Tulsa - Mrs. Mildred “Ann” Stafford, 64, of 6634 S. Victor Ave. died March 26, 2000, at St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa.
She was born May 27, 1935, in Randolph County, N.C., a daughter of Colen and Mary Foster Howard. She was a lifelong resident of the Archdale-Trinity (N.C.) area prior to moving to Tulsa, two years ago. She was a member of Archdale Assembly of God and a member of Victory Christian Center in Tulsa. She married Gary Arnold Stafford, who preceded her in death in 1980. She also was preceded in death by a sister, Violet Myers.
Surviving are two sons, Terry Stafford and his wife, Ronda, of Olathe, Kan., and Colen “Buddy” Stafford and his wife, Lisa, of Claremont, N.C.; two daughters, Lari Stafford Hutchins of Tulsa and Mrs. Souk (Michaele) Stafford Sybounhenang of Tulsa; eight grandchildren, Brittany Stafford, Noah Stafford, Hayley Stafford, Holden Stafford, Joseph Crane, Andrew Crane, Asia Sybounhenang and Snow Sybounhenang; and two sisters, Mrs. Melvin (Jane) Reece of Trinity and Mrs. Carl (Louise) Downing of Asheboro, N.C.
Funeral will be 11 a.m. Friday at the chapel of Cumby Family Funeral Service, Archdale, by the Rev. David Kiker and the Rev. Doyle Crane. Burial will be in Floral Garden Park Cemetery. Visitation will be 7-8:30 tonight at the funeral home and other times at the residence of her sister, Mrs. Jane Reece.
Memorials may be directed to Inner City Summer Camp Outreach, c/o Victory Christian Center, 7700 S. Lewis Ave., Tulsa, Okla. 74136.
New Orleans - Mrs. Grayce Rivera Waddy Yokely, 89, formerly of High Point, died March 22, 2000, at Tulane University Medical Center.
She was born in Greensboro, N.C., and was the only offspring born to the union of Dr. James Clarence and Charity E. Rivera Waddy, who preceded her in death. She was an accomplished pianist, musician, former school teacher, civic, church and community leader. She had been a resident of Avondale, La., for more than one year. She attended Slater Institute, Winston-Salem, now Winston-Salem State University and later went on to graduate from Hampton Institute, Hampton, Va.
During her professional career, she pursued post graduate studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She taught in the music department at Winston-Salem State University for eight years and later joined the faculty at William Penn High School where she organized and directed its first band. The jazz genius, John Coltrane, was one of her music students, among others, while at William Penn High School. She taught music in the public elementary school system of High Point for more than 30 years. She continued to teach piano privately in her home for several years after her retirement from her professional career and she regularly featured her students in music recitals.
An active member of Memorial United Methodist Church prior to her illness, she was a member and past president of the United Methodist Women, member of the Chancel Choir and served on the administrative board, among others. She held membership, advisory responsibility and association with numerous businesses, civic and social organizations, which included the following: charter member and past basileus of Eta Omicron Omega Chapter, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., The Links Inc. of Winston-Salem, the Alpha Art Club, member and past president of Church Women United, charter member of the Christian Women’s Fellowship, the T.M.T. Club, Yadseut Club, Mod-Tsun Bridge Club and Hi-Boros Bridge Club. She served on the boards of the Salvation Army, United Way, Central YWCA, as well as the Mary McLeod Bethune Branch YWCA, Hospice and Mobile Meals. Politically, she had been a candidate for city council. She was preceded in death by her husband, C.E. Yokely, Oct. 31, 1974.
Surviving are two sons, Ronald E. Yokely and his wife, JoAnne, of Great Falls, Va., and Clarence W. Yokely of New Orleans; two grandchildren, Mrs. Rhonda Weinstock and her husband, Jordan, of Falls Church, Va., and Ms. Rene' Yokely of San Diego; and a host of cousins and treasured friends, among them, Mrs. Jessie Ellis of Avondale.
Funeral will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Memorial United Methodist Church by the Rev. James Graves. Burial will be in Carolina Biblical Gardens. Visitation will be 2 p.m. Saturday at the church. At 1:30 p.m. a ritual by the Links organization will take place. At 1:45 p.m., Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. will hold an Ivies Beyond the Wall ceremony.
Haizlip Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
High Point - Wade Bodenheimer, 70, of the Abbotts Creek community, died March 26, 2000, at his home.
He was born Oct. 11, 1929, in Davidson County, a son to Charlie and Cleta Hayworth Bodenheimer. He was a graduate of East Carolina University, taught industrial arts at Hill Middle School and was employed with the U.S. Postal Service, having retired in 1991. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean Conflict and was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was a farmer and gardener, and was especially fond of horseback riding. In 1962 he was married to the former Charlotte Crews who survives of the home.
Also surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Cromer Lee (Laura) Beck of Lexington; one son, Craig Bodenheimer of the home; and his son’s special friend, Deborah Strandberg, of Greensboro; three sisters, Mrs. Cassie Teague, Mrs. Numa (Violet) Everhart and Mrs. Mae Green, all of High Point; one special sister-in-law, Mrs. Lessie Bodenheimer of High Point; one brother, Charles Bodenheimer Jr. of Marietta, Ga.; and his father-in-law, Allen J. Crews of Winston-Salem. He was preceded in death by a brother, Clyde Bodenheimer.
Funeral will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Abbott’s Creek Missionary Baptist Church by the Rev. Lee Stocks, the Rev. Roy Cantrell and the Rev. Jim Martin. Burial will be in the church cemetery. The body will remain at Sechrest Funeral Service on E. Lexington Avenue until placed in the church 30 minutes prior to the service. Visitation will be at the funeral home from 6:30 to 8:30 tonight.
Memorials may be directed to Abbotts Creek Missionary Baptist Church, 2816 Abbotts Creek Church Road, High Point, N.C. 27265 or to Hospice of the Piedmont, 1801 Westchester Drive, High Point, N.C. 27262-77009.
Asheboro - Ralph Edward Carpenter, 68, of 616 Crystal Wood Rd. died March 25, 2000, at his residence.
He was a native of Surry County and was the retired manager of Golden Waffle. After retiring, he worked at Lowes Foods. He served in the U.S. Marines during the Korean War.
He is survived by his wife, Mary “Lib” Richardson Carpenter, of the home; four sons, Edward Carpenter of the home, Gary Carpenter and wife, Cindy, of Denton, Jeffrey Carpenter and wife, Kelli, of Asheboro and Scott Carpenter of Ramseur; and six grandchildren, Kelly Carpenter, Adam Carpenter, Jennifer Carpenter, Christopher Carpenter, Michael Carpenter and Kaitlyn Carpenter.
Funeral will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Ridge Funeral Home Chapel by Rev. Hadley Robertson. Burial will be in Trinity Cemetery. Visitation will be 7-9 tonight at the funeral home and other times at the home.
Memorials may be directed to Hospice of Randolph County, P.O. Box 9, Asheboro, N.C. 27204.
High Point - Earlie Cox, 79, of 5814 Checker Rd. died March 25, 2000, at his residence.
He was born May 10, 1920, in Guilford County, to George W. and Lena Hubbard Cox. He was retired from Tomlinson Furniture Inc. and was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He was a member of Reavis Memorial Baptist Church. On June 19, 1948, he married Blanche Woodlief Cox, who died June 15, 1997.
Surviving are one son, Ron Cox and his wife, Linda, of High Point; one sister, Mrs. Catherine Hall of Greensboro; one brother, Carl Cox and his wife, Helen, of Trinity; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Funeral will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Chapel of Cumby Family Funeral Service in Archdale by Rev. Raleigh “Dink” Haynes. Interment will be in Floral Garden Park Cemetery. Visitation will be 7-8:30 tonight at the funeral home.
Arnold Craven Jr.
High Point - O. Arnold Craven Jr., 80, of 713 Huntington Drive, died March 25, 2000, at High Point Regional Hospital.
He was born in High Point on Dec. 25, 1919, a son to Oliver “Ollie” Arnold and Sadie Mae Spencer Craven. He began work with Adams Millis Hosiery as a topper and started his career as a merchant working Saturdays at S. Robinowitz & Co. in High Point. He was later associated with the Young Men’s Clothing Shop, Cannon-Fetzer Co., the Sheraton’s Men’s Shop and Collier Ellis & Co. In August 1966 he founded and became president of Arnold Craven Clothier & Furnisher where he remained until retiring in January 1994. One of his greatest joys was serving his customers. Following his retirement, he greatly missed the relationships he shared with each of them. He was a native High Pointer and held this city in great affection. His first marriage was on July 27, 1940, to Kathryne Durham who died on May 3, 1988. His second marriage was on Feb. 23, 1991 to the former Sylvia Briggs, who survives of the home.
Also surviving are one daughter, Ms. Pamela Kathryne Craven of 210 Chechessee Road, Okatie, S.C. 29910; one son and a daughter-in-law, Mark Arnold and Jonnie Craven of High Point; one step-daughter and her husband, Donna and Harold Moose, of High Point; two step-sons, Barry and wife, Judy Briggs, of High Point, and Paul Briggs of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; one sister and her husband, Mrs. Sarah and David Frazier of Archdale; one brother, William C. Craven of Durham; four grandsons, Andrew and Arnold Pitoniak, and Spencer and Scott Craven; one great-granddaughter, Kaitlin Marie Pitoniak; four step-grandchildren; and four step-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Kathryne Helen Pitoniak, on Sept. 26, 1999.
A celebration of his life will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in First Presbyterian Church by Dr. R. Scott Woodmansee and the Rev. Lisa Mullen. Burial in Floral Garden Park Cemetery will be at a later date. Visitation will be from 7 until 8:30 tonight at Sechrest Funeral Home on E. Lexington Avenue.
Memorials may be directed to: Arthritis Foundation, 3801 Wake Forest Road, Durham, N.C. 27703; or to the charity of the donor’s choice.
Lexington - Inez Beck Fritts, 84, died March 25, 2000.
Funeral will be 4 p.m. Tuesday at Mt. Tabor United Church of Christ. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be 6:30-8:30 tonight at Davidson Funeral Home.
Lexington - Garnett Isabelle McClanahan Hall, 75, died March 25, 2000, at Forsyth Memorial Hospital in Winston-Salem.
Funeral will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Davidson Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. James White. Burial will be in Forest Hill Memorial Park. Visitation will be 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.
Monroe - Carl Van Gray, a former resident of High Point died March 26, 2000, at Hospice House of Union County.
Funeral arrangements are pending and will be announced by Haizlip Funeral Home.
Florida - Clifton Joseph Harding, 58, died March 24, 2000, at his home.
He was born in Hollywood, Fla. on Dec. 20, 1941, to Clifton Gladstone and Eileen P. Gilhool Harding. He was of the World Wide Church of God faith and a member of the Lions Club and also the Kiwanis Club.
He is survived by his loving wife, Mrs. Judy H. Harding, of the home; four sons, Michael Thomas Harding and wife, Katherine, of Lake Orion, Mich., Gregory Scott Harding of Orlando, Fla., Roderick David Harding and Bryce Eric Harding, both of Pfafftown; two grandchildren, Michael Thomas Harding II of Big Sandy, Texas, and Clifton Roger Harding of Lake Orion; two brothers, James Patrick Harding of Lady Lake, Fla., and Patrick James Harding of Blowing Rock; and one sister, Mrs. Pamela Patterson of Charlotte.
Funeral will be 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at Hayworth-Miller Silas Creek Chapel.
He lived his life everyday with one goal in mind, giving his family all the things he thought they deserved ... most of all his undying and unconditional love.
Jamestown - Mrs. Ruth Moon Jones, 81, of 6711 Arvin Avenue died March 26, 2000, at her residence.
Arrangements are pending at Sechrest Funeral Home on E. Lexington Avenue.
Lexington - Odell Perry Messer, 66, of 7053 U.S. 64 East died March 26, 2000, at Thomasville’s Community General Hospital.
Funeral arrangements are pending and will be announced by J.C. Green and Sons.
Greensboro - Neece N. Osborn of 210 Guilford Road died March 26, 2000, at High Point Regional Hospital.
He was born April 20, 1922, in Jamestown. He was a graduate of Jamestown High School in 1940. He attended Wake Forest University and then High Point College, both on athletic scholarships.
He was a member of Jamestown United Methodist Church, a World War II naval veteran, a member of the Retired Postmaster Association and a charter member of the Jamestown Rotary Club. He served Jamestown as U.S. postmaster, from 1953 to 1978.
He is survived by his wife, Lucile Proctor Osborn of the home; one daughter, Julia Osborn King and son-in-law, David D. King; two grandchildren, Alex and Drew King, both of Jamestown; and one sister, Millicent Y. Saunders of Greensboro.
Graveside service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Guilford Memorial Park. Visitation will follow the service at the cemetery.
Memorials may be directed to The Children’s Home Society, P.O. Box 14608, Greensboro, N.C. 27415 or Jamestown United Methodist Church, 403 E. Main St., Jamestown, N.C. 27282.
Robert Rushing Jr.
High Point - Robert Lee Rushing Jr., 35, of 114 Griffith St. died March 24, 2000, at Forsyth Memorial Hospital in Winston-Salem.
He was born in Lexington to Robert L. Rushing Sr. and Edna Richards Rushing. He graduated from Thomasville Senior High School in 1983 where he was a member of the track team.
He was employed for 20 years with Kmart Corp. having worked the last 8 years at Kmart Super Store in Winston-Salem as receiving manager. He was a member of St. John A.M.E. Zion Church.
Surviving are one daughter, Miss Keiara Rushing of High Point; his mother, Mrs. Edna Rushing of the home; his father and stepmother, Robert L. Rushing Sr. and Shirley Rushing of Fort Gaines, Ga.; three sisters, Miss Sherri Rushing of Atlanta, Ms. Regina Rushing of New Jersey and Ms. Freida Rushing of Montera, Calif.; two brothers, Kenneth E. Rushing of Oceanside, Calif., and Robert James Rushing of Fort Gaines, Ga.; and his paternal grandmother, Mrs. Lola Long of Marshville.
Funeral will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at St. John A.M.E. Zion Church by the Rev. Otis Robinson and the Rev. James L.E. Hunt. Burial will be in Oakwood Memorial Park in High Point.
Visitation will be 1-2 p.m. Tuesday at the church and other times at the home.
S.E. Thomas Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.