Obituaries July 30, 2014

Jul. 29, 2014 @ 06:16 PM

'Red' Barnhart

RANDLEMAN — Dariel Edmund Barnhart, 83,  died Tuesday, July 29, 2014.

A memorial service is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1,  at Greater Covenant Church.  The family will receive friends following the service.

Arrangements by Ridge Funeral Home & Cremation Service.


Louise Brown

THOMASVILLE — Louise Brookbank Brown, 88 years of age, passed away on Sunday, July 28, 2014. 

She had been confined in Piedmont Crossing, Thomasville,  following recent illness.  Prior to her illness, she had been a resident at Spring Arbor of Thomasville for eight years.

Louise was born November 1925 in Rockingham County, a daughter of Samuel Kell and Myrtle Morgan Brookbank.  She graduated from Trinity High School in 1942 and later in that year, she married James E. Brown, who passed away July 1997.  Five children were born of their marriage.  Her husband was ordained as a minister of the Baptist faith and she assisted him in his ministry for many years. 

Surviving are daughters Sue Silvers (Mark), Barbara Epperson, Judy Cappadona (Ronald), and Jami Smith (Tim); a son, Eddie (Sharon); nine grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services for Louise Brookbank Brown will be held at Solid Rock Freewill Baptist Church in Thomasville at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 30.  The family will receive visitors in the fellowship hall following the memorial service on Wednesday.


Danny Bullins

THOMASVILLE —  Mr. Danny Scott Bullins, 49, a resident of 402 Heitman Road, died Tuesday morning, July 29, 2014 at the Hinkle Hospice Home in Lexington. 

He was born March 22, 1965 in Davidson County, a son of Johnny Bullins and Dewyna Workman Bullins.  He was an employee with Thomas Built Buses of High Point.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Johnny Bullins and Dewyna Bullins Lowe.

On September 30, 1983 he was married to Jeannie Rife, who survives of the home.

Also surviving are sons, Bryan Bullins and fiancée Sydney Crutchfield and her son Journey and Trent Bullins, both of Thomasville; brothers, Johnny Dwayne Bullins of Thomasville and Chuck McCoy and wife Doris of Charleston, S.C.;  several nieces and nephews; and his beloved canine companion Roxy.

A memorial service will be held Friday, August 1, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. in J.C. Green & Sons Chapel with Rev. Mike Lane and Rev. Bill Brown officiating.  The family will receive friends prior to the service Friday from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. and other times at the home, 402 Heitman Road.

The family request memorial contributions be directed to Hospice of Davidson County, 200 Hospice Way. Lexington, N.C. 27292.

Online condolences may be sent to the Bullins family at


Adam Flowe

CHARLOTTE — Adam Flowe, 55, died on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at Pruitt Health Facility in Winston-Salem. Arrangements are incomplete at People's Funeral & Cremation Services.


Mary deVere

RAMSEY, NJ — Mary Elizabeth (nee Belton) deVere was born October 27, 1936 in High Point, North Carolina, the fifth of seventeen children. Her parents were the late Daniel and Mary L. Belton.

Mary had a quiet and reserved nature. She easily gained the respect and admiration of all those around her because she genuinely cared about people. As a child, Mary frequently visited her grandparents farm where she grew fond of the animals and gardening. She continued to have a love for the outdoors throughout her life.

Following her graduation from William Penn High School in High Point, NC, she moved to the Bronx where she worked as a ward clerk at Montefoire Hospital. Mary settled in the Bronx where she met and married Sylvester L. deVere in 1957. Subsequently she gave birth to three adoring children, a son and two daughters who she dedicated her life to raising and instilling in them the confidence to fulfill their dreams. By her example, she taught them the importance of trusting God, forgiving, loving family, obtaining an education and enjoying life. When her children became teenagers,

Mary went back to school and received an Associates Degree from Austin Community College in Austin, TX and a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting from Ramapo College in Mahwah, NJ. 

Mary resided with her husband in Ramsey, NJ for the past 30 years. Prior to that she lived with her family in the following places: the Bronx; Wappingers Falls, NY; Elmsford, NY and Austin, TX. No matter where she lived she never forgot her roots and love for her family. Throughout her fifty-seven years of marriage, Mary and her husband enjoyed traveling in and outside of the country in order to visit friends and family or just vacation. They also shared an interest in a variety of music genres including R&B, latin and jazz. Together they participated in a variety of sporting activities such as bowling and tennis.

The last five years of her life, she spent most of her time at home due to illness but did not let it prevent her from attending special events particularly if they involved her family. Mary was 77 years old at her homecoming on July 27, 2014. She is survived by her husband, Sylvester; three children, Leonard (Lennis) deVere, Ann Renee deVere and Ellen Denise deVere, MD; two loving grandchildren, Michael deVere and Tara. Visitation will be held on Thursday from 6-9 p.m., with a service to be conducted at 7:30 p.m. at the Van Emburgh-Sneider-Pernice Funeral Home, 109 Darlington Ave, Ramsey. Visitation will also be held on Friday August 1, 2014 from 12-1 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Maryrest Cemetery in Mahwah.

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Bertha M.Gilbert

THOMASVILLE –  Bertha M. Gilbert, 48, of 301 South Street, died Friday, July 25, 2014 at her home.  A memorial service will be held 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1,  in The Love Cathedral  at 1416 Unity St. The family will receive friends at the church 30 minutes before the funeral service and other times at the home.


Toya Ann Graham

HIGH POINT — Ms. Toya Ann Graham, 54 of 609-A Granby Avenue was called home on Sunday, July 27, 2014.

She was born to the late George Harmon and Annie Graham on August 26, 1959 in High Point, NC. She was preceded in death by her step father, Thelmus Revels, her husband, Grover Spears, one brother, Michael Jones.

She attended school at High Point Central. Toya was a dispatcher at First Class Cab before her health declined.

She was a member at Christ Cathedral Christian Fellowship. She loved her family and friends dearly and will truly be missed.

She leaves to cherish her memories, her mother, Annie D. Revels; two daughters, Tenisha (Thomas) Canady and Tekia Graham; two sons, Corey Graham, Robricus (Cindy) Graham; three sisters, Jackie Jones (Charles) Allen Julia Revels and Ruby Harmon; two brothers, Maurice Revels and Rico Revels; seven grandchildren; special friend, Donna Henry; god mother, Annie Pearl Riddick; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral service will be held Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. at Solid Rock Baptist Church, 903 E. Kearns St.  Interment will follow at Oakwood Memorial Park, High Point, NC.  The family will receive friends at the church from 2:00 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. and other times at 204 Seashire Court and 113 Spring Garden Circle.

Final arrangements are entrusted to Phillips Funeral Service, Inc.

Online condolences may be made to the Graham family at


Gary Grayson

LEXINGTON — Gary O'Neil Grayson, 70, of Lexington passed away Saturday July 26, 2014.

He was born May 27, 1944 to the late Jack O'Neil Grayson and Lucille Huffman Grayson. He lived most of his life in Davidson County. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his wife, Sara Grayson.

Gary graduated from Thomasville High School and East Carolina College. He obtained a master's degree from the University of South Carolina. He worked much of his life as a computer programmer and his lifelong passion was reading.

Gary is survived by his brothers, Kurt Grayson and wife Wanda, Mitchell Grayson and partner Robert Jensen; his children, Cynthia Reeves and husband Harold, Geoffrey Grayson and wife Jennifer, Jennifer Grayson, and Dylan Grayson; his grandchildren, David Grayson and fiancé Sarah Gibson, Anna Grayson, Laura Grayson, and Kari Grayson.

The family will host an informal memorial service from 6 to 6:30 p.m.  Friday, August 1, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 609 Liberty Drive, Thomasville. Visitation will follow the memorial service from 630 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the church.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Davidson County, National Kidney Foundation, or the charity of the donor's choice.

JC Green& Sons Funeral Home is assisting the family with with arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the family at


Thomas Hunt

SOPHIA — Thomas N. Hunt, 68,  died Tuesday July 29, 2014

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 1, at Marlboro Friends Meeting, 2668 Marlboro Church Road in Sophia. Family will receive friends following the service in the Family Life Center. Pugh Funeral Home in Randleman is serving the family. 


Melvin Kearns

THOMASVILLE -- Melvin Kearns, 71, died Monday, July 28, 2014 at Brian Center Nursing Care in Lexington, NC.  Funeral arrangements  will be announced by S. E. Thomas Funeral & Cremation Services.


Rhetta Kiger  

HIGH POINT — A dear and precious wife, mother, sister, and friend, Mrs. Rhetta Jean Metelli Kiger, 68, of High Point, NC died on July 29, 2014 at her home surrounded by her loving family. Born April 9, 1946 in Monroe, NC, she was the daughter of the late William Joseph "Bucky" and Faye Rorie Metelli.

Jean received an Associate degree from Wingate University, a Bachelor degree from Western Carolina University, and a Masters in Library Science from Rutgers University. She was a retired librarian and media specialist who held positions at Winnsboro, SC Public Library; Monroe High School, Monroe, NC; Westchester Academy; Greensboro Public Library; and both Thomasville High and Thomasville Middle Schools.

On January 9, 1982, she married the man of her dreams, Larry Dean Kiger, and together they had a dear daughter, Stephanie Jean. Jean had many interests in life including cross-stitching, gardening, piano, and travel with her family, to Atlanta to watch the Braves play. But there is no doubt that her greatest interests were reading, music and bridge. We will never know just how many books Jean read in her lifetime, having sometimes finished as many as twenty to thirty books per week. Her love for books and passion for reading was so intense that she dedicated her life to bringing literature into the hearts and minds of children. Her love for music was demonstrated early on as a member of the Monroe First Presbyterian Church choir and later the choir at Emerywood Baptist. And anyone who knew her was familiar with her love for bridge. Though never boastful, she was very proud of the fact that she was a Gold Life Master in the game.

Friends may pay their respects to the family on Thursday, July 31, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at Emerywood Baptist Church, High Point, NC and Saturday, August 2, 2014 from 11:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., at First Presbyterian Church, Monroe, NC. Services to celebrate Jean's life will be held on Friday, August 1, 2014 at 1:00 p.m., at Emerywood Baptist Church, High Point, and on Saturday, August 2, 2014 at 2:00 p.m., at First Presbyterian Church, Monroe. Dr. Robert Ferguson, pastor of Emerywood Baptist Church, will conduct the High Point service and will also assist Rev. Jason Haas, pastor at First Presbyterian Church, with the Monroe service. Interment will be held at Lakeland Memorial Cemetery, Monroe, NC immediately following the Monroe service.

Jean is preceded in death by her parents; her maternal grandparents, William Thomas Rorie and Retta Ellen Williams Rorie; and her paternal grandparents, Gennaro Metelli and Giovina Ciapanna Metelli; and many loved aunts, uncles and cousins.

She is survived by her beloved husband and best friend, Larry Kiger, of High Point and the other love of her life, her daughter, Stephanie Kiger of Charlotte; two sisters, Janice Metelli Edwards of Wingate, NC; and Joan Metelli of Monroe, NC; in-laws, nieces, aunts, and cousins.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Emerywood Baptist Church or the charitable organization of your choice relating to the education of children or the homeless.

The family wishes to extend its gratitude to many who blessed Jean's heart and whom she loved as they waited upon her and made her struggle a little easier including the staff of High Point Regional Hospital, especially the caring nurses in the ICU, Wake Forest Baptist Hospital, Graybrier Rehabilitation Center, Hospice of the Piedmont, and BAYADA Home Health Care. They are also grateful to her church, Emerywood Baptist. Finally, the family expresses special appreciation to the circle of family and friends who gave Jean love, devotion, and cherished time while on this earth. Our hearts rejoice in knowing that she is now in the hands of the Lord and that she is having a grand reunion with her parents, other relatives and friends.

Jean, we will miss you and never forget you. May God bless you until we meet again. Davis Funerals and Cremations is serving the family.

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Dorothy Kirkpatrick 

HIGH POINT — As World War I drew to a close, Rhett Pendleton Dove and Blanche Jackson Dove welcomed their third daughter into their home in Robeson County and they named her Dorothy. She received her early education in the local schools and continued her education at Campbell College and Meredith College. Having been reared in a musical home, it was natural that she would study music as her major.

After college, she married Neil Carmichael Collins, Jr. of Mullins, SC and subsequently became the proud Mother of Judith and Neil III. She was devoted to her family and instilled in her children good character, a love of learning, music, art and culture.

In addition to her involvement in many cultural and artistic pursuits, she studied creative writing and journalism at UNC-Chapel Hill. Her talents first were used in teaching English and as Public Relations Director at Carolina Military Academy in Maxton, NC, and later as Co-Director of Public Relations at St. Andrews Presbyterian College in Laurinburg, NC. She also will be remembered for founding and co-directing the Maxton Music Academy. Dorothy was a member of the DAR, UDC and the Clan Hamilton Society, among others, and a published author.

After Mr. Collins’s death in 1982, she married J. Mills Kirkpatrick of Maxton in 1985, later retiring to Black Mountain in 1996. In 2008, they moved to High Point to be near family.

She died July 10, 2014 at High Point Regional. She will be remembered for her lovely smile and for having a kind word for everyone.

She will be remembered for her lovely smile and for having a kind word for everyone.

Dorothy was predeceased by her first husband; parents; sisters, Estelle, Josephine, Fay; brothers, Rhett, Jr. and Tommy; and an infant daughter.

Survivors include Mills Kirkpatrick, Judith C. Millar of High Point, Neil C. Collins III  (Anne) of  Chester, SC;  grandson, Brendan L. McColl (Ann) of Adelaide, Australia; granddaughter, Ashleigh C. Mullinax  (Jason) of  Takoma Park, Md.; great- granddaughters, Emma, Georgia and Sophie McColl;  stepdaughter Betty Tysinger (Gary); stepson Mills Kirkpatrick, Jr. (Brigett); and a plethora of nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, August 2, at Christ Presbyterian Church in High Point and 2 p.m. Saturday, August 23, Rowland Cemetery in Rowland, NC.

Memorials may be sent to Christ Presbyterian Church, 645 Greensboro Road, High Point NC 27260 or First Presbyterian Church, Box 5, Maxton NC 28364.


Faye Maynard

TRINITY — Faye Stanley Maynard, 59, passed away Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at her residence.

Arrangements are incomplete at Davis Funerals & Cremations. 


Barry Moore 

HIGH POINT — Mr. Barry Douglas Moore, 71 died Monday, July 28, 2014. He was born on November 23, 1942 in Guilford County to Otis and Dorothy Clodfelter Moore.

Barry graduated from Ledford High School in 1961. He was a US Army veteran who served in the Vietnam War in 1967 and 1968. He had a talent for auto mechanics but was forced to an early retirement due to complications of arthritis. In spite of joint suffering, he continued his life long love of mechanics by refinishing and restoring old cars.  His pride and joy was a 1938 Chevy he restored.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 51 years, Bertie Mendenhall Moore; brother, Leon Moore; sister, Marcia Jones and husband Carroll, brother in law and wife, David and Shirley Mendenhall, brother in law and wife, James and Bleeka Ashcraft, nieces Stephanie Moore Boyce and husband Allee, Karen Hyde and husband Tony, Melissa McDonald and husband Ben, nephews Kyle Mendenhall, Brad Ashcraft and wife Doris, Brent Ashcraft and wife Jennifer, and seven great nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be on Thursday at 11:00 a.m.  at Abbotts Creek Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Roy Cantrell officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with Military rites performed by the Military Burial Honor Guard Inc. The family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. until the service hour at the church. 

The family suggests that memorials be made to Abbotts Creek Missionary Baptist Church, 2817 Abbotts Creek Church Road, High Point, NC 27265.

Mr. Moore will remain at J.C. Green and Sons Funeral Home in Wallburg until being placed in the church at 9:30 a.m. on the day of the service.

Online condolences may be made at


Rudolph Perdue

LEXINGTON — Rudolph Brown Perdue, 87, passed away Monday, July 28, 2014.

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 31, at Salisbury National Historical Cemetery. Burial will follow with military honors. Arrangements by Davidson Funeral Home, Lexington.


Rita Pruitt

THOMASVILLE — Mrs. Rita Gail Newberry Pruitt, 54, a resident of Thomasville, passed away Monday, July 28, 2014 at High Point Regional.

A resident of this area most of her life, Rita was born on July 23, 1960 in Russell County, VA to the late Paul and Dorothy Plaster Newberry. On July 3, 1981, she married Darrell Pruitt, who survives of the home. She was a devoted and faithful member of Cloverdale Church of the Living God and especially enjoyed spending time with her family and grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one sister, Angela Newberry.

Surviving are her husband, Darrell Pruitt of the home; daughters, Christi Hemric and her husband Philip of Thomasville and Brianna Pruitt and her fiancé Hueston Lackey of Thomasville; grandchildren, Kylie, Patrick, and Brittany Hemric; sister, Connie Richardson and her husband David of Pounding Mill, VA; and one brother, Gerald Newberry and his wife Koreen of Swords Creek, VA.

A celebration of Rita’s life will be held at 2 pm Friday in the chapel of Thomasville Funeral Home, 18 Randolph Street, Thomasville, with Rev. David Perry officiating. Interment will follow in Holly Hill Memorial Park cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home and other times at the home.

Online condolences may be made on Rita’s memorial page at Arrangements by Thomasville Funeral Home.


Barbara Lichauer Watson 

HIGH POINT — A memorial mass to celebrate Barbara’s life will be celebrated 11:00 am  Friday, August 1, 2014 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church with the Reverend Joseph Zuschmidt celebrant.  The family will receive friends at the church between 10:30 and 11:00 a.m.

Memorials may be made to Love Line, c/o High Point Regional Hospital, P.O. Box HP-5, High Point, NC  27261.

Online condolences may be made to Mrs. Watson’s memorial page at


Dr. Jabez  Williams, Jr. 

THOMASVILLE — Dr. Jabez Herring Williams, Jr., passed away Saturday, July 26, 2014.  

Dr. Williams served Thomasville for more than 40 years as a Dentist, operating out of the Southgate Shopping Center.  

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Helen Pate Williams of the home; son, Blake Darton Williams of Thomasville and partner Don Barbour of Greensboro; and son, David Pate Williams of Greensboro and wife Ashley Blackwelder Williams; and granddaughter, Spencer Catherine Williams of Greensboro.   

Dr. Williams was preceded in death by his grandson, Tyler David Williams of Greensboro, and his brother Robert Edward Blakeney of Greenville, SC. 

Dr. Williams was born June 19, 1931 in Clinton, NC, to Dr. Jabez Herring Williams Sr. and Alice Blakeney Williams.  Dr. Williams spent his youth in Asheville, NC.  He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and graduated Phi Beta Kappa in in 1953.  He went on to Dental School, where he was a member of Delta Sigma Delta, and graduated in 1956.

Following graduation, Dr. Williams served as a Captain in the US Air Force stationed in Paris, France, and then relocated to Thomasville to open up his dental practice. 

Dr. Williams was an avid Carolina fan who could always be found in the Kenan Stadium come rain or shine.  As a loyal member at Memorial United Methodist Church, he served as a Lead Usher.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 31, 2014 at Memorial United Methodist Church in Thomasville with Rev. Peggy Finch officiating.  The family will receive friends after the service in the Christian Enrichment Center. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials in memory of Dr. Williams may be given to the Choir Fund at Memorial United Methodist Church in Thomasville, NC, or to The Tyler David Williams Memorial Scholarship through the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro ( 

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