Obituaries April 10, 2013

Apr. 09, 2013 @ 06:47 PM

Lucille Jackson Dye

HIGH POINT — Mrs. Lucille Jackson Dye peacefully and quietly departed from her earthly living on Sunday, April 7, 2013. She was the daughter of the late Forest and Lucy Robinson Jackson.

Mrs. Dye was born in Shelby, NC. She was raised with 7 other siblings in a Christian home.

Mrs. Dye was educated in the public schools in Kings Mountain, N.C. She was a graduate of Guilford Technical Institute (now GTCC) Nursing School. She worked as a Licensed Practical Nurse for more than 20 years at High Point Memorial (Regional) Hospital as a surgical nurse and later in the Dialysis Unit. After retiring from the hospital, she worked as a Nursing Supervisor at Lambs and Wesleyan Nursing Homes of High Point and GrayBriar (now Pine Ridge) Nursing Home in Thomasville, NC.

Mrs. Dye was united in a happy and loving marriage to her childhood sweetheart, Dewey L. Dye, for 42 years until his death in August 1981. Their union produced 5 children whom they loved and adored.

Mrs. Lucille Dye was a beautiful, confident and intelligent woman. She was also a very loving, compassionate and caring person. She had a kind word and friendly smile for all with whom she came in contact. Her outgoing personality exuberated love, cheer and patience.

Mrs. Dye was a Christian woman who loved the Lord, Jesus Christ. She daily read and studied the Bible until her health made her unable to continue. She was a member of Williams Memorial CME Church and served as a member of the Senior Choir.

In addition to her parents and husband, Mrs. Dye was preceded in death by her siblings: Spencer L. Jackson, Willie Jackson, Forrest Jackson, Mae Frances Jackson Roberts, Minnie Mae Jackson Austin, Lula Jackson Davis, Hazel Jackson Moore, and a granddaughter, Kimberly D. Dye.

Surviving relatives include her 5 children; Bobby L. (Leona) Dye of Lexington, NC, Sonja (Rev. Reuben J. Boyd, Jr.), Spencer (Rosalind) Dye, of High Point, NC, Sheila (Lee J.) Vernon of Martinsville, Va. and Sylvia (Rev. Anthony) Rogers of Clayton, NC.; 9 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren; brother-in-law, Sam (Edna Mae) Dye of High Point; best friends, Ms. Bessie Brower & Ms. Georgia McCray of High Point, NC; two godsons, Calvin Bell (DunKirk, Md.) and Phillip Brower (Charlotte, NC); and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

A memorial service will be 11:30 a.m., Friday, April 12, 2013, at Williams Memorial CME Church, 3400 Triangle Lake Rd., High Point, NC, Rev. Robert J. Williams pastor. Visitation will be at the church on Friday from 11 to 11:30 a.m. Johnson and Sons Funeral Home is assisting the family.

The family expresses their love, respect and appreciation to the owners and staff of Piedmont Christian Home and Hospice Home of High Point. Special thanks to Dr. Barney Jackson and the medical caregivers at High Point Regional Hospital. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to Piedmont Christian Home and Hospice Home of High Point.


Vivian Marie Moser Harmon 

HIGH POINT — Mrs. Vivian Marie Moser Harmon, 96, former resident of Carey Avenue, died April 7, 2013, at Westchester Manor where she had resided for the past 3-and-a-half years. She was born August 7, 1916, in High Point, NC, a daughter of the late Gurney Lee Moser and Alma Hill Moser. She was educated in the High Point City Schools.

On June 26, 1948, she married F.T. Harmon. They lived most of their married life in High Point, only moving away to live at Long Beach for a few short years before moving back to High Point.

She was a lifelong member of Brentwood Baptist Church. Her church was near and dear to her heart. For many years she was active in planning church activities, teaching bible school, playing the piano, singing in the choir and other functions that she enjoyed so much. Once she moved to Westchester Manor, she continued her love of music by playing the piano for birthday parties and other occasions there.

For years she painted with oils. Her talent was displayed in the homes of many relatives as well as in the Silver Arts Show at the Culler Senior Center. She enjoyed painting even into her 90s.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband in 1999; her son Garry Harmon in 2003; sisters, Beatrice Elder, Leola Trogdon, Violet Bouldin; and brother, Gaynell Moser.

She is survived by her daughter-in-law, Crissie Harmon of High Point;  granddaughters, Mandy Harmon of Raleigh and Trisha Harmon Minick and husband Kevan of Blackburg VA; sister-in-law, Frances Moser of Westchester Manor; and foster son, Curtis Driggers and wife Fran of Rockingham. She is also survived by several other nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday in the chapel of the Cumby Family Funeral Service in High Point with Rev. Bynum Orr and Rev. Trey Coble officiating. Interment will follow at Floral Garden Park Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to Brentwood Baptist Church, 2426 Gordon Rd., High Point, NC 27265 or to the Roy B. Culler Jr. Senior Center, 600 N. Hamilton St., High Point NC 27262. On-line condolences may be made through


Joan Elizabeth (Betty) Cole Keaton

HIGH POINT — Joan Elizabeth (Betty) Cole Keaton, 81, passed away April 6, 2013, at her home in High Point, North Carolina. Betty was born to Mildred Evelyn Hudson and William Clayton Cole, in Kinston, North Carolina, March 23, 1932.

As a young woman of 13 and the oldest of four young children, Betty was suddenly thrust into the role of surrogate Mom when her Father was killed in a boating accident, and her young Mother went to work to support the family. She probably had no idea at the time, but the words “Mom” and “Family” would from that moment define her role and purpose in life, and thus the dye, so to speak, had been cast. What began was a lifelong success story in the Homemaking Arts.

Even with her duties at home, Betty was a standout student at Grainger High School in Kinston, where there was hardly an activity she didn’t participate and excel in from sports, singing, theater, student government, civics clubs and cheerleading. Her Class of 1950 Cheerleading Squad has remained such good friends that they have tried to meet up each year for reunions, the last of which was just recently for Betty’s birthday party a couple weeks ago.

During her early high school years, a lifelong passion for reading and learning took hold and led, eventually, to her evolution as a true Renaissance woman, curious and eager to learn and try new things constantly. As a result, she was conversant on virtually any subject and proficient in so many areas, she often simply smiled a knowingly sly smile when her astounded son Gary would demand “How did you know that!?” after she had calmly and correctly answered Jeopardy questions one after another.

Once in the early 50s, Betty was appearing in a production of a Christmas Pageant, when an audience member, leaned over and quietly remarked to his sister “You see that angel? I am going to marry her!” within a couple of years, Martin and Betty were indeed married and building a house next door to her Grandmother and two doors away from her Mother. Family, once again was in the forefront of her life, and when her first son came in 1953, she and Martin buckled down to creating a home in that house. There was a playhouse in the back and, yes, the white picket fence in front, two more sons make three, and a puppy named Boots! Betty was smiling and laughing and singing and dancing all day, and a home-cooked-from-scratch meal was on the table at 6:00 p.m., and all was right with the world!

With Martin hard at work beginning a career that, with her partnership at home, would eventually take him to the pinnacle of his industry, she focused on building the knowledge and skill that would equal his success and complement his achievements by becoming accomplished in everything she undertook. Cooking, baking, interior decorating, gardening, healing the many cuts and scrapes three boys might get (thanks to her stint at Bowman Gray Nursing School), sewing, needlework, vegetable gardening and oil painting kept her busy at home and singing in choirs, dancing, hand bells, substitute teaching, carpooling, and on and on around the community. She was a whiz at it all, except for one thing — Martin and the boys rebelled and demanded she give up giving them home haircuts after only one try, and the new electric clippers were never to be seen again. Thank goodness.

In 1959 the family moved to Florida, and two years later to High Point, as Martin advanced in the lumber business, and the Keaton’s found a community to call their permanent home for the next 50 years. In 1971 they took a big leap and moved to their property in west High Point where they became country folk. Betty learned how to plant her three-acre garden by the Farmer’s Almanac, feed horses, chase Angus calves that escaped the pasture, handle a handgun for safety while Martin was out of town on business, keep an eye out for snakes, and learned that by riding the lawn mower for hours she could not only spruce up the place, but meditate and get a tan at the same time! Multi-tasking at it’s finest! When she complained she hardly had time to get into the Country Club to work on her tennis game, Martin built her a tennis court at the farm and told her she now had her own “country club” and the Ladies Country Tennis Luncheon club was formed and met at least once a week in the season!

Always the hostess, she regularly fed half of the boys’ friends, teaching many to drive a stick shift in the old jeep at the farm and laughing so hard she cried when some were less that quick to learn. She would laugh again in the mornings when she counted how many friends ended up staying over on the floor of the boys’ cabin ... and only years later would some of those friends admit to the boys that their Mom had secretly been voted “Best Looking Mom”!

She never stopped worrying about her family, and the joke was that if at any moment she realized she wasn’t worrying, she would start to worry that there was something she had forgotten to worry about! Of course, she knew that if you were late, it was surely because you “were in a ditch somewhere”!

After Martin retired, many summers were spent at the family home at Caswell Beach where many friends and relatives shared countless glorious days resting, relaxing, catching up, fishing, boating and everything you could imagine that southern hospitality could dream up.

Always on the go, and with the boys older, the still young couple began to travel from time to time and eventually had been to many corners of the world and enjoyed the life that hard work and teamwork brought to them, but were always happy to drive up the long driveway to the country home on the hill. Driving up that hill, you knew you were where, no matter what was happening outside the gate, you were safe, secure, comfortable, well-fed, nurtured and loved. There were always delicious leftovers in the refrigerator and if that nine holes had turned into 18, there would be a heaping plate waiting for you, warming in the oven.

And that was the essence of her life’s work, her love, her passion and her success. For the boys,“Yes Sir” and “No Ma’am”, “Please and Thank You”, and “May I be excused?” were expected (and delivered), but it was an honor, not an obligation so much ... because Betty Keaton was, in addition to all else, a beautiful, intelligent, strong, charming, accomplished, loving and truly genteel Southern Lady ... and all that that implies.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Clarence Martin Keaton and her youngest son, Greg Thomas Keaton.

She is survived by her sons, Gary Martin Keaton of Charleston, SC, and Glen Parks Keaton and wife Susan Fleming Keaton of High Point; granddaughter, Sarah Elizabeth Keaton of Charlotte, NC; grandsons, Taylor Cole Keaton of Chattanooga, TN, and Andrew Carl Keaton of Durham, NC; sisters, Ina Cole Johnstone of Sanford, NC, Carolyn Cole Dunn of Kinston, NC; and brother, Thomas George Cole of Goldsboro, NC; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

A memorial celebration will be held Saturday, April 13, 2013, at 2:00 p.m. at Emerywood Baptist Church with a reception to follow at the church. Celebrants are requested to wear bright, colorful, festive attire.

In lieu of flowers, those who choose may send donations to:

The ALS Center, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Department of Neurology, Medical Center Boulevard, Winston Salem, NC 27157.

The Hospice of the Piedmont, 1801 Westchester Drive, High Point, NC 27262

Emerywood Baptist Church, 1300 Country Club Drive, High Point, NC.

Please send on line condolences to


Joseph “Joe” Weldon Laughlin Sr.

ARCHDALE — Mr. Joseph “Joe” Weldon Laughlin Sr., 73, a resident of Archdale and former resident of Greensboro died Monday evening April 8, 2013. Graveside services will be held Thursday at 2:00 p.m. at Guilford Memorial Park.


Velna Hill Leonard

HIGH POINT — Mrs. Velna Lucille Black Hill Leonard, 92, a resident of Westchester Manor Nursing Center, died Friday, April 5, 2013, at Westchester Manor. She was born on May 16, 1920, in Davidson County, NC, to James Ernest Black and Bertha Rodema Alford Black. She was a homemaker and affiliated with Bethel United Methodist Church and after her marriage to Raymond Leonard, joined Victory Baptist Church. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husbands, Paul Matthew Hill Sr. in 1965, and Raymond Smith Leonard in 1990; step-daughter, Nell Welborn; step-son, Rayborn Leonard; brother, Carlie Black; and two great-grandchildren.

Surviving are her two sons, Paul M. Hill Jr. and wife Carol of High Point, and Ronald Black and wife Ramona of LaPlata, MD; step-children, Charles Leonard and wife Arlette and Nancy Coker, all of Thomasville; brother, Lloyd Black and wife Irene of Thomasville; 12 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and 5 great-great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held on Thursday, April 11, 2013, at 3:00 p.m. at the J.C. Green & Sons Funeral Home Chapel in Thomasville with Rev. Marcus Campbell officiating. Interment will follow in Holly Hill Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Thursday two hours prior to the service from 1:00 p.m. until the service hour. Memorials may be directed to Hospice of the Piedmont, 1801 Westchester Drive, High Point, NC 27262. On-line condolences may be sent to


Irene Jennings Simpson

HIGH POINT — Mrs. Irene Jennings Simpson, 93, longtime resident of High Point, was escorted by the Angels to be with her Lord in Heaven on April 9, 2013.

Mrs. Simpson was born October 24, 1919, in Macon, GA, a daughter of the late E.W. and Leona Freeman Jennings. She had worked at The Fresh Market, Hanes Hosiery Mill and was of the Wesleyan faith. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by 5 sisters, 3 brothers, her husband, a grandson, Chuck Simpson, and a granddaughter, Tonya Paige Wayne.

Surviving are her two children, Charles (Charlie) Simpson and wife Debra of High Point and Donna Wayne and close friend Jim Welch of Creedmoor; two grandchildren, Amy Strawser and Patrick Simpson; six great grandchildren, Zach Simpson, Tyler Simpson, Austin Wayne, Carlie Strawser, Isabelle Strawser and Bryce Nance; a daughter-in-law, Lori Simpson; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Thursday in the chapel of the Cumby Family Funeral Service in High Point with Rev. David M. Emery officiating. Interment will follow at Lebanon United Methodist Church Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to Whispering Hope Baptist Church, 300 E. Springfield Rd. High Point, NC 27263. On-line condolences may be made through


Corrine Vereen

HIGH POINT — Mrs. Corrine Vereen, 78, passed on Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at 1238 Hillside Drive, Thomasville, NC. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time at Phillips Funeral Service, Inc., High Point, NC.


Juanita Younts

Juanita Fay Hill Younts, 63, of Allred Road, died Tuesday, April 9, 2013, at Hinkle Hospice.

The funeral will be 2 p.m. Thursday, April 11, 2013, at Davidson Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Forest Hill Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, 2013, at the funeral home and other times at the home.