Obituaries March 22, 2013
ASHEBORO — Helen Irene Brown Bell, 86, of Asheboro died March 21, 2013.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at Flag Springs United Methodist Church. Visitation will follow the service.
Ridge Funeral Home & Cremation Service is in charge of arrangements.
Jan Burgie Peace Boyles
TRINITY — Mrs. Jan Burgie Peace Boyles, 76, resident of 7262 N.C. Hwy 62 died March 20, 2013, at Randolph Hospice House.
Mrs. Boyles was born Sept. 7, 1936, in High Point, a daughter to the late Gurney Calvin and Juanita Andrews Peace. She was a resident of this area all her life and was a lifetime member of Trinity Memorial United Methodist Church. Her husband, William Walter Boyles, preceded her in death on Aug. 4, 1999.
Surviving are a son, William Andrew (Andy) Boyles of the residence; three sister-in-laws, Janie Dickins of Trinity, Iris Mitchell of High Point and Jeanne Cook of Greensboro; three brother-in-laws, Carlton Boyles and wife Juanita of Trinity, Sidney Boyles and wife Toni of Texas and John Boyles and wife Kathy of Texas; and a cousin, Betsy Ingram.
Funeral service will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday at Trinity Memorial United Methodist Church with Rev. Faye Herbin officiating. Interment will follow at Trinity Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Memorials may be directed to Trinity Memorial United Methodist Church, 7140 N.C. Hwy 62 Trinity, NC 27370 or to Hospice of Randolph County, 416 Vision Drive, Asheboro, NC 27203. Cumby Family Funeral Service in Archdale is assisting the family. On-line condolences may be made through www.cumbyfuneral.com.
LEXINGTON — Marilyn Everhart Call, 82, of Lexington died March 20, 2013.
Funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Grace Missionary Alliance Church. Davidson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
TRINITY — Green Nathaniel Carter Jr., 78, of Trinity, died March 21, 2013, at his residence.
Funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Monday in the chapel of Cumby Family Funeral Service in Archdale. Visitation will be held 6-8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Robert Whitney Davis
HIGH POINT — Robert Whitney Davis, 73, passed away Tuesday, March 19, 2013, at High Point Regional Hospital.
He retired from the High Point Police Department after 26 years of service to his community. He was in the Marine Corp Reserves, was an avid reader all his life, and enjoyed history. In his younger days, he was an avid outdoorsman, and later in life he was a great storyteller to his grandchildren. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
He is survived by his wife Margaret Honeycutt Davis of the home; three sons Gary Lee Davis, Robert “Bobby” D. Davis and wife Leeanne, and Andrew W. Davis and wife Jana, all of Thomasville; daughter Morgan J. Burris and husband Martin of Lexington; grandchildren Zachary, Taylor, Jacob, Nicole, MacKenzie, Aubrey, Chandler and Allen.
A Celebration of Life Service will take place on Saturday, March 23, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Saint Mary’s Episcopal Church in High Point. The family will receive friends at the church following the service. A private burial will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of the Piedmont, Inc., 1801 Westchester Drive, High Point, NC 27262. Arrangements by Davis at Floral Gardens Funerals and Cremations. Online condolences may be made at davisfuneralsandcremations.com.
ASHEBORO — Douglas “Mike” Duncan, 54, of 1502 Randolph Tabernacle Road, died March 20, 2013, at his home.
A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday at Pugh Funeral Home Chapel, 437 Sunset Ave. Visitation will follow the service.
Hayden Finley Edwards
HIGH POINT — Infant Hayden Finley Edwards, son of Justin and Wendy Edwards and brother to Madison of High Point, was born and went to play with God’s angels on Wednesday, Feb. 13 , 2013, at Chapel Hill Woman’s Hospital. A blessing was preformed at the hospital by Darryl Owens, service chaplain. Cremation was entrusted to UNC Hospitals Services.
Ronald Bales Foust
HIGH POINT — Ronald Bales Foust, 75, passed away Wednesday, March 20, 2013, at High Point Regional Hospital. He was the loving husband of Diana Sue (Idol) Foust, to whom he was married to for 54 years.
A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 24, 2013, at Abbotts Creek Missionary Baptist Church, 2817 Abbotts Creek Church Road, High Point with Rev. Mark Hollar officiating.
Condolences may be left on Mr. Foust’s memorial page at www.cumbyfuneral.com
Arrangements made by Cumby Family Funeral Service, High Point.
Edna Love Heptinstall
THOMASVILLE — Edna Love Heptinstall passed away March 20, 2013, at Thomasville Medical Center. She was born on Feb. 6, 1926, in Chilhowie, Va., as the daughter of Daniel and Josephine Love. She retired from teaching at the high school level in Bedford County, Va., after 27 years. She was a devoted member of Mentow Baptist Church in Huddleston, Va.
She is survived by her daughters, Myra Russell and husband Kermit, and Edna Dickerson and husband Dave; grandson, Kenneth Quarles and Victoria Eaton; granddaughter, Joanna Laizure and husband Casey; step-granddaughter, Terri Holt and husband Eddie; step-grandsons, Morgan Laizure and Parker Laizure; and great-granddaugher, Julia Mya Laizure.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Heptinstall, in 1991. Funeral arrangements will be held in Huddleston, Va., by Updike Funeral Home.
LEXINGTON — Betty Ann Swicegood Leonard, 77, died March 20, 2013.
Funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Center United Methodist Church.
Davidson Funeral Home, Hickory Tree Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
GREENSBORO — Mary McBride, 81, died March 21, 2013.
Triad Cremation Society and Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Rush McKinley Mills Jr.
THOMASVILLE — Mr. Rush McKinley Mills Jr. 85, resident of 109 Meadow Ridge Drive, died Wednesday evening in the Community General Hospital following a short illness.
Mr. Mills was born Dec. 18, 1927, in Marion, N.C. a son of Rush McKinley and Ann Poteat Mills Sr. He had been a resident of High Point and vicinity most of his life and was retired from Pickett Cotton Mill, where he worked for over 40 years. Mr. Mills was a member of Trinity Heights Wesleyan Church, where he played in the church softball league. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army National Guard. Mr. Mills was married to Virginia (Polly) Hemric, who preceded him in death.
Surviving are one son, Roger Dale Mills of Archdale; and two sisters, Mrs. Josephine Barnes and Mrs. Dora Matthews, both of High Point; one brother, Jerry Mills of High Point. Mr. Mills was preceded in death by a son, Randall Gene Mills.
Funeral Services will be conducted Saturday at 11 a.m. from the chapel of Cumby Family Funeral Service in Archdale by the Rev. Crawford Crenshaw. Interment will follow in the Floral Garden Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends 1 hour prior to the service.
Memorials may be directed to Trinity Heights Wesleyan Church, 5814 Surrett Drive, Archdale, N.C. 27263. On-line condolences may be made through www.cumbyfuneral.com.
Robert Roosevelt Pressley
HIGH POINT — Robert Roosevelt Pressley, age 73 of High Point, passed away peacefully at his home on March 20, 2013, with his loving family by his side. He was born on Aug. 26, 1939, in Atlanta, Ga., to the late Roy Roosevelt Pressley and Eula Mays Pressley. He was a member of First Baptist Church of High Point. He served as a Deacon and Sunday School teacher at McGill Baptist Church in Concord, N.C., before moving to High Point. He was a member of the Rotary Club of Concord and Salisbury.
Mr. Pressley graduated from Sylvan Hills High School in Atlanta, Ga., before attending Georgia State College. He then served his Country in the United States Navy. Mr. Pressley was employed at Piedmont Savings and Loan in High Point, CK Federal Savings and Loan in Concord for 17 years, First Union National Bank, and Citizens Federal Savings and Loan in Salisbury as Senior Vice President. He then retired from Western & Southern Insurance in 2005.
Robert is survived by his wife, Brenda Rich Pressley of 53 years; two sons, Robert of Landis, N.C., and Bradford and wife Heather of Raleigh, N.C.; and three precious grandsons, Hudson, Heath, and Hogan Pressley. He is also survived by sisters, Sandra Crouch and husband George of High Point, Diane Rook of Greensboro, a brother Gary Pressley of High Point, and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church in High Point. Burial will follow in Floral Garden Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at 1 p.m. at the church.
In lieu of flowers memorial gifts may be made to Hospice of the Piedmont, 1801 Westchester Drive, High Point, NC 27272, First Baptist Church of High Point, 405 N. Main St., High Point, NC 27260 or to McGill Baptist Church, 5300 Poplar Tent Road, Concord, NC 28027-9757.
Online family condolences may be made at www.cumbyfuneral.com Arrangements by Cumby Family Funeral Service, High Point.
GREENSBORO — Elna Prizio, 93, died March 20, 2013.
Triad Cremation Society and Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Amy Ruth Ridge
GREENVILLE, S.C. — Amy Ruth Ridge, 84, passed away Wednesday, March 20, 2013, in Greenville, S.C.
Ms. Ridge was born July 1, 1928, in Yadkin County, N.C., to Jim and Rose Reece Stewart. She attended Forest Hills Baptist Church in Greenville, S.C.
Amy was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert Leon Ridge, and parents.
She is survived by her daughters, Marte Ridge and Sandi Ridge; brother, Leroy Stewart; sister, Billie Stewart Brown; nephew, Jamy Ridge.
There will be a visitation held from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 23, 2013, in Thomasville Funeral Home. A Chapel Service by pastor David Bowman will follow at 2 p.m. with interment at Holly Hill Memorial Park.
Audio and written condolences can be made through www.thomasvillefh.com.
Loren Ray Slack
HIGH POINT — Mr. Loren Ray Slack, 85, a resident of High Point and formerly of Thomasville passed away on Thursday, March 21, 2013, at Pennybyrn at Maryfield in High Point.
Loren was born Nov. 8, 1927, in Davidson County, N.C., a son of the late Fred Slack and Denna Fine Slack. He had made this area his home most of his life. Loren was a graduate of Denton High School, class of 1945, was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and was a former employee of Schoonbeck in High Point. He was of the Baptist faith. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two brothers, one sister and his wife Jennie Dunning Slack.
Surviving are his son, Danny Slack and his wife Diane of Thomasville; grandchildren, Kristie Catlin and husband Ty and Alicia Knox all of Thomasville; great grandchildren, Eli Hardin and Brody Knox.
A graveside service and interment will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 23, 2013, at Holly Hill Memorial Park. There will not be a formal visitation; the family will be at the residence of the son. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Piedmont, 1801 Westchester Drive, High Point, NC 27262. Online condolences may be sent to the Slack family at www.jcgreenandsons.com.
HIGH POINT — Tammy Charmaine Steele, formerly Tammy Payne, 40, passed away on Tuesday, March 19, 2013, at High Point Regional Hospital following a brief illness. She was born in High Point, N.C., on March 17, 1973, to Rebecca Payne and the late Sammy Steele.
Tammy was a graduate of Southwest High School in High Point, N.C. She was a professional barber for over 20 years, and was owner and operator of Sheer Clippers in High Point, N.C. For the last two years, she was a Veterinary Medicine student at Guilford Technical Community College, Jamestown, N.C., where she was on the Dean’s List, consistently maintaining a 4.0 Grade Point Average.
Tammy was preceded in death by her father, and two aunts, Mazuria Eaddy and Mary Wilson.
Tammy leaves to cherish her memories, her mother, Rebecca Payne of Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; two sisters, Michelle (Richard) Moore of Hinesville, Ga., and Devona Payne of High Point, N.C.; her grandmother, Hannah Smith Norwood of Triad Care & Rehabilitation Center in High Point, N.C.; four aunts, Martha (Charles) Bailey, Easter Rivers, Georgia Smith and Vanessa Smith, all of High Point, N.C.; two uncles, Jack Smith, Jr. of Raleigh, N.C., and James Smith of Lillington, N.C.; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins who will truly miss her; and although Tammy did not have any children, she especially adored her niece, Shania Payne. Tammy was also an Akita dog breeder, and close to her heart were her Akita dogs, Nikko, Kenya and the “Pups.”
Funeral service will be held on Saturday, March 23, 2013, at 1 p.m. at Phillips Funeral Service Chapel, 1810 Brockett Ave. The family will receive friends at the chapel from 12:30 p.m. until 1 p.m. and other times at 2105 Lowe St., High Point, N.C. Interment will follow at Carolina Biblical Gardens.
Final arrangements are entrusted to Phillips Funeral Service Inc., High Point, N.C.
Online condolences may be made to the Steele family at phillipsfuneralserviceinc.com.
Infant Noah Thompson died March, 21, 2013, at High Point Regional Hospital.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete at People’s Funeral & Cremation Service.
Wallace Kenneth Wood Sr.
BURLINGTON – When going by 117 N. Main St., Graham, you will notice Graham Barber Shop is closed as it has been since August 2012. You see Kenneth Wood is not there anymore. He has received his eternal reward. He passed away at White Oak Manor on Wednesday, March 20, 2013. Customers won’t hear those words of greeting “Come in and have a seat” and when finished “Come back when you need another one”. Those words had been heard since September 1953 when Kenneth Wood first went to Graham Barber Shop. He had been in failing health since September 2012 and critically ill for six weeks. He was featured in 2010 in a documentary done all over North Carolina, “Vanishing Americana”, shown on UNC-TV. He had been cutting hair since the age of 15. His father was a barber as well as working in a furniture factory, Kenneth followed his footsteps. He was also a barber in the Army in the European Theater. He served in Burma and the 18th General Hospital. He was a native of Davidson County, N.C. He moved to Burlington, N.C. in 1938. He was married for 64 years to Pearl Thomas Wood, who predeceased him. He was married to Alice T. Wood, who survives of the home. He was the son of Wallace S. Wood and Viola B. Wood who predeceased him as well as an infant daughter, Janice Marie Wood; grandson, Kevin Ray Wood; sister, Mary Wood Gailey; and brothers, Pernell Wood, Austin Wood, Vaughn Wood and Wesley Wood.
He had been a member of Front Street United Methodist Church since 1938, a member of several different committees over the years and a member of the Fannie Larkin Sunday School Class.
Also surviving are his son, Wallace (Wally) Kenneth Wood Jr. (Linda), his grandchildren, Kim Wood and fiancé John Mooney, Kenneth Earl Wood, both of Graham; his two step-children, Ronald Talton (Becky) of Charlotte and Jackie Cabarrus (George) of Billingham, Wash.; five step-grandchildren, Beau Talton, Jamie Talton, Joel Talton, Gabriel Cabarrus and Shelly C. Baca; and four step-great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, March 23, at Front Street United Methodist Church, the Rev. Marshall Old and Dr. William Simpson officiating. The burial will follow at 2 p.m. at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church Cemetery, 2624 Fuller Mill Road, Thomasville, N.C.
The family will receive friends at the Rich & Thompson Mortuary in Burlington from 6-8 p.m. Friday evening and other times at the residence of the son, 900 Dogwood Lane, Graham.
Memorials may be made to Hospice & Palliative Care of Alamance-Caswell, 914 Chapel Hill Road, Burlington, NC 27215 or to Front Street United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 2597, Burlington, NC 27215
Online condolences may be offered at www.richandthompson.com