Tuesday, September 16

Drive Thru Viewing???

Busy? Lazy...or just plain nosey? Finding time to pay respects to love ones and friends is getting easier courtesy of drive-thru viewing. Paradise Funeral Chapel in Michigan adds the service free of charge with three minutes to view the body on a raised and tilted platform for the casket. A deposit opening for leaving donations, cars or memory items is available with a retractable guest book behind the door. The sick and elderly can now view & pay respect or folks who are scared of funeral homes can stay safe in the comfort of their car. The funeral home is not planning to add food service...

Wednesday, September 10

The Rev. Robert Houston Briles Dies

WEATHERFORD, TEXAS- The Rev. Robert Houston Briles Sr., 85, passed away Saturday morning, Sept. 6, 2014. Funeral: 10 a.m. Thursday at First United Methodist Church of Weatherford. Interment: Greenwood Memorial Park. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Greenwood. Pallbearers: Everett Goar, Joe Lee, Leo Neely, Tom Porter, Robert Duvall and Danny Bruce. The Rev. Briles was born June 20, 1929, and was raised in Milford. The Rev. Briles was preceded in death by his wife, Irene Gregg Briles; son, Robert H. Briles Jr.; parents, James Otis and Bertha Briles; brother, James Otis Briles Jr.; sister, Nina and her husband, Boyd Barnard; and sister, Margaret and her husband, Bill Schroeder. Survivors: He was a loving father to Susan Briles, Mary Katherine "Cassie" Gresham and husband, Joe; and grandfather to Sara Elizabeth Dixon and husband, Jonathan; and his future great-grandchild due in January 2015; and niece, Linda Bradford.

Friday, September 5

Lois Marie Small Jordan Dies

Lois Marie Small Jordan, age 86, of Greensboro, died Friday, September 5, 2014 at Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital, Greensboro. Family will receive friends Monday, September 8, 2014 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Pugh Funeral Home in Asheboro, NC. Funeral will be Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at 2:00 PM at Pierce's Chapel Primitive Baptist Church, Ross Wood Rd., Trinity with Elder Ted Morton and Elder Cleo Robertson officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Born June 27, 1928 the daughter of Henry Oscar and Chloe J. Brookshire Small. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband: Ray L. Jordan; son-in-law: Kenneth Kellam; 4 brothers and 7 sisters. Survived by two daughters: Gail Kellam of Greensboro, Golda (James) Patterson of Greensboro; two sons: Michael D. Jordan of Jamestown and Mark Jordan of Pleasant Garden; 6 grandsons: Jason (Crystal) Patterson of Greensboro, Jarod (Jennifer) Kellam of Pleasant Garden, Jeremy (Pam) of Winston-Salem, Philip Kellam of Greensboro, Matthew Jordan of Oxford and Andrew Jordan of Greensboro; 4 great grandchildren: Nathan and Owen Kellam of Pleasant Garden, Avery and Emery Patterson of Winston-Salem; many nieces and nephews.

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Friday, August 29

Vera Marie Hoover Fricks

Vera Marie Hoover Fricks, 78, of Salisbury passed away Thursday, August 28, 2014 at the Lutheran Home at Trinity Oaks. Service: 11:00 a.m. Saturday, August 30 at Sawyersville Wesleyan Church, 157 Sawyersville Rd., Asheboro, NC 27205 with Pastor Jeff Garner officiating. Born March 5, 1936 in Randolph County, the daughter of the late Lucille Trotter and Troy Hoover.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Marion Fricks and sons, Douglas and Lynn Hicks. Left to cherish her memory is her daughter, Kathy Poore of Salisbury; brother, Alvin Hoover (Sandra) of Sophia, NC; sisters, Reba Floyd (Thurman) of Asheboro, Lois Hoover of Asheboro, Vona Mae Caviness (Joe) of Seagrove, NC, and Wanda Thornburg of Asheboro; grandchildren, Buffy Marlowe (Mark) of Salisbury and Jody Morgan (Jeff) of Salisbury; and great-grandchildren, MacKenzie Morgan of Wilmington and Brittany Hill of TN.

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Tuesday, July 22

Vida Catherine McDowell Swaney

Vida Catherine McDowell Swaney passed away July 22, 2014. A funeral service will be held on Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 2:00 PM at the J.C. Green & Sons Funeral Home Chapel in Thomasville with Pastor Michael L. Orman officiating. Burial will follow in Pleasant Union Community Church Cemetery. Preceded in death by her parents, Eli Linville and Martha Pierce McDowell as well as her husband Roy Lee Swaney. Also her brothers, Ira, Dallas, George, Pearl, and Alvin McDowell and sisters, Bernice Trotter, Exie Snider, Lois Staley, and Imogene Ridge. Surviving are  four children, sons, Ronald Swaney (Sharon) and Roger Swaney (Linda); daughters, Gail Burton (Clifton) and Sandra Bodenheimer (Thad), all of Thomasville. She also loved and cherished seven grandchildren, Crystal Christiansen (Elliot Everhart), Bradley Burton (Martha), Misty Payne (Richard), Todd Bodenheimer (Amy), Tawana Gee (Mark), Mark Swaney (Amber), and Greg Swaney. She was also blessed with fifteen great-grandchildren, Nicholas Christiansen (Brionna), Kasey Christiansen, Daxton Bodenheimer, Courtney Bodenheimer, Austin Gee, Jacob Burton, Jenna Burton, Tyler Wimbley, Trevor Wimbley, Ashley Swaney, Trey Swaney, Dylan Swaney, Chloe Swaney, Tyler Payne, and Catherine Payne; two great-great grandchildren, Landon Christiansen and Kayden Roberts. Also surviving is one brother, Casper McDowell and a sister-in-law, Alene McDowell.

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Mary Pierce Hughes Passes

Mary Pierce Hughes, age 68  ofDenton, NC died Saturday, July 19 at Hinkle Hospice House in Lexington. A funeral service will be held AT 2:00 pm Thursday, July 24 at Briggs Funeral Home Memorial Chapel. Burial will follow at Siloam United Methodist Church Cemetery. Family will see friends from 6:00 to 8:00 PM Wednesday at Briggs Funeral Home in Denton. Born April 24, 1946 in Forsyth County to Royce Reece Pierce and Millie Frances Barnes Pierce. She was a retired employee of Teleflex Company. She was married to Felix Hughes, Jr. who died in 1993. Survived by a daughter Lora Hughes of Denton; a son Ronnie Hughes of Asheboro; brothers, Charles Pierce and Dolan Pierce both of Thomasville; a sister, Louise Elberson of Thomasville; grandchildren, Dustin Wayne Bailey and Justina Lynn Hughes; great grandchildren, Bladyn Ray Bailey and Xander Felix Gage Bailey.

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Wednesday, July 16

On the Lighter Side.....

Almost time to shop for back to school supplies! Why not wander over to you're local Walgreens. Pick up some crayons, pencils, notebooks, and don't forget the important 12PK of Miller for $799!!! Yes, thats $799....with your Walgreens Card......

Harvey Ellis Rich Dies

Harvey Ellis Rich, 65, of Sophia, NC, died Tuesday, July 15, 2014, at The Randolph Hospice House. Wake: 11:00am to 11:30am, Thursday, July 17, 2014, at Ridge Funeral Home. A graveside service is scheduled for 12:00 pm Thursday, July 17, 2014, at Mt. View Independent Methodist Church Cemetery with Rev. Wayne Pugh officiating.

 Native of Randolph County, NC, born April 5, 1949. He was the son of late George Rich and Miranda Hoover Rich. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Roberta Rich and sister, Ruby Rich Cagle. Survived by his cousins, Charles Bulla and wife, Ann, Virginia Lilly and husband, Earl, Grace Humble and husband, Harvey, Doris Bulla; special friends, Farrell Turner, Alvin Hoover, Susan Farmsworth, Ray Satterfield, David Kenyon, seven employees of the Mountain View Market, and faithful friend, “Bandit”. Veteran and Purple Heart recipient. 

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Yet Another Funeral Home Debacle!

FT. WORTH- Eight bodies were found at the vacant Johnson Funeral Home in Ft. Worth, Texas. You can read the full story here.

The explanation provided by the directors of the home is unacceptable! This is a trend across the nation with regards to funeral homes. The dead are disrespected and the surviving are left to wonder and suffer mental anguish.

James Bruce Snider

James Bruce Snider, 88, of Denton, died Monday, July 14, 2014, at Hinkle Hospice House in Lexington Graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Friday in Tom's Creek Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Briggs Funeral Home. Born April 25, 1926, in Davidson County to Everett and Cora Mae Pierce Snider; preceded in death by his son and daughter-in-law, Stanley Bruce and Helen Surratt Snider, and brothers Warren and Lowell Snider. Surviving are his wife, Vonciel Bisher Snider of the home; grandson David Bruce Snider and wife Jill of Denton and John Snider and wife Carole of Pfafftown; brother John Snider and wife Carole of Pfafftown; sister Elaine Voncannon of Denton; sister-in-law Sylvia Snider of Mount Airy; two great-granddaughters, Mercedes and Taylor; and three nephews, Arlie and Allen Snider and Ben Voncannon.

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