Obituaries August 21, 2013

Aug. 20, 2013 @ 08:12 PM

Frances Stevens Bodenhamer
HIGH POINT — Frances Stevens Bodenhamer, 83, of High Point, died Sunday August 18, 2013, at High Point Regional Hospital.
Born March 7, 1930, to the late Samuel and Mary Robertson Hiatt, Frances worked for more than 25 years as the owner of Custom Window Fashions. Frances was a longtime member of the Moose Lodge as one of the “Ladies of the Lodge” and was a talented seamstress and a fabulous cook. She also served as a substitute teacher at Cumberland Road Elementary in Fayetteville. Frances is predeceased by husband, Jack “Steve” Stevens; and sisters, Stella Mae Lilly and Gracie Ailene Morgan.
Frances is survived by children, Janet Baker and husband Joe of Fayetteville, Gary Stevens of Panguitch, UT, and Belinda J. Stevens of Archdale; siblings, Samuel Hiatt and wife Nina of Greensboro, Mary Irene Spivey and husband Jerry of High Point, and Jesse A. Hiatt and wife Anita of Idaho; grandchildren, Steven N. Terranova and wife Julia of Raleigh, Mary Katherine (Katie) Baker of Durham, and Kelly Collins Bailey and husband Nick and great-grandson, Lane Royal, all of Trinty.
A celebration of Frances’s life will be held on Friday, August 23, 2013, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1830 Chestnut Drive, High Point, at 11 a.m. with Bishop Jim McDonald officiating. Interment will follow at Guilford Memorial Gardens at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 8934 U.S. 421, Colfax. The family will receive friends at Cumby Family Funeral Service, High Point, on Thursday, August 22, 2013, from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Memorials may be made to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Missionary Fund, c/o Bishop Jim McDonald, 208 Chinaberry Lane, Winston-Salem, NC 27107.
Online condolences may be made to Frances’s memorial page at Arrangements by Cumby Family Funeral Service, High Point.

Barbara L. Cliett
THOMASVILLE – Ms. Barbara L. Cliett, 26, passed away unexpectedly Friday, August 16, 2013, at Thomasville Medical Center.
Barbara was born in High Point, June 22, 1987, a daughter of Jacob and Sandra White Cliett. She loved her family and friends, her kitties and cooking.
Surviving are her fiancée, Brian Wheeler; her mother, Sandra Cliett; two sisters, Jackie Cliett, Christina Hughes and husband Lee; three brothers, Anthony Cliett and wife Brandy, John and Dustin Cliett; future in laws, Joe and Roxie Wheeler; five nieces and two nephews.
A gathering of family and friends will be held Saturday, September 7 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the home of Mark and Paula Okken. Memorials may be directed to the Kidney Foundation or the Humane Society. Online condolences may be made at

Mary Lou Cochran
HIGH POINT — Mary Lou Cochran, age 77, went home to meet her Lord and Savior on August 19, 2013. Her husband Glenn, son Michael Cochran and daughter Connie Jo Truitt preceded Mary Lou in death. She is survived by her daughters Belinda Walter and Billie Lineberry as well as son Ron Cochran. Mary Lou and Glenn were married for 55 years after being childhood sweethearts in Columbus, Indiana. Their marriage produced five children, 14 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren who she loved very much.
Mary Lou was very proud of her nursing career that started in 1957 after graduating from the Indianapolis General Hospital School of Nursing. Her love of nursing later produced four nurses in her family. Even in recent years she was happy to answer any medical questions posed to her. Mary Lou was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
Mary Lou would be the first to tell you that while we all mourn our loss of her, she now has a strong, healthy, pain-free body in Heaven and we too can join her later if only we believe as she did on Nov. 6, 1968.
A very special thanks goes out to the staff at High Point Regional Hospital, High Point Place and the Hospice Home of High Point. The incredible care she and the family received was extraordinary and was a true testament to community love.
It was Mary Lou’s wish that in lieu of flowers, a donation be made in her honor to The Gideon’s International. A family ceremony will be held in September in Columbus, IN, where Mary Lou’s ashes will be co-mingled with Glenn’s for interment. As their lives were always intertwined by love, so will their final resting places.

Evelyn McGinnis Dorsey
GREENSBORO — Evelyn McGinnis Dorsey, 88, passed away on Tuesday, August 20, 2013. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time. Professional services entrusted to Triad Cremation Society & Chapel.

Carl Fleming Jr.
MORGANTON — Robert Carl Fleming, Jr. died at his home Wednesday, August 14, 2013. He was 78 years old. He was born in Burke County, March 24, 1935, to the late Robert Carl Fleming and Mary Battle Fleming. Carl was a proud graduate of The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina. While at the Citadel, he was the first cadet to earn a private pilot’s license in South Carolina. Also, while a cadet, (and against school rules) he married the late Frances Paschall on January 1, 1954. Upon graduation, Carl was commissioned into the United States Air Force.
When he completed his military service, Carl joined Western Electric as an electrical engineer. He retired from the company as a Department Chief. While successful in his career, his heart was always at home with his family, and in the mountains. He made his living in a coat and tie, but he changed to blue jeans every day as soon as he got home. Carl spent hours exploring Linville Gorge, playing the piano, researching genealogy, building model airplanes and tinkering. Also in retirement, Carl worked as a surveyor (only as an excuse to be outside and wield a machete), and opened a picture framing business.
In addition to his parents and wife, Carl was preceded in death by a daughter, Robbin Elizabeth Fleming. He is survived by daughters Susan Fleming Keaton and husband Glen, and Ann Fleming Krohn and husband Tom, sons Robert C. Fleming, III and wife Robin, and Jeffery A. Fleming. Eleven grandchildren enjoyed the love and antics of their PawPaw: Taylor Keaton, Drew Keaton, Bobby Fleming and wife Alicia, Caitlin Fleming Wahle and husband Steve, McKendry Fleming, Caroline Fleming, Morgan Fleming, Laura Fleming Shelton and her husband Jeremy, Ryan Fleming. Nicholas Krohn, and Nathan Krohn; and two great-granddaughters, Elena Wahle and Avery Shelton. A brother, Dr. Larry M. Fleming, and his wife Babette, also survive, along with step-siblings Richard Harbison and Sara Harbison Kelly.
As Carl desired, there will be no formal funeral service. Friends and family are invited to a celebration of his life at his home on Saturday, August 24 from 2:00 until 4:00 in the afternoon.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Robbin Fleming Fund for Children at Oak Hill United Methodist Church, 2239 NC 181 Morganton, NC 28655.
Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center is assisting the family with the arrangements. Condolences may be made online at

Ruth Miller
TRINITY — Ruth Walston Miller, 73, a resident of Trinity, left to be with her Savior on August 18, 2013, with her family by her side. Ruth was born November 29, 1939, in Sampson County, NC, to the late Franklin Elmo Walston and Nell Hardin Walston. She graduated from Meredith College with her Bachelor’s in Education and Religion. She taught school in Orange County, NC, while putting her husband through law school. After moving to the High Point area in 1965, Ruth taught within the Randolph County School system and was involved in community development. She was an instrumental player in the establishment of Archdale’s public library, served on the library board, and supported her husband in incorporating the city of Archdale. She was a member of Archdale United Methodist Church, where she was a member of the Fellowship class. During Ruth’s illness, she continued to actively serve others, by sending books and care packages to graduates and others battling cancer.
Ruth is survived by her husband of 52 years; Don G. Miller, her children; Angela, Scott and Carla, five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Also surviving is her brother: Elmo Walston and her sister Barbara Dowd.
A celebration of Ruth’s life will be held Friday, August 23, at 3 p.m., at Archdale United Methodist Church with Reverend Dr. Stuart Noell, Reverend Dr. Jeff Patterson and Reverend Harold Shives officiating. The family will receive friends following the service in the fellowship hall. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Ruth’s memory may be made to: Hospice of the Piedmont, 1801 Westchester Drive, High Point, NC 27262 or to: the Endowment Fund of Archdale United Methodist Church, 11543 North Main Street, Archdale, NC 27263.
May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind always be at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
May the rains fall softly upon your fields,
And until we meet again,
May the Lord hold you in the palm of His hand.
Online condolences may be made at Arrangements by Cumby Family Funeral Service of Archdale.

Jimmy Sanford Spurgeon
HIGH POINT ­— Jimmy Sanford Spurgeon, 69 of Mock Rd. died Monday, August 19, 2013 at Forsyth Medical Center. Funeral arrangements are incomplete. J.C. Green & Sons in Wallburg in charge of arrangements.

Clarence Edward Trotter
THOMASVILLE — Mr. Clarence Edward Trotter, 77, a resident of Liberty Dr., Thomasville, passed away on Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013, in Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. He was born July 25, 1936, in Davidson County, NC, son of the late Charlie Alpheus Trotter and Bessie Riley Trotter. He was owner of Trotter Realty Company. Mr. Trotter served in the U. S. Army in Germany and was a member of Cedar Lodge Baptist Church and was formerly a member of the Thomasville Optimist Club. He was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Julie Grice; and two brothers, Raeford Trotter and Donald Trotter.
He was married to Clara Wilson Trotter who preceded him in death.
Surviving are one daughter, Tammie Coe Heintzman and husband Kevin of Oceanside, CA; one son, Keith Edward Trotter of Archdale, NC; one sister, Ella Rae Gordon and husband Bill of Thomasville; half-sister, Ruby Branson of Thomasville; one brother Jimmy Franklin Trotter and wife Donese of Thomasville; seven grandchildren, Lori Anderson, Heather Causey, Katie Causey, Tiffany Harrison, Amber Bullins, Sarah Lucas and Hilary Lucas; and fourteen great grandchildren.
Graveside services will be conducted Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. in the National Cemetery in Salisbury, NC, with full military honors.
There will not be a formal visitation.
Memorials may be directed to National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater Carolinas Chapter, 3101 Industrial Drive, Suite 210, Raleigh, NC 27609. Online condolences may be sent to the Trotter family at

Jo Ann West
ARCHDALE — Jo Ann Wiley West, 76, a resident of Archdale, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, August 20, 2013.
She was born May 14, 1937, in Toccoa, Georgia, to the late Paris W. Wiley and Mary Etta Scott Wiley. Jo Ann graduated from High Point High School in 1955 and later attended the Women’s College, now (UNCG) in 1956. She worked for Central Plumbing for 47 years and also with Greensboro Auto Auction for 26 years. Jo Ann was faithful member of Green Street Baptist Church, where she was a member of Lydia Watson Class. She enjoyed shopping, working in her flowers, but most of all, spending time with her grandchildren and her great grandson. In addition to her parents, preceding her in death was her sister: Helen Wiley and four brothers; Fred, Charles, Walter and Bill Wiley. On January 11, 1957, she was married to Jimmy E. West, he survives of the home. Also surviving are her daughter; Karen Chester and her husband Jimmy of Thomasville, her son Jonothan Scott West and his wife Starla of Trinity, her grandchildren; Brittany Chester Dotson of High Point, Holly Chester Kearns and her husband Bryan of Thomasville, Jonothan West and Kaitlyn West of Trinity, her great grandson; Mason Dotson of High Point.
A service to celebrate Jo Ann’s life will be held Thursday, August 22, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. at Green Street Baptist Church, with Pastor Frank Hensley officiating. Interment will follow in Floral Garden Park cemetery. The family will receive friends Wednesday from 6 until 8 pm at Cumby Family Funeral Service in Archdale.
Jo Ann would like to thank four nieces: Donna Byrd, Cathy Michael, Diane Spencer, and Teresa O’Shields for their special care as well as may other nieces and nephews for their love, concern, and visits. The West family would like to say a very special thank you to the staff at the Cone Cancer Center in Greensboro, 3rd floor of Wesley Long Hospital, and staff of the Hospice of The Piedmont. They were always willing to go that extra mile for Jo Ann and her family and their care is very much appreciated. Memorials in Jo Ann’s memory may be sent to: Hospice of the Piedmont, 1801 Westchester Drive, High Point, NC 27262 or to: Green Street Baptist Church, 1701 Westchester Drive, Suite 620, High Point, NC, 27262. Online condolences may be made at Arrangements by Cumby Family Funeral Service of Archdale.