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Saturday, August 1, 2015

Minnie Harrell

Minnie Taylor Harrell of Raeford, died Friday, July 31, 2015 at Elmcroft of Southern Pines.

She was born in Cook County, GA on May 2, 1928, to the late Steven Taylor and Sallie Kate Fisher Taylor. She was preceded in death by her husband, Willie E. Harrell Sr., two daughters, Linda H. Reams and Betty H. Jackson, three sons, Michael L. Harrell, Willie E. Harrell Jr, Jimmie Robert Harrell. She was a member of the Raeford Presbyterian Church and retired from Harrell's Antiques Shop in 1983.
She is survived by her daughter, Barbara H. Mewherter and her husband Frank of Raeford; one sister Betty Sherfey  and her husband Marvin of Pomona, CA.; seven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
A Graveside Service will be held 1:00 pm,  Tuesday, August 4, 2015 at the Raeford Cemetery with Reverend Michael McGehee officiating.
The family will receive friends at the Raeford Presbyterian Church, John C. Ropp Fellowship Hall
128 West Edinborough Avenue, Raeford, NC from 2:00 until 3:00 pm on Tuesday, August 4, 2015
Memorials may be made to the Raeford Presbyterian Church, Building Fund, P.O. Box 1570, Raeford, NC 28376
Funeral arrangements are being handled by Crumpler Funeral Home of Raeford
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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

William T. Lester

William Terry Lester, 82, of Shallotte, died Tuesday, July 28, 2015 in the SECU Hospice House of Brunswick, Bolivia.
He was born on June 8, 1933 in Hoke County, a son of the late L.M. and Leeanna McGougan Lester. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, John Lester.
He was a U.S. Army veteran and retired following 30 years as a parole officer with the NC Department of Corrections.
He proudly received The Order of the Long Leaf Pine award on June 30, 1993, by Gov. Jim Hunt, prior to his retirement.
Surviving are his wife, of 37 years, Carolyn Lester; daughter, Christine Dailey, of Asheville; and two granddaughters, Claire & Rachel Henry.
A Celebration of Life will be conducted at 1 p.m. on Friday, July 31st in the Brunswick Funeral Service Chapel.
Inurnment will be private.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718.
Private online condolences may be sent to the family at

Mae M. Wilkes

Mae Anna McArthur Wilkes, age 82, formerly of Raeford, a resident of College Avenue, Washington Park, died Thursday morning, July 23, 2015 at River Trace Nursing Center.
She was born in Cumberland County on January 27, 1933, daughter of the late James Donald McArthur and Maggie Faircloth McArthur. On July 13, 1952, she married Angus Wilton Wilkes who preceded her in death. Mrs. Wilkes was employed at Tayloe's and Hospital Pharmacy as the bookkeeper. She was an active member of the First United Methodist Church, where she was a member of the Lucille Carter Circle, Women's Bible Class and sang in the choir. She loved to sew, walk in Washington Park with her dog, Bam Bam and sit with her friends at Hardee's and Bojangles.

Survivors are: her daughters, Susan Flippo (Henry) of Carrollton, VA, Diane Wood (Brian) of Washington and Judith Hahn (Scott) of Richmond, VA; her grandchildren: Austin Flippo, Walt Lanham (Caitlin), Sean Lanham, Caitlin Hahn and Kevin Hahn; step granddaughter,Jennifer Rivera; two step great grandchildren, Sara and Briella and her sister: Virginia Trask (Doug) of Hamlet, NC. In addition to her husband and parents, she is preceded in death by her daughter: Julia Lynne Wilkes; her brothers: Clyde McArthur and William McArthur and her sisters: Justine Plummer and Margaret Sanders.
A graveside service will be held Saturday, August 1 at 1 p.m. at Highland Biblical Gardens.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 715, 304 West Second Street, Washington, NC 27889 or the Women's Bible Class, First United Methodist Church.

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