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Thursday, August 18, 2022

James H. Hayes

James Howard Hayes 68, of Wilmington, formerly from Raeford, died Monday August 15, 2022 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.
He is predeceased by his mother, Dorothy Hayes, and father, Howard Hayes, Sr., daughter, April Lea Hayes, brothers William Rufus Hayes, his twin, Howard Rufus Hayes, Jr., Bert Franklin Hayes, and David Atkinson.
He is survived by his children, Donnie Hayes, Sr. (Carolyn) of Red Spring, Dawn Ransom of Red Springs, sister, Shirley Honeycutt (Lloyd) of Wilmington, Aunt Louise (Ken) Carroll of Wilmington, stepson, David Martin, and John Martin, six grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.
Visitation is Friday, August 19 at Wilmington Funeral & Cremation from 7-8:30 p.m. A graveside Service is Saturday, August 20 at Raeford Cemetery, at 1 p.m. Rev. Rogers Burnes will officiate the service.

Robert E. Hall

Robert Eugene Hall, 64m of Red Springs (Hoke County) died Tuesday, August 16, 2022, at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital in Pinehurst
He was born in Robeson County on May 27, 1958 to the late John L. Hall and Gladys Locklear Hall. He was a member of Mt Elim Baptist Church and retired from the Hoke County School System.
He was preceded in death by his siblings, Don, David, John Allen, Murland, Susie, Adeline, and Faith, a special granddaughter, Shayla Baldwin, his mother-in-law, Josephine Raines, his father-in-law, Ralph Lucas, his son-in-law, Robert Studivant, his sister-in-law Shelby, and his nephew Pee Wee. 
He is survived by his wife of 47 years Vickie Hall of the home; two daughters, Tanya Studivant of Red Springs, and Stephanie Hall of Shannon; a son, Robert Hall Jr. and his wife Amy of Red Springs; four grandchildren, Jalen, Santasia, Makia, and Robert III; four great-grandchildren, Jeremiah, Arielle, Alayah, and Leilani; a brother, Earl Hall of Red Springs; a sister, Sally Barham of Parkton; two sisters-in-law, Bonnie Locklear (Durante) of Red Springs, and Dawna Westbrook of West Virginia; and a close friend, Patrick Hammonds of Red Springs.
Visitation will be 1-2 p.m. on Saturday, August 20, 2022 at Mt Elim Baptist Church, 921 Wilson Road, Red Springs.The funeral will follow at 2 p.m. with Pastor Brewington, and Pastor Chris Webb officiating.
Burial will be in the Church Cemetery.
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Thursday, August 11, 2022

Shannon Fields

Shannon Frank Fields of Red Springs died Monday, August 8, 2022, at the age of 43.
She was born in Frankfurt, Germany on January 18, 1979. She attended schools in Germany as well as Ben Martin Elementary and Westover Jr. and Sr. High School. More recently, she received her Associate's Degree in Criminal Justice from Sandhills Community College. 
In 1998, she married John Wilhelm. In 2005, she gave birth to her baby girl, Isabella Marie while living in Germany. 
In September 2012, Shannon met the love of her life, David Alan Fields, of Red Springs.
She was a shining star to her family, friends, and all that knew her. She was a bright, warm, compassionate, and loving soul. She loved her family, friends, and her children. She will be missed by many. 
Shannon was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Jean and Joseph Giordonello and her paternal grandparents, Stella and George Frank. 
She is survived by her parents, George and Delores Frank of Fayetteville and Rose and Dennis Johnson of Roseboro; her daughter, Isabella of Graniteville, South Carolina; her fiancĂ©, David Alan Fields; stepchildren, Robert and Gracie Caulder, of the home in Red Springs, Christopher Fields, Katana Locklear, and her husband, Spencer, of Lumberton, and Cheyann Locklear Fields of Red Springs; 
her sister, Alexis Holt, and family of Fayetteville;  her brother, Thomas Frank, and his wife Coreena of Sparks, Nevada; and uncles, James (godfather) and Mark Giordonello. 
A memorial service will be held at 6 pm Friday, August 12th at Crumpler Funeral Home 131 Harris Ave in Raeford
The family will receive friends after the service at the funeral home. 

Joseph Carey

Joseph P Carey of Raeford passed away on Wednesday, August 10, 2022, at his home.
Joseph was born in Indiana on December 12, 1963, to the late William Donald Carey and Vionia Mae Pugh Dorsett. He was preceded in death by his sister, Donna Mae Carey, and his brother-in-law Gary Cummings. 
He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Lorraine Helen Carey of Raeford; a stepdaughter Cynthia Plesner and her husband Carl of Wildwood FL.; two brothers Jimmie Lee Carey and his wife Lynn of Spencer, IN, and Col. John Carey and his wife Leah of Palm Beach Gardens, FL.; and a sister Laura Cummings of Indiana.

Thursday, August 4, 2022

Sharon Currie

Sharon Elaine Currie of Raeford died Thursday, August 4, 2022 at age 50.
She was born in Stanly County on June 10, 1972. She was preceded in death by her mother, Joyce Elaine Huneycutt Currie, and her brother, Thomas (Tommy) Leon Currie.
She is survived by her father H. Lee Currie of Bolivia; a niece, Alexis L. Currie of Albermarle; two aunts, Brenda Currie of Raeford and Nancy Huneycutt of Locust; and two uncles, Bobby Currie of Raeford, and James David Huneycutt of Stanly County.
A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, August 8, 2022 at Bethel Presbyterian Church Cemetery with the Rev. James Wilhide officiating. 
The family will receive friends after the service at the gravesite.
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Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Billy Butler Sr.

Billy Sherman Butler Sr. of Parkton, formerly of Raeford, died Tuesday, August 2, 2022, at his home at the age of 78.
He was born in Hoke County on October 4, 1943 to the late Zeb Vance Butler Sr. and Nettie Mae Jackson Butler. 
He was preceded in death by his daughter Precyous Rose McLeroy, his brother, Ben Butler, and his sister Betty Butler Crowder.
He is survived by his wife, Gloria Barnes Butler of Parkton; two sons, Sherman Butler and Keith Butler; a stepdaughter, Paula Autry and her husband Mark; three stepsons, Mark McVickers and his wife Annie, Trent McVickers and his wife Lisa and Tony McVickers and his wife Kim; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; a brother, Zeb Butler Jr. and his wife Fay; and a sister, Eula Klutz.
Visitation will be held Thursday, August 4, 2022, 6-8 p.m. at Crumpler Funeral Home in Raeford.
A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, August 5, 2022, at New Hollywood Cemetery in Lumberton with Pastor Tony McVickers officiating.
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Friday, July 29, 2022

Leslie Sandy

Leslie Matheson Sandy of Raeford passed away peacefully after a short battle with cancer surrounded by his family on Thursday, July 28, 2022, at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital in Pinehurst at the age of 93.
He was preceded in death by his wife Mildred Walker Sandy and was a member of Philippi Presbyterian Church. 
He was one of the eight children of the late Lloyd Allen Sandy and Maude Davis Sandy. He joined the US Navy in 1944 and is a World War II Veteran. It was his strong desire to learn more that prompted him to leave home when he was nineteen years old to pursue a professional career in music and to meet other musicians who could share their knowledge that would influence him to become the outstanding fiddle player known by many. 
Leslie, a well-known bluegrass singer has been featured on radio programs around the country including The Louisiana Hayride in New Orleans and the Suwannee River Jamboree in Live Oak, Florida, The Briar Hoppers, Slim Mims and The Dream Ranch Boys, Snuffy Jenkins and The Hired Hands, Arthur Smith and The Cracker Jacks, Curly Mulligan and The Sundowners and Jim and Jesse McReynolds and The Virginia Boys. 
In 1953, he was privileged to play the bass fiddle for Bill Monroe on the Grand Ole Opry as one of his Bluegrass Boys. After three years on the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, he went to Wilmington, North Carolina. There he established his own television show called The Carolina Jamboree on WMFD (now WECT). A young Charlie Daniels was a frequent guest on this show. You can read more by visiting Leslie's website,  
He is survived by two sons, Ricky L. Sandy and his wife Kathy of Raeford and Isaac Allen Sandy of Fort Lauderdale, FL, a granddaughter Lindsay King and her husband Russell of Winnabow, NC,  three great-grandchildren, Christopher, Channing, and Eisley, a brother Eldon Sandy of Carthage, NC, along with many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held from 2:00 pm until 2:45 pm Sunday, July 31, 2022, at Philippi Presbyterian Church, 2800 Philippi Presbyterian Church Road, Raeford, NC.
A funeral will be held at 3:00 pm Sunday at the Philippi Presbyterian Church with Pastors Mike Baker and Toby Neal officiating.
Interment will be in the Church Cemetery with military honors.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Philippi Presbyterian Church.

Friday, July 22, 2022

Catherine Lutz

Catherine J. Foley Lutz of Raeford, formerly of York, Pennsylvania, died Thursday, July 21, 2022 at age 79.
She was born in Pittsburgh on October 30, 1942 to the late Frank and Frances Foley. She was a volunteer with FirstHealth Hoke Hospital and with Hospice. She was employed with Boar's Head at Harris-Teeter. 
Her husband Edwin Lutz and her brother Frank Foley preceded her death.
She is survived by two brothers, Bill Foley and his wife Jo of  Pittsburgh, and Ralph Foley and his wife Jeanne of Scottsdale, Arizona.
A celebration of life will be held later in York. 
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Kathy H. Keisler

Kathy Hendrix Keisler of Raeford died Tuesday, July 19, 2022 at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center at age 74.
She was born in Hoke County on April 11, 1948 to the late Samuel Brown Hendrix and Anna Mae Webb Hendrix. She was a member of Sandy Grove United Methodist Church and played the piano for Raeford Evangelical Methodist Church. She retired from Arabia Goff Club.
She was preceded in death by her husband Earl Keisler, a brother Brown Hendrix Jr., and a niece Nicole Hendrix.
She is survived by two sisters, Patsy Russell Gaudet and her husband Jerry of Charlotte, and Martha Ann  Hendrix-Beal and her husband Phillip of Raeford; and a brother, David Hendrix and his wife Peggy of Wagram.
A private memorial service will be held later.
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Patricia Lunsford

Patricia (Patti) Lewis Lunsford of Raeford died Friday, July 22, 2022 at age 67.
She was born at Ft. Bragg on December 20, 1954 to the late Willard and Frances Smith Lewis. She was a member of the Parker United Methodist Church. She was a retired school teacher at Upchurch Elementary.  She never met a stranger and it was never goodbye; it was always "Toodles".
She was preceded in death by her son Monte Mack Lunsford II. She is survived by her husband Monte Mack Lunsford of Raeford;, a son Joshua Austin Lunsford and his wife Amy of Raeford; two grandchildren, Faith Marie Lunsford and Emily Claire Lunsford both of Raeford; one great-grandson, Grayson of Raeford; a brother, Mack Lewis and his wife Donna of Raeford; and a sister, Debi Murray and husband Scott of Fayetteville.
Visitation will be 3-5 p.m. on Sunday, July 24, 2022 at Parker United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall. 
A memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. Sunday, July 24, 2022 at Parker United Methodist Church with the Rev. Josh Tester and Reverend Donald Sheilds officiating. 
Inurnment will be in the Church Cemetery
Online condolences may be made at www.crumplerfuneralhome.c

Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Shelby Miller

Shelby Jean (Doss) Miller of Raeford died Monday, July 18, 2022 at age 81.
She was born on April 29, 1941 to the late Thomas Marvin Doss and Mary Kizar Elizabeth Moss Doss. She was a member of Community United Methodist Church. 
She was preceded in death by her brother, Thomas Mitchell Doss. 
She is survived by five children, Laurie Fengl and her husband John of Gatesville, Texas, Donna Ghee and her husband Patrick of College Grove, Tennessee, Donald Wayne Ross and his wife Sue of Orient, Ohio, Richard Ross and his wife Rebecca of Raeford,  and Mary Ross-Tarkington and her husband Billy of Eagleville, Tennessee; seven grandchildren, Aaron Moneymaker and his wife Kaitlin, Shannon Ghee, Tommy Ghee and his wife Katrina, Jennifer Ross (Bradley), Marvin Ross (Linda), Camille Chrispen, Danielle Watkins and Elijah Watkins; 10 great-grandchildren, Jasper, Mavin, Wyatt, Emmalynn, Addie, Angel, Elena, Lynn, Kayden, and Thomas; a brother, Robert Doss and his wife Jo of Laurinburg; and three sisters, Carolyn Smith of Laurinburg, Nancy Willis of Wagram, and Mary Bullard and her husband Therrell of Wagram.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 23, 2022 at Community United Methodist Church, 2999 Calloway Road, Raeford, with the Rev. Donnie Robinson officiating.

Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Jeffrey C. Wallace

Jeffrey Clayton Wallace of Dundarrach died Saturday, September 11, 2021 at UNC-Chapel Hill. He was 71.
He was born in North Dakota on June 29, 1950 to the late James J. and Celia Wallace. 
He was preceded in death by his brothers, Alan Wallace and Brian Wallace, and his niece Krista Johnson.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Laurie McInnis Wallace of Dundarrach, a son James O. Wallace of Dundarrach, a sister Gail Wallace Johnson of Brainerd, Minnesota, and many nieces, and nephews that he adored.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday, July 17, 2022 at Dundarrach Community Church with Pastor Terry Dooley officiating. Inurnment will be in the Church Cemetery
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Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Herman Sanders

Herman Leroy "Jay Bird" Sanders, a lifetime resident of Hoke County, died surrounded by his family at his home on Tuesday, July 5, 2022 at age 78.
He was born in Hoke County on June 14, 1944 to the late O.C. Sanders and Mary Baker Sanders.
He was a heating and air contractor, licensed electrician, and electrical contractor and retired from Kelly Springfield after 32 years as the area maintenance manager over Power House. He was a jack of all trades.He was a member of Wagram Church of God. He loved the Lord, his church, and his family. He could be seen many mornings eating breakfast at McDonald's, Hardees, or the Edinborough restaurant.
He was preceded in death by his siblings, Jennie Pearl Myatt, James Neil Inman, and Carson Sanders. 
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Joan T. Sanders of Raeford; a son, Archie Sanders of Raeford; three daughters, Tammy Goins and her husband Daryl, Rhoda Billinger and her husband Luigi, and Cindy Thompkins and her husband Glenn, all of Raeford; 31 grandchildren; 42 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Richard Inman and his wife Carol, and Frank Inman and his wife Ava, all of Raeford; and a sister, Margaret Foster of Greenville.
Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Friday, July 8, 2022 at Crumpler Funeral Home.
The funeral will be at 2 p.m.  Saturday, July 9, 2022, at the Wagram Church of God, 21741 Mc Kay St, Wagram, with Pastor Ricky Brewer, Evangelist Daryl Goins and Pastor Jerry Edge officiating. Burial will be in the Raeford Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to: Wagram Church of God21741 McKay Street, Wagram, NC 28396  
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Thursday, June 30, 2022

Barrington G. Carty

Barrington George Carty of Raeford died Wednesday, June 22, 2022 at his home.
He was born on October 30, 1969 in Jamaica. He was a member of the Solid Rock United Pentecostal Church in Raeford. He was employed with Cape Fear Valley Medical Center in Fayetteville.
He is survived by his wife Jacqueline Carty of Raeford; two sons, Adrian Carty of Jamaica, and Jelani Carty of Raeford; and four daughters, Shantal Carty of Jamaica, Daicia Johnson of West Palm Beach, FL, Crystal Fogiel (Todd) of Winston-Salem, NC, Anna Carty of Raeford; a granddaughter, Ariyanna Carty of Jamaica,;his parents Agatha and Errol Carty of Jamaica a brother Roy of Jamaica; and two sisters, Ordette and Octavia both of Jamaica.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 9, 2022 at the Solid Rock United Pentecostal Church, 1430 North Main Street, Raeford, NC.
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Monday, June 27, 2022

Mary Ruth Wedmore

Mary Ruth Wedmore of Raeford died Sunday, June 26, 2022 at FirstHealth Hospice House in Pinehurst at age 78.
She was born on December 28, 1943. She was preceded in death by her husband Orin Wendell Wedmore, son John Wedmore, and daughter Jeannie Pokorny and her husband Andrew.
She is survived by a daughter, Julie Kolbo and her husband Ken of Raeford, a daughter, Djuana Wedmore of Raeford; her grandchildren, Jennie Wedmore, Charles Wedmore and his wife Nichole, Kelly Wedmore and her fiancĂ© Ardae Mason, Christopher Reed and wife Samantha, Joseph Reed, Connor Kolbo, Cassie Kolbo, Kristen Wedmore, Kodi Pokorny, and Andie Pokorny; great-grandchildren Cameron Wedmore, Aaliyah Wall, Aniyah Wall, Lillian Wedmore, Caroline Wedmore, Quentin Davis, Jordan Mason, Savannah Mason, Damon Reed, Ian Reed, Silas Reed, Treshawn Chambers, Jasmine McRae. Hayley McRae, Mariyah McRae, Ivey Dean, Roman Dean, and David Carreno. 
 A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 29, 2022, at the Raeford Cemetery.
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