THOMASVILLE - Robert Bliss Alabaster, 85, died July 17, 2000.
He was born Oct. 28, 1914, in Richmond Hill, N.Y., the first child of Sidney and Helen Bliss Alabaster. He graduated from Baldwin High School after starring in five high school sports. He was the Long Island backstroke champion. His athletic prowess won him a four-year scholarship to Duke University. He was one of the original 'Iron Dukes' playing under the guidance of Coach Wallace Wade. In 1938, the team traveled by train to California to play in the legendary Rose Bowl game of Duke vs. University of Southern California. The team was undefeated and unscored upon that year but lost the Rose Bowl to USC. He graduated from Duke University in 1939.
On July 12, 1941, he married Evelyn Hohler of Oceanside, N.Y. He served in World Ward II from 1942 to 1945 in the 106th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion, European Theater. He saw seven campaigns in Italy, France and Central Europe and he won the Bronze Star.
After the war, Bob resumed his career with Geigy (now Ciba) in New York City and Ardsley, N.Y. He served in the Army Reserves for 20 years and retired as a major. The family moved to Briarcliff Manor, N.Y., in 1956, where they lived for 16 years.
He and his family transferred to Greensboro after the merger of Ciba and Geigy in 1972. He retired from Ciba Geigy in 1985, as advertising manager after 42 years.
He spent his retirement playing golf at Forest Oaks Country Club, refinishing furniture, keeping his yard in pristine condition and always supporting the Blue Devils' athletic teams. His wife preceded him in death in 1993, and afterwards he moved to the Piedmont Center in Thomasville.
Surviving are three daughters, Robbin Churchill of Atlanta, Gwen Rocque of New Rochelle, N.Y., and Erica Graves of Trinity; two sisters, Charlotte Walker of Ronkonkoma, N.Y., and Dorothy Pless of Jensen Beach, Fla.; a brother, Alfred Alabaster of Jensen Beach; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
A celebration of life will be 2 p.m. Friday at The Piedmont Center, Hedrick Drive. Visitation will be after the service Friday at the residence of Erica Graves, 3568 Carriage Place, Trinity.
Memorials may be directed to the Mill Neck Manor Lutheran School for the Deaf, Frost Mill Road, Mill Neck, N.Y. 11765.
Hanes-Lineberry, N. Elm St. Chapel, Greensboro, is in charge of arrangements.
Archdale - Miss Allyssa D. Barley, 13 months, of 1101 Brookwood Circle died July 18, 2000, at High Point Regional Hospital.
Funeral arrangements are pending at Cumby Family Funeral Service, High Point Eastchester Drive Chapel.
High Point - Lonnie V. Mabe, 47, of 314 Charles Ave. died July 17, 2000, as a result of a boating accident at Lake Thom-A-Lex.
He was born June 16, 1953, in High Point, a son of Carl and Ezlee Brown Mabe, who preceded him in death. He was a lifelong resident of High Point and a graduate of High Point Central High School. He was employed by Prelude Fiber for 20 years. He was a member of Hickory Chapel Wesleyan Church. He was a loving husband, a playful father, and had many special friends. He enjoyed fishing, which he was doing at the time of his death with his friend, Butch Carter. He was a member of the James 'J.J.' Caudle Racing Team and an Earnhardt fan. He and his family often camped at Thousand Trails Campground in Advance. He was preceded in death by a sister, Bobby Peters.
Surviving are his wife, LaVerne Southerland Mabe of the residence; three daughters, Amber Renee Mabe, Katherine Marie Mabe and Tracey Darlene 'T.D.' Mabe, all of the residence; Judy Pollard of Bethel; two aunts, Sallie Dockery of High Point and Louise Brown of Kansas City, Mo.; his dog, Precious; and cousins, nieces and nephews.
Funeral will be 2 p.m. Friday at Hickory Chapel Wesleyan Church by the Rev. Doug Caldwell and the Rev. Bob Metters. Burial will be in Guilford Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be 7-9 p.m. Thursday at Harold C. Davis Funeral Home.
Asheboro - Rea LaVon Michael, 64, of Asheboro Rehabilitation Care Center, Asheboro, formerly of Davidson County, died at 3:30 a.m. July 18, 2000, at the center.
Funeral will be 11 a.m. Friday at Davidson Funeral Home Lexington Chapel. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Thomasville - Velton 'Lefty' Miller, 75, died July 18, 2000, at Community General Hospital.
He was born April 4, 1925, in Davidson County, and retired from the city of Thomasville with 28 years of service. He was known as the 'Bug Man.' He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served during the Korean War and later served with the National Guard. He was a charter member of Piedmont Cardiac Rehabilitation Program, a volunteer with Thomasville Meals on Wheels and Cooperative Ministries, receiving the 1995 'Outstanding Senior Citizen Award.' He was presented the 'Doak and George Finch Award,' by Thomasville High School Bulldog Boosters. He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, the Baldwin Memorial Sunday School Class, a life-member of the Methodist Men, formerly served as an usher, trustee, and member of the administrative board. On Aug. 4, 1951, he married Geraldean Kindley, who survives.
Also surviving are two daughters, and sons-in-law, Denise and Charlie Glass of Asheboro, and Brenda and Frank Green of Thomasville; a sister, Mrs. Ronnie (Aurelia) Sink of Thomasville; two grandchildren, Jeremy Turner and Morgan Glass.
Funeral will be 4 p.m. Thursday at Trinity United Methodist Church by the Rev. Jerry Webb and the Rev. Wilbur A. Jarrett. Burial will be in Holly Hill Memorial Park Cemetery. The body will be at J.C. Green & Sons Funeral Home until placed in the church 30 minutes prior to the service. Visitation will be 7-9 tonight at the funeral home and other times at the residence of a sister, Mrs. Ronnie Sink, 1146 Kendall Mill Road.
Members of Piedmont Cardiac Rehabilitation Program, McDonald's Morning Coffee Crew and employees of Black Lumber Co. are asked to serve as honorary pallbearers and should meet 3:40 p.m. at the church.
Memorials may be directed to the Building Fund of Trinity United Methodist Church, 609 Liberty Drive, Thomasville, N.C. 27360.
High Point - Mrs. Vera Hedgecock Smith, 95, died July 18, 2000.
Funeral arrangements are pending at Cumby Family Funeral Service, High Point.
Thomasville - Worth Odell Strickland, 70, of 305 Pineywood Road, Apt. 11, died July 17, 2000, at Lexington Memorial Hospital.
He was born July 3, 1930, in Harnett County, a son of Joe Toby and Ida McLamb Strickland. He was preceded in death by his birth mother when he was 2 years old, and was raised by his stepmother, Lonie Parker Strickland. He was a U.S. Army veteran and employed with the High Point Housing Authority. He was a member of Allendale Baptist Church. He married Kathleen S. Strickland, who preceded him in death. He later married, Vera Mosteller Strickland, who survives of the residence.
Also surviving are a daughter, Kathy S. Bazen of Trinity; a son, Joseph 'Joey' Strickland and his wife, Lisa, of Asheboro; two stepdaughters, Kathy Jean Gallman of Greensboro and Terry Lynn Gallman of High Point; two stepsons, Johnny Gallman of Colfax and Randy Gallman of Denton; two brothers, Boyce Strickland of Erwin and J.W. Strickland of Florida; four sisters, Dorothy Strickland of Florida, Lucille Thornton and Dora Naylor, both of Erwin, and Mary Ann McLean of Newport; and six grandchildren.
Funeral will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Allendale Baptist Church by the Rev. Bobby Metters and the Rev. David Younger. Burial will be in Floral Garden Park Cemetery. Visitation will be 7-9 tonight at Allendale Baptist Church, 900 E. Springfield Road, High Point, and other times at the residence of his daughter, Kathy Bazen, 6826 Country Meadow Lane, Trinity.
Memorials may be directed to the American Diabetes Association, 1820 E. 7th St., Charlotte, N.C. 28204.
The family requests that all flowers be delivered to Allendale Baptist Church.
Winston-Salem - Lewis Michael 'Mike' Taylor, 42, of 300 Franklin Drive died July 17, 2000, at his residence.
He was born April 21, 1958, in Guilford County, a son of Fred Lewis and Pauline Scott Taylor. He was a resident of Winston-Salem for the last 10 years. He was employed with Phoenix Metal Works and was of the Baptist faith.
Surviving are a daughter, Amanda Lee Taylor of the residence; his mother of Archdale; two sisters, Christine Taylor Green of Archdale and Patsy Taylor Stroud of Penhook, Va.; a niece, Angela Marie Stroud of Greensboro; a nephew, Travis Ray Green of Archdale; and an aunt, Vinnie Sides of Archdale.
Funeral will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Sechrest Chapel, High Point, by the Rev. Pat Ray. Burial will be in Oaklawn Cemetery, Winston-Salem. Visitation will be 7-8:30 tonight at the funeral home.
Jamestown - Mrs. Gertrude Smith Welborn, 79, of 932-B Chatfield Drive died July 17, 2000, at her residence.
She was born in Pink Hill, a daughter of Vance and Flora Smith, who both preceded her in death. She was a member of Rankin Memorial United Methodist Church. She married Paul Welborn, who preceded her in death in 1994.
Surviving are two daughters and sons-in-law, Sonja and Bobby McDaniel of High Point, and Cheryl and Danny Cook of Wrightsville Beach; three grandchildren, David McDaniel, Lynn McGhee and Paula Kirkland; a great-grandchild, Meghan Kirkland; and two sisters, Flossie Dunlap of Raleigh and Lillybelle Dorton of Florida.
Funeral will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Rankin Memorial United Methodist Church by the Rev. Lee Pollock. Burial will be in Floral Garden Park Cemetery. Visitation will be 7:30-9 tonight at Cumby Family Funeral Service, High Point.
Memorial contributions may be directed to Rankin Memorial United Methodist Church, 314 Barker Ave., High Point, N.C. 27262.
Randleman - Herbert Paul Whitesell, 71, died July 17, 2000, at 9349 Walker Mill Road.
Graveside service will be 11 a.m. Thursday in Randolph Memorial Park.