Mrs. Gwen Ogburn Johnson, 70, of 630 Rock Garden Circle, died Saturday, November 20, 1999. She was born June 12, 1929 to Walter and Ethel Luper Ogburn. Mrs. Johnson lived all of her life in Forsyth County and attended First Pentecostal Holiness Church. She was a retired licensed practical nurse. Mrs. Johnson was preceded in death by her husband, Samuel H. Johnson. She is survived by two daughters, Kaye Mustin and husband, Curtis, of Winston-Salem and Melody Williams and husband, Terry, of Wallburg. Also surviving are six sisters, Erna Ogburn, Thelma Carpenter, Wanda Hunter, Rebecca Shortell, Peggy Polk, and Buena Conrad; one brother, Aubra Ogburn; and two grandchildren, Lori Mustin and Andy Williams. The funeral service will be held Monday, November 22, 1999 at 2:00 p.m. at Vogler & Sons Reynolda Road Chapel, with Rev. Mike Gates and Rev. Steve Roberson officiating. The family will receive friends from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 21 at the funeral home.
OCEAN ISLE BEACH -- Nick Franklin Nolan, of Ocean Isle Beach, died Friday, November 12, 1999 as the result of an automobile accident. He was born in Winston-Salem on Christmas Day, 1946 to Ruby Franklin Nolan and Joseph Ward ''Pat'' Nolan, Jr. He was a graduate of UNC Charlotte and served in the U.S. Army. He was a longtime member of Alcoholics Anonymous and was employed by Wilmington Treatment Center. He was a loving husband, brother, and uncle, and a very caring friend to all who knew him. Surviving are his wife, Diane Wimmer Nolan; a brother, Tony Nolan, of Rock Hill, S.C.; two sisters, Candace Gardner and her husband, Jim, of East Bend, N.C. and Molly Shultz and her husband, Ed, of Atlanta, Ga., and their daughter, Terah. A memorial service was conducted Monday, November 15 at Seaside United Methodist Church, Sunset Beach, N.C. Memorials may be made to Seaside United Methodist Church, 1300 Seaside Rd., SW, Sunset Beach, N.C. 28468. Brunswick Funeral Service & Crematory, Shallotte, N.C.
Mr. Robert Griffith Prongay, 71, of Winston-Salem, died Friday, November 19, 1999 at his home. Mr. Prongay was a native of Winston-Salem, N.C., where he was born September 23, 1928 to the late Melville and Ruth Griffith Prongay. He was a graduate of R.J. Reynolds High School, and in 1951, earned a bachelor's degree from N.C. State University, where he was president of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. Mr. Prongay served on active and reserve duty in the U.S. Army from 1951 until he retired with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in 1979. He was owner and president of Piedmont Engraving Chromo-Lith, Inc., a business started by his father. Mr. Prongay was a lifelong member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church and served in numerous capacities including the Vestry, Sunday School, and the Friday Morning Men's Prayer Breakfast. Active in Boy Scouting for over 50 years, Mr. Prongay earned the Eagle rank and was awarded the Vigil Honor in Scouting's National Honor Camper fraternity, the Order of the Arrow. He was a member of the Winston-Salem Kiwanis Club. Among his many contributions to Kiwanis, his greatest service was as 1995-96 Carolinas District Governor. On October 28, 1999, he was honored by Kiwanis as the first recipient of the 100-Diamond Hixson Fellow. Mr. Prongay was married for 46 years to his wife, Lou Lewis Prongay, who survives, of the home. Also surviving are his children, Peggy Slater and husband, David, of Clemmons, Ginger Hinman and husband, Rob, of Cornelius, Ruth Wilson and husband, George, of Winston-Salem, and Barbara Prongay and David Prongay, both of Winston-Salem; grandchildren, Jenny and Alex Slater, Frazer and Will Hinman, and Geoff and Kemp Wilson. Mr. Prongay is also survived by a sister, Margaret, Mulvey and husband, Ed, of Winston-Salem; and a brother, David Prongay and wife, Jody, of Bainbridge Island, Wash. Memorial services will be conducted 3:00 p.m., Monday, November 22, 1999 at St. Paul's Episcopal Church by Rev. Donald P. Goodheart, assisted by Rev. John E. Shields. The family will receive friends at the church following the service and suggests that memorials be made to Kiwanis International Foundation, c/o IDD, Carolinas District Kiwanis, Box 2778, Boone, N.C. 28607 or to a charity of the donor's choice. Vogler and Sons Main Street Chapel is assisting the Prongay family.
Mr. Hege Hill Russ, 53, of 5410 Foxdale Drive, died November 19, 1999 at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. He was born on March 1, 1946 to Henry L. and Emma Hill Russ. He was a resident of Winston-Salem for most of his life. Mr. Russ was a graduate of North Carolina State University, the owner of Jackson Hewitt Franchise Tax Service, and former President of Sun Printing Company. He was preceded in death by his parents. Mr. Russ is survived by his wife, Karen Foil Russ, of the home; two sons, James Russ, of Chapel Hill and Joseph Russ, of Raleigh; two daughters, Sarah and Taylor, Russ of the home; one sister, Mary R. Hobbs and husband, James; and one brother, Henry Russ, Jr. and wife, Becky. A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 21, 1999 at Vogler & Sons Reynolda Road Chapel, conducted by Rev. Steve Gerhard. The family will receive friends from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. prior to the service. Memorials may be made to Epiphany Lutheran Church, 5220 Silas Creek Parkway, Winston-Salem, N.C. 27106.
Mrs. Geraldine (Dickie) Robertson Wagstaff, 68, of 3801 Derbyshire Road, Winston-Salem, passed on from the Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home on Thursday, November 18, 1999 after a lengthy illness. She was born April 14, 1931 in Pulaski, Va. to Kent H. and Gillie M. Robertston. She was a longtime member of Burkhead United Methodist Church in Winston-Salem. She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Melvin D. Wagstaff, of the home; four sons, Melvin D. Wagstaff, Jr. and wife, Suzanne, of Slidell, La., William Kent Wagstaff, of Aliso Viejo, Calif., Robert Scott Wagstaff and wife, Sherry, of Roanoke, Va., and John Earl Wagstaff and wife, Linda, of Greensboro, N.C.; one brother, James K. Robertson, of Massillon, Ohio; three sisters, Mary Kidd, of Kingsport, Tenn., Eloise Balch, of Paint Rock, Ala., and Colene Tolbert, of Pulaski, Va.; and seven grandchildren, Laura Wagstaff, Andrew Wagstaff, Rodney Wagstaff, Sarah Wagstaff, Will Wagstaff, David Wagstaff, and Samantha Wagstaff. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, November 22, 1999 at Burkhead United Methodist Church by Rev. Mark Barden and Rev. Barbara Barden. Interment will follow in the mausoleum at Forsyth Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 7-9 p.m. Sunday at Vogler & Sons Reynolda Chapel. The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to either Burkhead United Methodist Church, 5250 Silas Creek Parkway, Winston-Salem, N.C. 27106 or to Hospice of Winston-Salem/Forsyth County, 1100-C S. Stratford Road, Winston-Salem, N.C. 27103. The family wishes to express thanks to their many friends for all the love and support during the past four years.
Mrs. Martha Evelyn Smith Watkins, age 89, of 518 Smithdale St., Winston-Salem, died Saturday, November 20, 1999 at the Nursing Center at Oak Summit. Funeral service will be conducted 11:00 a.m. Tuesday at Saints Delight Primitive Baptist Church. Hayworth-Miller-Cain Funeral Home is assisting the Watkins family.
Mrs. Dorothy Speas Whitman, 76, died Friday, November 19, 1999 at Springwood Care. She was born May 10, 1923 in Forsyth County to Isreal Eugene and Della Masencup Speas. Mrs. Whitman was a member of Grapevine Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer Robert Whitman. Surviving are one son, Danny E. Whitman and wife, Sandra, of Evans, Ga; two grandchildren, Christy Evans and husband, Bryan, and Todd Whitman and wife, Teresa, all of A ugusta, Ga.; one great grandson, Jacob Whitman; three sisters, Frankie S. Moser, of Winston-Salem, Willie S. Foster and husband, Ray, of Pueblo, Colo., and Sylvia S. Shore and husband, Lentz, of Pfafftown; and one brother, Richard G. Speas and wife, Betty, of Tobaccoville. Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m. Monday at Hayworth-Miller Silas Creek Chapel, with Rev. Ronnie Comer officiating. Burial will follow in Forsyth Memorial Park. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1900 S. Hawthorne Rd., Forsyth Medical Park, Suite 622, Winston-Salem, N.C. 27103 or the American Heart Association, 1386-A Westgate Center Dr., Winston-Salem, N.C. 27103. The family would like to give a special thanks to the staff at Spring wood Care.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Albert John (''Bill'') Williams, a resident of Albuquerque, New Mexico since 1946, died on Wednesday, November 10, 1999 at Lovelace Medical Center. Bill was born January 8, 1918 in Ossining, N. Y., the only son of Isobel Simpson and Albert Williams. He graduated from Briarcliff High School in Westchester County, N.Y. and then from New York University. After serving four years in the United States Army during World War II, he went to work for the Veteran's Administration, holding many positions, both at the VA Hospital and the Regional Office in Albuquerque. He was assistant director of that office when he retired in 1978, receiving at that time an Outstanding Career Award from the VA. In retirement, he participated in heart studies at Lovelace, served as a senior arbitrator for the National Panel of Consumer Arbitrators, worked occasionally for the Republican Party, and was a member of the Elks Lodge No. 451 and the National Association of Retired Federal Employees. He collected stamps as a child, coins as an adult, and enjoyed playing bridge, having become a senior master. One year, a local bowling league champion; another, the winner of a trip to the World Series for having won a series of quiz shows that KVER-Radio ran after its evening sports program to find the person in Albuquerque who knew most about baseball. Bill was proudest of friends and family, who loved him more than he knew. Having mourned the death of his wife, Becky, who died in April of this year, two days before their 56th anniversary, he leaves behind-too soon -dear friends; a son, Alan and daughter-in-law, Kristen Neuschel; and two grandchildren, Jesse and Rachel, all of Winston-Salem, N.C. Friends may say good-bye to Bill and visit the family at Vogler Funeral Home, 2951 Reynolda Road in Winston-Salem on Sunday, November 21, 1999 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. A graveside service will be conducted by the Rev. Bob Jefferds at 2:00 p.m. Monday, November 22, 1999 at Salisbury National Cemetery. Please send any donations to the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at Lovelace Medical Center, 5400 Gibson Blvd., S.E., Albuquerque, N.M. 87108.
WALNUT COVE -- Mr. Arthur Floyd Wright, 55, died Friday, November 19, 1999 at Forsyth Medical Center. He was born in Stokes County to Arthur and Blondie Southern Wright. He was employed by Unifi, Inc. Plant #3 and was of the Baptist faith. Preceding him in death were his father; one sister, Mozelle Taylor; and one brother, Glenn Wright. Surviving are his mother, Blondie S. Wright, of Eden; one son, Tommy Wright, of Eden; his fiance' and her children, Margie Southern Neal, of the home, Debbie Holland, of Stoneville, and Gary (Martha) Neal, of Walnut Cove; one brother, Clyde Wright, of Eden; two grandchildren, Ali-Glen Wright, of Eden and Beth Holland, of Stoneville; and a special niece, Barbara Sexton, of Winston-Salem. A 2:00 p.m. funeral service will be held Sunday, November 21, 1999 at Burroughs Funeral Home, with burial following in Gardens of Memory, Walkertown. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.
Mrs. Ruby Stewart Berrier, 86, of 434 Duke Street, widow of Raymond Lewis Berrier, died Thursday morning at the Oaks at Forsyth. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday at Friedland Moravian Church by Rev. Steve Craver and Rev. Norwood Green. Burial will follow in the church graveyard. Mrs. Berrier was born in Forsyth County, July 28, 1913, daughter of Thomas Wesley and Georgia Carmichael Stewart. She was a lifetime member of Friedland Moravian Church and retired from Bassick Sack after 27 years of service. Mrs. Berrier was preceded in death by a son, Jimmie Lewis Berrier; a grandson, Tony Berrier; two brothers, Luther Stewart and Bernie Stewart; and one sister, Pearl Matthews. Surviving are one son, Tommy Berrier of the home; four grandchildren, Rickie Berrier and wife, Lou Ann of King, Danny Berrier of Winston-Salem, Kathy Woods and husband, Paul of Kernersville, and Linda Snowden and husband, Chuck of Reedy Creek; one sister, Bertha Hiatt of Winston-Salem; and one brother, Bill Stewart and wife, Ruth of Winston-Salem. The family will receive friends at Voglers Main Street Chapel from 7 to 9:00 p.m. Friday and request that any memorials be made to the Building Fund at Friedland Moravian Church, 2750 Friedland Church Road, Winston-Salem, N.C. 27107.