Wednesday, July 11, 2012

MSG Kenney B. Wilson

Master Sergeant Kenney Bruce Wilson passed away Monday, July 2, 2012 at the age of 43.
He was born July 12, 1968 in Buncombe County, North Carolina to Kenneth Lee Wilson and Donnia Joyce Gibson Wilson. He was assigned to the Operations Detachment (OPSDET), Group Support Battalion, 3d Special Forces Group (Airborne).
He served as the Kennel Master for 3d Special Forces Group (Airborne). He was the operations sergeant for the kennels responsible for the health, welfare, and care of 13 Soldiers and K-9's.
His awards and decorations include Bronze Star Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, Meritorious Service Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Commendation Medal with V Device, Army Commendation Medal with three Oak Leaf Cluster, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal with Silver Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Good Conduct Medal with Silver Clasp, National Defense Service Medal with Service Star, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with 1 Campaign Star, Iraq Campaign Medal with 1 Campaign Star, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbons with numeral 3, Army Service Ribbon, Special Forces Tab, Combat Infantryman Badge, Military Free Fall Parachutist Badge, Parachutist Badge, Drivers and Mechanics Badge w/ Mechanics and Drivers and Mechanics Badge w/ Wheel Vehicles.
Surviving are his wife, Melissa Wilson of Raeford; his mother, Joyce Suttles of Fletcher; two sons, Joshua and Gabriel Wilson of Grays Creek; a daughter, Holly Wilson of Ripon, Wisconsin; a stepson, Addison Jeter of Raeford; a step-daughter, McKenzie Marsh of Raeford; his brother, Bobby Wilson of Brevard; a sister, Patricia Wagner of Fairview; and his niece, Danielle Wilson of Asheville. His father preceded him in death.
The funeral with be at 2 p.m. Friday, July 13, 2012 at the JFK Chapel on Fort Bragg.
Burial will follow at a later date in Arlington National Cemetery.
Care of the family is entrusted to LaFayette Funeral Home, 6651 Raeford Road, Fayetteville, NC 28304. Online Condolences may be made at

Harriet H. McFadyen

Harriet Hodgin McFadyen of Raeford died Tuesday, July 10, 2012 after a long illness. She was 98 years old.
She was the daughter of John Angus and Harriet Conoly Hodgin and was born in her family home in the Antioch community of Hoke County on October 6, 1913. She graduated from Hoke High School and in 193, and from Flora MacDonald College. She then began her teaching career in North Carolina schools during the depression.
On June 21, 1946, she married Duncan B. McFadyen, Jr. in Greensboro, and they made their home in Raeford where they raised their three sons.
After her marriage she transferred her church membership from the Antioch Presbyterian Church to the Raeford Presbyterian Church where she was a member for more than 60 years. As long as her health permitted, she was an active, loyal member serving the church as a Bible Circle Leader, as a Sunday School Teacher of adults and young people, and in numerous positions in the Women of the Church, later renamed the Presbyterian Women. In recognition of her many years of faithful service, she was awarded a life membership by the Presbyterian Women.
She was also active in civic affairs and was for many years a member of the Arts and Public Affairs Department of the Women's Club in Raeford.
After her youngest son began school, she returned to teaching. She resumed her career teaching North Carolina history and later English to eighth graders. She was a truly professional teacher wholly dedicated to fulfilling her responsibilities to her students and was much respected for her teaching ability. After teaching for more than 30 years, she began her retirement. In her honor, the school established the "Harriet McFadyen Citizenship Award" which for a number of years after her retirement was presented to an outstanding eighth grader.
Her love and devotion for her family, her faith to her church, her loyalty to her friends and her many acts of kindness to those in need will always be remembered by those who knew and loved her.
She was predeceased by her parents, her husband, and all her siblings. She is survived by her sons, Duncan B McFadyen III of Raeford; George Hodgin McFadyen and his wife Anne of Pinetops, North Carolina, and James Laurence McFadyen and his wife, Susan of Thomson, Georgia; four grandchildren, James Scott McFadyen and John Robert McFadyen of Tarboro; Martha McFadyen Scott and husband, Winfield of Lewisville, Georgia, and Mary Kathryn McFadyen Land and husband, Jared of Thomson, Georgia; three great grandchildren; her sisters-in-law, Frances McFadyen McCreery and husband, Robert, of Ponte Vedra, Florida and Willa McFadyen Lindsay of Southern Pines; Louise B. McFadyen, the widow of her brother-in-law, Lewis McFadyen of Red Springs; many nieces and nephews; and a special friend, Ruth Anne Warren whose friendship and loyalty were deeply appreciated
Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, July 12, 2012 at Crumpler Funeral Home, 131 Harris Ave, Raeford, NC 28376.
A funeral will be held on Friday, July 13, 2012 at 11 a.m. at the Raeford Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Michael McGehee and the Rev. James Braden officiating. Interment will follow in the City of Raeford Cemetery.
Flowers are welcome or memorials may be made to the Raeford Presbyterian Church: Building Fund, 128 West Edinborough Ave, Raeford, NC 28376

Monday, July 9, 2012

Stacy Stephens

Stacy Stephens of Fayetteville, died Sunday, July 8, 2012 at First Health Moore Regional Hospital at the age of 69.
He was born in Hoke County on November 16, 1942, to the late Younger and Minnie Russell Stephens. He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Jo Butler Stephens. He was a member of Tabernacle Baptist Church and retired from Purolator in Fayetteville after 30 years of employment.
Surviving are a brother, Bud W. Stephens of Raeford; four sisters, Mattie S. Guilette of Hope Mills, Loretta S. Wood of Raeford, Rachel S. Clark of Raeford and Betty Jean S. Sechrist and her husband Wayne of Dobson; and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held from 10-11 a.m. Tuesday, July 10, 2012 at Crumpler Funeral Home in Raeford.
The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 10, 2012 at Crumpler Funeral Home Chapel in Raeford with the Rev. Tommy Underwood officiating. Burial will be in Tabernacle Baptist Church Cemetery in Rockfish.
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