Obituaries for the week of June 24

Published 10:26 pm Tuesday, June 22, 2021

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Zella Mae ‘Susie’ Ratledge Gough

Mrs. Zella Mae “Susie” Ratledge Gough, 90, of Highway 801 passed away peacefully, Friday, June 18, 2021 at her home surrounded by her family. She was born June 12, 1931 in Forsyth County to the late Cletus Howard and Ruby Mae Baity Ratledge. Mrs. Gough was an active member of Courtney Baptist Church and served the church faithfully with the W.M.U, Adult Choir, and as a Sunday School Teacher for the children. She was also active in working with the Courtney Baptist Church Sunshine Club and Clothing Closet. She retired from Davie County School Systems where she worked at North Davie Junior High School and Pinebrook Elementary School. Mrs. Gough also worked with Hanes Hoisery, enjoyed hosting Camp Courtney, and loved to read, cross-stitch, and complete puzzles. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Delma “Bud” Gough; her son, Buddy Dale Gough; and by twin brothers, Thurmund and Kerman Ratledge. Surviving are her granddaughters, Jessica Jarrett and husband, Aaron; Julie Gough; daughter-in-law, Ella Gough; her loving best friend, Louella Sutphin; and her sister, Marie Powell of Mocksville. The family will receive friends from 6-8 PM Sunday at Gentry Family Funeral Service in Yadkinville. Her funeral service will be 11:00 AM Monday, June 21, 2021 at Courtney Baptist Church by Rev. James Williams and Dr. Richard Capps. She will lie in-state 30 minutes prior to the service. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Courtney Baptist Church General Fund, 3341 Courtney Church Road, Yadkinville, NC 27055. Online condolences may be made to

Kassandra ‘Kassy’ Dawn Shoffner

COOLEEMEE—Miss Kassandra “Kassy” Dawn Shoffner, 38, of Duke Street, passed away suddenly Tuesday, June 15, 2021, at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem. She was born on July 17, 1982, in Davie County, to Michael Wayne Shoffner and Rebecca Dawn McClamrock Booe. Kassy loved watching her kids play sports, cooking, baking, and working in her garden. She was known as the team mom, and always had her car trunk full of snacks for the team members. Kassy had a heart for people, caring for them and working as a C.N.A. and C.M.T. for many years. She loved children and her special dog, Ryker. Kassy had a strong faith and will be remembered as a loving mother, sister, and friend to many. She was preceded in death by her grandmother, Phyllis McClamrock, and a dear friend, Sherman Watkins, III. In addition to her parents, survivors include her three children, Xavier, Alyssa, and Malayka Rankin, all of the home;; a brother, Forrest Booe;; longtime partner, Christopher Singletary, Sr.;; step-son, C.J. Singletary;; and many cousins and special friends. Friends may pay their respects by visiting Eaton Funeral Home beginning at 12 p.m. Thursday. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be considered for Humane Society of Davie County, 1469 N. Main Street Mocksville, NC 27028. Online condolences may be made at

Carolyn Campbell ‘Nanny’ McGuire

Carolyn “Nanny” (Campbell) McGuire, 61, of Harmony, died on Saturday, June 12, 2021 at Wake Forest Baptist Hospital.

She was born Feb. 12, 1960 in Yadkin County, daughter of the late James Landon Campbell and Mary Josphine (Whitley) Campbell.

She attended school at Iredell High School. She married Ambrose Wayne McGuire in June of 2012. She attended Church of God in Harmony. She loved little things in life like shopping, fishing, visiting with her children, and her family.

Survivors: her husband of Harmony; sons, Harris Pack (Brittany) and Randy Pack (Melonie); daughters, Stephanie Pack and Alyssa Quesenberry; sisters, Rachel Torres (Andy), Sheila Campbell (Mike), Magdalena Gonzalez (Armando) and Joyce Pack (Calvin); 8 grandchildren, Alexus, Shawn, Austin, Devin, Randy Jr., Kayden and Keylan; a great-grandson, Jaden; and several nieces and nephews.

A visitation was held on Wednesday, June 16 at Davie Funeral Service of Mocksville. A funeral service was held on Thursday, June 17, at 3 p.m. at Davie Funeral Service of Mocksville. She was buried in Harmony Cemetery.


Elmer L. ‘Sonny’ Allen Jr.

Elmer L. “Sonny” Allen Jr., 90, of Salisbury, died on Monday, June 14, 2021 at the Novant Health Glenn A. Kiser Hospice House in Salisbury.

Born Feb. 7, 1931 in Winston-Salem, he was the son of Elmer L. Allen Sr. and Mary Mitchell Allen. He graduated from Clemmons High School and Catawba College. He was active in the Salisbury community for decades. Highlights include Mayor of Salisbury 1971-1973, board of education, board of trustees Catawba College, director of American Red Cross, Habitat of Humanity, Cerebral Palsy of N.C. and Hospice of Rowan County. He earned the O.B. Michael Award from Catawba College (1980) and the Order of the Long Leaf Pine by North Carolina (1982). He served as CEO of Citizens Federal Savings and Loan Association and founder/president of Allen Mortgage. In 2013 he published a novel, “The Paperboy.” He will be remembered for his charm, welcoming friendliness and dedication to civic projects.

He was also preceded in death by: his wife of 67 years, Janie Bonds Allen; and his son-in-law. Keith O’Brien.

Survivors: 3 children, David Lee Allen, Laura Jane Allen Sumner and husband Mark and Edward Christian Allen (Chip); 5 grandchildren, Haley, Mary Reese and Sadie Bowler and Claire and Mitchell Allen; brothers-in-law, Bobby Bonds and wife Elsie and John Bonds and wife Donna.

A memorial service was held at St. John’s Lutheran Church on Thursday June 17 with the Rev. Laura Henrik, associate pastor, officiating.

Memorials: Old Lutheran Cemetery (City of Salisbury, 132 N Main St., Salisbury, 28144, Attn: Kelly Baker); or Hospice of Rowan, 1229 Statesville Blvd., Salisbury.


Dorothy Jean (Wyatt) Keller

Dorothy Jean (Wyatt) Keller, 80, of Harmony, NC, departed this world on June 20, 2021 from Gordon Hospice House in Iredell County.

Dot, as she was so lovingly known as, was born January 22, 1941 in Wilkes County, NC. She was the daughter of the late Charlie H. Wyatt and Adaline (Ayers) Wyatt. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, James David Keller, sisters, Lilly Absher, Lucille Wyatt, Virginia Wyatt, Cora Wyatt, and brothers, Jesse James Wyatt, Billy Kidd Wyatt, and Estel Wyatt.

In life, Dot attended Wilkes County Schools in North Carolina. She was of the Methodist faith and was a member of New Union Methodist Church. Dot was a seamstress and a waitress working in both the manufacturing industry and in food service. She loved flowers and plants, her family, and adored her time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Dot leaves behind to cherish her memory, sons, Bobby James Keller (Angie), Timothy Lee Keller (Tonda), daughters, Sharon Keller Shoemaker, Donna Keller Davis (Robert), brothers, Roesvelt Wyatt and Ricky Wyatt, and a sister, Shirley Williams. Also, surviving Dot are her many grandchildren, Jerica Nicole Shoemaker, Cassie Marie Taylor, Bobby James Keller Jr., Joshua Lee Keller, David Cruz Keller, Jason David Powell, Justin Daniel Powell, Kevin Dylan Powell, a host of great-grandchildren (13), and numerous, special nieces and nephews.

A visitation for Dot will be held Tuesday, June 22, 2021 from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm at New Union Methodist Church. Following visitation will be a funeral service for Dot at 1:00 pm, also at New Union Methodist Church. Officiating the service will be Rev. Jesse Teal.

A special thank you to the staff of Gordon Hospice House for the compassionate care they gave to Dot.

Please consider memorials to Gordon Hospice House or New Union Methodist Church.

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