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October 11, 2009

Jack Monroe Peacock "Coach" L-45


FAYETTEVILLE — Jack Monroe "Coach" Peacock, 80, died Sunday, October 11, 2009, in Cape Fear Valley Medical Center.

Mr. Peacock retired from the U.S. Army in 1967. He then worked at the Fort Bragg Printing Plant until 1988. He coached baseball at Honeycutt Park for many years. Upon his retirement, he was an athletics volunteer at Terry Sanford High School and he maintained the sports fields.

He is survived by his sister, Louise Peacock Townsend of Greensboro; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, October 14, in the chapel of Snyder Memorial Baptist Church. Visitation will immediately follow the service.

Burial will take place Thursday, October 15, in Muirs Chapel UMC, Greensboro.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Coach Peacock Baseball Memorial Fund, 126 Broadfoot Ave., Fayetteville, NC 28305.

Services are entrusted to Sullivan's Highland Funeral Service of Fayetteville


August 18, 2009

Lawrence Wayne "Birdman" McKnight Sr., L-59

MCKNIGHT ELKIN - Mr. Lawrence Wayne "Birdman" McKnight, Sr. 68, passed away Tuesday, August 18, 2009 at his home following a lengthy illness. He was born June 8, 1941 in Forsyth County to James Madison and Vernell Masencup McKnight. He retired from R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. with 30 plus years of service where he was affectionately known as "Birdman". Mr. McKnight loved to hunt, fish, and play golf. He was preceded in death by his wife, Joan Clark McKnight and a sister, Virginia Brown. Surviving is a son, Lawrence Wayne McKnight, Jr. and wife Sonia Priddy; three grand-daughters, Taylor Cheyenne McKnight, Brett McKnight, and Brie McKnight; three great-grand-children; two brothers, James V. McKnight and David McKnight and wife Linda; sister, Carolyn M. Hutchins; half-sister, Freda Blankenship; also surviving are numerous nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m., Friday, August 21, 2009 at Hayworth-Miller Silas Creek Chapel with Rev. Gary Snow officiating. The family will receive friends 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mountain Valley Hospice and Palliative Care, Elkin Division 688 North Bridge St. Elkin, NC 28621. On line condolences may be made at

July 27, 2009

Walter Eugene Wallace, G-54

Gray Floyd Todd, L-41

TODD WINSTON-SALEM - Gray Floyd Todd, 86, died July 27, 2009 of congestive heart failure at the Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home. He was born January 8, 1923 to William and Martha Foltz Todd. He was a member of Centenary United Methodist Church. Gray was raised at the Children' s Home from age 8 until he turned 18 when he joined the Army Air Corp in WWII. Upon his discharge he returned to the Children' s Home seeking employment on February 10, 1946 where he worked 62 years performing various jobs ending up as the farm manager until his retirement on December 31, 2008. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, John and Irvin Todd and sisters, Cleve T. Tesh, Ruth T. Pierce, and Frances T. Krites. Surviving are several nieces and nephews and a close friend and caregiver, Colleen Hutchens; also left to mourn the loss of a good friend are his friends at McDonald' s on Stratford Road and his friends at Rancho Restaurant at Kernersville and High Point Roads. A celebration of his life will be held 2:00 PM Saturday, August 1, 2009 at the Woosley Chapel at the Children' s Home. The family would like to thank Hospice for their kind and thoughtful care. Memorials may be made to the Children' s Home Farm, 1001 Reynolda Rd. Winston-Salem, NC 27104 or to Hospice and Palliative Care Center 101 Hospice Lane, Winston-Salem, NC 27103. On line condolences may be made at


July 20, 2009

BOYETTE, Sr., 81, G-46
Wilson Electric

LAKELAND - Mr. Billy Daniel "Bill" Boyette, Sr., age 81, died of Monday (July 20, 2009) from chronic obstructive lung disease.
Born in Charlotte, N.C., on April 13, 1928, he came here from Winston-Salem, N.C., in 1951. He was a shop foreman for Wilson Electric. He also pitched for the NY Giants franchise in the Florida Grapefruit League and the Pilots in the Minor League in the early 50's. He held two league records with an ERA of 1.91 in 1955 and led the state league with 68 games. He was interviewed by The Ledger in June of 1998. His children say "He was a heck of a dad".
Mr. Boyette is survived by his wife Martha Boyettte, Lakeland; sons Billy Daniel "Danny" Boyette, Jr., (Tracy), Carl Preston Boyette, Sr., (Sharon), both of Lakeland; daughter Debra B. Cayson, (Phillip), Lakeland; brother William Boyette, Hickory, N.C.; 11 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, July 24, 2009 at Lanier Funeral Home Chapel.

July 1, 2009

Garnita Dimeo, 75

Garnita "Nita" Cochran Dimeo, 75, of Gastonia died Wednesday, July 1, 2009 at Gaston Memorial Hospital
She was a native of Mecklenburg County and the daughter of the late Mark and Elizabeth Cochran
Graveside services will be 12:30 P.M. Friday, July 3, 2009 at Gaston Memorial Park with Pastor John Stanley officiating.
The family will receive friends prior to the service, from 11 A.M. until 12 Noon, at McLean Funeral Directors of Gastonia.
Mrs. Dimeo was a retired professional Seamstress.
Survivors include her husband, Jim Dimeo, son and daughter-in-law, Victor and Elaine Dimeo, granddaughter, Kelley Dimeo, brothers, Bill and Ernest Cochran, sisters, Freda Cody and Lois Faye Morris, numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to Gaston Hospice P.O. Box 3984 Gastonia, N.C. 28054, Holy Angels P.O. Box 710 Belmont, N.C. 28012 or to the donor's choice

Condolences may be sent online at
McLean Funeral Directors of Gastonia is serving the Dimeo family.

June 11, 2009

Sarah Lynn (nee Blue) Prior, 66

Prior, Sarah L. (nee Blue) Resident of Mequon, WI, former resident of Nashville, TN and a longtime resident of Winston-Salem, NC. Found peace surrounded by her loving family on Thursday, June 11, 2009 at the age of 66 years. Loving mother of Patty (Dobie) Prior Giles of Whitefish Bay, WI and Randy (Michelle) Prior of Nashville, TN. Proud grandmother of Maia and Payton Giles and Jonathan Prior. Dear sister of Ginny (the late John) Thabes. Further survived by her former husband Bob Prior, many loving nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends. Private family services were held. Memorials in Sarah’s name may be directed to the Wisconsin Humane Society, 4500 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53208.  


June 13, 2009

Charley Murdock, 73, L-54

ANDERSON, S.C. - Charlena Tanner Murdock, 73, of Anderson, formerly of Dover, Del., wife of Sammy D. Murdock, died Saturday, June 13, 2009, at Rainey Hospice House in Anderson. Born in April 1, 1936, in Hayesville, N.C., she was the daughter of the late Charles Jackson and Lula Belle Ledford Tanner. She worked in furniture sales and was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, Anderson. Survivors include her husband, Sammy D. Murdock of the home; two daughters, Teressa Lynn Collins of Virginia, and Debra Bernice Taylor and husband, Glenn of Anderson; one son, Phillip Goodman Murdock and wife, Elaina of Greensboro, N.C.; seven grandchildren, Jason Collins, Charlena Ann Taylor, Zachary Louis Taylor, Alison Marie Taylor, Katherine Lynn Taylor, Madison Lane Murdock, and Laney Tanner Murdock; five great-grandchildren; and one brother, Fred Tanner and wife, Wanda of Hertford, N.C. Funeral services will be 6 p.m. Tuesday at Trinity United Methodist Church conducted by Rev. Paul Frey. The family will receive friends at the church following the service. Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Philadelphia Baptist Church Cemetery, Hayesville, N.C. The family is at the residence, 110 Langwell Drive, Anderson. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Children's Home Alumni Association, c/o The Development Office, 1001 Reynolda Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27104. Arrangements by Sullivan-King Mortuary, Northeast Chapel, Anderson.

May 18, 2009

Ben Allen Weatherman, L-64

March 26, 2009

Texie McLelland Harmon HARMON

WINSTON-SALEM - Mrs. Texie McLelland Harmon, loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend passed away Tuesday, March 24, 2009 at Forsyth Memorial Hospital. She was born December 7, 1924 in Iredell County to Giles T. McLelland and Mattie Daniels McLelland. She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Dwight E. Harmon; daughters Sheila Ammons (John) of Winston-Salem and Joan Lewis (Earl) of Kernersville; grandchildren Amy Jones (Jason) of Raleigh, Brian Ammons of Raleigh, Sarah Whicker (Adam) of Kernersville and Katherine Lewis of Kernersville; and great grandsons Aaron and Wesley Jones of Raleigh. She is also survived by her sisters Nellrea James of Statesville and Bonnie Harmon (Frank) of Brevard, brothers David McLelland (Evelyn) of Statesville and Giles McLelland (Jeanne) of East Bend, as well as many other relatives and friends. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by son Bradley Harmon, sister Rowena McLelland and brothers Floyd, Clay and Henry McLelland. Mrs. Harmon was a long time member of Centenary United Methodist Church in Winston-Salem and an active member in United Methodist Women. She spent 33 years serving with her husband at The Children' s Home in Winston-Salem. She will be remembered with love and affection through the lives she touched and the example she set for others. A service celebrating her life will be conducted by The Reverend Jack B. Yarbrough at Centenary United Methodist Church in Winston-Salem at 11:00, Saturday, March 28. The family will receive friends following the service. A burial service will be at 3:00 Saturday afternoon at Friendship United Methodist Church Cemetery in Iredell County. Memorials may be made to The Children' s Home, 1001 Reynolda Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27104. The family is served by Hayworth-Miller Funeral Home of Winston-Salem. I can do all things through Christ which strengthenth me. Philippians 4:13






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