Obituaries April 22, 2014

Apr. 21, 2014 @ 05:09 PM

Wade Brank
LEXINGTON — On April 17, Charles Henry “Wade” Brank, 31, was carried into Heaven and enjoyed this Easter with his Lord. A celebration of Wade’s life will be Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Forest Hill Memorial Park Mausoleum. Davidson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Jane Slate Brooks
HIGH POINT — Mrs. Jane Slate Brooks of River Landing passed away on April 20, 2014. She was the 60 year wife of Dr. Ralph E. Brooks Jr., who survives her. Jane was born in High Point on August 14, 1930, to B. Frank Slate and Ida Mae Morgan. She graduated from Meredith College in 1952 with a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education and a Bachelor of Music with a major in voice. At Meredith, she was a member of the Silver Shield Leadership Organization and was the editor of her senior yearbook, “The Oak Leaves”. Her proudest moment was when she was voted “Most Versatile” by her classmates, a trait that served her well the rest of her life.
On August 15, 1953, Jane married Ralph E. Brooks Jr., a medical student from Burlington. During the time he completed his medical studies, she taught music education in the public school in Wilson, N.C., and Birmingham, Ala., and also did secretarial work. Upon making the decision to settle in High Point, Jane became very active in the community, serving as children’s music director at First Presbyterian of High Point, was a member of the Junior League of High Point, the Medical Auxiliary, served on the board of the YWCA and was active in two music clubs.
With two young children of her own, Jane was very concerned about the tumultuous state of the public school system at this time. Her heart cry was concern for children who might “fall through the cracks” during this unsettling time of change. Jane began to explore the possibility of establishing a private school in High Point to offer an alternative to the troubled public school system. With the dedicated help of other members of the community, Westchester Academy (now Westchester Country Day School) was born.
The greatest happening in Jane and Ralph’s lives came when they met the Lord anew and afresh. They were privileged to host in their home Christian teachers from Africa, England, China, Canada and the United States. This became the foundation for a lifetime journey
Following Ralph’s retirement, they enjoyed an active life traveling the world and sharing adventures including kayaking in the Puget Sound, hiking the Milford Track in New Zealand, and a cruise to the Galapagos Islands. Jane and Ralph attend Hayworth Wesleyan Church of High Point. In addition to Ralph, Jane is survived by her son, Frank Slate Brooks of Greensboro, her daughter, Lucy Brooks Purdue and her husband, Barry, of Summerfield, her grandchildren Cindy Story, Brooks Story and his wife, Kerri, and Emily Story, and three great-grandchildren, Jacob, Wesley and Rayleigh.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to River Landing at Sandy Ridge 1575 John Knox Dr., Colfax, N.C. 27235 or to Hayworth Wesleyan Church 1696 Westchester Dr., High Point, N.C. 27262. A celebration of life memorial service will be 2 p.m., Saturday, April 26, 2014, at River Landing at Sandy Ridge with Rev. Brian Matherlee and Rev. Nancy Williams-Berry officiating. A reception will follow. Condolences may be left on Mrs. Brooks’s memorial page at Arrangements made by Cumby Family Funeral Service, High Point.

Howard Embler
HIGH POINT — Howard Lee Embler, 60, passed away unexpectedly April 21, 2014, at his residence. Funerals arrangements are incomplete at Davis Funerals & Cremations.

Clara Harris Ferrell
ARCHDALE — Mrs. Clara Mae Harris Ferrell, “Sissy,” 93, died Sunday, April 20, 2014, at the Hospice Home at High Point. She was much loved and the cornerstone of her family. She was born on March 31, 1921, in Davidson County, to Joseph Robert Harris and Mary Everhart Harris. She was a homemaker and worked for Belk’s in Thomasville for numerous years. She was a member of Unity United Methodist Church, where she served in the UMW and was a member of the Dolly Stone Sunday School Class. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Johnny Darrell Ferrell, on May 12, 2011; brothers, Joseph R. Harris Jr., E. Ray Harris, Austin Harris and David Harris; and sister, Mildred Conrad.
Surviving are a daughter, Annette Brown and husband, Wayne, of Trinity; grandchildren, Marty Ferrell and wife, Marty, Michael Brown and wife, Lisa, Stacy Ferrell and husband, David, and Candace Nuckles and husband, Eric; great-grandchildren, Jonthan Ferrell and wife, Brooklyn, Joshua Greenlee, Michael Greenlee, Jake Ferrell, Sydney Brown, Audrey Nuckles and Ethan Nuckles; and great-great grandchildren, Kristiana, Ziya, Jeremiah, Jordan and Caleb.
A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at 2 p.m. at Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church Cemetery. Mrs. Ferrell will remain at the J.C. Green & Sons Funeral Home in Thomasville until the hour of the graveside service. The family will receive friends on Wednesday two hours prior to the service from 12 to 1:45 p.m. and at other times at the home of her daughter, Annette. Memorials may be directed to Unity UMC, 608 National Highway, Thomasville, N.C. 27360.  Online condolences may be sent to

Martha Halliwell
LEXINGTON — Martha Hunt Halliwell, 78, formerly of West Fifth Avenue, died Saturday, April 19, in Lexington. A private graveside service will be held at Lexington City Cemetery. No public visitation will be held. Davidson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online Condolences may be made at

James Herbin
REIDSVILLE — James Herbin, 86, passed away on April 19, 2014, at Moses Cone Hospital. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Triad Cremation Society & Chapel.

Thelma M. Hoover
ASHEBORO — Mrs. Thelma Irene Morton Hoover, 96, of Asheboro, died Monday, April 21, 2014. A funeral service is scheduled for 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at Ridge Funeral Home. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at Ridge Funeral Home. Arrangements by Ridge Funeral Home & Cremation Service.

Harry Johnson Jr.
HIGH POINT — Harry Cornell Johnson Jr., 76, of Windsor Drive in High Point, passed away peacefully on Thursday April 17, 2014. Memorial services are being arranged and will be announced at a later time.

Rev. Monsignor Joseph A. Kerin
CHARLOTTE — Reverend Monsignor Joseph Aloysius Kerin, a retired priest of the Diocese of Charlotte, died on April 14, 2014, at Pennybyrn at Maryfield, a retirement community located in High Point. He was 82 years old. Monsignor Kerin served the Church in North Carolina well, taking on a variety of responsibilities including pastor, teacher, counsellor, school administrator, principal, vicar forane, chaplain, Diocesan Chancellor, Diocesan Consultor, Presbyteral Council Member, Diocesan Finance Committee Member, and Director of the Hispanic Catholic Center. Born November 15, 1931, in Mount Vernon, New York, to the late Thomas F. and Helen Gertrude Murnane Kerin, Monsignor was predeceased by his eight siblings: Dominican Sister Gertrude Mary Kerin, Dominican Sister Thomas Mary, Thomas F. Kerin Jr., Marian Kerin, Theresa Kerin, Evelyn J. Kerin, Lorraine Kerin Hoyt and James Kerin.
Monsignor Kerin received the bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Niagara University, Niagara Falls, N.Y. (1953) prior to seminary studies at Catholic University, Washington, D.C. (1953-1957). He was ordained priest by the Bishop Vincent S. Waters, Bishop of the Diocese of Raleigh, on May 30, 1957, in Saint Mary’s Church, Wilmington, N.C. As was the custom at that time, Bishop Waters assigned him to the Missionary Fathers Apostolate as an assistant at St. John’s in North Wilkesboro from May 1957 to June 1958. He spent the summer of 1958 with the Apostolate’s Trailer Chapels, which served Catholics in rural areas of the state where there were no Catholic churches. 
From September 1958 to August 1960, Father Kerin was a teacher and counselor at Notre Dame High School in Greensboro. From August 1960 to June 1966, he served simultaneously as pastor of St. John the Baptist in Tryon, and as administrator and principal of Asheville Catholic High School. During three of those years, he also was a part-time graduate student at Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, N.C. He then became pastor of Our Lady of the Assumption in Charlotte, and was serving there when the Diocese of Charlotte was established in January 1972. In August of that year, Father Kerin went to Mexico City to serve the mission operated jointly by the Dioceses of Raleigh and Charlotte. Upon his return from Mexico in the spring of 1975, Father Kerin served for a month as administrator of St. Gabriel’s parish in Charlotte. In June, Bishop Michael J. Begley named him pastor of Our Lady of Mercy in Winston-Salem and vicar of the Winston-Salem Vicariate.
Father Kerin returned to Charlotte in September 1977 as rector of St. Patrick’s Cathedral and director of the Hispanic Catholic Center, a post he continued to hold during his service as Chancellor of the diocese and as founding pastor of St. Matthew’s in Matthews. Father also served as State Chaplain of the Knights of Columbus from 1977-79. In July 1979, Bishop Begley named him to succeed Monsignor Joseph Showfety as second chancellor of the diocese, with responsibility for the day to day operation of the diocese.
When Father Kerin expressed a desire to return to parish ministry, in September 1986, Bishop John F. Donoghue named him first pastor of the newly created St. Matthew Parish, Charlotte. In December 1988, His Holiness Pope John Paul II named him a Prelate of Honor. In January 1996, at his request, Monsignor Kerin was granted a sabbatical to attend the Vatican II Institute, Menlo Park, Calif., shortly after his return to the diocese, Bishop Curlin named him pastor of the newly formed Saint Mark Parish, Huntersville, N.C., where he served until his retirement in July 2003.
A Wake Service was held at 6 p.m. on Monday, April 21, followed by visitation until 8 p.m., and again on Tuesday, April 22, from 9 -10:15 a.m. at Saint Mark Church. The Solemn Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated also in Saint Mark Church today at 10:30 a.m., with interment to follow immediately in Belmont Abbey Cemetery, Belmont, N.C. Harry & Bryant Company is serving the Diocese.

Mary Kuebler
LEXINGTON — Mary Elizabeth White Kuebler, 91, of Old Highway 52 in Lexington, died Friday at Wake Forest Baptist University Lexington Medical Center. A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday April 22, 2014, at Becks Lutheran Church. Burial will follow in the Church cemetery.

Herbert Lawrence
MOUNT AIRY — Mr. Herbert Franklin Lawrence, 93, of Mount Airy, passed away Sunday, April 20, 2014. A graveside service will be held Thursday, April 24, 2014, at 11 a.m. at Indian Grove Family Cemetery. Moody Funeral Services in Mount Airy is serving the family.

Anel Martinez
THOMASVILLE — Anel Dolares Pulido Martinez, 37, died April 19, 2014. A Funeral Service was held at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, April 21, 2014, at Thomasville Funeral Home in Thomasville.

Jesse Nolan Maske
GREENSBORO — On April 20, 2014, the world lost a friend, father and patriot. Jesse Nolan Maske of Summerfield passed away due to breathing complications from pulmonary disease.  Nolan was 79 years old. He leaves behind a host of friends and family and a wealth of experiences and memories. He was preceded in death by his parents Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Monroe Maske of Salem, Va., sister, Linda Graham, and brother, Steve. Nolan was born in High Point. As a young man in the early fifties he joined the United States Navy where he rose to the rank of a noncommissioned officer. The bulk of his service was on destroyers where he captained a five inch gun mount. He served around the world and made many friends and memories. He retired after 20 years of service in the early seventies.
After retiring, he joined the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office as a deputy sheriff working in detention. He left the Sheriff’s office and went to work for the Denton Police Department. He was elected to the Denton Town Council where he served with honor and distinction. Nolan moved back to Guilford County where he worked until his death as a civilian transportation officer for the sheriff’s office, he refused to just sit and not work. As a family man Nolan took on the responsibility of a ready-made family. He married Rachel Ellene Barnes and in the bargain got her sons, Jimmy and B.J. Barnes. He was more than a father to them, he was a friend. Not many would take on this responsibility but Nolan did. He is survived by wife, Rachel Ellene Maske, of the home, son B.J. Barnes and wife, Dena. 
He had three grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. He was known to hide the candy and cookies when they came over, but not too well, it was a game they played. He tried to play a grouch but it was a façade. He was generous to both family and friends. Nolan will be missed. His love of his family and friends, his service to country and community are things anyone would be proud of. May he rest in peace til we see him again. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Shriner’s Children Hospital. A memorial service will be 4 p.m. Tuesday at George Brothers Funeral Service. The family will receive friends following the service.

Nancy Matsey
GREENSBORO — Nancy Matsey, 77, passed away on April 20, 2014, at Beacon Place Hospice Home. Cremation Services entrusted to Triad Cremation Society & Chapel.

John H. Mendenhall
THOMASVILLE — John H. Mendenhall, 61, resident of Thomasville, passed from death into eternal life on April 16, 2014. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 24, 2014, in the Chapel of Cumby Family Funeral Service in High Point. A visitation will be held from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at the funeral home. Cumby Family Funeral Service, High Point, is in charge of arrangements.

Melba Sparks Pearce
HIGH POINT — Mrs. Melba (Sparks) Pearce, 84, passed away Monday April 21, 2014, at Hinkle Hospice House. She was the loving wife of the late Charles Edward Pearce. Mrs. Pearce was born on November 8, 1929, in Mt. Airy, a daughter of the late Benjamin Russell and Naomi (Hawks) Sparks. She was a former employee of Lucent Technologies for many years until her retirement. She attended Green Street Baptist Church when she was able. In her spare time, she enjoyed reading, watching birds, traveling and playing with her dog, Tanner.
Mrs. Pearce is survived by three children, Dennis Ray Pearce of Rancho Mirage, Calif., Robin Lea Clodfelter of High Point, and Charles Edward Pearce II, and his wife, Hasnah, of High Point; five grandchildren, Paige Kirk of High Point, Nandi Thorn of Seattle, Wa., Cicily Collins and her husband, Kasey, of Plantation, Fla., Lana Pearce of Carrboro and Elinor Pearce of Asheville; a brother Donald Grey Sparks of Butner; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter Deborah Denise Pearce, five sisters and one brother.
A celebration of life service will be 2 p.m.  Wednesday, April 23, 2013, in the chapel of Cumby Family Funeral  Service, 1015 Eastchester Drive, High Point, with Rev. Tony Sparks officiating. Burial will follow in Floral Garden Memorial Park. A visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Davidson County, 200 Hospice Way, Lexington, N.C. 27292. Condolences may be left on Mrs. Pearce’s memorial page at Arrangements made by Cumby Family Funeral Service, High Point.

Peggy Rummage
LEXINGTON — Margie “Peggy” Carter Rummage, 81, of Arvil Hunt Road, died, Saturday, April 19, 2014. The funeral will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at Fork Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Forest Hill Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at Davidson Funeral Home from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, 2014, and other times at the home of her son, Ricky Rummage on Arvil Hunt Road.

Kathyrn Stewart
HIGH POINT — Mrs. Kathyrn Stewart, 88, died on Monday, April 21, 2014, at Hospice Home of the Piedmont. Arrangements are incomplete at People’s Funeral & Cremation Services.

Michael Suggs
ARCHDALE — Michael Clay Suggs, age 65, a resident of Archdale, passed away Wednesday, April 16, 2014. A memorial service will be held this morning at 11 a.m. in the chapel of Cumby Family Funeral Service, Archdale. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Ervin “Little Rock” Thompson
GREENSBORO — Mr. Ervin Dale “Little Rock” Thompson, 62, died unexpectedly at High Point Regional Hospital on April 19, 2014. A celebration of his life will be at 8 p.m., Wednesday, April 23, at Hanes-Lineberry Funeral Home Sedgefield chapel, officiated by Reverend Delbert Hill. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7:45 p.m. prior to the service.
Dale was born in Sandford the son of Martha Thompson who preceded him in death. He has been employed at Martin Marietta, Jamestown quarry, for 41 years and considered his co-workers his second family. He lived a full life, just too short. He will be remembered as a person who didn’t know a stranger, would help anyone out and was a straight shooter. He was honest, meaning what he said and saying what he meant. 
Dale was a generous father, brother, uncle and friend. He loved fishing, working on cars and cooking out all the while usually talking about anything and everything to whoever shared time with him. His children were his world. He was a patient and loving father and even when discipline was necessary he did so out of love. He didn’t sweat the small stuff and just took life as it came and made it look easy. He leaves his children a legacy of the value of hard work and that family comes first.
He is survived by his children, Christy (Mike) Bierd of Fort Lupton, Co., and Randy (Rachael) Thompson of Crestview, Fla.; grandchildren, Dustin Reynolds, Beth Bierd, Derrick Reynolds, Courtland Bierd, Dakota West and Dylan Thompson; great-grandson, Isaiah Reynolds; siblings, Shirley (Gene) Browning, Sid (Carolyn) Thompson, Rudy (Frankie) Mobley, his twin sister Gail (Larry) Cline, J.D. (Linda) Thompson; several nieces and nephews; and extended family, Doug (Darlene) Littreal and their children, Crystal and April. In addition to his mother he is preceded in death by siblings, Roland Thompson and Alice Mae Hall.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, 18251 Quantico Gateway Drive, Triangle, Va. 22172 or online at Toys for Audio and written condolences may be made at

Johnnie Varner
LEXINGTON — Johnnie Mack Varner, 78, of Thomason Street, died Sunday, April 20, 2014, at Forsyth Medical Center. The funeral will be 2 p.m. Thursday, April 24, 2014, at Davidson Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Forest Hill Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at the funeral home and other times at the home.

Susan C. Whitt
SILER CITY — Mrs. Susan Carol Cromer Whitt, 63, of Siler City, died Saturday, April 19, 2014. A funeral service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday, April 24, 2014, at Ridge Funeral Home Chapel. The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at Ridge Funeral Home. Arrangements by Ridge Funeral Home & Cremation Service.