John C. McCluskey, 71, of Des Peres died Dec. 20, 2000.
He graduated from Duke University. He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and a long time employee of Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel Corp. He was a dear husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle to many. He was preceded in death by his brother, William O. McCluskey II; two sisters, Mary Louise Leibold and Ella Jane Nelson Howard.
Surviving are his wife, Mary M. McCluskey; two sons, John Markham “Mark” (Connie) McCluskey and Thomas Bradford “Brad” (Cathy) McCluskey; his grandson, Ryan Matthew McCluskey; and his brother, James Brandfass McCluskey of Wheeling, W.Va.
Memorial service will be Saturday at St. Louis, Mo. Burial will be private.
Memorials may be directed to First Presbyterian Church of Kirkwood, 100 E. Adams Ave., Kirkwood, Ma. 63122 or the charity of the donor’s choice.
Bopp Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Rev. Lois Shaw
The Rev. Lois Paulette Stavely Shaw of 603 N. Rotary Drive died early morning, Dec. 20, 2000, at her residence after a year long battle with cancer.
She served as pastor of St. Michael Lutheran Church from 1997 to 1999.
Funeral will be 12:30 p.m. Dec. 30 at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church in Winston-Salem. Burial rite will be 4 p.m. Dec. 30 in Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Glendale Springs.
Memorials may be directed to Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3205 S. Main St., Winston-Salem, N.C. 27127.
Mrs. Regina Yvette Payne Williamson, 30, of 405-F Taylor Ave. died Dec. 18, 2000.
She was born Sept. 11, 1970, a daughter of Ronald L. and Virginia Allen Payne. She was a 1988 graduate of High Point Central High School and attended Guilford Technical Community College in pursuit of a criminal justice degree. She was employed with Target Department Stores.
She grew up in Greater New Hope Baptist Church and later in life came to know Jesus as her personal Lord and Savior at Greater Mt. Calvary Holy Church under the guidance of Pastor William Lax. She was a member of High Point Deliverance. She was very active in her church. She had a craving for the word of God. She was a member of the choir and served as a pastor’s nurse. She was preceded in death by her two grandfathers, Rufus Allen and Sherman Payne; and three uncles, Jerry Allen, Shelly Pike and Walter Pike.
Surviving are her husband, Walter Williamson; two sons, Cordero and Kendall Payne; a daughter, Miss Jocelyn Payne; her parents of High Point; two sisters, Angela Payne and Jacqueline (Tellius) Malachi of High Point; two grandmothers, Helen McDonald and Annie B. Payne, both of High Point; her sister-in-law, Vickie Williamson of Fayetteville; three step children; four nieces, Jamelia and Jasmine Malachi and Teondra and Tequaria Payne of High Point; two nephews, Tristan and Tyre Payne of High Point; four uncles, Curtis (Christine) Allen of High Point, Willie Lee Allen of Brooklyn, N.Y., Harris Anthony of Georgia and Fredrick (Sherry) Charles of Grand Prarie, Texas; 14 aunts, Helen (Walter) Henry of Thomasville, Georgia (David) Eller of Midway, Geraldine (Talton) Robbins and Diane Payne of Springfield, Mass., Dorothy Pike of Arizona, Beatrice Anthony of New York, Margaret Baldwin, Sherry Payne, Willie (Seaborn) Jones, Katie (Jesse) Pratt, Mary (Curtis) Hillian, Brenda Harris, Barbara (James) Jackson and Willie Holley Allen, all of High Point; a great uncle, Willie Legrand of Rockingham; two great aunts, Lizzie Allen of High Point and Bannie Allen of Winston-Salem; two very special cousins, Della Melton and Minister Shelia Allen; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Funeral will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Greater Mt. Calvary Holy Church, 2207 E. Green Drive, by the Rev. Kevin Shouse. Burial will be in Oakwood Memorial Park. Visitation will be 30 minutes prior to the service Saturday at the church and other times at 3214 Loftyview Drive.
Harvey Wood Sr.
Harvey Wilson Wood Sr., 81, formerly of Kernersville, died Dec. 20, 2000, at Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital, Hospice Unit.
He was a son of William and Pearl Wood, who both preceded him in death. He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served during World War II. He retired from Modern Metal Co. He also was preceded in death by his three brothers, Argie Wood, Everette Wood and Clyde Wood.
Surviving are his wife, Juanita Wood of the residence; his daughter, Eileen Feurtado of Los Fresnos, Texas; two sons, Harvey W. Wood Jr. of Greensboro and Dennis W. Wood of Maywood, N.J.; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Funeral will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Hanes-Lineberry, Sedgefield Chapel. Burial will be in Guilford Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be 7-9 tonight at the funeral home.
Memorials may be directed to Hospice of Greensboro, 2500 Summit Ave., Greensboro, N.C. 27407.
Brady Aycoth Jr.
Brady F. Aycoth Jr., 72, died Dec. 23, 2000, at SunBridge of the Triad after several years of declining health.
He was born May 28, 1928, in High Point, a son of Brady F. and Addie Farlow Aycoth. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran. He was employed with the High Point Fire Department 12 years. He sold industrial flooring many years. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Sandra Aycoth Dees.
Surviving are a son, Monty Aycoth and his wife, Emma, of High Point; a daughter, Linda Ford and her husband, Robert, of Eustis, Fla.; a sister, Mrs. Frances Childress of High Point; a brother, Sherman Aycoth of Gastonia; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be 2 p.m. today in Floral Garden Park Cemetery by the Rev. Riley Puckett.
Honorary pallbearers will be members of the High Point Police Department.
Memorials may be directed to the charity of the donor’s choice.
Harold C. Davis Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Clyde Richard Bailey, 65, died Dec. 25, 2000.
Memorial service will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Donelson, Johns and Evans Funeral Home. Visitation will be 10 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home prior to the service.
Mrs. Virgie Mae Efird Cooper, 72, of Britthaven of Davidson, formerly of 305 Huntington Park, died Dec. 25, 2000, at the nursing center.
She was born May 15, 1928, in Stanly County, a daughter of Winfred and Zora Huneycutt Efird. She was a resident of Thomasville for the past seven years. She was a member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Lumberton. Prior to retirement, she was employed by Robeson County Public Library. She was married to John E. Cooper, who preceded her in death in 1974.
Surviving are two daughters, Anga C. Smith and her husband, Wayne, of Trinity and Judi C. Wilkins and her husband, Larry, of Waxhaw; a granddaughter, Kendra Leigh Smith of Trinity; a sister, Rozena Tucker of Stanfield; three brothers, Carl Efird and Tony Efird, both of Albemarle and Ondrie Efird of Stanfield.
Graveside service will be 2 p.m. Thursday in New Hollywood Cemetery, Lumberton, by the Rev. Worth Gerald. Visitation will be 7-8:30 tonight at Cumby Family Funeral Service, Archdale.
Memorials may be directed to the Baptist Children’s Home of North Carolina, P.O. Box 338, Thomasville, N.C. 27360.
Mrs. Gladys Cates Dowdy, 89, of Wesleyan Arms died Dec. 24, 2000, at High Point Regional Hospital.
She was born Oct. 1, 1911, in Durham, a daughter of Nady M. and Mary Bullock Cates. She was a resident of High Point the majority of her life. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Gaylord Dowdy; a son, William “Sony” Dowdy Jr.; and two brothers, Nady Milton Cates Jr. and John Brady Cates.
Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Rebecca D. Lewis of Asheville; two grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Helen Whitaker of High Point and Mrs. Mary Louise Sapp of Kernersville; and a brother, Forrest Cates of High Point.
There will be no memorial service.
Memorials may be directed to the charity of the donor’s choice.
Harold C. Davis Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Don Maurice Earnhardt, 77, of Jerusalem Road died Dec. 26, 2000, at Centerclair Nursing Home in Lexington.
He was born April 6, 1923, in Davidson County, a son of Raymond Plato Earnhardt and Nora Clapp Earnhardt. He was a U.S. Army veteran. He retired from United Furniture after 40 years of service. He was a member of Bethany United Methodist Church.
Surviving are his wife, Louise Farrington Earnhardt of the residence; three daughters, Donna (Bob Loy) Morris of Lexington, Mrs. Harold (Margaret) Hoover of High Point and Mrs. Gary (Penny) Collins of Cooleemee; a son, Jerry Earnhardt of Pompano Beach, Fla.; three sisters, (his twin) Mrs. Vestal (Louise) Call and Mrs. Leroy Wilson, all of Lexington, and Mrs. Frances Reeser of Arizona; eight grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
Graveside service will be 11 a.m. Thursday by the Rev. Joe Black in Lexington City Cemetery with full military rites. Visitation will be 6:30-8:30 tonight at Piedmont Funeral Home and other times at the residence.
James Buel Grant, 71, of 3118 Wilma Ave. died Dec. 25, 2000, at Wesley Long Community Hospital in Greensboro.
He was born Sept. 20, 1929, in Macon County, a son of Ellis and Miranda Wilson Grant. He resided in High Point the majority of his life.
Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Wilma Mason and her husband, Calvin, of Topton; a son, James Bobby Grant and his wife, Sheri, of High Point; a brother, William Nuel Grant of High Point; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Funeral will be 2 p.m. Thursday at the chapel of Cumby Family Funeral Service, Archdale, by the Rev. James J. Grant. Burial will be in Guilford Memorial Park. Visitation will be 7-8:30 tonight at the funeral home.
William Gray Sr.
Businessman, William Gray, dies at 70
William Bruce Gray Sr., 70, of 612 Gatewood Ave. died Dec. 25, 2000, at his residence.
He was born March 3, 1930, in High Point, a son of June Alson and Irene Hutchison Gray. He was a lifelong resident of High Point. He attended High Point University and retired as owner of High Point Hardware. He was a former member of High Point Rotary Club. He was a member of First United Methodist Church, former superintendent of the Sunday School and teacher. He was a former member of the board of trustees and church lay leader. On June 25, 1950, he married Rachel Gillean, who survives of the residence. He was preceded in death by his son, William Bruce Gray Jr.
Also surviving are two sons, James Frank Gray of 110 Mamie Lane, Jamestown, and Thomas Edward Gray of Germantown, Tenn.; a brother, Joseph Hutchison Gray of the Presbyterian Home; four grandchildren, Justin Edward Gray, Leslie Ann Gray, William Bruce Gray III and Thomas Carlton Gray.
Funeral will be 2 p.m. Thursday at First United Baptist Church. Burial will be in Oakwood Memorial Park Cemetery. The body will be at Sechrest Funeral Home until placed in the church 30 minutes prior to the service. Visitation will be 7-8:30 tonight at the funeral home.
Memorials may be directed to First United Methodist Church, 512 N. Main St., High Point, N.C. 27260 or to the Bruce Gray Philmont Scholarship Fund, Old North State Council, Boy Scouts of America, 1405 Westover Terrace, P.O. Box 29046, Greensboro, N.C. 27429-9046.
Billy Baxter Greene, 78, of Queens Drive died Dec. 26, 2000, at Lexington Memorial Hospital after an illness of one month.
Funeral will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Trinity United Methodist Church. Visitation will be 7-8 tonight at Davidson Funeral Home and other times at the residence 409 Queens Drive.
J. Harrison Jr.
Johnny Elmo Harrison Jr., 41, of 261 Boggs Road, Lot 34, died Dec. 22, 2000, at Community General Hospital.
Funeral will be 9:30 a.m. Thursday at J.C. Green & Sons Chapel. Visitation will be 8:30 a.m. Thursday prior to the service at the funeral home.
Clifton Eugene Lane, 78, of Old Stone House Road died Dec. 25, 2000, at Rowan Regional Medical Center in Salisbury.
He was born Sept. 14, 1922, in Duplin County, a son of Charles “Charlie” William Lane and Libby Alberti Batson Lane, who both preceded him in death. He was a graduate of Warsaw High School, Duplin County, in 1941. He was a U.S. Army Air Force veteran, having served from 1943 to 1945 as a staff sergeant with the 155 Division and in the European Theater. He received the Air Medal with five Oak Leaf Clusters and European Service Medal with seven Bronze Stars and a Distinguished Unit Citation.
He retired from the Lance Co. where he served for 33 years in route sales. He was a member of the Second Presbyterian Church. He was a member of the Harold B. Jarrett American Legion Post. He was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Hazel McSwain Lane, April 18, 1999.
Surviving are his son, Steve Lane of High Point; his daughter, Mrs. Glenn “Jeanne” L. Miller of Mocksville; his sister, Christine L. Kornegay of St. Louis, Mo.; four grandchildren, and a great-grandchild.
Funeral will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Second Presbyterian Church by the Rev. Dan Thornton, the Rev. Jim Foil. Burial with military honors will be conducted by the Rowan County Veteran Council in Rowan Memorial Park. Visitation will be 10-11 a.m. Thursday at the fellowship hall of Second Presbyterian Church.
Memorials may be directed to Second Presbyterian Church, 732 Lincolnton Road, Salisbury, N.C. 28144 or Warsaw Veterans Museum, P.O. Box 929, Keanansville, N.C. 28349.
Summersett Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Austin Dempsey McBride, 77, of Brian Center Nursing Care died Dec. 25, 2000, at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem.
Graveside service will be 11 a.m. Friday in National Cemetery, Salisbury.
Cumby Family Funeral Service, High Point, is in charge of arrangements.
David Atlas Rhew, 68, died Dec. 24, 2000, at Doctors Hospital of Sarasota.
He was born Dec. 8, 1932, in Guilford County, N.C., a son of Atlas and Onie Boggs Rhew. He was a member of Green Street Baptist Church in High Point, N.C. He graduated from High Point Central High School. He retired from the U.S. Air Force with 25 years of service. He was a 1971 graduate of Rollins College, Orlando, Fla. He was a 32nd Degree Mason. He was a resident of Sarasota for the last eight years. He retired from Sunset Chevrolet. He was an avid golfer. He was a member of Misty Creek Country Club and Serenoa Golf Club, both of Sarasota. He was preceded in death by a son, Dale Allan Rhew in 1993; and a brother, Robert J. Rhew in 1978.
Surviving are two sons, Michael Lee Rhew of Sarasota and John Paul Rhew of High Point; a granddaughter, Michelle Hope Rhew of Santa Barbara, Calif.; two sisters, Mrs. Hal (Louise) Rhew Coble and Glenda Rhew Gragg, both of High Point; and his life partner, Dorothy O’Callaghan of Sarasota.
Graveside service will be 2 p.m. Thursday in Floral Garden Park Cemetery by the Rev. Fred Reece. Visitation will be 7-8:30 tonight at Cumby Family Funeral Service, High Point, and other times at the residence of Louise Coble, 3521 Woodview Drive or Glenda Gragg, 3015 Windchase Court.