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Friday, August 29, 2014

Thomas Monroe

Thomas "Ed" Monroe, Jr. of Raeford died, Friday, August 29, 2014 in FirstHealth Hospice at the age of 72.
He was born in Robeson County on November 28, 1941 to the late Thomas E. Monroe, Sr and Eula Mae Britt Monroe. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Stella Lorraine Hall, and three brothers, Hartwell Monroe, W. Thomas Monroe, and Buck Monroe. He was a member of the Raeford United Methodist Church and the Bob Lewis Sunday School Class. He was an avid bear hunter.
He is survived by his wife, Catherine B. Monroe of Raeford; his sons, Thomas G. Monroe (Julie) of Lake Waccamaw, and Edward Monroe (Kelly) of Hope Mills; stepsons, Mitchell Walters of Raeford and Carl Walters of Raeford; brothers, Stuart Monroe (Vicky) of St. Pauls, and Ray Monroe (Billie Joe) of White Oak; his sisters, Sue Polston (Grady) of Raeford, Cindy Owen (Wayne) of White Oak, and Diane Monroe Culberson of White Oak; 8 grandchildren; and 1 great grandchild.
Visitation will be 1-2 p.m. Monday, September 1, 2014 at Raeford United Methodist Church, 308 N. Main Street, Raeford, NC.
The funeral will begin at 2 p.m. at the Raeford United Methodist Church with the Rev. Dr. Stephen Castle officiating. Burial will be in the Tolarsville Baptist Church Cemetery in St. Pauls.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Raeford United Methodist Church, 308 N. Main St., Raeford, NC; or FirstHealth Hospice Foundation 150 Applecross Rd. Pinehurst , NC 28374
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Ruby F. McPhail

Ruby Flinchum McPhail, formerly of Raeford, passed away Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at Windermere Nursing Center, Virginia Beach, Virginia at the age of 94.
She was born in Moore County, North Carolina to the late Jeremiah Jones and Cora Key Flinchum. She was a member of the Raeford United Methodist Church, The Eastern Star, and The Mecca Shrinette Club.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, William Malcolm McPhail.
She is survived by a son, William M. McPhail, Jr. of Raeford and a daughter, Susan M. Ridout and her husband, J. Bradley of Virginia Beach, Virginia; one granddaughter, Joann R. Harris; one great-grandson, Foster McPhail Harris of Norfolk, Virginia; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, August 30,2014 at the Raeford Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Raeford United Methodist Church, 308 N. Main Street, Raeford, NC 28376.
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Mary H. Peele

Mary H. Peele, born March 21, 1925, died on August 27, 2014. She was born in Raeford in the family home. She died peacefully while residing at Open Arms in Raeford. Her great-grandfather was one of the early elected elders of the Raeford Presbyterian Church (1905) and was the mayor of Raeford from 1905 to 1907. Her family had extensive farming interests in Hoke County and owned a cotton platform in Raeford from which they brokered cotton. She came from a pioneering family of the Cape Fear Valley region. She taught on the Fort Bragg Reservation. She was an early representative and saleswoman for Amway. She was a great historian including family knowledge back to the 1500s. She loved her church and community, dark chocolate and the color pink. 
Her siblings Jeptha Peele, Nancy Peele, Edmond Lawerence (Larry) Peele and Kay Worth preceded her in death. She is survived by nieces and nephews Cheryl Slack, Frank Peele, Sue Steele, Kathy Brackett, Mary Pauline Peele, Anna Furshong and Barbara White.
The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, September 4 at Raeford Presbyterian Church, 128 W. Edinborough Ave., with the Rev. Michael McGehee officiating.
Interment will be in the Raeford Cemetery. Following the graveside service family, friends and church members are invited back to the church for a luncheon.
Donations in her memory may be made to Hospice Foundation of Hoke County, Inc. P.O. Box 1584, Raeford, NC 28376.
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Perry L. Peterkin

Perry Leon Peterkin, 54, of Raeford, died Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014.
Survivors are: daughters, Unique Lomack and Termiker Billinger; brothers, James Jr. and Terry; sisters, Eola Newkirk, Hazel Ware, Shirley Perry and Iris; and two grandchildren.
The funeral will be held Sun., Aug. 31 at 3 p.m. in Turlington School. Burial will be in Leach Springs Church cemetery. 
Visitation will be held Sat., Aug. 30 from noon to 7 p.m. at Crumpler Funeral Home in Raeford.

Murphy McRae Jr.

Murphy McRae Jr., 67, of 327 Saint Pauls Drive, died Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014.
Survived by: Son, Murphy III.
The funeral will be held Sat., Aug. 30 at 3 p.m. in Buie Funeral Home chapel in Raeford. 
Viewing will be held Fri., aug. 29 from 1 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home with the family present from 6 to 7 p.m.

Ervin L. Bethune

Ervin Lee Bethune, 67, of Phillipe Church Road, died Monday, Aug. 4, 2014.
Survivors are: wife, Annie; sons, Ervin and Brian; eight sisters; and six brothers.
The funeral will be held Sat. Aug. 30 at 2 p.m. in Beauty Spot Baptist Church in Fayetteville. Burial will be in Mount Pisgah Church cemetery. 
Viewing will held Fri., Aug. 29 from  2 to 7 p.m.  at L.E. Floyd Funeral Home in Red Springs.


Thursday, August 28, 2014

Jerry D. Connally

Jerry Douglas Connally, 76, of Parkton, died Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014.
He was an Army National Guard veteran.
Survivors are: wife, Joyce; daughter, Sharolyn Herndon; brother, Jim; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
The funeral will be held Friday, Aug. 2 at 11 a.m. in Tabernacle Baptist Church in Raeford. Burial will be in Lafayette Memorial Park West. 
Visitation will be held Thurs. Aug. 28 from 6 to 8  at Sullivan's Highland Funeral Service & Crematory of Fayetteville.


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Joanna Barber

Joanna Barber, 42, passed away Sunday, August 24, 2014 at her residence.
Joanna was born September 23, 1971 in Moore County to Jeanette Rumfelt Johnson and the late Arthur Leon Garner. She was a computer lab assistant at Sandhills Community College.
She is predeceased by her father Arthur Garner and brother Greg Garner.
Survivors are: her husband of 13 years, Billy Barber; mother Jeanette Johnson and stepfather Al; son Kollin Barber of Aberdeen; daughters Audrina Garner of Wagram and Kayla Barber Tingle(Billy) of Ellerbe; brothers Randy Garner(Lisa) of Carthage, Wayne Garner (Iris) of Sanford, William Garner (Reba) of Pinebluff, David Garner (Lisa) of Jacksonville, FL;  five grandchildren Trey, Destiny, Chasity, Aubrey, and Annalyssa; sister-in-law Betty Garner of Aberdeen; many nieces and nephews.
The funeral will be held 2:00 pm Sunday, August 31 at Boles Funeral Home in Southern Pines. Family will receive friends 1:00-2:00 pm prior to service. Burial will follow service at Ashley Heights Baptist Church Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Moore Humane Society, 5355 NC Hwy 22, Carthage, NC 28327 or Friend to Friend, P.O. Box 1508, Carthage, NC 28327.   Online condolences may be made at



Sunday, August 24, 2014

Ronald S. Gordon

Ronald S. Gordon "Meat Man" of 422 Gordon Road, Raeford, died Saturday, August 23, 2014 at Quail Haven Healthcare Center of Pinehurst at the age of 78.
He was born June 30, 1936 to the late John Currie Gordon and Wilma Smith Gordon.
He is preceded in death by his wife Ethel Evans Gordon, his son, Michael Gordon and a brother Robert Harold Gordon. He was a member of the Raeford Evangelical Methodist Church. He was an avid hunter and fisherman.
He is survived by three daughters, Sharon Thompkins and husband Jerry of Leland, Rhonda Cole and husband Richie of Jackson Springs, and Robin Gordon of Raeford; one son, Ronald (Buddy) and wife Angela of Raeford; grandchildren, Heath and Michelle Gaddy, Jesse Gaddy, Paula Thompkins, Travis Thompkins, Silas Cole, Dylan Cole, Joshua and Amber Gordon, Michael and Kristina Gordon, and Douglas Fipps and Paula Fipps; 14 great-grandchildren; and numerous others consider him their Paw Paw.
The visitation will be held 5-8 p.m. Tuesday August 26, 2014 at Crumpler Funeral Home, 131 Harris Avenue, Raeford.
The funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, August 27, 2014 Raeford Evangelical Methodist Church 379 West Palmer Ave. Raeford, with Pastor Billy Joe Brady and the Rev. Elizabeth Forester officiating.
Interment will be at the Raeford Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to The Raeford Evangelical Methodist Church P.O. Box 1863 Raeford NC 28376.
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