Obituaries, May 6, 2013

May. 06, 2013 @ 08:31 PM

Elizabeth Coates Beaver
HIGH POINT — Elizabeth Coates Beaver, 94, died Saturday, May 4 at Maryfield at Pennybyrn.
She was born July 3, 1918, in Smithfield, NC, a daughter of Thomas J. and Mary Elizabeth Dodd Coates, the fifth of six children.  She has been a resident of High Point since 1935. She was a resident of Mills Home in Thomasville, NC from 1925 to 1935 where she graduated from high school.  She continued her education in Greensboro, NC, graduating from Kings Business College.  She was employed as bookkeeper at the High Point Enterprise and later for many years at Phillips, Davis, Inc. as secretary to Earl N. Phillips, Sr.
On March 27, 1937 she married Robert Williams Beaver, Sr. who she met at the Elwood Cox Boarding House.  They made their home in High Point, except while she followed him during his service in the Air Corps during World War II.  During that time, she served her country by working in a munitions factory in Connecticut.
She was a member of First Presbyterian Church and active in the Women of the Church, serving as Vice-President and Treasurer, Circle Chairman, Sunday School teacher.  She was very active in her community, as a Girl Scout leader, member of the Dogwood Garden Club, and active in the PTA and Red Cross.  She enjoyed golfing, sewing, gardening, travel, and spending time with family and friends.  Most of all she loved her family and was a wonderful wife, mother, and grandmother who taught us all so very much and led by example.  She was known by her elegant manner.
She was predeceased by her husband who died October 1, 2002.  She is survived by a son, Robert William Beaver, Jr. and a daughter, Lynn Beaver Crawford, and her husband, Kent Douglas Crawford.  Also surviving are three grandchildren, Kent Douglas Crawford, Jr. and his wife Lexi McBride Crawford, Elizabeth Coates Crawford, and Ann Hunter Beaver and a sister-in-law, Pauline Collins.
A Memorial Service will be held Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. in First Presbyterian Church with the Reverend Dr. Kenneth Broman-Fulks officiating.  The family will receive friends in the Family Life Center of the church following the service.  Inurnment in the church columbarium will be private.
Memorials may be directed to First Presbyterian Church, 918 N. Main Street, High Point, NC  27262 or to The Baptist Children’s Home of NC, Inc., PO Box 338, Thomasville, NC  27360
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Ronnie Clark
THOMASVILLE — Mr. Ronnie Scott Clark, 74, a resident of Lakeview Ct., died Saturday, May 4, 2013 at Thomasville Medical Center.  He was born on March 19, 1939 in Valier, Illinois to Walter Scott Clark and Blanche Cavender Clark.  He worked as a branch manager in the Food Service Industry and most recently as chief of operations with Shuler Meats in Thomasville.  He was a US Army veteran.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Frankie Clark.
In 1965, he married Anne Marshall, who survives of the home; also surviving are two daughters, Renee Kuglar and husband Kevin of Acworth, GA and Carrie Camp and husband Shane of Thomasville; brother, Rennie Clark and wife Karen of IL; grandchildren, Kylie Kuglar, Avery Kuglar, and Vaughn Camp; sister-in-law, Mickey Clark of IL; special cousins, Kay Brower and Judy Straight, both of High Point; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at 1:00 PM at the J.C. Green & Sons Funeral Home Chapel in Thomasville with Pastor Rickey Payne officiating.  The family will receive friends on Tuesday at the funeral home from 11:30 until the hour of the service at 1:00 and at other times at the home.  Flowers are welcomed and memorials may be directed to the American Heart Association, 101 CentrePort Dr. Suite 103, Greensboro, NC 27409 or to American Lung Association, 514 Daniels St. #109, Raleigh, NC 27605, or to the charity of the donor’s choice.  On-line condolences may be sent to

Helen S. Newsom
TRINITY — Mrs. Helen Marie Sexton Newsom, age 90, a loving mother, grand-mother and friend, who was always willing to place the needs of others before her own, died Saturday, May 4th at Hospice Home at High Point. She had been in declining health for the past few months.
Helen was born April 26th, 1923 in Guilford County, a daughter of the late Lonnie Moss and Hester Mary Dunn Sexton and has been a resident of this area all her life. She was a member of Pilot View Baptist Church and until her retirement worked as manager of the Men’s Department at K-Mart in High Point. She enjoyed being with her family and friends and quite times reading and working word puzzles. In addition to her parents, Helen was also preceded in death by her husband John A. Newsom, who died in 1974; a son John A Newsom, Jr.; a daughter-in-law, Brenda Newsom; a granddaughter, Jill Renee Pearce; two sisters and three brothers.
Surviving are two sons, Larry Newsom and Barry Keith Newsom both of Trinity; a grandson, Phil Newsom; a granddaughter, Stephanie Pullum; two great-grandsons, Phillip Newsom and Jeffrey Pullum; two great-granddaughters, Elin and Lana Pearce and a great-great-grandson, Tyler Zane Newsom. Also surviving are several nieces, nephews and grand-nieces and grand-nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm Tuesday in the chapel of Cumby Family Funeral Service in Archdale with the Pastor Bob Summers and Rev. Gary Green officiating. Burial will follow in Guilford Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1:00 pm until 2:00 pm Tuesday at the funeral home.
Pallbearers are Phil Newsom, Phillip Newsom, Daniel Raleigh, Jeffrey Pullum, Robert Bishop and Gary Miller.
The family requests that memorial contributions be made to Hospice of the Piedmont, 1801 Westchester Drive, High Point, NC 27262 or to Pilot View Baptist Church, 7173 Prospect Church Road, Thomasville, NC 27360. Online condolences can be made on Helen’s web page at Arrangements by Cumby Family Funeral Service in Archdale.          

Jean Turman
ROANOKE, Va. — Jean Mullins Turman, 79, passed away on Saturday, May 4, 2013. She was born on May 5, 1933, in Rocky Mount, Virginia. She was preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Antholene Mullins.
She is survived by her husband, Jack McKinley Turman. Jack and Jean met in high school and they married August 21, 1952. They were married for 60 years. Shortly after their marriage, they moved to Richmond, Virginia where they raised their two children, Tamar Turman Wood and Dean McKinley Turman. In 1978, they moved to High Point, North Carolina for Jean to continue her employment with LADD Furniture. She retired from LADD after 38 years of employment.
Jean was a very talented woman and enjoyed quilting, gardening, rug hooking and growing herbs. Her main love though was her grandson. Jean loved spending her days picking Logan up from school and attending all of his sporting events. There was nothing she would rather do than cheer on her #20 and be with her baseball family, “The Botetourt Cavs”.
She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Jack McKinley Turman. Her daughter, Tamar Turman Wood and son-in-law, William Lawson Wood, her son, Dean McKinley Wood, sister and brother-in-law, Ina Dean Layman and Ivy Layman, sister, Shirley Mae Worley and brother, Fred Booth Mullins, many nieces, nephews, cousins and many special friends, including Ronnie and Irene Adams of Richmond, Virginia.
A special thank-you to Walter’s Greenhouse. Mama was doing what she loved most, buying flowers when she suffered her stroke. Walter’s collected the flowers and herbs she was purchasing at the time to give to the family. They were planted for her Sunday, May 5th to honor her 80th birthday.
Funeral services will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at Bonsack United Methodist Church with Pastor Tim Tate officiating. Visitation will begin at 5:00 p.m. at Bonsack United Methodist Church prior to the service. Remembrances may be given to Bonsack United Methodist Church.
Arrangements by Oakey’s East Chapel, 540-977-3909. Online condolences may be made at

Mary Tuttle
HIGH POINT — Mary Lib (Jones) Tuttle, 87, passed away Saturday, May 4, 2013 at Hospice Home at High Point after a very brief illness. She was the loving wife of the late Harry Eugene Tuttle -whom she shared her life with for almost 55 years until his death in 2000.
Mrs. Tuttle was born on March 21, 1926 in High Point a daughter of the late Walter F. and Essie (Russell) Jones, Sr. She was raised in High Point with her brothers and sisters and attended High Point City schools.
She was an avid homemaker, loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and fun loving friend to those who knew her. Her life revolved around her family – especially her two grandsons – Thomas and Bryce.
She was a member of First Baptist Church, High Point and a former member of the Furniture City Women’s Club.
Mrs. Tuttle is survived by a son, David Eugene Tuttle and his wife, Beth of High Point; a daughter, Teresa Tuttle Slane of High Point; two grandsons, Thomas V. Slane, Jr., and Bryce Harrison Slane; a sister-in-law Clara Tuttle of Florida; a very special care giver, Rachel Primus; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband she was preceded in death by two brothers, Charlie Jones and W.F. Jones, Jr.; and a sister, Frances Gaynor.
A celebration of life service will be 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 7, 2013 in the chapel of Cumby Family Funeral Service, 1015 Eastchester Drive, High Point with Rev. Robert Ferguson officiating.  A visitation will be held in the Life Tribute Center of Cumby Family Funeral Service following the service.
The family would like to express their appreciation to the nurses and staff for the wonderful care given Lib while she was on the 7th floor at High Point Regional and to the nurses and staff of Hospice for the exceptional care and compassion they all received there.
They would also like to thank Amanda and Jim Gane at Visiting Angels for providing wonderful caregivers when needed and for sending them a very special “angel” – Rachel – who so enriched Lib’s life this last year and her family’s.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Piedmont, 1801 Westchester Drive, High Point, 27262.
Condolences may be left on Mrs. Tuttle’s memorial page at
Arrangements made by Cumby Family Funeral Service, High Point.