Saturday, August 1, 2015

Minnie Harrell

Minnie Taylor Harrell of Raeford, died Friday, July 31, 2015 at Elmcroft of Southern Pines.

She was born in Cook County, GA on May 2, 1928, to the late Steven Taylor and Sallie Kate Fisher Taylor. She was preceded in death by her husband, Willie E. Harrell Sr., two daughters, Linda H. Reams and Betty H. Jackson, three sons, Michael L. Harrell, Willie E. Harrell Jr, Jimmie Robert Harrell. She was a member of the Raeford Presbyterian Church and retired from Harrell's Antiques Shop in 1983.
She is survived by her daughter, Barbara H. Mewherter and her husband Frank of Raeford; one sister Betty Sherfey  and her husband Marvin of Pomona, CA.; seven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
A Graveside Service will be held 1:00 pm,  Tuesday, August 4, 2015 at the Raeford Cemetery with Reverend Michael McGehee officiating.
The family will receive friends at the Raeford Presbyterian Church, John C. Ropp Fellowship Hall
128 West Edinborough Avenue, Raeford, NC from 2:00 until 3:00 pm on Tuesday, August 4, 2015
Memorials may be made to the Raeford Presbyterian Church, Building Fund, P.O. Box 1570, Raeford, NC 28376
Funeral arrangements are being handled by Crumpler Funeral Home of Raeford
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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

William T. Lester

William Terry Lester, 82, of Shallotte, died Tuesday, July 28, 2015 in the SECU Hospice House of Brunswick, Bolivia.
He was born on June 8, 1933 in Hoke County, a son of the late L.M. and Leeanna McGougan Lester. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, John Lester.
He was a U.S. Army veteran and retired following 30 years as a parole officer with the NC Department of Corrections.
He proudly received The Order of the Long Leaf Pine award on June 30, 1993, by Gov. Jim Hunt, prior to his retirement.
Surviving are his wife, of 37 years, Carolyn Lester; daughter, Christine Dailey, of Asheville; and two granddaughters, Claire & Rachel Henry.
A Celebration of Life will be conducted at 1 p.m. on Friday, July 31st in the Brunswick Funeral Service Chapel.
Inurnment will be private.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718.
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Mae M. Wilkes

Mae Anna McArthur Wilkes, age 82, formerly of Raeford, a resident of College Avenue, Washington Park, died Thursday morning, July 23, 2015 at River Trace Nursing Center.
She was born in Cumberland County on January 27, 1933, daughter of the late James Donald McArthur and Maggie Faircloth McArthur. On July 13, 1952, she married Angus Wilton Wilkes who preceded her in death. Mrs. Wilkes was employed at Tayloe's and Hospital Pharmacy as the bookkeeper. She was an active member of the First United Methodist Church, where she was a member of the Lucille Carter Circle, Women's Bible Class and sang in the choir. She loved to sew, walk in Washington Park with her dog, Bam Bam and sit with her friends at Hardee's and Bojangles.

Survivors are: her daughters, Susan Flippo (Henry) of Carrollton, VA, Diane Wood (Brian) of Washington and Judith Hahn (Scott) of Richmond, VA; her grandchildren: Austin Flippo, Walt Lanham (Caitlin), Sean Lanham, Caitlin Hahn and Kevin Hahn; step granddaughter,Jennifer Rivera; two step great grandchildren, Sara and Briella and her sister: Virginia Trask (Doug) of Hamlet, NC. In addition to her husband and parents, she is preceded in death by her daughter: Julia Lynne Wilkes; her brothers: Clyde McArthur and William McArthur and her sisters: Justine Plummer and Margaret Sanders.
A graveside service will be held Saturday, August 1 at 1 p.m. at Highland Biblical Gardens.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 715, 304 West Second Street, Washington, NC 27889 or the Women's Bible Class, First United Methodist Church.

On-line condolences may be addressed to the family by visiting

Monday, July 20, 2015

Wesley S. Boyles

Wesley S. Boyles, 77, passed away Saturday, July 18, 2015 in Southeastern Regional Medical Center.

He was born in Stokes County on June 15, 1938 to the late Besil and Bernice Boyles. He was a member of the Red Springs First Baptist Church, retired from the Red Springs Volunteer Fire Department, and former building inspector for the Town of Red Springs and retired Carpenter. 

Along with his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife, Gail Boyles, and a sister, Rebecca Boyles.

Left to cherish his memory are his sons, Julian "Jay" Boyles (Melanie) of Shannon and Robert "Robbie" Boyles (Kim) of Shelby; a brother, Bobby Boyles (Vickie) of King, and a sister, Betty Ann Lentz of Raeford; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Visitation will be held 6-8 p.m. Monday, July 20, 2015 at Crumpler Funeral Home 220 East 4th Ave. Red Springs, NC 28377

A memorial graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 21, 2015 at Alloway Cemetery in Red Springs with Pastor Bradley Boberg officiating.

In Lieu of Flowers, Memorials may be made to the Red Springs Baptist Church, 701 East 4th Ave. Red Springs, NC 29377.




Saturday, July 18, 2015

Mildred M. Gessler

Mildred Margaret Gessler of Fayetteville died Monday, July 13, 2015 at her home at the age of 81.

She was born in Ossining, NY on February 5, 1934 to the late William and Betsy McAnally. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Gessler and her brother, William McAnally.

She is survived by her daughter, Ann Marie DeGennaro and her husband, Frank; her sons, John Gessler and his wife, Judy, William "Bill" Gessler and his wife, Tamara; her brother, John McAnally; her sisters, Francis Palmer and her husband, Richard, and Norma Piovane; 11 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and one special extended family member considered to be a son, John Markey.

A memorial service will be held at 2 pm, Sunday July 19th at the home of John and Judy Gessler, 3194 Pisgah Dr, Fayetteville. The family will receive friends at the home following service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of your choice.

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Friday, July 17, 2015

Katie M. Childress

Katie Margaret Childress of Raeford died in her home on Thursday, July 16, 2015 at the age of 91.
Mrs. Childress was born in Hoke County on May 9, 1924 to the late John Duncan Buoyer and Sallie Howell Buoyer. She was preceded in death by her husband, Warren G. Childress. Mrs. Childress was a lifetime member of the Raeford First Baptist Church.
Survivors are: her daughters, Debra C. Duncan and her husband, Rusty of Red Springs, Cindy Childress of Raeford; her brother, Clayton Buoyer of Raeford, her sister, Bennie Lee Melvin of Fayetteville; three grandchildren, Sophia Duncan, Laura Duncan, and John Duncan.
Visitation will be Saturday, July 18, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Crumpler Funeral Home in Raeford.
Graveside service will be Sunday, July 19, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. in the Raeford Cemetery with the Reverend Tom Lee officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Raeford First Baptist Church, 333 N. Main Street, Raeford, NC 28376




Raymond Willis

Raymond Foster Willis of Raeford died Thursday, July 16, 2015 in Morrison Manor at the age of 64.
Mr. Willis was born in Scotland County on February 10, 1951 to the late Albert W. Willis and Alma Humphrey Willis. He was a member of the Hillcrest Baptist Church.
Survivors are: his wife, Lori L. Willis of Raeford; his sons, Logan F. Willis of Raeford, Raymond Brian Willis (Leslie) of Laurel Hill, Timothy P. Willis of Southern Pines, Jason E. Willis (Michelle) of Marston; his brothers, Albert W. Willis, Jr of Wagram, Barry H. Willis (Kathryn) of Laurinburg; his sisters, Patricia Kersey of Laurinburg, Peggy Willis of Dallas, Naomi Burdine of Laurel Hill, Sylvia Smith of Fayetteville; eight grandchildren.
Visitation will be 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m., Saturday, July 18, 2015 at Hillcrest Baptist Church.
The funeral will be 3:00 p.m., Sunday, July 19, 2015 at Hillcrest Baptist Church with the Reverends Steve Bennett and Toby Neal officiating. Burial will be in the Raeford Cemetery.


William D. Evans

William Douglas Evans, of Raeford, died Tuesday, July 14, 2015.
Survivors are: sisters, Ella Mae McMillian, Lucille and Margaret.
The funeral will be held Saturday, July 18 at 2 p.m. in Crumpler Funeral Home in Red Springs. 
Viewing will be held Friday, July 17 from 1 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.


Monday, July 13, 2015

Mary Caulder

Mary Louise Prevatte Caulder, 83, of Raeford, died Monday July 13, 2015 at FirstHealth Hospice House in Pinehurst, NC.
Mrs. Caulder was born July 11, 1932 in Robeson County to the late James Pink Prevatte and Sadie Berline Parnell Prevatte. She was preceded in death by her brother Alton R. Prevatte. She was a member of Raeford Evangelical Methodist Church, where she was also an active member of the choir.
Survivors are: her husband of 62 years John C. Caulder of Raeford, her son, Terry W. Caulder of Raeford; 2 daughters, Debra C. Edwards (Joseph) of Jackson Springs, NC; Lisa C. Eubanks (Raphael) of Raeford; 5 grandchildren, Elizabeth Poirier (Matt), Mollie Edwards, Sarah Bureau (Daniel), Kyle Goodman (Chelsey), Zachary Goodman, 3 great-grandchildren, Montgomery Goodman, Easton Bureau, Hudson Poirier, 1 brother, James Prevatte of Lumberton;  1 sister, Margaret Branch (David) of Lumberton.
Visitation will be 7-9 pm Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at Crumpler Funeral Home 131 Harris Ave. Raeford, NC.
The funeral will be 4 pm Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at Raeford Evangelical Methodist Church with Pastor Billy Joe Brady officiating.
Interment will be in the Raeford Cemetery.
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Mary Ann Bunnellls

Mary Ann Cummings Bunnells of Raeford, died Friday, July 10, 2015, at the age of 72.
Mrs. Bunnells was born in Robeson County, on July 28, 1942 to the late Reverend Luke Cummings and Eva Bell Holmes Cummings. She is preceded in death by her husband, Jimmy A. Bunnells and a brother Arnold Cummings. She was a member of Rock Grove Baptist Church where she served faithfully.
Survivors are:  sons, Donnie Bunnells (Jennifer) and Carson Bunnells (Sol); a daughter, Sheila Bunnells (Mark); 4 brothers, Sam Cummings ( Rita), Mark Cummings, David Cummings, Walter Cummings (Sherry), 2 sisters, Ruth Alice Scott (Jimmy), Martha Gonzales (Ray), sister in law, Ann Cummings and 6 grandchildren.
A visitation will be held 6-8 pm Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at Crumpler Funeral Home 131 Harris Ave. Raeford.
The funeral service will be held 2pm Wednesday, July 14, 2015 at Crumpler Funeral Home with the Reverends, Ronald and Amos Bryant officiating.
Interment will be in the Rock Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.
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Emerita S. Vega

Emerita Sierra Vega, 80, of Raeford, died Tuesday, July 7, 2015.
Survivors are: sons, Reinaldo Candelaria and Roberto Candelaria.
The funeral will be held Tuesday, July 14 at 7 p.m. in Reeves Funeral Home chapel in Hope Mills. Burial will be at a later date in Vega Alta, Puerto Rico. Visitation, 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.


Frances Locklear

Frances Locklear, 77, of Red Springs, died Thursday, July 9, 2015.
Survivors are: companion, Weldon Clark; daughter, Ellen; son, Jamie Clark; siblings, Pandora, J.T., Wendola, Barbara, Sandra, Patricia, Zola, Dianne, Scartha, Steve; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren.
The funeral was held Sunday, July `12 at 3 p.m. in Hoke County Holiness Church. Burial was in church cemetery.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Mary Burbank

Mary Kathryn Davis Burbank, 79, of St. Pauls died Thursday July 9, 2015 at Southeastern Hospice House in Lumberton.
 She was born in Robeson County March 17, 1936 to the late Claude and Clara Mae Fowler Davis. She worked as a mender in the cloth room at Burlington Mills, retiring to her home after 37 years. She enjoyed sitting on her porch reading her books and looking after everyone around her. She was a woman who always thought kindly of all she would meet and she was there in anyone's time of need. 
She was preceded in death by her parents, Claude and Clara Mae Davis and her loving husband, Danley E. Burbank, Sr.
She is survived by her sons, Danley E. Burbank, Jr., Ronnie L. Burbank and his wife Renee, and Lindy K. Burbank and his wife Kyla; grandchildren, Athlynne, Kristen, Megan, Lindy, Jr. and Alex; and great granddaughter, Arya. 
A visitation is scheduled for Sunday July 12, 2015 from 2-3:45 p.m. at McNeill Mackie Funeral Home of  St. Pauls, with a graveside funeral following at 4 p.m. in Oak Ridge Cemetery, St. Pauls, the Reverend David Hodge officiating.
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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Dr. Alan B. Cohen

Dr. Alan Brent Cohen of Raeford, died Sunday, July 5, 2015 at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital at the age of 76.

He was born March 1, 1939 in Rocky Mt. to the late Sigmund Cohen and Lena Grennspon Cohen. He is also preceded in death by his daughter Amy Cohen Seymour.

He graduated from Duke University and Virginia Commonwealth University, Medical College of Virginia. He also served in the United States Navy. He practiced surgery in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia from 1974 to 2003. During that time, he served as Chief of Surgery and on numerous hospital boards and committees. After retiring from surgery and moving to North Carolina, he continued to work part time for SXR Medical group in Fayetteville. His passion for photography leaves a legacy of treasured memories for family and friends. He also was an avid cook and loved sharing food with everyone around him.

He is survived by his wife Wanda Williamson Cohen of Raeford; a son Seth Daniel Cohen (Leah Edwards) of Mt. City, Tennessee; a daughter Lisa Cohen Rongo (Doug) of Mooresville; stepbrother, Lewis Silverman (Bobbi) of Williamsburg, Virginia; stepsister Ruth Ann Schoenbaum of Norfolk, Virginia; and two grandchildren, Austin F. Rongo and Hannah R. Rongo.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 18 on the Williamson Farm, 1275 South Bethel Road in Raeford.

Memorials may be made to Hoke County Community Foundation P.O. Box 406 Raeford, NC 28376 or the College of William and Mary, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, Great Road, Gloucester Point, VA 23062.

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Monday, July 6, 2015

Jackie S. Maxwell

Jackie Steve Maxwell of Raeford, died Sunday, July 5, 2015 at his home at the age of 82.

He was born in Hoke County, March 6, 1933, to the late George W. Maxwell and Claudia Bullard Maxwell. He was the owner and operator of Jack's Auto Service since 1954. His work and his hobby were the same. He was a loving husband father and family man. His favorite thing to do was to go to the beach. This started early in his life. He would drive with a friend every weekend after his high school year and they would park the car and camp on the beach. Then, as a group, would ride on the beach and down the coast from Ocean Drive to Myrtle Beach. Later he enjoyed going with Mary and the children. Through the years, as the grandchildren and great-grandchildren grew to 24, it took at least a 5 bedroom beach house for everyone. 

He is survived by his wife of 58 years Mary M. Maxwell of Raeford; a son, Steve Maxwell of Raeford; three daughters, Teresa Maxwell-Miller and her husband John of Aberdeen, Jane Maxwell and her husband Jeff Bumgarner of Lansdale, Pennsylvania, and Donna M. Fellinger and her husband Kurt of Davidson;  nine grandchildren, Linda, Ashley, Justin, Maxwell, Brett, Jackie, Nathan, Jack, Henry; and four great-grandchildren, Addy Grace, Garrett, Graham, and Scarlett.

Visitation will be from 1-2 p.m. Wednesday, July 8, 2015 at the John C. Ropp Fellowship Hall.

The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 8, 2015 at Raeford Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. Michael L. McGehee officiating.

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