Obituaries August 22, 2014

Aug. 21, 2014 @ 05:08 PM

Kathleen Kerr Bell  
HIGH POINT — Mrs. Kathleen Kerr Bell, 70, resident of High Point, died August 21st, 2014 at her home.
Mrs. Bell was born June 12, 1944 in Dillon, SC, a daughter to the late Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Jennings Kerr. After growing up in Dillon, she graduated from Winthrop University and later moved to High Point in 1983.  She retired from Rose Furniture and was active with the High Point Library, serving as President of the Friends of the Library.  She also was a member of First Presbyterian Church where she had been active with Presbyterian Women and Congregational Care Committee. 
Kathleen had many interests, including tennis, gardening, classical music, traveling and especially, her grandchildren. She also was a member of the High Point Junior League and the Emerywood Forest Garden Club. She greatly valued her many friends in High Point, who remained very close to her and her husband throughout the years. 
On July 23rd, 1965, she married Sion (Si) Alford Bell, who survives her.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Sion (Si) Alford Bell Jr.; a grandson, Joseph Owen Pierce; a brother, John Jennings Kerr, and a sister, Armin Pittman Marvin.
Also surviving are her daughter, Jennifer Pierce and husband Dr. Andy Pierce of Germantown, TN; her daughter-in-law, Kim Bell of High Point; two sisters, Bonny Kerr Herman of Dade City, FL and Winna Kerr Ellis of Columbia, SC; eight grandchildren, Brinley Elizabeth Bell, Duncan Sion Bell, Andrew Scot Pierce Jr., Sarah Grace Pierce, Elizabeth Bell Pierce, Lucy Anna Pierce, Sophia Katherine Pierce and Sion Alford Pierce; and numerous nieces, nephews and in-laws.
Funeral service will be at 3:00 p.m. Sunday at First Presbyterian Church with Dr. Kenneth Broman-Fulks officiating.  Interment will follow at Floral Garden Park Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Saturday at the Family Life Center at First Presbyterian Church  and one hour prior to the service on Sunday at the church.
Memorials may be directed to Hospice of the Piedmont, 1801 Westchester Dr. High Point, NC 27262 or to the building fund at First Presbyterian Church, 918 N. Main St. High Point, NC 27262 or to Friends of the High Point Public Library, 901 N. Main St. High Point, NC 27262.
Cumby Family Funeral Service in High Point is assisting the family.  Online condolences may be made through


Clyde Durham
HIGH POINT — Clyde Robert “Pop” Durham, 84, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014.
A service to celebrate Clyde’s life will be held 2 p.m. Sunday at Grace Fellowship Pentecostal Holiness Church. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Cumby Family Funeral Service, Archdale.  Online condolences may be made at


Butch Fowler
ADVANCE — Edward Duane “Butch” Fowler, 62, died Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, at his home.
A memorial service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23,  at Davidson Funeral Home Chapel. The family will receive friends at the funeral home an hour prior to the service, from 1 to 2 p.m.

Margaret Hope
HIGH POINT — Margaret Brown Hope, 78,  died Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014.
Final arrangements will be announced by Morris Funeral Home of Laurinburg.


Dorothy Branson Ingram
COLFAX — Mrs. Dorothy Branson Ingram, of River Landing, died Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at her home.
She was born in Summit, NJ, daughter of Lanier Branson and Ruth Carman Branson. She was a graduate of National Cathedral School, Washington, DC, and Ogontz Junior College, Rydal, PA, and attended Traphagen School of Design, New York City.
On March 2, 1946, she married Alfred Thomas Cox and moved with him to Hong Kong, where Mr. Cox was president of Civil Air Transport, after which they later moved back to Washington, DC. Mr. Cox predeceased her and she moved to Charlotte. While living there she became a design associate member of the ASID, a member of the Women’s Auxiliary of the Mint Museum, a member of the Charlotte Country Club, and was employed as a design consultant to Fairtex-Riegel Paper Corporation.
In December 1967 she married Charles Thomas Ingram, Jr. and moved to High Point. In High Point she was involved at various times in the School of the Arts, Winston-Salem, The High Point Historical Society, as a supporting member of the N.C. Art Society, the High Point Literary League, as a member of the Board of the High Point Arts Council, the Green Thumb Garden Club, and with her husband of the High Point Country Club and the String and Splinter Club.
She is survived by a much loved son, Steven Lanier Cox, of Little Deer Isle, Maine; grandson, James Branson Cox, of Longwood, FL; step children, Kathryn Ingram Lyon, of Lexington, KY, and Carter Dalton Ingram, of High Point; four step grandchildren, seven step great-grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Jane Branson, of Charlotte.
Memorials may be sent to River Landing, 1575 John Knox Dr., Colfax, NC 27235, or to the High Point Regional Health System Development, P.O. Box HP-5, High Point, NC 27261.
Online condolence can be made at Arrangements by Cumby Family Funeral Service in High Point.

Marie Lanier
MIDWAY — Marie Hill Whicker Lanier, 70, died Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014.
A funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23,  at Canaan United Methodist Church. Davidson Funeral Home, Hickory Tree Chapel is assisting the family.


George Morgan
ARCHDALE — George Edward Morgan,  79, passed away Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014
Funeral Arrangements are pending and will be announced later by Cumby Family Funeral Service of Archdale.

Joseph Kelly Ritter
HIGH POINT –  Joseph Kelly Ritter, 92, died on August 13, 2014, at Hospice Home of High Point.
His memorial service will be at 3 p.m. on August 23, at Covenant Church United Methodist at 1526 Skeet Club Road in High Point.
Kelly was born and raised near Robbins in Moore County, N.C., and was the son of Willie Walter and Flossie Williamson Ritter. He was a member of Covenant Church United Methodist and until his illness later in life an active member of the Whitlock Sunday School Class.
He was employed by the United States Postal Service for many years until his retirement in 1980 and was known for his dedication and friendliness.
One of his joys in life was his family, including his wife Mary to whom he was married for over 66 years. They did everything together, and made friends wherever they went. They always supported the activities of their three sons. From little league baseball to a state championship and bowl games in football, Mary and he were there. In fact, he was so dedicated he retired early in order to more often see his youngest son Nathan play college football.
One special place for family occasions was the beach house at Holden Beach. In 1991 Mary and he moved from High Point to the beach. They had many dear friends there. He claimed that when he traveled across the bridge onto Holden Beach, all troubles remained on the mainland side. They returned to live in High Point in 2009 where they renewed acquaintances and added to their group of friends. Kelly always relished the opportunity to return to the beach.
His love for the ocean resulted in part because of his service in the military. He was a proud veteran of World War II having served on the submarines the USS Kingfish and USS Sea Dog. He was eager to serve and volunteered to the U.S. Navy at the age of 20, requiring the permission of his parents in order to join. He supported the submarine veteran organization, U.S. Submarine Veterans of WWII, and was the first president of the Tarheel Chapter.  Mary and he eagerly attended many submarine veteran conventions across the United States continuing even into Kelly’s advanced years. He so enjoyed being around his fellow submariners.
The family wishes to express their gratitude to the staff at Triad Dialysis Center, High Point Regional Hospital and Doctors Adegoroye, Stovall and Zekan who treated Kelly so compassionately.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Brown Ritter; and sons, Joseph M. Ritter and his wife, Jeanette, Byron Walter Ritter and his wife.Karen both couples of Greensboro, and Nathan Halsey Ritter and his wife Lynn of High Point. His grandchildren are Matt (Mandy), Melanie Feazell (David), Chris, Cameron, Jonathan and Katie. His great grandchildren are Savannah Ritter and Mary Elizabeth Feazell. Kelly’s surviving brother and sister are Garland T. Ritter of Robbins, and Vernitia Bristow (Warren) of Thomasville.
The family will receive friends at 2 p.m. before the memorial service at Covenant Church United Methodist.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to Covenant Church United Methodist, 1526 Skeet Club Road, High Point, N.C. 27265, or to Hospice of the Piedmont, 1801 Westchester Drive, High Point, N.C. 27262.
Cumby Family Funeral Service of High Point, 1015 Eastchester Drive, is assisting the family.


Tim Schaeffer
ARCHDALE — Steven Timothy “Tim” Schaeffer, 48, of Archdale, died Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014 at the Hospice Home at High Point.
The family will have a memorial service 3 p.m. Sunday at Archdale Friends Meeting. Arrangements by Cumby Family Funeral Service in Archdale.