Obituaries April 3, 2013

Apr. 02, 2013 @ 05:59 PM

H.J. “Jack” Curlee
THOMASVILLE — Mr. Jack Curlee, 94, resident of Thomasville, formerly of Oak View Rd. in High Point, passed away peacefully at Hospice Home at High Point in the early morning hours of April 2nd, 2013 after a brief illness. 
He was born March 16th, 1919 in Union County, a son to the late John Titus and Connie Howard Curlee.  He had lived in Monroe and Charlotte before moving to High Point in 1929.  He attended Emma Blair School and graduated from High Point High School in 1936.  In May of 1941 he married his high school sweetheart, Vera Anderson in Cheraw, SC.
At the outbreak of World War II, he and Vera moved to Baltimore, MD along with several other couples, where they both worked at the Glenn L. Martin aircraft company to support the war effort.  They later moved back to High Point and he volunteered and served the remainder of the war with the U.S. Navy in the Pacific Theatre.  After his discharge, he went to work for the U.S. Postal Service, retiring in 1977 after 31 years.  After retirement, he owned and operated Triad Striping Service, a parking lot marking company for 15 years. 
After his second retirement, he developed an interest in, and closely followed, the stock market, a successful hobby and pastime he enjoyed with his son Wayne up until the time of his passing.  Jack was also a fan of the Atlanta Braves and Carolina Tarheels.
He was a member of Green St. Baptist Church for over 80 years where he served as a deacon.  He also was the boys junior department director for many years and was most recently a faithful, regular member of the Joe Watson Sunday School Class.
He was preceded in death in 2010 by his wife Vera after 69 years of marriage; he also was preceded by a brother, Sherwood Curlee of High Point; and four sisters, Nell Curlee of Thomasville, Marie Curlee Welch of High Point, Ruby Curlee Groce of High Point and Sarah Curlee Tucker of Thomasville.
Surviving are two sons, Wayne Curlee and wife Connie of Marietta, GA and Greg Curlee and wife Janet of Kernersville; a grandson, Jeff Curlee and wife Alison of Thomasville; two great-grandchildren, Jackson and Dawson Curlee; a brother-in-law, W.E. Anderson of High Point; a sister-in-law, Grace Dyer of Ames, Iowa; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 4th, 2013, at Green St. Baptist Church with Rev. Frank Hensley officiating.  Interment will follow at Floral Garden Park Cemetery.  Visitation will be prior to the service starting at 9:30 a.m.  At other times, the family will receive friends at the home of Greg and Janet Curlee, 1648 Squire Davis Rd. Kernersville, NC.
The family wishes to extend their sincere gratitude to the staff at Hospice Home at High Point for the thoughtful care and treatment Dad received during his final days.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Hospice of the Piedmont, 1801 Westchester Dr. High Point, NC 27262 or to Green St. Baptist Church, 1701 Westchester Dr. Suite 620 High Point, NC 27262.  Cumby Family Funeral Service in High Point is assisting the family.  On-line condolences may be made through

Christine Foster
HIGH POINT — Christine Foster, 60, of High Point, died April 1, 2013, at Hospice Home at High Point.
Arrangements are entrusted to People’s Funeral & Cremation Services, Inc.

Rubymae Lavon Garrison
HIGH POINT — Mrs. Rubymae Lavon Garrison, age 85,  of High Point, passed away March 31, 2013, in the Greensboro Manor Assisted Living Center.
Mrs. Garrison was born May 7, 1927, in Basin, Wyo., to Edmond H. and Ollie Edwards Phillips.  She was a graduate of Rhema Bible College and was a computer operator for Eckridge Company. She was of the Baptist faith. Mrs. Garrison was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Eugene Garrison
Surviving are her sons: Galen E. Garrison of Aurora, Colo.; Stephen L. Garrison of High Point; and Greg P. Garrison of LaGrange, Ind.
There are three grandchildren; Caroline Ortega of Illinois; Christian Garrison of Aurora, Colo., Ryan Garrison of Kendallville, Ind.; and three great grandchildren:  Shelby Allen, Carter Garrison, and Cameron Garrison, all of Aurora, Colo.
There are currently no services planned.   Memorials may be directed to the charity of the donor’s choice.  Please share condolences with the family at

T.J. Hicks
THOMASVILLE — Mr. T.J. Hicks, 88, of Thomasville, passed away sunrise Easter Sunday, March 31, 2013, at High Point Regional Hospital. 
He was born in Randolph County March 17, 1925, to Carl Lee and Viola Kinley Hicks, the third child of fourteen children.  T.J. graduated from Davis-Townsend School, class of 1944.  He was a member of Fairview United Methodist Church; a member of the Leon Bowers Class; and served as the first president of the Fairview United Methodist Men.  T.J.’s career in the hosiery textile industry spanned over forty years where he served as fixer and supervisor for Regan, Adams Millis, Harris Covington, and retiring from Influential at the age of 62. 
He also attended barber school and was a licensed barber.  T.J. was the first Scout Master of Troop 110.  His favorite things included Bluegrass and Gospel quartet music, Nascar, farming, fishing, hunting, and camping with his wife and children.  T.J. was predeceased by his parents; three sisters, Crissie Jane Smith, Beatrice Summey, and Ruby Gallimore; and three brothers, Roland, Hoyt, and L.C. Hicks.
Surviving is his wife of 65 years, Mary Dessie Leonard Hicks, of the home; six children, Gary Hicks and wife Sarah, Brenda Bowers and husband Steve, Steve Hicks and wife Pat, Sharon Parrish and husband Mike, Tony Hicks, and Clifton Hicks and wife Christa; brothers and sisters, Hollis Hicks and wife Elaine, Boogie Hicks, Richard Hicks, Donese Trotter and husband Jimmy, Julia Ruth Tharp, David Hicks and wife Janet, and Dallas Hicks; sister in-law, Velna Hicks; brother in-law Hanes Summey; grandchildren, Kristen Hilty, Brian Hicks, Brett Bowers, Scott Bowers, Wendy Hicks, Chad Hicks, Ashley Parrish, Morgan Hicks, Caitlyn Hicks, Caroline Hicks, and Caycee Hicks; and great-grandchildren, Elijah and Maggie Hilty.
Funeral services will be conducted 4 p.m., Thursday April 4, 2013, at Fairview United Methodist Church with the Rev. Brian Crady officiating. The Body will be placed in the church 30 minutes prior to the service. Burial will follow in the Fairview UMC Cemetery. 
The family will receive friends from 7 until 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at J.C. Green and Sons Funeral Home.  In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the United Methodist Men of Fairview UMC, 2876 Old Greensboro Road, Thomasville, NC 27360.
The family is grateful for the exceptional care from Dr. Toye Lufadeju and Cornerstone Nephrology staff; the doctors and staff of High Point Regional Hospital; and Dr. Thomas Futrell and his staff in Thomasville.  The children and their families are honored and thankful for the loving care given by their mother, Mary Dessie.

Vida Hill Johnston
GREENSBORO — Vida Hill Johnston passed away peacefully on Monday morning in the loving care of her family.  Vida was born in Davidson County in 1925, a daughter to the late Eugene and Effie Hill.
Following graduation from high school, she married William B. Johnston, her husband of nearly 68 years.  Vida, along with her family, was an active member of Hickory Chapel Wesleyan Church, serving faithfully in the choir, and other areas as needed, for many years.   
Vida was preceded in death by her husband William B. Johnston earlier this year.  She was also preceded in death by her brother Everette Hill. Survivors include her son Ernie Johnston and his wife Martha, daughter Cheryl Hall and her husband Earl, and daughter Barbara Smith and her husband Billy.  Vida was a loving grandmother to Lisa Freeman, Amy Smith, Crystal Morris, Scott Smith, and Lauren Johnston and great grandmother to Lindsey Smith and to Keller and Brewer Morris. Other survivors include three sisters, Pauline Sykes, Eugenia Atkinson, and Frances Keener.
Visitation will be held at Cumby Family Funeral Service, High Point Wednesday evening between 5:30 and 7 p.m.  Funeral services will be held Thursday at Hickory Chapel Wesleyan Church at 11 a.m. followed by graveside services at Guilford Memorial Park.  Memorials can be sent to Hickory Chapel Wesleyan Church in High Point.
Condolences may be left on Mrs. Johnston’s memorial page at Arrangements made by Cumby Family Funeral Service, High Point.

Richard Clinton Kirksey
ARCHDALE — Richard Clinton Kirksey, 78, died April 1, 2013, at Greybrier Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center.
Burial will be private at the request of the family.

Mary Lambeth
WINSTON-SALEM — On March 29, 2013, our precious angel, Mary, was called home to Heaven.
Mary was 71 years young when she passed suddenly in her home. Her two late daughters, Judy and Joan, her sister, Lecolia, and mother, Leatha Smith preceded her in death. Mary loved her family dearly as they were her pride and joy.
Mary is survived by her daughter, Brigitte Morgan and husband Sam; sister, Pat Belizeau and brother in law, Jerry; grandchildren, Samantha, Zack, Tyler, Danielle and husband, Travis; Morgan and husband, Adam; great-grandchildren, Mallory and Camdyn; and nieces and nephews. We love you MerMer. Visitation for Mary will be held at Hayworth-Miller, located at 3315 Silas Creek Parkway, Winston-Salem, NC 27103 on Friday, April 5th between 5 and 7 pm. 

Butch Lopp
LEXINGTON — Harold “Butch” Lopp Jr., 63, died March 31, 2013, at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.
Funeral will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at Davidson Funeral Home. Inurnment will be later in Lexington City Cemetery. Visitation will be held 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Elisha Renee Cox Skeen
LEXINGTON — Elisha Renee Cox Skeen, 31, of Denton, died April 2, 2013, at Hinkle Hospice House in Lexington. 
Arrangements are pending at Cumby Family Funeral Service in Archdale.

Mary Swicegood
LEXINGTON — Mary Esther Wofford Swicegood, 88, of Carolina House, formerly of Swicegood Road, died Tuesday, April 2, 2013, at Carolina House.
Funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Tyro United Methodist Church. Burial follows in Bethel Cemetery. Visitation will be held 9:30-10:30 a.m. Thursday at the church.
Davidson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Paul Anthony Taylor
THOMASVILLE — Paul Anthony Taylor, 18, of Swanee Lane passed away Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at Thomasville Medical Center.
Services will be held 2 p.m. at Mills Home Baptist Church, Thursday, April 4. A visitation will be half an hour prior. There will be a viewing Wednesday, April 3 from 1 to 6 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will take place at Thomasville City Cemetery. Professional Services entrusted to Prominence Funeral Home, Thomasville, NC.
Baby Maddox Whitaker
HIGH POINT — Baby Maddox Whitaker of High Point died March 30, 2013, at High Point Regional Hospital.
Services are entrusted to People’s Funeral & Cremation Services Inc.

Wanda Wicker
TRINITY — Wanda Strickland Wicker, 63, resident of Trinity, died April 1, 2013, at the Grand Strand Regional Hospital at Myrtle Beach, SC.
She was born July 14, 1949, in Loris, SC, a daughter of the late Lacey Strickland and Lizzie Rheuark Strickland.   A resident of this area most of her life, Mrs. Wicker was a homemaker and a member of Carolina Memorial Baptist Church in Thomasville.  She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. Her grandchildren were her joy and she loved them dearly.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Carl Strickland and Leroy Strickland.
She was married to Lawrence (Larry) Earl Wicker who survives of the residence.  Also surviving is one son, Craig McDaniel and his wife, Monica of Thomasville;  two grandchildren, Megan McDaniel and Logan McDaniel; and a sister-in-law, Phyllis Asbill and husband, Dahl of Archdale.
A funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, April 5, 2013 in the chapel of Cumby Family Funeral Service in Archdale, officiated by Reverend Bynum D. Orr.  Entombment will follow in the Holly Hill Memorial Park Mausoleum.  Visitation will be from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Thursday, April 4, 2013 at the funeral home and at other times at the residence.
Online condolences may be made at  Arrangements by Cumby Family Funeral Service in Archdale.