Obituaries March 7, 2013

Mar. 06, 2013 @ 07:50 PM

Bill Blair

THOMASVILLE — Mr. Bill Blair, 90, a resident of Longview Drive, died Tuesday, March 5, 2013, at Thomasville Medical Center. He was born in Davidson County, August 9, 1922, a son of Edward and Callie Leach Blair and was a lifelong resident of Davidson County. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was a lifelong member of Fair Grove United Methodist Church. He was the former owner and operator of Bill Blair TV for 40 years. Bill was an avid sportsman all his life and loved any outdoor activity, particularly hunting and fishing. He had been a member of the Thomasville Buck Club for 55 years. On December 24, 1944, he was married to Miss Agnes Joyner, who preceded him in death on October 27, 2005. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Martha Leamon; and by brothers, Joseph Blair, Paul Blair, Clyde Blair and Herbert Blair. Surviving are two sons, Don Blair and his wife Janice of Boone and Scott Blair and his wife Pam of Thomasville; four grandchildren, Jeff Blair and his wife Amie of Memphis, TN, Beth Loflin and her husband Steve of Valle Crucis, Jason Blair and his wife Tiffany of Thomasville, and Ally Blair of Durham. Also surviving are six great-grandchildren. The family would also like to express their appreciation to three special friends for their companionship to Bill for many years, Jackie Welch, Jeff Nance and Brad Myers. At Bill’s request, no services will be held. The family will receive friends on Saturday from 1 until 4 p.m. at Bill’s residence, 614 Longview Drive, Thomasville. Memorials may be directed to Fair Grove United Methodist Church, 138 Fair Grove Church Road, Thomasville, NC 27360. Online condolences may be made to the Blair family at


Christopher Browning

GREENSBORO — Christopher Browning, 60, passed away on Tuesday, March 5, 2013. Cremation services entrusted to Triad Cremation Society & Chapel.


Mildred Biggs Cecil

HIGH POINT — Mildred Biggs Cecil, age 87, of High Point passed away Wednesday March 6, 2013, at Pennybyrn at Maryfield.

Mrs. Cecil was born on April 13, 1925, in Williamston, NC, to the late Warren Biggs and Lettie Critcher Biggs. She was an active member of First United Methodist Church of High Point and volunteered at Parson’s Table and Meals on Wheels. She loved to read and was a loving, caring wife, mother and friend. Mrs. Cecil was preceded in death by husband, Jack Cecil, and son, William Patrick Cecil.

Mrs. Cecil is survived by one son, David Cecil and wife Mona of Midlothian, VA; and 3 grandchildren, Andrew Cecil and wife Ann, Brian Cecil and Benjamin Cecil.

Visitation will be held at Cumby Family Funeral Service, High Point, on Friday, March 8, from 6 to 8 p.m. A graveside service will be held on Saturday, March 9, at 11 a.m. at Guilford Memorial Park with Reverend Mel Anderson officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First United Methodist Church of High Point, 512 N. Main Street, High Point, NC 27260, or to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Online condolences may be made on Mrs. Cecil’s memorial page at Arrangements by Cumby Family Funeral Service, High Point.


Ethel Clanin

LEXINGTON — Ethel Naomi Sells Wilson Clanin, 79, of Lexington passed away Tuesday March 5, 2013. A funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday March 9, 2013, at Davidson Funeral Home Chapel. Online condolences may be made at


John Thomas Coble

RANDLEMAN — John Thomas Coble, 81, passed away on Tuesday, March 5, 2013. Cremation services entrusted to Triad Cremation Society & Chapel.


Jerry English

ARCHDALE — Geraldine Bellamy “Jerry” English, a resident of Archdale, passed away Sunday, March 3, 2013, at the Hospice Home at High Point.

She was born June 27, 1920, in Clark County, GA, to the late Stephen H. Bellamy and Zelma Doggett Bellamy. She graduated from North High School and later from Ideal Business College in Winston-Salem. Jerry and her late husband of 37 years, Gib English, resided on the Horseshoe Plantation in Tallahassee, Florida. In Florida, Jerry worked as a secretary for a senator, a judge and later the executive secretary with the Beverage Control Department. She retired as secretary with the Furniture Manufacturer’s Credit Association in High Point. She was a member of Archdale Friends Meeting and the John Archdale Sunday School Class. She was also a member of Tallahassee Chapter of the National Secretaries Association, the Furniture City Chapter of Professional Secretaries International, Golden Arch Charter Chapter of American Business Women’s Association, the Pride and Patience Club and High Point Chapter, #106 of the Eastern Star.

She is survived by 2 cousins; Delores Planavsky of Grand Blanc, MI, and Nancy Sapp of Kernersville; her sister-in-law, Marge Clements of Archdale. Also surviving are 3 nieces and 2 nephews. The family greatly appreciates her neighbor, Jolene Snyder of Archdale.

A service to celebrate Jerry’s life will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, March 8, 2013, at Archdale Friends Meeting with Pastor Dave Mercadante officiating. The family will see friends following the service in the Meeting House fellowship hall. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Jerry’s memory may be sent to Archdale Friends Meeting, 114 Trindale Road, Archdale, NC 27263. Online condolences may be made at Arrangements by Cumby Family Funeral Service of Archdale.


Troy Elwood Hunt Jr.

ASHEBORO — Troy Elwood Hunt Jr., 85, resident of Asheboro, died Wednesday, March 6, 2013, at the Randolph Hospice Home.

A funeral will be held Saturday, March 9, 2013, at 2:00 p.m. at Sophia Baptist Church. Burial will follow at Floral Garden Park Cemetery, A visitation will be held on Friday, March 8, 2013, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Cumby Family Funeral Service in Archdale.


C. Dale Johnson

THOMASVILLE — Mr. C. Dale Johnson, 64, passed away unexpectedly on Feb. 27, 2013, at Thomasville Medical Center. He was born Oct. 12, 1948, in Guilford County to Arthur and Ruby Eanes Johnson.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his siblings, Gale Johnson and Wesley Johnson.

Surviving of the home is his wife, Hilda Johnson of Thomasville. Also surviving are his children, David Johnson and his wife Angie of Mocksville, Larry Johnson and his wife Julie of Wallburg, Christi J. Gibson and her husband Frank of High Point; grandchildren, R. Bradley Dixon, Jeremy Johnson, Brooke Johnson, Amber Johnson, Joel Johnson and the mother of his children, Nancy Johnson of Kernersville.

A memorial service given by his children will be held on Saturday, March 9, 2013, at Renaissance Road Church located at 3793 Samet Dr., High Point, NC, 27265, with Pastor Jason Goins officiating. Music will be provided by Thom Gill of High Point.

The family will start receiving visitors at 6:30 p.m., and the service will begin at 7 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that donations be made to CBC Counseling Center in memory of Dale Johnson, 4125 Johnson St., High Point, NC 27265.

The family would like to take this opportunity to thank all people who have reached out to comfort us in one way or another during this very difficult time. It has been greatly uplifting and appreciated.


Bonnie Gail Nelson

HIGH POINT — Ms. Bonnie Gail Nelson, 56, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, March 3, in Simpsonville, SC, while visiting her cousin.

Bonnie was born in High Point, March 8, 1956, a daughter of Clifton Kenneth Nelson and Mabel Dunn Nelson. She last worked at Elite Furniture and was of the Baptist faith. Bonnie loved her family and friends, her cat Fluff and horses. She was preceded in death by her father.

Surviving are a son, Danny Nelson and his fiancé, Christina Ellzey of Nevada, MO; her mother and step-father, Mabel Williams and husband Arthur of Rich Hill, MO; a sister, Marsha Hale Wilmoth and husband Tony of Denton; two brothers, Kenny Nelson and wife Sharon of Franklinville and Ricky Nelson and wife Cindy of Lexington; four grandchildren, Dakota, Blake, Jaydyn and Danielle Nelson; numerous nieces and nephews; a special cousin, Angela Pruitt and her husband Jerry of Gray Court, SC; and caregiver, Robert Sanders.

A celebration of Bonnie’s life will be held Friday at 3 p.m. in the Davis Funerals and Cremations Chapel by the Rev. Terry Rausch. Burial will follow in Floral Garden Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Friday from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Online condolences may be made at


Lucille Lanier Pierce

DENTON — Mrs. Nancy Lucille Lanier Pierce, 90, a resident of Mountain Vista Health Park and formerly of Highway 109 South, died Tuesday, March 5, 2013, at Mountain Vista Health Park. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, March 9, 2013, at 2:00 p.m. at Chapel Hill United Methodist Church. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends on Saturday from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. at the church and at other times at the home of her son, Bobby, 2073 Old Highway 29, Thomasville. On-line condolences may be sent to


Paul Pierce

LEXINGTON — Mr. Sidney Paul Pierce, 78, of Pine Ridge Road, died Tuesday, March 5, at Forsyth Medical Center. A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, March 8, at the Davidson Funeral Home Chapel. The family will receive friends at the home from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. Thursday. Online condolences may be made at


Kristen Ann (Almand) Ross 

TRINITY — Kristen Ann (Almand) Ross, 30, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, March 4, 2013, at Forsyth Medical Center. She was the loving wife of Joseph A. Ross, whom she married on June 18, 2005.

Kristen was born on November 18, 1982, in Tampa, Florida, a daughter of Barry Almand of Wilmington and Margaret (Schisler) Almand of Greensboro. She was a 2001 graduate of Enka High School in Asheville; a 2005 graduate of Western Carolina University, earning a B.S. in Education; and a 2012 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where she received a Master of Library and Information Studies degree.

Prior to getting her master’s degree, Kristen taught English at South Davidson High School from 2005 to 2010.

Kristen was a loving, gentle, patient, compassionate and intelligent woman who enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. She had a special kindness in her heart for children as well as all animals. She enjoyed crafts, painting, needlepoint, scrapbooking and debating important issues.

In addition to her husband and parents, Kristen is survived by two children, Elizabeth Jane and Ian Alexander of the home; a sister, Aileen McMahan and her husband, Jamie of Asheville; father and mother-in-law, Jack and Rosemary Ross; two brothers-in-law, Stephen Ross and his wife, Stephanie of Raleigh, and John Ross and his wife, Bekah of Edmond, OK; and several nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. A celebration of life service will be 2:00 p.m. Friday, March 8, 2013, at Hayworth Wesleyan Church, 1696 Westchester Dr., High Point, with Rev. David Clark and Rev. Bill Kinnan officiating. Burial will follow in Floral Garden Memorial Park. A visitation will be held from 12 to 2 p.m. Friday at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to Compassion International, 12290 Voyager Parkway, Colorado Springs, CO 80921,

Condolences may be left on Kristen’s memorial page at

Arrangements made by Cumby Family Funeral Service, High Point.


Helen Berkstresser Walton

HIGH POINT — Helen Berkstresser Walton, loving wife of 40 years to Edwin “Ed” L. Walton, quietly and peacefully passed from this world and into the hands of her Lord, Tuesday, March 5, 2013.

A native of Altoona, PA, she was the daughter of the late Emmett V. and Helen Belle Walter Berkstresser. Helen was a dedicated member of the All Saints Episcopal Church and The Order of the Daughters of the King.

Helen is survived by her four children, Ralph Austin “Quad” (Karla) Thornton, IV, Christopher David (Stacy Deitsch) Thornton, Elizabeth Ann (Stephen) Hodapp and Steven Thomas Walton; 5 grandchildren, Cory, Ashley, Olivia, Whitney and Luke.

A memorial service will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday at All Saints Episcopal Church by The Rev. Warren L. Pittmen.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in her memory to All Saints Episcopal Church, 4211 Wayne Road, Greensboro, NC 27407, or American Macular Degeneration Foundation, PO Box 515, Northampton MA 01061.


Edward “E.W.” Walker Wilkinson Jr.

CLIMAX — Mr. Edward “E.W.” Walker Wilkinson Jr. went home to be with his Lord on Tuesday, March 5, 2013, at Moses Cone Hospital.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, March 8, at Bethlehem United Methodist Church. Burial will be private on Sunday.

Mr. Wilkinson was born on April 10, 1931, in Alamance County. He retired with 46 years of service at Made-Rite Sandwich Company. E.W. was a loyal member of Bethlehem United Methodist Church where he was also a member of the Adult Fellowship Sunday School class. In addition, he was a member of the N.C. National Guard, 730th Ordinance Battalion, Company A. He loved to play cards, was an avid camper and member of Rambling Squares Camping Club.

Mr. Wilkinson was preceded in death by parents, Edward Wilkinson Sr. and Nettie Cehen Wilkinson, along with several brothers and sisters.

Those left to cherish his memory are wife, Kay Wilkinson; sons, Edward L. Wilkinson, Barry Lee Wilkinson; step-children, Priscilla Welch, James Bullard, Kathy Denkenberger (Mark) and Ginny Fields (Brad); sister, Mary Brock; grandchildren, Barry Wilkinson, Jr., Merinda and Mark; step-grandchild, Jerry Welch, as well as several great-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday at Forbis & Dick, Pleasant Garden Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Bethlehem United Methodist Church, MMRF Fund, 6103 Apppomattox Rd., Climax, NC 27233.

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Norma Dean “Deanie” Hill Williams

HIGH POINT — Norma Dean “Deanie” Hill Williams (Deanie) passed away March 5, 2013, at the Hospice Home at High Point after 22 years battling cancer.

Norma was born in High Point January 13, 1937, a daughter of the late Norman A. and Jewel Dean Hill. She lived in High Point her entire life except when she went to school. She was a 1955 graduate of High Point Central High School. Her dream her entire childhood was to become a nurse. After graduating from High Point Central, she attended N.C. Baptist Hospital School of Nursing where she graduated in 1958 and was vice president of her senior class. Norma later attended N.C. A&T State University to obtain her BSN1.

Her life was devoted to her profession and her late husband, Donnie, who preceded her in death April 4, 2010, after 49 wonderful years of marriage. She worked at High Point Regional Hospital for thirty-seven and a half years. Thirty of those as a nurse manager and the last six as a case manager, seeing only stroke patients.

She loved her work and worked more than the required eight hours for her job. Norma loved the people with whom she worked and was a mentor to many young NA’s and RN’s.

Norma had a quick wit and always enjoyed people. All who knew her were never in doubt as to how she felt about any subject.

Florence Nightingale wrote what she summed up as being a nurse and what Norma followed: “If I could give you information of my life – it would be to show how a woman of very ordinary ability has been led by God in a strange and unaccustomed path to do in his service what he had done in her. And if I could tell you all, you would see how God has done all and I nothing. I have worked hard, very hard – that is all. And have never refused God anything.” - Florence Nightingale.

Norma worked at N.C. Baptist Hospital, Winston-Salem, NC, Baptist Memorial Hospital, Kansas City, Missouri, and High Point Regional Hospital, where she retired. Dr. Otis Tillman wrote a poem for her retirement that she cherished.

Surviving Norma is a step-son Donald Lee Williams Jr; step-grandson Brandon Lee Williams; brother, Larry Hill of Charlotte; two nephews, Michael Hill of Florida and Scott Hill of Charlotte.

Funeral services and entombment will be held 1:00 p.m. Friday March 8, 2013, in the Mausoleum Chapel at Floral Garden Memorial Park with the Reverend Jeanette Robertson officiating. The family will greet friends Thursday evening from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. at Cumby Family Funeral Service, High Point.

The family would like to thank the staff of the Hospice Home at High Point for the wonderful care Norma received. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Hospice of the Piedmont, 1801 Westchester Drive, High Point, NC 27262. Online condolences may be made at Arrangements by Cumby Family Funeral Service, High Point.