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MOUNT AIRY — Mrs. Lula Mae Ring Brown, 85, of Mount Airy, passed away on Friday, January 25, 2013, at Central Continuing Care. Funeral services were conducted on Sunday, January 27, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Cox-Needham Funeral Home.
WALNUT COVE — Make a joyful noise unto the Lord. Nannie Wilson Calhoun, our beloved mother, grandmother and best friend, passed away peacefully on Monday evening, January 21, 2013, at the Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home.
Nannie was born in Sandy Ridge to Samuel Muncie and Cornelia Martin Wilson on May 20, 1926. She was a Stokes County native, who worked as a homemaker and factory worker and devoted 27 years serving breakfast to the citizens of Walnut Cove at Vernon’s Grill. Nannie loved her job and cherished the wonderful friends she made who loved her biscuits and gravy and warm smile. Nannie devoted her life to her family and home, where we joyously gathered to hear her play the piano and guitar and delight in her biscuits and chicken and dumplings. Nannie overcame loss and adversity, and chose a life of happiness, hope and joy, and was an inspiration to all who were blessed by her love and kindness.
An 11 a.m. funeral service to celebrate her life was held Thursday, January 24, 2013, at Burroughs Funeral Home Chapel with Chaplain Judy Pittman officiating. Interment followed at Delta United Methodist Church cemetery in Sandy Ridge.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Grady Calhoun; eight brothers and sisters, Inez Brim, India Durham, Nelda Fulp, Esther Huffines, Blanche Williams, Maxine Hazelwood, Hardy, Dean, and John Wilson; and special friend Dee Southern.
Left to celebrate her life and cherish her memory are a son, Morris Calhoun (Marilyn) of Winston-Salem and daughters Bonnie Brown and Joani Merritt of Winston Salem; step-daughters Bonnie Jean Hauser of Winston Salem, Linda Harris of King; step-son Richard Calhoun of High Point; grandchildren Shannon Mullins, Kevin Merritt, Jennifer Bowman, Julie Barnes, Jeffery Lawson; step-grandchildren Pat Hauser, Randy Hauser, Lynn Hauser, Bonnie Sue Cobbs, Allison Hauser, Leigh O’Neal, Richard Calhoun, Craig Harris, Lisa Harris, Amy Nail; and seven adorable great grandchildren.
The family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, January 23, 2013, at Burroughs Funeral Home in Walnut Cove.
The family would like to extend special thanks to the doctors, nurses, CNA’s and others at Walnut Cove Health Care, Mt. Valley Assisted Living and Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home who lovingly cared for her and to whom we are so grateful.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made in her name to Walnut Cove Public Library, P.O. Box 706, Walnut Cove, N.C. 27052.
Burroughs Funeral Home in Walnut Cove is serving the Calhoun family.
PINNACLE — Mrs.Viola Mae Hutchens Koerner, 73, of Pinnacle, wife of Harold Earl Koerner, passed away on January 27, 2013, at Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home, Winston Salem. Funeral services were conducted on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 2 p.m. at Cox-Needham Chapel with Pastor Danny Hall officiating.
KING — Mr. Johnnie Russell Tatum, 84, of King, N.C., and formerly of Stuart, Va., passed away peacefully surrounded by family, Monday, January 28, 2013, at Pioneer Community Hospital of Stokes. He was born on January 6, 1929, in Patrick County, Va., the son of the late Russell and Hester Boaz Tatum. He was retired from J.P. Stevens after 43 years of service.
Mr. Tatum is survived by his devoted wife of 59 years, Ruby Kellam Tatum of the home; three sons, Jerry Tatum and wife, Ginny of Ridgeway, Va., David Tatum and wife, Karen of Arcadia, and Steve and wife, Kathy of King, N.C.; seven beloved grandchildren, Chris Tatum and wife Kristy, Melissa Tatum, Justin Tatum and his wife Brandi, Will Tatum, Hillary Tatum, Becca Tatum, and Bailey Tatum; and three great-granddaughters. In addition, he is survived by three brothers, Aubrey and his wife Mildred of Stuart, Va., Ralph and his wife Lennis of Stuart, Va., and Donald and his wife Ann of Hermitage, Tenn.; one sister, Ruby Gregory of Rutherfordton, N.C.; one sister-in-law, Ann Tatum; in addition to several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother, Garland Tatum.
Tatum was a 1949 graduate of Stuart High School, Stuart, Va. Shortly after graduation, he entered the U.S. Army where he served honorably during the Korean Conflict as a member of the 533rd Aerial Photography Division attached to the Air Force. On May 23, 1953, he married the love of his life, Ruby. He was an active member for many years at Old Well Christian Church in Spencer, Va., where he served as an elder and deacon. He was also a member of Critz Baptist Church before moving to King, N.C., where he joined First Baptist Church.
The funeral service will be at 1 p.m. on Thursday, January 31, 2013, in the chapel at Norris Funeral Services in Stuart, Va., with the Rev. R. Mark Hackler of Critz Baptist Church and the Rev. Ken Evans of King First Baptist Church officiating. Visitation were at Norris Funeral Services on Wednesday night from 6 to 8 p.m. Burial will be at Roselawn Burial Park, Martinsville, Va.
In lieu of flowers, memorial may be made to the Building Fund of First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 481, 122 Kirby Road, King, NC 27021.
Norris Funeral Services, Inc. and Crematory, Stuart, VA is serving the Tatum family. Online condolences may be made at www.NorrisFuneral.com
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