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Friday, October 11, 2013

Mary E. Cortright

Mary Ellen Cortright, age 74, died Monday, October 7, 2013 at FirstHealth Hospice House in Pinehurst.
She was born in Buffalo, New York to Floyd L. Robinson and Margaret Pierce Robinson on March 6, 1939. She was a graduate of Buffalo State University. She was a member of St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church and served as a volunteer for St. Joseph of the Pines and FirstHealth in the pastoral care department.
She is survived by her husband, William L. Cortright of the home; sons, William T. Cortright and his wife Melissa of Garner, Robert John Cortright of Kingsburg, New Jersey; a daughter, Cheryl Pope and her husband Benjamin of Willow Springs; and a granddaughter, Beth Pope.
The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Friday October 11 at Boles Funeral Home of Southern Pines.
A funeral mass will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, October 12, 2013 at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church in Raeford. Burial will be at Pinelawn Memorial Park in Southern Pines.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 8300 Health Park, Ste.10, Raleigh, NC, 27615 or St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church, 6199 Fayetteville Rd., Raeford, NC 28376.
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Edna E. Rutledge

Edna Earle Rutledge, age 78, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at the FirstHealth Hospice House in Pinehurst.
She is survived by her husband, Dudley Rutledge; daughters, Deborah Clymer and husband Clarence of Florida, Donna Blue and husband Charlie of Vass, Diane Harris and husband Tony of West End, and Linda Hollingsworth and husband Aaron of Raeford; eight grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Tonya Fry and a great-grandson, Gunner Parks.
The family will receive friends at their residence.
The family will be holding a private memorial service in her honor.
Memorial contributions may be made to FirstHealth Hospice and Palliative, 150 Applecross Rd., Pinehurst, NC 28374.
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Boles Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Alice Keilman

Alice Carol Keilman (formerly Odom), 86, of Raeford, went to be with Jesus in his Glory, Friday October 4, 2013.
She is survived by her daughter, Brenda K. McKenzie; a grandson, R. Matthew McKenzie; a great granddaughter, Abigail Ann McKenzie; and a brother, Charles Odom.
A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. October 14, 2013 at Raeford Cemetery.
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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Robert C. McLean

Robert C. McLean, son of the late Walter Herbert McLean and Ella Lide McLean, was born on June 16, 1938 in Hoke County North Carolina.
On Saturday October 5, 2013 at 4:20 p.m. at Autumn Care Nursing Home in Raeford he departed this earthly life and received his crown of righteousness.
He received his early education at Upchurch Elementary in Raeford and Peterson School in Red Springs.
At a young age he attended Center Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Red Springs and later joined the New Christian Memorial Church in Baltimore, Maryland. Upon relocation to North Carolina he joined Nazareth Missionary Baptist Church in Wagram.
He was preceded in death by his father Walter H. McLean, his mother Ella Lide McLean, two sisters, Rosa Parker and Arlethia Bullock, and two brothers, Bobby McLean and J.B. McLean.
He is survived by a brother, John H. McLean of Baltimore, Maryland (Van); two sisters, Lula Mae Ferguson of Newark, New Jersey and Margaret Ellis (Deacon Frank Ellis) of Raeford; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives, and friends.
Visitation will be 1-7 p.m. Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at Crumpler Funeral Home-Red Springs.
The funeral will be at 2 p.m. , Thursday, October 10, 2013 at the Nazareth Missionary Baptist Church, 25120 Raeford Road, Wagram. Burial will be in the Community Rest Cemetery.
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Larry Lide

Larry Lide, 51, of 104 Heron Drive, died Friday, Oct. 5, 2013.
Survivors are: daughter, Gwendolyn Washington; mother, Martha; sisters, Fannie Stuart, Mattie, Martha McDonald, Christine White, Belinda, Lillian; brothers, Carnell and Levern; and two grandchildren.
The funeral will be held Wednesday, October, 9 at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Buie Funeral Home in Raeford. Burial will be in Nazareth Missionary Baptist Church cemetery in Wagram.
Visitation will be today, October 8 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the funeral home chapel.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Raymond B. Ellis

Raymond Basil Ellis of Aberdeen, formerly of Raeford, passed away on Thursday, October 3, 2013. He was born August 23, 1932 to Henry Wallace Ellis and Katherine Mildred Martin Ellis. He was preceded in death by his son, Barry Dwight Ellis of Atlanta, Georgia. He was also preceded in death by his brothers, the Rev. Wallace Martin Ellis and Leonard Ralph Ellis; and his sister, Vivian Ellis Dull.
He was an avid collector of all types of old tools, coins, and glassware. He especially enjoyed flea markets and yard sales. For many years he and his wife toured the five-state yard sale. He cherished his time with his grandchildren, telling stories and showing off his collectible treasures.
He was a commercial builder for more than 40 years with D. R. Allen Construction Co. and Ellis-Walker Construction Co. of Fayetteville. Some of his proudest accomplishments included the home in Fayetteville that he built for his employer, Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Allen. He also built the two homes in Raeford for his family. During his career he was very proud of the many churches and commercial projects that he built in the Fayetteville area and all over the surrounding states.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Connie Fulk Ellis of Aberdeen; sons Stephen Ellis of Aberdeen, Bruce Ellis and wife, Ja'Nae of Carthage, Dennis Ellis and wife, Diane of Raleigh; daughters Glynda Ellis Mealer and husband, Vaughn of Rolesville, Rhonda Ellis Faucette and husband, Tommy of Clayton; 11 grandchildren, Diana Ellis Dobbs, Kristen Ellis, Margie Hicks, Kevin Ellis, Brittanie Faucette, Brandon Faucette, Meagan Swayne, Alexis Weatherby, Jacob Ellis, Anthony Raymond Mealer, and Abby Mealer; and seven great-grandchildren, Alexis Dobbs, Hailey Dobbs, Justin Dobbs, Jr., Nathan Raymond Dobbs, Matthew Williams, Hannah Williams and Autumn Williams.
The funeral was conducted at 3 p.m. Sunday, October 6 at Raeford United Methodist Church. A graveside entombment service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, October 10 at Raeford Cemetery where family and friends are welcome.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Raeford United Methodist Church, 308 North Main Street, Raeford, NC 28376.

James Earl Jones

James Earl Jones, died Thursday, December 6, 2012 in Brentwood, Tennessee surrounded by his family.
He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Carol; sons, Christopher Neal Jones, of Nashville, Tennessee, and Michael Reed Jones and his wife Kristine of Pasadena, California; daughters, Kelly Anne Jones of Chattanooga, Tennessee and Kimberly Lynn Jones of Brentwood; a granddaughter, Elena Arevik Jones; brothers, Whiteford Jones and wife Bettie of Raeford, and William Jones of Lumber Bridge; sister. Catherine McNeill of Anticoh; sister-in-law. Barbara Jones, of raeford; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, October 19 at 2 p.m. in Sandy Grove UMC with the Rev. Judson Dunlap. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the church.

Gladys Moultrie

Mother Gladys Moultrie died in late September. She was born on October 7, 1935 to the late Israel and Pecola Moultrie. She was preceded in death also by her two sisters, Hertesene Purcell and Anna Dora Moultrie.
She received her education from the Hoke County School System. She graduated from Upchurch High School. She moved to New York and worked in the nursing field for over 30 years.
She joined Tabernacle of Prayer for All People Inc. of Jamaica, New York under the pastorate of the late Apostle Johnnie Washington. Graduating in 1997 from the Tabernacle Bible Institute in New York, she received a double masters from United Christian College. In 1999 she received a doctorate of theology degree from the United Christian College of Sacred Theology. In 2001 she became an ordained minister with the Christian Council on Education, Inc., in the State of New Jersey.
In 2002, after many years of living in New York, she returned home to Raeford. She rejoined St. James United Church of God under the leadership Overseer Willie Purcell, Jr. where she remained faithful until her health failed and she had to return to New York.
Cherished memories are left for her four children, Armden Moultrie (Barbara) of Bossier City, Louisiana, Bridget Hopkins of Brentwood, New York, Trina Leslie (Vincent) of Hartford, Connecticut, and Grover Moultrie of Brentwood, New York; six grandchildren, Rasheda Hood (Raffiel), Cassandra Hopkins, Vinetta Leslie, Olivia Leslie, and Viviana Leslie and Triamaine Robinson (Lamar); and a host of great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, step-grandchildren, and a special daughter, Debora Purcell.
The funeral was held September 22 at 2 p.m. at St. James United Church of God. Burial was in Highland Biblical Gardens.