Thursday, September 21, 2017

Rose Mae McEachin

Rose Mae McEachin, 62, of Raeford, died on Saturday, September 16, 2017.  A public viewing will be held on Friday, September 22, 2017 from 3 to 6 p.m. in the Purcell Funeral Home chapel, Laurinburg.  The funeral will be held on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 3 p.m. in McCormick's Chapel Baptist Church, Red Springs.  Burial will be held in the Center Grove Church Cemetery, Red Springs.
Purcell Funeral Home is serving the family.
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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Patsy Hamer

Patsy Ray Hamer of Laurinburg, formerly of Maxton, died Saturday, September 16, 2017 at Scotland Regional Hospice. She was born in Maxton on April, 14, 1932 to the late John W. Hamer and Sarah Ray Hamer.

She was a member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church and served the church in many capacities, especially the bazaar. She was very civic minded having served as a town commissioner for several years. She was a member of the library board and Maxton Historical Society. She retired from Johns Manville Corporation at Laurinburg-Maxton where she was administrator of Health and Welfare Benefits.

She is survived by two brothers, John W. Hamer Jr. of Southern Pines and Robert Hamer of Laurinburg; two sisters, Sarah Neal Baucom of Pinehurst and Martha Morgan of Smithfield; two nieces and two nephews; and four great nieces; and three great nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, September 23, 2017 at Oak Grove Cemetery in Maxton, officiated by the Rev. Sylvia Ball. The family will receive friends following the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: St. Paul's United Methodist Church SOW Fund, P.O. Box 429, Maxton, N.C. 28364 or Scotland Regional Hospice, P.O. Box 1033, Laurinburg, N.C. 28353.

McDougald Funeral Home and Crematorium is serving the family.

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Saturday, September 16, 2017

James H. Culp

James "Jim" Henry Culp of the Rockfish Community passed away September 14, 2017 at the FirstHealth Hoke Campus at the age of 86.

He was born in Jefferson County, Alabama on July 17, 1931 to the late Walter Leon Culp and Lillie Belle Arant Culp. He served in the U.S. Army for 23 years and retired as a Chief Warrant Officer 2. Following his military service, he taught Junior ROTC in South Carolina. He also volunteered with the Rockfish Community Watch and the Hoke County 4-H and received the Governors' Volunteer of the Year Award. He was preceded in death by his wife, Bennie Lee Brock Culp; his brothers, Charles, Johnny, and Wayne; and his sisters, Lois, Dean, and Opal.

He is survived by his wife, Laura Ross Culp; his son, Gary and his wife, Katie; his grandsons, Edmund and his wife, Melissa, and Mark and his wife Jenna; and three great-grandchildren, Ian, Nate and Karsyn.

The family will receive friends at 10 a.m. on Monday, September 18, 2017 at Tabernacle Baptist Church in Rockfish.

The funeral will begin at 11 a.m.m following the visitation. Burial with military honors will be in the church cemetery following the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Hoke County 4-H Campership Program, P.O. Box 578, Raeford, NC 28376.

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Friday, September 15, 2017

Hubert Moss


Hubert Melvin Moss, 97, of Aberdeen died Friday September 15, 2017 at Kingswood Nursing Center.

He was born April 25, 1920 in Hoke County to the late Debbie Lee and Sara Louise Poole Moss and was predeceased by his wife Lamelle Kathleen Vanhoy Moss.

He was a long time member of Ashley Heights Baptist Church where he faithfully served as a deacon and in numerous other church positions over the years and was the retired owner of Hubert Moss Construction Company. He proudly served in the US Army 97th Infantry Division during WWII.

Surviving are sons Stephen Larry Moss (Marion) of Aberdeen, Darrell Hubert Moss (Elizabeth) of Aberdeen, Alan Lee Moss of Kernersville and Christopher Brandon Hall of Seven Lakes; daughter Bonita Louise King (Herbert) of Pinehurst; brother Zebedee Vance Moss of Aberdeen; sister Freida Snyder of Aberdeen8 grandchildren; and 4 great grandchildren.

The family will receive friends on Sunday September 17 beginning at 2 p.m. in the Ashley Heights Baptist Church fellowship hall with the funeral service in the sanctuary at 3 p.m. with Rev. Kevin Huff officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with military honors.

The family suggest in lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Building Fund at Ashley Heights Baptist Church, 10351 Aberdeen Road, Aberdeen, NC 28315.

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

John W. Walker Jr.

John Walter Walker Jr. of Charlotte passed away Thursday, September 7, 2017 at Novant Health Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte at the age of 87. 
He was born in Hoke County on December 25, 1929, to the late John Walter Walker and Ella Tarpley Walker. He was preceded in death by his sister, Catherine McNeill. He served in the U.S. Army and Reserves. He provided insurance to business and residential clients for many years in Mecklenburg County until he retired. 
He is survived by his wife, Arlene D. Walker of Charlotte; a stepdaughter, Joyce Cessna of Florida; a brother, Derry Walker and his wife Jean of Southern Pines; a niece, Cathy Owens and her husband Eddie of Raeford; a nephew, Eddie McNeill and his wife Pat of Raeford; and several great-nieces and great-nephews. 
A graveside service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, September 17, 2017 at the Raeford Cemetery with the Rev. Dr. Steven Fitzgerald officiating. 
The family will receive friends after the service at the graveside. 
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the charity of one's choice. 
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Monday, September 11, 2017

Teresa Odom

Teresa Frederick "TC" Odom of Shallotte, formerly of Raeford, passed away September 9, 2017 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center, at the age of 56. 
She was born August 23, 1961 in Moore County to the late Kenneth Alexander Frederick and Frances Quimby Frederick. She is preceded in death by her brothers, Kenneth Frederick and Garry Frederick. She was assistant county ranger with North Carolina Forestry Service in Brunswick County before she retired. She was an avid horseback rider. 
She is survived by her husband Ronny Odom of Shallotte, a son, David Odom or Shallotte, a daughter Brooke Odom (Paul) of Conway, South Carolina, and her sister Jan Conoly of Southern Pines. 
A memorial graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, September 17, 2017 at Shiloh Presbyterian Church Cemetery, with Dr. Mike Odom officiating. 
A visitation will be held after the service at the graveside. 
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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Charles L. Ellis

Charles Lindberg "Lindy" Ellis of Raeford, passed away Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital at the age of 89. 
He was born November 29, 1927 in Hoke County to the late Ras B. Ellis and Alice New Ellis. He was a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church and was employed with N.C. Department of Transportation as an equipment operator. 
He is survived by his wife of 67 years Delauris B. Ellis of Raeford; a daughter, Gail E. Jackson and her husband David of Fayetteville; a son, Lynn Ellis and his wife Lisa of Raeford; two grandchildren, Allyson Jackson-Steen and her husband Chet, and Lucas Ellis and his wife Frankie; and five great-grandchildren, Caden, Easton, Ellison, Charlie and Cash. 
A visitation will be held 2-3 p.m. Thursday, September 7, 2017 at Crumpler Funeral Home Chapel.  
The funeral will follow the visitation at 3 p.m. in the chapel. 
Burial will be in Raeford Cemetery. 
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Shirley T. Gibson

Shirley Truesdale Gibson, 81, died on Sunday, September 3, 2017.
She was born in Lawton, Oklahoma on July 14, 1936 to Brooks and Velma Truesdale. She married her beloved husband Robert "Bobby" Gibson in 1955, and they moved to Bobby's home state of North Carolina where they ran Gibson Farms of Hoke County and were active members of Antioch Presbyterian Church. She was a dedicated educator and worked at Hoke County Schools for many years, serving on the Board of Education as chairman. She carried this love and leadership over into her daily life, where she was a devoted mother to two children and grandmother of three. She was widely known for her wit, her grit, and her unfailingly kind heart. 
She will be especially missed not only by her family, but her friends at the Raeford Garden Club and at Scotia Village, where she volunteered.
Shirley was predeceased by her husband Bobby Gibson, her parents, and by her sisters Pat Meyers and Gerri Landrum and brother Gene Truesdale. She is survived by her children Andrew "Andy" Gibson of Antioch (and his wife Tracy); daughter Julia "Juli" Gibson Spring of Durham (and her husband Keith); brother Jim Truesdale of Houston, Texas; sister-in-law Melba Autry Gibson of Raeford; granddaughter Victoria Spring of State College, Pennsylvania; granddaughter Ashlyn Spring of Urbana, Illinois; and granddaughter Christine Byrd of Antioch.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 9 at 1 p.m. at Antioch Presbyterian Church with a visitation immediately following in the Education Building. Family will attend burial at Raeford Cemetery.  Funeral arrangements are provided by Crumpler Funeral Home of Raeford. In lieu of flowers, the family would be grateful of a memorial contribution made in Shirley's name to Antioch Presbyterian Church at 6583 Red Springs Rd., Red Springs, N.C. 28377or to the charity of your choice.

Louise C. King

Louise Currie King, age 74, passed away peacefully at her home in Raleigh,  surrounded by family, on Sunday, August 27, 2017.  She was born on August 19, 1943 to Albert and Eunice Currie of Hoke County. On May 30, 1964, she married Buddy Ray King, who also preceded her in death. They eventually settled in Raleigh, where she lived for the past 39 years. A graduate of Greensboro Women's college, she worked as a math teacher before transitioning into the field of computer programming.  She was a loving mother, grandmother, sister and friend. She was also an avid bridge player. One of her greatest joys was running the Vanderbilt Bridge Club,where she loved directing and supporting the Raleigh bridge community.  She is survived by her two children: Shannon King and her husband Mike Jenkins of Virginia, and Matt King and his wife Heidi of Raleigh. She also has four grandchildren who brought her great joy: CJ and William Paschall, and Noah Jenkins and AJ Quade.  Additionally, she had four sisters whom she dearly loved: Dot Humphrey and husband James of Raleigh, Pat Worsham and husband Jim of Bluefield, Virginia, Carolyn Ashley and her husband George of Youngsville, and Shirley Marshall, who lost her battle to ALS in 2002. She was also devoted to her many nieces and nephews who carried a special place in her heart.  Services will be private.  Memorial donations may be made in her name to Transitions LifeCare, 250 Hospice  Circle, Raleigh, NC 27607.  Condolences may be sent

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Frank Orians

A memorial service for the former Veteran Service Officer Frank Orians will be held Saturday September 2, 2017 at 11 a.m. at Parker United Methodist Church, 7400 Fayetteville Rd. Raeford, NC 28376.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Betty Jo Jeffries

Betty Jo Jackson Jeffries, 78, of Raeford went to be with her Heavenly Father August 26, 2017.

She was born July 29, 1939 to the late Labon Charles Jackson and Hattie Mae McKenzie Jackson. She made holidays special and made people feel welcomed and loved. Family always came first.

She was preceded in death by her sisters Dorothy Jackson, Kathleen McBryde, Marie Hickman, and Frances McInnis; and her brothers, Howard Jackson, Charles "Mack" Jackson and William "Billy" Jackson.

She is survived by her husband Jerry Jeffries; daughters, Joanne Hollingsworth (Allen), and Gail Frahm (Tim); sisters, Jenny Matino and Carol Tew; brother, Bobby Jackson; stepsons, Wayne Jeffries (Jena), Michael Jeffries (Marcy) and Eric Jeffries; four grandchildren, Nick and Chris Frahm (Anna), and Danielle and Erin Hollingsworth; seven step-grandchildren, Zachary, Christian, Brittany, Morgan, Maggie, Jessica and Victoria Jeffries; and a great-granddaughter, Ava Frahm.

The family will receive visitors at Raeford United Methodist Church Saturday, September 2, 2017 at 10 a.m.

In celebration of her life, a memorial service will follow at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Scotland Regional Hospice, 610 Lauchwood Dr. Laurinburg, NC 28352 or Raeford United Methodist Church Elevator Fund, 308 North Main Street Raeford, NC 28376.

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