Obituaries, January 3, 2014

Jan. 02, 2014 @ 04:34 PM

Anna Asbury
LEXINGTON — Anna Marie Palmeri Asbury, 61, of Trading Ford Way, Linwood, died Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013 at her home.
A private celebration of life will be held at a later date. Davidson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.    

Cyrus Lee Brooks Sr.
HIGH POINT — Mr. Cyrus “Cy” Lee Brooks Sr., 80, resident of High Point, died Jan. 1, 2014, at Westchester Manor.
Mr. Brooks was born Jan. 19, 1933, in Union County, a son to the late Judge Ellis and Henrietta Griffin Brooks. He was a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He later served in the U.S. Air Force. A resident of High Point most of his life, he was a former city manager and had also served on the city council. He was very active in the High Point Rotary Club, having 63 years of membership, and until his health failed, 48 years of perfect attendance. He received an honorary doctorate degree from John Wesley College, now Laurel University, where he served on the board of directors. On June 6, 1953, he married the former Sue Cumby, who preceded him in death on May 24, 2012. In addition to his wife and parents, he also was preceded by his infant daughter, Ronnah.
Surviving are his son, Cyrus “Cy” L. Brooks Jr. and wife Joni of High Point; a sister, Margaret Brooks Powers and husband Arnold of Clemmons; a grandson, Zachary Brooks and wife Adeline of Chapel Hill; brother-in-law, James Cumby and wife Phyllis of High Point; five nephews, Greg Powers, James Powers, Keith Powers, Andrew Cumby and Michael Cumby; and one niece, Mary Jo Powers.
The funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at First Baptist Church in High Point with the Rev. David M. Emery officiating. Interment will follow in Guilford Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Cumby Family Funeral Service in High Point. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the High Point Rotary Club.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to First Baptist Church, 405 N. Main St., High Point, NC 27260. On-line condolences made through  Arrangements are by Cumby Family Funeral Service, High Point.

Moses Caldwell
THOMASVILLE — The Rev. Moses Caldwell, 86, of 808 Barnwell St., died Monday, Dec. 30, 2013. Funeral will be held at noon Saturday at T. Austin Finch Auditorium. Visitation will be held an hour before the funeral. S. E. Thomas Funeral & Cremation Services is in charge of arrangements.

Larry Wayne Cromer
May 25, 1944 – Dec. 26, 2013.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Herman and Ada Morgan Cromer, and his brothers, Gary and Ronnie. Surviving are his son, Jason Lee Cromer; and his sisters, Shelva Dean Rogan and Marie Mock. A Vietnam veteran, he earned many medals and commendations, including the Distinguished Flying Cross. Most of the remainder of his life he worked as a lithographic composer in the Triad area. A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 5, at Pilot View Friends Meeting. To assist with expenses, memorials may be made to Pilot View Friends Meeting Benevolence Fund/Jason Cromer. Pilot View Friends Meeting, 3225 Pilot View Church Road, Yadkinville, NC 27055.

Christand Frazier
HIGH POINT — Christand Frazier, 72, died Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, at The Gray Brier Nursing & Retirement Center.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Prominence Funeral Home of Thomasville.

Marvin Wayne Guillot
ASHEBORO — Marvin “Marv” Wayne Guillot, age 57, of Asheboro died Dec. 26, 2013, at Wake Forest Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem.
Mr. Guillot was born June 28, 1956, in Modesto, Calif., to Ted and Eleanor Lighthall Guillot. He was employed as a freelance graphic artist. He was both a talented artist and writer. Marv was well respected within this community, where he will be missed by many friends. He loved his children above all and was devoted to his family. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother Gary Guillot.
Surviving are his fiancee, Coleen Atkinson of the home; his wife, Judy Kallas Guillot of Hammonton, N.J., a daughter, Alex Guillot and a son Gary Guillot, both of Hammonton, N.J.; stepmother, Joan Guillot of Columbia, S.C.; and two sisters, Lorna Lassiter and Carla Allen.
A service of remembrance will be held at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 3, at Hopewell Friends Meeting, 2244 Hopewell Friends Road, Asheboro, NC 27205. Inurnment will occur at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alex Guillot Scholarship Fund, of Hammonton, N.J., at any Wells Fargo Bank.
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Thomas Ben Hilliard Sr.
JAMESTOWN — Mr. Thomas Ben Hilliard Sr., 84, a resident of Jamestown and former resident of Greensboro, died Wednesday morning Jan. 1, 2014, at the Hospice Home of High Point. Mr. Hilliard was born Dec. 14, 1929, in Greensboro, the son of Samuel Marcus and Elizabeth Phoebe Pence Hilliard. A 32nd Degree Mason, he was a member of Gate City Lodge 0694 AF & AM. He was also a Shriner, member of the Oasis Temple and was a member of the Scottish and York Rite. In his younger years, he served as elder for Meadowside Church, Presbyterian Church of the Cross and Crestwood Presbyterian Church, where he devoted his life to spiritual leadership, and at the time of his death he was a member of Jamestown Presbyterian Church. He retired after 44 years of service from Carolina Steel, at which he was a senior cost estimator.
Mr. Hilliard was preceded in death by his parents, six brothers and two sisters.
Surviving are his wife, Virginia Cameron Hilliard of the home; one daughter, Sharon Hilliard Beeson and husband Clark of Jamestown; one son, Thomas Ben Hilliard Jr. of Winston-Salem; one sister, Louise Hilliard Jarrett of Randleman; and two grandchildren, Erin Beeson Micciche and husband Mike, and Michael Ryan Beeson and wife Emily.
His greatest love in life was his family, including his four grandpuppies. His other passions included watching his grandchildren’s sporting events, coffee time on weekends, working in his yard, dancing, horses, traveling and his dinner group. He will be remembered by his family and friends as a wonderful storyteller and comedian. He never met a stranger.
A service to celebrate Mr. Hilliard’s life will be held at noon Sunday, Jan. 5, at the Hanes-Lineberry Funeral Home Sedgefield Chapel conducted by the Rev. Jay D. Smith, with Masonic Rites given by Gate City Lodge 0694 AF & AM. Interment will follow in Guilford Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at the residence.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made in Mr. Hilliard’s memory to Hospice of the Piedmont, 1802 Westchester Drive, High Point, NC 27262, the local ASPCA of your choice or to the American Cancer Society, 4-A Oak Branch Drive, Greensboro, NC  27407.
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Wanda Gail Martin Howard
THOMASVILLE — Wanda Gail Martin Howard, 63, of E. Holly Grove Road went home to be with her Lord and Savior Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, at Thomasville Medical Center.
She was born in Stokes County. March 29, 1950, a daughter of the late Dewey Martin and Mildred Roberts Martin. Mrs. Howard was a member and the pastor’s wife of Denton Church of God and was very involved with nursing home ministry and was a former employee of Beacon Management in Greensboro as a resident service coordinator. She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Donna Hinson.
Surviving are her husband, the Rev. Jesse C. Howard of the home; two daughters, Pamela Call of Archdale and Rebeca Darlene Walser and  husband Jeff of Lexington; one son, Jesse C. Howard Jr. and wife Diane of Southmont; one brother, Dewey Gerald Martin of Lexington; one sister, Shirley Moore and husband Albert of Thomasville; and three grandchildren.
Funeral services for Mrs. Howard will be held Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, at 11 a.m. at J. C. Green & Sons Chapel with the Rev. Buckey Davis officiating.
Burial will be in Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery. Mrs. Howard will remain at J.C. Green & Sons Funeral Home 122 W. Main St., Thomasville, and the family will receive friends at the funeral home, Jan. 3, 2014, Friday evening from 6 until 8 p.m. Memorials may be directed to Denton Church of God, 201 High Rock Road, Denton, NC 27239. Online condolences may be sent to the Howard Family at

Marian Georgia Surrett Hunt
Mrs. Marian Georgia Surrett Hunt, 94, went to be with her Lord on Jan. 1, 2014.
Mrs. Hunt was born April 25, 1919, in Union, S.C., to Charlie C. and Bertha Davis Surrett. She moved to High Point at a very early age and has been a resident since, having lived at 1010 Albert St. for 59 years before moving to Wesleyan Homes in 1996. She moved to Westchester Harbor in 2011 and has lived there until her death at High Point Regional Hospital.
Mrs. Hunt worked for Harris Covington Hosiery Mill and retired from Adams Millis Hosiery. She was the oldest member of Hayworth Wesleyan Church, having joined there in 1939, and was active in her church until her health failed. She loved to sing and was a choir member for 50-plus years. She could still sing even at Westchester Harbor when visiting people came in to lead services. Mrs. Hunt loved her church and family. Nothing could please her more than to go to church or family get-togethers.
Mrs. Hunt married William Forrest “Bill” Hunt in 1938, and he preceded her in death in 1966. She was the last surviving sibling of seven. Preceding her in death are her parents, son James Edward “Big Jim” Hunt; granddaughter Jamie Elizabeth Wilson; two sisters; Elsie White and Louise Charlton; four brothers, Phil, Austin, John and Haskell Surrett.
Surviving to cherish her memory are three daughters, Donna Wilson (Melvin) and Judy Martin, both of High Point, and Pam MacQueen of Fernandina Beach, Fla. Also surviving are a son, William Phillip “Buddy” and Shirley Hunt of Greensboro; six grandchildren, Terri Payne, Barry Martin (Monnie), David Martin (Sherry), Kimberly Hoover (Ernie),  Beth Ann Callicutt and Katie Tighe (Matt); 11 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services will be conducted Sunday at 2 p.m. at Hayworth Wesleyan Church by the Rev. Brian R. Matherlee and the Rev. David M. Emery. Interment will follow in the Floral Garden Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service and other times at the home of the daughter; 520 Old Mill Road. The body will remain at Cumby Family Funeral Service on Eastchester Drive.
Pallbearers will be Barry, David, and Bradley Martin Ernie Hoover, and Joshua and Justin Payne.
The family requests memorials may be directed to Hayworth Wesleyan Church, 1696 Westchester Drive, High Point, N.C. 27262.
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Joshua  Lilly
LEXINGTON — Joshua DeWayne “Joe” Lilly, 31, of  Lexington died Wednesday Jan. 1, 2014, at Wake Forest Lexington Medical Center. Funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church. Davidson Funeral Home Lexington is in charge of arrangements.

Sue Niblock
LEXINGTON — Mrs. Sue Simerson Niblock, 86, of Lexington, N.C., and formerly of Cool Springs, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, at Carolina House of Lexington.
Mrs. Niblock was born May 2, 1927, in Rowan County, and she was the daughter of the late Spencer and Minnie Proctor Simerson.
Sue was a graduate of Spencer High School and on Jan. 18, 1948, she married Kenneth Cowan Niblock, who preceded her in death. She was a member of Fifth Creek Presbyterian Church, and Sue worked for six years at Irving Park Elementary School as a cafeteria manager.
Sue and Kenneth lived in Greensboro, N.C., until Kenneth’s retirement in 1984, and they moved to Cool Springs, N.C. She lived in Cool Springs until moving to Carolina House of Lexington in September 2011.
In addition to her parents and her husband, Sue was preceded in death by brothers, William, Don and Cecil Simerson along with three sisters, Nadine Kepley, Becky Swicegood and Mary Watkins Lee.
She is survived by a daughter, Linda Burcham and husband Ronnie of Summerville, S.C., and two sons, Olin Niblock of Lexington and Phillip Niblock and wife Teresa of Thomasville, N.C. She is also survived by her brother, Boyd Simerson and wife Coleen  of Homestead, Fla.; grandchildren, Emily Burcham of Summerville, S.C., Scott Burcham and wife Brigid of New York and Andrew and Matthew Niblock, both of Thomasville, N.C. She is further survived by great-grandchildren, Abigail Moore of Summerville, S.C., and Elizabeth Sue Burcham of New York.
Funeral services for Mrs. Niblock will be conducted 11a.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, 2013, at Fifth Creek Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Steve Hannah officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will visit with friends Friday evening from 6  until 8 p.m. at Nicholson Funeral Home.
The family wishes to extend their sincerest gratitude to the staff at Carolina House of Lexington for their wonderful care of Sue.
Memorials may be made to Fifth Creek Presbyterian Church, 1547 Mocksville Hwy., Statesville, NC 28625 or to Hospice of Davidson County, 200 Hospice Way, Lexington, NC 27292.
Online condolences can be made to the family at and Nicholson Funeral Home is serving the family of Sue S. Niblock.

Ruby Catherine Nifong
THOMASVILLE — Mrs. Ruby Catherine Nifong, 101, passed away Dec. 31, 2013, at the Henry Etta and Bruce Hinkle Hospice House in Lexington.
A resident of this area all of her life, Ms. Nifong was born on May 10, 1912, in Davidson County to the late Robert Samuel Nifong and Zella Theora Ridge Nifong. She grew up in the Mt. Zion Wesleyan Church and also attended Free Pilgrim Church in Thomasville. Ruby had also worked as a seamstress for many years and during World War II, she and her family moved to Newport News, Va., to work in the Naval shipyards. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her siblings, Reitzel Nifong, Paul Nifong, Hazel Nifong, Ray Nifong, Earl Nifong, Winnie Clodfelter, Marie Albertson and Mildred Steele.
Surviving are her sister, Youthalene Adderholdt of Thomasville; niece and caregiver, Miriam Adderholdt, nephew and caregiver, Mark Adderholdt; and brother-in-law, Ralph Thurman Albertson. Also surviving are numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, great-great nieces and great-great nephews. 
A celebration of Ruby’s life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday in the chapel of Thomasville Funeral Home, 18 Randolph St. with the Rev. E. Keith Carroll, senior pastor of Mt. Zion Wesleyan Church, pastor Wilson Harris, visitation pastor of Mt. Zion Wesleyan Church, and David Kolb, spiritual counselor of Hospice of Davidson County officiating. Interment will follow in the Mt. Zion Wesleyan Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
The family would like to especially thank the staff of Home Instead Senior Care and the compassionate staff of Hospice of Davidson County for their genuine care for Ruby.
Memorial contributions in Ruby’s memory may be directed to Hospice of Davidson County, 200 Hospice Way, Lexington, NC 27292 or to the Mt. Zion Wesleyan Church Cemetery Fund, 222 Mt. Zion Church Road, Thomasville, NC 27360.
Online condolences may be made on Ruby’s memorial page at  Arrangements by Thomasville Funeral Home. 

Evelina Price
TRINITY — Mrs. Evelina Smith Price, age 87, went home to be with her Lord on Dec. 31, 2013, at her residence surrounded by her family.
She was born Oct. 16, 1926, in Bladen County, N.C., to the late Starling Smith and Lottie Butler Smith and had been a resident of the Trinity area most of her life. She worked for Phillips Velvet Mills of Jamestown and retired after 30 years of service. She was a member of Cloverdale Baptist Church. She loved every one; she never met a stranger and would do anything for anybody; she was grandma to everyone. In addition to her parents, preceding her in death were her husband, Samuel Victor Price; her daughter, Linda Hill Ledwell; her grandson, Matthew Leggett; her brothers and sister, Ernest Smith, Clinton Smith, Oscar Smith, Mildred Thompson and Lonzie Smith.
Surviving are her children, Martha Toler of Thomasville, Gail Snyder and her husband Bill of Archdale, Samuel Price and his wife Shirley of Thomasville, Patsy Daniels of Trinity and Timmy Price of the home, Vicki Smith and her husband Gene of Trinity; a son-in-law, Richard Ledwell of Candor. Also surviving are 14 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews and a special nephew, Calvin Smith, and Bruno Wolf, her pastor, whom she loved like sons.
A service to celebrate Evelina’s life will be held Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014, at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Cumby Family Funeral Service in Archdale, with the Rev. Bruno Wolf officiating. Interment will follow in Holly Hill Memorial Park in Thomasville. The family will receive friends Saturday from 6 until 8 p.m. at the funeral home and other times will be at the residence. The family would like to say a special thank-you to: Gabrielle, Angie, Patty and her Hospice nurse Sonya for their love, care and concern shown to Evelina during her illness. Online condolences may be made at Arrangements by Cumby Family Funeral Service of Archdale.

William Kermit Stack Jr.
HIGH POINT — William Kermit “W.K.” Stack Jr., 69, passed away on Monday Dec. 23, 2013.
Funeral services celebrating his life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, at Shady Grove Wesleyan Church Fellowship Hall in Colfax, with the Rev. Phil Kirkman officiating. 
Born on Oct. 2, 1944, to the late Opal Virginia Maness Stack and W. Kermit Stack Sr., he grew up in Greensboro. A graduate from Ragsdale High School, he served in the U.S. Army in the Communication Division from 1965 to 1967. After the military, he worked in automotive sales most of his life.
Along with his parents, W.K. was preceded in death by his sister, Diane Stack Hollander.
He is survived by his daughters, Jennifer Stack Bondurant and husband Jeff of High Point and Misty Stack Wood and husband Brian of Thomasville; three grandsons, Weston Bondurant, Carter Wood and Desmond Wood; sister the Rev. Dr. Linda Stack Morgan and husband Paul of Hickory; brother Hobert Cecil “Bud” Stack of High Point; as well as several nieces and nephews.
The family will visit with friends starting at 1:30 p.m. prior to the service.
Family and friends may view, sign the guestbook at
The family would like to offer a special thanks to Shannon Gray Rehabilitation Center and Hospice of the Piedmont for their care of their father/brother/grandpa, W.K.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Shady Grove Wesleyan Church, 119 N Bunker Hill Road, Colfax, NC 27235, Shannon Gray Rehabilitation Center, 2005 Shannon Gray Court, Jamestown, NC 27282, or Hospice of the Piedmont, 1801 Westchester Drive, High Point, NC 27262.

David Francis “Frank” Thompson
ARCHDALE -— David Francis “Frank” Thompson, 78, went home to be with his Lord Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, following a brief illness.
Dave was born in High Point, July 22, 1935, a son of the late John C. Thompson and Olna Cody Thompson. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving three years. Dave was a member of the High Point Police Department for 30 years, serving in various positions within the department.  He directed traffic at S. Main McDonald’s for many years and was featured on “Roy’s Folks” on Fox 8 News. Dave was head of security at the medical center on Quaker Lane for 16 years. 
He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Jean Strickland, and three brothers, J. C., Walter and Robert Thompson. Dave was a deacon with the Blessings Baptist Church in Thomasville. Dave was known for his smile and gift of gab.
Surviving are two daughters, Connie T. McQuaigue of Archdale and Lynda T. Anderson and husband Jimmy of Thomasville; two sons, David F. Thompson of Archdale and Lindsay A. Thompson and wife Karen of Thomasville; stepdaughter, Bonnie Jean Place and husband Richard of High Point; a sister, Vera Gray and husband Gilbert of Trinity; a brother, Harold C. Thompson of Sophia; 16 grandchildren and seven  great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
A celebration of Dave’s life will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Davis Funerals and Cremations Chapel. Burial will follow in Floral Garden Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Friday from 7 until 9 p.m. and at other times Dave’s home.  Memorials may be directed to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Online condolences may be made at

Lesa Shawn Toomes
ARCHDALE — Lesa Shawn Toomes was granted her angel wings on Jan. 2, 2014. Her final days were spent surrounded by family and friends.
Lesa was married to her best friend, George Timothy Toomes, for 36 years. Lesa is survived by her husband, George; daughter, Temica Shawn Toomes; son-in-law Toby Hayes; grandchildren, Kailey, Camden, Braylen, Kaden and Kambry, who were her pride and joys. She was also survived by her mother, Brenda Blackmon; sisters Pam Craddock and family, Marsha Dell and family, Jessica Blackmon; sister-in-laws, Sherrie “Annieball” Toomes and Renee Toomes; and brother-in-law, Jock Toomes.
We will never forget our precious wife, mother, nannie, sister and friend. You are forever in our hearts. 

Larry Willard
RANDLEMAN — Larry Edward Willard, 66, died Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, at Randolph Hospital. Funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Level Cross Baptist Church, 10169 U.S. 220 Business North, with burial in Randolph Memorial Park. Pugh Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

James Woodard
THOMASVILLE — James Arthur Woodard, 70, formerly of  916 Franklin St., died Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, at Libertywood Nursing Home. Funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday at Emmanuel Baptist Church. Visitation will be held at the church 30 minutes before the service. S. E. Thomas Funeral & Cremation Services is in charge of arrangements.