WALKERTOWN -- Mrs. Betsy Maurer Aaron, 73, died Thursday afternoon, Aug. 3, 2000, at Forsyth Medical Center. She was born Oct. 19, 1926, in Richmond, Va. , to William K. and Jane Elizabeth Ellis Maurer. Mrs. Aaron had retired from R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. and was preceded in death by her husband, Moyer Garfield Aaron; two brothers, Billy and Clarence Maurer; and a sister, Bertha Dunlap. Surviving are four daughters and sons-in-law, Gay Nell and Steve Whiteheart of Walkertown , and Gloria Jean and Billy Triplett, Sue Ann and Danny Vandiver , and Teresa Jane and Robert Childress all of Winston-Salem; three sons, Garland Gray Aaron and wife Holt of South Carolina, Michael Ray Aaron of Winston-Salem and William Patrick Aaron of Walkertown; a sister, Georgia Lewis of Clemmons; a brother, Clyde Maurer of Winston-Salem; 10 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Hayworth-Miller Silas Creek Chapel by the Rev. Frank Shumate. Burial will follow in Gardens of Memory in Walkertown. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
KING -- Leatha Bennett East, 91, of Charlie Hartgrove Road died Friday, Aug. 4, 2000, at Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem. She had been in declining health for several years and serious for a week. She was born April 7, 1909, in Stokes County to William Isom and Henrietta Robertson Bennett. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Troy East in 1975; three brothers, Reid, Thomas Austin and Fitzhugh Bennett; and three sisters, Mollie Covington, Ada Boyd and Agnes East. Surviving are three sons, William C. (Delores) East, Jimmy Harold (Opal) East and Doug East all of King; four grandchildren, Lisa Draughn of Pilot Mountain and Chad East, Carolyn Thompson and Jennifer East all of King; two great-granddaughters, Madison Draughn of Pilot Mountain and Emma Thompson of King; and six sisters, Mary Wilkerson of Jettersville, Va., Nettie B. East of King, Moneda Stack of Kernersville, Ruth Booth, Delia McKinney and Daisy Kiser , all of Westfield. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 7, 2000, at Slate Funeral Home in King. Elder Jimmy Lankford will officiate. Burial will follow in the Boyles Chapel Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at Slate Funeral Home in King.
LEXINGTON -- Mr. Russell Palmer Freedle Sr., 84, of N. N.C. Highway 150, died Friday, Aug. 4, 2000, at Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem. A funeral service will be 4 p.m. Sunday at Friendship United Methodist Church, where he was a member. The Rev. Randy Lucas and the Rev. Wade Wright will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Mr. Freedle was born Feb. 24, 1916, in Davidson County to Charlie R. Freedle and Maude Carrie Temple Freedle. He was retired from Reedy Creek Tractor Co. He was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Sandra Freedle Bailey Goss in 1996; and three brothers, Charlie Wade Freedle, Raymond Elwood Freedle and Bruce Freedle. Surviving are his wife, Helen Miller Freedle of the home; a son, Russell P. Freedle Jr. and wife Norma Porter Freedle of Lexington; a daughter, Glenola (Lynn) Freedle Shoaf and husband Kenneth Noland Shoaf of Lexington; four grandchildren, Scarlet Shoaf Link and husband Danny, Debra Freedle Woosley, Anita Freedle Milsap and husband Chris , and Rhonda Freedle Huffman and husband David; six great-grandchildren, Kendra Danielle Link, T.J. Bailey, Hannah, Corri and Kinsey Milsap , and Shaundee Woosley; and two brothers, Rogel Floyd Freedle and Glenn Allen Freedle both of Lexington. The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday at Davidson Funeral Home and other times at the home.
ROCKY MOUNT, Va. -- Mr. Stafford Carroll Gunter, 67, died Friday morning at his home. Mr. Gunter served in the Air Force during the Korean conflict. He was born in Patrick County to the late Richard and Lelia Collins Gunter. Surviving are his wife, Emily K. Gunter of the home; a daughter, Vicki Graham of Woodstock, Ga.; a son, Kevin Gunter of Rocky Mount; three grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren; three sisters, Mrs. Fred (Anna) Nichols of Ridgeway, Va., and Mrs. Frank (Shirley) Custer and Mrs. Talmadge (Eloise) Wade , both of Martinsville, Va.; and three brothers and sisters-in-law, Winfred and Elanor Gunter of Winston-Salem, Gary and Thelma Gunter of Stuart, Va. , and Milton and Betty Gunter of Danbury. Funeral services for Mr. Gunter will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Moody Funeral Home Chapel in Stuart with the Rev. Bernard Handy officiating. Interment will be in the High Point Baptist Church Cemetery with full military rites by the Patrick County Veterans Memorial Honor Guard. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service and other times at the home of Gary and Thelma Gunter, Shingle Shop Road, Stuart, Va. Memorials may be made to the High Point Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, 641 S. Mayo Drive, Stuart, VA 24171.
KING -- Wanda Helsabeck Hill, 46, died Thursday, Aug. 3, 2000. She was born Dec. 30, 1953, in Forsyth County to Clay Calvin and Patty Sue Hawkins Helsabeck. Wanda was a graduate of South Stokes High School and had been employed by Sara Lee Hosiery, Weeks Division for the past 15 years. Surviving are her husband, Eddie Hill of the home; a brother, Alvin Clarence Helsabeck of Village Care of King; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, August 6, 2000, at Slate Funeral Home in King with the Rev. Dan Wilkers officiating. Burial will follow in the Antioch United Methodist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. at Slate Funeral Home in King.
PINEHURST -- Mr. John F. ''Jim'' Lawrence, 72, a former resident of Wilmington and Charlotte, died at his home in Pinehurst Thursday, Aug. 3, 2000, after a yearlong battle with cancer. He was born on Nov. 4, 1927, in Hanover, Pa., to the late George F. and Esther Bixler Lawrence. Mr. Lawrence was the founder and president of Beacon Brokers Inc., a statewide food brokerage company based in Charlotte. He was a member of the North Carolina Food Dealers Association and the National Food Brokers Association. He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army. A memorial Mass celebrating his life will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2000, in Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Pinehurst, with Father Robert Diegelman officiating. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Joan Grady Lawrence; his son, Kevin J. Lawrence and his wife, Barbara, of Winston-Salem; his daughter, Linda L. Turza of Charlotte; his sister, Mary L. Little of Hanover, Pa.; and four grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Blessed Juan Diego Mission, c/o Sacred Heart Catholic Church, P.O. Box 1768, Pinehurst, NC 28370.
LEXINGTON -- Kay Hobbs Leonard, 54, of 422 Country Club Blvd. , died Thursday, Aug. 3, 2000, at Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem. A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Timberlake Chapel at Piedmont Funeral Home, conducted by the Rev. David Shaffer, Dr. Sandy Beck and the Rev. Leonard Rollins. Mrs. Leonard was born Feb. 9, 1946, in Alexandria, Va., to Hoyle Ray Hobbs and Rita Kochert Hobbs. She was married on May 6 1967 to Ronald F. Leonard, who survives her, of the home. She was a resident of Davidson County until 1969 and moved to Winston-Salem until 1987, when her family relocated to Kennesaw, Ga.; she recently relocated back to Davidson County two weeks ago. She was employed as an executive secretary with R.J. Reynolds Nabisco, before moving to Kennesaw. She was a member of the Altrusa Club. She was an active member of Kennesaw First Baptist Church, where she was a member of the church choir. She was also a member of the Kennesaw Singers, the Marietta Chorale and the West Cobb County Senior Chorus. Surviving in addition to her husband are a daughter, Carmen Grammer of Charlottesville, Va.; a son, Kevin Leonard of Charlotte; three sisters, Linda Coble of Greensboro, Theresa Sinclair of Reidsville and Elaine Littrell of Lexington; and her mother, Rita Kochert Hobbs of Lexington. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Piedmont Funeral Home and other times at 500 Moore Drive, Lexington. Memorial contributions may be made to the A.L.S. Association, 27001 Agoura Road, Suite 150, Calabasas Hills, CA 91301-5104.
YADKINVILLE -- Mrs. Brenda Calloway Rooks, 51, of 1653 Crater Lane, Yadkinville , passed away Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2000, in Yadkinville from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. Mrs. Rooks was born Nov. 15, 1948, in Surry County to Terry Dalton Calloway and Vernell Davis Calloway. She was a graduate of East Wilkes High School and received her master's degree from Appalachian State University. Mrs. Rooks was a fourth-grade teacher at Yadkinville Elementary School in Yadkinville. Preceding her in death was her father, Terry Dalton Calloway. Surviving are her husband, Larry Rooks of Yadkinville; a daughter, Terri Hamby (Mark) Foster of Yadkinville; two stepsons, Grant Rooks of Yadkinville and Scott (Robin) Rooks of Raleigh/Durham; her mother, Vernell Davis Calloway of the Clingman community, Ronda; two sisters, Lynn (Johnny) Boggs of Farmington and Tammy (Fritz) Bruening of Grand Blanche, Mich.; two brothers, Rodney (Beverly) Calloway and Kenneth (Lorraine) Calloway both of Ronda; two grandchildren, Hannah and Samantha Foster of Yadkinville; and two stepgrandchildren, Austin and Steven Rooks. Her funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Clingman by the Rev. Dennis Murphy. She will lie in state 30 minutes prior to the service. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Gentry Family Funeral Service on U.S. Highway 601 N, Yadkinville.
YADKINVILLE -- ''The Peace of God which passes all understanding shall keep our hearts and minds through Jesus Christ Our Lord.'' Phi li p pians 4:7 Our mother, Mrs. Lillie Delana Cockerham Salmons departed this earthly life on Aug. 4, 2000, and is at peace with Jesus in her Heavenly home. Mrs. Salmons was born March 22, 1905, to the late Pleasant and Ennis Cockerham, was 95 years old and will be deeply missed by her family who loved her very much. Mrs. Salmons ''Gran Gran'' was a wonderful and loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend. She was a strong woman who trusted God and believed that God's grace was sufficient for all of her needs. Mrs. Salmons was preceded in death by her husband, Mr. James Harley Salmons; two sons, Mr. Glenn Avery Salmons and Mr. James Albert Salmons; her daughter, Mrs. Kathleen Hasentine Hemric; three brothers, William, Monroe and James Cockerham; and two sisters, Percy Whitaker and Bessie Evans. She is survived by her daughters, Mrs. Margaret (Gilbert) Cartner, Mrs. Phyllis (Ernie) Sawyer, Mrs. Frances (Nelson) Vestal, Mrs. Peggy (Mitchell) Warden, Mrs. Dorothy Miller and Mrs. Mary Ruth Eaton; and a son, Mr. Claude (Barbara) Salmons. She is also survived by many grandchildren and great-grandchildren who will never forget ''Gran Gran'' because of the tremendous love she shared. Mrs. Salmons was a member of the Yadkinville Pentecostal Holiness Church in Yadkinville. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5, 2000, at Gentry Family Funeral Service, Highway 601 North , Yadkinville , and other times at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Cartner, 1308 Lone Hickory Road, Yadkinville. Her funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 6, 2000, at the Gentry Family Chapel by the Rev. James Williams and the Rev. Timothy Jones. The family would like to thank the staff of Forsyth Medical Center and the staff of Willowbrook Health Care Center for the care they extended to Mrs. Salmons and her family.
Muriel Qua Staton, ''Quacky , '' died Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2000, at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. She was born in Northampton, Mass. on Jan. 30, 1918, the daughter of John Calvin and Anna Dunn Qua. She was a graduate of Woman's College of North Carolina. She completed graduate work at Wake Forest College where she met her husband. She retired in October of 1999 after 50 years of total service at North Carolina Baptist Hospital. She received the President's Citation Award in 1995 for Excellence in Every Dimension of Service. She was beloved wife of W. Reid Staton who died in 1980. She is survived by many loving family and friends, including their children W. Reid Staton Jr. of Wilmington, John William Staton of Yorktown, Va., Jill Staton Bullard of Raleigh and Jean Staton Butler of Marietta, Ga. and their families. She is also survived by her brother, John Qua of Northampton, Mass. and his family. Her numerous grandchildren will miss their dear ''Quacky'' as will her extended family in the clinical labs at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center and the Reid Staton Bible Class. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5 at Wake Forest Baptist Chapel in the Wait Chapel. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle, 216 Lord Anson Drive, Raleigh, NC 27610 or to a charity of the donor's choice.