Obituaries April 19, 2013

Apr. 18, 2013 @ 06:00 PM

Stephanie Barber
WINSTON-SALEM — Stephanie Sink Barber, 40, died Tuesday, April 17, 2013.
Funeral will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at Faith Missionary Alliance Church.  
Davidson Funeral Home, Hickory Tree Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Sue Binns Black
CLEMSON, S.C. — Sue Binns Black, 99, passed away peacefully at Clemson Downs retirement center in Clemson, S.C., on April 17, 2013.
She was born to Joseph and Martha Binns of Union Point, Ga., on July 28, 1913. She graduated from Wesleyan Methodist College (now Southern Wesleyan University) in Central, S.C. There she met Watson C. Black, and they were married on June 26, 1934.
When her husband entered the ministry in 1936, his calling became her calling as well. They served together in pastoral ministry for 33 years before he was elected superintendent of the North Carolina West District of The Wesleyan Church. He preceded her in death in 1989.
Sue Black served her family, friends, church, and community with dignity and grace. She will be remembered for her significant contribution to her husband’s ministry, her skill as a Bible teacher, her years of leadership in what was then called the Women’s Missionary Society (on both local and district levels), and her efficiency as office manager during her husband’s years in the district superintendency.
Her sister, Mary Lois Caldwell, and her brother, Morris Binns, also preceded her in death. She is survived by her sons and their wives, Dr. Watson H. and Peggy Black of Kannapolis, N.C., and Dr. Robert and Judy Black of Central, S.C. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Kimberly Black Owensby of Kannapolis, Pamela Black Strader of Kannapolis, Jon Marshall Black of Atlanta, Ga., Jennifer Black Keaton of Seneca, S.C., and Jared Christopher Black of Atlanta, and their spouses, as well as seven great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.
The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday in the sanctuary of First Wesleyan Church, Kannapolis, N.C. The funeral service will follow at 2 p.m. Saturday Burial will be 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the cemetery of Shady Grove Wesleyan Church in Colfax, N.C.
In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests that donations to the Nicholson-Mitchell Christian Ministry Center on the campus of Southern Wesleyan University, P. O. Box 1020, Central, SC 29630-1020, be considered.
Condolences may be expressed online at or at Duckett-Robinson Funeral Home, Central, S.C.


William Brady Jr.
ASHEBORO — William Franklin “Bill” Brady Jr., 73, of Asheboro, died Wednesday, April 17, 2013.
Funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Ridge Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation will be held 7-9 tonight at the funeral home.


Ruth Funk
LEXINGTON — Ruth Madre Smith Funk, 82, of Hunters Way, died Wednesday, April 17, 2013, at Forsyth Medical Center.
Funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Davidson Funeral Home. Visitation will be held 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Liberty Hill United Methodist Church Cemetery in Fries, Va.


David R. Hollifield Sr.
LITTLE SWITZERLAND — Mr. David R. Hollifield Sr., 75, of Little Switzerland and formerly of Ford Street in Thomasville, went to be with the Lord and Savior on Wednesday evening, April 17, 2013, at his residence.  He had been in declining health for several years.  He was born on Jan. 22, 1938, in Guilford County to Chesley D. Hollifield and Ida Octivia Mills Hollifield.  He was a lifetime resident of Thomasville until he became ill with dementia.  He was of the Baptist faith and served in the US Army.  Family was of the utmost importance to him, and he was Mom and Dad to his three children, and they thank him for his love and caring.  He cared for his three children with a uniqueness like none other.  Those who called him “friend” were many.  Preceding him in death were his parents, Chesley and Ida Hollifield; a grandson, Andy Rife; brothers, Cecil, Clarence, Lonnie, Leonard, Don and Dean Hollifield; sisters, Annie Kate, Doris Rogers, Shirley Ely and Helen Hollifield.
Surviving are daughters, Vickie Johnson and husband Hoyt, and Rita Hughes, all of Little Switzerland; son, David R. Hollifield Jr. and wife Debbie of Thomasville; grandchildren, Eric Freedle and wife Carrie, Nicholas Freedle, Renee Freedle, Amy Hughes, Stacey Hughes, Amber Hollifield, Jessica Hollifield, and Matt Jones; and great-grandchildren, MacKenzie Hughes, Bailey Freedle, Chase Jones, Casyn Hollifield, and Colton Freedle.
A funeral service will be held on Sunday, April 21, 2013, at 3 p.m. at J.C. Green & Sons Funeral Home Chapel in Thomasville. Interment will follow in Holly Hill Memorial Park Cemetery.   The family will receive friends on Sunday from 1:30 p.m. until the service hour at the funeral home and at other times at the home of David and Debbie Hollifield, 108 Vivian St., Thomasville.  On-line condolences may be sent to


Emma Jackson
RALEIGH — Emma Harrison Jackson, 93, of 3609 Vond Street, died Tuesday, April 17, 2013, at her residence.
Graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Carolina Biblical Gardens, Jamestown.  
Johnson and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Jodie Lanier Jr.
THOMASVILLE — Jodie Wilson Lanier Jr.,  77, of Thomasville, formerly of Rose Hill, died Wednesday, April 17, 2013, at High Point Regional Hospital.
A celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Quinn-McGowen Funeral Home in Wallace. Burial follow at Riverview Memorial Park in Watha. Visitation will be held 10-11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.


Johnny Louya
LEXINGTON — Johnny William Louya, 77, died Tuesday, April 9, 2013.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at Union Grove Baptist Church.
Davidson Funeral Home, Hickory Tree Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Deacon Isaiah McRae
THOMASVILLE — Deacon Isaiah McRae was born on July 25, 1937, to the union of the late Coy and Amanda McRae in Badin, N.C.
Isaiah McRae departed this earthly life ever so sweetly on Tuesday, April 16, 2013, at the Moses Cone Hospital, Greensboro, N.C.
Services will be held on Saturday, April 20, 2013, at 1 p.m. at Emmanuel Baptist Church with a family visitation beginning promptly at 12:30 p.m. A visitation will be held Friday, April 19, 2013, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will take place at Holly Hill Memorial Park.
Isaiah leaves to cherish his fond memories: two daughters, Loreita Kirk and Stephanie Dawkins; two grandchildren; five great grandkids; one brother, Franklin McRae; mother-in-law, Louise Bennett; three brothers-in-law; three sisters-in-law; a devoted niece; a devoted friend, Mr. Carl Lewis and a host of nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.
Professional Services are entrusted to Prominence Funeral Home, Thomasville.


Gene Polinski
LEXINGTON — Gene Andrew Polinski, 65, of Lexington died Wednesday April 17, 2013.
A celebration of his life will be held at noon Monday at Cotton Grove United Methodist Church.
Davidson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Annette Riddle
DUNN — Annette Spencer Riddle, 73, of Dunn, died Wednesday, April 17, 2013, at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill.
Visitation will be held 1-2 p.m. Saturday at Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home in Sanford. A graveside service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Jones Chapel United Methodist Church cemetery.


Agnes Marie (Pearce) Whitley
ARCHDALE — Agnes Marie (Pearce) Whitley, 57, passed away Wednesday, April 17, 2013, at Randolph Hospice House. She was the loving wife of Clifton R. Whitley to whom she was married for  30 years.
Mrs. Whitley was born on Dec. 28, 1955, in Franklin County, a daughter of the late Frank and Beulah (Viverette) Pearce. She was the owner and operator of Aggie’s Daycare for almost 20 years.
In her spare time, Mrs. Whitley enjoyed watching NASCAR, going to the beach and fishing off the pier, watching soap operas, and listening to Alan Jackson. She was always a happy person who loved life, and loved her family and grandchildren even more.
In addition to her husband, Mrs. Whitley is survived by four daughters, Renee P. Hobart and her husband, Chris of Charlotte; Heather D. Pridgen and her husband, Grant of Stantonsburg, N.C.; Heidi L. Clearman and her husband, Stacy of Collinsville, Miss.; Tammy P. Brown and her husband, Andy of Kernersville; and a step son, Randy Whitley and his wife, Tracy of High Point; nine grandchildren; and close family friend Betty Zimmerman of Goldsboro.
A celebration of life service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 20, 2013, at the chapel of Cumby Family Funeral Service, 206 Trindale Road, Archdale, with Pastor Tim White officiating. Burial will follow in Black Creek Cemetery, Wilson County, N.C. A visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Memorials can be made to Randolph Hospice House, 446 Vision Drive, Asheboro, NC 27203.
Condolences may be left on Mrs. Whitley’s memorial page at
Arrangements made by Cumby Family Funeral Service, High Point.