Obituaries December 4, 2012

Dec. 03, 2012 @ 06:06 PM

Margaret Harrington
HIGH POINT - Mrs. Margaret Odessa Love Harrington, 96, transitioned to her heavenly home on Friday, November 30, 2012.
Margaret was born March 6, 1916 in Hoke County to the late Lillie Mae Kershaw and Richard Graham. She was a resident of High Point for over 60 years. She was married to the late Sylvester Harrington for 62 years.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and all of her siblings.
She was formerly employed by Fli-Back, U.S. Furniture Industries, Dinette Parts and Chatham County. Margaret was a dedicated member and a true worshiper at Temple Memorial Baptist Church.
She leaves to cherish her loving memories: children, James (Irene) Harrington of Greensboro, NC; Gwendolyn H. Goldston, Perry C. Harrington and Brenda Harrington Davis all of High Point, NC; seven grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren; and a special friend, Mattie Lilly.
Special thanks to Cornerstone Eye Care.
Funeral service will be held on Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. at Temple Memorial Baptist Church, 1458 Cedrow Dr. High Point, NC.  The family will receive friends at the church from 12:00 p.m. until 1:00 p.m. and other times at the residence, 716 W. Willis Ave.  Interment will follow in Carolina Biblical Gardens, Jamestown, NC.
Final arrangements are entrusted to Phillips Funeral Service Inc., High Point, NC.
Online condolences may be sent to the Harrington family at

Lois Hayes
ASHEBORO – Lois Edith Reeder Hayes, 69, of Asheboro, died Dec. 2, 2012.
Funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church. Visitation will be held 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Ridge Funeral Home & Cremation Service.

Bobby Hedrick
LEXINGTON – Bobby Forrest Hedrick, 76, of Alston Brook Nursing Center, formerly of Chickadee Drive, died Dec. 2, 2012, at the nursing center.
A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at National Cemetery in Salisbury. Visitation follows the service.
Davidson Funeral Home is serving the family.

Donald Odell Hill
Donald Odell Hill, 80, of Leland, passed away Sunday, December 2, 2012 at his home.
Born on September 4, 1932 in Davidson County, NC, Donald was the son of the late John Lee and Josie C. Hill. 
Donald is survived by his wife Mable Hill of the home; one daughter, Teresa; three sons, Danny, Randy and Don Hill, all of Leland; one brother, John Hill of Thomasville, NC; one sister, Pam Glover of Denton, NC.
A graveside service led by Mr. Eugene Glover will be held on Wednesday, December 5 at 1:00pm at the Tom’s Creek Cemetery in Denton, NC.

James Robert (Bill) Hilton
THOMASVILLE – Mr. James Robert (Bill) Hilton, 92, a resident of Thomasville passed away on Saturday, December 1, 2012.
Bill was born July 14, 1920 in Thomasville, NC a son of the late James Vernie Hilton and Alma Grace Vaden Hilton and made this area his home all of his life. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a sister, Lucille Jones; and three brothers, Norman Hilton, Paul Hilton and Roy Hilton. He was first married to Ruby Leonard Hilton who preceded him in death and later was married to Myrtle Smith who died on August 16, 2011. Bill loved farming, raising fruits and vegetables, traveling and spending time with his family, especially his great granddaughter. He was a member of Trulite Baptist Church.
Surviving is his son, Charles Vernon Hilton of Thomasville; sisters, Kathleen Mabe, Opal Hubbard both of Thomasville, Jeannette Crouch and husband Robert of Trinity; brothers, J.C. Hilton and wife Pamalee of Salisbury, Ray Hilton and wife Sherry of High Point, Donald Hilton and wife Paula of Greensboro; granddaughters, Lisa Hilton Duncan and Miriam Hilton and fiance’ Dale Newfield; great granddaughter, Jessica Deann Duncan. Also surviving are sisters-in-law, June Smith Vaughn and husband Ralph of Asheboro, Barbara Hilton of New Smyrna Beach, FL., and several nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM Thursday at J.C. Green and Sons Funeral Home Chapel in Thomasville with Rev. Faron Overton and Rev. Michael Ferguson officiating. Burial will follow in the Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6 until 8 pm Wednesday. Memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice Home at High Point, 1803 Westchester Dr., High Point, NC 27262. Online condolences may be sent to the Hilton family at

Peggy Johnson
ARCHDALE – Peggy Kinny Johnson, 78, died Dec. 3, 2012, at her residence.
Funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Pilot View Baptist Church. Visitation will be held 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday at Cumby Family Funeral Service in Archdale.

Sherrill Kennedy
THOMASVILLE – Bruce Sherrill Kennedy, 71, a resident of Wall Avenue, died Sunday, December 2, 2012 at the Henry Etta & Bruce Hinkle Hospice House.  He was born on October 21, 1941 in Davidson County, NC to Bruce Darr Kennedy and Hannah Deaton Kennedy.  He worked for Ray’s Cycle Shop and later was a co-owner of S&K Cycle Sales.  He attended Thomasville Friends Meeting.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter-in-law, Cheryl Sumner.
On January 29, 1980, he married Dovia Hunsucker, who survives of the home; also surviving is a son, Derrick Kennedy of Myrtle Beach, SC; step-children, Riley Sumner and wife Monica of Asheboro, Dee Branning of Thomasville, Lee Hartsell and husband Bruce of Thomasville, and Greg Sumner of Trinity; sisters, Bonita Ellington and husband Tommy, and Becky Klass and husband Gary, all of Thomasville; ten grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 12:00 noon at the J.C. Green & Sons Funeral Home Chapel in Thomasville with Rev. Billy Britt and Rev. Mickey Young officiating.  Interment will follow in Holly Hill Memorial Park Cemetery.  The family will receive friends on Wednesday one and half hour prior to the service at the funeral home from 10:30 – 12:00 and at other times at the home.  Memorials may be directed to Hospice of Davidson County, 200 Hospice Way, Lexington, NC 27292.  On-line condolences may be sent to

Richard Knott
RANDLEMAN - Richard Knott, 70, died Dec. 2, 2012.
Triad Cremation Society & Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Kenneth L. Lohr
MEBANE – Mr. Kenneth L. Lohr, 81, of Mebane died at the Hospice Home in Burlington on Sunday, December 2, 2012 at 8:40 p.m. following four months declining health.
A native of Randolph County, he was the son of Hubert D. Lohr and Bercelia Heilig Lohr, both deceased. He was a veteran of the U. S. Marine Corps serving during the Korean Conflict. Kenneth retired from the heating and air conditioning business. He was of the Methodist faith.
Survivors include his companion of 18 years, Emma Overman of the home; daughter, Cynthia Stanley and husband Frankie of Shallotte; two sons, Kenny Lohr and wife Carol of Newport and Keith Lohr and wife Jackie of Graham; sister, Judy Johns of Longview, TX; brothers, Jack Lohr of Greensboro, Donald Lohr of Richmond, VA, William Lohr of Kilgore, TX, Earl Lohr of Gladewater, TX, Larry Lohr of Longview, TX and Garland Lohr of Randleman; grandchildren, Meredith and Dustin Stanley and Haley Lohr; and great-grandchild, Khloe Suggs.
He was preceded in death by three sisters and two brothers.
The funeral service will be conducted at the Rich & Thompson Chapel in Graham on Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. by Brian Hurdle, Chaplain of the Red Knights. Burial will follow in Guilford Memorial Park.
The family will receive friends at the Rich & Thompson Funeral Home and Crematory in Graham on Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m.  Other times they will be at the residence of Keith and Jackie Lohr, 3134 Swepsonville-Saxapahaw Road, Graham, NC.
The family would like to thank the staff at Hospice for their love and care for Mr. Lohr.
Memorials may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Alamance-Caswell, 914 Chapel Hill Road, Burlington, NC  27215.
Condolences may be offered at

Betty Meadley
LEXINGTON – Betty Jean Heykoop Meadley, 78, of Sawgrass Lane, died Dec.  1, 2012.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Meadowview Presbyterian Church. Davidson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

George William Mitchell, Jr.
CHARLOTTE – George William Mitchell, Jr., 84, died suddenly at his home in Charlotte, N.C. on Thursday evening, November 29, 2012.
Bill, as he was known to family and friends, was born in High Point, N.C. on October 23, 1928. He was the son of the late George William Mitchell, Sr. and Frances Jones Mitchell.
Bill attended High Point City Schools and graduated from High Point High School in 1945. He was well liked and respected by his classmates, and had the honor of being the morning news announcer. The recipient of an Alumni Scholarship, Bill attended Duke University, graduating with the class of 1948. He maintained his many childhood and college friendships by attending class reunions and luncheons.
Following his graduation from Duke with an engineering degree, Bill entered the business world and established several successful businesses. Until his retirement in 1994, Bill was the owner and CEO of I.C.E. Corporation. He designed and contracted numerous state of the art ice manufacturing plants and was a major distributor of equipment to the commercial ice industry.
Bill had a wide variety of personal and professional interests. An avid reader, he loved books and read several newspapers daily. He also enjoyed researching his family ancestry, watching business and informative TV programs, computers, Duke Basketball, working in his yard and household projects. He also enjoyed traveling with his wife, Billie, visiting most of the states in the United States and many foreign countries. As well as relaxing with his family at their second home in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Eloise Mitchell Chatham-Tyson, most recently by his brother-in-law Samuel Coe “S.C.” Easter and by many loving relatives and friends.
He married Billie Jean Richard, a high school classmate, in 1948.
A devoted and loving husband, father and grandfather, Bill is survived by his beloved wife Billie Richard Mitchell, son William “Rick” Mitchell, daughter Millicent Ann Mitchell, grandson Mitchell Abdullah, sister Mevelyn Mitchell Easter and nephews Taft and Ted Chatham.
A family memorial service and celebration of Bill’s life will be held at a future date.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to The American Heart Association, Mid-Atlantic Affiliate, P.O. Box 5216, Glen Allen, VA 23058-5216, or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
J.B. Tallent Funeral Service is assisting the family.

Earline Quick
Earline Quick, 94, died Dec. 3, 2012, at Triad Care and Rehabilitation Center

Lois Quigley
LEXINGTON – Lois Wilson Ricker Quigley, 77, of Gray Road, died Dec. 1, 2012, at her home.
A graveside service will be held at 3 p.m. Friday at Forest Hill Memorial Park. Visitation will be held 1:30-2:45 p.m. Friday at Davidson Funeral Home.

Charles Ervin Riley
HIGH POINT – Mr. Charles Ervin Riley, age 66, a Loving husband, father and brother, died Sunday morning, December 2, 2012 at his residence, surrounded by his family.
A native and lifelong resident of this area, Charles was born April 6th, 1946 in High Point a son of the late Ervin Miles “Red” Riley and  the late Genevieve “Jimmie” Spoon Riley. He was a 1965 graduate of High Point Central High School and in 1967 received an Associate Degree from Mars Hill College. He was a home-bound member of Westchester Baptist Church. For over twenty years he worked at Beeson Hardware as an architectural hardware consultant, retiring in 1992. Charles was an involved father and husband who loved, most of all, spending time with his family. When his daughters became girl scouts he became a certified trainer and went on many camping trips. When his oldest daughter played softball he couched her team. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two nieces, Suzette Palmer Akin and Bonnie Rominger and his mother-in-law, Syble Miller Yarborough.  On August 11, 1972 he married the former Mary Yarborough who survives of the home.
Also surviving are three daughters, Kristina Riley Wright and her husband Johnny of McLeansville, Emily Riley of Greensboro and Andrea Riley Davis and her husband Darren of Randleman; two sisters, Brenda Riley Palmer and her husband Skip and Barbara Riley McKinney all of High Point; two grandchildren, Carty Ann Elizabeth Wright and Bryce Charles Davis. Also surviving is his father-in-law, Robert Dewey Yarborough of High Point; two nieces, Samantha Yarborough and Natalie Yarborough and three nephews, Lucas Rominger, Patrick Rominger and Charles Neilson “Neil” Fisher.
A memorial service to celebrate Charles’s life will be at 11:00 am Wednesday in the chapel of Cumby Family Funeral Service in High Point. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6 until 8 pm Tuesday.
The family requests that memorials be made to Hospice of The Piedmont, 1801 Westchester Drive, High Point, 27262 or to The Love Line, c/o High Point Regional Hospital, Post Office Box HP5, High Point, NC 27261. Online condolences can be made at Charles’s web page at  Arrangements by Cumby Family Funeral Service in high Point.

George M. Simmons
George Simmons born on October 23, 1946 went to be with his Savior on Saturday, December 1, 2012.  George is preceded in death by his parents Franklin M. Simmons and Ruth Hepler Simmons.  He attended High Point City Schools and GTCC.  After 35 years at McEwen Lumber Company, he started Simmons and Shelley Auto Truck Repair.  George, along with his longtime friend Craig Shelley, who died five weeks prior, drag raced together for many years.
He was very active at Springfield Friends Meeting where he was an Elder on Ministry and Council, the finance committee and the chair of House and Ground for many years.
George loved watching his grandson, Connor play ball and granddaughter Georgia dance, cheerlead and play volleyball.  He loved watching and holding his granddaughters Gabriella and Brenna.
George is survived by his wife of 43 years Millie and his daughters and sons-in-law;  Amy (Chip) Stanley and Jennifer (Brett) Morrell.  He is also survived by a sister-in-law Bonnie King and brother-in-law Rocky McElhannon , many nieces and nephews, church family and many friends and customers.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at Springfield Friends Meeting at 2:00 pm on Tuesday, December 4th with visitation in the church fellowship hall following.
In lieu of flowers the family request that memorials be given to the Renovation Fund or the General Fund at Springfield Friends Meeting, 555 E. Springfield Road, High Point, NC  27263.  Online condolences may be made on Mr. Simmons’ memorial page at  Arrangements by Cumby Family Funeral Service, Archdale.

Dwayne Starr
TRINITY – Mr. Anthony Dwayne Starr,46, resident of 7454 Trotter’s Run died Sunday afternoon at 1:15 p.m. in the Randolph Hospice House.
Mr. Starr was born August 21, l966 in Asheboro a son of James Ronald and Sallie Todd Starr. He had been a resident of Lexington  most of his life and was employed as an Inspector with Carolina Dry Kiln. Mr. Starr was a loving and devoted Father, Husband and an avid outdoors man with a focus on hunting and fishing. He was a member of Green Street Baptist Church and served on the media team at the church. Mr. Starr was a gifted homebuilder and built every home he and his family ever lived in.
In l992 he married Kristain Nichols who survives of the home.
Also surviving are 2 sons; Chandler and Courtland Starr both of the home; 2 Sisters;  Rhonda Gale Starr of Lexington and Shelia Annette Starr of Charlotte; 1 Brother; Johnny Dean Starr of Asheboro; his mother; Mrs. Sallie T. Starr of Lexington.
Funeral Services will be conducted Wednesday at 3:30p.m. in the Green Street Baptist Church by Dr. Robert Steele, Mr. Richard Hardee and Pastor Ron Nichols. Interment will follow in the Floral Garden Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends Tuesday evening from 6 until 8p.m. at Green Street Baptist Church.
Pallbearers will be: Steve Skeen , Leon Hege, Lawrence Hurd, Jeff Grice, Tracy Smith and Kurt Nichols.
Memorials may be directed to Green Street Baptist Church, 1701 Westchester Dr. Suite 620, High Point, N.C. 27262. Online condolences may be sent to  Arrangements by Cumby Family Funeral Service Archdale

Jeannine Thompson
GREENSBORO - Jeannine Thompson, 86, died Dec. 3, 2012.
Triad Cremation Society Inc. is in charge of arrangements.

Doris Carmichael White
HIGH POINT – Mrs. Doris Carmichael White, 95, of High Point died Sunday, December 2, 2012 in High Point Regional Hospital.
Mrs. White was born December 30, 1916 in Danville, Va. ; a daughter of John Tim and Mary Alice Scearce Carmichael and had lived in this area since 1941.  For 15 years she was associated with Silver Knit Hosiery Mill and later worked with Northeast Middle School for 15 years retiring in 1982.  She was of the Baptist faith.  On December 24, 1935 she married Carson Adam White who preceded her in death.
Surviving are her son Gordon Ray White of High Point, a sister Mary Celeste Scott of Wake Forest, two grandchildren Jerry Wayne McCall, Jr. and wife Ann, and Geoffrey Adam White  and wife Heather, six great grandchildren, Jessica McCall , Jared McCall, and Brianna McCall, Carson White, Adam White, and Ashlynn White, a special niece, Dreama Jones, a special nephew, Roger Williams, and a special great niece April J Plummer, and a special friend Barbara White.  She was preceded in death by a daughter by a daughter Judith Ann McCall, and brothers Norwood Carmichael, Garland Carmichael, and Harold Carmichael.
Funeral will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday in the chapel of Cumby Family Funeral Service in High Point with Rev. Don Duncan officiating.  Burial will be in Floral Garden Park Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be directed to The Alzheimer’s Association, 3800 Shamrock Drive, Box 999, Charlotte, N.C.. 28215.
Online condolences may be made at
Arrangements by Cumby Family Funeral Service.

Amber Cary Prock Willis
Mrs. Amber Cary Prock Willis, 39, went to be with the Lord unexpectedly on the morning of November 30.  Amber was born September 11, 1973 to the late David Jerald Prock and Margaret Elizabeth Tritton Prock in Dallas, Texas.  Amber moved to Greensboro, N.C. when she was in elementary school.  Amber graduated with honors from Southwest Guilford High School, in Greensboro, N.C. in 1992. Amber received the North Carolina Teaching Fellow Scholarship and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in History with a minor in Math as member of “Phi Beta Kappa Society” and on the Dean’s List from Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C.  Amber has her National Board Certification in EA/Mathematics.  Amber was currently working on her Masters Degree in M. Ed. in Instructional Systems Technology from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte.
Amber married the love of her life, Kimothy F. Willis July 11, 2003 and she became a mother to her precious daughter, Grayson Alexandria, On October 22, 2005.  Amber wanted to be a teacher from the time she could talk.  She played school almost daily before she ever started school herself.  Amber wanted to change, empower and inspire children to be the best they could be, to get an education and to believe in themselves.  Amber taught Algebra and Math as a Seventh-Eighth grade teacher at Archdale Trinity Middle School in Archdale, N.C since 1996. Amber won the Randolph County Sallie Mae First Year Teacher Award in 1997.  Amber severed as a certified mentor for beginning teachers.  Amber coached girls soccer from 1999-2004.  Amber was a presenter at the NC Social Studies conference 2003.  Amber was currently a participant on the IMPACT V grant/team.  Amber was Teacher of the Year nominee in 2009, 2010 and 2011.  Amber served as 7th Grade Math Chair, 7th Grade Chairperson, and served on the Leadership/School Improvement team.
Amber loved spending time and traveling with her husband and daughter. Amber was an avid veracious reader.  Amber loved to watch movies, shop and have adventures with her friends, which included her mother.  Amber loved taking trips to the beach every year with her fellow teachers “The Sewing Club” and the “educational” trips she took with her students every year to learn something new.  Amber loved traveling to Texas every year to spend time with her sister and niece and many other family and friends.
Amber is preceded in death by her father, David J. Prock and two brothers, Victor Angelo and Varsar Michelle Burnette.  Amber leaves to cherish her memories, her husband Kimothy and her daughter Grayson of Winston-Salem, NC; her mother, Margaret Elizabeth Tritton Prock of High Point, NC; four sister, Crystal Lamb and husband Peter of Sacramento, CA, Kimberly Pool and husband Tracy of Dallas, TX, Lisa Harlan and husband Jay of Humble, TX, and Sabrina Padgett and husband George, also of Humble, TX; surrogate sister, Lynne Jones of Thomasville, NC; four nieces and nephews and many other relatives and close friends.
Funeral services to celebrate the life of Amber Willis will be held 1:00 pm Thursday at the Hope Outreach Center.  Interment will follow in Centre Friends Meeting Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 pm Wednesday at Cumby Family Funeral Service, High Point.
We would like to thank all of you for your love, prayers, support and any acts of kindness shown to us. ~ The Family.  Online condolences may be made on Amber’s memorial page at  Arrangements by Cumby Family Funeral Service, High Point.