Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Daryl K. Smmons


Daryl Kent Simmons of Hoke County died September 19, 2016, at the age of 53.
He was born August 26, 1963 in Miami, Florida.
He is survived by three sons, Daryl Keith Simmons of Fayetteville, and William Simmons and Gabriel Simmons both of Sweet Water, Texas; his father Jim Simmons; his mother, Dixie Simmons of Red Springs; two brothers, Vaudry Simmons of Red Springs, and Bobby Simmons (Michelle) of Pender County; two sisters, Wendy Mossolle (Lee) of Martinsburg, West Virginia, and Christina Moore of California; and three grandchildren, Leah Simmons, Mya Simmons, and Caleb Simmons.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sep. 24 at Crumpler Funeral Home Chapel in Red Springs.
Online condolences may be made at www.crumplerfuneralhome.com

Monday, September 19, 2016

George Steven (Steve) Hedgpeth

George Steven (Steve) Hedgpeth of Raeford, died Saturday, September 17, 2016 at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital at the age of 71.

He was born in Robeson County on July 23, 1945, to the late Murray Vardell Hedgpeth and Blanche Floyd Hedgpeth. He was preceded in death by his two brothers, Charles Hedgpeth and Bobby Hedgpeth. 

He was well known in Hoke County. He was outgoing and generous. He was an outstanding Hoke High athlete, playing varsity football all four years and wrestling in the state championship. He attended Pembroke College. He was a dedicated son and cherished husband, father, "Papa," and friend. He had varied interests and served the community in a number of ways.He was a volunteer firefighter and North Raeford Fire Department trustee; owner and operator of Raeford Floral Company; and a Hoke County magistrate, retiring as chief magistrate having served Hoke County for 33 years. In addition he was a produce farmer, grocer, and substitute teacher. He was also co-owner of Hedgpeth Farms and Greenhouses. He enjoyed working in the garden, cooking for his family, playing harmonica, camping in the North Carolina Mountains, fishing, and quail hunting. He was a dedicated Christian, serving Bethel Presbyterian Church as deacon, elder, longtime choir member and Sunday school teacher.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Jane Huckabee Hedgpeth of Raeford; two sons, Woody Hedgpeth and his wife Esther of Raeford and Steven Hedgpeth of Raeford; a daughter, Becky Morris and her husband Jeff of Raeford: two grandchildren, Kylie Morris and Alexander Hedgpeth; and two brothers, Jimmy Hedgpeth of Laurinburg and Vardell Hedgpeth and his wife Janeth of Raeford.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, September 20 6-8 p.m. at Crumpler Funeral Home in Raeford.

The funeral will be at 2 p.m., Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at Bethel Presbyterian Church with the Rev. James Wilhide and the Rev. Sanders Read officiating. Burial will be in the Raeford Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Bethel Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 2128, Raeford, NC 28376.

Online condolences may be made at www.crumplerfuneralhome.com

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Richard W. Keller

Retired SFC Richard William Keller, 79, passed away, September 14, 2016.

He was born in Harvey, North Dakota, March 26, 1937. He was the son of the late Joseph and Mary Keller.

He is preceded in death by his loving wife of 58 years, Lorraine Keller and daughter Donna Jurek.

He retired from the U.S. Army in 1979, after 25 years of service.  His service duties included Vietnam and Korea.

He is survived by two daughters, Debbie Norton and her husband Don, and Dwanda Dalton, both of Raeford, a son, Daniel Keller and his wife Donna of Texas, and his son-in-law Glen Jurek of Texas.

He celebrated life with 10 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter.

The family will receive friends at his home, at 275 Deaton Rd., Raeford.

A memorial service will be held in Texas at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Online condolences may be made at www.crumplerfuneralhome.com

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Kimberly Klemish

Kimberly Hope Klemish of Raeford went to be with her Lord on September 13, 2016 at the age of 46.

She was born in Cumberland County on July 30, 1970 to Richard E. Esslinger Sr. and Jean Dennis Esslinger. She loved the Lord and led many children and their families into closer communion with Him. She attended Christian Church of HOPE-Rockfish and was a founding partner of the Rockfish Christian Academy. She used her cancer as an opportunity to witness her faith, never doubting that she had been chosen to show those around her how great God is. She led many people to the Lord while she was receiving chemotherapy. She was preceded in death by an infant daughter.

She is survived by her husband, Jim Klemish and their two daughters, Karoline and Kathleen, all of the home; her mother, Jean Esslinger of Fayetteville; her father, Richard E. Esslinger Sr. and his wife, Doris; her brothers, Richard Jr. of Florida, and Donald T. of Fayetteville; her sisters, Dawn Shu and her husband Monson of Eastover, and Lindsey Esslinger of Raleigh; and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Friday, September 16 at the Crumpler Funeral Home in Raeford.

The funeral will be held following the visitation the same day.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Rockfish Christian Academy, 7604 Rockfish Rd, Raeford, NC 28376.

Online condolences may be made at www.crumplerfuneralhome.com