Saturday, August 24, 2019

Betty Biggs

Betty O'Neal Biggs of Raeford died at the home of her daughter, Connie Lindsay on Friday, August 23, 2019 at the age of 91.
She was born on October 9, 1927, to Joseph and Sara Copeland. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Thomas O'Neal and Homer Biggs. She was a longtime member of Galatia Presbyterian Church and the Women's Sunday school class. She was a pink lady volunteer at Cape Fear Valley hospital for 32 years and avid bowler all her adult life. She was also a Shrinette.
She is survived by two daughters, Connie Lindsay and husband Donald of Raeford and Terri McCraney of Raeford; seven grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.
Visitation will be from 3-4 pm Sunday, August 25, 2019 at Galatia Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 8800 Galatia Church Road Fayetteville, NC.
The funeral will follow at 4 pm with CRE Herman Autry officiating.
Interment will be 1:00 pm. Tuesday, August 27, 2019 at Cumberland Memorial Gardens in Fayetteville.
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Monday, August 19, 2019

Anthony H. Stone

Anthony H. Stone (Tony) of West End, died at his home, Tuesday, August 13, 2019.

A native of Moore County, he was born to George O. Stone Sr. and Virginia Mae Stone on November 14, 1954. He came from a large family. He resided during his school years in Hoke County, attending Hoke High School.

The funeral will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at West End United Methodist Church with Pastor Jane Leechford officiating. Family and friends will meet in the fellowship hall on  at 1:30 p.m. prior to the funeral.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to West End United Methodist Church at 4015 NC Highway 73, West End, NC C/O Anthony Stone.

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Friday, August 16, 2019

Rita Dawn Lee

Rita Dawn Lee died Thursday, August 15, 2019 in First Health Hoke Hospital.  

 She was born in Cumberland County on October 14, 1976. She worked as an Inside Sales Coordinator for the House of Raeford for over 15 years and loved her job. She was a giver, always willing to help anyone who needed assistance.

 She is proceeded in death by her mother, Mary Louise Wolf, and sister, Nancy Uber.  

She is survived by her father, David Lee and stepmother Brenda Lee of Raeford; sisters, Donna Powell (husband Roy Powell, Jr.) and Jennifer Lou Lee of Fayetteville; nieces, Kelly Louise Lee McPherson (husband Joshua McPherson) and Jessica Lynn Lee of Fayetteville; nephews, James Robert Powell and David Robert Jonathan Lee of Fayetteville; great nephew, Leland Powell; and godson, Jake McPherson.

Visitation will be 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Sunday, August 18, 2019 at Crumpler Funeral Home, 220 East 4th Ave. Red Springs, NC 28377.

 The funeral will follow at 4:00 PM at the Funeral Home with Pastor Wiley Hughes officiating.

Burial will be in the Parkton Cemetery.

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Annie Rogers

Annie Mae Scott Rogers of Raeford diedWednesday, August 14, 2019 in her home at the age of 86.
She was born in Bishopville, SC on November 20, 1932, to Robert Ernest Scott and Audrey Nellie Lee Hopkins Scott. She was preceded in death by her husband, Raphu (Blue) Rogers and her daughters Cynthia Gail Rogers and Regina Faye Rogers Sargent.
She was a member of Raeford Evangelical Methodist Church, where in past years she was active in many church activities including serving as a vacation bible school leader. Her ongoing, Christ centered life of faith sustained and nourished her soul.
To her friends she was a beacon of warmth and affection, a caring and compassionate friend. She never missed an opportunity to provide support and encouragement to others.  But most importantly, she was anchor of a vast and devoted family. Her family cherishes memories of home cooked meals, picking up pecans on cool crisp days, raising worms, gathering on every holiday around her table. 
She is survived by a son, Glenn R. Rogers and wife Sherry of Hope Mills; three daughters, Debra A. Christian and husband Ray of Avondale, AZ, Kathy Long and husband Jerry of Raeford, and Sue Parnell and husband David of Raeford; one sister, Sylvia Maxwell of Camden, SC; 10 grandchildren;  20 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.
Visitation will be from 6:00 until 8:00 pm on Saturday, August 17, 2019 at Crumpler Funeral Home, 131 Harris Avenue, Raeford, NC.
A Celebration of Life service will be held 2:00 pm Sunday, August 18, 2019 at the Raeford Evangelical Methodist Church with Pastor Roger Burns and Reverend Billy Joe Brady officiating. Burial will be in the Fayetteville Memorial Cemetery.
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Monday, August 12, 2019

Angela W. Blackburn

Angela (Sherry) Williamson Blackburn of Raeford died Saturday, August 10, 2019 in her home, at the age of 60.
She was preceded in death by her father Richard Arnold Williamson. 
She is survived by her husband of 32 years, Ronald E. Blackburn of Raeford; her daughter, Jennifer L. Blackburn of Raeford; and her mother, Vivian Williamson of Tunnel Hill, Georgia. 
Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at Crumpler Funeral Home in Raeford.
A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at Fayetteville Memorial Cemetery.
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Ann M. Gore

Ann McNicholas Gore of Raeford, formerly of Fayetteville, died Friday, August 9, 2019 at Kingswood Nursing Center in Aberdeen at the age of 70.
She is survived by her daughter-in-law, Ginny Poche of Raeford, and two grandsons, Joseph Poche and Christopher Poche both of Raeford.
A private memorial service will be held later. 
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Monday, August 5, 2019

Anna Patterson

Anna Patterson of Raeford died Tuesday, July 30, 2019.  The funeral was held at 3 p.m. Sunday, August 4, 2019, at Cape Fear Conference B Headquarters, Raeford.  Burial was in the Avery Chapel FWB Church cemetery. Services were entrusted to Purcell Funeral Home & Cremation Services.  

Bessie Dew

Bessie (Betty) Margaret Graham Dew of Raleigh, formerly of Raeford, died July 29, 2019.
She was born to George and Mary D. Graham on September 18, 1925 in Robeson County. She grew up in Lumberton, and married the true love of her life, Harry C. Dew after a relatively short courtship. Together, they raised nine children living in Robeson and Hoke counties, and were married 49 years before Harry's passing in 1995. She spent 65 years as a Hoke county resident, which she described as the best years of her life. In 2016, she moved to Raleigh to live with her daughter.
She cared very little for material possessions; she considered her family to be her wealth. Her life was centered on family, and she was devoted to teaching her children to love God and each other. She had a quiet, but determined spirit, and she taught her children to serve others by being a servant herself. She was a faithful member of the First Baptist Church of Raeford.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and four sons, Fred Dew and wife Ellen of Fayetteville, Charles (Pete) Dew, Harry Dew Jr., Robert (Bobby) Dew, and one grandchild, Dominic Witten.
She is survived by son Harold Dew and his wife Bettie of Greenville, daughter-in-law Joyce Dew (wife of Pete) of Fayetteville, daughter-in-law Ann Dew (wife of Harry, Jr.) of Monroe, son Ken Dew and wife Kathy of Raleigh, daughter Doris Dew of Raleigh, daughter Margaret Witten and her husband Mike of Charlotte, son Eddie Dew and wife Beverly of Raeford, 22 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren, and 4 great-great-grandchildren, as well as a brother, John Graham of Charleston, South Carolina, and sister, Ada Hinson of Beaufort, North Carolina.
The funeral was held at 11 a.m. Friday, August 2 at the First Baptist Church, 333 North Main Street, Raeford. Burial was in Raeford Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the: First Baptist Church, 333 North Main Street, Raeford, NC 28376

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Reeta Baker

Reeta McMillan Baker of Raeford died Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at FirstHealth Hospice House in Pinehurst at the age of 91.
She was born in Scotland County on April 15, 1928 to Neil Alexander McMillan and Minnie Stubbs McMillan. She was preceded in death by her husband, Elwood Baker, and her children Doug Baker, Neil Baker, Carolyn Baker and Lisa Faye Baker.
She is survived by her grandchildren, Christy Baker and Jessie Baker, both of Highland, New York, Shawn Baker of Raeford, and J.D. Baker of Nebraska; four great-grandchildren; and her sister, Ardenia Davis of Lumber Bridge.
Visitation will be held Friday, July 26, 2019 from 6-8 p.m. at Crumpler Funeral Home, 131 Harris Ave. Raeford.
A graveside memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 27, 2019 at the Raeford Cemetery with the Rev. Tex Deaton Officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Foundation of FirstHealth Hospice, 150 Applecross Road, Pinehurst, NC 28374
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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Mary Alexander

Mary Grey Helton Alexander, 93, died peacefully at Chatham Ridge Assisted Living in Chapel Hill July 22, 2019. She was born and lived in Quinwood, West Virginia. When she was about eight years old, she relocated with her mother and brothers to Timberland near Raeford. After graduating from high school in Raeford, she obtained a music degree from Mars Hill College. She married William Lona Alexander (Bill) in 1947 in Raeford, and they then moved to Chapel Hill to attend the University of North Carolina and start a family. 
She enjoyed the creative side of life as she was known for her musical gifts, paintings of natural landscapes,  sewing anything from handbags to quilts, and gardening  everything from cacti to beautiful flowers. She was well known for her love of children, humor, cheerful disposition, positive attitude, and uplifting spirit.
She and her family were charter members of Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Chapel Hill. Her membership was recently transferred to University United Methodist Church in Chapel Hill. 
She was preceded in death by her daughter Ann, husband, a sister, Neville, two brothers, Lawrence and Eldred, and her parents, Mary Tapp Helton and Ralph Joseph Helton. She is survived by three children and their families, Joe of Chapel Hill, Marc of Kinston, and Kim of Richmond, Virginia. 
A private family grave-side service will be held at the Raeford City Cemetery on Sunday. 
Considering her love of children, and in lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Children and Family Ministries of University United Methodist Church, 150 East Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27514 or a charity of choice. Funeral arrangements are by Walker's Funeral Home in Chapel Hill.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Col. (Ret.) Claude J. Benner

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Col. (Ret.) Claude Jennings ("C.J.") Benner Jr., USAR of Raleigh, died surrounded by his family at Duke Raleigh Hospital on July 14, 2019.

He was born February 5, 1935 in Carthage, the third of four children to Claude Jennings and Bevie Mae (Corbett) Benner Sr. He and his older sisters Ina Mae and Bettie and their younger sister Janice grew up in Raeford, attending Hoke County High where C.J. played football and basketball, graduating as his class salutatorian in 1953.  In the fall of that year, he attended Wake Forest University as a history major, graduating in 1957.  In December of that year, he entered the North Carolina National Guard, which led eventually to active duty military service.  During his time at Southeastern Seminary (1960-63) in Wake Forest, North Carolina, he married Linda (May) Benner of LaGrange, and served as an associate pastor at Franklin Baptist Church.

He served active military duty at Fort Lee, Virginia, followed by tours in Vietnam (1967-68) as well as Walter Reed Hospital (1968-1970).  In 1970, C.J. chose to leave active military service for a civilian pastorate in Urbanna, Virginia. He continued his military service in the U.S. Army Reserve, and in 1976 he attended the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas as a reserve chaplain.  In 1982, he accepted a call to serve the congregation of Westover Baptist Church in Manassas, Virginia, where he served for 18 years before retiring in 1999. He also continued his reserve service, attaining the rank of full colonel and retiring in 1995.

In 2000, he and Linda retired to Albemarle, where they lived for 11 years, during which time he regularly served as a interim pastor for various area churches.  In 2011, they returned to Raleigh.  He is survived by his wife Linda, his daughter Dawn Louise (Benner) Young of Charlotte, his son Stephen James Benner of Raleigh, grandchildren Nikita and Adrielle Benner of Raleigh, and Thomas and Taylor Young of Charlotte, and his sister Ina Mae (Benner) Freeman of Pensacola, Florida.

A funeral with military honors will be held on Thursday, July 18, at 1 p.m. in the chapel at Hayes Barton Baptist Church, 1800 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh. The family will receive friends following the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, anyone wishing to make a memorial donation can contribute to Gideons International for Bible distribution or to a veterans' support group.

Arrangements by Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, Saint Mary's St., Raleigh.

Monday, July 15, 2019

Charles E. Davis

Charles E. (Charlie) Davis, 94, of Raeford, died Thursday, July 11, 2019 at his home.
He was born on April 9, 1925 in Raeford to Charles F. and Beulah C. Davis. He was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia C. (Ginny) Davis. He was a member of the Raeford Presbyterian Church where he served faithfully for 50 years in the choir and served as a deacon. He served in the US Army during WWII and was awarded the purple heart. He was employed for 64 years with Kinlaw's Jewelry Store before he retired.
Survivors are a daughter, Kathy MacDonald and husband John of Winston-Salem; two sons, Chuck Davis and wife Sue of Southern Pines, and Kevin Davis and wife Judy of Raeford; and six grandchildren, Katie Meyer and husband Ben, John MacDonald and wife Sarah, Lee Haithcock and husband Ray, Charlie Davis and wife Megan, Jennifer Davis and Alyssa Frick and husband Dylan.
Visitation will be held at the John C. Ropp Fellowship Hall 10-11 a.m. Thursday, July 19. The funeral will follow with the Rev. Dr. Steven Fitzgerald and the Rev. Michael McGehee officiating. Burial will be in the Raeford Cemetery with military honors.
Memorials may be made to, Raeford Presbyterian Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 1570, Raeford, NC 28376.  
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Saturday, July 13, 2019

Catherine Brock

Catherine Brock, age 66, of Rockfish, passed away on Saturday, July 13, 2019 at her home.
She was born on March 6, 1953. She was preceded in death by her parents Ralph Lee Strother and Lois Autry Guin, and her brother Edward Strother. She was a member of Tabernacle Baptist Church where she loved working with the babies and children of the church.
She is survived by her husband, Jessie L (Scoot). Brock Jr. of Raeford; a daughter, Tina Short and husband Eric of Apex; a son, Heath Brock and wife Haven of Monroe; 5 grandchildren; and a brother, Dennis Strother and wife Cindy of Raeford.
Visitation will be held on Monday, July 15, 2019 from 1- 1:45 p.m. at Tabernacle Baptist Church, 3219 Lindsay Road, Raeford.
The funeral will be at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Tommy Underwood, thx Rev. Jimmy Dees and the Rev. Mike Osment. officiating.
Burial will be in the church cemetery.
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Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Clyde McInnis Jr.

Clyde McInnis Jr., formerly of Raeford, died peacefully on May 7, 2019, in Stuart, Florida. He was 80 years old.
He was born on July 7, 1938, in Miami to Clyde McInnis Sr. and Jeanne Lentz. He was commonly referred to as "Butch."  He always lived life strictly on his terms, which at times made for an interesting experience for his friends and family who loved him through thick and thin.  He especially enjoyed traveling, (many RV trips), was the life of the party, always liked a good debate, (sometimes intentionally provoking their start), was never shy in sharing his opinion, and until a few years ago, loved a good game of golf. His family meant the world to him. 
After four years in the United States Air Force, stationed in Alaska, he returned home where he became a manager for Food Fair.  He then opened his own cleaning business, and  operated two produce stands in Miami Beach.  He later managed National Tire in Cutler Ridge, FL.  In 1992 he moved to Brooksville, FL, where he was affiliated with the Dunes Golf and Country Club.  After retirement, he moved to Stuart, FL.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, John Patterson and William (Billy) McInnis.
He is survived by his latest wife Judith Kalezis McInnis; his brother, Bruce McInnis; half-brother, Steve McInnis and their families; two sons, Charles "Mitch" McInnis (wife Mary and children Dane, Derrick Gaydos and Briana Gaydos), and Sean McInnis (wife Arelys and children Melanie, William, Elizabeth); and a daughter, Katherine "Kathy" Harrison, her husband Christian and children, Nicole Frick (husband Brad and daughter Kinsley), Janna Messmann (husband Jeffery), Natalie Armstrong, Leah Harrison, and Lisa Armstrong.
He will be cremated, and a memorial will take place at the 92nd annual McInnis Family Reunion on July 20, 2019, at 1 p.m. at Dundarrach Community Church, Raeford, directed by Crumpler Funeral Home in Raeford. In lieu of flowers, send donations to:
Dundarrach Community Church
5497 St. Paul's Road
Shannon, NC 28386

Monday, July 8, 2019

Larry D. Saunders

Larry Drake Saunders, 64, formerly of Hoke county, died June 23 in his home in Ripley, West Virginia.
He was preceded in death by his parents Albert and Dorothy Saunders, a brother, Kenneth Saunders, and in-laws, Charles and Sarah Shumway.
He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Carla (Shumway) Saunders; his children, Eric Saunders of Southport, and Matthew (Miranda) Saunders of Evans, West Virginia; daughters, Kari Saunders of Ripley, West Virginia, and Megan (Brandon) Board of Fraizer Bottom, West Virginia; two grandchildren, Rowan Scott Kay and Ily Marie Saunders; his brother, Gene (Donna) Saunders of Holden Beach; and sisters, Rhonda Hodge of Raeford, and Patricia (Kenneth) Byrd of Boiling Springs.
In keeping with his wishes, he was an organ donor.
The funeral was held June 27, 2019 at Waybright Funeral Home in Ripley, West Virginia. Burial was in Pine Hill Cemetery in Ripley.