Obituaries February 9, 2013

Feb. 08, 2013 @ 06:52 PM

Martha Simmons Brown
WINSTON-SALEM — Martha Simmons Brown, 78, of Winston-Salem passed away peacefully Thursday at her daughter’s home in Archdale. Born March 20, 1934, in Winston-Salem, Mrs. Brown is a daughter of the late Oscar Burton Simmons and Pauline Martin Simmons. She graduated from Mineral Springs High School and attended Appalachian State University. In earlier years, Mrs. Brown was a choir director in several Methodist churches which enabled her to share her love of music with others. She had a varied sales career, Mrs. Brown managed the Robbins Clothing Store at Thruway Shopping Center, she was one of the first female salespersons at R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, she was a sales manager for Avon and a wedding consultant at Montaldos, retail sales at Lilly Ruben and she was a receptionist at Triad Guarantee. Most recently she enjoyed volunteering at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in the surgical care waiting room, where she ministered to families. Mrs. Brown will be remembered as a loving mother, and kind and gracious person . She attended and taught Sunday School at Ardmore Baptist Church where she loved teaching the youth and college age groups. Mrs. Brown was married to the father of her children Ralph Ladoux Beeson, and for over 20 years to Bill Randall Brown, who preceded her in death. 
Mrs. Brown is survived by two daughters, Susan Beeson Smith and husband Jerry of Archdale, Deborah Louise Martinat of Winston-Salem and two step children, Beverly Mills and husband Paul of Lake Norman and Mark Brown also of Lake Norman.  She is also survived by two grandchildren, Allison Simmons Moore of Asheville, Donald Craig Moore, Jr. of Greensboro, one brother Oscar Curtis Simmons of Winston-Salem and Louise Simmons Shore and husband George of Raleigh.
Funeral services for Mrs. Brown will be held 3 p.m. Sunday in the chapel of Cumby Family Funeral Service High Point with the Reverend James Martin officiating.  Interment will follow in Floral Garden Memorial Park. The family will greet friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be given to the Baptist Children’s Home, PO Box 338, Thomasville, NC  27360. Online condolences may be made on Mrs. Brown’s memorial page at  Arrangements by Cumby Family Funeral Service, High Point

Virginia Carson
LEXINGTON — Virginia Anne Davis Carson, 76, died Feb. 7, 2013.
A private family service will be held at Davidson Funeral Home Chapel.


Donald Glover
DENTON — Donald “Donnie” Raeford Glover, 61, of Denton died Feb. 7, 2013, at his residence.
Funeral will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at Briggs Funeral Home Memorial Chapel. Visitation will be held 2-3 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.


Lou Gobel
ASHEBORO — Lula Lee “Lou” Eason Gobel, 85, of Idlewood Drive died Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, at her residence.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Briggs Funeral Home.


Robert Greene
Robert Greene died Feb. 7, 2013, at High Point Regional Hospital.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete at People’s Funeral Service.


Rachel Hobbs
LEXINGTON — Rachel Curry Hobbs, 84, of Sink Circle died Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013.
Funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Meadowview Reformed Presbyterian Church. Burial will follow in Forest Hill Memorial Park. Visitation will be held 6-8 p.m. Sunday at Davidson Funeral Home.


Howard Hunt
ASHEBORO — Howard Hunt, 47, died Feb. 8, 2013, at his home.
Triad Cremation Society & Chapel is in charge of arrangements.


Sandrea Annette Isaac
HIGH POINT — Sandrea A. Swinney Isaac, age 49, of 1618 Fowler Place, High Point, North Carolina passed away on Friday Feb. 1, 2013, surrounded by her loving family.
She was born Sept. 23,1963, in Chicago, Ill., daughter of Samuel E. Swinney and the late Ola Jean Strickland.
Memorial services will be Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 2 p.m. at 211 Ward Street at the Church of God Prophecy officiating by Samuel E. Swinney.
Survivors include husband Mike Isaac and two daughters, Rhianna Swinney and BobbieAnn Isaac; with one son Michael Lee Isaac; one sister Cindy S. St.John of Lexington; one brother Quinton A. Swinney of Rockingham, N.C.; two grandchildren Alexis and Tyrell; several nieces and nephews of High Point, N.C.; father Samuel E. Swinney and step-mother Cathy Swinney of Rockingham, North Carolina.


Molly Layton
GREENSBORO — Molly Layton, 64, died Feb. 7, 2013.
Triad Cremation Society & Chapel is in charge of arrangements.


Harry  Brown Owen Jr.
THOMASVILLE — Harry  Brown Owen, Jr., age 67, of Thomasville, N.C. went to be with the Lord on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, at W.G. Hefner V.A. Medical Center in Salisbury.
He was born Feb. 13, 1945 in Thomasville, N.C.,  a son of the late Harry Owen, Sr. and  Florence Geneva Swing  Hollifield.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army where he served during the Korean War. While in Korea, he patrolled the DMZ for a sixteen mile stretch.
After his military service, he was owner and operator of his own 18 wheeler. He hauled gravel and loose rock for several different contractors.
Harry enjoyed fishing and hunting tremendously.           
Left to cherish his memories is his daughter: Karen Lewis and husband Tony of Sophia; three grandchildren: Daniel Lewis and girlfriend Paula Johnson of Thomasville, James Kennedy III and Tori-Grace Lewis both of Sophia.
The family will have a Celebration of Life on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, from 3 – 6 p.m. at the home of his daughter Karen Lewis located at 3352 Loblolly Drive in Sophia, NC, 27350.   
Lyerly Funeral Home is serving the Owen family.  Online condolences may be made at


Barbara Simmons
ASHEBORO — Barbara Jane Simmons, 70, died Feb. 7, 2013. 
Triad Cremation Society & Chapel is in charge of arrangements.


Naomi Cook White
TRINITY — Naomi Cook White, 95, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, at GrayBrier Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She was the loving wife of the late Francis Emery White, who passed in 2003, to whom she was married to for 65 years.
Mrs. White was born in Owensboro, Ky., on Jan. 1, 1918, to the late Cletus and Blanche (Wagoner) Cook.
She was a devoted mother and is survived by a daughter, Betty White Hill and husband, Robert of Foxfire Village; a son, F. Keith White of High Point; five grandchildren, Robert Logan Hill of Brooklyn, N.Y., Summer Carly Hill of San Diego, Calif., Tyler Keith White of Charlotte, Wesley Ryan Emery White of High Point, and Addison Kay White of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; a great granddaughter, Myha Hadley Hill; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Doyle Paige White.
A private graveside service in celebration of Naomi’s life will be held at the convenience of the family with Rev. Faye L. Herbin officiating.
The family wishes to thank “Miss Naomi’s” loving home caregivers and the special care given to her by the staff at GrayBrier Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
Memorials may be made to Trinity Memorial United Church, P.O. Box 52, Trinity, NC 27370.
Online condolences may be left on Mrs. White’s memorial page at
Arrangements made by Cumby Family Funeral Service, Archdale.


Mary Williams
THOMASVILLE — Mary Cecil Williams, 57, died Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Davis Funerals and Cremations.