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Friday, August 24, 2012

Royal T. Wygh

Royal Terrance Wygh Jr., 33, of 750 Gatlin Farm Road, died Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012.
Survivors are: wife, Tiffany; sons, Cordac, Decorian and Royal III; daughters, Janiyah, Desiree, and Kemaya; mother, Ronicea; father, Royal Sr.; and sisters, Shunte, Taneka, Juaquonna and Turkesha.
The funeral was held Sat. Aug. 25 at 11 a.m. in Mount Carmel Deliverance Church. Burial was in Raeford Cemetery.
Visitation is from 1- 7 p.m. today in Doby Funeral Home.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Brenda J. Herndon

Brenda Jean Herndon, 66, of 379 Stansbury Road, Raeford passed away Monday August 20, 2012 in her home.
She was born June 6, 1946 in Amarillo, Texas to the late Matthew Love and Lola Jean Procks.
She worked as a manager in finaces before retiring and was a member of Covenant Love Church in Fayetteville. She loved her family and was so proud of her sons and grandchildren.
Surviving are her two sons, Robert Herndon and Eric Herndon, both of Raeford; four grandchildren, Robert Herndon Jr., Lamarr Herndon, Takeela Herndon and Chelsea Herndon; and one great grandchild, Jecore Herndon
Visitation will be 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, August 22, 2012 at LaFayette Funeral Home, 6651 Raeford Rd., Fayetteville, NC 28304.
Burial will be Saturday, August 25, 2012 at Crown Hill Cemetery in North Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Care of the family is entrusted to LaFayette Funeral Home, 6651 Raeford Road, Fayetteville, NC 28304. Online Condolences may be made at

William J. Glass

William Jennings Glass of 2000 Bendix Place died Tuesday, August 21, 2012 at the age of 59.
He was born in Cumberland County on December 22, 1952. He was preceded in death by his mother, Carra Belle Maultsby Glass.
Survivors are a daughter, Carra Glass Asbridge and her husband Trey of Tennessee; two sisters, Isabelle P. Wedemeyer of New York, and Margaret W. Strickland of Fayetteville; two nephews, Gary and Kenny Strickland; cousins, Art Powell, Marian Wright Burch and her husband Bo, Clifford Powell; and four grandchildren.
Visitation will be 1-1:45 p.m.. Thursday, August 23, 2012 at Crumpler Funeral Home, 131 Harris Ave, Raeford, NC 28376
A memorial/ graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, August 23, 2012 in the Raeford Cemetery.
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Gene Paul Thacker

Gene Paul Thacker of 1701 Doc Brown Road died Monday, August 20, 2012 in First Health Moore Regional at the age of 81.
He was born in Pike County, Kentucky on June 21, 1931 to the late Appy Thacker and Octavia Smith Thacker. He was preceded in death by his son Paul Keith Thacker, his brother, Chester Thacker, and two sisters, Clara Thacker and Opal Thacker Bishop.
After marrying his high school sweetheart Billie Jean Chapman in 1953, he joined the U.S. Army and earned his jump wings with the 101st Airborne Division, the Screaming Eagles. In 1963 he joined the U.S. Army's elite parachute team, the Golden Knights. In 1967, he received the Golden Knight of the Year award, the first time the award was ever given. In 1968 he left the team to serve a tour in Vietnam. While in Vietnam serving as an advisor he was engaged in a firefight and wounded. He returned to the United States and became the full-time manager of the Green Beret Sport Parachute Club. With his deep passion for the sport of skydiving, in 1970 he began building what is today P.K. Airpark. He is probably most noted for coaching and training more world champion skydivers than any other professional in the sport. He was a veteran in both the Korean War and the Vietnam War. He was awarded many commendations over his 22 year career in the U.S. Army. Some of these include the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the Master Parachute Badge and the Distinguished Flying Cross. He retired from the U.S. Army as a Master Sergeant in 1971.
Survivors include his wife, Billie Jean Thacker of Raeford; a daughter, Kimberly Sue Moore and her husband Mike of Pinebluff; two sons, Tony Thacker and his wife Kate of Raeford, and Tim Thacker of Raeford; a brother, Greg Thacker and his wife Brenda of Muscleshoals, Alabama; three half-brothers, Mike Thacker, Ronnie Thacker, and Gary Thacker all of Canada, Kentucky; three sisters, Mary Jane Deiranieh and her husband Akram of San Jose, California, Lois Reed of Belfry, Kentucky, and Gail Thacker of Belfry, Kentucky; six grandchildren, Deny Jo Nagule, Lindsay Rae Moore, Lauren Ansley Thacker, Taylor Nicole Moore, Morgan Leigh Thacker, and Allie Victoria Thacker; three great-grandchildren, Darren Nagule, Charlie McClendon, and Madison McClendon; one great-great-grandchild, Royce Michael Nagule; a special nephew, Steve Bishop of South Carolina; and his companion of 13 years, his Jack Russell, Otis.
Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Friday, August 24, 2012 at Crumpler Funeral Home, 131 Harris Ave, Raeford, NC 28376.
A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, August 25, 2012 in the Raeford Cemetery with full military honors.
Memorials may be made to: National Skydiving Musem, 5401 Southpoint Centre Blvd.
Fredericksburg, VA 22407.

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Travis Blue

Travis Blue, 37, of Raeford, died Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012.
Survivors are: mother, Earnestine; father, Walter; brother, Bryant; and sister, Tammy Thompson.
The funeral was held Friday, Aug. 17 at 1 p.m. in Cape Fear Conference B Headquarters in Raeford. Burial was in Highland Biblical Gardens.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Newberry Locklear

Newberry Locklear of Raeford died Wednesday, August 15, 2012 in FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital at the age of 89.
He was born in Robeson County on April 4, 1923 to the late Colon Locklear and Viola Locklear.He served in the U.S. Army during WWII and the Korean War. He is preceded in death by his wife, Barbara A. Locklear; two sons, Colin Locklear and Michael Locklear; a brother, Myrle Locklear; two sisters, Retha Henderson and Pearline Henderson; and a granddaughter, Angela K. Jacobs. He was a member of Mt. Elim Baptist Church.
Survivors are two sons, Patrick A. Locklear and Christopher Locklear both of Massachusetts; two daughters, Linda Panoski of Connecticut, and Elsie Jacobs of Red Springs; 19 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.
The funeral was Saturday, August 18, 2012 at Mt. Elim Baptist Church with the Rev. Chris Webb, the Rev. Sam Henderson, and the Rev. David Hunt officiating. Burial will be in Springfield, Massachusetts.
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