Obituaries, March 31, 2013
THOMASVILLE — Mr. Ronald “Ron” Glenn Bruce, 75, went to Heaven to be with his Lord on Good Friday, March 29, 2013 at his Thomasville home with family members by his side. He was born in Wooster, Ohio on July 30, 1937, to the late Glenn and Mary (Runkle) Bruce.
Left to celebrate his life and to cherish his memories are: his wife of 56 years, Mary Kathryn (Fisher) Bruce; a son Ronald “Dean” Bruce of Mendon, Ohio and wife Kristy; a daughter Kathy Townsend of Winchester, Kentucky and husband Thor; and a daughter Linda Nance of Trinity, North Carolina and husband Keith. Mr. Bruce is also survived by 9 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren and a sister Patricia (Dow) Roettger of Frankfurt, Indiana.
Military service included flying with the Navy’s Hurricane Hunters and before the pastorate, Ron served as a systems analyst at Celina Insurance Group. Hiking, teaching the Bible to others and being with family were some of Mr. Bruce’s favorite ways to spend his time.
Mr. Bruce was a member of Unity Wesleyan Church for the last 11 years after moving to North Carolina. Former church membership included Neptune Church of God near Celina, Ohio as well as two pastorates at Syracuse Church of God in Syracuse, Indiana and Dewart Lake Friends in North Webster, Indiana. Ron remained active in various church leadership positions throughout the years serving as a Sunday School teacher, board member, Sunday School superintendent, and district representative on numerous committees. Ukraine mission work was also dear to Ron’s heart as he and wife Mary made several trips to spread the Word of God in Eastern Europe.
Funeral will be held Monday, April 1, 2013 at 2 pm at Cumby Family Funeral Service, Archdale Chapel, with the Rev. Mark Loman officiating. Interment will follow at Floral Garden Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.
Memorials may be made to Unity Wesleyan Church, to International Partnerships of Ukraine through Unity Wesleyan Church or to the Gideons International.
Online condolences may be left on Mr. Bruce’s memorial page at www.cumbyfuneral.com. Arrangements by Cumby Family Funeral Service, Archdale.
GREENSBORO — Ms. Betty G. Clontz, 60, passed away March 28, 2013 at her residence. Arrangements are incomplete at Davis Funerals & Cremations.
Lloyd Dillon Jr.
WINSTON-SALEM — Lloyd C. “Sonny” Dillon Jr., a man of quiet confidence, kindness and good humor and whose immense love of family brought him lifelong joy, passed away on Friday, March 29, 2013. He was 82 and died of complications from a stroke, surrounded by adoring loved ones.
Lloyd’s life was rich in achievement and satisfaction, not only in his personal life but through his service as a fighter pilot in the U.S. Marines and later as a general contractor. He led the design and construction of many of the Winston-Salem area’s finest custom homes.
Born in High Point, N.C., to Lloyd C. Dillon and Margaret S. Dillon, Lloyd grew up in Thomasville, N.C. As a boy and young man, he put his considerable athletic skills to work on the local basketball and tennis courts, made occasional mischief and found himself drawn to the excitement of aviation.
Lloyd graduated from Thomasville High School in 1949, studied at Guilford College and served in the Marines from 1952 to 1956, taking to the skies and flying exercises over North Carolina, Asia and Europe. His adventures as an aviator served as a source of countless stories that he took great pleasure in sharing and that his family and friends loved to hear. He nearly lost his life in one harrowing instance, when engine failure forced him to crash land in a rice paddy in Korea. He walked away with just a few scratches.
It was a beautiful fall day when the handsome young Lloyd met former beauty queen Ida Rose Bruton, who would become his wife on April 3, 1958. Together they raised a family, instilled enduring values into their sons and grandchildren, and supported each other in immeasurable ways during 55 years of marriage.
During his career, Lloyd worked for Globe Furniture and Burlington Industries before joining Hanes Corporation as an industrial engineer. Nothing gave him more fulfillment professionally, however, than building homes. After nearly 25 years working in an office, he took a risk and broke out on his own, establishing a general contracting business that created a bricks-and-mortar legacy of numerous stately and beautiful homes in the region.
His nickname of “Sonny” was given to him as a boy and stuck with him throughout his life. In fact, he was man of several nicknames, including “Hook Dillon” (for his basketball prowess) and in recent years “Papa,” the name his grandchildren used and that he took great pride in.
Among his other passions were sailing on the open water, driving his beloved Volkswagen Beetles and most recently his sleek Mercedes E320, and perusing the Internet to catch up on the latest news. But nothing took priority for him like the love of family, especially the sons he raised and the grandchildren he absolutely adored.
Lloyd was a man of strength and self-assuredness, calm and reason, understated brilliance and, above all, kindness and warmth. He will be greatly missed and fondly remembered by his family and friends.
In addition to his wife, Lloyd is survived by his three sons, James Matthew (Matt) and his wife, Alison, of Charleston, S.C.; Paul and his wife, Kjerstin, of Orlando, Fla.; and Lloyd III of Winston-Salem; and four grandchildren, Matthew Dillon, Caroline (Carrie) Dillon, Jackson Dillon and Lucy Dillon. He was preceded in death by his mother and father; a son, David Lloyd Dillon; and his sister, Marian Dillon Morel.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 2, 2013, at Salem Funerals & Cremations, 120 South Main Street, Winston-Salem, N.C. Burial will follow at Holly Hill Memorial Park in Thomasville.
Flowers will be accepted or memorial donations may be made to the Salvation Army, Winston-Salem Area Command, 130-A Stratford Road, Winston-Salem, N.C. 27103, or made to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.salemfh.com.
James Hairston Jr.
TRINITY — Mr. James Hairston, Jr., 68, of Reavis St., Trinity, entered into eternal rest on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at High Point Regional Hospital after an extended illness.
James was born on June 16, 1944 to the late James Hairston, Sr. and Jessie Mae Alston in Guilford County. He graduated from William Penn High School Class of 1962. He retired from Darran Furniture Industries after many years of service.
He was a lifelong faithful member of Turners Chapel AME Church where he served on the Trustee Board, Men’s Usher Board and a Class Leader.
James enjoyed drag racing, fishing, all children, “his church” and being with his family.
James was preceded in death by his parents and three sisters, Betty Brown, Margie Hairston and Bonnie Hairston.
Left to cherish fond memories His Lovely wife of 48 years, Lydia “Naomi” Hairston, of the home; two sons, James (Megie) Hairston III of Trinity, Michael (Lisa) Hatchett of Asheboro, NC; six brothers, Julius Hairston Robert Hairston and Rodney (Rhonda) Hairston all of High Point, Elder Jesse K. (Diane) Hairston of Clemmons, NC, Bishop Dr. F.D.(Evangelist Sally) Hairston of Virginia and Elder Johnny Ray (Dianna) Hairston of Greensboro, NC; one sister, Beulah Hairston of High Point; five grandchildren; six great grandchildren; special friend Ruthie Hairston, and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Funeral will be 2 p.m., Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at Turners Chapel AME Church, 7615 Florence School Road. Burial will follow at Turners Chapel AME Church Cemetery. Visitation will be 1:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. and other times at the residence.
The family would like to express gratitude and sincere appreciation to the staffs of Cornerstone Healthcare Associates and Regional Wound Center who demonstrated acts of love and kindness beyond measure.
HIGH POINT — Mrs. Virginia Brown Hall, 86, passed away Saturday, March 30, 2013 at the Triad Health & Rehab. Arrangements are incomplete at Davis Funerals and Cremations.
TRINITY — Mrs. Julia Arewilder Hedgecock, 91, resident of Trinity died March 30th, 2013 at Hospice Home at High Point. Arrangements are pending at Cumby Family Funeral Service in Archdale.
PLEASANT GARDEN – Mr. Larry Hilton Lamm, 71, died Friday, March 29, 2013, at Moses Cone Medical Center. Larry was born on January 4, 1942 in Johnston County to the late Thomas Carl and Irma Radford Lamm. Larry was a retired teacher from Shelby and Ragsdale High Schools. He enjoyed working with antiques and also loved cooking and camping. Larry was an avid motorcyclist, but most of all he enjoyed spending time with his family. He attended Upper Black Creek Primitive Baptist Church in Lucama, NC.
Surviving are his wife, Sandra “Sandy” Atkins Lamm, of the home; two sons, Gregory Scott Lamm of Lexington and Thomas Kevin Lamm of Conway, SC; one brother, Anthony Lamm (Kathey) of Manteo, NC and one sister, Angie Croom (E.G.) of Littleton, NC.
A graveside service will be held at 1:00 PM Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at Shady Grove Wesleyan Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:00 - 8:00 PM Monday, April 1, at Hayworth-Miller Kernersville Chapel.
Memorials may be made to Upper Black Creek Primitive Baptist Church, 75 Ruth Road, Littleton, NC 27850.
Online condolences may be made to www.hayworth-miller.com
ARCHDALE — Carrie Ellen James Lewallen, 88, passed away Thursday March 28, 2013 at High Point Regional Hospital.
Carrie was born on May 14, 1924 to the late Smith Wesley James and Lula Matheson James. She was a longtime member of Springfield Friends Meeting. She belonged to the Martha Jay Sunday school class, as well as the Sara R. Haworth Circle. Carrie was an avid bowler for over 60 years, and enjoyed bowling every Tuesday morning with the Classic Senior League in High Point. She also followed the love of her life, Jimmie Lewallen, throughout his racing career and was known to compete herself. Carrie was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Jimmie Lewallen and a son, Howard Morrow.
Carrie is survived by daughter, Rita Walker and her husband Keith of Trinity; sons, Gary Lewallen and his wife Sandy of Trinity, Mark Lewallen and his wife Tracey of Richmond, VA; sisters, Tressie Greene of Boone, Joyce Skeen of Archdale; brother, Baxter James of Boone; 13 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, 3 great-great-grandchildren, as well as many special friends.
A celebration of Carrie’s life will be held Monday, April 1, 2013 at 2 pm at Springfield Friends Meeting, 555 E Springfield Road, High Point, with Pastor Ray Luther officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Viewing and visitation with the family will be held in the church sanctuary from 12 pm – 2 pm. The family will also receive friends in the fellowship hall after the services.
Memorials may be made to the Sara R. Haworth Circle, c/o Springfield Friends Meeting, 555 E Springfield Road, High Point, NC 27263. Online condolences may be made on Carrie’s memorial page at www.cumbyfuneral.com. Arrangements by Cumby Family Funeral Service, High Point.
HIGH POINT– Mrs. Betty Oglesby, 59, passed on Friday, March 29, 2013, at Hospice Home at High Point. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time at Phillips Funeral Service, Inc., High Point, NC.
HIGH POINT — Mr. James David “J. D.” Stafford, 53, resident of High Point, passed away March 28, 2013 at High Point Regional Hospital. A resident of this area for most his life, J. D. was born on November 25, 1959 in Grayson County Virginia to Yvetta Lee Wilson Stafford and Jimmy Edward Stafford. The love of J. D.’s life was Deboraha Stafford, with whom he had built his life with for nearly 32 years. On March 11, 1988, they married. James enjoyed blues music, playing guitar, and attending concerts. Surviving is his wife, Deboraha Stafford; mother, Yvetta Stafford; grandmother, Vada Wilson; brother, Greg Stafford (Christy) of Lenoir; sisters, Rhonda Cox (Greg) of Kernersville, Katie Howerton ( Donald Ray) of Stokesdale, and Christina Glover of Kernersville. Also surviving are his beloved dogs, Sugar, Squirt, Tarra, Sasha, Bella, and his cat, Pearl.
A celebration of J. D.’s life will be held at 2pm Tuesday at Church of Christ in Kernersville with Rev. Vance Holbrook officiating. Burial will follow in the Kernersville Church of Christ Cemetery. A meal will follow the committal service at the church, where all are invited to attend. The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 pm Monday at Sechrest Funeral Service, 120 Trindale Rd, Archdale. Pallbearers will be Milo Woods, David Kirkman, Ray Klumb, Keith Klumb, Kemp Wilson, and David McDaniel. Singers with be Robin Hinshaw and J. D.’s sisters in law.
Online condolences may be made at www.sechrestfunerals.net.
Glenda “Pete” Christman Taylor
HIGH POINT — Glenda “Pete” Hope Christman Taylor, 72, passed peacefully in her sleep and entered Heavens gates on March 24, 2013 at the Hospice Home of High Point in High Point, North Carolina. She was born April 7th, 1940 in Danville, Va. and married Wayne Devaughan Taylor, Sr. on March 2nd, 1957, who survives in the home.
Also surviving and supporting her in life and death are: daughters, Ora Annette Taylor Montag of High Point, NC and Angela Kaye Taylor Eddins of Archdale, NC; son Wayne “Dee” Devaughan Taylor, Jr. married to Debbie Taylor of Panama City, Fl; grandchildren Ken, Russha, Brandon, Amy, Tyson, Tessa, Becca, Curstin and Madison; great grandchildren Hannah, McKinlee and Elliott.
She is also survived by her brother, Phillip Christman of High Point, NC, sisters Joan Ferrante of Ponte Vedra, Fl., Bennie Phillips and husband Tony of Greensboro, NC, Deloris Rehak and husband Bill of Shreveport, LA and many beloved nieces and nephews.
Preceding her in death are: Father, Edwin Henry Christman; Son, Glenn Edwin Taylor; brothers Edwin “Eddie” Christman married to Vivian Christman (surviving) of Kodiak Island, AK and William Paul “Butch” Christman married to Janet Christman (surviving) of Greensboro, NC.
“Pete” enjoyed many hobbies during her life including fishing, playing bingo and keno, and cooking southern-comfort foods. She also enjoyed socializing with her friends on various blogs and special interest websites – especially high profile court cases – where she was known for her legal acuity, candor and straightforwardness always delivered with a sense of humor. But nothing gave “Nana” greater joy than spending time with those she loved most – her husband of 56 years, her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren – all lovingly referred to as “her babies.
Per her wishes, there will be no memorial service. Pete would like to thank all the professionals at the hospice home who made her last days so comfortable, and requested any memorials be directed to the Hospice Home of High Point at 1803 Westchester Drive, High Point, NC, 27262 in her memory.
THOMASVILLE — Mr. Terry Wayne Thayer, 64, a resident of 1994 Noahtown Road, passed away Thursday, March 28, 2013 in High Point Regional Hospital. Mr. Thayer will be cremated and private family services will be conducted.