Obituaries August 13, 2014

Aug. 12, 2014 @ 05:38 PM

Dora Burney

HIGH POINT— Dora Maie (Franklin) Burney, 80, passed away Sunday, August 10, 2014 at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

A celebration of life service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16,  at the chapel of Cumby Family Funeral Service, 206 Trindale Road in Archdale. Burial will follow in Holly Hill Memorial Park Cemetery.  A visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug.t 15,  at the funeral home.


Phillip R. Dixon 

HIGH POINT — Phillip Ray Dixon, Sr. was born on March 7, 1929 in Washington County, NC.  He graduated from Elizabeth City High School in 1947 then went on to Mars Hill Junior College in 1947. 

He took a break and served in the Army, earning his rank of First Lieutenant before leaving the military to go to University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. He graduated with a degree in Accounting in 1955.

He was married to Geraldine Hartman Dixon in 1951 who preceded him in death in 2013.  He is survived by his three children, Anita Dixon Milne and her husband David Syme Milne, Phillip Ray Dixon, Jr. and Amy Dixon Alarcon; his seven grandchildren, Jason Syme Milne and his wife Heather, Spencer Hartman Milne and his wife Lisa, Hope Dixon Clinard and her husband Brad, Kara Myers Dixon, Phillip Ray Dixon, III, Sophie Annabella Alarcon, and Lily Isabella Alarcon.  There are three great grandchildren, Cole Syme Milne, William David Milne, and Charlotte Perna Milne. He also is survived by his brother, James Thomas Dixon.

Mr. Dixon started his career in accounting at E.J. Gaither, then went on to Rose & Breslow, Gaither & Dixon, before he started Dixon & Hauser CPA.  The business expanded to become Dixon, Hauser, & Odom, from which he retired in 1982 to run Phillip R. Dixon, CPA PA.

He was a member of the Piedmont Chapter of NC Association of Certified Public Accountants, serving as President in 1962. He was also Chairman of the Board of Directors of Associated Regional Accounting Firms 1981-1982.

Mr. Dixon was also involved in numerous civic organizations.  He was treasurer of the United Fund from 1964-1968.  He was President of the Chamber of Commerce in 1972.  He served on the advisory council of Maryfield Nursing Home from 1975-1982.  He was president of the Rotary Club 1973-74. He was Treasurer of the Urban Ministry in 1975.  He also served as chair of the fundraising committee of the High Point Historical Museum in 1965.  He also served two terms on the High Point City Council.

Mr. Dixon was an active member of Emerywood Baptist Church for many years.  He was a Sunday school teacher, Past Chairman of the Board of Deacons, and would occasionally sing in the choir.

A service to celebrate the life of Phillip R. Dixon will be held 2:00 p.m. Thursday at Emerywood Baptist Church with the Reverend Dr. Robert Ferguson officiating.  The family will greet friends in the gathering area following the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be given to Emerywood Baptist Church or Hospice of the Piedmont.  Online condolences may be made on Mr. Dixon’s memorial page at  Arrangements by Cumby Family Funeral Service, High Point.


Richard Dorr

TRINITY — Richard Gordon Dorr, 73,  died Monday, Aug. 11, 2014 at High Point Regional.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements by Cumby Family Funeral Service in Archdale.


Mark Elmore

LEXINGTON — Mark Goforth Elmore, 51, passed away Monday, Aug. 4, 2014. A service to celebrate his life will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 14, at First United Methodist Church. Arrangements by Davidson Funeral Home, Lexington.


Mary ‘Sue’ Lee

THOMASVILLE — Mrs. Mary “Sue” Banther Lee, 68, of Thomasville, died Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at High Point Regional Hospital.

Born May 8, 1946 in Lake Toxoway, Sue was the daughter of the late Carl and Rhoda Banther. She retired from Belk where she worked in the shipping and receiving department in Lexington and High Point. She loved working in her garden, and socializing, and she never met a stranger. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by a son, Tony Fowler; a brother, Charlie Banther; and a sister, Elsie Owen.

Survivors include her husband of 30 years, Bob Lee, of the home; four children, Tammy Nelson and husband Chris of Sophia, Lisa Sink and husband Jeff of Thomasville, Misty Melton of Thomasville, and Rodney Smith of Archdale; four sisters, Dee Dee Owens of Fletcher, Ruthie Woodring and husband Rufus of Lake Toxoway, Ella Faye Smith and husband Hugh of Waynesville, and Della Inman of Lincolnton; 14 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Memorial service will be 2:00 p.m. Thursday at Colonial Baptist Church in Trinity, officiated by Rev. Steve Jarvis. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

The family wishes to express a special thanks to Carolina Senior Care and Piedmont Crossing for the wonderful care that was given.

Online condolences can be made at Arrangements by Cumby Family Funeral Service in Archdale.


Daynise A. Skeen

CHAPEL HILL —  Daynise A. Skeen, 77,. formerly of Thomasville, died on Saturday, August 9, 2014 at North Carolina Memorial Hospital in Chapel Hill. Prominence Funeral Home is serving the family.


Margie McDonald Williams

HIGH POINT — Mrs. Margie McDonald Williams, 96, died on Friday, August 8, 2014 at The Shannon Gray Rehabilitation and Recovery Center in Jamestown, NC.

Margie was born in Richmond County, NC on October 7, 1917 to Lawrence and Jenny McDonald. Having resided in High Point most of her life, Margie was well known by many people. She was a faithful member of First Emmanuel Baptist Church where she served on the Missionary Circle Board.

Surviving relatives include seven grandchildren, Brenda (late Leroy) Hunter, Linda Roberts, Danny McDonald, Kaytrell (Brian)Yarborough, Lynwood (Diretha) McDonald, Felisa (Kevin) Peguese, and Wanda (Marvin) Bridges all of High Point; fifteen great-grandchildren, nineteen great-great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law Johnsie McDonald and sister-in-law  Lozie McDonald, both of High Point; brother, Lacey McDonald of New Jersey; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral service will be 1:30 p.m. Thursday, August 14, 2014 at First Emmanuel Baptist Church, 833 Leonard Ave. Burial will follow at Carolina Biblical Gardens, Jamestown, NC. Family visitation will be at the church on Thursday, 1 to 1:30. Online condolences may be made a