Obituaries April 23, 2013

Apr. 22, 2013 @ 08:24 PM

Jasper S. Lawhon
WASHINGTON D.C. — Jasper S. Lawhon, Sr., of Washington, D.C., peacefully passed away on April 18, 2013. He is survived by his wife, Ethel Lawhon; son, Jasper Lawhon Jr.; three sisters, Mrs. Inez Turner, Mrs. Mildred Ingram, Mrs. Rubye McLaughlin; and a host of nieces, nephews, grandchildren, in-laws and friends. A Celebration of Life will be held at The People’s Community Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., on April 25.


Kathy Liner
ARCHDALE — Brenda Kathleen (Kathy) Liner, 63, resident of Archdale, died on Monday, April 22, 2013 at Hospice Home at High Point. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at Springfield Friends Meeting, 555 E. Springfield Road, High Point. The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at Cumby Family Funeral Service, 206 Trindale Road, Archdale and at other times at 4700 Roby Drive, Archdale.
Arrangements by Cumby Family Funeral Service, Archdale.


Gerald Welch
THOMASVILLE — Gerald Francis Welch (Jerry), 77 of Thomasville, NC passed away on April 17, 2013. Jerry was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts and spent much of his life in New England (MA and NH) before settling in North Carolina. Jerry worked for Western Electric in MA and NC before working for several technology companies in both states. Jerry also spent time as a Selectman and Special Officer on the police force for the Town of Londonderry, NH from the mid 70s-80s.
While living in NH and NC, one of Jerry’s favorite pastimes was to maintain a beautifully manicured lawn. Jerry also loved frequenting the coastline of NH and NC to enjoy fresh seafood.
Jerry is survived by his loving wife Linda; 9 children; Gerald Joseph (NH), Karen (TX), Michael (NH), Kathleen (MA), Brian (MA), Colleen (NH), Shawn (Burlington, NC), Kevin (Burlington, NC), and Tracey (Cary, NC), two stepchildren; Michelle (High Point, NC), Jamie (High Point, NC);  16 grandchildren, 5 step-grandchildren, 3 great-grand children and one surviving brother, John (MA).
Cremation services are entrusted to Triad Cremation Society & Chapel. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Leukemia Society and a local Hospice of your choice.


Charles R. Runyon
THOMASVILLE — Charles Reefice Runyon, 73, passed away Sunday, April 21, 2013 at Hospice Home at High Point.
Charles was born February 17, 1940 in Pike County Kentucky to the late Ernest B. and Stella Smith Runyon.
Charles worked hard all his life until his retirement and was a past member of Hope Chapel Baptist Church. He adored spending time with his grandchildren. He was an avid gardener that loved to spend time outdoors; enjoyed Nascar Racing, fishing and family time. Charles passed with his wife of 50 years and his daughter holding his hands; the way he wanted.
He was preceded in death by a son, Charles Runyon, Jr.; brothers, Orson Runyon, Bud Runyon, Paul Runyon, Eddie Runyon, Hassel Runyon, Tom Runyon; sisters, Annetta Dotson, Birdie Coleman, Ernestine Hatfield, Rosie Martin and Edith Little.
Charles is survived by his beloved wife, Patsy Stump Runyon; son, Tracy Thomas Runyon; daughter, Kimberly Therrien and husband Andrew; brothers, Danny Runyon and wife Shiela of Pikesville, KY, Mack Runyon and wife Phyllis of Denton, NC; sisters, Patsy Bunn and husband Jim of Greensboro, NC; grandchildren, Gavin and Grace Runyon of Staley, NC, Taylor O’Fiels of Baytown, TX.
The family will receive friends Tuesday, April 23, 2013 from 6 – 8 p.m. at Thomasville Funeral Home. A Chapel Service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 24th in the funeral home with Pastor Joe Bare officiating; interment will follow at Floral Garden Memorial Park in High Point.        
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Ann Everidge
WINSTON-SALEM — Ann Thompson Everidge, 66, of Winston-Salem, went to her eternal home after a lengthy illness on Saturday, April 20, 2013. Ann was born in Moore County on May 7, 1946. She attended Trinity High School, and retired from RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company as a Machine Operator. Ann was a born again Christian and was an active member of Union Grove Baptist Church in Arcadia. In her spare time she enjoyed collecting antiques and spending time with family and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jackie Kenneth Everidge, Sr.; mother, Edith Hethcox; father, David Franklin Thompson; step-father, Edward Hethcox; brother, Russell Thompson and daughter-in-law, Bridget Alcon. She is survived by her three children, Amy Lane and husband Billy of Greensboro; Andy Alcon of Concord; and Dr. D. Corbett Everidge and wife Liz of Summerfield. Ann is also survived by two step-children, Jackie Kenneth Everidge, Jr. and Debra Everidge;  seven grandchildren, Casey and Katie Lane; Russell, Cole, Carly, and McKensie Alcon; beloved cousins Carol Lockamy of Holden Beach and Joan Andrews of Trinity, and lifelong friend Lucy Welch of Farmington. The family will receive friends at Hayworth-Miller Silas Creek Chapel on Tuesday evening April 23, from 6 -8 p.m.  Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday April 23, 2013, at Union Grove Baptist Church in Arcadia with Pastor Ken Harris and Pastor T.W. Bailey officiating, followed by a graveside service at Parklawn Memorial Park. The family would like to extend special thanks to Dr. Rudolfo Pascual of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center for his compassionate care of Ann throughout her illness. Online condolences can be made at 


Toby Proctor
TRINITY — Rexford “Toby” Neville Proctor, Jr, 71, of Trinity died Saturday at Randolph Memorial  Hospital. Born June 29, 1941 in High Point he is a son of the late Rexford N. Proctor, Sr. and Margaret Vestal Proctor. He retired from the Guilford County School System and attended Intercontinental Church of God. He was deeply loved by his family.
Mr. Proctor was married 52 years to the love of his life, Juanita, who survives of the home. Also surviving are two daughters Teresa and husband Jeff Fountain of Sophia, Patty and husband Bobby Fountain of New London and a son Ben and wife Wendy Proctor of Trinity. He was preceded in death by son Gary Wayne Proctor in 2009. He will be known as daddy in the hearts of many others. Also surviving are eight grandchildren, four grandchildren that he was “Daddy Pop” to and two “perfect great grandchildren” and his precious Chico.
Funeral services for Mr. Proctor will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday in the chapel of Cumby Family Funeral Service, Archdale. Entombment will follow in the mausoleum at Floral Garden Memorial Park. The family will greet friends Wednesday evening from 7 until 8:30 p.m. at the funeral home.
The family requests that memorials be given to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, PO Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN  38148-0142. Online condolences may be made on Mr. Proctor’s memorial page at Arrangements by Cumby Family Funeral Service, Archdale.


William Cornwall Jr.
HIGH POINT— HIGH POINT- William “Bill” Edgar Cornwall, Jr., 73 passed away Monday, April 15, 2013 at his residence with his family by his side. He was the loving husband of Loretta L. (Kolosky) to whom he was married to for 49 years.
Mr. Cornwall was born on March 28, 1940 in Warren, PA, a son of the late William E. Cornwall, Sr. and Agda (Holmberg) Cornwall. He was a graduate of Warren Area High School and a former employee of Hanson Building and Supply Company for 30 years until his retirement.
He was a U.S. Air Force veteran serving his country during the Vietnam War.
Mr. Cornwall was a member of Augsburg Lutheran Church.
His love for music began early in his life and continued until the end. He was a member of the Barber Shop Quartet in High School, was the Choir Director in the Air Force and later at Grace Lutheran.
Mr. Cornwall also loved boating with his family in his spare time.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Cornwall is survived by a daughter, Deborah Hicks and her husband, Marc ; a son, Jeffrey Cornwall and his wife, Lora ; four grandchildren, Andrew Cornwall, Alexandra Hicks, Ryan Hicks, and Rebekah Cornwall, all of Thomasville; a brother, Robert Cornwall and his wife, Happy of Randolph, NY; and many nieces, nephews and close friends.
A celebration of life service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, August 27, 2013 at Augsburg Lutheran Church, 845 W. Fifth Street, Winston-Salem, with the Rev. Dr. Ronald A. Rinn officiating. A visitation will be held an hour prior at the church.
A special thank you to the entire staff at Hospice Home, High Point for the exceptional care and support they gave Mrs. Cornwall and her family during this difficult time.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to CurePSP at 30 E. Padonia Road, Suite 201, Timonium, MD 21093 or
Condolences may be left on Mr. Cornwall’s memorial page at
Arrangements made by Cumby Family Funeral Service, High Point.


Thomas M. Fields
GREENSBORO — Thomas “Tom” M. Fields, age 67, of Greensboro died Thursday, April 18, 2013. He was born January 31, 1946 in Guilford County, the son of Jesse Melvin and Carol Davis Fields.
Tom was a graduate of Page High School. He attended North Carolina State University where he was a member of the Kappa Alpha Fraternity and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering. He retired from IBM of Greensboro and was later self employed as a computer consultant. He was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his wife: Jane Nixon Fields of Randleman; two daughters and their spouses: Courtney and Jim Simmons of Jacksonville, FL and Hayden and Dan Bilzor of Atlanta, GA; stepson: Chris Cook of High Point; 6 grandchildren: Riley and Riane Cook of the home, Ballard Simmons of Jacksonville, FL; Addison, Zoe and Stella Bilzor of Atlanta, GA; one sister and her husband: Ann and Johnny Morgan of Greensboro; niece and her husband: Angie and Tony Brown of Pleasant Garden and nephew: Mike Morgan of Greensboro.
The family will receive friends on Thursday, April 25, 2013 from 3:30-5 p.m. at The Unitarian Universalist Church of Greensboro, 5603 Hilltop Road (at Guilford College Road), Jamestown, NC. A Memorial Service will follow at 5 p.m. with Reverend Eric Posa officiating.
Memorials may be made to Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, 717 S. Marshall Street, Suite 105-B, Winston-Salem, NC 27101 or online at or Jericho House, 2824 Liberty Road, Greensboro, NC 27406.
Online condolences to the family may be made at:


Winifred Holdren
HIGH POINT — Mrs. Winifred Katherine Holdren, 96, passed away Sunday, April 21, 2013 at Shannon Gray.
Mrs. Holdren was born in Forest, VA, December 18, 1916, the youngest of six children of Thomas J. and Lucy Johnston Tankersley. She retired from Silvercraft Furniture after thirty years of service. She was preceded in death by her two husbands, Warren E. Bowling and Earnest W. Holdren.
She was the mother to Janice B. Marcum (Bill), Norma B. Polanco (Ed), Gary W. Holdren (Becky), Ronnie Holdren, Judith H. Billings (Charlie), Cynthia H. Swaim (Darrell), Gerald “Rocky” Holdren, deceased (Thelma), Jesse B. Holdren, Alice Holdren, Robert L. Holdren (Judy), 17 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren.
A Celebration of Life service will be held Wednesday at noon in the Davis Funerals and Cremations Chapel by Rev. Allen Brown. Burial will follow in Floral Garden Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Wednesday from 11 a.m. until the service hour. Memorials may be directed to the Alzheimer’s Association or Bethany United Methodist Church in Forest, VA. The family wishes to thank the staff of Shannon Gray for their loving care of “Miss HeyHey”. Online condolences may be made at


Holland Tussey
LEXINGTON — Charles Holland Tussey, 89, of Arnold Road, died Sunday, April 21, 2013, at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. The funeral will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Beulah United Church of Christ. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Davidson Funeral Home and other times at their respective homes.


Ann Truzzolino
HIGH POINT — Ann Truzzolino, who lived and played at the Stratford in High Point, NC, went home to be with the Lord on April 21. Born in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, the daughter of the late John and Margaret Bianculli, Ann is survived by her brother Joseph Bianculli and was preceded to heaven by her siblings James Bianculli, Marie Harrison and Grace Bianculli. She married George Truzzolino, and shared 55 glorious years together. Her son Sal preceded her to heaven. Ann is survived by her son Steve Truzzolino and Rita of Jersey City; her daughter Laura Bernard and Eddie of Staten Island, her son John Truzzolino and his partner Karl Brossard of Jersey City, and her daughter Lisa Hubbard and Larry of High Point; 10 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.
Besides knowing George since the age of 9, they were born on the same exact day, September 28, 1928. Ann shared many of her husband’s favorite past times including golf, reading and playing cards. She was an awesome tennis player and a Bingo fanatic. Ann was a blessed lady in many ways.
From Staten Island, NY to Venice, FL and back to High Point, NC, Ann spread the love of our Lord wherever she went. She will be greatly missed and leaves behind a legacy of living the life of a humble servant of the Lord.
A Memorial Mass will be said at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, High Point, NC, Wednesday at 11 a.m. by Father Joseph C. Zuschmidt, O.S.F.S. Officiant. The family will receive friends at the Gathering Space of the church from 10 until 11 a.m. prior to the service. Mrs. Truzzolino will be returned to Staten Island, New York where the family will receive friends at the John V. Scalia Funeral Home, 28 E. Eltingville Blvd on Friday from 2-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. A Memorial Mass will be Saturday, April 27 at 10 a.m. in Holy Child Catholic Church. Interment will follow the Mass in the Moravian Cemetery on Staten Island.
In lieu of flowers, please send memorial donations to National Parkinson Foundation, Inc. or to the High Point Regional UNC Health Care, Hayworth Cancer Center;
Please offer condolences with the family at their webpage at


Beatrice Hicks
THOMASVILLE — Mrs. Beatrice (Bea) Miller Hicks, 98, a resident of Thomasville passed away on Sunday, April 21, 2013.
Beatrice was born in Davidson County, NC on December 23, 1914, a daughter of the late Melvin Brown Miller and Ora Jane Kinney Miller. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a sister, Pauline Miller Parrish and two brothers, Robert Miller and W.C. Miller who died in 1941 at Pearl Harbor. Bea was a lifelong resident of Thomasville except for the time she was in Baltimore working for Martin Aircraft after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. She was a graduate of Thomasville High School, class of 1933, a member of First Baptist Church in Thomasville, and a lifelong member of the Gleaners group. A loving mother and grandmother Bea was admired and respected by her co-workers and anyone who knew her. She loved life, laughter and was simply a happy lady. A giving person, she was always willing to help and serve others and will be missed by all who knew and loved her. The family would like to say a special thank you to the staff and caregivers at Pine Ridge Health and Rehabilitation Center for the loving care they gave to Bea. On February 27, 1947 she married Benjamin (Bennie) Dallas Hicks who died May 20, 2010
Surviving to cherish her memories are her daughters, Jane Hicks Dillard and her husband Wilson of Lyman, SC and Sylvia Ann Creasy of Columbus, NC; a granddaughter, Seely Dillard of Mt. Pleasant, SC; sister-in-law, Amogene Miller of Thomasville, NC; cousins, Rebecca Miller Gilliand and her husband Terry, Susan Miller Wall and her husband Greg, and Randall Parrish all of Thomasville, NC, and many nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 24, 2013, at Floral Garden Memorial Park in High Point with Rev. Michael Hall officiating. The family will greet friends following the service at the cemetery. Bea will remain at J.C. Green and Sons Funeral Home in Thomasville until she is taken to the cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church, 8 Cramer St., Thomasville, NC 27360. Online condolences may be sent to the Hicks family at


Larry White, Sr.
LEXINGTON — Larry Carl White, Sr., 64, of Stratford Road, died suddenly, Sunday, April 21, 2013, at Wake Forest Baptist Health- Lexington Medical Center. The funeral will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Davidson Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Forest Hill Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home and other times at the home.


Jean Hipps
GREENSBORO — Jean A. Hipps died Sunday, April 21, 2013. Arrangements are incomplete at this time. The family is being served by Forbis and Dick Funeral Home, Guilford Chapel in Greensboro.


Joseph Woodlief
DENTON — Mr. Joseph Woodlief, age 52, of Denton died April 18, 2013 at his residence.
A graveside service will be 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at Mountain View Memorial Gardens in Denton. The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday, prior to the service, at Briggs Funeral Home in Denton.


Willie H. Parris
ARCHDALE — Willie H. Parris, 78, died Sunday, April 21, 2013, at Triad Care and Rehabilitation Center. A gathering of friends and family to celebrate the life of Mrs. Parris will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 27, 2013, in the Life Tributes Center of Cumby Family Funeral Service, 1015 Eastchester Drive, High Point. Condolences may be left on Mrs. Parris’s memorial page at Arrangements made by Cumby Family Funeral Service, High Point.


James B. Shaw
GREENSBORO — James B. Shaw, 83, died on Sunday, April 21, 2013. Cremation services entrusted Triad Cremation Society & Chapel.