Obituaries August 7, 2014
LEXINGTON — Mrs. Bessie Elizabeth Jernigan Baker, age 77, a resident of Lexington, passed away Tuesday, August 5, 2014.
A service to celebrate Bessie’s life will be held on Friday morning at 10 o’clock from the chapel of Cumby Family Funeral Service in Archdale. The family will receive friends on Thursday evening from 6 until 8 at the funeral home.
Cumby Family Funeral Service of Archdale is in charge of arrangements.
Willie Davis Sr.
HIGH POINT — Mr. Willie Charles Davis Sr., 68, of High Point, departed this earthly life on Friday, August 1, 2014, at Hospice Home at High Point. Mr. Davis was born in Dillon, S.C., to the late Mr. Flemon and Mrs. Thalia Strickland Davis on April 22, 1946.
Willie worked as a Upholster for High Point Furniture and Vida Foam. He was also a Licensed Cosmetologist. Willie was a people's person and received friends from all over the town. "Willie C." as he was fondly called was deeply loyal to his family and friends.
In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by one sister, Thalia Mae Davis.
He leaves cherished memories to: his three children, Willie Davis II of High Point, Tosha (Leroy) Tate of Kernersville and Monoleto R. Davis of High Point; sisters and brothers, Flemon Jr. (Clara) Davis and Aaron (Sarah) Davis all of Latta, S.C., Mae Williams of Florence, SC, Jerry (Ruby) Davis of High Point, Betty Ladson of Dillon, S.C., and Brenda (Douglas) Sellers of Rock Hill, S.C.; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; a special great nephew, whom he raised as a son, Dennis Crouch; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
Funeral service will be 2 p.m., Friday, August, 8, 2014, at Solid Rock Baptist Church. Family visitation will begin at 1:30 p.m. at the church. You may offer your condolences on Mr. Davis's memorial page at www.peoplesfuneralandcremation.com. Professional arrangements entrusted to People's Funeral & Cremation Service.
Hilda Mae Floyd
LEXINGTON — Mrs. Hilda Mae Floyd, 80, of Jake Shoaf Road, passed away Tuesday August 5, 2014, at Hinkle Hospice House. Funeral services will be on Friday at 11 a.m. at Bethany United Church of Christ. J. C. Green and Sons Funeral Home in Thomasville is assisting the family.
LEXINGTON — Ethel Mize Leatherman, age 98, of Lexington Health Care, formerly of Mize Road, died Monday afternoon at Lexington Health Care.
The funeral will be 1 p.m. Friday at Shiloh United Methodist Church, with Rev. David Kelley officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Davidson Funeral Home.
Rev. Robert W. Morrow
THOMASVILLE — Rev. Robert W. Morrow (Bill), age 83 of Thomasville, N.C., passed away Monday, August 4, 2014, at the Hinkle Hospice House of Davidson County. The family will receive friends between 2 and 4 p.m. on August 10 at Hasty Baptist Church in Thomasville. A celebration of life memorial will follow beginning at 4 p.m. The Church address is 161 Joe Moore Road, Thomasville, N.C. 27360.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Ruth Weaver Morrow of Thomasville N.C., their children Connie (daughter) and her husband, Chip Todd, of Monroe, N.C., and Rev. R. David Morrow (son) and his children Stephen and Amanda of Ayden, N.C. Additional survivors include his brother Rev. Phillip Morrow of Catawba, N.C., his sister in law, Winifred Van Zile, of Conover, N.C. (spouse of deceased brother Jimmy), and his brother and sister in law John and Grace Weaver of Shelby, N.C. He is also survived by seven nieces and nephews and their families. He is preceded in death by his Father and Mother, Mitchell and Lucille
Morrow, his Father and Mother-in-law Ishmael and Nellene Weaver, his brother Hubert and his wife, Joanne, Morrow and their son Mike, his brother, Jimmie Morrow, and Phillip Morrow’s wife, Jewel.
Born January 15, 1931, in Catawba, N.C., He graduated from Catawba High School, and then served in the United States Army during the Korean War. Upon returning from the war, he graduated from Mars Hill College, Wake Forest University, and South Eastern Seminary. He was Ordained into the Gospel Ministry on May 25, 1958, and married his bride on July 31, 1960. Together, they served the congregations of Lawings Chapel (Maiden, N.C.), Lawndale Baptist Church (Lawndale N.C.), Prospect Baptist Church (Albemarle, N.C.), Victory Baptist Church (Thomasville, N.C.), and Hasty Baptist Church (Thomasville, N.C.).
As a man of God, who believed that ministry should reach beyond Church walls, Rev. Morrow felt a special call to reach out to children and young people and provide aid to families in need. He answered this call by serving at Baptist Children’s Homes of N.C. between 1980 and 2000. He served in the capacity of Resident Director at Kennedy Home (Kinston, N.C.), and as a member of the development department (Thomasville, N.C.) where he raised funds for the purpose of feeding, clothing and providing shelter for children in need.
Personally, he enjoyed and valued time with all family and friends. His hobbies were working in the yard and in his flowers, as well as growing vegetables. He was known for his unfailing faith and trust in God, his positive outlook on life, his humor, and his ability make people laugh. Beginning in 2000, he suffered a variety of serious medical issues until the day of his passing. Yet, he never lost his determination and joyful spirit.
Pallbearers will be: R. David Morrow, Chip Todd, Stephen Morrow, Keith Morrow, Tim Morrow, and Travis Johnson.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to either Baptist Children’s Homes of N.C., P.O. Box 338, Thomasville, N.C. 27361, or The Gideon’s International, P.O. Box 140800, Nashville, Tenn. 37214. Services are provided by Cleveland Funeral Services and Crematory. Online condolences at www.clevelandfuneralservices.com.
ASHEBORO — Mr. Aaron Dean Murdock, 79, of Asheboro, N.C., died Tuesday, August 5, 2014.
A memorial service is scheduled for 11:00 am Saturday, August 9, 2014, at St John's Lutheran Church.
The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Friday, August 8, 2014, at Ridge Funeral Home. Arrangements by Ridge Funeral Home & Cremation Service.
Michael Wayne Robbins
HIGH POINT — Mr. Michael Wayne Robbins, 65, passed away Wednesday, August 6, 2014. He was the loving husband of Patricia (Butler) Robbins to whom he was married for 30 years.
Mr. Robbins was born on November 29, 1948, in Winston-Salem a son of the late Eldred and Mildred (Rothrock) Robbins. He was a graduate of North Davidson High School and continued his education earning a Bachelor’s Degree at Western Carolina University and a Master’s Degree in Fine Arts from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. Mr. Robbins was a talented painter and graphic design artist and was the owner and operator of Robbins Creative Services for over 25 years until his retirement.
He attended Sandy Ridge United Methodist Church and was a lifetime member of Canaan United Methodist Church, Winston-Salem.
Mr. Robbins was a loving and generous man who never met a stranger and would do anything for those he cared about. A man of many talents, there was nothing that he couldn’t accomplish.
In his spare time, he enjoyed traveling to the beach with his family.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Robbins is survived by two daughters, Tara Danielle Robbins of Asheville, and Megan Whitney Robbins of Wilmington; a sister-in-law, Carla Robbins of Winston-Salem; a niece, Kerri Varner and her husband, Dustin of Winston-Salem; a nephew, Matthew Craig Robbins of Raleigh; and two Chihuahuas, Bailey and Lilly. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Ronald Robbins.
A celebration of life memorial service will be 2:00 p.m. Friday, August 8, 2014, at Sandy Ridge United Methodist Church with Pastor Mary Miller and Pastor Drew Hellams officiating. A visitation will follow in the fellowship hall.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Sandy Ridge United Methodist Church, 2233 Sandy Ridge Road, High Point, N.C. 27265.
Condolences may be left on Mr. Robbins’s memorial page at www.cumbyfuneral.com
Arrangements made by Cumby Family Funeral Service, High Point.
Andrew Boone Smith Jr.
LIBERTY — Andrew Boone Smith Jr., 64, formerly a resident of Liberty, passed away Saturday, August 2, 2014, at High Point Regional Hospital.
Andy was born July 25, 1950 in Thomasville, N.C., to the late Inez Poole Smith and Andrew Boone Smith Sr.
He grew up in Thomasville, graduated from Thomasville High School and attended State College. After leaving college he entered the insurance field and became the owner and principal agent of Asheboro Insurance Agency for 29 years. He served the southeast as an open horse show judge for many years.
He was well known in the horse world as Drew Smith. He loved the dog breed Pembroke Welsh Corgis and both he and his wife were involved in breeding them for several years. He was married to Trudy Jones Smith for 37 years.
He is survived by his son, Dirk Smith of Raleigh, a sister Deborah Ann Smith of Hurdle Mills, N.C., aunt, Geraldine Howard and husband Reid of Greensboro and one uncle, Rhuell "Pete" Poole and wife Rachel of Roanoke, Va.
A memorial service will be conducted Saturday, August 9, 2014, at Mount Zion United Methodist Church
2354 Finch Farm Road, Trinity, N.C. 27370 at 11 a.m. Family will visit in the Reception Hall following the service.
Memorials may be directed to a charity of your choice, Hospice and/or Mr. Zion United Methodist Church.