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Obituaries

We will put obituaries online as we get them and provide ways for you to interact with their loved ones left behind.

Ann Freeman Yates

Ann Freeman Yates died on Sept. 8.

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Helen Mayberry Hicks

Helen Mayberry Hicks passed away on Sept. 3.

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Local bluegrass legend passes

Donald Brady, 76, of Coleridge, passed away on Sunday, August 28. From 2005 through 2019 (with a hiatus in 2016 due to health rea-sons), he and his wife hosted a monthly music event on their rural property. 

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Greta Anita Lint

Multi-talented Greta Lint may be best remembered for her work promoting the North Carolina Zoo.

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Bluegrass icon Clyde Maness dies

Man of many talents Clyde Maness passed away on July 31. His pottery shop in Carthage became a mecca for the region's bluegrass musicians on Tuesday nights for a jam session.

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Margaret Louise Hill Trotter

She was known for saying her favorite quote “A bushel and a peck and a hug around the neck.”

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Boyd Daniel Skeen

Boyd Skeen started Lancer, Inc. in Star and also retired from Klaussner Furniture.

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Corena "Bitsy" Nance Byrum

Bitsy loved to travel the United States and abroad and was very active and adventurous, as proved by her going zip lining to celebrate her 80th birthday.

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Christopher Martin “Kit” Barrett

Kit spent most of his years growing up in Asheboro before he left to pursue his chosen career in welding and pipefitting, which took him to many places across America.

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Betsy Burrows Yow Watson

Betsy grew up in Asheboro but made her way as a teacher in Greenville, NC.

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Bonnie Meisch

She was the oldest of nine children and the last survivor.

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Franchot (Fran) Peoples

Fran Peoples had a love for golf, working as a volunteer at Randolph Hospital and his long relationship with his wife, Marcia.

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Janis Babcock Johnton Mason

Janis traveled the country teaching and developed a national reputation, particularly with metal work and petit point.

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Evangeline Gann Brown

Evangeline was a 1944 graduate of Seagrove High School and a graduate of Commercial College of Asheboro.

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Joanna Henleigh Gilmer

The 3-year-old won the hearts of everyone around her, laughing and continuing to bring joy throughout a two-year battle with cancer.  

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Dr. Rev. Carl F. Dunker

Carl retired to Asheboro in 1995 after six decades of ministry.

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Brenda Russell Colflesh

She was a member of Randleman High School's Class of 1979.

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Frances Marie Garner Pugh

Read about how this Randleman native and 1947 Randolph High School graduate lived her life to the fullest.

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Michael Paul 'Mike' Jordan

Mike loved fishing, the beach, sports and had a great sense of humor.

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Runelle Moran

Her funeral service is scheduled for Feb. 20, 2022.

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Another death in the bluegrass community

Bass player Jimmy Kennedy, who used to run a music hall in Seagrove, dies at 65

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Christopher “Chris” Lee Griffin

Chris was a kind, generous, trustworthy, loyal and faithful man. One of his greatest gifts was his ability to make everyone feel comfortable, important, secure and loved.

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James Carson "J.C." York

J.C. York lived a life worth celebrating and writing about.

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Alice Faye Allred Cook

Alice was a native of Randolph County and was retired from Ramtex with more than 40 years of service. Alice enjoyed traveling all over the United States and went to Egypt, Italy and Ireland. 

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James (Jim) Howard Ludolf

He was a 1962 graduate of Elizabethton High School and a 1966 graduate of East Tennessee State University. He worked as an analyst for Klopman Mills, Burlington Industries and later Galey & Lord. 

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David Terry Dula

He was best known for his kiting and power paragliding. A Celebration of David’s life will be held at Central Falls Baptist Church on Saturday, Jan. 29, at 2:15 p.m. in the fellowship hall. 

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Peggy Purvis Joyce

She had a master's degree in nursing and worked for 37 years at Randolph Health in Asheboro.

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Nolan Franklin Pribble

An MIT trained electrical engineer, he worked on the first phased array radar at Eglin Air Force Base and also participated in the development of the first fuel-injected engine.

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Troy Lee Parrish, III

Troy was a long distance truck driver for 20 years. During that time, he received multiple awards for safe driving. 

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Patsy Lorraine Bingham Canter

She was retired from Bingham Lumber Company.

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Elizabeth Magdalene Maness Fair

Liz worked as a computer programmer early in her life and devoted the remaining years of her life to loving her family. 

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John Charles Bunch Jr.

Employed by Klaussner Furniture for 28 years, Johnny could walk in any establishment in Asheboro and be greeted by a close friend. 

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Sara Huddleston Burgess

After her husband died in a plane crash, she earned a degree at UNC-G and became a teacher.

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James M. Southern

Jim owned and operated Scott Book Store in Asheboro for many years. He also worked in the horticultural field.

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Roxa Cheek Amick

She was an active member of Pleasant Hill Christian Church and will be remembered for her sweet and generous spirit.

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Teresa Anne Russell Fogleman

She enjoyed spending time with family and friends, going to Walmart and Waffle House, watching Hallmark and the Atlanta Braves — pulling for her favorite player, Freddie Freeman. 

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David T. Cornelison

Funeral service is 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021.

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Terri Nicole Atkinson

She is survived by two children.

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Ruth Hunt Brady

Ruth received her high school diploma from Farmer High School in Asheboro.

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Reginald Melvin Womble

Reggie worked for Burlington Industries in Asheboro, Statesville and Greensboro and retired after 35 years.

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Patsy Ann Yow

Graveside services will be Nov. 16 at Randolph Memorial Park.

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Roy ‘RC’ Hulin

Memorial Services will be Nov. 16, 2021, at Ridge Funeral Home Chapel.

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Mac McCarty

Memorial service is Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021.

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Ervin 'Fran' Swicegood

He was the son of the late John Ervin Swicegood and Lora Jane Crotts Swicegood

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James 'Greg' Gregory Elmore

An Eagle Scout and a prankster who loved to play jokes on people, he worked as a Senior Service Engineer for Thomas Built Buses for 20 years.

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James 'Duncan' Garner

He is survived by one sister and several nieces and nephews.

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Edna Daile Burgess

The Randolph County native was retired from Randolph Hospital.

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Norah Maldonado Gutierrez

She enjoyed reading the Bible, serving at church and listening to Christian music. 

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Debra Walker Beane

The ER grad enjoyed spending time with family, her grandchildren and her animals.

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Robert 'Keith' Hussey

His joys were the simple things in life like fishing. 

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Frank Eugene Vergason

The family will hold a private service.

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Karen Lynn Harvell Parrish

Gardening was her passion, but she also loved NASCAR, old movies, music and hot dogs.

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Natasha Lynn Smith

A Celebration of Life will be Oct. 30.

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Edwin Vaughn Marriott Sr.

He had 15 siblings and was survived by four of them.

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Gary Wayne Strickland

He was born in Randolph County.

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Joseph "Joe" White Church Sr.

Among his many accolades, he was a Deacon Emeritus at Balfour Baptist Church in Asheboro and was co-owner of Richard's Home and Garden Center.

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James 'Chief' Harold Maness

He was a retired Chief Petty Officer with the US Navy.

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William Charles Pritchard

He served during the Vietnam War and later retired from the NC Zoological Park.

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Tonita Brabham Bulla

She retired as a secretary from GE/Black & Decker.

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Eddie Pugh

He served and helped countless people through tough times.

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Robert Franklin Barringer

He was born in Buncombe County and grew up in Asheboro.

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Terry Michael 'Mike' Stout

The former insurance salesman loved to race and loved to talk.

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Billy Hooks Jackson

He was a dedicated member of the Souls of Service Motorcycle Club in Lee County.

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Iris Williams

One of Iris' favorite things was sending and receiving cards from family and friends. 

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Michael George Staley

He died of natural causes.

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Jonathan Martin Jaimes

The infant passed away on Sept. 24.

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Heather Michelle Coalson

She enjoyed a successful career as a restaurant manager.

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Morris 'Pete' James Lynn Cole

Pete Cole enjoyed welding, working on cars, and the company of friends and family.

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Clement A. Paffe Jr.

Clement Paffe had a CPA practice for 40 years in High Point, Paml;ico County and Ashebor, NC.

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Marie Cross Boone

Marie Boone taught fifth grade in the Asheboro City School system for 33 years.

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Sheila Dianna McBride McCain

Sheila McCain taught Braille with Guilford County and Asheboro City schools.

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Martha Louise Lawrence Norman

Martha Norman was a well-known tennis player from Asheboro.

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