YADKINVILLE -- Joyce Odom Whitley, of 1204 Lake Way Lane in Yadkinville, died Friday, April 9, 1999, at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center after a brief illness. She was born October 26, 1937 to the late Marcus and Mazie Odom. Joyce retired as librarian from Jonesville Elementary School in 1995. She was a member of the Alpha Delta Kappa Sorority presently serving as President. She was a member of the Yadkinville United Methodist Church where she had held many positions through the years and was presently vice-chairman of the Finance Committee, and a member of the United Methodist Women. Joyce graduated from Wake Forest University in 1959 with a B.S. in English and from Appalachian State University with a Master's Degree in Media Science. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Bruce Whitley on July 18, 1997. She is survived by a daughter, Kim and husband, Derrick Crater, of Yadkinville; a son, Bruce and wife, Angie, of Yadkinville; and a son, Alan of Lake Norman. Also surviving are two grandchildren who were the Joy of her life, twins, Davis and Whitley Crater. Her funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m. Monday, April 12, 1999, at Yadkinville United Methodist Church by Rev. Marcus Portis and Rev. John Fitzgerald. A graveside service will follow in the Hopewell Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Huntersville. The family will receive friends from 7-9 p.m. Sunday at Gentry Family Funeral Service on Highway 601 North of Yadkinville. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Yadkinville United Methodist Church, Yadkinville, N.C. 27055.
Mr. James ''Jim'' Martin Whittemore, 66, of Wallburg, died Friday, April 9, 1999, at Forsyth Medical Center. Mr. Whittemore was born on April 28, 1932 in Buncombe County to the late Harry M. and Ruth Dillingham Whittemore. He was a member of Wallburg Baptist Church, volunteer of the Meals on Wheels, and a former member of Wallburg Lions Club. On June 5, 1954, he was married to Kay Bugher Whittemore. Surviving, in addition to his wife of the home, are one son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Lanelle Whittemore of Winston-Salem; four grandchildren: Allen, Jennifer, Amber and Michael Whittemore, all of Winston-Salem; one sister, Margaret Welch of Falmouth, Virginia. He was preceded in death by a brother, John Whittemore. A graveside service will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 11, 1999, in the Wallburg Baptist Church Cemetery with Reverend J. Max Evington and Dr. Brooks Hunt officiating. The family will receive friends from 7-9 p.m. Saturday at FOSTER FUNERAL HOME. The family requests that memorials be sent to the Wallburg Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box #46, Wallburg, N.C. 27373. FOSTER (769-5548)
NORTH WILKESBORO -- Mrs. Zona Eva Cardwell Spears, 82, widow of Martin Rayvaughn Spears, of Parsonsville Road, died Wednesday, April 7, 1999, at Britthaven Nursing Home. Mrs. Spears was born June 20, 1916 in Wilkes County to Frank Miles Cardwell and Laura Ann Ashley Cardwell. She was preceded in death by one son, James Rayvaughn Spears. Surviving are three sons, Dean and Eugene Spears of Purlear, and Ralph Spears of Wilkesboro; two daughters, Anne Nifong of Kernersville, and Barbara Pipek of Bowie, Maryland; 11 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. Mrs. Spears was the granddaughter of Thomas M. Ashley and John Henry Cardwell, who were Prisoners of War in the Civil War. She was a direct descendant of Sarah Boone, sister of the great pioneer, Daniel Boone. She was a member of Stony Hill Baptist Church in the Parsonsville Community of Wilkes County since the early 1940's. Funeral services will be conducted 2:00 p.m. Saturday, April 10, at Stony Hill Baptist Church with the Rev. David Testerman and the Rev. Wayne Osborne officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends at Miller Funeral Service from 6:30 until 8:30 tonight.
Isaac (Ike) Straughn departed this world from a swimming accident on Wednesday, April 7, 1999, while vacationing in Wild Dunes, S.C. with his loving family and grandchildren. We will dearly miss our beloved husband, father and grandfather who devoted his life to his wife and family. Mr. Straughn was a patient, kind man who always put his family first even while being a successful businessman. He worked for Moore Business Forms for 45 years, winning more Sales Club Awards than any other salesman in the history of the company. He was also a Korean War veteran. After retiring in 1995, Ike enjoyed taking trips with his loving wife of 50 years, Marilyn, and relaxing in the comforts of his Winston-Salem and Grandfather Mountain homes. We are all comforted in knowing Dad is with our Heavenly Father, loving us from afar. Yet, we will grieve over this tragic loss and pray for peace and understanding. Mr. Straughn is survived by his wife, Marilyn Grace Gentner Straughn; his son, Dr. Clifton Wade Straughn of Anderson, S.C.; his daughter, Allison Straughn Hall of Atlanta, Ga.; three grandchildren whom he loved with all his heart, Jordan, Lindsay, and Evans; a brother, William Brent Straughn of Morehead City, N.C.; and a sister, Patsy Straughn Beeson of Rural Hall, N.C. The family will receive friends from 7-9 p.m. Friday at Vogler & Sons Reynolda Chapel. The funeral service will be held 10 a.m. Saturday at Centenary United Methodist Church with burial to follow at Forsyth Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to Centenary United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 658, Winston-Salem, N.C. 27102, or to Forsyth Humane Society, 61 Miller St., Winston-Salem, N.C. 27104.
GREENSBORO -- Zudie Powell White, 82, died peacefully April 8, 1999, from complications of cancer. Burial will be in Forest Lawn Cemetery on Saturday, April 10, at 1:00 p.m. and a memorial service will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. in the sanctuary of the First Presbyterian Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Hale White, her parents, Lillian Pearce and Henry Walker Powell, her brother, H. Walker Powell, Jr., and her sister, Nancy Powell Gheesling. Mrs. White is survived by her sons, William H. White, Jr. of Kingsport, Tenn., Edward (Ned) White, and Walker P. White of Greensboro; Thomas L. White of Yanceyville, N.C.; grandchildren: W. Tyler White, J. Gaines White, Ian Walker White, Elaine Frances White, Mary Alice White, and Juliana Lynn White; great grandchildren: Erin C. White and Colin N. White. She was born November 18, 1916 in Columbia, S.C. She attended Meredith College in Raleigh and Salem College in Winston-Salem. Mrs. White was a faithful and active member of First Presbyterian Church for 50 years where she was a member of the Fellowship Sunday School Class. She was the oldest surviving member of the Wednesday Study Club and has been active in the Greensboro Historical Museum and the Greensboro YMCA. She was the first female president of the Greensboro Cotillion. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the First Presbyterian Church Organ Fund, 617 N. Elm Street, Greensboro, N.C. 27401, Friends Homes at Guilford, 925 New Garden Road, Greensboro, N.C. 27410, and Hospice at Greensboro, 2500 Summit Avenue, Greensboro, N.C. 27405. The family will receive friends from 7-9 p.m. Friday evening at the residence of Ned White, 17 Sturbridge Lane in Greensboro.
EAST BEND -- Mr. Noel Jackson Wood, Sr., 63, of 4236 Shady Grove Church, passed away at his residence Thursday, April 8, 1999. He was born on May 28, 1935 in Wilkes County to the late Doc Wesley Richard Thomas and Annie Harris Wood. He was preceded in death by a sister, Helen Butner Broadus. Mr. Wood was a retired farmer and served in the U.S. Air Force and the Air Force Reserves. Surviving are a former wife and mother of his children, Patricia Holley Wood, and former wife, Rebecca Hammond Wood; sons, Noel (Sara) Jackson Wood, Jr. of East Bend, Gary Wesley Wood of East Bend, and Michael (Denise) Corlie Wood of East Bend; brothers, Bill (Treva) Wood of Marion, Va., Benny (Sadie) Wood of Pfafftown, Bobby (Ruby Dean) Wood of Pfafftown, Jesse (Willa Mae) Wood of Pfafftown, Jerry (Carol) Wood of Pfafftown, Larry (Opal) Wood of Westfield, N.C., and Steve (Starr) Wood of High Point, N.C.; one sister, Edna (James) Boothe of Pfafftown, N.C.; grandchildren: Anna Grey Wood, Megan Wood, Noel Wood, Ashley Wood, Dakota Wood, and Hannah Wood. A funeral service will be conducted Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at the Huff Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Steve Wood and Rev. Hubert Ledlow officiating. Burial will follow at the Old Richmond Evangelical Methodist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the Huff Funeral Home in East Bend from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. Friday evening.
HICKORY -- Mr. Louis DeFoy Baker, 92, of Hwy #10 West, Hickory, died Sunday morning, April 18, 1999, at the Brian Center-Viewmont after several years of declining health. He was born in Catawba Co., September 14, 1906, to the late Norris R. and Louella Yoder Baker. He was the widower of Rhoda Alma Hilton Baker and was a member of Sardis Lutheran Church. After graduating from Startown Farm Life School in the late 1920's, Mr. Baker was employed for 20 years by the Bowman Gray family of the Graylyn Estate in Winston-Salem. Mr. Baker was over the poultry division and caretaker of Graylyn during WW II. After the Gray family donated Graylyn to Wake Forest when it became Bowman Gray School of Medicine, he opened his own business in Rural Hall, N.C. He owned and operated Baker's Hatchery until he retired in the late 1960's. He resided in Forsyth Co. and was a member of Nazereth Lutheran Church in Rural Hall. After the death of his wife he moved back to Catawba Co. A funeral service will be held Thursday at 11:00 a.m. at Sardis Lutheran Church with the Rev. Lester Roof, Rev. Harvey Blume and Rev. Brent Nichols officiating. The body will lie in-state from 10:30-11:00 a.m. The family will receive friends Wednesday from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at Sardis Lutheran Church. Burial will take place in the church cemetery. Surviving are two brothers, Mr. Matt Ransom Baker of Lillington, N.C., and Mr. Norman Olin Baker of Hickory; a number of nieces and nephews and their children. He is preceded in death by a daughter, Martha Louise F. Frazier, and son-in-law, Kent Frazier; two brothers, Floyd O. and Willard Baker, and one sister, Annice Marie Hoke. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Catawba Valley, Inc., 263 3rd Ave., N.W., Hickory, N.C. 28601. HICKORY FUNERAL HOME IN CHARGE OF ARRANGEMENTS.
MOCKSVILLE -- Mrs. Mary Latham Beck, 90, of Howell Road, died unexpectedly Monday morning, April 19, 1999, at Davie County Hospital. Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday in Bear Creek Baptist Church with Rev. Richard Eskew and Rev. Grady Tutterow officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. The family will be at Eaton Funeral Home Tuesday night from 7:00 until 9:00 p.m. They request memorials be considered from the Building Fund of Bear Creek Baptist Church, c/o Jerry Hanes, 268 Bear Creek Church Road, Mocksville, N.C. 27028. The body will be placed in the church 30 minutes prior to the services on Wednesday. Mrs. Beck was born in Davie County, August 8, 1908, to the late William Crawford and Lillie Belle White Latham and was a homemaker. She had also worked at Monleigh Garment Company as a presser and also in the dietary department of Davie County Hospital. She was a longtime member of Bear Creek Baptist Church. She was also a very well known cook. Mrs. Beck was preceded in death by her husband, William Anderson Beck in 1984, and also by a son, William Robert Beck in 1988. Survivors include her daughter, Edith ''Peggy'' Hicks of Mocksville; two sons, Grady Beck and Billy Beck, both of Mocksville; seven grandchildren, five great grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.
Mr. Edward Allen Blackburn, 52, of 6733 Eastbrook Avenue, Ocean Isle Beach, N.C., died Friday, April 16, 1999 at his home. He was born March 21, 1947 in Forsyth County to Herman Edward and Alma Christine Wood Blackburn. Mr. Blackburn attended Davidson County Public School and graduated from Ledford High School in 1965. He attended Forsyth Technical College and served in the US Navy during the Vietnam War. He was Public Relations Director for Balley's Casino in Atlantic City, N.J. until his retirement in 1997 due to failing health. He was a member of New Friendship Baptist Church. Mr. Blackburn is survived by a son, Christopher Scott Blackburn of King, a daughter, Shelly Blackburn of Hickory, and a sister, Patricia Gail Byerly of Winston-Salem. A graveside service will be held in Woodland Cemetery on Tuesday, April 20, 1999 at 11:00 a.m. with Bishop Bobby Cranfill officiating. The family will receive friends from 7:00-9:00 p.m. Monday, April 19 at Hayworth-Miller Silas Creek Chapel.
Mr. Byron Cephas Bristow, 93, of Forrestgate Drive, died Saturday, April 17, 1999, at the Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home. He was born September 26, 1905 in Richmond, Virginia to the late Byron Cephas and Nannie Kathryn Dunn Bristow. Mr. Bristow was a retired Director of Personnel at Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruby Lillaston Bristow and a daughter, Mary Evans Bristow Milhous. Surviving are two granddaughters, Kathryn Bullings and husband, Bruce, of Winston-Salem, and Elizabeth Milhous of Atlanta, Ga.; a nephew, Stover Bristow of Sanford. A Graveside Service will be held at the Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia at a late date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home, 101 Hospice Lane, Winston-Salem, N.C. 27103. Hayworth-Miller Silas Creek Chapel is serving the Bristow family.