CHARLOTTE -- Katherine Church Kelly, 88, of Charlotte, widow of the late David Lee Kelly and the loving mother of Patricia Kelly Johnson and Dr. David Lee Kelly Jr. , died Wednesday, May 31, 2000, at the Mecklenburg Health Care Center in Charlotte. Mrs. Kelly was born on Sept. 1, 1911, in Roaring River , a daughter of the late William G. Church and Mary Ann Sale Church. She is survived by her daughter, Patricia Kelly Johnson and her husband, Darwin Tip Johnson , of Charlotte; her son, Dr. David Lee Kelly Jr. and his wife, Sally Pullen Kelly , of Winston-Salem; eight grandchildren, Kathy Burnette and her husband, Tom Burnette, David L. Kelly III and his wife, Julie Kelly, Mary Brooks Maund and her husband, Robert Maund, Julia Ann Goins and her husband, Ted Goins, Beth Medders and her husband, Rusty Medders, Sharon Weeks and her husband, Gaither Weeks, Karen Riffle and her husband, Cecil Riffle , and Darwin Johnson and his wife, Lisa Johnson; and 20 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, June 3, 2000, from the graveside at Yadkinville Cemetery, Yadkinville , with the Rev. Linda Kelly officiating. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Harry and Bryant Co., 500 Providence Road, Charlotte. Mrs. Kelly will lie in state from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Gentry Family Services, 5108 Highway 601 N., Yadkinville. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Giles Presbyterian Church, Mission Support, 2027 Emerywood Drive, Charlotte, NC 28210. Harry and Bryant Co. is serving the family of Mrs. Kelly.
DURHAM -- Mr. Jerry Gray Lee, 46, of Durham died Wednesday, May 31, 2000, after a long battle with cancer. He was born June 19, 1953, in Forsyth County to Robert S. and Ailene Hendrix Lee. He was a member of Clemmons Baptist Church. He was employed with Sun Coast Motion Pictures. He was preceded in death by his father. Surviving are a son, Alexander Lee of Richmond, Va.; his mother of Clemmons; a brother, James Lee and wife LaDonna of Clemmons; a niece, Amanda Lee of Clemmons; and two special friends, Wendy Elliott of Garner and Danny Lineberry of Raleigh. A graveside service will be at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Westlawn Gardens of Memory by the Rev. Claxton Hall. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Vogler Clemmons Chapel. Memorials may be made to Hospice.
CRUMPLER -- Mr. Robert Thomas Long Jr., better known as ''Botchie'', 65, died Tuesday night at N . C . Baptist Hospital. He was born in Gary, W.Va. , on Sept. 9, 1934, to Sally Baylor Long. He was retired from the U.S. Army. The Rev. Douglas Callahan, the Rev. Curtis Wolfe, the Rev. Donald Dyer and evangelist Gloria Richardson will hold funeral services Saturday evening at Boone Family Funeral Home Chapel. Inurnment will be at a later date. The family will receive friends at 4 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home with praises going up to follow until. He is survived by his wife, Odessa Jones Long; a son, Robert Long III of Boone; a daughter, Frontrina Wray of Kentucky; a stepson, Michael McQueen of West Jefferson; a brother, James Long of Jefferson; two sisters, Jackie Byers and Diane Byers both of Jefferson; nine grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. His parents and a daughter, Valerie Goldman in 1992, preceded him in death. The Passover will be at the home of Odessa Long, 755 Huckleberry Ridge Road, Crumpler, NC 28617. Boone Family Funeral Home of West Jefferson is handling arrangements.
DENVER, Colo. -- Mr. James Thomas Miller, 48, of Denver, Colo. passed away Friday, May 26, 2000, at Swedish Hospital in Englewood, Colo. Mr. Miller graduated from Mount Airy High School in 1969 and from Duke University with a bachelor's degree in economics in 1974. He was an executive with the Boy Scouts of America and was also associated with Dupont in Camden , S.C. before moving to Denver. While in South Carolina, the Governor's committee named him the Handicapped South Carolinian of the year in 1987. He was an avid hunter and fisherman , and was an active volunteer in his church, at Craig Hospital and in Promise Keepers. Survivors include his father, Walter James Miller Jr.; his mother, Billie Prather Miller; a brother, William Prather Miller; a sister-in-law, Stephanie Graham Miller; a nephew, Alexander Prather Miller; and a niece, Caitlin Graham Miller. His parents live in Mount Airy , and the other members of the family are from Greensboro. Funeral services were held May 30, 2000, at Christ Episcopal Church in Denver. A memorial service will be at 2:30 p.m. Monday, June 5, at Central United Methodist Church in Mount Airy. The service will be led by Dr. Richard Crowder and the Rev. McLean Faw. The family will receive friends in the church parlor of Central United Methodist Church from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Memorial contributions may be sent to Christ Episcopal Church, 2950 S. University Blvd., Denver, CO 80210.
CLEMMONS -- Mr. Clyde Roy Nifong Jr., 71, of Clemmons passed away Thursday, June 1, 2000, following a long and valiant battle with Alzheimer's Disease. Roy was the son of Clyde R. and Mary Binkley Nifong, both of whom preceded him in death. Roy Nifong's life was marked by service to his country, to his state and to his community. Having served as a Marine veteran of the Korean War, Roy retired from the United States Postal Service after a career of 27 years. During that time and in retirement, his lifelong love of farming led him to numerous positions of leadership in state and local conservation organizations. He spent more than 35 years on the Forsyth County Soil and Water Conservation District Board. He was a member of the State Soil and Water Conservation Commission for six years, and in 1975 he served as president of the State Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts. In January of 1998 the State Commission elected him to the North Carolina Soil and Water Conservation Hall of Fame. Roy also devoted his abundant energies to Clemmons Moravian Church, to the Boy Scouts and to Southwest Forsyth Little League. A past president of the young adult group of the Southern Province of the Moravian Church, Roy taught Sunday school for 10 years at Clemmons Moravian, where he also served on the board of trustees and as a Stephen's minister. When he became Cub Master, and later Scout Master of Boy Scout Troop 736 in Clemmons, Roy was instrumental in developing a God and Country Award for scouts who are members of the Moravian church. For his meritorious contributions, he was honored with membership in the BSA's Order of the Arrow. During his tenure as both a team manager and vice president of Southwest Forsyth Little League, Roy designed and built new dugouts for the Clemmons baseball field, which, until it gave way to construction of the new elementary school, bore his name. Few may remember, but Roy's enthusiasm for building even inspired him to fashion and erect the flag pole that still stands at West Forsyth High School where Roy was once a member of the booster club. In addition, Roy participated actively in a number of civic and charitable organizations, including the Grange, the Masons, the York and Scottish Rites , and the Winston-Salem Shrine Club, of which he was a past president. A loving husband, father and brother, he is survived by his wife, Jewal Landreth ''Agnes'' Nifong of Clemmons; his son, William R. Nifong of Durham; two sisters, Cordelia Nifong ''Pat'' Wishon and husband Wade , and Martha Nifong Walsh and husband Robert , all of Clemmons; a brother, Jacob ''Jake'' Nifong and wife Evelyn of Pfafftown; and many loving nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Clemmons Moravian Church with the Rev. Ray Burke and the Rev. Jon Peterson officiating. Burial will follow in the church graveyard. Mr. Nifong will lie in state at the church from 10:30 to 11 a.m. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Hayworth-Miller Kinderton Chapel. In honor of Roy's dedication to this church and to the environment, as well as his great love for coastal North Carolina, the family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made in his name either to Clemmons Moravian Church, 3560 Spangenburg Ave., P.O. Box 236, Clemmons, NC 27012 or to the C. Roy Nifong Jr. Memorial, the Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University, Box 90328, Durham, NC 27708-0328 (checks payable to Duke University). All funds contributed to the Nicholas School will be used to support the meaningful research and conservation efforts of Duke's Beaufort Marine Laboratory. (Hayworth-Miller Kinderton Chapel in Advance, Highway 158 across from Bermuda Run, Telephone 940-5555 or toll-free (888) 940-8511 . )
SALISBURY -- Dr. Carroll John Painter, 52, beloved and well-known obstetrician and gynecologist in Salisbury since 1981, died Wednesday, May 31, at his home after suffering a massive heart attack. Dr. Painter was born in Lincoln County to John Ephraim and Pearl Jane Painter on April 20, 1948. He was a 1966 graduate of Lincolnton High School and N.C. State University in 1970. Following a year of teaching high school and graduate studies, he entered Bowman Gray School of Medicine where he graduated in 1975. He completed his internship and residency in Chattanooga, Tenn., specializing in obstetrics and gynecology. Dr. Painter was a member of The Fellowship in the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Visitation will be Friday, June 2, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Summersett Funeral Home in Salisbury with services at St. John's Lutheran Church, Saturday at 2 p.m. officiated by the Rev. Carl Sachtleben. Cremains will be placed in St. John's Lutheran Church Columbarium after the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Habitat of Humanity of Lincoln County, 203 S. Laurel St., Lincolnton, NC 28092 or Habitat for Humanity of Rowan County, P.O. Box 3356, Salisbury, NC 28145-3356.
KING -- Mrs. Martha Mozelle Hunt Palmer, 90, widow of Reid Palmer, 120 Pilot View Drive in King passed away Tuesday morning, May 30, 2000, at Stokes Reynolds Memorial Hospital. Mrs. Palmer was born in Surry County Oct. 17, 1909, to Charlie Edward and Nela Ashburn Hunt. Mrs Palmer was a homemaker and of the Baptist faith. Surviving are two sisters, Polly Branon of the home and Lillie Campbell of Pilot Mountain; several nieces and nephews; and a special sister-in-law, Ida Palmer of Pilot Mountain. Mrs. Palmer was preceded in death by two sisters, Ida Allen and Etta Stewart and two brothers, Oscar Hunt and Hoy Hunt. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, June 2, 2000, at Cox-Needham Funeral Home and Chapel in Pilot Mountain by Brother Tommy Noah, Brother Bobby Jenkins and Brother Don Collins. Burial will be in the Cedar Hill Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Cox-Needham Funeral Home Thursday, June 1, from 7-8:30 p.m.
Mrs. Ottie Lyerly Rutledge died Tuesday, May 30, 2000, at the Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home. She was born Aug. 23, 1908, in Wilkes County to James Robert and Carrie Elizabeth Craven Lyerly. Mrs. Rutledge was a member and taught Sunday school at Salem Baptist Church. She retired from R.J. Reynolds with 52 years of service. She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond David Rutledge. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. John Mick of Huntington, W.Va.; five sisters, Mabel Wilson, Mary Watson, Ruby Hoffman, Kitty Gavin and husband Maxie and Joan Jessup and husband Lewis; five grandchildren, Karl Mick, Kathy Schneider, John Mick, Karol Bundy and Kevin Mick; and nine great-grandchildren, Phillip Mick, Natalie, Beth and John Schneider, David, Megan and Zackary Mick and Rachael and Sarah Bundy. A funeral service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, June 3, 2000, at Hayworth-Miller Silas Creek Chapel with the Rev. Floyd Boles officiating. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Entombment will be at Forsyth Memorial Park. Memorials may be sent to Hospice of Winston-Salem/Forsyth County, 1100-C S. Stratford Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27103-3200; Salem Baptist Church, 429 S. Broad St., Winston-Salem, NC 27101; or Arbor Acres, 1240 Arbor Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27104.
CLEMMONS -- Mr. Clyde Lee Shumate, 69, of Dawn Drive, Clemmons died May 31, 2000, at Forsyth Medical Center. He was born in Forsyth County to Arlie and Flora Bodenheimer Shumate on Sept. 13, 1930. Mr. Shumate was a member of Bible Baptist Church in Clemmons. He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Perry Lee Shumate; a son-in-law, Danny Lee Mabe; and a brother, Arlie Shumate. Surviving are his wife, Nancy; three daughters, Rhonda Mabe of Winston-Salem, Robin Sain and husband Timothy of Hickory , and Valerie Lewis and husband Darrell of Winston-Salem; two stepsons, Timothy VanHoy and wife Debbie of Fancy Gap , and Barry VanHoy and wife Tina of Mount Airy; 12 grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Grady C. Shumate of Charlotte , and Robert R. Shumate and wife Stephanie of King; and a sister, Alma ''Sis'' Plemmons and husband Don of Winston-Salem. A graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 3, at Parklawn Memorial Gardens with Pastor Don Jones officiating. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m Friday at Hayworth-Miller Silas Creek Chapel. Memorials may be made to Bible Baptist Church, 2870 Middlebrook Drive, Clemmons, NC 27012.
MOUNT AIRY -- Mr. Franklin ''Frank'' Ray Wilhite, 48, of 674 Albion Church Road, Mount Airy, husband of Sharon Jessup Wilhite passed away on Thursday, June 1, 2000, at his home. Mr. Wilhite was born in Forsyth County on March 4, 1952, the son of Winonia Hiatt Wilhite and the late Ramey Wilhite. He was the owner and operator of Wilhite's Automotive Machine Shop and a member of Slate Mountain Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, Sharon Jessup Wilhite of the home; his mother, Winonia Hiatt Wilhite of Mount Airy; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Bonnie and David Hawkins of Pilot Mountain and Martha and Steve Eaton of Mount Airy; three brothers and sisters-in-law, R.J. and Betty Wilhite, Danny and Alice Wilhite and Joe and Phyllis Wilhite all of Mount Airy; and special friends, Darrell and Marie King and Greg and Reta Nichols all of Mount Airy. The funeral service will be 2 p.m. Sunday, June 4, 2000, at Moody Funeral Home Chapel of Mount Airy conducted by the Rev. Verlon Combs, with burial in the Albion Community Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m at Moody Funeral Home of Mount Airy.