Obituaries July 2, 2013

Jul. 01, 2013 @ 08:54 PM

Rev. Philip J. Birchall, Sr.
FRANKLINVILLE — Rev. Philip James  Birchall, Sr., age 87, of Franklinville died Friday, June 28, 2013 at his home.
Mr. Birchall, Sr. was born January 13, 1926, in Barnesboro, PA., the son of James Birchall, Jr. and Delila Curry Birchall. He was a graduate of Barnesboro High School, then served in the Army Air Corp from 1944 to 1946 during World War II as a Tail Turret Gunner on a B-24 Heavy Bomber. He also served as a Chaplin’s assistant, with the Overseas Replacement Depot, in Greensboro, NC.  After the war, Philip attended Houghton College in NY and received his Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in Biblical Literature, and Theology. He then attended New York University where he received a M.A. degree from the school of education and a graduate of The Biblical Seminary in NY, then onto State University of New York in Jamestown, NY, with a Major in English. Philip also attended Guilford College in Greensboro and University of NC in Chapel Hill. Rev. Birchall, Sr. served in the Pastorate for 58 years both in NY and NC also serving as District Secretary, Rochester Conference and Western NY; President of Houghton Camp Meeting Association and Delegate of General Conference of The Wesleyan Church, Rev. Birchall was Dean of The Southern Pilgrim College in Kernesville from 1957 to 1962 and was President of Houghton Academy, in  Houghton, NY from 1962 - 1969. Some of the churches in NC include: Midway Wesleyan, Randleman; Central Wesleyan, Asheboro; Ennis Street Wesleyan, High Point; Mt. Zion Wesleyan, Seagrove; Clyde Wesleyan, Clyde; Mt. Wesley Wesleyan, Hiddenite and Sandy Cross Wesleyan, Reidsville. In addition to his parents, Philip is also preceded in death by 2 sisters and 3 brothers.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years: Helen Pegram Birchall, Sr. of the home; children: Charlotte Robb and her husband Jim of Franklinville, Charles and Andrew Birchall both of Nashville, TN., Philip Birchall, Jr. and his wife Vivian of Salisbury, and David Birchall and his wife Phyllis of the home; 7 grandchildren and many great grandchildren; sister: Evie Heineman; step sister: Phyllis Schmiedt and her husband Doug, of Santa Clara, Utah.
The family will receive friends Tuesday, July 2, 2013 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Pugh Funeral Home, 600 South Main Street, Randleman, NC.  The funeral service will be held Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at Midway Wesleyan Church, 331 Worthville Rd., Randleman with Rev. J. Arnold Luther and Rev. Jerry Lumston, District Superintendant, officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Hospice Of Randolph, P.O. Box 9, Asheboro, NC 27204-0009 or Midway Wesleyan Church, 331 Worthville Rd., Randleman, NC 27317.
Online condolences may be made at

Reuben Cox
ASHEBORO — Mr. Gurney Reuben Cox, 92, died June 30, 2013. Funeral service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday at Ridge Funeral Home Chapel. Arrangements by Ridge Funeral Home & Cremation Service.

Benny Crotts
MIDWAY — Benny Von Crotts 81 passed away Monday, July 1, 2013, at his home. A graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at Midway United Methodist Church where he was a member with the Revs. John C. Woods, Jr. and C. M. Worthy officiating.  A reception is to follow in the Christian Life Center for all family and friends and other times at the home.
Benny was born in Davidson County on October 2, 1931, to Henry Ward Beecher Crotts and Gladys Leonard Crotts.  He was founder, retired owner operator along with his wife Lorraine of the Furniture Barn in Midway for 31 years.  He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Archie Crotts and a sister Sybil Gray.
He is survived by his wife Lorraine Hill Crotts of the home; three sons, Perry Crotts (Sherry) of Lexington, Stephen Von Crotts and Kim Crotts both of Midway; a sister, Jean Hiatt (Joe) of Thomasville; five grandchildren, Seth Crotts (Beth), Nathan Crotts, Rachael Crotts, Olivia Crotts, Landon Crotts and one great grandchild, Summer Crotts.
A special thanks to our many friends, church family, his breakfast group at Cagney’s and Hospice of Davidson County.
Memorials may be made to Midway United Methodist Church, Building Fund, 9795 Old Hwy 52 S., Lexington, NC  27295 and Hospice of Davidson County, 200 Hospice Way, Lexington, NC  27292.
Davidson Funeral Home, Hickory Tree Chapel is serving the family. Online condolences may be made at

Eric Duncan
CLIMAX — Eric Marshall Duncan, 42, of Climax, died June 29, 2013. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 3, 2013, at Friendly Baptist Church, 8102 Hwy 22, Climax, NC.

Nancy Geringer Durham
HIGH POINT — Nancy Geringer Durham, 64, died Monday July 1, 2013, at High Point Regional Hospital.  Born July 19, 1948, in Guilford County, she is a daughter of the late Charlie and Edna Geringer. She worked in the furniture industry for 20 years and spent most of her time during the last 20 years caring for her sick mother.
Mrs. Durham is survived by her husband Earl of the home and one step-son Earl Durham, Jr. of the Allen Jay Community.  Also surviving are one brother Marvin Geringer and wife Linda of Randleman, brother-in-law Bill Durham of High Point, several sisters-in-law and nieces and nephews.
Graveside services for Mrs. Durham will be held 11:00 a.m. Wednesday at Floral Garden Memorial Park.  The family will greet friends Tuesday evening from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. at Cumby Family Funeral Service, Archdale.
Online condolences may be made on Mrs. Durham’s memorial page at  Arrangements by Cumby Family Funeral Service, Archdale.

Frances Farrington
COLFAX — Frances Elizabeth Farrington, resident of River Landing at Sandy Ridge, died July 1, 2013, at her residence. Mrs. Farrington was born December 18, 1930, in King’s Mountain, NC, a daughter to the late Hoyt and Katie Tate.  She graduated from St. Leo’s School of Nursing in Greensboro, NC, and passed her State Nursing Boards in the summer of 1951 but had to wait until her 21st birthday to receive her license.  She was employed at Duke University Hospital where she quickly became head nurse of Holmes ward.  She met her future husband in the cafeteria of Duke Hospital and they were married June 6, 1954.  They were blessed with 4 wonderful children, Mari Katherine, Elizabeth Anne, John Kirby, Jr and Teresa Lynn.  She was predeceased by her son, John Kirby Farrington, Jr.  They also have 4 grandchildren: Ryan Baily Farrington, John Kirby Farrington, III, Lindsay Marie Blackburn and Katherine Baily Blackburn.
Fran was a Girl Scout cookie chairman for her children’s Girl Scout Troop for 12 years and was long time chairman of the Dogwood Room at the High Point Furniture Market for the Hospital Guild.  Although she was a very poor swimmer herself, she was a nationally certified AAU swimming Stroke and Turn Judge.  She had countless friends in ladies golf and had 4 holes in one over her lifetime. She and her husband enjoyed many trips to Europe, Canada and all over North America to play in couple’s golf.  Her best round of golf was a 78 at Oak Hollow in the High Point City Tournament.  She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Dr. John Kirby Farrington.  In addition to her husband, children and grandchildren she is also survived by two siblings, Barbara Tate Beasley and Ray Tate and a daughter-in-law, Molly Gundy Farrington.  There will be a private family burial on Tuesday July, 2, 2013.  A memorial service will be held Wednesday at 3 PM, July 3, 2013, in the multipurpose room at River Landing at Sandy Ridge in Colfax, NC.  Visitation will immediately follow the service. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be directed to Hospice of the Piedmont, 1801 Westchester Dr. High Point, NC 27262 or to Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Central Piedmont, 200 N. Main St. High Point, NC 27262 or any charity of your choice.  Cumby Family Funeral Service in High Point is assisting the family.  On-line condolences may be made through

James Gerken
GREENSBORO — James E. Gerken, 71, passed away on Sunday June 30, 2013. Cremation services entrusted to Triad Cremation Society & Chapel.

Geneva B. Hayes
LEXINGTON — Geneva Benton Hayes, 73, of Carolina Avenue, died July 1, 2013, at Lexington Medical Center. Funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Davidson Funeral Home Lexington Chapel. Burial will follow in Lexington City Cemetery.

Ruth Pierce Hughes
TRINITY — Mrs. Ruth Pierce Hughes, 90, died July 1, 2013, at her home. Funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Jackson Creek Baptist Church.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Briggs Funeral Home in Denton.

Margaret McCurdy
LEXINGTON — Margaret Murray McCurdy, 92, formerly of Duke Drive, passed away Sunday June 30, 2013, at Piedmont Crossing community of Thomasville. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Piedmont Crossing Chapel.

Runelda M. Rich
TRINITY — Runelda M. “Nell” (Arthur) Rich, 82, passed away June 29, 2013, at Gray Brier Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She was the loving wife of the late Paul D. Rich to whom she was married to for 61 wonderful years.
Mrs. Rich was born on June 27, 1931, in Maxeys, GA, a daughter of the late General and Lelia Mae (Spoon) Arthur. She was a former serger for ACME Sample Books for 17 years and later, Superior Samples for over 10 years.
She was a member of Cloverdale Church of the Living God.
Mrs. Rich enjoyed tending to her flower gardens and painting ceramics in her spare time.
She is survived by two sons, Randy (Susan) Rich of Trinity and Craig (Jane) Rich of Archdale; two daughters, Paula (Tom) Menegay of Alliance, OH, and Ann Ferguson of Archdale; nine grandchildren, Stacey Rich, Brian Rich, Jonathan (Krystal) Rich, Sarah (Brian) Misanko of Akron, OH, Greg (Bethany) Watkins of Cleveland, OH, Brandon (Sylvia) Rich, Brandon, Joey, Alex Ferguson; four great-grandchildren, Shyanne Rich, Trinity Rich, Taylor Rich, and Avery Misanko; and several nieces, nephews and friends. In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Rich was preceded in death by two brothers and one sister.
A celebration of life service will be 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 2, 2013, in the chapel of Cumby Family Funeral Service, 206 Trindale Road, Archdale with Rev. David E. Perry and Rev. John Devine officiating. Burial will follow in Springfield Friends Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
The family would like to extend their sincere appreciation to the staff at Emmanuel Senior Enrichment Center , Westchester Harbour, and Gray Brier Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
Online condolences may be left on memorial page at Arrangements made by Cumby Family Funeral Service, Archdale.

Edward Wheeless
HIGH POINT — Mr. Edward (Ed) Clifton Wheeless, 71, resident of High Point died June 30, 2013, at his home.
Mr. Wheeless was born March 8, 1942, in Wilmington, NC, a son to the late W.A. (Tinkie) and Lucille Hilliard Wheeless Johnson.  He attended UNC-Chapel Hill and graduated from Campbell College.  He later moved to High Point and worked as a revenue agent with the State of North Carolina, with whom he retired.  He was very active with the Hartley Dr. Family Y.M.C.A where he served on the Board of Directors and the Camp Cheerio Board of Directors.  He also coached Bitty Basketball, raised funds for Friends of Youth and was active in the Y.M.C.A’s Men’s Club.  Later in life he was inducted into the Y.M.C.A Hall of Honor.  He also was active in Rotary Club and attended the Wednesday morning Bible Study at Emerywood Country Club.  In 1973 he married the former Carol Beaston who survives of the residence.
Also surviving is his daughter, Sydney Cavanaugh and husband John of High Point; a sister, Anita Wheeless Porter of Raleigh; two grandchildren, Cooper and Cole Cavanaugh, both of High Point and several nieces and nephews.
A celebration of his life will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday at First United Methodist Church in High Point with Rev. John Willet officiating.  Visitation will follow the service at the church.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Friends of Youth at the Y.M.C.A. 150 W. Hartley Dr. High Point, NC 27265.  Cumby Family Funeral Service in High Point is assisting the family.  On-line condolences may be made through

Thomas VunCannon
HIGH POINT — Thomas Arlona VunCannon, 67, of High Point, passed away June 30, 2013, at Randolph Hospital in Asheboro.
Born April 12, 1946, he was the son of the late Okal VunCannon and Virgie Foster VunCannon.
He graduated from High Point Central High School and joined the U.S. Air Force, serving in Vietnam.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by sisters, Rebecca VunCannon, Frances Kennedy; brothers, Thurman VunCannon, Roger VunCannon.
Those left to cherish his memory are brothers, Douglas VunCannon (Myrtle) of Franklinville, NC, Wayne VunCannon (Hazel) of Troy, NC; sister, “Tiny” Steelman of High Point.
Visitation: 12:30-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 3, 2013, at Haven Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall.
Graveside Service: 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 3, 2013, at Salisbury National Cemetery with Rev. Wayne VunCannon officiating. Military honors will be conducted by the Lyerly Funeral Home Honor Guard.
Lyerly Funeral Home is serving the VunCannon family.  Online condolences may be made at