Obituaries August 14, 2014

Aug. 14, 2014 @ 04:23 PM

Donald L. “Buck” Chapman, Jr.

LEXINGTON — Buck Chapman, age 38, passed away on August 5, 2014 while on a trip to Thailand, one of his favorite places to visit.

He was born June 1, 1976 in Macon, Georgia to Donald L. Chapman, Sr. and Betty Jo “B.J.” Chapman. He was a graduate of Ledford High School in Wallburg, NC and received his Bachelor of Science degree from NC State University with honors. He went on to receive his Master of Science Degree from Webster University in International Relations also with honors. He worked for international logistic companies around the world pursuing his passion of seeing God’s creative beauty in over 50 countries. His travels and personality gave him the opportunities to form his life-long friendships with people from his hometown to the corners of the earth. His legend was not about just seeing the world, but understanding the world and its cultures. He was a follower of international news and loved all sports.

Left to honor Buck and remember his love are Parents Donald L. (Sue) Chapman and Betty Jo “B.J.” Chapman; brother, Christopher Chapman; grandmother, Peggy Chapman; nephew, Ryan Chapman; niece, McKenna Chapman; along with many uncles, aunts, and cousins. Buck was preceded by grandparents, H.N. ”Bill” Chapman and Jo T Spivey McCoy and Jim L Spivey.

A celebration of Buck’s life and memorial service will be held Saturday, August 16,, at Ledford High School at 4:00 p.m. 


Sharon Puryear 

HIGH POINT — Sharon Dixon Pendergrass Puryear died Tuesday, August 12, 2014, at her home in High Point. She was 61 years old.

She strived, hoped and prayed for each new day to be a good one, despite the devastating complications of spinal cord injury suffered during surgery in 1999, to which she ultimately succumbed.

Sharon was born June 23, 1953, in Greensboro, NC, only child of the late June M. and Mae Carlton Pendergrass.

On August 1, 1971, Sharon married David B. Puryear, Jr., who was with her at her passing. Their daughter, Sara May, died at birth in July 1972. Sharon is survived by her goddaughters, Lydia and Hannah Matthews, the daughters of her late, great friend, Cindy Matthews. She also is held lovingly in the memories of the many other “godchildren” she loved and nurtured, as well as aunts, uncles and cousins from both the Pendergrass and Carlton sides of her family, her extended Puryear family, and by her many friends and former co-workers.

She attended elementary school in Greensboro and then moved with her mother to Wilson, NC, after the death of her father in 1960. Sharon graduated in 1971 from Wilson Fike High School, where she was an outstanding student. She was very active in choir and youth activities at First Baptist Church of Wilson. In 1984 she returned to school at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she graduated magna cum laude in 1987 with a bachelor of arts in geography. While at UNCG, Sharon was made a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Golden Chain.

Before completing her degree, Sharon worked for many years as a legal secretary for several Greensboro law firms. After graduating college, she brought her fierce work ethic and pride in her craft, her total openness and empathy for all, and her great intellect to urban planning positions with the City of Greensboro and the Piedmont Triad Council of Governments. Sharon specialized in demographic and statistical analysis, based in her love of mathematics and computer programs. She earned certification by the American Institute of Certified Planners. She retired from the City of Greensboro in 1999 due to disability, but continued on for a few years, working from her wheelchair-adapted home office, to engage in data research projects with her friend and mentor, Don Jud.

In addition to her professional career, Sharon enjoyed needle crafts, crossword puzzles, cooking, music, mystery novels, and The Young and the Restless. More than anything, she enjoyed young children and befriended and nurtured them with her accepting spirit.

Sharon was grateful for the many blessings of gentle caregiving provided by so many, including Annie Carter, Jackie Willard, Danielle Covington, Kristin Tucker, Shelia Christian, Carole White, Taylor McCoy, and her special friend and confidante, Marsha McCoy. She also wanted to thank the nurses, therapists and staff at High Point Regional Hospital, particularly the nurses of the intensive care units.

At her request, no service will be held. A memorial service for friends and family will be announced at a later date.

Memorial donations may be made in Sharon’s name to the High Point YWCA youth services programs.


Sally Snider

HIGH POINT —Sally Louise Ray Snider, age 90, passed away Wednesday at Hospice Home at High Point.

Sally was born in Greenville, SC, January 3, 1924, the fifth of eleven children of Thomas Ervin Ray and Ada Edwards Ray. In 1946, she married Julian Snider, who passed away in 1974. Sally retired from Western Electric Corporation (AT&T) in 1981. Since then, she spent a great deal of time volunteering and in keeping with her nature, continued to be a loving, caring, giving person. She was a longtime member of Lexington Avenue Baptist Church.

Surviving are her son Julian Ray (JR) Snider and his wife Janice of Kernersville;  sister, Josie (Jo) Ray Frazier and her husband Walter Richard Frazier of Randolph  County; and a host of nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.

In keeping with her wishes, a graveside service will be held at Floral Garden Cemetery Friday at 1 p.m., led by longtime family friend Mr. Joseph Farabee. The family will receive friends from 11:30 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. at Davis Funeral Home, 976 Phillips Ave., High Point, NC

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Cancer Services of Forsyth County, 3175 Maplewood Ave., Winston-Salem, NC 27103 or to Hospice Home at High Point, 1803 Westchester Dr. High Point, NC 27262.

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