Obituaries May 17, 2013

May. 16, 2013 @ 06:40 PM

Kenneth Bowen 

“I will lift up mine eyes unto the hill from whence cometh my help, my help cometh from the Lord.”

Psalms 121

HIGH POINT — Kenneth Oneal “Neal” Bowen was born on January 16, 1941, to Reverend Harvey Bowen and Bettie Hall Bowen in Columbus County, NC. Early Monday morning, May 13, 2013, God gently called him to his eternal reward. In addition to his parents, Neal was predeceased by six siblings: Harvey Lee Clair, Jackson, Otis and Sidney Bowen, Mary Wright and Cleola Lendon.

He was a graduate of Armour High School in Riegelwood, NC. Neal met his academic requirements to become a licensed barber at Harris Barber College in Raleigh, NC, in 1964. He was president of the student body while there.

After completion of his duties in the US Army, Neal made his residence in High Point, NC. He became the proud owner and operator of Neal’s Barber Shop in 1975. His business was expanded to include a beauty salon in 1982. In addition to operating his business, Neal was the contract barber for the Department of Corrections in High Point, NC.

The epitome of the ultimate professional, Neal extended his service to his profession by serving as president of the Majestic Barber Association. He was also a member of the Piedmont Cosmetology Association.

Neal was wise, a man of words with a quick wit and with a humorous story always ready. He was generous with his talents, his time, his gifts and his love. He loved nature sunrises at the beach, the majesty of the mountains and the changing of the seasons.

Surviving to cherish the memory of their beloved Neal are: his loving and devoted wife of 44 years, Margaret Potter Bowen; his son and daughter-in-law, Carlos Neal and Jacquanisha Bowen of High Point, NC; god-sons, Kevin McCoy and B.J. Parker, Jr.of High Point, NC; two sisters, Josie Lovette of High Point, NC, and Dottie Brown and husband Samuel of Riegelwood, NC; two brothers, Marvin Felton Bowen and wife, Mary, and James Bowen and wife Annie of Bolton, NC; sisters-in-law, Mary Potter of Sacramento, CA, Velva Mock and husband Benny, and Sara Atkinson of High Point, NC, Eloise Bowen and Nancy Bowen of Bolton, NC, and Dorothy Bowen of Wilmington, NC; brother-in-law, Clyde Potter and wife Helen, of Phinex City, AL; a loyal friend, he called his “play sister”, Ethel Tillman of High Point, NC; a dutiful and godly caregiver, Minister Cynthia Grant of Greensboro, NC; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Neal was also blessed to be surrounded and loved by many friends.

Funeral service will be held on Saturday, May 18, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church, 716 Leonard Avenue, with Reverend F.O. Bass and Bishop Cranford Davis officiating. Interment will follow at Carolina Biblical Gardens, Jamestown, NC. The family will receive friends at the church from 10:O0 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. and other times at 2708 Pinelyn Dr., High Point, NC.

Final arrangements are entrusted to Phillips Funeral Service, Inc. High Point, NC.

Online condolences may be made to the Bowen family at


Robert Butcher

GREENSBORO — Robert Butcher, 70, passed away on Wednesday, May 8, 2013. Cremation services entrusted to Triad Cremation Society & Chapel.


Clarence Franklin Davis

HIGH POINT — Mr. Clarence Franklin Davis, 96, resident of 3624 Fairlane St., died Wednesday evening in the Hospice Home of High Point.

Mr. Davis was born Jan. 24, 1917, in Landrum, S.C., a son of Thomas C. and Anne Davis. He had been a resident of High Point since 1961 and was a retired employee of Lyles Chevrolet Co. Mr. Davis was a member of the Landrum Masonic Lodge #278 since 1954 and a Shriner for more than 60 years. He was a member of Green Street Baptist Church for 50 years. On March 2, 1940, he married Cornelia Blackwell Davis, who survives of the home.

Also surviving are 4 sons, Clarence Davis Jr. and wife Marion of Taylors, S.C., Edward Davis and wife Beverly of Trinity, Gerald Davis and wife Bonnie, and Donnie Davis and wife Cindy, both of High Point; 7 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren; and 3 great-great grandchildren. Mr. Davis was 1 of 13 brothers and sisters.

Funeral services will be conducted Sunday at 2:00 p.m. from the Chapel of Cumby Family Funeral Service in High Point. Interment will follow in Guilford Memorial Park Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Saturday evening from 6 until 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorials may be directed to Hospice of the Piedmont, 1801 Westchester Dr., High Point, N.C. 27262.

Online condolences may be sent to


Donald Eric Craig

BROWN SUMMIT — Donald Eric Craig, 32, died Monday April 29, 2013, in Brown Summit, NC.

Mr. Craig was born October 22, 1980, in Wyoming, WV, to Donald Lee and Carol Ann Belcher Craig.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Eric is survived by his beloved wife, Jennifer Craig; sister, Donna Lea Craig; brothers; Dwayne Craig, Darrel Thompson, David Thompson; mother-in-law Margie Ann Johnson; father-in-law, Roger Lee Johnson; brother-in-law, Roger Lee Johnson Jr.; and nieces, Meagan Victoria Elwick and Natalie Marie Johnson.

The family will receive friends Friday, May 3, 2013, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Thomasville Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held between visitation times at 7:00 p.m. in the funeral home chapel.

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John Donald Elkes

ARCHDALE — John Donald Elkes, 83, of Hollywood, Florida, passed away at his home on Sunday, May 12, 2013.

He was born in Socastee, South Carolina, on October 24, 1929, son of John and Rena Bell (Dubose) Elkes.

John and his family moved to Lakeland, Florida, and eventually moved to Miami in 1957 where they lived for 40 years. Before his retirement in 1993, John began his career with Seaboard Coast Line Railroad (Amtrak) for 35 years.

Survivors include his son, Michael Elkes; two grandchildren, Michael John and Brittany Elizabeth Elkes; sisters, Gladys Henderson, Irene Ward and Betty Chambers and her husband Bill. John was preceded in death by his first wife, Elizabeth (Tuttle) Elkes in 1985 and his second wife, Jessie (Stone) Elkes in 2008; his son Bryce Elkes; and daughter-in-law, Cheryl Leonard Elkes; and his sister, Pauline Elkes Pfosi.

A celebration of life service will be at 12:00 p.m. Friday, May 17, 2013, at the chapel of Cumby Family Funeral Service, 206 Trindale Road, Archdale, with Pastor Frank Dixon officiating. A visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Floral Garden Memorial Park.

Condolences may be left on Mr. Elkes’s memorial page at

Arrangements made by Cumby Family Funeral Service, High Point.


Jimmie Lonnie Harris

LEXINGTON — Jimmie Lonnie Harris, 97, of Lexington, passed Monday, May 13, 2013. Funeral service will be Saturday at noon at Ezekiel AME Zion Church with family visitation an hour before the service. Arrangements are in the care of Roberts Funeral Service.


Jerry B. Harvell

THOMASVILLE — Jerry B. Harvell, a resident of Thomasville, died Thursday, May 16, 2013, at his home. Funeral arrangements are pending and will be announced by Cumby Family Funeral Service in Archdale.


Joseph Huff

HIGH POINT — Mr. Joseph Huff, 69, passed on Thursday, May 16, 2013, at High Point Regional Hospital. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time at Phillips Funeral Service, Inc., High Point, NC.


Carolyn Jacobs

HIGH POINT – Ms. Carolyn Jacobs, 50, of 206 S. Scientific Street, Apt. F, went home to be with her Heavenly Father on Wednesday, May 15, 2013, at Hospice Home after a short battle with cancer.

Carolyn was born on October 27, 1962, to James and Catherine Bridges Jacobs in Marlboro County, SC, but lived in High Point, NC, all of her life. She attended the Guilford County Schools and went a semester at GTCC before going to work at American Express. Carolyn was also employed at Torch Products and Ciba-Geigy. She was a lifelong member of the Church of God of Prophecy where she served as a Sunday School Teacher, Choir Director and was an Assistant Youth Leader. Carolyn had a special passion for her church family, friends and never met a stranger.

She was preceded in death by one brother, Randy Jacobs.

Surviving to cherish her memories are her daughter, Kiara Tenka Jacobs of the home; parents, James Sr. and Catherine Jacobs; one sister, Kathy Wright; one brother, James Jacobs, Jr., all of High Point, NC; eight aunts, eight uncles, special cousins, Elaine Horton, Annie Ruth Clemmons, god children, Tasha Johnson, Niki Bridges, Brittney Smiley and Grayson Webb who won her heart; three nieces, Monica Reed, Kayla Lindsay and Chyna Jacobs, other relatives and friends.

Funeral service will be held on Saturday, May 18 2013, at 2:00 p.m. at Temple Memorial Baptist Church, 1458 Cedrow Dr. Interment will follow at Guilford Memorial Park, Greensboro, NC. The family will receive friends on Friday from 7:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Phillips Funeral Service Chapel, 1810 Brockett Ave, High Point, NC.

Final arrangements are entrusted to Phillips Funeral Service, Inc.

Online condolences may be made to the Jacobs family at


Jack Herbert Lanier

DENTON — Mr. Jack Herbert Lanier, 85, of Gravel Hill Road, Denton, NC, died Wednesday, May 15, at his residence. Funeral will be at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at Briggs Funeral Home Memorial Chapel. Interment will follow at Gravel Hill Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family will see friends from 6:00 until 9:00 p.m. Friday at Briggs Funeral Home in Denton. Online condolences may be made at


George Richard Straka III

HIGH POINT — Mr. George Richard Straka III, 81, of High Point passed away May 16 in the Hospice Home at High Point.

Mr. Straka was born November 30, 1931, in Southern Pines, NC, to George Richard Jr. and Helena Vick Straka.

He graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University and served his country in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict in the Submarines on the U.S.S. Rasher.

Mr. Straka had been a resident of High Point since 1977 and retired from the High Point Enterprise after 11 years of service as Business Manager. He then worked part time with friend Howard Altizer at Altizer & Company as Comptroller until last November. He was of the Presbyterian faith.

George had a quick wit, enjoyed his daily crossword puzzle and crypto-quote, was a good cook and dabbled in gardening. He was a bird watcher, accidental squirrel feeder and loved his hummingbirds. George enjoyed his longtime “crew” of friends here in High Point and spent many afternoons with them out on his deck listening to his “oldies but goodies” music and singing along.

He is survived by his sister Dorothy Cochrane (Sam) of Pompton Lakes, NJ; their children and grandchildren; his son, James V. (Terri) of Hickory, NC, and their children (Weston and Kelli); son George Richard IV (aka Chip) of High Point, NC; and daughter, Kathryn Layne and “grand-dog” Mia of Charlotte, NC; nephew, Michael Straka (Sharon) of Ft. Worth, TX; son of George’s brother, Robert James and Ruth G. Straka of Southern Pines, NC (deceased); and Michael’s children, Christy Straka of Wilmington, NC, and Kerry Straka Jones (Rob) and their children, also of Wilmington, NC, and Chris Collins (Kelly) and their daughter of Claudville, VA.

Like George’s favorite singer good ole “Frankie Baby” Frank Sinatra, he “did it his way...”

In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to Hospice of the Piedmont, 1801 Westchester Drive, High Point, NC 27262. Please share your condolences with the family at

Family will receive visitors Friday, May 17, 2013, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Sechrest Funeral Home in High Point.