Miscellaneous Surry County, North Carolina Obituaries


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Doris H. Lowe
Mrs. Doris H. Lowe, 75, of 140 Passover Lane, Hwy. 21 in State Road, passed away Wednesday, April 4, 2001 at Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital after an extended illness.
Mrs. Lowe was born in Alleghany County April 23, 1925 to Lloyd Marshall Higgens and Lucretia Veronica Brown Higgens. She was a member of Round Hill Baptist Church in Traphill and a devoted Christian. Doris and her husband, William Bland Lowe owned and worked at their grocery store on Hwy. 21 in State Road called Lowe’s Grocery. She also retired from TG&Y store in Elkin and was a wonderful homemaker, loving mother, grandmother and wife.
She is survived by her husband, William Bland Lowe of the home; one son, Harold and Carmen Lowe of Yadkinville; four daughters, Louise and Roger Turner of Sylva, Mary and Barry Darnell of Elkin, Sandra and Graham Casstevens of Elkin and Karen and Charles Casstevens of State Road; four grandchildren, Jeff Lowe, Brian and Beth Darnell, Scott and Susan Darnell and Michelle Casstevens; and two great-grandchildren, Whitney Lowe and Andrew Darnell.
Funeral services were conducted Saturday at Round Hill Baptist Church by Rev. Walter Hutchinson and Rev. Jimmy Gilreath. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
The family received friends Friday from 7-9 p.m. at Johnson Funeral Home in Elkin.

Mary McDaniel Nichols
Mrs. Mary McDaniel Nichols, 83, of 700 Johnson Ridge Road, Elkin, formerly of Sparta, died Friday evening, April 6, 2001 at Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital. She was the widow of Cleve Nichols.
She is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Jack Richardson of State Road; one granddaughter and spouse, Holly and Wesley Simmons of Thurmond; one great-grandson, Hunter Jackson Simmons of Thurmond; and one sister, Annie Hall of Roanoke, Va.
She was preceded in death by two brothers, James and Alvin Brady McDaniel; and two sisters, Hattie Smith and Beulah Bain.
Funeral services were this morning at 11 a.m. at the Grandview Memorial Chapel with burial in the Whitehead-Joines Cemetery.
The family received friends Sunday from 7-9 p.m. at the Grandview Memorial Funeral Home in Sparta.

Beauford Odell Shore 
Beauford Odell Shore, 74, of Mining Ridge Church Road, State Road, died Thursday morning, June 14, at Kindred Hospital in Greensboro after complications from a house fire in January.
Mr. Shore was born in Surry County to Betty Emma White and Troy Martin Shore on Nov. 27, 1926.
He received an Honorable Discharge from the United States Army after serving in WWII and the Korean War. During his service, he received an Asiatic Pacific Theatre Service Medal, a Good Conduct Medal, a World War II Victory Medal and a Japan Occupation Ribbon.
After his return to civilian life, he became a co-owner of Commercial Service Company, plant manager of U.S. Fiber and a co-owner of S & S Motors.
After his retirement, he worked as a security guard for Lowe’s Companies, winning an achievement award for his service there. He was also an active member of the Wilkes Democratic Party, winning their Distinguished Service Award in 1995.
When Mr. Shore's wife became a patient at Hugh Chatham Nursing Center in Elkin, he became an award-winning volunteer there.
On June 13, 1951, he married Annie Lee Chambers, who died on December 22, 1999.
In addition to his parents and wife, three siblings predeceased him – Fozie Stokes, Glen Shore and Lela Hudspeth.
Survivors include Patricia Ann Shore, whom Beauford and Ann adopted as an infant; her husband, William Morris Vaughan, and their son, Caleb Smith Vaughn, all of Van Nuys, Calif,; three brothers, Hobert Shores of Thomasville, Jerry Shores of Thomasville and Foley Shore of Winston-Salem; and a sister, Lula Holder of Winston-Salem.
The family will receive friends from 7-9 p.m. Friday, June 15, at Johnson Funeral Home in Elkin.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, June 16, at 2 p.m. at Pleasant View Baptist Church. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the State Road Volunteer Fire Department, c/o Earl Mounce, 164 Old Hwy. 21, State Road, N.C., 28676.
[Published June 16, 2001]

Ervin Odell Royal 
Ervin Odell Royal, 71, of Keysville, Va., died on Wed., June 13, at the Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home in Winston-Salem.
He was born in Ashe County on Oct.16, 1929 to the late Levi Royal and Kelly Edwards Royal. 
In addition to his parents, one brother and one great-grandson, Bruce Philip Crouse II, preceded him in death.
He was a veteran of the United States Army, having served during the Korean Conflict, receiving the Bronze Service Star, United Nations Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal and Korean Presidential Unit Citation.
Mr. Royal also was a disabled truck driver and was of the Baptist faith.
Surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Kitty Royal of Thurmond; his stepmother, Vera Royal of Dobson; and a granddaughter, Kitty Jo Crouse, of Pa. He is also survived by two sisters, three half-sisters and five brothers.
Funeral services were held Friday, June 15, at 11 a.m. at the Davis & Son Funeral Home Chapel, with burial in the Liberty Knob Baptist Church cemetery.
The family received friends at the Davis & Son Funeral Home in Dobson on Friday morning prior to the service.
[Published June 16, 2001]

Natley Emily Wood Vestal
Natley Emily Wood Vestal, 91, of Hamptonville, died Wednesday, June 13, at the Yadkin Nursing Center.
Mrs. Vestal was born on Nov. 5, 1909 in Yadkin Co, to Perear and Victoria Cummings Wood. She was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church of Jonesville.
Mrs. Vestal was preceded in death by her first husband, Tom Correll; a daughter, Betty Wordwell; and four brothers, Lee Wood, Theo Wood, Hubert Wood and Taft Wood.
Surviving are her husband, Elmer D. Vestal, of the home, and a sister, Lillian (Charles) Norwood of Winston-Salem.
Funeral services for Mrs. Vestal will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, June 15, at Gentry Family Funeral Chapel in Jonesville by the Rev. John Cox and Dr. John Abernethy. Burial will follow in the Forsyth Memorial Park in Winston-Salem.
The family received friends from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, June 14, at Gentry Family Funeral Home.
[Published June 16, 2001]

Toby Halley Walker
Toby Halley Walker, 51, of Austin Traphill Road, Elkin, died Tuesday, June 12, at Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital in Elkin.
Funeral services were held today at 11 a.m. at New Covenant Baptist Church with the Rev. Don Myers, the Rev. Jimmy Gilreath and the Rev. Jeff Collins.
Burial was in the church cemetery.
Mr. Walker was born in Wilkes County on Jan. 4, 1950, to Halley and Deretha Wiles Walker. He was a member of Round Hill Baptist Church.
Mr. Walker is survived by his wife, Susie Handy Walker, of the home; two daughters, LuAnn Walker of the home and Melissa G. Darnell of Ronda; three sons, Jody Walker of Wilkesboro, Jeffery Walker of North Wilkesboro and William Graham of Elkin; his father, Halley Walker of Hays; two brothers, Garry Walker of North Wilkesboro and Larry Walker of Winston-Salem; and eight grandchildren.
Pall bearers were Alvin Darnell, Willie Graham, Ted Billings, Darrell Sparks, Harvey Wiles, David Baugess, Rocky Carson and Gary Whitley.
Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home in North Wilkesboro was in charge of arrangements.
[Published June 16, 2001]

Grace Dean Colbert 
Mrs. Grace Dean Colbert, 70, of Greenhorn Road, Roaring River, passed away Thursday, June 14, at her home. 
Mrs. Colbert was born Jan. 20, 1931, in Wilkes County to Winfield H. and Betty Waddell McCann. 
Mrs. Colbert was retired from Holly Farms and was a member of Pleasant Home Baptist Church. 
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Sam Wade "Shorty" Colbert, and her sister, Mary Jane McGuire. 
Survivors include three sons and a daughter-in-law, Sammy D. (Elaine) Colbert of Harmony; Jessie W. Colbert of the home; and Jimmy L. Colbert of Elkin; four daughters and sons-in-law, Rita (Grady) Wood and Rebecca (Steve) Mathis, all of Elkin; Elaine (Barry) Jolly of Traphill; and Diane Terry of Elkin; three sisters, Audrey Shaw of Hamptonville, Pauline Gregory of Roaring River and Polly Brooks of North Wilkesboro; ten grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Sunday, June 17, at 3 p.m. at Knobbs Baptist Church by Rev. Danny Bauguess, Rev. Keith Lyon and Rev. Jack Cook. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. 
Mrs. Colbert will lie instate 30 minutes prior to the service. The family will receive friends Saturday evening from 7-9 p.m. at Hodges Funeral Home in Elkin.
[Published June 16, 2001]

Cecil Dustin Ball Sr.
Mr. Cecil Dustin Ball Sr., 65, of Poppy Field Lane, Elkin, passed away Wednesday, June 13, at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. 
Mr. Ball was born July 30, 1935, in Surry County to John Virdle and Beulah Hudson Ball.
Mr. Ball was employed by Nu-Line Printing and was a member of Calvary Wesleyan Church, where he was a Sunday school teacher of 33 years and a member of the choir and a youth leader. Mr. Ball was also a member of the Local Board of Administration at Cavalry Wesleyan Church and was a teacher of the Clubhouse Ministry. Mr. Ball enjoyed oil painting, southern gospel music and refurnishing furniture. 
He was preceded in death by his father, Mr. John Virdle Ball.
Survivors include his wife, Patricia Jones Ball, of the home; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Jeffrey Ball of the home and Dusty (Debbie) Ball of State Road; one daughter and son-in-law, Susan (Danny) Shaffner of Jonesville; his mother, Beulah Hudson Ball of Eden; two brothers, Rev. Vernon Ball of State Road and Gary Ball of Danville, Va.; three sisters, Sylvia Ball, Ann Marcum and Faye Light, all of Eden; five granddaughters, Joy (Chris) Culler, Jennifer Ball, Lindsey Ball, Stephanie Shaffner and Carrie Shaffner. 
Funeral services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Calvary Wesleyan Church by Rev. Jesse Garmon and Rev. Tim Thomas. Burial will follow at Crestwood Memorial Gardens. 
Mr. Ball will lie instate 30 minutes prior to the service. 
The family will receive friends Friday evening from 7-9 p.m. at Hodges Funeral Home in Elkin.
[Published June 16, 2001]

Homer Dawson Swaim
Homer Dawson Swaim, 68, of Shoaly Branch Church Road, Elkin, passed away Thursday, June 14, at his residence. 
Mr. Swaim was born November 7, 1932, in Yadkin County to Everett Bahnson and Mittie Salmon Swaim. 
Mr. Swaim retired after 40 years from Chatham Manufacturing, and he loved to fish and farm. 
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Alvin Swaim.
Survivors include his wife, Dixie Tucker Swaim, of the home; two sons and daughters-in-law, Ronnie (Nancy) Swaim of Kill Devil Hills and Lonnie (Carol) Swaim of State Road; a daughter and son-in-law, Lee (Gwyn) Orange of Elkin, two brothers, Harold Swaim and Sterlin Swaim of Elkin; one sister, Frances Upright of Elkin; six grandchildren, Ronnie Swaim Jr., Michael Swaim, Johnny Swaim, Billy Orange, Lori Orange and Jake Orange; and four great grandchildren. 
Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 16, at Hodges Funeral Home Chapel by Rev. Kenny Wood and Rev. Amos Lyon. Burial will follow at Charity United Methodist Church. 
The family will receive friends Friday evening from 7-9 p.m. at Hodges Funeral Home in Elkin. 
[Published June 16, 2001]

Frances Miller Cook
Frances Miller Cook, 95, of 517 Thurmond-Luffman Rd., Thurmond, died Wednesday evening at Hugh Chatham Nursing Center after an extended illness.
A funeral Mass will be said at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 16, at St. Stephen's Catholic Church in Elkin, with Father Michael Kottar as celebrant. Burial will be Monday, June 18, in Holy Cross Cemetery in Steelton, Pa.
Mrs. Cook was the first child born in America to her immigrant parents, Stephan and Theresa Baumkratz Miller, on March 10, 1906, in Steelton, Pa. She was a homemaker and a member of St. Stephen's Catholic Church. She was a member, past-president and chorus member of The American Legion Auxiliary Post 143 of New Cumberland, Pa. 
Her husband, Chester Cook, preceded her in death.
Surviving are one daughter, Kathleen (Jerry) Martin of Thurmond; two granddaughters, Jennifer (Tim) Brown of State Road and Maria (Charles) Briggs of Elkin; one grandson, Morgan Martin of Thurmond; four great-grandchildren, Hannah Brown, Erin Brown, Eddie Martin and Gracie Briggs; one sister, Theresa Noll of Steelton, Pa.; and one brother, William Miller of Harrisburg, Pa.
Flowers will be accepted, or memorials may be made to St. Stephen's Catholic Church, 101 Hawthorne Rd., Elkin, N.C., 28621, or to Hugh Chatham Nursing Center, 700 Johnson Ridge Rd., Elkin, N.C., 28621. Messages of condolences may be e-mailed to the Cook family at kennedy@funeral-plans.com.
[Published June 16, 2001]

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