Obituaries May 31, 2013

May. 30, 2013 @ 06:42 PM

Anthony “Tony” Arnett

LEXINGTON — Anthony “Tony” Arnett, 45, of Durham, passed away Wednesday, May 22, 2013. Funeral will be at 6:00 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church, W. 3rd Avenue, Lexington, with family visitation a half-hour before the service. Arrangements are in the care of Roberts Funeral Service, Lexington.

Jesse Lee Fortune

LEXINGTON — Jesse Lee Fortune, 69, of Lexington, passed away Friday, May 24, 2013. Funeral will be at 1:00 p.m. Saturday at First Presbyterian Church with family visitation a half-hour before the service. Arrangements are in the care of Roberts Funeral Service.

Jerry S. Groome

JAMESTOWN — Jerry S. Groome of Jamestown, NC, born June 23, 1947, passed away peacefully in his home on Tuesday May 28, 2013, at the age of 65. Born in Greensboro to parents Jack and Martha Groome, Jerry graduated from Hargrave Military Academy before proudly serving our country in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War. His life was a legacy of service to the Guilford County community that he loved and was a part of his entire life. From his early years with the ambulance service, to his career as an adult in the funeral care business, Jerry was honored to build many lasting friendships through serving his community and those who supported his business, Precious Memories Pet Funeral Service. The family has been overwhelmed by the support of the community during his battle with cancer.

Jerry Groome is survived by his wife, Michelle Arsenault Groome of the home in Jamestown; his daughter, Tracey Groome Bowyer and her husband, Sean; and 2 grandsons, Jackson and Nicholas of Greensboro; and granddaughter, Anna Maness of Carthage, NC; and his son, Travis Groome of Raleigh.  Jerry was preceded in death by his twin brother Terry Groome of Windermere, Florida, who is survived by his wife Gloria; and is survived by another brother, Lewis Groome and his wife Brenda of Brown Summit, NC; and his sister, Leslie Groome Sward, and her husband Tom, and their 2 sons, Brett and TJ, of Big Fork, Montana. 

A gathering of friends to honor the life of Jerry Groome will be held at Hanes Lineberry Funeral Home Sedgefield Chapel at 6000 High Point Road, Greensboro, NC, from 2-5 p.m. Saturday, June 1. The family will also receive friends at the home in Jamestown following the visitation. In lieu of flowers, please support The American Cancer Society, 4-A Oak Branch Rd., Greensboro, NC 27408 and Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro, 2500 Summit Ave., Greensboro, NC 27405 in his honor.

Virginia Shaw Hundley

GREENSBORO — Virginia Shaw Hundley, 84, passed away on Wednesday, May 29, 2013. There will be a private graveside service in Roanoke, Virginia. Cremation services entrusted to Triad Cremation Society & Chapel.


Colton E. Johnson

LEXINGTON — Colton Edward Johnson, age 22, of Lexington, passed away Tuesday. Funeral service will be held 4:00 p.m. Saturday in the Davidson Funeral Home, Lexington Chapel.


Alice Marie Needham Matthews

HIGH POINT — Alice Marie Needham Matthews, 91, died May 29, 2013, at Heartfield Assisted Living Center, Richmond VA.

She was born on March 22, 1922, in Modesto, CA, to the late Guy and Edna Neeham. Before moving to Richmond, VA, she lived in High Point for 44 years. She was the devoted wife of Dr. William P. Matthews, who preceded her in death. They were married 44 years.

She is survived by her daughter, Martha Lawrence and her husband, Dale of Richmond, VA; a sister, Shirley Beckett of Ames, IA; many great-nieces and nephews; many great-great nieces and nephews; and extended family in Germany. She is also survived by four angels of mercy who cared for her the last 10 months, Lynn Barksdale, Susan Gogg, Brenda Peters and Ann Savage.

Mrs. Matthews was a former member of P.E.O., United Methodist Women, Republican Women’s Club and several genealogical societies in NC and VA. For 11 years she was Girl Scout Leader of Troop 90 in High Point.

She graduated with a B.A. degree from the University of Vermont and an M.A. degree from Indian State University. She had nearly completed her Doctor’s degree at Indian State University when she met her future husband.

A memorial service will be 2:00 p.m. Friday, May 31, 2013, at the Heartfield Assisted Living Center, 501 N. Allen Avenue, Richmond, VA, 23220. A graveside service will be 4:00 p.m. Saturday, June 1, 2013, at Floral Garden Memorial Park with Rev. Dr. Al Ward officiating.

Memorials may be sent to Bon Secours Hospice, 8680 Magellan Parkway, Richmond, VA 23227.

Condolences may be left on Mrs. Matthews’s memorial page at

Arrangements made by Cumby Family Funeral Service, High Point.


Joseph Edward Mihalik

OAK RIDGE — Joseph Edward Mihalik, 92, passed away on Wednesday, May 29, 2013. There will be a service at a later date. Cremation services entrusted to Triad Cremation Society & Chapel.


Emmett G. Rushing

HIGH POINT — Emmett G. Rushing 85, passed away May 8.

He is survived by his two sons, Gary Rushing of Memphis, TN, Donald Rushing of Trinity; 7 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren, the mother of his children, Donnie Rushing of Memphis; and his loving and faithful companion, Maxine Owen of High Point.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Liane Rushing of Vancouver, WA, and his daughter Donna Kay (Kayko) Montgomery of Memphis, TN.

He was a member of Allen Jay Baptist Church.

Emmett was a retired Army veteran and served our country in Japan, Germany, and Okinawa.

There will be a memorial service held Friday, May 31, at 7:00 p.m. at Allen Jay Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Allen Jay Baptist Church, 1160 E. Fairfield Rd. High Point, NC 27263


Nell Dean Scott

PLEASANT GARDEN — Nell Dean Scott, 64, passed away on Thursday, May 30, 2013. Cremation services entrusted to Triad Cremation Society & Chapel.


Harold Ingram Spainhour

SOPHIA – Harold Ingram Spainhour, age 92, retired High Point attorney and a native of Winston-Salem, died Wednesday, May 29, at Hospice Home of Randolph County.

A resident of High Point for more than years and a resident of Sophia since retiring in 2002, Harold was born March 24, 1921, in Winston-Salem and was the younger son of the late Viola Ingram and Ralph Alexander Spainhour. He graduated from R.J. Reynolds High School then from Mars Hill College and received his law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, earning Phi Beta Kappa Key honors. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, retiring as a lieutenant commander. Following law school and before beginning law practice in High Point, Harold was a Special Agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Harold served as president of the High Point Bar Association, and at its annual meeting in 2003, the NC State Bar celebrated his membership of 50 years. For decades in High Point, he was a choir member and Sunday school teacher at Covenant Church United Methodist. He also was a member of the Junior Order and the American Business Club.

Harold was an active supporter of Muttenz Decendants, an association of families whose forebears migrated to colonial America from Muttenz, Switzerland, and resided in Bethabara and Bethania in Forsyth County. He was a delegate to two Spainhour International Reunions In Switzerland and Winston-Salem and assisted in reconstructing the 19th century John Jacob Spainhour home that is now an education feature and tourist attraction of Central Park in King. On prominent display in the restored house is part of Harold’s extensive collection of Indian arrowheads that he found as a youth in the King-Tobaccoville area of Forsyth and Stokes counties. In addition to being a devoted to his family, Harold liked to play the piano and was a bird watcher.

In addition to his parents, Harold was preceded in death by siblings, Ralph A. Spainhour Jr. and Betty Spainhour Hennessee. On June 26, 1954, he married the former Frances Hill, who survives of the home.

Other survivors include his daughter, Rebecca “Becky” Spainhour Gentry and her husband Frankie of Roxboro; two sons, Harold Spainhour Jr. and his wife Brenda of Thomasville and Alan Spainhour and his wife Rachel of Greensboro; one sister, Jackie Spainhour Shelton of Winston-Salem; four grandchildren, Lauren Stout, Claire Coffer, Taylor Gentry and Jordan Jones and two great-grandchildren, Darrion and Maylin Coffer.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. Saturday in the chapel of Cumby Family Funeral Service, Archdale with the Rev. Alfred Furr and Pastor Wayne Wingfield officiating. Burial with military honors will be in Floral Garden Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1:30 p.m. until the service time on Saturday.

Memorials may be made to the John Jacob Spainhour Home, MDI, PO Box 1537, King, NC 27021.

Online condolences may be made to Harold’s memorial page at Arrangments by Cumby Family Funeral Service, Archdale.


Arnold Floyd Spaugh

HIGH POINT — Arnold Floyd Spaugh, 83, passed away Tuesday, May 28, 2013, at his residence with his family by his side. He was the loving husband of Carolyn A. Spaugh to whom he was married for 18 years on May 24, 2013.

Mr. Spaugh was born on January 27, 1930, in High Point, a son of the late Sylvester Lee and Edna (Bristow) Spaugh. He was the former owner and operator of “A” Manufacturing Company for more than 35 years until his retirement. Prior to owning his own business, he worked as a skilled electrician.

He was a member of Life on Lexington, formerly Lexington Avenue Baptist Church, where he was treasurer for 32 years and was the number one maintenance personnel.

In his spare time, he enjoyed woodworking, building anything by hand, helping friends and family with small and large tasks, but mostly, spending time with his family and loving wife.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Spaugh is survived by three sons, Roger D. Spaugh and his wife Debbie of Sunset Beach, Arnold F. “Arnie” Spaugh, Jr. and his wife Debra of High Point, and Matt Thompson and his wife Crystal of Thomasville; two daughters, Rhonda Hawks and her husband Ronald of Kernersville, and Lisa Sparks and her husband Tim of High Point; 14 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; two sisters, Charlotte Adcock of High Point, and Margaret Surmons of Ramseur; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a brother, Andrew “Buck” Spaugh and a sister, Naedzu Harvell.

A celebration of life service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, June 1, 2013, at Life on Lexington with the Pastor Jake J. Thornhill, Jr. officiating. Burial will follow in Floral Garden Memorial Park. A visitation will be held from 12 to 2 p.m. Saturday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Life on Lexington, 620 East Lexington Ave, High Point, NC 27262 or to Hospice of the Piedmont, 1801 Westchester Drive, High Point, NC 27262.

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

Arrangements made by Cumby Family Funeral Service, High Point.


Rita Webster

TRINITY — Rita Maxine Fowler Webster, 50, a resident of Trinity passed away Wednesday, May 29, 2013. A service to celebrate Rita’s life will be held Saturday, June 1, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. from the Chapel of Cumby Family Funeral Service in Archdale.


Elco “Pop” Wright

HIGH POINT — Elco “Pop” Wright, 92, died Wednesday, May 20, 2013. He was the son of John & Rosanna Lindsay Wright, both deceased. Born in Richmond County, North Carolina, he moved to High Point at an early age.

He retired from WGHP-TV (Channel 8) and while his health permitted, he worked for many years with his son and grandson, owners of Eastgate Electronics Center in the city. He was lovingly and respectfully called “POP” by many who came to know him.

He was committed to his church and was a great community supporter. As a member of the Mayor’s Community Action committee, he was instrumental in the installation of the sidewalk in the Washington Street/Gordon Street area up to the Five Points area for pedestrian safety. He was a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church in High Point for more than 40 years where he served as Sunday school teacher, Sunday school superintendent, deacon and chairman of the deacon board. At the time of his death, he was deacon emeritus of Christian Fountain Church in Winston-Salem, NC, where his son-in-law is pastor.

Deacon Wright is survived by his wife of 68 years, 11 months and 11 days, Edna Terry Wright of the home; his children, Frederick (Janice) Wright, Sr., Brenda (Rev. Ray) Watlington, Larry Wright, Betty Bliss and Terry Wright, all of High Point; his sister, Alice Winston of High Point; his grandchildren, Ryan Myers, Frederick (Tonya) Wright, Jr., Jared Wright, Bradley Bliss, Johnathan (Kenlan) Bliss, Teriyana Wright, Tia Watlington, Emmanuel Watlington and Tamara (DeAngelo) Avery; great-grandchildren, Jovan Gonzalez, Bailee Wright and Isabella Bliss; a host of nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be held 12:30 p.m. Saturday, June 1, 2013, at New Bethel Baptist Church, 1116 Montlieu Ave., with Rev. Ray L. Watlington officiating. He will lie in state from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the church. Family visitation will begin at 12:00 p.m. Burial will be held in Carolina Biblical Gardens, Jamestown, NC.

Professional arrangements entrusted to People’s Funeral & Cremation Services. You may express your condolences on Mr. Wright’s memorial page at

Peggy Miller Zakos

HIGH POINT — Peggy Miller Zakos, 63, passed away Tuesday morning at her log cabin home by Lake Tillery East of Albemarle with her husband, James B. Zakos by her side. Peggy was born Nov. 11, 1949, the daughter of the late Dr. Helen Pierce Miller and Errett D. (E.D.) Miller and was a High Point native and resident for many years, attending local schools and graduating from High Point Central High in 1967. During her teenage years she attended a national Girl Scout Jamboree in Idaho with her High Point troop. She was the idol of many American girls as the lucky winner of a local radio contest, she got to attend a live Beatles concert in Atlanta.

After Central High, Peggy served in the US Air Force in Texas. Upon her discharge, she returned to NC and continued with her education at UNC-Greensboro where she earned her BA in Psychology and her Masters in Education. She worked as a student counselor and advisor at GTCC for more than 20 years, where she encouraged young people to complete their GED and gain training and skills for life. She was a tireless advocate in and out of school for overlooked or troubled young people, always having time to chat and help them to work through life’s issues. Peggy met her tall and handsome James in 1987 and they were married in October 1988 at Castle McCullough to the accompaniment of Scottish bagpipes. Upon her retirement from GTCC in 2001, she and James designed and built a log cabin at Woodrun to which they retired to enjoy the quiet life.

Mrs. Zakos gained an early appreciation for God’s creatures and creations and was a staunch advocate for wildlife and animal causes. At her home on Birchwood Avenue in High Point and later at Woodrun, she loved to spend time working in her gardens and flower beds as she watched the birds and animals gather. She was an avid reader and also loved watching old western movies and TV shows.

She is survived by her husband, James B. Zakos of Mt. Gilead (Woodrun), NC; her two brothers, Dennis (Michelle) of Mesa, AZ; and Ralph (Carolyn) of Clemmons as well as wonderful sisters-in-law Tina Chason (Larry) and Barbara Zakos. Peggy loved being the doting aunt and/or great-aunt as she played with and laughed with her nine nieces and nephews through the years.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in the name of Peggy Zakos to the Hospice of Stanly County, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) or your favorite educational or scholarship fund.