Obituaries September 15, 2013
Margaret Ann Johnson Collett
HIGH POINT — After three months of declining health, Margaret Ann Johnson Collett of North Clodfelter Road, High Point, went to Heaven on Sept. 13, 2013.
Margaret was born July 13, 1933 in Forsyth County to Robert L. Johnson, Sr. and Mary Sheppard Johnson. Margaret was a 1951 graduate of Wallburg High School. It was at Wallburg that she met the love of her life, John Wesley Collett. They were married Aug. 9, 1953 at the parsonage of Christ Moravian Church in Winston-Salem. She worked tirelessly with her husband to provide a loving home for her children. Margaret retired from Piedmont Airlines in 1989 after 20 years of service as a Data Entry Operator. She was also a dependable worker with John and the children, growing tobacco on the family farm. Margaret was blessed to have been raised in a Christian home. As a child, she was a member of Christ Moravian Church. After marriage, she raised her family at Spring Hill United Methodist Church, remaining a member the rest of her life. During the last year of her life, she attended Bethany United Church of Christ with her son, Bob.
Margaret and John had four children: Elizabeth Ann Collett, Randall Wesley ‘Randy’ Collett, William Robert ‘Bob’ Collett, and John Pernell Collett.
Margaret was preceded in death by her children Elizabeth Ann and Randy; parents; her husband; her three brothers, Robert L. Johnson, Jr. and wife Mary Sybil, David ‘Dick’ Johnson and wife Edith, and Donald C. Johnson; one sister, Frances Ryan and husband R.C.
Surviving are a sister-in-law, Janet Johnson; her sons, William Robert ‘Bob’ Collett and wife Sharon, and John Pernell Collett and wife Jimmie Sue; four grandchildren, Wesley Collett (Cathy), Anna Collett, Robert Collett, and Sarah Collett.
On Sept. 12, 2013 Margaret was able to celebrate the birth of her first great-granchild, Nyah Lee Collett. Parents Robert Collett and Rachel Dukowitz were so happy Granny Collett could hear the news.
Funeral service will be conducted 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013 at J.C. Green and Sons Funeral Home Chapel in Wallburg. The family will receive Friends from 1 p.m. until the service hour. The committal service and interment will follow in Spring Hill United Methodist Church Cemetery. Margaret was a firm believer in helping local charities. Her favorite was Pastor’s Pantry. In lieu of flowers, memorials in her name may be sent to Pastor’s Pantry, 307 N. State Street, Lexington, NC 27292. On-line condolences may be sent to the Collett family www.jcgreenandsons.com.
Paul Richard Embler
THOMASVILLE — Paul Richard Embler, 65, died on Sept. 14, 2013 at Thomasville Medical Center.
Arrangements are pending at Thomasville Funeral Home.
HIGH POINT — Mr. W.E. Anderson, 90, died Sept. 13, 2013. Funeral arrangements are pending at Sechrest Funeral Service in High Point.
Jerry Lytle Steppe
HIGH POINT — Mr. Jerry Lytle Steppe, 72, resident of High Point, died Sept. 14, 2013 at Hospice Home at High Point.
Mr. Steppe was born June 26, 1941 in McDowell County, a son to the late Guy and Anna Howell Steppe. A resident of this area most of his life, he was a member of Oak View Baptist Church and had worked at Huggins Tire Sales. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and later was a pilot, flying for Piedmont Airlines and for several NASCAR racers through his time at Huggins. He loved racing and his racing family. In 1976 he married the former Gail Sauls who survives of the residence.
Also surviving is his sister, Martha Tate and husband Howard of Chapel Hill; his brother-in-laws, Donald Sauls (Renee) of Burlington and Ronald Crockarell (Darlene) of Clarksville, Tenn.; and his two nephews, Michael Tate (Janna) of Charlotte and John Tate of Chapel Hill.
A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Monday in the chapel of the Cumby Family Funeral Service in High Point with Rev. Steve Smith and Rev. Don Duncan officiating. Visitation will be from 5:30-7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home and other times at the residence. Memorials may be directed to Oak View Baptist Church, 810 Oakview Rd. High Point, NC 27265. On-line condolences may be made through www.cumbyfuneral.com.
HIGH POINT — Mrs. Marie Hiatt Byerly went to her Maker on Sept. 13, 2013, at the age of 93. She was a resident of Providence Place in High Point.
Mrs. Byerly was born in Greensboro on Jan. 11, 1920. She was married to Rass Shoaf Byerly in 1937 for 43 years. She was predeceased by her husband and two sons, Darrell Wayne Byerly and Jimmy Victor Byerly.
She is survived by her children; Beverly Welborn (Alan Hart), Carolyn Mauney (John), Barry Byerly (Ann), and Kathy Byerly all of High Point, and Brenda Chambers of Lexington. She is also survived by her grandchildren; Chad Welborn, Karen Redmon (Steve) and Shannon Everhart (Sandy), Jennifer Lee (David), Barry Thomas Byerly, Jr., Alan Shoaf Byerly, Shane Thomas Byerly, Brett Byerly, Christopher Byerly, Sandy Norman, Robert Chambers, and Keith Chambers. She had 10 great grandchildren, and seven great great grandchildren.
Mrs. Byerly was an active member of Hilliard Memorial Baptist Church where she, her husband and her children all participated in church activities. She enjoyed the beach, especially, Emerald Isle, where she spent a great deal of time with her family in the house her husband built for them by the sea. Marie Byerly was a wonderful mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, a loyal friend to many, an example of faith to everyone who knew her.
A celebration of Mrs. Byerly’s life will be held Monday, Sept. 16, 2013 at 2 p.m., at Hilliard Memorial Baptist Church with Pastor Jack Rose officiating. Interment will follow in Floral Garden Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Monday, one hour prior to the service at the church. Memorials in Mrs. Byerly’s memory may be sent to: Hospice of the Piedmont, 1801 Westchester Drive, High Point, NC 27262 or to: Hilliard Memorial Baptist Church, 2311 Westchester Drive, High Point, NC 27262. Online condolences can be made at www.cumbyfuneral.com. Arrangements by Cumby Family Funeral Service of High Point.
William Rufus Henderson
RALEIGH — William (Bill) Rufus Henderson, 90, a man who lived his life to the glory of God, passed away at the VA Hospital in Durham, N.C., on Sept. 13, 2013.
Born in 1922, in Kannapolis, N.C. to Marion Charles and Ollie Maude Henderson, Bill, as the son of a Methodist minister, spent much of his childhood in various North Carolina towns served by his father.
He graduated from High Point College in 1943, returning to his alma mater to serve on the Board of Trustees until his death. He attended Duke University for his MBA, served on the Divinity Board and became a lifelong Dukie.
With the start of World War II , Bill enlisted in the US Marine Corps and served in the Pacific Theatre, rising to the rank of First Lieutenant. He fought in the Battle for Iwo Jima, where he was the operations officer for the 28th Regiment and was awarded the Bronze Star. At war’s end he left active duty but served 15 years in the Marine Corps Reserves, retiring as a Lt. Colonel.
Returning to North Carolina, Bill began numerous businesses in Reidsville and Burlington before he served as Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Commerce. From Raleigh, Bill purchased Bennett Advertising in High Point, then moved to Wilmington as President of the Cape Fear Corporation , the group that began the development of Bald Head Island. The residential development business brought Bill back to the Triangle area and he finished his career helping to pioneer the tremendous growth there for the next 35 years.
Bill served many civic and church organizations that included President of the NC Jaycees, Lay leader of the Western NC Conference of the United Methodist Church and was the initial Chairman of the NC Zoological Society, seeing the dream of a North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro fulfilled. He was an active member of Raleigh First Assembly.
On March 15, 1947, Bill made the second most important decision of his life, marrying Dorothy Lee Saunders and sharing life with “ Dot” for 64 years. He was preceded in death by his wife and his brother Marion Charles.
Surviving are his sister, Ruth Price; daughter Faithe and husband Michael Giaquinto; son, William R. “Chip” Henderson, Jr. and wife Cindy; 10 grandchildren and six great grandchildren; brother and sister in law, Jimmy and Wilma Jones and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation at Brown Wynne Funeral Home at 300 St. Mary’s St., Raleigh, N.C. from 3-5 p.m., Sept. 15 , 2013. Bill’s homecoming service will be held at Raleigh First Assembly ,3249 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh on Monday, Sept. 16 at 1 p.m. Interment will follow at Raleigh Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers , donations may be made to Converting Hearts Ministries , PO Box 90818, Raleigh, 27675 and Be ALL For Christ, Youth Scholarship Fund, 6912 Glendower Rd., Raleigh, NC 27613.
“In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16