Obituaries, February 12, 2013

Feb. 14, 2013 @ 04:35 PM

Leslie Huffines Jones
HIGH POINT — Leslie Huffines Jones died Feb. 9, 2013, in Alamance County. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Cumby Family Funeral Service, High Point.

Rev. James Luther
THOMASVILLE — Reverend James Dewey Luther, 66, a resident of 8 Elm St. died Saturday, February 9, 2013, at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. He was born on March 7, 1946, in Anson County, NC, to James Solomon Luther and Lamer Mae Previtte Luther. He graduated from Piedmont Bible College and was a minister of the Baptist faith for 20 plus years.  e was a U.S. Marine Corp. veteran and a volunteer at the VA Hospital in Salisbury as a veteran service coordinator. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Loretta Dunlap; and a stepson, Gregory Silvers.
On May 11, 1996, he married Martha Ellen Martin, who survives of the home; also surviving are three daughters, Debbie Joyce and husband Dwayne of Mayodan, NC, Tammy Oakley and husband Gabriel of Madison, N.C., and Becky Lemons and husband Scott of Stoneville, N.C.; stepchildren, Alisa Roach and husband David, and Wade Bacon, all of Thomasville; sister, Mary Crawford of Lilesville, N.C; 5 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild; 2 step-grandchildren; and 1 step-great-grandchild.
A funeral service will be held on Thursday, February 14, 2013, at 11 a.m. at the J.C. Green & Sons Funeral Home Chapel in Thomasville with Pastor Joey Langley officiating.  Interment will follow on Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Salisbury National Cemetery.  The family will be at the funeral home on Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. and at other times at the home or at the home of daughter, Debbie Joyce, 800 W. Main St., Mayodan, NC.  On-line condolences may be sent to

James Riggs  
HIGH POINT — James Spencer Riggs, 82, of High Point, passed peacefully Feb. 5, 2013, in Lakeland, Fla.  He was born May 16, 1930, in Belews Creek, NC, to Patsy Riggs (Goode) and Tommie Odell Riggs.  James worked on his father’s farm and at the age of 16 worked at a neighbor’s farm.  At age 17 he went to work for State Highway.  In 1952 he began working for Carolina Spring Co. where he worked for 39 years, and he worked there for 3 more years after Leggett and Platt bought the company.  In recent years as a snowbird in Florida, he was active in Manna Ministries, a food outreach program at the Plant City Foursquare Church.  His major task was picking up groceries from the donating stores seven days a week.  Even when his health finally prohibited him from doing that, he was found at the church twice a week watching the food boxes being prepared by volunteers for distribution.  In addition to his parents, James was preceded in death by siblings Donald Riggs, Herman Riggs, and Eudora Riggs Neal. He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Glenda Grubb Riggs; a daughter, Patricia Riggs Gilbreath (Rick); a stepdaughter Carolyn Smith (Tommy); a stepson, Joseph Sapp (Tammy); a grandson James Elton Knotts (Christine); 2 great-grandsons, Austin and Jacob; and 5 step-grandchildren. He is also survived by siblings Lois Riggs Shelton and Lonnie Gene Riggs.  A Memorial service will be held at the Plant City Foursquare Church.

Attress York
ASHEBORO — Attress Janet Kidd York, 77, of Asheboro, died Feb. 10, 2013. A funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Balfour Baptist Church. Visitation will be from 6 - 8 p.m. Tuesday, at Ridge Funeral Home.

Patricia Grimes
SEAGROVE — Patricia Kay Grimes, age 59, of 139 Park Street, Seagrove and formerly of Thomasville died Saturday, February 9, 2013, at her home.
The family will receive friends on Wednesday, February 13, 2013, from 2-3 p.m. at Pugh Funeral Home, 437 Sunset Avenue, Asheboro, NC.  Funeral services will follow on Wednesday at 3 p.m. at the Pugh Funeral Home Chapel with Chaplain Tim Pheagin officiating.
Mrs. Grimes was a native of Alexandria, VA, was employed in the customer service industry, and was of the Methodist faith.  She was preceded in death by her husband Jim Grimes, mother Jean Steiner and granddaughter Naylen Cardin-Chriscoe.  Pat loved gardening, her pets, and family.  She was very creative and artistic and could see the potential in everything and everyone.  Patricia was a very gracious and compassionate person who went out of her way to make people feel special. She will be greatly missed.
She is survived by her daughters, Jennell Cardin-Chriscoe and her husband Trent of Seagrove, Nicole Woodward of Thomasville; companion, Ricky Estrada of Seagrove; grandchildren, Kirsten Cardin, Kinsley Cardin- Chriscoe, Teague Cardin- Chriscoe; and great grandchild, Aiden Cardin.
Memorials may be made to Naylen’s Hope Foundation, 139 Park St., Seagrove, NC  27341.
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Lester Tucker
HIGH POINT —  Mr. Lester Clinton Tucker, age 69 of High Point, passed away Sunday, February 10, 2013, at Moses Cone Hospital.  Mr. Tucker was born in Surry County on September 10, 1943, to Lester and Bernice Childress Tucker.  He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and was retired from Westinghouse.  Surviving is his devoted wife, Martha Inman Tucker of the home; sons and a daughter-in-law, Mike and Sharon Tucker of Randleman and Randy Tucker of the home; a grandson, Jared Tucker and a sister, Sharon Lambert of Pilot Mountain.  In addition to his parents, Mr. Tucker was preceded in death by a sister, Vickie Moorefield.  Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, February 12, 2013, at Sulphur Springs Baptist Church by Rev. Tom Tucker.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  The family will receive friends at the church from noon until the time of the service and at other times at the home of Sharon Lambert.  Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to the National Kidney Foundation of N.C. at 4701 Hedgemore Dr. Suite 810, Charlotte, N.C. 28209-3842.
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Thomas Hyatt 
THOMASVILLE — Thomas Melvin Hyatt of Thomasville, N.C., age 72, a United States Veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps passed away on February 9, 2013. As Tom fought a valiant battle and lost it to cancer.
He served as a U.S. Marine for 6 years. He also worked at various furniture factories in High Point and Thomasville. He retired from High Point Furniture.
He was born January 17, 1941, to James D. and Ethel M. Hyatt who preceded him in death. Along with one brother Guy, and two sisters: Ruby and Jean.
He is survived by his four children and immediate family, Daughter Judy Hyatt, Don David Hyatt and his companion Kathy Hill (curly top), Daughter Teresa Hyatt McGee and her husband Billy. Son Mark Hyatt. Their mother  Hazel Hyatt who remained his friend til death. His companion of the last 13 years Ms. Retta Barnes. He has 9 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.  He is also survived by 2 sisters residing in Virginia, Betty and Lois.
A special thanks to his son David Hyatt for being his caregiver. Dad was diagnosed with Cancer on Jan. 28, 2013, and David was with him day and night until he passed away along with the help of Hospice of High Point.
It is his request that there be no formal funeral or memorial service, any and all contributions should be sent to Hopsice of High Point. Condolences may be left at

Arthur Corpening III
HIGH POINT — Arthur Glenn Corpening, III, of High Point, died on Sunday, February 10, 2013, at Hospice Home.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, February 14, 2013, at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church by Reverend David Umphlett.
Born in Statesville, N.C. on January 22, 1940, Glenn was the son of Arthur Glenn Corpening, Jr. and Sara Clay Paylor. In 1947, the family moved to High Point, N.C. where his father was manager of the Sheraton Hotel. He graduated from The McCallie School in 1958 and from North Carolina State in 1962 with a  BS Degree in Mechanical Engineering.  He later earned a Master’s Degree in  Business Administration from Columbia University.
Glenn worked for  Uniroyal in Wynnsboro, S.C., before moving to High Point in 1969 to become a salesman for  Alderman Studios, where he worked for five years. He then bought an insurance agency which he owned and operated as Corpening Insurance Center until 1998.
Glenn is survived by his wife Caroline Norman Corpening of the home; daughter Clay Ijams and husband Henry, of Charlotte, N.C. daughter Jane Bell and husband Alex of Rutherfordton, NC; and five grandchildren; Chase Ijams, Ginger Ijams, Seton Ijams, Katie Bell and Zander Bell. He is also survived by his brother John Paylor Corpening and his sister-in-law Susan Birdsong Corpening.  He was predeceased by his former wife Virginia Tyson Corpening.
The family will receive friends following the service in the church Parrish Hall.
Memorials may be directed to HPRHS Foundation-Hayworth Cancer Center, attn. Courtney Best, P.O. Box HP-5, High Point, N.C., 27261 or to Hospice of the Piedmont, 1801, Westchester Dr. High Point, N.C. 27262.
Online condolences may be made on Mr. Corpening’s memorial page at  Arrangements by Cumby Family Funeral Service, High Point.

Grover E. Goins
DENTON — Grover Edward Goins, 80, died Feb. 3, 2013,  at Hinkle Hospice Home in Lexington.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at Briggs Memorial Chapel. Visitation will be from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, prior to the service, at Briggs Funeral Home.

Jacqueline Leonard
GREENSBORO — Jacqueline Harris Leonard, 79, former resident of Greensboro, died Feb. 10, 2013, at the GrayBrier Nursing and Retirement Center. Funeral arrangements are pending with Cumby Family Funeral Service in Archdale.

Dwayne Kearns
ASHEBORO — Tony Dwayne Kearns, 45, of died Feb. 10, 2013. A funeral service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday at Hopewell Friends Meeting. Visitation will be from 7 to 9  p.m. Wednesday at Ridge Funeral Home.

Mary Gibson
JAMESTOWN — Mrs. Mary Tuggle Gibson, 91, died Saturday, February 9, 2013, in Hinkle Hospice House.
She was born September 7, 1921, in Decatur, Ga.;  a daughter of Dr. Grover Cleveland Tuggle and Alberta Pollard Tuggle.  She was a resident of this area for 60 years and a graduate of Limestone College.  She was a member of Green Street Baptist Church, the Helen Bowman Sunday School Class, the Son shine Group, and retired Union Hill Teacher’s Group.  Mary was employed by Guilford County for 35 years with most of the time spent teaching at Union Hill Elementary School for 35 years.  On December 24, 1944, she married Fain Willard Gibson who died in 2006.
Surviving are a daughter-in-law, Marti Gibson of Wake Forest, a brother Grover C. Tuggle and wife Nan of Chester, S.C., two grandchildren, Daniel Porter Gibson of Cullowhee and Zane Thomas Gibson of Salisbury,  a special friend Mary Stevens of High Point.  She was preceded in death by a son Randall Wayne Gibson. 
A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday in Frederick Memorial Gardens, Gaffney, S.C.
Visitation will be held Tuesday evening from 6  to 8 p.m. at Cumby Family Funeral Service in High Point. 
Memorials may be made to Hinkle Hospice House, 202 Hospice Way, Lexington, N.C. Online condolences may be directed to

Eileen Heller
HIGH POINT — Eileen Margaret O’Brien Heller at 81 years young, went to be with the Lord  January 30, 2013 in the Hospice Home at High Point.  She was born March 16, 1931 in Columbus, Ohio to Charles and Irene Hamilton O’Brien.  
Eileen lived in Brooksville, Fla., and was involved in the St. Anthony’s Women’s Club, music club, hand bells, taught CCD, Audubon Society, Garden Club (a Master Gardener), Red Hat Society and volunteered at Day Star Life Center since its inception in 1983.
She is survived by her sister Mary Kay (Ed) Thornton, son James (Karen Brady) Blanz, daughters Pam (Rick) Mathis of Winston-Salem, Cathy Blanz, Karen Shumway, 7 grandchildren, 1 great grandson and the best group of friends a person could ask for. 
A heartfelt thanks to all who cared for her.
A celebration of her life will be held at a later date at St. Anthony Catholic Church.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice House At High Point, 1803 Westchester Drive High Point, N.C. 27262.                                  
Yet true Godliness with contentment is itself great wealth, 1 Timothy 6:6.

Cleo Ward
HIGH POINT — Cleo (Fowler) Ward, 66, passed away Monday, February 11, 2013, at the Hospice Home at High Point.
Mrs. Ward was born on July 7, 1946, in Green Sea, SC, to the late Claude H. and Nancy E. (Gore) Fowler. She was a graduate of Central High School and a member of High Point Freewill Baptist Church.
In her spare time, she enjoyed gardening, especially her rose gardens, listening to music, sitting on the porch enjoying the day, playing with her grandchildren and making others smile with her big heart and sense of humor.
Mrs. Ward is survived by two sons, Freddy D. Ward of Archdale, and Christopher N. Ward of High Point; four grandchildren, Jeffrey Morgan, Laura Hilton, Natasha Ward, and Christopher Lee Ward; three great grandchildren, Mackenizie Morgan, Rebecca Hilton, and Zoey Thomas; five sisters; two brothers; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A celebration of life funeral service will be 2:00 p.m. Friday, February 15, 2013, in the chapel of Cumby Family Funeral Service, 206 Trindale Road, Archdale with the Rev. Sherman Sexton and Rev. Hillis Burton officiating. A visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be left on Mrs. Ward’s memorial page at
Arrangements made by Cumby Family Funeral Service, Archdale.

Boyd Coleman
JAMESTOWN — Boyd Van Coleman, age 75, died on February 10, 2013 at home.  He was born August 5, 1937 in High Point, NC to the late Lester Marshall and Pearl Lambeth Coleman.
Following High School, Boyd joined the US Army in 1955. After his service to our country he owned and operated Boyd’s HVAC for over 38 years. Boyd was a 32nd degree mason at Numa F. Reid #344 AF&AM as well as a member of the Numa F. Reid Oasis Shrine. He was a gentleman in every sense and lived by the credo “do unto others.” He was a wealth of knowledge on many subjects. He was most known for his sense of humor and joke telling abilities. He could talk to anyone - from any walk of life … in any type of situation…about any subject. Most of all he loved his family and would put them before himself. He was such a presence and a big part of all our lives. He will be missed! 
He is survived by his wife of 30 years Peggy Bean Coleman of the home, two sons Jerry Coleman and wife Kimberly of Boone, NC, Lee Coleman and wife Rochelle of Jamestown, N.C; three daughters Cathy Coleman Stepp and husband Jim of Denton, NC, Sherry Coleman Hurley of Denton, NC, Katie Coleman Roberts and husband James of Stewartstown, PA; ten grandchildren, three great grandchildren, one brother James Coleman of Thomasville, NC;  three sisters Margaret Felts of Archdale, NC, JoAnn Adams (John) of Cary, NC, Nancy McCarthy (Larry) of Raleigh, NC. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Boyd was preceded in death by his brother Sam Coleman and granddaughter Jessica.
A funeral service will be offered 1:00 PM Thursday, February 14, 2013, from the Chapel of Cumby Family Funeral Service, 1015 Eastchester Drive, High Point, NC 27262.
Friends may visit from 6 to  8 p.m. on Wednesday, February 13, 2013, at Cumby Family Funeral Service.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Hospice of the Piedmont at 1801 Westchester Drive, High Point, NC 27262 or The Numa F. Reid #344 AF&AM, P.O. Box 749, High Point, NC 27261.
Arrangements for the Coleman family are under the care of Cumby Family Funeral Services. Online condolences:, select obituaries.

Frances R. Roberts
ASHEBORO — Frances Marie Rich Roberts, 65, died Feb. 11, 2013. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Ridge Funeral Home and other times at the home.

Brenda Harris  
HIGH POINT — Ms. Brenda Faye Harris, 63, daughter of the late Mattie Leen Anthony, was born on October 31, 1949 in High Point, NC. She departed this earthly life on Thursday, February 7, 2013 at High Point Regional Hospital.
Brenda was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, god-mother, and friend who touched the lives of many. She was a faithful church member at RISE America Ministry where she served in many positions.
Brenda was a graduate of William Penn High School class of 1968. She worked for many years at Wal-Mart in the pharmacy and was currently employed at Successful Transitions, LLC as a Para-Professional.
She was preceded in death by her step-mother, Annie B. Payne; two sisters, Mary Francis Hillian and Diane Payne, several nieces and nephews.
She leaves to cherish her memory her daughters, Paris (Ne-Ne) Harris of Greensboro, NC and Shindana (Dana) Harris of High Point, NC; five grandchildren, India Allen, Lashawn and Dishawn Smith, Daveda Hines, and Chloe Johnson; one great-grandchild, Tanelle Giselle Collins, all of Greensboro, NC; one god-daughter, Makita Tillman of High Point, NC; nine sisters, Sheryl Harris, Barbara Jean ( James) Jackson, Margaret Baldwin, Beatrice Anthony, Katie Pratt, Willie (Seaborn) Jones, Cannary Burris, and Sherry Payne all of High Point, NC,  Geraldine Robbins of Springfield, MA; five brothers, Billy Burris and Ronald (Virginia) Payne of High Point, NC, Harris (Shirley) Anthony of Columbus, GA, Frank Charles of Grand Prairies, TX and James Burris of Hartford, CT; a special cousin, Cheryl Williams; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Funeral service will be held on Wednesday, February 13, 2013,  at 1 p.m. at Greater First United Baptist Church, 1409 Deep River Road. The family will receive friends at the church from 12:30 p.m. until 1 p.m. Interment will follow at Carolina Biblical Gardens, Jamestown, N.C.
Final arrangements are entrusted to Phillips Funeral Service, Inc. High Point, N.C.
Online condolences made be made to the Harris family at

James Willard 
HIGH POINT-James Wesley Willard, 74, of High Point, went to be with our Lord, Saturday, February 9th in the comfort of his home surrounded by his loved ones. He was born in Mount Airy to the late Rachel Claire and James Wesley Willard, Sr. and lived in High Point from early childhood. He is predeceased by his sister Betty Williams of Thomasville.
James, known as Jay, is survived by his wife of 51 years, Linda Thompson Willard, three daughters, Dina McDaniel and husband Gary, Lisa Snider and husband Bill, Angel Smith and husband Ron. Jay was blessed with nine grandchildren – Kris Wheat and husband Kevin, Shane Boone, Michael McDaniel, Megan Lynch, Sami Joe Snider, Hannah Bay Snider, Jake Smith, Julia Smith and Ethan Smith. His blessings also include five great grandchildren – Jack Wheat, Sophie Wheat, Hutch Wheat, Brody Lynch and Dayne Coby, and his constant companion, an Australian Shepherd named Buster. He is survived by his three brothers, Doug Willard and wife Gladys, Eddie Willard and wife Gay, Pat Willard and wife Bobbie, two sisters Katherine Shew and husband Don and Glenda Ledford along with numerous nieces and nephews all beloved.
In 1954, Jay joined the US Air Force and was stationed at Homestead Air Force Base in Florida. While there, he met and married his love, moved to North Carolina, and joined the High Point Fire Department where he retired as Captain after 35 years. He also had his own Plumbing Contractor business which included services for Sears and many others.
Jay never met a stranger and was fortunate to find his true passion in Cowboy Ministry.  He was instrumental in starting Cowboy Churches across the Triad. In April 2006, he was commissioned as a Cowboy Missionary, taking the call to spread the gospel to surrounding areas. Within this ministry, Jay enjoyed preparing and serving food for the local outreach events.
Jay was the most happy and content while spending time out at his barn taking care of his horses.  He loved long trail rides and camping with his family and friends.  His family meant the world to him and in his last days he reflected on all that he and his wife had created.  He wanted to be remembered for his love for the Lord and for his family.  His legacy will continue and his family has received comfort knowing he is having the ride of his life with Jesus.
The family will receive friends at Cumby Family Funeral Service in Archdale on Friday, February 15th, from 5 – 8 p.m..  The memorial service will be held at Hayworth Wesleyan Church, 1696 Westchester Drive, High Point, Saturday, February 16th, at 11 a.m. followed by a graveside service at Floral Garden Cemetery.  Donations can be made in honor of Jay Willard to Providence Wesleyan Church Building Fund, 1505 E. Fairfield Rd. in High Point.
Online condolences may be left on Mr. Willard’s memorial page at

Adele Meece
GREENSBORO - Adele Meece, 73, died Feb. 11, 2013.  Cremation services have been entrusted to Triad Cremation Society & Chapel.

Wanda Cayton
THOMASVILLE — Wanda Ann Cayton died  Feb. 10, 2013.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, at Thomasville Funeral Home. A chapel service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home chapel.

Jacqueline Florence Moye
JAMESTOWN — Jacqueline Florence Moye died unexpectedly on Feb. 6 in High Regional Hospital following complications from surgery for a broken arm.
Born in Pittsburgh, Pa., a daughter of Herbert C. Smith and Bernice Robinson Smith, Mrs. Moye moved to Jamestown in 2003. 
She graduated University of Pittsburgh after earning BSW and MSW.
She worked for 25 years as a clinical social worker at the University of Pittsburgh Health Systems. 
She was preceded in death by both parents, her husband Claude Moye, two brothers Kenneth and Herbert C. Jr.
Surviving are one daughter Lona D. Cobb; two sons, H. Christopher Moye and Claude Moye Jr. one granddaughter, Lona Rona’e Cobb; one niece Regina Holley; and several cousins and friends.
A memorial service to celebrate Jacqueline’s life will take place in Pittsburgh, Pa.  The date and time have not been set.