Obituaries, November 19, 2013

Nov. 18, 2013 @ 05:03 PM

Robert Bowman
HIGH POINT — Robert Bowman, 68, died Monday, Nov. 18, 2013, at his residence.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Phillips Funeral Service Inc.

Minnie Bradley
—  Minnie Ola SerVance Bradley, 102, of 400 Martin Luther King Drive, died Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013.
Funeral will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday at Zion Tabernacle F. B. H. Church, and burial will be in Carolina Biblical Gardens. Public visitation will be held 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Thursday at S. E. Thomas Funeral & Cremation Service.


Daisy Naomi Hinshaw Godbey
THOMASVILLE — Ms. Daisy Naomi Hinshaw Godbey went home to her heavenly father on the morning of Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. Loved ones were by her side.
Born in Surry County, she was the daughter of the late Lester Cecil and Emma Hauser Hinshaw. Daisy is survived by five children: Jean Grimes; Logan Hill; Ann Godbey; John Godbey and Judy Greene. She is also survived by four local grandchildren: Meghan Williamson and Brandon, Logan and Larkin Hill, as well as five other grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be held on Friday, Nov. 22, at Rich Fork Baptist Church, 3993 Old N.C. 29, Thomasville, N.C., from 4 to 6 p.m., followed by a memorial service at 6 p.m. with pastor Michael Bowers.
In lieu of flowers please consider donations to Rich Fork Baptist Church children’s ministry.
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Dorothy June Harris
JAMESTOWN — Dorothy June Harris, 80, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013, surrounded by her loving family. Dorothy was born on Aug. 22, 1933, in Stirrat, W. Va., the daughter of William and Kyliste Yates Easterling Jr. Dorothy served her country in the U.S. Air Force, serving from 1952 to 1955. She attended Christ the King Catholic Church. Dorothy worked as a secretary/bookkeeper with Herman Shavitz Reality and then serving in the same position with Vocational Rehab. She loved to be outdoors, working in her yard, her flowers, walking and spending time with her family. She was lovingly known as “Grandma June” to her grandchildren. She will be deeply missed.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband Willie “Ted” Harris on Oct. 21, 2001; son, Stephen Scott Harris on Nov. 20, 2003, and brother, Harold Easterling and sister, Betty Bocock. Those left to cherish her memory are her loving children, Teresa H. Hembree and husband Ricky of Archdale, N.C., Bryan E. Harris and Thina Bernstein of Jamestown, N.C., and Drew Harris and wife Susie of Thomasville, N.C.; three brothers, Jack Easterling of Bluefield, W. Va., Jim Easterling of Columbus, Ohio, and Tom Easterling and wife Karen of Baltimore, Ohio; grandchildren, Amber N. Harris, Stephanie B. Hembree, Patricia K. Harris, Derrick A. Hembree and wife Crystal, Richard “Matt” Hembree and Preston “P.K.” Hembree and Harley Allen Harris; great grandchildren, Taylor Hembree, Zoie Hembree and Avery White; and special friends, Jessica and Alexis Bernstein.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, 2 p.m. at Hanes Lineberry Sedgefield Chapel with entombment with full military honors at Guilford Memorial Park.The family will receive friends on Tuesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at Hanes Lineberry Sedgefield Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Western Carolina Chapter, 3800 Shamrock Drive, Branscomb No. 10, Charlotte,  NC 28215 or to Hospice of the Piedmont, 1801 Westchester Drive, High Point, NC 27282.
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Harold “Buckie” Johnson
THOMASVILLE — Mr. Harold “Buckie” Johnson, 77, a lifelong resident of Thomasville, died Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013, at his home. He was born on Feb. 10, 1936, in Davidson County, N.C., to the late Jonah Andrew Johnson and the late Catholeen Cranford Johnson. He was retired from Thomasville Furniture Industries, where he was employed most of his adult life. He was a United States Army veteran, serving in the Korean War. “Buckie” was an avid Carolina Tarheel fan and found much joy by gardening in his spare time. He was a loving father, grandfather and brother. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Beverly Johnson.
Surviving are a daughter, Kellie Leigh Johnson and fiancé Pete Bellanger of Star; sons, Eric Johnson of Cary and Derrick Johnson and wife Marrissa of New York. Also surviving are grandchildren, Dusty Fant and wife Beth of Thomasville, Casey Stanley and wife Cassandra of Lexington and Donavan, Sinora, and Micaela Johnson. He also leaves behind two great-grandchildren, Alyssa and Logan Stanley.
A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 609 Liberty Drive, Thomasville, NC 27360 with Dr. Mary Miller officiating. Interment will follow in Holly Hill Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at J.C. Green and Sons Funeral Home. Memorials may be directed to Trinity United Methodist Church, 609 Liberty Drive, Thomasville, NC 27360.  Online condolences may be sent to

Georgia Wright Morris
GREENSBORO — Georgia Wright Morris, 81, passed away Monday, Nov. 18, 2013.
An 11 a.m. funeral service will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, at Forbis and Dick North Elm Street Chapel. Interment will follow at Westminster Gardens.
Georgia was born in Ellerbe, N.C., on Nov. 25, 1931, to the late E. P. and Lula Wright. She was a member of Mount Pisgah United Methodist Church and was retired from Insurance Advisory Committee as office manager. Georgia had many interests and especially enjoyed teaching ceramics classes as well as serving as a volunteer with Under the Bridge Ministries. She has a great deal of interest in politics and loved playing card games but most importantly, her family was always first. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, B. J. Morris, as well as sons Joe Morris and Roger Morris. She was also preceded in death by sisters Lois McNair and Belle Warner.  Survivors include a son, Jeff Morris, (wife Brenda), and a daughter, Mira Barnes Grubb (husband Kim). She is also survived by grandchildren, Jennifer, Whitney, Barry, Stephanie, Kevin, Rodney and Aaron, as well as 13 great-grandchildren. 
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The family will receive friends prior to the service on Wednesday from 9:30 until 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home. 


Vann A. Nealeans
HIGH POINT — Vann A. Nealeans, age 100, of 1575 John Knox Drive, Colfax, N.C., went to be with our loving Lord and his beloved wife, Elizabeth on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013.
Vann was born on Dec. 17, 2012, second son of four children to George James Nealeans Sr. and Sidney Simmons Nealeans, of Birmingham, Ala. He spent his early years of education in Alabama, Ga., and North Carolina attending North Carolina State University in 1932 and 1933.  He was employed in 1934 by the North Carolina Theatres Inc. and assigned in 1936 to the National Theatre in Greensboro as the assistant manager, followed by theater manager positions in Burlington and Wilmington, N.C., as well as Bluefield, W. Va.
In 1941 he returned to Birmingham and was employed by Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company, today known as PPG Industries Inc. His career with PPG included sales and management positions with the Merchandizing Division in Birmingham, Ala., branch manager in Florence, Ala., and Roanoke, Va. In 1962 he joined the Coatings Division of PPG Industries and until his retirement in 1978 (37 years of service) he was the area sales manager overseeing 15 paint centers and their sales force in Virginia, North and South Carolina.
Vann was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church of High Point, N.C., since 1957, and served as a Sunday school teacher, deacon, elder, and served on many church committees, including moderator of the administrative and the endowment committees. He was very active in the High Point community and serviced on the High Point Citizens advisory committee, the High Point Salvation Army advisory board and the High Point Housing Authority, including serving as chairman of the authority for several years. For 16 years Vann was an active member in the Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE), where he thoroughly enjoyed working and helping other entrepreneurs develop their businesses. He was a member of High Point Country Club and a member of the Super Seniors Golf Group,  which he enjoyed with many of his friends.
During his assignment with PPG Industries in Roanoke, Va., he served as a member of the Salvation Army advisory board, as well as a member of the sales executive board and was on the board of directors of the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra. He was a member of the Hidden Valley Country Club.
Vann was a World War II veteran, serving in the European theater from June 1943 through November 1945 with the 373rd Army Engineers, as a sergeant major, 2nd BN, and was honorably discharged in 1945, returning to Birmingham, Ala.
In August 1940 he married his beloved Elizabeth Benton in the Duke Chapel in Durham, N.C. In time he learned he had married into a wonderful family of five sons and five daughters of Mr. and Mrs. M.C. Benton Sr. of Garland, N.C. Through the years Elizabeth and Vann had their annual Thanksgiving Benton family reunion at their home on Kingston Drive in Emerywood Forest, often with 80 to 120 family members attending. Vann and Elizabeth spent many happy years living in High Point, where Elizabeth was the first director of the High Point Friends Meeting kindergarten for 17 years and where they raised two fine sons, Alan and Drew.  
Survivors include one loving sister, Helen N. Crow of Raleigh, N.C.; and two sons, Dr. Alan V. Nealeans and his wife, Karen of Lewisville, N.C., and Drew B. Nealeans of High Point, N.C.; two grandchildren, Maggie M. Tomlinson and her husband John and their two children, Ava Jane and Reynolds of Waxhaw, N.C., and Courtney V. Nealeans and his wife Mandy and their son Carson of Clemmons, N.C.; as well as many in-laws and over 100 nieces and nephews.
Vann and Elizabeth moved to the Presbyterian Home in September 1988, and Elizabeth died on Dec. 27, 1992. Vann moved to River Landing at Sandy Ridge and was one of the first residents to move in during early 2002.
The family would like to take this opportunity to thank all of Vann’s many caring and loving friends he has had over the many years at Presbyterian Home and River Landing at Sandy Ridge. Special thanks to all his caregivers, including all the many, many wonderful nurses and CNAs at River Landing. Special appreciation to CNAs Tammy, Gloria and Amber for all their passionate care, friendship and laughter they shared with our father. A special thanks also to his Stephen Ministry friend from First Presbyterian Church, a dear friend, Bill Poe.
There will be a memorial service for the family and friends at 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, at First Presbyterian Church, 918 N. Main St., High Point, N.C., by the Rev Dr. Kenneth Browman-Fulks and the Rev. Dr. Erin Bowers.
The family will receive friends Wednesday evening, Nov. 20, from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. in the multi-purpose room at River Landing at Sandy Ridge, 1575 John Knox Drive, Colfax, N.C. There will be a private burial at Floral Garden Park prior to the memorial service. Mr. Nealeans will remain at Sechrest Funeral Service in High Point until Thursday at 9 a.m.
Memorials may be directed to: First Presbyterian Church Building Fund, 918 N. Main St., High Point, NC 27260 and River Landing at Sandy Ridge Annual Appeal Fund, 1575 John Knox Drive, Colfax, NC 27235-9666.
Sechrest Funeral Service at 1301 E. Lexington Ave., is serving the family. Online condolences may be made at

John Warfford
LEXINGTON — John Voils Warfford, 92, of N.C. 8, died Sunday Nov. 17, 2013, at Wake Forest Baptist Lexington Medical Center.
Funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Stoner’s Grove Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Davidson Funeral Home.


Sonya Wood
SOUTHPORT — Sonya Hampton Wood, 50, of Southport died Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, in Southport. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday Nov. 23, at Science Hill Friends Meeting in Asheboro.

Rodney Young
LEXINGTON — Rodney Young, 55, of Park Lane, Lexington, died Nov. 17, 2013. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday at Second Presbyterian Church. Arrangements are by Davidson Funeral Home.