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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Beverly H. Teal

Beverly H. Teal, 85, wife of Franklin R. Teal, and daughter of Dave and Claudine Hodgin, died Tuesday, September 22, 2015 at Autumn Care of Raeford.

She is survived by her son Jimmy and wife Rebecca of Fayetteville, her brother David and wife Linda of Raeford, sisters Janet and Claudine Hodgin of Raeford and San Francisco, respectively, and several nephews and nieces.

She graduated from Hoke High School in 1949 and was a lifelong resident of Raeford. She married Frank Teal on March 2, 1955 and they were married for 59 years until Frank's death in 2014.

Beverly was a devoted wife and mother whose life centered on others rather than self. She was a tough fighter who battled Alzheimer's disease the last 10 years of her life. An example of this toughness was when she was placed on Hospice care after a difficult bout with pneumonia in July, 2014. After a 6-month stay on Hospice her condition improved, therefore she no longer qualified for Hospice care. However, the years, the illnesses, and the effects of Alzheimer's brought an end to her journey. 

Visitation will be 10:30-11:30 a.m. Friday, September 25, 2015 at John C. Ropp Fellowship Hall, Raeford Presbyterian Church.

The funeral will be at 11:30 a.m. Friday September 25, 2105 at Raeford Presbyterian Church.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to the Raeford Presbyterian Church Building Fund,128 West Edinborough Ave. Raeford, NC 28376.

Crumpler Funeral Home of Raeford has been entrusted with arrangements.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Frances Carver

Frances Jean Freeman Carver, widow of James L. Carver, passed away Monday, Sept. 21.  She was 97. 

She was born on Magnolia Street in Raeford, the youngest of four sisters, to Walter E. Freeman and Agnes Gatlin Freeman.  The family moved to Fayetteville when she was very young, then to Aberdeen where she attended high school.  Following graduation, she enrolled in Meredith College, serving as a Baptist missionary student in the North Carolina mountains the summers following her sophomore and junior years.  She graduated with a degree in English and taught for a year in the Hoke County school system at what is now the J.W. Turlington School. 

The following year she moved to Durham to work for American Tobacco Company, where she met and married her husband, Jim, in 1945.  Prior to and following the war, Jim worked for Liggett & Myers Tobacco Company.  Shortly after their marriage, he was assigned to Greece to buy oriental tobacco for Liggett, taking Jean with him as they embarked on an adventure into that war-torn country.  After about a year there, Jim was transferred to the Black Sea coast of Turkey; the challenges of living in continued primitive conditions in a different strange culture were met and overcome by the strong bond of love and friendship between Jean and her husband. 

In 1950 Jim was transferred to Izmir, Turkey's third largest city, and more cosmopolitan than his first two assignments.  The US military had a base in Izmir and Jean's two children were permitted to attend the military's dependent school.  Jim died in an automobile accident in 1966 and was buried in a Christian cemetery in Izmir; Jean returned to North Carolina with Jimmy and Jeanine.  Jean wrote about her experiences overseas in The Long Honeymoon, a book treasured by her family and friends.

In 1991 she relocated from Chapel Hill to Southern Pines.  She enjoyed golfing, bridge and other social activities with friends and two sisters, and was active in Brownson Presbyterian Church and a writing group.  Her graciousness, warmth, and sense of humor made her "Mama Jean" not only to her grandchildren but also to her children's and grandchildren's friends.

She is survived by her son, James L. Carver, Jr.; her daughter, Jeanine Carver Wheless; three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and many friends.

Her funeral and celebration of life will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27, with visitation at 2 p.m. in the Gatlin Fellowship Hall at First Baptist Church in Raeford.  She will be interred in the Raeford cemetery.  Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or First Health Hospice.

Minister Charles D. Sconiers

Minister Charles Don Sconiers, 52, of Raeford, NC, died Friday, Sept 18, 2015, at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, Fayetteville, NC.
He was a member at St. Mary's Pentecostal Holiness Church and was employed at Unilever in Raeford.
Survivors are: wife, Eldress Angela Charlene Sconiers; daughters, Martina Nichol (Patrick), Martera, Demetria, Tammy, and Brittney; two grandchildren; and other relatives.
The funeral will be held Thursday, Sept 24, 2015, 2:00 PM, St. Mary's Pentecostal Holiness Church, Red Springs, NC. Burial will be in church cemetery.
Walk-Through Viewing: Weds, Sept 23, 2015, 6-7:00 PM, Simon Funeral Home Chapel, Southern Pines, NC
Viewing: Thursday, Sept 24, 2015, 1-2:00 PM, at the church.
Online condolences can be made at

Neil A. Southerland

Neill Andrew Southerland, 63, of Raeford, died September 18, 2015.
The funeral will be held Wednesday, September 23 at 2 p.m. in Leach Springs Missionary Baptist Church. Burial will be in church cemetery.
Viewing: Buie Funeral Home, 543 Vass Road, Raeford, Tuesday, September 22 from 1 p.m.-7 p.m.