Obituaries May 19, 2013

May. 18, 2013 @ 06:52 PM

Shirley Rogers Archie
HIGH POINT —Mrs. Shirley Rogers Archie, 78, formerly of Terrell Drive departed this life on Tuesday, May 14, 2013, at Woodland Hill Center, Asheboro, N.C.
Shirley was born on Oct. 24, 1934, to the late Julius Rogers and Lucy Cruse Rogers.  Her parents passed at an early age; therefore she was raised by her grandmother, the late Anna Cruse and late aunt, Thelma Bruton.  She was also preceded in death by husband, Robert L. Archie Sr., and sister, Claretta R. Carter.
Mrs. Archie spent most of her adult life in High Point.  She was of the Lutheran faith and was a graduate of Emmanuel Lutheran High School and North Carolina College in Durham.  Shirley also received a certificate  at Lyons Medical Institute and later went to work as a Lab Technician for several years. She  was most recently employed as a teacher with the Guilford County Head Start Program until she retired.   Shirley was an avid reader and loved to travel.
Surviving relatives include two sons, Robert “Bobby” L. Archie, Jr. of Charlotte, N.C., and Byron (Melissa) Archie of Upper Fairmont, Md.; two daughters, Alnetta Price of Willingboro, N.J., and Rosalind L. Archie of High Point; two sisters, Julia “Judy” Leach of High Point and Edna (E. Lester) Hough of Plainfield, N.J.; seven grandchildren; one great grandchild, a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Funeral service will be held at 11:30 a.m., Monday, May 20, 2013, at the Chapel of Johnson and Sons Funeral Home, 206 Fourth St.  Family visitation will be at the chapel on Monday, 11 to 11:30 a.m.  Burial will follow on Tuesday at National Cemetery, Salisbury.  Online condolences may be made at

Mary Evelyn Thornton Clodfelter
HIGH POINT – Mrs. Mary Evelyn Thornton Clodfelter, age 95, a lifelong member of this area, died Thursday, May 16, 2013, at High Point Regional Hospital, surrounded by her loving family.
Mary Evelyn was born April 2, 1918, in Sumter, S.C., a daughter to the late Clarence and Maude Briggs Thornton.  Mary Evelyn was educated in Guilford County Schools and retired after working 20 years as dental assistant for Dr. Sam Hart. A devoted Quaker, she was a life member of the United Society of Friends Women and at the time of her death was the oldest active member of Deep River Friends Meeting where she served for many years as clerk of the Ministry and Counsel and as a former clerk of the Monthly Meeting and was a member of the Flower Committee, serving many years as the chairperson. On the occasion of her 90th birthday the church approved the planting of a rose garden in her honor. This will be a tribute to her for many years to come. She enjoyed playing bridge and was a member of Brooklea Garden Club.  Mary Evelyn was a member of Gold Star Wives. She was first married to Albert Fairrington, who died in 1944 while serving in France during World War II. In 1953 she married Lee Clodfelter, who preceded her in death on Feb. 9, 1971.  In addition to her husbands and parents, she was also preceded in death by two sisters, Marcella Landreth and Dorothy Stephenson.
Surviving are two daughters, Cassandra “Sandy” Fairrington Garoutte and her husband Don of Mt. Vernon, Mo., and Mary Ann Clodfelter Cherry and her husband Bob of High Point; four grandchildren, Terry Garoutte and his wife Kendle of Winston-Salem, Andrea Short and her husband Chad of Mt. Vernon, Mo., Lindley Cherry of Greenville and Russell Cherry of High Point; four great-grandchildren, Tyler Garoutte, Kelly Garoutte, Cydney Short, Conner Short and her nephew, Ray Meadows and his wife Jan of High Point.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday in Deep River Friends Meeting House with Pastors Scott Wagoner and John Sides officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Cumby Family Funeral Service in High Point.
Pallbearers will be Ray Meadows, Justin Foltz, Terry Garoutte, Tyler Garoutte, Russell Cherry and Michael McGinn.
The family requests that memorials be made to the benevolence fund at Deep River Friends Meeting 5300 W. Wendover Ave., High Point, NC 27265 or to the charity of the donor’s choice.  Online condolences can be made on Mary Evelyn’s web page at Arrangements by Cumby Family Funeral Service in High Point.  


Ruth Corn
LEXINGTON — Ruth Sink Corn, 91, of Lexington, died Saturday, May 18, 2013.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 22,  2013, at First Baptist Church.
Davidson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Donald Goins
THOMASVILLE — Donald Gene Goins, 72, of Thomasville died Saturday, May 18, 2013.
Funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 21, 2013, at J.C. Green and Sons Funeral Home Chapel in Thomasville. Visitation will be held 6-8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.


Elizabeth Kessler
ASHEBORO — Elizabeth Irene Hoover “Lib” Kessler, 86, of Asheboro, died Saturday, May 18, 2013.
Funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, 2013, at Bethel Baptist Church. Visitation will be held noon-2 p.m. Tuesday at the church.
Ridge Funeral Home & Cremation Service is in charge of arrangements.

Mary Faye Meredith Mitchell
HIGH POINT — Mrs. Mary Faye Meredith Mitchell, 86, a former resident of Greenwood Drive, passed away Saturday, May 18, 2013, at High Point Manor following a lengthy illness.
Mary was born in Davidson County, Nov. 2, 1926, a daughter of the late Darius E.Meredith and Blanche Jones Meredith.  She was a 1945 graduate of Hasty High School. Mary was employed for a number of years as a long distance operator with North State Telephone, then was the switchboard operator at the Sheraton Hotel and later a sitter at High Point Regional Hospital. She was an active member of Lebanon United Methodist Church, the Morning Circle and the D.A.V. Auxiliary as long as her health permitted. Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Cournel Mack Mitchell; a sister, Rosene Trexler; three brothers, D. C. Meredith, James H. Meredith and Alben Barkley Meredith.
Surviving are two sons, Roderick Mitchell of Winston Salem and Reid Mitchell and wife Elizabeth of Trinity; a granddaughter, Michelle Payne of Williamsburg, Va.; step grandchildren, Melissa Childers, Joe Childers and wife Julie, Matt Childers and Andrea Cagle and husband Chris; a sister, Evelyn Davis of Thomasville; two brothers Darrell E. Meredith and wife Bea and Robert F. Meredith and wife Margaret, both of Thomasville, and several nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Mary’s Life will be held Monday at 2 p.m. in the Davis Funerals and Cremations Chapel by the Rev. Timothy James and Rev. Ardis Payne. Burial will follow in Lebanon United Methodist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m. Memorials may be directed to Lebanon United Methodist Church or Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro, or the Disabled American Veterans. The family would like to thank the staff of High Point Manor, Jane and John Rierson and the staff of Greensboro Hospice for their loving care of Mary. Online condolences may be made at


Paul Benjamin Ridge
HIGH POINT — Paul Benjamin Ridge, 81, of High Point and formerly of Greensboro died Saturday at the Hospice Home at High Point. Born Sept. 4, 1931, in Guilford County, he is a son of the late Carl Benjamin Ridge and Lulabelle Hill Ridge.   Mr. Ridge served in U.S. Navy in the Korean Conflict and is a graduate of North Carolina State University.   He is a member of Hunter Hills Evangelical Friends and was the owner of Ridge Hose and Equipment along with his late wife.  Mr. Ridge enjoyed spending time in the mountains and loved time with his family and especially his grandchildren.  In addition to his parents, Mr. Ridge was preceded in death by his wife Betty Jean Gaddy Ridge and sons Danny Ridge and Terrell Ridge.
Mr. Ridge is survived  by a son Todd “Kingfish” Ridge and wife Angie of High Point and four grandchildren, Tyler Ridge, Trey Ridge, Jeanene Ridge and Amanda Ridge.
Funeral services for Mr. Ridge will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday at Fairfield United Methodist Church.  Interment will follow in the church cemetery.  The family will receive friends Monday evening from 6 until 8 p.m. at Cumby Family Funeral Service, Archdale.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be given to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place,  Memphis, TN  38105.  Online condolences may be made on Mr. Ridge’s memorial page at  Arrangements by Cumby Family Funeral Service, Archdale.