Obituaries October 5, 2013

Oct. 04, 2013 @ 04:45 PM

Willard Roy Freeman
ARCHDALE — Willard Roy Freeman passed away on Sept. 27, 2013 at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston Salem , N.C. after a lengthy battle with diabetes. Willard was born on Jan. 23, 1945 in Bryson City, N.C. to James Andrew Freeman and Eula Hill Davis Freeman. He was a self-employed salesman as long as his health permitted. He was of the Baptist faith. He attended Almond Elementary School and Swain County High School in Bryson City, N.C. He has been a resident of Archdale for many years. Willard enjoyed NASCAR, wrestling, and living by the water when he lived in Anderson, S.C. In addition to his parents he was predeceased by a baby sister Mary Ellen and a brother David Freeman. He was also predeceased by two nephews, Alexander DeHart and Terry Carlton, and two nieces Tammy Lynn and Gloria Ann DeHart. He is survived by his daughters Kimberly Cranford and her fiancé Scottie Sprouse, Angela and Suzan Freeman. Also surviving are four sisters Naomi DeHart, Susie Walker, Maxine Skelton and Donna Carlton. He is also survived by four brothers Dillard Freeman, James Freeman, Clifford Freeman and Donald Freeman. He also has three grandchildren Aryana, Alissa and Aayden. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

H. Theresa (Terry) Mulligan (PHOTO)
HIGH POINT — H. Theresa (Terry) Mulligan passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013 at Pennybyrn at Maryfield.
Terry was born Nov. 29, 1926 to Irish immigrants Julia and Cornelius McDevitt in Medford, Mass. She grew up in Boston. Terry put herself through college and was among the first group of women to graduate from Bentley College.
Terry married the love of her life, Donal Mulligan, on Sept. 22, 1956. Donal and Terry celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary just two weeks ago.
Terry was a loving and compassionate wife, mother, grandmother, mother-in-law, sister, aunt, and friend. She never met a stranger and saw the good in everyone she met. Terry enjoyed many hobbies and was an avid, life-long volunteer with many organizations.  Terry found great joy and closeness to God in her volunteer work at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church.
In addition to her husband Donal, Terry is survived by daughters Tammy Mulligan of Greensboro, Mary Ellen Liebal and husband Michael of Greensboro, sons Donal Mulligan and wife Diane of Minneapolis MN, Neil Mulligan and wife Linda of Hillsborough NC, and eight grandchildren: Kevin, Megan, Colleen, Erin, Katherine, Caroline, Daniel, and Caitlin.  Kids, your grandmother adored you and will always be with you.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, Oct. 7 at 10:30 a.m. at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in High Point. The family will receive friends on Sunday, Oct. 6 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Sechrest Funeral Home in High Point. Recitation of the Rosary will be  at 7:30 p.m. at Sechrest.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Hayworth Cancer Center at High Point Regional Hospital or Pennybyrn at Maryfield.
Please offer condolences with the family at 

Mary Estelle Reed (PHOTO)
RICHMOND, VA. — Mary Estelle Reed, beloved wife of Marion Daniel Reed Jr., died on Oct. 2, 2013, in Richmond, Va. She was a devoted mother to her daughters and their families, Evelyn Reed of Richmond, Jerri Reed of Williamsburg and Beth Reed Williamson and her husband, Danny Williamson, of Camilla, Ga. She found great joy in her grandchildren, Frank and Lucy Albert, Daniel and XiaHua Albert; and great-grandchildren, Greg, Sam and Ethan Albert. Over the years, Mary welcomed into her extended family and circle of friends the Victors, the Zapateros, the Capellis, the Coxes, the Shirleys, the Kennedys, Pelco-Ball, Smith and many others.
Mary was born on Nov. 16, 1922, in Hephzibah, Ga., and attended the University of Georgia before her marriage to Dan in 1946. During their 67 years together, they lived in Miami, Fla., High Point, N.C., New Bern, N.C., Mathews, Va, and Richmond. Their deep devotion to each other has been an inspiration to their family and friends.
Mary had an eye for beauty and a talent for design that led to her career as the interior designer for Bertram Yachts in Miami, and then Hatteras Yachts in High Point. She traveled internationally and said she never worked a day in her life because she was doing the work she loved. Motor Boat and Sailing once called her the “grande dame of yacht interior design.” Her family and friends remember and celebrate her keen ability to see and create beauty and to walk on the sunny side of the street.
A memorial gathering will be held in honor of Mrs. Mary Reed at the Sabot at Stony Point School, Saturday, Oct. 5, at 4:30 p.m. 

Mackie Powers
THOMASVILLE — Mr. Mackie Powers, 57, died Sept. 29, 2013 at his residence.
A Celebration of Life service will be held Sunday, Oct. 6, at 2 p.m. at his residence. Davis Funerals and Cremations is serving the family.

Rhonda Rose Harris Norman
ARCHDALE  — Mrs. Rhonda Rose Harris Norman, 48, passed away Oct. 1, 2013.
Rhonda was born on May 20, 1965 in Washington D.C. to Ronald David and Mary Mitchell Harris. She was a resident of the Archdale area for many years and was the wife of Johnny Ray Norman. Rhonda loved her family and friends and was a genuinely caring person. She was always fun to be around; she will be deeply missed.
Surviving is her husband, Johnny Ray Norman of Archdale; daughter, Chelsea Rose Campbell of Archdale; son, Joshua Richard Harris of Archdale; step-daughter, Dixie Stumpner; grandson, Joshua Christian Harris; her mother, Mary Mitchell Harris of South Boston, Va.; her father, Ronald David Harris of Thomasville; and her brother, David Harris of Archdale. 
A celebration of Rhonda’s life will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013 in the chapel of Sechrest Funeral Service, 120 Trindale Road in Archdale with Dr. Jerry Key officiating. The family will receive friends immediately following the service.
Online condolences may be made at Arrangements by Sechrest Funeral Service, Archdale.

Paula Little
HIGH POINT – Ms. Paula Little, died Monday, Sept. 30, 2013 at Hospice Home High Point. Funeral service will be held on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013 at 2 p.m. at Leah Levine Auditorium, Mt. Gilead, N.C. The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m.
Arrangements are entrusted to Kelsey Funeral Home, Albemarle, NC. Announcement courtesy of Phillips Funeral Service, Inc.

Steve Little
MT. GILEAD – Mr. Steve Little, died Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013 at Carolinas Medical Center- Main in Charlotte, N.C. Funeral Service will be held on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013 at 2 p.m. at Leah Levine Auditorium, Mt. Gilead, N.C. The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m.
Arrangements are entrusted to Kelsey Funeral Home, Albemarle, NC. Announcement courtesy of Phillips Funeral Service, Inc.

Leroy Wall (PHOTO)
HIGH POINT – Mr. Leroy (Buddy) Wall, 64, passed away, on Monday Sept. 30, 2013 at High Point Regional Hospital. He was born April 14, 1949 in Wadesboro, N.C. to the late William Lee Wall and Elizabeth Bennett Wall.
Leroy graduated from Bowman Senior High School in Wadesboro, N.C., Class of 1968. He was employed as a shipping clerk for Patrician Furniture Company for a little over 14 years.  He enjoyed working and hanging out with his friends.
Left to cherish his memories are his longtime companion, JoAnn H. Goodwin of the home; one daughter, LaFondra Yvette Bennett and one son, Julian Lerone Bennett; one sister, Alice (Matthew deceased) Medley of Lilesville, N.C.; three brothers, William (Linda) Wall, Jr. and James (Gloria) Wall all of Lilesville, N.C. and Kenneth (Veronia) Wall of Wadesboro, N.C.; two aunts, Annie Mae Dumas of High Point, N.C. and Ida Bell Wall of Lilesville, N.C.; one uncle, Levander (Betty Jean) Bennett of Lilesville, N.C.;  grandchildren; four step children; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Funeral service will be held on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013 at 2 p.m. at Phillips Funeral Service Chapel, 1810 Brockett Ave. The family will receive friends at the chapel from 1:30 p.m. until 2 p.m. Interment will follow in Floral Garden Memorial Park.
Final arrangements are entrusted to Phillips Funeral Service, Inc.
Online condolences may be made to the Wall family at

David Link, Sr.
LEXINGTON — Paul David Link, Sr., age 80 of Lexington died Friday morning at the Wake Forest Baptist Health in Winston-Salem. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in the Davidson Funeral Home, Lexington Chapel.

Cecil Ingram
THOMASVILLE — Mr. Cecil Ingram, 74, a resident of Thomasville, N.C. passed away Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013 at his residence.
Cecil was born June 11, 1939 a son of the late Ralph and Florence Ingram and made this area his home most of his life. He retired from Brookdale, Inc. and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He attended The Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witness. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by brothers and sisters. He was married to Mildred Elizabeth Crigger who also preceded him in death.
Surviving is his son, Kenneth Ingram of Thomasville; a brother, Roy Ingram of Avery County, N.C.
A funeral service will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7, 2013 in the J.C. Green and Sons Funeral Home Chapel. The family will receive friends following the service. Online condolences may be sent to the Ingram family at

Willie Mae McRae (PHOTO)
HIGH POINT — Ms. Willie Mae McRae departed this life on Wednesday morning, Oct. 2, 2013, at Triad Genesis Healthcare, High Point following several months of declining health.
Sister McRae was born April 6, 1928, in Jackson Springs, N.C. She received her early education in Montgomery County. She later graduated from a school of Cosmetology and moved to High Point to continue to pursue her career. Being a strong, independent woman, she also worked in the manufacturing industry as a sewer, where she retired after 30 years of service.
Sister McRae, a woman of faith, was a strong believer in the Word of God. Her hunger for the Word was displayed as she ministered to others. Always eager to share the Word of God, Sister McRae taught bible Study at various nursing homes in the area. She was the co-founder of Kingdom Life Family worship Center in High Point.
She was preceded in death by her daughter, Pastor Olevia Gibson, parents, Rev. Chesley Gibson and Mary Leak McRae; five sister and six brothers.
She leaves to cherish her memories, one grandson, Wesley Gibson of the home, two sisters, Mary Harris and Lenora Malloy both of High Point; nieces, Elvenia Diggs, Sylvia Ratley, Mae Frances McRae all of High Point, Teresa Bennett, Maxine Owens, Irma Gunnels, Arlene McDonald, Carolyn Ingram and Kim Watts; nephews, Lu McRae, Sims DeBerry, Haywood McRae, William Buckson and James C. Malloy; a host of great nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.
Home-going service will be 4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013 at Word of Life Tabernacle with Rev. Diggs officiating. Family visitation will begin at 3:30 p.m. at the church and other times at the home located at 1456 London Dr.  Professional arrangements entrusted to People’s Funeral & Cremation Services.

Keith Ronald “Petey” Sheetz (PHOTO)
TRINITY – Mr. Keith Ronald “Petey” Sheetz, age 62, ended his life’s journey during his sleep Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, at his home.
Born, Nov. 30, 1950 in Guilford County, Keith was a son of the late William and Lena Sheetz. “Petey” was a 1969 graduate of High Point Central High School and a graduate of Forsyth Technical College. He was a Vietnam Veteran, having served in the U. S. Air Force. After living and working in Orlando, Fla. for eighteen years, he and his family moved back to this area in 2006 and, at the time of his death, was employed by RF Micro Devices in Greensboro. Keith was a man who loved his family whole heartedly and never met a stranger. He loved everyone and was a wonderful husband and father. He was a member of Allendale Baptist Church in High Point. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Melanie Dawn Sheetz, who passed away July 17, 2008 and two brothers, Kenneth Wayne Sheetz and William Franklin Sheetz.
Keith is survived by his wife of 38 years, Diane Turnage Sheetz, and a daughter, Sarah Sheetz both of the home; three sisters, Lee Morgan and her husband Bill of Trinity, Konnie Harbour and her husband David of Archdale and Tina Hauser and her husband James of Trinity; one brother, Terry Sheetz and his wife Gloria of McLeansville. Also surviving are his mother-in-law, Betty Turnage of High Point; two brother-in-laws, Timothy A. Turnage and his wife Velma of Lexington and David C. Turnage and his wife Imelda of Gold River, California and several nieces and nephews.
A graveside service, with military honors, will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday at Floral Garden Memorial Park Cemetery with Pastor David Younger officiating. The family will receive friends at the residence, 2443 Featherstone Court in Trinity following the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed, in memory of his daughter Melanie, to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 6931 Arlington Road, Suite 200, Bethesda, Md., 20814.
Online condolences can be made on Petey’s web page at Arrangements by Cumby Family Funeral Service in Archdale.

Thelma Osborne
GREENSBORO — Thelma Staley Osborne, 88, died on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013. Memorial service 2 p.m., Monday, Oct. 7, 2013, at First Friends Meeting. The family will have a private graveside service at Guilford Memorial Park.  Cremation services entrusted to Triad Cremation
Society & Chapel.

David O. Kaplan
HIGH POINT — David O. Kaplan, 46, died on Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013. Cremation services entrusted to Triad Cremation Society & Chapel.