Obituaries April 24, 2013

Apr. 24, 2013 @ 03:37 PM

Jewel Greeson 
HIGH POINT — Jewel Preston Greeson, 93, of High Point, passed away on Sunday, April 21, 2013, at the Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home in Winston-Salem. Jewel was born in Forsyth County to the late John Wesley and Ellen Catherine Wood Preston. She grew up in the Glenwood section of Greensboro where she met her husband Ralph Greeson who she married in 1939 and who predeceased her in 1993.  Jewel was a member of Christ United Methodist Church in High Point and the McFarland Sunday School Class. She did volunteer work with Meals on Wheels, was a member of Joyful Sounds, a band that played at local nursing homes and she was an avid mall walker. Jewel was always doing nice things for people.  She was a very kind, generous, loving woman, who was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and mother-in-law, who never let Alzheimer’s rob her of her sweet disposition and sense of humor. She will be greatly missed.
Jewel is survived by a son, Howard Ralph “Rick” Greeson Jr. and wife Suzan of High Point, NC; a daughter Sharon Greeson Wood and husband Brian of Dalton, Ga., and grandchildren Lesley Wood, Jennifer Kyle and husband James, great-grandchildren Liam and Landon Wood and Tori Kyle, and a sister Elsie Stanley of Richmond, Va.
There will be a graveside service on Friday, April 26, 2013, at 2:00 p.m. at Floral Garden Memorial Park in High Point. There will be no visitation.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 4615 Dundas Drive, Suite 103, Greensboro, NC 27407, or the Wounded Warrior Project via their website.
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Jean Armfield Hipps
GREENSBORO — Mrs. Jean Armfield Hipps, 80, died Sunday April 21, 2013, at Wesley Long Hospital. 
Funeral services  will be held at Springfield Friends Meeting in High Point, NC, at 2:00 p.m. Friday-April 26, 2013..  The Rev. Ray Luther  will be  officiating.
Jean was born August 16, 1932, in High Point. She is preceded in death by her husband, Jack Raymond Hipps. She is survived by two daughters, Cathy Diane Hipps and Carol Julie Hipps; five grandsons, John Purvis, Chris Purvis, Michael Hipps, Matthew Hipps and Sam Hipps; and one great-grandson, Logan Purvis.
Jean grew up in High Point. She attended Women’s College, now UNC-G ,and graduated with a secretarial degree. She later met and married the love of her life, Jack. They moved to Greensboro in 1955, where she worked for Wimbish Insurance Agency for approximately 30 years.  Jean retired and later became a faithful volunteer for Wesley Long Hospital and later Women’s Hospital. She was a lifelong member of Springfield Friends Meeting.
In life she was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. This beautiful lady truly will be missed.
The family will receive friends from 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday evening at Forbis and Dick-Guilford Chapel, 5926 W. Friendly Ave, Greensboro, NC.
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Shelley Vivian Hughes Jennings
ARCHDALE — Shelley Vivian Hughes Jennings, 38, died Sunday, April 21, 2013. Born December 11, 1974, in High Point, she is a daughter of Dana T. Hughes and Jackie Benson Simpson. Shelly was a very high spirited and outgoing person who loved to laugh.  She was the “life of the party” and the “center of attention.”  There was also a very caring and tender side.  Shelley was always there for others emotionally and physically.  he went above and beyond. Shelley had a heart for special needs children. Shelley was a pediatric dental hygienist and showed her artistic talent by painting murals on the walls of the dental office.
Shelley is survived by three children, Ashlyn Breanne Jennings of Trinity, Dylan Cole Jennings of Trinity and Holdyn Jacob Millikan of Trinity and the father of her children, Derick Jennings; parents Dana T. Hughes of Trinity and Jackie Simpson and husband Bryan of Jamestown.  She is also survived by her grandmother, Josephine Benson of Archdale and her twin sister, Kelli Jo Jones and husband Robbie of Thomasville. Also surviving are two nieces and two nephews; and a great niece and her significant other, Ryan Wagoner.
A memorial service to celebrate the life of Shelley Jennings will be held 2:00 p.m. Friday at Allen Jay Baptist Church with the Reverend Roger Carmichael officiating. The family will greet friends Thursday evening at Cumby Family Funeral Service, Archdale, from 6:00 until 8:30 p.m.
Memorials may be given in Shelley’s memory to the Jamestown Veterans Memorial at or to Autism Foundation of the Carolinas, PO Box 12671, Charlotte, NC 28220, or the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Greensboro, 2306 West Meadowview Road, Greensboro, NC  27407-3758. Online condolences may be made on Shelley’s memorial page at  Arrangements by Cumby Family Funeral Service, Archdale.

Kathy Liner 
ARCHDALE — Brenda Kathleen (Kathy) Whisnant Liner, 63, resident of Archdale, died February 22, 2013, at Hospice Home at High Point.
Mrs. Liner was born December 4, 1949, in Lenoir, NC, a daughter of the late Bonson and Frances Sheham Whisnant. A resident of this area since 1966, she was owner of Pioneer Family Restaurant and member of Springfield Friends Meeting. In 1976 she married Thomas Michael Liner, who survives of the residence. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by seven brothers and two sisters.
Also surviving are her daughter, Misty Lynn Austin and husband Wayne of Trinity; three sisters, Christine Wheatley and husband James of Archdale, Hazel Hazelton of Archdale and Mary Anderson and husband Verlon of Lenoir; her granddaughter, Heather Nichole Austin of Trinity; many nieces and nephews and many special friends and loved ones.
Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday at Springfield Friends Meeting with Pastor Ray Luther officiating. Entombment will follow at Floral Garden Park Mausoleum. Visitation will be from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Wednesday at the Cumby Family Funeral Service in Archdale.  On-line condolences may be made through


Willie H. Parris
ARCHDALE — Willie H. Parris, 78, passed away Sunday, April 21, 2013, at Triad Care and Rehabilitation.
Mrs. Parris was born on January 20, 1935, in Guilford County, a daughter of the late George Martin and Lucy (Adcock) Hunsucker. She was an employee of Valspar Corp., formerly Lilly Industries, for more than 25 years until her retirement.
In her spare time, she enjoyed keeping busy with different types of crafts, especially floral design. She was very talented, and many people were gifted with her work.
Mrs. Parris is survived by a daughter, Serena Simmons and her husband, Charles of Valdese, NC; one grandchild, Rowan Simmons of Valdese, NC, and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Clemmer, Jesse, G.M. “Pete” Jr., Billy Ray, Donald; and her sisters, Lois and Louis, Serena, Irene, Dorothy “Pinkie”, Maxine, and Edith.
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 Tribute Center of Cumby Family Funeral Service, 1015 Eastchester Drive, High Point.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, 3800 Shamrock Drive, Charlotte, NC 28215.
Condolences may be left on Mrs. Parris’s memorial page at
Arrangements made by Cumby Family Funeral Service, High Point.

Baby Jeremyah DeShun Sandifer
MOREHEAD CITY — Baby Jeremyah DeShun Sandifer of Morehead City, N.C., died April 20, 2013, at Carteret General Hospital in Morehead City. Funeral arrangements are incomplete. Professional arrangements entrusted to People’s Funeral & Cremation Services.

Virgil O’Dean Whitaker
WINSTON-SALEM — Mr. Virgil O’Dean Whitaker, 70, of Barnes Road, Winston-Salem, died April 22, 2013, at Forsyth Medical Center.
Graveside services will be held 1 p.m. Thursday, April 25, 2013, at Oaklawn Memorial Gardens, 3250 High Point Rd., Winston-Salem. Visitation Wednesday, 6 to 8 p.m. at J.C. Green and Sons Funeral Home in Wallburg.  Online condolences may be sent to the Whitaker family at

Eleanor M. Woods 
HIGH POINT — Mrs. Eleanor M. Woods, 91, went to final rest on Wednesday, April 17, 2013, at her residence of three years, The Shannon Gray Rehabilitation & Recovery Center. 
Mrs. Woods was a lifetime member of Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in Wilmington, NC. There she was very active in the Sunday School Department. She was a homemaker with a passion and love for history and reading.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Franklin Willie Matthews; four siblings, James Matthews, Theodore Matthews, and Eugene Matthews, and Eva Lee Wright; her oldest son that she loved dearly, Frank Matthews; two nephews that she thought the world of, Walter and Edward Wright.
Mrs. Woods is survived by a faithful daughter, Eleanor D. Wonce of High Point; two wonderful sons, Stephen (Mary) Wonce of Bumpass, VA, and Benjamin Wonce (Mary Clay) of Wilmington, NC; three nieces that although she did not give birth to, she loved them as her own, Gloria (Larry) Perry of Pennsylvania, Margaret McCloud of New York and Audrey Harris of Fayetteville, NC; sister-in-law, Jessie Matthews of Wilmington, NC; seven grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, a host of family and church members that will cherish her memory.
Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, 719 Walnut St. Wilmington, NC.  Family visitation will be noon to 1 p.m. Burial will follow at Calvary Memorial Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to John H. Shaw Funeral Home, 520 Red Cross St. Wilmington, NC. Online condolences may be made at

Brenda Kirkman Yates 
SEVEN LAKES — Brenda Kirkman Yates, 68, of Seven Lakes, NC, passed away peacefully on Sunday April 21, 2013, surrounded by her family.  Mrs. Yates is survived by her devoted husband of 50 years, Larry Yates; her daughter, Sherry Gielda (Steve); and granddaughter Kayla Gielda, all of Virginia; sister, Barbara Benfield; nieces, Debbie Scott (Danny) and Donna Asbelle; and nephew, Nicholas Benfield (Terra) of Archdale/Trinity, NC.
Mrs. Yates was born December 15, 1944, in High Point, NC, to the late Charles and Emma Prevo Kirkman. She attended High Point High School. She and her husband lived in Maryland and worked for the U.S. Census Bureau until retirement and subsequent return to North Carolina in 1999.
A big interest that brought her much joy was being a member of the Billy Ray Cyrus Fan Club. She traveled nationwide attending his concerts and annually enjoyed his Fan Club parties in Nashville with other fans, who became her friends. She also enjoyed reading, growing flowers, crafts and time with her Facebook friends.
She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and aunt. She will be greatly missed. There will not be a funeral, but a memorial service may be scheduled at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to the COPD foundation online at, or via mail to:  2937 SW 27th Ave, Suite 302, Miami, FL, 33133.
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Boles Funeral Home and Crematory, Seven Lakes will be assisting the family.