Obituaries June 9, 2013

Jun. 09, 2013 @ 04:23 PM

Vensella Ballard

HIGH POINT — Mrs. Vensella (Zella) Poole Ballard, 64, of 504 Habersham Dr., passed on Wednesday, June 5, 2013, at the home of her daughter. She was born on March 31, 1949, to the late Ralph and Elizabeth Martin Poole. She was also preceded in death by one stepson, Danny Ballard. She grew up in Norman, NCM and attended the public schools in Richmond County.

Vensella moved to High Point, NCM in the early ’70s and married Willie C. Ballard on May 24, 1983. She was formerly employed at Fiber Dynamics, Mannington Wood Floors and Wal-Mart.

Those left to cherish her loving memories are her husband, Willie C. Ballard, Sr. of the home; one daughter, Valery (Dexter) Hayes of High Point, NC; one stepdaughter, Ethel Gatling of Boise, Idaho; three stepsons, Willie Ballard, Jr., of Charlotte, NC; Darrell (Yvetha) Ballard of Austin, TX and Dennis Ballard of Puyallup, Washington; three grandchildren, Tekia Poole, Toressa Poole and Destiny Hayes, three great-grandchidren, Jayden Pitt, Jared Poole and Nylah Poole Miles, all of High Point, NC; three sisters, Mary Poole, Edna Quick and Linda (James) McDougald, all of High Point, NC; five brothers, June Martin, Ralph Poole, James (Delcia) Poole, all of Norman, NC; Ervin Poole and William Poole, both of High Point, NC; one aunt, Annie Jane Brower of High Point, NC; two sisters-in-law; one brother-in-law; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral service will be held on Monday at 1 p.m. at Williams Memorial C.M.E. Church, 3400 Triangle Lake Rd. Interment will follow in Carolina Biblical Gardens, Jamestown, NC. The family will receive friends at the church from noon until 1 p.m.

Special thanks to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Dr. Michael Greg Kelly and staff, the 10th floor Cancer Staff and Hospice of the Piedmont.

Final arrangements are entrusted to Phillips Funeral Service, Inc. Online condolences may be made to the Ballard family at


Robert Irwin Barnes

ASHEBORO — Robert Irwin Barnes, 88, passed away Friday, June 7, 2013 at Randolph Health & Rehab. Center. May God receive him in his loving arms.

Robert was born in Sharon, PA, Aug. 26, 1924, a son of Robert Franklin and Hilda Barnes. He worked most of his life as the head design artist for several large sign companies. He was also a minister, responsible for establishing many churches up and down the east coast and did missionary work in India and Nigeria.

Robert was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia Dare Barnes; two daughters, Sharon Barnes Shore and Rebecca Barnes.

Surviving are a son, David Barnes and wife Diana; a daughter, Beverly Barnes Mize; son-in-law, Gary Shore; 7 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.

Graveside service will be held 11 a.m. Monday, June 10, at Floral Garden Memorial Park Cemetery. Arrangements by Davis Funerals and Cremations. Memorials may be directed to the charity of the donor’s choice.


Omega Dean

GREENSBORO — Alice Omega Dean, 71, a resident of Greensboro died Friday June 7, 2013, at the Hospice Home of High Point after a period of several years of declining health.

Omega was born in Vada, GA, the daughter of Sam Paul Dean and Edna Grace Keaton Dean. She graduated from Southwest High School in Macon, GA, and graduated from the University of Georgia School of Pharmacy. She served her internship at Duke University. After her internship, she worked as a pharmacist with Mclarty Drug Co. in High Point. She then owned and operated the Medicine Shoppe and Fisher Park Pharmacy in Greensboro. She loved her customers and knew most of them by first name. After selling Fisher Park Pharmacy, she worked and retired from CVS Pharmacy. Omega was an avid golfer. She was a member of Sedgefield Country Club and a former member of Forest Oaks Country Club.

Surviving are two sisters, Carolyn Meadows and husband Harvey of Macon, GA, Paula Willene Long of Perry, GA; special friends, Louise “Pete” Brown of Thomasville, Donna Norman of Thomasville, Helen and Jerry Lawson of Greensboro, Vicki Yarborough of Greensboro; four nieces and three nephews; seven great-nieces and eight great-nephews and four great-great nephews. A special thank you to her friends at Forest Oaks and Sedgefield, the staff and caretakers at Clapps Nursing and Care Center in Pleasant Garden and to Hospice of the Piedmont.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. in the Hanes-Lineberry Funeral Home Sedgefield Chapel with the Reverend Paul Meadows officiating. Interment will follow in Guilford Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Monday from 6 to 8 p.m.

Memorials can be made in Omega’s memory to Church at the Park, 1618 Woodrow Pl., Dublin, GA 31021 or to New Life Church, 3650 Confederate Dr., Macon, GA 31211-7140 or to Hospice of the Piedmont, 1801 Westchester Dr., High Point, NC 27262. Online condolences can be made at


Geneva Dew

HIGH POINT — Geneva Cox Dew, 92, died June 4, 2013, at Hospice Home at High Point. Graveside service was private. Arrangements by Davis Funerals and Cremations.


Calvin Dawes Griffin

THOMASVILLE — Calvin Dawes Griffin, 88, passed away Saturday, June 8, 2013, at Pine Ridge Rehabilitation Center in Thomasville.

Calvin was born Nov. 4, 1924, in Guilford County to the late Joseph Frank Griffin and Lizzie Lue Johnson.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth Reese Griffin; sisters, Pauline Griffin, Beulah Griffin and Violet Rumbley.; brothers, Joe Griffin, Grady Griffin, Claude Griffin and Jackie Griffin; and parents.

Calvin is survived by daughters, Joyce Hill and husband David of Archdale and Charlotte McCutcheson of Midway; grandchildren, Dawn Pearson and Taysha Jones McGee both of Thomasville; sisters ,Bonnie Griffin Prince and husband Buddy of Thomasville and Joanne McMillan and husband Bill of Kernersville; 7 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends Monday June 10, 2013, from 6–8 p.m. at Thomasville Funeral Home. A 11 a.m. funeral service will be held Tuesday, June 11, in the funeral home chapel with Pastor Rodney Smith officiating. Interment will follow at Holly Hill Memorial Park in Thomasville.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, please send donations or memorials to Hospice of Davidson County in memory of Calvin D. Griffin. Audio and written condolences can be made through


Oscar Albert Romie

HIGH POINT — Oscar Albert Romie, age 86, of Pennybyrn at Maryfield Retirement Community, High Point, North Carolina (2011-2013), formerly of Dayton, OH, was embraced by the Good Lord on Tuesday, May 14, 2013.

Born in Fort Loramie, Ohio, of St. Michael’s Catholic Church and worked as a youth for Busse’s Meat Market and Romie’s Sporting Goods. As a 17 year-old, Oscar Albert Romie offered his life for us and this great country; “... No greater love than to lay down one’s life for another,” says the Lord. Oscar helped to make the world good.

In the Navy, WWII, on the USS Pitt, he fought in the battles of Iwo Jima & Okinawa. In Dayton, Oscar married Julie, and started his insurance business career. He was a hard-working business owner, handy, with strong ethics, and a fun-loving faith-filled father and family man. His insurance business was ministry-like. He was involved in clients and family lives with regard to life, death and personal tragedies. Oscar was a lifelong Cincinnati Reds fan. His grandchildren all loved him and will greatly miss him. At Maryfield he attended Mass every day possible, and passed peacefully surrounded by his family at Hospice, Greensboro. The family expresses their heartfelt love and thanks to our Maryfield family and Hospice-Greensboro.

Oscar was a member of the Precious Blood Catholic Church in Dayton for 60 years. He is survived by his children: Robert (Eileen) Romie of Dayton, Randal (Kimberly) Romie of Greensboro, NC, Renee (Gary) Weichinger of Apex, NC, Risa (Rob) Wight of Celebration, FL, grandchildren; Chris, Karen, Jeff, Lilianna, Lauren, Rachel, Alex, Madison, Nick, brother: Harold Romie; sisters: Luella McGowan, Helen Council, and many, many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife, Julia A. (Monnier) Romie; parents: Martin Jacob and Clara Belle (Barga) Romie; and siblings, Evelyn Seigel, Mildred Coble, Lillian Romie, Robert Romie, Roger Romie and Norbert Romie. A Mass of Remembrance will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 14, 2013, at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church (2205 W. Market St. Greensboro). The family will receive friends at lunch after Mass.

Memorials may be made to Pennybyrn at Maryfield at 109 Penny Road, High Point, NC 27260, Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro at 2500 Summit Ave. Greensboro, NC 27405 or Greensboro Beautiful at 1001 Fourth St. Greensboro, NC 27405.


Catharine Lyle Smith

HIGH POINT — Catharine Lyle Smith, 101, passed away on Saturday, June 8, 2013, at River Landing at Sandy Ridge with her family by her side.

She was born in Edgemoor, South Carolina, to the late Lafayette Strait Lyle and Frances Catharine Robinson. Catharine attended Winthrop College. She married William Henry Smith in 1939, and he passed away in 1967. Before moving to the Presbyterian Home and then River Landing she lived in Thomasville, NC, and was very active in the First Presbyterian Church there.

Catharine is survived by two sons, William Henry Smith and wife May of Clermont, Georgia, and Lafayette Lyle Smith and wife Monte of High Point. She is also survived by five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

There will be a memorial service at a later date. Arrangements are by the Sechrest Funeral Service in High Point.


Frank Lee Ward

HIGH POINT — Mr. Frank Lee Ward, 86, stepped into the presence of the Lord on June 7, 2013, at the Hospice Home of High Point.

Mr. Ward was born in Burlington, NC, the son of the late Grover and Vance Ward, and graduated from Burlington High School. After serving in the Navy during World War II, he graduated from Elon College. He began his career in the water and wastewater industry in 1952, and retired from the city of High Point as Assistant Director of Utilities — Water and Waste Treatment in 1988 after 28 years of service. His active participation in several professional organizations led to many distinguished awards.

Frank was a humble man whose first love was his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He was an active member of Green Street Baptist Church for 53 years. He was a life deacon and joyfully served in numerous leadership capacities in the life of the church.

In addition to being a faithful follower of Christ, Frank was a devoted husband and father, and an affectionate and fun-loving PawPaw to his grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Violet Bradner.

He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Nancy Hamilton Ward; sons Charles Ward and wife, Dawn of Richmond, VA and Ronald Ward and wife Kelly who reside in Central Asia; grandchildren Christopher Ward and wife Jessica, Matthew Ward and wife Tiffany, Amy Ward, Benjamin Ward, Cole Ward, and Drew Ward; sisters Marjory Hatcher and Bettie Hagar, and several nieces and nephews.

A gathering of family and friends to celebrate Frank’s life will be held Friday, June 14, at 11 a.m. at Green Street Baptist Church, Reverends Frank Hensley and Mark Loy officiating. The family will receive friends prior to the service at 9:30 a.m. in the church welcome center. A private interment will follow at Pine Hill Cemetery in Burlington, NC.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests gifts be made to the Lottie Moon Offering via Green Street Baptist Church, 303 North Rotary Drive, High Point, NC 27262 or Hospice of the Piedmont, 1801 Westchester Drive, High Point, NC 27262.

Online condolences may be made to Frank’s memorial page at Arrangements by Cumby Family Funeral Service.


Bill Washam

GREENSBORO — William “Bill” E. Washam, 80, died June 7, 2013, at his home in Greensboro. A memorial service will be held graveside at Lakeview Memorial Park on Monday at 2 p.m.