Obituaries April 6, 2013

Apr. 05, 2013 @ 07:38 PM

Valerie Bridges
HIGH POINT — Ms. Valerie Bridges, 44, of 2117 Wingate Place died on Thursday, April 4, 2013 at High Point Regional Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete at this time. Johnson and Sons High Point is assisting the family.

Thomas DeLappe Jr.
HIGH POINT — Thomas Beecher DeLappe Jr., 87, of High Point passed away Friday, April 5, 2013. He was the loving husband of Nannie Sue (James) DeLappe to whom he married on December 20, 1950 and shared 63 wonderful years with.
Mr. DeLappe, Jr. was born on November 15, 1925 in Guilford County, a son of the late Thomas Beecher, Sr., and Edna lee DeLappe. A resident of this area all his life, he attended High Point High School and retired from Myrtle Desk Company after 44 years of service.  He was also later employed at Jalco Furniture, Inc.
He was a faithful member of CrossLIfe Church (formerly Brentwood Baptist Church), and the Senior Adult Men’s Sunday School Class. He also served as a deacon, usher and Sunday school secretary.
He enjoyed woodworking and was well-known for his good sense of humor and love of telling jokes.
In addition to his wife, Mr. DeLappe is survived by a son, Ricky DeLappe and his wife, Pam of High Point, a granddaughter, Ashley Renee DeLappe of Raleigh; a grandson, Kyle Thomas DeLappe of Chapel-Hill; and a sister, Virginia Hemphill of Ft. Lauderdale, FL.
He was a loving husband, devoted father and proud grandfather and will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
A celebration of life service will by 3:00 p.m. Sunday, April 7, 2013 at CrossLife Church with the Rev. Mark Hollar and Rev. Trey Coble officiating. Burial will follow in Floral Garden Memorial Park. A visitation will be held from 2 to 3:00 p.m. Sunday at the church.
The family would like to express their appreciation to the staff at Westchester Manor and Hospice of the Piedmont for their care and compassion shown to Mr. DeLappe.
Memorials may be directed to CrossLife Church, 2426 Gordon Rd. High Point, NC 27265.
Condolences may be left on Mr. DeLappe’s memorial page at
Arrangements made by Cumby Family Funeral Service, High Point.

Zelda Duke
HIGH POINT — Zelda Duke, 75, passed away on Tuesday, April 2, 2013. Cremation services entrusted to Triad Cremation Society & Chapel.

Holland B. (Dusty) Leonard
HIGH POINT — Holland B. (Dusty) Leonard died peacefully at Moses Cone Hospital on April 4, 2013.
Born February 8, 1927 to Mary Pauline and Braudis Leonard, Dusty was a lifelong resident of High Point. He attended Duke University and left to join the Navy in World War II.  He returned to UNC Chapel Hill where he was a member of Kappa Alpha fraternity and earned his Pharmacy license in 1950. Dusty then returned to High Point to join his father at Leonard’s Drug Store where he practiced pharmacy for 50 years, or as he liked to say, he not only dispensed prescriptions, but was a dispenser of health information to the public. Leonard’s, founded in 1932, was a community destination and as many of their loyal customers knew, happiness was buying candy at Leonard’s.  He continued his career in the Guilford County Health Department and the High Point Memorial Hospital out patient clinic, where he remained a volunteer after his retirement.
Dusty was a lifelong member of First United Methodist Church where he served on numerous committees and as Chairman of the Board of Stewards. He was a member of Numa F Reid Lodge #344 A.F. and A.M. and also served on the Planning and Zoning Commission for the city of High Point. He was an avid aviator, gardner, wing hunter and member of Emerywood Country Club and the High Point Quadrille.
He married his college sweetheart, Marion Virginia Owen (Penny) in 1948 who predeceased him in 2004.  He is survived by his daughters, Gail Lamm and husband Averette of Raleigh and Jane Johnson and husband Richard of Greensboro; grandchildren Katherine Gorrell, Mitchell Lamm, Steadman Lanier, Beau Johnson, Holly Johnson, Porter Johnson and 10 great grandchildren. The family would like to express heartfelt gratitude to his caregivers, Gracie Setzer, Mike Brower and Hobert, Necy, Michelle, Clara, and Mini.
The service will be held on Sunday, April 7 at First United Methodist Church, 512 North Main Street, High Point at 2:00 pm and visitation will follow in the sanctuary. In lieu of flowers, Memorials may be made to Hospice, First United Methodist Church, or the charity one’s choice.
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Nell Choate Machen
HIGH POINT — Nell Choate Machen age 97 passed away April 5, 2013 at River Landing at Sandy Ridge. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Sechrest Funeral Service in High Point.

Victor Douglas Mills
CLEMMONS — Victor Douglas Mills, 62, of Clemmons, NC, formerly of Princeton, WV, went to his heavenly home on Wednesday, April 3, 2013, at his residence with his loving wife Teresa by his side.  Born in WV he was the son of the late Jack and Verleen Mills.
Mr. Mills, “Doug”, was a long time member of Rich Creek Baptist Church in Spanishburg, WV.  Since moving to NC, he has attended West Fairfield Baptist Church of High Point.  Doug worked for twenty years in the mining industry before becoming a well-respected builder and land developer for the remainder of his career.  Doug attended Matoaka High School in WV.  He and his brother Arlon, “The Mills Brothers” were also publically known as two of the best basketball players in WV at that time.  Doug loved the Lord and was an inspiration to many in his declining health.
Survivors include his wife of 27 years, Teresa Mills; brother, Arlon Mills and wife Beverly of Spanishburg, WV; daughter, Leah Petrunger and husband, Todd of Princeton, WV; son, Jeff Mills of Princeton, WV; son, Bill Meadows and wife Lucy of High Point, NC; daughter Dawn Meadows of Greensboro, NC; daughter-in-law Lisa Meadows of Thomasville, NC; four grandsons, Logan, Mason, Mitchell, and Matthew.
The family has honored his wishes to be cremated and a Celebration of Life service will be conducted at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 6, 2013 at West Fairfield Baptist Church in High Point, NC with Rev Rodney Hedrick and Mark  Mosley officiating.  There will be a second celebration service Monday April 8, 2013 at 2 p.m. at Seaver Funeral Home in Princeton, WV with Brother Ronald Wood officiating.  Family will receive visitors one hour prior to each service.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donation to please be made to The American Cancer Society for prostate cancer research.

Mamie Owens
HIGH PIONT — Mamie Geneva Forrest Owens, 96, much beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend, went home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on April 4, 2013.  She passed away peacefully with her family by her side singing hymns of praise as the angels escorted her into the presence of her Heavenly Father.  She waited a long time to see Jesus, Whom she served faithfully all her life, and we know He welcomed her into His presence with the words, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.”
Our mother was born September 22, 1916 in Mocksville, North Carolina to W.D. and Rosa Jane Myers Forrest.  She married the love of her life, William Arthur Owens (who preceded her in death in 1985) and together they raised 4 children:  Doug Owens (Rebecca) of Colfax; Linda Brown (Ronnie) of High Point; Gail Holland (John) of Madison; Peggy Terrell (Tim) of Colfax.  She is survived by her 4 children, 10 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, 1 sister and 1 brother.
Our mother loved God above everything else.  She was a wonderful example of what it meant to live a godly life.  Though experiencing many hardships throughout her life here, she never questioned why she had to go through difficult times, but instead would quote her favorite saying ... “You do what you have to do and go on ... thanking the good Lord for being with you.”  She taught a first grade boys Sunday School Class for many years at First Wesleyan Church where she had been a member since she was 16 years old.  Those who were fortunate enough to be in her class saw firsthand a faith that was lived out not only in her classroom, but in life.  The influence she had on them left a great impact on their lives, and even after they were grown men they still fondly asked about her.
Next to God, Mom loved her family best.  She lost her own mother when she was just 5, so being a mother herself meant the world to her.  She worked hard alongside our dad to provide for us, never complaining, always loving.  She was a wonderful mother, and we were truly blessed to have her in our lives for so many years.  She taught us many lessons that will stay with us always even though she is gone.  She suffered with Alzheimer’s Disease for the last 14 years of her life, and though it took her memory, it never took the sweet and gentle spirit that was a part of who she was.  It was such a privilege and blessing as a family to be able to care for her during the last years of her life.  She was tired and had been ready to go home to be with Jesus for a long time.  She is now in His loving arms where she is safe.  Rest well, our precious one, until one day we will be together again.
Funeral services will be private at the request of the family
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Association National Office, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601.
Condolences may be left on Mrs. Owens’s memorial page at
Arrangements made by Cumby Family Funeral Service, High Point.

Audrey Privette
THOMASVILLE — Ms. Audrey Elizabeth Privette, 30, of Leonard Street, died April 4, 2013. She will be cremated and private family services will be held. Online condolences may be sent to

Helen Turner
HIGH POINT — Helen Irene Smith Wilfong Turner, age 99, died April 4, 2013 at Liberty Commons Nursing Home.  She was born in High Point, NC on January 28th 1914,  the daughter of the late Claudius Arthur Smith and Ila Rebecca Hedgecock Smith.  She was preceded in death by her brothers Claude Alton Smith and Grayson Afton Smith, her nephew Alton Oliver Smith and her stepsons Dr. Arthur Alvin Turner and Dr. Kenneth Wayne Turner.
Helen married William Jay Wilfong on January 9, 1943 in Jacksonville Florida. They resided in Richmond Va until her husband’s death in 1956.
Helen married Dr. Arthur Turner on December 1, 1957 in East Liverpool, Ohio and resided there until moving to Ft. Lauderdale Florida in 1964 following his retirement.  Helen traveled the world with her husband until his death in 1990.
Helen moved to Wilmington in 2006 and spent many happy years at The Kempton at Brightmore and Liberty Commons.
Helen is survived by her step-daughter in law Margaret Peg Turner of East Liverpool Ohio. She is also survived by her sister-in-law Evelyn M. Smith of Wilmington NC and nieces Lisa Smith Murray of Wilmington NC,  Rebecca Smith Harrington of Oak Island NC, Peggy Smith Shaver of Holden Beach NC and nephew Michael G. Smith of High Point.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm Sunday April 7 in the Columbarium at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church in High Point NC.  Executive Pastor Russ Pierce and Rev. Jerry Juren will be officiating the service.  In lieu of flowers, memorials in Helen’s honor may be made to Lower Cape Fear Hospice 1414 Physician’s Drive Wilmington NC 28401 or to Wesley Memorial Methodist Church 1225 Chestnut Drive, High Point NC 27262
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