Obituaries, July 26, 2013

Jul. 25, 2013 @ 05:58 PM

Linda June Messer Cantrell
HIGH POINT —Death came to Linda June Messer Cantrell, age 78, on Wednesday morning, July 24, after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. She had been a resident of Piedmont Crossing Nursing Home for two and one-half years. She was born and reared in Waynesville, N.C., the daughter of the late Guy Worth and Beatrice Sams Messer.
Born with a great love for music, she took piano and organ lessons from childhood through her college years. In junior high and high school, she participated in the band as an instrumentalist and as a majorette; she also played the clarinet in the Mars Hill and Furman bands. Throughout her life she continued to cultivate her love for, and appreciation of diverse music; in church, in music clubs, and at home on the piano and the dulcimer, she always found great pleasure in songs heard and played, especially with others.
She graduated from Waynesville Township High School before entering Mars Hill Junior College, (now Mars Hill College). She then attended Furman University in Greenville, S.C., graduating with a B.A. in history and political science in 1956. Later she studied at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro and earned a master’s degree at Appalachian State University, becoming a reading specialist. She constantly sought to learn more about teaching, attending several area schools, including UNC-CH and Wake Forest University, to keep her teacher’s certificate renewed, always reading as much as she could in her several fields of study. Of her 30 years of teaching, the last 22 were at Ferndale Middle School in High Point.
Two weeks after graduating from college, she was married to the Rev. Roy Cantrell, who after 57 years remains her loving and beloved husband. She is also survived by her oldest son, David, and his wife, Teresa O’Rourke, of Durham, N.C.; her second son, Chet, and his wife Michelle and their nephew Eric of Troy, Ill.; her youngest son, Chris, of the Triad area, and her daughter, Beth of Wallburg. She is survived by a sister, Sibyl Reed of Sylva, N.C., and her sister-in-law, Marie Messer, the widow of Linda’s late brother Aubrey Worth Messer, two nieces and one nephew and one great-nephew also survive.
She held membership in her teaching organizations, NEA and NCEA. In addition she was part of the Musical Arts Club of High Point, serving as president for several years. She participated in the music and teaching ministries of the churches where she and her husband served. She often worked with the children’s or youth choirs and some with the adult choirs. Her love for teaching and interest in missions was evidenced by her involvement in the Royal Ambassador chapters of the churches. She became a state approved worker in the North Carolina Baptist Men’s organization assisting other mission leaders in stating or developing stronger mission programs in the churches.
Funeral services will be on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at Abbotts Creek Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. Brian Alexander, the Rev. Jack Rose and the Rev. Chris Ehrlich officiating.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends at J.C. Green and Sons Funeral Home in Wallburg on Saturday 1-2 p.m. and again 6-8 p.m. Mrs. Cantrell will remain at J.C. Green and Sons until being placed in the church 30 minutes before services on Sunday.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that in memory of Linda you remember the Christian Activity Center, P.O. Box 2525, East St. Louis, IL 62201 or your favorite charity.
Those serving as pallbearers will be young men with whom she worked at Abbotts Creek Baptist Church when they were teenagers. They are Dale Essick, Chip Jordan, Tim Spurgeon, Jeffrey and Bobby Moss, Chuck Underwood, Laurence Todd III and Eric Madden. Chuck will also represent the late Sonni Wheeler, Darren Spurgeon, and Wayne Stratton.  Online condolences may be offered to the Cantrell family at  


Harry Crawford
HIGH POINT — Harry Crawford, 81, died Thursday, July 25, 2013, at High Point Regional Hospital.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Phillips Funeral Service Inc.


Julius Dawkins
FORSYTH COUNTY — Julius H. Dawkins died July 20, 2013, in Forsyth County at his residence.
Gilmore Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Nick J. Drakulakos
Aug. 13, 1951 – July 24, 2013
ARCHDALE — Mr. Nick Jim Drakulakos, age 61, a lifelong resident of this area, died Wednesday, July 24, at Wake Forest University Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem, following an extended illness.
Mr. Drakulakos was born Aug. 13, 1951, in High Point, a son of the late Fotios “Charlie” Drakulakos and the late Demetra “Tula” Mavri Drakulakos. He was educated in High Point city schools and later became a trained mechanic. For over 30 years he was owner and operator of Nick’s Towing Service, which he sold in 2009 for health reasons. He was an accomplished bass guitar player and in the 1960s was a member of Shadow Lads Band. A devout Christian, Nick was a member of both the Deep River Church of Christ in High Point and of the Friendly Avenue Church Christ in Greensboro. In addition to his parents, Nick was also preceded in death by a sister, Georgia Drakulakos Boles.
Surviving are his wife of 42 years, Melissa “Kathy” Bartlett Drakulakos of the home; his mother-in-law and father-in-law, William “Willie” and Margie Bartlett of High Point; three brothers-in-law, Kenneth Bartlett of Thomasville, Harold Boles of Charlotte and Joseph Schwan of  Winston-Salem; one sister-in-law, Sandra Schwan of Winston-Salem; two nieces, Maria Boles and Natalie Schwan Curtis and four nephews, Mark Boles, Chuck Bartlett, Curtis Bartlett and Shane Bartlett.
A memorial service, to celebrate Nick’s life, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 27 at Deep River Church of Christ, presently meeting in the Mabe Center, 1214 Eastchester Drive, High Point, with pastor David Galloway and Mr. Peter Rode officiating. If you wish, there will be an opportunity, during the service, for you to share a favorite personal story. The family will receive friends, at the church, immediately following the service.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to, The Carolina Bible Camp (scholarship fund) c/o Marvin Chavis, 142 Mary Circle, Concord, NC 28025. Online condolences can be made on Nick’s web page at Arrangements by Cumby Family Funeral Service in Archdale.            

Penny (McIntyre) Eller
HIGH POINT — Penny (McIntyre) Eller, 70, formerly of Lexington, passed away Wednesday, July 24, 2013, at High Point Regional Hospital. She was the loving wife of Richard “Rick” Lee Eller to whom she was married to for 46 wonderful years.
Mrs. Eller was born on April 20, 1943, in Lexington, a daughter of the late Grover C. and Zula (Clark) McIntyre. She was a 1961 graduate of Lexington High School. She continued her education at the University of North Carolina Greensboro earning a bachelor of arts de gree in English education. Her graduation marked a special day in her and her daughter’s life, as they both graduated from UNCG on the same day. She then went on to earn a master’s in adult fducation from North Carolina A&T State University.
She was a devoted member of Green Street Baptist Church at which she was a member of the Kip Wheeler Sunday School Class, formerly called the Roy Kelly Sunday School Class.
In her spare time, she enjoyed spending time with her family, writing inspirational cards to send to friends and family to lift their spirits, traveling, tending to her flowers and always helping out those in need before her own needs were met.
She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend who will be missed deeply.
In addition to her husband, Mrs. Eller is survived by a daughter, Lora Cornwall and her husband, Jeff of Thomasville; two grandchildren, Andrew and Rebekah Cornwall of Thomasville; two sisters, Mary Henderson of Lexington, and Dodie Parris and her husband, Lester of Kernersville; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by a brother, Jake McIntyre, and a sister, Thelma Brack.
A celebration of life service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, July 27, 2013, at Green Street Baptist Church, 303 N. Rotary Drive, High Point, with the Rev. Frank Hensley officiating. Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 30, 2013, in Salisbury National Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 26, 2013, at Cumby Family funeral Service, 206 Trindale Road, Archdale.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Mrs. Eller’s name to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312, or online at
Online condolences may be left on Mrs. Eller’s memorial page at
Arrangements made by Cumby Family Funeral Service, Archdale.

Myrtle Willard Harden
HIGH POINT — Mrs. Myrtle Willard Harden, 87, a resident of Westchester Manor and formerly of W. Lexington Avenue, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Wednesday evening, July 24, 2013, at Westchester Manor Nursing Center. She was born on May 1, 1926, in Stokes County, N.C., to Bob Willard and Nina Hart Willard.  She retired from Rex Plastics in Thomasville and was a member of The True Church of God, where she was their song leader. She was known at Westchester Manor as being a friend to all the residents and staff and for sharing her love of music during the church services. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Henry C. Harden on July 13, 1975.
Surviving are her son, Robert Harden and wife Teresa of High Point; two grandchildren, Emily Alphin and husband Kevin of Winston-Salem and Brandon Harden of High Point; great-grandson, Logan Alphin; and several nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be held on Sunday, July 28, 2013, at 2 p.m. at J.C. Green & Sons Funeral Home Chapel in Thomasville with the Rev. Clarence C. Stoneman and the Rev. Chris Clontz officiating. Interment will follow in Holly Hill Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Saturday from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home and at other times at the home of her son, Robert. Memorials may be directed to The True Church of God, 7274 Wright Road, Thomasville, NC 27360 or to Mt. Pleasant UMC, Family Life Center, 6516 Old Greensboro Road,  Thomasville, NC 27360. The family would like to express heartfelt gratitude to the staff of Westchester Manor for their loving care given to Myrtle.  Online condolences may be sent to


Lee Creech Kimsey
HIGH POINT — Lee Creech Kimsey, 89, of High Point, passed away Wednesday in her home.
Funeral services will be held at 11 am Monday at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church, where the family will receive friends in the Ashbury Room after the service. Following the reception will be a graveside service for family.
Lee was born July 11, 1924, in High Point, N.C. to Bertie and Donald Creech, who preceded her in death. She graduated from High Point High School and was a lifelong member of Wesley Memorial. Lee was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. 
She is survived by her husband of 72 years, Purcell Kimsey, her daughter D.J. Kimsey, her son Steve Kimsey, and her grandchildren Kimsey Parker, Kathleen Parker and Stephen Kimsey. Lee was also preceded in death by her brother Cavell Creech, her sister Louise Howard, her son Butch Kimsey, and her grandson Christopher Kimsey.
The Kimsey family would like to thank Hospice of High Point for their wonderful care of Lee at the end of her life, their help has been invaluable. Please send memorial contributions to Hospice of the Piedmont, Inc, 1801 Westchester Drive, High Point, NC 27262.
Cumby Family Funeral Service is assisting the family. On line condolences may be submitted to her webpage at


Michael Micele

GREENSBORO — Michael Micele, 55, died Wednesday, July 24. Arrangements are pending at Triad Cremation Society & Chapel.

Mason Lee Royal
TRINITY —  Mr. Mason Lee Royal, 88, slipped away quietly and peacefully to eternal rest on Sunday afternoon, July 21, 2013, at Westwood Rehabilitation Center in Archdale, N.C. He was born on Oct. 12, 1924, in Morven, N.C. to the late Robert Lee and Lena Haley Royal. He was preceded in death by three sisters, Rachel Bryant, Easter Hinson and Mary Lessie Willoughby, two brothers, Dock Royal and George Royal; and one great grandson, Nahzier Lee Alston.
In 1946, Mason married Nannie V. Flowers, who passed in 1991, and to this union five daughters and three sons were born.  Later, he married Rebecca Sejalbo in 1998.
He retired from Silver Knit Hosiery Mill after 35 years of employment.  He was employed from 2004 until February 2013 as a crossing guard at Southwest Elementary School.
He leaves behind to share his memories, his wife, Rebecca Royal of the home; five daughters, Nannie Ruth Brooks of Harrisburg, Pa., Rosetta Halloway of Wadesboro, N.C., Dorothy (George) Jackson of High Point, N.C., Monzel (Harold) Cameron of Cameron, N.C., and Diane Alston of High Point, N.C.; three sons, Mason Royal Jr. of Harrisburg, Pa., Robert Lee Royal of Cleveland, Ohio, and Alfred (Linda) Royal of High Point, N.C.; 37 grandchildren, 71 great-grandchildren, and 15 great-great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Funeral service will be held on Saturday, July 27, 2013, at noon at Church of God of Prophecy, 1100 Stanton Place. Interment will follow at Randolph Memorial Park, Asheboro, N.C. The family will receive friends at the church from 11 a.m. until noon.
Final arrangements are entrusted to Phillips Funeral Service Inc.
Online condolences may be made to the Royal family at


Miyoko Watkins
GREENSBORO — Miyoko Watkins, 64, died Thursday, July 25 at Beacon Place Hospice Home.
Triad Cremation Society & Chapel is in charge of arrangements.