Obituaries January 3, 2013

Jan. 02, 2013 @ 07:41 PM

Willie Boone Jr.

TYRO — Willie Henry Boone Jr., 85, of Lexington, passed away Tuesday night. Funeral service will be at 2:00 p.m. Friday, January 4, 2013, at Tyro United Methodist Church. Arrangements by Davidson Funeral Home, Lexington.


Dorothy “Dot” Bullard Bracey

ABERDEEN — Dorothy “Dot” Bullard Bracey, 78, of Aberdeen passed away Monday Dec. 31, 2012, in Pinehurst. A memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013, at Bethesda Presbyterian Church in Aberdeen. Boles Funeral Home of Southern Pines is serving the family.


Barbara Brown

HIGH POINT — Mrs. Barbara Sue Oakley Brown, a resident of Ashton Place Health and Rehabilitation in McLeansville and a former resident of Oxford Place in High Point, died Saturday, December 29, at Hospice Home at High Point.

A lifelong resident of this area, Sue was born August 15, 1932, in High Point, a daughter of the late Marvin Russell and Marietta Rutledge Oakley. She attended High Point city schools and was a graduate of High Point Senior High School (now High Point Central High School). For 25 years, she was part owner and corporate secretary and treasurer of E.E. Younts, Incorporated. After leaving E.E. Younts, she became corporate secretary and treasurer of N.B. Emory Roofing Inc. for the next 15 years. The most influential people in her business life were her father-in-law, Glenn A. Brown, president of E.E. Younts Inc., and her uncle, Joseph P. Patterson, president of the Joseph Dean Company.

Sue is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Amy Kearns Poole and Miles A. Poole of High Point; four grandchildren, Gray Alexander Hauser, Mallory Ryan Hauser, Erica Lindsay Poole and Haley Caroline Poole; and her faithful companion of many years, her Brittany Spaniel, Emily.

To honor her request, the family has planned a gathering of family and friends from 6:00 until 7:30 pm Friday in the Life Tribute Center at Cumby Family Funeral Service in High Point. In lieu of flowers, please make memorials to the Guilford County Animal Shelter, 4525 W. Wendover Avenue, Greensboro, NC 27409.

Please offer condolences to the family on Sue’s web page at Arrangements by Cumby Family Funeral Service in High Point.


Allan Denny

LEXINGTON — Allan George Denny, 60, died Wednesday, January 2, 2013. A graveside service will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday, January 4, 2013, at Friedberg Moravian Church. Davidson Funeral Home, Hickory Tree Chapel, is assisting the family. Online condolences may be made at


Lawrence Fransis Fischer

HIGH POINT — Lawrence Fransis Fischer, 80, passed away on Tuesday, January 1, 2013. Cremation services entrusted to Triad Cremation Society & Chapel.


Helen N. Hedrick

LOUISBURG — Helen Nichols Hedrick, 85, of Louisburg died Sunday, December 30, 2012. She was preceded in death by her husband, Earl M. Hedrick, and her son, Joe Don Causey. A graveside memorial service will be held Saturday at 12:00 p.m. at Floral Gardens Memorial Park with Rev. Joe Bean officiating.

She is survived by her daughter, Teresa Pearce and her husband, Ronnie of Louisburg; her son, Frank Causey Jr., of Thomasville, NC; her brother, Barry Nichols and his wife, Wilma of West Virginia, three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Arrangements are handled by Lancaster Funeral and Cremation Services, 804 N. Bickett Boulevard, Louisburg. Online condolences may be made to


Bobby “Bob” Neil Hicks 

SOPHIA — Bobby “Bob” Neil Hicks, 74, of Sophia, passed away on Tuesday, January 1, 2013. Bobby was born March 28, 1938, to David and Maggie Goodman Hicks in Guilford County.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Margaret Hicks; sons, Randy Hicks and his wife Penny of Winterville, Larry Hicks and his wife Laurie of Guadalajara, Mexico, and William Hicks and his wife Kristi of Sophia; two sisters, Delores “Bid” McMahan and Patricia “Pat” Moore; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. In addition to all of these, Bob had a very large spiritual family of brother, sister, sons and daughters.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday at 3:00 p.m. at Kingdom Hall in Randleman with Brother Larry Outland officiating. The family will receive friends on Friday from 6-8:00 p.m. at Sechrest Funeral Service in Archdale.

Online condolences may be made at


Jerry Dale Hunt

DENTON — Jerry Dale Hunt, 67, died January 2, 2013. A memorial service will be at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, January 8, 2013, at Thomasville Funeral Home.


Ira Eugene Johnson 

GREENSBORO — Ira Eugene Johnson passed away peacefully on January 1, 2013, at Moses Cone Hospital and went on to his eternal home in heaven.

Born on March 26, 1929, in Anderson, AL, Ira moved to Indianapolis IN, at a young age. He served in the Army during the Korean War as a tank gunner sergeant with the 89th Tank Regiment. Following his discharge, he returned to his work at L.S. Ayers & Company in Indianapolis where he met the love of his life, Grace Montani.

He became employed by Balkamp Inc., a supplier to NAPA Auto Parts, and embarked on a 37-year career, which took him into the field of sales, perfectly suited to his dynamic personality. He was assigned a territory in the Southeast, and in 1970 moved his family to Greensboro, NC, where he made many dear friends. After retiring from Balkamp, Ira continued his enjoyment of sales and customer service work, assisting Richard, his son, at Triad Graphic Resources Inc. in High Point, from 1995-2009.

Gene, as he was known to most of his family, was a devoted husband, loving father and proud, generous grandfather. The dedication and integrity he put into his work was an example for everyone. He received many honors over the years with Balkamp, the most cherished being the admiration and respect of all who knew him. He loved traveling, gardening, telling jokes, meeting new people and sharing time with his grandchildren, family and friends. His strong faith in the Lord carried him through many struggles and challenges. Gene was a blessing to everyone he came in contact with, and he will be deeply missed.

Ira Eugene Johnson was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Sylvania Johnson, along with five brothers and four sisters. He is survived by his beloved wife of 57 years, Grace Montani Johnson, whom he affectionately called “Doll.” Family survivors also include son, Richard; daughter Terri and her husband Mike Edwards of Asheville; four grandchildren, Meghan and Ryan Johnson of Raleigh, NC, Aaron Johnson of Greensboro, NC, Sara Edwards of Asheville, NC, and two sisters, Birdie Hutter of Sarasota, FL, and Imogene Hood of Indianapolis, IN.

A memorial service will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday at the Hanes-Lineberry Funeral Home Sedgefield Chapel. Burial with military honors by the Randolph County Honor Guard will follow in Guilford Memorial Park. The family will receive friends on Saturday morning from 10:00 a.m. until service time.

Flowers are sincerely appreciated or memorial contributions may also be made to St. Pius the Tenth Catholic Church building fund, 200 State St., Greensboro, NC 27408. Online condolences can be made at


Katie Markham

THOMASVILLE — Kathleen “Katie” Jane Markham, 88, passed away December 30, 2012, at Hospice Home at High Point.

She was born July 23, 1924, in Guilford County, NC, to the late Charles and Annie Jane Hogan Boyd.

Katie was preceded in death by her husband, James Markham; daughter, Laura Markham Sprye; brother, Charles Q. Shives; sisters, Mildred Deal and Lillie Mae Margaret.

She is survived by daughters, Nancy Joyce and husband Coy; brother, Rev. Harold Shives and wife Martha; sister, Loretta Yates; sister-in-law, Alice Shives; grandchildren, Kim Jones, Dean Joyce and great-grandson, Trevor Jones.

A visitation will be from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Friday, January 4, 2013, at Thomasville Funeral Home, followed with a chapel service at 3 p.m. Entombment will follow at Floral Garden Memorial Park.

Online condolences may be made through


Walter James “Buck” McLendon

THOMASVILLE — Mr. Walter James McLendon, 73, of 513 Long Street, died Monday, December 31, 2012, in Asheboro. Funeral will be at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, January 5, 2013, in Emmanuel Baptist Church. The family will receive friends at the church 30 minutes before the funeral and other times at the home. S.E. Thomas Funeral & Cremation Services is in charge of arrangements.


Lonnie Ray Montford, Jr.

THOMASVILLE — Lonnie Ray Montford, Jr., 76, passed away on Tuesday, January 1, 2013, at his residence. Arrangements are incomplete at this time. Professional Services entrusted to Prominence Funeral Home, Thomasville.


Marilyn D. Moss

THOMASVILLE — Miss. Marilyn Delores Moss, 60, of 122 Pineywood Street, died January 1, 2013, in High Point Regional Hospital. Funeral will be at 1:00 p.m. Monday, January 7, 2013, at S.E. Thomas Funeral & Cremation Service. The family will receive friends at the funeral home 30 minutes before the funeral service and other times at the home.


Victor James Nealey

Thomasville — Victor James Nealey, 67, went home to be with the Lord January 1, 2013, at Hinkle Hospice House in Lexington.

Mr. Nealey was born August 28, 1945, in Columbus County, NC, to the late Ernest and Winnie Tyson Nealey.

Victor was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Hilda Offenbacker.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Patricia Wilson Nealey of the home; a son, Robert Nealey and wife Stacie of Archdale; a daughter, Melissa Nealey of Thomasville; brothers, Bobby Nealey of Holden Beach, Kenneth Nealey and wife Margaret of Denton, William Nealey of Holden Beach; sisters, Margie Wallace of Mebane, Ann Nealey of Trinity, Linda Nealey of Trinity; grandchildren, Zachary and Bella Nealey, Ashley and Devin Carithers.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Friday, January 7, 2013, at Thomasville Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m. Saturday, January 8, at Oak Hill Memorial Baptist Church, followed with interment in Holly Hill Memorial Park.

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Celia Newton Perry

HIGH POINT — Celia Newton Perry, 78, has gone home after many years of suffering with emphysema, Crohn’s disease, other health issues and more recently lung cancer. She is preceded in death by daughter Dorothy at age 41; mother Ruth Stephenson Rackley; paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. L. C. Newton, who raised her; and maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Zeb V. Stephenson, and her special fur companion of many years, Dachi, whose ashes are being buried with her. Celia is survived by son Robert N. Perry of Liberty and his sons, Robert Jr. (Robbie) and Phillip; daughter Libbie McCutcheon and husband Mark of High Point; and their two sons, Thomas and Travis, and other misplaced grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Celia was born and bred in Raleigh. She lived in Apex and Pittsboro in recent years. In August 2012, she moved to High Point to live with her daughter. Graveside service to be held at Montlawn Cemetery in Raleigh Saturday January 5 at 2:00 p.m.. In lieu of flowers, Celia requested donations go to CARE in Chatham County, the SPCA in Wake County, or the Carnivore Trust Tiger Rescue in Pittsboro.


Charles Foy Sink

THOMASVILLE — Mr. Charles Foy Sink, 95, passed away on Wednesday, January 2, 2013, at Piedmont Crossing Retirement Center in Thomasville, N.C. He was born in Davidson County April 19, 1917, to Ida Jane Alexander Sink and John Andrew Sink. Charles Foy graduated from Pilot High School and attended Lenior Rhyne College. He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church and Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church where he served in many capacities. More recently he attended the church services at Piedmont Crossing. He was a retired self-employed builder by profession, having built many homes, Mobil Marts, churches and other buildings in Thomasville over the years. During World War II he moved to Newport News, Va., and was a ship builder in the shipyard.

Charles Foy was an active charter member of the Pilot Lions Club until he was 90 years old when his health began to decline. He held many offices in the Lions Club over the years and was honored as Lion of the Year and received the Paul Stickley Fellow Award.

He was married to Maggie Jane Hepler Sink on July 15, 1939, in Hillsville, Virginia, who preceded him in death in June of last year. He is survived by two daughters, Elaine Sink Rabon (Mitchel) and Janice Sink; grandchildren, Brian Foy Rabon (Donna), Dedra Owen (Mark), Benjamin Pressley, Alex Pressley (Kristina); great-grandchildren who were the light of his life, Finn, Colby and Allie Owen; and a brother, Kester Sink (Rosie) of Mt. Airy and a sister-in-law Ollie Satterfield. Also surviving are many special nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, as well as siblings, Terry Sink, J.C. Sink and Edna Sink Koontz.

A celebration of Charles Foy’s life will be held in The Unity Place at Piedmont Crossing on Sunday, January 6, at 3:00 p.m.. with Dr. Rolland Cavanaugh, Rev. Ardis D. Payne, Rev. Greg Dickens and Rev. Jonathan Conrad officiating. Visitation with the family will begin at 2:00 p.m. outside The Unity Place prior to the service, and at other times the family will be at the home of his daughter and son-in-law, Elaine and Mitchel Rabon.

The family extends gratitude to Hospice of the Piedmont for the wonderful care he received from them as well as the CNAs, nursing and other staff at Piedmont Crossing who cared for him over the past several years. A special thank you to Brittany and her “rooster crow” who never failed to cheer him up. He truly loved his caregivers. Thank you to Misty at Piedmont for doing all she could to make his later years as comfortable as possible, as well as all the people who faithfully visited him at Piedmont or came to sing and entertain the residents (especially the Pleasant Hill Choir). He loved playing bingo with his friends at Piedmont Crossing, especially if he won.

Members of the Pilot Lions Club are asked to served as honorary attendees and sit as a group during the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Hospice of the Piedmont, 1801 Westchester Drive, High Point, N.C. 27262 or to Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, c/o Nancy Kearns, church treasurer, 2136 Kennedy Farm Road N, Thomasville, N.C. 27360.

J.C. Green & Sons Funeral Home is assisting the family and online condolences may be sent to the Sink family at


Clara Taylor

ARCHDALE — Mrs. Clara Jean Galloway Taylor, 79, of Archdale, died, Tuesday, January 01, 2013, at High Point Regional.

Clara was born in Guilford County, on March 1, 1933, a daughter of the late William Herbert Galloway and Mattie Black Galloway. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Gordon Taylor in 1983. She was a member of First Wesleyan Church in High Point, a member of the Jerry Farlow Sunday School Class. Clara was a High Point High School graduate class of 1951. She was employed with North State Communication and retired in 1997. Clara loved spending time with her children and grandchildren.

She is survived by two daughters, Belinda Charleville and her husband, Mark, of Archdale and Pam Simmons and her husband, James, of Thomasville; one sister, Elizabeth Brown and her husband, Bob, of Archdale; five grandchildren, Brooke Crouse, Todd Charleville, Ashley Hill and her husband, Josh, Jacob Charleville and Kendall Simmons; four great-grandchildren, Summer Crouse, Hannah Charleville, Andrew Crouse and Aubrey Hill; a special friend, Carl Adams; one niece, Cathy Hartman and her husband, Charlie; one nephew. Steve Carter and his wife, Debbie.

A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Friday, January 4, in the Chapel of Cumby Family Funeral Service in Archdale with Rev. David Keith officiating. A private inurnment will be held at a later date. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First Wesleyan Church, 1701 Westchester Drive, High Point, NC 27262.

The family would like to give a heartfelt thank you to her best friend, June Gant Rickert for the love, care, time and support given to Clara.

Online condolences may be made at Arrangements made by Cumby Family Funeral Service in Archdale.


Mather Foy Whitehead

JAMESTOWN — Mr. Mather Foy Whitehead, 70, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, December 31, 2012. He was the loving husband of Mrs. Dorothy “Dot” Henderson Whitehead, whom he married on August 4, 1963, in Cohutta, GA, and shared a life for 49 years.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Friday, January 4, 2013, at 1 p.m. in the Chapel of Cumby Family Funeral Service, High Point, with Rev. Steve Smith and Rev. Eric Peacock officiating. Burial will follow the service in Guilford Memorial Park Cemetery. A visitation for family and friends will be held on Thursday, January 3, 2013, from 6-8 p.m. in the Life Tribute Center of Cumby’s High Point.

Mr. Whitehead was born on January 8, 1942, in Rome, GA, to the late Mather Ellis and Margaret Foye (Patrick) Whitehead. He attended Johnson High School in Rome, GA, graduating class valedictorian. Mr. Whitehead then went on to attend Georgia Tech where he graduated with honors, earning a B.S. degree in Textile Engineering. In 1963, Mr. Whitehead went to work for Cone Mills Corp. in Greenville, SC, where he was employed as a plant engineer and promoted to division engineer. In 1973, he relocated to Greensboro to continue work at Cone Mills’ corporate offices where he retired as director of engineering. After retirement, Mr. Whitehead embarked on a new adventure, owning and operating a Travel Leaders franchise (formerly Carlson Wagonlit), which is still open and operated by his wife and family.

Mr. Whitehead was a member and ordained deacon at Oak View Baptist Church, where he was very actively involved. He was also a Fellow of Jamestown Rotary and a member and former president of the American Textile Managerial Engineers Society (ATMES).

Mr. Whitehead had a passion for traveling and enjoyed playing golf earlier in his life. Most of all, he was a family man and enjoyed his time with his loving wife, children and grandchildren.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Whitehead is survived by one son, David Whitehead of Jamestown; one daughter, Pam Whitehead Karboski and husband Stan of High Point; and four grandchildren, David “DJ” and Brandon Whitehead and Alex and Sarah Karboski. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Anthony Whitehead.

Mr. Whitehead was an active supporter of Friends of Good News Missions and their annual trips to Brazil. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be sent to support the missions to: Friends of Good News Missions, P.O. box 973, Jamestown, NC 27282.

To leave condolences and to view Mr. Whitehead’s memorial DVD tribute, please visit

Arrangements by Cumby Family Funeral Service, High Point.


Joan Black Williams

HIGH POINT — Mrs. Joan Black Williams, 79, passed away Tuesday, January 1, 2012, at the High Point Regional Hospital.

Mrs. Williams was born in High Point, November 4, 1933, a daughter of W.T. Black and Myrle Steed Black. A lifelong resident of High Point, she retired from Marsh Furniture. She was a member of Conrad Memorial Baptist Church. Joan was an avid reader and enjoyed crocheting and knitting. She was preceded in death by her husband, Sonny Jim Williams.

Surviving are a daughter, Amber Idol and husband Tim of High Point; a son, David Williams and wife Marcy of Greensboro; two granddaughters, Sarah Cates and husband Damen and Audrey Williams; a great-granddaughter, Sophia Cates; sisters, Dora Margaret Debry and husband Art of Fresno, CA and Linda Lambert and husband Phil of High Point; brother, Willie Ralph Black and wife Shelvy of Thomasville; fiancé Alex Groves of High Point.

A celebration of Joan’s life will be Friday at 11:30 a.m. at Conrad Memorial Baptist Church by the Rev. Marcus Campbell. The family will receive friends at the church Friday from 10:30 until 11:15 a.m. Memorials may be directed to Conrad Memorial Baptist Church. Online condolences may be made at