PINNACLE -- Lessie Maude Simmons Bryant, 86, widow of Sanford Ray Bryant, of 175 Whitaker Road, Box 340, Pinnacle, N.C., died Friday, November 5, 1999 at N.C. Baptist Medical Center, Winston-Salem. Mrs. Bryant was born in Surry County March 14, 1913 to John Bill and Della Mae Caudle Simmons. She worked with Avon for over 35 years, was a homemaker, and was a member of Simmons Grove Baptist Church. Surviving are one daughter, Janie Bryant Jones of the home; four sons and daughters-in-law, Roger and Gloria Bryant of Pinnacle, Bobby and Mildred Bryant of Pinnacle, Donald Bryant of the home, and Arthur and Becky Bryant of Stokesdale; sixteen grandchildren; twenty-five, great-grandchildren; three sisters, Cora Inman of Pilot Mountain, Alice Lewis of Mount Airy, and Rachel Danley of White Plains; and one brother, Jack Simmons of Pilot Mountain. Mr. Bryant was preceded in death by one son, Charles Bryant. Funeral services will be conducted Sunday, November 7, 1999 at 2:00 p.m. at Simmons Grove Baptist Church by Rev. Stewart Mauck, Rev. Fred Chilton, and Rev. Emmitt Crotts. Burial will be in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends at the Cox-Needham Funeral Home and Chapel in Pilot Mountain, N.C. on Saturday evening from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. and at other times at the home of Mrs. Bryant's son and daughter-in-law, Bobby and Mildred Bryant, 166 Whitaker Road, Pinnacle, N.C.
Mary Lee Robinson Clark, 77, of 1221 Mint Street, passed away November 3, 1999 at Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home after an extended illness. Mrs. Clark was born November 9, 1921 to the late Jessie Frazier and Alexander Belver. She retired from Thomasville Furniture Company in 1987, after 20 years of service. Mrs. Clark was a member of St. John C.M.E. Church for more than sixty years. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest Rover Clark. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Theresa Clark-Caldwell and Mrs. Earnestine Clark-Coplin; her twin brother, Joseph (Margaret) Holmes; four grandchildren, Mrs. Pamela (Michael) Brown, Dr. Patricia D. Bailey, Sterling Bailey, Jr., and Carla J. Clark; eight grandchildren; a loving sister-in-law, Mrs. Alberta L. Black; one brother-in-law, Pete (Evelyn) Clark; three nieces; two nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be held Monday, November 8, 1999 at 1 p.m. at St. John C.M.E. Church with Rev. Bobby Best officiating. Burial will follow in Piedmont Memorial. The family will receive friend from 12:30-1 p.m., thirty minutes prior to the funeral hour. Arrangements entrusted to and services will be conducted by Gilmore Funeral Directors.
NORTH WILKESBORO -- Mrs. Lula Maggie Mae Royal Davis, 80, wife of Harold Davis, Sr. of Sunset Drive, North Wilkesboro, died Thursday, November 4, 1999 at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem. Mrs. Davis was born March 10, 1919 in Wilkes County to the late Thomas Newton and Donna Wagoner Royal. She was a member of Antioch Baptist Church in McGrady, she had worked for Peerless Hoisery for several years, and retired from Carolina Mirror. She was preceded in death by one brother, John Royal; and seven sister, Ellie Royal, Lillie Jenkins, Nora Perry, Anner Billings, Delcie Moose, Ruby Wagner, and Josephine Adams. Surviving, in addition to her husband of the home, are two step-sons, Lanny Davis of Charlotte and Harold Davis, Jr., of Fort Mill, S.C.; one step-daughter, Elizabeth Hammock of Charlotte; one brother-in-law, Beldin Adams of Wilkesboro; one step-granddaughter, Melissa Riddle of Charlotte; and several loving nephews, nieces, other relatives, and friends. Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, November 7, 1999 at Antioch Baptist Church in McGrady, with Rev. John Yates officiating. The body will be placed in the church at 1:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mountlawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at Miller Funeral Service, 180 Sparta Road, North Wilkesboro, from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. tonight (Saturday). Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to Antioch Baptist Church, c/o Haley Royal, 276 Perry Lane, Wilkesboro, N.C. 28697.
Mrs. Kathleen D. Fano, 56, of 5164 Huntcliff Trail, died Wednesday, November 3, 1999 at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center following a brief illness. Mrs. Fano was a native of Jersey City, New Jersey where she was born August 20, 1943 to the late John and Mary McDermott Peters. She is survived by her husband, Frank Fano of the home; two daughters, Peggy and Stacey Fano both of Charlotte; one son, John Fano of Maui, Hawaii; three sisters, Marianna Smith, Dolores Chipko, and Patricia Goceljak; and one brother, Donald Peters all of New Jersey. Funeral services will be conducted 10:00 a.m. Saturday at St. Leo's Catholic Church by Father Richard Allen. Interment will follow in Forsyth Memorial Park. A Rosary service will be held 6:30 p.m. Friday at Vogler and Sons Reynolda Chapel followed by a visitation from 7-9 p.m. The family suggests memorials be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Central N.C. Chapter, 4265 Brownsboro Road, Suite 150, Winston-Salem, N.C. 27106-3425.
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FLA. -- H. Nevin Gehman, 79, of Ponte Verdra Beach, Fla., died November 4, 1999 at St. Luke's Hospital in Jacksonville, Fla. Born in Philadelphia, Pa., he was a graduate of Exeter Academy and Princeton University, where he was a first-team, All-American on the university's National Championship Lacrosse team in 1942. He served in the United States Naval Reserve during World War II, and was a commanding officer of two sub chasers, one in the Pacific and one in the Atlantic. He retired as a Lieutenant Senior Grade. Mr. Gehman and his wife, May Beth, moved to St. Augustine, Fla. from Manhasset, Long Island in 1985, when he retired from a career in marketing, advertising, and fund-raising in New York City. He had been a Senior Vice-President on a unit of the Interpublic Group of Companies, which was at that time the world's largest advertising and marketing firm. He was an active member of Trinity Episcopal Church in St. Augustine, where he had been a Vestry member, a lay-leader, and a chalice server. In 1995, he headed a fund-raising committee to complete major repairs to the church, in 1996 he chaired Trinity Church's 175th Anniversary Celebration Committee, and in 1997 and 1998 he was in charge of the fund-raising committee to restore the church's Aeolian-Skinner organ. Mr. Gehman was a trustee of the St. Augustine Historical Society, and had been that organization's representative to the Presidio Commission that planned the reconstruction of the Santo Domingo Redoudt and the completion of the Cubo Defense Wall. As a director of the St. Francis Soup Kitchen and Shelter, he was its volunteer fund-raiser for eight years, and subsequently for the migrant farm worker support program in Hastings. He was given a ''12 Who Care'' award by Television Channel 12 in Jacksonville for his work for the St. Francis House. Funeral services will be held at 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 9, 1999 at Trinity Episcopal Church in St. Augustine with Reverend Jeffrey Batkin, rector, officiating. Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery in St. Augustine. Friends may call at the chapel of Craig Funeral Home, St. Augustine from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m Monday. Flowers are gratefully declined, and those wishing may make a contribution in his memory to the Trinity Episcopal Church Organ Foundation, 215 St. George Street, St. Augustine, Fla. 32084, or to the St. Francis House, 70 Washington Street, St. Augustine, Fla. 32084. Mary Elizabeth Murrell Husson Gehman, his wife of 54 years, preceded him in death. Mr. Gehman is survived by his wife, Sally Bet Cunningham Nevius Gehman of Ponte Verdra Beach and Washington, DC, whom he recently married; one daughter, Mary Elizabeth Murell Weissinger of St. Augustine; two sons, Henry Moragne Gehman of Berkeley, Calif. and Richard Hart Gehman of Gainesville, Fla; one step-daughter, Kristina Nevius; one grandson; and one step-grandson. Arrangements are being handled by Craig Funeral Home, St. Augustine, Fla.
ARCADIA -- Mrs. Elva Opal Hege, 96, of Arcadia, passed away Thursday, Novemer 4, 1999. She was born April 13, 1903 in Davidson County to J. Shelton Link and Eunice Peacock Link. She was preceded in death by her husband, Mr. William Howard Hege; one sister; and five brothers. Surviving are a daughter, Elva Hege Miller of the home; several nieces and nephews; and great nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held at 3:30 p.m., Sunday, November 7, 1999 at Hayworth-Miller, Silas Creek Chapel with Rev. Egbert Craven and Rev. John Perrell officiating. Burial will follow in Beulah United Church of Christ Cemetery. The family request that memorials may be sent to Beulah United Church of Christ, 2828 Arnold Road, Lexington, N.C. 27295.
Mrs. Pauline Redding ''Polly'' Hennings, 77, of Winston-Salem, died Thursday evening at the Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home. She was born Sept . 17, 1922 in Forsyth County to David Paul and Metta Roop Redding. She was a member of Harmony Grove United Methodist Church and the Order of the Eastern Star. She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Clarence N. Hennings of the home; two daughters, Janice H. Craig of Marblehead Rd., Clemmons and Connie A. Hennings of Hickory; four grandchildren, Amy Russell, Brad Craig, Chris Craig, and Karen Runyon-Cole; and two brothers, John Arthur Redding of Lewisville and Tommy Redding of Mocksville. Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Saturday at Hayworth-Miller Kinderton Chapel (Hwy. 158 across from Bermuda Run, telephone 940-5555) by Rev. David Cook and Bill Teague. Burial will follow in Westlawn Gardens of Memory. The body may be viewed one hour prior to the service. The family requests that memorials be made to Hospice of Winston-Salem/Forsyth County, 1100-C South Stratford Rd., Winston-Salem, N.C. 27103. (Hayworth-Miller Kinderton Chapel, telephone 940-5555)
Mr. Paul Johnson, 64, of 3100 Konnoah Dr., Winston-Salem, passed away Nov . 4, 1999 at Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home after an extended illness. He was born March 15, 1935 the son of David M. Johnson and Nezzie Johnson. He attended Anson County public school. Mr. Johnson was a Roofing Tech and he attended Christ Temple. He was preceded in death by his parents, David and Nezzie Johnson; his son, Paul, Jr.; his wife, Elizabeth; three brothers, Jack, Rudolph, and Alex Johnson; and two sisters, Lonnie Mae Johnson and Cora M. Miller. Surviving are his daughter, Joyce Holmes; two sisters, Ernestine J. Horne (Lawyer) and Jestine (Ervin) Farley; two brothers, Rev. David Johnson (Martha) and Nathaniel Johnson (Crista); five grandchildren; a host of nieces and nephews, relatives, and friends; and a special friend, Ms. Tanya Rice and her son, Justin. Funeral services will be held 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 7, 1999 at Gilmore Funeral Home Chapel conducted by Rev. David Johnson of Charlotte. Visitation will be 30 minutes prior to the service. Burial will be Monday, Nov . 8, 1999 at Evergreen Cemetery. (GILMORE)
MOCKSVILLE -- Mr. Fitzhugh Lavon (F.L.) (Fitz) Miller, 78, former resident of James St., Lexington, N.C., passed away Thursday, November 4, 1999 at Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C. Mr. Miller lived the past 4 years at the home of his daughter, Sylvia Luffman, Meadowview Rd., Mocksville, N.C. Mr. Miller was born December 10, 1920 in Dillion, S.C. to the late Levi Gordon and Sarah Maude Bowen Miller. He was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Married July 27th 1940, Mary Hazel Eller Miller in 1995 and three brothers, Jackie Miller, Buddy Miller, and Paul Miller. Mr. Miller served our country during WWII and the Vietnam War in the United States Army and United States Air Force, National Guard-312 Evacuation Hospital Unit in Winston-Salem, N.C. he was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, American Theater Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and WWII Victory Medal. F.L. retired from AT&T in Winston-Salem, after 31 years of service and was a longtime member of First Baptist Church of Lexington, but attended Jerusalem Baptist Church in Mocksville, N.C. Very active in the community, he was a member of the Lexington Masonic Lodge # 473-Scottish Rite and Charlotte Oasis Shrine Temple, Lexington VFW, Charter Member of WWII Memorial and AT&T Pioneer Club. More than anything, F.L. was a family man, he dearly loved spending time with his great-grandchildren, he was greatly loved and will be deeply missed. He is survived by two daughters, Sylvia M. Luffman and husband, Roby of Mocksville, N.C. and Dorothy M. Adams and husband, Tom of Lewisville; one son, Michael Lewis Miller and wife, Lisa of Lexington; five grandchildren, Renee Bradshaw, Tim Adams, Mike Luffman, Brandi Miller, and Darren Miller; three great-grandchildren, Bethany Bradshaw, Mary Kathryn Bradshaw, and Shealan Adams; four sisters, Adaline Openlander of Largo, Fla., Eva Williams of Salisbury, Ruth Miller of Salisbury, and Alice Fields of Spencer, N.C.; and a very special friend, Pat Gregory of Mocksville. Funeral Services will be held Sunday, November 7, 1999 at 2:00 p.m. at Jerusalem Baptist Church with the Rev. Leonard Rollins and Rev. Jimmy Lancaster officiating. The body will lie instate 30 minutes prior to the service. Military Graveside Service conducted by Fort Bragg Honor Guard, will follow at Forrest Hill Memorial Park in Lexington, N.C. The family will receive friends Saturday, November 6, 1999 from 6-8 p.m. at Davie Funeral Service Chapel. Masonic Rites will follow visitation at 8 p.m. Davie Funeral Service, LLC 416 Valley Rd., Mocksville, N.C. 27028 will be serving the Miller family.
Mr. Raymond Fredrick Miller, 96, of Winston-Salem, died Wednesday, November 3, 1999 at Meadowbrook Manor in Clemmons. Mr. Miller was born May 12, 1903 in Forsyth County to Charles and Mary DeGraff Miller. He was a member of Hanes United Methodist Church and retired from RJR Tobacco Co. after 42 years of service. His wife, Ada Young Miller and two children, Sybil Raye Miller and Aubrey E. Miller preceded him in death. Surviving are, one daughter, Charlene Miller McDowell and husband, Thomas; one son, Norman F. ''Buster'' Miller and wife, Ann all of Winston-Salem; ten grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and a daughter-in-law, Janice Miller of Florida. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday at Hayworth-Miller Silas Creek Chapel with the Rev. Don Ashe and Rev. Charles Sparks officiating. Burial will follow at Westlawn Gardens of Memory. Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.