Serving Denton, NC & Surrounding Communities




Carson Cromer
Mr. Carson Dean Cromer age 28, of S. Main St. Ext. Denton, passed away Sunday, November 27, 2016 at his residence.

A memorial service to celebrate Carson’s life will be held on Sunday, December 11, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at Clear Springs United Methodist Church conducted by Rev. Scott Davis and Rev. Sandy Young.
Carson was born in Davidson County on August 6, 1988. He was a graduate of South Davidson High School and a member of Clear Springs United Methodist Church. Carson was a devoted caretaker for his mother and enjoyed working on small engines and computers.

Surviving are parents Karen Elaine Neese Lanning and Jerry Lanning; grandparents, Murray & Glenda Peake of Pennsylvania and Paul & Joanne Cromer of Thomasville; half-sisters, Angie and Jennifer Lanning; and nieces and nephews, Allison Lanning, Whisper Ray, and Honest Ray all of Denton.

The family will receive friends at the residence on S. Main St. Ext. in Denton.

Briggs Funeral Home in Denton is Serving Carson’s family.

Online condolences may be made at

Pattie Nifong
Mrs. Pattie Odessa Hill Nifong, 98, a resident of Broad Street passed away Saturday, December 3, 2016 in the Hinkle Hospice House.

Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, Dec.6, 2016 at 2:00 PM in J. C. Green & Sons Chapel in Thomasville with Rev. Rick Shoemaker officiating. Interment followed in Holly Hill Memorial Park Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to Hospice of Davidson County, 200 Hospice Way Lexington, NC 27292. The family would like to thank the Staff at Hinkle Hospice House for their loving care. Online condolences may be sent to the Nifong Family at

Maxine Parrish
Mrs. Maxine Elizabeth Newsom Parrish age 88, of Lexington passed away on Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016 at her residence.
A funeral service was held at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, Nov. 30 at Briggs Funeral Home Memorial Chapel conducted by Rev. Chris Smith and Rev. Flynn Richardson. Interment followed at Summerville Baptist Church Cemetery.

Mrs. Parrish was born November 16, 1928 in Davidson County to Corbett Newsom and Jessie Henderson Newsom. She was a graduate of Denton High School Class of 1945 and had previously worked for GE and Black and Decker for 36 years. Maxine was a member of House of Hope Church. In addition to her parents Mrs. Parrish was preceded in death by her husband, Bruce Parrish in 2008; sisters, Dorthy Hegler and Evon Galinskas; and brothers, Donnie and Cotton Newsom.

Surviving are daughter, Dianne Parrish Carrick of Denton; son, Harold Parrish (Joyce) of Lexington; grandchildren, Amelia Parrish and Amanda P. Surratt (Allen); great-grandchildren, Beckham and Reed Surratt; brother, Ronnie Newsom (Louise) of Denton; special niece, Betty Hilton; nieces, Michelle Whitlock (Sam), Lisa N. Brewer (John), Judy H. Thurman, Debbie Hampton (Randy) Kim Revis (Perry) Sandra Loomus, Wanda Hill (Bobby); nephews, Marshall Hegler (Ann), Todd Newsom, Swayne Brown (Andrea); sisters-in-law, Lou Newsom and Joyce Newsom, and adopted sons, Carl Grubb (Louise) and Bill Brady (Harriet).

The family would like to say a special thanks to little Jerry Younts adopted Maxine for his Mom; Jimmy McElroy special nephew always bringing treats, Todd Hughes for being the greatest friend to our family, and special caregiver and wonderful friend Harriet Pullum.

The family received friends one hour prior to the service at Briggs Funeral Home in Denton and other times at the residence.

Memorials can be made to Chapel Hill United Methodist Church Mission Fund or to House of Hope Church.

Online condolences may be made at

Charles “Cotton”  Surratt
Mr. Charles Spencer “Cotton” Surratt age 81 of Garner Rd., Denton passed away on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at VA Medical Center, Liberty Lane Hospice House in Salisbury, NC.

 A memorial service was held on Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016 at Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church located at 2565 Loftin Rd. Denton, NC conducted by Rev. Richard J. Gould, Rev. Scott Davis, and Mr. Richard Smith.  Interment was held in the church cemetery.

“Cotton” was born August 17, 1935 in Davidson County to John Roosevelt Surratt and Ellie Estella Smith Surratt. He was a member of Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church and had worked in the hosiery and forestry industries. He served his country as a Sargent in the United States Army and was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Surratt.
Surviving are daughter, Gay McClure of Lexington; 2 granddaughters;  and one great-grandson.

Memorials can be made to Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund in c/o Carol Glover PO Box 1273 Denton, NC 27239.
Briggs Funeral Home in Denton is serving the Surratt family.
Online condolences may be made at


Church News:

Sunday, December 11 – Mission Wreath Sunday – Those in attendance will be given the opportunity to make a donation to missional outreach in our community.  A lighted wreath at the altar railing will symbolize sharing the “light of Christ” with those in need.

Sunday, December 11 – Central UMC will host the annual Community Love Feast.  This traditional service will begin at 7:00 pm in the church sanctuary.  All are invited to join in a worship experience that is unique to the Denton area.

Sunday, December 18 – The CUMC Chancel Choir will present a cantata entitled The Christmas Story during the 11:00 worship hour.  Please join us as we celebrate the expected birth of Jesus in word and song.

Sunday, December 18 – Church children, youth, and adults will present an evening Christmas program in the church sanctuary.   The play that includes musical selections, will begin at 6:00 pm.  Immediately following the program, all are invited to the Church Hut to enjoy Christmas desserts and snacks.  

Saturday, December 24 – Central UMC will host its annual community Christmas Eve service from 11:00 pm until 12:00 am.  This long-time tradition of ushering in Christmas Day will include carols, musical presentations, and Holy Communion.

Sunday, December 25 – Christmas Day!  This very special 11:00 worship hour will conclude with Holy Communion.

Community Love Feast Service
The annual Community Love Feast will be hosted this year by Central United Methodist Church on Sunday evening, December 11 at 7:00 pm.  Based upon the time-honored Moravian Love Feast, this beautiful service has been an annual holiday tradition for over 50 years.

Choral music will be provided by voices from the Denton area churches.  There will be only one rehearsal at 5:15 pm on Sunday, December 11 in the church sanctuary.  Any and all who enjoy singing are cordially invited to take part in the choir!  The two choral selections can easily be learned in the 5:15 practice session that will precede the 7:00 pm service.  
The choir director for Central United Methodist Church is Margaret Harris.  Those who may have questions or concerns pertaining to the community choir can reach her at 336-859-2460 or call the church office Monday through Thursday between 8:30 and 11:30 pm at 336-859-3502.
Plesant Grove UMC “An Outdoor Walk Thru Drama”
Everyone is invited to make the Journey a part of your Christmas Season. Join Pleasant Grove UMC on Saturday, December 10 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm for “ Welcome,  Gabriel’s Announcemen,  Angels & Shepherds,  Tax Collector,  Market Place Wise Men,  Manger Scene  and Refreshments.” Pleasant Grove UMC is located at 2565 Loftin Road in Denton. The event is sponsored by South Davidson Charge (Alleghany, Lineberry and Pleasant Grove UMC).