Obituaries May 23, 2013

May. 22, 2013 @ 06:33 PM

 Brent “Russ” Essick

LEXINGTON — Brent Russell Essick, 49, of Arnold Road, died Tuesday, May 22, 2013, at Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem. Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 25, 2013, at Davidson Funeral Home Chapel. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home and other times at the home.


Tom Lore

HIGH POINT — Thomas Martin “Tom” Lore, 48, a resident of High Point, passed away Monday, May 20, 2013. A service to celebrate Tom’s life will be held Sunday, May 26, 2013, at 4:00 p.m. from the chapel of Cumby Family Funeral Service with Reverend David M. Stewart officiating. Online condolences may be made at Arrangements by Cumby Family Funeral Service of High Point.


Kathleen Black Mabe

TRINITY — Mrs. Kathleen Black Mabe, 78, a resident of Jordan Street, died Monday evening, May 20, 2013, in Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. She was born September 19, 1934, in Randolph County, a daughter of the late James Lee Black and Nannie Briles Black. She was a former employee with Latimer Alexander, Inc. in High Point. She demonstrated her faith and Christian love through her many visits to elderly “new and old” friends at area nursing homes. Mrs. Mabe was a “grandmother” to many through the many years she provided child care in her home.

Mrs. Mabe was an active member of Mt. Zion United Methodist Church.

She was married to Billy James Mabe, who died October 31, 1982.

Surviving are sons, Randy Mabe of High Point, Kevin Mabe and wife Sharon, and Danny Mabe and wife Pam, both of Trinity; granddaughters, Kayla Mabe and fiancé Jake Simpkins, and Danielle Mabe; and a brother, Eugene Black of Trinity.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 25, 2013 at 2 p.m. in Mt. Zion United Methodist Church with Rev. Myra Ward-Brown officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Mrs. Mabe will remain at J.C. Green & Sons Funeral Home until taken to the church 30 minutes prior to the service. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. and other times at the home.

The family requests memorial contributions be directed to Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, 2354 Finch Farm Road, Trinity, N.C. 27370.

Online condolences may be sent to the Mabe family at


Troy Arthur McCall

THOMASVILLE — Mr. Troy Arthur McCall of Thomasville, born July 1, 1960, went peacefully to be with the Lord on Monday, May 20, surrounded by his loving family and friends at the Hinkle Hospice House in Lexington following a prolonged illness.

He was an employee of Accord Business for 20 years, rising up through the ranks in his career from shipping clerk to plant manager in the furniture industry. Troy had a love and passion for the great outdoors whether it was hunting, fishing or the simple things like a small campfire and the good company of his first grandson, Tristain. He was a diehard Pittsburgh Steelers fan and an adored PawPaw. Troy did things on his own terms and there wasn’t much he couldn’t accomplish. He was a devoted husband of 32 years to his wife Becky and a loving father to his son Matthew and his daughter Meggan. He was a loved lifelong best friend and brother to his uncle Michael Galloway.

Troy is survived by his loving wife and best friend Becky McCall of Thomasville, who cared for him throughout his illness. He is also survived by his son Matthew McCall and fiance’ Etta Young of High Point, N.C.; a daughter, Meggan McCall Nobles and husband Michael Nobles of Lexington; his parents, Gladys Branson of Rosman and Arthur and Edith McCall of Brevard; his mother-in-law, known as his MawMaw, Jeannie Allen of Winston-Salem; brothers, Jeff Branson and Jack Branson, both of Rosman; sisters, Trish and husband Jimmy McCall, Donna and her husband Charles Sizemore, both of Brevard; his grandchildren, Tristain, Savannah, Calli and Brayden; nephews, Jeremy Hall, Joshua Hall and wife Tara Hall, Alex Allen, and Colton Russell; great nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends Thursday, May 23 from 6 to 8:00 p.m. at J.C. Green & Sons Funeral Home. A Memorial Graveside Service will be held Friday, May 24, at 11:00 a.m. in Holly Hill Memorial Park Cemetery with Rev. Gary Myers officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that all considerations and contributions be made to Hospice of Davidson County, 202 Hospice Way, Lexington, N.C. 27292, and the Victory Junction Gang, 4500 Adam’s Way, Randleman, N.C. 27317, in honor of Troy’s deep love and compassion for children.

Online condolences may be sent to the McCall family at


Ila C. Oliver 

WILMINGTON — Mrs. Ila Cates Oliver, former resident of High Point, died Wednesday, May 18, 2013. She was born in Orange County, NC, on October 19, 1919, a daughter of Emmitt F. and Vivian Hicks Cates. Ila was the last of 11 children and was a longstanding member of Rankin Memorial Methodist Church. For 32 years she was employed by Clyde Pearson Furniture Co. She was preceded in death by her son-in-law Jim Nunn of Wilmington and her husband of 59 years, Hubert Oliver.

Surviving are her daughter, Sonja Oliver Nunn; a grandson, Brian Nunn and wife Jenn, all of Wilmington; two great-grandsons, Daniel Nunn and wife Katherine of Sumter, SC, and Michael Nunn and wife Ana; and one great-great granddaughter, Jamie of Leland, NC.

A Celebration of Life service will be conducted 11:00 a.m. Saturday, May 25, 2013, in the chapel of Cumby Family Funeral Service in High Point, with Rev. Lee Pollock and Mr. Quinton Brown officiating. Burial will follow in Floral Garden Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 10:30 – 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home. Pallbearers will be Brian, Daniel, Mike Nunn Steve, Brent, and Kent Lain. Special thanks to the staff of Clare Bridge Dementia and Alzheimer Care. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Lower Cape Fear Hospice, 1414 Physicians Dr., Wilmington, NC 28401. Online condolences may be made on Mrs. Oliver’s memorial webpage at Arrangements by Cumby Family Funeral Service in High Point.


Trulie Burns Porter

HIGH POINT — Mrs. Trulie Burns Porter, 85, formerly of High Point, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, May 21, at Brookridge Baptist Home in Winston-Salem.

She was born September 13, 1927, in Sara Gossa, Alabama, to Marvin Henry Burns and Etta Martin Burns, who both preceded her in death. She was also preceded by her husband, James Henry Porter; her brother, Gervis Harvey Burns; and her sister, Nellie Burns Sides. Trulie was educated in the Birmingham City Schools and High Point University. She retired from Thomasville Furniture Industries in 2000.

She is survived by her daughter, Gloria Adams and husband Jim of High Point; her son, Dennis Henson and wife Rita of Louisville, KY; her grandchildren, Lara Adams Brummell and husband Brian of Mission Viejo, CA, Lesley Adams Bailey and husband Chris of High Point, Matthew Scott Henson and wife Kelly of Millbrook, AL, Ashley Henson Bacon of Calahan, FL, and John Robert Henson of Springville, AL; her sister, Kathleen Burns Graham and husband Pat of Birmingham, AL; her brother-in-law, Phillip Henson and wife Bonnie; her sister-in-law, Cora Ann Singleton and husband Tommy; and her great-grandchildren, Grace, Brooks and Sydney Brummell, Lila Bailey, Hunter Henson, Andrew Henson, Desia Bacon, Ashton Bacon and Anna Henson.

Her memorial service will be held on Friday, May 24, at 11:00 a.m. in the sanctuary of Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church, 1225 Chestnut Dr., High Point. Visitation will follow in the Asbury Room at the church. Memorials are requested to be directed to the Knitting Group of Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church or to Brookridge Baptist Home, 1199 Hayes Forest Dr. Winston-Salem, NC 27106, or to the National Parkinson Association, 1501 N.W. 9th Ave., Miami, FL 33136-1494. The family will be gathering at the home of Gloria and Jim Adams, 1617 Heathcliff Rd., High Point, NC 27262. Cumby Family Funeral Service in High Point is assisting the family. On-line condolences may be made through


Mrs. Rachel Ingram Sappenfield 

GREENSBORO — Mrs. Rachel Ingram Sappenfield, 90, our beautiful mother, passed away on May 21, 2013, at Moses Cone Memorial Hospital surrounded by her loving family.

A memorial service celebrating Rachel’s life will be held on Saturday, May 25, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. in the Forbis and Dick Guilford Chapel with Rev. Mark M. Norman Vickers officiating. A private inurnment will be held at a later date.

Rachel was born and raised in High Point, NC, where she was educated in the High Point public schools and attended High Point Business College. Following graduation, Rachel worked various jobs for the ORD (Overseas Recruitment Department), The War Department and The State Department until the first of her five children was born.

Rachel loved life to the fullest. Her greatest love and full-time career was raising her five children, whom she loved and adored dearly. Rachel was an excellent judge of character and enjoyed her many friends.

She was the last of six children born to Arthur Alexander and Loretta Farlow Ingram. She is survived by her children, Jack E. Sappenfield (Lucy) of Durham, NC; Connie S. Williams (George) of McLeansville, NC; Bonnie S. Kirkman (Jay) of Greensboro; J. Scott Sappenfield (Jeanie) of Merritt Island, FL; and Jill S. Christiansen (Bobby) of Greensboro; grandchildren, Michael Williams (Jannah), Kimberly Williams, Christopher Sappenfield (Lindsay), Alexander Kirkman, Brian Kirkman, Robert Christiansen, Rachel Christiansen, and five great-grandchildren; nieces; Peggy Honeycutt, Diane Hackney, Ann Batten, June Anderson, Jane Blackwell, Bettye Butler, Amy Hatton, and Melinda Ingram.

The family would like to offer a special thank you to special friends, Traci Middleton and Michelle Canovai, whom she truly loved.

The family will receive friends following the memorial service.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of the Piedmont, 4527 W. Wendover Ave., Greensboro, NC 27407.

On-line condolences may be offered at


Merlin Cunningham Shaffer

GREENSBORO — Merlin Cunningham Shaffer, 95, passed away on Wednesday, May 22, 2013, at Whitestone Community. Cremation services entrusted to Triad Cremation Society & Chapel.


Bernice Haizlip Smith

High Point — Bernice Haizlip Smith, 82, died peacefully at her residence on Saturday, May 18, 2013.

Ms. Smith, a native of High Point, NC, was the second of three daughters born to the union of Louis B. and Mattie Jones Haizlip. She attended the local public schools, graduating from William Penn High School in 1948. She continued her education at Virginia Union University, Richmond, Va. Later, she moved to Philadelphia, Pa., and enjoyed a 43-year career as Administrative Assistant with American Friends Service Committee before returning to High Point in 1994. Being one who did not like to just sit at home, she soon joined the staff at B&C Associates, Inc., where she was a part-time employee for 12 years, retiring in 2007.

“Bunny”, as she was lovingly called by family and close friends, was proud, independent, humble, caring and devoted to whatever cause she attached herself to. She loved her family unconditionally. She had a passion for flowers and loved butterflies. Before her health began to fail, she enjoyed preparing meals for family. She was well known for her specialty – shrimp salad, a recipe no other family member has been able to duplicate.

Bernice was a member of Memorial United Methodist Church, Alpha Art Club, life member of NAACP, former board member of Washington Drive Resource and Enrichment Center, and member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She was also supportive of various other civic and service organizations. She endeared herself to most she met. She will surely be missed.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Yvette Smith; parents, L.B. and Mattie Jones Haizlip; and sister, Lois Haizlip Powell.

Survivors include: devoted sister, Jacquelyn L. “Jackie” Haizlip; niece, Raynetta E. Jackson and husband, Calvin Jackson, Jr.; nephew, Michael H. Ewings, all of High Point, N.C.; great-nieces, Rishaunda Ewings of Temple Hills, Md., and Cerise Jackson of Charlotte, N.C.; aunt, Dorothy Haizlip of Washington, DC; live-in caregiver, Carolyn Morgan; and a host of cousins and friends.

Homegoing service will be held Friday, May 24, 2013, 11:00 a.m., at Memorial United Methodist Church, 1327 Cedrow Dr., with Rev. Dr. Jessie C. Keaton presiding. Family visitation will occur one hour prior to the service, beginning with the Omega Omega ceremony of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and other times at 1603 Wendover Dr., High Point. Interment will be at Floral Garden Memorial Park, 1730 W. English Rd. Online condolences may be directed to Special thanks to United Hospice of Wilkes for the care and devotion rendered to the entire family.


William Carlton “Butch” Swicegood

LEXINGTON — William Carlton “Butch” Swicegood, 72, of Lexington, passed away Tuesday. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday in Davidson Funeral Home Chapel, Lexington.


Edmonious G. Torrence

CHAMBERSBURG, PA — Edmonious G. Torrence, 96, passed away May 21, 2013, at Chambersburg, PA. Born October 8, 1916, at Trinity, she was a daughter of the late John and Pearlie Massey Torrence. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. May 24 at Lininger-Fries Funeral Home Inc., Mercersburg, PA


Scott Yarborough

LEXINGTON — Daniel Scott Yarborough, 53, of Billy Smith Road, passed away Tuesday, May 21, 2013. A memorial service will be 11 a.m. Friday, May 24, 2013, at the Lexington Community Church Auditorium, located at the American Children’s Home. The family will receive friends from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the church gym prior to the service.