Friday, May 24

Loris Tillie Briles Dies

Loris Tillie Briles, age 85 of Nelsonville, passed away May 17, 2019 in Brenham, Texas. Visitation will be Monday, May 20, 2019 from 9–10 AM followed by Funeral Service at 10:00 AM at Nelsonville Brethren Church. Bro Michael Groseclose will officiate. Interment will follow at National Cemetery in Nelsonville. Born in Bleiblerville, Texas to Joseph and Tillie Mikeska on June 3, 1933. Loris is survived by her children, Joe Briles and wife Cherry, Vickie Winkelmann, Sandra Merz and husband Daniel and Susie Sandefer and husband Duane; 10 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; 2 great-great grandchildren and numerous other family members and friends. Preceding her in death were her parents, Joseph and Tillie Mikeska; husband, Cotton Briles; grandson, Matt Hensley; brothers, Connie and Elden Mikeska; and sister-in-law, Arlene Mikeska.

Tuesday, May 21

Mrs. Opal Hill Helmstetler


Mrs. Opal Hill Helmstetler, 93, passed Sunday, May 19, 2019 at Hospice Home of High Point following a year of declining health. A Celebration of Opal's life will be held Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at 1 p.m. in the Davis Funeral Home Chapel by Chaplin Craig Walker. Entombment will follow in Floral Garden Park Mausoleum. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Wednesday from 12 noon until the service. Born in Randolph County, June 15, 1925, a daughter of the late Lacy Hill and Martha Sawyer Hill. She was preceded in death by her husband, Grady Helmstetler and four siblings, Ruth Dowd, Herman Hill, Lucy Hawkins and Raymond Hill and a son in law, Randal Reid. Surviving are a daughter Brenda Reid; a granddaughter, Teresa Ward and husband Freddy; a grandson, David Reid; three great-grandchildren, Brandon Lewis, Paige Lewis and Natasha Ward; two great-great-grandchildren, Landon Lewis and Carter Thomas; brother, Joe Hill (Ruby); sister-in-law Beulah Hill; and numerous nieces and nephews.


Five generations back to Nancy Briles Kindley

Monday, May 13

Robert Ray Cox Dies; Mother is Bessie Briles

Robert Ray Cox, age 83, of Asheboro succumbed to illness Saturday, May 11, 2019 at Randolph Hospice House, Asheboro. The family will receive friends Thursday, May 16, 2019 from Noon-1:30 PM at Pugh Funeral Home, 437 Sunset Avenue, Asheboro, NC. The Memorial Service will follow Thursday at 2:00 PM at Pugh Funeral Home Chapel, with Pastor Johnny R. Henderson officiating. Burial will be in Providence Friends Meeting Cemetery, Pleasant Garden. Born June 3, 1935 in Randleman, NC the son of Robert Lee and Bessie Briles Cox. He is survived by: son and his wife: Mark and Shelia Cox of Asheboro, NC; daughter and her husband: Debbie and Keith Collins of Johnson City, TN; daughters: Susan James and Lori Ratliff both of Johnson City, TN; 7 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren; brother and his wife: Burnis and Dolores Cox of Randleman; brother: Carroll Cox of Asheboro; brother and his wife: Norman "Fat" and Becky Cox of Asheboro, NC; sister and her husband: Doris and Clyde Cummings of Greensboro; sister and her husband: Peggy and Horace Edwards of Morganton, NC; sister and her husband: Margie and David Scott of Greensboro; brother and his wife: William "Pee Wee" and Margaret Cox of Greensboro; brothers: Roger Cox and David "Peak Top" Cox both of Greensboro, NC.

Sunday, May 12

Odis Baxter Walker

Odis Baxter Walker, 96, of Archdale, passed away Tuesday, May 7, 2019, at Hospice Home at High Point. Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 PM Saturday, May 11, 2019, at Deep River Church of Christ with Evangelist David Galloway and Evangelist John Foster officiating. Burial will follow in Guilford Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 1:00 PM until 1:45 PM prior to the service at the church. Born June 29, 1922, in Randolph, County, he was a son of the late Robert Walker and the late Eula Rush Walker.  Mr. Walker is survived by his children, James Leroy Walker and wife Cathy of Trinity, Judi Farlow and husband Joel of Trinity, Keith Morris and wife Judy of Tennessee, Brenda Luther of High Point, and Glenda Voigt and husband Robert of Wake Forest; brother, Jackie Walker and wife Priscilla of Trinity; sister, Ruth Wall and husband Melton of Randleman; six grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret Morris Walker; daughter, Diane Amos; and nine brothers.


Mr. Walker’s grandmother is Sarah Briles Walker

Monday, May 6

Darrell Warren Rush

Darrell Warren Rush, 69, of Tower Rd., Troy, died Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at Atrium Healthcare Stanly in Albemarle.  A Memorial Service was held Sunday, May 5, 2019 at New Covenant Church in Troy. Born December 9, 1949, in Guilford County, the son of Lester and Beulah Shelton Rush. He is survived by his wife, Lequita Gibson Rush of the home; 3 sons, Andy Rush and wife Nicole of Clayton NC, Adam Rush and Ali Freeman of Troy, and Ben Rush and Meredith Williams of Mt. Gilead; 3 daughters, Alicia Higgins and husband Virgil of Mt. Gilead, Lanae Cranford and husband Brent of Troy, and Ondrea Rush of Troy; 3 brothers, Harold Rush, Farrell Rush and James Rush; 2 sisters, Vada Whitaker and Glenda Spaugh; he was the loving grandfather to Brianna, Chase, Justice, Drew, Greyden, Jocelyn, Zack, Kendall, Carly, Layla, Kaylin, Brenner, and Bradon.
Briggs-Candor Funeral Home assisted the Rush family with arrangements.
Mr. Rush's great grandmother is Aurelia Roella Briles Miller

Willie Harold Wall Dies

TRINITY - Willie Harold Wall, 77, died Sunday, May 5, 2019, at his residence. Funeral service celebrating Willie’s life will be held at 3:00 PM Saturday, May 11, 2019, in the Chapel of Cumby Family Funeral Service with Rev. Tim McCann officiating.  Burial will follow at Mt. Gilead United Methodist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1:45 to 2:45 PM Saturday at the funeral home prior to the service Born November 22, 1941, in Trinity and was the son of the late Charles Wilbur and Frances Rush Wall. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by sister, Peggy Henley; and three brothers, Roy Wall, Roger Wall, and Charles Ray Wall. Willie is survived by a daughter, Robin Small of Trinity; sister, Betty Jo Pipes and husband, Robert, of Moravian Falls; brother, Doak Wilbur Wall and wife, Lillian, of Monroe, GA; five grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Cumby Family Funeral Service in Archdale is serving the Wall family.

Mr. Wall's great grandmother is Aurelia Roella Briles Miller

Wednesday, April 24

Betty Pearl Briles

Betty Pearl Briles, 74, of Corydon, died Monday, April 22, 2019, at Harrison County Hospital in Corydon. Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, April 25, 2019, at Beanblossom-Cesar Funeral Home in Corydon.  Pastor Allen Smith will officiate.  Burial will be in Potato Run Cemetery near Corydon. Visitation will be from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. Wednesday and after 9:00 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Born June 1, 1944, in Harrison County, Indiana, to the late Clifford R. and Lavina Curts Schwartz.  She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Jesse L. Briles; her daughter, Beverly Ann Briles; and her brother, Melvin Schwartz. Survivors include her son, Richard R. Briles of Corydon; her daughter, Angela K. Briles (Ricky Gentry) of New Salisbury, Indiana; her granddaughter, Jessica Wright (Eric) of New Salisbury; her great grandchildren, Madalynn and Mason Wright; and her sisters, Linda Wheeler of Jeffersonville, Indiana and Ruth Woodward (Woody) of Corydon.

Friday, March 29

Mary Alice Smith Dies

Mrs. Mary Alice Smith, age 84, of the Little Bend Community in Battletown, passed away on Thursday, March 28, 2019, at her residence. Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 PM on Sunday, March 31, 2019, at the chapel of the Hager Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Parr-Frans Cemetery. Visitation will be held at Hager Funeral Home from 1:00 PM until 8:00 PM on Saturday, and after 9:00 AM on Sunday. Mary Alice was preceded in death by her parents, Walter F. and Iona Elizabeth Briles Adams; her husband, Lamar Smith; the rest of her siblings, Bill and Earl Adams, Arthur “Hoss” Conrad, Glenda Scott, and Janet Rice; and her very special friend on February 12 of this year, Rick Cissell. She is survived by her children, Francis T. (Tammie) Smith, Battletown, KY, Partricia D. (Robert) Gibson, Glasgow, KY; Rick’s children, Leona (Mike) Higbee, Leitchfield, KY, Missy (Mike) Hampton, Brandenburg, KY, Tammy (Walt) Kloeppel, Nashville, TN, Stacy (Lonnie) Brown, Jacksonville, FL; 12 grandchildren, Leighann Crean, Eric Smith, Jessica Pritchett, Joey Vibbert, Jeremy Allen, Tara Embry, Kirk and Cody Higbee, Tylar and Grace Matthews, Michael and Nicholas Brown; 12 great grandchildren, Brayden Smith, Bryce and Evelyn Crean, Sophie and Lydia Smith, Tristan and Drayden Lewellen, Michaela, Rhyan and Jayden Whelan, Ella Embry, and Kaelyn Higbee.

Sunday, March 24

Hazel Marie Lambeth Briles

LEXINGTON Mrs. Hazel Marie Lambeth Briles, 97, of Cid Road, went home to be with Jesus on Thursday, March 21, 2019 at Hinkle Hospice Home in Lexington. A funeral service will be held on Sunday, March 24, 2019 at Walters Grove Baptist Church at 2:00 PM with Rev. Chris Simpson officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery. The family will receive friends Saturday night from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the JC Green and Sons funeral home in Thomasville, and other times at the home of the son. Born on October 29, 1921 to the late David Lambeth and Maggie Grubb Lambeth in Davidson County. In addition to her parents, Hazel was preceded in death by her husband, Harvey Howard Briles in 1977; her infant son, David William Briles; three brothers, Benny Lambeth, Foy Lambeth, Grady Lambeth; and four sisters, Sally Gallimore, Ola Pierce, Beulah Pierce, and Minnie Anderson. Surviving are her loving son, Lawrence Briles and wife Helen of Lexington; her granddaughter, Candy Briles Gunnell and husband Kevin of Thomasville; her sister, Magdalene Lambeth of Denton; several nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. 

Tuesday, March 12

Minnie Leigh McDowell Cranford

Minnie Leigh McDowell Cranford, 71, of Asheboro, died Monday, March 11, 2019, at Woodland Hill Center in Asheboro. The family will receive friends at Ridge Funeral Home from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 14, 2019, and other times at the home of her daughter, Tammy Nixon.  Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 p.m., Friday, March 15, 2019, at Ridge Funeral Home Chapel, Asheboro, with Rev. Jeff Joyce officiating. Burial will follow at Pleasant Union Community Church Cemetery. Born in Randolph County, NC, on May 25, 1947, Minnie was the daughter of the late Arthur Exton McDowell and Ocia Edna Small McDowell.  Surviving are her daughters, Tammy Nixon and husband, Jeff, of Franklinville, Charlotte Cranford, of Asheboro; sisters, Louise Lambeth, of Thomasville, Ora Clark, of Asheboro, Ruby Bristow, of Asheboro; brother, Fred McDowell and wife, Shelvia, of Castle Hayne; grandchildren, Megan Sexton, Aaron Nixon, Caleb Cranford, Rihanna Cranford; great grandchildren, Lakely Sexton, Whitley Sexton, and Kobe Clark.

Five generations back to Catherine Briles Skeen