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Marie Key Holt, 74, of King, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, November 28, 2012, at Forsyth Medical Center.

Mrs. Holt was born August 5, 1938, in Surry County to Monroe and Mamie Key. Her passion was playing the piano and now she is playing in Heaven’s choir. She also enjoyed beating her daughters in Yahtzee.

She is survived by three daughters, Debi Ward of King, Becky Pugh of Winston-Salem, and Tracy Pugh of Lexington; two sisters, Bonnie Godfrey of Raleigh and Barbara McDaniel of Mocksville; and one grandson, Wane Ward of Winston-Salem.

A private family service will be held. Memorials may be made to Senior Services, 2895 Shorefair Dr. NW, Winston-Salem, NC 27105. Online condolences may be made through www.salemfh.com.


Dempsey Bolten Lilly, 91, an old soldier, went home to be with his Commander and Chief, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He died in the loving care of family and friends on November 30, 2012. He was born April 18, 1921, at Ellison, W.Va., the son of the late James Sanford and Vevie Ann Lilly Lilly.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by seven brothers, Jonathon, Darlow, Daley, Corbett, Ira, Emery and Tennyson Lilly, and two sisters, Pearl Lilly and Maxine Burroughs. He is survived by his loving wife of 66 years Margie Smith Lilly of King; one son, Daniel Mark Lilly (Tami), and one daughter, Joni Lilly Boaz (Billy), both of King; five granddaughters, Maegan and Chelsea Boaz of King, Danyelle Moses (Travis) of Winston-Salem, Laney and Preslie Lilly; and one special family member, Destiny Devore, all of King. He is also survived by one brother, Burkey Lilly (Mary Lou) of Morgantown, W.Va., and many special nieces and nephews.

Mr. Lilly moved to King in 1945 when he married the love of his life whom he met on a blind date when he came here on leave from the Army Air Corps with his buddy Harvey Hall. He served his country faithfully during WWII in the South Pacific and landed in Tokyo the day the peace treaty was signed. He had been a self-employed electrician most of his adult life and owned and operated Lilly Electric for 31 years. He continued to serve the surrounding communities till the age of 90. He received Retired Businessman of the year in 2000. He joined the American Legion, 40/8 and King Moravian Church where he was active in all for over 60 years. He enjoyed Bluegrass and loved to sing and was a tenor in the King Moravian choir for over 35 yrs. In 2009, he participated in the Piedmont Triad Flight of Honor, visiting the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. All who knew Dempsey would agree he was a committed family and community man, who loved unconditionally, gave generously, loved to laugh, loved his country, and was one of the hardest working men you could know.

There will be a celebration of life service at King Moravian Church on Friday, Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. and a graveside service Saturday, Dec. 8 at 11 a.m. The Rev. Tom Southern, Bill McElveen and Neil Routh will be officiating. The family will receive friends after the service on Friday in the fellowship hall. The graveside with military rites will be in God’s Acre Moravian Graveyard in King. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to King Moravian Church Organ Fund at 228 W. Dalton Rd., King, NC 27021 or Exodus Ministries at P.O. Box 776, King, NC 27021. (Slate Funeral Home)


Mrs. Virginia Myrtle Poindexter, 87, of Dobson, passed away on Friday, November 30, 2012, at Central Continuing Care in Mt. Airy. She was born on September 21, 1925, in Surry County to the late Floyd Osborn and Famnie Leota Eads Whitaker.

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