Obituaries Jan., 19 2014

Jan. 18, 2014 @ 05:20 PM

Jack “Rocky” Lee Willis Jr.
TRINITY — Jack “Rocky” Lee Willis Jr., 51, of Trinity, died Monday, Jan. 13, 2014.
Rocky was born Nov. 21, 1962 to Jack Willis and Anna Coleman Willis. He worked as a roofer for Willis Roofing for several years. He was preceded in death by his father and sister, Debra Anne Sexton.
In addition to his mother, Rocky is survived by brother, Michael Willis and wife Sandra of Trinity, and sisters, Lisa Willis and Amy Willis Tournas and husband Kostas, all of Trinity; and several nieces and nephews.
A celebration of Rocky’s life will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014 at 6 p.m. at Mt. Gilead United Methodist Church, Trinity.
Memorials may be made to Sandhills Center, 201 N. Eugene Street, Suite A, Greensboro, NC  27401.
Online condolences may be made to Rocky’s memorial page at  Arrangements by Cumby Family Funeral Service, Archdale.

Jean R. Roughton
JAMESTOWN — Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014 Jean R. Krueck Roughton of Jamestown passed from this world without long suffering at the age of 88.
Born in Claxton, Georgia May 30, 1925 to the late Ross & Vera Rowe, she enjoyed a long and loving life making friends across the east from New Jersey to Georgia.
A graduate of Georgia State Women’s College in 1946 in Social Work, she went on to become a stewardess for Delta Airlines and to teach high school in Hinesville, Ga. before marrying Dick Krueck in 1948. In Charlotte, N.C. they started their family with Jim (1950), Jeff (1954) and Amy (1960). Moving to Greensboro, N.C. in 1961 they raised their young family in the fellowship of Christ United Methodist Church.
Divorcing in 1968, Jean became a medical-records professional and continued to nurture her family, work and remain active in church affairs and crisis counseling.
She was wed to Ed Roughton in January of 1975 and traveled with him as his career demanded; first moving to Vineland, N.J., then to Marietta, Ga. before retiring and moving to Jamestown, N.C. to be close to family.
Living in Jamestown, she valued nothing quite as much as her friends and activities in Jamestown United Methodist Church. Jean devoted herself to others endlessly and tirelessly, especially enjoying her work at the JUMC Outreach Thrift Center and various ministries with the Senior Sunday School group.
Generous, energetic and direct, she will be sorely missed and long remembered by all who were touched by her.
Jean was preceded in death by her parents Ross & Vera Rowe, her brother Richard Rowe, her first husband Dick Krueck, her second husband, Ed Roughton, and her son Jim Krueck. She is survived by her son Jeff B. Krueck (Donnis), daughter Amy K. Gies (Bob), grandchildren Aaron (Katie), Jesse (Rubi) and Vera (fiancé Alex Boston). The family wishes to thank all her friends and neighbors for sharing their time and love with our beloved mother and grandmother. In lieu of memorials, contributions and donations may be made to Jamestown United Methodist Outreach Thrift Shop.
A memorial service to celebrate the life of this extraordinary woman will be held Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, at 2 p.m. at Jamestown United Methodist Church in the Sanctuary.

Ronald Roseboro, Sr. (PHOTO)
GREENSBORO — Ronald Eugene ”Dooley” Roseboro, Sr., 70, of Greensboro, N.C. formerly of High Point, N.C., passed away Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2014 at Beacon Place in Greensboro. He was born March 11, 1943 in High Point, a son of the late Nellie Elizabeth Roseboro and Roy Lee Matthews. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Robert Roseboro.
A 1962 graduate of William Penn High School, Ronald lived most of his life in High Point until moving to Greensboro over 20 years ago. He was last employed with K&W Cafeteria and Aetna Insurance Company in Greensboro before retiring due to disability.
Ronald was a member of Williams Memorial C.M.E. Church. Recreationally he was an avid golfer, fisher and basketball player. He loved dancing. Such a social, upbeat and loving person with never a loss for words, he was a very loyal and dear friend.
On April 8, 1968, he was joined in matrimony to Anne Pressley who survives of the home. To that union was born one son, Ronald Eugene Roseboro Jr. who survives of Greensboro.
Those also left to hold him forever dear in their hearts are one granddaughter, Ronika Anne Little of High Point; two sisters, Teresa Baskin of Houston, Texas and Roxie Theresa Coicou of Boston, Mass.; two brothers, Randolph Roseboro of High Point, N.C. and Roger Hickson of Houston, Texas; mother-in-law, Louella Pressley of High Point N.C.; eight sisters-in-law; two brothers-in-law; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and very dear friends.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014 at 1 p.m. at Williams Memorial C.M.E. Church, 3400 Triangle Lake Road, High Point, NC. Burial will follow in Oakwood Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church from 12:30 p.m. until 1 p.m. and other times at the home, 3712 Cotswold Avenue, Unit X, Greensboro, NC 27410.
Memorial contributions may be directed to Hospice and Pallative Care of Greensboro, N.C.
Final arrangements are entrusted to Phillips Funeral Service, Inc.
Online condolences may be made to the Roseboro family at

Jerome Jacobs
HIGH POINT — Mr. Jerome Jacobs, 79, resident of High Point, died Jan. 17, 2014 at Hospice Home at High Point. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Hebrew Cemetery in High Point. Cumby Family Funeral Service in High Point is assisting the family.

James Moore
HIGH POINT — James Walter Moore, 66, died on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014.  Cremation services entrusted to Triad Cremation Society & Chapel.

Burton William Davis Sr. (PHOTO)
HIGH POINT — Burton William Davis Sr., aged 89, passed away peacefully Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014, at Hospice House in High Point, N.C. after a lengthy illness.
Burt was born March 4, 1924, in Kings Mountain, N.C. to the late Havana and Ola Detmar Davis.  He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II as a gunner’s mate on several different ships escorting ship convoys to Europe and North Africa, and again during the Korean War on the USS Vermillion. His adult life was spent in High Point, where he first worked for Tomlinson Furniture becoming a master woodworker. In 1952 he began his career with the High Point Fire Department where he rose through the ranks to become Assistant Fire Chief, a position he held for many years before retiring in 1987. He was loved and respected by the men and women with whom he served and led.
On Nov. 26, 1947, he married the love of his life, Bobbie Louise Sugg, who preceded him in death. Burt and Bobbie loved to square dance and loved to travel.  Together they visited numerous countries around the world and RV’d throughout much of the eastern United States. An avid outdoorsman, Burt snow skied, rock climbed, bungee jumped and golfed well into his 70s with his children, grandchildren and regular golf buddies.  After his retirement he volunteered as a course ranger at Oak Hollow golf course.
Mr. Davis was an active and faithful member of Christ United Methodist Church in High Point and a charter member of the Big Brother’s Sunday school class.
Survivors include daughter Patricia and husband Mike Ingram of Thomasville, son Burton, Jr. and wife Judy of Boone, five grandchildren, Patrick Ingram and wife Kindra, Stephen and Elizabeth Ingram, Burton III and Owen Davis and great granddaughter Charlotte Ingram.
The family would like to thank the volunteers and staff at Hospice Home of High Point and the CNA’s at Pennybyrn and Westchester Harbour for the care and compassion they showed to Burt throughout his illness. A special thank you is extended to Sara Shelton of Pennybyrn and her on-going schedule of special activities which Burt so enjoyed during his residency there.
A service to celebrate Burt’s life will be held Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, at 2 p.m. at Christ United Methodist Church, 1300 N. College Dr. in High Point by the Reverends Matt Farabow, Tom Warrington and Kim Maddrey. Interment will follow at Floral Garden Park Cemetery with military rites by the Randolph County Honor Guard. Members of the High Point Fire Department and the Fire Department Honor Guard will also participate in the service. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.  Arrangements are being provided by Cumby Family Funeral Service on Eastchester Dr.
Memorials may be directed to Hospice of the Piedmont, 1801 Westchester Dr., High Point, NC 27262, Christ United Methodist Church, 1300 N. College Dr., High Point, NC, 27262 or to the Alzheimer’s Association Western Carolina, 3800 Shamrock Dr., Charlotte, NC, 28215.
Online condolences may be sent to

Barbara Ann Davis
THOMASVILLE — Mrs. Barbara Ann Smith Davis, 61 of Noahtown Rd. in Thomasville passed away on Friday, Jan. 17, 2014 at her residence.
Mrs. Davis was born on May 16, 1952 in Guilford County a daughter to the late William Michael and Marion Jeanette Dykes Smith. Barbara loved to shop and watch television. She was employed in the food industry where she performed many different tasks. She was of the Baptist faith and was a member of the Love of God Baptist Church.
Survivors include her husband Ned Davis; son Shane Davis; daughter Laurie Foster; brother Michael David Smith and wife Sharon; 4 grandchildren, Shay Foster, Mikayla, Kylie and Taylor Davis.
A funeral service will be held on Monday, Jan. 20, 2014 at 11 a.m. at the Love of God Baptist Church, 5606 South NC Hwy 109, Thomasville NC 27360 with Reverend Michael Orman officiating. The family will receive friends on Sunday evening from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Floral Garden Park Cemetery.
Online condolences can be made to her webpage at
Thomasville Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Jo Anne Rosebrock
HIGH POINT — Jo Anne Rosebrock, 55, died on Friday, Jan. 17, 2014. Cremation services entrusted to Triad Cremation Society & Chapel.

Ruth Albertson Johnson
GREENSBORO — Ruth Albertson Johnson of Greensboro passed away peacefully after a declining illness.
Ruth was born in Trinity, N.C. to the late Verney Howard and Lula Marsh Albertson. She graduated from Trinity High School in 1944 and then went on to Ashmore Business College.
In 1949, she married Dempsey Edwin Johnson. In October 1960, Ruth and her husband were co-owners in establishing Demp’s Saw & Tool Company in Greensboro. In 1986, Ruth became the Branch Office Assistant for Edward Jones Investments in Thomasville until her retirement in April 2001.
Ruth joined Hopewell Methodist Church at age 11 where she was a member until 1995 when she relocated to Greensboro and transferred membership to Centenary United Methodist Church. At Centenary, she was a member of the UMW Fellowship and Pittard Sunday School Class. She and church friends were part of a group that had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel to the Holy Land. In 1975, Ruth was a charter member of Club 75 Dance in Greensboro. There she developed a love for ballroom dancing, where she and friends had shared many years and memories. She also served as a member and officer in the Rebekah Lodge #51.
She is preceded in death by her parents; her brothers William, Basil, and John Albertson; and longtime friends Ed Abrams and Ruth Byerly. She is survived by her daughter, Sue Ellen Drinkard, son-in-law, John Drinkard of Greensboro, and granddaughter, Julie Christina Drinkard of Washington, DC. She is also survived by nieces, Susan Daniels of Trinity, Linda Hohn and Willie Ruth Jarrett of Archdale; nephews, Basil Jr. (Bo) and Ronnie Albertson of Trinity, Jim Albertson of Archdale, and Tony and John Albertson of Greensboro, NC.
The family expresses their sincere gratitude to Doctors William Ameen, Shane Anderson, Dora Brodie, James Love, and Stephen South. Also to caregiver Pam Saleye and the staff at Brighton Gardens and Blumenthal’s for the spectrum of care and support provided to Ruth and the family.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to be made to Hopewell Methodist Church at 4540 Hopewell Church Rd, Trinity, NC 27370 or to Centenary United Methodist at 2300 W. Friendly Ave, Greensboro, NC 27403. Interment will be private.