Obituaries December 2, 2012

Dec. 01, 2012 @ 06:18 PM

Norman R. Balfour
RANDLEMAN – Norman Ray Balfour, 76, of Randleman, NC, died Dec. 1, 2012.
Funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at St. Peter United Methodist Church. Visitation will be held 1-2 p.m. Wednesday at the church. Ridge Funeral Home & Cremation Service is in charge of arrangements.


Dorothy Jane (Robinson) Blackman
THOMASVILLE-Dorothy Jane “Dot” (Robinson) Blackman,85, was welcomed into Heaven on Friday, November 30, 2012. She was the loving wife of Willis P. Blackman (her little man) to whom she was married to for 54 years.
Mrs. Blackman was born on August 31, 1927 in Guilford County, the daughter of the late Hubert and Nellie (Edwards) Robinson. She was a former employee of Monarch Furniture for several years until her retirement.
She was a member of Mt. Calvary Baptist Church for almost 50 years and was very active in the church activities and programs.
In her spare time, she enjoyed sewing, doing puzzles, playing the piano, and making special crafts for friends and family.
She was a selfless, loving and caring woman who always helped those in need.
In addition to her husband, Mrs. Blackman is survived by two daughters, Brenda Woody and her husband, Harold of Trinity, and Jayne Burnette and her husband, Gil of Indian Trail; four sons, David Fergerson and his wife, Diane of Trinity; Terry Fergerson and his wife, Lynn of FL, Jimmy Fergerson and his wife, Debbie of FL, and Mike Fergerson and his wife, Pat of Thomasville; 23 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; a brother, Bill Robinson; several nieces and nephews; and her two cats, Bella and Izzy. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Frank and Melvin Robinson.
A celebration of life service will be 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at the chapel of Cumby Family Funeral Service, 206 Trindale Road, Archdale with Rev. Richard D. Callahan officiating. Burial will follow in Floral Garden Memorial Park. A visitation will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Piedmont, 1801 Westchester Dr., High Point, NC 27262.
Online condolences may be made on Mrs. Blackman’s memorial page at
Arrangements made by Cumby Family Funeral Service, Archdale.


William F. Essick Sr.
WELCOME – William Franklin “Bill” Essick Sr, 89, of Welcome, died Dec. 1 at Forsyth Memorial Hospital. 
A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Monday at Bethesda United Methodist Church. Visitation will be held 5-6:30 p.m. Monday in the family life center.
Davidson Funeral Home in Lexington is in charge of arrangements.


Richard Fox
ASHEBORO - Richard Lee Fox, 62, died Dec. 1, 2012.
Triad Cremation Society & Chapel is in charge of arrangements.


Jessie P. Hammond
ASHEBORO – The Rev. Jessie Perlo Hammond, 91, of Asheboro, Nov. 30, 2012.
Funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Covenant Christian Church. Visitation will be held 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday at Ridge Funeral Home & Cremation Service.


Fred Reese Hepler
THOMASVILLE – Fred Reese Hepler, 88, passed away November 29, 2012 at his residence.
Fred was born July 21, 1924 in Davidson County to the late Reid and Claudie Scarlett Hepler.
He was preceded in death by brothers, Hollis Hepler, Gene Hepler and Tony Hepler.
Fred is survived by a son, Wayne Hepler; brother, Loyd Hepler and wife Norma; sisters, Doris Duncan and husband Charden, Inez Swing and husband Claude and Clarice Phillips and husband James.
The family will receive friends from 12:00 – 2:00 pm Monday, December 3, 2012 at Thomasville Funeral Home followed by a chapel service at 2:00 pm with Pastor Gary Myers officiating. Burial will follow at Holly Hill Memorial Park.
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Charles Leo Kindley
DENTON – Charles Leo Kindley, 67, of Denton died  Dec. 1, 2012, at Mountain Vista Health Park.
Arrangements are incomplete at Briggs Funeral Home in Denton.


Lou  Raye  Montgomery
HIGH POINT – Mrs. Lou Raye Mickey Montgomery, age 87 passed away November 30, 2012 in High Point Regional Hospital.
Mrs. Montgomery was born January 3, 1925 in Winston-Salem the daughter of John W. and Crowlie Taylor Mickey.
She had been a resident of High Point since 1931 and was affiliated with the A & P Company for thirty years.  She later worked in the business office of Medical Park Nursing Center for twenty years.  Mrs. Montgomery was a member of Lebanon United Methodist Church, where she had served as a Trustee, a member of the Friendship Class, and the Morning Circle. She was also a member of the American Business Women’s Association and the Lady Lions Club.    On October 17, 1942 she married Richard A. Montgomery who preceded her in death in 2001.
Mrs. Montgomery is survived by her son, Richard A. Montgomery of Ithaca, New York;
three grandchildren and one great grandson. 
Funeral services for Mrs. Montgomery will be conducted Monday at 12 noon in Lebanon United Methodist Church by the Reverend Timothy James.  Interment will follow in the church cemetery.  The family will receive friends at Sechrest Funeral Service on Sunday evening from 7 until 9 p.m.
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Atha P. Morton
ASHEBORO – Mrs. Atha P. Morton, 96, passed away Monday, November 26, 2012 at the Woodland Hill Care and Rehab.
Atha was born in Stanley County, June 23, 1916.  She lived in High Point most of her life and retired from Tomlinson’s Furniture.  She was a member of English Road Baptist Church.   She was preceded in death by her husband, Marshall R. Morton and a daughter, Bonnie Lowder.
Surviving are a granddaughter, Beverly King of Denton; a great-grandson, Devan Causey of Asheboro; a sister, Lois Poplin of Stanley County.
Graveside service will be held at Floral Garden Park Cemetery Monday at 1 p.m. by the Rev. Jim Summey.  The family wishes to thank the staff of Woodland Hill for their loving care of Mrs. Morton.  Arrangements by Davis Funerals and Cremations.


Donald Wayne Smith
JAMESTOWN – Mr. Donald Wayne Smith, 57, of Jamestown, died November 29, 2012 at Wesley Long Hospital. He was a loving and dedicated husband, father, son, brother and friend. He will be deeply missed by all that knew him.
Wayne was born August 20, 1955, in High Point, a son to Franklin Duane and Jane White Smith. He was preceded in death by a brother, Ronnie Smith. Wayne was a member of Jamestown United Methodist Church. He was a graduate of Ragsdale High School class of 1973. On September 27, 1986 he married the love of his life the former, Char-Lee Venuto. Wayne was an independent car dealer. He was a member of Jamestown Golf Association and was a former member of High Point Elks Lodge. Wayne was an avid golfer, loved Ragsdale football, enjoyed beach music and spending time with his family and friends. Wayne was an energetic and outgoing person who never met a stranger.
He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Char-Lee Smith of the home; two sons, Tyler Smith and Austin Smith both of the home; one brother, Craig Smith of High Point; two sisters, Dawn Smith and Jerry Odell of High Point and Carol Smith Ussery and her husband, Mike of Trinity; and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held 10:30 AM, Monday, December 3rd at Jamestown United Methodist Church with Rev. Chris Thore officiating. The family will receive friends following the service in the Fellowship Hall.
Memorial contributions may be made to The Coach Ronnie Smith Scholarship Foundation, in care of Jamestown United Methodist Church, 403 East Main Street, Jamestown, NC 27282.


Jesse Leroy Wilkins
RANDLEMAN – Mr. Jesse Leroy Wilkins, 73, passed away on Saturday, December 1, 2012 at his residence, surrounded by his family following a brief illness with cancer.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday at Springfield Friends Meeting in High Point.  Interment will follow at Centre Friends Meeting Cemetery.
Leroy was born on February 15, 1939 to the late Jesse Lee and Sallie Lue Martin Wilkins.  He was a loving husband, daddy, paw-paw, uncle and friend. He was a member of Springfield Friends Meeting. He enjoyed raising beef cattle, playing the guitar and was an original member of the Springfield Strummers. He retired after 35 years of service with the Greensboro Fire Department and remained active with the retired firemen.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Ernestine Williams Wilkins; son, Dr. Jesse L.M. (Jay) Wilkins and wife Michelle of Virginia; daughter, April Wilkins-Little and husband David of Pleasant Garden; sisters, Mary Ruth Cox (Lloyd), Martha Ann Dula (Paul); grandchildren, Madison Wilkins, Lane Wilkins, Berit Wilkins, August Little and Cooper Little.
The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 pm Sunday at Forbis & Dick Pleasant Garden Chapel.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Greensboro, 2500 Summit Ave., Greensboro, NC  27405,
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James Daniel Willard
HIGH POINT – James Daniel Willard, 59, of High Point went to be with the Lord on Friday November 30, 2012 at Valley Nursing Home in Taylorsville following several months of declining health.
He was born June 24, 1953 in High Point, a son of Mary Hensley Willard and the late David Willard.
He was a graduate of Andrews High School and a veteran of the US Army. He enjoyed cooking and watching his favorite TV shows, also he had some favorite books he read.
James was a loving husband with a great sense of humor who made people laugh. He had a smile on his face everywhere he went. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
Left to cherish his memories are his wife of 36 years Debra Willard, sister: Sharon Adkins and husband Jimmy, nieces: Shannon Heath and husband William and their children Jimmy, Jacob and Catlyn and Kim Reaver and husband Scott and their daughter Carrie Ann, in-laws: Mr. and Mrs. Charles Gallimore and brother-in-law: Mike Gallimore.
Memorials: National MS Society, P.O. Box 4527, NY, NY 10163 phone # -800-344-4867.  Lyerly Funeral Home is serving the Willard family.  Online condolences may be made at