Monday, July 25, 2016

Carolyn M. Brown

Carolyn Meismer Brown, 78, of Rockwell passed away on Friday July 22, 2016 at the Glenn A. Kiser Hospice House. She was born June 23, 1938 in Cabarrus County the daughter of the late Jesse C. Meismer and the late Evelyn Knight Meismer.
She was educated in the Cabarrus County schools. She was a member of Open Door Baptist Church in Richfield. She loved to mow and do yard work and anything that was outdoors. But she enjoyed spending time with her family most of all.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Robert "Bob" Brown who she married on June 30, 1962 .
Survivors include two sons, Don Brown (Debbie) of Gold Hill and Jeff Brown of Rockwell; one daughter, Robin Shoe (Ray) of Rockwell; one brother; J.C. Meismer (Nora) of Raeford; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday July 26, 2016 at Open Door Baptist Church in Richfield. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The body will be placed in the church 30 minutes prior to service time.
Memorials may be made to Glenn A. Kiser Hospice House, 1229 Statesville Blvd. Salisbury, NC 28144.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Jan M. Blake

Jan Mark Blake, age 65, died at his home in Aberdeen, Tuesday, July 19 following an extended illness.

He was born in Southern Pines on June 30, 1951 to Kelly C. and Doris A. Blake who predeceased him.

His is survived by his sister, Gerri Crutchfield and her husband Ed of Aberdeen and by numerous cousins.

A memorial service with Rev. Dr. Rufus McLean will be held at Boles Funeral Home Chapel in Southern Pines on Thursday, July 21, at 11 a.m. with visitation at 10 a.m. in the chapel. Burial will follow at Ashley Heights Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to FirstHealth Hospice, 150 Applecross Rd., Pinehurst, NC 28374 or to the ARC of Moore County, 673 Bennett St., P.O. Box 773, Southern Pines, NC 28388.

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Monday, July 18, 2016

Derrik McDougald

Derrik Mcdougall died July 10, 2016.
He is survived by his mother, Edith Talley (Arthur); hs grandmother, Contrena Battle; a special friend, Jane Freeman; Aunts, Vivian Malloy and Margaret Fax; sisters Teresa Wright, Tawanda Pickett, Marsha Carroll, Dani White and Farrah Pickett-Dawson; and a brother, Marco Pickett.
A memorial service was held in the Buie Funeral Home chapel at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 16.

Willie McLaurin

Willie McLaurin died July 14, 2016
She is survived by her sons James Smith, Charles Smith and Nathaniel McLaurin.
The funeral will be held at Rockhill Baptist Church, 302 Philippi Church Rd, Raeford on Wednesday, July 20 at 2 p.m. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

William L. Tew

William Lewis Tew of Fayetteville died Friday, July 15, 2016 in Cape Fear Valley Medical Center at the age of 80.
He was born in Robeson County on May 5, 1936 to the late William Pearlie Tew and Annie McDougald Tew. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth "Kitty" Sharpe Tew. He proudly served in the United States Navy.
He leaves behind his beloved son, Scott W. Tew of the home; his brother, John T. Tew; two sisters, Patsy E. Talley and Bobbie A. Peters, all of Rockfish; and a stepdaughter, Karen D. Smith of Vicksburg.
Visitation will be at 10 a.m. July 20, 2016 at Crumpler Funeral Home, 131 Harris Ave, Raeford, NC 28376.
The funeral will begin at 11a.m. the same day in the funeral home chapel. Burial will be in Cumberland Memorial Gardens.
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Sunday, July 10, 2016

Elsie E. Holt

Elsie Walker Everett Holt of Southern Pines, died Sunday, July 10, 2016 in the FirstHealth Hospice House at the age of 88.

She was born in Hoke County on August 1, 1927 to the late Daniel Angus Everett and Margaret Ray Everett. She was a member of the St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church. She is preceded in death by her children, David Leary and Julia Taylor.

She is survived by her sister, Dorothy E. Register and her husband, Omer Allen Register of Raeford.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, July 12, 2016 at Crumpler Funeral Home, 131 Harris Ave in Raeford from 1-2 p.m.

The funeral will begin at 2 p.m. the same day in the funeral home chapel. Burial will be in the Galatia Presbyterian Church Cemetery.

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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Marie C. Brown

Marie Cameron Brown, retired Hoke County educator and beloved mother and grandmother, died on Saturday, June 25, 2016 in Raeford.

A Raeford native, she was born to the late Hugh Archie and Mary Florence "Florrie" Upchurch Cameron.  She attended Peace College and Salem College before beginning her education career teaching Chemistry, Biology and Home Economics.   Her first jobs were with the Davie County School System and Salem Academy in Winston Salem.  Eventually, she returned to Raeford to teach at Hoke County High School.  

After a rewarding teaching career, she retired to Swansboro to enjoy the North Carolina coast. There, she worked as a realtor and pursued her hobbies of photography and sewing. She could often be found at local festivals with her beautiful lighthouse photos and hand-sewn crafts. She moved back to Raeford in 2004.

She is survived by her children Evelyn Fram and husband Evan of Flagstaff, Arizona, Vernon "Butch" Brown and wife Mary Anne of Verona, and Cam Brown and wife Cathy of Raeford. In addition she had three grandchildren, Holly Brown of Greenville, Adam Brown of Raleigh, and Eric Fram of Los Angeles, California.  Her siblings Tom Cameron, Hubert Cameron, Mollie Cameron Tuttle, Don Cameron, and Florence Cameron Weaver preceded her in death.

A service to remember and celebrate her life will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, July 27, 2016 at Raeford United Methodist Church with the Rev. Brian Wingo officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to one of these organizations:

Raeford United Methodist Church, 308 N. Main Street, Raeford, NC 28376

 (donations will be used towards an elevator to make the church more accessible)

 The Raeford-Hoke Museum, PO Box 1383, Raeford, NC 28376

 (donations will be used to support the museum, a place Marie loved and where she frequently volunteered)