Obituaries Dec. 8, 2013

Dec. 07, 2013 @ 04:50 PM

Juanita Archie
HIGH POINT — Juanita A. Archie, 64, died Dec. 5,2013. 
Cremation services entrusted to Triad Cremation Society & Chapel.

David Blake
HIGH POINT — David Smith Blake, age 80, a resident of High Point, passed away Friday, Dec. 6, 2013.
He was born Nov. 22, 1933, in Montgomery County, NC to the late Conley Blake and Mary Ethel Smith Blake, and had been a resident of the High Point area most of his life. David was a veteran of the US Navy.  He worked as the store manager for Big Bear and Food World for 30 years.  After he left Food World he was employed in the Vending business in Asheboro, until 2007. David was a member of High Rock Baptist Church and he attended Four Square Gospel Church.  He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. In addition to his parents preceding him in death was his brother; Paul Blake.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years Geneva Eads Blake of the home, his children; Mark Blake and his wife Tracy of Archdale, Connie “Sissy” Blake of Wilmington, NC, Scott Blake and his wife Peggy of Archdale and Kelli Gilchrist and her husband Patrick of Trinity, his grandchildren; Amanda Blake, Cody Gilchrist and his wife Becca, Sarah Gilchrist, Haley Young, Andrew Simons and his wife Kamryn. Also surviving are his great grandson; Grayson Young.
A service to celebrate David’s life will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9th, 2013, in the Chapel of Cumby Family Funeral Service in Archdale with Pastor Trevor Foster and Reverend Bill Barnes officiating. Interment will follow in the National Cemetery in Salisbury at a later date. The family will receive friends Sunday from 6 until 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials in David’s memory may be sent to: Hospice of the Piedmont, 1801 Westchester Drive, High Point, NC 27262. Online condolences may be made at Arrangements by Cumby Family Funeral Service of Archdale.

Brenda Louise Jarrett Combs
TRINITY — Mrs. Brenda Louise Jarrett Combs, 71, passed away Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, at the High Point Regional Hospital following several years of declining health.
Brenda was born in High Point, Sept. 2, 1942, a daughter of the late William Franklin Jarrett and Mildred Smith Jarrett. She was a homemaker, enjoyed reading, cooking and helping her neighbors. Brenda was preceded in death by her sister, Diane Pickrel and five brothers, Richard, Terry, Jimmy, Roger and James Jarrett.  Brenda was of the Baptist faith.
Surviving are her husband of 46 years, Gene Paul Combs of the home; a son, Ricky E. Combs of Lexington; a daughter, Tammy Small of Thomasville; two grandchildren, April Huffman and husband Mathew and Brittany Combs; a great-grandson, Mason Huffman;  two brothers, Bill Jarrett and wife Wanda and Don Jarrett and wife Diane, both of Thomasville; a sister-in-law, Janet Combs of High Point;  a great-nephew, Justin Weatherman .
A celebration of Brenda’s life will be held Monday at 2 p.m. in the Davis Funerals and Cremations Chapel by pastor Tom Fields. Burial will follow in Forest Hill Memorial Park in Lexington.  The family will receive friends at the funeral home Sunday from 7 until 8:30 p.m. Memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Online condolences may be made at

Terry Ellis
THOMASVILLE — Mr. Terry Gray Ellis, of 378 Quail Lane, passed in peace at his home on Friday Dec. 6, 2013 at the age of 69. He had been in declining health for several years.
Mr. Ellis was born March 21, 1944, in Guilford County a son of Clayton and Hazel Gunther Ellis. He was a member of Woodlawn Baptist. He was a graduate of Kendall School of Design in Grand Rapids , Michigan and later establish Terry Ellis Design. He married the love of his life and cherished wife Janie Reid on Dec. 23, l964 who survives of the home.
Also surviving are children; Darrin Ellis and wife Reta, Henry Ellis and wife Devonna, Wendi Adams and husband Scott, Tina Pettit  and husband John, Keida Swicegood and Jamie Reid. Proud  Paw-Paw of Jeremy Ellis and wife Tracy, Sasha  Welch and husband  Gregg, Autumn Ellis, Tiffani Dawkins, Sydni Adams, Ryli Adams, Allyson Ellis, Zachary Pettit, Seth Pettit, and Matthew Pettit, Carson Uselman, Parker Swicegood, Easton Conrad and Mara Conrad. 1 great grandchild; Corbin Welch.  Sisters; Ramona Ingram and husband Richard, Penny Weaver, Kaye Culler, and Faye Arnette and husband Rick.
Terry will forever be remembered as champion to his wife Janie and hero to his children and grandchildren. He was steadfast in his faith and was a living example of humility and grace. He exhibited a wealth of selflessness with his family and friends. He was a proud patriot and US. Army veteran. We celebrate Terry and gifts his life brought to each of us.
Funeral Services will be conducted Tuesday at 11 a.m. from the Woodlawn Baptist Church by Rev. John Wheeles and Rev. Jeremy Pierce. Interment will follow in Holly Hill Memorial Park Cemetery. The body will remain at the Cumby Family Funeral Service on Eastchester Dr. where the family will receive friends Monday evening from 6 until 8 p.m.
Pallbearers will be Darrin , Henry , and Jeremy Eillis, Scott Adams, John and Zachary Pettit. Memorials may be directed to Woodlawn Baptist Church, 3201 N. Main St. High Point, N.C. 27265
Online condolences may be sent to

J.C. “Happy” Hedgepeth
THOMASVILLE — Jim Craven “Happy” Hedgepeth, 96, of Thomasville, passed away Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013 at NC Veteran’s Home in Salisbury.
Happy was born Sept. 17, 1917, to the late John William Hedgepeth and Elizabeth Hester Hedgepeth.  He was an Air Force veteran, serving time in WWII.  Before his retirement he was the owner and manager of several bars and restaurants.  He was a member of the American Legion and the VFW.  Happy also enjoyed playing cards and golf.  In addition to his parents, Happy is predeceased by son, Wyatt Hedgepeth, and daughter, Myra Hedgepeth.
Happy is survived by daughters, Pam Lovell and husband Robert of Thomasville and Shari Deitchman and husband Rick of Charlotte; daughter-in-law, Nanci Hedgepeth of High Point; and grandchildren, Sally Deitchman of Charlotte and Kelly Hedgepeth of Winston-Salem.
A service will be held with military honors on Monday, Dec. 9th, at 2 p.m. at Floral Garden Memorial Park Mausoleum.  The family will receive friends after the service.
The family wishes to express a special thanks to all the caregivers and staff at the NC Veteran’s home in Salisbury.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Randolph County Honor Guard, PO Box 1672, Asheboro, NC  27204.
Online condolences may be made to Happy’s memorial page at  Arrangements by Cumby Family Funeral Service, High Point.

Andre Long
HIGH POINT — Mr. Andre Dewan Long, 53, (Affectionately Known As Dre or Andre 2000) passed away on Wednesday Nov. 27, 2013, at his residence.  He was born on April 24, 1960, to Ronald and Gloria Long and was a lifelong resident of High Point.
Andre was a graduate of High Point Central High School, class of 1978. He was a member of Williams Memorial C.M.E. Church.
Before his declining health, Andre was known for his ability as a professional painter for over twenty years.  He took pride in his work. Family and Friends took his opinion when there had to be painting done inside or outside.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Heck and Reophurs McQueen; paternal grandparents, Ralph and Rossie Long; one brother, Keith Maurice Long; two aunts, Ester McQueen and Rosa Timberlake; and one uncle, Reginald Long.
Survivors include his wife, Benith Hunter Long; one son, Joshua Dewan Long; one step-daughter, Veneshia Hunter, all of High Point, NC; parents, Ronald and Gloria Long of High Point, NC; two brothers, Kerry (Amelia) Long, Sr. of Durham, NC and Derrick (Aubrey) Long of Beaverton, OR.; two sisters, Tamara (David) Harrison of Columbus, OH and Bergeda (Charles) Minnis of Middle River, MD; three grandchildren; father-in-law; mothers-in-law, five sisters-in-law; two brothers-in-law; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Memorial service will be held on Monday, Dec. 9, 2013, at 3 p.m. at Williams Memorial C.M.E. Church, 3400 Triangle Lake Rd. The family will receive friends at the church from 2:30 p.m. until 3 p.m.
Final arrangements are entrusted to Phillips Funeral Service, Inc. Online condolences may be made to the Long family at

Caren McPherson
GREENSBORO — Caren McPherson, 59, died Dec. 7, 2013. 
Cremation services entrusted to Triad Cremation Society & Chapel.

Nellie Stanley Morgan
ARCHDALE — Mrs. Nellie Stanley Morgan, 83, resident of Archdale, died Dec. 6th, 2013, at Randolph Hospice House.
Mrs. Morgan was born Feb. 10th, 1930, in Surry County and had been a resident of this area most of her life.  She was an active member of Archdale Church of the Nazarene and had worked 28 years as a nurse at High Point Regional Hospital.  Her three loves were her church, family and nursing.
Surviving is a son, Bill Morgan and wife Lee of Trinity; four daughters, Cindy Ford of Archdale, Debbie Green of Archdale, Brenda Hall of Archdale and Judy Blackburn of Thomasville; a sister, Nancy Garrett and husband Carroll of Danville, VA; nine grandchildren, Shelly and husband Jesus, Eric and wife Diana, Anthony, Andy, Kristi, Kelly and husband Chris, Ryan and wife Stefanie, Bryan and Brett and wife Sandra; thirteen great-grandchildren, Ashlyn, Hayden, Kayden, Rylee, Courtney, Jay, Josh, Gabriel, Corbin, Gavin, Brittany, Patrick and Erika; and beloved nieces and nephews.  Preceding her in death were her husband, Richard Lee Morgan; her mother, Sallie Stanley and her son, Johnnie Wayne Morgan.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorials may be directed to Archdale Church of the Nazarene, 118 Julian Ave. Archdale, NC 27263.

Grace Ritter
ASHEBORO — Mrs. Grace Marie Davis Ritter, 81, of Asheboro, died Dec. 6, 2013.
A funeral service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday at Ridge Funeral Home Chapel.

Raynell Shields
KERNERSVILLE — Raynell Fowler Shields, 87, went home to be with the Lord Dec. 7, 2013.
Funeral Services to celebrate her life will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday Dec. 11, 2013, at Smith Grove Baptist Church in Colfax, where she was a longtime member, with Pastor Chuck Peters officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.
A native of Guilford County, Raynell was the daughter of the late Connie Holyfield and Henry Clinton Fowler. She was married to the late James Leon Shields. A homemaker she had lived most of her life in Dobson, and later moved to the Colfax Community.
In addition to her parents, and husband, Raynell also was preceded in death by her sons Roger White and Billy White, sisters Helen, Lorena, and brothers William, Charles, Jimmy, and Luther.
Survivors include her brothers Ernest Fowler of Winston-Salem, John Fowler and Judy of Madison, and Sam Fowler and Suzanne of Winston-Salem; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. 
The family will visit with friends immediately following the service, in the church fellowship hall, on Wednesday.
Friends and family may sign, and view the guestbook at
In lieu of flowers, are asked to make contributions to Hospice of Davidson, or any Hospice of one’s choice.