Deaths for Dec. 27, 2012

Dec. 26, 2012 @ 05:06 PM

Herman Crook
Herman “Clyde” Crook, better known as “Pop”, 80, of Thomasville, entered Heaven’s gates the morning of December 23, 2012.
Clyde was born November 23, 1932, in Union County to Charlie and Susie Spittle Crook. He attended Indian Trail High School and graduated from Wingate College. He served our country in the US Army from 1952 - 1954, and then was in the insurance business, working with Southland and Durham Life until his retirement. During his career, Clyde obtained L.U.T.C., C.L.U., and L.U.T.C.F. designations in the insurance field. He served terms as president of Monroe Life Underwriters, Fayetteville Life Underwriters, and High Point Underwriters. He proudly served his church community as chairman of the deacons and was a Sunday school teacher at First Baptist Church of Thomasville as long as his health allowed. He was also in the Indian Trail Lion’s Club and was a member of the Thomasville Civitans.
Clyde was an avid sports fan, loving Duke basketball and NASCAR racing, especially drivers Dale Earnhardt Sr. and Tony Stewart. Prior to his stroke in 2001, he always was seen around town offering a helping hand and serving in any way he could. Despite declining health, he never lost his unique sense of humor. His joyful outlook gave sustaining strength to all who knew him. He was a beloved father and doting grandfather. Pop adored his four grandchildren, who were the light of his life.
Clyde was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Clara Vickery and Linda Riggins; and by his beloved son Mitchell Troy Crook.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Carolyn Holshouser of the home; two children Deborah C. Cranfill of Winston-Salem and her husband, Bob; and Darrell Crook of Pleasant Garden and his wife Marie; four precious grandchildren, Kelly Routh, Jake Routh, Alley Crook and Tyler Crook; two sisters, Jessie West of Monroe and Sadie Broome of Matthews.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 12:00 to 2:00 Thursday December 27, 2012 at Thomasville Funeral Home. A celebration of Clyde’s life will be held Thursday, December 27, 2012, at 2:00 at Thomasville Funeral Home. Internment will immediately follow at Holly Hill Memorial Park, at other times at the home of Carolyn and Clydes.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial contribution can be made to Victory Junction, 4500 Adams Way, Randleman, NC 27317, the American Stroke Association, P.O. Box 5216 Glen Allen, VA 23058, or to the charity of one’s choice.
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Carolyn Helms
Carolyn Helms, 73, of Monroe, N.C., went to be with our Lord December 24, 2012.
Carolyn was born Sept 24, 1939 in Monroe, N.C. She was the daughter of the late Walter (Doc) Hill and Vinnie Secrest Hill and also preceded in death by her brothers, Walter Everett Hill and Robert (Bobby) Milton Hill. She was a lifelong member of Secrest Grove Baptist Church and enjoyed serving in the senior adults ministry. One of the things she treasured most was planning and going on annual excursions with her extended family, which grew to over 30 persons. Carolyn was fiercely devoted to her family, especially her nine grandchildren and her two great-grandchildren, and was a steady source of inspiration and guidance for them all.
Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Friday December 28, 2012 at Secrest Grove Baptist Church, 4505 Weddington Road Monroe, NC 28110, with burial to follow in church cemetery.
She will be fondly remembered by her husband of 53 years, Leon; children, Michael and wife, Kimberly, Scott and wife, Joie, Rodney and wife, Lisa; grandchildren, Matthew, Bradley, Melanie, Taylor, Nick, Kate, and Leah Helms, Michelle and husband, Bryan, Thomas, Kristy and husband, Chris Short; and great-grandchildren, Gavin and Kinsley Short. She is also survived by two sisters, Martha and husband, Frank Hawkins, and Nancy and husband, Jerry Huneycutt. She will be greatly missed.
The family will receive friends from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Thursday December 27, 2012 at Gordon Funeral Service 1904 Lancaster Avenue Monroe, NC 28112. Online condolences may be made at



Earl Phifer
Earl Cooper Phifer, 87, of Stanfield died Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012 in Carolinas Medical Center – NorthEast in Concord.
Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, Dec. 28, 2012 at First Baptist Church, 200 NC Hwy. 200 North, Stanfield in the fellowship hall.  Funeral services will be at 4 p.m. in the church sanctuary.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery. At other times, the family will meet at his home.
Arrangements are being handled by Hartsell Funeral Home of Midland.

Mary Weaver
Mrs. Mary Louise Weaver, age 74, of Waxhaw, North Carolina, passed away Sunday, December 23, 2012, at Presbyterian Hospital in Matthews, NC.
Funeral Services will be announced by the family at a later date in January 2013.
Mrs. Weaver was born on March 15, 1938, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, a daughter of the late Richard S. Pittman and Katherine Matthews Pittman.
  She was married to the love of her life, Daniel Hershey Weaver. They traveled the world together serving the Lord as missionaries and ministering together in many walks of life. In addition to her missionary work, 'Mary Lou' served willingly and humbly as a pastor's wife at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Van Wyck, S. C. She loved her work at Wheaton Bible Church in Wheaton, Illinois, as well as Wycliffe Bible Translators and Prayer Coordinator's  for JAARS, both located in Waxhaw, N.C.
 Survivors include a brother, Robert M. Pittman, and sister, Margaret Pittman, both of Florida; two sons, Daniel Scott Weaver and wife Lorilei of Carlisle, Pa., Terence Weaver and wife Kelly of Waxhaw, NC, and daughter Lori Kay Peiffer and husband Richard of Paradise Pa. There are nine grandchildren.
 Davis Funeral Home of Monroe is serving the family of Mrs. Weaver. An on-line guest register book is available at

Louis Williams
Louis C. Williams, 86, of Monroe died Monday, Dec. 25, 2012 at Carolinas Medical Center-Union.
Arrangements  are incomplete and will be announced by Davis Funeral Service, Inc.