Obituaries Feb. 9, 2014

Feb. 08, 2014 @ 05:26 PM

Clarence Boston
WINSTON-SALEM — Clarence Boston, 81, passed away on Saturday, February 8, 2014.  Funeral and burial arrangements are incomplete at this time.  Funeral services entrusted to Triad Cremation Society & Chapel.

Karen Davis
TRINITY — Karen Walker Davis, 65, resident of Trinity, passed away Saturday, February 8, 2014 at her residence. A gathering for family and friends will be held on Sunday, February 9, 2014 from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. at the residence.

William Foster
HIGH POINT — William Luther Foster, 83, of High Point, passed away on Friday, February 7, 2014 at home after a long battle with lung cancer. He was born in High Point on November 4, 1930 to Richard and Beulah Wallace Foster. He graduated from High Point High School (now High Point Central) in 1949. He worked many jobs, some at the same time, after and during high school to support his family. He entered the US Air Force in 1951. During his years of service one of his duties was to travel around the world on a small intelligence team testing radio towers to help direct stealth pilots. Later he became Chief of an intelligence equipment testing team.  While stationed in Germany he met Rosemarie Geissinger. They were married April 17, 1957and later had two beautiful daughters. He graduated from South Eastern State College which is now a part of the University of Oklahoma in 1970 with a bachelor’s in Business Administration. He retired from the US Air Force in 1974 as a Chief Master Sergeant after 22 years of service. He started his second career for the Veterans Administration the same year. He retired again in 1995 to spend the rest of his days gardening and listening to Tchaikovsky and Patsy Cline. His could often be found outside tinkering on a project or elbow deep in tomato plants, happy to be soaking up the sunshine.
He will be joining his daughter, Susan Marie Foster (passed December 24, 1975); his mother, Beulah; his sister, Helen; his brother, James Charles; his grandmother and grandfather, Meta and William Lincoln Wallace for whom he is named; and his beloved mother-in-law Marie Sophie Geissinger.
Bill is survived by his wife Rosemarie Foster, his daughter Denise Foster Askew and her husband Norman Royce Askew, and grandchildren Jared Royce, Seth William and Mariah Beth Askew.
Special thanks to Bill’s “angel” and Hospice nurse Sonja Savage for her loving care.
Visitation will be held at Sechrest Funeral Home in Archdale on Monday, February 10 between 1:30 and 2:30. Graveside service, with military honors will be held at 3 o’clock at Floral Garden Memorial Park Cemetery by the Reverend Stuart Noell.  Memorials may be directed to Hospice of the Piedmont, 1801 Westchester Drive, High Point, NC 27262
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William “Bill” Earle Froelich III
Feb. 15, 1941 — Jan. 27, 2014
SALISBURY —  Bill Froelich, 72, of Salisbury, passed away on January 27, 2014 at Forsyth Medical Center with family by his side.
William E. Froelich III was born to the late William E. and Catherine Conrad Froelich on Feb 15, 1941, in Winston Salem, NC.
Bill (Bud) was a very loving father and grandfather. He was retired from a long career in building maintenance. He was the ultimate
outdoors man, deer hunting especially. He was a member of the 6 point Hunt Club of Richmond County. His greatest hunting
accomplishment occurred in 1998 when he bagged the “Monster Buck” in Forsyth County. It was crowned the #1 Non-Typical
Deer by bow for North Carolina for eight years. He was a very wise, humorous, and gentle soul.
He is survived by his children and step children: Mark Conrad Froelich; Vanessa Froelich Cress; Kelly Froelich Fowler; William Earle Cody Froelich; Mitzi Renee Moose; Meranda Elaine Baggett; Michael Wayne Coley, Danny Ray Coley; and Debbie Lynn Ball. He also is survived by twelve grandchildren and four great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his brother Christian Conrad Froelich Sr.
The family requests that donations to assist with funeral expenses be made to: William Froelich, PO Box 1942 Salisbury, NC 28145.
Life Celebration Service will be held at 4:00 p.m. Friday, February 14th, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints 4260 Clinard Rd, Clemmons, NC.
The Memorial Burial Service will be held at 12:00 p.m., Saturday, February 15th at Forsyth Memorial Cemetery Mausoleum at 3771 Yadkinville Rd, Winston Salem, NC.

Fred Grant
GREENSBORO — Fred A. Grant, 67, passed away on Saturday, February 8, 2014. Cremation services entrusted to Triad Cremation Society & Chapel.

Paul A. Jones
SEAGROVE — Mr. Paul Allen Jones, 84, of Seagrove, NC, died Friday, February 7, 2014. A funeral service is scheduled for 11:00 am Monday, February 10, 2014, at Ridge Funeral Home Chapel. The family will receive friends from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Sunday, February 9, 2014, at Ridge Funeral Home. Arrangements by Ridge Funeral Home & Cremation Service.

Dicky McDowell
HIGH POINT — The light of Dicky McDowell of 805 Blain Street was made even brighter as he left his earthly home and entered his Heavenly home on Friday, February 7, 2014.  Richard McDowell (called “Dicky”) was born to Frank and Estele McDowell on August 29, 1936 and was a resident of High Point his entire life. His lovely wife and soul mate Lillian (Lib) Smith preceded him in death. Dicky’s legacy lives on through his children, daughter Debra (Debbie) Gordon and husband, Tommy of Trinity, his son Richard (Mark) McDowell and wife, Janet of Archdale, and stepsons Bruce Leonard and special friend Rita Clark of High Point, Terry Leonard of High Point and Ricky Gore of Savannah. His grandchildren include Kyle McDowell, Luke Board, Josh Board, Amanda Dill, Matthew Leonard, Kelly Gore and David Idol, three step grandchildren and six precious great grandchildren.
Dicky retired from North State after 44 years of dedicated service. He was of the Methodist faith and served in the Naval Reserves and was an active member of the American Legion Post 87. He enjoyed golfing, beach vacations, music and dancing with the girls, from ages 8 to 80.
Our father was surrounded by his extended loving family from Georgia and was visited by multiple friends and loved ones during his hospital stay. It is through their love, prayers, encouragement and laughter that helped to make his transition a memorable journey. He kept us entertained and laughing to the end.
We are so blessed as we become aware of the many lives our Dad has touched; he loved everyone he met, of every age, race and gender, and never met a stranger.
A celebration of his life with visitation is being held on Sunday, February 9, 2014 from 4:00 to 6:00 with a Memorial to follow on Monday at 11:00 am at Cumby Funeral Home on Eastchester in High Point, NC.
Please make any donation to Hospice of the Piedmont, 1801 Westchester Dr., High Point, NC 27262.
Cumby Family Funeral Service in High Point is assisting the family. 
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Delma Murphy
THOMASVILLE — Mrs. Delma Rea Grayson Murphy, 99, formerly of 200 Walnut St., Thomasville, NC, passed away on February 7, 2014 at Piedmont Crossing in Thomasville, NC. She was born in Davidson County on June 15, 1914 to John Boyd Grayson and Mattie Elizabeth Williams Grayson. She was married to Malcom A. “Mack” Murphy, who had preceded her in death. She was a member of Bethel United Methodist Church in Thomasville. She retired from the Thomasville City Schools as the Cafeteria Manager of Liberty Drive Elementary School. She was an active member of the Thomasville Senior Citizens for most of her retired life. She was preceded in death by an infant brother, John Boyd Grayson, Jr. and an infant sister, Ila Mae Grayson. She was also preceded in death by her brothers, Mr. Jack Grayson of Thomasville, Mr. Everette Grayson of High Point, Mr. Ted Grayson of High Point and Mr. R.K. Grayson of Thomasvile. She also was preceded in death by her sisters, Mrs. Stella Grayson Stewart of High Point and Mrs. Myrdice Grayson Wagner of Lexington, NC. She is survived by her youngest sister, Ms. Frances Grayson Childers of Thomasville, NC. Delma considered her many nieces and nephews her children, thanks to all of them for their unconditional love to her. The family would like to thank Piedmont Crossing and Hospice of Davidson County for their care. Many thanks to her special friend, Ms. Doris Connell, for her love and kindness. Because Delma loved her pets so much during her life, she has requested in lieu of flowers to make a contribution to the Humane Society of Davidson County in her honor. The funeral service will be held on Monday, February 10, 2014 at 2 pm at J.C. Green & Sons Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Tim Starbuck and Rev. Ben Shepherd officiating.The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service from 1-2 pm. Interment will be at Holly Hill Memorial Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Patty Murphy
GREENSBORO — Miss Patty Rose Murphy, 72, a resident of Guilford College Road Greensboro, passed away Friday, February 7, 2014 at her residence.
Patty was born March 11, 1941 in Thomasville, NC a daughter of the late Charles Leon Murphy and Charlotte Ward Murphy. She had lived in Thomasville and Greensboro all of her life and was a retired revenue officer for the state of North Carolina. Patty was of the Methodist faith and dearly loved her family.
Surviving are her sisters, Charlene McIlnay and William Self of Blowing Rock, NC, Cheryl Murphy and Jon Teague of Thomasville, NC; brothers, Michael “Mike” Murphy and wife Cindy of Thomasville, NC and Rob Murphy and wife Tammy of Arden, NC. Also surviving are her nieces, Cami Capps, Michelle Murphy, Carly Murphy, Jeri Kindley; nephews, Kris Crews, Jeremy Murphy, Zachary Murphy, Cameron Murphy and Nathan Teague.
A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM Monday, February 10, 2014 in the J.C. Green and Sons Funeral Home Chapel in Thomasville. Interment will follow in the Holly Hill Memorial Park Cemetery in Thomasville. The Murphy family will receive friends from 6 until 8 pm Sunday at the funeral home. Online condolences may be sent to the Murphy family at

Herman Overcash
THOMASVILLE — Mr. Herman Lee Overcash, 84, died Saturday, February 8, 2014. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by J.C. Green & Sons Funeral Home in Thomasville.

Ann Stroud
HIGH POINT — Ann Kennedy Stroud 65, of High Point died Saturday at Clare Bridge of High Point.  Born January 2, 1949 in Guilford County she is a daughter of the late Robert L. Kennedy and Esther McSwain Kennedy.  She was a CPA and a very active member of the High Point Fitness Center prior to her illness.  She enjoyed golf and loved to read.  Mrs. Stroud loved her dog Kady and was an avid Duke fan.  She always had a smile and pleasant word for everyone.
Mrs. Stroud is survived by her husband of 42 years, Wayne A. Stroud and son Robert “Andy” Stroud and his wife Laura “Sweet Pea” all of High Point. Also surviving is her step mother Doris Kennedy of Thomasville.
A memorial service to celebrate the life of Ann Stroud will be held at 7:30 pm on Monday in the chapel of Cumby Family Funeral High Point with the Reverend David Emery officiating.  The family will greet friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.
The family would like to thank the staff at Care Bridge for their loving care and support.  In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be given to the Alzheimer’s Association Western Carolina Chapter 3800 Shamrock Drive, Charlotte, NC 28215.  Online condolences may be made on Mrs. Stroud’s memorial page at  Arrangements by Cumby Family Funeral Service, High Point.