Mrs. Bertha Matthews, 81, of Mount Carmel Church Road in Yadkinville, died Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2009 at the Sticht Center at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.
She was born May 6, 1927 in Yadkin County to the late Saphronia Frances and Bob Hutchens.
Mrs. Matthews was a loving homemaker and a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother for her family.
She attended Sugartown Baptist Church and Prospect United Methodist Church as long as her health permitted.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Albert “Pete” Matthews; two sons, Michael Gray Matthews, and Clark A. Matthews; grandsons, Ricky Dean “Hot Rod” Matthews, and Adam Dale Matthews; six brothers, J.C. Hutchens, Worth Hutchens, Alvis Hutchens, Luther Hutchens, Beecher Hutchens, and Marshall Hutchens; and three sisters, Pearl Hutchens, Ula Hutchens, and Lexie Brown.
Surviving are children, Peggy M. (F.H.) Nichols of Lenoir, Jimmy W. (Jane) Matthews of Yadkinville, Nancy (Gene) Gilmore of Jonesville, Betty Lou “Shug” Matthews of the home, Jackie Matthews of the home, Rick (Sue) Matthews of Yadkinville, and Libby Matthews of Yadkinville; 12 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mary Adams, and Dorothy Williams; and a brother, Walter Hutchens.
The family received friends on Wednesday, Feb. 11 at Gentry Family Funeral Service in Yadkinville.
Her funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. today, Feb. 12 in the Gentry Family Chapel by the Rev. W.B. “Bud” Brawley and the Rev. Dennis Dobbins.
Burial will follow in Prospect United Methodist Church Cemetery.
Online condolences may be made to www.gentryfuneralservice.com.
Billy Franklin Matthews
Billy Franklin Matthews, 74, of East Bend, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2009 at Forsyth Medical Center.
He was born in Yadkin County on Dec. 16, 1934 to Tom and Emma Hauser Matthews.
Mr. Matthews enjoyed his NASCAR racing.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Betty Shaw Matthews; and his brothers and sisters, Junious Robert Matthews, Juanita M. Richardson, Nell M. Freeman, Mawyer Matthews, Charles Matthews, and Nelson Matthews.
Surviving are one sister, Edith Matthews Russell of Winston-Salem; a special friend, Candy Bennett of East Bend; and several nieces and nephews.
A funeral service was conducted on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2009 at Forbush Friends Meeting with the Rev. Andy Lambert and the Rev. Jake Penley officiating.
The family received friends immediately prior to the service in the church.
Burial followed in the church cemetery.
Huff Funeral Home is serving the Matthews family.
Warren G. “W.G.” Dinkins
Mr. Warren G. “W.G.” Dinkins, of Yadkinville, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 8, 2009, at Hoots Memorial Hospital in Yadkinville.
Mr. Dinkins, the youngest child of Acy Dinkins and Myrtie Williams Dinkins, was born on April 23,1922 in the Forbush Community of Yadkin county.
He is survived by a brother, Mr. Fred Dinkins; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was also predeceased by two sisters, Mrs. Locksley Hall (Nellie), and Mrs. Walter Reynolds (Eva); three brothers, Wade, Paul, and Hugh; three nephews, Johnson Hall, Locksley S. Hall, MD; and Charles R. Dinkins.
A veteran of World War II, and a graduate of High Point College, Mr. Dinkins was a self-employed building contractor.
He was a member of First Baptist Church of Yadkinville.
He was known throughout the area as Mr. Republican of Yadkin County.
He served on the Board of Directors with Hoots Memorial Hospital, Central Carolina Bank, Southern Community Bank, and was currently serving as a Director for Yadkin Valley Bank.
He was past-president of the Yadkinville Sertoma Club, and was named Sertoman of the Year.
Mr. Dinkins was instrumental, and the deciding vote in leading and establishing the Yadkin Campus for Surry Community College.
He was a volunteer for the Elementary School Reading Program of Yadkinville Elementary School for over 19 years.
Mr. Dinkins served on the Board of Town Commissioners, and was also Mayor for the Town of Yadkinville for several years.
He was elected a member of the Yadkin County Board of Commissioners, and served as Chair of the Board.
He was committed to his family, his church, and to the people of Yadkin County.
His contribution, through service, was his way of “giving back” to a community he loved.
He gave unselfishly of himself and his time.
The family would like to thank his caregivers for all the tender loving care provided.
Our heartfelt thanks go especially to Mrs. Ruth Ashley, Mrs. Dorothy Williams, Ms. Dianne Wood, and Ms. Connie Evans.
The family received friends from 6 - 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 10 at Gentry Family Funeral Service in Yadkinville.
His funeral service will be held today, Feb. 11 at 11 a.m., First Baptist Church of Yadkinville by the Rev. Chris Vogts and the Rev. Linda Kelly.
He will lie in state for 30 minutes prior to the service.
Burial will follow in the Forbush Baptist Church Cemetery with full military honors by Yadkin VFW Post No. 10346.
Memorials may be made to either First Baptist Church of Yadkinville, PO Box 668, Yadkinville, NC 27055, or to the Yadkin Campus of Surry Community College, PO Box 2210, Yadkinville, NC 27055.
Online condolences may be made to www.gentryfuneralservice.com
Gentry Family Funeral Service of Yadkinville is serving the Dinkins Family.
Ronnie Gray Driver
On Monday, Feb. 9, 2009, one of God’s angels, Ronda Gray “Ronnie” Driver Jr., of Yadkinville, was called home.
He is survived by a daughter, Amanda (Keith) Driver-Queen; and grandson, Aiden Holden; two step-grandchildren, Brianna and Nathan Queen; his mother, Patsy Driver; father, Ronda Driver; a brother, Tim (Betty) Driver; two half-brothers, Jimmy Yarboro, and Bobby Yarboro; and a half-sister, Martha Yarboro.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Jane Thomas; and his brother, Michael Driver.
He came from a large, loving family.
Ronnie had several close friends including Gray Shore, Roger Sizemore, Johnny Royall, and his brother-in-law, Randy Thomas.
He will be missed and was greatly loved by his family.
The family will receive friends from 7 - 9 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 13 at Gentry Family Funeral Service in Yadkinville.
His funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14 in the Gentry Family Chapel by the Rev. Grady Trivette and the Rev. Rick Hudson.
Burial will follow in the Gospel Way Baptist Church Cemetery.
Online condolences may be made to www.gentryfuneralservice.com.