Obituaries May 2, 2013

May. 01, 2013 @ 06:21 PM

Kevin Scott Ayscue
THOMASVILLE — Mr. Kevin Scott Ayscue, 41, resident of Thomasville, died April 30, 2013, at his residence.
Mr. Ayscue was born Oct. 26, 1971, in Guilford County and had been a resident of the High Point and Thomasville area all his life.  He had worked at Unilin Flooring, was a member of Trinity Heights Wesleyan Church and was a former member of Central Wesleyan Church.  In 1993 he married the former Gina Elliott who survives of the residence.
Also surviving are two children, Ryan and Morgan Ayscue both of the home; mother, Carolyn Ayscue of High Point; two brothers, Tony Ayscue of High Point and Jerry Ayscue of Trinity; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Trinity Heights Wesleyan Church with the Rev. Crawford Crenshaw officiating.  Interment will follow at Floral Garden Park Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at the church.  Memorials may be directed to the Ryan and Morgan Ayscue Scholarship Fund c/o State Employee’s Credit Union, 2305 Westchester Drive, High Point, NC 27262.  Cumby Family Funeral Service in Archdale is assisting the family.  On-line condolences may be made through


Donald Eric Craig
BROWN SUMMIT — Donald Eric Craig, 32, died Monday, April 29, 2013, in Brown Summit, N.C.
Mr. Craig was born Oct. 22, 1980, in Wyoming, W. Va., to Donald Lee and Carol Ann Belcher Craig.
He was preceded in death by his parents
Eric is survived by his beloved wife, Jennifer Craig; sister, Donna Lea Craig, brothers; Dwayne Craig, Darrel Thompson, David Thompson, mother in law Margie Ann Johnson, father in law Roger Lee Johnson, brother in law Roger lee Johnson Jr. and nieces; Meagan Victoria Elwick, and Natalie Marie Johnson.
The family will receive friends Friday, May 3, 2013, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Thomasville Funeral Home. A Memorial Service will be held between visitation times at 7 p.m. in the funeral home chapel.    
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Virginia Lee Smith Gobble
COLFAX — Mrs. Virginia Lee Smith Gobble, 91, a former resident of Salisbury, N.C., passed away Tuesday, April 30, 2013, at the home of her daughter.
Mrs. Gobble was born in Montezuma, Ga., Aug. 2, 1921, daughter of Marion Lee Smith and Pearl Slayton Smith.  She served in the Women’s Army Corps during World War II.  Virginia was employed with the Veteran Administration Hospital in Salisbury for many years and was a member of First Baptist Church of East Spencer.  She was an active member of the Extension Homemaker Club of Rowan and enjoyed many classes at the Rufty-Holmes Senior Center.  Virginia was preceded in death by her husband, Richard C. Gobble,  brother, Joe T. Smith and  sister, Gracie Kate Van Houten.
Surviving are two daughters, Linda Shelton and husband Bill of Colfax, and Jolet Stanley of Elkin; three grandchildren, Julie Barrett and husband Tony of Thomasville, Jason Stanley and  wife Michelle of Hendersonville, and Amy Hollenbeck and husband Kevin of Youngsville; six great-grandchildren, McKagan and Phoenix Barrett, Jacob and Zachary Stanley, Will and Madison Hollenbeck.
Graveside service will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at Trading Ford Baptist Church Cemetery, 3600 Long Ferry Road, Salisbury, by the Rev. Steve Smith.  The family will receive friends at Davis Funerals and Cremations, 976 Phillips Ave., High Point, Thursday, 7 until 8:30 p.m.  Memorials may be directed to the Rufty-Holmes Senior Center, 1120 S. Martin Luther King Ave., Salisbury, NC 28144 or Hospice of the Piedmont, 1801 Westchester Drive, High Point, NC 27262.  Online condolences may be made at


Romelle G. Green
THOMASVILLE —  Romelle G. Green, 66,  of  Libertywood Nursing Home, died Monday, April 29, 2013 at Kindred Hospital in Greensboro. A funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m. Saturday, May 4, 2013 in Brown New Calvary Baptist Church. The family will receive friends at 204 White street at the home of Edward Bosier.  S. E. Thomas Funeral & Cremation Service is in charge of arrangements.

Bobby Wayne Lambert

THOMASVILLE — Mr. Bobby Wayne Lambert, 73, of 6919 East Holly Grove Road, went to be with his Lord and Savior Tuesday, April 30, 2013, due to injuries sustained in an accident.  He was born in Davidson County on Dec. 28, 1939, the son of Reely Lambert and Marie Burgin Lambert.  He was retired from Carolina Seating Company.  He was a member at Southside Baptist Church where he was a Sunday School Teacher and a member of the choir.
Bobby was a loving, caring husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend.  He was a devout Christian, always there for everyone and put himself last.  He wrote poems for his wife and wrote songs to sing in the church.  He had a smile on his face, a positive attitude, and a joke or two.  He was a blessing to all that ever met him and will be missed terribly.
He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Carl Lambert, Jerry Lambert, and Dale Lambert.  On April 18, 1964, he married Barbara Callahan Lambert, who survives of the home.  Also surviving is one daughter, Shannon Daniels and boyfriend Travis Hill of Thomasville; one son, Barry Scott Lambert and wife Jennifer of High Point; three grandchildren, Zane Daniels, Paige Daniels, and Savannah Lambert; several nieces and nephews; and two special puppies, Zoey and Taffy.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, May 3, 2013, at 11 a.m. at J. C. Green and Sons Funeral Home Chapel in Thomasville with the Rev. Tommy Sizemore Jr. and the Rev. Jonathan Lambert officiating.  Interment will follow in Holly Hill Memorial Park. The family will receive friends on Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home and other times at the home.  Memorials may be directed to Southside Baptist Church Memorial Fund, 712 Fisher Ferry St., Thomasville, NC  27360.  Online condolences may be sent to the Lambert family at


Bernice Melton-Craft
HIGH POINT — Bernice Melton-Craft, 62, of High Point, died Saturday.
Bernice Melton-Craft was born March 4, 1951, to the late Edgar Melton and Mary Ellen Melton in Wadesboro, North Carolina. On Saturday, April 27, 2013, she passed away at her home in High Point, North Carolina.
Bernice was initially educated in the Anson County Public School System and completed her education in the Thomasville Public School System (Church Street School). She enjoyed a successful career in banking, advertising, not-for-profits and entrepreneurship. In addition to her birth city, Bernice resided in Greensboro, High Point and Thomasville, North Carolina; and Albany and Smyrna, Ga., at various time periods throughout her life. Bernice was baptized in 1986 as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. She enjoyed traveling; spending time with her family; and participating in the disciple-making work and helping others to come to an accurate knowledge of the Bible.
Bernice was preceded in death by: brothers, William and Rudolph; sisters, Alice and Betty; grandson, Quintin.
Bernice leaves behind: sisters, Lorene, Mattie, Peggy (Alfred), Clara, Brenda and Gwendolyn (Joseph); brother, Claude; sons, Gerald (Kimberly) and Terald (Tamara); daughter, Ursula; grandchildren, Ashton, Ckalib, Logan, Kerys, Gerald Jr., James and Olivia; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, May 4, 2013, at 2 p.m. at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses located at 635 Liberty Road (Highway 62), High Point, North Carolina 27263.


Bette Monroe
LEXINGTON — Bette Leier Monroe, 91, formerly of DeQueen, Ark., died Tuesday, April 30, 2013, at Alston Brook of Lexington.
A graveside service will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday at Lexington City Cemetery. Visitation will be held 2:30-3:30 p.m. Saturday at Davidson Funeral Home.

Joseph Daniel Morgan
THOMASVILLE — Joseph Daniel Morgan, 67, passed away May 1, 2013, in Thomasville.
Joseph was born April 28, 1946, in Macon County (Nantahala), N.C., to Joseph Benjamin and Zelma Nora May Morgan.     
Many friends who knew and loved him called him “Poppy” or “Papaw.” He never met a stranger. Joseph had many “adopted” grandchildren. His life was helping other people and he loved working on cars and lawnmowers. He was ready to go home to his Lord and Savior.                  
Joseph was sick most of his adult life, becoming disabled at a young age with Wilson’s disease. He married Linda Carol Tomlin in 1967. He had a stepfather whom he loved like a father. His family was his life and always put them first.
He was preceded in death by his father; brother, Jimmy Carroll Morgan, and sister, Wilma Jean Grant.
Joseph is survived by his beloved wife Linda Tomlin Morgan; son, Daniel Keith Morgan of Thomasville; mother, Zelma Davis and stepfather Bob Davis of High Point; grandchildren, Josh, Kit, Ali and Alex of Thomasville; brother, Charles David Morgan and wife Shelia of Nantahala; sisters, Josephine Mason and husband Ray of Archdale, Doralee Wishon and husband Max of Jamestown; stepbrother, Fred Davis; brother-in-laws, Clarence Tomlin and wife Debbie of Thomasville, James Tomlin and wife Ruth of High Point; sister-in-law, Joyce Tomlin of High Point; many nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.
A visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 2, 2013, at Thomasville Funeral Home. A Chapel Service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, May 3, in the Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Hoyt Mason officiating; a committal will follow at Union Hill Church Cemetery at Camp Branch in Nantahala, N.C., with Max Wishon officiating; at other times, the family will be at 332 Chase Road, Thomasville, N.C.      
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Karen Page
ISLAMORADA, Fla. — Karen Elizabeth Page, 65, died April 26, 2013, at Baptist Hospital in Miami, Fla.
Arrangements are incomplete at Allen & Shaw Cremations Inc. in Opa-Locka, Fla.


Freddie Reece
THOMASVILLE — Mr. Freddie Reece, 77, a resident of Lower Lake Road, died Tuesday, April 30, 2013, at Thomasville Medical Center.  He was born on June 6, 1935, in Davidson County, N.C., to Marvin and Loure Reece.  He retired from Thomasville Furniture Industries after 35 years of service as a truck driver.  He was a volunteer fireman with Pilot Fire Department and the ambulance service.  He was a member of Galilee Missionary Baptist Church.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Buford Reece; and sisters, Ruby Hudspeth, Jeannie Mae Baity, Ethel Shew, Dot Kinsley, Gladys McDaniel, and Zelma Burris.
On June 28, 1953, he married Louise Eddinger, who survives of the home. Also surviving are his daughters, Diane Barringer of Thomasville, Vickie Surratt of Thomasville, Janet Overby and husband Harold of Burlington, N.C., and Renee Goins and husband Rusty of Kure Beach, N.C.; sister, Blanche Lambert and husband Roy of Pfafftown, N.C.; five grandchildren, Steven Barringer, Jason Barringer, April Baker, Holly Byerly, and Emily Goins; seven great-grandchildren, Leah Barringer, Zoe Byerly, Tanner Baker, Graham Baker, Riley Baker, Hannah Grace Baker, and Jaxson Goins; canine companion, Levi; and several nieces, nephews, and friends.
A funeral service will be held on Friday, May 3, 2013, at 2 p.m. at J.C. Green & Sons Funeral Home Chapel in Thomasville with the Rev. Wade (Bud) Powell officiating.  Interment will follow in Holly Hill Memorial Park Cemetery.  The family will receive friends on Friday at the funeral home from 12:30 p.m. until the hour of the service at 2 p.m. or at other times at the home.  Memorials may be directed to Galilee Missionary Baptist Church or to the Food Bank at Galilee, 101 E. Park Ave. Lexington, NC 27295.  On-line condolences may be sent to

Rachel E. Taylor
ASHEBORO — Rachel East Taylor, age 80, of Asheboro died Tuesday, April 30, 2013, at Kindred Hospital, Greensboro surrounded by her family.
Mrs. Taylor was a native of Surry County. She was previously employed with Acme-McCrary Corporation, Golden Corral and most recently, Noah’s Ark Day Care. Mrs. Taylor was reunited in Heaven with her husband, the Rev. Albert L. Taylor, parents, Ralph and Viola Hall East, sister, Linda Simpson and brothers, Edward and Don East.
She is survived by her son, Eddie Dean Taylor of Asheboro; daughters, Judy Taylor Mendenhall and her husband Bill of Asheboro, Diane Taylor Akins and her husband Tony of Archdale. Rachel’s grandchildren and great grandchildren were the pride and joy of her life; grandchildren, Michael Smith and his wife Rhonda of Maggie Valley, Michelle Smith of Thomasville, Kristi Dawkins and her husband John of Archdale, Benjamin Akins of Greensboro; great grandchildren, Corey, Brittany, Cayce, Killion, JulieAnne, Kylie Rose and KatieBeth. The legacy of her faith in Jesus, her love for others, and her kind and giving spirit will live on through them. She is also survived by her brother, R. J. East of Mt. Airy; sister, Shelby Tucker of Mt. Airy; and several nieces and nephews.
Rachel was an inspiration to all who knew her. She always had a smile on her face and an encouraging word on her lips. She will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.
The family will receive friends Thursday, May 2, 2013, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Pugh Funeral Home, 437 Sunset Ave., Asheboro.  Funeral services will be held Friday, May 3, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Pugh Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Buford Jessup officiating.  Burial will be in Oaklawn Cemetery.
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