Obituaries October 4, 2013

Oct. 03, 2013 @ 06:32 PM

Jewel Irene Shackelford Bouldin

Greensboro — Mrs. Jewel Irene Shackelford Bouldin, born September 1, 1928, peacefully joined her family already in the presence of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Wednesday, October 2, 2013, following an extended illness. Her strength in faith and love of Jesus Christ was the guiding light during this difficult time. A celebration of her life will be held Saturday, October 5, at 11 a.m. at Hanes-Lineberry Sedgefield Chapel with Elder Steven Nichols officiating, assisted by Elder E.W. Hooven. Entombment will be at Guilford Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home and from 10 to 10:45 a.m. prior to the service.

Mrs. Bouldin was one of six children of John D. and Meta Canter Shackelford. She retired from Blue Bell in 1978 and remained active collecting and selling antiques as a partner at Elm Street Downtown. She was a wonderful, involved, Christian wife, mother and grandmother. Along with her husband of 66 years, Thomas Hal Bouldin, she enjoyed spending time with her family and ensuring that peace, strong Christian values and morals were taught and demonstrated in her family’s lives. After their retirements, they enjoyed traveling and working in the flower and vegetable gardens. Jewel was a wonderful cook and was known for her delicious strawberry cake. She was a dedicated member for more than 60 years of High Point Primitive Baptist Church.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her children, Carolyn (David) Lloyd, Vickie (Philip) Young and Elizabeth (Bobby) Cannon all of Greensboro and Thomas H. (Debbie) Bouldin, Jr. of High Point; grandchildren, Dawn, Ronnie, Michelle, Kristen, Jonathan, Victoria, and Landon; great-grandchildren, Matthew, Brandon, Gavin, Neland, Teague, and Lainey; sister, Fay S. Greeson of Greensboro; and several nieces, nephews and extended family.

The family extends their heartfelt thanks to Hospice of the Piedmont and the staff of Hospice Home for their care and compassion during Mrs. Bouldin’s stay. To Tom and Debbie Gill, we are so grateful for your friendship and constant companionship during this time. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Piedmont (Hospice Home) 1803 Westchester Drive, High Point, NC 27262. On line condolences may be made to

Virgil Cox

HIGH POINT — Mr. Virgil Cox, 85, of Oak Street, passed away peacefully Tuesday, October 1, 2013, at Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home. He was born April 4, 1928, in Granite Falls, NC, to John Grady and Sylvia Moore Cox. Mr. Cox served in the United States Navy during the Korean Conflict. He retired from Roadway Express after 30 years of service. Mr. Cox was preceded in death by his parents; wife of 53 years, Barbara Ann York Cox; son, Steven Cox; and brother, Joseph Cox.

He is survived by his four children, Tina C. Anderson of Clemmons, Bruce Cox and wife Renee of Trinity, Beth C. McSwain of Thomasville, and Crystal C. Nixon of Wallburg; sister, Ruby Jean Needham of Asheboro; and three grandchildren, Nikki Nixon, David McSwain, and Erik McSwain.

A private family service will be held at a later date. Memorial gifts may be made to Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home, 101 Hospice Lane, Winston-Salem, NC 27103. On-line condolences may be sent to

George Claude Gideon

HIGH POINT — George Claude Gideon, 89, of 213 Woodbury Street, died on September 29 at Shannon Gray Rehabilitation and Recovery Center.

George was born January 20, 1924, in Lavonia, Georgia, to Matthew Gideon and Lettie Mae Blackburn Gideon. He has been a member of First Emmanuel Baptist Church since he came to High Point, where he served as a member of the Junior Deacon Board. He enjoyed gardening, reading the Bible and being with family and friends. Throughout his working career, he was employed at various places including Bottoms Fiske Trucking Line and Hatteras Yacht Company.

On November 17, 1945, he was joined in marriage to Mary Elizabeth Harris. Out of this union, they had two sons, George Lawrence and Charles Eugene. George was preceded in death by his parents Matthew and Lettie Mae, his wife Mary, and his son George Lawrence.

He is survived by son Charles and wife Deborah of Annapolis, Maryland, and granddaughter Julia Enid and husband Nathan Ryan Woodson of Chicago, Illinois. He leaves to mourn his passing many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

A celebration of George’s life will be held Saturday, October 5, 2013, at First Emmanuel Baptist Church at 833 Leonard Avenue at 1 p.m. with Rev. Ray Campbell officiating. The viewing and wake will be held from 12 noon to 1 p.m.

The family will receive friends at the family residence at 213 Woodbury Street. The family is being assisted by Johnson & Sons Funeral Home. Online condolences may be made at


Joe Everette Hughey

GREENSBORO — Joe Everette Hughey, 64, passed away on Tuesday, October 1, 2013. Cremation services entrusted to Triad Cremation Society & Chapel.

Walter Kurt Kappelmann

BLACK MOUNTAIN, NC — Walter Kurt Kappelmann, 49, of Black Mountain, passed away September 25, 2013.

Mr. Kappelmann was born May 5, 1964, in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada.

Walter graduated from Saint John Vocational School in 1982, followed by NBCC Saint John and NBCC Moncton with a Civil Engineering Technology — Architectural degree. He entered the workforce with JD Irving in Saint John, then moved to the United States 17 years ago. He then graduated from Homestead Woodworking School in New Market, NH. For seven years, he worked for Softdesk, which later became Autodesk, where he was a Courseware Developer/Writing Manager. He was employed with Freud Tools (division of Bosch) for the last 10 years as the Woodworking Specialist/Director of Product Training.

Walter was a writer, publisher, technologist, wood craftsman, story teller and photographer. He loved life, collecting antiques, and the United States. His laughter and sense of humor could fill any room.

Walter is preceded in death by his father, Kurt Paul Kappelmann.

He is survived by his mother, Mary Kappelmann; sister, Ruth Kappelmann Saulnier (Terry); niece, Elaine Saulnier all of Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada; nephew, Paul Saulnier of Calgary, Alberta, Canada; aunt, Leni Pilkan; numerous cousins, all of Germany; and dearest friend and confidant, Kathy Sminchak of Cleveland, Ohio.

The family will receive friends on Saturday, October 5, 2013, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the chapel of Harwood Home for Funerals.

Arrangements are in the care of Harwood Home for Funerals.

Veronica Mary Jones Kearns

TRINITY — Mrs. Veronica Mary Jones Kearns, 68, a resident of Windemere Circle, died Thursday, October 3, 2013, at her home. She was born on August 30, 1945, in Guilford County to Charlie Eldridge Jones and Maxine Kraemer Jones. She was a homemaker and a member of Our Lady of the Highways Catholic Church. She was also a member of the Noel Dreamers Hallmark Ornament Club. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Charlie Jones.

On December 28, 1971, she married, Donald Ray Kearns, who survives of the home; also surviving are daughters, Andrea Kearns Sax and husband Brian of Calabasas, CA, Mary Kearns Hodge and husband Steven of Trinity, and Karen Kearns Davis and husband Joshua of Trinity; brothers, Philip Jones of Archdale and Melvin Jones of Thomasville; sisters, Carol Jones Taylor of Thomasville and Christine Jones Hildebrand of Trinity; and grandchildren, Katie Hodge, Henry Hodge, Rae Davis, Cody Davis, Tiffany Sax, and Brayton Sax.

A visitation will be held on Saturday, October 5, 2013, from 6-8 p.m. at J.C. Green & Sons Funeral Home in Thomasville and at other times at the home. A Memorial Mass at Our Lady of the Highways Catholic Church will be held at a later date as announced. Memorials may be directed to Our Lady of the Highways Catholic Church, 943 Ball Park Rd. Thomasville, NC 27360.

Online condolences may be sent to

Maxie R. Kennedy

THOMASVILLE — Mr. Maxie R. Kennedy, 73, passed away Wednesday, October 2, 2013.

Maxie was born in Davidson County, September 15, 1940, a son of the late Clyde and Lona Yates Kennedy. He owned and operated Maxie Kennedy Plumbing for more than 30 years. Maxie enjoyed the beach and yard sales. He was preceded in death by a sister, Nora Kennedy and a brother, Ronald Kennedy.

Surviving are his wife of 50 years, Barbara Hunt Kennedy; a son, Maxie Kennedy, Jr. and wife Diana; a daughter, Becky Slawter and husband Jody; a granddaughter, Tera Slawter; and two nieces and two nephews.

A Celebration of Maxie’s Life will be held Saturday at 3 p.m. in the Davis Funerals and Cremations Chapel by the Rev. Mel Anderson. Burial will follow in Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Friday from 7 until 8:30 p.m.

Memorials may be directed to the American Diabetes Association. Online condolences may be made at

Christine K. Minear

Reidsville — Mrs. Christine K. Minear, 85, of Reidsville, passed from this world at 6 p.m. on the afternoon of Wednesday, October 2, 2013.

Mrs. Minear was born on August 17, 1928, in Kelsey City, Florida, to the late Charles Christopher and Mary Cobb Kelley. She graduated from the University of Miami with a degree in music and later Appalachian State with a degree in education. She began her teaching career in Jupiter, Florida, where she met her future husband, Nathan Laird Minear at his mother’s dinner table. His mother invited the “new school teacher” to a meal at their home. They later married and lived in Florida until 1969 when they moved to High Point. She taught first grade at Fairgrove Elementary School in Davidson County where she spent her 35-year career in education. She volunteered with Communities in Schools in High Point and Meals on Wheels. She was an active member of First Presbyterian Church in High Point.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and two brothers, Rae Cobb Kelley and Buddy Kelley.

Survivors include her son, Charles Laird Minear of High Point; one daughter, Anna Minear Micciulla and husband Robert of Reidsville; one granddaughter, Xiomara Elizabeth Micciulla also of Reidsville.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, October 5, 2013, at 11 a.m. in Wilkerson Funeral Home. Rev. Erica Noell will officiate. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. An interment service will follow at 2 p.m. in Floral Garden Memorial Park in High Point.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a local chapter of Communities in Schools.

Wilkerson Funeral Home is assisting the family and condolences may be sent to

Rhonda Rose Harris Norman

ARCHDALE — Mrs. Rhonda Rose Harris Norman, 48, died October 1, 2013. Funeral arrangements are pending at Sechrest Funeral Service in Archdale.

Mary Carrigan Robinette

HIGH POINT — Ms. Mary Carrigan Robinette, 70, a resident of High Point passed Sunday, September 29, 2013. A celebration of Mary’s life will be held Saturday, October 5, 2013, at 5 p.m. at Archdale Friends Meeting. The family will receive friends following the service, until 7 p.m., in the Meeting House fellowship Hall. Arrangements by Cumby Family Funeral Service of Archdale.

Helen G. Rogers

LEXINGTON — Helen G. Hames Rogers, 98, of Brookstone Retirement Center, formerly of Broad Street, died Thursday, October 3, 2013, at the retirement center. Funeral will be 11 a.m. Saturday, October 5, 2013, at First Baptist Church Chapel. Burial will follow in Lexington City Cemetery. There will be no public visitation.

Billie Gray Ridge Sledge

KERNERSVILLE — Mrs. Billie Gray Ridge Sledge, 85, a resident of 491 Turner Manor Court and formerly of Black Avenue in Thomasville, died Thursday, October 3, 2013, at the Hospice Home at High Point. She was born in Mecklenburg County, August 22, 1928, a daughter of Charles Baxter Ridge and Zula Smith Ridge and was a resident of the High Point and Thomasville area for most of her life. She was a graduate of High Point High School and Bryson Business School. She was a former employee of Drexel Heritage and had retired from Thomasville Furniture Industries. She was a member of Calvary United Church of Christ in Thomasville where she was a member of the Marie Alexander Sunday School Class and was a former children’s Sunday school teacher. On July 4, 1953, she was married to Paul Gilmer Sledge, who died July 12, 1990. Surviving are a son, Jerry Paul Sledge and his wife Sonya of Kernersville; two grandchildren, Nicholas (Nick) Paul Sledge and his wife Kennie and Geordan Matthew Sledge; two great-grandchildren, Kelcie Sledge and Courtney Sledge.

Funeral services will be conducted Saturday at 12 noon at Calvary United Church of Christ by the Rev. Kelly Barefoot. Burial will be in the church cemetery. The body will remain at J.C. Green & Sons Funeral Home in Thomasville until placed in the church Saturday at 10:45 a.m. The family will received friends in the fellowship hall of the church Saturday from 11 a.m. until the hour of service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Calvary United Church of Christ, 1410 Lexington Avenue, Thomasville, NC 27360. Online condolences may be made to the Sledge family at

Willette “Wee-Wee” Elizabeth Steele

HIGH POINT — Ms. Willette “Wee-Wee” Elizabeth Steele, 73, of 1654 Carthage Lane, died on Monday, September 30, 2013, at her residence.

Willette was born July 4, 1940, to the late Rosie Lee an Emmett Steele, Sr. in High Point. She was one of seven children, the second eldest with her twin brother, Willis. Willette attended school in the Guilford County School System. She lived and worked as a laundromat attendant in Greensboro for a couple of years before returning to High Point and working as a housekeeper and child care provider in area homes where she was loved and respected. She was a lifetime member of First Emmanuel Baptist Church where she worked in the kitchen diligently as well as a Sunday School teacher, missionary and prayer group member.

A loving mother survived by son, Anthony Steele; daughter, Linda Steele Terry; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren, all of whom she provided constant love and support; and aunt Ida Hinton Brannon.

Celebration of Life will be 1 p.m., Friday, October 4, 2013, at First Emmanuel Baptist Church, 833 Leonard Ave. Burial will follow at Oakwood Memorial Park. Family visitation will be at the church 12:30 to 1 p.m. Online condolences may be made at