Novella Forrest Safley

Published 11:24 am Thursday, October 29, 2020

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Mrs. Novella Forrest Safley, 99, of Adams Road, Mocksville, died Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020 at her home.

She was born on May 10, 1921 in Davie County to the late Lewis Bailey and Beulah Walker Forrest.  Mrs. Safley was a lifetime member of Jericho Church of Christ, and was the oldest living member. In her earlier days, she was involved with the Davie County Senior Center, Silver Striders, and Meals on Wheels. She was a wonderful seamstress, loved gardening, and enjoyed making meals to share with others, thus Mrs. Safley became known for her hospitality and will be remembered for her delicious persimmon pudding.

She was also preceded in death by: her husband, William Safley; and 9 siblings, Georgia Boger (Glenn), Claudia Gantt (Albert), Clarence Forrest (Sadie Mae), Ralph Forrest (Willie), Conard Forrest (Mary), Paul Forrest (Mary Helen), Juanita Prather (Herman), Jean Seamon (Ernest), and Freda James.

Survivors: 2 daughters, Ruby O’Neal (Bill) and Verna Webb (Jim), all of Mocksville; 2 grandchildren, Frankie O’Neal (Lynette), and Matthew Webb (Pam); 6 great-grandchildren, Taylor O’Neal, Archer Webb, Nixon Webb, Ashlyn Hicks, Avery Hicks, and Kolby Hurt; a brother-in-law, Jimmy James; numerous nieces and nephews; and many special friends.

A graveside service will be conducted at 2 p.m., Friday, Oct. 30 at Jericho church of Christ Cemetery with Jack Lipsey officiating. The family will receive friends for one hour following the service in the fellowship hall.

Memorials: Carolina Bible Camp, c/o Bobby Grigsby, 307 Oak Meadow Lane, Mocksville; Davie Senior Center, 278 Meroney St., Mocksville; Agape of North Carolina, PO Box 985, Wake Forest, 27588; or a charity of the donor’s choice.