Obituaries March 26
LEXINGTON — Virginia Ola Holbrook Combs, 72, died Saturday, March 23, 2013, at Hinkle Hospice House.
The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, at the Davidson Funeral Home Chapel. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, at Davidson Funeral Home.
THOMASVILLE — Gary Thomas Griffin, 64, died Sunday, March 24, 2013, at his residence.
The funeral service will be conducted 2 p.m. Thursday, March 28, at J.C. Green & Sons Chapel in Thomasville. The family will be at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and other times at the residence.
LEXINGTON — Billy Eugene Hartman, 81, died Sunday, March 24, 2013.
The funeral service will be 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, at Davidson Funeral Chapel in Lexington.
THOMASVILLE — Mr. Gus Emanuel Plakakis, Jr., 80, of Thomasville, NC passed away on Saturday, March 23, 2013, after several months of declining health.
He was born on May 18, 1932 in Lumberton, NC to the late Gus Emanuel Plakakis and Ruby Britt Plakakis.
Gus was a graduate of Lumberton High School. He received his Bachelors of Science Degree in textiles from the School of Textiles at North Carolina State University. While there, Gus was a member of the ROTC program and Pershing Rifles. He later proudly served his country in the United States Air Force.
A faithful member of First Baptist Church for 46 years, he was an ordained deacon, a member of the Elmo Allgood Sunday School class, and served on various church committees. Gus was currently attending Hope Baptist Church in Sophia.
Gus was very active in the Thomasville community, serving as a member of the Thomasville City School Board and was co-founder of the Thomasville High School Band Boosters. Gus was a 32nd Degree Mason receiving his 50 year pin in 2012, and was also a Shriner and member of the Scottish Rite.
Gus was proud of his Greek "Cretan" heritage and was a member of the Cretan Association of the Psiloritis Carolinas Inc. Gus’s favorite past time was spending time at the beach with his family and loved watching NC State Wolfpack Sports.
He was the Founder and President of Tar Heel State Chemical Company.
Gus is survived by his wife of 57 years, Sara Farmer Plakakis of the home, three daughters and three granddaughters who were his pride and joy; his daughter Debra Plakakis Nicholson, husband Eric and their daughter, Sara Johnson Nicholson of Summerfield; his daughter Susan Plakakis Campbell and her daughter Brittney Lee Campbell and fiancé Jaron Smith of Thomasville; his daughter Anne Plakakis Manos, husband George and their daughter, Alexandra Frances Sappington of New York City.
A Memorial Service will be held Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 11 A.M. in J.C. Green & Sons Chapel in Thomasville. The family will receive friends at the funeral home at 10 A.M. prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent in memory of Gus to the Shriners Hospitals for Children, 2900 Rocky Point Dr., Tampa, Fl. 33607-1460 or to the Masonic Home for Children, 600 College St., Oxford, NC 27565.
Online condolences may be sent to the Plakakis family at www.jcgreenandsons.com .
George W. Smith
THOMASVILLE — Mr. George Washington Smith, 97, a resident of E. Sunrise Ave., died Sunday, March 24, 2013, at the Henry Etta & Bruce Hinkle Hospice House.
He was born on October 20, 1915 in Davidson County to Eugene Holmes Smith and Mary Susan Beanblossom Smith. He retired from Coble Diary and Thomasville Furniture Industries and after retirement worked at Clyde Pearson Upholstery. He was a U.S. Army veteran having served during WWII and was a member of VFW, American Legion, and Moose Lodge.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Catherine Melton Smith on September 1, 1989 and two sisters, Golda Hilliard and Rebith Hopkins.
Surviving are his daughter, Carol Jean Smith of Thomasville; several nieces and nephews, including special nieces, Anna Totherow of Matthews, NC and Priscilla Stowe and husband Jesse of Thomasville.
A funeral service will be held 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, at the J.C. Green & Sons Funeral Home Chapel in Thomasville with Pastor Steven Manley officiating. Interment with military rites provided by the Randolph County Honor Guard will follow in Holly Hill Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will be at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and other times at the home of Priscilla Stowe, 205 E. Sunrise Ave. Thomasville.
Memorials may be directed to Hospice of Davidson County, 200 Hospice Way, Lexington, NC 27292 or to Free Pilgrim Church, 1321 Free Pilgrim Church Rd. Thomasville, NC 27360.
Online condolences may be sent to www.jcgreenandsons.com.
HIGH POINT — Maudie Lee Beck Truitt, 86, died Saturday, March 23, 2013, at her residence.
The funeral service will be conducted 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 27, at J.C. Green & Sons Chapel in Thomasville. Burial will be in Holly Hill Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will be at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 26.