Obituaries Feb. 14, 2014

Feb. 13, 2014 @ 03:03 PM

Frankie Bowden Jr.
HIGH POINT — Frankie Edwards Bowden Jr., 22, departed his earthly journey on Feb. 8, 2014.
He was born May 4, 1991, in Eden, NC to Frankie Bowden Sr. and Dionne Ware Bowden. Frankie was preceded in death by his father, Frankie Bowden Sr. He leaves to mourn: his son, Frankie Malik Bowden, his mother, Dionne Ware Bowden, two sisters, Tia Ware
and Shenicka McCall all of High Point; one brother, Christopher Morris of Atlanta, GA, maternal grandparents, Moses and Armintha Ware; paternal grandparents, Frank Bowden and Bertha Thomas; as well as a host of other relatives and very dear friends.
Public viewing will be held on Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, from 1 p.m.-5 p.m. at People’s Funeral Chapel. 
Service will be held Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, at The Special Event Center, 202 Ardale Drive, High Point with visitation at 12:00pm-1:00pm, service at 1 p.m.-2 p.m.  Burial will be in Carolina Biblical Gardens.
The Family will be receiving visitors at 331 Fourth St.
The Family would like to thank you for your love and support as we mourn our beloved Frankie Jr.  Express your condolences online at
Professional arrangements entrusted to People’s Funeral & Cremation Services.

Henry Jackson
HIGH POINT — Deacon Henry Lee Jackson was born on December 20, 1947, to the union of the later Allen and Maybell Jackson in Florence, South Carolina. Deacon Jackson departed this earthly life ever so sweetly surrounded by his family and friends on Saturday, February 8, 2014, at High Point Regional Hospital. Services will be held Sunday, February 16, 2014, at 1:30 p.m. from Emmanuel Baptist Church. A viewing will be held immediately starting at 1 p.m. A viewing will take place from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, February 15, 2014, at the funeral home. Burial will take place at Spring Branch Baptist Church Cemetery, Pamplico, S.C.
Henry Lee leaves to cherish his loving memories a devoted and caring wife of 45 years, Betty K. Jackson; three sons, Shawnquez Jackson, Henry Edward (Jacquetta) Jackson and Nicholas (Yrisha) Jackson; two daughters, Regina (Brent) Edwards and Cacy Manalili; fourteen grandchildren, one great granddaughter; several children he raised as his own and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. Professional Services entrusted to Prominence Funeral Home. Online condolences may be made at

Walter Mitchell
HIGH POINT — Mr. Walter Johnson Mitchell, 88, resident of High Point, died February 10th, 2014 at Westchester Manor.  Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. today in the chapel of the Cumby Family Funeral Service in High Point.  The family will receive friends immediately following the service.

Van Buren Beasley
SOPHIA — Mr. Van Buren Beasley, 78, of Sophia, passed away peacefully February 10, 2014, at home after a battle with cancer. Van was born May 3, 1935, in Angier, N.C. He was preceded in death by his parents, Alfred and Vina Beasley; brothers, Freddie, James, and A.J. Beasley; and sister, Glenda Johnson. Van is survived by his wife, Alice, of the home; daughter, Diane Johnson of Dunn; stepchildren, Steve Rion (Joann) and Amanda Boelte (Pete); 4 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
A celebration of Van’s life will be held on Saturday, February 22, 2014, at 2 p.m. at Colonial Baptist Church. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Jason Huff and Dr. Barry Seltzer, their nurses and the staff at High Point Regional Cancer Center. Memorials may be directed to Colonial Baptist Church Building Fund, 6792 Welborn Road, Trinity, N.C. 27370 or Hospice of the Piedmont, 1801 Westchester Drive, High Point, N.C. 27262. Cumby Family Funeral Service is assisting the family.

Frances Jones
HIGH POINT — Frances Adelaide Myers Jones, age 94, of River Landing, died February 9, 2014, in High Point. Funeral Services will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, February 15, 2014, at Christ Presbyterian Church in High Point. Visitation will be from 1-2 p.m. before the service at the church. Mrs. Jones was born February 12, 1919, in High Point, the daughter of the late Charlie Myers and Mae Blackwell Myers. She was always a caring person, and enjoyed doing things for other people. In addition to her parents, Frances was preceded in death by her husband John Cary Jones, her brother Carl Myers, and sister Hazel Clark.
She is survived by her son, Dr. Glenn Wayne Jones and wife Betty of Lincolnton, N.C., two grandchildren, Dr. Kevin Jones and wife Amy of Denver, N.C. and Leslie Jones Pressley and Husband Steve of Lincolnton, four great grandchildren, Andrew and Lindsey Jones of Denver, and Meghan and Brett Pressley of Lincolnton; sisters, Margaret Stroud of High Point and Edith Shipwash of Myrtle Beach, S.C., sister-in-law Margaret Sampson of Silver Spring, Md., brother-in-law Lonnie Jones of High Point, three nieces, one nephew, two great nieces and one great nephew. Thanks to the staff at River Landing and the Presbyterian Home for the excellent care over the past twelve years. Memorials may be made to Christ Presbyterian Church, 645 Greensboro Rd. High Point N.C. 27260 or to the charity of your choice. Sechrest Funeral Service of High Point is serving the Jones family.

Amos Kearns Jr.
HIGH POINT — Amos Ragan Kearns Jr., died Wednesday, February 12, 2014. Mr. Kearns was the son of the late Amos Ragan Kearns and Louise Copeland Kearns. He was born November 9, 1935, in High Point, North Carolina. He attended High Point City schools and graduated from The Baylor School in Chattanooga, Tennessee in 1954. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Duke University in 1958. He was a member of the varsity wrestling team and a member of the Kappa Alpha Order.
Upon his graduation from Duke University Mr. Kearns joined Crown Hosiery Mills, Inc. which had been established in 1913 by his grandfather, Gurney Harriss Kearns. From 1960 to 1965, Mr. Kearns served the company in their New York sales office before retuning to High Point to later serve as its President. In 1958 Mr. Kearns married the former Elizabeth Gayle Cooper of Henderson, North Carolina who survives. Also surviving are sons Amos Ragan Kearns III and his wife Sharon of Concord, North Carolina, Marshall Cooper Kearns and his wife Jo Ann of West Hartford, Connecticut, and Arthur Copeland Kearns and his wife Diane of Winchester, Virginia and granddaughters: Elizabeth Kearns Howe and her husband Zachary, Katherine Ragan Kearns, Ann Ragan Kearns, and Sarah Cooper Kearns. He is also survived by his brother-in-law Dr. James Manning Marlowe of High Point. He was predeceased by his parents and his sister Jane Kearns Marlowe.
His civic interests resulted in his participation in numerous organizations including the United Way of Greater High Point, the High Point Heart Association, the YWCA Advisory Board, the Latino Family Center, the High Point Museum Guild and the High Point Historical Society of which he was president. He is also a past president of the String and Splinter Club. His dedication to the Boy Scouts of America began in his youth as a member of Troop 7 sponsored by St. Mary’s Episcopal Church. He was a past troop leader, past President of the Uwharrie Council, Board member of the Old North State Council, and Board member of the National Council. In recognition of his service he was honored with the Silver Beaver Award, the Silver Antelope Award and the Distinguished Eagle Award. He also received the St. George’s Award from the National Episcopal Church. In the past several years he played an instrumental part in the establishment and nurturing of the all Latino Boy Scout Troop and the Scout Crew of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church.
At St. Mary’s Episcopal Church Mr. Kearns served as Junior Warden, Senior Warden, Sunday School teacher, lay Eucharistic minister, co-chair of the building endowment fund, member of the Finance Committee, and Verger. He was a member of the National Verger’s Guild of the Episcopal Church. He was a member of the Brotherhood of St. Andrew serving at both the local and national level. He also served as a member of the Diocesan Council of North Carolina. A funeral service for Mr. Kearns will be held at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church on Monday, February 17, at 11 a.m. with the Rev. David Umphlett officiating. A private inurnment will follow the service. The family will receive friends in the Parish Hall of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church on Sunday, February 16, from 3- 5 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 108 West Farriss Avenue, High Point N.C. 27262, the Old North State Council of the Boy Scouts of America, 1305 Westover Terrace, Greensboro, N.C. 26429, Pennybyrn at Maryfield, 1315 Greensboro Road, High Point N.C. 27262 or to the charity of one’s choice. Cumby Family Funeral Service in High Point is assisting the family.

Henry D. Meekins
HIGH POINT — Mr. Henry Daniel Meekins “Meek Man”, 72, passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 9, 2014, at High Point Regional Hospital after a brief illness. He was born on November 14, 1941, in Robeson County to Mrs. Annie Bell Harris and was raised by Ms. Elvina Meekins. He was preceded in death by his mother, adopted mother, four sisters, three brothers and one son, Rodney Dale Robinson. Henry “Meek Man” attended school in Robeson County. He was of the Baptist faith. He was employed by Van York Nissan for over 30 years as a detailing specialist. Henry was a die hard Dallas Cowboy fan and was well known for his smile and quiet manner.
Surviving to cherish his memories are his wife, Mrs. Mary Meekins of High Point, NC; children, Willie Mae (Barron) Lovelace of Ypsilanti, MI, Kevin Dawkins of High Point, NC, Arkeithea Southerland of Greensboro, NC, Daniel (Krystal) Dawkins, of High Point, N.C., Rahim Gray, of High Point, N.C., Jackie (Zolta) Howie of High Point, N.C.; one daughter-in-law, Adele Lewis, of High Point, N.C.; eighteen grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; one dear friend, Glen Crosby; a host of nieces and nephews and other special friends. Memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 15, 2014, at 2 p.m. at Phillips Funeral Service Chapel. The family will receive friends at the chapel from 1:30 p.m. until 2 p.m. Final arrangements are entrusted to Phillips Funeral Service, Inc. Online condolences may be made to the Meekins family at

Pamela Clark
SALISBURY — Mrs. Pamela V. Clark, 58, of Salisbury, passed away on Wednesday, February 12, 2014, at the Kiser Hospice House in Salisbury. Born on February 22, 1955, in High Point, she was the daughter of the late Louis Wade and Virginia Smith Vuncannon. Mrs. Clark was employed by Food Lion Stores. She enjoyed life with friends and family on the front porch. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Clark was preceded in death by her sister Melissa Ann Vuncannon. Those left to cherish her memory is her husband Gary D. Clark, to whom she married on December 4, 1993. In additon to her husband she is survived by her daughters; Heather Hodge and Chelsea Clark, her grandbabies Gavin and Talon, her sisters Tina Smith (Taylor) and Laura Vuncannon, special friend Sue Pfannes and family and her nieces and nephews Velinda and Greg Vuncannon, Michael, Chris and Holly Cox. A memorial service will be held on Saturday February 15, 2014, at 11 a.m. at Linn Honeycutt Funeral Home in China Grove, with Minister Kellie Browne, officiating. The family will receive friends at their home following the service. Online condolences may be made to the family at

Cleo Johnson
ARCHDALE — Cleo Farrington Johnson, 83, of Archdale, passed away Wednesday, February 12, 2014. A celebration of Cleo’s life will be held Monday, February 17, 2014, at 11 am at Cumby Family Funeral Service, Archdale. The family will receive friends 1 hour prior to the service. Interment will follow the service at Floral Garden Memorial Park. Arrangements by Cumby Family Funeral Service, Archdale.