Obituaries March 21, 2013

Mar. 20, 2013 @ 06:59 PM

Barney Allen

LEXINGTON — Boyd Brice “Barney” Allen, age 84, of Lexington, passed away Thursday March 19, 2013. A funeral service will be held 12 noon Friday at Paul’s Chapel United Church of Christ.


Joe Lee Beck

LEXINGTON — Joe Lee Beck, 89, of Lexington, died Tuesday March 19, 2013, at Wake Forest Lexington Medical Center. The funeral will be Thursday March 21, 2013, at 4:00 p.m. at Hedrick’s Grove United Church of Christ. Davidson Funeral Home, Lexington, is in charge of arrangements.


Zachary Robert Belz

RANDLEMAN — Mr. Zachary Robert Belz, 35, died on Monday, March 18, 2013, at home. Johnson and Sons, High Point, is assisting the family.


Shirley Bryant

DENTON — Shirley Grant Bryant, age 67, of Denton died Monday, March 18, at Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem.

A memorial service for Mrs. Bryant will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at Briggs Funeral Home Memorial Chapel. The family will receive friends from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Saturday prior to the service at Briggs Funeral Home.


Robert Whitney Davis

HIGH POINT — Robert Whitney Davis, 73, passed away Tuesday, March 19, 2013, at High Point Regional Hospital.

He retired from the High Point Police Department after 26 years of service to his community. He was in the Marine Corp Reserves, was an avid reader all his life and enjoyed history. In his younger days, he was an avid outdoorsman, and later in life he was a great storyteller to his grandchildren. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret Honeycutt Davis of the home; three sons Gary Lee Davis, Robert “Bobby” D. Davis and wife Leeanne, and Andrew W. Davis and wife Jana, all of Thomasville; daughter, Morgan J. Burris and husband Martin of Lexington; grandchildren Zachary, Taylor, Jacob, Nicole, MacKenzie, Aubrey, Chandler and Allen.

A Celebration of Life Service will take place on Saturday, March 23, 2013, at 2:00 p.m. at Saint Mary’s Episcopal Church in High Point. The family will receive friends at the church following the service. A private burial will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of the Piedmont, Inc., 1801 Westchester Drive, High Point, NC, 27262. Arrangements by Davis at Floral Gardens Funerals and Cremations. Online condolences may be made at


Ronald Bales Foust

HIGH POINT — Ronald Bales Foust, 75, passed away Wednesday, March 20, 2013, at High Point Regional Hospital. He was the loving husband of Diana Sue (Idol) Foust, to whom he was married for 54 years.

Mr. Foust was born on January 12, 1938, in Guilford County, a son of the late John Wesley and Ollie (Bales) Foust. He was a former employee of Old Dominion Freight Lines for 40 years until his retirement.

In his spare time, he enjoyed working in his woodworking shop; playing the guitar and collecting NASCAR memorabilia.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Foust is survived by two daughters, Julie (Foust) Black and her husband, Tony of Winston-Salem, and Jenny (Foust) Manring and her husband, Johnny of Thomasville; three grandchildren, Amber Santora and her husband, Joe of High Point, Jonathan Sparks and his wife, Tasha of Cary, NC, and Amanda Manring of Thomasville; two great-grandchildren; and a sister, Betty Jean Conrad of Winston-Salem.

A graveside service will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday, March 22, 2013, at Abbotts Creek Missionary Baptist Church, 2817 Abbotts Creek Church Rd, High Point, with Rev. Mark Hollar officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to Abbotts Creek Missionary Baptist Church Backpack Ministry.

Condolences may be left on Mr. Foust’s memorial page at

Arrangements made by Cumby Family Funeral Service, High Point.


Tim Hester

LEXINGTON — Timothy “Tim” Hester, age 49, of Lexington passed away Wednesday morning at his home. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday at First Pentecostal Holiness Church. Arrangements by Davidson Funeral Home, Lexington.


Johnny Dayton Jones

THOMASVILLE — Mr. Johnny Dayton Jones, 79, a resident of Cunningham Road, died Tuesday, March 19, 2013, at High Point Regional Hospital. He was born on December 14, 1933, in Davidson County to the late Early Dayton Jones and the late Carrie Elizabeth Lambeth Jones. He was a retired captain for Piedmont Airlines/US Air after 35 years of service as an airline pilot, 33½ years with Piedmont. He attended Mt. Zion Wesleyan Church and was a member of The Romney, West Virginia Masonic Lodge.

On May 6, 1986, he married Fahimeh Gheam, who survives of the home; also surviving are his daughter, Phyllis Thomason and husband Dennis of Atlantic, NC; grandchildren, Casey Tarleton and wife Kristy of Lexington and Angie Tarleton of Morehead City, NC; great-grandchildren, Jackson Tarleton, Hunter Jordan, and Tanner Jordan; sister-in-law, Azar Mohassel and her husband, Dr. Parviz Mohassel and their family, Babak Mohassel and wife Natalie, Maryam Razi and husband Babak, and Leila Mohassel and husband Payam; and special cousin, Nancy Matlock and husband Larry of High Point.

A funeral service will be held Saturday, March 23, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. at J.C. Green & Sons Funeral Home Chapel in Thomasville with Pastor Dr. E. Keith Carroll and Pastor Carroll Upton officiating. Entombment will follow in Forest Hill Memorial Park Mausoleum. The family will be at the funeral home on Friday from 6-8 p.m. Memorials may be directed to Mt. Zion Wesleyan Church, 222 Mt. Zion Church Rd. Thomasville, NC 27360. On-line condolences may be sent to


Paul Peterson

LEXINGTON — Paul Trent Peterson, 22, of Burkhart Road, died Monday, March 18, 2013.

Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday, March 22, 2013, at Davidson Funeral Home with Pastors Carl Harper and John Wheeles officiating. Burial will follow at Becks Reformed Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Paul was a devoted son, husband, brother and friend to everyone who knew him. He will be greatly missed by all who were blessed by knowing him.

Paul was born November 30, 1990, in Davidson County, to Travis Don Peterson and Janet McCall Peterson. He was a mechanic at JRJ Trucking. He was a lifelong member of Woodlawn Baptist Church and attended Faith and Victory Ministries.

Surviving are his loving wife, Kylie Johnson Peterson of the home; his parents of Lexington; brothers, Noah Peterson, Evan Peterson and Joel Peterson, all of Lexington; grandparents, Clarise and Donald Peterson of Thomasville, Bobby & Emma McCall of Lexington and wife’s parents, William Dwight and Tonya Tysinger Johnson of Lexington.

In lieu of flowers, the family would like memorials sent to Faith and Victory Ministries of God, 6818 Coltrane Mill Road, Greensboro, NC 27406 — 336-674-0499.

Online condolences may be made at


Robert “Bob” Roosevelt Pressley

HIGH POINT — Robert “Bob” Roosevelt Pressley, 73, died Wednesday at his home. Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church of High Point with visitation at the church one hour prior to the service. Arrangements by Cumby Family Funeral Service, High Point.


James T. Woelfel, MD

HIGH POINT — James Thomas Woelfel, MD, 78, of High Point, NC, died March 13, 2013, after a long battle with cancer.

He was born September 12, 1934, in Huntington, WV, to George Henry and Frieda Pulskamp Woelfel. He was the beloved husband for 52 years of Suzanne Woelfel; loving father of Mary Woelfel Duffy, PharmD (Gregg), the late Jean Mary Woelfel, Katherine Woelfel Hudgins (Cliff), and Judith Mary Woelfel; grandfather of five beloved grandchildren. He was preceded in death by four brothers, George Woelfel, MD, William Woelfel, Richard Woelfel, DDS, and Charles Woelfel, PhD; and a sister, Mary T. Woelfel. He is survived by his sister, Joan Marie Frey of High Point.

Dr. Woelfel was a longtime member of St. Bernadette Catholic Church in Linville, NC, where he was a longstanding member of the finance committee. Dr. Woelfel graduated from St. Joseph High School and Magna Cum Laude from Marshall College in Huntington, WV, in 1955, where he was a member of Phi Eta Sigma and Omicron Delta Kappa, senior honorary for men. In 1959, he received his medical degree at Marquette University School of Medicine in Milwaukee, WI. His internship and residency were at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Milwaukee, WI. He was a member of the American Medical Association, Southern Medical Association and the American College of Surgeons. Following his residency, Dr. Woelfel served in the U.S. Army for two years at Fort Gordon in Augusta, GA, as a captain and base surgeon. After military service, he joined his late brother, Dr. George Woelfel in the Coffey Surgical Practice in Huntington, WV, for 10 years, and then later moved to Linville, NC, to start a private general surgery practice until his retirement 20 years later.

In addition to being an extremely skilled surgeon, Dr. Woelfel enjoyed golf and was an avid bridge player. He spent countless hours in his yard where his beautiful lawn was his pride and joy. He also was a rancher and had more than 300 Polled Herefords on his farms in Tennessee. Many of his heifers won ribbons at the state fairs. He loved his farms and was there almost every Saturday, rain or shine. He was known for his teasing manner and for being an avid sports fan. His favorite team was the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame. There will be no visitation. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on March 23, 2013, at 10 a.m. in the Pennybyrn Chapel at Maryfield in High Point, NC, with Father Christopher Gober as celebrant. A reception will follow after the Mass at Pennybyrn. In memory of Dr. Woelfel, memorial contributions may be directed to Maryfield Nursing Home, 1315 Greensboro Road, High Point, NC, 27260 or the American Cancer Society, PO Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123. Condolences may be left on Dr. Woelfel’s page at Arrangements by Cumby Family Funeral Service, High Point.