Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Jean H. Hodges

Jean H. Hodges, of Raeford passed away peacefully on August 23. She leaves a legacy of entrepreneurial achievement, professional distinction, community service, civic contributions and devotion to family and faith.
Born Billie Jean Hardin, in Waco, Texas, she was one of five children of Ben and Sue Hardin. Jean went on to earn a B.A. degree from Texas Christian University and an M.B.A. from the University of Mexico.
In 1974, Jean chose Raeford as her family's home. Realizing there was need for such services in the area, she founded the Fayetteville-based marketing, advertising and public relations agency, Hodges Associates. She remained until her death as CEO and a valuable advisor to the business she pioneered. Along the way, she inspired and mentored many people pursuing careers in her beloved profession. Under Jean's leadership, Hodges Associates earned numerous awards for creative achievement and business excellence.
Jean was honored personally with the first ATHENA Leadership Award given in the Fayetteville area. This national award recognizes recipients for their outstanding work that benefits professional women. She was also named Outstanding Woman Entrepreneur from Methodist College (now Methodist University). Among the elite group of industry professionals inducted into the North Carolina Advertising Hall of Fame, Jean also earned the Silver Medal and the Legion of Excellence Award from the American Advertising Federation (AAF). She founded the Fayetteville area chapter of this organization and served the AAF in several local, regional and national leadership positions.
Community service was an important part of Jean Hodge's life. For her, giving back meant supporting organizations and causes she truly believed in and making a wholehearted commitment to each and every role she took on. Numerous area organizations benefited from Jean's contributions as a director, board/committee member or volunteer. They include the Hoke County Community Foundation, Hoke County Partners in Education, Carolina Horse Park, Liberty Hospice, UNC Pembroke, Methodist University, Fayetteville-Cumberland County Chamber of Commerce and other economic development groups, the Fayetteville Dogwood Festival, Boys & Girls Club of America, Association of the U.S. Army, Cape Fear Botanical Garden, Olde Fayetteville Association and the Women's Forum of N.C. Jean played a role in launching the N.C. Turkey Festival, and her tenure as a director and past president of the Festival organization spanned 30 years. She was a member and active supporter of Raeford Presbyterian Church.
On the civic front, Jean served as a Hoke County Commissioner and a North Carolina delegate to the Governor's Conference for Small Business and the White House Conference for Small Business. She also ran for the State Senate. Cumberland County honored Jean with the Civic Leader Marquee Award, and she received a Certificate of Appreciation from the City of Raeford, as well as Citizen of the Year awards from the Hoke County Chamber of Commerce and the Raeford Kiwanis Club.     
Jean's resolve and commitment to succeed in every endeavor she undertook was evident early on. At age 12, polio left her with paralysis in her leg. Determined to recover, she focused on tennis and became runner-up to the Texas state champion. Jean loved to dance, played a mean game of bridge and piloted planes. She will be fondly remembered for her sharp mind, her keen sense of humor, her love of life, and the sage, candid and warm-hearted advice she imparted as a counselor to family and friends.
Jean Hodges is survived by her husband, Spencer T. Wilking; six children, Michael Hicks and Alexis Latham, both of Fischer, Texas, Anna Hodges Smith and her husband, Chuck, of Fayetteville, Janet Rae Hodges of Belews Creek, N.C., Dellus Hodges and his wife, Gwen, and Benton Hodges of Raleigh; ten grandchildren and six great grandchildren; sister Robin Anselmini and her husband, Frank, of Raeford; and numerous nieces and nephews. A brother, Virgil Hardin, and sisters, Dorothy Lohmer and Jo Hunke, preceded Jean in death.
Visitation will take place on Wednesday, August 26, from 7-9 p.m. at Crumpler Funeral Home in Raeford. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, August 27, at Raeford Presbyterian Church, followed by a reception at the John C. Ropp Fellowship Hall. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Hoke County Community Foundation or Hoke County Partners for Education.


Thursday, August 20, 2015

Joyce P. Wellington

Joyce Powers Wellington, 69, of Lumberton, died Monday, Aug. 17, 2015.
Survivors are: son, Keith Powers; stepdaughters, Ginny Webb and Georgia Stephenson; brother, Howard; sister, Gail Prescott; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
The funeral will be held Friday, Aug. 21 at 11 a.m. in Lumberton First Baptist Church. Burial will be in Gardens of Faith Cemetery.
 Visitation will be held Thursday, Aug. 20 at 5 p.m. at the church fellowship hall.


John T. Wellington

John Thomas Wellington, 84, of Lumberton, died Monday, Aug. 17, 2015.
Survivors are: daughters, Ginny Webb and Georgia Stephenson; stepson, Keith Powers; sister, Betty Mitchell; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
The funeral will be held Friday, Aug. 21 at 11 a.m. in Lumberton First Baptist Church. Burial will be in Gardens of Faith Cemetery. 
Visitation will be held Thursday, Aug. 20 at 5 p.m. at the church in the fellowship hall.


James D. Wellington

James Douglas Wellington, 55, of Lumberton, died Monday, Aug. 17, 2015.
Survivors are: son, James; daughter, Heather Zamora; sisters, Ginny Webb and Georgia Stephenson; stepbrother, Keith Powers; fiancee, Cindy Lawson-Page; two grandchildren.
The funeral will be held Friday, Aug. 21 at 11 a.m. in Lumberton First Baptist Church. Burial will be in Gardens of Faith Cemetery. 
Visitation will be held Thursday, Aug. 20 at 5 p.m. at the church in the fellowship hall.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Larry Bailey

Larry Thomas Bailey, 53, of Raeford, died Friday, August 14, 2015.

He was born April 15, 1962 in Beckley, West Virginia. He is preceded in death by his father, Dennis Bailey.

He served in the US Air Force and was employed with PWC .

He is survived by three daughters, Carrie Bailey (David), Christina Bailey (Daniel), and Sarah Bailey; his granddaughter, Liliana Matthew; his companion Penny Barry; his mother Ruth Daniel; his brother, Ray Bailey; and two sisters, Brenda Halsey ( Harold), and Michelle Cline( Randy).

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, August 22, 2015 at Crumpler Funeral Home Chapel, 131 Harris Ave. Raeford.


David Herring

David Herring of Raeford went home to be with the Lord, on August 18, 2015 at the age of 62.

He was born in Robeson County on June 15, 1953. He was preceded in death by his father, R.C Herring; his brother, Bobby Herring; and 2 sisters, Joann Harrell, and Linda Spencer. He served in the U.S. Army and was employed with FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital. He was also a member of Living Waters Church of God in Laurinburg.

He is survived by his wife, Diana K. Herring of Raeford; his children, David S. Herring of Raeford, Natasha Beard (Shelton) of Raeford, Chad Drabenstot of Aberdeen, and Melissa Drabenstot of Laurinburg; his mother, Eunice M. Herring of Raeford; his brother, Tony Herring of Raeford; his grandchildren, Shelton II, Briana, Nevaeh, London, Stephen Hatcher, II ,Ashtin, Katie Grace, and Lathan; and two great grandchildren, Dylan and Dylanie.

Visitation will be 7-9 p.m. Friday, August 21, 2015 at Crumpler Funeral Home, 131 Harris Ave. Raeford

The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, August 22, 2015 at Living Waters Church of God in Laurinburg with Pastor Steven Adams officiating.

Interment will be in the Raeford Cemetery with full military honors.

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Monday, August 17, 2015

James L. Scott

James Lindsay Scott of Raeford died Saturday, August 15, 2015 at Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem at the age of 73.

He was born in Robeson County on January 29, 1942, to the late Claude Scott and Katheline Lindsay Scott. He was a retired carpenter in Hoke County.

Survivors are two sons, James Lee Scott and his wife Angela and Jerry Lindsay Scott all of Salisbury; 2 brothers, Wayne Scott of Climax, and Mickey Scott of Greensboro; 3 sisters, Patsy Brown of Bennett, Gail Scott of High Point, and Kathy Goode of Greensboro; and 2 grandchildren, Kathaleen Scott and Cheyenne Scott.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, August 22, 2015 at Crumpler Funeral Home Chapel 131 Harris Ave. Raeford.

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Margaret L. Hammonds

Margaret Locklear Hammonds, 85, of Raeford, died Friday, Aug. 14, 2015.
Survivor are: daughter, Rebecca O'Berry; sisters, Annie Collins, Cathleen Locklear, Grace Hall, Marsh Bizzell and Sara Barton; two grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren
The funeral will be held Monday, Aug. 17 at 2 p.m. in Chapel of Jesus Christ Family Worship Center. Entombment will be in church cemetery.

Jacqueline M. Torrence

Jacqueline M. Torrence, 54, of 3835 Gainey Road, died Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015.
Survivors are: husband, Roscoe; children, Teisha Scott, Tiffany Hill, Darla Hill, Alvin Hill, Nicole Troy, Natasha Baker and Octavia; sisters, Catherine, Betty, Bobbie, Gracie and Angela; brother, Clarence; 11 grandchildren.
The funeral will be held Tuesday, Aug. 18 at 3 p.m. Tuesday in Mountain Grove AME Zion Church. Burial will be in McLauchlin Chapel Church cemetery.
 Viewing will be held Monday, Aug. 17 from 1 to 7 p.m. at Buie Funeral Home in Raeford.


Dorothy W. Bennett

Dorothy W. Bennett, 73, of Raeford, died Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015.
Survivors are: children, Christopher and Ronald Holeman, and Jacqueline Sanderson; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held Wednesday, Aug. 19 at 6 p.m. in Pinecrest Funeral & Cremation Services Chapel in Hope Mills. Visitation will follow after service at the funeral home.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Bennie Lee D. Turbeville

Bennie Lee Davis Turbeville passed away on August 15th in Raleigh. 
She was born in Raeford to the late Thomas Franklin Davis and Frankie CurrieDavis. She was preceded in death by her husband Robert Turbeville, her daughter Debbie Finley-Foor;.sister Eloise Wade, and brothers Paul, Tommy, and Kenneth Davis.
Her first employment was with Graves Registration at Elmendorf Air Force Base, Anchorage Alaska where she helped document unidentified soldiers killed in the invasion of the Aleutian Islands.
 Upon returning to Raeford, she was employed at Burlington Industries where she rose from the spinning room floor to the Planning Department to the Dye House to be the company's first woman supervisor.  No matter what the job, she worked tirelessly to be the best at everything no matter how big or small the task.  She was a progressive woman with an entrepreneur spirit and was fiercely independent.
 Upon retiring from Burlington Industries, she went home to help her husband run the farm.  They enjoyed making and selling crafts and working in the gardens.  Upon the death of her husband, she relocated to downtown Raeford.  She had a knack for repairing and restoring old objects which she sold at her "infamous" yard sales.
 She was a devoted wife and a loving mother, sister and friend. She had a wonderful sense of humor and loved pulling jokes on others.  She was a loving caretaker for her brother and sister-in-law providing them with food, companionship and assistance in multiple areas of need until their deaths.  
 She was an active member in her church until a decline in her health forced her to move to Raleigh to Abbotswood, a retirement living facility to be near her daughters. She remained active at Abbotswood participating in outings, winning the corn hole toss and was a fierce playing bingo player. She attributed her successful bingo luck to the rabbit's foot she kept tucked away in her pocket. 
She is survived by two daughters, Linda Odom (John) and Pat Nicholson (Nick) both of Raleigh; five grandchildren, Robert and Lee Ann Odom, John and Thomas Nicholson and and Kara Michael; six great-grandchildren; a brother, Jerry Davis (and wife Barbara) of San Antonio, Texas; sister-in-law Francis Davis of Southern Pines; and brother-in-law Bill Turbeville (and wife Johnnie) of Jasper, Georgia.
The family will receive friends Tuesday from 10-11 a.m. at Hillcrest Baptist Church, 2699 US Hwy 401, Raeford. 
The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, August 18, 2015 at Hillcrest Baptist Church with Pastor Toby Neal officiating. Burial will be in the Raeford Cemetery
Flowers are welcome or memorials may be made to Hillcrest Baptist, PO Box 1533 Raeford, NC 28376.
Online condolences may be made at

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Jannie C. Patterson

Jannie Mae Campbell Patterson, 94, of Red Springs, died Wednesday, August 12, 2015 in Autumn Care of Raeford.
She was born in Robeson County on December 17, 1920 to the late Lawerence and Hattie Campbell.
Survivors are: daughters, Gina Daniels of Raeford, Catherine Patterson, Perlie B. Brown, Clara Pratt(Thomas), and Annie "Maxine" Smith; sons, James(Shirley) of the home, and Larry Patterson(Yvette); sister, Helen Artis of Red Springs; 27 grandchildren; and a host of great-grandchildren.
The funeral will be held Saturday, August 15 at 2 p.m. in Red Springs Middle School in Red Springs with the Bishop Genathem Winston officiating. Burial will be in the Mack's Chapel Church Cemetery in Red Springs.
Public viewing will be held Friday, August 14 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Crumpler Funeral Home in Red Springs.
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Lamar F. McLean

Lamar F. McLean, 44, of Raeford, died Sunday, Aug.9, 2015.
Survivors are: mother, Polly; brothers, Ernest, Lutena and Gregory; and sisters, Andrea Williams and Devra Miller.
The funeral will be held Friday, Aug. 14 at 2 p.m. in Buie Funeral Home chapel in Raeford. 
Viewing will be held Thursday, Aug. 13 from 1 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.


Wednesday, August 12, 2015

William L. Lancaster

William L. Lancaster, Jr., 73, of Coffee Springs, Alabama, formerly of Raeford, died Friday, August 7, 2015.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a daughter, Jill Hawkins.
Survivors are: his wife, Elke Lancaster, Coffee Springs, Alabama, former wife, Beverly Quick Lancaster and son, William(Will) L. Lancaster III of Yanceyville; three brothers, Dave Lancaster(Ann Marie) of Garner, Joel Lancaster(Terri) of Chancellor, and Bob Lancaster(Mary) of Defuniak Springs, Florida; and a grandson, David Hawkins.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Online condolences may be made to:

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Jean McBryde

Jean McBryde, 73, of Ashley Heights NC went home to her Maker on Wednesday, August 5, 2015 surrounded by family.
Jean was the daughter of Lonnie Fish and Ollie Burgess.
Survivors are: her husband of 55 years, Leonard 'Mac' McBryde Jr.; two daughters, Pam Poe of Shallotte NC, Daphne Logue (Brian) of Durham NC; three sons, Bryan McBryde (Amy) of Whispering Pines, Ryan McBryde (Marylove) of Aberdeen, and Leonard McBryde III of Aberdeen; eleven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 29, 2015, 11:00 am at Ashley Heights Baptist Church officiated by the Reverend Kevin Huff.
Family will receive friends at the church prior to the service starting at 10:00am.
A private family burial will follow at Shiloh Presbyterian Church.
Memorials may be made to Ashley Heights Baptist Church Building Fund,  10351 Aberdeen Road , Aberdeen NC 28315
Powell Funeral Home and Crematory of Southern Pines is serving the family.
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