Obituaries August 11, 2014

Aug. 10, 2014 @ 06:38 PM

Walter Ray Briggs
LEXINGTON — Walter Ray Briggs, 73, of Lake Shore Avenue died Saturday, August 9, 2014.
A funeral service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Holloways Baptist Church.
The family will receive friends Tuesday from 6-8 PM at Davidson Funeral Home.
Online Condolences may be made at

Cora Hilton
HIGH POINT — Mrs. Cora Elizabeth Cecil Hilton, 95, affectionately known as “Gamuddie” to her grandchildren and “Gams” to her great-grandchildren, died Saturday, August 9, 2014 at the Hospice Home at High Point.  She was born on July 8, 1919 in Davidson County, NC to Jacob Ransom Asbury Cecil and Effie Delilah Swaim Cecil.  She was a graduate of Hasty High School, a homemaker, and retired from High Point City Schools, where she worked at Ferndale Middle School.   She was a member of SpringHill United Methodist Church, where she was active in the United Methodist Women, Adult Fellowship Class, Faithful Workers Circle, and the Chicken Pie Ministry and in her earlier years singing in the choir.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Bernie Lorenzo Hilton on March 21, 1974; brothers, J.R., Billy, and Clayton Cecil; and sisters, Mozelle Craven and Victoria Brock; and son-in-law, Ray Cecil.
Surviving is her only child, Geraldine “Gerry” Elizabeth Hilton Cecil of High Point; grandchildren, Wendell Cecil and wife Tammy of High Point and Susan Cecil Cain and husband Jonathan of Advance; great-grandchildren, Jacob Ray Cecil, Grace Elizabeth Cain, Laura Elizabeth Cain, and Mary Elizabeth Cain; brother, Everett Cecil and wife Myrtle of High Point; and many nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at 4:00 PM at Spring Hill UnitedMethodist Church with Rev. Donna Friddle and Rev. Chuck Garner officiating.  Interment will follow in the church cemetery.  Mrs. Hilton will remain at the J.C. Green & Sons Funeral Home in Wallburg,10301 N. NC Highway 109, until taken to the church 30 minutes prior to the service.  The family will be at the funeral home on Tuesday from 6-8 pm and at other times at the home of her daughter, Gerry.  Memorials may be directed to Spring Hill UMC, 240 Spring Hill Church Rd. High Point, N.C., 27262 or to Pennybyrn at Maryfield, 1315 Greensboro Rd. High Point, N.C., 27260.  Online condolences may be sent to

Iva Aaron Merricks
HIGH POINT — Mrs. Iva Aaron Merricks, age 94, died on Friday, August 8, 2014, at Westchester Manor Providence Place.
Arrangements are incomplete at People's Funeral & Cremation Service.

Kay Patseavouras
HIGH POINT — Kay Finch Patseavouras, 79, a resident of High Point passed away Friday, August 8, 2014,  in her home.
Kay was born September 29, 1934 in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, a daughter to the late Hugh Gordon and Mary Fitts Finch. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her younger brother, Hugh Manley Finch and her grandson John Braxton Andrews.
She attended Greensboro College for Women and UNC at Chapel Hill. Her children were reared in High Point and were members of Emerywood Baptist Church where Kay served on the Board of Deacons and taught Sunday school.
She became very active in politics moving to Raleigh for two years serving as the Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Department of Transportation, Jacob Alexander under Governor James Holshouser. At the end of his term she was awarded the State’s highest civilian award, “The Long Leaf Pine”.
Kay later served as the only woman on Governor Jim Martin’s “kitchen cabinet” which was a group of his most valued advisors.
She was elected Register of Deeds of Guilford County for several terms. She thrived on meeting people and standing up for good causes. She embraced everyone with love and trust.
Mom was our inspiration every day. Her selfless love for her family was apparent in the way she talked about her children, grandchildren and her dog, Bodie.
She loved the beach at the Outer Banks. Always ready to put her feet in the ocean, read her books and marvel at the waves.
She is survived by her daughter, Karen Finch Patseavouras, and her family, Jonathan and Melissa Elleman, Daniel and Mary Eleanor Patseavouras and their son, Dillon; her daughter Kathryn Giles and her husband, Stephen and their children, Caroline and Lauren; her daughter Kristina Andrews and her children Kathryn and Noel; her furry companion, Bodie and her extended family Dr. and Mrs. Louie Patseavouras and their children. We want to honorably mention Retired Colonel Kevin M. McDonnell, whom she considered and loved as the son she never had.
A memorial service, to celebrate Kay’s life will be at 11 am Wednesday in the Sanctuary of Emerywood Baptist Church with the Reverend Dr. Robert U. Ferguson, Jr. and the Reverend Dr. Harold C. Warlick, Jr. officiating.
Inurnment will be in the church columbarium. The family will receive friends following the service at the church and later at Kay’s residence, 1002 Wellington Street.
The family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Emerywood Baptist Church (youth fund), 1300 Country Club Drive, High Point, NC 27262 or to the charity of one’s choice. Online condolences can be made at Arrangements by Sechrest Funeral Service in High Point.