Obituaries May 24, 2014

May. 23, 2014 @ 05:01 PM

‘Fred’ Deak

KERNERSVILLE  — Frederick "Fred" Robert Deak, 76, went home to be with the Lord May 22, 2014.

Funeral Services celebrating his life will be held 9:00 a.m. Monday, May 26, 2014 at Holy Cross Catholic Church. Interment will follow in the Mt. Gur Cemetery.

A native of Cannonsburg, Pennsylvania, Fred was the son of the late Anne Frances Litvak and Theodore Francis Deak. He graduated from Schuylkill Haven High School in 1957. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Math and Physics from Penn State University in 1961. As he was working to complete his Masters Degree, Fred worked at AMP/Tyco for 38 years. He later would do consultations for AWI Industries. He held 38 patents and enjoyed reading anything regarding the general Theory of Relativity.

In addition to his parents, he also was preceded in death by his sister Lois Irene Deak.

Survivors include his loving wife of 52 years, Margaret Deak; daughter, Lois Deak-Williams and Jim; sons, Ed Deak and Gail, and John Deak and Karen; grandchildren, Alyssa, Jennifer, Stephanie and Steve, and Melanie and Anthony; great-grandchildren, Justin, Taylor, Eva, Jillian, Anthony, Mia, and Nathan; brother, David Deak and Lorrie; and a host of nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

The family will visit with friends, at the church, following the Interment Rites.

Friends and family may sign, and view the guestbook at

Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Cross Catholic Church. 


Harry Foust, Jr.

THOMASVILLE — Mr. Harry Oakland Foust, Jr., 84, resident of Thomasville, NC, formerly of Norwalk, CT passed away May 20, 2014 at Forsyth Medical Center.

Mr. Foust was born on December 6, 1929 in White Plains, NY to Mr. and Mrs. Harry Oakland Foust, Sr. He was of the Catholic faith and a Butcher by trade. He was most proud of his service to his country, having served in the United States Army. He was a member of the 1st Calvary and Company B of the 130th Infantry Regiment. Mr. Foust was a very decorated soldier, having received the Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation, Korean Service Medal with five Bronze Service Stars, United Nations Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Army Occupation Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, and was also awarded a Purple Heart. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Creagh Foust.

Surviving are his wife, Martha Foust of the home; daughters, Catherine O’Connor and her husband Patrick of Sandy Hook, CT, and Maryellen Foust of San Antonio, TX; son, Harry “Murph” Foust III of Sandy Hook, CT; stepdaughter, Karen Vanak of Trinity, NC; stepsons, William Vanak of Tennessee and Richard Vanak of Danbury, CT; and sister, Evelyn Williamson of Turbotville, PA. Also surviving are numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A celebration of Harry’s life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 31st, at Magner Funeral Home,12 Mott Avenue, Norwalk, CT.

Harry touched the hearts of all who had the privilege of knowing him.

Online condolences may be made on Harry’s memorial page at Thomasville Funeral Home is assisting the Foust Family in Thomasville, NC and Magner Funeral Home in Norwalk, CT. 


Leon Garner

LEXINGTON — Aaron Leon Garner, 84, died Thursday, May 22, 2014, at Hinkle Hospice House.

The funeral will be 4 p.m. Sunday, May 25,  at Mt. Tabor United Church of Christ. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends in the church parlor from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. prior to the service and other times at the home. Davidson Funeral Home is serving the family.


Sarah Justice 

OCEAN ISLE — Sarah Helen Grady Justice, 92, of Ocean Isle Beach, died Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at her home.

She was born on June 1, 1921, in Spartanburg, SC, a daughter of the late Robert and Gertrude Grant Grady. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Paul Justice, Jr., and a daughter, Janet J. Mauck.

Surviving are her son, Phillip Justice, of Middlesex; two daughters, Judith Justice of Ocean Isle Beach, and Susanne Justice of Sugar Hill, GA; four grandchildren, Jonathan, Daniel, & Sarah Mauck, and Kristin Justice; and two great grandchildren, Justice Bouldin & J.J. Mauck, and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service, officiated by the Revs. Scott and Mary Jane Wilson-Parsons, will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 1, at Seaside United Methodist Church, where Mrs. Justice was a member. Interment will follow in Seaside Memorial Gardens.

Family will receive friends following the service in the fellowship hall.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers that memorials be directed to Brunswick Co. Senior Resources, Attn: Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 2470, Shallotte, NC 28459.

Private online condolences may be sent to the family at

Brunswick Funeral Service & Crematory, Shallotte.


Ruth C. Medlin

LEXINGTON — Ruth Clodfelter Medlin, 72, died Thursday, May 22, 2014. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Mt. Tabor United Church of Christ Cemetery. Arrangements by Davidson Funeral Home, Lexington.


Tommy Michael

LEXINGTON — Henry Thomas “Tommy” Michael, 87, died Thursday, May 22, 2014, at Forsyth Medical Center.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 25, at Tyro United Methodist Church. The family will receive friends following the service. Inurnment will be in the Tyro United Methodist Church Columbarium at a later date. Davidson Funeral Home is serving the family.


Susan Hicks Millar

MURRELLS INLET, SC — Susan Hicks Millar, 65, of Murrells Inlet, SC, passed away on May 16, 2014. 

She gained her wings and was reunited with her loving husband in the presence of God.

Born in High Point, NC, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Sarah Hicks. She graduated from Ledford High School and continued on to receive a Bachelor's degree in Education and minor in History from Western Carolina University.  She taught 6th grade at a variety of elementary schools for many years until the birth of her daughter.  

She was married to Robert W. Millar until his death in 2010. They enjoyed 40 years of wedded bliss.

Susan was an outgoing person who loved to laugh and always appreciated a good story. Throughout her life she had great fun traveling, especially on family vacations to the beach. She also had a passion for both gardening and interior design. She enjoyed cooking, especially the Southern comfort food recipes passed down from her mother.  She was an avid reader of many genres of books, and often relaxed with a crossword puzzle. Above all else, she loved God and her family and friends.  She was very caring, compassionate, loyal, and would reach out to help anyone in need. Being a devoted wife and adoring mother were the most important things in the world to her. 

She is preceded in death by her husband, Robert W. Millar. Survivors include her daughter, Sara Millar; two dogs, Rebel and Anna; and two 'grand-puppies,' Cinna and Eve; three brothers, Lloyd Hicks, Harold Hicks and wife Cindy, Alfred Hicks and wife Sandy; and many nephews, nieces, cousins, and special friends.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, June 14 at 12:00 p.m., location TBD.  Reverend Ron Greiser of Church of the Resurrection will be officiating. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Fisher House Foundation,, or charity of your choice.

An online guestbook is available at

Goldfinch Funeral Home, Beach Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.


‘J.W.’ Wells

HIGH POINT — John Wesley "J.W." Wells was born April 30, 1928, in Lincolnton, GA, the oldest child of the late Am Kilpatrick and Mattie Motsinger Wells. He passed away on Friday, May 23, 2014.

Survivors include his loving wife of 65 years, Jean Parnell Wells; son, Michael Wells, of Fayetteville, GA; daughter, Shawn Wells Dixon, of Myrtle Beach, SC; grandchildren, Wesley and Jacob Wells and Lindsay, Chris, Kaitlyn, and Hunter Dixon; great-grandchildren, Ravi, Leila, and Kinleigh; brother, Robert Rodney Wells (Fay), of Winston Salem, NC; sister, Linda Wells Mangum (John), of Wingate, NC; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

John graduated from High Point Central High School and served in the U.S. Army in Germany.

John began his working career at Beeson Hardware followed by Shackleford's Men's Store. He joined Kay Chemical in 1958 and retired July 10, 1992, having worked as Plant Manager and Shipping/Warehouse Manager. He was a strict, dedicated manager who was respected by employees as well as customers and suppliers.

Even though John worked many hours at his job, he found time to support and volunteer at various agencies and charities. He was an active member of the High Point Jaycees, Elk Lodge, and Junior Order (Mechanicsville Chapter, now the High Point Chapter).

He gave many the gift of life through his participation in Red Cross Blood Drives. During his lifetime, John donated 121 pints of blood or 15 gallons. For each pint donated, the life of three people is saved or John unselfishly gave to 363 people. He was also a supporter of various Veterans organizations, the Boys Club, and he volunteered one day a week at the Victory Junction Gang Camp.

John was also a former member of Colonial Country Club where he enjoyed a round of golf with his buddies.

John was a faithful member of Emerywood Baptist Church and the Roger Bell Men's Class.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, May 25, 2014, 2:00 p.m. at Emerywood Baptist Church in High Point. Visitation will follow the service in the gathering area.

Sechrest Funeral Service in High Point is serving the Wells Family.

Memorials may be directed to:

Jr. Order United American Mechanics, 452 S. Main St., High Point, NC 27260

Emerywood Baptist Church, 1300 Country Club Dr. High Point, NC 27262

or to the charity of your choice.

"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith."

II Timothy 4:7