Obituaries August 6, 2014

Aug. 05, 2014 @ 04:59 PM

William 'Tom Thumb' Hoops

TRINITY —  William “Tom Thumb” Tracy Hoops, 53, died Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014 at his residence.

A graveside service will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Greenhills Memory Gardens Cemetery in Cedar Bluff, Va. Arrangements by Cumby Family Funeral Service in Archdale. 


'Bobby' Jones

ASHEBORO — Darius Robert “Bobby” Jones, 59, died Friday, Aug. 1, 2014.

A memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8, In the Chapel Mausoleum at Randolph Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends following the memorial service.  Arrangements by Ridge Funeral Home & Cremation Service.


Esdail Venable

NEW YORK — Esdail McCoy Venable, 100, died on Wednesday, July 30, 2014 in New York.

Arrangements are incomplete at this time. Johnson and Sons, High Point is assisting the family.


Melissa Walker

SOPHIA — Melissa Clifton Walker, age 33, a resident of Sophia passed away Monday, August 4, 2014.

She was born June 24, 1981 in Guilford County, NC to Charles Bradley Clifton and Peggy Isaacs Clifton. She had been a resident of this area all of her life and was a 2000 graduate of Randleman High School. She was employed with City Transfer & Storage and later with Beeson Hardware and Health Finance. Melissa attended Hope Baptist Church and was a former member of Archdale Assembly of God, where she was saved and baptized.

She enjoyed the outdoors, working in her flowers and painting ceramics. She loved spending time with her family, especially her mom and spending time with her dogs. Melissa was a loving wife, mother daughter and sister and will be dearly missed.

Surviving are her husband of 13 years, Terry Walker; her sons, Christian and Cameron Walker; her mother and step-father, Peggy Isaacs Watson and John Watson and her father, Brad Clifton. Also surviving are her sister, Michele Tate and her husband Johnny.

A service to celebrate Melissa’s life will be held Thursday morning at 11 o’clock from the chapel of Cumby Family Funeral Service in Archdale, with Gordon Prince officiating. Interment will follow in Floral Garden Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends Wednesday evening from 6 until 8 at the funeral home.

Memorials in Melissa’s memory may be sent to the Melanoma Research Foundation, 1411 K Street, NW Suite 800 Washington, DC 20005.

Online condolences may be made at  Cumby Family Funeral Service of Archdale is in charge of arrangements.


Connie Willett

HIGH POINT — A memorial service for Connie Lynn Willett, who passed away July 6, 2014, will be held at Blessing Baptist Church, 601 Sullivan St. in Thomasville, at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to either the Scleroderma Foundation or Hospice of the Piedmont.


Frances Williams

TROY — Frances Williams, 79,  died, August 4, 2014.

A memorial service will be held 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7, at Victory Fellowship Church.

Arrangements by Midstate Cremation Service. Condolences may be made online at