Obituaries July 25, 2013

Jul. 24, 2013 @ 06:10 PM

Jesse Brown
GREENSBORO — Jesse Brown, 84, died Tuesday, July 23, 2013, at Camden Place. Triad Cremation Society & Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Linda Cantrell
HIGH POINT — Linda June Messer Cantrell, 78, of North Creekside Drive died Wednesday, July 24, 2013, at Piedmont Crossing.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete at J. C. Green & Sons in Wallburg.

Nick Drakulakos
ARCHDALE — Nick J. Drakulakos, 61, of Archdale, died Wednesday, July 24, 2013, at Wake Forest Baptist Health in Winston Salem.
Funeral arrangements are pending and will be announced by Cumby Family Funeral Service in Archdale.

Bonnie Gray
ASHEBORO — Josephine “Bonnie” Bernall Hart Gray, 89, of Asheboro died Thursday, July 18, 2013.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at First Presbyterian Church.Visitation will be held at 1 p.m. at the church. Ridge Funeral Home & Cremation Service is in charge of arrangements.

Tommie Holmes
LEXINGTON — Tommie Wade Holmes, 74, of Alston Brook Nursing Home, formerly of Cloverdale Road, Lexington, died Tuesday, July 23, 2013, at Alston Brook.
Funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Center Hill Baptist Church.  Burial with military honors follows in Center Hill Baptist Church cemetery. Visitation will be held 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Davidson Funeral Home.

Lee Creech Kimsey
HIGH POINT — Lee Creech Kimsey, 89, of High Point died Wednesday at her home. 
Funeral  arrangements will be announced by Cumby Family Funeral Service, High Point.

Joyce Lapolla
DANVILLE, Va. — Joyce Lapolla, 81, died Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at Piney Forest Rehabilitation.
Triad Cremation Society & Chapel is in charge of arrangments.

Myra Leonard
LEXINGTON — Myra Smith Leonard, age 66, of Lexington, Tyro community, died Tuesday at Pineridge Nursing Home.
Funeral will be held at 3 p.m. Friday at Reeds Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Reeds Baptist Church Cemetery. Davidson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mary Wise Morrison
HIGH POINT — Mrs. Mary Wise Morrison, 79, of 1008 Terrell Drive, died Thursday, July 18, 2013, at High Point Regional Hospital.
Mrs. Morrison was born July 12, 1934, in Glover S.C., a daughter of James Wise Sr. and Maggie Gurthie Wise. She attended Clinton College. She relocated to High Point more than 60 years ago and was a former member of Temple Memorial Baptist Church and a retiree from Samples Inc.
She was preceded her in death by her parents, husband, Sawaha Morrison; one brother,  James Wise Jr.; and two sisters, Effie Wise Ingram and Elizabeth Wise Payton.
Survivors include two daughters, Kiki Morrison of High Point and Mitzi (Paul) Rideaux of Greensboro; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
Funeral service will be conducted at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 27, 2013, at Johnson & Sons Funeral Home Chapel, 206 Fourth St., with the Rev. Dr. Wesley Hendrix, officiating.   Family visitation will be at the chapel on Saturday, 2:30 to 3 p.m., and other times at the residence.
Johnson & Sons Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.  Online condolences may be sent to

Leonard Dudley Peterson
Leonard Dudley Peterson, born Sept. 25, 1950, to Martin E. and O’Della Ann Dudley Peterson in Omaha, Neb., passed from this life on Tuesday, July 23, 2013. He served two tours as a U.S. Marine in Vietnam. Most of his career was spent in the printing industry. Prior to his retirement he worked for Sam’s Club. He married the former Wanda Lollar on Oct. 4, 1974. In addition to his parents Mr. Peterson was preceded in death by an infant son, Steven.
He leaves behind his wife Wanda, two daughters, Donna (Jon) Mahrt, Melanie Chrisman, and a son, Timothy, his sister, Mary Peterson and his mother-in-law, Edna.  He is also survived by six grandchildren and many friends.
A memorial service to celebrate the life of “Lennie”  Peterson will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in the chapel of Cumby Family Funeral Service, High Point, with the Rev. Steve Smith and the Rev. Don Duncan officiating. The family will greet friends Thursday evening from 7 until 8:30 p.m. at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to  Online condolences may be made on his memorial page at   Arrangements by Cumby Family Funeral Service, High Point.


Mary Jane Porosky
JAMESTOWN — Mrs. Mary Jane Porosky, 91, a resident of Jamestown, died Wednesday morning July 24, 2013, at High Point Regional Hospital.  Mrs. Porosky was born July 20, 1922, in Akron, Ohio, the daughter of Melvin and Inez Machamer Heller.  She was of the Presbyterian faith.  She was preceded in death by a son, Thomas John Porosky, and a brother, Dean Heller.
She is survived by her husband of 71 years, John Joseph Porosky of the home and one son, Jeffrey Scott Porosky of the home.
Graveside services will be held Friday at 1 p.m. at Guilford Memorial Park conducted by the Rev. Dr. Jay D. Smith.  Mrs. Porosky will remain at the Hanes-Lineberry Funeral Home Sedgefield Chapel.
Online condolences can be made at


Alpha Thomas Reddick
THOMASVILLE — Mrs. Alpha Thomas Reddick, 96, a former resident of Thomasville, N.C., passed away on July 23, 2013, at Clemmons Village II.
Alpha was born June 23, 1917, a daughter of the late Willy and Essie Thomas. She had made this area her home most of her life. She was owner and operator of Nu-Look Beauty Salon, was a member of Unity United Methodist Church and the Turner Bridger Memorial Sunday school class. Alpha loved to make beaded jewelry, especially bracelets and necklaces. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Cletus Reddick; son Tommy Reddick; daughter Sammy Renner; brothers Ollie Thomas, Paul Thomas and Cody Thomas; sisters Elva Melton, Irene Daggett, Willie Mae Lambeth, Thaylia Thomas.
Surviving are her son Gurney Reddick and his wife Joy of Booneville, N.C.; daughter-in-law Barbel Reddick; grandchildren, Susan (Tim) Doub, Melissa (Jack) Grimes, Deanne (Chad) Smith, Joe (Teresa) Renner, Nici (Corey) Watford and Steven (Shannon) Reddick. Also surviving are great-grandchildren, Josh Doub, Caleb Doub, Elijah Doub, Megan Grimes, Hope Grimes, Audrey Smith, Palmer Smith, Carson Smith, Abbey Renner, Josh Reddick, Felecia Watford, Carissa Watford; a sister, Virginia (Jim) Moss; and a brother Elbert Thomas.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Unity United Methodist Church, 608 National Hwy., Thomasville, NC 27360 with the Rev. Rob Hutchinson officiating. Interment will follow at Holly Hill Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service from 10 until 11 a.m. on Friday. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Community Home Care & Hospice, 225 Davie Ave., Statesville, NC 28677. Online condolences may be sent to the Reddick family at The family would also like to thank her caregivers and friends at Clemmons Village II for all the love and care given to Alpha over the years.

Sara “Ashleigh” Sybil-Len Boyd Sapp
WALLBURG — Sara “Ashleigh” Sybil-Len Boyd Sapp, 21, died Thursday, July 18, 2013, at her home in Wallburg, N.C. Born on Nov. 28, 1991, in Memphis, Tenn., she was married to the love of her life, Charles Kenneth Sapp III. She was the beloved daughter of  Dawn Michele Dial of High Point, N.C., and Amsey A. H. Boyd Jr. of Hamlet, N.C.  She is also survived by her maternal grandparents, George and Clementene Dial Jr. of North Myrtle Beach, S.C., and her paternal grandparents, Amsey A.and Barbara Boyd  Sr. of Hamlet, N.C. She has one sister, Jessica Boyd and one brother, Logan Boyd both of Destin Beach, Fla. Ashleigh is also survived by an aunt and uncle, Sybil and Stephen DeSimone. Another aunt resides in Fayetteville, N.C., Sherry Ann Sterrick.  Vicki Boyd, who lives in Hamlet, N.C., is also an aunt. Ashleigh is also survived by her uncle and aunt, Ervin and Carole White of Fayetteville, N.C.  Peter Colvill was a dear and special friend. She is also adored by numerous cousins and a multitude of friends and her beloved Lab, Abby.
Ashleigh was a 2010 graduate of Ledford High School and had recently graduated with honors from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a B.A. in psychology.  Ashleigh had a strong relationship with many of the faculty and students. She was planning to pursue a career as a physician’s assistant.  She has been employed for the past two years at Noble’s Grille Restaurant in Winston Salem, N.C., where she enjoyed interacting with the patrons and staff. 
Ashleigh was cherished by her family, admired by her friends and loved by everyone who knew her. She had an infinite capacity to love and a boundless compassion for others. She was a shooting light that left our lives too early. She enjoyed an endless list of outdoor activities from deep sea fishing to simply fishing off the pier to hiking and running, with a special pride for having shot her first deer.  Her unique wit and humor that brought laughter to us all will be missed as well as her captivating smile. One loved one said it pointedly, “Se was an amazing person that had all of our strengths
and talents and none of our weaknesses.”
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 27, at 2 p.m. at Friedland Moravian Church at 2750 Friedland Church Road in Winston-Salem.
In lieu of flowers, memorials or gifts can be made to your favorite charity or to the American Cancer Society in Memory of Ashleigh Boyd-Sapp. On-line condolences can be made at Perfect Tribute Memorial, website:

Stephanie Spence
PINEHURST — Stephanie Spence, 56, died Wednesday, July 24, 2013, at First Help Hospice House.
Triad Cremation Society & Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Sylvia Helen Hughes Strickland
THOMASVILLE — Mrs. Sylvia Helen Hughes Strickland, 84, a resident of Ashbury Drive, died Tuesday, July 23, 2013, at her home. She was born on Feb. 27, 1929, in Avery County, N.C., to Romlus Hughes and Hettie Greene Hughes. She worked for Thomasville Furniture Industries and Alma Desk and was of the Baptist faith. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Strickland on Dec. 25, 1992; and sisters, Naomi Jones, Goldie Hicks and Ella Mae Hopson.
Surviving are her daughter, Carol Hunt of Lexington; sons, Dayton Junior Benfield and Jimmy Benfield, both of Lexington; companion, Herb Eliason of the home; brothers, Eldridge Hughes of Thomasville and James Hughes and wife Opal of Lexington; sisters, Hazel Shores of Lenoir, N.C., Esther Hopson and husband Hamilton of Newland, N.C., and Florence Morrison of Lexington; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. She was a great mother to Louise Bostic, Pat Nelson, and Carl Jones Jr. and grandmother to Tina Beck and Michael Carver, all who loved her dearly.
A funeral service will be held on Saturday, July 27, 2013, at 3 p.m. at J.C. Green & Sons Funeral Home Chapel in Thomasville with the Rev. Henry King officiating.  Interment will follow in Holly Hill Memorial Park Cemetery.  The family will receive friends on Saturday two hours prior to the service from 1 to 3 p.m. at the funeral home.  Online condolences may be sent to