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Betty Greene
Betty Jean Greene, 88, of Fayetteville went home to be with the Lord on March 15, 2019.

She was born in Denton, North Carolina on July 1, 1930 to the late Harvey and Esther Snider. Betty retired from the Fayette County Board of Education where she worked for twenty years. Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Jesse Lane Greene; brother, Lawrence Snider; and her parents.

She is survived by her son, Tim Greene (Tricia); daughter, Cathy Kegley (John); grandchildren, Claire Kegley, John Kegley, III (Emma), Allie Kelly, and Molly Greene; brother, David Snider (Judy); three great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. A funeral service was held at 11:00 AM on Monday, March 18, 2019 at the Chapel of Mowell Funeral Home, Fayetteville. The family received friends on Sunday, March 17, 2019 from 3:00-5:00 PM at the funeral home. Burial took place at Camp Memorial Park.

Carl J. Mowell & Son Funeral Home, Fayetteville-

Bill Sexton
Mr. William Harold (Bill) Sexton, age 85 of NC Hwy # 47 East Denton, NC died Saturday, March 16 at Hinkle Hospice House in Lexington.

A funeral service will be held at 4:00 PM Wednesday, March 20 at Central United Methodist Church conducted by Rev. Scott Davis and Rev. Sandy Young.  Burial will follow at Mountain View Memorial Gardens.

The family received friends Tuesday from 6:00 until 8:00 PM at Briggs Funeral Home and other times will be at the residence on NC Hwy # 47.

Mr. Sexton was born October 25, 1933 in Davidson County to Henry Harold (Pete) Sexton and Sallie Sue Snider Sexton.  He was a member of Siloam United Methodist Church where he had been a member of the choir.  He was a self-employed cattleman and was a member of the North Carolina Cattleman’s Association and the Davidson County Cattleman’s Association.  He was a long time member of the Denton Lions Club and active with the club’s involvement with assisting the blind. He was preceded in death by his parents and by a son, James (Jimmy) Sexton.

He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Greene Sexton of the home; a son Joel Sexton of Denton;  daughter-in-law, Denise Sexton of Denton; step sons Douglas Bullins and wife Mary of Asheboro and Michael Bullins  and wife Janice of Seagrove; brother Buddy Sexton and wife Nancy of Denton; sisters Bobbie Ann Ridge and husband Lawrence of Denton and Becky Rast and husband Ray of Stockbridge, GA; grandchildren, Brian Sexton, Crystal Sexton and Allison Sexton; 2 great  grandchildren; step grandchildren, Micah Wilson, Jeremy Bullins, Joshua Bullins and Heather Bullins; 5 step great grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Davidson County, 200 Hospice Way, Lexington, NC 27292 or to Siloam United Methodist Church c/o Linda Markham, PO Box 414, Denton, NC 27239.

Online condolences may be made at

Rex Shaw

Mr. Rex Johnson Shaw, 86, of Farmer Rd., Denton passed away on Thursday, March 14, 2019 at his residence.

A funeral service was held at 2:00 pm on Tuesday, March 19 at Bethel Baptist Church with Rev. David Lancaster and Rev. Gerald Ward presiding. Interment followed at Lineberry United Methodist Church Cemetery with military honors by the United States Air Force.

The family received friends on Monday at Briggs Funeral Home in Denton and other times at the residence on Farmer Rd.

 Mr. Shaw was born in Randolph County on August 14, 1932 to Val H. Shaw and Mary Grace Johnson Shaw. Rex was raised by his Father and Mother’s families in the New Hope Community following his mother’s death when he was 4 years old. He moved in with his grandfather Jesse Frank Shaw an with his uncle William Penn Shaw and aunt Genie Shaw later they would have Daddy’s (foster) brother Charlie Gray Shaw who was nine years his junior. Rex’s baby sister Louise who was raised by her mother’s sister in Thomasville, NC.

Rex was career Airman during both Korea and Vietnam. He served in the US Air Force for over 20 years. During his career he served his country from Japan to Madrid, Spain where he was retired home. Rex and Elwina were married for about 58 years prior to her untimely death. He often said she was the “Bell of the Ball and he was her greatest admirer.”

 Rex was brought into the ‘Fold of Gold’ at age 16 in a community revival and with his profession of faith God gained a loyal worker in the fields of God. Together Rex and Elwina planted a Southern Baptist Church at every assignment as well as a host of lifelong friends. He raised three children with the use of scriptures and grace and it was a pleasure to call him Daddy, Papaw Shaw, and Papaw Great.

In his last few weeks he was surrounded by friends and family from both young and old who filled his home. He commented that he had made really good friends in his life.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Elwina Lanier Shaw; Father, Val H. Shaw and Mother, Mary Grace Johnson Shaw; Mom, Genie Saunders Shaw; Pop William Penn Shaw; Brother, Charlie Gray Shaw.

He is survived by daughter’s, Anna Shaw Allred and husband Jesse Allred; Dawn Shaw Frank and husband John Frank; son, Scott Shaw and wife Karen Grubb Shaw; grandchildren Coley John Frank and wife Kimberly Herring Frank; Amber Frank Goodman and husband Greg Goodman; Jeromy Scott Allred and wife Jenny Ryerson Allred; Christopher Johnson Frank and Kelly Johnson; Caleb Scott Shaw; Nathan Thomas Shaw. “The Little’s” great-grandchildren, Riley Anna Allred, Jaxson Allen Allred, Lainey Danielle Goodman, Willow Grace Frank and Lennon McKay Frank; sister, Louise Shaw Grubb and Carl Grubb and Sister (in Laws): Dot Russell Shaw; Lola Lanier Scarboro; Margeriet Lanier Nance; Betty Joe Lanier Yates; Ann Lanier See. He had a host of nieces and nephews who loved dearly.

Memorials can be made to Lineberry United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund in c/o Linda Pearce 2222 Piedmont School Rd. Denton, NC 27239 or to Hospice of Davidson County 200 Hospice Way Lexington, NC 27292.

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Wanona Smith
Mrs. Wanona Futrell Smith, age 90 of Denton died Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at High Point Medical Center.

A funeral service was held at 1:00 PM Friday, March 15 at Briggs Funeral Home Memorial Chapel.  Burial followed at the Denton Town Cemetery.
The family received friends from 11:30 to 12:30 PM Friday at Briggs Funeral Home.

Mrs. Smith was born August 18, 1928 in Montgomery County to Pleasant Pearl Futrell and Lucy Lenora Mullinix Futrell.  She was a member of Macedonia United Methodist Church in Eldorado where she had served as a Sunday School Teacher, Church Treasurer and a member of the choir. She was a graduate of Troy High School.  Mrs. Smith was the retired owner and operator  of Denton  Lumber Company, Inc. where she had worked for many years with her father, P. P. Futrell, before his death.  She served a number of years on the advisory board of First Bank in Denton.  She was married to Frank Smith, Jr. who died March 25, 2007.

She is survived by her son, Frankie Smith III and wife Vickie of Denton; grandson, Jason Smith and wife LeAnn of Denton; brothers, Gilbert Futrell and wife Nancy and Dale Futrell and wife Glenda all of Denton.

Memorials may be made to South Davidson Resource Center, PO Box 1197, Denton, NC 27239, or Alzheimers Association, 4615 Dundas Drive, Greensboro, NC 27407 or to the Donors Choice.

Online condolences may be made at

Gerald Steed
Mr. Gerald Reed Steed, 71, formerly of Greenbrier Drive, Denton passed away on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at High Point Regional Hospital.

A funeral service was held at 3:00 pm Wednesday, March 13 at Briggs Funeral Home Memorial Chapel conducted by Rev. Johnny Daniel. Interment with military honors followed at the Denton Town Cemetery. The family received friends prior to the service.

Gerald was born in Davidson County on March 9, 1948 to the late Jennings Dwight Steed and Edith Cranford Steed. He was a member of First United Methodist Church. Mr. Steed was a Veteran of The United States Army serving in the Vietnam War. He was a retired truckdriver for Klopman Mills. Later from 1995 to 2002 Gerald wrote articles for The Denton Record and then The Denton Orator.

He is survived by his wife of over 50 years Vonnie Buie Steed of the home; daughter, Jana Larette Steed of High Point and brother, J. Dwight Steed, Jr. of High Point.

In lieu of flowers memorials should be made to the donor’s choice.

Online condolences may be made at

Church News:

Alleghany UMC
Alleghany UMC will host its Community Supper in the church fellowship hall on Wednesday, Mar. 20, 2019 from 5 to 6:30 pm. Please join us for food and fellowship.
Members of the Denton community are cordially invited to a FREE supper at the Central United Methodist Church Hut on THURSDAY, MARCH 28.  Baked ham with all the trimmings plus homemade desserts will be served from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm.  Central United Methodist Church is located on 276 West First Street.  Please make plans to come and enjoy the food and fellowship!
Clothing Closet Giveaway
Summerville Baptist Church Clothing Closet Giveaway will be Saturday, March 30, from 8:00-11:00 am in the Fellowship Hall. Free clothing is available for male & female, babies through adults. Summerville Baptist Church is located off Flat Swamp Rd., near the Hwy 8 intersection. 
Pleasant Grove Church to host Fifth Sunday Singing
Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church (South Davidson Charge) on Loftin Road will host the fifth Sunday singing on behalf of the charge (Alleghany, Lineberry, and P. Grove Churches) on March 31, 2019, at 11:00 am. Featured musician will be the multi-talented Brad Hamilton accompanied by his daughter Whitney. Pastor Richard Gould and the congregation of Pleasant Grove cordially invite everyone to attend this special event and to visit any of our charge churches for regular services.
Rewind and Renew at Greenwood Baptist Church
Greenwood Baptist Church 1010 Lexington Ave Thomasville will have a worship night on Sunday, March 31st. Rewind & Renew with music you grew up with from the 80’s & 90’s. Food will be served at 6 pm and worship at 7 pm.
Central United Methodist Women and the American Red Cross are hosting an upcoming blood drive in Denton
Central UMC is hosting a life saving blood drive at Central UMC in Denton on Monday, April 1 from 2:00 – 6:30 pm. The drive is being help in memory of Brooke Pierce. Brooke was a donor, and helped save numerous lives with her donations. Please come in donate in her memory, and help her continue being a donor through you.

Did you know that patients need blood every 2 seconds in order to live? Yes, every 2 seconds a patient needs blood to live. Thanks in advance! Please make an appointment to save lives in memory of Brooke!

The need for blood is constant and only volunteer donors can fulfill that need for patients in our community. Nationwide, someone needs a unit of blood every 2 to 3 seconds and most of us will need blood in our lifetime.

Thank you for supporting the American Red Cross blood program!

Download the Red Cross Blood Donor App on the App Store, Google Play or text BLOODAPP to 90999. Schedule appointments, get rewards and invite friends to join you on a lifesaving team.

Please join our lifesaving mission and schedule an appointment today! Central UMC Hut is located at 276 W. First St., Denton, NC.
Light for Christ Holiness Church Upcoming Revival Services

Rev. Alex Shelton of South Asheboro Church of God will be the guest speaker fro Revival Services beginning April 8 through April 12th. The services are held at 7:00 p.m. nightly at Lights for Christ Holinees Church in Denton.

The church is located at 45 Newsom Ave., Denton, NC. The pastor is Wendell Floyd. For more information call Pastor Floyd at 336-848-4191.

FREE Community Meal
Denton Wesleyan Church is hosting a FREE Community Meal on THURSDAY, March 21 in the Red Room on the lower level of the church located at 16345 S NC Hwy 109, Denton. On the menu will be: Hot Dogs, Baked Beans, Chips & Dessert along with canned drinks and water.

Groceries will be available to those who need them while supplies last. We invite everyone to join us for some great food and fellowship.

EAT IN ONLY will be from 5:00pm-6:15pm. Eat In or Take Out from 6:15pm-7:00pm. Take Outs will only be available after everyone has eaten.

Deliveries are available for those who are not able to attend. Please call the church at 336-859-4565 by 12pm on THURSDAY, March 21. Please leave your NAME, ADDRESS and PHONE NUMBER. Deliveries usually start around 5:30pm

Benefit Auction and Dinner

Join us on Saturday, March 30 at the Woodmen of the World building in Denton for soup and chicken and dumplings. The meal will be served 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.  A live auction by Shelton Auction Company will follow at 6:30 p.m. Food cost is by donation.

The benefit auction and dinner will direct proceeds to the rebuilding fund for Siloam United Methodist Church that was destroyed by fire on December 18, 2018.

Woodmen the World building is located at 387 Bombay Road in Denton.