Obituaries January 25, 2013

Jan. 24, 2013 @ 07:32 PM

Beverly Ann Gates Alexander

BALTIMORE, MD — Beverly Ann Gates Alexander, age 58, daughter of the late Rev. James Robert and Martha Arlena Gates of Coeburn, VA, and most recently of Baltimore County, Maryland, quietly went to be with her Heavenly Father on January 20, 2013.

Beverly was born in High Point, NC, on February 4, 1954. She attended T. Wingate Andrews High School in High Point. She worked 18 years at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in Crystal City, VA, and later received a nursing degree and was Director of Nursing at Duffield Adult Residential Center in Duffield, VA.

Beverly had a love for God’s word, always encouraging people even through her illness. She enjoyed a good book, dancing, good music, cooking and loving her children and her grandchildren, who were so special to her. There was nothing that she wouldn’t do for family and friends.

Beverly is preceded in death by her parents; 2 brothers, Robert Quintin and Carlos Aurelius Gates; and nephew James Earl Gates Jr.

Beverly is survived by her beloved daughter, Traleise “Lisa” Alexander of Baltimore County, MD; and beloved son, Rodney “Podgie” Alexander Jr. of Fredericksburg, VA; grandchildren, Christopher Alexander, Tre and Taylor Alexander Mance of Baltimore County, MD, and Devon Alexander of Florida. David Merchant, her longtime devoted companion of Coeburn, VA. Also, left to cherish her memory are her sisters, Rose Haile of Wilmington, Delaware, Dorothy Gates and Viola Gates-Long of High Point, NC, Mary (Andrew) Gates-Champion of Beltsville, MD; and her brother, James (Shelia) Earl Gates of High Point, NC; a host of nieces, nephews, other family and friends.

Family visitation will be on Saturday, January 26, 2013, at 1:00 p.m. at Living Waters Baptist Church, 1300 Brentwood St. Followed by Homegoing Services at 1:30 p.m. with Evangelist Viola Gates-Long officiating. The family will also receive friends at the home of James and Shelia Gates, 1514 Wiltshire Street. Interment will be at Oakwood Memorial Park Cemetery, 312 Montlieu Avenue. You may express your condolences on Ms. Alexander memorial page at Professional services entrusted to People’s Funeral Services Inc.


Helen Brinkley

LEXINGTON — Mrs. Helen Spruill Brinkley, 85, formerly of Chestnut Street, Lexington, died Saturday, January 19. Memorial service will be at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, January 27, at First United Methodist Church in Lexington. Inurnment will be in the First United Methodist Church Columbarium. Davidson Funeral Home is in charge.


Josephine (Barnhill) Brown

ARCHDALE — Josephine (Barnhill) Brown, 76, passed away Monday, January 21, 2013 at High Point Regional Hospital.

Mrs. Brown was born on January 5, 1937, in South Carolina, a daughter of the late Joseph Hubert and Velma (Cribb) Barnhill. She was a former employee of Quality Samples, where she worked as a swatcher for more than 30 years until her retirement.

In her spare time she enjoyed sewing, crafts, clogging, going to the beach and watching her great-grandchildren’s sporting events. She was a wonderful caretaker, always providing for her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and friends.

She was a member of Christ Gospel Baptist Church as well as a former member of the National Guard Women’s Auxiliary, Thomasville.

Mrs. Brown is survived by a son, Joseph Wayne Brown of Archdale; a daughter, Juanita Horne and her husband, Stephen of Lexington; six grandchildren, Lisa Hunt and her husband C.L., Tina Hammond, Shannon Hammond, Joseph Ashley Brown, Brianna Jolene Brown, and Heather Griggs; and two great-grandchildren, Clay and Chase Hunt. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Teresa Jo Hammond.

A celebration of life service will be at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, January 26, 2013, at the chapel of Cumby Family Funeral Service, 206 Trindale Road, Archdale, with Rev. Timothy Huffman officiating. Burial will follow in Floral Garden Memorial Park. A visitation will be held from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Christ Gospel Baptist Church, 1013 Old Thomasville Road, High Point, NC 27260.

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

Arrangements made by Cumby Family Funeral Service, Archdale.


Rev. Charles Dickens

LEXINGTON – The Rev. Charles Wilson Dickens broke free of his earthy chains to enter into the presence of his Heavenly Father.

Funeral will be 4 p.m. Sunday, January 27, 2013, at the Davidson Funeral Home Chapel. Entombment will be at Forest Hills Memorial Park Mausoleum. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service from 3 to 4 p.m. at the funeral home.


Mark Allen Greene

GIBSONVILLE — Mark Allen Greene, 47, died on Wednesday, January 23 2013, at Moses Cone Hospital. Cremation services entrusted to Triad Cremation Society & Chapel.


Richard Davis “Dick” Hartley 

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC — Richard Davis “Dick” Hartley, 90, of N. Myrtle Beach, SC, formerly of High Point, NC, passed away January 22, 2013, at McLeod Seacoast Medical Center.

Born on September 16, 1922, in Washington, NC, he was a son of the late Edgar Hartley Sr. and Jane Davis Hartley.

Until retiring in N. Myrtle Beach, he was a lifelong resident of High Point. He attended High Point City Schools, graduated from McCallie School in Tennessee and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He played basketball for the university, was a member of Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity and the Order of the Sheiks Society. From 1942 to 1945, during World War II, he served as lieutenant in the U.S. Naval Air Transport Service as a navigator.

On December 28, 1946, he married the “catch of his life,” Nelson Mann, of High Point. He was an active member of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in High Point and St. Stephens Episcopal Church in North Myrtle Beach. Dick was on the board of directors of Nat Greene Youth Development. He was physical director of the YMCA in Fayetteville, NC, before going into the furniture business as assistant to the president in sales with Continental Furniture Co. in High Point for seven years.

For 36 years, he was the North Carolina sales representative for Hooker Furniture Corporation in Martinsville, VA. Dick was past president of the High Point Furniture Club and past president and board member of VA/Carolinas Home Furnishings Representative’s Association. He was co-chairman of the First International Home Furnishings Convention in 1965. He was the recipient of the following awards: 1964 - Annual Major Award for Outstanding Achievement and Service rendered to the Association, the industry and its own membership. 1989 - Ed Vasburgh Sr. Memorial Award given by Southern Home Furniture Association. 1989 - First Citizen of Furnitureland USA Lifetime Gold Pass given by the International Home Furnishings Center. 1996 – Ab. Fanjoy Memorial Award given by VCHFRA for outstanding and dedicated service. 1997 – Dean of IHFRA Award. 1998 – named a Paul Harris Fellow by the Rotary Foundation.

For years, Dick was a collector of Indian artifacts and in December 2000, he presented the High Point Museum & Historical Park with his pre-historic collection.

Dick was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He loved God, his family, church and his many friends. “He never met a stranger”. In his later years, he played golf and enjoyed his friendships with many from other states and joked about his being from the North – North Carolina.

Surviving are his wife of 66 years, Nelson Hartley of N. Myrtle Beach; son, Richard N. Hartley of North Myrtle Beach; two daughters, Donna H. Bell of Little River, SC, Margie Hartley of Raleigh, NC; grandchildren, Davis C. Hartley of Raleigh, Robert Lee Bell IV and Holly Bell, both of Little River, and Tate Salim of Raleigh; brothers, Stewart Hartley of High Point, Bill Hartley and wife Mary Lou of Oceanside, CA; sister-in-law, Louise Hartley Rose of Winston-Salem, NC; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Edgar Hartley Jr., Robert W. Hartley and John M. Hartley.

A Celebration of Life will be at 11 a.m. on January 30, 2013, at St. Stephens Episcopal Church, North Myrtle Beach. Visitation will follow. Memorials may be directed to St. Stephens Episcopal Church, 801 11th Avenue North, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582 or St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 108 W. Farris Avenue, High Point, NC 27262.

A message of condolence may be sent to

Lee Funeral Home & Crematory of Little River/North Myrtle Beach is serving the family.


Sarah F. Hunt

THOMASVILLE — Mrs. Sarah Fant Hunt, 83, formerly of Afton Street, died Thursday, January 24, 2013, in Maple Grove Nursing Home in Greensboro, NC.

A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 27, 2013, in First Missionary Baptist Church.

The family will receive friends at the church on Sunday 30 minutes before the funeral service and other times at the home of Derry and Pansy Chaney at 2 Brown Street, Thomasville.

S.E. Thomas Funeral & Cremation is in charge of arrangements.


Audrey Cecil Jones

MT. PLEASANT, S.C. — Audrey Cecil Jones died January 21, 2013. She was born December 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 2:00 p.m. Sunday, January 27, 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, 843-766-1365.


Rhonda Koonts

LEXINGTON — Rhonda Lee Hege Koonts, 73, of Lingle Farm Road, died Wednesday. Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, January 26, 2013, at Davidson Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Paul’s Chapel United Church of Christ Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday.


Walter Galvenston Marshall Jr.

LAURINBURG — Walter Galvenston Marshall Jr., 77 of Laurinburg, passed away on Wednesday, January 23, 2013.

Mr. Marshall was raised at the Mills Home Baptist Orphanage in Thomasville, NC. He was the son of the late Helen Whidden Marshall and Walter G. Marshall Sr. He worked as a maintenance supervisor with Paramount Paper Company, retiring after many years of service.

Walter is survived by his wife of 60 years, Alma Hill Marshall of the home; daughters, Angie D. Marshall of the home; Diane Cusimano and husband Charles of Spring Hill, FL; sons, Walter Junior Marshall and wife Pam of Archdale, Terry A. Marshall and wife Elizabeth of Maxton, Ronald Marshall and wife Patricia of Asheboro; sister, Joy Hill of High Point; 15 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great grandchildren and a host of family and friends.

A visitation will be from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. Saturday, January 26, 2013, at Richard Boles Funeral Service. A private memorial service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts are requested to be made to Hospice of Scotland County, P.O. Box 1033, Laurinburg, NC, 28353.

Services entrusted to Richard Boles Funeral Service, Laurinburg, NC.


Staley McDonald

HIGH POINT — Mr. Staley McDonald, beloved husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend, passed away on Monday, January 21, 2013, in Atlanta, GA, after a short illness. He was 88 years old. He was born on December 15, 1924, in Ellerbe, NC. He was one of 12 children of the late Lawrence and Lottie McDonald. He was the eldest son.

He was preceded in death by five sisters, Gertrude Allen, Lizzie Mae Horns, Louise McDonald, Shirley Brown and Mary Lee McDonald; and three brothers, Willie James McDonald, T.C. McDonald and John McDonald. He was also preceded in death by a special nephew, Bernard McDonald, whom they raised.

He was employed at Kay-Lyn Furniture Inc. for more than 40 years and simultaneously he operated several businesses of his own before his formal retirement about 20 years ago. However, being the hardworking man that he was, he continued working in some capacity with his own businesses up into his 70’s. He was a member of the Church of God of Prophecy.

Staley married Lozie Mae Redfearn of Rockingham, NC, on June 11, 1944. They were blessed with nearly 69 years of marriage and four children. He was quiet and hardworking. He was loving, kind and extremely generous to his wife and family. It was his mission in life to make sure his wife and family had everything they needed and wanted.

Staley is survived by his wife, Lozie Mae McDonald of the home; four children, Christine McDonald (Curtis-deceased) Allen of High Point, NC, Tony (Zelda) McDonald of Atlanta, GA, Dr. Velvet McDonald of Atlanta, GA, and Maurice (Sonya) McDonald of San Francisco, CA; two sisters; Margie Williams of High Point, NC, and Betty Jean McDonald of Syracuse, NY; one brother, Lacy McDonald of Jersey City, NJ; 10 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren; and a host of nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends.

Funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 26, 2013, at the Church of God of Prophecy, 1100 Stanton Place, High Point, NC. The family will receive friends at the church from 12:30 p.m. until 1:00 p.m. Interment will follow at Guilford Memorial Park, Greensboro, NC.

Final arrangements have been entrusted to Phillips Funeral Service, Inc., High Point, NC.

Online condolences may be sent to the McDonald family at