Obituaries, October 31, 2013

Oct. 30, 2013 @ 04:36 PM

Colin Thomas Burnette
JAMESTOWN — Colin Thomas Burnette, 21, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013, in Raleigh, N.C.
Colin was born in Greensboro on July 14, 1992, the son of Scott Thomas and Cheryl Vuncannon Burnette. He graduated from Southwest Guilford High School and was in his senior year studying finance at North Carolina State University. Colin was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity and served as their alumni relations chairman. He was also the marketing director for N.C. State’s Finance Club. Colin was an avid golfer. He also enjoyed playing guitar and spending time with his family and friends.
Colin was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Bonnie B. and Linzy Young Burnette. Those left to cherish his memory are his loving parents; Scott and Cheryl Burnette  of Jamestown, N.C.; sister, Hannah Lynn Burnette of Jamestown, N.C.; maternal  grandparents, Darrell and Jo Ann Vuncannon of Jamestown, N.C.;  aunts and uncles, Randy and Vicky Floss of Oak Ridge, N.C., Michael Vuncannon of Greensboro, N.C.; Steve and Sandy Manuel of Tampa, Fla.; Mike and Patti Bare of Charlotte, N.C., Alan and Susan Summerlin of Louisburg, N.C.; cousins; Branden and Taylor Floss, Maggie and Mike Vuncannon, Cydney and Madison Manuel, Jordan and Cameron Bare and Jodie Summerlin.
A celebration of Colin’s life will be held on Saturday, 11 a.m. at St. John’s United Methodist Church with the Rev. Mike Collins officiating. Burial will follow at Guilford Memorial Park. The family will receive friends on Friday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at Hanes Lineberry Sedgefield Chapel.
Online condolences may be made at

Maynard Deaton
THOMASVILLE — Glenn Maynard Deaton, 60, of Thomasville, died Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, at Hospice Home of High Point.
A memorial service will be held 1:30 p.m. Sunday at  5143 Summerville Road, Trinity.

Tonya Finney
TYRO — Tonya Lee Cox Finney, 43, died Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013 at her home in Tyro due to declining health.
She is survived by her son, Zachary Cox; granddaughter Leah Marie Cox; parents Lovie and Benny Johnston of Denton; brother Benji Johnston; stepbrother Benny Ray Johnston.

Debra Sowers Galloway
THOMASVILLE — Mrs. Debra Sowers Galloway, 61, resident of Thomasville, died Sunday afternoon at High Point Regional Hospital.
Debra was born July 18, 1952, in High Point, a daughter of Richard and Wilma Summey Sowers. She had been a resident of Thomasville and the High Point vicinity all of her life and was of the Baptist faith. She was a graduate of the High Point Regional School of Nursing and was employed in the Emergency Room of High Point Regional Hospital. Debra was very involved in the cancer program, “Relay For Life”.  On Aug. 27, 1995, she married Michael Ray Galloway, who survives of the home.
Also surviving are two sons, Emery Lee Galloway and wife Shannette of Thomasville and Christopher Michael Galloway and his wife Heather of High Point; father and mother, Richard and Wilma Sowers; sister, Sue Cain and husband Bob of Archdale; brothers, Tommy Sowers and wife Susan of Thomasville, Jimmy Sowers and wife Brenda of Colfax, Jerry Sowers of Newport News, Va., and Dale Sowers and fiancée Jennifer of Pennsylvania; and five grandchildren, Kolby, Kelsey, Kadie, Hannah, and Leeland Galloway.
A celebration of Debra’s life will be held Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013 at 2 p.m. at Oak View Baptist Church, High Point, with the Rev. Michael Sowers officiating. Interment will follow at Floral Garden Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Cumby Family Funeral Service, Archdale.
Memorials may be made to High Point Regional Hayworth Cancer Center, 601 N Elm St., High Point, NC  27262.
Online condolences may be made to Debra’s memorial page at Arrangements are by Cumby Family Funeral Service, Archdale.

Larry Leonard
LEXINGTON — Larry Maxwell Leonard, 74, of Lexington, died Monday Oct. 28, 2013. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Good Hope United Methodist Church.
Davidson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Jeffrey Todd Murrow
HIGH POINT — Jeffrey Todd Murrow, 47, of High Point, N.C., passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013, after a seven-year battle with cancer.
The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Green Street Baptist Church. Dr. Robert Steele and Mr. Richard Hardee of Green Street Baptist Church will be officiating. Visitation will be held 5-8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 1, at GSBC.  Burial will follow the funeral at Floral Garden Park.
Jeff was born in High Point on Sept. 18, 1966. He graduated from Ledford Senior High School in 1984 and continued his education at High Point College and University of North Carolina at Wilmington. While at Ledford, Jeff was a four-sports letterman and an all-conference performer in basketball and in football.
Jeff was vice-president for Murrow’s Transfer, Inc. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed watching N.C. State athletics. He was also actively involved in his Connection Class at Green Street Baptist Church and served as a basketball coach at High Point Christian Academy, where his children attend school.
Jeff is survived by his beloved wife of 22 years, Angela, and his three children: Dylan Murrow (15), Chloe Murrow (13), and Dalton Murrow (11). He is also survived by his grandmother, Dorothy Cook, his parents, Fred A. and Brenda Murrow, his sister, Kristie Murrow Greene and husband Eddie Greene, and six nephews and one niece.
Jeff is preceded in death by his grandparents, William Clifford Murrow, Minnie Beck Murrow, and Oscar Lee Cook.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be given to the Jeff Murrow Memorial Athletic Complex and Facilities Fund at or mailed to 800 Phillips Ave., High Point, NC  27262.
We wish to thank Jeff’s cousin, Dr. Laura Hinkle Bachmann, for her selfless devotion to Jeff and his family. Online condolences may be made on Jeff’s memorial page at  Arrangements by Cumby Family Funeral Service, High Point.


Robert Paul Payne
KERNERSVILLE — Robert Paul Payne of Kernersville, passed away on Monday, Oct. 28, 2013, at High Point Regional Hospital. He was 86 and was greatly loved and respected in his community as a family man, a loyal servant of his Lord Jesus Christ and of his church, and a businessman. Robert was affectionately known as “Papaw” to his family and the many friends he treated as family and as “Bob” to his many loyal customers, who considered him a friend as well. If you were in “the store” on Saturday, he was there, as he was every Tuesday through Saturday, to greet you with his famous smile and familiar words, “Come on in folks, what can we help you with today?”
Robert is survived by his beloved wife Catherine Gray Payne; a daughter Chris Payne and husband Frederick Haddad of Greensboro; two sons, Paul Payne and wife Christina of High Point, David Payne and wife Angie of High Point; seven grandchildren, Ryann Donnelly McVey, Patrick Donnelly, Alexander Payne, Kelsey Bedford, Lindsay Payne, Katie Payne, Adam Payne; two great-grandchildren, Mary Catherine McVey and James McVey; step-grandchildren, Benjamin Haddad, Lesley Morey and husband Charley; and step-great-grandson Liam Morey. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews, who considered “Uncle Robert” as their second dad.
He was preceded in death by his daughter Elizabeth Ann Payne, his parents John and Cleora Welborn Payne of Kernersville, and brothers John Payne and Dick Payne, also of Kernersville.
Robert was born on May 3, 1927, in High Point and grew up on the Payne family farm in Guilford County, now an N.C. Centennial Farm. He graduated from High Point High School and served in the Navy in WWII in the commissary at Annapolis, Md. When he returned, he began what would become a lifetime career of serving the public as a small business man that offered you a good deal and treated staff as family and customers as friends. He was a trusted and respected businessman, known for his integrity, optimistic nature, welcoming smile and helpful attitude. His businesses included Payne Brothers’ Grocery of Horneytown; Robert Payne Coins and Currency in High Point, where during the 1960s he was known throughout the Southeast for his collection of coins, obsolete bank notes, Civil War memorabilia, and rare books; manager of Milford Byerly’s Salvage, High Point; and since 1969, as owner of Robert Payne’s Discount Salvage. His long years of productive and happy work were made possible by his wife and best partner, Catherine, and by his loyal and dear employees that were all a part of his extended family by blood or by love.
Robert was born into Abbots Creek Baptist Church. After his marriage to Catherine, they became part of the founding congregation of Greenwood Hills Wesleyan Church. Here he brought up his children and met his dearest friends. He is known by all as a pillar of this church and served for numerous years as Sunday school superintendent, church board member and ever-faithful choir member. His faith was how he lived every day, embracing Christ’s teachings to love God, love others as yourself, to welcome the stranger and to care for the least of these.
His joys in life were simple: the satisfaction of honest work; the presence of God through green fields, blue skies, the woods and creek; and the enjoyment of home and family. Robert especially loved watching his children and grandchildren in church, sporting and musical activities, following them at soccer fields, ball fields, tennis and volleyball courts, college basketball courts, and orchestra and band performances. He was a loving and devoted husband and the best of dads. From the 31-year-old first grandchild, to the 2-year-old youngest great-grandchild, all nine grandchildren know they had a special, unique, place in Papaw’s heart and would be greeted with open arms and his undivided attention. He was truly the best of men.
A service to celebrate Robert’s life will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, at Greenwood Hills Wesleyan Church in High Point. Visitation in the fellowship hall will follow from 3:30 until 6 p.m.
Memorials in Robert’s memory may be made to: Greenwood Hills Wesleyan Church children’s and youth ministries, the Greenwood Hills building and capital campaign fund, 2937 N. Main St., High Point, NC 27265. Those attending the service for Robert are asked to carpool if possible, or there will be a shuttle service beginning at 1:45 until 6 p.m. from the parking lot at Woodlawn Baptist Church on N. Main Street, or the Park and Ride parking lot on Plank Road. This is due to limited parking in the Greenwood Hills Wesleyan Church parking lot. Online condolences may be made at Arrangements by Cumby Family Funeral Service of High Point.

Larry Redmon Sr.
THOMASVILLE — Larry George Redmon Sr., 68, of Kindley Road, died Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, at Pine Ridge Health & Rehabilitation Center.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Smyrna Grove Community Church, 1275 Back Creek Road, Asheboro.
J.C. Green and Sons is in charge of arrangements.

Nancy Sexton
WINSTON-SALEM — Nancy Welch Sexton, 82, died Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013. Funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Davidson Funeral Home, Hickory Tree Chapel.

Arthur Tripp
STOKESDALE — Arthur Shepherd “Art” Tripp, 92, died Oct. 28, 2013, in Countryside Manor in Stokesdale.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at Kingdon Hall of Jehova’s Witnesses, 1507 E. Mountain St., Kernersville.