Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Laura King

Laura Lewis Jackson King, 94, resident of Open Arms Retirement Center here and former resident of Kinston, died January 22 following several years of declining health.  She was preceded in death by a son Tillman, brother Warren Jackson, sister Louise Mack and her parents Bernice and Jesse Jackson.

She is survived by sons Adrian King of Kinston, Julian King (and Mary Neil) of Raeford and daughter Janice Jones (and Tom) of Chapin, South Carolina; nine grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

She was born in Kinston on July 2, 1922 and lived most of her early life in the area formally known as East Kinston. She graduated from Grainger High School in 1940. Her senior year high school annual (Kay-Aitch-Ess) referred to her as "Business-like. Brisk. Neat."

In 1941 she married Ernest Lee King and they were blessed with four children. Shortly after marriage, they became Lenoir County farmers. In 1956 the family moved to Kinston and Ernest went into the restaurant business. Ernest and Laura were divorced in 1969.

Laura spent many hours sitting in Kinston's Grainger Stadium watching sons Tillman and Julian play baseball for the Grainger High School Red Devils, coached by Paul Jones. Her sons, in their respective senior years, were selected as outstanding members of the team. 

One of the joys of her life related to the educational achievements of her children: all four graduated from Grainger High School in Kinston and all four successfully graduated from college (Adrian at Wake Forest, Tillman at University of North Carolina, Julian at North Carolina State University, and Janice at East Carolina University), the first in the King and Jackson branches of her families to attain college degrees.

One of her sons wrote "…I give her all the credit for instilling in us the desire to make for ourselves a better life than she and Ernest were able to give us growing up." A "Mother's hope…" was considered the major help in achieving the four children's educational goals.

Laura was a strong force in the life of her four children.

Her giving and straightforward personality earned Laura many friends throughout the various communities in which she lived: Kinston, Fayetteville, Raeford, Charlotte, Jacksonville Beach and Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. 

Education was a main objective of Laura's professional life earning certificates from Lenoir Community College and Fayetteville Tech as well as professional credits in the insurance industry.

Her professional life included employment as personnel and payroll clerk for the City of Kinston, service in the radiology department at Lenoir Memorial Hospital and service as a medical secretary in Florida.

Genealogy was one of her passions, especially related to the study of the Jackson branch of her family. She loved to read the newspaper wherever she lived, and novels, and fish in the state's coastal waters.

After living in Florida for several years, Laura retired to Kinston in the mid-1990s.

Her civic associations included a term as president of the Lewis School PTA, president of the Kinston Garden Club, a member of Kinston's business and professional women's association, a member and volunteer for the Lenoir County Historical Association, as an early member of Community Concerts organization; and recently as a member of Northwest Christian Church. During residencies in Raeford, home for son Julian, Ms. King attended the Raeford Baptist Church.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at Howard-Carter Funeral Home from 11 a.m. to noon. The funeral will start at noon with the Rev. Judith Reese officiating. Burial will follow the service at the King Family Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Lenoir County Historical Association, PO Box 3171, Kinston, NC 28502.

Howard-Carter Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Online condolences may be sent to howardandcarter.com 

Sandra Stone

Sandra K. Stone of Raeford passed away Monday, January 23, 2017 at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital at the age of 74.

She was born in Columbus County on October 27, 1942 to the late Carl Stone and Mary Aileen Buffkin Stone. She graduated from Hoke County High School in 1961 and attended Worth Business College in Fayetteville. She was a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church. She was a devoted daughter and sister.

She is survived by her sister, Glenda Wagner of Whispering Pines; a brother, Craig Stone and his wife Lori of Raeford; two nieces, Megan Stone of Raeford and Jennifer Wagner McLaughlin and her husband Kevin of Tampa, Florida; and a nephew, Michael Wagner and his wife Christina of Fuquay Varina.

A visitation will be held 6-8 Thursday, January 26, 2017 at Crumpler Funeral Home, 131 Harris Ave. Raeford.

The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, 2017 at Hillcrest Baptist Church, 2699 US Hwy 401 Business, Raeford, officiated by Pastor Toby Neal. Burial will follow in the Raeford Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Hillcrest Baptist Church, P.O. 1533 Raeford, NC 28376.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Sandra Drotar

Sandra Jeanne Drotar of Rockfish went to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, January 20, 2017 at the age of 72. 
She was born in Warren County, Ohio on May 28, 1944 to the late Raymond Fullwiler and Katherine Clutter Fullwiler. She was preceded in death by her husband, Stephen Drotar, and her children, Tamara L. Drotar and Tina L. Drotar. Sandra was a faithful member of Ephesus Baptist Church in Arabia. 
She leaves behind her daughter, Stephanie Drotar of Lawrenceburg, Tennessee; her granddaughter, Nicolette Davis of Raeford; her grandson, Stephen Quiles of Warrenton, Virginia; her grandson, Jessie Johnson of Warren, Ohio; her grandson, Steven Drotar of Warren, Ohio; and her great-grandchildren, Seth Sayers, and Malakai Drotar. 
The family will receive friends two hours prior to the church service. 
The funeral  will be held at 4 p.m. on Friday, January 27, 2017 at Ephesus Baptist Church with Pastor Wayne Sanderson officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. 
Online condolences may be made at www.crumplerfuneralhome.com 

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Jean Horne

Jean Horne of Raeford died Wednesday, January 18, 2017 in FirstHealth Moore Regional at the age of 55.

She was born in Fairfield County, Connecticut on July 1, 1961. She was preceded in death by her mother, Joan Heinzelman Perry. She was a member of Friendship Baptist Church in Bunnlevel. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother.

She leaves behind her husband of 32 years, Steve Ray Horne of Raeford; her children, Jessica Jimmerson and her fiancé, Julian Wilson of Raeford, Josh Perry and his wife, Amanda, Steven Horne Jr. and his wife, Casey of Aberdeen, and Daniel Horne and his wife, Ashton of Fairbanks, Alaska; her father, Wilbert Perry of Bunnlevel; her sisters, Linda Lowery and husband, James of Lillington, and Debra Perry of Bunnlevel; her brother, John Perry of Florida; and 12 grandchildren.

The family will receive friends on Saturday, January 21, 2017 6-8 p.m. at Crumpler Funeral Home in Raeford and other times at the home.

Online condolences may be made at www.crumplerfuneralhome.com


Pamela Benton-Ludwig

Pamela Marie Benton-Ludwig of Raeford passed away in her home on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at the age of 44. 

She was born in Scotland County on October 25, 1972. She was preceded in death by her father, Bennie Lee Benton. She was a kindhearted, giving and loving mother, grandmother, daughter, aunt, sister and friend to many. 

She is survived by her children, Katherine Benton and her fiancé, Jasper Womack of Spring Lake, and Corey "CoCo" Culver and his fiancé, Marina Flores of St. Pauls; her mother, Peggy Early-Swanner and her husband, Terry; her brothers, James Benton and his wife, Leah of Hutto, Texas, and Timothy Benton and his wife, Nicole of Chattanooga, Tennessee; her fiancé, Arthur Locklear of Raeford; and her grandson, Adrian Womack of Spring Lake. 

The family will receive friends on Friday, January 20, 2017 at Crumpler Funeral Home in Raeford. 

The funeral will be held on Saturday, January 21, 2017 at Crumpler Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in the Hillside Cemetery in Laurinburg. 

On line condolences may be made at www.crumplerfuneralhome.com 

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Jennifer Sousa

Jennifer Parrott Sousa of Fayetteville died Tuesday, January 17, 2017 in Open Arms Retirement Center at the age of 74.

She was born in London, England on December 6, 1942 to the late Edward Francis Parrott and Dorothy Sullivan Parrott. She was preceded in death by her husband, Louis and her brother, Michael Parrott. She was a member and past president of the Fayetteville British Club.

She is survived by her two sons, Philip Sousa and his wife, Kimberly of Lexington, Massachusetts and Richard Sousa and his wife, Judy of Raeford; and three grandchildren, Nicole, Joshua, and Hannah.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, January 28, 2017 at the Rockfish Church of God, 7869 Rockfish Road in Raeford with Pastor James Klemish officiating.

Online condolences may be made at www.crumplerfuneralhome.com

Monday, January 16, 2017

John Whiteford Jones

John Whiteford Jones of Raeford passed away, Thursday, January 12, 2017 at the age of 85.

He was born January 17, 1931 in Hoke County to the late John Allen Jones and Willa Conoly Jones. He was a member of Sandy Grove United Methodist Church, where he served on many committees. He also served on the board with Liberty Hospice, and as a member of the Hoke County Planning and Zoning board. He served in the N.C. National Guard for more than 20 years, and was employed with the Department of the Army as Director of the Troop Support Agency. He was owner and operator of Colonial Poultry Farms. 

He is survived by his wife Bette Parker Jones of Raeford, a son, Rodney M. Jones of Richmond, Virigina, a brother, William (Billy) Clarence Jones of Lumber Bridge, and a sister, Catherine McNeill of Red Springs.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at Sandy Grove United Methodist Church, 6800 Arabia Road, Lumber Bridge, with the Rev. Larry Chandler officiating. Inurnment will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends after the service at the graveside.

Memorials may be made to Hospice Foundation of Hoke County, P.O. Box 1584, Raeford, NC 28376 or Sandy Grove United Methodist Church, 6800 Arabia Road, Lumber Bridge 28357.