Obituaries for the week of May 13
John Carrell Beale
John Carrell Beale passed away on May 8, 2021. He was born in Elkin on March 10, 1937, to the late Dr. Seth and Lois Beale. In 1966, he and his wife Linda made Clemmons their home. He was preceded in death by his only sister, Judy Beale. Beale is survived by his wife of 54 years, Linda Griggs Beale, son Seth Beale (Nicole); daughter Elizabeth Hill (Mayne), and grandchildren, Seth, Zachary, and Elijah Hill, and Evie Beale. Beale was a graduate of Elkin High School and UNC Chapel-Hill and a member of Clemmons Moravian Church. After working in social work and with the Industries for the Blind, Beale displayed his compassion and empathy in how he treated his coworkers and loyal customers during the 30 years he owned Beth’s Hallmark in Clemmons with his wife Linda. “Mr. B” cherished finding the perfect card for someone, learning about people’s families and interests and would often follow-up such conversations with a thoughtful gift or a hand-written note. One of his greatest joys was exchanging letters with family, friends, or the graduate students he came to know during his treasured time participating in the “HELPS” Cardiac Rehab program for more than 20 years at Wake Forest University. A graduate of UNC, Beale was a true Carolina fan but as a lifelong cheerleader of family and friends, he would cheer and support all sports teams including the Wolfpack and the Deacons. As a child of a doctor and a nurse, he was very appreciative of all the excellent medical care he had throughout his life. Before his health declined, Beale’s love of travel and trains took him all over the United States and Canada. He was a lover of the outdoors and spent hours walking hiking trails and mowing the grass on his John Deere tractor. He loved his role as “Papa John” to his grandchildren, particularly when watching them play sports or when taking them for ice cream. While the term foodie is likely not one Beale knew, he is the original — loving all food at any time. Going out to eat combined two of his greatest loves, good food and good people. The family would like to offer special gratitude to the wonderful and caring employees of Trellis Supportive Care during the final months of his life. A graveside service following COVID protocols will be held at Clemmons Moravian Church at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 15, 2021. Memorial donations may be made to Clemmons Moravian Church, 3535 Spangenberg Ave., Clemmons, NC 27012, “HELPS” Cardiac Rehab Program at Wake Forest University, Ashlyn Swafford, P.O. Box 7628, Winston Salem, NC 27109, or a charity of one’s choosing. You can also honor Beale by treating others as he did — always making them feel special and loved.
Ray Odell Bedsaul
Mr. Ray Odell Bedsaul, 77, of Clemmons, passed away Sunday, May 9, 2021, at the Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home. He was born Oct. 17, 1943, in Forsyth County to the late Cebert Odell Bedsaul and Sallie Everhart Bedsaul. Bedsaul was retired from Beltone Hearing Centers in Winston-Salem, a family business he started almost 60 years ago that his daughters have operated since his retirement. He is preceded in death by his wife and high school sweetheart, Judy Ann Bedsaul. Surviving are daughters Trina Bedsaul (Ben McKinney) and Mindy Majorel and grandchildren Rebecca and Max Majorel. A private entombment will be held at a later date at Westlawn Gardens of Memory in Clemmons.
Glenda Faye Hughes Bowen
Mrs. Glenda Faye Hughes Bowen, 84, of Clemmons, passed away Wednesday, May 5, 2021. She was born in Charleston, W.V. on Feb. 14, 1937, to the late Ray and Marietta Buckner Hughes. Bowen had a very vibrant personality. She was a wonderful and loving mother that will be greatly missed. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband of 32 years, John Bowen; daughter, Amy Beth Bowen; sister, Gloria Cannetti; and brother, Larry Hughes. Surviving are daughters, Vanessa Danner of Winston-Salem and Erica Burdette of Charleston, W.V.; sister, Brenda Lewis of Charleston, W.V.; brother-in-law, Frank Cannetti of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and many loving nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank the staff of Trinty Elms, especially Nurse Lindsay, for their loving care and support. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601.
Raymond Jasper ‘Jack’ Perkins Jr.
Raymond Jasper “Jack” Perkins Jr., known affectionately to his grandchildren as “Pop Pop,” passed away at his home in Advance on Sunday May 2, 2021. Born on Oct. 27, 1938, in La Grange, North Carolina, to Minnie Bruce Britt and Raymond Jasper Perkins, he graduated from East Carolina University in 1960 and served as a middle school history teacher before joining Lamar Dean Outdoor Advertising. In 1972, he followed his dreams and started his own business, AdSign Corporation. Throughout Perkins’ tenure at the helm of the business, AdSign became a fixture in the Clemmons and Winston-Salem communities, displaying public service announcements on its trademark billboard ranging from marriage proposals to patriotic messages. He was most proud of his work with RJR Sports Marketing, installing billboards and electronic message centers all over the country. Perkins’ dedication to AdSign was overshadowed only by his dedication to his family. Perkins was the pillar of his family and was ever-present in the lives of his children and grandchildren, never missing an important event and never failing to prepare them for all of life’s challenges, from cold weather to trips overseas. He adored his grandchildren and loved spoiling them more than anything else. When he wasn’t spending time with his family, Perkins enjoyed traveling, especially to the beach and his vacation home in Topsail Island, making an impression wherever he went and never meeting a stranger nor failing to give them a nickname. Perkins also was an avid golfer and a loyal fan of the Carolina Panthers. He will be missed greatly by his wife of 48 years, Sue Whitt Perkins; son, Britt Perkins (Maria); his daughter, Allison Perkins McWhorter (Michael); five grandchildren, Will and Sarah Perkins and Cade, Carson, and Reagan McWhorter. He was preceded in death by his parents, Minnie Bruce and Raymond Perkins and siblings, Betty Britt Howard and James Perkins. A funeral service was held at Hayworth-Miller Kinderton Chapel at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 5, 2021, with Chaplain Randy Hillman officiating. Interment followed at Westlawn Gardens of Memory. The family received friends one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the American Heart Association, 10 Glenlake Parkway NE South Tower Suite 400, Atlanta, GA 30328 or the Humane Society of Davie County, 1469 N. Main St., Mocksville, NC 27028. Online condolences may be made at www.hayworth-miller.com .
Joe Gray Williams
Mr. Joe Gray Williams, 80, passed away Saturday, May 1, 2021, at his home. He was born Oct. 4, 1940, in Forsyth County to the late James and Betty Williams. Williams worked for R.J. Reynolds from 1960-1995 and with the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office from 1979-2007, where after 28 years of service he reached the rank of captain. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his son, Joe Gray Williams Jr. and brother, James W. Williams. He is survived by his son, Scott Williams (Emily); grandson, Chris Burgess; sister, Phyllis Sparks (Chris); former wife, Colleen Hayworth; and many other loving family and friends. A memorial service was held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 8, 2021, at Hayworth-Miller Silas Creek Chapel with Chaplain Aaron Eaton officiating. The family received friends from 1-2 p.m. prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 2101 Rexford Rd #165W, Charlotte, NC 28211.