WALNUT COVE -- Mr. Paul Marion Mitchell, 62, of Walnut Cove Healthcare Center, died Thursday, April 22, 1999, at Forsyth Medical Center. She was born in Stokes County to Willie and Doskie Venable Mitchell. He operated heavy equipment for Spainhour Brothers. He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Raymond (Ruby) Catron of Thomasville, and Mrs. Fredrick (Cindy) Hardy of Winston-Salem; one brother, Floyd Mitchell of Walnut Cove; two grandchildren, Lakissia Mitchell and Fredrick Hardy, Jr.; four nieces. A 4:00 p.m. graveside service will be held Saturday, April 24, 1999, at Delta United Methodist Church with Rev. Tim Nelson and Rev. Jerry Foley officiating. The family will receive friends following the service at the church. (Burroughs)
MARION, N.C. -- Mrs. Clyde Stepp Rader, 89, of Marion, N.C., passed away Friday, April 23, 1999 in Asheville. Mrs. Rader was born June 7, 1909 in McDowell County. She was the daughter of the late John Lytle and Lula Tisdale Stepp. She was preceded in death by her husband, Alvin W. Rader, Sr. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Marion. She retired in 1977 from Belk-Broome Company as a Sales Clerk in the children's department. Mrs. Rader was active in the McDowell County & North Carolina Senior Games, sang in the seniors choir group ''Saints Alive'' until her poor health caused her to have to quit. Surviving are two daughters, Jeannette Ostwalt of Troutman and Lynda Rumfelt of Winston-Salem; three sons, Alvin Rader, Jr. of Charlotte, Jimmy Rader of Dallas, Texas and Eugene Rader of Houston, Texas; fifteen grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren. The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 25, 1999 at Westmoreland Funeral Home where the body will remain until placed in the church 30 minutes prior to the service. The funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, April 26, 1999 at First Baptist Church of Marion with the Rev. Dr. Robert Davis, Officiating. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Marion, 101 N. Main St., Marion, N. C. 28752.
Mr. Alphonza Leonard Thomas, 68, of 4673 Indiana Avenue, passed away on Monday, April 19, 1999, at his residence following a period of illness. He was a native of Winston-Salem, N.C., born on March 12, 1931, to the late James Fess Thomas and Mary Correll Thomas. He was educated in the public schools of Winston-Salem, N.C., and attended Talladega University in Talladega, Alabama. He was a member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, INC and was a 21 year veteran of the United States Air Force having served in the Korean War and the Vietnam War. He was a member of the Piney Grove Baptist Church and was a retired plant supervisor at the Archie Elledge Waste Treatment Plant with over 22 years of service. He is survived by his devoted wife of forty-six and a half years, Sarah Frances Glenn Thomas of the home; three children, Vickie V. Moore, Vanda D. Thomas, and Rev. Alphonza L. Thomas, II, all of Winston-Salem, N.C.; two grandsons, Alphonza L. Thomas, III, and Semaj DeVoe Moore; two brothers, James H. (Dorothy) Thomas of Washington, D.C., and Walter Lee (Veronica) Thomas of Winston-Salem, N.C.; one sister, Feliciadoll (Eugene) Mattison of Baltimore, Md.; one sister-in-law, Johnnie Mae Thomas of Winston-Salem, N.C.; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and many friends. Funeral services will be conducted on Saturday, April 24, 1999, at 1:00 p.m. from the Piney Grove Baptist Church with Rev. James Linville officiating. Interment will follow in the Evergreen Cemetery with full military rites. The family visitation will be from 12:00 until 1:00 p.m. on Saturday at the Piney Grove Baptist Church. (RUSSELL)
Mrs. Annie Corenor Wallace, 91, passed away Friday, April 23, 1999 at Silas Creek Manor in Winston-Salem. Mrs. Wallace was born April 29, 1907 in Dillon, S. C. to Mr. Whitt and Mettie Herring Hayes. Mrs. Wallace was of the Penticostal Holiness faith. She is preceded in death by six of her children. She is survived by two daughters, Ms. Pat Minter of Washington, D. C. and Mrs. Dianne Kirk of Winston-Salem; two sons, Mr. Clyde Hayes of Norfolk, Va. and Jerry Hayes of Atlanta, Ga., also surviving are several nieces and nephews. A furneral service will be conducted Sunday, April 25, 1999 at 2:00 p.m. at Hayworth-Miller Silas Creek Chapel with Pastor Mike Jefferson officiating, burial will follow at Parklawn Memorial Gardens, the family will receive friends Saturday evening from 7-9 p.m. at the funeral home.
Ms. Linda Eileen Walser, of 801 M.L.K. Jr. Drive, 42, was born on July 28, 1956 in Brooklyn, New York, to the late Martha Louise Young Walser and Horace Calvin Walser. She was called to rest on Thursday morning, April 22, 1999 at her residence. Linda was educated in the WS/FC public schools graduating from North Forsyth High School and furthering her education at Winston-Salem State University. During her early years, she grew up in church parsonages as her father pastored in Mt. Kisco, Kingston and Elmira, New York. When the family was moved to Winston-Salem in 1965 she was always in Sunday school and active in youth activities at Goler Metropolitan AME Church. She loved the church. She was employed at Horizons, Integon Insurance Company and for the Winston-Salem Forsyth County School system. For some years she has had painful periods of illness which resulted in her untimely death. She is survived by her father (whom she lovingly called ''Guy'') Dr. Horace C. Walser and her stepmother, Kay Shore Walser; a maternal grandmother, Lena Young of Lexington; a brother, Ervin Horace Calvin (Ann) Walser II; sisters, Diane Walser (Harold) Smith of Winston-Salem, Sharon (Clarence) Glaster of Upper Marlboro, M.D., Sylvia (Maurice) Gaddy and Velma Elyse Walser both of Winston-Salem; a host of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be held on Monday, April 26 at 3:30 p.m. from Goler Metropolitan AME Zion Church, with Dr. James M. Sloan, pastor, officiating. Interment will follow in the Evergreen Cemetery. The family will receive friends 30 minutes prior to the service (3:00-3:30) at the church. The family may be contacted and the cortege will assemble and leave from 136 Beechwood Circle Monday. (HOOPER)
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Mrs. Elizabeth (Becky) S. Williams, 80, a resident of Albuquerque, New Mexico for 53 years, died Thursday, April 15, 1999 in an Albuquerque hospital. The daughter of the late Frederick Duncan Sleator and Elva Glaser, she is survived by her husband, Albert J. Williams of Albuquerque, with whom she would have celebrated her 56th anniversary on April 17; her son, Dr. Alan Williams, daughter-in-law, Dr. Kristen Neuschel of Winston-Salem; and grandchildren, Jesse and Rachel Williams. Born June 1, 1918 in Scarborough, N.Y., she was the Church Treasurer of the Congregational Church in Briarcliff Manor, N.Y., secretary to the Superintendent of Schools there, a member of A.C.B.L. for 20 years, active in Albuquerque's Coin Club, and was in charge of ticket sales and credentials at the New Mexico State Fair for 20 years. A graveside service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, April 26, 1999 in the National Cemetery in Salisbury, N.C. The family will receive friends at the home of Alan Williams from 4-6 p.m. Monday, April 26 . Vogler & Sons Reynolda Chapel is in charge of the local arrangements.
HAMPTONVILLE -- Mr. Carl J. Cranfill, 78, of Windsor Road, Hamptonville, N.C., died Thursday, September 23, 1999 at Hoots Memorial Hospital. He was born March 4, 1921 to the late D. Manless and Lou C. Doss Cranfill. He retired from Thomasville Furniture Company and attended St. Paul United Methodist Church. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers, William, Henry, Roscoe, and Finley Cranfill. Surviving are his wife of ten years, Mrs. Edna T. Cranfill of the home; two daughters, Tina Sue Cranfill of Ronda and Regina (Billy) Renegar of Boonville; three sons, David (Brenda) Cranfill of Hayes, Ricky (Margaret) Cranfill of Boonville, and Gary (Debbie) Cranfill of Yadkinville; two sisters, Callie Leonard of East Bend and Katie (James) Douglas of Yadkinville; eleven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; three step-children, Sarah (Marshall) Jordan of Hamptonville, Shonnie (John) Thompson of Elkin, and Earl (Kaye) Tolbert of Union Grove; twelve step-grandchildren; eighteen step great-grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Polly Cranfill of Boonville. A funeral service will be held Sunday, September 26, 1999 at 3:00 p.m. at St. Paul United Methodist Church. Officiated by Rev. Katherine Earley, Rev. Bill Cummings, Rev. Shonnie Thompson, and Rev. James Finney. Mr. Cranfill will lie instate 30 minutes prior to the service. Burial will be in Union Grove Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7-9 p.m. Saturday at Gentry Family Funeral Service on Highway 601 N. of Yadkinville. Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to St. Paul United Methodist Building Fund, 2616 Buck Shoals Road, Hamptonville, N.C. 27020.
TOBACCOVILLE -- Mrs. Elsie Smith Hendrix, 88, beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, widow of Harmon Kelly Hendrix, of 4705 Rolling Hill Drive, Tobaccoville, N.C., died Thursday, September 23, 1999 at Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C. Mrs. Hendrix was born in Stokes County October 13, 1910 to William Anderson and Arbella Ann Venable Smith. She was a homemaker and a member of Pleasant Grove Primitive Baptist Church. In her early life, she played the piano in a quartet at Mt. Olive Baptist Church. Surviving are one daughter and son-in-law, Nancy Hendrix Crews and husband, Robert of Tobaccoville; one son and daughter-in-law, William A. (Bud) Hendrix and wife, Gaynell of Tobaccoville; one daughter-in-law, Ada Hendrix of North Wilkesboro; four grandchildren, Nancy Robin Crews of Tobaccoville, William (Billy) Kelly Hendrix of Tobaccoville, Michelle Ann Hendrix of Tobaccoville, and Wendy Gaye Hendrix Rierson and husband, Chad of Tobaccoville; five great-grandchildren; one sister-in-law, Annie Sue Griffin of King; and two special friends, Lisa Hendrix of Tobaccoville and Rickey Hunt of Pinnacle. Mrs. Hendrix was preceded in death by one son, Robert S. (Bob) Hendrix, four brothers, and two sisters. Funeral services will be conducted Sunday, September 26, 1999 at 2:00 p.m. at Boyles Chapel by Elder David C. Edwards and Elder Vance Jones. Burial will be in the Newsome Family Cemetery. Mrs. Hendrix is at the Cox-Needham Funeral Home and Chapel in Pilot Mountain, N.C. Mrs. Hendrix will be taken to Boyles Chapel Saturday, September 25, 1999 at 5:30 p.m. where she will remain until the hour of the service. The family will receive friends at Boyles Chapel Saturday evening, September 25, 1999 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. and at other times at the Hendrix Home, Tobaccoville, N.C.
ASHEVILLE -- Rev. James T. Jones, Sr., 83, of 87 Hampton St., died Wednesday, September 22 1999 at a Winston-Salem hospital. He was born in Brown Summit, N.C. to the late Henry and Lucinda Thacker Jones. He graduated from Dudley High School where he was a member of the debating team. He attended A & T State University, was a graduate of Livingstone College, and Hood Theological Seminary. He continued his education at Furman University, Garrett University, and Emory University. Rev. Jones was a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity and the Reynolds-Miller Chorale. He was an avid sports fan, reader, and lover of music. He began his pastoral career at Epworth Methodist Church, Gastonia. He served as pastor at the following United Methodist churches: Asbury Memorial, Durham; Brooks Memorial, High Point; Berry Temple and Wilson Chapel, Asheville; Saints Home, Winston-Salem; St. James, Rural Hall; and Addies Chapel, Marion. He was a member and held various positions in the Western North Carolina and Central jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church, Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance, and United Methodist Ministers Association. After retirement, he maintained his membership at Berry Temple. Rev. Jones was preceded in death by his sisters, Mabel Seville and Estalea Hayes; brothers, Aldean Jones, Rev. Luman Jones, Rev. Elwood Jones, Ruben Jones, and Andrew Jones. Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 46 years, Agnes Barber Jones; son, James T. Jones, Jr. of Virginia Beach, Va.; brother, Rev. Fred Jones of Lexington, N.C.; two grandchildren; several nieces; and other relatives and many friends. A funeral service will be held at 12 Noon, Saturday in Asheville at Berry Temple United Methodist Church with Rev. Dr. Juan Gray officiating. Burial will be at Sunset Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Asheville-Buncombe Community Christian Ministry, 30 Cumberland Ave., Asheville, N.C. 28801 and YMI Cultural Center, 39 S. Market St., Asheville, N.C. 28801. Services are being provided by Ray & Allen Funeral Service, 127 McDowell St., Asheville, N.c. 28801.
Edgar Parsons Roberts, of 3 Graylyn Place, died Friday morning, September 24, 1999 after a long illness. He was born September 23, 1923 to William Morsell Roberts and Anne Parsons Roberts in Lynchburg, Virginia. His attendance at the University of Virginia was interrupted by World War II. He served four years in the Navy, mainly in the Pacific with the Seabees. Following the war, he returned to graduate from the University of Virginia, followed by the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Recruited by Wachovia Bank, he moved to Winston-Salem, N.C. in 1951. He retired from the trust department of Wachovia Bank as a Senior Vice President after thirty-four years of service. A lifelong Episcopalian, he served St. Paul's church in numerous ways. He also served the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina as chairman of the investment committee. He was active on the board of the United Way and served for many years on Forsyth County's Board for Forsyth Home, Inc. (Knollwood Hall). He helped get Winston-Salem Tennis, Inc. started and was an early president. He was preceded in death by his brother, William Morsell Roberts, Jr. of Lynchburg, Va. He is survived by his wife, Adele (Della) Watkins Roberts; their children, Edgar Parsons Roberts, Jr. and his wife, Margaret Leckie Roberts of Winston-Salem, Clifford Kent Roberts and his wife, Sara Zwinger Roberts of Portland, Ore., and Adele Roberts Clark of Winston-Salem; and his grandchildren, Margaret Leckie Roberts, Adele Watkins Roberts, Cullen Roberts Clark, and Sally Ann Roberts. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, September 27, 1999 at Saint Paul's Episcopal Church. Memorial gifts may be sent to St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 520 Summit Street, Winston-Salem, N.C. 27101 or the charity of your choice.