Miscellaneous Forsyth County, North Carolina Obituaries


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Alvis Barbee Carpenter
Alvis Barbee Carpenter, 75, of Clemmons died January 12 at the Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home in Winston-Salem. Born January 16, 1926, in Helena, Ark., he spent his early years in Elaine, Ark., with his parents, James Robert and Jamie Barbee Carpenter. At the age of 14, he enrolled in the Tennessee Military Institute in Sweetwater, where he completed his high-school education. He attended Ouachita Baptist University for one year before enlisting in the Army Air Forces, where he served during World War II. Upon his discharge, he enrolled in Baylor University, later transferring to the University of Denver, where he completed a bachelor's degree in business administration. He also studied at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., receiving a master of divinity degree in 1954 and a doctorate of ministry in 1977. During his seminary years, he served in several capacities on the staff of Deer Park Baptist Church. In 1955, he was called as pastor of Audubon Baptist Church of Louisville, where he served for 10 years. In 1965 he began a 15-year tenure as the pastor of First Baptist Church of Blytheville, Ark. After moving to North Carolina in 1980 to broaden his studies in clinical pastoral education and counseling, Dr. Carpenter served several churches as interim pastor. These included First Baptist churches of Winston-Salem, Clemmons, Advance and Mocksville, as well as the Community Moravian Church of Welcome. He held membership in the American Association for Mar-riage and Family Therapy and the American Association of Pastoral Counselors. He served as a volunteer counselor for Contact of Winston-Salem and was associated with the Trinity Center on a part-time basis. In 1982, he opened the Clemmons Counseling Center and served many people until his retirement in 1994. He and his wife were very active in ACME (Association of Couples for Marriage Enrichment) and were a certified leader couple. His love for music led to his participation in the New Horizons Band (for senior citizens), where he played the clarinet. He was a faithful member of the First Baptist Church of Winston-Salem, using his background and experience as pastor and counselor. His involvement everywhere mirrored the theme of his life, which was commitment to God and caring for people.
Surviving are Florence Childress Carpenter, his wife of 44 years; a daughter, Elizabeth Carpenter Smith and husband John of Irving, Texas; a son, Daniel Carpenter and wife Patricia of Somerset, Ky.; a brother, Bob Carpenter and wife Dorothy of Helena, Ark.; grandchildren Rob and John Mark Smith, Heather White Trout, and Joshua White; and a host of friends across the country. 
A memorial service was held at First Baptist Church with pastor Dr. David Hughes officiating.

Agnes M. Doub
Agnes M. Doub, 84, formerly of Pfafftown, died January 11 at the Weakley Nursing Home in Dresden, Tenn. She was born in Forsyth County on July 26, 1917, to the late Robert Lee and Ida L. Overby Stephens. She lived most of her life in the Pfafftown community until, because of declining heath, she moved to Tennessee to be near her son and his family.
Surviving are her son, John H. Doub Jr. and wife Eleanor of McKenzie, Tenn.; a grandson, Chris Doub, and a great-granddaughter, Crystal Doub, both of Tennessee; and a nephew, Jerry Hauser and wife Marty of Winston-Salem.
A graveside service was held at Forsyth Memorial Park with Rev. J. Marion Rector officiating.

Susan Sherman
Susan Sherman, 95, died at the Meadowbrook Manor Nursing Home in Clemmons. She was the widow of Dr. Leo E. Sherman and spent much of her life in Brooklyn, N.Y. She served as past president and honorary member of Pictorial Photographers of America and has exhibited widely and written for photographic journals and served as judge for many exhibitions. She has photographs in permanent exhibition in both the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Surviving are her daughter, Marjorie Gelbin and husband Arnold; four grandchildren, Julie Sanders and husband Rick, Ellen Gelbin, all of Winston-Salem, Rachel Gelbin and husband Dan of Tucson, Ariz., and Adam Gelbin of Irving, Texas; and two great-grandchildren, Christopher Sanders of Clemmons and Connor Cobbledick of Tucson, Ariz.
A memorial service was held at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Winston-Salem with Rev. Charles D. Davis and Rev. George Briggs, Emeritus, officiating.

William Francis Zittel Sr.
William Francis Zittel Sr., 80, of Pfafftown, loving husband, father, and grandfather, died January 11 at Forsyth Medical Center. He was born December 26, 1921, in New York City to John and Edith Zittel. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II with the rank of first lieutenant. He was an active member of Temple Baptist Church in Lewisville where he taught Sunday school and sang in the choir. 
Surviving are his wife, Ruth Odell Zittel of the home; three children: William F. Zittel, Jr. and wife Sharon of Baltimore, Md., Paul Zittel and wife Susan of Port Saint Lucie, Fla., and Susan Zittel of King; and six grandchildren: Deborah, Timothy, Mark, Stephen, Barbara, and Timothy.
Funeral services were held at Temple Baptist Church with Dr. Bud Owen officiating, and. burial followed in Forsyth Memorial Park.

John David Leonard
John David Leonard, 44, of Clemmons died unexpectedly January 11. He was born in Davidson County on December 22, 1957, to Jimmy Ray and Jeannette Johnson Leonard. He was preceded in death by his father, Jimmy Ray Leonard. He was employed by Premier Masonry Inc.
Surviving are his wife, Vicki Eudy Leonard of the home; a son, Jason Leonard of Gainesville, Fla.; mother, Jeannette Leonard Howell of King; two sisters, Carol Harmon and husband Mike of Lexington and Charlene Snyder and husband Ronnie of Winston-Salem; a brother, Jimmy Leonard, Jr. of Lexington and several nieces and nephews and a host of family and friends.
Funeral services were heled at Hayworth-Miller Silas Creek Chapel with Rev. Ronnie Comer officiating, and burial followed in Forsyth Memorial Park.

Annie Louise Jones
Annie Louise Jones, 77, of the Meadowbrook Manor Nursing Facility in Clemmons, died January 9 at Forsyth Medical Center. She was born November 5, 1924, in Atlanta and was a member of the Exodus Baptist Church. She was retired from ARA Food Service of Wake Forest University with 20 years of service.
Surviving are a loving and devoted son, Darryl L. Jones, of the home; a daughter, Shelia Barrett, of Baltimore, Md.; three grandchildren; a host of other relatives and many friends.
Funeral services were held at the chapel of the Russell Funeral Home with Rev. Donald Stowe, Jr., officiating, and burial followed in the Evergreen Cemetery.

Virginia Sowers Shelton
Virginia Sowers Shelton, 69, of Pfafftown died January 11 at the Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home. She was born September 15, 1932, in Stokes County to Andrew J. and Rosa Lee Jessup Sowers. She was a member of Centenary United Methodist Church and was employed with Wachovia Bank for 27 years.
Surviving are two daughters, Deborah S. Miller and husband Ted of Clemmons and Beverly S. Griffin and husband William of Falls Church, Va.; three grandchildren, Karen L. Miller, Thomas S. and Joseph R. Griffin; a sister, Ersell S. Warren of Memphis; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services were held at Centenary United Methodist Church with Rev. Roland Barnhardt and Rev. G. Thomas Shelton officiating, and burial followed in Forsyth Memorial Park.

Marina Nunez
Marina "Wita" Nunez, 95, of Lewisville died January 14 at her home. She was born June 18, 1906, in Tampa, Fla., to Antonio and Mercedes Rios Castillo. She formerly resided in Armonk, N.Y., and was preceded in death by her husband, Domingo Nunez, and a son, Jaen Nunez.
Surviving are a son, Augustine Farina, of Texas; and a daughter, Gloria Schmidt, of Lewisville; nine grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service was held at Harmony Grove United Methodist Church with Rev. David Cook officiating. Burial was in Colon Cemetery in Tampa, Fla.

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