Obituaries March 8, 2013

Mar. 07, 2013 @ 06:28 PM

Christopher A. Browning

HIGH POINT — Christopher A. Browning, 60, died March 5, 2013, at his home in High Point, NC. He had suffered from a respiratory illness for some time.

He was born May 25, 1952, in Uniontown, PA, a son of the late Irene Barclay Browning & Ralph E. Browning, also deceased.

Mr. Browning was a graduate of Uniontown High School and served in the United States Air Force. He had recently retired after working many years in the furniture industry in North Carolina.

He is survived by two sisters, Janice Dearth & Patricia Browning, both of Brownsville, PA; two brothers James of Sophia, North Carolina, and Paul of McLean, Virginia; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial service will be held at a later date in Pennsylvania.


Sheila Beth Demers

GREENSBORO — Sheila Beth Demers, 48, passed away on Wednesday, March 6, 2013. Cremation services entrusted to Triad Cremation Society & Chapel.


John Byron (JB) Gibson Jr.

HIGH POINT — Mr. John Byron (JB) Gibson Jr. died peacefully on March 6, 2013.

JB was born on February 20, 1928, the only son of John Byron Gibson Sr. and Mary Holt Gibson. He was a lifelong resident of High Point, NC.

JB is survived by his wife, Mary Gwendolyn Jones. They were married on September 4, 1948. JB is also survived by his sons, Christopher Lee Gibson of Myrtle Beach, SC, and Thurman Clark Gibson and his wife Laura Hinson Gibson; and grandchildren Allison Gwyn Gibson of Charlotte and Bradley Clark Gibson of High Point. He is also survived by a special aunt, Louise Holt of Winston-Salem.

JB graduated from High Point High School and served his country as a sergeant in the US Army during the Korean Conflict from 1950 to 1953.

He worked with the High Point Fire Department before joining Textile Insurance Company as a payroll auditor.

On July 1, 1962, he joined Jones and Peacock Inc., a property and casualty insurance firm founded in 1917 by Mr. John R. Peacock. As owner and president, he spent more than 50 years with the firm and was active at the time of his death.

JB was president of the Independent Insurance Agents of NC in 1974-75 and was appointed by Gov. Jim Hunt to serve as chairman of The Public Officers and Employees Liability Insurance Commission from 1979 to 1988.

Along with various civic and charitable involvements, JB was president of the High Point Lion’s Club in 1970-71 and Lion of the Year in 1967.

JB was a loving husband and father and a special friend to many.

The Children’s Homes that he served so faithfully always held a special place in his heart.

The family would like to thank the incredible doctors, nurses and staff at High Point Regional Hospital and River Landing at Sandy Ridge. Thank you to Dr. Richard Orr for his wonderful care and friendship. These folks make High Point a special place to live and work.

A memorial service to celebrate JB’s life will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 9, 2013, at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church in the sanctuary with Rev. Dr. J. Alexander Ward officiating. The family will receive friends in the Asbury Room immediately following the service. Burial will be private at the request of the family.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Baptist Children’s Homes of NC Inc., P.O. Box 338, Thomasville, NC 27361; Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina Inc., P.O. Box 127, Lake Waccamaw, NC 28450; Church of God Children’s Home of NC, 3485 Orphanage Circle, Concord, NC 28027; Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 5289, High Point, NC 27262; River Landing at Sandy Ridge, 1575 John Knox Drive, Colfax, NC 27235, or the charity of one’s choice.

Condolences may be left on JB’s memorial page at

Arrangements made by Cumby Family Funeral Service, High Point.


Carl Hoffman

GREENSBORO — Carl Hoffman, 64, passed away on Monday, March 4, 2013. Cremation services services entrusted to Triad Cremation Society & Chapel.


Troy E. Hunt Jr.

ASHEBORO — Troy Elwood Hunt Jr. of Asheboro passed away on March 6, 2013, at Hospice House of Randolph County.

Troy was born on August 14, 1927, in Tabernacle Township, Randolph County, to Troy Elwood Hunt Sr. and Naomi Carriker. He was the second of six siblings; brothers Tobias, Cramer, Ezra Spinks (“E.S.”), and sisters Lucille, Caroline and Annie. He attended Tabernacle School before having to leave school in order to help support the family after the death of his father, Troy Sr.

He worked in a sawmill until he was drafted into the United States Army-Air Force in 1945. On this initial tour with the military, he served as a medic and was eventually stationed at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi. Upon his honorable discharge in 1949, he returned to Randolph County and married Evelene Duree Hunt, who would become his loving wife of 63 years.

Troy soon began a 60-year career in the furniture business as an upholsterer, eventually rising in the ranks of management at Globe Parlor in High Point, NC. During this time, he was again selected to serve as a member of the United States Army, stationed in Fort Jackson, SC, and in Germany as a member of the Seventh Army during the Cold War.

His tenure of 20 years at Globe was followed by management stints at Thomasville Furniture Industries, Wagner Woodcraft, Lane Corporation and Stuart Industries, before making his final career stop as plant manager of AGI Industries in High Point. He would spend 30 years at AGI, during which time the company experienced huge growth. After stepping down from his management position, he continued working at AGI in a consulting role until finally retiring in 2007, allowing him more time to pursue his newfound passion for golf as well as spend more time in relaxation at Holden Beach, NC.

He had a strong faith, which he demonstrated in his service in the Baptist faith as a teacher, deacon and Brotherhood leader. At the time of his passing, he was an active member of Sophia Baptist Church in Sophia, NC, and a former Sunday School teacher.

In addition to his wife Evelene, he is survived by his sister, Lucille Tysinger of Thomasville, NC; son, Dale Hunt and spouse Ronda Hunt of Burlington, NC; and granddaughters, Amanda Brooke Hunt and Rachel Nicole Hunt of Burlington; and many close friends and family members.

The family will receive visitors from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, March 8, at Cumby Family Funeral Service, 206 Trindale Road, Archdale, NC. A memorial service will be held at Sophia Baptist Church, 4082 Millkan Road, Sophia, NC, at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 9, with interment at Floral Garden Park Cemetery in High Point following. Rev. Bill Barnes will preside.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Sophia Baptist Church at the address above. Online condolences may be made on Mr. Hunt’s memorial page at Arrangements by Cumby Family Funeral Service in Archdale.


Joanne Carle Lysaght

TRINITY — Mrs. Joanne Carle Lysaght, age 80, passed away March 6 at her residence following a long illness.

Mrs. Lysaght was born September 24, 1932, in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, to Joseph and Mary Wright Carle. She had been a resident of this area since moving here from Georgia 10 years ago. Mrs. Lysaght was a devoted homemaker and loving wife and mother to her family and was a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church. She will always be admired and remembered for her ability to do beautiful work in quilting.

On June 10, 1954, she married John Jennings Lysaght, who survives of the home.

Also surviving are daughters, Duveen Woolbright and husband D. Boyce of Spartanburg, SC; Sharon Densten and husband Don of Clemmenton, NJ; Renee Delaney and husband Joe of Frostburg, Maryland, and Valerie Conigiliaro and husband Jim of Long Island, NY. Mrs. Lysaght has three sons; John Lysaght Jr. and wife Agnes of Mantua, NJ, Joseph Lysaght and wife Donna of Azle, Texas, and James Lysaght and wife Kirsten of Trinity. Mrs. Lysaght has one special “sister,” Ann Moore of DeWitt, NY;  22 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, March 9 at 1:00 p.m. in Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church by the Reverend Fr. Joseph C. Zuschmidt, O.S.F.S. as celebrant. Inurnment will be in the church columbarium. The family will receive friends in the Gathering Space of the church from 12 noon until 1:00 p.m. Saturday.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be directed to the Wounded Warrior’s Fund c/o the The Knights of Columbus at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church 4145 Johnson Street, High Point, NC, 27265.

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Paul Hebron Proctor

PETERSBURG, WV — Paul Hebron Proctor, age 84, of Petersburg, WV, passed away on Thursday, March 7, 2013, at the Grant County Nursing Home in Petersburg. He was born in High Point, NC, on August 25, 1928, the son of the late Paul H. Proctor and Hallie (Bryant) Proctor.

Mr. Proctor was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a recipient of the WWII Victory Medal. He was also a graduate of the University of North Carolina with a degree in journalism.

He is survived by 2 daughters and local caretakers, Dennis Rogers and wife Susan, of Lahmansville, WV.

Family will receive friends on Saturday, March 9, 2013, from 7-8 p.m. at the Chapel of Basagic Funeral Home in Petersburg, WV. Pastor Rick Bergdoll will officiate a graveside service at South Branch Valley Memorial Gardens in Petersburg, WV, at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday. Military honors will be presented by the Post 6454 VFW Honor Guard. Memories, and words of comfort may be left at All arrangements are under the direction of the Basagic Funeral Home in Petersburg, WV.


Genevieve Sheffer

PALM COAST, FL — Genevieve Sheffer went to her heavenly home on March 4, 2013, at Grand Oaks Health & Rehab, Palm Coast, Florida.

She and her husband started life in Michigan. She was married to Everett Sheffer, who preceded her in death. During her life she was a homemaker. Her joy in life was serving the Lord. She would always have her Bible open and studying scripture. She also enjoyed singing in the choir, especially, Easter cantatas and Handel’s Messiah at Christmastime.

Surviving are her three children, Connie (husband Marvin), Cheryl (husband Doug) and son Richard. Also surviving are six grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Her family loved her very much and will miss her deeply.

A service to celebrate Genevieve’s life will be held in the Chapel of Cumby Family Funeral Service in High Point, Monday, March 11, 2013, at 11 a.m. Interment will follow at Floral Garden Park Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the charity of your choice. Online condolences may be made at Arrangements by Cumby Family Funeral Service of High Point.


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 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 a sister.

Those left to cherish his memory are wife, Kay Wilkinson; sons, Edward L. Wilkinson (Vivian), Barry Lee Wilkinson (Judi); stepchildren, Priscilla Welch, James Bullard, Kathy Denkenberger (Mark) and Ginny Fields (Brad); sister, Mary Brock; grandchildren, Barry Wilkinson Jr., Merinda and Mark; stepgrandchild, 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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