Donald Ray York, 76, passed away on June 18, 2020 after a courageous battle with brain cancer. Don was born on January 2, 1944 in Baltimore, MD to the late William Robert and Eula Tickle York. After leaving Baltimore, the family relocated to Winston-Salem. This is where as a young man he found a passion for athletics, playing football, basketball and baseball. The highlight of his high school years was playing on the Hanes High School football team that won the 1-A State Championship. Don attended Appalachian State Teachers College, now Appalachian State University where he played baseball and soccer. While at Appalachian he met Linda Ryan, his wife of 52 years. After graduating in 1966, he taught at Hill Junior High School in Winston-Salem and later joined the staff at the Methodist Children's Home serving as head basketball coach and assisting in other sports. Two years later he was invited to become assistant principal of Northeast Junior High School in Guilford County. He then earned his M.Ed. and Ed.S. degrees and served as principal at Brightwood, Madison and Gibsonville elementary schools. He retired from Guilford County Schools with 38 years of service. Don found a new passion, saltwater fishing. He loved nothing more than being on the water with friends and swapping tales often embellished for dramatic effect. He also loved to laugh and make others laugh. Try as he might he could never get his wife or his daughters to catch the fishing bug. But true to his character, he let them decide what was fun on the boat. It was usually sunning, swimming or shelling on isolated beaches all the while the fish were calling his name. His deeply felt love for his family will be missed greatly. Don is survived by his wife Linda Ryan York, two daughters, Lisa York Lawson and Laura York Morton and special son-in-law, Jeff Morton. He is also survived by his twin brother, Ronald York (Betty) and many nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank his lifelong friends for their continued support and to the Cancer Center at Wesley Long and AuthoraCare Collective (formerly Hospice of Greensboro) for their kindness and the attentive care they provided to Don. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a private family service will take place with a celebration of life to be held on a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to Glioblastoma Foundation, P.O. Box 62066, Durham, NC 27715 or a charitable organization of the donor's choice. Online condolences may be made at www.forbisanddick.com. Forbis and Dick North Elm Chapel is assisting the family.
JANUARY 27, 1955 - JUNE 20, 2020 It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved, Holly Colette Cruickshank, from Asheville, NC After a heroic battle. carried on for several years, her body succumbed this week at a hospice center in Oklahoma City, in the presence of loved ones. She will be deeply missed by all that knew her fierce spirit, intrepid intellect, and kind heart. She always spoke her mind fearlessly and for that she was appreciated greatly. She is survived by her husband of forty years, Ronald Cruickshank, son Blade MacGregor Higdon Cruickshank (Valeria) of Oklahoma City and stepdaughter Jennifer Alexis Cruickshank of Lexington, North Carolina and her grandchildren Andrew and Aiden. In addition, she is survived by her mother Carolyn Higdon Head of Winston Salem, North Carolina, sister Ann 'Bunny' Briggs (Scott) all of Clemmons, North Carolina and her brother John Head (Susan) of Mooresville, North Carolina. She was predeceased in death by her brother James "Jay" Poston. Due to the Covid19 situation, there will be a remembrance vigil held in the future.
JUNE 26, 2020 Mildred Morehead Wallington, 93, passed away on June 26, 2020 at Maple Grove Nursing Home in Greensboro. She was preceded in death by her husband Hugh Wallington and sister Inez Morehead. Surviving are goddaughter Sabrina Deaver and sisters Beatrice Marsh, Gladys Moore, and Mourine Burnett as well as a host of devoted nieces and nephews. Mildred attended White Oak Grove Baptist Church. A public viewing will be held on Monday, June 29 from 1:00 to 5:00 pm at Woodard Funeral Home. Private graveside services will be held on June 30, 2020 at 2:00 pm. Woodard 3200 N. O'Henry Blvd