Obituaries 11-15-2012

Nov. 15, 2012 @ 02:51 PM

Janie Sue Hubbard Bowers-Jones
HIGH POINT – Janie Sue Hubbard Bowers-Jones passed away October 28, 2012.  She was born March 10, 1924, in Rockingham County to James H. and Estella Wood Hubbard.  A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held Saturday November 17th at Welch Memorial United Methodist Church in High Point.  The family will receive friends at the church from 10-11 am prior to the service at 11 am.  She is survived by her children and grandchildren, Keith Bowers , (Dustin and Misty), and Sue Harrison, (Kelly and Beth), her sister, Fleetwood Howington,  brothers, JW and Bill Hubbard and their families.  She was preceded in death by her parents, a granddaughter, Lenora Harrison, a nephew, Jim Howington, and brother-in-law, Bill Howington.  Flowers may be delivered to the church between 9 and 10 am on the day of the service or memorials may be made to a charity of choice in her memory.

Mary Boylan
HIGH POINT — Mrs. Mary Rita McMahon Boylan, 94, a resident of Pennybyrn at Maryfield died Monday November 12, 2012 at High Point Regional Hospital.  Mrs. Boylan was born August 19, 1918 in Richmond, VA the daughter of Michael Ferrall McMahon and Mary Bamberger McMahon. She was preceded in death by her husband, Merle Emmett Boylan on January 13, 1983.
Surviving are three sons; Terrence “Terry” Boylan and wife Harriett of Raleigh, Edward “Eddie” Boylan of Greensboro, Michael “Mickey” Boylan and wife Tammy of High Point. Grandchildren include: Christopher Michael Boylan and Brandon Michael Boylan of High Point, Alexander Joseph “AJ” Boylan of Greensboro and Eva Elizabeth Boylan and Mary Lindsay Boylan of Raleigh.  Special friends of Eddie and the family include Nikki, Casey and Jordan Corbett.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in High Point by Father Vincent Smith, OSFS.  Interment will follow in Guilford Memorial Park Cemetery.  The family will receive friends at the Hanes-Lineberry Funeral Home Sedgefield Chapel on Friday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers memorials can be made to Pennybyrn at Maryfield Retirement Community, 109 Penny Road, High Point, NC 27260
Online condolences can be made at

Otis Coble
HIGH POINT – Mr. Otis Coble, 74, passed away Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at the High Point Regional Hospital following a year of declining health.
Otis was born in Marlboro County, SC, October 2, 1938, a son of Lonnie and Ella Mae Clark Coble.  He was an Army veteran and he loved bluegrass music.  Otis worked at Janney’s of Thomasville for many years and then started his own furniture finishing business.  He was a member of Gospel Way Baptist Church.  He was preceded in death by his parents and four siblings.
Surviving are his wife of 44 years, Patricia Andrews Coble of the home; a daughter, Teresa Ann Coble of High Point; four sons, Larry Coble of Greensboro, Ronnie Coble of Advance, Shannon Ray Andrews of Lexington and Brandon Andrews of High Point; two sisters, Edna Jacobs of High Point and Elsie Scott of Bennettsville, SC; two brothers, Blease Coble of Bennettsville and R. B. Coble of McCall, SC; and five grandchildren.
A Celebration of Otis’s Life will be held Friday at 5 p.m. in the Gospel Way Baptist Church by Brother Danny McMahan.  The family will receive friends at the church Friday from 3:30 to 5 p.m.  Online condolences may be made at

Mrs. Louise (Newsome) Davis
THOMASVILLE – Mrs. Louise (Newsome) Davis, 87, passed away Wednesday, November 13, 2012 at GrayBrier Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She was the loving wife of the late James Lenard Davis, Sr. who passed in 1995.
Mrs. Davis was born on February 17, 1925 in Yadkin County a daughter of the late Thomas W. and Cenie (Logan) Newsome. She was a former seamstress for Wood Mark for many years.
She attended Allendale Baptist Church.
When she wasn’t spending time in her flower garden, cooking or working to provide for her family, she enjoyed quality time with her family and friends.
Mrs. Davis is survived by a daughter, Brenda D. Reynolds; a son Roger D. Davis, Sr. both of Archdale; three sisters, Ruby Payne of Denton, Bonnie McKiney and husband, Joseph of Thomasville, and Sue Wheller and husband, Wayne of Wallburg; seven grandchildren; six great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Davis was preceded in death by a son James “Jim” Davis, Jr. of Thomasville.
A celebration of life service will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, November 16, 2012 at the chapel of Cumby Family Funeral Service, 206 Trindale Road, Archdale with the Rev. David Younger officiating. Burial will follow in Oaklawn Memorial Gardens, Winston-Salem.  A visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Randolph County, Hospice of Randolph County, P.O. Box 9, Asheboro, NC 27204.
Condolences may be left on Mrs. Davis’s memorial page at
Arrangements made by Cumby Family Funeral Service, Archdale

Don Fritts
DENTON – Donald Ray Fritts, age 81, of Denton died Tuesday, November 13 at Hinkle Hospice House in Lexington. Funeral service for Mr. Fritts will be 2:00 pm Saturday, November 17 at Central United Methodist Church.  Burial will follow in Mountain View Memorial Gardens Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 pm Friday at Briggs Funeral Home in Denton.

Woodrow E. Grady
HIGH POINT – Woodrow E. Grady, (Woody), age 71, of High Point, passed away on November 12, 2012. Woody’s wish was to be cremated. He asked that his friends and family celebrate his life, rather than mourn his passing.
He was born in Shreveport, LA, September 2, 1941, the only son of Edna Eppinette Grady and Woodrow Wilson Grady, both deceased, In the early 50’s his family returned to High Point, home of his dad and his dad’s family. He was especially proud of the fact that Mark became an Eagle Scout and Renee became a flight attendant with US Airways, starting with Piedmont Airlines, where she continues to work. Early in her career Renee actually landed on the very runway in Myrtle Beach where Woody worked, not 100 feet from where Woody performed his weather duties for five and one half years while in the US Air Force. This was the air base where Mark and Renee were born. Woody had an early interest in photography which led to a career in printing and graphic art. He started Alderman Studios in High Point. He then ran Arnold Copy Centers in Greensboro for several years.  He left there to go with the GAF Corporation, selling graphic films.  This company sold to the Andlinger Group, was named Anitec Imaging and eventually acquired by International Paper Company, where he retired after 22 years. Woody’s sales philosophy was the Golden Rule, ‘Do unto others as you would have them do unto you’.  He never wanted a dis-satisfied customer and would go to any ends to satisfy his customers.  Many times he took money from his own pocket to make the deal right. Before joining Alderman’s, Woody served in the US Air Force as a weather observer. He was stationed in Myrtle Beach SC.  He also served two years in the active Air Force Reserves and 18 months in the NC National Guard. he was assigned to the Army’s 30th aviation Battalion in Raleigh NC. While at Myrtle Beach he became a lifeguard for Vernon’s Beach Service and was probably only one of two people ever thrown out of the ‘Bowery’ in Myrtle Beach. After retirement Woody wanted to work in a newspaper and hardware store.  He worked for Greensboro News in the composing room, where his dad had worked many years earlier. He worked part-time for High Point Hardware.  Two of his ‘fun’ jobs were as Broker-Realtor in the real estate business with Ed Price and Associates in High Point and Guardsmark and Securitas as a part-time security guard. While in security he worked at many locations, including Wachovia in Raleigh and Winston-Salem, Sprint World Headquarters in Wake-Forest, Lord Corp. in Cary, American Express and Volvo Trucks in Greensboro. Woody was a private pilot for twenty five years. He owned several airplanes or a share of one. His flights took him to such locations as; the Bahamas, New York City, Myrtle Beach, Palm Beach, Howell Michigan and may other airports. His last flight was in an AT-6 Texan, doing aerobatics over Badin Lake on a beautiful day. On his 70th birthday he flew at PTI. Woody was past president of the High Point Civitan Club, former member of the High Point Elks Lodge, past president of the Carolina Craftsman (printing) club, past member of the High Point Board of Realtors, the NC Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors. Woody Grady loved all animals. Pugs were his favorite. In addition to his parents, preceding him in death was a nephew, Jon Shuford
He is survived by his last wife, Toni Grady, a son Mark Grady of Greensboro, a daughter Renee Hutcheon and son-in-law Michael Hutcheon with grandchildren Will & Lauren Hutcheon of High Point.  He is also survived by first wife Janice J. Goad, mother of his two children.
Also surviving is a stepdaughter Amber Brock & husband Don Brock, two grandchildren; Chapell & Carlyn Brock of Kernersville, a sister Shirley Grady, a niece Regina Tapler and husband Mike of Winston-Salem, NC and a great niece, Hannah Tapler of Winston-Salem.
A Celebration of Woody’s Life will be held at 5:00 PM pm on Saturday, November 17th at Covenant Church United Methodist with Reverend Billy Rintz and Reverend Michelle Foster officiating. The family will receive friends from 4:00 PM until the time of the service Woody’s ashes will be placed in a simple container with Myrtle Beach sand and cremated ashes from his favorite pugs. At a later date Woody would like his ashes scattered from Pier 14 at Myrtle Beach. He spent many happy hours there listening to his friend Robert Cooper play the guitar or from the Pier at Ocean Drive where he visited with his beach buddies.  A wake will be held at Ducks in Ocean Drive. First drinks are on Toni. Memorials in Woody’s memory may be made to The Cancer Research Institute of the Southeast, National Headquarters, One Exchange Plaza 55, Broadway, Suite 1802, New York City, NY 10006, or The American Lung Association, PO Box 27985, Raleigh, NC 27611, or to Covenant Church United Methodist,1526 Skeet Club Road, High Point, NC 27265.  In true fashion Woody authored his own obituary.
Online condolences may be made at Arrangements by Cumby Family Funeral Service of High Point.

Carolyn Howie Hairston
HIGH POINT – Carolyn Howie Hairston departed from this world for a better place on Sunday, November 11, 2012.  She was born September 29, 1949 in High Point, NC to the late Connie Howie Goss.  She was a member of Foster Grove Baptist Church and worked at Pennybyrn at Maryfield Nursing Home until her health declined.
She spent the last 2 years battling complications from Congestive Heart Failure.  She always kept a smile on her face even though her health slowly deteriorated, but it could not touch her unwavering spirit.  She leaves a great legacy of a life well fought, a woman of unwavering strength, character and personal integrity.
Carolyn and her family will forever be grateful for the compassionate care of the staff at Liberty Home Health Care;  Jade, Tammie and Annie  and for the superior expertise and overwhelming commitment to patient care at  Duke University Medical Center in Durham, NC
Her immediate family members who preceded her in death include: Stepfather; William Taft Goss Brothers; William (Tommy) Goss and Timothy Goss and son Darold Hairston.
Left to cherish her loving memories is: Her devoted husband of the home George W. Hairston, two daughters Tiffany Hairston Gilliam (Harvester) and Nakesha Hairston both of High Point.  Two special grandchildren she helped raise LaShonda and Michael; Other Grandchildren: Alexis, Ashlee, Anthony, Alesha, Darius and step grandchild Tory, Sisters: Kathy Brown(Tommy), Regina Goss and Kim Goss; Daughter- in-law: Marva Hairston;  Sisters-in-law: Lucille Jackson (George), Maggie Davis (Roger), Elma Hairston;  Special Aunt Dorothy Bell, who was like a second mom to her and dedicated Cousin Pamela Williams; Special Friends include: BJ Williams, Rita and Lee Philips;  and a host of other family and friends
Public viewing will begin Friday Nov 16th 2:00 p. m- 6:00 pm at Foster Grove Baptist Church.  Celebration of life will be shared on Saturday, November 17th, at Foster Grove Baptist Church Jamestown NC with Rev. B.D. Curtis Officiating.  Family visitation begins at 12:00 p.m. with service to begin at 12:30 p.m.
Interment will follow in Carolina Biblical Gardens. Family and friends are invited to gather in the fellowship hall of Foster Grove Baptist Church following the interment. Arrangements Entrusted to Gilmore Funeral Home Service.

Donald Hedgecock
THOMASVILLE — Mr. James Donald Hedgecock, 88, a resident of Old Greensboro Rd, died November 14, 2012 at High Point Regional Hospital.  He was born on March 7, 1924 in Davidson County, a son of Jacob Alfred Hedgecock and Minnie Jane Moore Hedgecock.  He was a veteran of the US Army, having served in the 78th Infantry Division during World War II.  For this service, he was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart.  He was a member of Heidelberg United Church of Christ and the Sam Myers Bible Class and had served as a deacon and a trustee.   In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Floyd Hedgecock and a sister, Evelyn Baldwin.
On December 20, 1947, he married the former Addie Brown Leonard, who survives of the home; also surviving is a daughter, Diane Hedgecock of Thomasville; granddaughter, Stacy Clark; and three great-grandchildren, Elijah, Serena, and Caleb Taylor.
A funeral service will be held on Friday, November 16, 2012 at 2:00 PM at Heidelberg United Church of Christ with Rev. Jamie Fonville officiating.  Interment will follow in Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church cemetery.
The family will receive friends on Friday from 12:30 until the hour of the service in the Heidelberg UCC fellowship hall and at other times at the home.  Mr. Hedgecock will remain at the J.C. Green & Sons Funeral Home in Thomasville until taken to the church 30 minutes prior to the visitation. Memorials may be directed to Heidelberg UCC, 118 Salem St. Thomasville, NC 27360 or to Mt. Pleasant UMC Cemetery Fund, 6516 Old Greensboro Rd. Thomasville, NC 27360.  On-line condolences may be sent to

John Lee Jarvis, Sr
DENTON — John Lee Jarvis, Sr, 85 of High Rock Drive, Denton, died Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem.  Funeral Service will be 2:00 PM Friday, November 16 at Lick Creek Baptist Church with Rev. Hulon Pait officiating.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 PM Thursday at Briggs Funeral Home in Denton and other times at the residence on High Rock Drive.

Viola Sisk Keller
MORGANTON – Viola Sisk Keller, 93 died Tuesday, November 13.  The funeral will be held at 3 pm Friday at Gibbs Chapel Wesleyan Church.  Visitation will be 1:30-3 pm at the church.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  Sossoman Funeral Home is assisting.

Clayton Wayne Laugois
GREENSBORO – Clayton Wayne Laugois, 56, passed away on Tuesday, November 13, 2012.  Cremation services entrusted to Triad Cremation Society, Inc.

Barbara J. Navratil
HIGH POINT – Mrs. Barbara Jones Navratil, 80, resident of Johnson Street, died Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at her residence.  Funeral arrangements are pending and will be announced by Cumby Family Funeral Service in High Point.

Bob H. Safrit
HIGH POINT- Bob H. Safrit, age 85, a resident of High Point since moving here in 1948 to begin a sixty-four career with Sechrest Funeral Service, died peacefully November 13, 2012 at his home.
Bob H. Safrit was born in Kannapolis, North Carolina on October 22, 1927 to the late William Alexander Safrit and Lela Powlas Safrit.  After an honorable discharge from the United States Army, he graduated from Gupton Jones College of Mortuary Law and Science. During his career at Sechrest he proudly served as President for a number of years. One of the most recognized people in his community. Bob was known for his personal approach when assisting families during their time of need.  He was the President of the North Carolina Funeral Directors Association from 1984-1985. Bob was a member of The First Presbyterian Church and for many years he served as Deacon, Elder, and chairman of various church committees. He actively participated in The Wednesday Morning Bible Study Group which became a very important part of his life. Bob was a member of the Advisory Board of the Presbyterian Home, the Guilford County Register of Deeds Professional Advisory Board, High Point Country Club and the High Point Lions Club where he held the position of Director. As a Mason, he participated in Numa F. Reid Lodge No. 344. In addition, he was a volunteer with the United Way of Greater High Point and the American Red Cross. An avid Duke Basketball fan, Bob belonged to the Iron Dukes.
In addition to his parents, Bob was also preceded in death by his twin sister Betty Sue Kronenwetter, brother-in-law, Charles Haverty and four half sisters and one half brother of Cabarrus County.
Bob is survived by his wife Mary Elizabeth “Betty” Smith Safrit, one daughter Jayn Elizabeth Swaim and her husband Ed of High Point, N.C.; two sons Randall H. Safrit and his wife Deborah of High Point, N.C. and Dr. Hal D. Safrit and his wife Nancy of Chapel Hill, N.C; three grandchildren Lindsay Elizabeth Swaim of High Point, N.C., Alexander Jonathan Safrit of Madison, W.I. and Catherine Elizabeth Safrit of Chapel Hill N.C.; sister Jeanette S. Haverty of Virginia Beach, V.A.; brother-in-law Joseph Kronenwetter of Raleigh, N.C., one niece and four nephews, also several half nieces and nephews of Cabarrus County.
The family wishes to express their thanks to Bob’s wonderful caregiver, Gail Joines, and to Lamont Estes who generously offered his services to Bob when needed.  They also wish to express their deepest appreciation to Dr. Vicki Stovall for her committed care and concern for him during these past years, along with Malissa Watkins, RN and the entire staff a the High Point Kidney Center. 
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, November 17 at The First Presbyterian Church with the Dr. Kenneth Broman-Fulks officiating. Burial will be at Floral Garden Cemetery prior to the service at 10:00 am. Visitation with the family will be from 6:30 pm until 8:30 pm on Friday November 16 at Sechrest Funeral Service in High Point.
The family requests that Memorials be made to the First Presbyterian Church, 918 North Main Street, High Point, N.C. 27262; the National Kidney Foundation Inc, 30 East 33rd Street, New York, NY 10016;Hospice of the Piedmont, 1801 Westchester Drive, High Point, NC 27262 or to the charity of one’s choice.
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Lee W. Sheffield
ASHEBORO – Mr. Lee Wesley Sheffield, 84, of Asheboro, NC, died Tuesday, November 13, 2012. A funeral service is scheduled for 2:00 pm Friday, November 16, 2012, at Ridge Funeral Home Chapel. The family will receive friends from 12:00 pm - 1:45 pm Friday, November 16, 2012, at Ridge Funeral Home. Arrangements by Ridge Funeral Home & Cremation Service.

Archie Thorne Sr.
HIGH POINT – Retired Master Police Officer Archie Lugusta Thorne, Sr. “Custard”, 64, passed away on Sunday, November 11, 2012 at High Point Regional Health Systems.
Celebration Services will be held at 10:00 am Friday, November 16, 2012 at Williams Memorial CME Church, 3400 Triangle Lake Road, High Point a visitation will begin a half an hour prior to the service. A viewing will take place at the funeral home Thursday, November 15, 2012 from 1:30 pm to 7pm. Burial will take place with full honors at the Salisbury National Cemetery, Salisbury, North Carolina.
Archie leaves to cherish his wonderful memories: his daughter, Andrea “Nikki” (Odonese) of Thomasville, N.C.; two sons, Archie Jr. of Thomasville, N.C. and Matthew “Brandon” of Florida; grandchildren, Khalel, Khira, Kamille, Karmello, Aanilyah, Ayden and Aryana; his mother, Rebecca M. Thorne of Fayetteville, N.C.; two brothers, Robert L. Thorne, Jr. of Alexandria, VA and William B. Thorne of Georgia; one sister, Rosa B. Thomas McCrae of Georgia; a special friend, Peggie Morgan and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Professional Services Entrusted to Prominence Funeral Home, Thomasville, NC
, Archie Jr. of Thomasville, N.C. and Matthew “Brandon” of Florida; grandchildren, Khalel, Khira, Kamille, Karmello, Aanilyah, Ayden and Aryana; his mother, Rebecca M. Thorne of Fayetteville, N.C.; two brothers, Robert L. Thorne, Jr. of Alexandria, VA and William B. Thorne of Georgia; one sister, Rosa B. Thomas McCrae of Georgia; a special friend, Peggie Morgan and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Professional Services Entrusted to Prominence Funeral Home, Thomasville, NC.