Obituaries June 25, 2013

Jun. 24, 2013 @ 06:10 PM

Gary Blankenship
LEXINGTON — Gary Lee Blankenship, 68, of Lexington, died June 22, 2013.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. Piedmont Funeral Home is serving the family.

Leroy Darity
FRANKLINVILLE — William Leroy Darity, 79, of Franklinville, died June 23, 2013.
A memorial service is scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday at Ridge Funeral Home Chapel.

Reno Kirby “Ricky” Farrington II
May 29, 1961-June 21, 2013
KERNERSVILLE — Reno Kirby Farrington II beamed up for the last time June 21st, 2013. This ended a life of adventure and imagination that began in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Reno, known to his parents and siblings as Ricky, was always on the go and in a hurry to get wherever he was going. He graduated from Broughton High School, then Cape Fear Community College in Wilmington, North Carolina. He worked offshore and underwater in Texas, before moving inland to work in security and law enforcement. His thirst for travel and movement was finally quenched when he began long haul truck driving in big rigs all over the country. He became an expert in driving and training truck drivers, and enjoyed life on the highways and byways of America.  Reno liked to share his adventures on the road with his friends and family, who were always impressed with his knowledge of roadways and the intricate workings of an eighteen wheeler. He always paid attention to details that a less-curious person wouldn’t notice. Reno loved Malinda Hodgin, the other “pea in his pod”, his cats Sidney and Mr. B, and his step-cat Sweetie.  He was fascinated by flight and enjoyed the exploration of science fiction, especially the universes of Star Trek and Star Gate.  He loved all things Disney, especially Mickey Mouse and Disney World. Reno was a nurturer who was born to take care of children and the people he loved.
Reno is survived by his parents, Betty Jo Farrington of High Point, N.C., and Robert Farrington of Cocoa, Florida. He also leaves behind his sister, Laura Cammer, his brothers Bennett and Joe, his niece Nora Cammer and step-nieces Kim Williamson Weaver and Stephanie House.
The viewing will be at Cumby Family Funeral Service on Eastchester Drive, High Point N.C. between 6 and 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 26th. The funeral service will be held in the Cumby Chapel at 2 p.m Thursday June 27th, with Reverend Ben Shepherd and Reverend Richard Howle officiating. Interment will be at Lebanon United Methodist Church, 237 Idol Street High Point N.C.
Please make any gifts or donations in Reno’s name to Victory Junction in Randleman, N.C., the Rehobeth United Methodist Church Family Life Center of Greensboro, N.C., or to the charity of your choosing.
Online condolences may be made at Arrangements by Cumby Family Funeral Service of High Point.

Allen Gray Jr.
HIGH POINT — Mr. Allen Gray Jr., 78 of High Point, departed this earthly life on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at Hospice Home at High Point.
He was born on July 24, 1934 to the late Allen Gray Sr. and Lina Belo Gray in Randolph County, NC. Allen worked for Carolina Container until his retirement. 
In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by two sisters and brothers-in law, Gertrude (Ruben) Buchannon and Mildred (Frank Sr.) Stubbs.
He leaves cherish memories to his wife, Mary Gray of High Point, sons, Allen (Falana) Ringgold, Larry (Maxine) Foneyberger Rashid (Barbara) Ali, Charles Jackson, Sammy Jackson and Kenneth Williams all of High Point; daughters, Elizabeth (John) Cannady of High Point, Linda Jackson of Durham, NC, Lana (Jeffrey) Hooker of Salisbury, NC, Allyn “Renee” Stancil of High Point, Julia “Cookie” (Chauncy) Sanders of Charlotte, NC, Rita (Marvin) Edmonds of Philadelphia, PA, Tammie Jones of Charlotte, NC, Mary Brant, Inez Lee, Dannie Williams, Barbara (Thomas) Leach, Cynthia Williams and Michelle Williams all of High Point, NC and Angela (Clayton) Love of Thomasville, NC; 162 grandchildren and 102 great grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and many friends.
Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at Living Water Baptist Church, 1300 Brentwood St.  Visitation will begin at 10:30am at the church.  Burial will be in Salisbury National Cemetery, Salisbury, NC.  Professional arrangements entrusted to People’s Funeral & Cremation Services, Inc.

Frances Huffstetler
RANDLEMAN — Frances H. Huffstetler, 79, of Randleman died June 22, 2013.
The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at First United Methodist Church in Randleman.

Worth Garland Hutchens Sr.
WINSTON-SALEM — Mr. Worth Garland Hutchens, Sr. went home to be with his Lord Saturday, June 22, 2013 at the Hinkle Hospice House after a brief illness.
Worth was born Dec. 3, 1927 to Spencer and Clara Jones Hutchens. Worth lived in Davidson County all his life. He was preceded in death by his parents, daughters, Ann Hutchens, Rebecca Hutchens and Vicki Batten, sons, Jimmy Hutchens and David Hutchens and a sister, Dorothy Johnson.
Worth was married, July 4, 1946 to Elizabeth (Lib) Byerly who preceded him in death  December 15, 2003. He was retired from Cloverdale Dyes and Marlow Van Loan.
Worth was a faithful member of Bethany United Church of Christ, former Teacher of the Ladies Bible Sunday Class and was also director of the youth at Bethany UCC for many years. His passion was visiting shut-ins and also enjoyed fishing at the coast with his family.
Worth is survived by his sons, Worth (Skip) Hutchens, Jr. of Winston-Salem, John Hutchens and wife Rosalie of Greenville and Bruce Hutchens and wife Daisy of Winston-Salem; two daughters, Mary Hinson and husband Butch of Trinity and Susan Lear and husband Bill of Saint Cloud, Florida; son-in-law, Donnie Batten and a daughter-in-law, Teresa Hutchens both of Winston-Salem and a very dear friend Polly Shoaf;  seventeen grandchildren and twenty three great-grandchildren. Also surviving are brothers, Dallas Hutchens, Jim Hutchens and wife Allene, Roy Hutchens and wife Ruby all of Thomasville and Harold Hutchens and wife Marilyn of Carolina Beach; sisters, Ruby Nixon and husband Earl of Greensboro, Mary Reece and husband Stanley of Thomasville and Trish Loftin and husband Wade of Trinity and many nieces and nephews. Your family loved you very much and we all will miss you and your beautiful smile.
Funeral services for Worth will be held 3 p.m. Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at Bethany United Church of Christ with the Rev. Banks Shepherd, John Hutchens, Bobby Byerly and Wade Loftin officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Worth will remain at the J.C. Green & Sons Funeral Home 122 W. Main St. Thomasville until placed in the church thirty minutes before the service. The family will receive friends Tuesday evening, June 25 from 7 until 9 p.m. at the funeral home.
Memorials may be directed to Bethany United Church of Christ, 1066 Bethany Church Rd., Winston-Salem, NC 27107 or Hinkle Hospice House, 200 Hospice Way, Lexington, NC 27292. Online condolences may be sent to the Hutchens family at

Elizabeth Darr Litwin
THOMASVILLE — Mrs. Elizabeth Darr Litwin, 93, a resident Thomasville, died Sunday, June 23, 2013 in the Sticht Center of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.
She was born Aug. 27, 1919 in Davidson County, the daughter of Robert Luther Darr and Iva Kennedy Darr.  Mrs. Litwin was a graduate of Pilot High School and earned her business degree from High Point College. In 1939, she was crowned the first Miss Thomasville, and represented Thomasville in the 1940 Miss North Carolina Pageant. She began her career with the former Jewel Cotton Mill, where she served as Bookkeeper for over twenty years.  She was later employed with Thomasville City School System as senior bookkeeper, retiring following eighteen years of service. Mrs. Litwin was a member of the Thomasville Woman’s Club, and served as registrar with the Davidson County Board of Elections, Pilot precinct for twenty-five years.  She was a lifelong member of Rich Fork Baptist Church.
Elizabeth was a true Southern Lady that loved her God, husband, family, career, and country.  She was involved in many related functions during her lifetime.  She spent many years supporting her husband and following the activities of the Thomasville High School Band and music programs.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Aubrey Darr.
On Aug. 19, 1950, she was married to Chester J. Litwin, who died March 20, 2003. They celebrated fifty-three years of marriage.
Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Anna Litwin Samuel and husband Mike of Winston-Salem; a son, Brent Litwin and wife Billie of Thomasville; Grandchildren, Adam Litwin and wife Nichole of Thomasville, Michelle Samuel of Winston-Salem and Dr. Ashley Samuel of Jacksonville, Florida; a great-granddaughter, Ivah Litwin; step-grandchildren, Chad Trader and Amanda Alexander, both of Kernersville; and two step-great-grandchildren, Ashley Alexander and Nicholas Alexander.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 11 a.m. in J.C. Green & Sons Chapel with Rev. J. Byron Barker and Mr. Keith Beck officiating.  Burial will follow in Holly Hill Memorial Park Cemetery.  The family will receive friends at the funeral home Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m.
In lieu of flowers the family request any memorial contributions be directed to the charity of the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be sent to the Litwin family at

Swannie Looper
ASHEBORO — Swannie Kathleen Rowe Looper, 80, of Asheboro, died June 23, 2013.
The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Ridge Funeral Home.

Wayne Johnson
THOMASVILLE — Murray “Wayne” Johnson, 54, a resident of Memorial Park Drive, died June 23, 2013 in the Hinkle Hospice Home. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday at 11 a.m. in The Thomasville Church of God.

Gary Shaw
LEXINGTON — Gary Alvin Shaw, 56, of Lexington died June 22, 2013, at Wake Forest Baptist Health-Lexington Medical Center.
A graveside service will be held at 11  a.m. Wednesday at Forest Hill Memorial Park.

Betty Wilson
LEXINGTON — Betty Wilson, 79, of W. 7th Street Extension, died June 21, 2013, at her home.
A memorial service will be 7 p.m. Wednesday at Near Calvary Freewill Baptist Church. Davidson Funeral Home is serving the family.