Obituaries July 15, 2013

Jul. 14, 2013 @ 06:27 PM

Megeal McCaskill
GREENSBORO ­— Megeal Demond McCaskill, 34, died July 8, 2013. A funeral will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Ridge Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday at Ridge Funeral Home.

Billy Brimson
HIGH POINT — Billy Brimson, 56, died July 13, 2013.  Cremation services have been entrusted to Triad Cremation Society & Chapel.

Bud Howell
GREENSBORO — Bud Howell, 37, was a naturalist, an activist and always on the move. He was an accomplished rescuer of wild and domestic animals.  Born on April Fool’s Day, James Dallas Howell IV, known to his friends and family as Bud, was born in Atlanta, GA, and grew up in Jamestown.
His life ended tragically in an auto accident on a Tennessee mountain road on a rainy night.  He is survived by his mother, Anne Helene Nulsen of Kernersville, his sister, Lane Howell of Greensboro, his paternal grandmother, Sara Nance Howell of Colfax.  His father, James Dallas Howell III died in January of this year.  Paternal grandfather was the late James Dallas Howell Jr. and maternal grandparents were the late George and Audrey Nulsen.  He is survived by four aunts: Linda Nulsen, Cynthia McKean, Martha Howell, Sara Lee Howell and fiance’ Andrew Bayley and six cousins.
Bud graduated from Ragsdale High School in 1994 and became an Eagle Scout at the age of 18.  In 1999, Bud earned a BS degree from Guilford College in Religious and Environmental Studies.
The seeds of his life as a naturalist and activist were planted when he became an Eagle Scout.
Bud hiked the Appalachian Trail, biked across the United States and served as a “Bear Manager” at Yellowstone National Park.  During his time in Asheville, he worked with the Asheville Global Report, the Dogwood Alliance and numerous organizations and movements for social change.  He took several outdoor survival courses.
Bud had a quick wit, made people laugh on a daily basis, was a complex person, a risk taker, a deep thinker, and made his own path in life.
He became a passionate advocate for environmental protection and the treatment of animals, human rights and peace.  He possessed working knowledge of environmentally friendly practices.
Bud’s strong network of amazingly loyal and diverse friends remember him as a generous, kind, caring, brilliant, handsome, adventurous and righteous man.  Bud had boundless creativity and a wild imaginative wit.  He was driven by compassion for people and all creatures.  He was known to slam on the brakes to pick up turtles and other animals that needed rescuing and would drive long distances to deliver dogs to loving homes.  His latest rescue was his Beagle, Rodger, who will miss him dearly.  He acquired his love for all creatures when he was young, bringing home critters in his pocket.  As a teen he bought a gopher tortoise, Margaret, and cared for her until he went to college.
Bud suffered through depression and anxiety his adult life, causing many trials and tribulations.  He finally found his niche as beginning a career with wildlife preservation and rescue a few months ago.
His dream was to live off his own land.   
A Service of Remembrance for Bud will be held Wednesday, July 17, at 2 p.m. at the Adams Farm Community Church, 5113 Mackay Rd., Jamestown, NC 27282, with Norman Harper Price officiating.  The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Hanes-Lineberry Funeral Home Sedgefield Chapel, 6000 High Point Rd., Greensboro, NC 27407
Donations in honor of Bud can be made to Wild South, 16 Eagle St., Asheville, NC 28801 or to the Guilford County Animal Shelter, 4525 W. Wendover Ave., Greensboro, NC 27409 or to the Piedmont Environmental Center, 1220 Penny Rd, High Point, NC 27265.
To view photo tributes and leave online audio and written condolences can be made at Bud’s webpage at

David Gordon
TRINITY – David Kemp Gordon, 69 died July 14, 2013 at High Point Regional Hospital. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Cumby Family Funeral Service in Archdale.

Mary Abbott 
THOMASVILLE — The many friends of Mary Abbott are saddened to learn of her death on Saturday, July 13, 2013, at Spring Arbor of Thomasville.  She was born in Sumter, South Carolina, on February 1, 1916, to Charles Edward Owens and Addie Butler Owens.  She lived in Sumter until her marriage to L.E. Abbott on June 11, 1938, who preceded her in death on January 2, 2002.  The couple moved to Thomasville in 1961.
Her family includes children, Laurie A. Abbott and Lawrence E. Abbott, Jr. and his wife Nancy; grandchildren are Chris Ward, Brandon Ward and his wife Lina Cuartes-Ward, Jeremy Abbott and Katherine Louise Sanborn-Abbott; and great-grandchildren are Amber, Ryan, Madeline and Matthew Ward.
Mary was a member of First Baptist Church in Thomasville, where she taught the Mary Abbott Sunday School class for many years.  She was also a retired member of the Thomasville Women’s Club and a volunteer for the meals-on-wheels program.  Mary will be remembered by the many who loved her as a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.  Her love and caring touched many through her visitation program to shut-ins and nursing homes.
A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, July 16, 2013, at 10 a.m. at Holly Hill Memorial Park Cemetery with Rev. Henry C. Thompson officiating.  Mrs. Abbott will remain at the J.C. Green & Sons Funeral Home in Thomasville until the hour of the graveside service.  The family will be at the funeral home on Monday from 6-8 p.m.  Memorials may be directed to Hospice of Davidson County, 200 Hospice Way, Lexington, NC 27292 or to First Baptist Church, 8 Cramer St. Thomasville, NC 27360.  Online condolences may be sent to