Obituaries, December 17, 2013
THOMASVILLE — Pamela Wynne Clark, 46, died Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, at her residence.
Arrangements are incomplete at Prominence Funeral Home.
ARCHDALE — Lloyd Carl Haynes, 84, of Archdale, died Dec. 15, 2013, at High Point Regional Hospital. Funeral will be held at noon Thursday in the chapel of Cumby Family Funeral Service in Archdale. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.
GREENSBORO — Esther Geneva Woodell Hicks, 90, of Greensboro, died Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013.
Funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Panther Creek Baptist Church. Visitation will be held 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Ridge Funeral Home & Cremation Service.
LEXINGTON — Paul Eugene Jarvis, 77, of Reedy Creek died Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013, at Forsyth Medical Center.
Funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Leonard Road Baptist Church. Burial will follow at Parklawn Memorial Park in Winston-Salem. Visitation will be held 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Davidson Funeral Home.
THOMASVILLE — Eva Kate Hines Kennedy, 67, of 507 Martin Luther King Drive, died Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013, at High Point Regional Hospital. Funeral will be held 1 p.m. Thursday at Union Baptist Church. Visitation will be held at the church 30 minutes before the funeral and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday at S. E. Thomas Funeral & Cremation Service.
Bill Medford Jr.
LEXINGTON — John William “Bill” Medford Jr., 86, died Monday, Dec. 16, 2013, at his home.
Funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church. Interment will follow in Lexington City Cemetery. Visitation will be held noon-1 p.m. Wednesday in the church parlor. Davidson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Barbara Ellen Freeman O’Brien
HIGH POINT — Mrs. Barbara Ellen Freeman O’Brien, age 77, of High Point passed away Dec. 16, 2013, in the Hospice Home at High Point following two and a half years of declining health.
Mrs. O’Brien was born in Guilford County on Nov. 26, 1936. Barbara was the youngest of five children born to Otho Henry Freeman and Beatrice Woodlief Freeman. She graduated from High Point High School in 1955 and Women’s College (now UNCG) in 1956. She was employed in the clerical field at the Employment Security Commission, Gulton Femco Company, the Guilford County Schools system, the High Point Woman’s Club and with Thomasville Furniture Industries. She was previously a member of Green Street Baptist Church, where she served as nursery volunteer for many years. She also was a member of Oak View Baptist Church, where she enjoyed beautifying the church lawn. She was presently a member of First United Methodist Church and the Wesley Sunday School Class. Barbara was a faithful volunteer at her church in many capacities including the Parson’s Table and Mobile Meals.
She had a true love for gardening, enjoyed preparing meals for those in need and enjoyed an active lifestyle of water aerobics and walking. Barbara and her family were founding members of Knollcrest Swim Club in High Point, where they made many happy memories.
She was preceded in death by her brothers, Donald Freeman and O.H. Freeman, and her husband, Homer Braxton O’Brien, on March 24, 1984.
Barbara was immensely proud of her four children, their spouses and her 11 grandchildren. Nothing brought her more joy than attending her grandchildren’s special activities. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Susan O’Brien Jones and husband Jimmy Jones and their children Ashley Diane Jones and Caroline Elizabeth Jones; her son and daughter-in-law, Homer Bradley O’Brien and Carolyn Huzzen O’Brien and their children, Megan Lindsay O’Brien and Mackenzie Stewart O’Brien; her son and daughter-in-law, David Neal O’Brien and wife Kara Anton O’Brien and children, David Alexander O’Brien, Anton Nicholas O’Brien, Mary Katherine O’Brien and Virginia Elizabeth O’Brien; and her daughter and son-in-law, Kelly O’Brien White and husband Kevin Harold White and their children Braxton Thomas White, Brenner Harold White and Brea O’Brien White. Also surviving are her brother, Curtis Freeman, and a sister Hilda Clodfelter; many nieces and nephews; and she was blessed with many faithful and loving friends.
Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday at 1 p.m. at First United Methodist Church by the Rev. Chris Fitzgerald and the Rev. Fran Moran. The family will receive friends at the church from noon until the hour of the service. Pallbearers will be Jimmy Jones, Kevin White, Braxton White, Brenner White, Alexander O’Brien and Anton O’Brien. Interment in Floral Garden Park Cemetery will follow the church service.
In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be directed to Hospice of the Piedmont, 1801 Westchester Drive, High Point, NC 27262 or to the Helping Hands Fund at First United Methodist Church, 512 N. Main St. High Point, 27262.
Please offer your condolences with the family at www. sechrest funerals.com
HIGH POINT — Robert “Mack” Reeves, 69, died Dec. 14, 2013. Funeral will be held Friday. Additional arrangements are incomplete at Thomasville Funeral Home.
Eva Mae Hege Stewart
KERNERSVILLE — Mrs. Eva Mae “Tommie” Hege Stewart, 87, resident of Kernersville, died Dec. 15, 2013, at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.
Mrs. Stewart was born Oct. 12, 1926, in Davidson County, a daughter to the late Manie and Letha Clinard Hege. A resident of this area all her life, she was a member of Abbott’s Creek Missionary Baptist Church and was co-owner of Spectrum Furniture, where she was active in helping her husband operate the business. She loved auto racing, having co-owned Tarheel Speedway, and also loved to travel. In 1944 she married Howard Clifton “Cliff” Stewart, who survives of the residence. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by a brother, a sister and a grandson.
Also surviving are four children, Henrietta Wheeler of Thomasville, Jackie Johnson of Asheboro, June Stewart of High Point and Howard Clifton Stewart Jr. of High Point; nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the chapel of the Cumby Family Funeral Service in High Point with the Rev. Roy Cantrell officiating. Interment will follow in Oaklawn Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to the charity of the donor’s choice. On-line condolences may be made through www.cumbyfuneral.com.
Ione Smith Varner
THOMASVILLE — Mrs. Ione Smith Varner, 88, went to be with her Lord and dance with the angels Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013, at the Hospice Home at High Point.
Mrs. Varner was born in Guilford County, Feb. 24, 1925, a daughter of Thomas Perris Smith and Annie Mae Hylton Smith. She was a graduate of High Point High School and Jones Business College. She worked at the Pentagon during and at the end of World War II. Ione retired from Kay Springs Manufacturing as the office manager. She was a member of Oak Hill Friends Meeting and the High Point Women’s Civitan Club. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lewis Jones “Barney” Varner, Jr.; and two sisters, Madeline Boyd and Margaret Scott. Ione enjoyed visits with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, reading the Bible, crossword puzzles, gardening, trips to the beach and the lake with family and playing Rook.
Surviving are a daughter, Nancy Leigh Stewart and husband Allen; two sons, Tommy Varner and wife Sharon and Ronny Varner and wife Sandy; a sister, Estelle Sheldon; two brothers, David Smith and Darrell Smith and wife Nell; six grandchildren, Jason Varner, Leslie Butcher, Tina Ball, Chuck Taylor, Tiffany Grant and Shane McLaurin; and 10 great-grandchildren.
A celebrations of Ione’s Life will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. in the Oak Hill Friends Meeting by pastor John Sides. Graveside service will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. at Floral Garden Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at Davis Funerals and Cremations Tuesday from 6 until 8 p.m. Memorials may be directed to Oak Hill Friends Meeting, 2001 Westchester Drive, High Point, NC 27262. Online condolences may be made at davisfuneralsandcremations.com.