Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Torrance Taylor

Torrance Dwayne Taylor, known as TEE by his family and friends, died December 2, 2017 at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.
He was born was born March 9, 1967 in Naval Hospital in Portsmouth, Virginia to Charmaine D. Taylor (Melchizedek).
He was a God-fearing man.  He was known to make others laugh and give an encouraging word. Even in his turmoil with cancer he remained funny, encouraging to others, strong in his faith, and trusting in God's will.
He attended elementary School in Oakland, California, middle school in Augsburg, Germany, and high school in Killeen, Texas, and later graduated from Pemberton Township High School in New Jersey with the class of 1985.  There in high school he played football and ran track, setting a few local and state records.
He attended college while in the Army Reserve and while on active duty.  During his active military time, he served in Desert Storm, Iraqi Freedom, Afghanistan, and a tour in Germany.  He retired from the military at Fort Bragg after serving a total of 22 years.
He is survived by his wife of 14 years, Patrice Taylor; Brianna and Trinity Taylor in the home; his mother Charmine, uncles, Nathaniel (Lemelle) Taylor and  Ali Da Bey (Uncle Pee Wee); children, Lakisha (Michael) Uzzell, ZarTavia S. (Eddie) Elbert, Nathaniel III Taylor; grandchildren, Ceriae Smith, Cristin Ware, Myiesha Smith, Jaevion M Felton, and Zolae A Elbert; and sister, Sherria Melette.
Visitation will be Friday, Dec. 15 at Butler Funeral Home in Red Springs from 1-5 p.m.
The funeral will be Saturday, Dec. 16 at 1 p.m. at Nazareth Missionary Baptist Church in Wagram.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Dwan Upchurch

Dwan Swindell Upchurch, 87, died on December 8, 2017 in Elizabeth City. 
She was born to Guy Swindell and Alma Jefferson Swindell on September 11, 1930 in Washington, North Carolina. She loved the banks of the Pamlico River with all her heart and was a true Beaufort County girl. 
After graduation from Meredith College, she met and married Thomas Joseph Upchurch. They made their home in Raeford, where she was a beloved seventh grade Language Arts teacher for many years. After his death, she moved to Garner, where she made many new friends and enjoyed her bridge games at the senior center. She loved her Sunday School class, and she was a great student of the Bible.  
In 2016, she moved to Elizabeth City, where she made more good friends and received tender care at the Brookdale Community there. 
She is survived by her two daughters and sons-in-law, Dwan and Harry Turner and Missy and Richard Godfrey and by her five grandchildren, Michael (Kenza) Turner, Sarah Turner, Laura (Nate) Turner, Leah Godfrey, and Mark Godfrey. 
The funeral will be held Friday, December 15, 2017 at 2 p.m. at Raeford United Methodist Church 308 North Main Street, Raeford. Pastor Susan Hobbs and the Rev. Brian Wingo will officiate. Burial will be in the Raeford Cemetery. The family will receive friends after the service at the graveside. 
Memorial contributions can be sent to Samaritan's Purse at P.O. Box 3000, Boone, N.C. 28607 or to Garner United Methodist Church Heartful of Love Fund at 201 Methodist Drive, Garner, N.C. 27529. 
Online condolences may be made at www.crumplerfuneralhome.com

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Joyce Martin

Joyce Gail Williamson Martin of Raeford passed away on Friday, December 8, 2017 at her home at the age of 80. 
She was born in Wilson on July, 18, 1937 to the late Mr. and Mrs. Claude Williamson. She was preceded in death by her son, Robert Ray Kowalski. She was a member of West Fayetteville Baptist Church. 
Survivors are her husband, William A. (Bill) Martin of Raeford; a daughter, Melanie Allen of Fairmont; two sons, Kenneth Kowalski Jr. of Raeford, and Keith Kowalski of Fayetteville; a stepdaughter, Darcie Martin of Daune, New Yors; a stepson, William Charles Martin of Bloomingdale, New York;  nine grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and a sister, Helen Pierce of Summerset, Kentucky. 
A memorial service will be held Saturday at West Fayetteville Baptist Church. 
Online condolences may be made at www.crumplerfuneralhome.com 

Monday, December 4, 2017

Edwin R. Lutz

Edwin Richard Lutz formerly of York, Pennsylvania, passed away on Friday, December 1, 2017 in his home at the age of 74.

He was born in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania on July 4, 1943 to the late Edwin Paul Lutz and Regina Talbot Lutz. After serving in the United States Navy,he joined the Pennsylvania State Police where he served as a state trooper until his retirement. He served as a past commander of the York Sail and Power Squadron. He and his wife, Cathie, enjoyed their time together both on the water and traveling the country.

He leaves behind his wife of 53 years, Catherine Foley Lutz of Raeford; his brothers, James Lutz (Bonnie) of Jacksonville, Florida, Robert Lutz (Margaret) of Murrysville, Pennsylvania and Lawrence Lutz of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and his sister, Mary Frances of Jeannette, Pennsylvania.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Thursday, December 7, 2017 at the Williamson Farm, 1273 S. Bethel Rd, Raeford, NC 28376. A second memorial service will be held 7-9 p.m. on Thursday, December 14, 2017 at the White Rose Bar and Grill, 48 N. Beaver St, York, PA 17401.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to: Homes For Our Troops, https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/HomesforOurTroops and/or perform a random act of kindness in his memory.

Online condolences may be made at www.crumplerfuneralhome.com

Friday, November 10, 2017

Margaret English

Margaret Beckwith English of Raeford passed away Wednesday, November 08, 2017 at FirstHealth Hospice House in Pinehurst at the age of 83.

She was born February 09, 1934 in Chatham County to the late William Lattie Beckwith and Hallie Bryan Beckwith. She is also preceded in death by her siblings Roland  Beckwith, Hazel McNeill, and Billy Beckwith.

She was a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church. Her hobbies included horseback riding, square dancing, clogging and listening to bluegrass and gospel music.

She is survived by her husband Clarence G. English; five children, Corinne E. Chapman (Donnie), Sharon English, Ronald English (Lisa), Keith English, and Amy English; eight grandchildren, Brian Chapman (Ashley), Kelly McGee (Ronnie), Michael Chapman, Tim Chapman, Tate English (Rachel) Sarah Wilcox , Zada English, and Phoenix English; eight great-grandchildren, Hannah Parker, Hallie Parker, Ryan Chapman, Emma McGee, Garrett Chapman, Scarlett Chapman, Jane Wilcox, and Ethan Wilcox; and a great-great-grandchild, Carter Lancaster.

A visitation will be held 6-8 p.m. Saturday, November 11, 2017 at Crumpler Funeral Home 131 Harris Ave. Raeford.

The funeral will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, November 12, 2017 at Hillcrest Baptist Church 2699 US 401 Business Raeford.

Burial will be in the Raeford Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Hillcrest Baptist Church P.O. Box 1533 Raeford, NC 28376 or to FirstHealth Hospice Foundation, 150 Applecross Road, Pinehurst, NC 28374.

Online condolences may be made at www.crumplerfuneralhome.com

Anita Foresha

Anita L. Foresha, 81, of Raeford passed away Thursday, November 9, 2017 in First Health Hospice House.

She was born in Auburn, New York on July 12, 1936 to the late Marco and Bertha Jackson Orasi. She was a homemaker and loved her family. She will be greatly missed.

She is survived by her husband William Eric Foresha of the home; Richard Allen Foresha and William Eric Foresha Jr, both of Raeford; Lynn Ann Sitman of Florida; a grandchild, Nicole Marie Beaver and many extended family members.

The funeral will be held at a later date in New York.

Arrangements for the family are entrusted to LaFayette Funeral Home, 6651 Raeford Rd. Fayetteville, NC 28304. On-line condolences may be made at www.lafayettefh.com.

Rosa McNeill

Rosa L. McNeill of Fayetteville passed away Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at FirstHealth Hospice in Pinehurst, at the age of 92.

 She was born October 4, 1925 in Marion County, SC to the late Neill E. Rouse and Jessie Byrd Rouse. She is preceded in death by her husband Malcolm McNeill and her son, John C. McNeill.

She is survived by her son Tom McNeill of Fayetteville, 4 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren and a sister,Pearl Jackson of Marion, SC.

A graveside service will be 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at Antioch Presbyterian Church 6583 Red Springs Road, Red Springs, NC.

The family will receive friends after the service at the graveside.

Memorials may be made to FirstHealth Hospice Foundation, 150 Applecross Road, Pinehurst, NC  28374.

Online condolences may be made at www.crumplerfuneralhome.com

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Rosa L. McNeill

Rosa Lee McNeill formerly of Raeford passed away on November 7, 2017 in FirstHealth Hospice and Palliative Care, Pinehurst. 
She was born on October 4, 1925 in Marion County, South Carolina to the late Neil E. Rouse and Jessie Byrd Rouse. She was preceded in death by her husband , Malcolm McNeill, and her son John C. McNeill. 
She loved her family, gardening and her dogs. 
She is survived by her son, Tom E. McNeill and his wife Mickey of Fayetteville; four grandchildren, Delana, Mike, Jennifer and Shaun; five great-grandchildren, Alexis, Drew, Logan, Lincoln and Gentry, all of Cumberland County, and her sister Pearl Jackson of Marion South Carolina. 
A graveside memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, November 11, 2017 at Antioch Presbyterian Church Cemetery with the Rev. Larry Chandler officiating. 
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to FirstHealth Hospice Foundation, 150 Applecross Road, Pinehurst, NC 28374 or your favorite animal shelter. 
Online condolences may be made at  www.crumplerfuneralhome.com 

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Barbara Lupo

Barbara Lupo, 68, of Pinebluff, passed away at Duke University Hospital on Sunday, November 5, 2017.

She was born in Bennettsville, South Carolina to the late Harold and Annie Covington.  She was raised in Laurinburg and was a graduate of Laurinburg High School.  After graduation, she attended Wingate University and U.N.C. – Pembroke, and had earned her Masters in Education and Administration.  She was a loving and dedicated teacher for almost 25 years in the Hoke County school system. She also served as assistant principal of West Hoke Elementary, as well as the director for instruction at the Hoke County Board of Education for 17 years, for a total of 42 years of service.  She loved teaching the 4th grade and every child she met, she loved.  She officially retired from teaching in 2002, but her love for teaching took her back to the classroom until 2013.  She also loved playing the piano and shared her talent for several local churches in the area. She was a very loving wife, mother, sister, aunt and friend, and she will always be remembered for her generosity, lively spirit, and dedicated service to the church and the community.

She was the wife of Jimmy Lupo of Pinebluff.  She also is survived by her daughter, Andrea Lupo, and her sister, Frances Jeanette Townsend.

The funeral will be held at Yates-Thagard Baptist Church, 3820 Vass-Carthage Rd., Carthage on Friday at 2 p.m.  The family will receive friends at the church prior to the service starting at 1 p.m.

Online condolences may be made at www.bolesfuneralhome.com

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Gladys Clark

Gladys "Polly" Johnson Clark of Raeford passed away on November 5, 2017 in Open Arms Retirement Home at the age of 89.

She was born in Hoke County on October 28, 1928 to the late William Baker and Nonie Lancaster Baker Chappell. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Henry Johnson and Sim Clark Jr.; two brothers, Lester Baker and Leonard Baker; and her sister, Elizabeth Baker. She was the last surviving charter member of the Raeford Evangelical Methodist Church, originally named Peoples Tabernacle, where she sang in the church choir. She played an active role in the church by helping with Vacation Bible School, hosted youth rally participants in her home, and the prayer circle. After raising her family, she returned back to school and received her degree in nursing. After retiring she dedicated her life to caring for her mother and her brothers.

She leaves behind her daughter, Barbara Johnson Johnson of Raeford; her son, Jamie Johnson and his wife, Susan of Hickory; her sister, Mary Southern of Raeford; four grandchildren, Grey Johnson and his wife, Debbie, Baker Johnson and his wife, NoraAnn, Daniel Johnson and his wife, Stacie, Matthew Parker; seven great-grandchildren, Cori, Sarah, Cameron, Sammy, Emma Lynn, Aiden, and Jaxon; her niece, Yvonne Harrell and her husband, Robert of Southern Pines; her nephew, Lester "Bobie" Southern of Raeford; great nieces, Mandy Luck and her husband, Jonathan of Pinehurst, Lesley Craven and her husband, Josh of Pinehurst; and her great-great niece and nephew, Cullen and Landry.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at Crumpler Funeral Home Chapel in Raeford from 1-1:45 pm.

 The funeral will begin at 2 p.m. following the visitation. Burial will be in the Raeford Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, Memorials may be made to: Alzheimer's Association Eastern North Carolina Chapter, 3739 National Drive, Suite 110, Raleigh, NC 27612.

Online condolences may be made at www.crumplerfuneralhome.com