December 11, 2014

Mitchell Ray Modery, 19, of Bennett, died Tuesday, (12-02-2014) at his home.

The funeral was conducted  Friday, (12-05-2014) at 2 p.m. at Bennett Baptist Church, with Rev. Tim Strider officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

Mitchell was born in Greensboro in 1995, son of August Raye Binkley and Asa Thomas Modery. He enjoyed fellowship working with the Bennett Baptist Handymen, assisting them on many projects for those in need.  Preceding him in death was a brother, Kelly Modery.

He is survived by his mother August Sutphin of the home; his father, Asa Modery of High Point; brothers, Steven Sutphin and Jacob Hinson, also of the home;  step-brothers, Jeff Barber of High Point, Nick Sutphin of Greensboro; step-sister, Chasie Sutphin of  Greensboro; paternal grandparents, Lou and Cindy Modery of Gastonia, Paula Corgen of Ramseur; maternal grandparents, Tom and Lou Ann Lee of Sanford, Ray and Annette Binkley of Bear Creek; and great-grand-mother, Shirley Jones of Bennett.

Make online condolences at:


Mr. Jerry Clyde Crabtree of Robbins, 67, passed away Wednesday, (12-03-2014).

A memorial service was held Saturday, (12-06-2014), at 2 p.m. at High Falls Wesleyan Church. Burial will be held at a later date.

Mr. Crabtree was aMooreCountynative and the son of Clyde Crabtree and Annie Ruth Martindale Crabtree. He worked in textiles as a machine operator and attended High Falls Wesleyan Church. He was preceded in death by his parents, and brother, Wayne Crabtree.

Survivors include a son, Jerry Lee Crabtree of Seagrove; daughters, Joni Mabe of Seagrove, Jill Whitley of Snow Camp; brothers,  Jesse Crabtree of Robbins, Herman Crabtree of HighFalls; sisters, Helen Maness of SilerCity, Louise Preslar of Biscoe, Edna Brown of HighFalls, Linda Coward of Seagrove; and three grandchildren.

Make online condolences at:



Bernardita “Baby” Gilliam, 64, of Sanford, died Tuesday, (12-02-2014), at her home.

The funeral was held at Pocket Presbyterian Church on Saturday, (12-06-2014), at 11 a.m. with Rev. David Dudley presiding.  Burial followed in the church cemetery.

She was born in the Republic of Philippines, on August 23, 1950, to late Marcario Daal and Rosita Cagatin Daal.

Surviving relatives include her husband Gary W. Gilliam of the home and a son Dennis Gilliam of Sanford.

In lieu of flowers, send donations to the American Cancer Society,PO Box 22718,Oklahoma City,OK73123-1718, Lee County Industries,2711 Tramway Road, Sanford,NC 27330 or Pocket Presbyterian Church,669 Pocket Church Road,Sanford,NC 27330.

Condolences may be made at


Mr. William Donnell Siler, 63, of Siler City died Monday, (12-01-2014) at UNC Hospital in Chapel Hill.

Funeral services were held Sunday, (12-07-2014) at Unity Powerhouse Holiness Church in Staley, with Bishop William Goins officiating.

Mr. Siler was born January 23, 1951 to James and Callie Siler. A graduate ofJordan-MatthewsHigh School, he was a member ofUnityPowerhouseHolinessChurchwhere he served as Sunday School superintendant, was president of the Gospel Mass Choir, and was part of many other programs of the church.  He retired from Chatham Hospital due to his health. In addition to his parents, he was survived by a brother, Harry Siler and sister, Gloria Powell.

Surviving is his wife of 43 years, Wilma Cheek Siler; daughters, Tammy C. Walden, Teresa Siler, both of Siler City; four grandchildren; brother, Rev. Willie “Pete” Siler; sisters, Mrs. Patricia Austin, Loretta Williams of Siler City, and Mrs.Hazell Abbott of Upland, CA.


James Elsie Cameron, 78, of Cameron, died Saturday, (12-06-2014), at First Health Moore Regional in Pinehurst.

The funeral was held Tuesday, (12-09-2014), at 3 p.m. at Pineywood Baptist Church with Rev. Paul McClure presiding.  Burial followed in the church cemetery.

Mr. Cameron was born in Moore County, February 8, 1936, to the late John and Annie Johnson Cameron.  In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by brothers, Ed, Odell, Tom, Earl and George Cameron.

Surviving relatives include his wife Nancy Simpson Cameron of the home; and sister, Flora Mae Pettit of Siler City.

Condolences may be made at


Hazel Alice Beane Hayes, 89, of Siler City, passed away Monday, (12-08-2014) at Coventry House Assisted Living.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, (12-10-2014) at 2 p.m. at Loflin Funeral Home Chapel in Ramseur with Rev. Bobby V. Seagroves officiating. Burial followed in Shiloh Baptist Church Cemetery.

Ms. Hayes was a native of Randolph County, daughter  of the late Carson L. and Annie Cox Beane, and  a graduate of Coleridge School. She attended business school, worked with Sears-Roebuck & Company, and later worked with the clerical department of the Internal Revenue Service and the Social Security Administration.  She was a founding member of Sharpe Road Baptist Church. Her husband, Edward Broughton Hayes, preceded her in death.

She is survived by sons Barry Hayes of SilerCity, Gareth Hayes of Durham; sister, Janette Beane Seagroves;  six grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren.

Visitation was held from 12 noon to 2 p.m., Wednesday, at Loflin Funeral Home & Cremation Service.

Make online condolences at:

Memorials may be made to Shiloh Baptist Church,4529 Moffitt Mill Road,Ramseur,NC27316, or to Gideons International, Randolph North Camp 3213-3,P.O. Box 732,Asheboro,N.C.27204.


Mrs. Catherine Alston, 74, of Siler City passes away on Saturday, (12-06-2014) at UNC Hospital in Chapel Hill.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, (12-11-2014) at Glovers Grove AME Zion Church with burial following in Chatham Memorial Park.

Surviving is a daughter, Caterina Alston and one sister, Hazel Headen.



    Walter Edward Shue, 88, was welcomed home into the arms of his savior, Jesus Christ, Wednesday, December 3, 2014.  His parents, Harvey Leslie Shue, Sr. and Lizzie Dale Smith Shue, who preceded him in death, passed away when he was a child and he spent his early childhood at the Junior Home Orphanage in Tiffin,Ohio.  When he grew older he lived with his brothers and sisters.  He served in the Merchant Marines and later moved to Sile City.  He retired as a letter carrier with the United States Postal Service in Siler City.

He is survived by his wife: Cristina (Cimino) Shue of Siler City; daughters, Brenda Brady and husband, Donnie of Jamestown, NC, Gloria A. Terry and husband, Joe of Asheboro; step-daughter, Monica Goodwin and husband, Douglas of Siler City, NC; seven grandchildren, Brian Brady, Carrie Thurman, Alyssa Gaetani, Brandon and Jackson Goodwin, Wendy Holland and Joey Terry; nine great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.  He is also survived by many nieces and nephews who called him “Uncle E”.

He was a faithful member of Rives Chapel Baptist Church which he loved and supported throughout his life.

He will be greatly missed by all who loved him.

The family received friends Friday, December 5, 2014 from 10 to 11 a.m. at Rives Chapel Baptist Church.  Funeral services were conducted Friday, December 5, 2014 at 11 a.m. at Rives Chapel Baptist Church,4338 Rives Chapel Church Road,Siler City with Dr. Tripp Foltz officiating. Burial  followed in Chatham Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Chatham County Department of Social Services Foster Children’s Fund,P O Box 489,Pittsboro,NC 27312.

Smith & Buckner Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Online condolences may be made at www.pughfuneral


Gerry Alan Phillips, 64,  of NC Hwy 42, Bear Creek died Friday, December 5, 2014 at First  Health Hospital, Pinehurst.

Gerry was born in Chatham County on August 21, 1950, the son of Wade Herman and Lois Smith Phillips.  Gerry was a member of Fall Creek Baptist Church where he had taught Sunday School,  was a former member of the choir and  will be remembered for his beautiful singing voice.  He was a 1968 graduate of Chatham Central High School and attended Elon College. He was employed by Ramtex for 37 years, was an avid hunter and fisherman and was known for his athletic abilities.  He attended Karate Class and was proud of being recognized as a 1st Dan Black Belt.  His greatest joys were times spent with his family, and he will be remembered as a loving, giving person.

Gerry was preceded in death by an infant son, Gregory Alan Phillips and a daughter, Crystal Lynne Phillips.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Sandy King Phillips; his parents, Herman and Lois Smith Phillips; sister, Cheryl Baldwin; a host of nieces and nephews and his best buddy, canine companion, Jack.

The family  received friends Sunday, December 7, 2014 from 6 to 8 p.m.  at Smith & Buckner Funeral Home, 230 North Second Avenue, Siler City,NC 27344.

The funeral was held Monday, December 8, 2014 at 2 p.m. at Fall Creek Baptist Church,1745 Fall Creek Church Road,Bennett, NC 27208 with Rev. Scott Allmon and Rev. Bob Wachs officiating.  Burial followed in the church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Crystal Lynne Phillips Scholarship Fund c/o Chatham Central High School,14950 NC   Hwy902,Bear Creek,NC 27207.

Online condolences may be made at:  www.pughfuneral


Virginia  Lambert Wood was born on February 4, 1916 and died on December 5, 2014.  She was the wife of Harry DuPrey Wood, Jr, deceased.  Her children are Harry DuPrey Wood, III, Edwin Lambert Wood, deceased, and Sue Wood McLendon.  Her grandchildren are Edwin Lambert Wood, Jr, Harry DuPrey Wood, IV, Raymond Tyler Wood, Elizabeth Wood McLendon, Emily Lambert McLendon; and her great grandchildren are Jessica, Sammy, Lindsey, and Lilly.

Born on February 4, 1916 in Asheboro,NC to Wiley Fisher Lambert and Sue Brooks Lambert, Mrs. Wood graduated High School and then she graduated in 1936 from Meredith College in Raleigh,NC. She sat as a Member of the Board of Trustees in later years.  In 1940 she married the Reverend Harry DuPrey Wood Jr. Together they served, Angier Baptist Church and First Baptist Church in Eden,NC. While inEden, Mrs. Wood taught elementary school, served as president of WMU, Rockingham County as well as the executive board of WMU in RaleighNC.

In 1980, the Rev and Mrs. Wood moved toFrankfurt,Germanyfor almost ten years.   While he served as pastor of Bethel International Baptist Church, Mrs. Wood was elected president of the Women’s Missionary of Europe.

Virginia Wood lived in Chester for ten years. As a member of Chester Baptist Church, she played the piano for Sunday School and the bi-monthly Companion Dinners.  The Woman’s Club benefited from her musical talent as she was the pianist for the annual fashion show.  She was an avid bridge player and played at two times a week.

As a world traveler and an active lover of mankind, Virginia Lambert Wood served God enthusiastically, leaving her footprint of the love of Christ wherever she went.

The family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, December 6, 2014 at the Chester Chapel of J.T. Morriss & Son Funeral Home.  A funeral service was held at 3 p.m.  on Sunday, December 7, 2014 atChesterBaptist Church with Dr. Lloyd Braswell officiating.  Interment followed at Brush Creek Baptist Church Cemetery on Monday, December 8, 2014 at 2 p.m. where Virginia will be buried beside Rev. Harry D. Wood Jr., her husband.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Companion Supper Fund at Chester Baptist Church,4317 School Street,Chester,VA23831.

Condolences may be registered online at www.jtmor

Smith & Buckner Funeral Home is assisting with the funeral arrangements.


   Mr. Herman Ray Phillips, 71, of Bennett,N.C. died Monday, December 8, 2014 at Hospice of Randolph County in Asheboro,N.C.

The funeral service will be held on Friday, December 12, 2014 at 3 p.m. at Pine Mountain Friends Churchwith Rev. Joey Green officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The visitation will be held Thursday evening from 5-8 p.m. at Joyce Brady Chapel in Bennett, and at other times at the farm house at 920 Calvin Phillips Road, Bennett,N.C.

Herman (Ray) was born December 4, 1943, son of the late Randall Edison Phillips and Estie Ellen Maness.

Herman (Ray) worked for Lancer Corporation and Comfort Tech Inc. for 44 years serving as Vice President.

He was a Master wood craftsman and carpenter and spent many years restoring the family farmhouse. He collected old toys, loved to hunt, restore old tractors and was an avid, passionate golfer. Herman was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Cheryl Green.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Carol Lee Phillips of the home; one son, Ritchie Ray Phillips and one sister, Jenny Yow of Bennett,  two grandchildren,  Katie and Jacob Phillips, both of Bennett.

Online condolences may be offered at www.joycebrady

December 4, 2014

Esther Rich Brady, 81, of Bennett, died Monday, (11-24-2014) at her residence.

Funeral services were held at  11 a.m., Saturday, (11-29-2014), at Pleasant Grove Christian Church, with   Rev. Mark Strickland and Rev. Shelley Dial officiating. Burial  followed in the church cemetery.

Esther was a native of Randolph County, retired from Randolph Hospital and a member of the Pleasant Grove Christian Church. She was preceded in death by her parents, Floyd and Mattie Taylor Rich.

Survivors include her husband, Leon Brady; daughters, Jane Caviness of Siler City, Elizabeth Chrisco of Bennett; sons, Thomas Leon Brady, Jr., of Bennett, Keith Brady ofCedar Falls; eight grandchildren and eight  great-grand-children.

Make online condolences at:

Memorials may be made to, Community Home Care & Hospice, 108 VillageLakeRoad, Siler City, NC 27344.


Mr. William Reginald “Reggie” Wilson, 55, of Bennett, died Tuesday, (11-25-2014) at UNC Hospital in Chapel Hill.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date.

He is the son of William D. and Mozelle Wilson of Bennett. A Chatham County native, he worked at Bennett Farm Supply for several years.

Reggie is survived by his wife of 35 years, Patsy English Wilson of the home; and  sister, Regina Laton of West End.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to the Chatham County Animal Services, 725 Renaissance Drive,Pittsboro, NC27312.

Offer online condolences at: 


Wilbur Lee Baker, 75, of Sanford, died Sunday, (11-30-2014), at his home.

A funeral was held at Euphronia Presbyterian Church on Wednesday, (12-03-2014), 3:30 p.m. with Rev. Keith Miller presiding.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Mr. Baker was born May 20, 1939, in Harnett County, to the late Weaver Cleveland and Essie Ashworth Baker.  He was preceded in death by his brother James Calvin “JC” Baker and sisters, Clara Baker Betts, Callie Baker Cotten and Berlina Baker Seagroves.  He served in the US Army.  He was retired as a master carpenter in construction of residential homes. Mr. Baker was a member of Euphronia Presbyterian Church where he served as an Elder.

Surviving relatives include his wife Bobbie Castleberry Baker of Sanford; a son, Joseph Lee Baker of Sanford; a daughter Patricia Baker Coleman of Sanford; and five grandchildren.

Condolences may be made at


Mrs. Shirley J. Pitt, 74, of Sanford, died Saturday, (11-29-2014) at her home.

A graveside service was held Tuesday, (12-02-2014), at 1 p.m. at Cameron Grove Cemetery with Chaplain Wayne Lamb officiating.

Mrs. Pitt was born inHarnettCounty, on January  27, 1940, to the late William Edward and Nora Brown Thomasson.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Al Pitt; a son, Barry Becker, and by sisters, Sue T. Kelly and Blanche Kruse.  Mrs. Pitt was a retired caregiver.

She is survived by sons, Kevin Becker and Richard Keith Becker, both of Margate,FL; a daughter, Deborah Becker Abernathy of Sanford; nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Condolences may be made at


Pittsboro: Mrs. Janice May Brooks, 62, died Tuesday, (11-25-2014), at the Laurels of Chatham in Pittsboro.  She was the daughter of the late George Howard Fields and Elma Caddell Fields. She worked as a secretary in the furniture business. She attended Brush Creek Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers.

She is survived by her husband, Eli Brooks of the home in Bear Creek; daughter, Brandy Brooks of the home; sister, Ann Fields Brooks of Siler City; brother, Robert DeWayne Fields of Carthage.

Arrangements are incomplete at this time. You may make online condolences at

Joyce-Brady Chapel is serving the Brooks family.


Dona B. Henney King, 86, of Pittsboro died Tuesday, (11-25-2014).

Visitation will be held Sunday, (12-07-2014) from 12 to 2 p.m. at Hall-Wynne Funeral Home, Griffin Chapel.

Ms. King is survived by a son, Matthew Elon Henney ofCharlotte.

Make online condolences at:

Hall-Wynne Griffin Chapel is serving the King Family.


Marion Teresa Hilker, 88, of Chapel Hill, died Monday, (12-01-2014).

Arrangements are being handled by Cremation Society NC.    www.CremationSociety


T. William Benedict, 94, of Chapel Hill, died Friday, (11-28-2014).

Arrangements are being handled by Cremation Society NC.    www.CremationSociety



   Ronda Coburn Hooft, 59, of  Mt. Gilead Church Road, Pittsboro died Saturday, November 22, 2014 at UNC Hospitals, Chapel Hill.

Mrs. Hooft was born July 4, 1955 inWichita,Kansas, the daughter of Ron and Beverly (LaFoy) Coburn.  Ronda worked in payroll and enjoyed water skiing and camping.

She is survived by her husband of 26 years, Christian L J Hooft; one daughter, Kristin Hooft; two sons, Dustin O’Quinn and Derek Hooft,  all of the home; her parents; three sisters,  Lynn Green of Pittsboro, Penny Rebiero of Martinsville, VA,  Sunshine Ramirez of Hagerstown, MD; one brother, Mike Coburn; and grandson, Preston Lee Riggans.

A graveside service was held Friday, November 28, 2014 at 2 p.m. atChathamMemorial Park, 13260 Hwy 64 West,SilerCity.

Smith & Buckner Funeral Home assisted the family.

Online condolences may be made at www.pughfun


    Janie Oakley Dowd, 82, of9515 NC Hwy 902, Siler City died Sunday, November 30, 2014 at her home.

Mrs. Dowd was born in Moore County on May 10, 1932, the daughter of James Carl and Bessie (Simpson) Oakley. Janie was retired from Kayser-Roth and a member of Meroney United Methodist Church and the Fellowship Sunday School Class. She enjoyed sewing, needle work and working in her garden. Mrs. Dowd was preceded in death by her parents, brother, J. C. Oakley and her husband, Bobby G. Dowd.

She is survived by two daughters, Lou Ann Dowd Moore and husband Charles, and Patty Dowd all of Bear Creek; grandchildren, Renee Moore-Bourbon of Hope Mills, Joshua Moore, Ethan Moore and Jonathan Hudson, all of Bear Creek; and great-grandson,  Kagan Walls-Moore

The family received friends Tuesday, December 2, 2014 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Smith & Buckner Funeral Home, 230 North Second Avenue, Siler City, and other times at the family residence. The funeral was held Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at 2 p.m. at Meroney United Methodist Church,10568 NC Hwy 902, Bear Creek with Rev. Jim Whittaker officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

Memorials may be made toMeroneyUnitedMethodistChurch.

Smith & Buckner Funeral Home is assisting the Dowd Family.

Online condolences may be made at www.pughfuneral


  Arthur Lee Davis Jr., 69, of Salisbury, passed away Saturday, November 22, 2014, at Carolinas Medical Center-NorthEast in Concord.

Arthur was born in Siler City on December 21, 1944, a son of the late Arthur Lee Davis Sr. and Edna Cheek Davis.

A 1963 graduate of Jordan-MatthewsHigh School, Arthur was in the banking business for 20 years and  was an owner-operator of a convenience store for 20 years.

A member of Harold B. Jarrett American Legion Post 342, he was an avid fisherman, loved being with his family and spending time with his best buddies, Scott Cornatzer and Fred Poplin.

Survivors include his wife, Cynthia F. Davis; daughter, Adrienne Davis Smith and husband Rod of Harrisburg; son, Mark Davis and wife Amy of Salisbury; grandchildren, Addison, Carson, Jake and Elly; brothers, Steve Davis and Jeff Davis; sisters, Linda Culberson, Sharon Strong, Shelia Cheek, Jean Maupin, Donna Davis and Debra Branson.

Military graveside services were conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at Salisbury National Cemetery, Statesville Boulevard, by VA Chaplain, with military honors by the North Carolina National Guard Honor Guard and the Rowan County Honor Guard.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Rowan County Veterans Honor Guard,201 E. Washington St.,China Grove, NC 28023.

Online condolences may be made to the family at www.

Powles Funeral Home of Rockwell, honored provider of Veterans Funeral Care, assisted theDavis family.


Frances Paschal Bracy, 96, of Siler City, and Sanford, died Sunday, November 30, 2014 at Parkview Rest and Retirement Center,Sanford.

Mrs. Bracy was born in Chatham County on August 27, 1918, daughter of Charlie and Flossie (Temple) Paschal.  She was raised in Bonlee, and moved to Richmond,Virginia to attend the Medical College of Virginia nursing program.  She was a Registered Nurse and worked many years in the Richmond area.  It was there she met and married, the love They retired to Lewisetta,Virginia and enjoyed owning and operating a Marina for several years.  Wilson Bracy died in 1991 and Frances moved back to Siler City  and reconnected with family and friends.  She started attending Siler City Presbyterian Church and enjoyed the fellowship of the people there.  Due to health issues,Frances first moved to the Bayberry Inn in Sanford, and then to Parkview Retirement Center.  She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Wilson Bracy; a sister, Gladys Kerrick; brothers, Wade Paschal and Robert Paschal.

She is survived by her niece, Linda Paschal Comer and husband Carroll Comer of Robbins; nephews, Phil Paschal and wife Marti of Matthews,  and John Paschal; special great-niece, Rebecca Drake and husband Robbie of Siler City and other great nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends Thursday, December 4, 2014 from 1 to 2 p.m.  at Siler City Presbyterian Church.  The funeral will be Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 2 p.m. at Siler City Presbyterian Church,720 W. 3rd St.,Siler City,NCwith Rev. Richard LaDew and Rev. Sue Flippin officiating.  Burial will follow inHopeCemetery, Bonlee.

Smith & Buckner Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Online condolences may be made at www.pughfuneral

obituaries November 2014 – August 2013


Comments are closed.