Obituaries November 29, 2012

Nov. 28, 2012 @ 07:04 PM

Walter McIver
HIGH POINT - Walter Lee McIver, 76, was born June 18, 1936 to the late Rosa Lee Bridges.  He departed this earthly life on November 25, 2012 at Shannon Gray Rehabilitation and Recovery Center.
Walter was a devoted and loving husband, father and Elder.  He loved to serve and minister for the Lord as well as singing and studying the Word of God.  He was a faithful minister at Word of Reconciliation Ministries.
He retired from Hendrix Batting in High Point after 40 years of dedicated service.
Walter was preceded in death by a son, Walter Dawkins and three brothers.
He leaves to cherish his memories, his devoted wife of 44 years, Minister Ruth McIver; two daughter, Pastor Jeanell McIver of High Point, NC and Frankie Dawkins of Atlanta, GA; a son, Walter McIver, Jr.; one brother, Willie Bridges Jr., of Atlantic City, NJ; two sisters, Mary Caldwell and Janie Bridges both Atlantic City, NJ; five grandchildren, D’Quarius Pearson, Jahkeem Murphy, Jahsiah Murphy all of High Point, Shawn Dawkins of Charlotte, NC and Shawntae Dawkins of Atlanta, GA; two great grandchildren; two spiritual daughters, Valeria Thomas and Charla Forney; a host of in-laws, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
A celebration of life will be held on Friday, November 30, 2012 at 2:00pm at Word of Reconciliation Ministries, 410 Brentwood St.  Visitation will begin at 1:30pm at the church.  Interment will be in Oakwood Memorial Park Cemetery.
The family will also receive friends and relatives at 3606 Broadstone Village Dr. Apt.1B.  The family wishes to express heartfelt thanks to the Eldercare staff and the Shannon Gray Rehabilitation and Recovery Center for the excellent care and attention given to Walter.
You may express your condolences on Mr. McIver memorial page at  Professional arrangements entrusted to Peoples Funeral Service, Inc.

Lucille Skeen
RANDLEMAN - Hallie Lucille Lanier Skeen, age 82, of Randleman died Tuesday, November 27, 2012 at Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital, Greensboro.
Mrs. Skeen was a native of Randolph County and member of Level Cross Methodist Church. She is preceded in death by her husband, Noah R. Skeen.
She is survived by her son; Everette Skeen and his wife Vickie of Randleman, daughter: Joyce Mangum and her husband Ernest of Randleman, daughter Sandra Davis and her husband Tommy of Archdale, son: Wayne Skeen and his wife Carol of Gibsonville, son Kenneth Skeen and his wife Madorie  of Archdale, and son Dean Skeen and his wife Donna of Pleasant Garden; 13 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; sisters: Helen Taylor of Greensboro, Sue Connor of Randleman, Marge Brietbach of Battle Creek, MI; brother: Allen Lanier and his wife Janice  of Asheboro.
Visitation will be at Pugh Funeral Home, 600 S. Main St., Randleman Thursday, November 29, 2012 from 6;00 – 8:00 pm. A celebration of Life Service will be held Friday, November 30, 2012 at 11:00 am at Level Cross United Methodist Church, 10142 U.S. Hwy. 220 Bus. N., Randleman with Rev. Ernest Mangum, Rev. Jason Prevatte and Rev. Carroll Lupton officiating. Burial will follow at Randolph Memorial Park, Asheboro.
Memorials can be made to Level Cross Methodist Church food pantry, 10142 US Highway Bus. 220 N., Randleman, NC 27317.

Mildred Q. Wood
LEXINGTON - Mildred Queen Wood, age 96, of Lexington passed away Tuesday night at her home. Funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Friday in the Davidson Funeral Home Chapel. Arrangements by Davidson Funeral Home, Lexington.

Ruby Hollingsworth Clary
HIGH POINT - Ruby Hollingsworth Clary, 95, of High Point, North Carolina, died on November 27, 2012 of natural causes, having spent time with family and loved ones.  Ruby, born on January 8, 1917 to Wiley Houston and Lola Moser Hollingsworth of Mount Airy, North Carolina, spent nearly 96 years living life fully.  She was the youngest of five siblings: Alyne Mock, Garnie Hollingsworth, Clara Helms, and Fred Hollingsworth, all deceased at the time of her passing.   Her siblings provided Ruby with a family anchor and they all remained close.  Her sister, Clara and Ruby shared many escapades in their youth and remained dear to each other for their long lives.  Her beloved husband of 60 years Edgar E. “Spot” Clary, who was the love of her life, passed in 1999. Ruby now joins Spot in eternity. The couple lived for many years in High Point, North Carolina, where they raised their only daughter, Tamoria Clary Adams.
Ruby is survived by her devoted daughter Tamoria Clary Adams and son-in-law Dr. Gerald L. Adams, her granddaughters, Heather Tullar and Camille Adams and their spouses Paul Tullar and Michael Killelea, her-sister-in law Agnes Hollingsworth, devoted family members Jamie Amos and Ted Johnson and a large extended family network of nieces and nephews reaching through generations.
Ruby will be remembered for her zest for life, delight in a good joke, passion for laughter, skill at playing cards, and love of cooking great food.  Ruby’s cakes, legendary among her family and friends, graced many a holiday table, family gathering and The Parson’s Table.  The cakes will be missed, but those cherished recipes will keep Ruby’s memory at many family holiday tables this year and for years to come.  Her surviving daughter, granddaughters, nieces, and their children treasure their stash of Nanna’s recipes, many of which begin with, “First you take a stick of butter.”
Ruby lived at the Stratford Retirement Facility from February 2011 where she was known for baking excellent cornbread and playing equally excellent poker.  Ruby also loved bowling, something she shared with her daughter, Tamoria.  They traveled to tournaments together and Ruby also played on a team with her sister, Clara.
Ruby loved her profession as a hair dresser and continued working into her 90s.  Her granddaughters and nieces have fond memories of sitting in Nanna’s or Aunt Ruby’s vintage beauty chair and getting their hair done “special”.  Children in the family, spent many summer days with Nanna and Pappaw in a tiny house filled with the joyful shrieks of a score granddaughters, cousins and friends, raiding Nanna’s stash of beauty goodies and having the best cooked to order breakfast on the planet prepared just for them in the morning.
A memorial service will be held at First Methodist on December 15, 2012 at 12:00 with visitation at 11:00.  Ted Johnson, Douglas Hollingsworth, Neal Matthews, Dennis Pirone, Lyn Clark and Fred Amos are honorary pall bearers.  A celebration of Ruby’s life will follow the service for family members at her niece’s home.  Funeral arrangements and information can be found at Cumby Funeral Home, 1015 Eastchester Drive, High Point, North Carolina. Memorial may be sent to:  The BVL Fund, 11350 Random Hills Road, Suite 800, Fairfax, VA  22030, Attn:  Elizabeth Montanya.
Make a joyful noise unto the Lord.  Enter his gates with thanksgiving and into his courts with praise.
Condolences may be left on Mrs. Clary’s memorial page at Arrangements made by Cumby Family Funeral Service, High Point.

Aileen Wilson Runyan
SHELBY - Aileen Wilson Runyan, 102 of Shelby Manor, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on November 28, 2012.  Aileen was born January 19, 1910 in Shelby.  On September 6, 1937 she married J. C. “Jerry” Runyan of Earl, who preceded her in death.  In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Dorothy Gail Runyan; son, Jerry Thomas Runyan.  Aileen graduated from Shelby High School in 1928.  She was a life-long and faithful member of Elizabeth Baptist Church.  She taught many age groups in Sunday School from 1938 – 1971, was active in the WMU. In July 1946, Aileen and her family moved to the Cleveland County Jail’s living quarters in Shelby when her husband became the county jailer.  Living at the jail was a unique experience for her family, particularly for a mother raising two sons in that environment.  Aileen will be remembered as a Godly Christian lady whose life blessed and influenced her family, friends and all who knew her.  She will also be remembered for her unfaltering dedication as a mother.  She was the primary caregiver for her oldest son, Jerry Thomas, who was both mentally and physically challenged.  Because of her good health, extraordinary motherly love and close walk with God, she was able to care for Jerry in the home until she was 95 years old.  She attributed her longevity to honoring her parents and seeking God’s guidance and help in all she did.  She was affectionately known by her grandchildren and family as “E.E.”.
She leaves to cherish her loving memory one son, Larry Runyan and wife Jane of Winston-Salem; one grandson, John Runyan and wife Tonya of High Point; one granddaughter, Amy Runyan Sweatt and husband Scott of Charlotte; three great grandsons, Chase and Nicholas Runyan and Tanner Sweatt; two great granddaugthers, Katie Runyan and Madison Sweatt; many loving nieces and nephews.
Visitation:  12:30 – 1:45pm Friday, November 30, 2012 in the Christian Life Center at Elizabeth Baptist Church
Service:  2:00pm Friday, November 30, 2012 in the sanctuary of Elizabeth Baptist Church with Dr. Rit Varriale and Rev. Jeff Brendle officiating
Burial:  Immediately following the service in the church cemetery
Memorials:  Elizabeth Baptist Church, 301 N. Post Road, Shelby NC 28152 or Hospice Cleveland County, 951 Wendover Heights Drive, Shelby NC 28150
Funeral Home:  Cecil M Burton Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the family of Mrs. Runyan
Guest Registry is available at

Barbara Jones Navratil
HIGH POINT - Barbara Lee Jones Navratil, the youngest of the three beautiful daughters of Walter Woolford and Maddie Brittingham Jones, died Wednesday, November 14, 2012.
Bobbie, as loved ones called her, was born March 7, 1932, in Salisbury, Maryland.  A graduate of Wicomico High School and Salisbury State Teachers College (now Salisbury University), Bobbie taught elementary school following graduation.
Bobbie loved her family and her friends. Having lived in Salisbury and Hagerstown, MD, Dover, DE, Carlisle and New Cumberland, PA, Addison and Elmhurst, Illinois, Charlotte, Winston-Salem, and High Point, NC, North Myrtle Beach, SC and Oklahoma City, OK, she had lots of dear friends, far and wide.   But she never was far from her family and earliest friends on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, spending many summers at her family’s cottage at Fenwick Island, DE.
She loved to read, go to movies and the beach, play bridge, watch sports, swim, play Yahtzee, Sorry, Parcheesi, Scrabble, and share stories.  Bobbie’s life was one big smorgasbord of learning, exploring, sharing, and enjoying time with books, magazines, friends, and family.
She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Charles Navratil, son Kurt and daughter-in-law, Brook Dickson, of Roanoke, Virginia and daughter Carol of High Point (formerly of Atlanta, GA).
A Celebration of the Life of Barbara Navratil will be held at 2pm, Saturday, December 1, 2012 at the Life Tribute Center of Cumby Family Funeral Service, 1015 Eastchester Drive, High Point, NC 27262.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made in Bobbie’s memory to either of the following:  National Lung Cancer Partnership, 1 Point Place, Suite 200, Madison, WI 53719 or Lung Cancer Alliance,  PO Box 418372, Boston, MA 02241-8372
Online condolences may be made at  Arrangements by Cumby Family Funeral Service, High Point.

John Barrett
GREENSBORO - John Barrett, 56, passed away on Wednesday, November 28, 2012. Cremation services entrusted to Triad Cremation Society, Inc.

William Smith
WINSTON-SALEM  - William Larry Smith, 72, passed away on Tuesday, November 27, 2012. Cremation services entrusted to Triad Cremation Society, Inc.

Dorothy Coley
LEXINGTON - Dorothy Kuzmjak Coley, age 80, died Tuesday, November 27, 2012. A funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Friday, November 30, 2012 at Holy Family Catholic Church. Davidson Funeral Home, Hickory Tree Chapel is assisting the family. Online condolences may be made at

Jim Matthews
MOUNT AIRY - Jim Matthews, a veteran of the Vietnam War, passed away on November 26, 2012.
He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Deborah Carver Matthews and children; Lisa Matthews, Laurie Messer, Allison Matthews, Richard Matthews of Fort Worth, TX and well as step children, Bryan Wood, Denise Schoemer, Wayne Chisgar and Dennis Chisgar. He is also survived by one brother, Robert F. Matthews Jr. and wife Catherine of High Point, NC. Also surviving are four grandchildren, Sarah, Baily, Caleb and Delaney.
Private services will be held on Saturday, December 1, at Guilford Memorial Park in Greensboro, NC.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Disabled American Veterans Assoc., PO Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250.
Hanes Lineberry Sedgefield Chapel is assisting the Matthews family.
Online condolences may be made at

Leroy Junior Harmon
STATESVILLE - Leroy Junior Harmon “Grasshopper” has taken his last work “Tow Call” and has been called Home. Heaven received it’s newest bright star when he was ushered through the gates on November 20, 2012.
Leroy was born on July 24, 1951, in Avery County, NC, to the late James Leroy Harmon and Thelma Bumgarner Harmon, who survives.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by brothers, Jimmy Harmon (Barbara) and Emory Bruce Harmon (Jan); sister, Kay Harmon Flouton (Howard Waters) and his special friend, Louise Caskaddon. He is further survived by various nieces, nephews, aunts, and uncles.
Leroy was a well known mechanic and tow truck driver beginning his career with Boggs Motor Company and continuing as an employee of Black Automotive Group.
He was a selfless person who never met a stranger and never passed up the opportunity to help anyone who needed assistance.
His current and past work associates will serve as pallbearers and honorary pallbearers.
The family will receive friends, Friday, November 30 beginning at 6pm in the Sanctuary of Front Street Baptist Church.
The funeral service will be held at 2pm, Saturday, December 1, 2012 at Front Street Baptist Church, with Rev. Tim Stutts officiating. The body will lie in state for one hour prior to the funeral hour.
Burial will follow at Bethlehem United Methodist Church Cemetery. Leroy will be escorted to his final resting place by his tow truck associates.
Arrangements by Reavis Funeral Home of Statesville.