Obituaries May 26, 2013
HIGH POINT — Bonnie Jean Smith Brown, a resident of Hickory, formerly of High Point, passed away Thursday, May 23, 2013, at Hospice House of Catawba Valley in Newton.
She was born January 12, 1935, in Stokes County, NC to the late Fountain Gaither Smith and Mildred Stone Smith. She was a member of Green Street Baptist Church, and also a member of the Bible Study Fellowship in Hickory. Bonnie was a secretary for 25 years in the Furniture industry, having worked for Casard’s, and Bernard’s Furniture. She enjoyed gardening, sewing, reading, going to the beach, but most of all, spending time with her family. In addition to her parents, preceding her in death were her husband of 30 years; Ronald Brown, Sr., and a brother; Gaither Smith.
Surviving are her children; Susan Hines and Andrew Hines of Hickory, Ronnie Brown, Jr., and his wife Jill of Cocoa Beach, Florida, Cindy Jacob and her husband Tom of Newport News, VA, her sisters; Lettie Mahan and her husband Paul of Archdale, and Lib Hamilton and her husband Ken of Pittsboro. Also surviving are her grandchildren; Katie Mills and her husband Jake, Molly Jacob, Drew and Rachael Hines, Reece and Corinne Brown.
A service to celebrate Bonnie’s life will be held Monday, May 27, 2013, at 11 a.m., at the Chapel of Cumby Family Funeral Service in High Point, with Reverend Mark Loy officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home, following the service. Memorials in Bonnie’s memory may be made to: Catawba Regional Hospice, 3975 Robinson Road, Newton, NC 28658, or to: Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 612 Pasteur Drive, # 409, Greensboro, NC 27403. Online condolences may be made at www.cumbyfuneral.com. Arrangements by Cumby Family Funeral Service of High Point.
Carlene G. Wallis
MEBANE — Carlene (Corky) Gillis Wallis died on May 18, 2013, after a brief illness, at Presbyterian Home of Hawfields. She was born in High Point on May 16, 1928, the middle daughter of Daniel William Gillis and Esther Parker Gillis. She is survived by Wendy W. Stewart and Amy W. Robertson (daughters); Michael Stewart (son-in-law); and Carrie Stewart, Adam Stewart, Ryan Robertson, Aaron Robertson (grandchildren).
Never missing a day of public school, Corky graduated from High Point Senior High and Jones Business College and worked for Pilot Life Insurance and Textile Workers of America. After moving to Asheboro and raising children, she worked for Randolph County Clerk of Courts, then was Executive Secretary of Randolph County’s Selective Service Board #77 for several years including the Vietnam War era. Seeing so many young men off at the bus station in Asheboro, bound for boot camp and war, was always very difficult for her. When the Draft ended, Corky continued her career in federal government with the Dept. of Housing and Urban Development in Greensboro, retiring in 1993.
Raised in post-depression times by cotton mill working parents who were strong-willed union activists, Corky became an advocate for important causes such as animal welfare, the environment, and veterans’ rights. She was a life-long Democrat, believing the party best represented those who were disadvantaged or downtrodden. Corky loved her dogs, Ralph and Lucy, the Tar Heels and Panthers, her family, and her many friends.
There will be a small, informal gathering to remember Corky at 2 p.m. on June 15, 2013, in the parlor of Central UM Church in Asheboro. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Corky’s name to an animal shelter or animal welfare organization.
HIGH POINT — Mr. Christopher Demon Houston, 41, of High Point died unexpectedly on Wednesday, May 22, 2013. He was born on November 17, 1971, to Jean Houston Parker and Rufus Parker.
A lifelong resident of High Point, Christopher graduated from High Point Central High School class of 1991 where he was a great football player. He was affectionately called, “Andy, “Big A” and “Teddy Bear.” Christopher was a very loving person who devoted himself to his nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Jean Houston Parker two sisters, Sharon Houston and Teresa Allison; one nephew, Michael Houston.
He leaves precious memories to his father, Rufus Parker of High Point; his nieces of whom he considered his daughters, Lateesha Houston of High Point, Antenetta Flake of Charlotte, NC and Raven Houston of High Point; his fiancee, Lyntha Campbell of the home; grandmother, Cleneora Houston; brother, Anthony Houston of High Point; step brother, Rufus Alford; favorite aunts, Carol Dunlap and Linda Clark; great aunt, Mable Glover; niece, Shandi Ingram of High Point; “Uncle Andy’s” great nephew and nieces, Michael Thompson, Zakiya Houston and Yazmen Scorry; his brother in love, John Dye; best friends, Steven Palmer, Wayne Ingram and Lamont Johnson; a host of other family members and friends.
Funeral service will be 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 28, 2013, at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, 715 W. Willis Ave. Family visitation will begin at 1 p.m. at the church. Interment will be in Oakwood Memorial Park. The family will also receive friends at 1509 Valley Ridge Drive.
You may express your condolences on Mr. Houston memorial page at www.peoplesfuneralandcremation.com. Professional arrangements entrusted to Peoples Funeral and Cremation Service, Inc.
Wallace G. Fulton
GREENSBORO - Wallace G. Fulton, 89, died on Saturday, May 25, 2013. Cremation services entrusted to Triad Cremation Society & Chapel.
THOMASVILLE — Mr. Edward Alfred Heiney, 64, a residence of 3487 Denton Road, passed away on Friday, May 24, 2013, at his home. He was born on May 8, 1949, in Washington County, PA, the son of George Edward Heiney and Helen Bright Heiney. He served in the U. S. Navy during the Vietnam War. He was a member of the American Legion. He was preceded in death by his parents.
On September 15, 1973, he married Sharon Reed Heiney, who survives of the home. Also surviving are two daughters, April Heiney of Charlotte, and Valerie Heiney of the home; one son, Michael Heiney and wife Shannon of Thomasville; one sister, Sherry Coleman of Panama City, FL; and two granddaughters, Savannah Heiney and Gracie Heiney.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, May 29, 2013, at 11 a.m. in J. C. Green and Sons Chapel in Thomasville with Rev. Donald Anders, Rev. William O’Neal and Rev. Hulon Pait officiating. Interment will follow at 1 p.m. in the National Cemetery in Salisbury. The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Hospice of Davidson County, 200 Hospice Way, Lexington, NC 27292 or to the donors choice. Online condolences may be sent to the Heiney family at www.jcgreenandsons.com.
HIGH POINT — Helen Agnew Koonce passed away at Hospice Home in High Point, NC on May 24, 2013. She was born in Burkeville, Va, on October 14, 1929, to James Stuart Agnew and Elizabeth Bostick Agnew. She was raised at Inverness Farm in Burkeville and graduated from Longwood College in Farmville, Virginia with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. She came to High Point, NC in 1951 to work in the office of Dr. M. B. Leath and was married to Arnold Koonce Jr. on November 21, 1953.
Helen’s interests were many and varied, and her love and dedication to her family was her life-long pursuit. Her gentle spirit, kind and compassionate touch, grand sense of humor and generous works will be missed by those who knew and loved her.
Pre-deceased brothers and sisters are J. P. Agnew (Perk), W. T. Agnew (Bill), Mrs. M. B. Leath (Lillian), Mrs. Maurice S. Rosenberg (Betty). Surviving her are her husband Arnold, three daughters, Elizabeth M. Koonce, Susan K. Hinnant, Martha K. Redmond and her husband, Jobie Redmond, Jr., and 5 grand-children, Samuel, John, Sarah, and Joseph Hinnant, and MacLean Redmond.
Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, May 28, 2013, at 11 a.m. at First United Methodist Church in High Point. There will be no visitation and interment will be private.
Arrangements are by Sechrest Funeral Service in High Point.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be sent to High Point Regional Hospital Foundation, 601 North Elm Street, High Point NC 27262 or Hospice Home in High Point, 1803 Westchester Drive, High Point NC 27262.
HIGH POINT— Mrs. Mildred Jones Oliver Taylor, 90, resident of Pennybyrn at Maryfield, died May 24th, 2013, at High Point Regional Hospital.
Mrs. Taylor was born January 28th, 1923, in Atlanta, GA, a daughter to the late Pinkney P. and Edna Rowe Jones. She was a resident of this area most of her life but had also lived in Oakland, NJ and Charlotte, NC. She was retired from 1st Union National Bank and also had ran Jones Business College with her mother, father and first husband, Newman C. Oliver, who preceded her in death in 1981. In addition to her first husband and parents, she was also preceded by two sisters, Louise Gordy and Dorothy Bailey. In 1992, she married Roger G. Taylor who survives of the residence.
Also surviving are three daughters, Eddi Lyles and husband Russ of Murfreesboro, NC, Barbara O. Strupe and husband James G. Strupe Jr. of Camp Hill, PA and Lisa Carter and husband Phil of Ft. Worth, TX; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in High Point with The Reverend David Umphlett, Rector. Interment will follow at Floral Garden Park Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Memorials may be directed to St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 108 W. Farriss Ave. High Point, NC 27262. Cumby Family Funeral Service in High Point is assisting the family. On-line condolences may be made through www.cumbyfuneral.com.
Herman Grice, Jr.
ARCHDALE — Herman Grice, Jr., age 79, died Saturday, May 25, 2013 at home. Cumby Funeral Service of Archdale is serving the family.
ARCHDALE — Martina “Tina” Skidmore, 34, of Archdale, died May 24, 2013. Arrangements are incomplete at Cumby Family Funeral Service, Archdale.
Sheri B. Kennedy
THOMASVILLE — Sheri B. Kennedy, 54, of 831 Mary James Avenue, died Thursday, May 23, 2013 at Thomasville Medical Center in Thomasville. Funeral service will Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at 2 p.m. in Friendship Baptist Church. The family will receive friends at the church on Tuesday 30 minutes before the funeral service and other times at the home. S. E. Thomas Funeral & Cremation Services is in charge of arrangement.