Obituaries December 30, 2012

Jan. 02, 2013 @ 02:48 PM

Naomi L. (Goad) Ballard
DAYTONA, Fla. — Naomi L. (Goad) Ballard, age 69 of Daytona, formerly of Thomasville, North Carolina, passed away on Dec. 24, 2012.  Naomi was born on Nov. 12, 1943, in Thomasville, North Carolina to the late Richard and Mary (Reid) Goad. Naomi was a loving mother and devoted woman of faith. She will be deeply missed and remembered always. Survivors include her sister, Loretta (Goad) Norris; sons, MitchellMcCormick, Richard McCormick, James McCormick, William McCormick, and Michael McCormick. She also leaves behind grandchildren, Richard McCormick, Jr., Shannon McCormick, Christopher McCormick, Timothy McCormick, Kelly McCormick, Alexander McCormick, Shaughn McCormick, Ryan McCormick, Kaylee McCormick, Matt McCormick, Connor McCormick, Alana McCormick, and Angelina McCormick. In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made in her memory to Halifax Health Hospice of Volusia Flagler at, 3800 Woodbriar Trail, Port Orange, Florida, 32129, (386) 322-4752. Arrangements are under the careful direction of Lohman Funeral Home Daytona Beach. Condolences for the family may be shared at

John Bennett
HIGH POINT — Mr. John Bennett, age 88, of High Point passed away Dec. 27, 2012 in Westchester Pa. Sechrest Funeral Service in High Point will announce local arrangements later this week. 

Mr. Francis E. Best
HIGH POINT — Mr. Francis E. Best, age 79 passed away Dec. 29, 2012 at Hospice Home at High Point. Sechrest Funeral Service in High Point will be in charge of the arrangements.

Tami Gustafson Blake
LEXINGTON — Tami Gustafson Blake, 47, died Dec. 29, 2012 at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. Funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Monday at Forest Hill Memorial Park. Davidson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Margaret Esther Green
HIGH POINT — Margaret Esther Green, 82, passed away on Thursday, December 27, 2012 at Pennybyrn at Maryfield.
Esther was born on July 10, 1930 in Michigan City, Indiana, the daughter of Edward M. and Gertrude C. Roberts Kribs. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother.  Esther was a member of Jamestown United Methodist Church. She enjoyed nature, music, crafts and family.
Esther was preceded in death by her loving husband, Willard Edward Green in 2001; their son, Willard Alan “Billy” Green and her sister Martha Bryan.  Surviving are her loving children; Peggy Lesch and husband Michael of Jamestown, NC, Paul  Green and wife Terri of High Point, NC, Jane Harrod and husband Steve of Kentwood, MI, John  Green and wife Marie of Newark, DE and Susan  Winther and husband Matthew of Canton, MI; her brother, George Kribs ,  grandchildren and great grandchildren.
A Celebration of her life will be held on Monday, December 31st at 2:00 p.m. at Hanes Lineberry Sedgefield Chapel. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service on Monday.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 4-A Oak Branch Drive, Greensboro, NC 27408 or the American Heart Assoc., 202 Centreport Dr., Greensboro, NC 27409.
Online condolences may be made at

The Rev. James B. Holderness
WILMINGTON — The Rev. James Braswell Holderness, 71, of Wilmington, died Thursday, December 27, 2012, at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.
Jim was born October 25, 1941 in Tarboro, NC, son of the late H. Dail and Nancy Braswell Holderness. He graduated from Woodberry Forest School, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, VA. He served Presbyterian churches in Carrollton, GA, Little Rock, AR, Shelby, NC, Concord, NC, Dalton, GA, Greenville, NC, Laurinburg, NC, Sanford, NC, Sneads Ferry, NC, and Wilmington, NC. He had a passion and gift for preaching and teaching the Bible. He was active in the Kairos Prison Ministry and had served on the Board of Trustees at Union Theological Seminary. In 1972, he chaired the Urban League of Little Rock.  He later chaired the Board of Barber Scotia College and the Cabarrus Cooperative Christian Ministry in Concord, NC. He was very active in Big Brothers Big Sisters in Dalton, GA.
He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Ginny Ward Holderness, son J.B. Holderness, Jr., of Englewood, NJ, daughter Lorinda Umphlett and son-in-law The Reverend David Umphlett of High Point, NC and two grandsons, James and Parker (who affectionately called him “Daddy Jim”). He is also survived by brothers, The Reverend Haywood Holderness and wife Mary of Durham, NC and Rusty Holderness and wife Mary Ann of Tarboro, NC, and sisters Zelle Jester and husband John of Greensboro, NC, and Nancy Reams and husband Tom of Richmond, VA.
A memorial service will be 12:00pm Monday, December 31, 2012, at First Presbyterian Church with Dr. Ernest T. Thompson, III and Brian K. Blount officiating. The family will greet friends at the church following the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his name to First Presbyterian Church, 125 S. 3rd Street, Wilmington, NC 28401 or to Union Presbyterian Seminary, 3401 Brook Road, Richmond, VA 23227.
Condolences may be sent to the family at
Andrews Market St. Chapel

Ewell Lendon
HIGH POINT — Mr. Ewell Lendon, 77, passed on Tuesday, December 25, 2012 at High Point Regional Hospital. He was born in High Point, NC on November 2, 1935 to the late Shadney Price Lendon and Lula Bell Johnson Lendon.
He was preceded in death by four sisters, Mary Belton, Frances Davis, Anna Bethea and Lula Bell Lendon Tate; three brothers, Joseph Lendon, Shadney Lendon, Jr  and Paul Lendon.
Ewell was a graduate of William Penn High School and attended North Carolina Central University, he also served in the United States Army. Ewell worked as an Administrative Assistant for the Sheraton Corporation in San Francisco, CA.  He returned to High Point after retirement.
Surviving to cherish his memory is one sister; Margarite Dunlap, will also be deeply missed by his brother-in-law, James Tate; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Upon Ewell’s, request no service will be held.
Final arrangements are entrusted to Phillips Funeral Service, Inc., High Point, NC.
Online condolences may be sent to the Lendon family at

Jack Morris
ASHEBORO — Terry Jackson “Jack” Morris, 86, died Dec. 29, 2012 at Randolph Hospice House. Funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Monday in the Pugh Funeral Home Chapel, 437 Sunset Ave., Asheboro. Arrangements by Pugh Funeral Home, Asheboro.

Corinne Parker
LYNCHBURG, Va. — Corinne King Smith Parker died Dec. 24, 2012 at Virginia Baptist Hospital, English Hospice Care.
Mrs. Parker was born on Dec. 12, 1913 in Lynchburg, Va., the daughter of the late Margaret Franklin King and Claude W. King.
She was educated in the Lynchburg Schools and later studied 18th Centuary Interior Design at Richmond Professional Institute.
Following her marriage to James Turner Smith, they moved to Richmond, Va. where they raised their four daughters. After the death of Mr. Smith, Mrs. Parker later married Robert Leighton Parker, now deceased.
Following Mr. Parkers death, Mrs. Parker moved to Alexandria, Va. to be near three of her married daughters.
Mrs. Parker was always active in her church and community, and was especially interested in history and ancestry. She greatly enjoyed her membership in the Daughters of the American Revolution, and served for many years as a Docent in the Historical Rooms at the National Headquarters in Washington,D.C. She also was a member of the Colonial Dames 17th Centuary, and United Daughters of the Confederacy.
Mrs. Parker loved gardening and was especially proud of her prized roses, which she enjoyed sharing with others. She also enjoyed traveling and seeking historical places of interest, both in this country and in Europe.
Mrs. Parker was a dedicated and lifelong member of the Episcopal Church, and was a member of the Episcopal Daughters of the King. Her last membership was in Christ Church in Alexandria,Va.
She is survived by her four daughters, Sue Smith Anderson and husband Calhoun; Carolyn Smith Stringer and husband Lawrence ; Nan Smith Hollingsworth; Claudia Smith Lynn and husband Andrew; six grandsons, Andy & Smith Anderson; George, Stuart, & Ashley Stringer; Leighton Hollingsworth, and six great grandchildren.
Mrs. Parker’s funeral will be held on January 4th at St.Pauls Episcopal Church in Lynchburg, Va. with a private family service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to English Hospice Virginia Baptist Hospital, or to the charity of ones choice.
Thorp Funeral Home in Lynchburg, serving the family.

Lila Poole
HIGH POINT — Poole - Lila Ruth Edgmon Fleenor, 88, a member of the High Point Seventh-Day Adventist Church, departed this life on Dec. 10, 2012 in Palm Coast, FL.  She was a native of North Georgia, but had been a resident of High Point for the past 41 years. She is survived by: her  husband, Herman Poole; three step children: Tim, Cynthia and Vicki; her daughters: Joyce and Nancy; son-in-law: Bloyce; three grand-children: Denyse, Mark, Christi; three great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Fred (Dot) Fuller and Mrs. Bob (Thelma) Skeggs; and two brothers Grover Edgmon and Deward Edgmon. Lila was preceded in death by her sister, Eunice Jenkins and her brothers, John Edgmon and Warren Edgmon.  Celebration of life services will be held  after the first of the year at the High Point Seventh-day Adventist Church.  Please share your memories at,

Lilburn Spindler
HIGH POINT — Lilburn Alvin Spindler of High Point, N.C., passed away on Dec. 28, 2012.
Al was born in Kirksville, Missouri, graduated from the University of Missouri at Columbia, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering in 1964, married Carolyn Beth Hertzler,moved to Sunnyvale, CA. and began a 36-year career with Western Electric, AT&T Technologies, Alcatel-Lucent, relocated to Winston-Salem, N.C. in 1967. He worked on government contracts aboard ship involving extensive travel internationally.
Son of the late Anabel and Lilburn Spindler, La Plata, Mo.; Father of Saxon D. Spindler of the home, and Ashley J. Spindler, Columbia, Mo.; Brother of Judy Redmon, Brookfield, Mo. and the late George Spindler; Surviving Family members, Gary Redmon of Brookfield, Mo., Carolyn Spindler Kahn, Chuck Kahn of Winston-Salem, N.C.; Ann Hertzler Bullock, Bill Bullock of La Plata, Mo.; longtime friend Lise Bergeron of High Point, N.C.; Because of Al’s wit and wisdom, strong character and personality, forever memorable to family and friends.
Interment in the family plot, La Plata, Mo.
In lieu of flowers, charitable contributions to Hospice of the Piedmont, 1801 Westchester Dr, High Point, N.C.
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Geraldine Swaim
KERNERSVILLE — Mrs. Geraldine Lois Hastings Swaim, 90, died Dec. 28, 2012. Funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at Sedge Garden United Methodist Church. Hayworth-Miller Kernersville Chapel is assisting the family.

Jeffrey B. Wooten
TRINITY – Mr. Jeffrey Brevard Wooten, 32, a resident of 6719 Rosewood Dr., died unexpectedly Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012 at his resident.  A native of Guilford County, he was born on Jan. 6, 1980, a son of Jerry Brevard and Ann Lynn Wilkinson Wooten and lived most of his life in the Randolph County area.  Jeffrey attended Trinity High School and was a member of the Trinity Junior R.O.T.C.  He was an avid ATV Racing fan and was a saltwater aquarium enthusiast. He was employed with Young Graphics and owned and operated Wooten Racing.
He is survived by his parents, Jerry Brevard and Ann Lynn Wilkinson of Trinity, brothers, Jason Mark Wooten and wife Jacki and Todd Brinkley all of Trinity, and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.
A Celebration of Life service will be conducted at noon Monday, Dec. 31, 2012 in the chapel of Cumby Family Funeral Service in Archdale with Rev. Crawford Crenshaw officiating.  Burial will follow in Floral Garden Park Cemetery.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to service at the funeral home.  Online condolences may be submitted on Jeffrey’s memorial page at Arrangements by Cumby Family Funeral Service in Archdale.