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Rev. Robert B. Prentis, Welcome, Davidson Co., NC

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Rev. Robert B. Prentis of Welcome, Davidson Co., NC
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Summer 2012 and Revised 29 Mar 2012

Update of 29 Mar 2012: This article is replaced by our Summer 2006 article entitled Prentices of Halton, Buckingham :

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1. Rev. Robert B. Prentis.

He m. Edna Beatrice Zimmerman. She was b. 15 Nov 1915 and d. 7 Mar 2012. Her Obituary reads as follows:

Edna Z. Prentis 15 Nov 1915, Welcome, NC, and d. 7 Mar 2012. Edna Beatrice Zimmerman Prentis, 96, of Old Highway 52, went home to be with her Lord and Saviour, Wednesday, March 7, 2012, at her birthplace in Welcome, NC. The funeral will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 10, 2012, at Center United Methodist Church with the Rev. Dr. Stephen Pillsbury and Rev. Herman Powell officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday, at Davidson Funeral home; 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. prior to the service at the church and following the service at the church.

Mrs. Prentis was born November 15, 1915, in Welcomed, NC, to Emanuel Jackson Zimmerman and Lula Beatrice Craver. She was a member of the first graduating class of Welcome High School; she attended Duke University for two years. Mrs. Prentis was a former columnist for The Dispatch, writing the notes for the Welcome community; she was also an artist, author, poet and piano teacher. She enjoyed her community service activities and was instrumental in encouraging the addition of a center turn lane in Welcome on Highway 52; she also was an advocate for the Senior Country Store. Mrs. Prentis loved her family and the heritage she had in Welcome. She enjoyed the responsibilities given to her as a Pastor's wife while her husband was a minister.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her loving husband, the Rev. Robert B. Prentis, whom she married October 23, 1934; brothers, Emery Zimmerman, Harvey Zimmerman, and Ray Zimmerman; sister, Ruth Zimmerman Fritz.

Surviving are her daughter, Linda Prentis Cecil and husband, Ron, of South Carolina; extended family, Elizabeth Zimmerman Sink, Rachel Zimmerman Nifong, Betsy Ridge, Jack Zimmerman, Martha Ann Fritz Schneider, and Sarah Fritz Lewis; and her poodle, Daisy.

I would like to personally thank, Elizabeth Sink, Rachel Nifong, Shirley Wilson, Annette Montgomery, and her caregiver, Fay Linkous; Reggie's Florist, Randy's Restaurant, Newbridge Bank, Advance Auto Parts, Hospice of Davidson County, Davidson County EMS Service, Davidson County Sheriff's Department and the Welcome Fire Department for all they have done. I would also like to thank all the people of Welcome, Davidson County, and the surrounding areas. My mother loved and treasured Welcome and this community. Everyone showed their love and care for her by always being there and helping her. May God bless and keep you all. Sincerely, Linda Prentis Cecil P.S. I know I may have missed many individuals that helped my mother over the years. Please accept my apology and thank you. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Seniors Country Store, P.O. Box 475, Welcome, NC 27374. Online condolences may be made at www.davidsonfuneralhome.net.

Published in Winston-Salem Journal on March 9, 2012

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