Obituaries November 2, 2013

Here is a listing of obituaries
Nov. 01, 2013 @ 04:45 PM

Judy Hilton Byerly

THOMASVILLE — Judy Hilton Byerly of Thomasville died Oct. 28, 2013, in Johnson City, Tenn. She was 75.

Born Judy Cordia Hilton, she married Richard Dale Byerly, who passed away in 1986. They are survived by three children, four grandchildren, and two step-grandchildren.

Judy loved music; she sang in choirs and played piano all her life. Though moving often, she was always active in her church and community. She was a bowler, a square dancer, an avid reader, a grower of roses, and a collector of beautiful things.

After raising her three children, she returned to school and earned a B.A. in education from the University of Florida, and for years worked with developmentally challenged preschool children.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, Nov. 3 at Zion United Church of Christ in Thomasville. Visitation with family and friends will begin at 1:30 p.m., followed by the service at 2 p.m.

Flowers can be sent to Zion United Church of Christ, 130 Hasty School Road, Thomasville, NC 27360 (to arrange details, call 828-964-8877), or donations in Judy’s memory in lieu of flowers can be made to Nazareth Children’s Home, P.O. Box 1438, Rockwell NC 28138 (704) 279-5556.

We love you and miss you. 


'Lib' Childers 

THOMASVILLE — Mrs. Elizabeth “Lib” Martin Padgett Childers, 97 years old, passed away October 31, 2013 at Pennybyrn at Maryfield in High Point, NC.

Lib was born in Anderson County, SC on March 28, 1916 to the late John Elihu and Evie Ellison Martin. She was the youngest child with three older brothers, Aaron, Carol, and Norman Martin.

As a child of the Depression, she learned to value faith, education, conservation, hard work, practicality, and sacrifice. After graduating from Lander College in Greenwood, SC in 1937, she married James McPherson Padgett in 1939 and moved to Anderson, SC. She became an integral part of the Low Country community and continued to pursue her teaching career in Walterboro, SC which lasted for twenty-five years.

Having been widowed several years before, she married Forest Edgar Childers, Sr. in 1971 and moved to Thomasville, NC. She joined the Childers family and became an active member in the Fair Grove United Methodist Church. She embraced her life experience and was always ready for the next adventure.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers, husband, and step-daughter, Mary Ann Nance. Surviving is her son, Mack Padgett and his wife Carol of Kenai, Alaska; step-sons, Eddie Childers and his wife Linda and Mickey Childers and his wife Patsy, both of Thomasville. Also surviving are step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren.

Lib touched the lives of many, loved actively, and taught us how to do the same. She was an inspiration that loved to laugh and found joy in others. Her funeral service will be held on Sunday, November 3, 2013 at 2 p.m. at Fair Grove United Methodist Church in Thomasville by the Rev. Allan Van Meter. The family will receive friends following the service in the church fellowship hall and at other times at the home of Eddie and Linda Childers, 163 Circle Drive in Thomasville. A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 1 p.m. at Jacksonboro Baptist Church Cemetery in Jacksonboro, SC.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Pennybyrn at Maryfield, 1315 Greensboro Road, High Point, NC 27260 or to Fair Grove United Methodist Church, 138 Fair Grove Church Road, Thomasville, NC 27360. J.C. Green & Sons Funeral Home in Thomasville is serving the family and online condolences may be made at


'Geri' Cranford

THOMASVILLE — Mrs. Geraldine (Geri) Cranford, 83, of Thomasville passed away on October 31, 2013 at the Hinkle Hospice House in Lexington.

She was born October 05, 1930 in Alexander County to the late William Thomas Alexander and Vivian Johnson Alexander. Geri Cranford has lived her life for one purpose to glorify God by helping others. A true Christian, she did all the things out of true love for others. Her motivation for helping others was never for personal recognition or acknowledgement which is why she cared for so many people of the Thomasville and High Point.

Geri helped to build Africa’s Bakava Bible Institute and started the Cranford Memorial Clinic in Kalemie Zaire. She also helped establish The Lamb Center Orphanage in the Philippines. She had a passion for working with the people at Samaritan’s Purse and World Medical Missions. Geri also was a politically driven individual and was a Republican candidate for the North Carolina House of Representatives.

In 1996, she won the Prestigious Jefferson Award, which is for outstanding volunteer in the community. Some people say that you can not save the world, but with God’s help Geri Cranford tried her entire life.

On August 07, 1949 she was married to James Franklin Cranford, who survives of the home. Also surviving are daughters, Priscilla Crutchfield and Andy of Greensboro and Sharon Robbins and John of Thomasville. She leaves behind several special grandchildren; James Alexander Robbins, Zac Rickard, Jordan Rickard, Jane Howard Crutchfield, Brent Crutchfield, Carolyn Wasdell, and Alex Crutchfield. Geri also is survived by her twin sister, Dr. Josephine Foster of Stony Point, N.C.

A Funeral service will be held Sunday, November 3, 2013 at 2:00 pm with the Rev. Melvin Anderson officiating with interment following at Holly Hill Memorial Park. .

In lieu of flowers, the family requests those wishing to send memorial contributions do so to one of the following; Bible Outreach Ministries, aka Ralph Hagemeier Ministries, P O Box 276, West Columbia, TX. 77486 (donations will go to the Cranford Memorial Clinic), Central Missionary Clearinghouse, P O Box 219228, Houston TX., 77218-9228, attn. Sonny and Debbie Dix, Lamb Center Orphanage, or First Baptist Church, 11 Randolph St. Thomasville, NC 27360.

Online condolences may be sent to the Cranford family at


Frank Davis

LEXINGTON — Frank Harvey Davis, 77,  died Monday, Oct. 28, 2013, at Forsyth Medical Center.

A memorial service was held Friday, Nov. 1,  at Greer’s Chapel United Methodist Church. Davidson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Maynard Deaton 

THOMASVILLE — Maynard Deaton, 60, passed away October 19, 2013, at Hospice Home in High Point.

Maynard was preceded in death by his parents, Tim and Nettie Deaton; a sister, Ann Burleson; and a brother, Randy Deaton. He is survived by his brother Charles Deaton of Greensboro.

Maynard was a lifelong resident of Thomasville and a graduate of Ledford High School.

Visitation will be held from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Sunday, November 3, at the home of his uncle, Frank Kennedy, 5143 Summerville Road in Trinity. A formal service will not be held.

Memorials may be made to Davidson County Humane Society, 108 Hamilton Road Lexington, N.C. 27295.


'Randy' Everhart

LEXINGTON — Randall “Randy” Gene Everhart, 54, died Monday Oct. 28, 2013.

A funeral service will be at 2 p.m. today (Nov. 2) at Paul’s Chapel United Church of Christ. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Davidson Funeral Home Lexington is in charge of arrangements.


Tonya Finney

TYRO — Tonya Lee Cox Finney, 43, died Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, at her home.


Debra Sowers Galloway 

THOMASVILLE — Mrs. Debra Sowers Galloway, 61, resident of Thomasville, died Sunday afternoon at High Point Regional Hospital.

Debra was born July 18, 1952 in High Point, a daughter of Richard and Wilma Summey Sowers.  She had been a resident of Thomasville and the High Point vicinity all of her life and was of the Baptist faith.  She was a graduate of the High Point Regional School of Nursing and was employed in the Emergency Room of High Point Regional Hospital.  Debra was very involved in the Cancer program, “Relay For Life”.  On August 27, 1995 she married Michael Ray Galloway, who survives of the home.

Also surviving are two sons, Emery Lee Galloway and wife Shannette of Thomasville and Christopher Michael Galloway and his wife Heather of High Point; father and mother, Richard and Wilma Sowers; sister, Sue Cain and husband Bob of Archdale; brothers, Tommy Sowers and wife Susan of Thomasville, Jimmy Sowers and wife Brenda of Colfax, Jerry Sowers of Newport News, VA, and Dale Sowers and fiancée Jennifer of Pennsylvania; and five grandchildren, Kolby, Kelsey, Kadie, Hannah, and Leeland Galloway.

A celebration of Debra’s life was held Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 2 p.m. at Oak View Baptist Church, High Point with Reverend Michael Sowers officiating.  Interment followed at Floral Garden Park Cemetery.  The family received friends Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at Cumby Family Funeral Service, Archdale.

Memorials may be made to High Point Regional Hayworth Cancer Center, 601 N Elm Street, High Point, NC  27262.

Online condolences may be made to Debra’s memorial page at  Arrangements by Cumby Family Funeral Service, Archdale.


Helen Hill

TRINITY — Helen Lucille Barringer Hill, 93,  died Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013,  at her residence.

The funeral service will be held 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3, at Briggs Funeral Home Memorial Chapel. The family will receive friends from 2 to 3 p.m. prior to the service at Briggs Funeral Home in Denton.


Lydia Jenkins

LEXINGTON — Lydia Sue Sidden Jenkins (Rose), 89, of Baltimore, Md. died Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013.

The service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov.4,  at Davidson Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at Fulton United Methodist Church 3689 NC Hwy 801 S. in Advance. Visitation will be at Davidson Funeral Home in Lexington from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3.


Mrs. Bessie Lourae Davis Jordan

HIGH POINT — Bessie was born in High Point, NC on July 17, 1927 to the late John Rowe Davis, Sr. and Janie Glascoe Davis.

On December 6, 1945 she married Everette Wayne Jordan. They celebrated 67 years of marriage. Bessie was a life-long resident of High Point.

After a brief career with Pilot Life Insurance Company, she dedicated her life to being An excellent homemaker, and blessed many family members and friends with her delicious meals. She was an accomplished seamstress and gardener.

She and Everette were active members of Abbotts Creek Missionary Baptist Church for many years.

Bessie is survived by her husband; daughter Jill Lake of Davidson; grandchildren Taylor Lake of Davidson, Jenny Gollup, Maggie Gollup, both of Charlotte; son-in-law Peter Gollup of Charlotte; sister Aliene Perryman, sister-in-law Joyce Davis and brother-in-law Leon Jordan All of High Point, and many loving nieces and nephews.

Bessie was predeceased by a daughter, Janet Gollup; brothers Holland Davis and John R. Davis, Jr., sisters Lucille Bowen and Evelyn Pierce.

A private family service will be held today.

In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be made to The Alzheimers Association Western Carolina Chapter, 3800 Shamrock Drive, Charlotte, NC 28215.

Online condolences may be sent to for Mrs. Jordan.


Clara Martin

THOMASVILLE — Mrs. Clara Mae Woodle Martin, 78, a resident of 1270 Old Highway 109, died Friday, November 1, 2013 at Pine Ridge Health & Rehabilitation Center.

She was born on February 7, 1935 in Davidson County, NC to George Woodle and Ada Clodfelter Woodle.  She retired from Thomasville Furniture Industries and later retired from Liberty House Nursing Home.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Luther Martin.

Surviving are one son; two daughters; two sisters; one brother; and several grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held on Monday, November 4, 2013 at 11 a.m. at the J.C. Green & Sons Funeral Home Chapel in Thomasville with the Rev. Patrick Stars officiating.

Interment will follow in Clarksbury United Methodist Church Cemetery.  The family will be at the funeral home on Sunday from 6-8 pm and at other times at the home.

Online condolences may be sent to


Joe  Moore

THOMASVILLE — Joe Abner Moore, 81, died Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013.

The funeral service will be held at noon today (Nov. 2)  at the J.C. Green & Sons Funeral Home Chapel in Thomasville.


Ivy Poole

LEXINGTON — Ivy Carter Poole, 55, died Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, at Hinkle Hospice House.

A memorial service will be 4 p.m. today (Nov. 2)  at Center Hill Baptist Church. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1 at Davidson Funeral Home and other times at the home.


Larry Redmon Sr.

THOMASVILLE — Larry George Redmon Sr., 68, died Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013.

A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3, at Smyrna Grove Community Church, 1275 Back Creek Road in Asheboro. J.C. Green & Sons Inc. is in charge of arrangements.


Willa Wall

THOMASVILLE — Willa Mae Parker Wall, 83, died Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013.

The funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4, in J.C. Green & Sons Chapel.  The family will receive friends prior to the service.