Obituaries, October 29, 2013

Oct. 28, 2013 @ 04:43 PM

Colin Burnette
JAMESTOWN — Colin Thomas Burnette died Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013, in Raleigh.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Hanes Lineberry Sedgefield Chapel..


Debra Sowers Galloway
THOMASVILLE — Mrs. Debra Sowers Galloway of Thomasville, 61, died at High Point Regional Hospital Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013.
Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Oak View Baptist Church, High Point. The family will receive friends Wednesday evening from 6-8 p.m. at Cumby Family Funeral Service, Archdale.
Cumby Family Funeral Service in Archdale is assisting the family with arrangements.

Shirley Whitley Jones
KERNERSVILLE — On the morning of Oct. 28, 2013, Shirley Whitley Jones passed away in High Point, NC., while surrounded by adoring family and friends. She was 80 years old.
Shirley was born in Wilkes County, in the mountains of North Carolina, on Sept. 9, 1933.  She was the second of five children of Conrad Glenn and Nellie Stone Durham.
Shirley once said to her grandson, Jeremy Whitley, “…I love to travel and see all that the Lord has made.” She and her sisters were privileged to travel with their brother, Harold Durham, to England, Greece and other destinations that only aggrandized her love of this world and the beauty in it. She had a passion for family, fellowship, music and storytelling. Her jobs varied throughout her life. She was a pre-school teacher for some time and owned 2300 Hosiery Outlet; however, she would tell anyone that her primary job was being “Mom” or “Memaw.”
Shirley was an adept story teller and would share stories of her life as a child to anyone ready to listen. Her children and grandchildren can recall stories of her life as a young girl in the mountains of North Carolina, dancing to gospel bluegrass music and learning to carve her path as a follower of Christ Jesus. Everyone that knew her could predict what would happen as soon as a banjo started to sing. Her eyes would light up, a smile would cross her face, her hands would clap and her feet would stomp. She told stories of listening to her grandmother singing about the gospel while tending to daily activities, and that this was the beginning of her love of music.  Shirley enjoyed dancing the “Flat Foot Susie.”  Music was a very important part of her life and fellowship with others that shared her sentiments in Christ.
Shirley was a longtime member of Kerwin Baptist Church in Kernersville, N.C. She always loved her church family and spending time with her Lord. She had a passion for helping the ladies of the church who had lost their spouses and volunteered many hours to assist them.
Any listener could tell that the time she spent with her family was her most prized possession.  She spent a great deal of her time raising her children and grandchildren, teaching them to pray for the compassion, strength, wisdom, love and grace to be the future vessels of His plan. Her faith, life experience and her understanding of Christ’s message made her a pillar of strength when the earth shook and an anchor in angry seas.      
In addition to her parents, Shirley was preceded in death by her sisters, Mary Chambers and Nina Stone. She is survived by her loving husband, Norman Gray Jones. She leaves two sons, James, and his wife Roxie Whitley, and Jerry Dean Whitley.  She leaves one sister, Margie Whitley and one brother, Harold Durham. Her legacy is not left there, as she is survived by four grandchildren: Emily Cochran, Betsy Miles, Jeremy Whitley and Jonathan Whitley. She was blessed to see the budding lives of her great grandchildren: Ethan and William Cochran, Emma and Abbey Miles, and Gianna and Logan Whitley.
The family of Shirley Jones gives special thanks to Hospice of the Piedmont for providing end-of-life care that held family values above all, and the Parkinson’s Foundation, as a memorial to Shirley and others like her.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, at Kerwin Baptist Church in Kernersville, N.C. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, at the church with the Rev. Daniel Hawtree, the Rev. Joe Myers and the Rev. Mitchell Miles officiating.  Burial will follow at Eastlawn Gardens of Memory. Hayworth-Miller Kernersville Chapel is assisting the family.
Memorials may be made to Kerwin Baptist Church - Mission Fund, 4520 Old Hollow Road, Kernersville, NC 27284  or Hospice of the Piedmont, 1801 Westchester Drive, High Point, NC, 27262.
Online condolences may be made to


Neil Shawn Kennedy
THOMASVILLE — Mr. Neil Shawn Kennedy, 44, a resident of Stemp-Everhart Road, passed away on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013. He was born Jan. 6, 1969 in Guilford County, the son of Harold Kennedy and Carolyn Merrill Kennedy.
Mr. Kennedy was employed with the City of Thomasville for 24 years.
He was preceded in death by his father.
On April 3, 2010, he was married to Jodie Weaver, who survives of the home.
Also surviving are his mother Carolyn M. Kennedy of the home; and a step-daughter, Jennifer Stroud and husband Heath of Thomasville; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013, at 11 a.m. in J.C. Green & Sons Chapel with Chaplain Wendell Bradley officiating.  Burial will follow in Holly Hill Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m.
Online condolences may be sent to the Kennedy family at


Doris Dockery Killian
ARCHDALE — Doris Dockery Killian of Archdale, died Oct. 27, 2013, at Graybrier Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.  Arrangements are pending at Cumby Family Funeral Service in Archdale.


Damon Lewis
LEXINGTON — Damon Ray Lewis, 74, of N.C. 47 died Thursday Oct. 24, 2013, at Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem
Funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Jersey Baptist Church. Burial follows in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held 5-7 p.m. Tuesday at Davidson Funeral Home.  


Kevin Linton
CHARLOTTE — Kevin Linton, 46, died Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, in Charlotte.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Phillips Funeral Service Inc., High Point.


Robert Payne
KERNERSVILLE — Robert Paul Payne, 86,  of Kernersville, died Monday, Oct. 28, 2013.
Arrangements are pending at Cumby Family Funeral Service of High Point.


Sarah Faith Varner
HIGH POINT — Sarah Faith Varner, 98, died Oct. 23, 2013, at Westchester Manor.
Faith was born Dec. 7, 1914, in High Point, a daughter of the late William Bernard Varner and Betty Lyndon Varner. She graduated from High Point High School, Class of 1933. During World War II, she worked for the U.S. Government War Records when it was located in High Point. Faith retired from Tomlinson Furniture Company. She was a member of High Point Friends Meeting and the Alice Paige White Sunday School Class. Faith was predeceased by sisters, Dorothy Varner Blackwell, Etta Varner Carr, Martha Varner Clontz and a niece, Betty G. Clontz.
Surviving are nieces, Becke B. Jones; sons, Michael S. Jones and David R. Jones (Dana) of Houston, Texas; Sue C. Davis and son Matthew G. Davis of Greensboro; Tamara C. Beckman (Carl), and sons Charles E. Beckman (Caitlin) and Carl Beckman (Tracy) of New Bedford, Mass.; nephews William D. Carr, Randall L. Carr (Rosalie); son Joseph C. Carr of Charleston, S.C., and daughter Valerie E. Carr of Bethpage, N.Y.; and James M. Clontz of Raleigh.
Private inurnment will be at Floral Garden Memorial Park Cemetery by Pastor Kelly Kellum.  Memorials may be directed to High Point Friends Meeting, Benevolent Fund, 800 Quaker Lane, High Point, NC 27262 or the Charity of the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be made at


Willis Walser
LEXINGTON — Willis Hugh Walser, 81, of Center Church Road, Lexington, died Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013, at Forsyth Medical Center.
Funeral will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Davidson Funeral Home Chapel. Burial follows in Friendship United Methodist Church Cemetery. Visitation will be held 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.