Obituaries

10-19-2017

MASTER LIAM JAMES COX
Master, Liam James Cox, 8 days old of Carthage, died Saturday, (10-07-2017). Liam was born in Pinehurst on September 29, 2017.
The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, (10-12-2017) at Pleasant Grove Christian Church with Rev. Don Edwards presiding.
He is survived by his parents, Shawn and Cassiy Cox of the home; sister, Maya Michele Doty of the home; maternal grandparents, Todd and Kristene Doty of Ontario, N.Y., Debbie and John Spencer of Goose Creek, S.C.; paternal grandparents, Timothy and  Thelma Cox of Bennett; great-grandmothers, Mary Ellen Doty of Sanford, and Betty McKenzie of Carolina Beach.
The family has requested donations to www.youcaring.com.  (Angel Baby Liam Cox’s funeral expense.)
Condolences may be offered online at www.joycebradychapel.com.

EUGENIA FARRELL CROTTS
Eugenia Farrell Crotts, 96, died on Friday, (10-06-2017).
The funeral service was held Monday, (10-09-2017) in the Chapel at Dilworth Methodist Church.
Eugenia was born in Siler City, but Charlotte had been her home for 63 years. She was preceded in death by her husband, Hubert Douglas Crotts, and son, Edward Douglas Crotts.
She leaves behind a daughter, Susanne Crotts, and two grandsons.

DORIS ELIZABETH BRIDGERS NIGRO
Doris Elizabeth Bridgers Nigro, 92, of Sanford, passed away Tuesday, (10-10-2017) in her home.
A memorial service was held on Friday, (10-13-2017) at 11 a.m. in the Chapel of Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home
She was born in Harnett County on September 30, 1925 to the late Lewin and Louise Howell Bridgers. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Frank James Nigro; a son, Frank James Nigro, Jr;  four sisters and one brother.   A member of the First Baptist Church of Aberdeen, she was active in the Goodwill Sunday School Class and the Agnes Wiley Missionary Circle.
Survivors include her son, Douglas James Nigro of Sanford; daughter, Joan Grote of Missoula, MT; brother, Donald Bridgers of Vass; and five grandchildren.
Condolences may be made at www.bridgescameronfuneralhome.com.

CHARLIE O. SNAVELY
Charlie O. Snavely, 69, passed away Saturday, (10-07-2017) at First Health Moore Regional Hospital.
At Charlie’s request, he will be cremated and a memorial service held at a later date.
Charlie was born in Kingsport, TN to the late P. H. Snavely and Mary Avie Snavely.    Also preceding him in death is his sister, Mary Alice Snavely-Griffin. Charlie retired from Johnson Controls at Glaxo Smith and Kline.  He was a master carpenter in furniture and building.  A member of Juniper Springs Baptist Church,  he was an ordained deacon and had served as Adult Sunday school teacher.  He was a Cub Scout Master and Boy Scout Master for many years.
Mr. Snavely is survived by his wife of 48 years, Emmalyn Phillips Snavely; sons, Charles Scott Snavely of Sanford; John Patrick Snavely of Tallahassee, FL; one granddaughter; brothers, James A. Snavely of Blountville, TN, Henry C. Snavely of Apopka, FL, John E. Snavely of Blountville, TN; sisters, Ann Spears of Kingsport, TN, Catherine Browder and Nancy Ray, both of Bluff City, TN.
Condolences may be made at www.bridgescameronfuneralhome.com

GEORGE ELDIN MEDLIN
George Eldin Medlin, 91, of Sanford, passed away on Tuesday, (10-10-2017) at Sanford Health & Rehabilitation.
The funeral service was held Wednesday, (10-18-2017) at Sanford Church ofgod at 11:30 a.m. with burial following at Grace Chapel Church cemetery.
The family received friends one hour prior to that service.
He was born in Lee County on January 7, 1926 to the late George E. Medlin and Eva Christian Medlin.
Condolences may be made at www.bridgescameronfuneralhome.com.

GREGORY PAUL BUNCE
Gregory Paul Bunce, 62, of Chapel Hill, died Saturday, (10-14-2017) at UNC Hospitals.
There are no services planned at this time. A service will be held at a later date.
Mr. Bunce was born in Orange County on June 8, 1955 to the late Paul Leslie and Anne Gregory Bunce.
Surviving relatives include his wife Julie Bunce; daughter, Lindsay Sutton of Las Vegas; sons, Jason Bunce of Savannah, GA, Reagan Bunce and Hayden Bunce, both of Chapel Hill; sister, Leslie Bunce of Pittsboro; and one grandchild.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made in his memory to The Leukemia & Lymphona Society Donor Services, P.O. Box 4072, Pittsfield, MA 01202 or Children’s Home Society of NC, P.O. Box 14608, Greensboro, NC 27415.
Condolences may be made at www.donaldsonfunerals.com.

RAMIRO RODRIQUEZ HERRERA
Mr. Ramiro Rodriquez Herrera, 21, of Pittsboro passed on Thursday, (10-12-2017).
The funeral service was held Wednesday (10-18-2017) at 3 p.m. at Knotts Funeral Home Chapel in Pittsboro. Family visitation was from 2 to 3, before the service.
Survivors include his mother, Brenda Clark Nobles of the home; father, Jose Romero Rodriquez of Mexico; brothers, Juan Clark, Damien Rodriquez Herrera, Carlos Muniz Cruz, Jr., Brayden Cruz; sister, Robyn Rodriguez Clark; grandmothers, Glenda Michael of the home and Debra Lawrence of Moncure.

RICHARD GLENN CAVINESS, SR.
Richard Glenn Caviness, Sr., 86, of Siler City died Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at Moses Cone Hospital, Greensboro after a courageous fight against several recent illnesses.
He was born April 22, 1931, and was preceded in death by his parents, John and Irene Meeks Caviness.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Anne Capps Caviness, and son, Richard G. Caviness, Jr., both of Siler City; son, Mark S. Caviness of Greensboro, and daughter, Elizabeth J. Caviness of Charlotte.
Visitation was held Monday, October 16, 2017 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Smith & Buckner Funeral Home, 230 N. Second Avenue, Siler City.
Memorial services were held at  2 p.m. on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at the First United Methodist Church, 1101 West Raleigh Street, Siler City, NC. Interment followed at Chatham Memorial Park, Hwy 64 East, Siler City.
Richard graduated from Siler City High School where he lettered several seasons playing running back for the varsity team. He served 4 years in the United States Navy, most of which was aboard the USS Seminole (AKA-104) in the Pacific during the Korean War. His service aboard the Seminole included several cruises and port calls in the Korean War zone area as well as other Pacific area of operations. Richard served on the USS Seminole along with several close friends from Chatham County including, Welford (Dick) Beck and Jimmy Cranford who remain lifelong friends after completing military service together.
Richard founded Caviness Printing Service with his wife in 1966 which continues as a family-operated Siler City business.
In 1961, Richard joined and was especially proud of the Siler City Fire Department, serving in many roles including Captain, Assistant Chief and Chief as well as other positions in his 55 years of firefighting service to Siler City. He was a tireless advocate of expanding and enhancing the capabilities and skills of the Fire Department to grow with and serve the needs of Siler City.
His active civic support of Siler City over the years included serving on the Siler City Planning Board, board member of Chatham Trades, Inc., and board member of the Farmer’s Alliance Store. Richard was a strong supporter of the economic health and new business development of Siler City, and was generous of his time in those efforts.
He was an active member of Siler City Rotary Club since 1975.
Richard was awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine by Governor Pat McCrory in 2015 for his 50+ years of firefighting service.
Memorial donations may be made to a charity of one’s choice.
Smith & Buckner Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Online condolences may be made at: www.pugh funeralhome.com.

JIMMY HAROLD MOODY
Jimmy Harold Moody, age 73, of Siler City died Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at his home.
Mr. Moody was born September 17, 1944, the son of the late Charlie Edwin and Willard Walters Moody. He was a native of Chatham County. Jimmy was a former employee of Allied Fibers in Moncure. He attended Siler City Pentecostal Holiness
Church and Rives Chapel Baptist Church where he was a member and a former deacon. Also, he served in the Army National Guard. Jimmy was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Charlie, Duffie, Tommy, Walker, and infant brother, Harlan Moody.
He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Brenda Andrews Moody; daughter, Christie Moody Bright and husband Anthony of Bear Creek; and son, Kevin Dale Moody and wife Michelle of Durham; sister, Sue Ann Gunter and husband Jerald of Siler City; and brother, Bobby Moody and wife Mary Dell of Siler City; granddaughters, Natalie and Olivia Bright both of Bear Creek; several nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, and his special K-9 companion, Zoey.
The family received friends Thursday, October 12, 2017 from 6 – 8 p.m. at Smith & Buckner Funeral Home, and other times at the home of the family.
The funeral was held Friday at 2 p.m. at Siler City Pentecostal Holiness, 17475 US Hwy 64 West, Siler City with Rev. Mark Richardson and Rev. Tripp Foltz officiating. Burial followed at Rives Chapel Baptist Church Cemetery, Siler City.
Memorials may be made to Rives Chapel Baptist Church, 4338 Rives Chapel Church Road, Siler City, NC 27344 or Siler City Pentecostal Holiness Church, 17475 US 64 W, Siler City, NC 27344.
Condolences and remembrances may be made online to the family at www.pughfuneralhome.com.
Smith and Buckner Funeral Home is honored to serve the Moody family.

H. S. WILLIAMS, JR.
H.S. Williams, Jr., 78, passed away on Saturday, October 14, 2017 surrounded by his loving family.
He was born in Chatham County on October 25, 1939 to Herman and Ola Williams. He was predeceased by his parents, his sister Ellen W. Crabtree (James) of Chapel Hill and his brother Philip Ray Williams (Lib) of Yadkinville, NC.
HS is survived by his wife of 55 years, Peggy Harbison Williams; a daughter, Marty W. Mitchell and Tommy Mitchell of NYC; a son, Steven Williams of Apex and his fiancé, Anne Chen of Denmark; one grandson, Kyle Mitchell of Pittsboro, and one great-grandson, Sterling Wolf Mitchell. HS was loved and respected by many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He worked for 18 years for the Chapel Hill phone company working his way up to Field Engineer. Southern Bell Telephone bought the Chapel Hill Telephone Company and HS worked for Bell for 18 years, retiring as a Building Industry Consulting Engineer. His job included a large section of Central North Carolina with his primary customer being the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill because of his vast knowledge of the company telephone system in Chapel Hill and on the campus of UNC.
He was awarded the “Count on Me” award by Southern Bell for his exemplary services to UNC.
HS was a very proud volunteer for the American Red Cross Disaster Raleigh operation for almost 10 years, going to 33 National disasters including hurricanes, floods, ice storms, and New York City after 9-11, serving thousands of meals and soothing countless hearts in pain.
HS and Peggy retired in 1994 and immediately began traveling with their RV over the United States, visiting 42 of the 50 states.
In 1995, they built a small log cabin on ten acres in Ennice, NC in Alleghany County.
He especially loved the desert S.W. Arizona, New Mexico, Southern California, West Texas and spent many winters exploring those areas.
He was a proud veteran of the North Carolina National Guard, serving 8 years. He was also a volunteer for the National Park Service on the Blue Ridge Parkway. He was awarded the Volunteer of the year in his district in 1995 and worked over 3 years.
HS was a quiet gentle man with a ready smile and helping hand. He preferred working in the background…he loved being from the country and living there all of his life. He loved the East Coast Mountains and they soothed his soul once many miles.
A memorial service to honor his life will be held Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 2 p.m. at Mount Pleasant Methodist Church, 269 Manns Chapel Road, Pittsboro.
The family will receive friends following the service in the Church Community building.
Flowers are acceptable or donations can be made in his memory to Transitions Lifecare Hospice, 250 Hospice Circle, Raleigh, NC 27607.
Condolences may be made at www.donaldsonfunerals.com
Arrangements by Donaldson Funeral Home & Cremation.
Donaldson Funeral Home & Cremation is honored to serve the Williams family.

ZADIE BLAIR “MAWMAW” MYERS
Zadie Blair “MawMaw” Myers, 89, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at Wesley Long Hospital.
A memorial service celebrating her life was held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, October 15, 2017 at Alamance Presbyterian Church.  Zadie was laid to rest beside her husband in the church cemetery, prior to the memorial service.  The family received friends in the church parlor following the service.
Born November 29, 1927 in Chatham County to the late Paul Z. and Donnie Beaver Blair. “MawMaw” was a long-time member of Alamance Presbyterian Church where she served in various capacities.  She worked alongside her husband for 40 years as the bookkeeper for Machine Developers Inc.  Zadie was very much a people person and loved to have long conversations.  She loved her plants and enjoyed gardening both flowers and veggies, which made her talented in cooking, canning, and freezing.  “MawMaw” had a giving spirit and was always asking what she could do to help others.  It was a rare occasion if you ever left her house empty handed as she was contently giving things away.  She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great great-grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend who was loved by many and will be missed by all who knew her.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 40 years, Raymond Myers; and all of her siblings except for one sister, Ruby Snyder of Siler City.
Others left to cherish her memory include her sons, Jeff Myers and his wife Sandy of Oak Ridge, Mike Myers and his wife Patty of Greensboro; one grandson, Jason Myers of Whitsett; two granddaughters, Diana Sowell of Fuquay Varina and Kara Landers of Concord; four great-grandsons; one great-granddaughter; one great great-granddaughter; several nieces and nephews and other extended family.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Alamance Presbyterian Church, 4000 Presbyterian Road, Greensboro, NC 27406.
Hanes-Lineberry, N. Elm Street Chapel has the
honor of assisting the Myers family.
Online condolences may be made at   www.haneslineberryfuneralhomes.com.

10-12-2017

ROBERT HANSEN
Robert Hansen, 85, of Pittsboro, died Tuesday, (10-03-2017) at his home.
The funeral was held at 2 p.m. Sunday, (10-08-2017) at Donaldson Funeral Home & Cremation with Douglas Hansen presiding. Burial followed at Chatham Memorial Park in Siler City with Military Rites.
Robert was born in Union County, NJ on April 6, 1932 to the late Bjarne Hansen and Ruth Hamre Hansen. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Walter Hansen.
Surviving relatives include his wife Joan Hansen; sons, Douglas Hansen, David Hansen; daughters, Donna Bristow, Holly Purkey, Joy Hollows; brother, Donald Hansen; 19 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Condolences may be made at www.donaldson funerals.com.

BILLIE LEE MANESS
Mr. Billie Lee Maness, 81, of Robbins, died Tuesday, (10-03-2017)at FirstHealth Hospice in Pinehurst.
A memorial service was held on Sunday, (10-08-2017) at 3 p.m. at High Falls Friends Church cemetery with Rev. Robert Kidd and Pastor Chris Wilson presiding.
Billie was born in Moore County in 1936, son of the late Jasper Cecil Maness and Francis Lucille Mashburn Maness. He served in the National Guard. Billie worked in sales, raised feeder pigs and retired as a truck driver for Pilgrims Pride. After his retirement he sold produce.  He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Ester Powers.
He is survived by his sister, Lu Ann M. Kidd of Bennett.
The family has requested in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the High Falls Friends Church,  c/o Fellowship Hall Fund,  1159  N.C.  Hwy. 22,   Bennett, N.C. 27208.
Condolences may be offered online at www.joycebradychapel.com.

SHIRLEY MILLS HINSON
Shirley Mills Hinson, 75, of  Bear Creek, died Thursday, (10-05-2017) at her residence.
Funeral services were held Sunday, (10-08-2017) at 3 p.m. at Harmony Baptist Church, with  Rev. Frank Thacker officiating.  Burial followed in the church cemetery.
Shirley was a native of Jones County, formerly employed with Ramtex, and a member of Harmony Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jesse Lee Hinson, Sr., parents, Robert Wayne and Henrietta Philyaw Mills, siblings, Robert Lee Mills, Glenn Mills, Hazel Aldridge, and Deloris Holly.
Survivors include  daughter, Connie Caviness of Bear Creek; son, Jesse Lee Hinson, Jr. of Ramseur; sister, Janice Snow of Asheboro; three grandchildren, three step-grandchildren,  and three great-grandchildren.
Condolences may be made online at www.loflinfuneralservice.com.
Memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, 4600 Park Road, #250, Charlotte, NC 28209.

PATRICIA M. REIGHARD
Patricia M. Reighard, 65, passed away at Sanford Health & Rehabilitation on Wednesday, (10-04-2017).
No services are planned at this time.
She was born in Johnstown, PA on November 21, 1951 to the late Julius Martinkis and Helen Mulick Martinkis.
Condolences may be made at www.bridgescameronfuneralhome. com.

IDA REVER BURNETTE
Mrs. Ida Rever Burnette, 86, of Pittsboro passed on Tuesday, (10-03-2017) at her home.
Funeral services were held Monday, (10-09-2017) at 2 p.m. at Mitchell Chapel AME Zion Church. Interment followed in the church cemetery.
Survivors include daughter, Sandra Horton of Pittsboro; sons, Gary Burnette of Pittsboro, Roscoe Burnette of Mebane; step-children, Renae Burnett of MD and Magaleen Stewart of PA; 17 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.

TERRY WAYNE LANKFORD
Terry Wayne Lankford, 67, of Sanford died Friday, (10-06-2017), at his home.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Monday, (10-09-2017) at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church.
Terry was the son of Claude and Nathalene Lankford.
He is survived by his wife, Shirley Parrish Lankford; children,Tommy Harrington of Sanford, Jeff Lankford of Wilmington, Jonathan Lankford of Charlotte; seven grandchildren;  brothers, Larry Lankford of Sanford, Mike Lankford of High Point; and sister, Debra Boyd of Wilmington.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, 5422 St. Andrews Church Road, Sanford, NC 27332.
Condolences may be made at www.bridgescameronfuneralhome.com.

TIMOTHY WAYNE LINDSEY
Mr. Timothy Wayne Lindsey, 59, of Sanford,  passed on Friday (10-06-2017) at his home.
Funeral service was held Tuesday (10-10-2017) at 2 p.m. at the Works for Christ Christian Center.
Survivors include daughters, Diamond M. Lindsey, Katelyn A. Lindsey, LaNora Pegram, Shawna N. Clark; son, Branndon K.S. Lindsey; brothers, Tobert Toomer, Kenneth Lindsey, Mike Lindsey, Sidney Lindsey; sisters, Regina Everette, Sharon Brooks, Angela Watson; and 11 grandchildren.

FRANKLIN “Frankie” WAYNE SHARPE
Franklin “Frankie”
Wayne Sharpe, 72, of Sanford, died Saturday, (10-07-2017) at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital in Pinehurst.
The funeral was held on Tuesday, (10-10-2017) at 2 p.m. at Swann Station Baptist Church with Rev. Russell Blackmon and Rev. Charles Goins presiding.  Burial followed in the Cameron Grove Cemetery.
Frankie was born in Lee County on May 10, 1945, to the late Ben Joe Sharpe and Mary Mae Gilmore Sharpe.  He was a self-employed truck owner and operator for several years.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Sue Douglas Sharpe of the home; sons, Cameron Sharpe and Kelvin Sharpe of Sanford; brothers, Van Sharpe and Benny Sharpe, both of Sanford; sisters, Frances Kelly, Patricia Stone, Jenny Kennedy, Jackie Tart, Donna Bryant and Deanna Valle of Sanford Becky Kelly of Broadway;  three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Condolences may be made at www.bridgescameronfuneralhome.com

ERNEST JAMES THOMAS, JR.
Ernest James Thomas, Jr., 96, of Sanford, NC died Sunday, October 8, 2017 at his home.
The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. in the Chapel of Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home with Rev. Kent Miller officiating.  Burial followed in Lee Memory Gardens.
Mr. Thomas was born in Lee County on March 26, 1921 to the late Ernest Jasper Thomas and Algay Burns Thomas.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Fairy Thomas.  Prior to his retirement, he was a truck driver and mechanic.  He was a member of Lemon Springs United Methodist Church.
He is survived by his son, Barry H. Thomas, Sr. of Sanford; daughters, Joyce Cole of Sanford and Gloria J. Thomas; siblings, Lois Key of South Carolina, Mary Upchurch and Peggy Gaines, both of Sanford, Waylon Blue Thomas of Cameron; eight grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, consider donations to Lemon Springs United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 129, Lemon Springs, NC 28355.
Condolences may be made at www.bridgescameronfuneralhome.com.

BERNARDINE S. McATEER
Bernardine S. McAteer, 81, of Siler City died Friday, (10-06-2017) at her residence.
A memorial service was held on Sunday,  (10-08-2017) at 2 p.m. in the Community Baptist Church sanctuary. Internment followed in the church cemetery.
Bernardine was born in Washington, DC,  the daughter of Bernard and Rose Zito Skotniski. She was a member of Community Baptist Church. She is preceded in death by her parents and a son, Michael Giovenco.
Survivors include, sons, Peter Giovenco, Lou Giovenco, Don Giovenco; daughters, Tricia Garner, Rose Kish, Robin Bowers, Susie Vega, Barbra Abrahams; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
On line condolences may made at www.pughfuneralhome.com.

RASHEED MARQUESE GILLARD
Mr. Rasheed marquese Gillard, 27, of Lillington passed on Saturday, (10-07-2017) in Sanford.
Arrangements by: Knotts Funeral Home, Sanford.

MARY HELEN TEAGUE
Mrs. Mary Helen Teague, 89, of Chapel Hill, passed on Tuesday, (10-03-2017) at UNC Hospital in Chapel Hill.
Arrangements by: Knotts Funeral Home, Chapel Hill.

LOUISE WILKERSON
Louise Wilkerson, 81, of
Sanford passed on Tuesday, (10-03-2017) at her home.
Arrangements by: Knotts Funeral Home, Sanford.

T. C. WEST, JR.
T. C. West, Jr., of Pittsboro, died Tuesday, (09-26-2017) in Orange City, Florida.
A memorial service will be held at Pittsboro United Methodist Church on Saturday (10-14-2017) at 11a.m.
He is survived by his wife Dot; his son Chuck of  Chapel Hill; two granddaughters, two great-granddaughters; and sister, Myra Walker of Kernersville. He retired from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Memorials may be made to Pittsboro United Methodist Church.

THOMAS JAMES “Doc Ski” WASILESKI
Thomas James “Doc Ski” Wasileski, age 69, of Chapel Hill, passed away Tuesday, October 3, 2017.
Doc was born in San Francisco, California on January 7, 1948 to the late Bernard Wasileski and Evelyn Harrison Wasileski.
Doc served our Country in the US Army from 1965-1985 until retirement. He spent 17 years as a Green Beret & Ranger, servicing in Southeast Asia and Central America. 1985-1987 he was a Special Education Teacher. 1987-1990 he was a Doctoral Student and Research Scientist at UNC Chapel Hill where he earned a PHD in Special Education. 1990-1993 he was a Professor at North Carolina Central University.
Doc was present Post Commander at VFW Joe Wagoner Post 7313 in Pittsboro. He also spent time volunteering with Chatham Literacy Counsel, El Veinculo Spanish Liaison, and taught Spanish at Central Carolina Community College. 2014-2017 Doc went on Christian Mission Trips to Colombia, South America. 2009-2017 he was a member of Chatham Community Church.
He was also a member of Motorcycle Riders Foundation and Concerned Biker Association.
Survivors include his wife Katie; two sons, Patrick Wasileski of Mebane, Laurens “Tony” Wasileski of Siler City; daughter, Merian Robbins of Texas; six grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
The family received friends Monday, October 9, 2017 from 1 to 2 p.m. at Donaldson Funeral Home & Cremation, Griffin Chapel. The funeral service followed at 2 p.m. with Rev. Alex Kirk presiding. Burial followed at Chatham Memorial Park in Siler City with Full Military Rites.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made in Doc’s memory to Chatham Community Church, 480 Hillsboro St., Suite 800, Pittsboro, NC 27312; VFW Joe Wagoner Post 7313, P.O. Box 1775, Pittsboro, NC 27312; or Chatham Animal Rescue Education, P.O. Box 610, Pittsboro, NC 27312.
Condolences may be made at www.donaldsonfunerals.com.
Arrangements by Donaldson Funeral Home & Cremation.

ELSIE MARIE LONG COBLE
Elsie Marie Long Coble, 87, of Liberty, passed away on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at Siler City Center.
A funeral service was held Friday, October 6, 2017 at 2  p.m. at The Loflin Funeral Home Chapel.  Burial followed the service at Fairview Cemetery.
The family received friends on Friday, October 6, 2017 from 12-1:45 p.m. before the service, and other times at the home of Mike and Gay Coble.
Elsie was preceded in death by her parents, Mary Bauer and Adolph Long; husband, Paul Harold Coble, Sr.;  sister, Paulene DeAndressi; and brother, Sonny Long.
She is survived by her sons, Paul Coble, Jr. (Cleta), and Mike Coble (Gay); grandchildren, Sarah Weiss (Josh), Hannah Coble, Jessica Buckles (Jeffrey), Lauren Parr (Josh), and great-grandchildren, Olivia Parr, Emma Buckles, Joshua Weiss, and Isaiah Buckles.
Please share your thoughts and memories with the family at www.LolfinFH.com.

BOB PARKER PHILLIPS
Bob Parker Phillips, 97, of Phillips Avenue, Siler City died Thursday, October 5, 2017 at Coventry House of Siler City.
Mr. Phillips was born in Chatham County on September 16, 1920, the son of Sam R. and Maggie Ethel (Phillips) Phillips.  Bob was an Army Veteran of WWII, a member of the First United Methodist Church of Siler City and was retired from Chatham Foods where he had worked as a shipping clerk for 27 years.  Bob was an avid horseman all his life.  He also enjoyed rabbit hunting with his beagles.  Earlier in his life he enjoyed fox hunting.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents; wives, Selma C. Phillips and Marie B. Phillips; son, Steve C. Phillips, Sr.; and sister, Sarah P. Tillman.
He is survived by one daughter, Jean Phillips Griffin (Bo Walters) of Siler City; one son, Ronnie Phillips and wife Janice of Bear Creek; grandchildren, Jeff Griffin and wife Becky, Jennifer Perry and husband David, Steve Clark Phillips, Jr., Julie Albright and husband Jody, Amy Ritter and husband Chance; great-grandchildren, Ashley, Heather and Jessica Griffin, Brooke and Carson Perry, Jarod and Rachel Albright, Blake and Bailey Ritter; Haley Phillips; sisters, Frances Dowd and husband Jim, Louise Jessup and husband Rex; brothers, Earl Phillips and wife Ann, Clarence Phillips and wife Sue, all of Siler City; and several nieces and nephews.
The family received friends Sunday, October 8, 2017 from 2-3:30 p.m. at Smith & Buckner Funeral Home, 230 North Second Avenue, Siler City.  The funeral was Sunday, October 8, 2017 at 3:30 at Smith & Buckner Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Darrell Garner officiating. Burial was in Oakwood Cemetery, Siler City.
Online condolences may be made at www.pughfuneralhome.com.

10-05-2017

DAVID FRANKLIN MOODY, JR.
David Franklin Moody, Jr., 35, of Siler City died Sunday, (09-24-2017) in Myrtle Beach.
A memorial service will be held Sunday, (10-08-2017) at 3 p.m. at Provident Independent Methodist Church with Rev. Brian Caldwell officiating.
Smith & Buckner Funeral Home is assisting the family.

MEKIA GENESE GILCHRIST
Mekhia Genese Gilchrist, 13, of Cameron, passed on Wednesday, (09-27-2017) at FirstHealth Hospice & Palliative Care, West End.
Arrangements By: Knotts Funeral Home, Sanford.

CARLTON MACK MORRISON
Carlton Mack Morrison, 74 of Moncure, passed away Tuesday, (09-26-2017)  at Rex Hospital in Raleigh.
Graveside funeral services were conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, (09-30-2017) at the Haywood Independent Bible Church Cemetery with Rev. David Priddy officiating.
He was born in Lee County to Daniel Tracy and Pauline Cox Morrison who predeceased him. He was also predeceased by his brother Toby Morrison.  Mack was self-employed in the construction industry and was a graduate of Moncure High School.
Surviving are his sons, Carlton Morrison Jr., of Durham, Tracy Morrison of Creedmoor;  sisters, Gail M. Thomas and Jennie Arnold both of Broadway; one granddaughter and two step-grandchildren.
Online condolences can be made at www.smithfuneralhomebroadway.

JACKIE CASH GRAY
Jackie Cash Gray, 83 of Apex, died Thursday (09-28-2017) at Wake Med  in Cary.
Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. Monday at Mount Pisgah Baptist Church with Rev. Randy Umberger officiating.  Burial followed in Mount Pisgah Baptist Church Cemetery.
She was born in Chatham County, daughter of the late Charlie Thomas Cash and Pearl Rena Johnson Cash.  She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Donald Cash, daughter Debra Collins and great granddaughter Katie Collins.
Surviving is her husband Charles Gray;  children, Robin Blalock, Tony Gray;  brothers, Jimmie Cash and Milton Cash;  sisters, Sandra Denson and Phyllis Cash; six grandchildren and ten great grandchildren.
Flowers are welcome or donations can be made to Gideon International.
Online condolences can be made at www.smithfuneralhomebroadway.com.

RUTH CAROL CALCUTT
Ruth Carol Calcutt, of Sanford, died Monday (09-25-2017).
A service was held in her honor at Jonesboro Heights Baptist Church Friday (09-29-2017), at 3 p.m.
She is preceded in death by her father, Jessie Calcutt, mother Ruth Calcutt, brother Norman Calcutt, and daughter Denise Carol Calcutt.
She is survived by her daughter Pamela Simmons of Holly Springs; and three grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, she has suggested that you make a donation to Jonesboro Heights Baptist Church in her name to be used for a scholarship for a deserving child.
Condolences may be made at www.bridgescameronfuneralhome.com.

HAZEL WILKINS SIMPSON
Hazel Wilkins Simpson, 97, of Sanford, died Thursday, (09-28-2017) at Westfield Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.
The funeral service was held Sunday, (10-01-2017) at 3 p.m. at Spring Hill United Methodist Church in Lillington, with Dr. Jerome Smith officiating.  Burial followed in the church cemetery.
She was born in Harnett County on November 3, 1919 to the late C.C. and Minnie Ennis Jarman.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husbands, Vassar Lewis Wilkins and Floyd Simpson;  a great-grandson, and nine siblings.
Hazel is survived by her sons, James Larry Wilkins of Sanford and Ronald G. Wilkins, both of Sanford; daughter, Shirley Jean Wilkins Wallace of Greensboro; step-son, Kenneth Simpson; five grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.
Condolences may be made at www.bridgescameronfuneralhome.com.

JANIE MAE FERGUSON
Janie Mae Ferguson, 79, of Sanford passed on Sunday, (10-01-2017) at Central Carolina Hospital.
Arrangements by: Knotts Funeral Home.

NANCY LEE LYONS
Nancy Lee Lyons, 74, of Sanford passed on Thursday (09-28-2017) at her home.
Arrangements by: Knotts Funeral Home.

RICKY EUNICE CHALMERS
Ricky Eunice Chalmers, 56, of Sanford passed on Sunday, (10-01-2017) at Central Carolina Hospital.
Arrangements by: Knotts Funeral Home, Sanford.

JUDY KAY OATSON
Mrs. Judy Kay Oatson, 61, of Taylorsville, KY passed on Thursday, (09-28-2017) at UNC Hospital in Chapel Hill.
Arrangements by: Knotts Funeral Home, Sanford.

OSCAR ALEXANDER VELASQUEZ-REYES
Mr. Oscar Alexander Velasquez-Reyes, 12, of Sanford passed on Monday, (09-25-2017) at his home.
His funeral service was held Saturday, (09-30-2017) at 11 a.m. at St. Stephen Catholic Church. Interment followed at Buffalo Jonesboro Cemtery.
Mr. Velasquez was born October 11, 2004 in Sanford. His mother was Deisy Reyes, father, Ocar Humberto Velasquez; siblings, Hermano; Omar Antonio Velasquez-Reyes.
He was a 7th grader at West Lee Middle School.

KENNETH MITCHELL “MIKE” JOHNSON
Kenneth Mitchell “Mike” Johnson, 67, of  Hillside Dairy Road, Pittsboro died Monday, September 25, 2017 at Duke University Hospital.
Mr. Johnson was born in Apex on April 18, 1950 the son of Kenneth Vance and Verlie (Barnhill) Johnson.  Mike was a member of Hickory Mountain Baptist Church, a 1968 graduate of Pittsboro High School, an Army veteran of the Vietnam War.  Mike was an avid outdoors man.  He was employed by Clean Harbors Environmental as a heavy equipment operator.  He enjoyed hunting, logging, woodworking, carpentry, Tar Heel football and NASCAR.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his wife of 37 years: Carolyn (Hoenig) Johnson; three daughters: Amber J. Crotts and husband, Stephen Crotts, Jr. of Pittsboro, Cindy W. McNeill and husband, Chris of Cameron and Kathy W. Brown of Pittsboro; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren and his grand-dog Tucker.
The family received friends Thursday, September 28, 2017 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Smith & Buckner Funeral Home, 230 North Second Avenue, Siler City, NC and other times at the home.  The funeral was held Friday, September 29, 2017 at 2 p.m. at Hickory Mountain Baptist Church with Rev. Lee Callicutt officiating.  Burial followed in the church cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Hickory Mountain Baptist Church, 1094 Mt. Vernon-Hickory Mountain Road, Siler City, NC 27344.
Online condolences may be made at www.pughfuneralhome.com.

RUTH PAULINE BOWDEN
Ruth Pauline Bowden, age 89, of Siler City, NC passed away peacefully on Monday, September 18, 2017 at the Genesis Siler City Center.
She was born on December 26, 1927, the daughter of the late Albert and Josie (White) Jeffries.  Also preceding her in death were her husband, Roy Amos Bowden, and a son, Roy Ivory Bowden.
Mrs. Bowden was a member of the Rocky River Missionary Baptist Church where she served as a Deaconess, a member of the Usher Board, and a member of the Hospitality Committee.
She and her family moved to New York in 1961 where they remained for the next 27 years.  She was employed by The Rockland Psychiatric Center (formerly Rockland State Hospital), Orangeburg, NY, returning home to Siler City, after retiring.
Cherishing her memory will be her brother, Raeford Jeffries (Vivian) of Rock Creek, NC; daughter, Brenda Rose (Donald) of Holly Springs, NC; son, Randy Bowden (Susan) of Shepherdsville, KY; ten grandchildren, 40 great-grandchildren, and four great-great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at her church on Saturday, September 23. Following the service the family received friends in the church Fellowship Hall. Arrangements were made by Knotts Funeral Home, Siler City.

CLYDE McPHERSON
Clyde McPherson age 69, of Wilmington, went to be home with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, September 30, 2017.
He was born in Burlington, NC on December 16, 1947 to Thomas and Kathleen McPherson.
Clyde owned and operated McPherson’s Body Shop for nearly 40 years. He was an expert body repairman and painter as well as a talented fabricator who built and raced his own cars. Clyde was dedicated to the people that he was able to serve while developing many close relationships with those he came to know and love through his business. He was passionate about his family, country, racing and Chevrolet. Clyde loved the Lord and enjoyed serving in several positions throughout his life in church. His talent, wit, and friendship will be missed by all who knew him.
Clyde is survived by his loving wife of 10 years, Susie McPherson; daughter, Tia Lee and husband Aaron; grandson, Trey Lee; step son, Jeff MacNeil and wife Catherine; brothers, Billy, Gerald and Bobby McPherson; sister, Carleen Culberson; and many family and friends.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, October 7, 2017 at Grace Baptist Church, 1401 North  College Road, Wilmington, NC 28405, officiated by Rev. J. D. Herchenhahn. The family will visit with friends following the service.
Flowers are welcome or the family requests that you consider a donation in memory of Clyde to Samaritan’s Purse.
Share memories and condolences with the family at www.wilmingtoncares.com.

BILLY R. WOODY, SR.
Billy Ray Woody, Sr., 83, of Goldston, died Saturday, September 30, 2017 at his residence.
Mr. Woody was born January 14, 1934 in Chatham County, the son of Walter and Margaret  (Atkins) Woody.  Billy was a retired Poultry Supervisor, and a member of Antioch Baptist Church and had served as a Deacon.
Billy was an antique collector and operated Ore Hill Treasure Chest, and enjoyed going to old car shows. Mr. Woody was preceded in death by his parents, a son, Billy Ray Woody, Jr., brother, Ervin, and sisters, Catherine and Estelle.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Helen (Hancock) Woody; one daughter, Evelyn Woody White and husband Randy of Siler City; brothers, Elmer and J. B. Woody of Sanford, Larry Woody of Louisburg, Donald, Wayne and Jimmy Woody all of Goldston; grandchildren, Brandon Butler and wife Meredith, Nikki Stutts and husband Patrick, Crystal Johnson and husband Matthew, Jason and Kevin Woody and nine great-grandchildren.
The family received friends Tuesday, October 3, 2017 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Smith & Buckner Funeral Home, 230 North Second Avenue, Siler City, NC. Other times the family was at the home of his daughter. The funeral was held Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at 2 p.m. at Antioch Baptist Church, 3825 Bonlee-Carbonton Road, Goldston with Rev. Mike Garner officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Antioch Baptist Church, 3825 Bonlee-Carbonton Road, Goldston, NC 27252.
Online condolences may be made at www.pughfuneralhome.com.

BEVERLY ANN HEADEN
There will be a celebration of the Life and Legacy of Beverly Ann Headen on Thursday, October 5, 2017 at 11 a.m. at Grace Bible Fellowship, 9043 Chapel Hill Road, Cary, NC 27513. Interment will follow at the First Missionary Baptist Church in Siler City.
FMBC will provide van service to Cary. Please arrive at FMBC at 9:30 a.m. For more information, please call (919) 545-1257.
The family request that flowers and condolences be sent to Knotts Funeral Home in Siler City.

9-28-2017

JOHN LYNN GILES
John Lynn Giles, 77, of Whiteville died Monday, (09-18-2017) at Columbus Regional Healthcare System.
A graveside service was held on Friday, (09-22-2017) at 11 a.m. at Pineywood Baptist Church Cemetery with Pastor Harry Clarke officiating.
Born in New Madrid, MO, John was the son of the late John Wesley Giles and Mary Elizabeth McVay.  He was a veteran of the US Army 82nd Airborne and the founder and owner of Cardinal Finance Company of Whiteville and Lumberton.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Jean Lane Giles and siblings, Ruby Giles Storage and Aaron McArthur Giles.
He is survived by his children, Wes Giles of Whiteville, David Giles of Lumberton, Debby Pate of Whiteville; sisters,  Mildred G. Cavanaugh of White Lake, Mary G. Adams of Toledo, OH, Carol G. Domek of St. Petersburg, FL; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, consider donations to the cemetery fund at Pineywood Baptist Church, 545 Pineywood Church Rd., Cameron, NC 28326.
Condolences may be made at www.bridgescameronfuneralhome.com.

ROBERT BRIAN LEATHERS
Robert Brian Leathers, 44, of Sanford, died Monday, (09-18-2017).
A graveside service was held at Grace Chapel Church Cemetery on Saturday, (09-23-2017) at 11 a.m. with Rev. Joel Murr and Rev. J. Muckenfuss officiating.
He was born in Durham, on December 20, 1972 to Robert L. Leathers and Harriet B. Leathers.  He was self-employed and worked in construction.
In addition to his parents, Brian is survived by his son, Robert Stephen Leathers; sisters, Jennifer L. Myers of Charlotte, and Robbi L. Muckenfuss of Durham.
Condolences may be made at www.bridgescameronfuneralhome.com.

BOBBY K. SMITH
Bobby Keith Smith, 68, of Siler City, died Friday, (09-22-2017) at his residence.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m., Monday, (09-25-2017) at Staley Baptist Church with Rev. Allan Furr, with burial in Staley Cemetery.
Bobby was a native of Chatham County, a self-employed mechanic, and a member of Staley Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his parents, J. G. and Hazel Hinshaw Smith, son, Richard Smith, and step-daughter, Mandee Gilley.
Survivors include his wife, Denise Y. Smith of Liberty; daughters, Donna Smith of Staley, Tonya McManus of Siler City, Beth Eaves of Cary, Jennifer Jamison, of Staley; son, Keith H. Smith of Siler City; brother, Barrett Smith, of Siler City; nine grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
Condolences may be made online at www.loflinfuneralservice.com.

DALTON CONNER DIXON
Dalton Conner Dixon, age 5, of Sanford, died Wednesday, (09-20-2017) at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill.
The funeral service was held Tuesday, (09-26-2017) at 2 p.m. at Donaldson Funeral Home & Cremation Griffin Chapel with Rev. Ray Gooch and Rev. Tom Hallberg presiding. A committal service will be held Thursday, (09-28-2017)  at 11 a.m. at Chatham United Methodist Church cemetery.
Dalton was born May 23, 2012 to David Jim Dixon and Tonya Nicole Thomas.
He is also survived by brothers, Coye Burns and Josh Dixon of Laurinburg; sister, Morgan Dixon of Colorado; maternal grandparents, Larry and Ann Thomas of Bear Creek; paternal grandmother, Kathy Ann Dixon of Hillsborough.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Dennis Ray Dixon.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Dalton’s memory to B.T. Bullock Elementary School, 1410 McNeil Road, Sanford, NC 27330.
Condolences may be made at www.donaldson funerals.com.
Arrangements by Donaldson Funeral Home & Cremation.

ROBERT R. COX, SR.
Robert Richard Cox, Sr., 72, of  Liberty, died Thursday, (09-21-2017) at Durham VA Medical Center.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m., Sunday, (09-24-2017) at Pleasant Hill Christian Church, Liberty, with Rev. Howard Spray officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery with military honors by the Randolph County Honor Guard.
Robert was a native of Guilford County, formerly employed as Operational Manager with Allens Hatchery, served in the U.S. Navy and a member of Pleasant Hill Christian Church.  He was also a member of DAV, and N.C. Poultry Association. He was preceded in death by parents, Ray and Catherine McCormick Cox, brother, Walter Cox, half-brothers, Boyd Cox, William Cox, Danny Cox, half sisters, Jean McCormick, Janet Earles,and grandson, Jordan M. Stanley.
Survivors include daughters, Laura Cox Stanley of Ramseur, Sandra Cox McNeil of Franklinville; son, Robert R. Cox, Jr., of Liberty;  sister, Jonell Cox of Greensboro; brother, Donald Cox of Eden;  ten grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; half brother, Bennie Cox; half sisters, Darlene East-Wagoner, and Diana Cox.
Condolences may be made online at www.loflinfuneralservice.com.
Memorials may be made to Huntington’s Disease Foundation, PO Box 912, Salado, TX 76571.

DAVID FRANKLIN MOODY, JR.
David Franklin Moody, Jr., 35, of Siler City died Sunday, (09-24-2017) in Myrtle Beach.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Mr. Moody was born in Orange County on July 29, 1982, the son of David F. and Carolyn (Mensch) Moody. David was preceded in death by his mother.
He is survived by his father.
Smith & Buckner Funeral Home is assisting the family.

TRAVIS REED DELP
Travis Reed Delp, 54, of Asheboro, died Friday, (09-22-2017) at his residence.
Funeral service was held at  6 p.m., Sunday, (09-24-2017) at Moon’s Chapel Baptist Church with Dr. Patrick Fuller, Rev. Jason Burton, Rev. Scott Faw, and Rev. Garry Reeder officiating.  A graveside committal service was held on Monday, (09-25-2017) at Roselawn Memorial Gardens, Princeton, WV at 4 p.m. with Rev. Wes Lambert and Dr. Patrick Fuller officiating.
Travis attended Concord University in Athens, WV.  Travis was employed by Evonik, Inc. of Greensboro for 23 years.   Travis was a member of Moon’s Chapel Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon and children’s church teacher.  He also served and transported senior adults as a personal ministry.  He was preceded in death by his father, Dillard T. Delp, a   brother, Alan T. Delp.
Survivors include his wife of 34 years, Pamela Poe Delp, of the home; daughter, Angela Boone, of Siler City; mother, Esther M. Delp-Pishree, of Harmony;  brother, Brad A. Delp of Shady Spring, WV;  and two grandchildren.
Condolences may be made online at www.loflinfuneralservice.com.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts and donations may be made to Moon’s Chapel Baptist Church, New Building Fund, 175 Moon’s Chapel Road, Siler City, NC 27344.

SYLVIA GAINES JOHNSON
Mrs. Sylvia Gaines Johnson, 78, of Benson, died Saturday at her home.
A graveside service was held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Roselawn Cemetery with Mr. David Williams officiating.
Mrs. Johnson was born March 5, 1939 in Chatham County to the Late Graham Glenn and Alice Vera Phillips Gaines. She was also preceded in death by her husband, D. Heber Johnson, Jr. Mrs. Johnson graduated from Benson High School, was a member of Benson Baptist Church, and she worked in the family business, D.H. Johnson & Sons.
Surviving are a son,  D.H. Johnson  III of Benson.
Memorials may be made to the Benson Foundation of the Arts, PO Box 335, Benson, NC 27504
Online condolences may be expressed at www.roseandgraham.com.

LILLIAN LOUISE BULLOCK WHITE
Lillian Louise Bullock White, 95, of Sanford, died Monday, (09-25-2017) at Central Carolina Hospital.
A graveside service will be held on Saturday, (09-30-2017) at 2 p.m. at Jonesboro Cemetery with Rev. Gilbert McDowell.
She was born in Wake County, on February 20, 1922 to the late Charlie Bullock and Lillie Belle White Bullock.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Jesse Joseph White, a son, Jesse Joseph White, Jr., and a daughter, Cynthia White Buchanan.  Lillian and her late husband were the former owners and operators of White’s One Hour and Jonesboro Dry Cleaners.  She was a member of Jonesboro Heights Baptist Church and a member of Jonesboro Heights Eastern Star.
Lillian is survived by her sister, Edna Earle Cole of Southern Pines; half-sister, Mary Hawley Oates of Sanford; three grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends Friday, (09-29-2017) from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home.
Condolences may be made at www.bridgescameronfuneralhome.com.

KIM T. MONKEMEYER
Kim T. Monkemeyer, 60, of Sanford passed on Monday (09-25-2017) at Central Carolijna Hospital in Sanford.
Arrangements by: Knotts Funeral Home Sanford.

OSCAR ALEXANDER VELASQUEZ
Mr. Oscar Alexander Velasquez, 12, of Sanford passed on Monday (09-25-2017) at his home.
Arrangements by: Knotts Funeral Home, Sanford.

THOMAS BENJAMIN GALES
Mr. Thomas Benjamin Gales, 76, of Charlotte, passed on Wednesday, (09-20-2017) at Carolinas Medical  Center in Charlotte.
Arrangements by: Knotts Funeral Home, Sanford.

EDWARD SHELTON HOLMES
Edward Shelton Holmes, 87, of The Cedars of Chapel Hill, and formerly
of Pittsboro, died suddenly on Tuesday, September 19th, 2017. His family, his friends, and North Carolina have lost a quiet and modest but effective leader, but his legacy lives on in legislation, his service to education, the results of his law practice, and most of all in the values he passed on to family and others. As one friend said, “There’s hardly a week goes by when I haven’t asked myself, ‘How would Ed have handled this?’ His example has been my guide for more than 30 years and so he will continue.”
Ed was born in Leaksville in Rockingham County on November 20, 1929 to Bessie Shelton Holmes and James Eugene Holmes. He graduated from Leaksville High School and then attended the University of North Carolina, where he received a B.S. in chemistry in 1951.  As a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity at U.N.C., Ed formed close and productive friendships that he maintained the rest of his life. Ed served as a Communications Specialist in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Korea during the Korean Conflict. In 1955, he returned to Chapel Hill for law school where he met another U.N.C. student, Mary Hayes Barber of Pittsboro, N.C.  Ed received his law degree, then married Mary Hayes in 1958.  They moved to Pittsboro, and Ed began practicing law with his father-in-law, Wade Barber, then with his brother-in-law, Wade Barber, Jr. Although Ed became heavily engaged in politics and service in the legislature, he never lacked time, attention, or compassion for the people who came to his office for help. He welcomed all without judgement. Ed practiced law with distinction and integrity until his retirement in 2007.
Ed and Mary Hayes raised three children in whom they instilled the values of hard work, community service, civility, honesty and kindness. Ed was a well-liked and respected servant of his profession, his community, and of the State of North Carolina.  He faithfully attended Pittsboro Presbyterian Church for over fifty years.  Among his many contributions and accomplishments, Ed served as a Deacon in his church, as President of the Chatham County Bar and the 15th Judicial District Bar and as State Bar Counselor, Chairman of the Governor’s Committee on Low Income Housing, President of the North Carolina Legal Aid Association and, for forty years, as attorney for the Chatham County School Board.  Ed also served on the Board of Directors of Central Carolina Bank for almost thirty years.
He expressed his dedication to education in his unfailing support as a legislator for North Carolina’s university system and later as a member of the Board of Central Carolina Community College Foundation. In 2008 he and Mary Hayes established and funded the Edward S. and Mary Hayes B. Holmes Endowment which provides scholarships for students of CCCC.
Ed was a life-long, active Democrat who worked effectively across party lines.  He was first elected to the North Carolina House of Representatives in 1972 and served four terms. While in the legislature he served as a member of the General Statutes Commission and Chair of the House Appropriations Committee.
Ed’s marriage with Mary Hayes was truly extraordinary.  They deeply loved, respected, and enjoyed each other. Ed supported her entry into county politics and her service on the State Board of Transportation. Mary Hayes died in 2008.  A year later, Ed left Pittsboro and moved to The Cedars in Chapel Hill.  There, Ed lived an active life with many friends, including several of his Beta Theta Pi fraternity brothers. He exercised daily and participated in civic and social activities, including Chapel Hill Investment Club , and most recently as Past President of the Chapel Hill-Tar Heel Golden K (Kiwanis). He also enjoyed tennis, gardening, ping pong and he truly enjoyed watching the Tar Heels in their victories.  Ed adored his three grandchildren and spent a great deal of time with them.
Ed is survived by his children, Edward S. Holmes, Jr. and his wife Margaret Morgan Holmes of Chapel Hill, Hayes Barber Holmes and his wife Barbara Mallard Holmes of Chapel Hill, and Agnes Holmes Cobbum and her husband Craig Cobbum of Annapolis, Maryland; grandchildren Grace Morgan Holmes and Robert Edward Holmes of Chapel Hill and Mary Hayes Cobbum of Annapolis, his brother in law Wade Barber, Jr. and wife Marina and many nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends on Friday, September 22, 2017 from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall at Pittsboro Presbyterian Church. There will also be a Celebration of Life at The Cedars Clubhouse on Sunday September 24, 2017, 4:30-6:30.
In lieu of flowers, the family ask that memorial donations be made in Ed’s memory to the Central Carolina Community Foundation “Holmes Endowment”1105 Kelly Dr., Sanford, NC, 27330; Kidznotes P.O. Box 200 Durham, NC 27702, Pittsboro Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 713, Pittsboro, NC 27312.
Condolences may be made at www.donaldsonfunerals.com.
Arrangements by Donaldson Funeral Home & Cremation.
Donaldson Funeral Home & Cremation is honored to serve the Holmes family.

ALFRED PERRY BEARD, SR.
Alfred Perry Beard, Sr. 88, of US Hwy 64, West, Siler City died Friday, September 22, 2017.
Alfred was born in Chatham County on June 2, 1929 the son of John William and Fleta (Brooks) Beard.   He was skilled in working with his hands; as a carpet installer by trade, vegetable gardening and playing a round of golf.
Alfred was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Lewis, Joe and William; sister, Nancy Cotner.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Bula (Perry) Beard; one daughter, Nancy Confair-Neal and husband Charles of Sanford; one son, Alfred “Al” Beard II and wife Jaime of Clarksville, VA; one sister, Mary Emma Bray of Staley; grandchildren, Candace, Brianna, Brandi, Christopher, Chase, and Alexander; great-grandchildren, Liam, Cameron, Matthew, Adalyn and Savannah; several nieces and nephews; and special friend, Abigail Beard.
A graveside service was held Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at 11 a.m. at Chatham Memorial Park, 13260 Hwy 64 West, Siler City with Rev. Mike Johnson officiating.
No formal visitation is planned but the family will be at the home.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Randolph, P.O. Box 9, Asheboro, NC 27204-0009.
Smith & Buckner Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Online condolences may be made at www.pughfuneralhome.com.

EUGENE V. GRACE, MD
December 12, 1927 – September 20, 2017
Durham, NC – “Death…the last sleep? No…the final awakening.” Walter Scott
Husband, father, grand-father, great-grandfather, brother, uncle, veteran, ophthalmologist, publisher, poet, politician, philanthropist, and lover of jokes and puns, our father was at home when he passed away peacefully.
He leaves behind a loving and devoted wife, Linda; four children, Gene Grace (Elizabeth), St. Cloud, FL, Kathy Pulliam (Ed), Wake Forest, NC; Lydia Brooks (Phil), Wachapreague, VA and Amy Grace, Columbus, GA; a sister, Tricia Grace, Seattle, WA; eleven grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews and friends all over the world.
Born during the depression in Jackson, TN, the oldest to five younger sisters, Gene always held fast to his faith for the strength to persevere. His accomplishments are many because of his desire to honor God by using the talents He has prepared in him to serve and love others. From his willingness to help the poor in his own backyard of North Carolina, to performing free eye care for the people of Ghana, China, and the British Virgin Islands, his service to those in need was vast. He is forever in our hearts as is his spirit of loving and serving others.
Our wish is that in lieu of flowers, you would choose to follow your heart and make a donation to service others in need.
A private memorial service is being planned at the family’s old farm in Chatham County at a later date.
As we reflect on this poem from Daddy, we picture him now surrounded by love, with all the peace and beauty of which he wrote and knew one day he would willingly go.
HANDKERCHIEF of the LORD
Mark for me a place in this earth,
One in which you can lay me down,
And cover me gently with grass
That blows green when Spring comes around.
If a child should ask; what is grass?
No need to wonder nor to guess
Not to change your smile to a frown;
Just laugh and repeat Whitman’s word,
It’s the handkerchief of the Lord. – Eugene Grace

ELIA MARIE SUSTAITA
September 25, 1958 – September 19, 2017
Elia Marie Sustaita, also endearingly called  Ellie, has passed.  She went peacefully Tuesday morning to Peace.
Elia was born in San Marcos, TX, the daughter of Jesus and Juanita Sustaita.   The family grew to five additional surviving brothers and sisters.  Her parents were hard working, with many jobs, her father for most of his years in the large scale operations to help create the building of San Antonio and areas surrounding, her mother a trusted caregiver for innumerable patients and families. Elia, being the eldest of the children, was called upon to help look after her siblings. They even worked the scorching fields in Texas and Oklahoma to help their existence.  Along with many other close relatives, there were never-ending episodes of calamity and comedy.  Many memories arise from living and working on their ranch outside of San Antonio.
After high school, Elia attended college where she obtained her nursing degree.  She was a licensed nurse until her passing, and held a variety of nursing positions both in Texas and North Carolina.  Recognized for her great command of both English and Spanish languages since childhood, she was called upon incessantly to assist to interpret in a multitude of situations, far beyond only health care.  It was indeed amazing to witness her expertise in simultaneous interpreting.  She was also adept in several dialects of Latin America.  Amusingly, many times under more relaxed circumstances with friends or family the mix of jargon was so confounding that one of her favorite catch-phrases was ‘whatch-a-ma-doodle’.  Uncannily, most of the time, we knew the meaning.
Surviving several hardships as well, which included a near-death chapter in her life, Elia returned with a renewed vitality.  Utilizing her multilingual talents to help countless others, only on a charitable basis, she eventually started her own interpreting and document translating agency and serving over 22 years.Her renown spread throughout the community.  Backed by several key individuals, her company was the first to initiate the formal interpreting program for Chatham Hospital, in Siler City, NC.  UNC- Chapel Hill recruited her to help with their distinguished child development programs.  Local social assistance agencies, including the Hispanic liaison, domestic violence agencies, and the Department of Social Services enlisted her aid.  From there the judicial system enlisted her help in the court system, for individuals and attorneys in need.  In particular, of mutual benefit, respect, and fondness, there developed a successful professional relationship with the attorneys and stellar staff of the firm of Moody, Williams, Roper and Lee, which lasted over 20 years.  Elia and her staff, which at one time included over a dozen capable and loyal subcontractors and whose firm was contracted by numerous corporations, served the Chatham County schools and their exceptional needs children, health care providers, business owners, insurers, government officials and agencies, AAA’s driver improvement program, the Habitat for Humanity, and literally hundreds of individuals with need.  An unimaginable multitude of souls have her to thank for allowing them to come to these United States to live and work legally under honest and fair conditions. Additionally, she was able to communicate with other governments to assist people traveling back across borders to be with their loved ones freely.  Elia was strict, to the letter of the law, to maintain integrity and to see that matters were taken care of appropriately and responsibly, despite the frequent attempts and threats to slip to illegal or unethical means.  Respected indeed, and that was why she was referred to as Doña Elia by the local Hispanic community.
Of course, none of these accomplishments would have been possible without her being blessed with insurmountable Grace.  Her energy was enduring, her determination unstoppable, her giving infinite.  Ebullience, laughter, and happiness flowed from her being. Full of life, she loved cooking, traveling, casinos, bingo, reading, nature’s beauty, and being with family.
The world as we see it, is fraught with issues and difficult times. There was the time Elia was bringing her own special food to the hospital, only to find on her way home that her residence and her possessions were on fire from a faulty appliance and burned to nothingness.  She had experienced mistreatment and loss, including tragically, family members, and most of all her beloved father.  And in recent years her own health decline, of which there could be no known fault nor reason.
It was a beautiful comfort for her to contact and see her precious friends and family within the past months, weeks and days.  The kindness and tenderness of their affection was moving beyond words.
Yet in her final time, despite our inability to understand the whys, Elia was able to ultimately find enlightenment.  She had welcomed and offered true forgiveness to all.  And became filled with the truth that to love one another is Joy and Peace.  And in the purest Love is she now free and does she now rest.
Elia is especially missed by her beloved mother, all her family and friends, and those fortunate to have received her sweet touch; names too numerous to mention here, but who know who they are.  All are loved and blessings from Heaven.
In adoration forever, from the love of her life.

RONALD ODELL JOYCE
Ronald Odell Joyce, age 65, was received into his heavenly home on Tuesday, September 26, 2017.
Mr. Joyce was born on March 18, 1952 in Siler City, NC to the late Odell and Gertha Lane Joyce.
Ronnie is survived by his wife of 36 years, Shelly Shaner Joyce; his daughters, Chloe and Savannah; son-in-law Brooks Childress; and his very special side-kick and grandson, Brody. He is also survived by one brother, Rodger Joyce (Jill) of Greensboro and two sisters Sylvia Joyce Craven of Sumter, SC and Sandy Joyce Merritt (Robert) of Elizabethtown, NC. Ronnie has a host of in-laws, nieces, nephews and friends who grieve his absence.  In addition to his parents, Ronnie is predeceased by one brother, Jerry Mack Joyce.
Ronnie was a graduate of Chatham Central High School, Appalachian State University and NC A&T. He served Chatham County Schools for 31 years as a teacher and administrator and most recently served for nine years for Chatham Charter School as Headmaster.
Ronnie was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend. He enjoyed the mountains, beach, serving his community and hiking with his girls. The last four years he spent loving life with his grandson, Brody. He was a member of Bonlee Baptist Church where he enjoyed singing in the choir for many years. His lifelong love of music is most noted by his involvement in writing, singing and recording bluegrass music.
Those who spent any time around Ronnie enjoyed his sharp wit, ready smile and genuine concern for others. Those who worked for Ronnie enjoyed a leader who made each of his employees feel important and needed. He will be greatly missed by many.
The family will receive friends Thursday, September 28, 2017 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Donaldson Funeral Home & Cremation in Pittsboro. A Celebration of Life for Ronnie will be held on Sunday, October 1, 2017 at 3 p.m. in the Polly O. Yow Auditorium at Chatham Central High School.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations in memory of Ronnie to Lillie’s Fund in ℅ Chatham Animal Rescue and Education at PO Box 610, Pittsboro, NC 27312 or UNC Hospice at P.O. Box 1077, Pittsboro, NC 27312.
Condolences may be made at www.donaldsonfunerals.com.
Arrangements by Donaldson Funeral Home & Cremation.
Donaldson Funeral Home & Cremation is honored to serve the Joyce family.

ROSEMARIE SHEPHERD
April 17, 1955 – August 8, 2017
Graham – Rosemarie Shepherd – Please join us for a Celebration of Life on Sunday, October 8th at 3 p.m. at The Haw River Ballroom, 1711 Saxapahaw-Bethlehem Church Road, Saxapahaw.

GWENDOLYN “Gwen” KILPATRICK
Gwendolyn “Gwen” Kilpatrick of Apex died Friday, September 22, 2017 at UNC Hospice Home, Pittsboro.

Gwen is survived by two sons, Paul Ellis of Georgia and Tim Weekley and wife, Kimberly of Florida; two sisters, Katherine Kilpatrick of Bumpass, VA and Chris Kilpatrick of Durham, NC; and four grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of UNC, PO Box 1077, Pittsboro, NC  27312 or an animal organization of donor’s choice.
Smith & Buckner Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Online condolences may be made at www.pughfuneralhome.com.

CHRISTOPHER ALLEN LANGLEY
Christopher Allen Langley, 40, of 67 Willett Road, Siler City, passed away Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at UNC Hospice House in Pittsboro.
A memorial service will be held at West End United Methodist Church, Sunday, October 1, 2017 at 2 p.m. with Rev. Jim Whitaker officiating.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.
Chris was born April 9, 1977 in Guilford County.  He earned his high school diploma from CCCC.
He was predeceased by his paternal grandfather, Tommy Earl Langley of Siler City and maternal grandparents, JC and Louise Bostic of Guilford County.
Survivors include father, Kenneth E. Langley of Mebane and paternal grandmother, Clara A. Langley of Siler City.  Other survivors include aunt, Janet L. Lambert and cousins, Will and Molli Lambert.  Chris was loved by many other great aunts, uncles and cousins.
The family would like to thank the caregivers of Liberty Hospice Services and UNC Hospice House in Pittsboro.
In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to UNC Hospice, PO Box 1077, Pittsboro, NC  27312 or Liberty Hospice Services, 1005 Carthage Street, Sanford, NC  27330.

9-21-2017

ESTELLE COOK JOHNSON
Estelle Cook Johnson, 84, of Siler City died Monday, (09-11-2017) at UNC Hospitals.
The funeral was held Saturday (09-16-2017) at 11 a.m. at Smith & Buckner Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Neal Kight officiating.
Burial followed in Sapling Ridge United Methodist Cemetery, Pittsboro.
Mrs. Johnson was born in Chatham County on September 26, 1932 the daughter of Fred and Ida (Barker) Cook.  Estelle was a member of Sapling Ridge United Methodist Church.  She retired as manager of Johnson Mobile Home Park and Johnson Produce, a family business.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Johnathan Edward Johnson; and son, Joseph D. Johnson.
Survivors include a son, Jonathan N. Johnson of Siler City; sister, Clara Johnson of Burlington; and one grandson.
Memorials may be made to Sapling Ridge U.M.C., 5016 Silk Hope-Gum Springs Road, Pittsboro, NC 27312.
Online condolences may be made at www.pughfuneralhome.com.

WILLIAM HENRY KOTTCAMP, IV
William “Billy” Henry Kottcamp, IV, 71, of Sanford, passed away on Friday, (09-15-2017), at his home.
A graveside service was held Tuesday, (09-19-2017) at 1 p.m. at Jones Chapel Church Cemetery.
Billy was born in Philadelphia, PA on December 31, 1945, to the late William Henry Kottcamp, III, and Thurleen Johnson Kottcamp.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, William Kottcamp V, and his siblings, Arthur, Thurleen, Bessie, and Rosetta.
He is survived by his wife, Phyllis Overby Kottcamp; daughter, Angelina Leach and two grandchildren.
Condolences may be made at www.bridgescameronfuneralhome.com.

HARLAND ALBERTA SAULTER
Harland Alberta Saulter, 98, of Sanford, passed away on Monday, (09-11-2017) at Central Carolina Hospital.
The funeral service was held Saturday, (09-16-2017) from 1 to 2 p.m. at Old Fashion Independent Baptist Church with Rev. Robert Davis officiating.  Burial was in the Calvary Memorial Church cemetery in Raeford.
Mr. Saulter was born in Coudersport, PA on July 6, 1919 to the late George Saulter and Annabelle Blow Saulter.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Marjorie.  Harland was a dedicated pastor, evangelist and dairy farmer.
Survivors include his wife, Maisie Brodie Saulter; sons, Robert Saulter of Savannah, GA and Joe Saulter of Greenwood, NY; daughter, Gloria Smith of Illinois; brothers, Laverne, Everett and Clifton Saulter, all of Coudersport, PA; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Condolences may be made at www.bridgescameronfuneralhome.com.

BARBARA JEAN PILSON DICKERSON
Barbara Jean Pilson Dickerson, 69, of Cameron, passed away on Sunday, (09-17-2017), at FirstHealth Hospice House in Pinehurst.
The funeral will be held on Friday, (09-22-2017), at 2 p.m. in the Chapel of Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home with Chaplain Joel Cameron officiating.  Burial will follow in Rocky Fork Christian Church Cemetery.

She was born in Guilford County on May 20, 1948, to the late Paul Dave Pilson, Sr. and Mary Copley Pilson.  Barbara worked as Manager of Big Lots.
Survivors include her husband, James Allen Dickerson; son, Mark D. Helms of Cameron; three step-daughters, Terri Elaine Munday and Jamie Elizabeth Champion, both of Sanford, Toni Pendleton of Ruffin; brother, Paul Dave Pilson, Jr. of Little Washington; twelve grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends Thursday, (09-21-2017) from 6 to 8 p.m. at Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home.
Condolences may be made at www.bridgescameronfuneralhome.com.

MARY MARGARET MIMMS
Mary Margaret Mimms, 85, of Broadway, passed away on Tuesday, (09-12-2017) at Central Harnett Hospital.
A graveside service was held Thursday, (09-14-2017) at 2 p.m. at Holly Springs Baptist Church with Rev. Scott Yow officiating.
Mary was born in Harnett County on January 14, 1932 to the late Sion Harrington Mimms and Pearl Sloan Mimms.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, James, Billy and Dan Mimms and one sister, Ruth Smith.  She worked at Eaton Corporation, and later, she greeted people at Walmart.   Mary was a member of Holly Springs Baptist Church.
She is survived by her daughter, Lisa M. Cook of Broadway; sisters, Fannie M. Stewart of Wilmington and Martha M. Maddox of Sanford;  three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home, Inc. to assist with funeral expenses.
Condolences may be made at www.bridgescameronfuneralhome.com.

THAJ C. SINGLETON
Thaj C. Singleton, 18, of Siler City passed away on Tuesday, (09-12-2017).
Funeral services were held Monday, (09-18-2017) at 2 p.m. at Staunton Memorial CME Church, Pittsboro. Burial followed at the Pittsboro Cemetery.
Survivors include his parents, Tabatha Brown Singleton and Huey C. Singleton; brothers, Xzavier Singleton, Curtis Singleton, Jr., Donell Singleton,Sheldon Brown, Joshu R. McCutchen and step-brother, Michael Brown; sister, Tiera Noel Brown; grandparents, Rosa Goldston, David and Margaret McCromick.

MAJOR M. WOOD
Major M. Wood, 84, passed away on Wednesday, (09-13-2017) at Central Carolina Hospital in Sanford.
Arrangements by: Knotts Funeral Home, Sanford.

WILLIE WATSON
Willie Watson, 75, of Sanford passed on Wednesday, (09-13-2017) at his residence.
Arrangements by: Knotts Funeral Home, Sanford.

MARY MAXINE AMERSON
Mary Maxine Amerson, 72, of Broadway passed on Friday, (09-15-2017) at Central Carolina Hosptial in Sanford.
Arrangements by: Knotts Funeral Home, Sanford.

ROBERT A. McLEAN
Mr. Robert A. McLean, 83, of Pittsburg, PA, formerly of Sanford passed away on Thursday, (09-14-2017).
Arrangements by: Knotts Funeral Home, Sanford.

KATHLEEN E. IGBEKOYI
Mrs. Kathleen (Everette) Igbekoyi, 60, of Sanford passed on Thursday, (09-14-2017) at her residence.
Arrangements by: KnottsFuneral Home, Sanford.

EDNA MAE GLOVER-MOFFITT
Mrs. Edna Mae Glover-Moffitt, 68 of Liberty passed on Friday (09-15-2017) at the Beacon Place in Greensboro.
The funeral will be held Thursday, (09-21-2017) at 2 p.m. at Pine Hill United Church of Christ, where she was a member.
Mrs. Moffitt was preceded in death by her father, Raymond and siblings, Frances, Doris, Mary J., Shilda, Brenda, Kairl and Bobby.
Survivors include her children, Laura Moffitt-Smith of the home and W. Maurice Moffitt of Ramseur; six grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; mother, Nellie Mae Glover, sisters, Rev. Mary Jackson of Siler City, Stella Brower of Cameron, Evangelist Debbie Tysor and Pamela Johnson, both of Siler City; brothers, Raymond Glover, Wayne Glover, and Leonard Glover, all of Siler City.

RUTH PAULINE BOWDEN
Mrs. Ruth Pauline Bowden, 90, of Siler City passed on Monday, (09-18-2017) at Siler City Center.
Knotts & Son Funeral Home is assisting the family.

FRANCES SPIVEY BOWERS
Frances Spivey Bowers, 76, of High Point died Friday, September 15, 2017 at Hospice of the Piedmont in High Point.
Mrs. Bowers was born in Chatham County on August 26, 1941, the daughter of Brownie and Margaret (Poe) Harris.  Frances was a 1959 graduate of Jordan-Matthews High School.   She was a member of Covenant Church United Methodist and the All Ages and Stages Sunday School Class.  She assisted the church youth in fund raising with pecan sales.  Frances was retired as a Customer Service Representative with Solstas Labs where she had worked since 1980.  She enjoyed cooking, watching cooking programs, traveling, taking cruises and taking care of her grandchildren.
Frances was preceded in death by her parents and a grandson, Will Bowers.
She is survived by her husband of 55 years, James “Jimmy” A. Bowers; son, Chris Bowers; grandchildren, Nathan, Mason, Kate, and Ella Bowers.
The family received friends Sunday, September 17, 2017 from 2 to 3 p.m. at Hickory Mountain United Methodist Church.  The funeral was held Sunday at 3 p.m. at Hickory Mountain United Methodist Church with Rev. Darren Alexander and Rev. Bill Hart  officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hickory Mountain United Methodist Church, 201 Hadley Mill Road, Pittsboro, NC 27312.
Smith & Buckner Funeral Home is assisting the family. Online condolences may be made at www.pughfuneralhome.com.

ROMAN OREN SMITH
Roman Oren  Smith, 84, of  Old US Hwy 421 North, Siler City died Friday, September  15, 2017 at First Health Moore Regional Hospital, Pinehurst.
Mr. Smith was born in
Chatham County on April 24, 1933, the son of Hugh W. and Vivian (Heiskell) Smith.  He served in the Navy during the Korean War and retired from
Lorillard Tobacco in Greensboro.  He enjoyed making pottery, tending his cows and reading his Bible.
Roman was preceded in death by his parents and a half-sister, Virginia McGinnis; brother, Heiskel Smith; and half-brother, Wrenn Brewer.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Carol (Sears) Smith; two daughters, Susan Smith (Skipper) and Joan S. Hollingsworth (David); two sons, Jim Smith and John Smith (Laurie); one sister, Anna Marie Smith; two brothers, Clayton V. Smith (Marie) and Leonard H. Smith (Glenda); grandchildren, James, Christopher, Leanne, Russ, and Clara.
A graveside service was held Monday, September 18, 2017 at 1 p.m. at Loves Creek Baptist Cemetery, 1745 East 11th Street, Siler City with Rev. Bob Wachs officiating.  The family received friends Monday, September 18, 2017 following the graveside service in the church fellowship hall.
Memorials may be made to Reid Heart Center, Moore Regional Hospital, Pinehurst.
Smith & Buckner Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Online condolences may be made at www.pugh funeralhome.com.

PAULINE (POLLY) SAUNDERS JOHNSON
Pauline (Polly) Saunders Johnson, age 94, of Siler City passed away peacefully on Saturday, September 16, 2017 after several years of declining health.
She was born September 13, 1923, the daughter of Causey and Mamie Saunders of Franklinville, NC. She was a wonderful cook, and her family knew there was always something good to eat in her kitchen, and she would not sit down and eat herself for running around taking care of everyone else. There are fond memories of her walking out every morning and evening through her flowers and vegetable gardens and the barnyard and talking to the mockingbird who came back every year, telling him he was such a pretty bird and that he sang such a petty song.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 63 years, Robert H. Johnson, daughter, Elaine Johnson Murray of Apex, son-in-law, Don Tarkenton of Siler City; brothers, Tracy Saunders and Lloyd Saunders of Asheboro and sister, Doris Saunders Miller of Asheboro.
She is survived by sons, Philip H. Johnson and wife Myra of Siler City, Raymond E. Johnson and wife Donna of Siler City; daughter, Margaret Johnson Tarkenton of Siler City; son-in-law, Tommy Murray of Apex; sister-in-law, Rose Saunders of Asheboro; five grandchildren, Stephanie Tarkenton Walkup (Chris) of Siler City, Philip Todd Johnson (Alicia) of Norman, OK, Derek Murray (Kellee) of Jacksonville, FL, Jill McDonald (J.P.) of Fargo, ND, Sarah Johnson of New York, NY, and nine great-grandchildren.
There was a gravesite service Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 2:00 o’clock at Chatham Memorial Park in Siler City with Rev. Sam Talley officiating.
The family would like to extend a special thank you  to Polly’s caregivers at Coventry House and Liberty Home Care and Hospice.
In lieu of flowers, you may consider making a donation in Polly’s memory to Liberty Home Care and Hospice, 401 E. Third St., Siler City, NC 27344.
Smith & Buckner Funeral Home of Siler City is assisting the Johnson Family.
Online condolences may be made at www.pughfuneralhome.com.

MILDRED IRENE POE McLAURIN
Mildred Irene Poe McLaurin, age 91, of Siler City, died Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at her home.
Irene was born in Chatham County on August 29, 1926 to the late Lyman Drewey Poe and Gladys Covert Poe. She was also preceded in death by her husband Ralph McLaurin, three brothers, R.T. Poe, Jimmy Poe, Wade Poe, and grandson-in-law, Michael Cunningham.
Surviving relatives include son, Edward McLaurin and wife Sandra of Siler City; daughter, Teresa McLaurin Bower and husband Douglas of Springfield, Illinois; five grandchildren, Shane Brafford, Ginger Cunningham, Edward McLaurin III, Cathy Unsbee, Kelly Smith and five great–grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held Sunday, September 17, 2017 at 4 p.m. at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church with Rev. Ray Gooch presiding.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church Building Fund, c/o Dixie Clark, 340 Landrum Creek, Siler City, NC 27344.
Condolences may be made at www.donaldsonfunerals.com
Arrangements by Donaldson Funeral Home & Cremation.
Donaldson Funeral Home & Cremation is honored to serve the McLaurin family.
Obituaries January 2017 – September 2017