Obituaries May 15
THOMASVILLE — Doris Juanita Austin died Monday, May 13, 2013.
Arrangements with Thomasville Funeral Home are incomplete at this time.
THOMASVILLE — Joan Elaine McGee Burrow, 64, died Sunday, May 12, 2013 at her residence.
Mrs. Burrow will be cremated and there will not be any formal services. J.C. Green & Sons is assisting the family.
THOMASVILLE — James Wayne Forbis, 71, died Monday, May 13, 2013 in High Point Regional Hospital.
A memorial service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 16, in J. C. Green & Sons Chapel in Thomasville.
Stephen J. Groszos
THOMASVILLE — Stephen (Steve) J. Groszos, 91, a resident of Piedmont Crossing Retirement Center in Thomasville, North Carolina, died on June 27, 2012, at the Hospice of Davidson County in Lexington, NC.
Steve was born in 1920 in Trenton, New Jersey, the only child of Frances and Kalman Groszos, who had immigrated to the United States from Hungary as children. He spoke both Hungarian and English at home. When he was ten, the family moved to New York City, where he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in chemistry from New York University in 1942. In 1946, Steve married Elizabeth (Betty) Shanks and they moved to Baltimore, Maryland, so that he could attend graduate school. Steve earned a Ph.D. degree in chemistry from Johns Hopkins University in 1951.
After acquiring his Ph.D., Steve worked as a research chemist at American Cyanamid in Stamford, Connecticut, and in Cincinnati, Ohio. During this period, he invented more than a dozen industrial chemicals and plastics for which he was awarded U.S. patents. Steve accepted a position as Director of Research and Development at the Richardson Company in Chicago, Illinois, in 1959 and he and Betty moved to nearby Naperville where they raised their two young children. In 1967, Steve left the field of industrial research and consulting to join the faculty of the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, as Dean of Sciences. After building the college’s science departments and establishing programs in nursing and long term care administration, Steve was promoted to Director of Institutional Research. In this position, he worked closely with the president of the college and the board of trustees to chart the future of the growing institution. He held this position until his retirement in 1982.
In 1983, Steve and Betty moved from Naperville to High Point, North Carolina, where he taught chemistry at Guilford Technical Community College and was an active volunteer in the community. Steve served on the High Point Parks and Recreation Commission, volunteered with Kiwanis and the local theater, and was the President of the Board of Directors of the Piedmont Environmental Center for several years. Steve was also an avid golfer and made it to the local links at least once a week. In 1999, Steve and Betty moved into a condominium at the Piedmont Crossing Retirement Center in Thomasville where he tended his flower and vegetable gardens, participated in community activities, and assisted with the weekly services at Unity Place Church. Following the death of his beloved wife in 2011, Steve lived in the health care facility at Piedmont Crossing.
Through his research, administrative work, teaching, and volunteer service in the community, Steve had a significant impact on the lives of many people. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend. Those who knew him greatly appreciated his warmth and kindness, sharp intellect, leadership abilities, and wonderful sense of humor. He is survived by his daughter, Emily Ooms and her husband Herman of Los Angeles, California; his son Mark Groszos and his wife Amy of Tallahassee, Florida; and three grandchildren, Renata Ooms, Jonathan Ooms, and Angela Groszos.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the Hospice of Davidson County in Lexington, North Carolina.
HIGH POINT — Carolyn Bostian Hunt, 75, died Sunday, May 12, 2013.
A graveside service will be held 3 p.m. Thursday, May 16, at Floral Garden Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends following the graveside service at Floral Garden Memorial Park. Mrs. Hunt will remain at the J.C. Green & Sons Funeral Home in Wallburg until taken to the cemetery 30 minutes prior to the graveside service.
Lavonne J. Segers
LEXINGTON — Lavonne Louise Johnson Segers, 63, died Friday, May 10, 2013.
A funeral service was held Tuesday, May 14, at Davidson Funeral Home Lexington Chapel in Lexington.