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James “Jim” Crook
Mr. James “Jim” Clyde Crook (The Tire Man), 70, of Loflin Rd. Denton passed away on Sunday, April 8, 2018 at his residence.

A celebration of life service was held on Wednesday, April 11 at Briggs Funeral Home Memorial Chapel with Mr. Danny Soles presiding.

Mr. Crook was born July 6, 1947 in Davidson County to Ray Crook and Lois Bernice Steed Crook. He was of the Baptist Faith and veteran of the United States Air Force. “Jim” had worked as a Grading Superintendent and was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his wife, Kay Walters Crook of the home; daughters, Sheri Whitman (Toby) of Thomasville, Tracie Deitz and Melissa Crook both of Denton; brother, Steve Odom of Lexington; 11 grandchildren, Justin Steed (Shasta), Ashley McKinney (Shawn), Mitchell Whitman, Toby Whitman, Jr, Brandi Dietz, Dalton Dietz (Brianna), Kristen Roach (Jamon), Kinsie Crook, Jacob Crook, Kaitlin Crook, and Savannah Hill; 9 great-grandchildren; and also by his beloved dog, Chico.

The family received friends on Wednesday at Briggs Funeral Home and other times at the residence.

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Wallace W. Garner
ASHEBORO - Wallace Worth Garner, 92, passed away on the afternoon of April 9, 2018 at Hospice House in Asheboro.  He was born in Mechanic, NC on July 22, 1925, the 6th child of Worth and Mary Garner; he was preceded in death by his parents, siblings, and wife of 65 years - Ersal Adams Garner.  Wallace is survived by his son, Andy Garner (wife Tammy) of Farmer, and 2 daughters - Cindy Hatley (husband Worth) of Trinity and Ginger Clasby (husband Tom) of Seal Beach, CA; 5 grandchildren - Ross Garner (wife Mindy) of Raleigh, Rachel Garner of Los Angeles, Branson Hatley (wife Kate) of Durham, Adair Moorefield (husband Johnny) of Trinity, and TJ Clasby of Seal Beach; and 4 great grandchildren - Georgia and Sylvia Moorefield of Trinity, Warren Garner of Raleigh, and Jack Diamond Hatley of Durham.

Wallace was a veteran of WWII, serving in the US Army from 1944 – 1947; he was stationed in India.  He was man of great initiative and entrepreneurship.  After working at Randolph Farm Equipment, he sawmilled, then became owner/operator of the Farmer Store.  He later established and ran Garner Seed Company.  He was one of the first directors of Randolph Telephone Corporation and a founding director of Randolph Bank.  He also served as a Randolph County Commissioner and was on the Board of Trustees of Randolph Technical Institute.  He was an active member of Farmer United Methodist Church until illness precluded continued participation.

 A man who enjoyed stories of the past, he also looked squarely toward the future and loved discussing new ideas and opportunities. Wallace was an early believer in environmental sustainability, technological advances in communications, and the importance of expanding women’s participation in professional capacities.  He was a devoted husband and a loving and supportive father, grandfather and great grandfather.  He served as a role model for his family and his community, demonstrating extraordinary determination and perseverance, gratitude, and tolerance.

The family wishes to thank the group of dedicated caretakers – Betty, Ann, Vivian, Adriana and Haleigh, who helped him remain at home as his health declined, and the team at Hospice House for his care during his final days.  We also are grateful to Harold Cagle and Steve Bingham who provided a sweet serenade of country/gospel standards for him in the hours prior to his passing.

The funeral service was held at 3:00 pm on Saturday, April 14, 2018 at Pugh Funeral Home Chapel, 437 Sunset Ave., Asheboro, followed by interment at Farmer Methodist Church Cemetery.  Visitation, was also at Pugh’s, preceded the funeral.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to either Hospice House of Randolph County, 416 Vision Drive, Asheboro, NC 27203 (, or  Farmer Methodist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Della Richey, 3594 Richey Road, Denton, NC  27239.
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Earl Lewis
Mr. Earl Lewis quietly slipped away from this life on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at the age of 69. Earl was a resident of Avante Healthcare in Thomasville for many years. He was born to Stanley and Verda Bailey Lewis on August 26, 1948 in Yancey County near Burnsville, N.C. and was raised in Denton. He was preceded in death by his father and older brother, David Thomas Lewis.

Earl leaves behind two daughters, Amanda Gail Lewis of Linwood and Kandi Ann Bremer of Denton; grandchildren, Bradley Lee Lewis and Ashlyn Nicole Lewis and Caleb Emanuel Bremer; mother, Verda Bailey Lewis of Denton; brothers, Terry Lewis of High Point, Steve Lewis of Nebo, N.C., Russell Lewis and Stuart Lewis of California; sisters, Kathy Hunt of Asheboro and Rachel Harris of Harmony, N.C.

At this time a service date has not be planned. His body will be donated to medical science to facilitate in research for various diseases such as heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure, all of which Mr. Lewis suffered from in his past. His body then will be cremated and returned to his family. A memorial service will be planned for a later date. The family plans to take his remains to Yancey County and place them in an old family cemetery beside his older brother.

The family would like to extend thanks and appreciation to Avante Healthcare of Thomasville for the many years of excellent care.