Obituaries Nov. 30, 2013

Nov. 29, 2013 @ 07:37 PM

William Otis Ameen, Sr.
JAMESTOWN — Mr. William Otis Ameen, Sr. age 88 of Guilford College Road passed away Nov. 28, 2013 in the Hospice Home at High Point. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Sechrest Funeral Service, High Point.

D.A.”Bert” Callicutt
ASHEBORO — Mr. Dossie Albert “Bert” Callicutt, 84, of Asheboro, NC, died Friday, Nov. 29, 2013. A funeral service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, at Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013, at Ridge Funeral Home
Arrangements by Ridge Funeral Home & Cremation Service.

Lester Lee Carter, Jr.
HIGH POINT — Lester Lee Carter, Jr. passed away on Tuesday, November 26th, with his loving wife by his side.Lester was born on May 25, 1924 to the late Lester & Zula Carter, Sr in Lexington, NC. Raised in Lexington, he graduated from Welcome High School in 1943. Immediately following high school, Lester joined the U.S. Army and served in the 157th Regiment, 45th Division. He had the privilege of serving in the Rome-Arno, Anzio, Southern France, Ardennes Alsace, and Central Europe campaigns. For his valiant service, Lester was rewarded a purple heart with 2 oak leaf clusters, combat infantryman badge, bronze star, silver service star, bronze service star, bronze arrowhead, and World War II victory medal.
Following his military service, Lester attended Ashmore Business College in Thomasville and Indiana University Savings and Loan Graduate School. He worked as Senior Vice President of Gate City Savings in Greensboro for 34 years. After retiring from Gate City, Lester worked as a substitute teacher in Lexington City Schools and Davidson County Schools. A member of Rankin Memorial United Methodist Church, he spent his time serving as Chairman of the Finance Committee, a trustee, a member of the church choir, a member of United Methodist Men, and teaching Sunday  School. Lester was a member of American Legion Post 8 (Lexington), V.F.W. Post 2765, and Military Order of the Purple Heart (Northern Mountain Chapter 638). He served as Quartermaster and Adjutant in the V.F.W.  He was a member of the Greensboro Civitan Club and the chairman of their Fruit Cake Program for 20 years.  Lester received recognition from the National Chamber of Commerce membership directors for his service Lester is preceded in death by his parents, Lester Lee Carter, Sr. and Zula Everhart Carter; sisters, Pearlie Mae and Maxine; son, James Lee Carter; and great grandson, Glenn Price.
He leaves behind his devoted wife of 34 years, Dr. Athelene Carter of Thomasville; sister, Lucille Everhart of Lexington; children Lester Lee Carter, III of Greensboro, Julie Iddings (Kevin) of Greensboro, ; step-children Suzanne Minarcine (Robert) of Macon, GA and Robert Marlowe of Greensboro; grandchildren Kristin Iddings of Greensboro, Cody Iddings of Greensboro, Andy Greenway (Wendy) of Griffin, GA, Jodi Rigby (Jason) of Macon, GA, and Michael Greenway of Griffin, GA; and nine  great grandchildren James, Jacob, Carlene, and Sarah Katherine of Macon, GA and Joseph, Sloan, Cash, Isabelle, and Edward of Griffin, GA.
The family would like to thank Hospice of the Piedmont for the compassionate care they provided.
A memorial service will be held 11:00 am Monday  at Rankin Memorial United Methodist Church in High Point, NC. The family will greet friends immediately following the service and at other times at the home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675.  Online condolences may be made on his memorial page at  Arrangements by Cumby Family Funeral Service, High Point.

Joan Cope
LEXINGTON — Joan Myers Cope, 84, of Robert Street, passed away Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013, at her home. The funeral will be 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, at Center Hill Baptist Church. The burial will be private. The family will receive friends at the church following the service and other times at the home.

Ellen Cordial
GREENSBORO — Ellen Cordial, 63, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. Cremation services entrusted to Triad Cremation Society & Chapel.

Mike Fountain
LEXINGTON — Mr. Samuel ‘Mike’ Michael Fountain, 57 of Lexington died on Tuesday, November 26, 2013 at his residence following a courageous battle with cancer.
‘Mike’ was born on June 11, 1956 in High Point, NC to the late Sam and Mina Fountain.  For many years Mike resided at Carolina Beach, NC.  He enjoyed fishing, motorcycle riding, and spending time with friends and family.  Mike was an avid hunter and lived each day to the fullest.
Survivors include his wife Donna Dildine Fountain; daughter Samantha Nicole Fountain; brothers, Roger Fountain and wife Bobbie and Tony Fountain; sisters, Alice Stafford and husband Gene and Deborah Fountain Skipper; father-in-law David Dildine and many other family members and friends.
At 6:00 pm on Saturday, November 30th a time of celebration and remembrance of Mike’s life will be held at Thomasville Funeral Home, 18 Randolph St., Thomasville 27360. The family will receive friends and family following the celebration until 8:00 pm.
In lieu of flowers donations may be directed to Hospice of Davidson County, 202 Hospice Way, Lexington, NC 27292.
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Ricky Holder
THOMASVILLE — Ricky Lee Holder, 53, passed away on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. Cremation services entrusted to Triad Cremation Society & Chapel.

Braziet Ingram
HIGH POINT — Mr. Braziet Ingram, 88, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013 at his residence. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time at Phillips Funeral Service, Inc., High Point, NC.

Luke Johnson
LAURINBURG — Mr. Luke B. Johnson, Sr. Age 72 of Laurinburg, NC, died Nov. 24, 2013 at Morrison Manor in Laurinburg, NC. Funeral will be held at noon Saturday Nov. 30, 2013 at Unionville MBC in Laurinburg, NC with the Rev. Howard McLaurin officiating. Burial will be at Green Pond Church Cemetery, Gibson, NC.
Survivors include lifelong Companion-Robin Brown, 1 son - Luke Johnson, Jr.- Silversprings,MD, 1 daughter - Katheline Johnson-Woodland Park,NJ, 3 Brothers - Thomas Quick, Marion Johnson, and Roy Johnson, 8 Sisters-Marie Johnson,Genova McKenzie,Helen Staton,Betty Johnson, Sarah Walden, Louise Brody, Shirley Rogers, and Grace Taylor and 1 Grandchild.

Virginia Katen
LEXINGTON — Mrs. Virginia Rosemary Washburn Katen, age 96 of South Main Street, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 27 at Hinkle Hospice House. A funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3 at Davidson Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at Forest Hill Memorial Park. The family will see friends from 2 to 3 p.m. Tuesday at the Funeral Home and other times will be at the residence of her sister and brother-in-law, Tom and Iris Mauney.

Steven Wayne Lamb
HIGH POINT — Steven entered into eternal rest on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, after battling cancer for 3 years.
He was born to Irene Francis Lamb and the late Hollis Marvin Lamb. Memorial services will be held by Pastor Randy Ingram at 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013, at Full Armour Christian Center at 5043 Meadowbrook Drive in Trinity, N.C.
Steven is survived by his mother, Irene Francis Lamb, 3 children, Charles Wesley Austin, Steven Wayne Austin and Kimberly Danielle Austin; sisters Barbara Lamb Garris, Peggy Lamb Newhouse, Ella Lamb Rio and Linda Lamb Weavil; 3 grandchildren, Hannah Abigail Davis, Maddison Raine Davis and Nathan Drew Austin; and many nieces and nephews.
Steven was a son, father and brother that will be loved and missed but never forgotten. We you love, Daddy!

Andre Long
HIGH POINT — Mr. Andre Long, 53, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013 at his residence. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time at Phillips Funeral Service, Inc., High Point, NC.

Paul “Jaybird” McCrary
LEXINGTON — Paul “Jaybird” Reeves McCrary died at the age of 83 on November 28, 2013 in Lexington, North Carolina.
A celebration of Paul’s life will be at 2:00 pm on Sunday December 1, 2013 at First United Methodist Church, 310 South Main Street in Lexington, by the Reverend Doctors Ray Howell III and Arnetta Beverly.
The family will receive friends from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm Saturday November 30, 2013 from at Davidson Funeral Home and other times at the home.
Paul was a member of First United Methodist Church in Lexington. Born February 19, 1930 in Lexington he is preceded in death by his father, John Cletus McCrary, mother, Flossie Reeves McCrary and his sister Alice McCrary Temple.  Growing up on Robbins Circle in Lexington, McCrary graduated from Lexington Senior High School in 1948.  He accepted an athletic scholarship from Atlantic Christian College in Wilson NC and was a two sport student/athlete. Paul received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Science in 1952.
Paul devoted his adult life to public service, first as a Police Officer with the Lexington Police Department then as a State of North Carolina Parole Officer. A politician at heart Paul was elected Sheriff of Davidson County in 1974.  He was the longest serving Sheriff in Davidson County history, winning four consecutive four year terms from 1974 until 1990.  Among his many accomplishments as Sheriff, he created one of the first community watch programs in the state and was President of the North Carolina Sheriff’s Association from 1984 to 1985. Paul was awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine from Governor James B. Hunt on January 1, 1985.  In 1986 Paul lead a statewide effort for legislation to provide eligible sworn law enforcement officers in North Carolina a special separation allowance upon retirement until reaching age 62. The special separation allowance legislation became law on January 1, 1987.  In 1990 Paul decided not to seek reelection and retired.
After his retirement, Paul was elected NC House District 37 State Representative in 1993 and proudly served in the North Carolina General Assembly representing all of his constituents with equal fervor until completion of his last term of office in 2000.  During his time in the State House he served as the Co-Chairman of the subcommittee on Justice and Public Safety.
He was a proud member of the Lexington Kiwanis Club and especially proud to be the Davidson County Fair Manager from 1992 until 2005. He volunteered many hours in preparation for the annual County Fair and loved the time he spent at the Fair greeting many Fair attendees, most by their first name.  Paul was a strong believer in the virtues of public service.  When he retired as Sheriff he said that he hadn’t made a lot of money in his life but he had helped a lot of people.  That sentiment sums up his priorities in life and if helping people could be quantified into wealth then he died a very rich man.
Paul is survived by his wife, Jean Amerson McCrary, son John Robert McCrary and wife Suellen of High Point, daughter Betty McCrary Bauer and husband Scott of Lexington, daughter Paula McCrary Teague and husband Reggie of Lexington, grandsons Patrick McCrary of Rocky Mount, Nathan Teague of Lexington and Austin Teague of Lexington, granddaughters Amanda Beam Davis of Greensboro and husband Brad, Sara McCrary of New York City and Mary Beam of Wilmington, brother in law Bob Temple, niece Kathy Temple and nephew Eddie Temple of Murphy.
In lieu of flowers contributions in Paul’s memory may be made to Kamp Kiwanis Children’s Foundation Inc. PO Box 1951, Lexington NC 27293-1951.
The family would like to express their gratitude and appreciation to the Critical Care Unit staff at Lexington Medical Center for their compassionate care for “Jaybird”.
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Barbara McRae
THOMASVILLE — Barbara Ann McRae, 77, passed away on Wednesday Nov. 27, 2013 at Hospice Home at High Point. A service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday Dec. 1, 2013 at Thomasville Funeral Home Chapel with a visitation one hour prior to service.

Elizabeth Mickey
HIGH POINT — Mrs. Elizabeth Lawson Mickey, 91, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013 at High Point Regional Hospital. A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013 at the chapel of Cumby Family Funeral Service. A visitation will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Arrangements made by Cumby Family Funeral Service, High Point.

Irena Poppe
THOMASVILLE — Irena Thumm Poppe, born November 15, 1920 in Isabelin, Poland passed away early Friday morning November 29, 2013.
Irena came to Thomasville after World War II in 1949 and lived in her home at 303 Wood Street in Thomasville for 64 years.
She is survived by her sister Celina Zimnoch and family; sons, Leonard and George Poppe; her daughters, Lidia and Barbara. She also was a grandmother to nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
Mrs Poppe was a devoted catholic parishioner of Our Lady of the Highways Catholic Church and an accomplished, award winning artist. She taught many local Thomasville youth art classes for over 25 years and instructed at Davidson County Community College. Her art is displayed in many places throughout the community. Irena was involved in many city events and remembered for her kind heart and art.
A memorial catholic mass will be held at 9:00 AM Saturday, November 30, 2013 at Our Lady of the Highways Catholic Church. J.C. Green and Sons Funeral Home in Thomasville is assisting the Poppe family. Online condolences may be sent to the Poppe family at

Verlie L. Presnell
ASHEBORO — Mrs. Verlie Evelyn Lambeth Presnell, 67, of Asheboro, NC, died Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. A funeral service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, at Ridge Funeral Home Chapel. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, at Ridge Funeral Home and other times at the home. Arrangements by Ridge Funeral Home & Cremation Service.

Wanda Richards
HIGH POINT — Mrs. Wanda Sue (Jackson) Richards, 80, passed away Thursday, November 28, 2013 at the Hospice Home at High Point. She was the loving wife of the late Carl Eugene Richards.
Mrs. Richards was born on September 2, 1933 in South Charleston, West Virginia, a daughter of the late Floyd and Mabel (Medley) Jackson. She was a former Library Administrative Assistant at the West Virginia University College of Graduate Studies for over 20 years until her retirement.
Mrs. Richards was a member of Spring Hill United Methodist Church, High Point, where she was a member of United Methodist Women and Faithful Workers Circle.
In her spare time she enjoyed reading, cooking, traveling to the beach, and all things associated with nature. She loved birds, flowers, and all types of animals.
Mrs. Richards is survived by a daughter, Karen Hudson and her husband, Ken of High Point; two sons, Steven Richards and his wife, Michelle of Waco, Texas, and Greg Richards and his wife, Mindi of Wilmington, NC; seven grandchildren, Kris Hudson and his wife, Mary of Warner Robins, Georgia, Karly Sindy and her husband, Joshua of Denver, Colorado, Scott Richards and his wife, Kelly of Charleston, West Virginia, Mikyle White of Hurricane, West Virginia, and Grant Richards, Meredith Richards, and Garrett Richards all of Wilmington, NC.; two great grandchildren, Kenleigh and Myles Hudson;  a sister, Sandra Martin and her husband, John of Colorado  Springs, Colorado; and many nieces and nephews.
A celebration of life service will be 3:00 p.m. Sunday, December 1, 2013 at Welch Memorial United Methodist Church, 2405 Bellemeade Street, High Point with Rev. Donna Friddle and Rev. Joel Key officiating. A visitation will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the church. Burial will be held at noon on Monday, December 2, 2013 at Cunningham Memorial Cemetery, 815 Cunningham Lane, St. Albans, West Virginia, 25177.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice of The Piedmont, 1801 Westchester Drive, High Point, NC 27262.
Condolences may be left on Mrs. Richards’s memorial page at
Arrangements made by Cumby Family Funeral Service, High Point

Shelley Robertson
LEXINGTON — Shelley Christley Robertson, 58, of Greentree Drive, died Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. The funeral will be 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, at Davidson Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Forest Hill Memorial Park.

Marvin James Tysinger
LEXINGTON — Marvin James Tysinger, 84, of Frye Bridge Road, died Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2013, at Hinkle Hospice House. The funeral will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013, at Davidson Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Forest Hill Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service from 10 to 11 a.m. and other times at the home.

Aweilda Little Williams
ASHEBORO — Aweilda Hogan Little Williams, 66, of Asheboro made her grand ascent on November 28, 2013 from the comfort of the Randolph Hospice House.
Mrs. Williams was born on July 4, 1947; A “fire cracker” from the start; the daughter of Voyd and Martha Alene Hopkins Hogan.  And, was reared in the tight-knit community of New Hope in SW Randolph County.
Aweilda served her family and the greater community through the Holy Spirit’s guidance her whole life.
She sold real estate in the Asheboro area for 30 years and 3 days; and was known for her accurately descriptive slogan, “Where there’s Aweilda, there’s a way.”  She had an opinion about everything, and was always eager to share her point of view.
Aweilda enjoyed studying and teaching the Word of God; traveling with her husband to Native American Artifacts shows; accompanying her children’s families on vacations; and, simply relaxing on her front porch in the picturesque Uwharrie Mountains.
Aweilda was preceded in death by her father; her husband of 24 years, Larry Little, Sr.; and, “second mother,” Aunt Bryte Hopkins.
She is survived by husband of 23 years, Warner B. Williams, of the home; mother Martha Alene Hayes, of Lexington; daughters Amy Little of Farmer; and, Lori Ann Little Owen and husband, Ben, of Seagrove; son, Larry Little, Jr. and wife Stephanie, of Farmer; sister Melody Meachum and husband Mark of Lexington; and brother Jeron Hogan and wife Holly of Wilmington.
Aweilda’s grandchildren include Will Ward; Avery, Juliana, and Ivey Owen; and Mason, Grant and Reagan Little; Special grandchild, Gracie Hensley; and a great-grandchild due in March.
She is also survived by step daughter, Sonya Moon; and step grandson, William C. Moon III; along with many nieces, nephews and close brothers and sisters-in-law.
The family will receive friends on Saturday, November 30, 2013 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm at Pugh Funeral Home, 437 Sunset Avenue, Asheboro.
Funeral service will held on Sunday, December 1, 2013 at 2:00 pm at Central United Methodist Church, 300 S. Main St., Asheboro, with pastors Rev. Dr. Terry Matthews and nephew Steven Nance officiating. Burial will follow at High Pine Wesleyan Church, on High Pine Church Road in the SW Randolph area.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Randolph County, P.O. Box 9, Asheboro, NC 27204-0009; or to the Randolph Cancer Center Benevolent Fund, 373 North Fayetteville Street, Asheboro, NC 27203.
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