Obituaries January 23, 2013

Jan. 22, 2013 @ 07:24 PM

Marjorie Lee Pegram Beck

December 17, 1923- January 21, 2013

ORLANDO, FL – Margie Beck was born December 17, 1923, in High Point, NC, to Lula and Bynum Pegram. She was the oldest daughter of four, graduating from High Point High School. In 1942 she married Rayvon Beck in Meridian, MS, at the outset of World War II. After the war, Margie and Rayvon lived in Kansas, Louisiana and Ohio, settling finally in Orlando, Florida, in 1951. Florida was then a new frontier for many and together the family forged a new life with lots of hope and promise.

Margie has been a widow from 34 years since Rayvon died from lung cancer at the age of 59 after retiring from the Air Force. She took care of their home in Audubon Park over five decades while Orlando grew around them and changed into a bustling destination region. With a love of gardening and landscaping, Margie maintained faithfully what she called their ‘plantation.’

Margie is survived by two daughters, Patricia McNeil (husband William) of Greensboro, NC, and Peggy Kinder (husband Steve) of Gold Canyon, AZ; five grandchildren, Kristina Bailey, currently in Amman, Jordan; Angie Bailey of Raleigh, NC; Rob Milstead of Alpharetta, GA; Steven Kinder of Cocoa, FL; Shelle Beane of Gilbert, AZ; eight great-grandchildren; three sisters and their spouses: Dot Culler (husband Roy) of High Point, NC, Lib Walker (husband Paul) of Burlington, NC, and Betty Herring (husband Jack) of Boulder, CO.

Thanks beyond all thanks to the ministries of First United Methodist Church in Winter Park for over 50 years, most especially for the care given to Margie by Gary Rideout, Minister of Congregational Care, and Betsy McKeeby, Parish Nurse.

A memorial service will be held Friday, January 25, at 11:00 a.m. in the chapel at First United Methodist Church of Winter Park. The family asks that memorial gifts be given to the Health and Wholeness Ministry of the church, 125 N. Interlachen Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789. Interment will follow the service at Glen Haven Cemetery. A separate service for friends and family in North Carolina to remember Margie will be held at High Point Friends Meeting in March.


Charles Blackwell

LEXINGTON — Charles Blackwell, 55, passed away on Sunday, January 20, 2013. Cremation services entrusted to Triad Cremation Society & Chapel.


Josephine Brown

HIGH POINT — Josephine B. Brown, 76, of High Point, died Jan. 21, 2013, at High Point Regional Hospital. Funeral arrangements are pending and will be announced by Cumby Family Funeral Service in Archdale.


Dorothy Ann “Dot” (Draper) Coltrane

HIGH POINT — Dorothy Ann “Dot” (Draper) Coltrane, 77, passed away, Tuesday, January 22, 2013, at the Hospice Home at High Point. She was the loving wife of the late Alton Eugene Coltrane.

Mrs. Coltrane was born July, 11, 1935, in Reidsville, NC, a daughter of the late Ira and Viola (Cromer) Draper. She was a seamstress with Henredon Furniture Industry for 38 years until her retirement.

In her spare time she enjoyed collecting vintage dolls and spending time with her family.

Mrs. Coltrane is survived by a son, Terry Eugene Coltrane and his wife Amy of Trinity; a granddaughter, Mandy Dawn Coltrane of Asheboro; a grandson, Terry Eugene Coltrane Jr. of Trinity; a great-granddaughter, Haley Montana Montgomery of Asheboro; a niece and a nephew; and her grand-dog, Bailey. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Louise Loflin.

A graveside service will be at 2:00 p.m. Friday, January 25, 2013, at Mt. Gilead United Methodist Church Cemetery, 4736 Mt. Gilead Church Road, Trinity, with Rev. Jim Bowen officiating. A visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, January 24, 2013, at Cumby Family Funeral Service, 206 Trindale Road, Archdale.

The family would like to send a special thank you to Dr. Sanders of Cornerstone Hematology and Oncology of High Point for the wonderful care he provided.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to LoveLine Patient Support Program, HPRHS Development, P.O. Box HP-5, High Point, NC 27261.

Online condolences may be left on Mrs. Coltrane’s memorial page at

Arrangements made by Cumby Family Funeral Service, Archdale.


Ruby W. Covington 

HIGH POINT – Mrs. Ruby W. Covington, 77, of 1326 Cedrow Drive, died on Saturday, January 19, 2013, at High Point Regional Hospital.

Ruby was born on February 5, 1935, to Sadie Tinsley Watts and John Watts in Guilford County. A lifelong resident of High Point, she was a graduate of William Penn High School, a retiree of Guilford County Social Services and recently retired from It’s A Child’s World Daycare. She attended Brookhaven Baptist Church and was an active member of iedmont Temple No. 229 Order of Elks and The Pointer’s Club. In addition to her parents, three sisters and three brothers preceded her in death.

She leaves to cherish fond memories a loving husband, Abraham Covington; stepsons, Francis (Cornelia) Gibson of Philadelphia, PA, and William (Vonzella) Covington of High Point; stepdaughter, Jo Ann Covington of High Point; three sisters, Dorothy Stafford and Elizabeth Ashworth of High Point, and Ruth Parker-Diggs (Edward O.) of Washington, DC; three sisters-in-law; two granddaughters; one grandson; a host of great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and many friends.

Funeral service will be 12:30 p.m. Friday, January 25, 2013, at The Chapel of Johnson and Sons Funeral Home, 206 Fourth St., with Rev. Ellis McLendon, officiating. Family visitation will be at the chapel on Friday, 12 noon to 12:30 p.m. Online condolences may be made at


Phillip Hobson Gunter

ARCHDALE — Mr. Phillip Hobson Gunter, 76, resident of Archdale, died Jan. 13, 2013, at Rowan Regional Hospital. A memorial service will be at 4 p.m. Saturday at Wayside Freewill Baptist Church in Thomasville with Rev. Gene Thompson officiating.


Audrey Jones

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. — Audrey Cecil Jones died Jan. 21, 2013.

She was born Dec. 15, 1922, in Thomasville, NC, a daughter of Charles Lawrence and Velna R. Hodgin Cecil. Audrey was predeceased by her husband, Albert Pritchard Jones and a daughter, Eugenia Jones Carter.

She is survived by her sons Albert P. Jones Jr. and James Robert Jones; 10 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and seven great-great grandchildren.

The relatives and friends of Audrey C. Jones are invited to attend her funeral service at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26, 2013, at the graveside, Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church in Thomasville, NC. Memorial contributions may be made to a local hospice of your choice or to Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund, 1393 Hasty School Rd. Thomasville, NC 27360. Arrangements by James A. McAlister Funerals & Cremation.


Ethel King

LEXINGTON — Ethel Elizabeth Berrier King, 61, of Hunt Road, died Jan. 21, 2013, at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. A funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Friday at the Davidson Funeral Home Chapel.


Staley McDonald

ATLANTA — Staley McDonald died Jan. 21, 2013, at Kindred Hospital in Atlanta. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time at Phillips Funeral Service Inc. in High Point.


Linda Miller

THOMASVILLE — Linda Dianne Floyd Miller, 59, a resident of Irene Street, died Jan. 21, 2013, at Libertywood Nursing Center. A graveside service will be held on Thursday at 2:30 p.m. at Holly Hill Memorial Park Cemetery.


Matthew Norris

HIGH POINT — Matthew O’Brian Norris, 28, a resident of High Point, passed away Saturday, January 19, 2013.

He was born on May 1, 1984, in Guilford County, NC, to Mitchell Norris and Jeanette Transeau Norris. Matthew graduated from Naval Boot Camp in Great Lakes, Illinois, in July 2010 and later from Hospital Corpsman School. He was deployed to Afghanistan Dec. 12, 2011. Matthew served with the 2nd Battalion, 9th Marine Division, as a field medic caring for Marines wounded in battle and saving countless lives. He would bring calm to the storm that Marines faced on the battlefield, and everyone loved and respected him. Matthew was discharged from the Navy in November 2012 and was continuing his education in the medical field. He enjoyed playing the guitar and played lead guitar for many local bands.

He is survived by his mother, Jeanette Transeau Kennedy of the home; his father, Mitchell Wayne Norris and his wife Katherine of Thomasville, his stepfather, Randy Kennedy of High Point; paternal grandparents, Jimmy and Margie Norris of Thomasville; maternal grandmother, Imogene Pruitt and her husband Claude of Trinity; his fiancé, Vani Gaddani of High Point. Also surviving are a number of uncles, aunts and cousins.

A service to celebrate Matthew’s life will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, January 24, 2013, in the Chapel of Cumby Family Funeral Service in High Point with Pastor Amos Mashburn officiating. The family will receive friends Wednesday from 6 until 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials in Matthew’s memory may be made to Healing Heroes Network, 31640 US Highway 19 N., Suite # 2, Palm Harbor, Florida 34684. Online condolences may be made at Arrangements by Cumby family Funeral Service of High Point.


Johnny Rouse

LEXINGTON — Johnny Leroy Rouse, 66, of Goforth Lake Road, died Jan. 19, 2013. Funeral service will be Thursday at 2 p.m. at Friendship Baptist Church.


Sharon Suzanne Smith

PORTLAND, Tenn. — Mrs. Sharon Suzanne Smith, 60, a resident of Jerry Street, Portland, Tennessee, died Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, in the Sumner Regional Hospital in Gallatin, Tennessee.

She was born Jan. 27, 1952, in Norfolk, Virginia, a daughter of Keith Smith Sr. and Margaret Smith. She was a homemaker and attended Cornerstone Church in Nashville, Tennessee.

In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Angela Collins, and a brother, Keith Smith Jr.

Surviving are her partner, Ralph T. Lightfoot of the home; her mother, Margaret Smith of Thomasville; sons, Eric Lightfoot and wife Nancy and Brian Lightfoot and wife Nikki, both of Portland, Tennessee; a brother, Jeff Smith and wife Angie of Thomasville; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be Griday, January 25, 2013, at 11 a.m. in J.C. Green & Sons Chapel in Thomasville with Rev. Hulon Pait officiating. Burial will follow in Floral Garden Park Cemetery in High Point.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. and other times at the home of her mother, Margaret Smith, 1108 Blair Street, Thomasville. Online condolences may be sent to the Smith family at


James Stephens III

GREENSBORO — James Kenneth Stephens III, 40, of the Bell House in Greensboro, died Jan. 21, 2013, at Moses Cone Hospital. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Cumby Family Funeral Service, High Point.


Lucille Thayer

LEXINGTON — Lucille Koontz Thayer, 93, of Abbotts Creek Center, formerly of Hillside Drive, died Jan. 21, 2013, at Abbotts Creek Care and Rehabilitation Center, Lexington.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.