Obituaries August 1, 2014

Jul. 31, 2014 @ 05:21 PM

Eric Chriscoe

JAMESTOWN — Eric Paul Chriscoe, 45,  died Friday, July 25, 2014 at his home.

A gathering of family and friends will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, at Pugh Funeral Home, 437 Sunset Ave. in Asheboro.


Tammie Collie

HIGH POINT — Tammie Collie passed away on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at High Point Regional.

Tammie was the daughter of Mike and Vikki Collie.

Those to cherish her memory is her daughter, Jordan Sky; her companion, Charles Deaton; and many family and friends.

A Celebration of Tammie's Life will be held on Sunday, August 3, 2014 at 4 p.m. in the Chapel at Sechrest Funeral Service in Archdale. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

The family requests in lieu of flowers memorials be made to her daughter, Sky's school at Mt. Calvary Christian School, 6551 Weant Rd., Archdale, NC 27263, where the love of GOD is taught.


Glenda Fleming 

HIGH POINT — Mrs. Glenda Allen Fleming, 67 of 701 S. Elm St. died on Saturday, July 26, 2014 at Hospice Home at High Point following an extended illness.

Glenda was born on September 4, 1946 to Willie Allen and Annie Brown Allen in Bowersville, GA. She had been a resident of High Point most of her adult life. Gloria was a faithful member of United House of Prayer and retiree of UNIFI.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Fleming was preceded in death by two brothers, Sylvester and Timothy Allen.

Surviving relatives include a daughter, Denise Smith (Tommy) of High Point; brother, Thomas Allen (Janice); sisters, Sandra Little (Bishop Fletcher), Gail Dow (Allen) Linda Harrison (Min. Robert), all of High Point, and Cherrill Covington of Greensboro; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and many friends.

Funeral will be 1:00 p.m. Saturday, August 2, 2014 at the Chapel of Johnson and Sons Funeral Home, 206 Fourth Street. Burial will follow at Oakwood Memorial Park. Family visitation will be at the chapel on Saturday, 12:30 to 1 pm.

Online condolences may be made at


Cleo Ingram Gray  

HIGH POINT — Mrs. Cleo Ingram Gray, (aka Granny), 80, of 1614 Oneka Avenue, passed away on Sunday, July 27, 2014 at High Point Regional.

She was born on April 28, 1934 in Anson County to the late James Ingram and Etta Bennett Ingram.

Cleo attended High Point City Schools. She was employed at Alma Desk.

She was a member of Living Water Baptist Church, and also was a member of Several Lodges.

She leaves to cherish her memories, one daughter, Elizabeth (John) Canady of the home; one brother, William (Myrtle) Ingram of High Point, NC; five stepchildren of High Point, NC; two granddaughters, Carolyn Green of Columbia, SC and Vonzella Payne of High Point, NC; one grandson, Lamonta (Mary Ann) Gray of High Point, NC; eleven great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral service will be held Saturday, August 2, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at Living Water Baptist Church, 1300 Brentwood Avenue, High Point, NC.   Interment will follow at Carolina Biblical Gardens, Jamestown, NC. The family will receive friends at the church from 12:30 p.m. until 1:00 p.m.

Final arrangements are entrusted to Phillips Funeral Service, Inc. Online condolences may be made to the Gray family at


Jerry Hunt

TRINITY — Mr. Jerry Ray Hunt, 81, of Trinity, passed away Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at his home.

A resident of this area all of his life, Mr. Hunt was born on March 3, 1933 in Davidson County to the late Dave Thomas and Verdi Lee Hill Hunt. He was of the Baptist Faith.

Surviving is his wife, Geraldine Kelly Hunt of the home.

A graveside service with Military Rites will be held at 1:00 pm on Monday, August 4th at Holly Hill Memorial Park Cemetery with Rev. Dice officiating. The family will receive friends following the Graveside Service.

Memorials may be made to Davidson County Hospice Home, 200 Hospice Way, Lexington NC 27292

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


Dr. Daniel Mellinger 

HIGH POINT – Dr. Daniel Warren Mellinger II lost his courageous battle with ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) Wednesday, July 30 at his residence, surrounded by his family.

Born September 14, 1953 in Gary, Indiana, Dan was a son of the late Daniel Warren and Margaret Valyocsik Mellinger. While growing up in Merrillville, Indiana, he attended local schools and graduated from Merrillville High School. He earned a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Purdue University in 1979 and soon after joined the practice of Dr. Thomas McNeill at Northwood Animal Hospital in High Point.

Upon Dr. McNeill’s retirement, Dan purchased the business and continued practicing veterinary medicine until November 2012 when he retired due to his health. Since 1979, he had been an active member of First Presbyterian Church where he served as a Deacon and Elder and was an adult leader of the Boy Scouts Troop 20. He was a member of the Kiwanis Club of High Point and was awarded both the George F. Hixson Fellowship and a lifetime membership. He was also a member of the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association and the American Veterinary Medical Association.

On June 18, 1977, he married the former Deborah (Debbie) Pecsok who survives of the home. Also surviving are his daughter, Corie Mellinger Gallemore and her husband John Douglas of Chicago, Illinois; a son Daniel Warren Mellinger, III and his wife Anna of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; three sisters, Lynn Mellinger Schaefer and her husband Jim of Geneseo, Illinois, Cathy Mellinger Mee of Merrillville, Indiana, Lorie Mellinger Triplett and her husband Ira of Merrillville, Indiana; three brothers, Brett Mellinger and his wife Maria of New York, New York, Rand Mellinger and his wife Cathy of Noblesville, Indiana, Scott Mellinger of Valparaiso, Indiana; and one grand-daughter, Claire Danielle Gallemore.

Other survivors are his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Al and Shirley Starr of Naples, Florida; two brothers-in-law, Jim Pecsok and his wife Barbara of Chesapeake, Virginia and Tom Pecsok and his wife Ella of Virginia Beach, Virginia; and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service to celebrate Dan’s life will be held at 3:00 p.m. Saturday in the sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church of High Point with the Reverend Dr. Ken Broman-Fulks officiating. The family will receive friends from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm Friday (tonight) at Sechrest Funeral Service in High Point. The family will also receive friends after the memorial service in the Family Life Center of First Presbyterian Church.

.The family requests that memorial contributions be directed to First Presbyterian Church, 918 North Main Street, High Point, NC 27262; Hospice of the Piedmont, 1801 Westchester Drive, High Point, NC 27262; Wake Forest ALS Center, Department of Neurology, Medical Center Blvd., Winston-Salem, NC 27157; or to the Kiwanis Club of High Point, P.O. Box 2724, High Point, NC 27261-2724.

His family would like to thank the community for their love and support. “Never be daunted!”


Margaret Payne  

KERNERSVILLE — Mrs. Julia Margaret Marshall Payne, 92, resident of Kernersville, died July 30th, 2014 at Westchester Manor.

Mrs. Payne was born November 20th, 1921 in Forsyth County, a daughter to the late Charles and Viola Ballard Marshall. A resident of this area most of her life, she was a member of Lebanon United Methodist Church and manager of Mayberry’s for over 30 years. Prior to that, she worked at Colonial Freezer Locker. Margaret was a loving and kindhearted person who cared for others and loved her family and grandchildren. You could always find her driving friends to doctor’s appointments, taking food to her neighbors and socializing with her many customers at Mayberry’s. In 1940 she married Howard Davis Payne who preceded her in death in 2009. In addition to her parents and husband, she was also preceded by a sister, Ina Mae Bodenheimer and brother, Weldon Marshall.

Surviving are a daughter, Alice Hodgin and husband James of Kernersville; a son, Ronald Davis Payne and wife Corine of High Point; four grandchildren, James (Tom) Hodgin and wife Margie, Anthony (Matt) Hodgin, Gwen Payne and Cindy Kennedy and husband Ronnie; seven great-grandchildren, Alexus Kennedy, Ashley Kennedy, J. William Hodgin, A. Gregory Hodgin, Adam Kennedy, Jonathan DeLapaz and Calvin Vinson; and one great-great grandchild, Jasper DeLapaz.

Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday in the chapel of the Cumby Family Funeral Service in High Point with Dr. James A. Summey officiating. Interment will follow at Floral Garden Park Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Memorials may be directed to Hospice of the Piedmont, 1801 Westchester Dr. High Point, NC 27262 or to His Laboring Few Ministries, 812 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. Thomasville, NC 27360.

Online condolences may be made through


Fred Lane Swartzberg

HIGH POINT- Mr. Fred Lane Swartzberg, 87, passed away Thursday, July 31, 2014 at High Point Regional Hospital with his loving family by his side.

Mr. Swartzberg was born on March 16, 1927 in High Point a son of the late Benjamin and Mollie (Mirvis) Swartzberg.  He was a former co-owner of Tobias.

He was a U. S. Navy veteran.

Mr. Swartzberg is survived by his children, Cyndi Swartzberg Maltby  of Greensboro and her daughter, Anna Lane of Wilmington, Sally Swartzberg  Koblitz and husband, Alan and their children, Brooke and Bryan Koblitz all of Alpharetta, Georgia, step children Peter Engel and wife Helen and their children of Livingston, New Jersey, Cathy Oresman and husband Robert and their children of Pawtucket, Rhode Island, and James Engel of Pawtucket, Rhode Island.

A graveside service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, August 3, 2014 at the High Point Hebrew Cemetery on North Main Street, High Point.

Memorial contributions may be made to B’nai Israel Synagogue, 1207 Kensington Drive, High Point, NC  27262 or to the charity of their choice.

Condolences may be left on Mr. Swartzberg’s memorial page at

Arrangements made by Cumby Family Funeral Service, High Point.


Connie Lynn Willett

HIGH POINT — A memorial service for Connie Lynn Willett, who passed away July 6, 2014, will be held at Blessing Baptist Church, 601 Sullivan St. in Thomasville, at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make donations to either the Scleroderma Foundation or Hospice of the Piedmont.