Obituaries February 21, 2013

Feb. 20, 2013 @ 08:22 PM

Katlin Dawn Combs

LEXINGTON — Katlin Dawn Combs, 14, of Allen Drive, died Sunday February 17, 2013, from injuries received in an automobile accident.

Funeral will be at 4:00 p.m. Friday, February 22, 2013, in the chapel of Piedmont Funeral Home. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the funeral at Piedmont Funeral Home. Online condolences can be made at


Shirley Althea Coxe  
THOMASVILLE — Shirley Althea Coxe, 59, passed away Sunday, February 17, 2013, at Forsyth Medical Center in Winston Salem, North Carolina. Services will be held 2 pm, Friday, February 22, 2013, at Brown New Calvary Baptist Church, Thomasville, N.C. A visitation will be held 30 minutes prior to the service. Professional Services entrusted to Prominence Funeral Home, Thomasville, NC.


Safiya Dadacha

HIGH POINT — Ms. Safiya Dadacha, 24, of High Point died Febuary 19 at High Point Regional. Homegoing services are incomplete at this time. People's Funeral Service has the honor of serving the Dadacha family.


Jewel Dean McAllister Easter

July 30, 1929 - February 15, 2013

HUNTSVILLE, AL — Mrs. Easter, 83, of Huntsville died Friday at her residence. She was a homemaker and very talented artist. Mrs. Easter was an active member of the Eastern Star. Mrs. Easter along with her husband had the opportunity to travel and live aboard for many years of their married life. She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth W. Easter; parents, Vernon and Lillian McAllister; and sister, Margaret Gardner.

She is survived by her three sons, Kenneth W. Easter Jr., Vernon D. Easter and Jeff Easter and his wife Lesley; daughter, Jennifer Youngblood; sister, Eleanor Poole; grandchildren, Michael Easter, Kimberly Easter, Kelsey Easter, Brandee Easter, Chad Easter and Holly Easter and numerous nieces and nephews and other family and friends.

Funeral service was held Monday at Valhalla Funeral Home. The interment was in Valhalla Memory Gardens, Huntsville Al.


Devara E. Everhart

LEXINGTON — Devara Essick Everhart, 86, of Michael Drive, Lexington, died Tuesday, February 19, 2013, at Hinkle Hospice House. Funeral will be at 4:00 p.m. Friday at Bethesda United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday at Davidson Funeral Home and other times at the home of Alma Craver on Michael Drive, Lexington.


Doris S. Huffman

LEXINGTON — Doris Speas Huffman, 55, of Broad Street, Lexington died Tuesday, February 19, 2013, at her home after an extended illness. There are no services at this time. Online condolences may be made at


John G. Johnson

GREENSBORO — John was born on June 20, 1916, in Carrizo Springs, TX. His father was an attorney and also served in the state legislature. John’s father wanted John to become an attorney and take over the law practice. John had other ideas and after two years in Texas A&M, got an appointment to West Point in 1939. In 1940 John returned on leave from his assignment to Puerto Rico to marry Rachel and take her back to Puerto Rico with him. John’s ability to speak Spanish served him well in Puerto Rico to marry Rachel and take her back to Puerto Rico and later Ecuador (Rachel learned to speak Spanish while living in Puerto Rico).

A Service of Remembrance will be held on Saturday, February 23, 2013, at 2:00 p.m. at River Landing Retirement Community.

During the years between WWII and retirement in 1964, John was stationed in three more locations overseas: Ecuador, Japan (during the Korean War) and Taiwan. Son David was with them in Ecuador. Both he and daughter Elsie were in Japan and Taiwan. The time in Ecuador was an intense experience personally and professionally. John and Rachel provided educational opportunities and personal assistance to the live-in help and in return were given loyalty and insight into negotiating an unfamiliar culture from the men and women they employed. John’s ability to speak fluent Spanish was invaluable as he traveled all over Ecuador by train, car, and donkey, providing technical help to the Ecuadorian army. The most difficult tour was Japan. The children were young and went through the usual childhood diseases, Japan was occupied and the household help was much more distant. The Korean Was started and John spent some time in Korea, and was awarded the Legion of Merit decoration. Stations in the U.S. included Fort Monmouth, Fort Bragg, and several assignments to the Pentagon, as well as several school including the Air War College at Maxwell Field Alabama, and the University of Illinois for a Master’s degree in radio engineering. John retired from the Army as a full colonel in the summer of 1964.

After retirement John taught physics and other sciences in high school, first as the Sidwell Friends School, Washington DC, (5 years) and then in the Fairfax County VA, public schools (11 years). After John retired from teaching school, John and Rachel moved from northern Virginia to Greenville, SC, in 1984. Forever the scientist and electrical engineer, John found that there were many old computers being discarded and that he could repair them. Between about 1985 and 2000 he repaired several hundred computers and gave them away, mostly to schools and high school students- his first “customer” was New Garden Friends School in Greensboro, NC, where two of his own grandchildren were attending. John also found that the elementary schools wanted help in teaching science, and for many years he taught science in elementary school as a volunteer. He devised simple experiments and took great delight in thrilling the students with water bottle rockets at outdoor school events.

While living in Greenville, John and Rachel were avid participants in Elderhostel programs. Both enjoyed travel and the challenge of learning new ideas. They were also members of the Greenville Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, and contributed in many ways to the ongoing activities of that church.

For health reasons, and to be closer to their children, John and Rachel moved in the summer of 2006 to an apartment in the River Landing at Sandy Ridge retirement community in Colfax. Even at River Landing John’s love of learning and understanding of modern electronics was evident. He ran the audio visual equipment for “movie night” and for several years offered a weekly educational program where he shared DVDs from The Learning Company on topics ranging from oceanography to the Louvre.

Wife Rachel died in 2009 after a long illness. John is survived by his two children: son, David Johnson and wife Gail Wolfe-Johnson, daughter Elsie Hutchens and Husband Don. Grandchildren are Merritt Johnson and Marcy Johnson, Allison Wolfe Oaster and Brenn Hill and Devon Hill (Elsie’s sons).

Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Piedmont, 1801 Westchester Drive, High Point, North Carolina, 27262. The family is being served by Forbis and Dick, Guilford Chapel. Online condolences may be left at


Margaret P. Jones

ASHEBORO ­— Mrs. Margaret Powk Jones, 84, of Asheboro, NC, died Sunday, February 17, 2013. A graveside memorial service is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Saturday, February 23, 2013, at Flag Springs United Methodist Church Cemetery. Arrangements by Ridge Funeral Home & Cremation Service.


Robert Bruce Jones

WINSTON-SALEM — Mr. Robert Bruce Jones, 76, of Friendship-Ledford Road went home to be with his Lord on Monday, February 18, 2013. Bruce was born in Haywood County, North Carolina, November 29, 1936, a son of the late JC Jones and Amanda Clark Jones. Bruce started in the car business in the early 1960’s with Sedge Garden Motors on Kernersville Road. He later opened A&B Transmission Service on Kernersville Road and Jones Auto Sales in the Southside Community until 1995 when he moved to the current location on Highway 109. He loved talking about cars old and new, NASCAR and politics. He would spend every first Saturday of the month in Pilot Mountain, NC, at the car show and every morning visiting with his friends at Towne Center Diner. He loved gospel music and was a big fan of the Gaither family and loved attending their live concerts, but above all he loved his family and friends and would do anything to help anybody. He was married for 50 years to Linda Faye Shaver Jones, who preceded him in death on August 3, 2006. Bruce was also preceded in death by his son, Robert Eugene Jones, and by one brother, Irving Jones.

Surviving are two daughters Robbin Leigh Jones (Ray Brown) of Wallburg, and Tracy Jones Street (Neil Street) of Oak Ridge; one very special granddaughter, “the love of his life” Taylor Elizabeth Street; two brothers, Jack D. Jones (Betty) and Joe (Weaver) Jones (Dot) of Midway; sister-in-law Debbie Crepps of Winston-Salem; and special niece Joyce Dean Lancaster of Lexington.

Funeral services for Mr. Jones will be held at 12:00 noon Saturday, February 23, 2013, at J.C. Green and Sons Funeral Home Chapel, 10301 N. NC Highway 109 in Wallburg with Rev. Roy Cantrell officiating. Burial will follow in Oaklawn Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Following the services at the cemetery, a luncheon with family and friends will be at Midway School Road Baptist Church, 6736 Midway School Road to celebrate the life of Bruce Jones. Online condolences may be sent to the Jones Family at


Barzillai (Buzz) Graves Kerr, III

THOMASVILLE — Mr. Barzillai (Buzz) Graves Kerr III, a former resident of Charlotte, NC, and a resident of Thomasville, passed away on Tuesday, February 19, 2013.

Buzz was born August 7, 1935, in Jamestown, Virginia, a son of the late Barzillai Graves Kerr II and Roslyn Torrence Kerr and had made this area his home the past few years. He was a retired school teacher having taught U.S. History and Constitutional Law at South Mecklenburg High School in the Charlotte/Mecklenburg school system. Buzz enjoyed sailing and basketball.

Surviving are his sons, John Kerr of Folsom, PA, David Kerr of West Chester, PA, Michael Kerr of Hiawassee, GA; a sister, Melissa Branham and husband Bill of Greensboro, NC; brothers, James Kerr of Chapel, NC, Thomas Kerr and wife Bonita of Burlington, NC, Terrence Kerr of Wilmington, NC; a grandson Benjamin Kerr of Michigan.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, February 22, 2013, in the J.C. Green and Sons Funeral Home Chapel. The family will greet friends following the service. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 3800 Shamrock Dr. #999, Charlotte, NC 28215. Online condolences may be sent to the Kerr family at


Mollie Lefteris

KERNERSVILLE — Mollie Huntley Lefteris, 97, a former resident of High Point, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, at Piney Grove Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Kernersville.

Mrs. Lefteris was born on April 8, 1915, in Henderson County. She was a daughter of the late Jesse Huntley and Nancy Williams Huntley.

After many years of service, Mrs. Lefteris was retired from Thayer Coggin Furniture of High Point. She had been a loyal member of Westchester Baptist Church for more than 50 years.

On July 9, 1942, she was married to Peter Hyte Lefteris, who preceded her in death in 1961. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by three sisters, Lillian H. Curtis, Charlotte H. Ludlum, Catherine H. Dewitt; and three brothers, William C. Huntley, Thomas R. Huntley, and George W. Huntley.

Surviving are her sons, Anthony Peter Lefteris of Atlanta, GA, and John Richard Lefteris and wife Lynne of High Point, NC; grandsons, Scott Anthony Lefteris of St. Augustine, FL, and Chad Thurman Lefteris of Raleigh, NC; brothers Ted J. Huntley of Bat Cave, NC, John Jay Huntley and wife Jessie of Fletcher, NC, Wade H. Huntley and wife Cleo of Rutherfordton, NC; and special nephew Jimmy Huntley of Bat Cave, NC.

Memorial services will be conducted Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Westchester Baptist Church in High Point, NC, with the Rev. Eric Peacock officiating. he family will hold a private graveside inurnment.

In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully request that memorials be directed to the Alzheimer Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL, 60601 or to Westchester Baptist Church, 135 Westchester Dr., High Point, NC, 27262. Cremation services entrusted to Triad Cremation Society & Chapel.


William J. Liggett

WINSTON-SALEM — William J. Liggett, 59, passed away on Wednesday, February 20, 2013. Arrangements are incomplete. Cremation services entrusted to riad Cremation Society & Chapel.


Felicia Livingston

FAYETTEVILLE — Ms. Felicia Livingston, 46, passed on Wednesday, February 20, 2013, at Highsmith Rainey Specialty Hospital, Fayetteville, NC. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time at Phillips Funeral Service, Inc., High Point, NC.


Mildred Cook Newsom

FRANKLINVILLE — Mildred Molly Cook Newsom, 79, of Franklinville, NC, died Wednesday, February 20, 2013. Funeral will be at 2:00 p.m. Friday at Ridge Funeral Home Chapel. The family will receive friends from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Friday at Ridge Funeral Home.


Susanna White Samuel

HIGH POINT — Mrs. Susanna White Samuel, 83, of High Point, died Wednesday, February 20, 2013, at her home.

Susanna was born in Randolph County on June 24, 1929, a daughter of the late Earl Logan White and Abigail Brown White. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Jack E. Samuel on October 27, 1980; two sisters and two brothers. usanna was of the Christian faith. She graduated Trinity High School in 1948; she continued her education in attending Burriss School of Nursing and graduated in 1951. She was employed her entire career at High Point Memorial Hospital, serving as the 3-11 shift supervisor and retired in 1978. Susanna had a love for gardening and canning her vegetables, she also enjoyed being outside and doing her yard work. She was a loving and dedicated mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

She is survived by her son, Edward E. Samuel and wife, Mindy of Thomasville; a daughter, Abbie Samuel of Greensboro; three granddaughters, Shelly Cottrell, Lindsey Samuel and Lauren Samuel; and three great granddaughters, Natalie, Megan and Tori Cottrell and several nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Friday, February 22 in the Chapel of Cumby Family Funeral Service in Archdale with Rev. Mitchell Wilson officiating. Burial will follow at Guilford Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. Thursday, at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Centenary United Methodist Church, 2300 West Friendly, Greensboro, NC 27403.

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


Genevieve B. Sheffield

ROBBINS - Genevieve Beauchamp Sheffield, 79, formerly of High Point, died Tuesday, February 19, 2013, at FirstHealth Montgomery Memorial Hospital.

Jenny (as called by many) was born on August 25, 1933. he graduated with the Class of 1951 from High Point High School, was a Girl Scout leader and den mother, a leader of GA, and was a member of WMU. She retired from Flex-O-Laters.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Charlie and Lorean Sturms Beauchamp, and her brother, Marian Eugene Beauchamp.

She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Samuel F. Sheffield Sr., of the home; sons, Samuel Sheffield Jr. of Southmont, Charles McNeil Sheffield of Trinity, Donald Lee Sheffield (Anne) of High Point, Richard Dale Sheffield (Renee) of Robbins, Robert Van Sheffield of Georgia; daughter, Christine Sheffield Mounts (David) of Trinity; 12 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; brother, Charles Beauchamp, Jr. (Doris) of High Point; a special aunt, Martha Marie Sturms, of Winston-Salem; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, February 22, 2013, at Dover Baptist Church where she was a member with the Rev. Dr. Don Davis officiating. Interment will be in Floral Garden Memorial Park in High Point. Pallbearers are Dalan Sheffield, Tim Sheffield, Zach Sheffield, Blake Sheffield, Brent Sheffield, Michkel Reece, Mark Sheffield and Zachary Sheffield.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 21, 2013, at Phillips Funeral Home, 216 South Main Street, Star, and other times at the home.

Memorials may be made to Dover Baptist Church, 2527 Dover Church Road, Seagrove, NC 27341.

Online condolences may be made at


Margaret Ann Shore

STALEY — Margaret Ann Shore, 66, passed away on Wednesday, February 20, 2013. Cremation services entrusted to Triad Cremation Society & Chapel.


C. Roscoe Spence

TRINITY — Mr. Charles Roscoe Spence, 57, resident of Trinity, died February 19, 2013, at High Point Regional Hospital.

Mr. Spence was born July 30, 1955, in Stuart, VA, a son to the late George Henry and Ethel Leona Spence. A resident of this area most of his life, he was of the Baptist faith and was president of J&R Automotive and Tire Inc. He was a master mechanic and engine builder and was active with the Classic Gear Jammers as a drag racer. In 1974 he married Carolyn Spence, who survives of the residence. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three sisters.

Surviving are two sons, Randy Spence and Curtis Roscoe Spence, both of Trinity; a future grandson, Connor Spence; six sisters and three brothers, and a half-brother James.

Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday in the Chapel of the Cumby Family Funeral Service in Archdale. Visitation will be from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to the Classic Gear Jammers, 476 Cedar Ln. Mebane, NC 27302. On-line condolences may be made through


Gail Vestal

THOMASVILLE — Gail Jean Vestal, 48, passed away on Sunday February 17, 2013, at Thomasville Medical Center.

Born on August 19, 1964, in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, to Ronald and Maxine Moser Sr. She is preceded in death by her parents and brothers, Ronald and Timothy Moser.

Survived by her sons, Anthony, Brently Carlton, Brandon Moser; brother Kenneth Lentz; sisters Karen Lambeth, Alice Carlson; beloved foster mother Davida Ward; and 5 grandchildren.

A private family service was held at Thomasville Funeral Home.