Miscellaneous Guilford County, North Carolina Obituaries

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LEE OESTERICH CHARLEVILLE
1-24-98
HIGH POINT -- Mrs. Lee Oesterich Charleville, 98, died Thursday, Jan. 22, 1998.
The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, 1998, at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church.

WESLEY A. WOODELL
1-25-98
ASHEBORO -- Wesley A. Woodell, 77, of 342 E. Salisbury St. died Friday, Jan. 23, 1998, at Brian Center Health & Rehabilitation, Asheboro.
No services will be held.

HELEN H. SUTTON
1-25-98
Helen H. Sutton, wife of John V. Sutton of Greensboro died Friday, Jan. 23, 1998, at Moses Cone Hospital.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 26 at Christ Community Church, Greensboro, where she was a member. The Reverend John Kimmons, the Reverend Lanier Ellis and the Reverend Cynthia Higgins will officiate. Burial will be private.
Mrs. Sutton has been an active member of the Presbyterian Church for her entire life serving as teacher, junior choir director, choir member and soloist, circle leader and vice president and president of the Women of the Church and appointed to the Council of Women of Orange Presbytary as Christian Community Actions Chairman. She has served locally at the Presbyterian Church of the Covenant, Sedgefield Presbyterian Church, Faith Presbyterian Church and currently at Christ Community Church, ARP where she serves as Chairman of the Prayer chain and choir member and member of the Worship Committee in Greensboro. She has served on the Glade Valley School Advisory Board. She has been active in the North Carolina Federation of Womens Clubs. She transferred from the Bayside Junior Womens Club in Norfolk, Virginia to the Junior Womens Club in Greensboro in 1978. She is presently a member of the NCFWC and the Charity League of Greensboro. She served as president of the North Carolina Federation of Womens Clubs from 1980-1982 with a lifetime membership given to her in 1978. Her activities in the NCFWC along with the presidency has included president of her local club, State Parliamentarian and the Bylaws Committee and Long Range Planning Committee. She has served the General Federation of Womens Clubs as Protocol Chairman under several presidents and is currently serving the same for the GFWC Southeastern Region. She was appointed by Governor Hunt to serve on a Domestic Violence Task Force and co-chaired the Prevention and Education Committee. She is a member of the Greensboro Gem and Mineral Club. She has served as a volunteer at Wesley Long Hospital for twenty-three years.
Survivors also include daughter, Donna Marie Sutton of Greensboro; son, John V. Sutton, Jr. and wife, Teri of Ocean Isle Beach; sisters, Emmy Lou Lynch of Richmond, Va. and Alice "Babe" Hughes of Newport Beach, Calif.; grandson, John Matthew Sutton of Ocean Isle Beach; and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 2-5 p.m. this afternoon at Forbis & Dick Guilford Chapel.
Memorials may be made to Christ Community Church, Building Fund, 4747 Lake Brandt Rd., Greensboro, NC 27455; or NC Federation of Womens Clubs.

GEORGE W. STEELMAN
1-25-98
BURLINGTON -- George W. Steelman, 74, died Saturday, Jan. 24, 1998.
Funeral will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Rich and Thompson Chapel, Burlington.
The family will be at the funeral home from 7-9 p.m. Monday.

BESSIE MAE SWICEGOOD BARKLEY
1-24-98
THOMASVILLE -- Bessie Mae Swicegood Barkley, 97, a resident of 14 East Colonial Drive, died Thursday, Jan. 22, 1998, at her residence.
The funeral will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 25, 1998, at Memorial United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church Cemetery.

PATRICIA JEANNE TOPOLKA
1-25-98
Mrs. Patricia Jeanne Topolka, 52, of 3406 Round Hill Road died Friday, Jan. 23, 1998.
Mrs. Topolka's funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27, 1998, at West Market Street United Methodist Church.
Patricia Jeanne Topolka was born Nov. 12, 1945 in Port Hope, Michigan to Mr. and Mrs. Edward Stapleton. Mrs. Topolka was a graduate of Western Michigan University and also graduated with a masters degree from Valparaiso University. She was a member of West Market Street United Methodist Church, where she was a Sunday school teacher and a member of the Genesis Sunday school class. Mrs Topolka was a Sustainer in the Greensboro Junior League. She taught school in the states of Indiana and Illinois. Mrs. Topolka also taught at Holy Trinity Day School for eleven years and Peeler Elementary School for three years. She was an avid cook, photographer and also enjoyed crocheting.
Survivors include her husband, Paul Topolka of the home; two children, Tanya Lynn Topolka and Todd A. Topolka, both of the home; mother, Janice Stapleton of Allegan, Mich.; two sisters, Alisa Bazan of Allegan, Mich. and Mary Margaret Morris of Kalamazoo, Mich.; two brothers, Ned Stapleton of Falls Church, Va. and Richard Stapleton of Midland, Mich.
The family will receive friends Monday from 7-8:30 p.m. at Forbis & Dick North Elm Chapel.
Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, 1114 Magnolia St., Greensboro, NC 27401; Friends You Can Count On, P.O. Box 29524, Greensboro, NC 27429; or Hospice at Greensboro, 2500 Summit Avenue, Greensboro, NC 27405.

THOMAS LYNWOOD SMITH
1-25-98
HIGH POINT -- Thomas Lynwood Smith, 89, of Presbyterian Home died Saturday, Jan. 24, 1998.
Mr. Smith was born May 10, 1908 in Maxton, the son of Thomas Leak and Mamie McCallum Smith. He was a graduate of Georgia Military Academy and Wake Forest Law School. He was a corporate attorney and practiced in Asheboro until 1946 when he moved to High Point and was the corporate attorney and vice president of Adams Millis Corporation, retiring in 1970. He was a North Carolina State Senator, Highway Commissioner and served as chairman of the North Carolina Economic Development Board. He was named High Point Man of the Year in 1969, Highway 68 was named Lynwood Smith Expressway after him. Mr. Smith was a member of the High Point Rotary Club and a member of Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church. On Jan. 4, 1938, he married Betsy Armfield formerly of Asheboro.
Surviving in addition to his wife of High High Point are one daughter, Mrs. Dee Smith Pell and husband, Eddie of Charlotte; one son, Thomas Lynwood (Woody) Smith, Jr. of High Point; one brother, Archie L. Smith of Asheboro; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Funeral will be 2 p.m. Monday at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church by Dr. C. Garland Young and the Rev. Ivan H.M. Peden. Entombment will be in the City Cemetery in Asheboro.
The family will receive friends in the Asbury Room at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church.
Memorials may be directed to Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 5289, High Point, NC 27262.

SHIRLEY M. TATE
1-25-98
Mrs. Shirley M. Tate, 74, of 404 Rockford Road died Friday, Jan. 23, 1998, at the Moses Cone Extended Care Center.
A graveside service will be 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 26, in Westminster Gardens Mausoleum.
A native of Brooklyn, NY, Mrs. Tate graduated from Guilford College, where she met her husband, John C. Tate, Jr. She was a loving and dedicated wife, mother, friend, and volunteer. She served the Wesley Long Auxiliary for 33 years and worked to help handicapped children at the Gateway Education Center.
Shirley was an avid tennis player and made many life-long friends through contacts made on the tennis courts. She will be remembered by these and many other good friends.
She was a member of the Congregational United Church of Christ.
Mrs. Tate is survived by her husband of 53 years, John C. Tate, Jr.; sons, John C. Tate, III and wife, Anne of Smithfield, Dr. Robert M. Tate and wife, Judy of Denver, Colo., and Dr. David A. Tate and wife, Dr. Karen Davis of Chapel Hill; granddaughters, Meg Tate Ergenzinger of Winston-Salem, Emily and Natalie Tate of Denver and Rebecca Tate of Chapel Hill. She is also survived by her twin sister, Elizabeth Morris and her husband, Ernest Morris of Fair Lawn, N.J.
The family will receive friends 7-9 p.m. tonight at Hanes-Lineberry North Elm Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1114 Magnolia St., Greensboro, NC 27401; or the American Heart Association, 111-D Pomona Drive, Greensboro, NC 27407.

WILLIAM MCKINLEY SEXTON
1-25-98
LEXINGTON -- William McKinley Sexton, 87, died Friday, Jan. 23, 1998.
Funeral will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Bonnie Hill Salvation Army Church in Hot Springs.
The family will receive friends from 6:30-8:30 p.m. tonight at Davidson Funeral Home and 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday at Brown's Funeral Home in New Port, Tenn.

RUTH W. PENNY
1-25-98
Ms. Ruth W. Penny died Jan. 23, 1998, at Moses Cone Hospital.
Graveside service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27, 1998, at Montlawn Memorial Park in Raleigh.
A native of Guilford County, she was a member of West Market Street United Methodist Church. She was a former executive secretary for the Carolina Branch of Associated General Contractors and the Triad Home Builders Association.
Survivors include a sister, Wanda P. Nance of High Point; nephews, B.R. "Buddy" Nance of Jamestown and I.L. Nance of Hampton, Va.
The family will receive friends 2-4 p.m. Monday, Jan. 26 at the Hanes-Lineberry Sedgefield Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Greensboro Urban Ministry, 305 W. Lee St., Greensboro, NC 27406; or to the charity of one's choice.

AGNES GERTRUDE MILLS
1-25-98
STAR -- Agnes Gertrude Mills, 87, of 933 South Main St. died Friday, Jan. 23, 1998, at Normann Rest Home.
Funeral will be 2 p.m. today, Jan. 25, 1998 at First Baptist Church, with the Rev. Hubert McLeod and the Rev. Junior F. Davis officiating. Burial will be in Biscoe Cemetery, Biscoe.
A native of Montgomery Co., and retired textile employee.
Survivors include daughters, Agnes M. Spivey of Seagrove, Helen McKinnon of Mt. Gilead, Pauline McNeill of Biscoe, Frances Wall of Kernersville, Linda Parsons of Star; sons, James E. Mills of Asheboro, Roy F. Mills of Schylkillhaven, Pa., Sammy E. Mills of Albemarle; sisters, Lucille Smith of Goldsboro, Myrtle Bennett of Jackson Springs; 19 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Montgomery County, 404 North Main St., Troy, NC 27371.

MARY SCOTT MILLER
1-25-98
CHARLOTTE -- Mrs. Mary Scott Miller, 58, died Jan. 23, 1998, at her residence.
Funeral will be 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 26, 1998, at Central Church of God, Charlotte, with the Rev. Gene Shelton officiating. Burial will be in Magnolia Memorial Gardens, Charlotte.
Born in Rowland, she was employed with Lucent Technologies for 32 years and was a member of Central Church of God.
Survivors include husband, W. Henry Miller of Cornelius; son, Gary W. Miller of Charlotte; daughter, Teresa M. Sanders and her husband, James L. Sanders, III of Mooresville; brother, Wilton Scott of Greensboro; sisters, Jean Scott Trantham of Greensboro and Hazel Scott Hayes of Florence, S.C.
The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. tonight at McEwen Charlotte Chapel.
Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society, 500 E. Morehead St., Western Region Office, Charlotte, NC 28202.

MYRTLE L. MATLOCK
1-25-98
ELON COLLEGE -- Myrtle L. Matlock, 85, died Friday, Jan. 23, 1998.
Funeral will be 11 a.m. Monday at Elon College Community Church.
The family will receive friends at the Rich & Thompson Mortuary in Burlington from 5-7 p.m. this evening.

BURL V. LONG
1-25-98
LIBERTY -- Mr. Burl V. Long, 83, of 1937 Soapstone Mountain Road died Friday, Jan. 23, 1998, at his residence.
Memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Monday at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in Liberty.

OSSIE L. LONDON
1-25-98
Ossie L. "Toad" London of 1187 Oregon Hill Road, 58, died Saturday morning, Jan. 24, 1998, at his home.
Funeral will be 3 p.m. Monday at Covington Wesleyan Church. Burial will be in Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church Cemetery.
A native of Rockingham County, he was a tobacco farmer and attended Covington Wesleyan Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ossie Lee and Mary McKinney London; and his sister, Becky L. Vernon.
Survivors include wife, Betty Page London of the home; special friend and like a son, James Huffman and wife, Teresa of Reidsville; sisters, Nancy "Carolyn" Tate and husband, Raymond of Ruffin, Marie Hall and husband, Bobby of Reidsville; godchild, Starr Beth McKinney of Reidsville; and special caregiver, Betty Jo Mays of Wentworth.
The family will receive friends tonight from 7-9 p.m. at Covington Wesleyan Church and other times at the home.
Memorials may be made to Covington Wesleyan Church, 3218 Vance St., Reidsville, NC 27320; or Hospice of Rockingham County, P.O. Box 281, Wentworth, NC 27375.

FRED C. KING
1-25-98
BURLINGTON -- Fred C. King, 80, died Saturday, Jan. 24, 1998.
Funeral will be 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 26, 1998 at Rich and Thompson Chapel.
The family will receive friends at the Rich & Thompson Funeral Home in Graham tonight from 6-8 p.m.

JAMES W. KEARNS
1-25-98
HIGH POINT -- Mr. James W. Kearns of 512 Oakview Road died Saturday, Jan. 24, 1998, at North Carolina Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem.
Funeral will be 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at Sechrest Chapel.

RUTH ETTA SATCHER JONES
1-25-98
Mrs. Ruth Etta Satcher Jones, 81, died Saturday, Jan. 24, 1998, at The Evergreens of Greensboro.
Arrangements are incomplete at Forbis & Dick Guilford Chapel.

J. WADE ISLEY
1-25-98
GRAHAM -- Mr. J. Wade Isley, 88, of 112 West Gilbreath St. died Saturday, Jan. 24, 1998, at Presbyterian Home of Hawfields.
Funeral will be 11 a.m. Monday at Andrews Memorial Baptist Church.
The family will receive friends at McClure Funeral Home in Graham 7-9 p.m. tonight and other times at the residence.

CELIA CLAIRE HERRON
1-25-98
CARBONTON -- Celia Claire Herron, 50, died Jan. 24, 1998.
Funeral will be 2 p.m. today at Carbonton United Methodist Church.

ESTELLE L. HARRIS
1-25-98
BURLINGTON -- Estelle L. Harris, 78, died Friday, Jan. 23, 1998.
Funeral will be 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 26, 1998 at Lowe Funeral Home, Inc.
The family will receive friends from 7-9 p.m. tonight at the funeral home.

HAROLD HALL, SR.
1-25-98
EDEN -- Harold Clinton "Dobby" Hall, Sr., 73, of 611 Long St. died Saturday afternoon, Jan. 24, 1998, at N.C. Baptist Hospital, Winston-Salem.
Graveside service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday in Danview Cemetery.
Born in Rockingham Co., he was a World War II Navy veteran and retired from Fieldcrest Mills, Inc.
Survivors include wife, Margie Hodge Hall of the home; son, Harold Clinton "Bunky" Hall Jr. of Eden; daughters, Barbara Kay Chambers of Eden, Sandra Faye Cross of Cascade, Va.; sisters, Juanita Light and Marie Kirkland, both of Eden; and six grandchildren.
The family will receive friends 7-9 p.m. Monday evening at Fair Funeral Home and other times at the home.

JESSIE T. HAMMOND
1-25-98
NAPERVILLE, IL -- Mrs. Jessie T. Hammond, 86, formerly of Greensboro died on Friday, Jan. 23, 1998, in Naperville, Illinois.
The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at Hanes-Lineberry, North Elm Chapel. Burial will follow in Westminster Memorial Gardens.
Mrs. Hammond was a member of First Baptist Church where she belonged to the Women's Circle #9, and the North Mary Winsome Sunday school class.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Hammond.
She is survived by one son, Dan Hammond of Naperville, Ill.; two sisters, Elsie Harrell of Oak Ridge and Flossie Matthews of Kernersville.
The family will receive friends 6-8:30 p.m. tonight at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made the First Baptist Church, 1000 W. Friendly Ave., Greensboro, NC 27401.

BEATRICE GASKEW GRIFFIN
1-25-98
Mrs. Beatrice Gaskew Griffin, 85, of 2558-A Sixteenth St. died Saturday, Jan. 24, 1998, at the Wesley Long Nursing and Rehab Center.
Arrangements are incomplete at Forbis & Dick North Elm Street.

MARTIN GLADNEY, JR.
1-25-98
Mr. Martin Gladney, Jr. of 203 Erwin St. died Jan. 22, 1998, at Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital.
Funeral will be held Monday, Jan. 26, at 1:30 p.m. at St. James Baptist Church of which he was a member. Burial will follow in Guilford Memorial Park.
A native of Winnsboro, S.C., Fairfield County, Mr. Gladney was a construction worker.
Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Marie Gladney of the home; daughters, Mrs. Wanda Dewese (Tim) and Gloria Moore, both of Winnsboro, S.C.; sons, Donald Watkins (Dildra), David Ginyard (Jean) of Michigan; one stepson, Michael Austin of Greensboro; sisters, Maggie Archer of Brooklyn, N.Y., Alice Atkins of Greensboro and Katherine DeJurnett (Willie) of Greensboro; brothers, Alexander of Greensboro, Joseph of Washington, D.C. and Jimmy Rabb of Hollis, N.Y.; 16 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.
The family will receive friends on Monday, Jan. 26, from 1-1:30 p.m. at the church and other times at the home.
Community Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

CHARLES W. GERRINGER
1-25-98
ELON COLLEGE -- Charles W. Gerringer, 49, died Saturday, Jan. 24, 1998.
Graveside service will be 3 p.m. Monday at Shallow Ford UCC Cemetery.

ROBERT GALLOWAY
1-25-98
REIDSVILLE -- Mr. Robert Lee Galloway, 52, of 682 NC 135 died on Saturday, Jan. 24, 1998.
Arrangements are incomplete at Perry-Spencer Funeral Home, Eden.

EDWARD HAIRSTON
1-25-98
MARTINSVILLE, VA -- Funeral service for the Rev. Edward Hairston of 293 Robin Road who died Jan. 23, 1998 will be held 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 26, 1998 at Gospel Light United Holy Church in Axton, Va., burial will follow in Carver Memorial Garden, Martinsville, Va. He was a native of Henry County, Pastor of Gospel Light United Holy Church, a retired Master Sergeant of the U.S. Air Force and a retired employee of Courtaulds.
He is survived by his wife, Rosa B. Hairston of the home; two daughters, Gloria Lynn Broadnax of Greensboro, Patricia Hairston of the home; stepson, Dewayne T. Boyd of Ridgeway, Va.; two brothers, John L. Clark of Greensboro, James W. Clark of Axton, Va.; three sisters, Callie Clark, Mary Parkins, both of Axton, Va., Julia E. Scales of Eden; two grandchildren; and one step-grandchild.
The family will receive friends from 7-8 p.m. tonight at the church.
Perry-Spencer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

JAMES GARY CRUMPTON
1-25-98
BURLINGTON -- James Gary Crumpton, 57, died Saturday, Jan. 24, 1998.
Funeral will be 11 a.m. Monday at Lowe Funeral Home Chapel.
The family will receive friends at Lowe Funeral Home from 7-9 p.m. tonight.


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