Miscellaneous Forsyth County, North Carolina Obituaries


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KING -- Mrs. Rhumell Coins Taylor, 70, wife of Walter Kenneth Taylor, of 1737 Marshall Smith Road, King, N.C., died Thursday, October 14, 1999 at Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C. Mrs Taylor was born in Stokes County, October 3, 1929 to Willie Raymond and Ruby Gertrude King Coina. She was retired from Lucia, Inc. and was of the Primitive Baptist faith. Surviving are her husband, Walter Kenneth Taylor of the home; three daughters and sons-in-law, Cheryl and Harry Morris of Winston-Salem, Carol Hunter of Winston-Salem, and Trina and Bob Roberts of Tobaccoville; five grandchildren, Trey Morris, Kenny Morris, Jamie Tuttle, Justin Roberts, and Taylor Roberts; one brother, J.B. Coins of Winston-Salem; and one niece and husband, Rockie Currie and Tim of Winston-Salem. Mrs. Taylor was preceded in death by one sister, Barbara Marion. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday morning, October 16, 1999 at 11:00 a.m. at Rock House Primitive Baptist Church by Elder Vance Jones, Elder J.H. Keaton, and Elder Scottie Marshall. Burial will be at Brim's Grove Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the Cox-Needham Funeral Home and Chapel in Pilot Mountain, N.C. on Friday , October 15, 1999 from 7 to 9 p.m. and at other times at the Taylor home. The family wishes to express their gratitude to the eighth floor staff at Forsyth Medical Center for all their help and kindness during Mrs. Taylor's illness. 

Our loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, Bertha Mabel Teague-Strait, 79, went home to be with her Lord on October 13, 1999 after an extended illness. She was born February 3, 1920 in Cleveland County, N.C. to James Henry and Viola Hopper Teague. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Warren Strait; two sisters, Gladys Sipes and Mae Tucker; and two brothers, William Teague and Ray Teague. Left to cherish her memory are her children, Peggy Smith Pittman (Richard) of Hildebran, N.C., Palmer L. ''Bobby'' Smith (Rita) of Arcadia, N.C., Patricia Smith Fishel (Roger), and Paulette Smith Shaffer (Denny) both of Winston-Salem. Her love for her eight grandchildren, Chuck, Chris, Cheryl, Palmer, Kim, Donna, Brian, and Amanda; and seven great-grandchildren, Ashley, Devon, David, Brandy, Dakota, Kasey, and Taylor will never be forgotten. Also surviving Bertha are her four brothers and two sisters, Junior Teague (Evelyn), Hettie Yoder, and Catherine Hampton all of Hickory, Clyde Teague (Peggy), Jimmy Teague (Sis), and Marshall Teague (Carol) all of Hildebran; and many caring and loving nieces and nephews; and the father of he children, Gene F. Smith. Funeral services will be conducted on Saturday, October 16, 1999 at 2:00 p.m. at Hayworth-Miller Silas Creek Chapel by her great-nephew, the Rev. Kenneth Hudson. Burial will follow at Parklawn Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at Hayworth-Miller Funeral Home in Winston-Salem, N.C. on Friday evening, October 15, 1999 from 7-9 p.m. Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to National Kidney Foundation, 5950 Fairview Rd., Suite 708, Charlotte, N.C. 28210-3167. 

STONEVILLE -- Mrs. Lillian Ada Lawson Tilley, 89, of 3234 N.C. 135, died Thursday, Oct. 14, 1999 at Brian Center in Eden. The service will be held 2:00 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, 1999 at Shiloh Primitive Baptist Church with burial to follow in the church cemetery. Mrs. Tilley was born to the late Jim and Zudie Hicks Lawson and was a member of Piney Grove Primitive Baptist Church, Danbury. She is preceded in death by her husband, Herbert Tilley and son, Bernie Tilley. She is survived by her son, Vilas Tilley of Stoneville; one brother, Swanson Lawson of Greensboro, four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Mrs. Tilley's body will be taken to her home Friday at 2:00 p.m. where the family will be receiving friends. The body will be placed in Shiloh Primitive Baptist Church Saturday at 1:00 p.m. where she will lie instate until the funeral hour. Brooke Funeral Home in Stokesdale is in charge of arrangements.

Dr. Maggie Earl Friday Benson, daughter of the late Earl and Minnie Speaks Friday, passed away recently at Forsyth Medical Center. She was a native of the city and was educated in the public school systems of Elizabeth City, New Jersey and Winston-Salem. She was a graduate of Winston-Salem Teachers College, N.C.A.&T. and did further study at the University of North Carolina. Benson taught school in the states of Virginia and Greensboro, N.C. and was proprietor of the Mother and Daughter Kindergarten. She was Chairman of the Board of Directors at Benson's Music Studio and F&B Travel Consultants. Benson was employed as a reporter with the Winston-Salem Journal and Sentinel from the late 1930's-1960 assisting with the column ''Activities of Colored People'' and she was a former member of the Democratic Party. At Zion Tabernacle FBH Church she served as Minister of Music. Surviving are her husband, Samuel Setzer Benson; two daughters, VirNessa D. and Minnie E. Benson; a devoted cousin-in-law, Florence Ceasar Rice; a devoted nephew, Carl Miller, Jr.; sisters-in-law, Beatrice B. Benson of the city and Catherine Washington of Philadelphia, Pa.; six foster grandchildren; and other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, October 16, 1999 at 3:00 p.m. from the Zion Tabernacle FBH Church with Rev. L.V. Davis officiating. Interment will follow in the Evergreen Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 2:30-3:00 p.m. at the church. The family may be contacted at the home, 3321 New Walkertown Road. Hooper Funeral Home of Winston-Salem and Virginia Welsh Funeral Services of Philadelphia, Pa. are in charge of services. (HOOPER) 

Dr. Albert B. Broadous of 2304 Cross Street, Little Rock, Arkansas, passed away on Friday, October 8, 1999 at the Baptist Medical Center, Little Rock, Ark. He was born on February 9, 1904 to the late Reverend Zechrah and Mattie T. Broadous in Texarkana, Ark. He had lived in Little Rock for 74 years and attended Arkansas Baptist College, earning a high school diploma in 1934 from Philander Smith College. He was awarded the Honorary Doctor of Human Letters from Arkansas Baptist College and received other honors from his church community and the state of Arkansas. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Mildred Willis Broadous; a devoted daughter, Marion B. Simpson of Winston-Salem, N.C.; two loving granddaughters, Sharon Simpson of Southfield, Mich. and Valerie Simpson of Winston-Salem, N.C.; three great-grandchildren, Obrien, Ebonie, and Alexander Walker all of Winston-Salem, N.C.; one sister, Lee Omira Clegg; one brother, Reverend John H. Broadous both of Compton, California; and other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be conducted on Saturday, October 16, 1999 at 12:00 NOON from the Mount Zion Baptist Church, Little Rock, Ark. Interment will be in the Haven of Rest Cemetery, Little Rock, Ark. Ruffin and Jarrett Funeral Home, 1200 Chester Street, Little Rock, Ark. is in charge of services and arrangements. (COURTESY OF RUSSELL). 

GREENSBORO -- Mr. William Edward Chandler, 77, died on Thursday, October 14, 1999 at Moses Cone Extended Care Center after a lengthy illness. The funeral will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday at Vandalia Presbyterian Church. Burial will follow at Guilford Memorial Park. Bill was a devoted Christian and family man. Born the eleventh of thirteen children to the late Charles and Edith Chandler in Nemaha, Nebraska, he attended Peru State Teachers College. He was a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard and a flight attendant supervisor for Eastern Airlines in New York before entering the airline catering business. In 1966, he and his partners, C.F. Houglan and W.R. Ramsey, started Triad Catering Company in Greensboro, N.C. which was the sole provider of catering service at Piedmont Triad International Airport until his retirement. He served as a Deacon and Elder at Vandalia Presbyterian Church. Bill was the beloved Husband of his wife of 43 years, Dorothy, who spent the last three years in faithful and tireless care of him. He was the father of four daughters who adored him and cherished the joy he brought to their lives: Lauren C. Beasley and her husband, Dave of Greensboro, Lynette C. Matthews-Murphy and her husband, Lynn of Winston-Salem, Cynthia C. Mason and her husband, Merrill of Raleigh, and Melissa C. Dowell and her husband, Matthew of Jamestown. The lights of his life were his eight grandchildren, Brad, Todd, and Amy Beasley, Craig and Vance Matthews, Ellen and Chandler Mason, and Erin Dowell. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Cheryl Chandler. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Friday in the parlor of Vandalia Presbyterian Church. Memorial contributions may be made to Vandalia Presbyterian Church, 101 W. Vandalia Rd., Greensboro, N.C. 27406 or the American Heart Association, 111-D Pomona Drive, Greensboro, N.C. 27407. Hanes-Lineberry, Vanstory Chapel is assisting the family. 

Mr. James Robert Cooper of 3010 N. Claremont Avenue, was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina to the late James Robert, Sr. and Sarah Cooper. He was a lifelong resident of Winston-Salem where he was a member of Canaan Baptist Church. Mr. Cooper was a retired painter of Rakestraw Painting Co. He departed this life on Tuesday, October 12, 1999 at his residence unexpectedly. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, October 16, 1999 at 1:00 p.m. from the Canaan Baptist Church with Dr. W.E. Brannon officiating. Interment will follow in the Evergreen Cemetery. The family will receive friends thirty minutes prior to the service at the church. He leaves to cherish his memory his wife of the home, Betty Cooper; six daughters, Sharon (William) Dillard, Rita (James) Scott, Cardias (Lawrence) Burns all of Winston-Salem, N.C., Shirleen Cooper, Sarah Ann Cooper, and Yonnie Cooper all of New Jersey; two sons, Melvin Cooper of New York and James Cooper of New Jersey; twenty-nine grandchildren; sixteen great-grandchildren; a devoted uncle, Cleo Robbins of Winston-Salem; a devoted cousin, James Jenkins of Winston-Salem; and a host of other relatives and friends. The family may be contacted and the cortege will assemble and leave from the residence at 12 noon Saturday. (HOOPER) 

ELKIN -- Hattie Mae Norman Graham, 95, died in Birmingham, Alabama on October 10, 1999 A member of First United Methodist Church, Mrs. Graham was Elkin's Mother of the Year in 1963. She served the community as a registered nurse for 35 years, beginning her career as a part of the initial staff of Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital. Mrs. Graham, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Arthur Norman, was married to Robert Sheffey Graham who died in 1982. She is survived by three children, Robert Graham, Jr., Helen Graham Yarboro, and Norman Graham; seven grandchildren, Robert Graham, Patrick Graham, Chris Yarboro, Jonathan Yarboro, Anna Kate Yarboro Donavan, Ashley Graham, and Damien Graham and one great-grandson, Graham Yarboro also survive her as well as a son and daughters-in-law. Extended family includes her sister-in-law, Mary Norman, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. A graveside committal service for the family will precede the memorial service at 3 p.m. on Saturday, October 17, 1999 at First United Methodist Church. The family will visit with friends in the church parlor following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials should be made to First United Methodist Church, Elkin or to the Kirkwood Life Care Fund, 3605 Ratliff Road, Birmingham, Alabama 35210. Kennedy Funeral Home in Elkin is in charge of arrangements. 

Ms. Robin Janice Jones Hairston, 42, of 2432 White Horne Drive, Kernersville, N.C. departed this life on Monday morning, October 11, 1999 at the High Point Regional Hospital after an extended period of illness. Robin was born on March 17, 1957 in Forsyth County to Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Jones, Sr. She graduated in 1975 from East Forsyth Senior High School. She was a member of the Oak Springs Church of Stokesdale, N.C. and was a former employee of Precision Fabrics in Jamestown, N.C. until her health began to decline. She is survived by three sons, Tommy L. (Rebecca) Jones, Terrell D. Jones, and Antionne L. Hairston all of Winston-Salem, N.C.; five grandchildren; her parents, Mary and Jesse Jones of Walkertown, N.C.; a special devoted friend, Lorenzo Lyerly; three sisters, Cynthia McIntyre, Brenda Hairston (Brian) all of Kernersville, N.C., and Kenya S. Jones of King, N.C.; three brothers, Dennis (Shirley) Jones of Walnut Cove, Gordon (Jacqueline) Jones, Sr., and Rev. Jesse (Veronica) Jones, Jr. all of Winston-Salem; one aunt, Mrs. Shirley (Wheeler) Jones of Walkertown; a host of loving nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, and a very special friend, Georgianne Coletrane of Walkertown; and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be conducted on Friday, October 15, 1999 at 3:00 p.m. from the Oak Springs Baptist Church in Stokesdale, N.C. with Rev. James R. Rudd officiating. Interment will be in the Oak Springs Baptist Church Cemetery, Stokesdale, N.C. The family visitation will be from 2:30 until 3:00 p.m. on Friday at the church. (RUSSELL) 

HAMPTONVILLE -- Mr. James Ralph Hemric, 84, of Simcox Rd., Hamptonville, died Wednesday, October 13, 1999 at Yadkin Nursing Center. He was born to the late George Marcus McClain Hemric and Rosie Gambill Hemric. Mr. Hemric was a retired Truck Driver. On August 10, 1934 he married Lillian Gladys Hemric who preceded him in death. Also preceding him in death in addition to his parents, was one son, James Wayne Hemric; three brothers; and three sisters. Surviving are two sons, Donald L. (Ellen) Hemric of Hamptonville and Billy Gray Hemric of New Castle, Delaware; two sisters, Bonnie Adkins of Elkin and Maxine (Milo) Barker of Lexington, N.C.; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a special friend, Betty Simcox of Hamptonville. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, October 16, 1999 at Gentry Family Chapel, Hwy. 601 N. Yadkinville conducted by the Rev. Roger Elmore. Burial will be in the Maranatha Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7-9 p.m. Friday, October 15, 1999. 

Mr. Frank Sylvester Kinzer, 67, of 1166 Morton Street, Camden, New Jersey and formerly of Winston-Salem, N.C., expired on Tuesday, October 12, 1999 at the Woodland Care Hospice Center in Camden, New Jersey following an extended period of illness. He was a retired employee of the Plaster and Cement International 
Local 8 of Philadelphia. Mr. Kinzer was preceded in death by his father, Jasper Frank Kinzer. He leaves to embrace his memories his mother, Mrs. Lubertha M. Kinzer of Mt. Airy, N.C.; his wife, Dorothy W. Kinzer of Camden, N.J.; two daughters, Tiffany Kinzer of the home and Frankie Gaither of Salisbury, N.C.; four sons, Frank Jasper Kinzer of Fayetteville, N.C., Samuel Kinzer of Biloxi, Mississippi, Michael Kinzer of Winston-Salem, and Tyress Gaither (Wanda) of Salisbury; six step-children, Edward and Bruce Vanderveer, Lois Norton (Baron), Mary, Floyd, and Kevin Williamson of Camden, N.J.; one brother, James A. Kinzer (Brenda) of Winston-Salem; four sisters, Doris Harris of Mt. Airy, Robbie DeLapp, Ernestine Dillard, and Mildred Garris Tuttle (Mack) of Winston-Salem; several grand and great-grandchildren; also a very special and devoted friend, Ernestine August of Camden; and a host of other special nieces, nephews, cousins and friends who loved him dearly. Funeral services will be conducted on Saturday, October 16, 1999 at 2:00 p.m. from the Chapel of Russell Funeral Home with Bishop Tony Carter officiating. Interment will be in the Evergreen Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1:30 until 2:00 p.m. on Saturday at the Russell Funeral Home. The family may be contacted at the home of a sister, Robbie DeLapp, 796 Crowder Street. (RUSSELL) 

Daphne Ethel Eller Leonard, 73, widow of George Alan Leonard, died October 13, 1999 in Lansing, N.C. after an extended illness. She earned her B.S. and Masters degrees in Home Economics and later her Masters of Library Sciences at University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She began her career in education by working with the N.C. State Dept. of Instruciton. She later worked as the librarian at First Baptist Church in Greensboro and retired in 1994 as the Media Specialist at Ashe Central High School. She is survived by three daughters, Theresa Leonard Lewis, Nancy Leonard Schuder, and Elizabeth Leonard Paulson and seven grandchildren. A sister, Laura Nan Wasserman of Lansing; a brother, Morris Eller of Winston-Salem; and several nieces and nephews also survive her. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, October 16, 1999 at 2:00 p.m. at Jefferson United Methodist Church in Jefferson, N.C. The family will receive friends from 1:00-2:00 p.m. in the church parlor. Interment will be at Ashelawn Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to ''Women in Touch'', c/o Ashe Memorial Hospital, 200 Hospital Ave., Jefferson, N.C. 28640, Hospice of Ashe, P.O. Box 421, Jefferson, N.C. 28640, or Jefferson United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 445, Jefferson, N.C. 28640. Boone Family Funeral Home of West Jefferson is in charge of these arrangements. 

YADKINVILLE -- Dollie Ashby Martin, 69, of Yadkinville, N.C. formerly of Roanoke, departed this earth to be with her Lord and Eternal Father, and there she reunited in Heaven with her first husband, John David Ashby; her son, Michael Rae Ashby; he parents, Henry and Nellie Weaver; and her siblings. Dollie was employed with and retired from Tultex Mills in Roanoke. Waiting to meet Dollie in that Heavenly home is her husband, Lester Martin; sons and daughters, Larry David Ashby and Vickie Stafford Ashby, Victoria Ashby Jones and John Jones; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and three special friends, Carmen Dohn, Effie Fierce, Wanda Doss and families from Yadkinville, N.C. A celebration of Dollie's life will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, October 15, 1999 at the Lotz Vinton Chapel with services being conducted by her niece, The Rev. Deborah Barnard and Carmen Dohn will be honoring Dollie with her beautiful voice. 

Mr. Roman Massey, 52, of 1831 North Dunleith Avenue, passed away on Saturday, October 9, 1999 at the Kate Bitting Reynolds Hospice Home following a period of illness. He was born on March 28, 1947 in Manhattan, N.Y. to the late Claudia and Frank Massey. He was a native of Bronx, N.Y. where he attended and graduated from the local high school and had lived in Winston-Salem, N.C. since 1977. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served in the Vietnam War in November, 1968. He was an employee of Merita Bakery for 15 years, Lee Jeans for 3 years, and more recently at the Microtel Hotel. He is survived by his faithful wife of 14 years, Melba Penn Massey; three daughters, Juryl Massey of Bronx, N.Y., Vernice Massey of Los Angeles, Calif., and Sherril Penn of Winston-Salem, N.C.; three sons, Roman D. and Alyn Massey of Bronx, N.Y., and Tyreah Penn, Sr.; six grandchildren; one sister, Karen Lewis of Charlotte, N.C.; his mother-in-law, Annie M. Penn McRae (James); six aunts; six uncles; three devoted brothers-in-law, Harold (Callie), Michael, and Byron (Sonya) Penn; one devoted sister-in-law, Pamela Penn; a devoted friend, Jeannie Mason; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be conducted on Saturday, October 16, 1999 at 12:00 NOON from the Chapel of the Russell Funeral Home with Reverend Carlton A.G. Eversley officiating. Interment will be in the Piedmont Memorial Gardens. The family visitation will be from 11:00 until 12:00 NOON on Saturday at the Russell Funeral Home. (RUSSELL) 

WALKERTOWN -- Mr. Raymond ''Ray'' Lee Pack, 81, of Walkertown, died Thursday October 14, 1999 at the Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home. Mr. Pack was born on April 7, 1918 in Norfolk, Virginia a son of the late Walter Lee and Maude F. McCann Pack Thomas. He was a member of Gospel Light Baptist Church, a veteran of the Merchant Marines, a retired Construction Superintendent of Flour Construction, and ran the Roadside Drive Inn in Walkertown from 1956-1961. On July 15, 1946 he married the former Iva Shropshire who survives him of the home. Other survivors include one sister and brother-in-law, Edith P. Reid (Nolan) of Wallburg; two brothers, Howard Charles Pack of San Diego, Calif., and Wiley Hubert Pack of Thomasville, Ga.; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Edward Lee Pack and James Walter Pack and two sisters, Virginia P. Miller and Pauline P. Baugus. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, October 16, 1999 at Foster Funeral Home with Dr. Bobby Roberson and Dr. Brooks L. Hunt officiating. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends 7-9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Memorials may be sent to Hospice of Forsyth County 1100-C S. Stratford Rd., Winston-Salem, N.C. 27103. (FOSTER) 

PFAFFTOWN -- Mrs. Sena Mae Neely Pendergrass, 78, of Pfafftown, died Thursday morning, October 14, 1999 at the home of her daughter, Alva. She was born February 7, 1921 in Forsyth County to David H. Neely, Sr. and Dina Golding Neely. Mrs. Pendergrass was of the Baptist Faith and was preceded in death by her husband, Alva H. Pendergrass also on October 14, 1984. Surviving are a daughter, Alva Mae Freeman and her husband, Lewis of Mocksville; a son, Harrison Pendergrass and his wife, Pamela of Winston-Salem; a brother, David H. Neely, Jr. of Nevada; five grandchildren, Lewis Freeman, Jr., Sterling Freeman, Wendy Pope and her husband, Kevin, Jason Pendergrass and his wife, Amy, and Stacy Pendergrass; and two great-grandchildren, Tori and Ashlea Pope. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday in Hayworth-Miller Silas Creek Chapel. Burial will follow in Forsyth Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Davie County, P.O. Box 848, Mocksville, N.C. 27028. 

SUMMERFIELD -- James ''Earl'' Priddy. After being terminally ill for the past several months, Earl, 85, yrs. old went home to be with his Lord Wednesday, October 13, 1999. He was employed by P. Lorillard Company as an oiler on second shift until his retirement in 1984. Since that time, he has enjoyed fishing, hunting, beekeeping, and gardening. Surviving are his wife of nearly 66 years, Lorene Flinchum Priddy; his daughter, Mildred ''Millie Priddy Barrow and husband, Ted; a son, Kenneth and wife, Pat all of Summerfield; four granddaughters, Debra Wood, Vickie Cole, Tammy Barrow, and Susan Roberson; two great-grandchildren, Joey and Sarah; one brother, Troy Priddy of Westfield; and a sister, Murphy ''Ann'' Whitaker of Winston-Salem. He was the son of deceased parents, Frank and Minnie Jackson Priddy. The family expresses sincere thanks to two very special people, sister-in-law, Mary Lee Mabe and special friends and like a second daughter, Shirley Randleman who both loved and cared for him during this time. Funeral services will be held 7:00 p.m. Friday at Brooke Funeral Home Chapel in Stokesdale. The family will receive friends and relatives immediately following the service and other times at the home, 8085 Witty Road. Burial will be Saturday, 11:00 a.m. in the Hillsdale Primitive Baptist Cemetery on Scalesville Road, Summerfield. 

Mr . James Rufus Sturdivant, Jr., 37, of 1353 Calvert Drive, Winston-Salem, died October 11, 1999 at WFU/Baptist Medical Center. He was born September 26, 1962 to the late James R. Sturdivant, Sr. and Evang. Alma E. Sturdivant. He was employed with the City of Winston-Salem, Park and Recreation. Surviving in addition to his mother are three children, Antonio D. Sloan, Krishaun Sloan, and Lajessica Sloan all of Winston-Salem; two sisters, Shirley (Paul) Jackson of Winston-Salem and Alma Marie Sturdivant of the home; maternal grandmother, Elizabeth Fowler of Winston-Salem; paternal grandmother; Mamie Sturdivant of Winston-Salem; a devoted niece, Sophia Jackson; and a devoted nephew, Antonio Jackson both of Winston-Salem. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. October 16, 1999 at Frances S. and Jerry C. Gilmore, Jr. Memorial Chapel conducted by the Rev. J.D. McCallum. Burial will be in Piedmont Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 12:30 until 1 p.m. before the service. 

MOUNT AIRY -- Mr. Robert Thomas (Tommy) Tate, 50, of 307 Imogene Church Road, Mount Airy, husband of Carolyn Sawyers Tate, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, October 13, 1999 at Fort Sanders Loudon Medical Center in Loudon, Tenn. Mr. Tate was born in Forsyth County, September 10, 1949, son of Clarence Coleman and Lydia Sechrist Tate. He was a truck driver with Dobson Trucking, where he was known by his co-workers as ''Fat Cat''. Survivors include his wife, Carolyn Sawyers Tate of the home; his parents, Clarence and Lydia Sechrist Tate of Mount Airy; three sisters and one brother-in-law, Nancy Sehen and Shirley Bowman both of Pilot Mountain, and Mildred and Leo Cave of Mount Airy; three brothers and sister-in-law, Bill and Brenda Tate of Mount Airy, Bobby and Ruth Sehen of Greenville, S.C., and Jimmy and Kathleen Sehen of Mount Airy; and several nieces and nephews. Mr. Tate was preceded in death by one brother, Freddie Sehen. The funeral service will be held on Saturday, October 16, 1999 at 2:00 p.m. at the Moody Funeral Home Chapel of Mount Airy. the service will be conducted by Rev. Danny Culler, Rev. Joe Atkins, and Rev. Jimmy Slate with burial in the Mount Carmel Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Friday from 7:00 until 9:00 p.m. at the Moody Funeral Home of Mount Airy and at other times at the home of Glenn Sawyers, 111 Ashley Drive, Mount Airy or at the home of Clarence and Lydia Tate, 593 George Chandler Road, Mount Airy.

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