Obituaries November 30, 2012
THOMASVILLE – Mr. Jerry Wayne Craven, 63, a resident of Thomasville, died Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at his home. He was born August 16, 1949 in Guilford County, a son of Alva R. Craven, Sr. and Grace Ledwell Craven and was a resident of this area most of his life.
He was a veteran of the United States Army and had retired from New York Carolina Express in Greensboro. He was a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Margaret McLaughlin and Linda Haynes, and by two brothers, John Craven and Jack Craven.
On June 30, 1968 he was married to Miss Sheilah Stone who survives of Thomasville. Also surviving is a son, Scott Craven and his wife Windy of Thomasville; two daughters, Tracy Craven and Melissa Craven, both of Thomasville; six grandchildren, Brittany Clewis and her husband Kevin, Ryan Craven, Brianna Craven, Bailey Craven, Billie Jo Shively, and Cody Shively; three sisters, Pat Brown and her husband Bill of Thomasville, Betty Freeman of High Point, and Barbara Sutton and her husband Clifford of Lexington; five brothers, A.R. (Bud) Craven, Jr. and his wife Imogene of Archdale, Rev. Albert Craven and his wife Joyce of Thomasville, Bobby Craven of High Point, Jerry’s twin brother, Terry Craven and his wife Billie of High Point and Charles (Butch) Craven and his wife Gail of Archdale. Also surviving is his beloved dog, Snowy.
Funeral services will be conducted Saturday at 11 AM at J.C. Green & Sons Chapel in Thomasville by the Rev. Albert Craven. Burial with military gravesite rites provided by the Randolph County Honor Guard will be in Holly Hill Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will be at the funeral home Friday from 6 until 8 PM and other times at the home of the son, Scott Craven, 163 J.A. Jones Road, Thomasville.
Memorials may be directed to the Davidson County Humane Society, PO Box 1791, Lexington, NC 27293. Online condolences may be made to the Craven family at www.jcgreenandsons.com
THOMASVILLE – Mrs. Frances Elizabeth Nichols Davis, 86, a resident of Thomasville passed away on Thursday, November 29, 2012.
Frances was born March 27, 1926 in Thomasville, NC a daughter of the late Avery Wagoner Nichols and Lila Marie Farmer Nichols. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her sister, Evelyn Nichols Stewart; brothers, Arvel Avery Nichols and Linny Glenn Nichols. Frances was a lifelong resident of Thomasville and enjoyed shopping, going to the beach, and going to church. She was a member of Lexwin Baptist Church in Winston Salem and retired from High Point Furniture in 1988. On September 17, 1944 she married Charles Ray Davis who died April 10, 2007.
Surviving are her daughters, Frances Arvella Davis Deaton and husband Elbert of Thomasville, Sharon Gayle Davis Worley and husband Larry James of Thomasville, Evelyn Marcalane Davis Hensley and husband Kermit Wayne of Wallburg; her son, Paul Ray Davis, Sr. and wife Toni Rebecca of Wallburg; fifteen grandchildren, eighteen great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.
A funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM Sunday at Lexwin Baptist Church in Winston Salem with Rev. Eric Goff and Rev. Allen Barker officiating. Interment will follow at Holly Hill Memorial Park Cemetery. Mrs. Davis will remain at J.C. Green and Sons Funeral Home in Thomasville until placed in the church thirty minutes prior to the service. The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 pm Saturday at the funeral home and at other times at their respective homes. Online condolences may be sent to the Davis family at www.jcgreenandsons.com.
ARCHDALE – June Holbrook Frazier, 91, a former resident of Trinity, died Nov. 29, 2012, at Westwood Health and Rehabilitation Center.
Funeral plans are pending at Cumby Family Funeral Service in Archdale.
Leroy Junion 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.
Mrs. Queen Ester Huntley, 66, passed away peacefully at Hospice Home in High Point on Monday, November 26, 2012. She was born on June 4, 1946 in Wadesboro, NC to Mary Curtis and the late Ray Byrd, Sr.
Queen was also preceded in death by her husband, Wilbert Huntley, the love of her life, her step-father, Rev. Shepard Curtis; one brother, Shepard Curtis, Jr., and one sister, Myrtle Williams.
She was a dedicated employee for the Guilford County School System for over eleven years in the Food and Nutrition Department. She was a member of Miracle Temple Holiness Church for many years.
Queen will be remembered by her mother, Mary J. Curtis of High Point, NC; two daughters, Evangelist Twanna (Roy) Crawford; Tamekka Huntley both of High Point, NC; three grandchildren whom she raised as her own, Minister Antonya (Kedrick) Russell of High Point, NC; Phillip (Kristie) Ballard of Greensboro, NC and Davida (Brian Bowden) Ballard of Pinehurst, NC; four sisters, Minister Angilene Mitchell, Annette Sturdivant both of High Point, NC; Carolyn Bryd of California and Lillian Byrd of Wadesboro, NC; one brother, Ray Byrd of Wadesboro, NC; one aunt, Eva Mae Knight of Maryland; one uncle, Willie Byrd of Charlotte, NC; one god brother, Connell (Bonnie) Stevens; eleven great-grandchildren; and a host nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Funeral service will be held on Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 12:00 p.m. at Miracle Temple Holiness Church, 234 New St, High Point, NC. The family will receive friends at the church from 11:30 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. Interment will follow in Carolina Biblical Gardens, Jamestown, NC.
Final arrangements are entrusted to Phillips Funeral Service, Inc., High Point, NC. Online condolences may be sent to the Huntley family at phillipsfuneralserviceinc.com.
ASHEBORO – Randy Lambeth, 52, died Nov. 28, 2012.
Cremation services entrusted to Triad Cremation Society Inc.
HIGH POINT- Mr. Barry E. Martin, 51, of 606 E. Washington Drive slipped away Friday, November 23, 2012 at High Point Regional Hospital. He was born on October 6, 1961 in Bronx County, NY to the late Thelma Martin and Helen Lomax Good Martin.
Barry was fondly called “China” because of his slant eyes by his friends. He worked several odd jobs in the Washington Drive Community, Superior Food Market, Becky’s and Mary’s Restaurant and The New Jazz Club.
Left to cherish him are close friend, Tonya R. Pouncy; one son, Christopher Blake Pouncy; one granddaughter, Jacquelyn Autry all of High Point, NC; two brothers, Harold Lomax of High Point, NC and Kenneth Good of Richmond, VA; three sisters, Diane Martin of Lexington, NC, Mary Bates of High Point, NC and Josephine Steele of East Orange, NJ; one special niece, Tiffany Simmons; and a host nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Funeral service will be held on Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 4:00 p.m. at Phillips Funeral Service Chapel, 1810 Brockett Avenue, High Point, NC. The family will receive friends at the chapel from 3:30 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.
Final arrangements are entrusted to Phillips Funeral Service, Inc., High Point, NC. Online condolences may be sent to the Martin family at phillipsfuneralserviceinc.com.
Charles McDowell Jr.
ASHEBORO – Charles Joseph McDowell Jr., 58, of Asheboro, died Nove. 28, 2012.
No services are scheduled at this time. Arrangements by Ridge Funeral Home & Cremation Service.
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 www.cumbyfuneral.com Arrangements by Cumby Family Funeral Service, High Point.
ARCHDALE – William “Bill” Larry Smith Went home to be with his Lord Monday Morning @ 6:15 11/27/2012. His Beloved Family were by his side. Mr. Smith was born 2/28/1936 the son of the Late Christopher George Smith and Carrie Lee Duggins Smith.
He is survived by his Brothers, Jim Smith and late wife Bonnie of High Point, NC. Charles Smith and wife Bonnie of Archdale NC, Donald Smith of Silver Valley, NC, Joe Smith of High Point, NC and Joanne Myrick of High Point, NC. Helen Smith of Va Beach Va, and Chubby Smith and wife Kathy of High Point, NC.
He was preceded in Death by his Late Brothers Bob Smith of High Point surviving wife Juanita Smith, Raymond Smith of High Point, and George Smith of High Point NC. He was married to Elizabeth Bare Smith for 25 Years and they had 3 children Kenneth Larry Smith and wife Peggy of Archdale NC, Jeffrey S Smith, and wife Brittany of Archdale NC, and Sandy Smith Herring and husband Wendell of Archdale NC.
He had a son William Andrew Smith of Archdale, with his late partner of 15 years Yvonne Norman of Yadkinville, and His Step children are Jean Jackson and Husband Jason Weakly of Yadkinville, Amanda Cass and Husband Jim of Harmony, NC, and Samantha Morman and husband Jeff of Durham, NC. He had 13 Grand children and 18 Great Grand Children. He was a veteran of the United States Army, and a Baptist by Choice. He was an avid Deer Hunter.
He loved the outdoors and working in his garden, Most of all he loved his whole family and they were his priority and he loved to sit under his favorite shade tree where he enjoyed visits from his family and friends. Rest in peace Dad, Brother, Father in law, Paw Paw, We Love you! You are in our hearts forever.
A visitation and Memorial service is being held Friday Evening from 6:00-8:00 at Hope Chapel Baptist Church at 106 Cloverdale Drive, Trinity, NC.
LEXINGTON – Mildred Frances Smith, 56, of Lexington, died Nov. 27, 2012.
The funeral service will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Files Chapel Baptist Church. Arrangements are in the care of Roberts Funeral service.
LEXINGTON – Arlene Curry Walker, 91, of Lexington Health Care, formerly of Marion Circle, died Nov. 29, 2012, at Lexington Health Care.
Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Becks Lutheran Church.
Russell M. ‘Nese’ Williard Jr.
HIGH POINT – Russell “Nese” Williard, Jr., 90, residence of High Point, NC, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at Hospice Home of High Point.
He was born on March 1, 1922 in High Point, NC to Russell Williard, Sr. and Elizabeth Anne Duncan. He was a US Army Engineers Veteran, who served during World War II. During his service in the US Army, he received a Purple Heart, 2 Bronze Stars and a Victory Metal. He was self-employed and retired as a salesman selling redwood and granite golf course signs.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Robert Williard. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Bernadine “Dinie” Williard, his 3 children, Patricia “Patty” Anne Simmons and her husband, Ron of Hickory, NC, Bob Williard and his wife, Donna of Weddington, NC, Jerry Williard of New Smyra Beach, Florida, 7 Grandchildren and 10 Great Grandchildren.
Above all he was a beloved father, grandfather and great grandfather. He lived to see his children grow personally and professionally and have families of their own. He had a will to live life to the fullest.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held in the Chapel at Sechrest Funeral Home at 1301 East Lexington Avenue, High Point, NC on Saturday, December 1st at 11 am with Reverend Robert Williard officiating. The family will receive friends on Saturday morning from 10 am until time of the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Hospice Home of High Point, 1803 Westchester Drive, High Point, NC 27262. Please share your condolences with the family at www.sechrestfunerals.com.
Douglas Kay Conrad
THOMASVILLE – Mr. Douglas Kay Conrad, 73, of the Pilot community of Thomasville, passed away peacefully at his residence on Tuesday, November 27, 2012, from complications of diabetes. He was born on June 30, 1939, in Davidson County to Henry Phillip Conrad and Leona Ruth Edinger Conrad. He was a member of Home Moravian Church in Winston-Salem. His life’s work was devoted to the Guilford County Register of Deeds Office with over 30 years of service. Music was the great love of his life both as a listener and as a participant. Earlier in his life, he had served as the Minister of Music at Guilford College United Methodist Church and had served as organist at Calvary Reformed UCC in Thomasville. He had sung in over 50 consecutive renditions of Handel’s Messiah sponsored by the Mozart Club of Winston-Salem.
Preceding him in death are his parents; his brothers, Ralph H. Conrad, E. Mack Conrad, Richard L. Conrad; and his sister, Joyce C. Black.
He is survived by his brother, J. Michael Conrad of Greensboro and wife Mary Ann. He is also survived by sisters-in-law, Dorothy H. Conrad of Greensboro, and Carolyn C. Conrad of Thomasville; nieces and nephews, Teresa B. Yurkovich of Charlotte and husband Dale, Sharon B. Hall of Fort Mill, SC, and husband Collier, Mark Black of Thomasville and wife Karen, Phillip Conrad of Salisbury and wife Melissa, and David Conrad of Winston-Salem and wife Megan. Surviving great nieces are Lauren Hall and Emily Hall of Fort Mill, SC, Stephanie Black of Thomasville, and Taylor Conrad and Lindsey Conrad of Salisbury. Surviving great nephews are Jonas Hall of Durham, Cameron Black of Philadelphia, PA, and Dawson Conrad of Winston-Salem, NC. A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, December 1, 2012, at 2:00 p.m. at Rich Fork Baptist Church in Thomasville with Rev. C. Scott Venable, III and Pastor Jonathan Conrad officiating. Josef Walker, organist, will provide music. The family will receive friends from 12:30 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the church. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.
Online condolences may be sent to the Conrad family at www.jcgreenandsons.com. Memorials may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 408 N. Eugene Street, Greensboro, NC 27401.