Obituaries April 1, 2014

Mar. 31, 2014 @ 05:24 PM

Virginia Baldwin
HIGH POINT — Mrs. Virginia Threadgill Baldwin, 98, of 311 Murray St., died on Saturday, March 29, 2014, at her residence. Virginia was born on May 18, 1915, to the late Claude and Sallie Threadgill, in Anson County, NC.  She attended public schools in her hometown.  As her skill in hair styling progressed, she attended Madame C. J. Walker Beauty School in New York and graduated in 1940.  She remained in this field for many years and later transitioned into a domestic capacity of employment until retirement. Mrs. Baldwin was a lifelong member of Mount Vernon Baptist Church where she served faithfully with her presence, monetary gifts and service until her health began to decline.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by husband, Royster Baldwin; son, Ronald Baldwin, Sr. and four brothers.
She leaves to cherish fond memories two sisters, Lillian Threadgill and Bernice Pemberton both of High Point, two grandchildren, Ronald (Cathy) Baldwin, Jr. and Tonya Baldwin both of Greensboro, three great grandchildren, a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be 1 p.m., Wednesday, April 2, 2014, at Mount Vernon Baptist Church, 716 Leonard Ave. Burial will follow at Carolina Biblical Gardens, Jamestown. Family visitation will be at the church on Wednesday, 12:30 to 1 p.m. and other times at the residence. Online condolences may be made at

Dorothy Chestnut
HIGH POINT — Mrs. Dorothy L. Chestnut of 1727 Stoneybrook Drive, died on Saturday, March 29, 2014, at her residence. Arrangements are incomplete at this time. Johnson and Sons, High Point, is assisting the family.

Margaret Crowder
THOMASVILLE — Mrs. Margaret Darby Crowder, 91, a resident of Shuler Circle, died peacefully in her sleep, Sunday evening, March 30, 2014, at the Piedmont Center. She was born July 1, 1922, in Charlotte Court House, Virginia, a daughter of Lawrence Tucker Darby and Fannie Brown Darby. She was a graduate of Sunnyside-McKenney High School in McKenny, Va. and attended Farmville State Teacher’s College (now Longwood College) in Farmville, Va. Mrs. Crowder served as Executive Secretary of War Production Board in Richmond, Va., until moving to North Carolina in 1949. She was a charter member of Thomasville Hospital Guild, a former member of Thomasville Woman’s Club and Colonial Country Club, where she served as a past-president of the Ladies Golf Association. She was also a past member of the Arts United of Davidson County.
Mrs. Crowder was a member of Memorial United Methodist Church, had served as a former Sunday school teacher and past officer of United Methodist Women. She had been a resident of Piedmont Retirement Center since 1997. On July 19, 1946, she was married to Maxey J. Crowder Jr., who died February 6, 1997. In addition to her husband and parents she was preceded in death by her brother, David Darby of McKenny, Va. Surviving are sons, Ron D. Crowder and wife, Sharon, of High Point, and Gerry C. Crowder and wife, Melanie, of Thomasville, grandchildren, Brittany Hall and her husband, Robert Kenneth Hall, Brian Crowder, Erin Crowder and Grant Crowder, a great-granddaughter, Scarlett Mae Crowder, and a brother, Lawrence T. Darby Jr. of Richmond, Va.
A private family graveside service will be held Thursday in Oakwood Memorial Park Cemetery in High Point. A Memorial Service will be held Thursday, April 3, 2014, at 1 o’clock in Memorial United Methodist Church with Rev. Dr. Ivan Peden and Rev. Peggy Finch officiating. The family will receive friends immediately following the service in the church Enrichment Center. The family request any memorial contributions may be directed to Memorial United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 428, Thomasville, N.C. 27361, or to the charity of the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be sent to the Crowder family at

Amelia Eller
GREENSBORO — Ms. Amelia Ann Perry Eller, 74, resident of Greensboro, died March 29, 2014, at Moses Cone Memorial Hospital. Ms. Eller was born June 5, 1939, in Guilford County, a daughter to the late Wade and Lillian Emerson Perry, and attended Albuquerque High School. A resident of this area since 1961, she had worked at Pioneer Family Restaurant and later retired from UNIFI. She was of the Baptist faith. Surviving are her two sons, Steve Eller of Greensboro and Michael Eller of Trinity, one brother, David Perry of Albuquerque, two grandchildren, Corey Eller and Allison Eller, and one great granddaughter, Emma Eller. She was preceded in death by a brother, Donald Perry. Private family services will be held at a later date. Memorials may be directed to the Salvation Army, 121 S.W. Cloverleaf Pl. High Point, N.C. 27260. Cumby Family Funeral Service in Archdale is assisting the family. On-line condolences may be made through

Evelyn Hill
HIGH POINT — Evelyn Brown Hill, 76, of James Court, High Point, died Sunday, March 30, 2014, at Hospice Home at High Point. A private service will be held at a later date. Online condolences may be made at

Ardell Lanier
LEXINGTON — Lewis Ardell Lanier, 93, of S. State Street, Lexington, died Sunday at Hinkle Hospice House after a brief illness. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 5, at First United Methodist Church. The family will receive friends from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Lanier’s Hardware in Lexington. Davidson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

Cynthia Myers
HIGH POINT — Miss Cynthia Lucille Myers, age 51, of Pegram Avenue, High Point died Sunday, March 30, at Moses Cone Hospital. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 1, at Briggs Funeral Home in Denton. A private inurnment service will be held at a later date.

James Peeler
ARCHDALE — Mr. James Donald Peeler, 81, of Archdale, formerly of Roseville, Ga. and Chattanooga, Tenn., died Saturday, March 29, 2014, in Hospice Home of High Point. Mr. Peeler was born April 3, 1932, in Kingsport, Tenn., a son of James Hamilton and Gladys Hicks Peeler, and had lived in this area for 10 years. Mr. Peeler was an accountant and he served his nation in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict. Mr. Peeler enjoyed hunting and fishing and was of the Baptist faith.
Surviving are sons, Jimmy and Sharon Peeler of Trinity and Phillip Alan Peeler of Archdale. He was preceded in death by a son, Ricky Peeler. He is also survived by grandchildren Travis, Brandon, and Mia Peeler and Mitchell Frazier, and one great grandchild, Jaylon Peeler. The family of Mr. Peeler would like to thank the staff of High Point Regional Health Systems, the staff of Skeet Club Manor, Hospice House. The family would also like to thank Mr. Ervin Lewis for being such a good friend.
Funeral will be held at 3 p.m., Wednesday, in the chapel of Cumby Family Funeral Service in Archdale with Rev. Craig O’Hara officiating. Burial will be in the National Cemetery in Chattanooga, Tenn. with military honors. Visitation will be Tuesday evening from 6 until 8 p.m. at Cumby Family Funeral Service in Archdale. Online condolences may be made through

Charles Powell Jr.
LAVONIA, Ga. — Charles Glenn Powell Jr., of Lavonia, Ga., passed away peacefully surrounded by family on March 18, 2014, at Hospice House in Anderson, S.C. after a short battle with cancer. Charlie was born in Asheville, May 25, 1946. He is survived by his wife, Betty, of the home, mother and father, Reverend Charles Glenn Powell Sr. and Ruby Pyatt Powell of Marion, N.C., son,  Brandon Powell and his wife, Megan, of Atlanta, Ga., daughter, Alissa Powell Taylor and her husband, Jamie, of Rocky Face, Ga., two step sons, Chip Ezzard of Asheville, and David Ezzard of Lawrenceville, Ga., his brother, Terry Powell and his wife, Debbie, of Waterloo, S.C., and a sister Rebecca Bowman of Central, S.C. Three grandchildren also survive him, Josie Taylor, Mabel Taylor and Monica Ezzard.    
Charlie was a 1964 graduate of Central Davidson High School in Lexington. He was the owner of Powell Glass Service in Lawrenceville, Ga., for many years. Later in his career he obtained his real estate sales and broker’s license and thoroughly enjoyed selling properties in the Lake Hartwell area. Charlie never met a stranger and this attitude brought him much success in his real estate career. Charlie was a member of Lawrenceville Masonic Lodge #131 and the Atlanta Shrine Club. He was an avid race fan, race car owner, driver and pit crew member. He also enjoyed restoring antique cars. He served as a City Councilman while residing in the city of Grayson, Ga. Charlie loved life and his family and always maintained a positive attitude even as his health faded.
He has been cremated and a visitation will be held at Strickland Funeral Home in Hartwell, Ga. from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday April 3, 2014. Graveside services and interment will be held on Friday April 4, 2014, at 2 p.m., at McDowell Memorial Park, Marion, N.C. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 250 Williams St., N.W., Atlanta, Ga. 30303, Rainey Hospice House, 1835 Rogers Road, Anderson, S.C. 29621 or the charity of your choice. The Strickland Funeral Home of Hartwell is in charge of all arrangements. On-line condolences can be sent to the family at

Henry Rayle
GREENSBORO — Henry Kelvin Rayle, 53, passed away on Monday, March 31, 2014. Arrangements are incomplete at this time. Cremation services entrusted to Triad Cremation Society & Chapel.

William Sessoms
ARCHDALE — William TeaI Sessoms, 72, went Home on Saturday, March 29, 2014. Services will be held on Wednesday, April 2, at 11 a.m. for viewing and the celebration service will be at 12 p.m. at Cumbys Funeral Home, Archdale. Graveside service do follow at Raeford Cemetery, Raeford, N.C. Bill was born April 17, 1941, in Sanford, to the late Malcolm Kelly Sessoms and Leona Lucille Teal. He preached his first message at 16 and alongside his wife, Joan, they ministered together for over 50 years. For 17 of those years, he pastored at Archdale Church of the Nazarene.
He is preceded in death by brothers Malcolm Kelly and Ronny Edward Sessoms. Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Joan Maguire Sessoms, children include daughter, Melody, and husband, Michael, daughter, Bethany, and husband, Steve, son, Marcus, and wife, Sydney. He is also survived and loved by 15 grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Surviving also is youngest brother Timothy Leon Sessoms and wife, Heather, sister-in-laws, Joann and Elaine Sessoms, many loved nieces, nephews, cousins and friends - To God be the glory great things He has done. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to Archdale Church of the Nazarene for Randolph County Family Crisis Center, 118 Julian Avenue, Archdale, N.C. 27263. Arrangements by Cumby Family Funeral Service, Archdale.

Baby Steele
HIGH POINT — Baby Girl Steele passed on Friday, March 28, 2014, at Women’s Hospital in Greensboro. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time at Phillips Funeral Service Inc., High Point.

Eric Turner
THOMASVILLE — Mr. Eric Stewart Turner, age 31, a resident of 504 Easy St., passed away Saturday, March 29, 2014. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, April 3, 2014, at 2 p.m. in J. C. Green & Sons Chapel in Thomasville with Rev. Billy Parham officiating. The interment will follow in Holly Hill Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Wednesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. and other times at the home.