Obituaries February 25, 2013

Feb. 24, 2013 @ 06:01 PM

Leroy Brand
HIGH POINT — Mr. Leroy “Dudey” Brand was born July 11, 1937, in Marlboro County, South Carolina, to the late Lawrence Brand and Lela Mae Bethea.  Early Thursday morning, Feb. 21, 2013, our Father sent his Angels to take Leroy home.
He attended Marlboro County Schools in South Carolina.   He was a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church of High Point, North Carolina.  He was the owner of Leroy Brand Body Shop, where he and the “Shop Gang” spent most of their time.  Leroy loved fishing, drag racing, the Blues, and spending time with his family.  In his journey he met a lot of people yet never met a stranger, never forgot a face, and did what he could for anyone.  He loved to have a good fun and make people smile.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence and Lela Mae Brand; two sisters, Dorothy Williams and Dorothea  Quick; one Son-in-Law; Jeffrey Faust; six  Brother-in-Laws, Earnest Walls, James Williams, Wilson Quick, Lester Gandy, James Gandy, and Robert Williams, Jr.
He is now free from pain and at rest from his earthly labor.
He leaves to cherish his memories; wife of 55 years, Mary Brand of the home; three sons, Keith (Joann) Brand and James Brand of High Point, N.C.; and John (Sheila) Brand of Sophia, N.C.; five daughters, Dorothy Faust of Archdale , N.C., Thelma Williams of Concord, N.C., and Brenda Brand of Trinity, N.C.; Minnie Johnson and Jackie Robinson of High Point, N.C.;  one brother, Willie (Johnnie Mae) Brand of High Point, N.C.;  four sisters, Betty Walls ,Overseer Angeline (Cal) Sumpter, Co-Pastor Minnie (Overseer David) Terry, and Mary Lee (James Wilson) McCallum all of High Point, N.C.; one adopted sister, Gloria Middleton; one God son, Maurice (Veronica) Middlebrooks;  one God daughter, Patricia Nixon; twenty one  grandchildren; twenty one great grandchildren; six  brother-in-laws; three sister-in-laws;  and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, and friends.
Funeral service will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013, at 1 p.m. at Williams Memorial C.M.E. Church, 3400 Triangle Lake Road, High Point, N.C. The family will receive friends at the church from 12:30 p.m. 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, N.C.
Online condolences may be made to the Brand family at


Mollie Embry
THOMASVILLE — Mollie Lucille Overcash Embry, 82, died Feb. 23, 2013.
Funeral will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday at J.C. Green & Sons Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation will be held 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.


Joseph Jude Hennings
THOMASVILLE — Joseph Jude Hennings, 85, of Thomasville died Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, at Piedmont Crossing.  Born Oct. 14, 1927, in Elizabeth, N.J., he is a son of the late James Joseph Hennings and Emma Hart Hennings.    He graduated from Kane University in Elizabeth, N.J., and was a former Lieutenant with the Elizabeth Police Department.
Mr. Hennings is survived by his wife Carol Hennings of Thomasville, three children, Glenn Hennings of Elizabeth, N.J., Gary Hennings and wife Erma of Mountainside, N.J., Gregg Hennings and his late wife Doris of Jackson, N.J., and four grandchildren, Peggy Hennings, Elizabeth Hennings, Isabelle Hennings and Emma Hennings.  He is also survived by four step children, Patty Lawless of Denver, Colo., Tony Lawless of Deer Isle, Maine, Marcia Maines of Winston-Salem and Deborah Rentler of Orefield, Pa.
A memorial service to celebrate the life of Joseph Jude Hennings will be held Saturday March 2 at 4 p.m. in the chapel of Cumby Family Funeral Service, High Point with the Reverend Sarah B. Snell officiating.  The family will greet friends following the service.  On March 9 a mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. in St. Genevieve’s Catholic Church in Elizabeth, N.J.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be given to Alzheimers of N.C., 1305 Navaho Drive, Suite 101, Raleigh, NC  27609 Online condolences may be made at

Dellmer Darrell Parrish
THOMASVILLE — Dellmer Darrell Parrish, 84, passed away Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, at Graybrier Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. He married Nancy Marie Carroll on Dec. 23, 1948, and remained her loving husband for 52 years, until her death.
Mr. Parrish was born on June 23, 1928, in Guilford County, a son of the late E. Rose and Mamie (Morris) Parrish. He was the owner and operator of Parrish Texaco, Holiday 66, and Airport 66 for 45 years until his retirement. He was the first U-Haul dealer in the High Point area.
He was an active and faithful member of Promise Baptist Church where he was a lifetime Deacon. For many years, he and his wife, Nancy taught in the Beginner’s Sunday School Department of Green Street Baptist Church.
Mr. Parrish was also a former member of the Junior Order and the Moose Lodge #685.
In his spare time, he enjoyed gardening, helping others and spending time with his family.
Mr. Parrish is survived by a daughter, Julli Barnes and her husband, Tony of Thomasville; two grandchildren, Donna Myers and her husband, Kevin of Thomasville, and Stephen Barnes and his wife, Amanda of Charleston, S.C.; a great granddaughter, Raychel Myers; a brother, Charles Thomas Parrish of Trinity; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Hope Tilliotson and Francis Goodson, and two brothers, Reitzel and Henry Parrish.
A celebration of life service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013, at Faith Baptist Church, 902 Mendenhall Street, Thomasville, with Reverend Rodney Smith officiating. Burial will follow in Floral Garden Memorial Park. A visitation will be held 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, at Cumby Family Funeral Service, 206 Trindale Road, Archdale.  Family will be at the home of Julli and Tony Barnes during other times.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Promise Baptist Church, 11 Maiden Park Drive, Thomasville, NC 27360.
Online condolences may be left on Mr. White’s memorial page at
Arrangements made by Cumby Family Funeral Service, Archdale.


Ezra Scofield III
ASHEBORO — Ezra Olen Scofield III, 35, of Asheboro, died Feb. 22, 2013.
Burial will be held at a later date in Walton, N. Y. Ridge Funeral Home & Cremation Service is in charge of arrangements.


Orin Smith
LEXINGTON — Orin Glenn “Buddy” Smith, 91, formerly of Southmont, died Feb. 24, 2013.
Funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Macedonia United Methodist Church. Visitation will be held 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Davidson Funeral Home.