Obituaries May 26, 2014

May. 25, 2014 @ 04:41 PM

James Embry III
THOMASVILLE — Mr. James “Lucky” Embry III, 65, of Thomasville, passed away Saturday, May 24, 2014 at Forsyth Medical Center.
A resident of this area all of his life, Lucky was born on April 23, 1949 in Davidson County to James Lucky Embry, Jr. and Greta Berrier Embry.  He had worked for many years at Universal Spring, later working at Thomasville Funeral Home and Flowers by Neil. He was a Veteran of the United States Army and a member of Johnsontown United Methodist Church. Lucky loved music, cars, and going to the beach.  He especially loved his beloved dog and companion, Roxie. 
Surviving is his mother, Greta Embry of Thomasville; sisters, Vickie Embry of High Point and Carolyn Boles and her husband Terry of Thomasville; nieces, Michelle Ratliff and Lisa Davis; and one great niece and two great nephews.
A celebration of Lucky’s life will be held at 11 am Wednesday at Johnsontown United Methodist Church with Pastor Eric Lineberry and Pastor Jenna Grogan officiating.  Burial with Military Rites will follow at Holly Hill Memorial Park Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 pm Tuesday at Thomasville Funeral Home, 18 Randolph Street.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517
Topeka, Kansas 66675.
Online condolences may be made on Lucky’s memorial page at www.ThomasvilleFH.com.  Arrangements by Thomasville Funeral Home.

Carlene Leonard
LEXINGTON — Mrs. Carlene Freedle Leonard, 76, a resident of 471 Jarrell Road, died Saturday evening, May 24, 2014 in the Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem.  Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by J.C. Green & Sons Funeral Home in Thomasville.

Charles Payne
HIGH POINT — Charles Harry Payne 90 died May 23, 2014.  He was born December 14, 1923 in Guilford County, the son of the late Wilma Montgomery and W. A. Payne.  He served in the 6th Marine Division during WWII, was wounded in the invasion of Okinawa and received the Purple Heart for wounds received there. His patriotism and pride of the Marine Corp and his country never wavered through his entire life.  He retired from McEwen Lumber Co. in 1978. He was co-owner of Piedmont Planning Mill in Thomasville, NC and co-owner of Crescent Louver Co. in Smithfield, NC. He was in the wholesale lumber for over 60 years. He was awarded a lifetime membership with the Lions Club, president of the High Point Luncheon Club and Horneytown Lions Club. He was a member of the Moose Lodge, Chapter 693, having served twice as governor.  He received awards as Lion of the Year and Moose of the Year. For several years was employed as an official with NASCAR. He was a member of the Old Timers Racing Club.
On January 1, 1947 he married Dorthy Morgan to whom he was married for 63 years. Surviving members of the family are a daughter Dara Bowman and husband David, grandsons Brian Bowman and wife Gretchen of High Point and Michael Ray of Oklahoma City, Ok, and a great grandson Carson Bowman.
He is preceded in death by his wife Dorthy and his daughter Cynthia Davis.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 1:00pm at Sechrest Funeral Chapel in High Point with Pastor Bob Hiatt officiating. Visitation will be from 12-1 pm prior to service. Entombment will follow at Floral Garden Memorial Park in High Point with full military honors. In lieu of flowers please make donations to Hospice or organization of your choice.
Send on-line condolences to www.sechrestfunerals.com.