Obituaries January 11, 2013

Jan. 10, 2013 @ 06:05 PM

Nancy Ward Barnes
JAMESTOWN — Mrs. Nancy Ward Barnes, 82, passed away Jan. 8, 2013, at High Point Regional Hospital.
Mrs. Barnes was born on Feb. 5, 1930, in Jamestown, NC  to Lawrence and Elizabeth Ward.  She was a graduate of Jamestown High School and was a member of Bales Wesleyan Church.
Nancy was preceded in death by her parents and a daughter,  Kay Lewis.  She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Henry Barnes, a daughter, Faye Perry and her husband Henry Perry, 2 sons, Larry Barnes and Kenneth Barnes, 2 grandsons, Daniel Lewis and girlfriend Paula Johnson and Matthew Perry and  fiance Brandie Tew.   She is also survived by 3 siblings, Julia Mae Wofford, Juanita Ward and James Ward.
Special thanks to Deborah Kennedy and Stephanie Bussard for their loving care during Nancy’s illness.
In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to the ALS Association, the Alzheimer’s Association or the charity of the donor’s choice. The family will be receiving visitors at the home in Jamestown, Friday Jan. 11, from 6-8 p.m.

Harold W. Cruse
SMYRNA, Ga. — Harold W. Cruse (90), a resident of Smyrna, Georgia, passed away on Jan. 7, 2013.
Mr. Cruse moved to Smyrna, Georgia, from Morehead City, North Carolina, in 2008. He became a resident of Delmar Gardens of Smyrna nursing facility shortly after his relocation.
Mr. Cruse leaves behind a daughter, Linda Cruse Moffat (Roger) of Morehead City, North Carolina; son, Kevin Cruse (Bridgett) of Smyrna, Georgia and granddaughter, Mia Cruse of Atlanta, Georgia. Mr. Cruse was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Lillie Bell Cruse in 2008.
Memorial service will be held on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, at 3 p.m. in the chapel of Carl M. Williams Funeral Directors, Inc., 492 Larkin Street, SW, Atlanta, Georgia,

Verda Dozier
HIGH POINT — Mrs. Verda Mazelle Gaddy Dozier, 85 of High Point passed away on Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, at her residence.  She was born Feb. 15, 1927, to the late Thomas and Francis McCoy Gaddy.
Mazelle as she was affectionately called was employed with numerous companies throughout her life but later retired from Holiday Inn after many years of service.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by two brothers, William , James Gaddy; one sister, Mary Lee Gaddy and a niece, Annette Gaddy Leak.
Mazelle leaves to cherish her memories one sister,  Barbara Gaddy of the home; two nieces; Shearl Gaddy and Vermonica Gaddy both of the home;  three nephews; William (Cornelia) McFadden of Hampton, VA, Arthur (Teresa) McFadden of Reidsville, NC and Tony Anthony Gaddy of High Point;  a special great niece and nephew, Sheila Gaddy and Jerry Bailey both of the home; special cousins, Pastor Mary (David) Long and Dianne McFadden all of High Point; there are other love ones and many friends.
Funeral service will commence on Saturday Jan. 12, 2013 at 2 p.m. at People’s Funeral Service Chapel 1404 English Road. Visitation will be held at 1:30 until 2 p.m. Burial will follow in Oakwood Memorial Park. You may express your online condolences at

Marjorie Francis Foster
HIGH POINT — Margie Foster passed gracefully into her Father’s arms on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013.
Born and raised in Asheville, NC. Margie graduated Woodfin High School as Valedictorian, and received her Associates Degree in Business from Mars Hill College where she met her husband of 63 years Tom Foster.
Margie’s life centered on loving her Lord, her family, and all those that God brought into her life.  She treated everyone with a love and grace that made them feel like family, and she radiated a peacefulness that was felt by all. Contentment, gratefulness and grace are words that describe her well. She continued to be active: traveling, exercising, and participating in activities with her church and at River Landings where she lived.
She raised a wonderful family of 4 boys, Tom (& Beverly, Greensboro), David (& Mary, Raleigh), Jeff (& Judy, Greensboro), Chuck (& Tammy, Kernersville), and 1 daughter, Sharon Milligan (Hickory). She was very proud of her 9 grandchildren: Erin Foster, Katie Foster, Christine Foster, Jason Foster, Emily Harmon, Scott Foster, Brian Foster, Mikala Milligan, Ashley Milligan.
Her husband, John Thomas Foster Sr., preceded her in death.
Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Saturday at Fairfield United Methodist Church with the Reverend Jill Auman officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.  The family will greet friends in the church fellowship hall Saturday from noon until 2 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Fairfield United Methodist Church, 1515 NC 62 West, High Point, NC  27263. Online condolences may be made on Mrs. Foster’s memorial page at  Arrangements by Cumby Family Funeral Service, High Point.

Lorene A. Garner
ASHEBORO — Lorene Frances Apple Garner, 85, of Asheboro, died Jan. 9, 2013.
A funeral service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday at Huldah Baptist Church.

Jeffrey Hedrick
CHARLOTTE — Jeffrey Keith Hedrick, 46, of Therrell Farms Road, died Jan. 9, 2013, at his home.
A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Hedrick’s Grove United Church of Christ.

Todd Lambeth
LEXINGTON — Todd Henry Lambeth died Jan. 8, 2013.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. in the Thomasville Funeral Home Chapel.

Larry Lowry
BURLINGTON - Larry T. Lowry, 58, died January 9, 2013. 
Cremation services entrusted to Triad Cremation Society & Chapel.

Euzelia Johnson
LEXINGTON — Euzelia Lopp Curry Johnson, 98, of Holly Grove Road, died Jan. 9, 2013, at the home of her daughter in Winston-Salem.
The funeral will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Holly Grove Lutheran Church.

Stanley Oliver
RANDOLPH COUNTY — Stanley Marvin Oliver, 66, died January 10, 2013. 
Cremation services entrusted to Triad Cremation Society & Chapel.

Gussie Pearson
THOMASVILLE — Mr. Gussie Edwards Pearson, 50, passed away Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, at Thomasville Medical Center, Thomasville, N.C.
Celebration of Life Services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, at Emmanuel Baptist Church with a family visitation being held 30 minutes prior to the service. A viewing will be held Friday, Jan. 11, 2012 from 1:30–8 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will take place at Oakwood Cemetery, High Point, N.C.
Gussie leaves to cherish his memories, his mother, Glorious B. Wilson (Joseph) of Mount Pleasant, SC; two sisters, Regina W. Smith (Paul) of Thomasville, N.C. and Francesca P. Dingle of Summerton, SC; one brother, Derek T. Pearson of Thomasville, NC, and a host of stepsisters, stepbrothers, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives and friends.
Professional Services entrusted to Prominence Funeral Home, Thomasville, N.C.

Michael Van Royals
ARCHDALE — Michael Van Royals, 60, passed away, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, at his residence.
He was the loving husband of Peggy (Reece) Royals to whom he was married to for 41 years. Mr. Royals was born on June 22, 1952 in High Point, a son of Robert Van Royals of Archdale and the late Mildred (Cagle) Royals.
He was a U.S. Army Military Police veteran serving his country from 1972-1974 after which he attended Davidson County Community College for two years in their Law Enforcement  Department. He then worked for various local companies in their traveling sales departments for 27 years. In his spare time he enjoyed bass fishing, reading, spending quality time with his family, and sharing his witty sense of humor to those he loved.
Mr. Royals was a member of Trinity Memorial United Methodist Church, Trinity.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Royals is survived by two sons, Brandon Royals of Archdale, and Robert Royals who is currently serving in the U.S. Air Force in Biloxi, MS; two grandchildren, Jordan Royals and Savannah Royals, both of Lexington; a sister Sandy (Royals) Staton and her husband, Sherman of Archdale; several nieces and nephews; and his beloved cocker spaniel, Ginger.
A celebration of life service will be at noon Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, at the chapel of Cumby Family Funeral Service, 206 Trindale Road, Archdale with Pastor Faye Herbin officiating. Burial will follow in Floral Garden Memorial Park. A visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Online condolences may be left on Mr. Royals’s memorial page at Arrangements made by Cumby Family Funeral Service, Archdale.

Hoke B. Smith Jr.
ASHEBORO — Hoke B. (HB) Smith, Jr., 92, died Jan. 1, 2013 at Randolph Hospice House, Asheboro, NC.
He had been in declining health for several months. The longtime resident of Wellington St., High Point, NC is survived by his wife, Elizabeth (Betty) Atkinson Smith of Westchester Manor Nursing Home, High Point, a son William David Smith of Newnan, GA and a sister Julia Ann Smith of Clarkton, NC as well as a granddaughter, Robyn Smith Dalby and grandsons Timothy H. Smith, Eric S. Smith and Steven B. Smith. Hoke was also the father of two deceased sons, Hoke B. Smith, III and John Larry Smith.
A memorial service will be held Saturday Jan. 19, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Lebanon United Methodist Church, High Point. Instead of flowers memorials may be made to Randolph Hospice House, Asheboro, NC.

Eddie Charles Thrift
THOMASVILLE — Eddie Charles Thrift, affectionately known as Rooster, died Thursday Jan. 10, 2013.
He was preceded in death by his father Eddie Lee Thrift. He is survived by his mother Betty Portis Thrift, four loving sons, Chuck Thrift (wife Beth), Brock Thrift, Justin Thrift, and Hunter Thrift. He also survived by four siblings; Wayne (wife Linda Carol), Rodney Thrift (wife Jo Ann), and Susan Thrift Mabe. He was Paw-Paw to Lily, Gaston, Kiersten, and Emmitt. He was an uncle to nieces Shannon, Megan, Lindsay, Cortney, Ashley, and Tia and nephews Gary and Scott.
Eddie was owner of Thrift Motor Company. His passions were his grandchildren, golf, and guitar. He attended and was loved by many at Central Wesleyan Church in Thomasville. Rooster had many friends, and if you were his friend you were his friend for life. His smile, laugh, and personality would light up a room. He will be missed by anyone who knew him.
The family will receive friends and family at Central Wesleyan in Thomasville on Saturday from 1-2:30 p.m. with the funeral to follow.  In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Hunter Thrift Educational Fund or Central Wesleyan of Thomasville.  A private burial for the family will be held at a later date.

Willie Mae York
THOMASVILLE — Mrs. Willie Mae Harper York, 88, a resident of E. Holly Hill Rd. has entered her heavenly home on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, at the Henry Etta & Bruce Hinkle Hospice House.
She was born on Aug. 3, 1924 in Purcell, Oklahoma to Willie Wiley Harper and Lottie Roark Harper and moved to Lexington where she met Troy Aaron York, who she married on December 27, 1941.
Willie was a member of Carolina Memorial Baptist Church and the Ladies #1 Sunday School Class.  When she could no longer attend, she received a tape every week of the services and always loved to listen to gospel music.  Willie retired from Ragan Knitting.  She was preceded in death by her parents, 5 brothers, Demus, Carl, Hulin, Harold, and Harvey Harper; 3 sisters, Rozelle Lanier, Francis Byrd, and Daisy Lee Brown.  She has also joined her precious husband, Troy Aaron York and loving daughter, Sandra York Everhart.
Her memory will lovingly last on through her surviving sons and daughters, Troy Aaron York, Jr. (Sonny) of Kernersville, Darrell Lynn York and wife Sylvia, Connie Sue Wilfong and husband Rick, and Patricia Meredith (Pat) and husband Ron, all of Thomasville.  She was a loving grandmother of 11 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren, and has many special nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be held on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, at 11 a.m. at the J.C. Green & Sons Funeral Home Chapel in Thomasville with Rev. Bynum Orr officiating.  Burial will follow in Holly Hill Memorial Park Cemetery. 
The family will be at the funeral home on Friday from 6-8 p.m. and at other times at the home of her daughter, Pat, 7352 Oak Bucket Road, Thomasville.  Memorials may be directed to Hospice of Davidson County, 200 Hospice Way, Lexington, NC 27292 or to Alzheimer’s Association, PO Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011.
The family would like to thank everyone who visited or sent cards, prayers, and kind thoughts to Willie Mae while at Carolina House in Lexington.  On-line condolences may be sent to the York family at