Mattie Mayes Smith, 70, of Sunbridge Nursing Home formerly of Rosebriar Drive, died at 11:08 a.m. Tuesday at the home. Funeral will be 3 p.m. Thursday at Davidson Funeral Home Lexington Chapel. Visitation will be 6-8 tonight at Davidson Funeral Home.
William Smith Wells, 92, died Aug. 25, 2000, after an extended illness. He was born July 13, 1908, in Bethlehem, Pa. He graduated from the University of Southern California, and earned a doctorate in English literature from Stanford University. He joined the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1935, where he served for 40 years. He directed the V-12 program for U.S. Navy flyers in training at UNC-CH during World War II. He later served as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and rose to the rank of Kenan Professor of English. He was chairman of the faculty and near the end of his teaching career, he was vice president for academic affairs of the newly organized 16- campus system of the University of North Carolina. After moving to Chapel Hill, he married the former Virginia Young of Petersburg, Va., who died in 1962.They had three sons. He later married Dr. Ruth Gilpin of the UNC Social Work faculty, who survives. Prior to moving to Richmond, he spent 20 years in retirement at Maryfield Acres in High Point. Also surviving are two sons and their wives, William Wells Jr. of Richmond and David Wells of Zurich, Switzerland; and four grandchildren. Memorial service will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the chapel of St. Catherine's School, 6001 Grove Ave. Requiem Mass will be celebrated at 5 p.m. Saturday at Christ the King Catholic Church, 1505 E. Kivett Drive, High Point. Memorials may directed to St. Paul's Catholic Church, 909 Rennie Ave., Richmond, Va. 23227 or to Christ the King Catholic Church, 1505 E. Kivett Drive, High Point, N.C. 27260 or to Hospice of Central Virginia, 5540 Fallmouth St., Suite 307, Richmond, Va. 23230.
Ernest William Wheatley, 79, of 4321 Archdale Road died Aug. 28, 2000, at High Point Memorial Hospital. He was born Oct. 8, 1920, in Glasgow, Scotland, a son of Thomas Robert Wheatley and Netta Craig Donnan Wheatley. On Aug. 7, 1941, he married Alice Matthews, who preceded him in death Feb. 20, 1996. He served in the Royal Air Force. On June 10, 1982, he retired from Local Union 420 in Philadelphia, Pa., as a steam fitter welder after 37 years of service. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Doreen A. Beck and her husband, James, of Archdale; a son, Malcolm W. Wheatley and his wife, Cathy, of Warrington, Pa.; a brother, Albert G. Wheatley of Aberdeen, Scotland; three grandchildren, Jenny Suplick, Scott Muntz and Tammy Muntz; and one great-grandson, Blake Chandler. Funeral will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Sechrest Chapel, High Point, by the Rev. Mel Anderson. Burial will be in Guilford Memorial Park Cemetery. No visitation is scheduled. Sechrest Funeral Service, High Point, is in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Annie Williams, 82, of 1003 Blain St., formerly of 112-A Hoskins St., died Aug. 27, 2000, at High Point Regional Hospital. She was born Jan. 15, 1918, in Robbins, Moore County, a daughter of Aaron and Annie Person Simmons, who preceded her in death. She was a member of New Bethel Baptist Church and a lifelong member of Bellview Methodist Church in her home town of Robbins. She was a member of Eastern Star Gardenia #21 and Ladies Auxiliary VFW. She also was preceded in death by her son, Billy Joe Simmons; seven brothers, Carl, John, Arthur, Aaron, Howard, William and Coley Simmons; three sisters, Othelia S. Nicholson, Dora S. Matthews and Alberta McClain. She leaves behind to cherish her memory six grandchildren, Lula S. Gregory, Aaron E. Simmons, Christopher C. (Kim) Simmons, Harold 'Chip' (Gwen) Gregory, Keith (Wendy) Gregory and Lacey (Diane) Gregory; a daughter-in-law, Ms. Barbara A. Simmons; 14 great-grandchildren, among them Adrian Hayes; four nieces, Mrs. Lucille (Samuel) Davis, Ms. Martez Caddell, Mrs. Lynn (Billy) Collins and Mrs. Janice (George) Williams; a nephew, Dr. Joe Louis Simmons (Mary) and their children; a sister-in-law, Ms. Emily Simmons; two lifelong friends, Carrie Bell Watts and Bertha Dawson; and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral will be 2 p.m. Friday at New Bethel Baptist Church, 1116 Montlieu Ave. by the Rev. John Mason. Burial will be in Guilford Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be 1-2 p.m. Friday at the church and other times at the residence of her granddaughter, Lula S. Gregory, 1003 Blain St. Hargett-Gilmore Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Abbie Martha Smith Berry, 78, of King Row died Aug. 26, 2000, at Nashaminy Manor Home in Warrington. Funeral will be 3 p.m. Friday at St. John AME Zion Church in Thomasville, N.C. Visitation will be 30 minutes prior to the service. S.E. Thomas Funeral Service of Thomasville is in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Pattie Thomas Betts, 83, of 1106 Forest Hill Drive died Aug. 30, 2000, at High Point Regional Hospital. She was a daughter of Henry Frederick Arthur and Moffett Thomas. On March 9, 1940, she married Henry Alexander Betts, who preceded her in death May 3, 1998. She attended Hollins College and Marjorie Webster College. She was a member of Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church. She was past president of the Junior League of High Point, a member of the Green Thumb Garden Club and the High Point Literary League. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Florence Betts Brumfield and her husband, Randy, of the residence; a grandson, Garrett Alexander Betts Brumfield; two nieces, Craig Amele Thomas of High Point and Patt Allison of LaJolla, Calif.; four nephews, Fred A. Thomas III of High Point, Sidney Lake Paine of Greenville, S.C., and Christopher Borden Paine of San Diego, Calif., and Jack Betts of Raleigh. Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Friday in Oakwood Memorial Park Cemetery by the Rev. Jill Auman. Visitation will be at the residence. Memorials may be directed to The America Diabetes Association, 434 Fayetteville St. Mall, Raleigh, N.C. 27605 Sechrest Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Mary Frances Brown, 55, of 3040 Upper Lake Road died Aug. 29, 2000, at Forsyth Memorial Hospital in Winston-Salem. She was born June 27, 1945, in Surry County, a daughter of William C. and Esther Pack Forrest, who both preceded her in death. She lived the majority of her life in this area. She worked for Thomasville Furniture Industries for 25 years and was a Jehovah's Witness. Surviving are her husband of 39 years, James F. Brown of the residence; a daughter, Crystal G. Brown of Greensboro; a son, Kenneth D. Brown and his wife, Tracy, of Thomasville; a sister, Mrs. Allen (Wilma 'Vernell') Key of Thomasville; four brothers, William 'J.C.' Forrest of Jamestown, Neddis 'Toby' Forrest of Thomasville, Foy Forrest of High Point and Roger Forrest of Thomasville; and three grandchildren Amber N. Brown, Bryant Whitley and Damion Whitley. Memorial service will be 6 p.m. Friday at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witness. Visitation will be at the residence of her son at 215 Kendal Mill Road. Memorials may be directed to the family to assist in medical expenses.
John Eshelman Jr.
John A. Eshelman Jr., 86, of Quaker Lane died Aug. 30, 2000, at High Point Regional Hospital. He was born Oct. 29, 1913, in High Point, a son of John Alfred and Helen Bonner Eshelman. He graduated from High Point College in 1939 and served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He married Lossie Eshelman, who preceded him in death in 1996. He was a member of First Methodist Church Chapel and was a former chairman of the stewards. He taught high school English and worked at Adams-Millis. He was chairman of the Republican Party in 1960 and a former city councilman. Surviving are a son, Fred Eshelman of Wilmington; and a granddaughter, Kimberly, of Wilmington. Memorial service will be 2 p.m. today at First United Methodist Church by the Rev. Don Lloyd and the Rev. Roy Grant. Memorials may be directed to First United Methodist Church, 512 N. Main St., High Point, 27260.
Burl Leonard Jr.
Burl Bassett Leonard Jr., 74, of Elm Drive died at 9:35 p.m. Aug. 29, 2000, at Lexington Memorial Hospital. Funeral will be 11 a.m. Friday at Linwood United Methodist Church. Visitation will be 6-8 tonight at Davidson Funeral Home.
Mrs. Lauretta Simpson Pool, 89, of Wesleyan Arms Inc. died Aug. 30, 2000, at the home. She was born June 8, 1911, in Ellis County, Texas, a daughter of Levi Saddler and Annie Etta Bennett Simpson. She was a resident of High Point for 16 years, coming here from Farwell, Texas. She graduated from Eastern New Mexico University, Portales, N.M.. She retired May 29, 1976, from the Farwell City School System after 30 years of service. She was a member of Green Street Baptist Church and a member of the Evelyn Ward Sunday School Class. On July 20, 1931, she married Lenton Samuel Pool, who preceded her in death Sept. 29, 1989. She also was preceded in death by a son, Rex Pool, of Iowa. Surviving are three sons, Jerry Pool and his wife, Sara, of High Point, Don Pool and his wife, Vivian, of Carlsbad, Calif., and Sam Pool and his wife, Patti, of Camp Hill, Pa.; 15 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren. Funeral will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Green Street Baptist Church Chapel by the Rev. Gene Phillips and the Rev. Elliot Stewart. Burial will be in Floral Garden Park Cemetery. Visitation will be 7-8:30 p.m. Friday at Sechrest Funeral Home, High Point. Memorials may be directed to Green Street Baptist Church, 303 N. Rotary Drive, High Point, N.C. 27262.
Mrs. Evelyn Cole Raper, 83, of 816 Old Mill Road died Aug. 29, 2000, at Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home in Winston-Salem, where she had been a patient one week. She had been in declining health 21 years. She was born in Guilford County, a daughter of James V. and Cleo Lindsey Cole, who both preceded her in death. She was a life member of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church where she was a member of the Missionary Circle and served on the usher board. Prior to retirement, she was employed as a dietitian with the Guilford County School System. She was preceded in death by two brothers, James Cole and William Cole; and three sisters, Eunice Cole, Mildred Morgan and Shirley Bell. Surviving are two sons, Herbert Lee Raper and his wife, Betty, and A.V. Raper and his wife, Shirley, all of High Point; a daughter, Ms. Geraldine Raper of the residence; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two brothers, Herbert Cole and his wife, Eugenia, of Harrisburg, Pa., and Robert C. Cole and his wife, Carrie, of Springfield, Va.; and two sisters, Mrs. Helen C. Jones and her husband, Luther, of Winston-Salem and Mrs. Doris C. Shoffner and her husband, Garnett, of Bellevue, Neb. Funeral will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church by the Rev. Ulysses Welch and the Rev. Larry Richardson. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be 1 p.m. Saturday at the church and other times at the residence of A.V. Raper, 1113 Dartmouth Ave. Cortege will leave at 12:30 p.m. Saturday from the Old Mill Road residence. Haizlip Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Earl Orlando Wall, 77, of 403 Caudle Road died Aug. 29, 2000, at Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital in Greensboro. He was a native of Randolph County and retired from AMP Inc. He was a member of Asheboro Friends Meeting and the Smiling Square Dance Group. In later years he attended Lebanon United Methodist Church in High Point, where he was a member of the Friendship Sunday School Class, and Older Adults Sunday Shine Group. He was a volunteer with Hospice of Randolph County. He married Dorothy Henley Wall, who preceded him in death. He later married Annie P. Wall, who survives of High Point. Also surviving are four daughters, Julia Varnedoe of Alpharetta, Ga., Helen Hart of Asheville, Linda Geer of Asheville and Marty Burrow of Randleman; two stepdaughters, Carol Pope and Kathy Pope; a stepson David Pope; two sisters, Mazel Baker of Randleman and Nancy Trogdon of Randleman; a brother, Harold Wall of Kernersville; four grandchildren; and three stepgranddaughters. Funeral will be 2 p.m. Friday at Ridge Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. Robert Kidd. Burial will be in Randolph Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be 7-9 tonight at Ridge Funeral Home and other times at the residence of Annie P. Wall, 1524 Homewood Ave., High Point. Memorials may be directed to the charity of the donor's choice.
Ernest William Wheatley, 79, of 4321 Archdale Road died Aug. 28, 2000, at High Point Memorial Hospital. He was born Oct. 8, 1920, in Glasgow, Scotland, a son of Thomas Robert Wheatley and Netta Craig Donnan Wheatley. On Aug. 7, 1941, he married Alice Matthews, who preceded him in death Feb. 20, 1996. He served in the Royal Air Force. On June 10, 1982, he retired from Local Union 420 in Philadelphia, Pa., as a steam fitter welder after 37 years of service. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Doreen A. Beck and her husband, James, of Archdale; a son, Malcolm W. Wheatley and his wife, Cathy, of Warrington, Pa.; a brother, Albert G. Wheatley of Aberdeen, Scotland; three grandchildren, Jenny Suplicki, Scott Muntz and Tammy Muntz; and two great-grandchildren, Ashley Suplicki and Blake Chandler. Funeral will be 2 p.m. today at Sechrest Chapel, High Point, by the Rev. Mel Anderson. Burial will be in Guilford Memorial Park Cemetery. No visitation is scheduled. Sechrest Funeral Service, High Point, is in charge of arrangements.