Mr. Ronnie Lee ''Jed'' Merritt, Sr., 48, of Winston-Salem, died Monday, Nov . 1, 1999 at Forsyth Medical Center. Ronnie was born on June 7, 1951 in Forsyth County a son of Harvey W. and Virginia H. Newman Merritt. He was a Marine Veteran of the Vietnam War and a self-employed Painter. He is survived by his wife, Kelly Bennett Merritt of Midway; two sons, Ronnie lee Merritt, Jr. of Lewisville and Jed Merritt of Lexington; his father and step-mother, Harvey and Barbara Merritt of King; his mother and step-father, Virginia N.M. Harrell (Bill) of Jonesville; two grandsons, Tristan and Garron Merritt of Lewisville; two sisters, Peggy M. Floyd (Jim) of Winston-Salem and G.R. Merritt of Jonesville; and three brothers, Tony Merritt (Brenda) of Rural Hall, Jamie Merritt of King, and Michael Harrell (Beverly) of Jonesville. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov . 3, 1999 at Foster Funeral Home. The family will receive friends from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
CHESAPEAKE, Va. -- On Wednes day, October 27, 1999 at Ports mouth Naval Hospital in Ports mouth, VA., God took a ray of his sunshine back to heaven, and Mrs. Tarsha Love Miller, of 700 Johnstown Road, Chesa peake, Va., went home. Tarsha was born in Winston-Salem on April 27, 1965 to Deatra Love and Charles Gardner. She graduated from North Forsyth High School in 1983. She attended A & T State University for two years prior to enlisting in the United States Navy. Tarsha served in the U.S. Navy for twelve years until she medically retired in November of 1998. She was an active member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Chesapeake, Va. and Holy Trinity Full Gospel Baptist Church in Winston-Salem. She leaves to cherish her memory, her loving and devoted husband, Minister Richard C. Miller, Jr.; and niece, Yveathus Love, both of the home; her mother, Deatra (Robert) Lynch; her father, Charles (Brenda) Gardner; her grandmother, Mrs. Allie Love; her grandmother-in-law, Mrs. Sarah Miller; in-laws, Pastors Richard C. (Ernestine) Miller, Sr., of Winston-Salem, Christine (Samuel) Denson, of Maryland; two sisters, Venus Love and Tonya Lynch; two brothers, Charles Love and Kevin Gardner; one stepsister, Ashante Lowery; four sisters-in-law, Olympeia (Rick) Howell, Valeria, Trenia, and Aquilla Miller; one brother-in-law, Minister Joseph (Nicole) Miller; four nieces; and five nephews, all of Winston-Salem; three devoted friends, Joyce (Casseaus) Nelson, Bernita (Tony) Thompson, and Leslie (Demetrius) Stitmon, all of Virginia; her favorite Buncos Buddies of Virginia; and many aunts; uncles; cousins; relatives; and friends. Homegoing services will be held Tuesday, November 2, 1999 at 11:30 a.m. at Holy Trinity Full Gospel Baptist Church, with Minister Richard C. Miller, Sr. presiding. Interment will be in Salisbury National Cemetery with full military rites. (RUSSELL)
MT. AIRY -- Mr. Samuel Leonard Mills, 79, of 237 Jackson Rd., Mt. Airy, N.C., husband of Mrs. Doris Parks Mills, passed away Sunday evening, October 31, 1999 at the Nash General Hospital in Rocky Mount, N.C. Mr. Mills was born February 4, 1920 in Surry County, son of James Anderson Mills and Lula C. Mann Mills. He is a member of Central United Methodist Church. Before retirement, he traveled for over 30 years for Tickle Jobber Supply, a wholesale automotive parts distributor. He served five years in the U.S. Army during World War II and was wounded in combat in Germany. He is a recipient of the Purple heart and other medals. Mr. Mills is a member of the D.A.V. and a member of VFW Post 2019. He is a member and past Master of Renfro Masonic Lodge #691 AF and AM. he is a member and past Patron (which he served three times) of Mount Airy Chapter #18, Order of the Eastern Star. He has also served the Grand Chapter as District Deputy Grand Patron for 15 years in Alexander, Alleghany, Ashe, Iredell, Wilkes, Yadkin, and Surry counties. Mr. Mills has been active in Boy Scout Troop 538 of the First Baptist Church serving as their Advancement Chairman. He was presented a engraved plaque by Troop 538 in appreciation of his time and efforts for over 14 years. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Doris Parks Mills of the home; a son, Gary Leonard Mills and a daughter-in-law, Wayburn and Monetz Mills of Wilson, N.C.; a grandson, Jason Christopher Mills of Chapel Hill, N.C.; a granddaughter, Diana Elizabeth Mills of Wilson, N.C.; two sisters, Doris Mills Holyfield of Charlotte, N.C. and Thelma Mills Coe of Sanford, N.C.; one sister-in-law, Ruth Bruner Mills of Mt. Airy; and several nieces and nephews. Mr. and Mrs. Mills celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary on June 15, 1998. Mr. Mills was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Franklin Mills; and one sister, Ovila Mills Briggs. Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 3, 1999 at Central United Church conducted by Rev. Phillip Cole and Mr. Charles Vaughn. Burial will be held in Oakdale Cemetery with full masonic rites conducted by members of the Renfro Lodge #691 AF and AM with District Deputy Grand Lecturer of the 50th District, C. Dwight Blackburn, Past Master of Trap Hill Lodge #483 AF and AM officiating as Master. The family will receive friends 7-9 p.m. Tuesday night at Moody Funeral Home of Mt. Airy where Mr. Mills will remain until carried to the church for the service. At other times the family will receive friends at the home, 237 Jackson Rd., Mt. Airy, N.C. Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to the Central United Church or to Oxford Orphanage, Oxford, N.C.
MOCKSVILLE -- Mr. Clifton Henry Barnes, 83, of U.S. Highway 64 E. passed away Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2000, at Rowan Regional Medical Center in Salisbury. Mr. Barnes was born Aug. 12, 1917, in Davie County to the late Richard C. and Florence Wyatt Barnes. He was preceded in death by a sister, Ila Barnes Yontz. He was a member of No Creek Primitive Baptist Church and was a retired employee of Heritage Furniture in Mocksville. He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Omie Jones Barnes of the home; a brother, Harvey Barnes of Mocksville; two sisters, Pearl B. Walser of Lexington and Lelia B. Lemley of Mebane; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3, 2000, at Davie Funeral Service Chapel, with the Elder Eugene Bennett officiating. Burial will follow the service at No Creek Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery in Mocksville. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2, 2000, at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to No Creek Primitive Baptist Church Building Fund, 107 Nail Road, Mocksville, NC 27028 or to the donor's choice. Davie Funeral Service, LLC 416 Valley Road, Mocksville, will be serving the Barnes family.
Mr. Roosevelt Corbit Benton, affectionately known as ''Rooster,'' of Winston-Salem departed this life Monday, Oct. 30, 2000, at Forsyth Medical Center. He was born in Darlington, S.C., moved to Winston-Salem at an early age and attended Forsyth County schools. He worked at what was then known as Schlitz Brewery and later named Barringer R.H. Distributing Co. Inc. for 33 years. He is believed to be the first black American hired as a salesman with a brewery distribution company in Winston-Salem. He later worked at Goody's Manufacturing. After retiring, Mr. Benton moved to Durham and lived with Dee Dee and her family for many years. Mr. Benton moved back to the city and was a member of the Usher Board and Senior Class No. 3 at Mars Hill Baptist Church; was a past junior deacon and assistant general manager of the Usher Board; and had served as a PTA president. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Harvey Benton, and his parents, Mr. Dock Charles Benton and Mrs. Emma Lou Corbit Benton. Mr. Benton is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Carol Benton Hunter (Jim) of Winston-Salem and Delores ''Dee Dee'' Benton Evans, Esquire of Durham; a son, Roosevelt ''Vel'' Calvin Foriest of Charlotte; a sister, Ms. Nancy Benton Carpenter of Winston-Salem; a brother-in-law, Mr. Ernest N. Lewis of Columbia, S.C.; five grandchildren, Mr. Earl Marshall Evans Jr. (Leslie) of Raleigh, Mr. Ryan Benton Evans and Ms. Angela Monique Evans of Durham, Ms. Jaime Hunter and Ms. Le'Shea Agnew of Winston-Salem; five great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews, cousins and friends. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3, 2000, at Mars Hill Baptist Church, with the Rev. K.E. Lilly Sr. officiating. Interment will be in the family plot of the Evergreen Cemetery. The family visitation will be from 1:30 to 2 p.m. Friday at the church. The family may be contacted at 3235 Parrish Road. (RUSSELL)
STATESVILLE -- Mr. David Alonzo Bunch, 85, of 2508 Simonton Road died suddenly Tuesday at his residence. He was a native of Iredell County, born Sept. 29, 1915, a son of the late A.W. and Minnie Davis Bunch. Mr. Bunch was a lifelong resident of Statesville and did volunteer work at the Statesville Library. He staffed the James Iredell Room for the last 25 years since his retirement from B&B Fabrics, which he co-founded in 1949. He graduated from Mitchell College and then from Appalachian State University in 1935 and taught history and French at Borden High School in Salisbury until 1942. Mr. Bunch served as a naval officer in World War II. Although a member of Broad Street United Methodist Church from his youth, he was the teacher of the adult Sunday school class at New Salem United Methodist Church for 30 years. He was recently honored by the governor of North Carolina in recognition for his service to the citizens of Iredell County. Mr. Bunch was one of the first recipients of the ''Nine Who Care'' awards given by television station WSOC in Charlotte. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by six brothers. He is survived by 12 nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be 4 p.m. Thursday at Broad Street United Methodist Church, conducted by Dr. Don Haynes and the Rev. Rob Rollins. Interment will follow in Oakwood Cemetery. The family will speak with friends one hour prior to the service from 3 to 4 p.m. at the church. Active and honorary pallbearers will be members of David Bunch Friendship Sunday School Class of New Salem United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to Friends of Iredell County Library, 135 E. Water St., Statesville, NC 28677 or to the choice of the donor. Bunch-Johnson Funeral Home is serving the family of Mr. Bunch.
CLEMMONS -- The Rev. James Alton Fitzgerald, 73, died Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2000, at Forsyth Medical Center. He was born Sept. 27, 1927, in Lincoln County to James B. and Hattie Chaffin Fitzgerald. Rev. Fitzgerald was retired from the ministry after 52 years of service. He pastored several area churches including Mount Olivet United Methodist Church for 13 years and was presently interim pastor at Arcadia United Methodist Church. Surviving are his wife, Laurie Davidson Fitzgerald of the home; four sons, Christopher A. Fitzgerald of Wilkesboro, Reuben B. Fitzgerald of Charlotte, Andrew N. Fitzgerald and wife Milissa of Winston-Salem and Joseph B. Fitzgerald of Wilmington; a daughter, Jane F. Suther and husband Edward of Charlotte; a brother, Bishop A. Ernest Fitzgerald and wife Frances of Winston-Salem; a sister, Oneta F. Smith of Winston-Salem; and four grandchildren, Brad and Allison Suther and Michael and Allen Fitzgerald. A memorial service will be 2 p.m. Friday at Mount Olivet United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Dan Hester and the Rev. G. Thomas Shelton officiating. The family will receive friends following the service in the church fellowship hall. Memorials may be made to Mount Olivet United Methodist Church Scholarship Fund, 1082 Community Road, Lexington, NC 27295 or Davidson Medical Ministries Clinic, 420 N. Salisbury St., Lexington, NC 27292. Hayworth-Miller Silas Creek Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Mr. David Jonathan Hanes, 86, of Winston-Salem died Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2000, at Silas Creek Manor. He was born Feb. 5, 1914, in Forsyth County to Robah Eugene and Effie Louella Vanhoy Hanes. Mr. Hanes was retired from Hanes Knitwear after 34 years of service. He was a lifetime member of Burkhead United Methodist Church. He was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Doris Suber Hanes; his parents; and two sisters, Mary Hanes Sparrow and Margaret Hanes Sparks. Surviving are two daughters, Camilla (Ted) Porter and Marilyn (Jack) Miller both of Winston-Salem; five grandchildren, Allison (Brad) Thompson, Alfred T. Porter III, Amanda Porter, Courtney Miller and Whitney Miller; two great-grandsons, David and Dalton Thompson; and two sisters, Sudie (Robert) Clayton and Jacque (Glenn) Joyce; and a number of nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday at Hayworth-Miller Silas Creek Chapel, with the Rev. Robert M. Smith Jr. officiating. Burial will follow in Forsyth Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Burkhead United Methodist Church, 5250 Silas Creek Parkway, Winston-Salem, NC 27106.
Mrs. Christine Cox Jennings, 78, died Wednesday morning, Nov. 1, 2000, at the Brian Care Center in Winston-Salem. Mrs. Jennings was born March 29, 1922, in Engelhard, Hyde County, to the late Roy Starr and Lucy Williams Cox. She attended Chowan College and worked at Camp Davis during World War II. After that she moved to Durham, where she started a public stenographer business and was a secretary for the Durham Jaycees. She and her husband, Kenneth Jennings, met and were married there in 1947 and moved to Winston-Salem in 1958. She was a homemaker and worked in her husband's architectural firm in Reynolda Village as secretary and bookkeeper for 14 years. During that time she established and operated the Village Soda Shop. She is survived by her devoted husband of Winston-Salem; a son, K.B. ''Ken'' Jennings Jr. and wife Cindy of Winston-Salem; and two daughters, Cindy Jennings and husband Bob Livingstone of Blacksburg, Va., and Amy Jennings and husband Bob Briggs and their children, Elizabeth, Sammy and Emily Briggs of Spokane, Wash. A memorial service will be 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3, at Centenary United Methodist Church, by the Rev. Roland T. Barnhardt and the Rev. B. Edward Ritter. The family will receive friends after the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Centenary United Methodist Church in her name.
Mr. Albert Reece Kirkman, 85, of Lewisville died Monday, Oct. 30, 2000, at Claire Bridge of Winston-Salem. He was born Sept. 26, 1915, in Liberty to Grady R. and Ila Reece Kirkman. Mr. Kirkman was a member of Lewisville United Methodist Church, where he had served as treasurer and Sunday school teacher. He was a member of Enterprise Masonic Lodge No. 752 and was a 32nd degree mason. He had been a member of the Winston-Salem Jaycees and the Lewisville Civic Club, where he was instrumental in obtaining Lewisville's first fire truck. He has also served on the Lewisville School Board and was president of the P.T.A. Mr. Kirkman loved the out of doors and was an avid golfer. He was a charter member of Tanglewood Golf Course and after he was unable to play golf was a ranger at the golf course. For 12 years he was office manager for American Oil Co. He retired from L.A. Reynolds Paving Co. after 30 years of service. Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Celeste Brewer Kirkman of the home; two sons, Reece Kirkman and wife Becky of Advance and Steve Kirkman and wife, Anne of Lewisville; two daughters, Betsy Cooksey and husband, Dick of Spartanburg, S.C., and Beverly Davis and husband, Dean of Lewisville; five grandchildren, Mark Kirkman and wife Renee of Advance, Kent Kirkman and wife Lisa of Clemmons, Eric Kirkman of Lewisville, Ashley Kirkman of Lewisville and Jason Davis of Wilmington; three great-grandchildren, Madison Kirkman, Avery Kirkman and Celeste Kirkman; a brother, Henry M. Kirkman and wife, Billie of Winston-Salem; a sister, Eleanor Livengood of Davidson County; and a number of nieces and nephews. A graveside service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday at Forsyth Memorial Park, by the Rev. Donald W. Routh. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Lewisville United Methodist Church, 6290 Shallowford Road, Lewisville, NC 27023 or to The Alzheimer's Association, Southern Piedmont Chapter, 3420 Shamrock Drive, Charlotte, NC 28215. Vogler & Sons Main Street Chapel.