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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Shirley B. Whitaker

Janet Shirley Blue Whitaker, 86, of Greensboro, died Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014.
She was a Spanish Instructor at Duke University, Associate Professor of Spanish at Mary Baldwin College and Associate Professor of Spanish at UNC-Greensboro for over 25 years.
She was preceded in death by;  son, Brian Cameron Whitaker and brother, Julian H. Blue, Jr.
Survivors are: daughter-in-law, Sally Whitaker Bergquist of Centerville MA; sister, Katherine(Kacky) Fountain and her husband, Richard of Rocky Mount; two grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be held Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015 at 11 a.m. at the Raeford Cemetery with the Rev. Douglas Kelly officiating.
Memorials made be made to the UNC-G Spanish Dept; UNC-G Advancement Services, PO Box 26170, Greensboro, NC 27402-6170

Alton R. Hill

Alton Ray Hill, 66, of Raeford, died Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014.
Survivors are: wife, Sarah; daughters, Gloria Baxley, Jennifer Miramontes, Paige Baker; sisters, Jimmie Locklear, Ann McRea, Shirley Godfrey, Cathy Guy, Virginia Jones; eight grandchildren.
The funeral will be held Wednesday, Dec. 31 at 2 p.m. in Saint Pauls Funeral Home chapel in St. Pauls. Burial will be in Oak Ridge Cemetery. 
Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home.


Monday, December 29, 2014

Clyde E. Register

Clyde E. Register of Raeford died Monday, December 29, 2014 at FirstHealth Hospice House in Pinehurst at the age of 79.

He was born in Bladen County on July 12, 1935, to the late Claudie B. Register and Fannie Owen Register. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Charles Register, C.B. Register, and his sister Betty Register Davis. 

He was a member of the Raeford United Methodist Church, treasurer for the Bob Lewis Sunday School Class, finance and pastor parish chairperson. He was also a member of the Fairmont Masonic Lodge and the Shriners Club.

He retired in 1989 from the A & P Tea Company, after 37 years of service. He then returned to work with the House of Raeford and worked as transportation manager for 26 years.

Survivors are his wife of 62 years, Doris L. Register of Raeford; two sons Ricky E. Register (Vickie) of Oak Island, and Jeffery B. Register (Crystal) of South Port; a daughter, Renee R. Brice (Leamon) of Davidson; eight  grandchildren, Chad Brice (Katrina), Kristen Lakis (Andrew), Kira Harris (Brock), Megan Pierce (Joshua), David Register (Maranda), Jared Register, Cassidy Register and Jeffery Register, four great-grandchildren, Jonah Pierce, Abraham Lakis, Jude Pierce and Lilly Grace Harris; five sisters, Peggy Johnson (Buck) of  Ft. Pierce, Florida, Rachel Thompson (Knox) of Maxton, Pat Kissinger (Jesse) of Goldsboro, Margo Merritt of Ft. Pierce, Florida, and Dale Boyd (Roger) of Spring Lake.

Visitation will be 1-2 p.m. on Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at the Raeford United Methodist Church.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at Raeford United Methodist Church with the Rev. Dr. Stephen Castle officiating. Inurnment will be in the Raeford Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Raeford United Methodist Church 308 North Main Street, Raeford, NC 28376  

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Joyce A. Blackburn

Joyce Ann Blackburn of Raeford died Friday, December 26, 2014 in FirstHealth Moore Regional at the age of 69.

She was born in Hoke County on November 27, 1945. She was preceded in death by her husband, J.L. Blackburn; her mother, Sadie Jones; and her brother, Claude B. Jones.

She is survived by her daughter, Maxine Blackburn of Raeford; her sons, Randy Blackburn of Raeford, and Julian Blackburn of Goldsboro; her brothers, Earlie Neal Jones and Johnny M. Jones, both of Raeford; her sister, Mary Lou Stuart of Raeford; and one grandchild, Daniel Blackburn.

Visitation will be Tuesday, December 30, 2014 from 7-9 p.m. at Crumpler Funeral Home in Raeford.

The funeral will be at 3 p.m., Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at South Hoke Baptist Church. Burial will be in the Highland Biblical Gardens Cemetery.

Online condolences may be made at

Bessie S. Parks

Bessie "Rorie" Strother Parks, 82, of Raeford, died Thursday, Dec. 25, 2014.
Survived by: Son, Leland; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held Monday, Dec. 29 at 2 p.m. in Ashley Heights Baptist Church.
Memorials may be made to: Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Association, 3800 Shamrock Drive, Charlotte, NC 28215.

Rosemary Gibson

Rosemary Gibson, 58, of Raeford, died Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014.
Survivors are: children, Kassiem, Shawana Miley, Robert Newton, Naomi and Leah; mother, Mary Cooper; siblings, Cleola Thompson, Loretta Cooper-Jones, Bobby, James Jr., Thomas, Gene, Carol, Deborah Cooper, Schartie Hilliard, Curtis Brown.
A memorial service was held Saturday, Dec. 27 at 1 p.m. in Bowmore Tabernacle Holiness Church.