Obituaries Jan. 21, 2014

Jan. 20, 2014 @ 05:33 PM

Dorothy Gibbar
THOMASVILLE — Mrs. Dorothy Marie Nichols Gibbar, 86, died January 19, 2014. Funeral services will be private. Thomasville Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Mary Godwin
GREENSBORO — Mary Godwin, 57, passed away at her home.  Cremation services entrusted to Triad Cremation Society & Chapel.

Jeffrey Grove
THOMASVILLE — Mr. Jeffrey Wayne Grove, 52, a lifelong resident of Thomasville, passed away on January 18, 2014 at Forsyth Medical Center.
Jeff was born December 22, 1962 in Davidson County, NC a son of Myra Dailey Brucke and the late Wayne Grove. He was a member of West End Methodist Church in Thomasville and was also known for his cooking skills throughout the Piedmont area restaurants. Jeff was a loyal and loving friend to many and his sense of humor was one of his best attributes. He could put a smile on your face instantly and he loved his family and friends very much.
Surviving is his mother, Myra Brucke and husband Tom, a son; Daniel Gallimore, a daughter; Emilee Grove; brother; Rusty Grove and sister Jennifer Broos. He also leaves behind five beautiful grandchildren.
A graveside service will be held at 2:00 PM Wednesday, January, 22 2014 at Holly Hill Memorial Park Cemetery in Thomasville, NC officiated by Rev. Joe Westfall and Rev. Jeremy Pegram. The family will receive friends and family from 6:00 to 8:00 PM on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at J C Green and Sons Funeral Home in Thomasville. Online condolences may be sent to the Grove family at

Alexander Jones
HIGH POINT — Mr. Alexander Jones of High Point passed on January 19,2014 at High Point Regional UNC Health Care. Funeral Arrangements are in the care of People’s Funeral & Cremation Service Inc

Ruth Reavis Kimble
BISCOE — Mrs. Ruth Reavis Kimble, 93, of Biscoe, died Saturday, January 18, 2014.
Ruth was born July 2, 1920 to the late RC Reavis and Bessie Trogdon Reavis. She was a member of Greenwood Hills Wesleyan Church in High Point for many years.  In addition to her parents, Ruth was preceded in death by her husband, John Earl Kimble, Jr.; sisters, Ruby Dowell , Myrtle Blackburn, Mable Thomas Wyatt, and Elsie Elliott Siske; and brothers, Odis Reavis, Fred Reavis, Floyd Reavis and Hubert Reavis.
Ruth is survived by son, Tim Kimble and wife Vera of Troy; sisters, Ethel Carter and Pansy Hayworth; brother, Richard Reavis; 1 grandson; 3 step grandchildren; and 5 great grandchildren.
A celebration of Ruth’s life will be held Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 2 pm at Cumby Family Funeral Service, High Point, with Reverend James Capps officiating. Interment will follow at Floral Garden Memorial Park.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.
Online condolences may be made to Ruth’s memorial page at  Arrangements by Cumby Family Funeral Service, High Point.

Grethel Cole Maness
SEAGROVE — Mrs. Grethel Marie Cole Maness, 89, died Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014. A funeral service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22 at Ridge Funeral Home Chapel.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Ridge Funeral Home. Arrangements by Ridge Funeral Home & Cremation Service.

Mary Pullum
THOMASVILLE — Mrs. Mary Jane Hill Pullum, 51, a resident of Lovette Road, died Sunday, January 19, 2014 at her home.  She was born on October 21, 1962 in Davidson County, NC to the late John Brown Hill and Annie Marie Nealey Miller.  She was a licensed CNA. She was a loving mother and grandmother.
Surviving are her lifetime partner, Ray Goodyear of the home; her sons, David Brent Hill and wife Katrina of Lexington, and Billy Goodyear of Thomasville; daughter, Stephanie Marie Pullum and her partner, Jessie Jewell of Lexington; her mother, Marie Miller and husband Eugene of Thomasville; sisters, Geri Robin Beck and husband Mark of Thomasville and Eugenia Coe of Lexington; her brother, Jonathan Hill of Thomasville; and six grandchildren, Haley Marie Jewell, Savannah Rose Jewell, Sadie Allene Hill, Mason Lynn Goodyear, Adam Ray Goodyear, and Easton Joseph Hill.
At Mary’s wishes, No formal services will be held.
Online condolences may be sent to

Glenn D. Robbins
LEXINGTON — Glenn Dayton Robbins, age 96 of Grayson Creek of Welcome, formerly of Hillside Drive, Lexington passed away Sunday at Grayson Creek.
The funeral will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22 at Davidson Funeral Home Chapel. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home from 1 to 2 p.m. and other times at the home of his daughter, Frankie, on Sowers Place.

Frank Schuler
ARCHDALE — Francis X. Schuler, 88, of Archdale, died Thursday, January 16, 2014, at Maple Grove Health and Rehabilitation Center. A memorial service was held by the family on Sunday. A formal Memorial Ceremony will be held at the National Cemetery in Salisbury: Date To Be Announced.

Rodney Smith
HIGH POINT — Mr. Rodney D Smith 45 of High Point passed on January 18,2014 at High Point Regional UNC Health Care. Funeral Arrangements are in the care of People’s Funeral & Cremation Service Inc

Dr. Jerry William Sowers, Sr.
NEWTON — Dr. Jerry William Sowers, Sr., born March 24, 1936, passed away on January 17, 2014, while on vacation with his wife, Martha, in Puerto Rico.
Son of the late Roscoe and Lyda Preddy Sowers, Jerry was born and raised in High Point, North Carolina.  After graduating from High Point Central High School in 1954, Jerry attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  A good student who enjoyed his time at UNC, Jerry lettered in tennis and was a member and the president of Chi Psi fraternity.  Upon graduation from UNC in 1958, Jerry entered UNC Dental School in Chapel Hill and graduated with his D.D.S. in 1962.  After graduation from dental school, he served as a captain in the U.S. Air Force in Puerto Rico where he provided dental services to service men and women and their families at Ramey Air Force Base. 
Upon discharge from the U.S. Air Force, Jerry went to work at a dental practice in Taylorsville, North Carolina, before opening his own practice in Newton in the late 1960’s.  He practiced dentistry for over fifty years and had a thriving practice in Newton that he would later pass on to his youngest son, Jerry William Sowers, Jr. (Sonny).  He enjoyed his profession and was a leader in the dental community, holding leadership positions at the regional and state level of the North Carolina Dental Society, including president of the organization’s Catawba County Chapter.  Jerry continued to provide dental services at his practice even after his retirement, filling in as needed for his son and brightening the day of his former patients.
Jerry met his wife, Martha Walser, on a blind date while in college.  They quickly fell in love and married on August 27, 1960 while he was in dental school. After living at Ramey Air Force Base, Puerto Rico, they settled in Newton, eventually building a home where they reared their four children:  Jeffrey, Susie, Mike, and Sonny.  He and Martha loved their close-knit family, and they shared their passion for tennis and golf with their children both at their home tennis court and at Catawba Country Club. 
In addition to providing his professional services to Newton and its surrounding area, Jerry also enjoyed serving his community in other ways.  Jerry was a vital participant in his church community at First Methodist Church in downtown Newton.  He served his church and volunteered his time in many capacities. Jerry was also a long time member in the Kiwanis Club of Newton and served as its president. 
An avid sports fan, Jerry attended most UNC home football and basketball games in Chapel Hill.  He attended every Final Four that UNC played after he graduated from college. He loved high school football and cherished his time on the “chain gang” at Newton-Conover High School home football games. He loved spending time with his family and traveling with his wife.  Jerry was a loving and devoted husband, father, and grandfather with a quick smile and kind heart. He was very proud of his children and grandchildren and their accomplishments. While he took his job seriously, he always enjoyed sharing a joke and a laugh with patients and friends.  He will be sorely missed by his friends and family. His memory will be a lasting reminder to all who knew and loved him: that they should do what they love and appreciate the simple pleasures of sharing good times with family and friends. Jerry is survived by his wife, Martha and his sister Jane Sowers Wood, of Charlotte; his son, Jeffrey, and his wife, Kelly Green Sowers of Winston-Salem; his daughter, Susie Sowers Spragg, and her husband, Michael Spragg, and their children Abigail, Matthew, and Libby of Findlay, Ohio; his son, Michael, and his wife, Martha Abernethy Sowers, and their children Savannah, Mary Katherine, and Will of Hickory; and his son, Jerry William Sowers, Jr. (Sonny) and his wife, Wenona Godwin Sowers (Nonie), and their children Sally and Jerry William Sowers, III (Jay) of Newton.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 25, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Newton, NC with Rev. Dr. David Greene and Rev. Lara Greene officiating.
Private burial will follow at Southside Cemetery in Newton.
The Sowers family will receive friends prior to the service from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, Imagine More Campaign, P.O. Box 926, Newton NC 28658.
Condolences may be sent to the Sowers family at
The Sowers family has entrusted the funeral arrangements to Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home and Crematory in Newton.

Kim Thompson
HIGH POINT — Mrs. Kimberly Lyn Soriano Thompson, 40 resident of High Point, died January 19th, 2014 at High Point Regional Hospital.
Mrs. Thompson was born August 1st, 1973 in Dade County, FL, a daughter to Richard and Barbara Naylor Soriano.  She was a resident of this area since 2006 and was of the Catholic faith.  In 1997 she married Leonard Thompson.
Also surviving are her parents; three children, Eric, Erin and Alex Thompson; a sister, Lori Soriano-Gandolfo; maternal grandmother, Fanny Naylor; paternal grandfather, Albert Soriano; niece, Delaney; nephew, Cooper; and a special friend, Adam Gandolfo.
The family will receive friends on Thursday from 6:00-7:00 p.m. at the Cumby Family Funeral Service in High Point.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, 6520 North Andrews Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309-2130. Cumby Family Funeral Service in High Point is assisting the family.  On-line condolences may be made through

Ronald Westmoreland
THOMASVILLE — Mr. Ronald Wayne Westmoreland, 59, a resident of Thomasville, died Saturday, January 18, 2014 in High Point Regional Hospital.  He was born January 4, 1955 in Thomasville, a son of the late Clunette Other Westmoreland and Louise Myers Westmoreland.
He was owner and operator of Musician’s Supply in High Point.
Surviving are a daughter and son-in-Law, Laura and Daniel Gariepy of Richmond, Virginia; a granddaughter, Alexandra Gariepy; and extended family members and friends.
A Memorial Service will be held Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. in J.C. Green & Sons Chapel.  The family will receive friends immediately following the service.
In lieu of flowers the family request any memorial contributions may be directed in Ronnie memory to The Angel Band Foundation in Trinity, N.C. by logging on to: Angel Band
The family in honoring Ronnie’s life, ask that those able to attend to “come as you are”.
Online condolences may be sent to the Westmoreland family at

Julius Wooden Jr.
HIGH POINT — Mr. Julius N Wooden Jr. 65 of High Point passed on January 18,2014 at High Point Regional UNC Health Care. Funeral Arrangments are in the care of People’s Funeral & Cremation Service Inc