Obituaries January 6, 2013

Jan. 05, 2013 @ 06:16 PM

William Bruce Johnston
HIGH POINT — William Bruce Johnston, Willie, passed away peacefully on Thursday afternoon in the loving care of his family. Willie was born in Jamestown where he attended school, raised his family, and ran his painting and decorating business. He was an active member of Hickory Chapel Wesleyan Church for 63 years, serving the church in several ways. He is survived by Vida Hill Johnston, his loving wife of nearly 68 years. Together they raised three children, Ernie Johnston, Cheryl Hall, and Barbara Smith. Willie was a caring father-in-law to Martha Johnston, Earl Hall, and Billy Smith. He was also a loving grandfather to Lisa Freeman, Amy Smith, Crystal Morris, Scott Smith, and Lauren Johnston, and great grandfather to Lindsey Smith, Keller and Brewer Morris.
Visitation will be held at Cumby Funeral Home on Saturday evening between 5:30 and 7 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Sunday at Hickory Chapel Wesleyan Church at 2 p.m. followed by a graveside service at Guilford Memorial Park. Memorials can be sent to either Hickory Chapel Wesleyan Church or Hospice of the Piedmont in High Point.
The family wishes to express its gratitude to the staff of Hospice of the Piedmont for the caring and compassionate services rendered to the family, and to all others who have been so helpful in so many ways.

Nancy Hedrick
LEXINGTON — Nancy Trexler Hedrick age 86, of Lexington, died early Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013 at Hinkle Hospice House.
A funeral service will be 4 p.m. Sunday, at Bethany United Methodist Church.

Orlando Sheppard
HIGH POINT- Mr. Orlando Lanny Sheppard, 49, departed this life on Dec. 31, 2012 at High Point Regional Hospital. He was born on July 11, 1963 in Baltimore, MD to the late Delores Williams and his step-father, Stuart George, Sr.
He leaves to cherish his memory: his step father, Stuart (Stella) George, Sr.; one son, Dewayne Lanny Cuthrell; three brothers, William (Ernestine) Williams, Kenneth (Skye) Sheppard, Stuart George, Jr; three uncles, Henry Clay (Jo) Williams, Firnest (Ophelia) Williams and James (Audrey) George; five aunts, Julia Blakely, Carrie (John) Poston, Nell (James) Crews, Betty Rainey and Delores (Rhett) Butler; there are a host of  other relatives and devoted friends.
Funeral service will be held Monday Jan. 7, 2013 at 2 p.m. at Phillips Funeral Service Chapel, 1810 Brockett Ave., High Point, N.C. The family will receive friends at the chapel from 1:30 p.m. until 2 p.m. and also at the home of his step father, 816 Hilltop St.
Final arrangements are entrusted to Phillips Funeral Service, Inc., High Point, N.C.
Online condolences made be sent to the Sheppard family at

Rundle Dearman
GREENSBORO — Rundle Dearman, 68, died on Friday, Jan. 4, 2013. Arrangements are incomplete at this time. Professional services entrusted to Triad Cremation Society & Chapel.

Johnny Page
GREENSBORO — Johnny Page, 77, died on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013. Cremation services entrusted to Triad Cremation Society & Chapel.

Dorothy Coleman
GREENSBORO — Dorothy Coleman, 72, died on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013. Cremation services entrusted to Triad Cremation Society & Chapel.

Scott Ferreira
HIGH POINT—Mr. Scott Douglas Ferreira, 29, of Mariondale Dr., died on Friday, Jan. 4, 2013. Johnson and Sons Funeral Home, High Point is assisting the family.

Helen Russell
HIGH POINT — Mrs. Helen Russell, 93, of 1765 Westchester Dr., died on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013 at High Point Regional Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete at this time. Johnson and Sons Funeral Home, High Point is assisting the family.

James (Jim) W. Clontz
HIGH POINT — Mr. James (Jim) W. Clontz, 94, passed away on Friday, December 14, 2012 after several months of declining health.
Jim was born in Burke County, Feb. 5, 1918, a son of the late John and Sue Bruner Clontz. He served in W.W. II as a 23 year-old Captain in charge of a company consisting of 163 men and three lieutenants.  During his service in Germany at the end of the war, his Army company assisted with trials for Nazi war criminals. Jim faithfully attended his Army reunions until his failing health prevented him from doing so.
Jim graduated from Wake Forest University with a double major in Math and History in 1938 and then with a law degree from the Wake Forest University School of Law in 1941. He had a long and distinguished law career in High Point. He served as an Assistant Solicitor in Guilford County until he opened his law office in High Point in 1946. He subsequently practiced law for more than 50 years and helped found the N.C. Academy of Trial Lawyers, serving as its first president. He served a term on the N.C. State Bar Council, the 18th Judicial District Bar and as the president of the High Point Bar Association. As an attorney, Jim felt that his law practice should include clients from all walks of life.
Jim was an avid golfer and a past member of the Sedgefield Country Club. He attended the Wake Forest basketball and football games for over 50 years. Jim Clontz was an avid reader who was never without a book close at hand. He was active in local politics and the High Point Jaycee, Civitan and Elks clubs. He was a faithful member of the First Baptist Church and served as a Deacon for many years. For several years, he served on the board of the N.C. Baptist Children’s Home in Thomasville. He was a man who loved his family, his alma mater, Wake Forest University, and his community of High Point. He will be greatly missed by his family, friends and all who knew him.
Jim was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Martha V. Clontz, a brother, John Clontz and a son in law, Evan Davis.
He is survived by his four children, Sue Davis and Betty Clontz, both of Greensboro, Tamara Beckman (Carl) of New Bedford, Mass., and Jim Clontz of Raleigh; three grandsons, Matthew Davis, Charles Beckman (Caitlin) and Carl Beckman (Tracy); three great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held at Davis Funerals & Cremations on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2012 from 3 until 4:30 p.m. A private family burial service will be held.  In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the High Point Boys and Girls Club (The Salvation Army) or to the charity of one’s choice. Online condolences may be made at

Rebecca Floyd Newman
JAMESTOWN — Rebecca Floyd Newman, 77, went home to be with her Lord Jan. 5, 2013 as she was surrounded by her loving family.
Funeral Services celebrating her life will be held 1 p.m. Tuesday Jan. 8, 2012 at Harvest Church. Interment will follow in Guilford Memorial Park.
A native of Davidson County, she was the daughter of the late Ella Lee Blalock and Okey Durland Floyd. She graduated from Ragsdale High School where she was Homecoming Queen. She later attended Appalachian State University and went to work for Pilot Life Insurance for a number of years.
She was married to the late James Meredith Newman for 52 years.
Survivors include her daughter Kelly Newman and son Brian Newman both of High Point; grandchildren Brendan, Jack, and Shea Catherine; sister Bernice Brown of Atlanta; and her brother Joe Floyd and his wife Bonita of High Point.
The family will visit with friends from 6-8 p.m. Monday evening at the Pierce-Jefferson Funeral Home located at 213 W. Mountain Street in Kernersville.
Directions to the funeral home are provided, and friends and family may sign and view the guestbook, at

Paul Edwin Ligon
ARCHDALE — Mr. Paul Edwin Ligon, 72, of Trinity, died Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013, at Westwood Health and Rehabilitation Center.
Paul was born on Jan. 10, 1940, in Randolph County, a son to the late Leon Samuel Ligon and Della Garren Ligon. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two sons, Edwin Dean Ligon and Jeffery Todd Ligon. On Jan. 20, 1967 he married the love of his life, the former Faye Dunning. He attended Thomasville Seventh Day Adventist Church and served as a deacon of the church.  Paul was a carpenter by trade with Bob Varner and retired with Willard Stewart in 2002. He was a loving and dedicated husband, father, brother, grandfather and great grandfather.
He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Faye D. Ligon of the home; five children, Wanda Booth and her husband, Kenny, of Archdale, Jacky Ligon of Trinity, Timothy Ligon of Trinity, Regenia Ligon of Thomasville and Mark Ligon of Archdale;  five grandchildren, Jon Booth, Kaleb Booth, Owen Ligon, Devan Ligon and Cassie Ligon; 12 brothers and sisters, Annie Maulden and husband, Jack, of Pensacola, FL, Rachel Lemonds and husband, Tommy, of Asheboro, Rietzel Ligon and wife, Carol, of Thomasville, Kathleen Southern and husband, Maynard, of Stokesdale, Frances Adams and husband, RQ, of Denton, Carlie Ligon and wife, Janice, of Lexington, Luther Ligon and wife, Gail of Lexington, Ruby Tysinger and husband, Cletus, of Lexington, Judy Cross and husband, Rondal, of Lexington, Janet Ligon of Lexington, Anglyn Parrish and husband, Tim, of Thomasville and Roger Ligon and wife, Beth, of Denton.
A funeral service will be held Monday, Jan. 7 in the Chapel of Cumby Family Funeral Service in Archdale with Pastor Steve Bietz officiating. The family will receive friends Monday, from 10 until 11 a.m. prior the service and other time at the home of the daughter, Wanda Booth, 200 Wedgewood Street, Archdale, N.C. 27263. Burial will follow at Randolph Memorial Park in Asheboro.
Memorial contributions may be made to Thomasville Seventh Day Adventist Church, 5 Sharon Drive, Thomasville, N.C. 27360.
Online condolences may be made at  Arrangements made by Cumby Family Funeral Service in Archdale.

William Gaddy
THOMASVILLE — William Gaddy, 70, died on Friday, Jan. 4, 2013 at Thomasville Medical Center.
Arrangements are incomplete at this time.
Professional Services entrusted to Prominence Funeral Home, Thomasville, N.C.

Gussie Pearson
THOMASVILLE- Gussie Pearson died on Friday, Jan. 4, 2013 at Thomasville Medical Center.
Arrangements are incomplete at this time.
Professional Services entrusted to Prominence Funeral Home, Thomasville.

Mary Inez Walton Burge
TRINITY — Mrs. Mary Inez Walton Burge, 87, resident of Trinity, died Jan. 5, 2013 at Hospice of Randolph County.  Arrangements are pending at Cumby Family Funeral Service in Archdale.