Obituaries July 14, 2013

Jul. 16, 2013 @ 04:02 PM

Ralph F. Davis
ASHEBORO — Ralph Farrell Davis, 81, died July 12, 2013.
A funeral will be held at 3:30 p.m. Sunday in the Ridge Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation will be from 2 to  3:30 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Marie Williams Davis 
ATLANTA, Ga. — Mrs. Marie Williams Davis passed from this life on Wednesday, July 10, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. She was born on December 25, 1931, in Warrenton, North Carolina to the late Nelson and Sadie Hubbard Williams. Mrs. Davis attended North Carolina College now North Carolina Central University where she received  both a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Science and Library Science as well as a Master of Library Sciences.  She began her teaching career at DuBois High School in Wake Forest, North Carolina where she was a librarian and Social Studies teacher.
Mrs. Davis later relocated to High Point where she continued teaching in the Public School System.  Soon after being in High Point she joined Temple Memorial Baptist Church and served in many capacities. Mrs. Davis’s church membership was transferred to Memorial United Methodist Church in High Point, North Carolina where she continued to serve  on various committees including the Communion Steward Board, Sunday School, United Methodist Women and Christian Education. Fraternally, Mrs. Davis was a charter member of Eta Omicron Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Other organizations included: The Guild of High Point Regional Hospital, North Carolina Association of Retired School Personnel, Advisory Council of Senior Resources of Guilford, and High Point Chapter of AARP, North Carolina Central University Alumni Association, Inc. and Friends of the Theatre.
Mrs. Davis’s parents preceded her in death in addition to one sister, Alease Steede, brothers Nelson Williams, Vernon Williams, Johnnie Williams, Willie Williams, Sammie Williams, and Barkley Williams.
Survivors include one daughter Tonya Lynn Davis of Atlanta, Georgia, former spouse and loving friend Robert “Bobby” Franklin Davis, sisters-in-law,  Lessie Williams of Chesapeake, VA, Marguerite Sands of Cleveland, OH,  Faye D. Gill of Westfield, NJ, a host of nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.
Funeral will be 12 noon, Monday, July 15, 2013, at Memorial United Methodist Church, 1327 Cedrow Drive. Burial will follow at Carolina Biblical Gardens, Jamestown.  Family visitation will be at the church on Monday, 11 to 11:45 a.m.  Online condolences may be made at

Kenneth Green 
HIGH POINT — Kenneth “KB” Green, 69, passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 11, 2013, at Hospice of High Point. Born in Savannah, GA to Catherine A. (Newby) and Robert W. Green, he was a graduate of Fayetteville 71st High School, and served in the United States Marine Corps before retiring from the City of High Point. He was a well-known fixture at Oak Hollow and Blair Park golf courses, and at all the best Hatteras and Avon fishing spots.
He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Mary Green of Kernersville, daughter Jennifer Green of Holly Springs, step-son Gary Moore of Wallburg, sisters Brenda (Bob) Williams of Yucaipa, CA, Robin (Mark) Delaney of Cleveland, TN, brother Greg (Beth) Smith of Wallburg, step-mother Helen Green of Cleveland, TN, favorite niece Sandy (Dave) Hargis of Wrightwood, CA, and many other loving extended-family members, and is greatly missed by his constant companion, Scruffy. The family would especially like to thank Zan Tyson, MD, Ben Strag, PAC, Ginger Leonard, RN, the incredibly caring staff and volunteers of Hospice, and the many other health care professionals in High Point for their years of respectful and dignified care of Ken.
No public visitation or services will be held, the family will instead hold a private celebration of his life, and ask that any remembrances be directed to the Hospice of the Piedmont or your local Humane Society. You may leave condolences for the family with J.C. Green and Sons’ online guest book at

Mary Abbott
THOMASVILLE — Mary Louise Owens Abbott, 97, died July 13, 2013, at Spring Arbor of Thomasville.  Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced at J.C. Green & Sons Funeral Home in Thomasville.

Charles Amos Collins  
GREENSBORO — Mr. Charles Amos Collins, age 81, passed away Wednesday July 10th, 2013.
Mr. Collins was born September 14th, 1931, in Winston Salem, NC. He was the son of the late T.C. Collins, Sr. and Burwell Matkins Collins. He graduated from Greensboro Senior High School and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He married “Boo” Dempsey, joined the Air Force and was stationed in Japan where they lived for three years before returning to Greensboro. Charles served as deacon at First Baptist Church. He retired from Henley Paper Company. He enjoyed boating and fishing, was a member of the Power Squadron, and the O’Henry Civitan Club. Watching the Tarheels with Boo was a favorite pass time.
Charles moved to Wrightsville Beach after Boo passed away and later married Rush Wrenn. They enjoyed attending First Presbyterian Church and spending time with Allen and Jodi Rippy, Matt Wrenn, Chip Wrenn and their families. He also volunteered at Helping Hands in Wilmington.
Charles was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Boo, and second wife Rush. He is survived by his brother Clyde Collins (Dot), his son Chuck Collins (Laura), Daughter Kay Collins Evans (Terry), son David Collins (Pam), son Keith Collins (Wende), and grandchildren Caroline Landreth (Cris), Christine Collins, Taylor Bulla (Ethan), Kacey Evans, Amanda Evans, Tucker and Max Collins, Ian Collins, and great grandchildren Corbin Bulla, Jaxon Bulla and numerous nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his brother-in-law Paul H. Gibson and sister-in-law Delee Dempsey.
The funeral will be Monday July 15th at 4 O’clock at Hanes Lineberry Elm street Greensboro followed by visitation. In lieu of flowers please send donations to Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro.
The family would like to thank Dr. Michele Haber for her guidance and care as well as the staff of Heritage Greens and the Arboretum. You will forever be in our prayers.
Online condolences may be made to

James Edward Kelly, Jr.
GREENSBORO — Mr. James (Jim) Edward Kelly, Jr. 75, went home to be with the Lord on July 7th, 2013. He was born in Jefferson County Alabama to James and Nettie Kelly. He graduated from Alabama School for the Deaf in Talladega, AL in 1958 and attended Gallaudet University in Washington D.C.  He retired from the Greensboro News and Record after a 50 year career in the newspaper industry. Jim was an active member of Friendly Avenue Church of Christ where he served as a Deacon and Sunday School teacher for many years. Active in the deaf community, he was founder of the Davidson County Association for the Deaf (DCAD).
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Jo Ann Kelly of Thomasville, son Mark Kelly and his wife Machelle, granddaughters Megan and Lindsey of Knoxville, Tennessee, and son Erik Kelly of Thomasville.
There will be a celebration of his life and memorial service held on July 27th at 10 a.m. at Friendly Avenue Church of Christ, 5101 W. Friendly Ave. in Greensboro.

Thomas Watkins
ASHEBORO - Thomas Watkins, 75, died July 13, 2013.  Cremation services have been entrusted to Triad Cremation Society & Chapel.

Lucille Grant Jones
GREENSBORO — Lucille Grant Jones, 92, of Woodland Place Assisted Living in Greensboro, N.C., passed away peacefully on July 6, 2013.  A private family memorial service will be held at a later date. Cremation services are being handled by National Cremation Services.
Lucille was born in North Wilkesboro, N.C. on February 21, 1921, a daughter of Millard and Minnie Grant.  She moved to High Point, NC at an early age, graduated from High Point Central High School and lived most of her life in High Point.   She was married to John Fred Jones in 1947 and they remained happily married until his death in 1961. 
Lucille was the owner/operator of Vogue Cleaners and Grant’s Cleaners in High Point for many years.  Prior to that she was a telephone operator with North State Telephone.
She is survived by her three children Pam Matthews of Molalla, OR; Steve Jones, of Greensboro, NC; and Jeff Jones, of Beaverton, OR; and her grandson Zack Jones, of High Point, NC.
You may honor her memory with a donation to the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund (

Evin F. Taylor 
HIGH POINT- Evin F. “Joney”  Taylor, 98, died Friday, July 12, 2013, at his residence with his loving family by his side.  He was the husband of the late Eulala Marion Taylor who preceded him in 1995.
Mr. Taylor was born on December 30, 1914 in East Bend, NC a son of the late Elisha David and Mentora (Blakley) Taylor, where he spent most of his life. Prior to moving to High Point in 1938 with his wife, who he married the year before, he lived in the Sandy Hills of NC. He retired from Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc. after 39 years of employment.
He was the oldest Charter Member of Conrad Memorial Baptist Church.
Mr. Taylor is survived by a son; Charles Monroe Taylor and his wife, Margaret of Gaston, S.C.;  two daughters, Martha Jane Taylor Moody of High Point; and Brenda Carolyn Taylor Rorer and her husband, Wayne of High Point; 8 grandchildren, Lynn Summerlin and her husband, John of Idaho, Kenneth Taylor and his wife, Kathleen of Jacksonville, Florida, Kevin Taylor and his wife, Celestrial of Singapore, Penny Taylor of New Bern, David Anthony Moody and his wife, Norma of Ft. Worth, Texas, Mark Ryan Moody and his wife, Vicky of Panama City, Florida, Lolita Renee Kennedy and her husband, Don of  Asheboro, and Frankye Denese White of Mocksville ; four great grandchildren,  Courtney “C. J.” Foster of High Point, Cheyenne White of Mocksville, Mellisa Hughes and her husband, Brian and their future son, Jaxs of Ft. Worth, TX, and Taylor Moody of Panama City, Florida; four step great grandchildren; a brother Willie Henderson Taylor and his wife, Janice of Supply; a sister Minnie Ruth Wright of Thomasville; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Coy Monroe Taylor, Charles Jackson Taylor, and Luke James Taylor.
A celebration of life service will be 2:00 p.m. Monday, July 15, 2013 at the chapel of Cumby Family Funeral Service, 1015 Eastchester Drive, High Point, with the Rev. Jeanette Robertson officiating. Burial will follow in Floral Garden Memorial Park. A visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
A special thanks to Hospice of the Piedmont, especially Carol Ann Robles who made the families’ live easier.
Condolences may be left on Mr. Taylor’s memorial page at www.cumbyfuneral.comArrangements made by Cumby Family Funeral Service, High Point.

Chad A. King
ASHEBORO — Chad Anthony King, 19, July 11, 2013.
A funeral service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday at Panther’s Creek Baptist Church. Visitation will be from 6 - 8 p.m. Monday at Ridge Funeral Home.

Eleanor Louise Linder 
HIGH POINT — Eleanor Louise (Clark) Linder, 86, passed away Friday, July 12, 2013, at Hospice Home at High Point. She was the loving wife of John L. Linder to whom she was married to for 44 years.
Mrs. Linder was born on September 15, 1926 in Buffalo, N.Y. a daughter of the late Albert and Elsie (Rosenau) Clark. She was a former office manager for Burlington Industries for nearly 20 years until her retirement and was a faithful member of Springfield Friends Meeting for many years.
Mrs. Linder was known for her talents in the kitchen, often serving her specialties of fried apple pie, six layer chocolate éclair cake, and her delicious potato salad. She and John worked side by side canning and preserving all the fruits and vegetables that they grew.
In addition to her husband, Mrs. Linder is survived by two nephews, Richard Oliphant and his wife, Dot of High Point, and Jimmy Hodge and his wife, Faye of Sophia; two nieces, Ruth Ann Whippich of New Point; and Shirley Ring of High Point; a step daughter, Jennie Boulden and her husband, Bruce of Liberty; two grandsons, Christopher Whiteside and his wife, Lesley of Concord, Massachusetts, and Jake Z. Linder and his wife, Ashley of Birmingham, Alabama; a great grandson, James L. Linder of Birmingham, Alabama; and two sisters, Elsie Hodge of New Point; and Ruth Oliphant of High Point. She was preceded in death by her first husband, James C. Cox and a step son, Charles Dewey Linder.
A celebration of life service will be 11 a.m. Monday, July 15, 2013, at Springfield Friends Meeting with Minister Ray Luther officiating. Burial will follow in Floral Garden Memorial Park.  A visitation will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, July 14, 2013 at Cumby Family Funeral Service, 206 Trindale Road, Archdale.
Memorial contributions may be made to Springfield Friends Meeting, 555 E. Springfield Road, High Point, N.C. 27263.
Online condolences may be left on Mrs. Linder’s memorial page at Arrangements made by Cumby Family Funeral Service, Archdale.

Bud Howell
GREENSBORO —Bud Howell, 37, a former resident of Jamestown died July 10, 2013.  Arrangements are incomplete at the Hanes-Lineberry Funeral Home Sedgefield Chapel.

Kathleen Horney Bruton
THOMASVILLE —Mrs. Kathleen (Kat) Horney Bruton, 89, a resident of Thomasville passed away on July 12, 2013.
Kat was born May 23, 1924, in High Point, N.C. a daughter of the late W.A. Horney and Grace Alma Gurley Horney. She had made this area her home all of her life. Kat was a graduate of High Point High School, retired from North State  Telephone Company after forty two years of service, and was a member of Thomasville Christian Fellowship. Kat enjoyed going to the beach, loved the LORD, loved reading her bible and going to church. On December 21, 1945, she married J.B. Bruton, Jr. who survives of the home.
Also surviving is her son, J. Bibb Bruton III and his wife Linda of Thomasville; granddaughter, Amber Rominger and her husband Bryan of Mocksville; her brother, W.A. Horney, Jr. of High Point and several nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Floral Garden Memorial Park Cemetery in High Point. The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. Sunday at J.C. Green and Sons Funeral Home in Thomasville. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Davidson County, 200 Hospice Way, Lexington, NC 27292. Online condolences may be sent to the Bruton family at

Rosalie Eddleman Barrett 
HIGH POINT – Mrs. Rosalie Eddleman Barrett, age 80, died Friday, July 12th at Hospice Home at High Point.
Born December 21, 1932, in the Rowan County town of Gold Hill, she was one of ten children of the late Leonard Cox Eddleman and the late Ruth Josey Eddleman. A resident of this area since 1955, Rosalie was a homemaker and a child and student of God. In her last years she enjoyed attending the Triad Cowboy Church in Randolph County with her son Ronnie. She and Ronnie also enjoyed hours riding country roads reminiscing old times. As a gifted craftsman, she loved painting, sewing and working with flowers.
She was mother to three boys, John Paul Haithcock and his wife Marta of Manteca, California and Ronnie Dale Haithcock of Archdale. Her third son Donnie Lee Haithcock preceded her in death. Also surviving are her grandson, Carlos Haithcock and a great-grandson, Salem Haithcock.
Funeral Services will be held at 7 p.m. tonight in the chapel of Cumby Family Funeral Service in High Point with Rev. Doug Davis and Rev. Jim King officiating. The family will receive friends from 6 to 7:00 p.m. prior to the service. A committal service and burial will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 16th in Floral Garden Memorial Park Cemetery.
The family requests that memorials be made to (the building fund) at Triad Cowboy Church, 3220 Anvil Place, Greensboro, NC 27407. Online condolences can be made on Rosalie’s web page at Arrangements by Cumby Family Funeral Service in High Point.                 

Junior Alford
HIGH POINT — Junior “Tommy” Alford, 61, died July 13, 2013, at Hospice Home at High Point. Funeral Arrangements are incomplete and entrusted to People’s Funeral & Cremation Service Inc.

Cora Kathryn Snyder
THOMASVILLE — Cora Kathryn Owens Snyder, 85, of Thomasville, N.C., went to be with her Savior on Thursday, July 11, 2013. Cora was born October 18, 1927 in Surry County to the late Rufus and Mable Mayes Owens. She loved her family and the LORD, and committed her life to loving and serving others.  She enjoyed fishing, going to the mountains, and finding the best deals at a yard sale. She loved laughing, singing, and making people smile. She always put others before herself… never knew when she might show up at your door with food, clothing, or whatever she thought you might need.
Cora was preceded in death by her late husband, Cecil Snyder; son, Clarence Ray Southern; one brother, James Owens; one sister, Georgia Stanley; one sister in-law, Patty Owens; one brother in-law, Willie Stanley; two nephews, two nieces; and a great nephew.
Cora was survived by two daughter in-laws, Doris Hicks of Trinity, and Diane Campbell of Thomasville; three grandchildren, Janice Southern Butler (Joe) of Thomasville, Brandy Rae Collins (Curtis) of Kernersville, and Leigh Thompson of Thomasville; seven great-grandchildren; two brothers, Boyd Owens of Yadkinville, and Paul (Katherine) Owens of Trinity; three sisters, Mary Hutchens of Thomasville, Brenda Owenby of Thomasville, and Peggy (Louis) Boone of Trinity; one sister in-law, Glenda Owens; seven nephews, seven nieces, great and great-great nephews and nieces; cousins, and a host of friends.
A Memorial Celebration Service will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, July 15, 2013 at Allendale Baptist Church, 900 E. Springfield Rd., High Point, NC 27263.  In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you bring non-perishable food items that can be donated to a local food bank in her memory.