Obituaries April 24, 2014

Apr. 24, 2014 @ 06:00 PM

Ernestine Amos
HIGH POINT — Ernestine Rice Amos, 79, died on Monday, April 21, 2014, at Westchester Manor Nursing Center in High Point. Mrs. Amos was born on December 2, 1934, in High Point, to Ernest G. and Eleanor J. Rice. She was a graduate of High Point Senior High School and Ashemore Business College. A homemaker and community volunteer, Mrs. Amos had a passion for life and living. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends, cooking, entertaining, gardening and traveling. Mrs. Amos was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Lee Amos Jr., in 1981, and by her sister, Beulah Rice Raulston Vaughan, in 2012.
She is survived by her brother, Theodore Rice and wife, Barbara, of High Point. Also surviving are her nephews, Keith Raulston, wife Reca, son Ian and his wife, Holly, and daughter Phoebe, of Thomasville; Bobby Rice, wife Helen, and sons Jake, Brad, Clif and Stan of High Point; and Kerry Rice, wife Cindy, and daughter Katie of High Point.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 25, 2014, at the mausoleum at Guilford Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Hospice of the Piedmont, 1801 Westchester Drive, High Point, N.C. 27262. Arrangements are by Sechrest Funeral Service in High Point.

Elease Avery
HIGH POINT — Mrs. Elease Avery, 98, passed away on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at River Landing at Sandy Ridge. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time at Phillips Funeral Service, Inc., High Point, N.C.

Dorothy “Dot” Hardwick
HIGH POINT — Mrs. Dorothy “Dot” Lorene Hardwick, 81, passed away Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at the Hinkle Hospice House. Mrs. Hardwick  was born in Dillon, S.C., June 16, 1932, a daughter of the late Jasper Leonard Hayes and Eutha Snipes Hayes. She worked for many years at Arrow International. Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, Bennie Tillman Hardwick Jr.
Surviving are four daughters, Patricia Byrd and companion, Jim Williard, of Kernersville, Diane Henderson and companion, Mike Pack, of Lexington, Alice Pires and husband, Frank, of Trinity, and Tammie Collins and husband, Aaron, of Thomasville; a sister, Lannie Rippy and daughter, Linda Mateer, of Trinity, and son, Charles Grant of Dillon, S.C.; two brothers, Everett Hayes and wife Sonya and Gilbert Hayes and wife Hazel, both of Florence, SC; seven grandchildren, Ritchie Byrd, Wayne Alford and wife Cindi and children Dylan and Lindzie, Angie Chisamore and husband, Andre, and children Shayna, Brittany and Breanna, Larry Alford and wife, Alison, and children Jessica, Jacob Jenna, Emma and Eastyn, Crystal Mabe and husband Brandon, Andrea Pires and children, Michael, Deashia, Aaiyah, Nathaniel and Rylan, Lee Phillips and companion, Amanda, and children, Carlee and Branson.
A Celebration of Life service will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Davis Funerals and Cremations Chapel by the Rev. Roger Collins. Entombment will follow in Floral Garden Mausoleum. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Friday from 7 until 9 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed Hospice of Davidson County. Online condolences may be made at

Harry “Cornell” Johnson Jr.
HIGH POINT — Harry “Cornell” Johnson Jr., 76, of High Point, passed away on April 17, 2014, son of the late Harry Cornell Johnson Sr. and Alma Elizabeth Seckler Johnson. Born February 18, 1938, in Madison, N.C., the family settled in High Point in 1941. He is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Jane Christopher Ripley Johnson, and his beloved sister, Jane Wodison Johnson Yates, of Charlotte. Also surviving are four children, sons Harry Cornell Johnson III of Durham, Bryan Scott Johnson of Durham, Gregory Andrew Johnson of Thomasville and daughter Christopher Tallichet Johnson Roby of Raleigh, seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was also the grandfather of the late Joshua Cornell Johnson.
Cornell graduated from High Point High School in 1956 where he played baseball, ran track and excelled at football where he played for Coach Tony Simeon on the Varsity team for four years, played in the Shrine Bowl in ‘56, was All Conference in ‘54, All State team in ‘55 and ‘56, on the All Star team ‘55 and ‘56, won Most Valuable Player of AAA Conference ‘55 and ‘56. He was inducted with the inaugural class into the High Point Central High School Sports Hall of Fame in 2013.
After high school, he attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on an athletic scholarship in 1956 -1957 and was a standout running back (halfback) on the Freshman squad.  He then transferred to the University of Alabama on scholarship to play for Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant. Cornell played in the 1959 Liberty Bowl and 1960 Blue Bonnet Bowl for the Crimson Tide and was a trainer for the 1961 and 1962 teams. He graduated from University of Alabama with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education in 1961. As well as excelling in football, Cornell was a Golden Gloves boxer and competed through high school and college.
Mr. Johnson worked for Thomasville Furniture; first in the personnel department and later as a plant manager at Plant C. Cornell also worked many years for American Drew (LADD Furniture) and Stanton Cooper Furniture Co. in High Point. He was a member of the Mercury Athletic Club, the “A” club at University of Alabama and member of Colonial Country Club for almost 50 years where he enjoyed many lasting friendships and loved playing golf every weekend. He will be truly missed by friends and family. Services will be held at 10 a.m. this Friday, April 25, 2014, at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 108 W. Farris Ave., High Point, with reception following in the Parrish Hall. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Matthew Gfeller Sport - Related Traumatic Brain Injury Research Center at UNC Hospitals,

Julia Johnson
ASHEBORO — Mrs. Julia Mae McLain Johnson, 64, of Asheboro, died Tuesday, April 22, 2014. A funeral service is scheduled for 12 p.m. Friday, April 25, 2014, at Ridge Funeral Home. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Friday, April 25, 2014, at Ridge Funeral Home and other times at the home of Betty Alsbrook, 221 N. Elm Street, Asheboro. Arrangements by Ridge Funeral Home & Cremation Service.

T.G. Madison Jr.
JAMESTOWN — T.G. Madison Jr., 80, of Jamestown died Tuesday at his home. Funeral services 11 a.m. Saturday at Jamestown United Methodist Church. Interment will be private. Visitation Friday from 5 until 7 p.m. in the church fellowship hall. Arrangements by Cumby Family Funeral Service, High Point.

Gurney McDonald
HIGH POINT — Gurney Virgil McDonald, age 100, passed away on Tuesday, April 22, 2014. Born in Randolph County on October 30, 1913, he was the son of the late William Lacy McDonald and Minnie Cross McDonald. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Mary Josephine Craven McDonald; son, James Farrell McDonald; and nine brothers.
Gurney retired as a mechanic from E.F. Craven Company after 36 years of service. He leaves behind his daughter, Delores M. Underwood of Rocky Mount; sons, Joseph H. McDonald and wife Helen of Bethany, Okla., and Gary W. McDonald and wife, Linda, of Supply, N.C.; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A service to remember Gurney will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 25, 2014, at Wheeler and Woodlief Funeral Home with Rev. Tim Hogan officiating. Visitation with the family will follow the service. At 11 a.m. on Saturday, there will be a graveside service held for Gurney at Forest Lawn Cemetery. 3901 Forest Lawn Drive, Greensboro, N.C., where he will be laid to rest beside his wife, Josephine.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to English Road Baptist Church, 1111 English Road, High Point, N.C. 27262; West Mount Baptist Church, 8487 West Mount Drive, Rocky Mount, N.C. 27803 or a charity of your choice. Arrangements entrusted to Wheeler and Woodlief Funeral Home, 1130 N. Winstead Avenue, Rocky Mount, N.C. 27804. You may share memories and condolences with the family by visiting

Elizabeth “Lib” Morris
CLEMMONS — Mrs. Elizabeth Covington “Lib” Morris, age 89, formerly of Hanesbrook Ave., Clemmons, and of Farmer Rd., Denton, died Friday, April 18, at Regency Care in Clemmons. A graveside inurnment service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, April 26, 2014, at the Denton Town Cemetery. The family will greet friends immediately following the graveside service. Briggs Funeral Home in Denton is serving the family of Mrs. Morris. Online condolences can be made at

Brenda C. Ploof
HIGH POINT — Mrs. Brenda C. Ploof, 71, resident of High Point, died April 4, 2014, at Providence Hospital in Columbia, S.C. Mrs. Ploof was born July 23, 1942, in Mars Hill, N.C., daughter to the late Leona Chandler. Mrs. Ploof was a long time resident of High Point and was employed by Baker, Knapp, and Tubbs Furniture for over 35 years at the time of her death.
Surviving is her daughter, Tina Duker, and grandsons, Samuel and Benjamin Duker, of Elgin, S.C.; her son, Robert Ploof and grandson Maxwell Ploof of High Point; and a brother, Junior Chandler and wife, Betty Chandler, of Archdale.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 10, 2014, at Church of God of Prophesy, 211 Ward Street, High Point. The family will receive visitation from 1 - 2 p.m. prior to the service. The family is requesting in lieu of cut flower arrangements that potted plants be sent which will be used in a memorial garden in Mrs. Ploof’s remembrance.

Gary Robbins
THOMASVILLE — Carl “Gary” Robbins, 68, passed away on Monday, April 21 2014, at Forsyth Medical Center after four months of poor health. Born on April 9, 1946, in Guilford County to Worth C. Robbins and Juanita L. Causey Robbins, who preceded him in death.
Gary was the owner and operator of Robbins Trucking, Inc. During his 46 year career he made many friends from coast to coast. Truck driving was not only his business, but a true passion in his life. Gary was larger than life. He was a man who never met a stranger and always had a heartwarming smile that could light up any room.
When he was not on the road he enjoyed traveling with his wife, and golfing with his family and friends. Gary has left a void in many lives, but he will always be remembered in everyone’s heart. Gary will be terribly missed by all. Gary was a loving husband and devoted father, adoring grandfather and great grandfather.  
He is survived by his loving wife Patsy “Pat” Robbins of the home, daughters; Sonja Harrison and husband, Brian, of Archdale, Sherry Martin and husband, David, of Sophia, Tonya Hunter and husband, Cliff, of Archdale, and Kelly Dunn of Archdale; sister, Frances Jones Burchette and husband, Grover, of Winston Salem; grandchildren, Clint Harrison of Randleman, Blake Stiegman of Thomasville, Misti Hunter Lee and husband, Josh, of Archdale, Laura Harrison LaPolice and husband, Jonathon, of Gastonia, N.C.,  Brock Hunter of Archdale, Angelo Dunn of Fort Drum, N.Y., Evan Harrison and Kegan Dunn of Archdale; great-grandchildren, Jackson Hunter Lee and Gracelyn Ray LaPolice, and godson, Marlon Morris of Charleston, S.C.
Pallbearers will be his six grandsons, Clinton Harrison, Blake Stiegman, Brock Hunter, Angelo Dunn, Evan Harrison and Kegan Dunn. Honorary Pallbearers are Marlon Morris, Josh Lee, and Jonathon LaPolice. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday April 24, 2014, at Cumby Family Funeral Service in Archdale. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, April 25, 2014, in the chapel with Pastor Brent Tysinger officiating followed by entombment in the Mausoleum in Floral Gardens Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Thomasville Medical Center Foundation in Gary’s name. NHFTMC 207 Old Lexington Road Thomasville, N.C., 27360 Att: Susan Reec. Condolences may be made through Arrangements were made through Cumby Family Funeral Service in Archdale.

Richard B. Seagraves
GREENSBORO — Richard B. Seagraves, 52, passed away on Tuesday, April 22, 2014. Cremation Services entrusted to Triad Cremation Society & Chapel.

Ava Rose Williams
GREENSBORO — Baby Ava Rose Williams, 7 weeks, died on Tuesday, April 22, 2014. Cremation Services entrusted to Triad Cremation Society & Chapel.

Freida E. Williamson
TRINITY — Mrs. Freida Elizabeth Clement Williamson, 77, a resident of Trinity, passed away Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at her home. A resident of this area all of her life, Mrs. Williamson was born on October 30, 1936, in Randolph County to the late Thomas Fred and Annie Bunton Clement. She was of the Baptist faith and a member of Gospel Baptist Church in Archdale. The joy of her life was her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence Williamson Jr., and a daughter, Karen W. Lyons. Surviving is her daughter, Janet Gray and her husband, Russ, of Sophia; son-in-law, Dennis Lyons of Randleman; step-sons, Lawrence Williamson III and his wife, Judy, of Badin Lake, Barry Williamson and his wife, Rosemary, of Thomasville, and Ronnie Williamson and his wife Donna of Stoney Creek; a sister, Linda Goss of Georgia; and a brother, Thomas Fred Clement, Jr. of High Point.  Also surviving are her three grandsons, Jim Akines and his wife, Chelsea, Josh Akines and his wife, Kylie, and Christoher Lyons and his wife, Lori; and six great-grandchildren, Aaron, Declan Xander, Avery, Timmy and Mia.
A celebration of Mrs. Williamson’s life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in the chapel of Sechrest Funeral Service, 120 Trindale Rd., Archdale, with Rev. Frank Gribble officiating. Interment will follow in Floral Garden Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff of Dr. Wynne Woodyear and her staff at Cornerstone Healthcare, the staff of Hospice of the Piedmont, and her caregiver, Haileigh Vanhoy, for their kindness and compassion shown to Mrs. Williamson. Memorial contributions may be directed to Hospice of the Piedmont, 1801 Westchester Drive, High Point, N.C. 27262. Online condolences may be made on Mrs. Williamson’s memorial page at Arrangements by Sechrest Funeral Service, Archdale. 

Betty Woodlief
DENTON — Mrs. Betty Louise Wynne Woodlief, age 76, of Denton, died Sunday, April 20, at Thomasville Medical Center. A graveside service will be held 11 a.m. Thursday at Mountain View Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends on Thursday from 10 to 10:45 a.m. at Briggs Funeral Home in Denton. Online condolences can be made at