Obituaries, June 15, 2014

Jun. 14, 2014 @ 05:09 PM

Nawasa Cranford
THOMASVILLE — Mrs. Nawasa Ledwell Cranford, 86, of 127 Hiatt Road, died Saturday, June 14, 2014 at Pine Ridge Health & Rehabilitation Center.  She was born on May 16, 1928 in Thomasville, the daughter of Colvin M. Ledwell and Alta Clinard Ledwell, both who preceded her in death.  Also preceding her in death were a sister, Zenna Brown Disher and brothers, Eugene, Wilie, and Dolan Ledwell.  Prior to her retirement she was last employed at Thomasville Medical Associates.  She was a member of Calvary United Church of Christ, a member of the Willing Workers Sunday School Class, and a member of Calvary Women’s Guild, worked as a caregiver of the church and for many years helped with making church tapes and delivery of them, and had served on the church consistory.
On July 4, 1948, she married John Vernon Cranford, who survives of the home.  Also surviving are nephew, Jerry Ledwell and wife Melody and niece, Bonnie Ledwell Hunt, who were raised as close as a brother and sister, and a host of other nieces and nephews whom she loved very much.  She was also survived by a step-son, Claudie Eugene Harrison, Sr.; two step-daughters; one step-grandson; six step great-grandchildren; and four step great-great grandchildren.
A graveside service will be held on Sunday, June 15, 2014 at 3:00 pm at Calvary United Church of Christ Cemetery with Pastor Claudie Harrison, Sr., Pastor Jody Harrison, and Reverend Kelly Barefoot officiating.  Mrs. Cranford will remain at the J.C. Green & Sons Funeral Home in Thomasville until the hour of the graveside service.   The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home from 2:00 – 3:00 pm.  The family requests memorials can be made to Calvary United Church of Christ Building Fund, 1410 Lexington Ave. Thomasville, NC 27360 or to the charity of the donor’s choice.  Online condolences may be sent to

Shelvia Fansler
THOMASVILLE — Shelvia Norris Fansler, 70 of Thomasville, passed away on Thursday, June 12, 2014 at her home. She was born February 18, 1944 in Columbus County to the late Rashia Norris and Chellie Nobles Norris. She attended Bright Light Freewill Baptist Church and was beloved by so many people. She was employed by North State Telephone before joining forces with her husband to start their own business, S & S Septic Tank. Shelvia continued to work after retirement as a substitute teacher when she was not traveling with her husband, Kenneth in their motor home. She loved to travel with him as well as cooking, baking, and crocheting. She will be dearly missed by her family. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Kenneth Fansler, a sister; Pat Lambeth and two brothers; Jimmy Norris and Phillip Norris.  
She is survived by a daughter, Kitty Jo Richardson of Thomasville; a son, Kenneth Ray Fansler of Thomasville; sisters; Edna Pait of Matthews, Marsha Nealey of Trinity, and Veronica Culler of Trinity; brothers; Waylon Norris of Denton, Eston Norris of New London, and Rickey Norris of Thomasville. Also surviving are grandchildren; Patrick Sauls, Adrienne Barkalow, Ryan Fansler, and Austin Fansler, as well as two great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral service will be held Monday, June 16, 2014 at J C Green and Sons Chapel at 2:00 p.m. with the Reverend Henry King officiating. Interment will follow at Holly Hill Memorial Park. The family will be receiving friends at the funeral home on Sunday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The family would like to give special thanks to Hospice of Davidson County, especially to her nurse, April Anders. They also would like to recognize the love and care given to Shelvia by Dale Kindley. Memorials may be directed to Hospice of Davidson County, 200 Hospice Way, Lexington, NC 27292 or to Bright Light Freewill Baptist Church, 200 Sunset Lane, Thomasville, NC 27360. Online condolences may be sent to the Fansler family at 

Robert Nance Jr.
HIGH POINT- Mr. Robert Neely Nance, Jr., 75, passed away Thursday, June 12, 2014 at Forsyth Medical Center.  He was the loving husband of Nancy (Peyton) Nance to whom he was married for 52 years.
Mr. Nance was born on October 4, 1938 in Akron, Ohio a son of the late Robert N. and Jean (Gill) Nance, Sr. He was a graduate of James Gray High School and attended North Carolina State College. After school he worked for various companies throughout the area and eventually retired from Furniture City Color after ten years of service as a sales representative.
He was a U.S. Air Force Veteran serving his country for four years.
Mr. Nance regularly attended Christ United Methodist Church.
In his spare time, he enjoyed playing golf, flying model airplanes, fishing, but most of all photography.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Nance is survived by a son, Scooter Nance and his wife, Sally of High Point; two daughters, Pattie Nance of Archdale, and Paige (Nance) McGlaughlin and her husband, Stewart of High Point; four granddaughters, Taylor (Nance) Mahlke and her husband, Justin of St. Paul, Minnesota, Sydney Marie Nance of High Point, and Peyton Avery and Emory Stewert  McGlaughlin both of High Point; a brother, Gary Allen Nance and his wife, Jo of Morgantown;  and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a sister, Beverly (Nance) Hough.
A celebration of life memorial service will be 11:00 a.m., Monday, June 16, 2014 at Christ United Methodist Church with Rev. Dr. Matthew Farabow and Rev.  Jeffrey Martin officiating. A visitation will follow at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Christ United Methodist Church, Building Fund, 1300 North College Drive, High Point, NC 27262 or Palliative Care Gift Fund Novant Health Foundation, 3333 Silas Creek Parkway, Winston-Salem, NC 27103.
Condolences may be left on Mr. Nance’s memorial page at
Arrangements made by Cumby Family Funeral Service, High Point.

Gerald Travelstead
HIGH POINT — Mr. Gerald William Travelstead, 67, of High Point, died Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at the Congdon House at Pennybyrn at Maryfield.
Born February 4, 1947 in Marion, IL, Gerald was the son of the late William and Dorothy Heltsley Travelstead. He had been a resident of Pennybyrn at Maryfield for the last 15 years. In addition to his parents, Gerald was also preceded in death by a brother, Van Travelstead.
Survivors include a sister, Debbie Haege and husband, Larry, of High Point; a brother, Alan Travelstead, of California; two nieces Melissa Shively and husband, Christopher, and Amanda Kincaid and husband, Clay; and a great nephew, Eli Shively.
Memorial service will be 2:00 p.m. Tuesday at the Maryfield Chapel.  The family will receive friends following the service.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to the Pennybyrn Resident Care Fund, 109 Penny Rd., High Point, NC 27260.
Online condolences can be made at
Arrangements by Cumby Family Funeral Service, High Point.

Ed  Higdon
ARCHDALE - Ed Higdon, beloved husband, father and grandfather went to be with his Lord in heaven on June 14, 2014.   He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Ada Williams Higdon of Sylvia, NC.   August 8, 1953 he married Betty Jo Stone who survives of the home.  Also surviving are two daughters, Charma Lee DeWitt and husband Charlie of New Bern, NC, Patti Roberts and husband George of Trinity, NC, four grandsons, Skyler, Shannon, Cheyenne and Austin.  He is also survived by sisters Charmie Dibble and Sherba Wallace and a brother Earl Higdon all of Cedro Valley Washington.
Mr. Higdon retired from Drexel Heritage Furniture after 41 years of service.  All friends and family are welcome to attend a graveside service 10:00 am Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at Floral Garden Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be given to Hospice of the Piedmont, 1801 Westchester Drive, High Point. NC  27262.  Online condolences may be made on Mr. Higdon’s memorial page at  Arrangements by Cumby Family Funeral Service, Archdale