Messick Jones, 72, of Winston-Salem, died Sunday, October 31, 1999 at Forsyth Medical Center. She was born October 13, 1927 in Forsyth County to W.M. and Margaret Harbin Messick. Mrs. Jones spent all of her life in Forsyth County and was of the Baptist faith. She was preceded in death by her husband, John E. Jones, in 1992. Mrs. Jones was a graduate of Griffith High School and worked with Arcada Fashion Shop from 1948 until retiring in 1990. Surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Alice M. Shuman and husband, Worth, of Lexington and Mrs. Elaine M. Myers, of Lake Dr.; two brothers, William R. Messick and wife, Wella and Ronald Messick and wife, Karlene, all of Winston-Salem; and several nieces; nephews; great nieces; and great nephews. A graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 2 in Forsyth Memorial Park by Chaplain Fred Moretz. The family will receive friends from 7:00-9:00 p.m. Monday at Hayworth-Miller Silas Creek Chapel and requests memorials be made to Hospice of Winston-Salem/Forsyth County, 1100-C S. Stratford Rd., Winston-Salem, N.C. 27103.
Willie Thomas Leak, Sr., age 71, formerly of 2541 Beechmont Street, passed away Saturday, October 30, 1999 at his daughter's home after an extended period of illness. He was born in Wadesboro, N.C. on February 23, 1928. Willie was the son of the late Noal Luther Leak and Dezzie Taylor Leak. He was preceded in death by a son, William Leak, in 1996; and two sisters, Annie Bell Reed and Josephine Leak. He served in the Korean War. He retired from J.R. Reynolds Tobacco Co., with over 30 years of service. He was also the owner of a cement business and one of the founders of Pleasant Abyssinia Baptist Church (formerly Pleasant Hill). He leaves to cherish his memories a devoted aunt, Annie Mae Medley of Winston-Salem; four daughters, Joyce and husband, Richard Dukes, of Winston-Salem, Beatrice and husband, Ronnie Brown, of Cheraw, S.C., Deborah and husband, Dean Richardson, of Manchester, Conn., and Brenda Leak, of Virginia; three stepdaughters, Cheryl Peoples, of Winston-Salem, Jacqueline and husband, Donnell Allen, of Greensboro, and Deborah Williams, of Winston-Salem; three sons, Alfred and wife, Chrisogene Leak, of Winston-Salem, Willie T. Leak, Jr. and wife, Sylvia, of Cheraw, S.C., and Reginald Leak, of Winston-Salem; three brothers, Rev. Charles Leak, of Winston-Salem, Luther Leak and wife, Marie, of Winston-Salem, Robert Leak and wife, Jackie, of Winston-Salem; 20 grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; a devoted friend, Myrtle Hash; and three loyal friends, James Perkins and Woodrow Graham, of Winston-Salem, and Lucy Lunn Marshall, of Baltimore, Md. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, November 5, 1999 at 2:00 p.m. at Clark S. Brown and Sons Funeral Home, 727 N. Patterson Avenue. The family will receive friends from 1:30-2:00 p.m. at the funeral home. The family requests that all floral tributes be sent to Clark S. Brown & Sons Funeral Home.