Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Venetta Monroe

Funeral service for Mrs.

Venetta Monroe, 81, of Red Springs, died on Friday, August 19
Visitation will be held on Thursday, August 25 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Purcell Funeral Home chapel, Laurinburg.
The funeral will be held on Friday, August 26 at 12:15 p.m. in St. Mary's CPH Church, Red Springs.
Burial will be held in the St. Mary's Church Cemetery, Red Springs. Condolences can be made at

Monday, August 22, 2016

David N. Webb

David Niven Webb, 59, of Hope Mills, formerly of Raeford, passed away Saturday, August 20, 2016 in the Southeastern Hospice House after a long battle with cancer.

He was born in Moore County to the late Martin Lee and Ann Niven Webb. He was preceded in death by his wife, Deborah Lambert Webb. He was a loving son, husband, brother, father, grandfather, and uncle.

He leaves behind his two daughters, Maryanne Webb Beasley (Paskley) of Raeford, and Victoria Webb Peavey (Jason) of Hope Mills; his brothers, Marty Webb (Linda) of Raeford, and Lin Webb (Gail) of Fayetteville; two nieces, Wendy Johnson (Jimmy) and Valerie Webb; two nephews, Keith Webb (Erica) and Mark Webb; four great-nephews, Cameron, Conyer, Jack, and Wesley; and his two precious grandchildren, Ethan David Beasley and Logan Paskley Beasley.

Visitation will be 7-9 p.m. Friday, August 26 at Crumpler Funeral Home in Raeford.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. at the Raeford First Baptist Church with the Rev. Tom Lee and the Rev. Sherwood Beasley officiating. Inurnment will be in the Raeford Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: FirstHealth Foundation Cancer Carefund, 150 Applecross Rd, Pinehurst, NC 28374 and/or Southeastern Hospice House, 1100 Pinerun Rd, Lumberton, NC 28358.

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Earlie Mae Smith

Erlie Mae Smith of Raeford died Thursday, August 18, 2016 in her home at the age of 90.

She was born in Robeson County on August 11, 1926 to the late Fuller and Ruth Barnhill McDowell. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Oscar Barefoot and John Smith. 

She was a member of the Raeford First Baptist Church.

She is survived by her sister, Geneva McKeithan of Raeford; her stepson, John C. Smith Jr. (Sharon) of Raeford; her stepdaughter, Ruthie Watson (Elbert) of Tar Heel; her nieces, Faye Duggins (Gary) of Trininty, Shirley Coltrane (Jim) of New London, Pat Sykes (Danny) of Mt. Carmel, Tennessee, and Gail Beasley (Larry) of Sanford; and her nephew Bobby McDowell (Audrey) of Raeford.

Visitation will be held at Raeford First Baptist Church on Saturday, August 20 1-2 p.m.

The funeral will begin at 2 p.m. in the church sanctuary with Rev. Tom Lee and Rev. Bobby McDowell officiating. Burial will be in the Raeford Cemetery with the Rev. Dr. Danny Sykes officiating.

Memorials may be made to the Hospice Foundation of Hoke County, P.O. Box 1584, Raeford, NC 28376.

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Edgar Marvin Johnson Sr.

Edgar Marvin Johnson Sr., age 89, of Rose Hill, died on August 17, 2016 at his residence. 
He was the founder of House of Raeford Farms.
He was born on September 4, 1926 in Duplin County to the late Nash Johnson and Mary Susan Cowan Johnson. He is preceded in death by his wife, Grace Powell Johnson; his brother, Bizzell David Johnson; his sister, Mary Johnson Norman; his son, Edgar Marvin Johnson Jr.; and two grandchildren, Edgar William Johnson and James Bailey Johnson.
He served in the Merchant Marines from 1944-1946. He enjoyed music, dancing and playing golf. 
He is survived by his children, Diane Johnson Beasley and husband Dennis Neal Beasley, Robert Cowan Johnson and wife Luanne Reynolds Johnson and Maryanna Johnson; his grandchildren, Lon Jackson Beasley, Natalie Beasley Brantley, Mary Susan Beasley, Robert Cowan Johnson II, Nash Julian Johnson, Carol Luanne Reynolds Johnson, James Johnson Carr, Barbara Grace Carr, Curtis Ruddle Carr, Anna Carr Leonard, Suzi Lambertson Peak and Gray Canty Melvin; great-grandchildren, Lon Jackson Beasley II, Brooks McDonald Beasley, Grace Carroll Brantley, Tucker Stone Brantley, ViviAnn Thomas Johnson, Willa Grace Johnson, Robert Cowan Johnson III, Allie Parrish Johnson, Brianna Marie Carr, Lailyn Faith Carr, Hannah Grace Carr, James Johnson Carr II, Charis Elizabeth Carr, and Robert Lawrence Leonard IV; and his sisters, Geraldine Johnson Cashwell and Joy Johnson Davis. 
Visitation will be held on Thursday, August 18 from 6-9 p.m. at Rose Hill United Methodist Church. The funeral will be held on Friday, August 19 at 11 a.m. at Rose Hill United Methodist Church conducted by the Rev. Reginald Ponder. Burial will be at Rockfish Memorial Cemetery in Wallace. Casket bearers will be his grandsons, Lon Jackson Beasley, Robert Cowan Johnson II, Nash Julian Johnson, James Johnson Carr, Curtis Ruddle Carr and Gray Canty Melvin. Honorary casket bearers will be Leon Wells, Wendell Holmes Murphy Jr., William (Bill) Prestage and Adrian Mejia. 
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in his memory to Rose Hill United Methodist Church, 314 East Church Street, PO Box 177 Rose Hill, NC 28458 or House of Raeford Farms Non-profit FLOCK, PO Box 699, Rose Hill, NC 28458.
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Monday, August 15, 2016

Lela Pearl McNair

Lela Pearl McNair, 90, of Raeford, formerly of Aberdeen, who died Wednesday, August 10
The funeral was held Saturday, August 13 at 2 p.m. in Cool Spring United Methodist Church in Laurinburg.  
Burial was in Serenity Memorial Park, Raeford. 
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Sunday, August 14, 2016

Braxton Willoughby

Braxton Willoughby of Red Springs passed away on Saturday, August 13, 2016 in his home at the age of 86.

He was born December 17, 1929 in Robeson County to the late William Franklin Willoughby and Mary Pauline Bass Willoughby.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Francene Willoughby. He was a founding member of New Harvest Church of God in Red Springs. He was employed with Burlington Industries in Raeford, for 43 years , with perfect attendance, before he retired.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Thelma Caulder Willoughby of Red Springs; three sons, Bruce Willoughby (Bedi) of Rockfish, Wallace Willoughby (Michele) of Lumberton, and Matthew Willoughby (Ardene) of Red Springs; two daughters, Rudene W. McDougald (Danny) of Rockingham, and Myra W. Robinson (Mike) of Red Springs; 19 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren, eight great-great-grandchildren; and a brother, Furman Willoughby (Ann) of Lumberton.

Visitation will be held 7-9 p.m. Monday, August 15, 2016 at Crumpler Funeral Home 220 E. 4th Ave. Red Springs.

The funeral will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at Crumpler Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Bob Schmidt officiating. Burial will be in the Alloway Cemetery.

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Friday, August 12, 2016

Jose L. Yepez

Jose Luis Yepez, 29, of Fayetteville, passed away Tuesday, August 9, 2016.

A Celebration of Life service will be held from 11 a.m. to noon, Saturday, August 13, 2016, Unity Chapel at Cliffdale, 1037 71st School Road, Fayetteville.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Dougal Locklear

Dougal Locklear of 290 Loop Road Raeford, died Thursday, August 4, 2016 at the age of 89.
He was born September 28, 1926 in Scotland County to the late Barto Locklear and Nettie Jacobs Locklear. He is also preceded in death by his loving wife of 51 years, Ida Alexandria Wielachowski Locklear.
He is survived by two nephews, Ed Kidd of Shalotte, and Dennis Wilech of Towson, Maryland; a godson, Robert W, Thrush, Jr. of Pinehurst; and a special friend, Audrey Locklear.
He was a retired building contractor and developer in North Caroina, South Carolina, Virginia and Maryland.
He was also responsible for building the Chapel of Jesus Christ Family Worship Center.
He was a kind and loving person. He loved life itself, his God, all of his brothers and sisters in Christ, especially his wife Ida and their pet dog of many years “Buttons.”
The funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, August 14, 2016 with viewing beginning at 12:30 at Chapel of Jesus Christ Family Worship Center, 2295 North Horace Walters Road (Five Points Community) Raeford,  officiated by the Rev. Earl Henderson and Pastor Rebecca O’Berry.
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