Obituaries July 24, 2013

Jul. 23, 2013 @ 06:00 PM

Blanche Allred
FRANKLINVILLE — Blanche May Hobbs Allred, 80, of Franklinville died Monday, July 22, 2013.
Funeral will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday at Ramseur Wesleyan Church. Visitation will be held 3-4 p.m. Thursday at Ramseur Wesleyan Church
Ridge Funeral Home & Cremation Service is in charge of arrangements.

Bob Almstead
LEXINGTON — Robert “Bob” James Almstead, 70, died Tuesday, July 23, 2013, at Wake Forest Baptist Health – Lexington Medical Center.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 27, 2013, at Davidson Funeral Home. Visitation will be held 10-11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Billy June Beck
THOMASVILLE — Mr. Billy June Beck, 86, a resident of Thomasville, passed away on Monday, July 22, 2013, at Thomasville Medical Center.  He was born in Davidson County on March 20, 1927, the son of June Beck and Etta Wood Beck. He served in the U. S. Army in World War II and retired in 1987 from Drexell Heritage. He was a member at Oak Hill Memorial Baptist Church, where he was a former Sunday school teacher and choir director. Mr. Beck enjoyed and was known as Santa Claus of Kennedy Road, Thomasville, for many years. He was preceded in death by his parents; four sisters, Grace Beck, Mozelle Hill, Brownie Leonard and Hester Phillips; five brothers, Von Beck, Grover Beck, George Beck, Glenn Beck, and Donald Beck; two great-grandsons, Matthew Everhart and Dustin Stilwell.  He was first married to Margaret Auman Beck, who preceded him in death.  He later married Betty Lail Beck, who survives of the home.
Surviving Mr. Beck are two daughters, Brenda Varner and husband Wade, and Phyllis Stilwell and husband Larry, all of Thomasville; one son, Sammy Beck and wife Debbie of Thomasville; one sister, Nellwood Parrish of Thomasville; six grandchildren, Trisha King, Kelly Tart, Chad Varner, Amanda Akins, Lindsey Johnston, and Craig Stilwell; eight great-grandchildren, Mark Raynor, Bryan Raynor, Tessla Tart, Haley Everhart, Loren Varner, Morgan Varner, Drake Stilwell and Tanner Stilwell; and one great-great grandson, Bryan Raynor Jr.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, July 25, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Oak Hill Memorial Baptist Church with the Rev. Gary Myers officiating.  Interment will follow in Holly Hill Memorial Park. The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at J. C. Green and Sons Funeral Home in Thomasville. Memorials may be directed to Oak Hill Memorial Baptist Church Bus Fund, 1793 Tower Road, Thomasville, NC 27360.  Online condolences may be sent to the Beck family at 

Reginald Clark
KERNERSVILLE — Reginald Jerome Clark, 26, died Saturday, July 20, 2013. 
Arrangements are pending at Triad Cremation Society & Chapel.

Gilbert Farlow
HIGH POINT — Gilbert “Blake” Farlow, 62, of High Point, died Saturday, July 20, 2013.
A celebration of Blake’s life will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church, Thomasville. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Cumby Family Funeral Service, Archdale, is in charge of arrangements.

Elaine  Harris
GREENSBORO — Elaine Harris, 64, of Greensboro died Monday, July 22, 2013.
Funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Pugh Funeral Home Chapel, Randleman. Burial will be at Cedar Square Friends.

Bonnie King
TRINITY — Ms. Nancy “Bonnie” McElhannon King, 60, resident of Trinity, died July 21, 2013, at Moses Cone Memorial Hospital.
Ms. King was born Oct. 5, 1952, in Randolph County, a daughter to the late A.W. McElhannon Sr. and Nancy Lambeth McElhannon.  She attended Randolph County Schools and later Ashmore Business College.  Afterwards, she worked in the hospitality and tourism sector in Hilton Head, S.C., and Buffalo, N.Y. She attended Springfield Friends Meeting and loved to cook and entertain for friends and family.  She also loved tennis and NASCAR.
Surviving is her son, Matthew W. King of Trinity; her companion, Craig Grant of Trinity; her sister, Millie Simmons of Thomasville; her brother, Rocky McElhannon and wife Mary of Charlotte; and four nieces and two nephews.
A celebration of her life will be held at 3 p.m. Friday at Springfield Friends Meeting with pastor Ray Luther officiating.  Visitation will immediately follow in the meeting fellowship hall.  Memorials may be directed to Hospice of the Piedmont, 1801 Westchester Drive, High Point, NC 27262 or to Springfield Friends Meeting, 555 E. Springfield Road, High Point, NC 27263.  Cumby Family Funeral Service in Archdale is assisting the family.  On-line condolences may be made through

Katelyn Elizabeth Moore
Katelyn Moore, 26, went to be with the Lord on Sunday July 21. She was born on Jan. 28, 1987, in High Point, N.C. Katelyn  was a graduate of Ledford Senior High School. In May 2013 she graduated from UNC-G magna cum laude with a bachelor of science degree in communication studies and a minor in English and was a member of the communication honor society, Lambda Pi Eta. She was a member of Abbotts Creek Missionary Baptist Church. Katelyn was owner and creator of ConversationVintage, an online vintage boutique. She was a former coach at Westchester County Day and was an avid writer, photographer, self-taught pianist and loved animals, especially her pet cats, Kitty and Twiggy, and favorite horse Coin. 
Katelyn was preceded in death by her grandparents, Harold Moore, Dewey Clifton and Juanita Clifton. She is survived by her loving parents Kenny and Karon Moore; brothers Travis Moore and fiancé Jess Jordan, Tyler and Kelly Moore and nephew Wells; grandmothers Dorothy Moore and Betty Clifton; aunts and uncles, Wanda and Rick Cecil, Sharon and Ed Wilson and Darren Clifton, as well as nieces, nephews and cousins.
Receiving of friends and family will be held on Thursday, July 25, 2013, at Abbotts Creek Missionary Baptist Church from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.  followed by a celebration of life service at 3 p.m. with pastor Mark Hollar and the Rev. Roy Cantrell.  A private graveside service for the immediate family will follow in the church cemetery. 
Memorials in Katelyn’s memory  may be sent to Davidson County Animal Shelter, 490 Glendale Road, Lexington, NC, 27292 or Guilford County Animal Shelter, 4525 West Wendover Avenue, Greensboro, NC, 27409. 
Online condolences may be made at

Elnora “Sister” Abney Padgett
HIGH POINT — Mrs. Elnora “Sister” Abney Padgett departed this early life for life eternal on July 19, 2013, at home after four years of declining health.
She was born Sept. 23, 1925, in Saluda, S.C., to Tyrie and Bessie Mobley Abney and was the oldest of five children. She received her education at Saluda Rosenhall High School. She moved to High Point, N.C., in 1944 and made it her home. United into holy matrimony to the late Willie James Padgett for 56 years, they were blessed with two beautiful children, Shirleen Padgett and Freddie Lee Padgett. She retired after 18 years of dedicated work from Guilford County School System. Her love for the Lord was of faithfulness, devotion and as a true solider that loved working in his vineyard. She was one of the original eight organizers and founder of Mt. Zion Baptist Church, where she was a member. There at Mt. Zion she served on the pastor-aid committee, as a missionary worker, a member of the Senior Choir and helped start a summer feeding program. She is preceded in death her parents; her husband, Willie James Padgett; a son Freddie L. Padgett, a sister, Mrs. Amelia Harp, two brothers, Tyrie Abney Jr. and Andrew Abney; two brother-in-Iaws Grady Harp Jr. and Bennie L. Padgett and two very special nephews, Dwight Harp and Donnie Abney.
Fond memories are shared by many who knew her for her radiant smile that brightened the day for all of  those she met and loved. She leaves behind to mourn in her loss, but rejoice in her homegoing, a daughter, Shirleen Padgett of the home; a sister, Mrs. Mattie (Clyde) Bosket of Allentown, Pa.; a sister-in-law, Mrs. Annabell Abney of Saluda, S.C.; her grandchildren Christopher Parson, Clifton Sturdivant Jr.
(Natasha), Travis L. Morgan, Angela (Adonis) Sturdivant-Ruff and Lamont (Kenya) Spencer, all of High Point, N.C., Mrs. Meagan (Gerald) Johnson of Winchester, Va.,. and Melvin Padgett of Arizona; 23 great-grandchildren; a very special devoted friend, Ms. Jacquelyn Jackson; two special young men she loved liked her sons and she call them “her boys”, James (Glenda) Martin and the Rev. Alphonso (Mae Frances) Martin and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
A celebration of Elnora’s life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday July 27 at Mt. Zion Baptist Church by the Rev. Frank Thomas. Burial will be private.  The body will lie in state one hour prior to the service at the church.
The Padgett Family is very thankful for the love and the many devoted hours spent by her caregivers, Mrs. Christina Malachi and Mr. Lloyd Rogers. Most of all, the family wishes to thank Hospice of Greensboro for their caring and professional services.
Online condolences may be made at
Davis Funerals and Cremations. 976 Phillips Ave., is providing professional services to the Padgett family.

Kathy Koonts Sechriest
THOMASVILLE —Mrs. Kathy Koonts Sechriest, 56, affectionately known as “Gigi” to her grandchildren, passed away on Monday, July 22, 2013, at her home. She was born on Dec. 25, 1956, in Davidson County to the late Bill Grant Koonts and Clara Mae Saintsing Koonts.  She was a corporate secretary with Ralph’s Frameworks and a lifelong member of Zion United Church of Christ.
On Dec. 7, 1974, she married Ronald Lee “Ron” Sechriest, who survives of the home; also surviving in addition to her husband of 38 years, are her sons, Jerry Sechriest and wife Hope of Salisbury and Scott Sechriest of High Point; mother, Clara Mae “Gaw-Gaw” Koonts of Thomasville; brothers, Gary Koonts and wife Peggy of Thomasville and Alan Koonts and wife Laura of High Point; sisters, Lisa Clark and husband Kevin of High Point and Vicki Smith and husband Gary of Thomasville; grandchildren, MaKenzie, Addyson, Emory, and Jackson Sechriest; and a special aunt, Betty Sue Motsinger of Thomasville.
A private family memorial service will be held.  Memorials may be directed to Zion United Church of Christ, 130 Hasty School Road, Thomasville, NC 27360.  Online condolences may be sent to

Thomas Tinnes
LEWISVILLE — Thomas Morrison Tinnes, 76, of Lewisville died Sunday, July 21, 2013, at Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home.
The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Friday at Agape Faith Church, 2101 Lewisville Clemmons Road, Clemmons.
Davidson Funeral Home, Hickory Tree Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Curtis William White Sr.
ARCHDALE — Curtis William White Sr., age 85, died Monday, July 22, 2013, at Hospice of High Point. He was born May 19, 1928, in Surry County, N.C., to the late Albert and Ila Hollyfield White.
Curtis was well known throughout the community. He and his wife owned all of the White’s Convenience Stores. He loved spending time at Oak Island, N.C. He loved watching old Westerns with his great-grandchildren. He is a member of The American Legion and served seven years in the armed forces.
Curtis is survived by his wife of 64 years Mary “Peggy” C. White; two sons, Curtis White Jr. and wife Martha of Randleman, N.C., Terry White and wife Susan of Trinity, N.C.; grandchildren, Jennifer White Poindexter and David Aaron White; great-grandchildren, Hannah, Coleman, Carter and Kaley Poindexter; sister Mabel Newman. He was preceded in death by a sister Louise and brother Charles.
A funeral service will be offered at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 25, 2013, from the chapel of Cumby  Family Funeral Service, Archdale, 206 Trindale Road, Archdale, NC 27263.
The family will receive friends Wednesday, July 24, 2013, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Cumby Family Funeral Service, Archdale.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of the Piedmont at 1801 Westchester Drive, High Point, NC 27262.
Online condolences may be made to Curtis’s memorial page at Arrangements by Cumby Family Funeral Service, Archdale.

Tara Denise Yates
HIGH POINT — Tara Denise Yates, 39, passed away suddenly on Monday, July 22, 2013, at Forsyth Medical Center.
Tara was born in High Point on April 30, 1974, to Toni (Rogan) Woodward of High Point and the late Larry Reece Woodward. She was a 1992 graduate of T. Wingate Andrews High School and was presently employed with the city of High Point as a customer service representative for almost nine years.
In addition to her mother, Tara is survived by a daughter, Kirsten Nicole Yates of the home; two brothers, Mike Woodward of High Point, and Steven Woodward and his wife, Abby of High Point; two nephews, Jonathan Woodward of High Point, and Joshua Woodward of High Point; two nieces, Emily Woodward of Kernersville and Megan Woodward of High Point; three aunts, Wanda Haskins and her husband, Hank of Gastonia, Brenda Thomas and her husband, Barry of High Point, and Pat White of Denton.
Tara was a loving mother, and spent all of her free time with her daughter, just hanging out and having fun. She was a sweet, bubbly, and hardworking woman who made everyone feel welcomed and cherished.
A celebration of life service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 25, 2013, in the chapel of Cumby Family Funeral Service with Steve Smith and Don Duncan of OakView Baptist Church officiating. A visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 24, 2013, at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Piedmont, 1801 Westchester Drive, High Point, NC 27262 or to OakView Baptist Church, 810 Oakview Road, High Point, NC 27265.
Condolences may be left on Mrs. Yates’s memorial page at
Arrangements made by Cumby Family Funeral Service, High Point.