Obituaries Oct. 20, 2013

Oct. 19, 2013 @ 04:39 PM

John Beeson
HIGH POINT — Mr. John Wesley Beeson, 74, of Mock Road, passed away early Saturday, October 19, 2013 at High Point Regional Hospital. He was born on November 23, 1938 in Davidson County, the son of Orville John and Emma Annalee Smith Beeson, and he had made this area his home for his entire life.  He was a member of Abbotts Creek Missionary Baptist Church.   He was a tobacco farmer and an avid fox hunter. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Clarence, Monroe, and Paul Beeson.  On February 7, 1959 he married the former Iris Marie Joyce who also preceded him in death on November 3, 2001.
Surviving is his son, Donald “ Donnie” Beeson and wife Bonnie of High Point, sisters, Grace B. Green and Ruth Lassiter of High Point;  grandchildren, Kyle Ray Beeson and Jason and Theresa Doud all of High Point; great grandchildren, Gabby and Allen Doud.
Funeral services will be on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 2:00 PM in the Chapel of J.C. Green and Sons Funeral Home on Highway 109 in Wallburg with Rev. Roy Cantrell and Rev. Jack Rose officiating. Burial will follow in Abbotts Creek Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Monday evening from 6:00 until 9:00 PM at the funeral home. The family suggests that memorials be made to the Abbotts Creek Missionary Baptist Church “Cemetery Fund” 2817 Abbotts Creek Church  Road, High Point, NC 27265 in Mr. Beeson’s memory.   Online condolences may be directed to

Dora Hill Hathaway
ASHEBORO — Dora Hill Hathaway, age 84, of Asheboro died Friday, October 18, 2013 at High Point Regional Hospital, High Point.
Mrs. Hathaway was born December 31, 1928, in Thomasville, NC, the daughter of Carlos A. Hill and Emily Templeton Hill.
She was formerly employed as a teacher’s assistant in the Randolph County School system.  Dora faithfully attended the Mountain View Independent Methodist Church and spent many hours as a greeter with Pugh Funeral Home.
In addition to her parents, Dora was preceded in death by her husband, Noel Kenneth Hathaway, Jr. and her sister Helen Wilson.
She is survived by sons: Michael Elliott of Albemarle; David Elliott and his wife Karen of Winston- Salem; Steven Hathaway of High Point; and Gene Hathaway and his wife Kathy  of Asheboro; daughter Noleen Hathaway of Albany, NY; nine grandchildren; five great grandchildren; one great great grandchild; sister: Joyce Floyd of Thomasville;  and one brother: Claiborne Hill of Winston-Salem.
Funeral services will be held Monday, October 21st at 11:00 AM in the Pugh Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Brian Hauk officiating. Burial will follow in Oaklawn Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday, October 20th from 3 to 5 PM, and at other times at the home of her son, Gene, 3137 Poplar Forest Lane, Asheboro.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Randolph, PO Box 9, Asheboro, NC 27204.
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Frankie Welborn Langston
HIGH POINT – Mrs. Frankie K. Welborn Langston, age 67, a loving wife, mother and grandmother passed away Friday, October 18th at Hospice Home at High Point, following a courageous battle with cancer.
A lifelong resident of this area, Frankie was born August 23rd, 1946 in High Point a daughter of the late Odell and Hazel Bell Welborn. A woman of Baptist faith, she loved children and reading. For thirty years (until her retirement in 2005), she worked for Culp, Incorporated. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by a brother, James Weborn. On January 24th, 1964 she married Gene Langston, who survives of the home.
Also surviving are her daughter, Carol Scheer and her husband David of High Point; a son, Kenny Langston and his wife Katherine of Archdale; two sisters, Jeanette Almond and her husband Gary and Wanda Roscoe and her husband Blase all of Kernersville and a brother, John Welborn and his wife Nancy of Kernersville. Also surviving are three grandchildren, Madeline Scheer, Johnathan Stewart and Ethan Stewart and two great-grandchildren, Mallory Stewart and Lanah Stewart. 
A graveside service will be held at 2:00 pm Monday in Floral Garden Memorial Park Cemetery with the Reverend Chad Shoaf officiating. The family will receive friends from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm tonight at Cumby Family Funeral Service in Archdale.
The family requests that memorial contributions be made to Hospice of the Piedmont, 1801 Westchester Drive, High Point, NC 27262. Online condolences can be made at Arrangements by Cumby Family Funeral Service in Archdale.

Edmund Miller
JAMESTOWN — Edmund Paul Miller (11/3/1931-10/9/2013) was born in Royal Oak, Michigan to Edmund and Mary Nason Miller. His older sister, Anne MacPherson, predeceased him as did his stepfather Charlie Shaw. His father died unexpectedly when Ed was 10. Through hard work and persistence, he became a success exceeding his own expectations; while all the time, he helped those around him to surpass their expectations. 
Ed serviced motorcycles and worked in a drug store as a pharmacist’s assistant while attending college. During the Korean War, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served for three years as a member of The Army Security Agency. He also taught radio-teletype at “The Southeastern Signal School” for a year at what was then called Camp Gordon, Georgia. Ed was awarded Expert Rifleman ribbons, the National Defense Service (Korean Conflict) medal and a Good Conduct Medal.
After being honorably discharged with the rank of Staff Sergeant, Ed joined IBM as a customer engineer for a year. He left IBM and in August of 1956 went to work for what was then “The Minneapolis Honeywell Regulator Company” as a sales engineer with their Commercial Controls Division. In the Detroit area office, Ed progressed through the ranks starting as a sales trainee through senior sales engineer up to branch sales manager. He was then promoted to the position of branch manager at the Buffalo, New York office. Due to market conditions, he closed that operation down after three years and moved to Akron, Ohio as a senior sales engineer.
In 1979, Ed was made operations manager of Honeywell Protection Services in Cleveland, Ohio. In 1983, he moved to Greensboro, North Carolina to re-organize the Honeywell Protection Services operations in the general area. This was accomplished and he managed the operation through the end of 1991 when he retired. He made Honeywell’s prestigious Top Hat Club numerous times.
Ed taught at Cleveland State University for three years, and has also taught a short class on alarms, CCTV and access systems as part of the BSOT course at Guilford Tech. He served on The Guilford Tech B.S.O.T. Advisory Board since its inception. Ed was a Life Member of The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating & Air Conditioning Engineers, Inc. (ASHRAE) serving on their branch, regional and national Research Promotion Committees. He was also a lifetime member of The American Society for Industrial Security (A.S.I.S.) serving in many positions including Chairman and Treasurer for Chapter 82. In 2012, Ed won the ASIS Don Parnell Annual Award for a member that has made great contributions of their time and leadership over the years to Chapter 82.   He has two awards named in his honor. The ASIS Piedmont Chapter 82-Edmund P. Miller Award was established in the 1990’s to recognize a local law enforcement person who had made a significant contribution to the community in which they served. The other is the Ed & Jean Miller Answering the Call Award, which provides scholarships for members of the military who have been in war zones within 24 months of applying.
Ed married the love of his life, Jean, on September 27, 1952—they enjoyed 61 years of married life together. Ed loved music and enjoyed playing the piano and organ. He was in the choir of every church he attended since grade school. Ed was a member of St. John’s Anglican Church, Greensboro. He did volunteer work for many organizations over the years including various local school systems, neighborhood community associations, every school his children attended, Indian Guides, The American Legion; he even helped organize a Pee-Wee Football League in Ohio.  Ed was truly a family man and when he and Jean moved to Jamestown, they invited all four of their parents to move-in with them, and they eagerly accepted. He treated all that he met with kindness and respect.
Ed will be sorely missed by his many friends and especially by his family—most of all by his loving wife, Jean, his son, Edmund (Bud) Miller, MA, CPP and his wife, Marcia, and by his daughter, Jean (Gigi) Miller, PhD and her husband Steven Jacobson, PhD, his nephews Dan and David, niece Dana, granddaughter Christine Haynie and great-grandchildren Danny, Darlyn, Krystal, Hunter, and Derrick.
A visitation will be held from 10:00 AM-1:00 PM on Saturday, October 26, 2013 at Hanes- Lineberry Funeral Home, Sedgefield Chapel, 6000 High Point Rd. Greensboro NC 27407.  A Memorial Service will follow at St. John’s Anglican Church at 2:00 PM with Father Mark Menees and Father Sam Steere officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to St John’s Anglican Church, 6720 Friendly Ave., Greensboro, NC 27410 or the Ed & Jean Miller Answering the Call Award Fund; c/o UMUC Foundation, University of Maryland University College, Office of Institutional Advancement: ATTN: Dharma Selva; 3501 University Blvd. East, Adelphi, MD 20797-8008 or to the charity of your choice.
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Selma Sisk Nanney

Mar. 3, 1922 - Oct. 18, 2013

CLAYTON — Selma Sisk Nanney, 91, formerly of High Point, died Friday.
A Graveside service will be 1:00 PM Monday at Eternal Hills Cemetery, Forest City, NC.
Surviving  are sons, Rev. Keith Nanney and wife, Sandra of Clayton,  Chaplain Mark Nanney and wife, Marcie of Raleigh and Scott Nanney and wife, Kim of Lexington, NC; sister, Velma Dobbins of Raleigh; 7 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Rev. Roy Nanney, daughter, Janet Schism; 3 sisters and 2 brothers.
Contributions may be made to First Wesleyan Church, 700 South Church Street, Forest City, NC, 28043.
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Jonathan Nelson
LYNCHBURG, VA. — Jonathan Michael Nelson, 34, resident of Lynchburg, Virginia and formerly of Sophia, North Carolina, passed on Monday, October 14, 2013 at his home.
Jonathan was born on January 13th 1979.  He graduated in 1997 from Randleman High School, continued his education at ASU and Central VA College.
He is survived by his parents, Joseph and Joyce Nelson, of Sophia, his son, Dylan Nelson, of Gladys, Virginia, his brother, Joe Nelson of Sophia, the Healy family and the Westberry family.
A memorial service to celebrate Jonathan’s life is scheduled for family and friends at 4:00 pm on Saturday, October 26, 2013 at Unity Baptist Fellowship, 4918 Old Marlboro Road, Sophia, NC, with Reverend Jimmy Kiker and Reverend Darryl Love officiating.  The family will greet friends following the service.
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Nathaniel Washington
THOMASVILLE — Mr. Nathaniel Washington, 82, died Saturday, October 19, 2013 at Pine Ridge Health and Rehabilitation Center. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Johnson & Sons Funeral Home, High Point NC