Loetta Willis Horton of Roanoke, Va., died Thursday, Feb. 1, 2001, after an extended battle with Parkinson’s disease. She was the wife of Fred L. Horton. She was a dedicated wife, mother, grandmother and educator. She graduated from UNC-Greensboro and received her MA in physics from UNC-Chapel Hill. She taught math and physics at Agnes Scott College, Lee Junior High School and William Fleming High School. She was supervisor of math for the Roanoke City Public Schools and principal at Wasena Elementary and Monterey Elementary. She taught Sunday school and held various other positions in her 50 years at Oakland Baptist Church. Mrs. Horton was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, the Round Hill Garden Club and the Williamson Road Women’s Club. She was predeceased by her brother, Raymond G. Willis and her granddaughter, E. Kristina Horton. Surviving are her husband of almost 50 years, Fred L. Horton; a son, the Rev. Fred L. Horton Jr. and his wife, Patricia of Winston-Salem; a daughter, E. Anne Horton of Roanoke, Va.; grandsons, Joseph F. Horton of Hickory and C. Lee Horton of Roanoke, Va. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Oakland Baptist Church Building Fund or to the Michael J. Fox Parkinson’s Research Project would be appreciated. A private graveside service will be held in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens by the Rev. Leonard Southern. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, 2001, at Simpson-Tharp Funeral Home, 5160 Peters Creek Road by the Rev. Kelly Dampeer. The family will receive friends after the service. Arrangements by Simpson-Tharp Funeral Home.
RURAL HALL — Mrs. Mary Vearl Linville Kiser, 86, of 2345 Mooreland Drive passed away Friday, Feb. 2, 2001, at the home of her stepson, Grady Kiser, where she had made her home for the past 11 years. A native of Forsyth County, she was born Dec. 31, 1914, to the late C.B. and Dora Hester Linville. Mrs. Kiser was a member of Goodwill Baptist Church of Kernersville. She spent her early years in Belews Creek and later moved to Winston-Salem. She was employed by Thalhimers for a number of years and retired from the Methodist Children’s Home after 10 years of service. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Wiley Kiser in 1970; four sisters, Grace Fulp, Russ Everhart, Carrie Badgett and Connie Preston; and three brothers, Wade Linville, Kenneth Linville and Le Bert Linville. Surviving are three stepsons, Joseph Kiser and wife Annabel of Germanton, Grady Kiser and wife Mary of the home and Robert Kiser and wife Cheryl of Kernersville; two stepgrandchildren, Robin Sargent and husband Tim of Rural Hall, and Dennis Kiser and wife Sherri of Belews Creek; and five stepgreat-grandchildren, Justin and Zachary Hooker, Noah Kiser and Brandon and Kenzie Sargent. Also surviving are two nieces, Helen Vaughn and Hazel Bowles of Winston-Salem and five nephews, Wallace Everhart of Asheville, Harold Everhart of Johnson City, Tenn., Ray Fulp of Durham, Larry Linville of Winston-Salem and Don Linville of Asheville. A funeral service will be conducted 3 p.m. Sunday at Goodwill Baptist Church, 3110 Piney Grove Road, Kernersville by the Rev. Mervin Garrison, Minister Jerry Simpkins and Minister Steve Cook. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends and relatives from 7 to 9 this evening at Vogler & Sons Main Street, Winston-Salem. Memorials may be made to Hospice and Palliative CareCenter, 1100-C S. Stratford Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27103. The family would like to thank the ones from Hospice who came out and helped with Mrs. Kiser. Also Carell Kiger and Stacy Smith for all they have done through the years.
Martin F. Massoglia, a retired U.S. Army colonel who led his combat engineering battalion ashore on D-Day, died Feb. 1 at Carolina Meadows in Chapel Hill. He was 84. Devoted to family, God and country, his life was marked by a gentle spirit and quiet determination, his death by faith and dignity in the face of the cancer he battled for years. A long-time resident of Chapel Hill, Col. Massoglia was a native of Laurium, Michigan. He was born April 16, 1916, the only surviving child of Italian immigrant parents. He graduated from Michigan College of Mining and Technology (now Michigan Technical University) with an engineering degree in 1936 at age 20. An ROTC graduate, he was commissioned in the Army Reserve soon after his 21st birthday. Massoglia was a shift foreman at U.S. Corporation By-Products Coke Plant in Joliet, Illinois, when he received the telegram from the Army that set the course of his life. He was ordered into active duty for a one-year period starting Dec. 6, 1941 – one day before the attack on Pearl Harbor. As executive officer of the 238th Engineer Combat Battalion – a unit he forged from scratch into a bonded brotherhood that has held a reunion every year since 1947 – he was the ranking officer when his men waded onto the beach at Normandy. The 238th remained in Europe for the duration, building 47 bridges to aid in the Allied advance. He chronicled the battalion’s history in a memoir, Bridges to Freedom, published in 1996 by Triangle Press. He was the recipient of the Legion of Merit and Bronze Star, among other honors. Col. Massoglia retired from the Army in 1967 after 30 years of distinguished service and embarked on a new career as a scientist with Research Triangle Institute, where he was a program director. He retired for the second time in 1987 and turned his attention to visiting children and spoiling grandchildren. Living in Chapel Hill, he took great delight in sporting a red blazer, a playful reference to N.C. State University in Raleigh, where he received his doctorate in adult education in 1973. He also held a master’s degree in chemical engineering from Northwestern University. He was a former Cub Scout leader, a member of MENSA, a 50-year member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and a proud dancer with the Little German Band and Dancers of Raleigh. Col. Massoglia is survived by his wife and polka partner of 55 years, Dr. Elinor Tripato Massoglia of Chapel Hill; his six children, Martin F. Massoglia II of North Hills, California, Charles L. Massoglia of Mason, Michigan, Jon Massoglia Silvermoon of Eugene, Oregon, Mary Ann Massoglia of Hickory, Michael P. Massoglia of Winston-Salem, and Judy Massoglia Holt of Lancaster, South Carolina; 17 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. The family will receive visitors from 3-5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 4, at Walker’s Funeral Home, 120 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill. A funeral Mass will be 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 5, at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 940 Carmichael St., Chapel Hill. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the building funds of St. Thomas More Catholic Church or the Newman-Catholic Student Center Parish of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Burial with full military honors will be 11 a.m. Feb. 13 at Arlington National Cemetery.
INDEPENDENCE, Va. — Linda Hines McKnight, 59, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2001. She was the wife of Joe Paul McKnight. She is survived by her mother, Faye Hines and brother, Bill Hines both of Sparta. She was also preceded in death by her father, Frank Hines. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, Independence. The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home, Independence.
Ronald Lee Messick, 62, of 3647 Emma Ave. went to his heavenly mansion on Feb. 1, 2001. He was born Dec. 24, 1938, to W.M. and Margaret Messick, and was a lifelong resident of Winston-Salem. He graduated from Griffith High School. Mr. Messick retired from R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. with 31 years of service in the tobacco processing department. He was of the Baptist faith and taught Sunday school, sang in the church choir and played softball. His faith in God sustained him, even through his years of declining health. Mr. Messick was an accomplished artist and spent many afternoons restoring antique Chevrolet trucks. He enjoyed family trips to Topsail Island, and watching NASCAR races and Duke basketball and Atlanta Braves games. He was fond of lighthouses, and to those who loved him, he was a beacon of light. He unselfishly gave comfort, love, support and safe harbor. Mr. Messick was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Helen M. Jones. He leaves to cherish his memory a devoted and loving wife of 41 years, Karlene B. Messick of the home; three daughters, Teresa (Walt) Metz of Dallas, Texas; Ronda (Ed) Bumgardner and grandson Lowell of Winston-Salem; Sara (Larry) McGarvey and granddaughter Natalie of Winston-Salem. He was a special grandfather to Miles and Julian Bumgardner. His surviving brother and sisters, William R. (Wella Mae) Messick; Elaine Myers; and Alice (Worth) Shuman, also share in his legacy of love. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 4, at Forsyth Memorial Park with Chaplain Fred Moretz officiating. Memorials may be made to the Forsyth Humane Society, 61 Miller St., Winston-Salem, NC 27104 or Hospice and Palliative CareCenter, 1100-C S. Stratford, Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27103.
MOCKSVILLE — Mr. John Douglas Sands Sr., 68, of Spring St. died Thursday, Feb. 1, 2001, at the Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Monday at Eaton Funeral Chapel with Bishop Gary Delozier officiating. Burial will be in Rose Cemetery. The family will be at the funeral home from 6:30 to 8 Sunday night. Mr. Sands was born in Detroit Sept. 22, 1932, to the late Robert Malen and Margaret Elizabeth Sands and was retired from Crown Wood Products. He attended Clemmons Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. His wife, Sarah Jane Beaver Sands, preceded him in death Dec. 15, 1995. Surviving are his son, Doug Sands of Mocksville and two sisters, Rita Diebel and Vyvyan Weiss of Tucson, Ariz.
SANDY RIDGE — Miss Shaunaci Dawn Shelton, 16, died Thursday evening, Feb. 1, 2001, at Stokes-Reynolds Hospital in Danbury as a result of an automobile accident. She was born in Patrick County, Va., June 25, 1984, and was a junior of North Stokes High School. She was preceded in death by her grandfathers, Tom Coleman and Elmer Shelton; a grandmother, Beulah Shelton; and an uncle, Willie Coleman. Miss Shelton is survived by her mother, Patricia Coleman Shelton of Sandy Ridge; her father, Orell Shelton of Lawsonville; her grandparents, Verna Bonds Coleman of Spencer, Va., and Otis and Louise Stowe of Stuart, Va.; a sister, Patricia Nicole Shelton of Sandy Ridge; a brother, Phillip Coleman of Sandy Ridge; a stepbrother, Jefrey Shelton of Sandy Ridge; two aunts, Martha McNeil and Mary Coleman; and three uncles, Harold, Eddie and Robert Coleman. Funeral services for Miss Shelton will be held 2 p.m. Sunday at Moody Funeral Home in Stuart with the Rev. Ed Hartman officiating. Burial will follow in the Coleman Family Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 Saturday evening at the funeral home and other times at the home of her mother, Patricia Shelton, 1121 Ray Wilson Road, Sandy Ridge.
GREENSBORO — Mrs. Rena Mae Collins Allred, 89, of 4400 Lawndale Drive died Saturday, Jan. 13, 2001, at Moses Cone Memorial Hospital. Mrs. Allred’s funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 18, 2001, in the Forbis and Dick North Elm Chapel. Interment will follow in Guilford Memorial Park. Rena Collins Allred was born in Jones County March 4, 1911, to the late John and Ellie Simmons Collins. She moved to this area from Jones County and lived most of her life in Greensboro and Winston-Salem. Mrs. Allred was a member of Reedy Fork Baptist Church and the Myrtle Rebecca Lodge #51. In the early 1950’s Mrs. Allred joined with her husband, '`Ted,’‘ her brother-in-law, Grady Allred and his wife, Vivian to establish the first K&W Cafeteria which was in Winston-Salem. After her husband’s death, she continued to work for K&W for a number of years. Five nephews survive Mrs. Allred, Gregory Collins of Elkin, Roy Collins of Dickson, Tenn., Joe Collins of Claremont, Fla., Jim Wofford, Jr. of Raleigh and Tom Wofford of Gibsonville and numerous great nieces and great nephews. Her husband, Reggie '`Ted’‘ Allred, preceded Mrs. Allred in death in 1957. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2001, at Forbis and Dick, North Elm Street.
Mr. Worth Hamlington Apple, 84, of Winston-Salem died Jan. 14, 2001, at Forsyth Medical Center. He was born Nov. 4, 1916, in Alamance County to the late James Presley and Myrtle Pritchard Apple. Mr. Apple served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was a member of Ardmore Baptist Church. He was retired from A&P as a store manager. After his retirement, he worked for Commercial Couriers for 15 years. He is survived by his wife, Bessie Hutchins Apple of the home; a son, Phil Apple and wife Teresa of Raleigh; three grandchildren, John Apple II, Alexandra Apple and James Apple; two sisters, Opal Apple of Greensboro and Millie Moore of Atlanta, Ga.; two brothers, Cecil Apple of Reidsville and Morris Apple of Trinity. Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday at Hayworth-Miller Silas Creek Chapel by the Rev. Ty Talton and the Rev. Beechard Moorefield. Burial will follow in Forsyth Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Ardmore Baptist Church, Youth Ministry, 501 Miller St., Winston-Salem, NC 27103.
MADISON — Mr. Javan '`Jake’‘ Bullins, 72, died Monday, Jan. 15, 2001, at Stokes Reynolds Memorial Hospital. He was born in Stokes County Jan. 31, 2001, the son of the late William Hobert and Flora Hartman Bullins. He retired from UNIFI Inc. of Madison. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Betty Jane Mabe Bullins of the home; three sisters, Anise Mabe of Danbury, Rose Lee Brown of Asheboro and Evelyn Shelton of Greensboro; and six brothers, Odell Bullins of Walnut Cove, Edison Bullins of Greensboro, Wilmer Bullins, Dennis Bullins, Wayne Bullins and Kirby Bullins all of Madison. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2001, at Nelson Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. J.R. Shelton, Brother Tim Gentry and Elder Millard Shelton officiating. Burial will be in Wilson Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. at Nelson Funeral Home Chapel and other times at the home of his brother, Kirby Bullins.