Obituaries Aug. 8, 2013

Aug. 08, 2013 @ 11:51 AM

Sue Ann Drost
HIGH POINT — Mrs. Sue Ann Drost (nee Bulthuis), age 57, resident of High Point, N.C. was called home to the Lord on Friday, Aug. 2, 2013, following a long battle with cancer.
Sue was born in Artesia, Calif. on Dec. 31, 1955. She lived in Ripon, Calif.; Orange City, Iowa; Madison, Wis.; Los Banos, Laguna, Philippines; Wilmington, Del.; Pella, Iowa; and High Point, N.C. during her life. Sue graduated from Ripon Christian High School, Ripon, Calif. and Dordt College, Orange City, Iowa. Sue worked and volunteered for many organizations throughout her life. Most recently she was a volunteer at Westminster Presbyterian Church office in Greensboro, N.C., and wrote the newsletter for the Church Cancer Support Group. During her time in High Point, N.C., Sue worked at Talbot’s, The Extra Ingredient in Greensboro, and Greensboro Sports Plex. She also volunteered for Animal Rescue and Foster Program, Greensboro. Sue was active in the local community and worked hard to support cancer survivors. Sue enjoyed working with people, cooking, sewing, and spending time with friends and family.
Sue is survived by her husband, Dirk Drost; children Abigail Drost of Greensboro, N.C. and Derek Drost of Penn Valley, Calif. and Derek’s fiancée Natalie Stabenow of Penn Valley, Calif.  In addition she is survived by her 2 brothers and 3 sisters: Peter (Lori) Bulthuis, Ripon, Calif; Debra (Ron) VanEssen, Ripon, Calif.; Jan (Randy) Hartzell, McMinnville, Ore.; Keith (Pat) Bulthuis, Logan, Utah; and, Lin (Ron) DeYoung, Denver, Colo.
Sue was preceded in death by her parents, Raymond and Henrietta Bulthuis, of Ripon, Calif.
A service to celebrate Sue’s life will be held on Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013 at 11 a.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 3906 W. Friendly Ave, Greensboro, N.C., with Reverend Butch Sherrill and Reverend Keith Bulthuis officiating.  Following the service, relatives and friends may meet the family for lunch in the fellowship hall.
In Lieu of flowers, memorials in Sue’s memory may be made to: Duke Cancer Patient Support Program, DUMC-3139, Durham, NC 27710, or to Lisa’s Fund, c/o Fight Colorectal Cancer, 1414 Prince St, Suite 204, Alexandria, VA 22314. Online condolences may be made at Arrangements by Cumby Family Funeral Service, High Point, N.C.

Jay Letcher Duncan
SPARTA — Jay Letcher Duncan, MSG U.S. Army-ret., age 86, of Monroe, N.C. passed away on Aug. 1, 2013 in Phoenix, Ariz. 
He was born Aug. 14, 1926 in Sparta, N.C. to John and Pearl Brooks Duncan. In 1944 he joined the U.S. Navy and reenlisted in the U.S. Army two years later. His military service spanned World War II, Korea and Vietnam. 
In 1948, he volunteered to go to Asia as a member of the military police battalion deploying to China. His unit, Company C, 701st Military Police Battalion, was the last American ground force to leave mainland China. 
Afterwards, he deployed to Kobe, Japan in 1949; the U.S. was withdrawing and Mao Tse-tung would soon come to power. U.S. government and business interests (Standard Oil had a big presence) were evacuating, and his battalion’s job was to help the Marines facilitate a rapid and safe withdrawal and to guard American citizens and business interests. 
Mao’s Communist army was defeating the Nationalist forces of Chiang Kai-shek. Jay remembered dead bodies in the street and public executions. Chiang Kai-shek and his party fled to what is now Taiwan and Mao founded a new government: The Peoples’ Republic of China. 
Jay fought the Chinese during the Korean War.  In 1954, while he was stationed at the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) in Paris, France he met and married Jacqueline Aubin. Their daughter, Debra Corinne, was born in Paris, followed by their son, Terry Alan, in 1956. 
For the next 11 years, the Duncan family lived in military bases throughout the United States and Europe. In 1967 Jay left his family in Greensboro for his deployment to Vietnam. After a tour in Vietnam, Jay was ordered to Redstone Arsenal, Ala., where he retired from the military in 1970 after receiving orders to go to Cambodia. 
After retirement, Jay and Jacqueline settled in Greensboro. Jay worked for Sears & Roebuck selling carpet, Four Seasons Mall as its first Chief of Security, and Powers Detective and Patrol Agency before moving to High Point in 1989. After his wife’s death in 2007, Jay moved to Monroe to live with Debra.
In addition to his wife, Jay is preceded in death by his son, Terry, and all of his siblings: Don, Britt, Anita Caudill, Orville and Lacy. In addition to Debra and husband John Bennett, he leaves behind a granddaughter, Ashley Duncan of Monroe (whom he called his “littlest sweetheart”), and two grandsons, Michael and Todd Duncan of Greensboro. 
He will be laid to rest at Sparta Cemetery next to his wife. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013 with the Rev. JR Gossett of Greensboro officiating with full military rites conducted by Bruce Wayne Osborne VFW Post #7034. Family and friends will gather at Grandview Memorial Funeral Home at 1 p.m. until time to proceed to the cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family asks that memorials be made to any VFW (Veteran of Foreign Wars) Post.
Grandview Memorial Funeral Home in Sparta is serving the Duncan family.  Online condolences may be submitted at

James Allen Hoalcraft
THOMASVILLE — James Allen Hoalcraft, 55, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013. He was employed at Hamrick’s in Winston-Salem for many years.
James was preceded in death by his wife, Sandra, his father and mother, James and Stella Hoalcraft and a brother, Larry Hoalcraft. He is survived by four brothers, Gary Hoalcraft and wife Sue of Parkersburg W.V., Tom Hoalcraft and his Wife Cindy of Greenville Pa., John Hoalcraft and his wife Sandy of Canal Fulton, Ohio, Steve Kinney and his wife Ginny of Ohio, and one sister, Sandy McMahan and her husband Larry of Thomasville.
James was a loving brother, uncle, and friend. His love of country music and dancing is what he lived for. He was a friend and co-worker that would do anything for you and he will be greatly missed.
There will be a memorial service held at the American Legion Post 55 at 111 Miller Street, Winston Salem, on Wednesday, Aug. 14, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Stanly Funeral Home is working with the family on these arrangements.
The family request that in lieu of flowers memorials be directed the American Legion, Post 55 at 111 Miller Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27103.

Stephen “Steve” Wayne Burchfield
ARCHDALE — Stephen “Steve” Wayne Burchfield, 70 of Archdale, died Tuesday at High Point Regional Hospital. Born June 12, 1943 in Guilford County, he is a son of the late F.B. Burchfield and Ruby Shipwash Burchfield. He is a graduate of Allen Jay High School and operated Burchfield Service until it closed. Steven is a member of Archdale Friends Meeting and enjoyed playing golf. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers Fred Burchfield and Bill Burchfield.
Steve is survived by a daughter Stefani Burchfield Petty and husband Kevin of Oak Ridge and three granddaughters, Kali Jo Petty, Rylee Petty and Ally Petty. He is also survived by a niece Tammy Hollingsworth and two nephews, Fred Burchfield and Brad Burchfield.
Graveside services will be held 11 a.m. Friday at Floral Garden Memorial Park. The family will greet friends Thursday evening from 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at Cumby Family Funeral Service in Archdale.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Piedmont, 1801 Westchester Drive, High Point, NC  27262.  Online condolences may be made on his memorial page at  Arrangements by Cumby Family Funeral Service, Archdale.

Norman “Blaine” Morgan, Jr.
TROY — Norman “Blaine” Morgan, Jr., age 87, of Troy died Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013.
The family will receive friends Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Pugh-Troy Funeral Home, 211 North Main Street, Troy. Funeral services will be Friday at 11 a.m. at Macedonia United Methodist Church, 4203 NC Hwy 109N, Troy. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Pugh-Troy Funeral Home is serving the Morgan Family.

Joseph S. Cagle
ASHEBORO — Mr. Joseph Shelton Cagle, 38, of Asheboro, N.C., died Friday, Aug. 2, 2013.
The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013, at Ridge Funeral Home.
Arrangements by Ridge Funeral Home & Cremation Service.

Luva Jean Craven Bailey
THOMASVILLE — Mrs. Luva Jean Craven Bailey, 87, of Old Thomasville Road, Winston-Salem, passed away at her home Aug. 6, 2013. Mrs. Bailey was born July 1, 1926, to Fred Cleon and Mary Elizabeth Smith Craven. She was a graduate of Midway High School and Ashmore Business College. She had worked for the Thomasville Chamber of Commerce and then worked for some time as branch manager for Wachovia on North Main Street. She married Leroy Woodrow Bailey who preceded her in death in 2004. Mrs. Bailey was a member of Bethany UCC where she was active in many capacities until her health failed.
She is survived by her son Ronald Lee Bailey and wife Brenda of Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Also surviving is a grandson, Christian W. Bailey and wife Lesley of High Point, N.C.; a granddaughter Brittany Marie Bailey, and the love of her life, a great granddaughter, Lila Katherine of High Point. She is also survived by a sister, Margie Craven Tyner of Mobile, Ala., and three sisters-in-law.
Mrs. Bailey was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Charles H. Craven of Advance, C. Smith Craven and Rev. Raymond C. Craven of Winston-Salem; and a sister,
Helen Craven McConnell of Cornelius.
J. C. Green and Sons in Thomasville is in charge of arrangements. A graveside service will be held at Bethany UCC at 11 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 9, 2013 with Rev. Jay Whitley officiating.  There will not be a formal visitation.  Memorials may be given to Bethany UCC, Jean Bailey Memorial Fund,  1066 Bethany Church Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27107.  Online condolences may be sent to the Bailey family at

Sherman Jack Maness
HIGH POINT — Sherman Jack Maness, 75, a resident of High Point, went to be with the Lord on Aug. 6, 2013 at  Hospice Home at High Point. He was born in High Point, NC on Oct. 21, 1937 to Ira Martin Maness and Ida Ruby Yarborough Maness. His occupation was a warehouse manager  and he also served in U.S. Army. Preceding him in death were his parents, his brothers Otis Maness and Jimmy Maness and his first wife Maryrose Ray Maness.
Jack married Charlotte Williard on March 25, 1972 and they have three children together.
He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Charlotte Williard Maness; their three children, Teresa Maness Clifford of Delanco, N.J.; Jonathan Garnett Shoe and wife Christine of Thomasville, and Angel Maness Wellborn and husband Chris of Apex. He has five wonderful grandchildren whom he loved dearly, Mary Elizabeth Hoffman, Zachary Clifford, Jackson Wellborn, Thomas Wellborn, and Matthew Shoe. His grandchildren called him Papa and he cherished every moment spent with them. Also surviving him are his siblings, Gloria Maness Stephens, husband Johnny of Roxboro, Donna Maness Cook  and husband Johnny of Shalotte, Hedylane Maness, and Lee Maness and wife Genene of High Point as well as Brenda Maness, sister-in-law; and his nieces and nephews.
The family will receive visitors at the home of Charlotte Maness on Thursday Aug. 8, 2013 from 5 p.m-8 p.m. and on Friday Aug. 9, 2013 starting at 2 p.m. The funeral service will be held Friday, Aug. 9, 2013 at 11 a.m. at Gate City Baptist Church, 5250 Hilltop Road, Jamestown, NC and a graveside service will follow at Floral Garden Cemetery in High Point.
In lieu of flowers the family is requesting donations to be made to either Gate City Baptist Church, 5250 Hilltop Road, Jamestown, NC 27282 or Hospice Home at High Point, 1803 Westchester Drive, High Point, NC 27262.
The family of Jack would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff at High Point Regional UNC Hospital, Shannon Gray, and Hospice Home at High Point for all their kindness and care of their loved one during his illness.
We will love and miss you Papa.
Cumby Family Funeral Service is assisting the family. Online condolences can be made to Jack’s homepage at

Annie Mae Middlebrook
HIGH POINT — Mrs. Annie Mae Middlebrook, 82 of High Point, passed away on Monday, Aug. 5, 2013 at High Point Regional Hospital.  She was born on March 6, 1931 in Arabi, Ga.,  a daughter of the late Charlie Glover and Daisy Broskin Glover.
Annie was a married to the late Andrew Middlebook Sr. She retired from Highland Cotton Mills.  She was an active member of Calvary Baptist Church, where she sang joyfully on the Senior Choir.  Annie was a devoted and wonderful mother.
In addition to her husband and parents, she was also preceded in death by four brothers and two sisters.
Loved ones who remain to celebrate her life include: three sons, Bobby (Patricia) Middlebrook, Andrew (Betty) Middlebrook Jr. of High Point and Don (Melicent) Middlebrook of Charleston, S.C.; three daughters, Clara Mae Saunders of Winston-Salem, N.C., Willie Mae Middlebrook and Gladys Middlebrook both of High Point; one brother, Willie James (Gladys) Glover of High Point; two sisters, Geneva Denson of Tampa, Fla. and Mildred Andrews of New Brunswick, N.J.; 11 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren; a host of other family members and dear friends.
Homegoing service will be 1 p.m., Friday, Aug. 9, 2013 at Calvary Baptist Church, 808 Hilltop St. with Rev. Amos Quick III, officiating.  Family visitation will begin at 12:30-1 p.m. at the church.  Burial will be in Oakwood Memorial Park.  Online condolences made be made at  Professional arrangements entrusted to People’s Funeral & Cremation Services, Inc.

Irene H. Key
HIGH POINT — Mrs. Irene H. Key, 88, died Aug. 7, 2013 at Hospice Home at High Point. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in the chapel of the Cumby Family Funeral Service in High Point.

Rev. Ronnie Blankenship
HIGH POINT — Reverend Ronnie Lee Blankenship, 62, died Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013.
Born Oct. 5, 1950 in Pike County, Ky., Ronnie worked for many years in the coal mines of West Virginia before moving to this area several years ago. He attended the Church of God in Thomasville. Ronnie enjoyed spending time in his garden and will be remembered as a loving father and grandfather. In 1983, Ronnie married Josephine Cline, who survives of the home. He is predeceased by mother, Mildred Blankenship, brother, Kenny Blankenship, and sister, Gertrude Blankenship.
In addition to his wife, Ronnie is survived by father, Reyford Blankenship; daughters, Jackie Ulven & husband Marcus of Cleveland, N.C., Mary Dubuc & husband Matt of Tarpon Springs, FL, Angela Jones & husband Mark of Cleveland, N.C.; stepdaughters, Rhonda Hatfield & husband Russell of Summersville, W.V., Donna Payne & husband Larry of Bristol, Va., Sonnia Johnson & husband Roy of Trinity, and Condia Morgan & husband Vincent of Trinity; 4 sisters; 4 brothers; 12 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren.
The family will receive friends Friday, Aug. 9, 2013 from 6 – 8 p.m. at Cumby Family Funeral Service, Archdale. A funeral service will be held Saturday, August 10, 2013 at Mounts Funeral Home, Gilbert, W.V. Burial will follow at Justice Cemetery, Gilbert, W.V.
Arrangements by Cumby Family Funeral Service.

Hazel W. Burkhart
LEXINGTON — Hazel White Burkhart, age 88 of Abbotts Creek, formerly of Park Circle, Lexington died Tuesday at Abbotts Creek.
Graveside service will held at 11 a.m. Friday at Forest Hill Memorial Park with Dr. Rev. William Shrout officiating and burial will follow. The family will receive friends at Davidson Funeral Home from 9:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. Friday prior to the service.

John Clyde “Buddy” O’Shields
HIGH POINT — John Clyde “Buddy” O’Shields, 84, died Tuesday, Aug. 6 at High Point Regional Hospital.
A Celebration of Life will be held Friday at 7:30 p.m. in the Davis Funerals and Cremations Chapel. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Friday from 6:30 until 7:30 p.m.  Memorials may be directed to Hospice of the Piedmont, 1801 Westchester Dr., High Point, NC 27262.

Jill Herring
TRINITY — Jill (Goins) Herring, 60, died Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013 at High Point Regional Hospital. A celebration of life memorial service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013 at Cumby Family Funeral Service, 206 Trindale Road, Archdale. A visitation will follow. Arrangements made by Cumby Family Funeral Service, Archdale.

Porter Hickman Garland
GREENSBORO — Porter Hickman Garland, 95, died on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013, at his home.  A memorial service will be held Saturday, Aug. 10, at 9 a.m., Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Cremation services entrusted to Triad Cremation Society & Chapel.

Justin Thomas Parrish
DENTON — Mr. Justin Thomas Parrish, 23, a resident of Denton, died Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013 in the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.
He was born Feb. 19, 1990 in Guilford County a son of Phil Steven Parrish and Pamela Kearns Parrish.  He was employed with Shuler Meats, Inc. of Thomasville.  He was preceded in death by a brother, Baby Michael.
On March 12, 2010 he was married to Shannon Hedrick, who survives of the home.
Also surviving are his parents, Pamela “Pam” Parrish and Steven “Steve” Parrish, both of Thomasville; a daughter, Keely Parrish of the home; son, Ryan Parrish of the home; step-daughter, Hannah Stacy of the home; step-sons, Jordan Stacy and Skylar Stacy of Archdale; sisters, Alysha Parrish of Lexington and Gracie Parrish of Thomasville; brothers, Michael Parrish and wife Kerry of Troy, Xzavier Parrish and Landon Parrish, both of Thomasville; maternal grandmother, Jane Edwards of High Point.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013 at 4 P.M. in Cid United Methodist Church with Rev. Sandy Young and Rev. Robert Hedrick officiating.
The family will receive friends at the church immediately following the service.
J.C. Green & Sons is assisting the family.
The family request any memorial contributions may be sent to Cid United Methodist Church, c/o Rondal Cross, 482 John Wright Road, Lexington, N.C. 27292.
Online condolences may be sent to the Parrish family at