Obituaries July 16, 2013
Lester R. (Jack) Propst, Jr.
HIGH POINT — Lester R. Propst, Jr. (Jack), 87 formerly of High Point, North Carolina passed away Sunday, July 14, 2013. He was born on March 23, 1926, in Cherryville, North Carolina.
He was a graduate of North Carolina State University. He was a member of Christ United Methodist Church in High Point and the Upper Room Sunday School class.
He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and the Korean War. On November 11, 201, he participated in the “final” Flight of Honor. We would like to thank everyone involved in making that trip possible.
He worked at Myrtle Desk Company for nearly 40 years where he was plant manager for the Library division.
He is survived by his wife of nearly 63 years, Clara Jean Propst, son Larry Propst and wife Donna of Greensboro, granddaughter Jennifer Pelletier and husband Brent of Raleigh and grandson Taylor Propst who is currently serving in the U.S. Navy. He is also survived by two great grandsons, Jackson and Mason Pelletier.
Visitation will be on Thursday, July 18th from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Chapel of Cumby Family Funeral Service on Eastchester Drive in High Point with funeral service immediately following at 2 p.m. with the Reverend Jeffrey Martin officiating. Interment will follow at Guilford Memorial Park Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Christ United Methodist Church, 1300 N. College Drive, High Point, NC 27262. Online condolences may be made on Mr. Propst memorial page at www.cumbyfuneral.com. Arrangements by Cumby Family Funeral Service, High Point.
TRINITY — Mr. David Kemp Gordon, 69, resident of Trinity, died Sunday, July 14, 2013, at High Point Regional Hospital after a short illness.
He was born June 11, 1944, a son of the late Rupert Herland Gordon and Mary Kemp Gordon of High Point. He was a 1963 graduate of Ragsdale High School and retired from North State Telephone after 30 years of service.
Surviving is his wife of 46 years, Nancy Russell Gordon of Trinity; a daughter, Donna Leigh Gordon of Surfside Beach, SC; a brother-in-law, Stan Russell and wife Donna of Archdale; a sister-in-law, Gloria Gordon of High Point; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother, Tommy Herland Gordon.
A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Deep River Friends Meeting Cemetery with Rev. Bobby Loving officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Schnauzer Rescue of the Carolinas, 2643 Tumbleweed Dr. Lenoir, NC 28645. Cumby Family Funeral Service in Archdale is assisting the family. On-line condolences may be made through www.cumbyfuneral.com.
THOMASVILLE — Jennifer Adkins Sikes, 41, of Thomasville, died July 14, 2013. Arrangements are pending at Cumby Family Funeral Service in Archdale.
RALEIGH — Mrs. Barbara Marie Sheppard Bobo, 84, died peacefully in Raleigh on July 15, 2013. She was born September 8, 1928, in Guilford County, to the late O.D. Sheppard and Vera Jane Marsh Sheppard and lived many years in Thomasville. Returning “home” to the Allen Jay area of High Point, she made her home for nearly 40 years on the Marsh family farm. In declining health for 3 years, she most recently resided at Independence Village of Raleigh. In 1946, she was a member of the last 11th grade graduating class at Allen Jay and then attended High Point College (University). She was a member of the same bridge club with cherished friends for more than 50 years. A devoted member of Fairfield United Methodist Church, she served in many capacities including teaching a young adult Sunday school class for many years which was named in her honor.
She was predeceased by her husband of 54 years, Forest Freeman Bobo and a daughter, Dianna Jane Bobo Ellis (Jack). Surviving is her daughter, Meri Forest Bobo Bjork and husband, Sonny of Raleigh, and her granddaughters, Melinda Jane Collins of High Point, and Holly Suzanne Ridge of Raleigh.
Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 17, 2013, at Fairfield United Methodist Church in High Point with Rev. Jill Auman officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will follow the interment in the church fellowship hall.
Memorials may be directed to Hospice of Wake County, 250 Hospice Circle, Raleigh, NC 27607 or to Fairfield United Methodist Church, 1505 Hwy. 62 West, High Point, NC 27263 or to the Society of the Prevention of Cruelty of Animals of your choice. Cumby Family Funeral Service in Archdale is assisting the family. On-line condolences may be made through www.cumbyfuneral.com.
GREENSBORO - Diane Janet Paulding, 73, died on Sunday, July 14, 2013. Cremation services entrusted to Triad Cremation Society & Chapel.
LEXINGTON — Mary Lee Leonard Everhart, 90, of Bethesda Road, died Sunday, July 14, 2013, at Wake Forest Baptist Health – Lexington Medical Center. The funeral will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Ebenezer United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Davidson Funeral Home and other times at the home.
HIGH POINT — Mr. Frank Parker Kersey, 86, of High Point died on July 15, 2013, at High Point Regional Hospital. Mr. Kersey was born on January 13, 1927, in Guilford County, the son of Charles Arthur Kersey and Lula Jordan Kersey. He graduated from Jamestown High School and Bryce Commercial College. Frank began working at Wilson and Company as a Cashier and then went to the War Department in Washington, DC, and trained in the Pentagon. He worked in the Munitions Building for three months and then transferred to the Social Security Administration in Fayetteville. He worked there two different times for three and one half years. He also worked for the Social Security Administration in High Point for four years. On September 3, 1950, he was called to serve in the Korean War as a Sergeant 1st Class. He served at Fort Bragg in personnel for the 540th FA Bn. In HQ, Co and nine months in Japan in Personnel Processing as a Personnel Management Specialist in the 3068th Army Unit in Sasebo. Upon leaving Sasebo, Japan, he received a Letter of Commendation from the Commanding Officer or HQ. Co of the 3068th Army Unit. Upon returning from the military, Mr. Kersey was transferred from the Social Security Office in High Point to the office in Greensboro. He became a Field Representative while in Fayetteville. Frank worked in Greensboro for over thirty years for a total of forty three years with the Social Security Administration when he retired on November 30, 1988. Frank attended Mitchells Grove United Methodist Church since birth and became a member there when he was 12 years old. He began going to Sunday School at an early age. Frank was elected treasurer of Mrs. Rosa Cashatts Sunday School class and also Mrs. Orphey Cox Edwards class. He participated in the pageants under the direction of Mrs. Callie Billings during his preteen years by citing recitations. At age 16, he was voted vice-president of the Christian Endeavor Society. During his senior year of high school, Doris Misenheimer and he played the leading roles in the Christmas pageant under the direction of Callie Billings. He also had roles in the childrens day and Easter pageant, also under the direction of Mrs. Callie Billings. He was a member of the YMCA for 67 years. This includes the years in High Point, Fayetteville, and most recently Greensboro.
Mr. Kersey is survived by one brother, Alvin E. Kersey of Greensboro, 15 nieces, 1 nephew, and a host of great nieces and nephews.
Funeral Services will be Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Mitchells Grove UMC, with Dr. Rev. Tim Porter officiating, burial following at the church cemetery, with full military honors. Visitation will be 6-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday at Sechrest Funeral Service in High Point.
Memorials may be made to Mitchells Grove UMC, 3511 East Kivett Dr. High Point 27260.
Ella Rae Brooks Cowan
HIGH POINT — Ella Rae Brooks Cowan, 76 formerly of High Point, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Monday at Greenhaven Health and Rehabilitation Center in Greensboro. Born July 28, 1936, in Alamance County she is a daughter of the late John Will Brooks, Sr. and Carmen Watson Brooks. She is a member of the First Baptist Church of High Point, the Bobbie Hodgen Sunday School class and was involved with WMU. She also helped in the church’s participation with Open Door Ministry. Mrs. Cowan was a very special loving and caring person who was an inspiration to lots of people. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Cowan was preceded in death by her husband Dave Cowan, a son Jerry Wayne Watlington, sister Gladys Brooks Davis and a brother John Will Brooks, Jr.
Mrs. Cowan is survived by a son, Robin Watlington of Durham and two grandchildren and five great grandchildren. She is also survived by five sisters, Irene Bohannan of Lawrenceville, GA, Betty Farrell and husband Don of Calabash, NC, Linda Bampton and husband Cliff of Pittsboro, NC, Christine Cobb of Graham, Pat Thomas and husband Gene of Graham and two brothers, Bill Brooks and wife Rachel of High Point and Wayne Brooks and wife Arlene of Greensboro. Also surviving are a special friend Dave Tresonoli of Charlotte and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service to celebrate the life of Ella Rae Brooks Cowan will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday in the chapel of Cumby Family Funeral Service with the Reverend Jeanne Neal officiating. The family will greet friends one hour prior to the service.
The family would like to offer a special thank you to Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro and Greenhaven Health and Rehabilitation Center. In lieu of flowers the family request that memorials be given to Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro or Greenhaven Health and Rehabilitation Center. On line condolences may be made on her memorial page at www.cumbyfuneral.com. Arrangements by Cumby Family Funeral Service, High Point.
GREENSBORO — Broadus Richard Nelson, 68, died on Sunday, July 14, 2013. Cremation services entrusted to Triad Cremation Society & Chapel.
THOMASVILLE — Clifton “Cliff” Harrison Everhart was born September 2, 1926, in Davidson County, NC, to the late Earlie Harrison Everhart and Tula May Sexton Everhart. He lived on lived on the family’s self-sustaining farm in Randolph County and at Wheatmore Farm in Trinity until his graduation from Fair Grove School. He moved to Langley, Virginia afterward, where he worked for Langley Aircraft (later NASA). On February 10, 1945, Cliff was drafted and inducted into active duty to serve his country during World War II. While serving, he received his basic training at Fort Bragg and completed Parachute School at Fort Benning, Georgia. He served in the 457th Parachute Field Artillery Battalion in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater. He received the rank of mess sergeant aboard the USS Lynx, supervising fifteen men and serving forty-five officers. On December 3, 1946, Cliff received Honorable Discharge from the United States Army. He truly was one of the “Greatest Generation”.
Cliff began his career as a builder upon his return to civilian life. He was a self-employed house builder for approximately eight years. In 1955, he joined J.L. Darr and Son as a general contractor and superintendent. In 1988, he began a career with L.P. Cox Construction Company (Sanford, NC) as a project manager where he remained until his retirement in 1992. His fingerprint as a builder is stamped all over the Piedmont-Triad area and beyond. Upon his retirement, Cliff enjoyed helping his family and friends with many building projects. He was passionate about gardening and shared the bounty of his harvest with those he loved.
On January 28, 1951, Cliff married Jo Ann Pierce, who survives him. They made a fantastic team, complimenting each other perfectly. Throughout their sixty-two year marriage, they built a wonderful family, consisting of their two daughters, Denise Everhart Barnes, Cindy Everhart Collins and her husband, Ben, whom Cliff often referred to as his best friend and son.
He is also survived by three grandchildren, Luke Harrison Barnes, Jeremy Alan Barnes and his wife, Jennifer Barber Barnes, which Cliff considered his granddaughter. He was blessed with one great-grandson, Parker Alan Barnes. His grandsons affectionately called him ‘Cliff’ and considered him their mentor in so many aspects of their formative years.
Cliff is also survived by one brother, James Everhart, and three sisters, Shirley Thomas, Nova Dennis, and Mary Bumgardner. He was preceded in death by one sister, Edna Walker. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins, and his closest friends, C.L. Everhart, John Everhart, and Forrest Mendenhall.
Services will be held on Wednesday, July 17, 2013, at Fair Grove United Methodist Church. A private committal for family will be held at 10 a.m., followed by visitation at 1 p.m. in the Family Life Center, and a celebration of life service at 2 p.m. in the church sanctuary. Thomasville Funeral Home is assisting the family.
The family would like to acknowledge the following people who gave so unselfishly to meet Cliff’s medical needs:
Hospice of the Piedmont Employees Crystal, Georgia, Jodi, Jackie, June, Scott, Cindy and Jamie.
His former nurse, Janna Ridge, with whom he shared a deep adoration.
High Point Regional Hospital employees Dr. Allen Joslyn, Brandi, and Megan.
Dr. McKay Crowley of Kindred Hospital
Dr. Warren Gallemore and his nurse, Cathy Fulp of Emerywood Internal Specialties
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to Hospice of the Piedmont, 1801 Westchester Drive, High Point, NC 27262, or Fair Grove United Methodist Church, 138 Fairgrove Road, Thomasville, NC 27360. Audio and written condolences can be made through www.thomasvillefh.com.
Laura Van Orden
GREENSBORO - Laura F. Van Orden died on Saturday, July 13, 2013. Cremation services entrusted to Triad Cremation Society & Chapel.