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Volume43,Number9 WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. THURSDAY, November 5, 2015
Frye tells two different stories
BY CASH MICHAELS
FOR THE CHRONICLE
In a recent story published in a local newspaper,
Susan Frye, Forsyth County Clerk of Superior Court,
maintained that her office did nothing illegal"
regarding an Oct. 20 lawsuit that alleges the $1.4
million estate of Mary Ellen Thompson, an African
American retired nurse also known as "the ward,"
was fraudulently squandered when an assistant clerk
illegally appointed an attorney as her estate guardian
before declaring her incompetent.
This was an act the N.C. Court of Appeals later
ruled was legally "invalid" because the process was
corrupted, and none of the orders were properly file
stamped (or "entered" into the court record), making
What is truth in case of
estate vs. clerk's office?
Our series on an Oct. 20 lawsuit against the
Forsyth County Clerk of Court's Office, a local
attorney and others, alleging that a $1.4 million
estate belonging to a retired African-American
nurse was allegedly squandered when that attor
ney was illegally appointed as her estate
guardian, has certainly touched a nerve in our
$<*? Truth on A?
"Everything was handled in a professional man
ner," Frye insisted to the local newspaper, "... and
all laws have been followed. There was no fraud."
But as The Chronicle, which exclusively broke
this story online Oct. 23, first reported, that is not
what Susan Frye stated in an April 9, 2014 court
order titled "Findings of Fact".... "In the Matter of
the Estate of Mary Ellen Brannon Thompson," filed
in Forsyth Superior Court.
Frye's order was not only responding to a series
of motions from Reginald D. Alston, Mary
Thompson's estate attorney, about the alleged fraud
in the case, but also the earlier Feb. 4, 2014 ruling
from the N.C. Court of Appeals, which declared that
the May 1,2007 order appointing attorney Bryan C.
Thompson (no relation to Mary) as guardian of the
See Cl;erk on A9
WSSU FATAL SHOOTING
Over 400 students gather around the clock tower on the campus of Winston-Salem State University for a
prayer vigil in honor of Anthony White Jr. on Sunday, Nov. 1. White was fatally shot earlier Sunday.
WSSU family bonds after j
student killed on campus
Moore is arrested in
Just a few hours after
Homecoming activities came to an
end, the campus of Winston-Salem
State University was shaken to the
core Sunday, when
news of a fatal
shooting on cam
media. Another stu
dent was wounded
at the scene.
about 1:20 a.m. Nov. 1 and occurred
in a parking lot near Wilson Hall and
Gleason-Hairston Terrace residence
Shortly after the shootings, uni
versity officials released a statement
that stated Anthony White Jr. had
died and that investigators were look
ing for Jarrett Jerome Moore from
Charlotte in connection with the
shooting. Moore is a former WSSU
student, officials said.
Less than 48 hours after the
shooting was reported, Charlotte
Mecklenburg police arrested Moore
on outstanding warrants.
After deliberating with the
Forsyth County District Attorney's
Office, authorities charged Moore
with murder and possession of
See Shooting on A4
over first black
FOR THE CHRONICLE
When the U.S. Episcopal Church installed Michael
Curry as its first black presiding bishop on Nov. 1 at the
Washington National Cathedral, a contingent from
WTriSton-Salem's St. Stephen's Episcopal Church attend
ed to celebrate the momerKaus occasion.
Bishop Curry was the\ Deacon in Charge at St.
Stephen's Episcopal Church from 1978 to 1982 and
Patrice Toney remembers her excitement as a child serv
ing as an acolyte.
Photo provided by Patrice Toney
Patrice Toney meets with Presiding Bishop Michael
Curry of the U.S. Episcopal Church while she was
in Washington, D.C., to see him installed as the
church's first black presiding bishop. A contingent
from Winston-Salem's St. Stephen's Episcopal
Church attended to celebrate the momentous occa
"Bishop Curry's energy fills a room," Toney com
mented. "He illuminates a room and you can tell he gen
uinely loves people." Even alter leaving St. Stephen's,
Curry often returned for special events. Toney explained
the special relationship saying, "He always had St.
Stephen's in his heart."
While at St. Stephen's, Curry encouraged the congre
gation to become involved in community outreach and
Toney remembers one sermon in particular where he
preached on "Go," urging members to go into the commu
See Bishop on A8
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Lingering poverty growing in Winston-Salem
BY CASH MICHAELS
FOR THE CHRONICLE ;
It has been known for years. Winston-Salem
has a bad poverty problem.
Indeed, when it comes t some of the poorest
urban areas anywhere in North Carolina, Winston
Salem has areas that rank fourth (Waughtown and
Columbia Heights), eighth (Northeast Ward) and
ninth (East Ward) out of the Top 10 for having "...
the most economically distressed [US Census]
tracts," according to a February 2014 UNC
Chapel Hill study by William High and Todd
Based on the 2010 US Census, the most recent
federal population survey, "distressed urban cen
sus tracts," as defined by the study, are urban pop
ulation sections that have high percentages of
unemployment, low per capita income and high
percentages of public assistance.
In that report, Forsyth County actually has 12
urban distressed census tracts in total, but no rural
tracts. "Winston-Salem has more distressed tracts
than any urban area in the state except Charlotte,"
the UNC study states in its conclusion.
Charlotte has high poverty areas that rank first,
second, fifth, and sixth; High Point third;
Greensboro 10th; and Raleigh seventh.
That same year in 2014, the Brookings
See Poverty on All
of Winston-Salem, LLC