Obituaries June 17, 2014

Jun. 16, 2014 @ 05:55 PM

Nawasa Cranford

THOMASVILLE — Nawasa Ledwell Cranford, 86, died Saturday, June 14, 2014.

A graveside service will be held 3 p.m. Sunday, June 15,  at Calvary United Church of Christ Cemetery.  J. C. Green & Sons is in charge of arrangements.


Eddie Everhart

LEXINGTON  —  Eddie Robert Everhart, 72, died Sunday, June 15, 2014, at Lexington Health Care.

The funeral will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 18, 2014, at Stoner’s Grove Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends at Davidson Funeral Home from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 17.


Bill Hammett  

HIGH POINT —  Mr. William (Bill) Crawford Hammett, 70, resident of High Point, died June 15, 2014 at Hospice Home at High Point.

Bill was born December 15th, 1943, in High Point, a son to the late Richard Aaron and Nellie Martin Hammett.  A resident of this area all his life, he was a member of Green St. Baptist Church and retired from Sylvester Cockrum Heating and Air. 

On April 26th, 1965 he married the former Connie Atwood, who survives of the residence.  He was preceded in death by three brothers, Harold U. Hammett, Richard N. Hammett and Willard J. Hammett. 

Also surviving are three daughters, Susan Lewis and husband Dave of Charlotte, Donna Boone of Ashburn, VA and Anne Kirkpatrick and husband Tim of Hurdle Mills; one sister, Helen Bryson Blackburn of Trinity; two granddaughters, Brittany Boone and Maryanne Lewis; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, brother-in-laws and sister-in-laws.

Bill was a man of many interests.  Although reserved, he led by example throughout his life.  He shared a love of sports with his daughter Donna and enjoyed coaching Pony League baseball, football and basketball.  His love of sports didn’t stop with coaching – he was a passionate Tar Heel fan and loved to talk about his Heels.

When he and Connie began taking ballroom dancing lessons, he found a new passion. Bill taught his daughters all some basic dance steps, and he really enjoyed arranging the music for many ballroom dancing events, family weddings and parties.  Bill loved to hear that others enjoyed the music he chose.

He enjoyed the solitude that came with fishing, but also loved sharing this time with his family.  He made sure his granddaughters knew how to fish and taught both Brittany and Maryanne when they were very young.  Bill loved to travel and go on adventures with his family, planned by his daughter Susan.  He took a trip to Maine recently with his family, where he and Brittany fished together once again.

Bill also shared a passion for gardening with his daughter, Anne, and spent quite a bit of time within the past couple of weeks creating impressive stakes for his tomato plants, as well as an elaborate watering system. He was a man who didn’t stop living even when he knew his time was short. Bill used every moment he had here on this earth spending time with the people he loved and pursuing his passions. His wife, his daughters and his granddaughters will miss his quiet strength every day – that strength never faltered, even when his body grew weak.

Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday at Green St. Baptist Church with Rev. Frank Hensley officiating.  Entombment will follow at Floral Garden Park Mausoleum.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. 

Memorials may be directed to Hospice of the Piedmont, 1801 Westchester Dr. High Point, NC 27262 or to Brenner Children’s Hospital Cancer Unit, P.O. Box 57102 Winston-Salem, NC 27157-1021. 

Cumby Family Funeral Service in High Point is assisting the family.  Online condolences may be made through


John J. McHugh Jr.

THOMASVILLE — Mr. John J. McHugh Jr., 91, recently of Westchester Village Apartments, High Point, formerly of Thomasville, went home to be with is Lord on Saturday, June 14th, 2014 at High Point Regional Hospital.

He was born in Norwood, Ohio, on October, 19, 1922, a son of John J. McHugh and Edna Tucker McHugh and was a loving father, husband, grandfather, great grandfather, and faithful follower of Jesus Christ. He was preceded in death by his wife of 68 years, Virginia (Ginny) Grau McHugh and a brother, William McHugh.

Surviving are his daughter Kathleen (Kathy) McHugh of High Point and his son, John F. McHugh and wife Sheila of Raleigh; one grandson, James F. McHugh and wife Laura of Rolesville, NC; and three great grandsons, Jack, Declan, and Aiden McHugh.

Jack, as his friends called him, was a remarkable man. During his lifetime he worked for the Baldwin Piano Company and Thomasville Furniture Company. When he retired from TFI in 1983, he went into business for himself as a draftsman, designing and drawing by hand house plans for hundreds of people before his passing.

A WWII veteran, he was the pilot of a B-24 Liberator Bomber in the South Pacific. As part of the 394th Bomber Squadron, the “Bomber Barons.” he piloted 42 bombing missions.

A memorial service will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday June 18th, 2014, at J.C. Green & Sons Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Greg Hinnant officiating. Mr. McHugh is entombed in Floral Garden Memorial Park Mausoleum beside his beloved wife. Family and friends will be received after the service at the home of the daughter, Kathy McHugh, 406 Rotary Dr., High Point.

J.C. Green and Sons Funeral Home at 122 W. Main St., Thomasville, is in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the McHugh family at


Kenneth Lovette

LEXINGTON —  Kenneth Jesse Lovette. 72, died Monday, June 16, 2014, at Select Specialty Hospital in Winston-Salem.

The funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday at Briggs Funeral Home Memorial Chapel. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Briggs Funeral Home in Denton and other times at the home of Rebecca Fowler on Floyd Church Road.


William Oates

GREENSBORO - William J. Oates, 57, died Thursday, June 12, 2014.

Cremation services entrusted to Triad Cremation Society & Chapel.


Michael A. Ridge

ASHEBORO — Michael Alan Ridge, 34, died Saturday, June 14, 2014.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 18,  Ridge Funeral Home. Arrangements by Ridge Funeral Home & Cremation Service.


Faye Sharpe

THOMASVILLE —  Faye Ellen Beckerdite Sharpe, 94, died Sunday, June 15, 2014.

The funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, June 18, in the Midway United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, prior to the service, at the church. J.C. Green and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Kathy Shoaf

LEXINGTON — Kathy Jane Shoaf, 55,  died Saturday, June 14, 2014, at High Point Regional Health Center.

There are no services planned at this time. Davidson Funeral Home is serving the family.


Arlene Walker

HIGH POINT — Mrs. Arlene R. Walker, 51, was called home on Tuesday, June 10, 2014.

She was born on December 3, 1962, in Portsmouth, Va. to Legolia Hunter and Willie Lee, who preceded her in death.

She was a faithful member of St. Paul Presbyterian Church in High Point. Her hobbies included cooking, singing in the choir and spending time with her family.

Mrs. Walker is survived by her loving husband and best friend of 16 years, Jerry W. Walker; her children, Porscha Walker, J’reia and Lavondis (Patrice) Jackson, Julia, Takeya, Lemar and Antonio Charles. Also surviving are her two sisters, Legolia Lee and Cathleen Staples Hunter; 14 grandchildren; a great-grandchild; and a host of relatives and close friends.

A service to celebrate the life of Mrs. Arlene will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 18, at St. Paul Presbyterian Church in High Point, 309 Summit Road. Interment will follow in Carolina Biblical Garden. Phillips Funeral Service is assisting the family.


Nita Wyman

LEXINGTON — Nita Goad Wyman, 77, died Friday, June 13, 2014, at Brian Center of Lexington.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Davidson Funeral Home is serving the family.