Sunday, June 25

Nellie Louise Copple Smith

ARCHDALE - Nellie Louise Copple Smith, 88, died Monday, June 19, 2017, at GrayBrier Nursing and Retirement Center. Funeral service celebrating Nellie’s life will be held 11:00 AM Friday, June 23, 2017, at English Road Baptist Church with the Rev. Dr. Jim Summey officiating. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 PM Thursday at Cumby Family Funeral Service in Archdale. Burial will follow at Floral Garden Park Cemetery. Born July 16, 1928, in Asheboro and was the daughter of the late Earle R. and Clara Pierce Copple.In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James M. Smith; a son, Harold Lee Smith; a great-granddaughter, Jessica Marie Hall; a sister, Earlene Buffington; and a brother, Joe Copple. She is survived by a son, Danny Smith and his wife, Judy, of Greensboro; a daughter-in-law, Joyce Irene Smith of Conway, SC; a sister, Margie Wolfe and her husband, Richard, of Trinity; a brother, Rev. Ron Copple and his wife, Kathy, of Denton; five grandchildren; seventeen great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren. Direct line to Catherine Briles Skeen

Tuesday, June 13

Lanny David Shelley

Lanny David Shelley, 52, of Lexington passed away Friday June 9, 2017 at his daughter’s residence. US Veteran. A funeral service will be held Wednesday June 14, 2017 at 11:00 AM at Heath Church in Lexington with Rev. Dan Downing and Rev. Derald Hunt officiating. Internment will follow at Faith Community Chapel Cemetery. The family will receive friends Tuesday evening from 6:00-8:00 PM at J.C. Green and Sons Funeral Home in Thomasville. Born June 10, 1964 to Boyd Lefon Shelley and Helen Kinley Shelley in Randolph County. Preceded in death by his Maternal grandparents Joseph and Iva Kinley; and Paternal grandparents Edgar and Julia Shelley; two uncles Harold Kinley and Don Kinley. Surviving are his wife Esther Montel Shelley of Lexington; two daughters Kara Lynn Gordon and husband Alan of Poland, OH, LaNae Joanna Okken and husband Chris of Thomasville; one son Lanny (David) Shelley II of Winston-Salem, NC; his mother Helen Kinley Shelley of Thomasville; one brother Jason Shelley and wife Pele of Springfield, MO; seven grandchildren Callie, Jeffrey, Gavan, Morgan, Landon, Brooklynn, and Keagan. Mr. Shelley is the great grandson of Elsie Briles Summey

Friday, May 19

Hazel Carrick Caldwell Dies, GGrandmother is Charity Briles

Hazel Ruth Carrick Caldwell, age 85, of Randleman died Thursday, May 18, 2017 at Randolph Hospice House, Asheboro. The family will receive friends Monday, May 22, 2017 from 6:00-8:00 PM at Pugh Funeral Home, 600 South Main Street, Randleman, NC. The funeral service will be held Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 2:00 pm at First Baptist Church, 100 North Main Street, Randleman with Rev. Chris Heppding and Rev. Kenneth Reaves officiating. Burial will follow at Randolph Memorial Park, Asheboro. Born October 10, 1931 the daughter of Milas and Flora Pierce Carrick. Native of Davidson County, in addition to her parents, Hazel is preceded in death by her husbands, Jack Weaver and Leroy Caldwell. She is survived by her daughter: Carolyn Parrish and husband Mike of Randleman; sister: Frances Anderson of Randleman; brother: Bryce Carrick and wife Thelma of Asheboro; grandchildren, Tammy Lamb and husband Kyle, Mike Parrrish, Jr, and Dennis Caldwell and wife Lynda all of Randleman; 5 great grandchildren; 4 great great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Great grandmother is Charity Briles Pierce

Thursday, May 18

Maxine Hill Coltrane

Maxine Hill Coltrane, 90, of Asheboro, died Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at Randolph Health in Asheboro. Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 24, 2017, at Ridge Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at Mt. Gilead United Methodist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at Ridge Funeral Home. Born March 3, 1927 in Randolph County, Mrs. Coltrane was the daughter of the late Walter and Martha Hill. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Coltrane was preceded in death by her sister, Hazel Hill Crotts; and brothers, Gilbert and Leonard Hill. Survivors include her daughters, Ellen Coltrane of Asheboro, and Victoria Patterson (Terry) of Franklinville; son, Thomas Coltrane (Jennifer) of Raleigh; sister, Elizabeth Enyart (John) of Port St. Lucie, FL; brothers, Jay D. Hill (Tiney) of Springfield, VA, Loyd Hill (Bernice) of Lexington, Homer Hill of Hillsville;, grandchildren, Tiffany Medford (Aaron) of Smithfield, Christina Saylor (Chris) of Asheboro, Rhiannon Coltrane of Greensboro, Sarah Coltrane of Raleigh; and great-grandsons, Jeremiah, Nathaniel and Liam Medford. Direct line to Nancy Briles Kindley

Wednesday, May 17

Amber Nicole Durst Varian Dies

Amber Nicole Varian, 31, went to be with her Lord and Savior on April 12, 2017. Funeral services will be held at the Deal Funeral Home in Point Pleasant, Monday, April 17, 2017, at 1 PM, with Pastor Greg Collins officiating. Burial will follow in Kirkland Memorial Gardens also in Point Pleasant. Friends may visit the family at the funeral home from 11-1 PM prior to the service on Monday.She was born on January 16, 1986, in Point Pleasant, WV, to Dale and Corrina Durst. Amber is preceded in death by her maternal grandparents Naomi Pearl Briles and Dennis Thomas Briles.Amber is survived by her loving husband, Tom Varian; her parents, Dale and Corrina Briles Durst; her sister, Diana (Bryan) Varney; nephew, Zachary Fields; nieces, Madison and Mikayla Varney; mother and father-in-law, Barb and Bug Varian; and paternal granparents, Ralph and Nellie Durst.

Kenneth John Briles

Kenneth John Briles, age 70 of Wild Rose, died unexpectedly on Saturday May 13, 2017. He served in the U.S. Army with the 84th Division and retired at the rank of Master Sergeant. Kenneth is survived by his daughter: Keri (Tim) Dabroski, Waukesha; grandchildren: Jeanette and Eddie; other relatives and friends. Private family services will be held at Central Wisconsin Veterans Cemetery, King. NOTE: We do not have a lineage for Mr. Briles We believe he is the son of Kenneth Ellsworth Briles

Roy Lee Pierce Dies

Roy Lee Pierce, age 74, of Trinity passed away on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at his home. The family will receive friends on Friday, May 19, 2017 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Pugh Funeral Home, 437 Sunset Avenue, Asheboro, NC. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at Pierce's Chapel Primitive Baptist Church, Ross Wood Rd., Trinity with Elder Dale Brown, Elder Jack Dawson, and Elder Paul Hopkins officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Born in Randolph County on August 3, 1942 to James Lewis and Tura Grubb Pierce. In addition to his parents, Roy was preceded in death by his siblings, Howard Pierce, Lewis Junior Pierce, and Ruth Elaine Howard. He is survived by his wife, Beatrice Kindley Pierce; daughter, Nanette P. Todd and husband Ray of Longs, SC; step sons, Dale Russell and wife Cheryl of Richland Square, NC and Steve Russell and wife Debbie of Trinity, NC; 7 grandchildren; and 1 great grandchild. Direct line to Mary Briles Pearce

Wednesday, May 3

Bernell Sue Briles Richards

Bernell Sue Briles Richards, 78, of Hardesty, Oklahoma passed away April 22, 2017 at her home. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, April 27, at the Adams Mennonite Brethren Church with Herb Bridgewater officiating. Interment will be at the Union Center Cemetery directed by Roberts Brothers Funeral Home in Hooker.Born on August 26, 1938 in the Dombey area, the daughter daughter of the late Clyde and Lauva Hasty Briles. Preceding her in death are her parents and sister, Clydena. Survivors include her husband, Rodney of the home (m. February 16, 1957); two sons, Leon and Beverly Richards of Adams, OK; Clellie and Ginger Richards of Enid, OK; and one daughter, Becky and Terry Gilbert of Hardesty, OK.; ten grandchildren, Amanda and Brian Jarvis of Fairfax, VA; Lorena and Cody Ballard of Oklahoma City, OK; Emily and Katie Richards of Adams, OK; Caleb and Dana Richards of Serepta, LA; Kala and Tyler Wondrasek of Norman, OK; Clancy and Beth Richards of Shawnee, OK; Melyssa and Flip van den Bosch of Vleuten, The Netherlands; Krysta and Caitlyn Gilbert of Stillwater, OK; 6 great-grandchildren; her brother, Darrell Briles of Wikieup, AZ; and numerous family and friends.

Sunday, April 30

Mary Elizabeth Kindley Meredith

Mary Elizabeth Kindley Meredith, 88, a resident of Thomasville passed away on April 28, 2017 at Pine Ridge Health with her loving family surrounding her. Funeral Services will be held on Monday May 01, 2017 at 2:00 pm at J C Green and Sons Chapel with the Rev. Rickey Payne officiating. Interment will follow at Zion United Church of Christ Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1:00pm until 2:00pm prior to the service. Born in Guilford County on May 09, 1928 a daughter to the late William Lee Kindley and Sarah Kennedy Kindley. In addition to her parents Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Herbert Meredith and daughters, Kathy Meredith, Dorothy Meredith Mabe, and Carrie Meredith. She is survived by daughters, Nancy Meredith and Peggy Litteral both of Thomasville; son, William David Meredith and wife Ava of Thomasville; six grandchildren and their spouses; nine great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. Great grandmother is Margaret Briles Kindley

Monday, April 24

Databases Updated

Main databases have been updated to reflect the latest deaths: Richard M. Briles: April 6, 2017 Miriam Briles: April 21, 2017 Deborah Welborn: April 14, 2017 Melba Jean Briles Hicks: April 18, 2017