Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Luis A. Betancourt

Luis Armando Chevere Betancourt (SSG, Retired) of Raeford passed away suddenly on Thursday, January 17, 2019 at Womack Army Medical Center at the age of 64.
He was born in Puerto Rico on January 26, 1954 to Juan F Chevere and Elba I Betancourt. After proudly serving in the United States Army, where he was assigned as a Military Police K9 handler, he retired and began his second career with the North Carolina Department of Corrections at the Hoke Correctional Institute where he served 16 years. In February 2014, he decided to finally retire and enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren.
He leaves behind his wife, Elizabeth Chevere of Raeford; his sons, Luis A Chevere and his wife, Charlene of Raeford, and Francisco I. Chevere of Houston, Texas; his daughter, Ariadna Chevere of Houston; his parents, Juan F. Chevere of Pennsylvania; his mother, Elba I Betancourt and her husband, Francisco Delgado Roque; his brother, Arnaldo Chevere and his wife, Aida of Haines City, Florida; his sisters, Carmen Chevere and her husband Miguel Rey of Haines City, Florida, Carol Muñiz of Allentown, Pennsylvania; and three grandchildren.
The family will receive friends on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at LaFayette Funeral Home, 6651 Raeford Rd, Fayetteville, NC 28304.
The funeral will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. in the Sandhills State Veterans Cemetery with full military honors.
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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Daniel A. McDougald III

Daniel (Danny) A. McDougald III of Rockingham died Sunday, January 20, 2019 at his home at the age of 70.

He was born in Robeson County on Dec.10, 1948 to the Daniel A. McDougald II and Mearl Walters McDougald.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years Rudene W. McDougald of Rockingham; three daughters, Dana Hall of Lumberton, Dania McDougald of Oak Island, and Donna McDougald of Bennettsville, South Carolina; two sons, Daniel McDougald IV of Lumberton, and David McDougald (Susan) of Laurel Hill; 14 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two sisters, Barbara Short (Gary) of Holden Beach, and Brenda Reed (David) Lynchburg, Virginia; and a special nephew, John Reed of Lynchburg, Virginia.

Visitation will be held at the home.

A memorial graveside service will be held 3 p.m. on Thursday, January 24, 2019 at the Alloway Cemetery in Red Springs, with the Rev. William (Cooney) Carlisle officiating.

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Marsha N. Moore

Marsha Nell Moore, 72, of Raeford, passed away on January 16, 2019 with her two daughters and sister by her side.

She was born July 9, 1946 in Dekalb, Bowie County, Texas to Lindsay Moore (deceased) and Christine Eastland Moore (deceased). She grew up in DeKalb, with her two siblings, Errie Dale and youngest brother Howard Moore (deceased). She also has three older brothers, Herbert Moore (deceased), J. T. Wooten (deceased) and Frank Hall.

She graduated from Marvin Pines High School in DeKalb, Texas where she was an avid reader and played the saxophone in the school band. Soon after graduating, she moved to Brooklyn, New York City, where she raised her two daughters while attending the Brooklyn College where she graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in English Literature.

From a very young age, she loved to read and was a lover of knowledge and discovery. She enjoyed the theater, art, visiting museums and libraries, and most of all, writing poetry and short stories throughout her entire life. While she worked as an accounts bookkeeper and communications specialist, in truth, she was both creative writer and poet.

She is survived by two daughters, Kimberly Kristin Moore Williams and Kenjala Nicole "Niki" Moore Pfendler; sister, Errie Dale Moore Reaves; brother, Frank Hall; sister-in-law, Doris Wooten; three grandchildren, Shane, Christine Shanell, and Darius Amaru; and son-in-law, Dean.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at 11 a.m. at Boles Funeral Home in Southern Pines.

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Monday, January 21, 2019

Meredith Ashley Linden

Meredith Ashley Linden, 36, of Raeford died Sunday, January 20, 2019 at her residence.

Born in Wake County, she is the daughter of William "Bill" Reaves of Raleigh and Teri Holliday of Raeford.

Her legacy was creating Rocks of Hope.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by her husband, Jakob Linden; daughter, Lillian "Lilly" Grace Linden of Raeford; two sons, Matthew Connor McClenahan-Linden and Jackson-Paul (JP) Wilder Linden, both of Raeford; stepfather, Joseph Wayne Holliday of Raeford; brother, William "Tre" Reaves and wife Cindy of Ayden; stepbrother, Jacob Holliday and wife Haley of Jamesville; half-brother, Jason Talley and wife Sarah of Cary; maternal grandmother, Polly Davis of Plymouth; and best friend, Jessica Dunn of Fuquay-Varina.

A gathering will be held Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at Pinecrest Funeral and Cremation Services in Hope Mills.

A memorial service will be held Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at 3 p.m. at Pinecrest Funeral and Cremation Services in Hope Mills.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Harold T. Teal

Harold (Harry) Thomas Teal of Raeford passed away Monday, January 14, 2019 at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center at the age of 70.
He was born in Hoke County on October 28, 1948 to Raymond Teal and Mary Oldham Teal who preceded him in death.
He retired from M and E Contracting.
He is survived by his son Harold Dwight Teal and his wife Tonya of Parkton; one brother, Dale Teal of Raeford; three sisters, Carol Crittenden, Martha Jo Davis and her husband Charles, and Ginger Matagi and her husband Matt, all of Raeford; four grandchildren Jody Conrad, Katherine Alexis Teal, Hunter Teal and Trista Teal; and several nieces and nephews. 
A visitation will be held on Saturday, January 19, 2019 from 1-2 p.m. in the John C. Ropp Fellowship Hall, Raeford Presbyterian Church. A Memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. at the church sanctuary with the Rev. Dr. Steven Fitzgerald officiating. 
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Kayden Sweek

Kayden Dwain Todd Sweek, age 11, passed away at his home in his mother's arms on Saturday, January 12, 2019.
He was born in New Mexico on February 3, 2007. He has been known by many for the amazing strength and perseverance he showed despite his circumstances. He fought against Vanishing White Matter Disease Leukodystrophy since he was diagnosed at the age of 3. His smile was contagious and his laugh infectious.
He is survived by his mother, Brandi Lynn Sweek of Raeford; his father, Kevin Dwain Sweek of Aztec, New Mexico; a sister, Kamea Sweek of Raeford; a brother, Joshua Burningham of Aztec, New Mexico; his paternal grandparents, Kent and Kathy Sweek of Kirtland, New Mexico; and his maternal grandparent, Dawn Olson of Aztec, New Mexico.
A Celebration of Life service will start at 4 p.m. Saturday, January 19 with a procession from SunPath Products, 404 W. Edinborough Ave., Raeford to PK's Grill and Pub 155 Airport Road, Raeford.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the GoFundMe page: Donations will also be accepted at the Celebration of Life at PK's Grill and Pub to help the family with travel expenses and final arrangements.
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Friday, January 11, 2019

Patsy M. Klose

Patsy M. Klose of Raeford passed away on Friday, January 11, 2019 at her home at the age of 74.
She was born in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania on July 3, 1944, to the late George W. and Elma J. Engle.
She is survived by husband, Allan R. Klose of Raeford; three sons, Terry Sharp and his wife Misty of Raeford, Timothy Sharp of Shippensburg, PA, and Michael A. Bitner and his wife Amy of Hastings, NE; one daughter, Tina M. Ball and her husband David of Saronville, NE; 20 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; two brothers; and one sister.
A private service will be held later. Please contact Terry Sharp for details.
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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Glenn McInnis

Glenn McInnis of Raeford passed away on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at Open Arms Retirement Assisted Living at the age of 88.
He was born in Hoke County on September 5, 1930 to  Norman and Elizabeth McInnis. He was a lifelong member of the Dundarrach Community Church where he was awarded Elder Emeritus, and was also a member of the Raeford Masonic Lodge # 306. He was employed with Burlington and Croft Metals before he retired. He enjoyed playing guitar and piano with several local bands.
He is survived by his sons, Richard McInnis and his wife Jane of Aberdeen, and Kenneth McInnis and his wife Mary of Roanoke Virginia; two grandsons, Scott McInnis and his wife Ashton, and Alan McInnis (Audrey Danley); and a sister, Vivian Fogarty of Columbia South Carolina.
Visitation will be held Friday, January 11, 2019 from 7-9 p.m. at Crumpler Funeral Home, 131 Harris Ave, Raeford.
The funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, January 12, 2019 at Dundarrach Community Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the, Dundarrach Community Church, c/o Jenny Bishop, 5497 St. Pauls Road, Shannon, NC 28386
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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Margaret Allen

Margaret Elizabeth Cole Allen, 81, of Raeford, passed away Sunday morning, January 6 at The Crossings at Wayside following an extended battle with heart disease. She was born in the Harnett County community of Spouts Springs near Barbeque Church in 1937 to Alex James Cole and Ada MacLean Cole. The family later moved to Scotland County, where she completed 12 years in the same building at Laurel Hill School. Following high school graduation, she completed a diploma course at the National School of Commerce in Charlotte before marrying Eddie Hurley Allen Jr. of Raeford in 1956.
The couple traveled the world in his career with the U.S. Air Force, living in Louisiana, Newfoundland, Arizona, Germany, and Indiana. While managing a career and a household, they also raised four boys before returning to Hoke County just prior to his retirement. With the boys nearly grown, she began a career in public schools, first working with Don Steed at Hoke County High School and later as a teacher's assistant at South Hoke Elementary and Sandy Grove Elementary. After retirement, she remained active in the Raeford United Methodist Church, the Hoke County Humane Society, and the Ladies Auxiliary of the Masonic Lodge.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, James William Cole. She is survived by her husband of 62 years; by sons James Michael (Mike) of Cary, and his wife Janet and Lewis Daniel (Dan) of Oklahoma City,Oklahoma and his wife Therese; David Randall Allen and his wife Janet of Ormond Beach, Florida, and Dr. Charles Dale Allen and his wife Xan of Raeford. She also has nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
The family will receive visitors Thursday, January 10 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Crumpler Funeral Home in Raeford. The funeral will be held at the Raeford United Methodist Church Friday, January 11, 2019 at 3 p.m. with burial to follow at the Raeford Cemetery. The family requests donations in lieu of flowers to the Raeford United Methodist Church.
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Friday, January 4, 2019

John J. Kokoruda

John Joseph (Butch) Kokoruda of Raeford passed away on Friday, January 4, 2019 at Duke University Hospital in Durham at the age of 59.
He was born in Germany on November 18, 1959. He was preceded in death by his father, Stephen H. Kokoruda. 
He is survived by his mother, Lee Kokoruda of Raeford; three brothers, Paul Kokoruda of Raeford, Bill Kokoruda and his wife Donna of Columbus, MS and Thomas Kokoruda and his wife Gail of Newport; and one sister, Anna Kokoruda and her husband George.
A visitation will be held 6:00 until 7pm on Monday, January 7, 2019 at Crumpler Funeral Home, 131 Harris Ave. Raeford.
A memorial service will follow at 7:00 pm in the Funeral Home Chapel.
In Lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Red Cross, 807 Carol Street, Fayetteville, NC 28303.
Condolences to the family may be made at www.crumplerfuneralhome.c

Monday, December 31, 2018

Anthony D. Roberts

Anthony Darryl Roberts of Raeford passed away Friday, December 28, 2018 at his home at the age of 39.
He was born in Franklin County, New York on August 25, 1979 Alton Ellsworth Roberts and Beverly Ann Wheeler Roberts who preceded him in death.
He is survived by his aunts, Valerie Jones, Eva, and Clover plus several uncles, cousin, nieces and nephews.
Online condolences may be made at

Fred McMillian Jr.

Fred McMillian Jr. of Raeford passed away on Sunday, December 30, 2018 at his home, at the age of 71.
He was born in Robeson County on June 22, 1947, to the Fred McMillian Sr. and Reba Locklear McMillian. He was employed with Burlington Industries and was a brick mason before he retired.
He was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife Clara Faircloth McMillian of Raeford; his son, Michael L. Faircloth and his wife Nikuah of Raeford; three grandchildren, Deanna Chavis of Longs, South Carolina, Michael-James Faircloth of Raeford and Myles Faircloth of Raeford; one great grandson, Elijah Avery of Longs; three brothers, Glenn T. (Bully) McMillian and his wife Joyce of Rennert, Charles (Ed) McMillian of Saddletree, and Benny Ray (Dudi) McMillian and his wife Kathy of Lumberton; and two sisters, Barbara Ann Wilkins and her husband Greg of Lumberton, and Elizabeth Faye (Coot) Jones and her husband Ronald of Lumberton.
Visitation will be held Wednesday, January 2, 2018 from 1 until 2 p.m. at Raeford Christian Center Assembly of God, 1511 Red Springs Road, Raeford.
A memorial service will follow at 2 p.m. at the church.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude's Children's Research, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Robert Michael "Mike" Wood

Robert Michael (Mike) Wood, 77, of Raeford, passed away on Tuesday, December 18, 2018, at his home in Greensboro. 

After graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he worked as a pharmacist more than 40 years. He not only loved his career, but he was a loyal, hardworking man, whether in private practice at Hoke Drug or a pharmacy chain. 

He is survived by his children, Marti Langholz (Steve) of Greensboro, Brian Wood of Thomasville, Georgia, and Austin Wood (Quan) of Charlotte; grandchildren Hannah Geldner (Tim) and Hunter Langholz (Chasity) of Greensboro, Mallory McDonald of Southern Pines, and McKennon Wood of Charlotte; great-granddaughter Oaklyn Geldner of Greensboro; brother Kermit L. Wood Jr. (Lib) of Raeford; and sister Sandra Hill (Jerry) of Carlisle, Kentucky. A celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, December 29, 2018, at First Baptist Church, 333 N. Main Street in Raeford. The family will receive friends following the service until 1 p.m. In honor of Mike's spirit of generosity, memorials may be made to Samaritan's Purse, PO Box 3000, Boone , NC 28607. 

Forbis and Dick Pleasant Garden Chapel is serving the Wood family.  Online condolences may be offered at