Obituaries October 1, 2013

Sep. 30, 2013 @ 05:52 PM

Dorothy Leonard
LEXINGTON — Dorothy Ree Hege Leonard, 83, of Academy Drive, died Saturday, Sept. 28,2013, at Hinkle Hospice House.
The funeral will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, at Pilgrim Reformed Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013, at Davidson Funeral Home and other times at the home.

Nolan Clyde Lowe
THOMASVILLE — Nolan Clyde Lowe, 94, of Piedmont Crossing, Thomasville, formerly of Archdale, died Monday, Sept. 30, 2013 at Hospice Home of Randolph County.
Mr. Lowe was born Sept. 28, 1919 to the late Clyde Lowe and Myrtle Anderson Lowe.  He served in the U.S. Navy from 1944 to 1946. He was a member of Archdale United Methodist Church, where he served as Chairman of Trustees and a member of the Administrative Board.  He was also a member of the Archdale Lions Club. Mr. Lowe served as Vice President of Laughlin Hosiery for a number of years, and on the Board of Directors of First Union of Randleman.  He was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Ruth Laughlin.
Mr. Lowe is survived by son, Nolan Leslie Lowe and wife Carol Lowe of Asheboro; sister, Marion Bundy of Trinity; grandchildren, Brian Lowe and wife Michelle, and Robert Lowe and wife Leigh Ann, all of Asheboro; and great-grandchildren, Jake Lowe and Karleigh Lowe.
A celebration of Mr. Lowe’s life will be held Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013 at 11 a.m at Cumby Family Funeral Service, Archdale, with Reverend Harold Shives and Reverend Stewart Noell officiating.  Interment will follow at Floral Garden Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013 from 6 – 8 p.m. at Cumby Family Funeral Service, Archdale.
Memorials may be made to Archdale United Methodist Church Building Fund, 11543 N Main Street, Archdale, NC  27263.
Online condolences may be made to Mr. Lowe’s memorial page at  Arrangements by Cumby Family Funeral Service, Archdale.

Sylvia Boles
THOMASVILLE — Sylvia Cook Boles, 70, a resident of Thomasville, passed away Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013.
She was born February 28, 1943 in Surry County, N.C. to the late Claude Cook and Mary Taylor Cook and had been a resident of the High Point area most of her life.  She worked for NAPA Auto Parts for 30 plus years, and was of the Baptist faith. Sylvia enjoyed sewing, crocheting spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren, and great grandchildren. In addition to her parents, preceding her in death was a granddaughter; Marie Erin Gomola, and a great granddaughter; Lillian Belle Edwards.
On June 12, 1982 she was married to Jimmy Boles, he survives of the home. Also surviving are her daughters; Marki Edwards and her husband Carl of Trinity, Kim Baxter and her husband Keith of Thomasville, and Tracy Gomola and her husband Steve of Summerfield, her step daughter; Amy Wright and her husband Philip and her step son; Jason Edward Boles all of Greensboro, her sisters; Mevelyne Nunn of Greensboro, Ruby Welch and Shirley Cook both Trinity. Also surviving are her grandchildren; Travis Edwards, Amber Dennis, Chad Baxter, Kristin Baxter, Ashton Pierce,  Stephen Gomola,  and Mason Gomola, her great grandchildren; Ollie Dennis, Luci Dennis, and Kamilla Shipwash,  her step grandchildren; Garrett, Daniel and Julia Wright.
A service to celebrate Sylvia’s life will be held Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013 at 2 p.m., in the chapel of Cumby Family Funeral Service in High Point, with Pastor Tom Campbell officiating. Interment will follow in Floral Garden Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends Tuesday from 7 until 9 p.m. at the Funeral Home and other times will be at the residence. Online condolences may be made at Arrangements by Cumby Family Funeral Service of High Point.

Michael Hege
LEXINGTON — Michael Scott Hege, 43, died Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013.
Graveside service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday Oct. 2, 2013 at Forest Hill Memorial Park.
Visitation will be Tuesday Oct. 1, 2013 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Davidson Funeral Home, Hickory Tree Chapel.

Thomas Hawkins
LEXINGTON — Thomas Earl Hawkins, age 74 of Lexington, died Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.
A funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Oct. 1, 2013, at Florence Memorial Gardens Mausoleum Chapel of Florence, S.C.
The family will receive friends 30 minutes prior to the service.

Bruce Conrad
LEXINGTON — Raymond “Bruce” Conrad, age 77, of Lexington died suddenly Sunday morning. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church.
Arrangements by Davidson Funeral Home, Lexington.

Edward N. Wilson
THOMASVILLE — Mr. Edward N. Wilson, 60, of Thomasville died on Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013 at his residence. Arrangements are incomplete with People’s Funeral & Cremation Services, High Point.

Larry Travis Hairston
MARYLAND — Larry Travis Hairston, 61, of Upper Marlboro, Md. died at home on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013. He was born in Forsyth County, N.C. on July 21, 1952. He was preceded in death by his parents, William Henry and Juanita Jones Hairston, two sisters and four brothers.
He is survived by his wife, Sherrie; two sons, Larry, Jr. (Sissi) and Joshua; two daughters, Kimberly and Anna; four grandchildren, three sisters, Willie Mae, Hazel and Jo (Henry Clay); two brothers, Lin (Evi) and David; four sisters-in-law; two brothers-in-law; one uncle; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Funeral service will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013 at 2 p.m. Oak Grove Baptist Church, 3978 Pine Hall Rd., Walkertown, N.C. The family will receive friends at the church from 1:30 p.m. until 2 p.m. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be made to: The Triad Pantry of the Seventh Day Adventist Church, 279 Eastchester Dr., High Point, N.C. 27262 or Purple Heart Service Foundation. or by mail: Military Order of the Purple Heart Service Foundation, Inc., 7008 Little River Turnpike, P. O. Box 49, Annandale, VA 22003, or Text PURPLE to 20222.
Final arrangements are entrusted to Phillips Funeral Service, Inc.Online condolences may be made to the Hairston family at

Ronnie A. Voncannon
ASHEBORO — Ronnie Anderson Voncannon, age 29, of Seagrove died unexpectedly on Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013 at Randolph Hospital.
Ronnie was a native of Randolph County, a 2002 graduate of Southwest Randolph High School and attended Randolph Community College taking classes for information systems.  He was a cancer survivor, an avid Duke Basketball fan and loved the outdoors, fishing, reading and playing computer games.  Ronnie was a very special young man who was special to all he met.  He had a great personality and never complained.  Ronnie was a small person but everyone “looked up to him.” He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Margaret Voncannon, grandfather, Ronnie Anderson and step grandfather, Bill Leach Sr.
He is survived by his parents, Glenn and Melissa Voncannon of the home; sisters, Cynthia Voncannon Garren and husband Michael of Asheboro, Christine Dawn Voncannon of the home; nieces, Madison and Abigail; nephew, Ryan; paternal grandfather, Ralph Voncannon and step grandmother Doris Voncannon of Asheboro; maternal grandmother, Carol Butler and step grandfather Don Butler of Asheboro; special friend, Ricky Collie of Seagrove; aunt, Andrea Sheron and husband Mike of Weaverville; uncles, David Voncannon and wife Patty of Seagrove, Paul Voncannon and wife Tawanna of Asheboro.
The family will receive friends Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013 from 6 - 8 p.m. at Pugh Funeral Home, 437 Sunset Avenue, Asheboro, other times at the home of Cynthia Garren, 5354 Old Hwy. 13, Asheboro.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013 at 2 p.m. at Hopewell Friends Meeting, 2244 Hopewell Friends Road, Asheboro with Rev. Daniel Thames, Rev. Ralph Voncannon, and Rev. Howard Moffitt officiating. Burial will be in New Hope Memorial Gardens.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society Chatham Unit, 8300 Health Park - Suite 10, Raleigh, NC 27615 or the American Paraplegic Association, 801 18th Street NW #3, Washington, DC 20006.
Remembrances and online condolences may be made at

Lorraine Beaty Milliken
RALEIGH — Lorraine Beaty Milliken, 73, of Raleigh, N.C. died peacefully at Brighton Gardens of Raleigh on Sept. 30, 2013. She was born Dec. 11, 1939 in Newton, North Carolina, the younger daughter of the late Elsie Phillips Beaty and John McKenzie Beaty of Siler City, N.C.
A DuPont Scholar, she graduated from Wingate College and received a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Masters Degree in Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. A former resident of High Point, N.C., she enjoyed a career as a media services coordinator for Guilford County Schools until her retirement in 2000 and was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma. While living in High Point, she was an active member of Emerywood Baptist Church and served in many capacities including Sunday School teacher, choir member and as a Deacon. In 2005, she moved from High Point to Raleigh to be closer to her children and grandchildren. Once in Raleigh, she became an active member of Trinity Baptist Church where she was blessed to be a member of a very special group of women known as the Ruth Covenant Sunday School Class. Despite the short time she was able to actively participate with that class its members remained attentive and supportive to her until the end.
In addition to her service in the churches to which she belonged, she also found time to serve others in a variety of ways. In her community she volunteered for many projects and organizations including Meals On Wheels, North Raleigh Ministries and High Point Regional Hospital. Every year, she thoroughly enjoyed working with Operation Christmas Child. She could be counted on to joyfully volunteer her time and talents. She believed in the importance of mission work - both local and afar and had the privilege of participating in many mission trips including trips to the former Soviet Union, China and Johannesburg, South Africa where she assisted with the establishment of a library. She was a Bible scholar who could meaningfully contribute in most any theological discussion; but more importantly, as a Christian, she understood the importance of God’s word and relied upon and appreciated the comfort of His promises. Her loving and cheerfully unselfish spirit will be missed by those left behind.
She is survived by her daughter, Emery Edwards Milliken of Raleigh; son, John Drury (Dru) Milliken of Raleigh and his wife, Lisa Thompkins Milliken; their two sons, Drury Brooks Milliken and Rowen Tate McKenzie Milliken and a nephew, Isaac Hunter Dunlap of Macomb, Ill. She was predeceased by her sister, Carolyn Beaty Dunlap, of Siler City.
A celebration of the life of Lorraine Beaty Milliken will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013 at 1 PM at Siler City First Baptist Church, 314 N. 2nd Avenue, Siler City, N.C. with interment to follow at the Chatham Memorial Park in Siler City. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Trinity Baptist Church (Building Fund), 4815 Six Forks Road, Raleigh, N.C. 27609 or Emerywood Baptist Church, 1300 Country Club Drive, High Point, N.C. 27262.
The family appreciates the sweet and compassionate care they and their mother received from the staff at Brighton Gardens of Raleigh and Hospice of Wake County.
Funeral arrangements are being provided by Smith and Buckner of Siler City, N.C.

Willis “Coach” Walser
LEXINGTON — Willis Keith “Coach” Walser, 58, of Center Church Road, died Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, at Forsyth Medical Center.
The funeral will be 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, at Friendship United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013, at Davidson Funeral Home and other times at the home.