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Visitation information
Salem Funeral Home, Main Street Chapel
120 South Main Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Sunday, Dec 27, 2015
2 p.m.

Service information
Salem Funeral Home, Main Street Chapel
120 South Main Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Sunday, Dec 27, 2015
3 p.m.

Interment information
Love's United Methodist Church Cemetery
Walkertown, NC

William Brent Straughn
Jul 11, 1933 - Dec 23, 2015
William Brent Straughn, 82, a resident of Brookdale in Winston-Salem, passed away December 23, 2015. He was born on July 11, 1933 to Isaac Wade Straughn, Sr. and Florence Waggoner Straughn. He spent his early years in Walkertown, NC.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother, Isaac (Ike) Wade Straughn, Jr. He is survived by his sister, Patricia Beeson (Larry) of King, NC; one niece, Allison S. Hall of Atlanta, GA; and three nephews, Dr. Clifton Straughn of Anderson, SC, Kevin Beeson of Winston-Salem, and Alan Beeson of King, and their children, Jordan Hall, Lindsay Hall, Evans Straughn, Elizabeth Beeson, Claire Beeson, and Meredith Beeson.

Bill graduated from High Point College and later earned two Masters Degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He was a member of the Drama Club at High Point where he participated in many productions. Bill enjoyed displaying his natural acting abilities and comedic talents to his nieces and nephews as he could effortlessly take on a variety of persona, including animals.

While obtaining his degrees, he served his country in the United States Navy aboard the USS Northampton. This experience allowed him to visit the world, which is documented in numerous interesting pictures and letters home.

He dedicated his professional career to educating children, especially those most special. This service extended to his volunteerism with Special Olympics for many years. He retired from the Forsyth County School System as the Assistant Principal of Walkertown Elementary, the same school he attended as a child and where his mother served as Secretary.

Following his retirement, he moved to Pine Knoll Shores on the North Carolina coast. This allowed him to reconnect with his love of the water. He loved the ocean and enjoyed spending time at the NC port in Morehead City. He volunteered his time by collecting and delivering magazines to patients in the local hospitals. Bill also enjoyed providing unsolicited gardening assistance to the establishments he frequented at the beach. A decline in health brought Bill back to Forsyth County to finish his life.

The family would like to thank the staff at Forest Heights Senior Living, Brookdale, and the Palliative Care Unit at Forsyth Memorial Hospital for their care and kindness during Bill's time there. Arrangements are with Salem Funeral Home, Main Street, Winston-Salem, NC. Memorials can be directed to the Alzheimer's Association, 4600 Park Road, Suite 250, Charlotte, NC 28209.

Funeral service will be on Sunday, December 27 at 3:00 p.m. at Salem Funeral Home, 120 S. Main Street, Winston-Salem. There will be a visitation one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow at Love's United Methodist Church Cemetery in Walkertown. Online condolences may be made to www.salemfh.com.
Linda Stone
Pat, so sorry for your loss. I know you were a wonderful blessing to Bill through the years. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Carol Holleman
We were very sorry to hear of Mr. Straughn's passing. We both had the pleasure of working with him in a professional manner. I was a teacher at Walkertown Elementary and my husband was a supervisor in the transportation department. Besides being a hardworking administrator, he was a kind man. He was a credit to the community. I attended Walkertown Elementary as a child as well. Carol and Steve Holleman
Berma Doty
Pat; I never met you but I attended High Point College as a freshman when Bill was a senior and became friends. I rem him often speaking of you we kept in touch over the yrs the last contact I had with him was when he went to the assisted living in Winston I was in Winston a couple yrs ago and was going to visit him but when I called they said he was no longer there and of course they give you no information. I have tried to find out about him the past two yrs to no avail. a teacher that taught with him tried to help me but she couldn't find out anything she saw the obit and sent it to a friend of mine who sent it to me I am going to share it with a couple of girls from his class at High Point. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the rest of the family. He was a great friend


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