Obituaries February 17

Feb. 16, 2013 @ 06:07 PM

Lewis Albert Canter
GREENSBORO – Mr. Lewis Albert Canter, 87, of 3008 Madison Avenue, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, at his residence.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 18, 2013 at Chestnut Grove United Methodist Church in Mocksville, N.C. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.
Mr. Canter was a native of Guilford County and he was the son to the late Noah Lester Canter and to Ethel Childress Canter.  He was the founder of Laminated Plastics and Canter Sales.  He was also a WWII veteran of the Army Air Corps, a scout master of Troop 206 at West Market Street United Methodist Church and a 32nd degree Mason.
Surviving are his wife of 62 years, Lucille Bracken Canter of the home; sons, Lewis A. Canter II and wife, Sharon and Eddie Canter and wife, Kim all of High Point; brother, Gaither Canter of Brown Summit; grandchildren, Matthew Lewis Canter and wife Natalie of Brevard, Dustin Lee Canter and Rachel Canter both of High Point and Keleigh May and husband, Joe of Raleigh; great grandchildren, Tucker Lewis May and Emery Caroline Canter.
The family will receive friends on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2012 from 6 to 8 p.m., at Forbis & Dick North Elm Street Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care, 2500 Summit Avenue, Greensboro, NC 27405 or to Chestnut Grove United Methodist Church, 2821 US Hwy 601 N. Mocksville, NC 27028.
Thank you to: Comfort Keeper’s, Hospice and Palliative Care at Greensboro, Dr. Michael Norins and Dr. Carmen Dohmeier for the loving care that was received.
Online condolences may be sent to

Bill Hylton
HIGH POINT — Mr. Billy (Bill) Thomas Hylton, 86, resident 1401 Kensington Dr., died Feb. 15, 2013. Bill will be remembered for his wonderful sense of humor and his quick wit.
A native and lifelong resident of Guilford County, Bill was born Sept. 10, 1926 in High Point, a son to the late William Eric Hylton and the late Lodessa Tuggle Hylton.  He was educated in the High Point City School System and was a 1943 graduate of High Point High School, currently High Point Central High School.  Following graduation, he first worked with the Department of Defense in the Pentagon and later in that same year (1943), joined the U.S. Navy Air Force as an Aviation Cadet in the V5 USNR Program. After being discharged in June of 1947, he immediately enrolled at High Point College, currently High Point University, graduating Cum Laude in 1949 with a B.A. Degree in Mathematics and English. While in college, he lettered in soccer and baseball, was a member of the Order of the Lighted Lamp, and also a member of TKE Fraternity. Bill was also a (GRI), graduating from the Realtors Institute of UNC-Chapel Hill in 1955. After graduating from HPU, Bill worked a couple of years at Wachovia Bank in High Point until starting what became his life’s work in the real estate business.
In 1950, Bill joined Curtis Smithdeal, Inc., which at the time was one of High Point’s leading real estate companies. In 1954, he founded and was president of his company, Bill Hylton, Inc., specializing in sales, property management and appraisals. He served as President from 1954 until 1996. In 1983 he and Ron Crowder founded Hylton-Crowder & Associates, Inc., where he served as president. A member for 42 years and in 1963 president of the High Point Board of Realtors, he served on and chaired most of its committees, some two or three times. He also served as president of the Multiple Listing Service in High Point. Also active at state and national levels, Mr. Hylton was a member of the North Carolina Association of Realtors for 39 years. His activities included: member of the Board of Directors (1963-1964) and vice-president in 1965.
Always interested in education, Bill served on the Education Committee for several years and was a speaker on education caravans and an instructor at the Realtor’s Institute at UNC-Chapel Hill. He also worked with several community colleges and the Society of Real Estate Appraisers and the Appraisal Institute, teaching several courses on real estate and real estate appraising.  He was also an instructor of a continuing education seminar, “Sales Data Analysis”, developed for the Appraisal Institute. Nationally, Bill was a member for 39 years of the National Association of Realtors, where he served on various committees and in 1963 received a Certificate of Merit for an article he wrote on “Ownership of Commercial Properties”, published by the National Institute of Real Estate Brokers.  Bill became a member of the Society of Real Estate Appraisers in 1963 and was a recipient of the Senior Residential Appraiser Designation (SRA) in 1965, received the Wayne Sudderth “Appraiser of the Year Award”, and was awarded a life membership in 1996. While a member, Mr. Hylton held several positions. Among them were: national chairman of the political action committee; public affairs committee; and serving as national chairman in 1988, he worked closely with several Congressmen in drafting the federal bill to require states to certify and license real estate appraisers. He also served on the executive committee and the unification committee, a ten person committee charged with forming a unification plan for merging the American Institute of Real Estate Appraisers and The Society of Real Estate Appraisers.  Bill also was Governor, District 14 of the Carolinas, 1983-1988, and International Vice-President in 1988-1990.
A devoted Presbyterian, Bill had been active in many facets of the church.  At the state regional level, he had served as chairman of the New Church Development Partnership; a member of the Partnership Development Unit in 1992 and 1993; at the Synod of the Mid-Atlantic Presbyterian Church (USA); commissioner delegate in 1964 and 1997 at the general assembly meeting of the Presbyterian Church (USA); serving on several committees at the Orange Presbytery, was Moderator of the Church Development Committee and the Office Relocation Committee, as well as serving as a member of the Presbytery Council Cluster at the Salem Presbytery.  Locally, Bill was an active member of First Presbyterian Church, serving as Ruling Elder class of 1994, 1998, 2002 and 2005; clerk of session; youth advisor; and a member of the finance committee and property committee, to name a few.  Bill was also a charter member and was on the organizing committee of Jamestown Presbyterian Church, serving as Ruling Elder for 12 years and was an Adult Sunday School teacher.
As involved as Bill was in the affairs of his church and profession, he was equally interested and mindful of his responsibility to this community.  He was a member of the High Point University Board of Visitors; the Board of Advisors of the Presbyterian Home Inc. and the relocation task force (site selection sub-committee), serving as chairman in 2004.  In addition, he was a member of the Board of Directors and served as vice-chairman from 1996-1998 of the “Golden Triangle Development Corporation” (a planning committee for moving the Presbyterian Home to Sandy Ridge).  Bill was also a past member of the High Point Chamber of Commerce; former director of the High Point Merchants Association; the High Point United Way; and the High Point Executives Club.  A former member of the High Point Lions Club, he served several years as “Tail Twister”.  He also was past president of the Jamestown Rotary Club and a member of Toastmasters International, serving as past president of the High Point Club, past Governor of District 37 of the Carolinas, and served 2 terms as International Director.
During retirement years, Bill enjoyed serving various offices with the High Point Seniors Golf Association.  Bill loved the game of golf and his many golfing buddies.
On March 24, 1951 he married Nelda Whitaker who survives of the home.
Also surviving is one sister: Ramelle Hylton Starnes of Huntsville, Ala.; one brother: Don Hylton of Winston-Salem, N.C. and special nephew: David Starnes and his wife, Lisa of Fletcher, N.C.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at First Presbyterian Church in High Point with Dr. Ken Broman-Fulks officiating. Visitation will follow the service in the Family Life Center at the church.
Memorials may be directed to Wake Forest University Medical Center Comprehensive Cancer Center, P.O. Box 571021 Winston-Salem, NC 27157-1021 or the Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center, Office of Development, DUMC 3828, Durham, NC 27710 or to the Building Fund at First Presbyterian Church, 918 N. Main St. High Point, NC 27262. Cumby Family Funeral Service in High Point is assisting the family.  On-line condolences may be made through

Charles Smithers
KERNERSVILLE — Charles Smithers, 70, died on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013. Cremation services entrusted to Triad Cremation Society & Chapel.

Debbie Batts
HIGH POINT — Mrs. Debbie DeAnna Batts (DeeDee), 41, made transition from this earthly life to be with the Lord on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013 at Wake Forest Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem, N.C.
Debbie was preceded in death by her maternal and paternal grandparents and one sister, Tonya Marie Tillman.
Debbie was born on Feb. 20, 1971 in High Point, NC to James Tillman and Catherine Pegues Tillman. She graduated from High Point Central High School, Class of 1989. Debbie was a member of One In Christ Christian Fellowship where she served as a Deacon.  She also served on the Finance Committee, Adult Dance Ministry and adopted many other roles as needed around the church. She was a member of the board of the Archdale/Trinity Basketball league.
Debbie worked for many years at Wachovia Bank before making the decision to go home and raise her children and others. She reentered the workforce with Guilford County School Systems as a Food Service Manager. Debbie was a devoted wife and mother. She loved the Lord and her One In Christ Church family. She enjoyed vacationing with her family, caring for children and cooking.
She leaves to cherish her loving memory, her devoted husband, Darryl M. Batts of the home; one son, Michael K.  Batts; two daughters, Precious K. Batts and Patrice M. Batts all of the home; father, James T.  (Gloria) Tillman of High Point, N.C.; mother, Catherine Pegues Tillman (Garrette) of High Point, N.C.; one brother, Jeffrey  Tillman of High Point, N.C.; one sister, Pamela K. Tillman-Boone (Diaz) of Durham, N.C.; two sisters in-law, Christy Jones, M.D. (Bruce) of San Antonio, TX and Denise Batts (Arnold) of Sacramento, Calif.;  four nephews, Terrance, Marcus, Sterling and J’zhion; seven nieces, Kayla, Journie, Shanee, Melanie, Julia, Ava and Olivia; and a host of loving uncles, aunts, cousins and friends, all who will truly miss her.
Funeral service will be held on Monday, Feb. 18, 2013 at 1 p.m. at St. Stephen A.M.E. Zion Church, 1012 Leonard Ave., High Point, N.C. The family will receive friends at the church from noon until 1 p.m. Interment will follow at Carolina Biblical Gardens, Jamestown, N.C.
Final arrangements are entrusted to Phillips Funeral Service, Inc., High Point, NC.
Online condolences may be made to the Batts family at

Patricia Ann Wood Hilton
THOMASVILLE — Mrs. Patricia Ann Wood Hilton, 68, a resident of 1040 Joe Moore Road, died Saturday morning, Feb. 16, 2013 in the High Point Regional Hospital. She was born April 19, 1944 in Davidson County, a daughter of Wesley Wood and Dorothy Hilton Wood. Mrs. Hilton retired from Pearson Furniture, Inc. of High Point, with thirty-two years of service. She was a member of Zion United Church of Christ.
On Aug. 5, 1962 she was married to David Clay Hilton, who survives of the home. Also surviving are son and daughter-in-law David Sherrill Hilton and wife Dana of High Point; a grandson, Wesley Allen Hilton; her mother, Dorothy H. Wood of Thomasville and a sister, Joyce Wood Perry of Thomasville.
A memorial service will be held Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013 at 3 p.m. in J.C. Green & Sons Chapel with Rev. Dr. Mary Miller officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service from 2until 3 p.m. and other times at the home.
The family request memorial contributions be made to the High Point Cancer Center, HP 5,  High Point, N.C. 27261.
Online condolences may be sent to the Hilton family at

John A. Gillespie
HIGH POINT — John A. Gillespie, 80, resident of 91O Flicker Lane, High Point, entered his eternal home on Friday, Feb. 15, 2013.
John was born Jan. 21, 1933, in Demorest, GA., the youngest of three children born to J. Marvin & lone White Gillespie. He was educated in public schools in Demorest & graduated from Georgia Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Industrial Engineering degree in 1955. He received a commission of 1st Lieutenant in U.S. Army through ROTC at Georgia Tech & entered military service at Aberdeen Proving ground, Maryland, & completed his active tour of duty in Germany.
After his military service he was employed with DuPont in Seaford, Delaware & transferred to DuPont headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware. In 1967 he joined Hercules, Inc. in Wilmington, Delaware where he served in several management positions before retiring in 1989. While with Hercules, he was President of American Production & Inventory Control Society (APICS) & named Member of the Year. He was the Hercules Representative on the Chemical Industrial Data Exchange Committee. He was founder of Piedmont EDI Business Forum & Program Chairman of Congress for Progress. In 1993, John started a 2nd career & joined wife, Jackie, in the real estate business. He retired from Allen Tate Realtors in 2006.
John was a true servant of God & enjoyed serving others in his church & volunteering in the community. He was a member of Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church where he sang in the Chancel Choir for 18 yrs. He was a member of Aldersgate/Miller Memorial Sunday School & past president, served on church Finance Committee, the Martha/Stephen Guild, & Administrative Board. He served as President of United Methodist Men & was instrumental in building a house for Habitat for Humanity. John was a member of High Point Unit of American Cancer Society & Co-chair of the Cancer Society’s Relay for Life for 5 years. He was active in fundraising for United Way & won the Pacesetter Loaned Executive of the Year Award in 1997. He was a member of the Salvation Army Advisory Board where he served as Chairman of Property Committee.
John was an active member of Kiwanis Club where he served on membership & other committees. He enjoyed travel, boating, beach trips, & music, having sung in church choirs since he was a boy. He enjoyed college sports & was an avid Georgia Tech fan.  But most of all, he loved his family, & will be remembered by his grandchildren for his limericks & sense of humor.
In 1959, John married Geneva Ruark who predeceased him in death in 1988. In 1993, John married Jackie Wooster, who survives of the home.  He is also survived by 2 children, son, John A. Gillespie, Jr. & wife, Kathy, of Greensboro, daughter, Suzanne Harmon of Greensboro, Jackie’s son, Marcus A. Davis & wife, Karen of Wallburg. Surviving grandchildren are Andrew Harmon, Allison Harmon, Joshua Gillespie, Daniel Gillespie, Cody Davis, Jordan Davis, Hayden Davis & Kamryn Davis. He is survived by two sisters, Sarah Fenner of Demorest, Ga., & Marvine Geiger of St. Petersburg, Fla., & two special Ga. Tech cousins, (like brothers)W. Pierre Sovey of Sea Island, Ga., & L. Terrell Sovey of Spartanburg, S.C.
The family is especially grateful for the compassion & exceptional care John received from Carriage House Memory Care in Greensboro & Hospice of the Piedmont in High Point.  The family will receive friends Monday, Feb. 17, 2013 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. in the Asbury Room at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church, 1225 Chestnut Drive, High Point.  A celebration of life will be held Tuesday, Feb. 18 at 2 p.m. in the sanctuary of Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church by Dr. Al Ward and Reverend Richard Howle.  Internment with military rites by the Honor Guard will follow in Floral Garden Park Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church or Hospice Home of High Point.  Online condolences can be left on Mr. Gillespie’s memorial website at

Elena Pena
NORTH WILKESBORO — Mrs. Elena Pena, 48, died Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013 at Wake Forest Baptist Health.
A memorial service will be held Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013 at 4 p.m. in the Chapel of Cumby Family Funeral Service in High Point.

Matthew Tyler Troublefield
LEXINGTON — Matthew Tyler Troublefield, age 26, of  Lexington died unexpectedly Thursday at his home from a congenital heart illness. A Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Monday Feb. 18, 2013 at Davidson Funeral Home Chapel.