Obituaries June 23, 2013

Jun. 22, 2013 @ 06:58 PM

Kurt Hedrick
DENTON — Mr. Kurt Hedrick, 57, resident of Denton died June 22, 2013 at his home. Arrangements are pending at Cumby Family Funeral Service in Archdale.

Ellie C. Parrish
TRINITY — Mrs. Ellie C. Parrish, 84, resident of Trinity died June 21, 2013 at High Point Regional Hospital. Arrangements are pending at Cumby Family Funeral Service in Archdale.

James W. Atkinson
The Life of a Faithful Soldier and Strong Man of God
HIGH POINT - James W. Atkinson lived a life of greatness -- a man of   strength, character, humility, compassion, wisdom, intelligence, deep faith and unconditional love for his family and many friends.
He had a positive impact on everyone with which he worked and shared his life.
James W. Atkinson, 92, of 510 Ashburn St, High Point, NC departed this earthly life on Sunday, June 16, 2013 at Hospice of the Piedmont to spend eternity with God.
He was born February 11, 1921 in Chester, SC., one of ten children of the late Walter and Hester Fowler Atkinson.
After graduating from Finley High School in Chester, SC, he attended Friendship College in Rock Hill, SC. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1942 to serve his country during World War II. His units were involved in the historic “D-Day” Invasion at Normandy, France and the “Battle of the Bulge”. He fought for his country and earned the rank of staff sergeant for his service during the war.
After returning home from Europe, he attended the NC College for Negroes in Durham, (currently NC Central University). While at NCCU he played varsity football and in 1948 he pledged Omega Psi Phi Fraternity (Tau Psi Chapter). He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Studies and Health & Physical Education. He continued his education at Columbia University in New York City and earned his Master’s degree in Health & Physical Education.
After college, James worked at Bishop College in Marshall, Texas. Later, he was hired as the head football and track and field coach at William Penn High School in High Point, NC. James’ leadership and care for his students and their deep respect for him resulted in many victories on the football field for William Penn High School. Coach Atkinson’s teams won the NC 3A State Championship, state conference runner-up, 3 district and 3 regional football titles.
James married Fannie Washington of Charlottesville, Virginia on May 17, 1951. They were blessed with nearly 50 years of marriage and two children, James Walter and Alisa Wanda. James and family were members of First Baptist Church and became founding members of First United Baptist Church in 1977, where he served faithfully as a Trustee for many years.
In 1969, after the closing of William Penn, James joined High Point Central High School as a co-head varsity football coach and teacher. James was very instrumental in leading a positive transition during integration.
In the early 70s, he became co-principal of Griffin Junior High School. He ended his long career as an educator in 1984 and enjoyed nearly 30 years of retirement with family and friends. Because of his impact to the community and those he had the privilege to teach, mentor and coach, James W. Atkinson was inducted into the inaugural class of the Guilford County Sports Hall of Fame, in 2005. James W. Atkinson made a difference in a lot of lives.
James was preceded in death by his loving wife, Fannie, his parents Walter and Hester, as well as his siblings, sister, Elizabeth A. Harris, and eight brothers, Floyd, Walker, Charlie, William Hiriam, Dewey, Ernest, David and Richard Samuel.
He is survived by his son, James Walter Atkinson, Jr. and his wife Karen Gray Atkinson of Sanford, NC; daughter, Alisa A. McDonald and husband William H. McDonald, Jr. of Charlotte, NC. Grandchildren include James Walter Atkinson, Jr., Ryan Gray Atkinson and his wife Kasey, Andrew David, Michael Anthony and Adriane Michelle McDonald, sisters-in-law, Gwendolyn R. Atkinson of Charlotte, and Ethel Atkinson, of Chester, SC, and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Funeral Services for Mr. Atkinson will be Monday, June 24, 2013, at 1 p.m. at Greater First United Baptist Church, 1409 Deep River Road, High Point, NC. The family will receive friends at the church from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. The Omega service will begin at 12:30 p.m.
Final arrangements are entrusted to Phillips Funeral Service, Inc.
Online condolences may be made to the Atkinson family at

Ollie Mae Koontz Wilson
LINWOOD — Ollie Mae Koontz Wilson, 88, died early Saturday morning at Salisbury Gardens.
There will be a graveside service held at 2 p.m. Monday, June 24 at Forest Hill Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Monday before the service at Davidson Funeral Home.

Howard Franklin Stubbs Sr.
LUMBERTON – Mr. Howard Franklin Stubbs, Sr., age 74, passed away Saturday, June 22, 2013 at his home. He was born in Robeson County on March 28, 1939 to the late Norley F. Stubbs and the late Rosa Caulder Stubbs. He proudly served in the U.S. Army and was later employed as a truck driver.
Mr. Stubbs is survived by his wife, Margie Stubbs, of the home; two sons, Howard F. Stubbs, Jr. and wife, Dorothy, of Thomasville, and Jonathan Bill Stubbs, also of Thomasville; three daughters, Carolyn Stubbs, of High Point, Susie Stubbs, of Thomasville, and Jessica Stubbs, of the home; two special friends, Joe and Shirley Murchison, of Lumberton; eight grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.
The family would also like to express words of gratitude and appreciation to Native Angels Home Care of Pembroke.
A visitation will take place on Sunday, June 23, 2013 from 6-8 p.m. at Floyd Mortuary & Crematory, Inc.
A memorial service will be held on Monday, June 24, 2013 at 2 p.m. at Floyd Memorial Chapel, with Rev. Tim Tyner officiating.
The family will also be receiving friends at Susie Garner’s home, 2235 Kennedy Road, Thomasville, NC, on Thursday, June 27, 2013 from 6-p.m.
On-line condolences may be made by visiting: .

Ethel Mae Jones
THOMASVILLE — Ethel Mae Jones, 89, passed away on Friday June 21, 2013 at High Point Regional Medical Center.
Born on December 27, 1923 in Orange County to Robert Lee Kennedy and Pearl Burkhart Kennedy.
Preceded in death by her parents and husband Norman K. Jones, Sr., sisters; Nona Everhart, Edith Albright, Carrie Hedrick, brothers; Alonzo Kennedy, Rufus Kennedy and Parker Kennedy.
Ethel was married on August 3, 1946 to Norman K. Jones, Sr. in Mocksville, NC for 65 years. Retired from Carolina Underwear after 25 years of service. Ethel was a member of Emanuel Reformed Church for 80 years. She loved to work in her garden and was the best cake baker in the world. Ethel was a loving Mother, adoring grandmother and great grandmother.
Ethel  is survived by daughter, Charlotte Jones Buser of High Point, NC; son, Norman Kermit Jones, Jr. and wife Edwina of Lexington, NC; granddaughters, Lisa Buser Grant and husband Michael of Kings Mountain, NC, Angela Jones Parks and husband Jeremy of Lexington, NC; grandson, Norman Kermit Jones, III (Trey) of Lexington, NC; grandson, Caleb Anthony Jones of Cherokee, NC; 4 great grandchildren, Abigail Parks, Nathan Parks, Madeline Parks, and Anderson Parks and great great-grandchild Bentley Herring and many nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at Emanuel Reformed Church followed by a funeral service at 2 p.m. with Pastor Rickey Payne and Reverend Vernon Richmeier officiating followed by interment in the church cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Emanuel Reformed Church Cemetery Fund.
Thomasville Funeral Home is assisting the Jones Family.