Obituaries April 23, 2014

Apr. 22, 2014 @ 06:37 PM

Ronald Wayne Baker Sr.

THOMASVILLE — Mr. Ronald Wayne Baker Sr., 62, died Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at the home of his brother. A funeral service will be held on Friday, April 25, 2014, at 2 p.m. at Kennedy Road Baptist Church with Rev. David Price officiating. Burial will follow in Holly Hill Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will be at the funeral home on Thursday from 6-8 p.m. and at other times at the home of Kenneth and Shirley Baker, 205 Lewis Lane, Thomasville. Online condolences may be sent to

Richard Bare

REIDSVILLE — Richard Bare, 73, passed away on Monday, April 21, 2014, at his home. Cremation Services entrusted to Triad Cremation Society & Chapel.

Howard Embler

HIGH POINT — Mr. Howard Lee Embler, 60, passed away unexpectedly April 21, 2014, at his residence. Howard was born in High Point, August 2, 1953, a son of Carlos and Ruth Voncannon Embler. He was a retired truck driver. Howard loved fishing and going to the beach. He was preceded in death by his mother and a sister, Diane Embler.

Surviving are a son, Michael Embler and his wife, Summer, of Archdale; his father of High Point; two sisters, Gigi Frye and her husband, Jimmy, of Winston-Salem, and Kathy Vanhoy and husband, Terry, of High Point; four brothers, Samuel Embler and wife, Brenda, and Ted Embler and wife, Jannie, both of Thomasville, John Embler of Archdale and Charles Embler of Denton, three grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Graveside service will be held Thursday at 1 p.m. in Floral Garden Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Davis Funerals and Cremations Wednesday from 7 until 8:30 p.m. Memorials may be directed to the American Diabetes Association. Online condolences may be made at

Yvonne Parker Fillyaw

HIGH POINT — On Friday, April 18, 2014, at Moses Cone Hospital, Yvonne Parker Fillyaw departed this earthly life to spend eternity with God. Yvonne was born August 9, 1935, in Mount Gilead, N.C., to the late William Clyde and Fannie Thomas Parker. Soon after her birth, the family moved to High Point. Yvonne attended Leonard St. Elementary School, William Penn High School, and then graduated from Howard University in Washington, D.C., class of 1957.

After graduating from Howard University, Yvonne and her family lived in Seattle, Wash., for several years. After returning to the east coast, she worked for the D. C. Government as a Social Worker and then for the City of High Point as Director of Community Development. After retiring from the City of High Point, she operated a piano studio for many years. She greatly enjoyed teaching her students; appreciated them and loved them so much. The piano recitals which she implemented and directed were joyous occasions.

Yvonne was a music lover and began playing the piano and organ as a young child. Not only did she play the piano and organ but was lead trumpet player for the marching and concert bands when in high school. Music played such an important part in her life and often served as a prayer and always an inspiration in her life. Yvonne played for various churches in the Triad area such as First Baptist Church, United Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church, and St. Stephen A.M.E. Zion Church. She also played for churches in Seattle, Wash. and Washington, D.C.

Yvonne was a member of Greater First United Baptist Church. Also, Yvonne worked with several charitable organizations in the community; some of which were the Multiple Sclerosis Society, American Heart Association, and the American Cancer Society. She served in various roles in the community and was a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and the Alpha Arts Club. In addition to her parents, one brother, William E. Parker, preceded her in death.

Loving family members to cherish her memory are her husband, William Fillyaw, of the home; her children, Lannette (James) Wright, of Cary; Yvette (Thaddeus Keith) Powell, of High Point; Lanzer (Emily Jean) McCall, III, of Holly Springs; Lavonne McCall, of High Point; three grandchildren, Jamal Wright, Corey Wright and Amber McCall; one brother, Clyde Parker, of Washington, D.C.; five sisters, Elaine Browne, of Winston-Salem; Gloria Pitts, of High Point; Jewel Parker, of Norfolk, Va.; Dr. Linda Parker, of Greensboro; Brenda Parker, of Washington, D.C.; nieces, Jacquelyn (Garfield) Duncan, Jada Pitts, Adia Parker; cousin, Inman Burford, and a host of other nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

A Celebration of Life will be held Thursday, April 24, 2014, at 2 p.m. at Greater First United Baptist Church, 1409 Deep River Road, High Point, N.C., with Rev. Tacuma Johnson officiating. Interment will follow at Guilford Memorial Park, Greensboro, N.C. The family will receive friends at the church from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m. Final arrangements are entrusted to Phillips Funeral Service Inc., High Point, N.C. Online condolences may be sent to the Fillyaw family at

Ann Grinder

ASHEBORO — Anne Thornton Grinder, 83, passed away Thursday April 17, 2014. Anne is survived by her daughters, Susan Hiatt and husband, John, of Archdale, and Beth Ashworth and husband, Mark, of Snellville, Ga., two grandsons, Daniel and wife, Ashley, and Timothy. No services are planned at this time. Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Sechrest Funeral Service in High Point.

Bobbie Kennedy

THOMASVILLE — Mrs. Bobbie Lee Briggs Tolson Kennedy, 84, a resident of Piedmont Crossing, passed away Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at the Henry Etta and Bruce Hinkle Hospice Home. A resident of this area all of her life, Mrs. Kennedy was born on September 26, 1929, in Guilford County to the late Kenneth and Virgie Younts Briggs. She was of the Baptist faith and a member of Gospel Baptist Church in Sophia. For many years, she had worked as a Chief Operator for the Northstate Telephone Company. Mrs. Kennedy especially enjoyed gardening, traveling to the beach, and collecting seashells.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, George Robert Tolson, and an infant daughter, Georgia Lee Tolson. Surviving is her husband, Herbert Kennedy of Thomasville; sons, Michael Tolson and his wife, Rachel, of Thomasville, and Kevin Tolson and his wife, Laura, of Thomasville; grandchildren, Bryan Tolson, Adam Ward, Jordan Tolson, and Masan Tolson; great-grandchildren, Simone Tolson, Christian Tolson, Perry Tolson, and Ben Ward; and her sister, Lynda Huffines and her husband, Robert, of Trinity.

A celebration of Mrs. Kennedy’s life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday in the chapel of Thomasville Funeral Home, 18 Randolph Street, with Rev. Steve Jarvis officiating. Inurnment will follow in Holly Hill Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Hospice of Davidson County, 200 Hospice Way, Lexington, N.C. 27292. Online condolences may be made on Mrs. Kennedy’s memorial page at Arrangements by Thomasville Funeral Home.

John Mendenhall Jr.

THOMASVILLE — Mr. John H. Mendenhall Jr., age 61, passed from death into life eternal on April 16, 2014, and is now at rest with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. John was born January 29, 1953, to John H. Mendenhall Sr. and Bettye Collins Mendenhall in Guilford County. He graduated from Ledford High School and Davidson County Community College. He was employed by Davidson County Planning and Zoning Department as a Zoning Officer for thirty and half years. He also served as Secretary to the Zoning Board of Adjustment.

John was a faithful and active member of Sunny Side Baptist Church where he also served as a Trustee. He was a tender, loving, faithful husband, father and friend. His steadfastness, calm and loyalty to all his family and friends will be forever missed in this life. Awaiting his arrival was his precious son, Matthew Glenn, whose life was so richly blessed by the dedication, commitment and love of his Dad and now are reunited forever. Also preceding him in death was his father, John H. Mendenhall Sr.

On July 24, 1982, John married the love of his life, the former Sandra “Sandy” Watts, his devoted wife of 32 years. Also surviving is his mother, Bettye C. Mendenhall, of Thomasville, brother, Mark Mendenhall and wife, Teresa, of Thomasville. John considered his wife’s family, Marvin Watts and wife, Carolyn, of Thomasville, Ronnie Watts and wife, Jean, of Lexington, and a special sister in law, Nancy Watts Byrd, of High Point, to be like brothers and sisters of his own. Also surviving are several aunts nieces and nephews.

John dearly loved his 4 legged best friends (German Shepherds) Keeper, Andy, Sugarfoot and Sheebie. Funeral Services will be conducted Thursday at 2 p.m., from the Chapel of Cumby Family Funeral Service on Eastchester Dr. by the Rev. Hoyt Mason and Rev. Rick Shoemaker. Interment will follow in the Floral Garden Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends Wednesday evening from 6 until 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Pallbearers will be Marvin and Ronnie Watts, Joshua Mendenhall, Roger McMahan, Alan Dills and William Morton. Honorary Pallbearers will be employees of Davidson County Planning Department. Memorials may be directed to Brenner’s Children Hospital Medical Center Blvd., Winston Salem, N.C. 27107 or to Sunny Side Baptist Church 3100 Wilma Ave. High Point, N.C. 27260. Online condolences may be sent to

Carl Gary Robbins

THOMASVILLE — Mr. Carl Gary Robbins, 68, resident of Thomasville, died on Tuesday, April 21, 2014, at Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem. Funeral arrangements are pending and will be announced by Cumby Family Funeral Service in Archdale.

Charles Earmon Rudd

HIGH POINT — Mr. Charles Earmon Rudd, 87, passed away Monday, April 21, 2014, at Hospice Home at High Point. He was the loving husband of the late Ramona Raby Rudd. Born on February 1, 1927, in High Point, a son of the late William Earmon and Martha Jane Shore Rudd, he was a former employee of Monumental Life Insurance, formerly Durham Life Insurance for over 30 years until his retirement. He was a veteran serving his country in the United States Navy. He was an active member of Gospel Baptist Church and sang in the choir. In his spare time he enjoyed gardening and spending time with family and friends. He was a very social man with a great sense of humor.

Surviving are two children, Charles Rodney Rudd and his wife, Sandra, of Danville, Va., and Susan R. Kennedy and husband, Mike, of Thomasville; four grandchildren, Randy Reed and his wife, Robin, Kenny Reed and his wife, Christie, Cheryl l. Varner, and Michael Kennedy; six great-grandchildren, Caleb Reed, Elijah Reed, Hanna Reed, Grayson Reed, Doyle Varner, and Owen Varner. In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Robert Wayne and Randall Leon Rudd.

A funeral service will be 3 p.m. Thursday, April 24, 2014, in the chapel of Cumby Family Funeral Service, 206 Trindale Road, Archdale with Rev. Frank Gribble officiating. Interment will follow in Floral Garden Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to Hospice of the Piedmont, 18001 Westchester Dr., High Point, N.C. 27262. Online condolences may be left on Mr. Rudd’s memorial page at Arrangements made by Cumby Family Funeral Service, Archdale.

Lib Shufelt

HIGH POINT — Mrs. Frances Elizabeth “Lib” Wood Shufelt, 92, resident of High Point, died April 22, 2014, at Westchester Manor. Mrs. Shufelt was born January 20, 1922, in Guilford County, a daughter to the late Joseph F. and Annie E. Tinsley Wood. A resident of this area most of her life, she was a member of Oak View Baptist Church and retired in 1985 from Top Supplies, the company she founded with her husband in 1965.

Surviving is a son, John Ray Shufelt and wife Peggy of High Point; a daughter, Joan Elizabeth Baker and husband, Homer, of High Point; four grandchildren, Angie Stewart, John Shufelt, Katie Whitesell and husband Chris and Fleming Shufelt; and four great grandchildren, Gracie Whitesell, Lilly Whitesell, Lizzie Whitesell and Dugan Stewart. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edwin Herbert Shufelt in 1996 and her brother, Joseph Fleming Wood Jr.

Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Oak View Baptist Church with Rev. Steve Smith and Rev. Don Duncan officiating. Interment will follow at Floral Garden Park Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Women On Missions at Oak View Baptist Church, 810 Oakview Road, High Point, N.C. 27265. Cumby Family Funeral Service in High Point is assisting the family. On-line condolences may be made through

Kathleen Thompson

TRINITY — Mrs. Kathleen Harrison Thompson, 82, resident of Trinity, died April 21, 2014, at her residence. Mrs. Thompson was born January 28, 1932, in Guilford County, a daughter to the late Chesley R. and Thelma Samuels Morris. She was a resident of this area all her life, except for the 8 years she spent living in Virginia.

While here she worked 25 years at Myrtle Desk in administrative management. Later she worked 4 years at Hendrix Batting, retiring in March of 1995. She was an active member of Jamestown United Methodist Church where she was a dedicated Stephen’s Minister and a member of the Austin Fortney Sunday School Class. In 1983 she married Rev. Lawrence R. Thompson who preceded her in death in 2003. Also preceding her was a daughter, Joni Schintzius; a brother, Charles Morris; three sisters, Lucille Phillips, Mozelle Peterson and Virginia Hodge; and a grandson, Lee Webb.

Surviving is a daughter, Karen Turner and husband, Rick, of Chapel Hill; two sons, Greg Harrison of Portland, Ore., and Roger Harrison and wife, Dianna, and their son, Brandon, of Jamestown; a step-daughter, Lisa Webb and husband, Stephen, of Bainbridge, Ga.; a step-son, Larry Thompson and wife, Vicki, of Woodbridge, Va.; a brother, Ronald Morris of High Point; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Jamestown United Methodist Church with Rev. Jim Watford officiating. Interment will follow at Floral Garden Park Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 - 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Cumby Family Funeral Service in High Point. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Jamestown United Methodist Church, 403 E. Main St., Jamestown, N.C. 27282 or to Hospice of the Piedmont, 1801 Westchester Dr., High Point, N.C. 27262. On-line condolences may be made through