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Surry County, North Carolina Obituary Collection

Surry County, North Carolina Obituary Collection - 27

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Date: Monday, 8 March 2010, at 4:24 a.m.

John D. Beck
Mr. John D. Beck, 72, of Boonville passed away on Wedneday, Dec. 13, 2006, at Hoots Memorial Hospital in Yadkinville. He was born on March 5, 1934, in Surry County. Mr. Beck was married to Opal Cleo Beck, was a farmer, a painter, and a member of West Yadkin Assembly of God.
He was preceded in death by a grandson, Jason Beck.
Mr. Beck is survived by: his wife, Opal Cleo Beck, of the home; two sons, Danny Lee Beck of Jonesville and Johnny Washington Beck of the home; three daughters, Barbara Sue Quesinberry of Traphill, Connie Ann Beck of Boonville, Judy (Anatolio) Garcia of Yadkinville; nine grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Teresa Kaye Andrews
Mrs. Teresa Kaye Andrews, 57, of Hwy. 21, State Road passed away, Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2006, at Forsyth Medical Center. Mrs. Andrews was born January 31, 1949, in Surry County to Ed and Bernice Brown Sparks.
Mrs. Andrews was a homemaker and attended State Road Pentecostal Holiness Church.
Survivors include her husband, Donald Andrews of the home; two daughters, Dianna Hemric and husband Kenneth of Boonville, Lynn Andrews of the home; father and mother, Ed and Bernice Sparks of State Road; four brothers, Gary Sparks and wife Starr of Elkin, Jerry Sparks and wife Teresa, Richard Sparks and wife Shirley, all of State Road, Clyde Sparks and wife Pricillia of South Carolina; half brother, Charles Sparks of Traphill; three sisters, Barbara Meeks and husband Jim of South Carolina, Brenda Hawks and husband Tracy of State Road, Bonnie Fowler and husband Tony of Winston-Salem; half sister, Pansy Ballard of Statesville; two grandchildren, Matthew Norman and Ryan Hemric.
Funeral services were held Friday, Dec. 22, 2006 at 11 a.m. at Hodges Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. Gary Tatum and the Rev. Craig Waldie. Burial followed at Crestwood Memorial Gardens. The family received friends Thursday evening from 6-8 p.m. at Hodges Funeral Home in Elkin.
Hodges Funeral Home in Elkin is serving the Andrews family.

Edith Taylor Nance
Ms. Edith Taylor Nance, 91, of Jonesville, a Christian and life-long servant to the Lord, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2006, at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. She was born June 20, 1915, in Montgomery County, Va. to the late Orville H. and Rosa Cook Taylor. Ms. Nance was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother and also a friend to many. She was a resident of the Jonesville area and was a member of the Jonesville Holiness Church. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Thurman Allen Nance; five brothers; four sisters; one great grandson.
Surviving are her children, Joann Dudley, Mary Lou (Zeke) Robertson, Faye (David) Buie, Richard A. (Zella) Nance, Christeen (Roy) Ashley; special grandson, Brandon S. (Andrea) Ashley; 15 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren; 4 great-great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
Her funeral service will be held Saturday, Dec. 23, 2006, at 2 p.m. at Shady Grove Baptist Church by the Rev. Timothy Allen Wolfe and the Rev. Daniel Stewart Buie. She will lie instate 30 minutes prior to the service. Burial will follow in church cemetery. The family will receive friends on Friday from 7-9 p.m. at Gentry Family Funeral Service in Jonesville, which is serving the Nance family.

Fred Edward Parker
Mr. Fred Edward “Ed” Parker, 82, of Rockford Road, Boonville, passed away Wednesday, April 18, 2007, at Forsyth Medical Center. He was born May 11, 1924, in Yadkin county to the late Simon and Sally Bet Hutchens Parker. Mr. Parker was retired from R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company with 29 years of service. He was a faithful member of Charity Baptist Church, enjoyed using his metal detector, and was an avid gardener. He was a veteran of World War II serving with the U.S. Army/ Air Force for nine years, and was a member of the Yadkin VFW Post 10346. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by four brothers, Tony, Dick, Max, and Pete Parker.
Surviving are his beloved wife of 55 years, Juanita Nixon Parker, of the home; three children, Rita (Ron) Dobbins, Boonville, Eddie (Pam) Parker, Jonesville, Pam (Andy) Danboise, Georgia; three grandchildren, Josh Parker, Charlotte, Julie Parker, Jonesville, Kandace Allen, Florida; sisters, Wanda Cockerham, Betty Hutchens, both of Boonville, Mary Hamilton, New Jersey; a brother, James Luther “Doodie” Parker, Boonville; special friends, Linda and Wren Walker, Bertha Prim, and several loving brothers and sisters-in-law.
His funeral service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friday, April 20, at Charity Baptist Church by the Rev. Eddy Driver. The family will receive friends from 12:30-2:30 p.m. Friday before the service in the church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with full military honors by Yadkin VFW Post 10346.
Gentry Family Funeral Service of Yadkinville is serving the Parker Family.

Margaret Murphy Stokes
Mrs. Margaret Murphy Stokes, 79, of Kerr Street, Boonville, passed away Wednesday, April 18, 2007. She was born May 11, 1927, in Yadkin County to the late John Frank and Mamie Thomas Trivette. Mrs. Stokes was a loving, devoted homemaker and was a member of Mt. Herman Baptist Church. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husbands, James Murphy and Charlie Stokes; a son, Johnny Murphy; and a brother, Allen Trivette.
Surviving are her four sons, Paul (Zola) Murphy, Boonville, Jerry (Shirley) Murphy, Boonville, Dennis (Christine) Murphy, Elkin, Billy (Betty) Murphy, Boonville; six grandchildren, Angela Murphy, Jennifer Pinkstaff, Todd Murphy, Crystal Osborne, Emily Murphy, Michael Murphy; six great-grandchildren; three brothers, James Trivette, Gray Trivette, both of Dobson, Don Trivette, Jonesville; and two sisters, Helen Phillips, Dobson, and Francis.
The family received friends from 10-11 a.m. Friday at Gentry Family Funeral Service in Yadkinville. A graveside service followed at 11:30 a.m. Friday in the Charity Baptist Church Cemetery.

Timothy Mark Holsclaw
Mr. Timothy Mark Holsclaw, 42, of Elkin, passed away unexpectedly at his home on Monday April 16, 2007. He was born in Surry County on November 8, 1964, to John Arvel and Opal Mae Cranford Holsclaw.
He is survived by his parents; a daughter, Shanna Holsclaw of Greensboro; two sons, Ricky Ira Holsclaw and fiancé Ashley Lawson and Charles Holsclaw all of Elkin; a grandson, Devin Ira Holsclaw; a sister and brother-in-law, Angie and Neil Lankford of Elkin.
Mr. Holsclaw was preceded in death by a daughter, Courtney Jean Holsclaw; his grandparents, Ira and Edith Cranford and a special friend, whom he loved as a brother, Charles Royal.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday in the chapel of Moody-Davis Funeral Home of Dobson with the Rev. Bobby Norman and the Rev. Windell White officiating. Burial will follow in Welcome Valley Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Friday from 7-9 p.m. at Moody-Davis Funeral Home. Flowers will be accepted or memorial donations may be the Timothy Holsclaw Funeral Fund, c/o Moody-Davis Funeral Home, P. O. Box 295 Dobson, NC 27017.

Charles Henry Cockerham
Services for Charles Henry Cockerham, 74, of Columbia, S.C. were held Monday, April 16, 2007, at 11 a.m. at Spring Valley Baptist Church, Columbia, S.C. with entombment in Greenlawn Memorial Park Mausoleum, Columbia, S.C. Visitation was Sunday, April 15, 2007, 6–8 p.m. at Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel, Columbia, S.C. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 128 Stonemark Lane, Columbia, S.C. 29210.
Mr. Cockerham, husband of the late Greta Cheek Cockerham, died Friday, April 13, 2007. Born in Elkin, he was the son of the late Tyra H. and Ruby Pearl Steele Cockerham. An Air Force veteran of the Korean Conflict, he served in the Air National Guard 1958–1962. He retired after 43 years with Gateway Supply Company.
Mr. Cockerham was a member of Spring Valley Baptist Church.
Surviving are his sisters-in-law, Wilma Crawford and her husband, Clyde of Salisbury, and Kay Hurt and her husband, Harold of Elkin.

F. Estes Wagner
Mr. F. Estes Wagner, age 84, of Elkin, passed away Thursday, April 19, 2007, at his residence. Mr. Wagner was born in Ashe County on Oct. 19, 1922, to the late George B. and Nancy Cheek Wagner. Mr. Wagner was a member of Grassy Creek Unitd Methodist Church for more than 50 years.
In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by three brothers, Armond Wagner, Dayton Wagner, and Amon Wagner; two sisters, Velma Wagner and Argel Wagner.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Thelma Norris Wagner, of the home; a son and daughter-in-law, Larry (Nancy) Wagner of Raleigh; a grandson, Lacy Wagner of Lebanon, Ohio; a granddaughter, Leslie Wagner of Raleigh; two sisters, Opal Foster of Wichita, Kansas and Ovanell (Paul) Corriher of Statesville; two brothers; Austin Wagner of Black Mountain and B.B. (Georgia) Wagner of Statesville; two sister-in-laws, Ednamae Wagner of Yorktown, Va., and Ruby Wagner of Elizabethton, Tenn.; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 21, 2007, at Grassy Creek United Methodist Church by Rev. Jim Pritchard Jr. The Wagner family will receive friends from 12 to 1 p.m. at the church, prior to funeral services starting at 1 p.m. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Grassy Creek United Methodist Church Building Fund, 267 Klondike Road, State Road, N.C. 28676, in memory of F. Estes Wagner.
Johnson Funeral Home, of 615 West Main Street, Elkin, is serving the Wagner family.

Edward David Lane
Mr. Edward David (E.D.) Lane, 92, died Thursday, April 19, 2007 at Hugh Chatham Nursing Center after an extended illness.
Mr. Lane was born in Florence, S.C., April 28, 1914 to Lewis and Pauline Hudson Lane. He graduated from Florence High School where he was a three sport letterman in football, basketball and baseball. He attended Campbell College on a football and basketball scholarship. Mr. Lane served in the 3rd Infantry Div., in the European Theater during World War II and served in the N.C. National Guard. He served as commander of VFW Post 7794 for 10 years and was a member of First Baptist Church in Elkin. He was retired from Chatham Manufacturing Co.
Mr. Lane was preceded in death by his wife, Gladys Edwards Lane, 1997 and three brothers.
Surviving are, four nieces; Ann L.(Ray) Carroll, Jane L. (Howard) Johnson of Florence, S.C., Cathy L. (Ken) Hoover Columbia, S.C. and Paula L. (Allen) Rischer of Charleston, S.C. and one nephew Peter E. (Lisa) Lane, Jr. of Columbia, S.C.
A graveside service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday at Crestwood Memorial Gardens with a memorial service to follow at noon at First Baptist Church in Elkin with the Rev. Rebecca Maynard officating. The family will receive friends following the service at the church.
The family suggests that any memorials be made to First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 69, Elkin, N.C. or to Mountain Valley Hospice. 105 Court St., Elkin, NC 28621
John Kennedy is serving the Lane family.

Della Elizabeth Scott Harris
Della Elizabeth Scott Harris of Jonesville passed away peacefully Thursday April, 19, at the age of 98. She was born June 12, 1908, the third of three children born to Edmond and Lula Long Scott. She spent her growing up years on the family farm in Wilkes County. On December 23, 1925, she was married to Thurmond T. Harris. They made their home in Jonesville on Oak Street where their family grew up. Mr. Harris died in 1991. In addition to her parents and husband, Mrs. Harris was preceded in death by her sisters, Bessie Scott Pardue, Beatrice Scott Pardue and her brother Gray Scott; sons-in-law Dett Martin and Kenneth Pederson and granddaughters Jan Collins and Carrie Pederson.
Survivors include her children Daphnia Martin, Mack (Mary) Harris, Wanda Pederson and Janice (Charles) Collins; 10 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren and three great great grandchildren; also a special sister-in-law Nellie Harris and several nieces and nephews.
At the time of her death Mrs. Harris was the oldest living member of the First Baptist Church of Jonesville where her funeral service will be held on Sunday at 3 p.m. with the Rev. Roger Hensley officiating. She will lie instate 30 minutes prior to the service. Interment will follow at Sunrise Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday at Gentry Family Funeral Service in Jonesville.
Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to either the First Baptist Church of Jonesville or to a charity of the donors choice. The family wishes to express their appreciation to the staff at Hugh Chatham Nursing Center for the comfort and care provided for Mrs. Harris over the last 10 years of her life.

Priscilla Jane Keller
Priscilla Jane Keller, age 61, of Sunset Drive, Boonville, passed away, Thursday, June 7, 2007 at Forsyth Medical Center. Mrs. Keller was born June 27, 1945 in Schenectady, N. Y., to Harold and Betty Smith Hiley.
Priscilla retired from General Electric and was a member of Healing Waters First Assembly. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Larry Keller.
Survivors include two sons, Rick LeBlanc of Boonville, Sean LeBlanc of Schenectady, N.Y.; her fiance, Richard E. LeBlanc of Boonville; a brother, Joseph Smith of Idaho; four sisters, Danielle Mackey of Jonesville, Betty Jo Smith of Corinth, N.Y., Marliss Smith of Tempe, Ariz., Marilyn Hiley of Chandler, Ariz.; several grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Sunday, June 10, 2007, at Healing Waters First Assembly by Rev. George Hege, Rev. Mike Lester and Delma Hege. Burial followed in the church cemetery. The body was placed in the church to lie instate 30 minutes prior to the service. The family received friends Saturday evening from 7-9 p.m. at Hodges Funeral Home in Elkin.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made to Healing Waters First Assembly Church, Wisconsin Ave, Elkin, N.C. 28621.
Hodges Funeral Home in Elkin is serving the Keller family.

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