Obituaries, April 17, 2013

Apr. 16, 2013 @ 07:24 PM

Donald Laughlin
THOMASVILLE — Mr. Donald Grant Laughlin, 79, a resident of Parker Street, died Sunday, April 14, 2013, at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center as a result of an accidental fall at his home. He was born on August 30, 1933, in Guilford County, NC, to Parker Holmes Laughlin and Rachel Kersey Laughlin. He retired from Baker Furniture as a truck driver and was of the Baptist faith. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a great-grandchild, Harley Grace Smith.
On July 21, 1984, he married Betsy Gibson, whom he had been together with since the 1970’s, who survives of the home; also surviving are his daughters, Vicki Laughlin Layton and husband Alan of Greensboro, Cindy Foster and husband Terry of High Point, Penny Snook and husband Robert of Reading, PA, and Wendi Patterson and husband Todd of High Point; stepchildren, Darrell Welch and wife Susan of Archdale, Leigh Reynolds and husband Scott of High Point, Hilda Bulla of Lexington, Resa Barker and husband Bobby of Trinity, and Canita Simpson and husband Billy of Thomasville; brother, John Parker Laughlin of Thomasville; sisters, Virginia Parmley of Nashville, TN, and Cora Nell Bryan and husband Alver of Panama City, FL; 10 grandchildren, Jody, Michael, Brittany, Meghan, Greg, Jamie, Heather, Tabetha, Zachery, and David; and 4 great-grandchildren, Carlee, Keri, Kaleb, and Grayson.
A funeral service will be held on Thursday, April 18, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Greenwood Baptist Church with Rev. Michael Ferguson and Rev. Mitchel Hayworth officiating. Interment will follow in Mitchell’s Grove United Methodist Church Cemetery. Mr. Laughlin will remain at the J.C. Green & Sons Funeral Home in Thomasville until taken to the church 30 minutes prior to the service. The family will be at the funeral home on Wednesday from 6-8:30 p.m. and at other times at the home. Memorials may be directed to the Ella Bunting Cancer Group, c/o Grace Lutheran Church, 115 Unity St. Thomasville, NC 27360, or to the Heart Center at Thomasville Medical Center, 207 Old Lexington Rd. Thomasville, NC 27360. On-line condolences may be sent to 

Ellen Earlene Webb Hemrick
THOMASVILLE — Mrs. Ellen Earlene Webb Hemrick, 86, a resident of 1156 Johnsontown Rd., passed away Monday, April 15, 2013, in Forsyth Medical Center. She was born May 30, 1926, in Starke Co., Indiana, daughter of the late Henry Bowman Webb and Nellie Shimer Webb. Mrs. Hemrick was a music teacher for many years at Carolina Christian Academy. Mrs. Hemrick also taught private piano lessons out of her home for many years. She attended Faith Community Chapel. She was married May 17, 1956, to Rev. George Ray Hemrick, who preceded her in death Aug. 13, 1973, and she was also preceded in death by a son, Sammy Ray Hemrick.
Surviving are two daughters, Brenda Snedeker and husband Peter of Thomasville, and Cara Sue DeFriece and husband Keith of Lexington; two sons, Rev. Kenneth Hemrick and wife Kathy of Thomasville, and Rev. Glenn Hemrick and wife Cheryl of Griffin, GA; nine grandchildren, Dale Ray Hemrick, Derek Hemrick, Starla Hemrick, Drema Morris, Brent Snedeker, Ona Hemrick, Bryan Hemrick, Regina Hemrick and Michelle Kepley; Seven great grandchildren, Kaylee Morris, Colton Morris, Sam Hemrick, Riley Kepley, Brody Kepley, Timothy Snedeker and Joshua Snedeker.
Funeral services will be conducted Friday, April 19, 2013, at 2 p.m. in Faith Community Chapel with Rev. Patrick Davis, Rev. Kenneth Hemrick, Rev. Glenn Hemrick and Rev. Joe Smith officiating. The interment will be in Free Pilgrim Church Cemetery. The family will be at J.C. Green & Sons Funeral Home in Thomasville Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. and other times at the home. Online condolences may be sent to the Hemrick family at   

David Lowe 
GREENSBORO — David Allen Lowe, age 77, better known as “Coach Lowe” of Greensboro, passed away on Tuesday, April 16, 2013, at Wellspring Retirement Home in Greensboro. David fought a valiant battle and lost to kidney cancer.
He was born on October 2, 1935, in High Point to the late Frances Pickett Lowe and Charles F. Lowe. He graduated from Allen Jay High School in 1954, and later enlisted in the Army, serving in Korea. He graduated from High Point College in 1962. David was a coach and a teacher at Kiser Junior High and Grimsley High School for 30 years. After retirement he worked for Bur-Mil Park in Greensboro and served as an assistant coach at Ragsdale High School in Jamestown. He also was a coach for various traveling baseball teams. He was an active member of Friendly Road Baptist Church. He tutored children there for many years. In addition to his parents, preceding him in death were a sister, Mary Frances and a brother, Charles F. Lowe, Jr.
David is survived by his sister-in-law; Ann M. Lowe and husband Bill Weatherman of Archdale; nieces,; Cindy Lowe and husband Brian Cotner of Myrtle Beach, SC, Gina Earnhardt and husband Bobby of Asheboro; and nephew, Ricky Lowe and wife Teresa of Riverview, Florida, great-nieces, Hope, Sage, and Jade Earnhardt, and Brittany Lowe, great-nephews, Jeremy and Ryan Lowe. Also surviving are very special and loyal friends, Howard and Ruby Cross of Jamestown.
A service to celebrate David’s life will be held on Thursday at 4 p.m. from the Chapel of Cumby Family Funeral Service in Archdale with Reverend Dr. Pat Cronin officiating. Interment will follow in Prospect United Methodist Church Cemetery. The family will see friends on Thursday one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. The family would like to thank the nurses and caregivers at Wellspring, as well as Hospice of Greensboro, for their special care and concern shown to David during his illness. They would like to say a special thank you to caregiver Drew Jones for his tender and loving care for David. Memorials in David’s memory may be sent to: Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro, 2500 Summit Avenue, Greensboro, NC 27405. Online condolences may be made at Arrangements by Cumby Family Funeral Service of Archdale.

Berniece Owens Deal
HIGH POINT — Berniece Owens Deal of High Point died Saturday April 13, 2013, at the age of 86. She was the last surviving child of eight children born to R. Marvin and Mattie Spivey Owens of Worthville, NC. She had five brothers, Irvin Owens, Marvin Owens, Ted Owens, Calvin Owens, David Owens; and two sisters, Irene Owens Thompson and Hazel Owens Bell. Her husband of nearly 49 years, William Cecil Deal, also preceded her in death. She and her husband were longtime residents of Greensboro and had later lived in Raleigh. She is survived by her two sons, William C. Deal Jr., wife Cherylle, of High Point, and Robert D. Deal, wife Alice, of Belvedere, SC; and one grandson, Robert David Deal Jr. of Charleston, SC; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Berniece loved interacting with people and being active as evidenced by her involvement with the Angela Peterson Doll Museum and the High Point Convention and Visitors Bureau where she worked part-time after she officially retired from her career and moved to High Point over a decade ago. She previously worked with the 4-H Program at NC State University, the UNC-G School of Nursing, American National Insurance, National Spinning and Carolina Steel.
Family visitation will be held Friday, April 19 from 7-9 p.m. at Hanes-Lineberry Sedgefield, followed by a graveside service on Saturday, April 20 at 11:00 a.m. at Guilford Memorial Park.
The family has requested in lieu of flowers that memorials be made to either the Berniece O. Deal 4-H Volunteer Leaders Endowment, c/o The NC Agricultural Foundation, North Carolina State University, Campus Box 7645, Raleigh, NC 27690-6773 or Hospice of the Piedmont, 1801 Westchester Drive, High Point, NC 27262.
The family would like to express their thanks for the wonderful care Berniece received at Hospice Home and High Point Regional Hospital 7th Floor North.
Online condolences may be made to

Pat Leonard Myers
LEXINGTON — Emma Patterson Leonard “Pat”  Myers, 76, died April 15, 2013, at the Hinkle Hospice House. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, at Reeds Baptist Church. Visitation will be from 6 to 8  p.m. Thursday at Davidson Funeral Home.

Elizabeth Raza
GREENSBORO — Elizabeth Raza, 68, died April 16, 2013.  Cremation services entrusted to Triad Cremation Society & Chapel.

Mary Pressley Reece
THOMASVILLE — Lifelong Thomasville resident, Mary P. Reece has taken her last stroll down the hallways of Pine Ridge Health & Rehabilitation Center. On April 16, 2013, at age 84, Mary passed away without pain or illness.  She just ran out of steam and took her last breath on Tuesday morning. To those who knew Mary well, she will be remembered as a very active lady constantly on the move.  She thoroughly enjoyed her family, gardening, cooking new recipes, reading, walking, spending time at the beach and traveling with friends. Memories will serve us well of Mary and her determined spirit.  A special THANK YOU to the staff in the Alzheimer’s Unit at Pine Ridge Health & Rehabilitation for taking special care of our mother and friend.
Always a worker, she retired as Office Manager from Thomasville Furniture Industries after 40 years of service.  After retiring, she continued to work in catering with Paul Myers Catering during furniture markets and other banquet activities at Thomasville Furniture.
During Mary’s active career and life, she served on the City of Thomasville Council from 1987 to 1993.  She was a long-serving volunteer of the American Red Cross from 1985 until 1998, serving as Chapter Chairperson from 1995 to 1996.  She served as Board Chairperson for the Thomasville Chamber of Commerce and as member of the BB&T Board of Directors. 
Mary was married to Edwin Reece, who preceded her in death on July 4, 2000.  Mary has a surviving son Mark and his wife Sandy of Winston-Salem, NC.  Also surviving are grandsons Erik and wife Amanda and Craig; and great-grandchildren Jersey and Laine.
A Memorial Service will be held at a later date.  Her wish was to help continue the search for a cure of Alzheimer’s disease and other medical research. In her own way, she continues to help others and work for the good! 
In lieu of flowers, please send donations in memory of Mary Reece to: High Point-Thomasville Chapter of American Red Cross
815 Phillips Ave. High Point, NC 27262 or Alzheimer’s Association P.O. Box 96011 Washington, DC 20090-6011.
Online condolences may be sent to the Reece family at

Jeffrey Morris
GREENSBORO — Jeffrey Morris, 55,  died April 16, 2013.  Cremation services have been entrusted to Triad Cremation Society & Chapel.

Carol Jean Duncan
THOMASVILLE — Carol Jean Duncan, age 54, passed away Tuesday, April 16, 2013, at her home.
Carol was born on September 8, 1958, in Conway, S.C. to Frank and Shelby Harrison Lewis. She had been a resident of Thomasville for the past 13 years and was a member of the Church of Tomorrow in Thomasville.
Carol was employed with Colonial LLC in the embroidery department. She especially enjoyed decorating. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Frankie Lewis.
In 1986 she married Roy Lee Duncan, who survives of the home. Also surviving are her sisters, Jolene Way of Greensboro, Tammy Mitchem of Thomasville and Geri Ann Goble of Arizona; and one brother, Roger Evans of Morganton. Carol has one special niece, Alana Smith.
The family will receive friends at the residence on Wednesday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. Plans for a memorial service will be announced at a later date. Please offer condolences with the family at

Isaiah McRae
THOMASVILLE — Deacon Isaiah McRae, 75, died April 16, 2013, at Moses Cone Hospital. Arrangements have been entrusted to Prominence Funeral Home, Thomasville.

Burnis W. Gallimore
TRINITY — Burnis Worth Gallimore, 75, died April 15, 2013, at Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital. A funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Tabernacle United Methodist Church. Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. at Pugh Funeral Home in Asheboro.

Shirley Crowder
RANDLEMAN — Shirley Crowder, 70, died April 16, 2013. Cremation services have been entrusted to Triad Cremation Society & Chapel.