Volume 16, Number 2
- Obituaries February 5, 2014
Barbara Saunders Brown
Barbara Saunders Brown, 81, of Wake Forest died Thursday, January 23, 2014, at the Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home in Winston-Salem.
Barbara was born on September 8, 1932, in Morganton, the daughter of the late Vera Coxwell Saunders and Dr. John R. Saunders. She was raised in Richmond, Virginia, and came to the town of Wake Forest in the fall of 1949 to attend Wake Forest University where she graduated in 1954. While at Wake Forest, Barbara excelled in many areas. She was a Dean’s List student, in the sweetheart court, a little sister of Sigma Chi fraternity, and was a founding member of the Strings Society. Athletics were her prowess as she lettered in five sports. In 1954 she was the “Big Four” Golf Champion.
Barbara was mentored at Wake Forest by Hall of Famers Marge Crisp and Dot Casey and it was under their tutelage that she developed her passion for education and coaching. This led to a 31-year career in which she taught history and physical education as well as coaching basketball, softball, volleyball and track and field. Coach Brown brought the first ever girl’s state basketball championship to Wake Forest High School, and her volleyball and track and field teams were undefeated for 17 straight seasons. Her career culminated with being named the first female athletic director in the State of North Carolina.
After retirement, Mrs. Brown was appointed to the Town of Wake Forest Recreation Board and the Wake County Board of Recreation. She became the first female chairman of both organizations and passionately drove improvement and the creation of multiple parks and recreation facilities as well as expanded athletic leagues and facilities for children. Mrs. Brown was a charter member of the Wake Forest Kiwanis Club and became the first female chairman.
Her favorite pastimes were trips with her family to Atlantic Beach, the Wake Forest Garden Club, Wake Forest Baptist Church Circle, trips to the Bahamas, watching her grandchildren’s sporting events, the Atlanta Braves, Wake Forest University athletics and the annual Sigma Chi Homecoming.
A celebration of Mrs. Brown’s life will be held on Thursday afternoon, January 30, 2014, at 2 o’clock at Wake Forest Baptist Church with the Rev. Dr. Bill Slater and the Rev. Dr. Tom Jackson officiating. Burial will be in Wake Forest Cemetery.
Mrs. Brown was preceded in death by her husband, Robert L. Brown. She is survived by her son, Robert Michael Brown and his wife, Leslie Burnette Brown, of Bermuda Run; grandchildren, Katie of Chapel Hill and Zach of Bermuda Run; her sister, Jan Hemric and her husband, Dick, of North Canton, Ohio; and by her brother, John R. Saunders Jr. and his wife, Mary Nick, of Richmond, Virginia.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Brown-Saunders Scholarship Fund, c/o WFU Deacon Club, P. O. Box 7526, Winston-Salem, NC 27109.
Friends may visit with the family from 6:30 to 8:30 Wednesday evening, January 29, 2014, at Bright Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 405 S. Main St., Wake Forest.
Online condolences may be made at www.brightfunerals.com/.
Edna Ruth Height Cash
Edna Ruth Height Cash, 72, of Wake Forest died Friday, January 24, 2014, at her home. She was born in Wake County, the daughter of the late Alvis and Nannie Beddingfield Tilley.
A graveside funeral service was held at 2 o’clock Monday afternoon, January 27, 2014, at Wake Forest Cemetery with Pastor Martin Pinnell officiating.
Mrs. Cash is survived by her daughters, Sandra Alford and Kathy Height of Louisburg; sons, Albert Edward Height of Zebulon and Baretta Height of Wake Forest; step-son, Anthony Steve Cash; 14 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her brother, Bobby Tilley.
Online condolences may be made at www.brightfunerals.com/.
Marguerite Wash Meares
Marguerite Wash Meares, 76, of Wake Forest passed away Friday morning, January 24, 2014, at her home surrounded by her family. She was born in Woodford County, Kentucky, to the late Mervin Wash and Dorothea Dozier Wash. Mrs. Meares attended Transylvania University for music studies and was retired from the graphic arts department at IBM with over 17 years of service.
Funeral services were held at 11 o’clock Wednesday morning, January 29, 2014, in the Chapel of Bright Funeral Home. Burial was in Pine Forest Memorial Gardens.
Mrs. Meares is survived by her husband of 37 years, John M. Meares Jr.; children, Sam Hawkins of Versailles, Ken., Kerry Hawkins and wife, Sharon, of Franklinton, Joel Hawkins of Louisburg, and John M. Meares III of Hickory; grandchildren, Caitlyn Hawkins, Christopher Hawkins, Meredith Meares, Melissa Meares, Amanda Morris and husband, Chris, Jeffrey Meares and Sarah Meares; and great-grandchildren, Aedyn Baucom, Calvin Morris and Brennan Meares. She was preceded in death by her first husband, John M. Hawkins, and a son, George Meares.
Pallbearers were Sam Hawkins, Kerry Hawkins, Joel Hawkins, Melvin Meares, Wayne Fleming, and Jeffrey Meares.
Memorial contributions may be made to Heartland Hospice, 3200 Atlantic Avenue, #100, Raleigh, NC 27604.
Pamela Alford ‘Pam’ Roberts
Pamela Marie Roberts, 63, of Wake Forest was called to be with her Lord and Savior on Thursday evening, January 23, 2014, at her brother’s home surrounded by her family. She was born in Wake County to the late Grover Lewis Alford Jr. and Frankie Marie Ellington Alford.
Pam was a member of Glen Royal Baptist Church and was retired from Wal-Mart as an assistant manager. She was a loving sister, aunt and niece, and will be greatly missed by everyone that knew her.
Funeral services were held at 11 o’clock Monday morning, January 27, 2014, at Glen Royal Baptist Church. Burial was in Pine Forest Memorial Gardens.
Mrs. Roberts is survived by her brother, Pat Alford and wife Peggy, of Durham; sister, Suanne Watkins and husband, Rodney, of Rolesville; nieces and nephews, Monica and Rob, Eric and Kimberly, Cameron, Beth and Marcus, Leigh Ann and Alicia and Bec; great-niece, Ryan; aunts, Joyce Davis of Wake Forest and Anna Bell Baker of Raleigh; and a host of extended family and friends. She was preceded in death by her brother, Grover Lewis (Lee) Alford III.
Memorial contributions may be made to Glen Royal Baptist Church, 731 Elizabeth Avenue, Wake Forest, NC 27587.
Pallbearers were Pat Alford, Cameron Watkins, Rob Holt, Eric Brewer, Lewis Ray, and David Kemp.
Online condolences may be made at www.brightfunerals.com/
Justice Yasmeen Leshaun Smith
Justice Yasmeen Leshaun Smith, 16, of Raleigh passed away Thursday, January 16, 2014, at WakeMed. She was born in Harrisonburg, Virginia, and was currently a junior at Wake Forest High School.
A memorial service will be held at 2 o’clock Saturday afternoon, February 1, 2014, at Wake Forest United Methodist Church with the Reverend Donny Lynch officiating.
Justice is survived by her parents, Sonja L. Chaplin of Raleigh and Dondric L. Smith of Grottoes, Va.; siblings, Daunte Abernathy of Gainsville, Ga., and Dabriel Skievaski of Grottoes, Va.; grandparents, Donald Lee Smith and wife, Karen, of Atlanta, Ga., Ronald and Donna Atkins of Bridgewater, Va., and Sandra Chaplin-Randhawa of Staunton, Va.; aunts & uncles, Faith Bryant, Kristin Strickland, Matt Strickland, Greg Chaplin, Chris Chaplin, Megan Chaplin, Drew Thomas, Mario Thomas, Marcus Thomas, Josh Thomas and Donnice Leeshon Harris; numerous extended family and friends. She was preceded in death by her grandmother, Naomi Curry.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to a fund that has been set up at http://www.youcaring.com/memorial-fundraiser/justice-smith-sonja-s-angel/129114.
Friends may visit with the family immediately following services at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church.
Online condolences may be made at www.brightfunerals.com/.Barbara Saunders Brown Barbara Saunders Brown, 81, of Wake Forest died Thursday, January 23, 2014, at the Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home in Winston-Salem. Barbara was born on September 8, 1932, in Morganton, the daughter of the late Vera Coxwell Saunders and Dr. John R. Saunders. She was raised in Richmond, Virginia, and came to the town ...