Obituaries, November 8, 2013

Nov. 07, 2013 @ 04:36 PM

Thomas E. Bell Sr.
MARYLAND — Mr. Thomas Edward Bell Sr., died Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013, at Bradford Oats Physical Rehabilitation Facility.
Funeral service will be held on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, at 10 a.m. at Grace United Methodist Church, Ft. Washington, Md. The family will receive friends at the church from 9 a.m. until 10 a.m.
Arrangements are being handled by J.K. Johnson Funeral Home, P.A. 6503 Old Branch Ave., Temple Hills, MD 20748.
Online condolences may be expressed to
Announcement courtesy of Phillips Funeral Service, Inc.

Darrell Belo
HIGH POINT — Mr. Darrell Edward Belo, 53, passed away on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, at his residence. He was born on Oct. 16, 1960, in Wiesbaden, Germany. Yet, he was a resident of High Point, N.C., most of his life. He was preceded in death by his father, Clifford Belo, his mother, Meria Y. Little, step-father, Ruben Little and one sister, Cassandra Andrews.
Darrell was very outgoing. He worked as a welder for many years, and he loved to work on cars.
He is survived by two sons, Joshua Smith and Brian Smith of High Point, N.C.; one daughter, Heather Smith of High Point, N.C.; three brothers, Clifford Belo of Greensboro, N.C., Michael Blackwell of Winston Salem, N.C., and William (Suzette) Belo of Augusta, Ga; four sisters, Lynn Jones, Sonya Little, Pamela Little and Tracy (Marlon) Creft  all of High Point, N.C.; one aunt, Mary Goins of High Point, N.C.; and a host nieces, nephews, cousins and friends who loved him.
Memorial service will be held on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, at 1 p.m. at Emmanuel Baptist Church, 204 Turner St, Thomasville, N.C. The family will receive friends at the church from 12:30 p.m. until 1 p.m.
Final arrangements are entrusted to Phillips Funeral Service Inc., High Point, NC.
Online condolences may be sent to the Belo family at

Jolene Burrell
HIGH POINT — Mrs. Jolene Elaine Gorden-Burrell, 70, departed this earthly life on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, at her residence. She was born July 3, 1943, in Charlotte, N.C., to the late Tommy Reed and Thomasina Gorden. Jolene was preceded in death by her husband, Willie B. Smith; one son, Troy Brown; one daughter, Francsina Brown and one sister, Louise Miller.
She was employed by High Point Care for many years. Jolene’s greatest moments were filled with spending time with her family and grandchildren.
Left to cherish her memories are two sons, Elder Samuel (Monica) Brown of Augusta, Ga., Mr. Corinthian (Susan) Burrell; two daughters, Marcellette (Terry) Burrell-Davis, Garcia (Darrick) Burrell Hill, all of High Point, N.C.; one special friend, Gloria Hert; 18 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Funeral service will be held Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, at 1 p.m. at Phillips Funeral Service Chapel, 1810 Brockett Ave, High Point, N.C. Interment will follow at Oakwood Memorial Park, High Point, N.C. The family will receive friends at the chapel from noon until 1 p.m. and other times at the home, 2503 Guyer St. 
Final arrangements are entrusted to Phillips Funeral Service, Inc., High Point, NC.
Online condolences may be made to the Burrell family at

Marvel Griffith
HIGH POINT — Marvel Griffith, 70, died Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013, at her residence.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Phillips Funeral Service, Inc.


Forrest Chance Ison
SAVANNAH, Ga. — Forrest Chance Ison, 27, passed away Nov. 3, 2013.
A native of High Point, he was a graduate of High Point Central High School and attended G.T.C.C. culinary school. His passion was cooking, and he was an executive chef at the Brasserie 529 Restaurant. Forrest enjoyed outdoor activities including golf, hiking and kayaking.
Surviving are parents, Mark and Shelia Bingham; two brothers, Brock and Houston Ison; maternal grandparents, Raymond and Shirley Williams and a host of friends.
A celebration of Forrest’s life will be held Sunday from 2 until 4 p.m. at Davis Funerals and Cremations. Memorials may be directed to Guilford County Animal Shelter, as Forrest loved animals. Online condolences may be made at

Nathaniel Jackson
Mr. Nathaniel Jackson, 67 departed this earthly on Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, at Triad Care & Rehabilitation Center. He was born in Anson County, N.C., on Dec. 9, 1945, to the late Mr. Lafayette and Mrs. Ester Tanner Jackson.
He graduated from Henry Grove School in Lilesville, N.C. He confessed Christ at an early age and joined the Cedar Creek Baptist Church in Wadesboro, N.C. Nathaniel relocated to High Point and married the former Aiko Davis. He joined Living Water Baptist Church.
Nathaniel was a member of the CB Club and was known as “Top Cat” or “T.C.” He was the business owner of Spotless Janitorial Service for many years. He later was employed as a long distance truck driver. 
In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by five brothers, three sisters, four aunts and two uncles.
He leaves behind his wife of 41 years, Mrs. Aiko D. Jackson of the home, three sons, Scottie and his wife, Kimberly of Lexington, N.C., Cornelius Ray and his wife, Torie of High Point and Nicholas of the home; six grandchildren; six brothers,  three sisters; a host nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Funeral service will be held on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, at Living Water Baptist Church at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Daryl Napper, eulogist. Family visitation will begin at 12:30 p.m. at the church. Burial will be in Oakwood Memorial Park. he family will also receive friends at home located at 527 Radford St. A guestbook is available online at  Professional arrangements entrusted to People’s Funeral & Cremation Services.

John L. Meyer
HIGH POINT — John “Jack” L. Meyer, 89, of High Point, N.C., died on Nov. 5, 2013, surrounded by his family. He was born in Dayton, Ohio. Jack served as a munitions specialist in the United States Navy. During his career as an engineer, he worked for Chris-Craft and Hatteras. Jack is survived by his wife, Janis Robins; his sister, Shirley Albrecht; his daughters, Jacquelyn Ward and Pamela Geronemus (Leonard Geronemus); his grandchildren, Jennifer Cropper, Matthew Brant, Michael Geronemus, Aaron Brant, Lisa Goodkin, Steven Brant, and Todd Geronemus; and his great-grandchildren, Nikolaus Brant, Kaitlyn Cropper, Tyler Brant, Cassandra Cropper, Jack Cropper, Skylar Goodkin, and Elijah Brant. He was proceeded in death by his daughter, Rebecca Meyer. Private services will be held.

James Payne
HIGH POINT — James F. Payne, 53, died Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013.
A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Friday at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  Memorials may be directed to the Wounded Warrior Project or to the American Red Cross. Davis Funerals and Cremations is serving the family.

Russell Moore Payne
HIGH POINT — Mr. Russell Moore Payne, 89, resident of High Point, died Nov. 5, 2013, at Shannon Gray Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
Mr. Payne was born Aug. 18, 1924, in High Point, N.C., a son to the late Alfred Lee and Blanche Moore Payne. He was a resident of this area all his life and was a proud U.S. Army veteran, stationed in Alaska and India, and serving in World War II. He worked at U.S.P.S. and after retirement remained active working at Mayberry, Vann York, Thayer Coggin and delivering flowers for Williams Florist. He also enjoyed gem mining, stamp and coin collecting, wood working and working at the Parsons Table during furniture market. On July 1, 1951, he married the former Annette Broome, who survives of the residence.  In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a brother, A. Glen Payne.
Also surviving are two sons, Mark Payne and wife Susan of High Point and David Payne and wife Kathleen of Virginia Beach, Va.; one brother, Dwight Payne of Stokesdale; and three grandchildren, Catherine, Sheryl and Daniel.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday in the sanctuary of First United Methodist Church in High Point, where he was a lifetime member, with the Rev. Dr. Chris Fitzgerald officiating. Private inurnment will follow the service in the church columbarium. Visitation will be from 6-8:30 p.m. Friday at the Cumby Family Funeral Service in High Point and other times at the residence. Memorials may be directed to First United Methodist Church, 512 N. Main St. High Point, NC 27260.  On-line condolences may be made through

Diane Robbins
THOMASVILLE — Diane Jerman Robbins, 68, of Mendenhall Street, died Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, at Hinkle Hospice House.
A graveside services will be held at 3:30 p.m. Friday at Holly Hill Memorial Park. J.C. Green & Sons Funeral Home, Winston Salem, is in charge of arrangements.

Jennifer Nicole Smith
HIGH POINT — Jennifer Nicole Smith, 31, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, at High Point Regional Hospital.
Jennifer was born on April 25, 1982, in Thomasville, daughter of Kathie (Brown) Smith and the late Kenneth Smith.
She was an avid collector of Barbies and enjoyed listening to Tim McGraw. Never seen without her smile, she was a kind, smart, sweet woman who touched the hearts of all who met her.
She is also survived by three sisters, Kathie Lee Shelton of Massa, Ariz., Jodi Dawn Danette Shelton, of Tempe, Ariz.; and Mae Elizabeth Polston of Massa, Ariz.; two aunts, Dawn Mabe of High Point and Cindy Mabe of Thomasville; an uncle, Marlan “Marty” Mabe and his wife, Karen of High Point; maternal grandparents, Maurice and Zora Mabe of High Point; four nephews; one niece; and several cousins.
A celebration of her life will be held at 5 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, at Rankin Memorial Methodist Church, with the Rev. Keith Edwards officiating.

Mary Smith
LEXINGTON — Mary Atkins Smith, 99, of Brookstone Retirement Center, formerly of Wenco Drive, died Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, at Hinkle Hospice House.
Funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Davidson Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Lexington City Cemetery. Visitation will be held 1-2 p.m. at the funeral home.

Lisa Renee Harris Snyder
THOMASVILLE — Mrs. Lisa Renee Harris Snyder, 55, of Thomasville, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, at Thomasville Medical Center. She was born on July 17, 1958, in Guilford County, the daughter of Everett Ray Harris and Helen Swaney Harris. She was employed with the city of High Point for 25 years. She was a member of Unity United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her father, Everett Ray Harris, who passed away Nov. 26, 2003; her mother-in-law and father-in-law, John and Charlotte Snyder; maternal grandmother, Aline S. Hepler; and paternal grandparents, Joseph and Mary Harris. On Sept. 22, 1990, she married Michael John Snyder, who survives of the home.
Also surviving are her son, Michael “Shane” Snyder of the home; her mother, Helen Swaney Harris of Thomasville; brother-in-law Mark Snyder and wife Lois of Thomasville; nephews, Isaac Snyder and Justin Snyder of Thomasville; and her best friend, Betsy Watford Crouch and husband Ken of Thomasville. Lisa was a loving and devoted wife, mother, daughter and friend, and she never met a stranger. She was always willing to lend a helping hand with a cheerful personality.
Funeral services will be held on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, at 2 p.m. at J. C. Green and Sons Chapel in Thomasville. Interment will follow at Holly Hill Memorial Park. The family will receive friends on Sunday from 12:30 to 2 p.m., prior to the service, and other times at the home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Humane Society of Davidson County, P. O. Box 1791, Lexington, NC  27293-1791. Online condolences may be sent to the Snyder family at

Mary Wiley Waldon
ARCHDALE — Mary Wiley Waldon, 86, of Archdale, died Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013.
Mary was born Aug. 2, 1927, in Toccoa, Ga., to the late Paris and Mary Scott Wiley. A resident of this area for her entire life, she worked as a finish boarder for Diamond Hosiery. On May 23, 1950, she married the love of her life, Monroe Waldon, who survives of the home, and remained dedicated to him throughout his tour of duty in World War II and the Korean War. She was a member of First Pentecostal Holiness Church in High Point, loved to have yard sales and was famous for her cooking ability and her cakes. Mary will be fondly remembered as a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She is predeceased by brothers, Fred Wiley, Charles Wiley and Walter Wiley and sister Joanne West.
In addition to her husband, Mary is survived by son, Michael Waldon and wife Carol of Archdale; granddaughters, Christy Farlow and Kelly Waldon; and great-grandchildren, Kaley Waldon, Hayley Presnell and Ayden Waldon.
A celebration of Mary’s life will be held on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, at 11 a.m. at First Pentecostal Holiness Church, High Point, with pastor Chris Jarrell and the Rev. Tim Huffman officiating. Interment will follow at Floral Garden Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to  8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, at Cumby Family Funeral Service, Archdale.
Online condolences may be made to Mary’s memorial page at  Arrangements by Cumby Family Funeral Service, Archdale.

Jewel Pierce Watford
THOMASVILLE — Mrs. Jewel Pierce Watford, 78, a resident of 141 Lee Road, died Thursday morning, Nov. 7, 2013, at the Hinkle Hospice House in Lexington. She was born Oct. 11, 1935, in Randolph County, a daughter of Royce Pierce and Millie Barnes Pierce. She was former co-owner of Thomasville Apparel. Mrs. Watford was a member of Liberty Baptist Church and the teacher for the Louise Moore Sunday School Class for many years and an active member of WMU.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a son, Allen Watford; a sister Pauline Gordon and a brother Don Pierce.
Surviving are her husband, John Benjamin Watford of the home; a daughter, Kay Watford and her husband John Collett III of Thomasville; sons, Sam Watford and wife Karen, Frank Watford and wife Robin, Ben Watford and wife Mitzi and Luther Watford, all of Thomasville; sisters, Louise Elberson and husband Jim of Thomasville and Mary Hughes of Denton; brothers, Charles Pierce and wife Glenda of Lexington and Dolan Pierce and wife Bonnie of Thomasville; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, at 3 p.m. at Liberty Baptist Church with the Rev. David Bowman officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Mrs. Watford will remain at the J.C. Green & Sons Funeral Home until taken to the church 30 minutes prior to the service. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Saturday from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. and other times at the home.
The family request any memorial contributions may be sent in Mrs. Watford’s honor to Hospice of Davidson County, 202 Hospice Lane, Lexington, N.C. 27292 or to Liberty Baptist Church, 225 Liberty Avenue, Thomasville, NC 27360.
Online condolences may be sent to the Watford family at