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Saturday, October 10, 2015

Samuel Prevatte

Samuel Paul (Sandy) Prevatte, age 57 of Rockfish, died Friday, October 9, 2015 at his home.

 He was born in Lumberton on March 18, 1958. He was preceded in death by his father, David Prevatte and his brother, Wayne Prevatte. He was a member and served on the board with the Rockfish Volunteer Fire Department. He retired from the N.C. Forestry Service as a Hoke County Forest Ranger.

Survivors are his wife, Linda Shepley Prevatte of Rockfish; two daughters, Amanda Prevatte of Rockfish, and Crystal Thrailkill and her husband Jason of Rockfish; two grandchildren, Kaitlynn Thrailkill and Jacob Thrailkill of Rockfish; his mother Molly Crenshaw Prevatte of St. Pauls; and two brothers, Christopher Prevatte of Lumberton and Ronald Prevatte and his wife Samantha of Siler City.

Visitation will be held from 7:00 until 9:00 pm on Monday, October 12, 2015 at Crumpler Funeral Home, 131 Harris Ave. Raeford. 

The Funeral will be held 11:00 am on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at Parkton Church of God, 22780 US 301, North Parkton, with Pastor Billy Blackmon officiating. Burial will be in the Parkton Cemetery.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Mary Gillis

Mary Stewart Johnson Gillis, (Mrs. John McNatt Gillis) died Monday, October 5, 2015.

Her husband affectionately known as Mr. Mack died in 2003. She was a daughter of James Archie and Mary Gaston Atkins Johnson of Wake County. She volunteered with the Red Cross, was a member of the 71st PTA, a member of the Galatia Home Demonstration Club, later Extension Homemakers, and served at the state level. She was a member of the JEB Stuart Chapter United Daughters of the Confederacy and served as district director, a member of the Woman's Club of Fayetteville, having served as President and working tirelessly to promote Heritage Square. She joined Galatia Presbyterian Church as a bride having visited for years before she married. She taught in the Sunday school and acted as director of Vacation Bible School for many years. She served as president of the Women of the Church and as Presbyterical president. She received two Women of the Church Honorary Life membership awards, one from the local church and one from the Presbytery. 

She was preceded in death by her brothers, James Johnson of Virginia Beach, John (Jack) Johnson of Fairmont, Neil Johnson, Tapley Johnson and William Johnson, all of Wake County, and sisters, Georgie J. Leggett, Alline J. Wiggins, Pollyanna J. Paris and Lillian Johnson, all of Wake County.

She is survived by her children, John McNatt Gillis, Jr. (Ruth Folger Gillis) of Fayetteville, James David Gillis of Fayetteville, Joseph Harmon Gillis (Betty Hyde Gillis) of Fayetteville, and Mary Jane Stewart Gillis Turner (Roy Turner) of Fayetteville; 10 grandchildren: John III, Andrew and Margaret Gillis, Jamie and Jeffrey Gillis, Amy G. Johnson, Marjorie G. Turner and Joseph Gillis, Mary Stewart T. Mudryk, Daniel Turner; 11 great grandchildren; and brothers Samuel Johnson and Benjamin Johnson, both of Raleigh.

Visitation will be held Saturday, October 10, 2015 from noon until 1:45 p.m. in the church fellowship hall.

The funeral will be held on Saturday, October 10, 2015 at 2 p.m. at Galatia Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Archie Barringer officiating.

Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please make denotations to Galatia Presbyterian Church Building Fund, 8800 Galatia Church Rd, Fayetteville, NC 28304 and/or to the Woman's Club of Fayetteville North Carolina for restoration of Heritage Square in Olde Fayetteville, 225 Dick St, Fayetteville, NC 28301.

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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Meagan S. Hartsfield

Miss Meagan Sophia Hartsfield of Raeford died Friday, October 2, 2015 in Womack Army Medical Center.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Alvin and Sally Hartsfield, Sue Rapavi; her great grandfather, Mike Rapavi.
Survivors are:  her parents, Kenneth Wayne Hartsfield, Sr. and April Suzanne Hartsfield, both of Raeford; her brothers, Kenneth Anthony Hartsfield (Emma) of Hill AFB, UT, Kevin Alvin Hartsfield of Whiteman AFB in MO; her sisters, Mackenzie Sue Hartsfield, Madison Salena Hartsfield, Melaney Savannah Hartsfield all of Raeford; her great grandmother, Mary Rapavi of Adena, OH; her nephew, Kenneth Elijah Hartsfield; her niece, Penelope Ivy Hartsfield; Many uncles and aunts in Ohio, New Mexico, & Texas.
The funeral  will be held Thursday, October 8 at 4:00 p.m. at the JFK Chapel on Ft. Bragg.


Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Clyde Thomas Sr.

Clyde Thomas, Sr., 95, of Raeford died Friday, October 2, 2015 in Veteran Affairs Hospital in Fayetteville.
Survivors are: sons, Clyde Thomas, Jr. and Allen Thomas; daughters, Angela Riggins and Angie Larimore; 25 grandchildren; 49 great-grandchildren; and 4 great great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be held Saturday, October 10 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Doby Funeral Home. The family will receive friends at the home of Mr. & Mrs. Riggins at 9557 Mt. Horne Drive, Fayetteville.
The funeral will be held Sunday, October 11 at 3 p.m. in Leach Springs Missionary Baptist Church. Burial will be in New Shady Grove Church Cemetery.


Doris E. Hall

Doris Ellen Bounds Hall, 89, passed away Monday, October 5, 2015 in Autumn Care of Raeford.
She was born in Hoke County on April 4, 1926 to the late Wilson J. Bounds and Mattie Johnson Bounds. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Red Springs and the Red Hat Society. She was preceded in death by her husband James Marion Hall and a son, Medford Hall.
Survivors are: her sons, Donald Hall and wife Carolyn of Red Springs, Leon Hall and wife Hannah of Oak Island and Gene Hall and wife Beverly of Angier; a daughter, Wanda McDiarmid and husband John of Raeford; a brother, Howard Bounds and wife Emily of Marion and a sister, Marie Metzler of California; 11 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren and 6 great great grandchildren.
Visitation will be held 7-9 pm Tuesday, October 6, 2015 at Crumpler Funeral Home 220 East 4th Ave. Red Springs, NC 28377.
Funeral Services will be 2:00 pm Wednesday, October 7, 2015 at the Red Springs First Baptist Church, 701 East 4th Ave. Red Springs, NC 28377 with Pastor Bradley Boberg officiating.
Burial will follow in Alloway Cemetery in Red Springs.
In Lieu of Flowers, Memorials may be made to the Red Springs First Baptist Church Roof Fund, 701 East 4th Ave. Red Springs, NC 29377.
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Sunday, October 4, 2015

Frances G. Dinkins

Frances Gillis Dinkins died Saturday, October 3, 2015 in FirstHealth Hospital-Hoke Campus at the age of 90.

She was born in Fayetteville on September 20, 1925 to the late William and Carrie Belle Bethea Gillis. She was preceded in death by her husband, Frederic "Fred" R. Dinkins; her sons, Williams Frederick "Rick" Dinkins, and John Gillis Dinkins; and her brother, Eugene "Gene" Gilli. She was a member of Galatia Presbyterian Church. She was a graduate of Montreat Anderson Junior College and Flora Macdonald College in Red Springs. She received her master's degree from Union Seminary in Richmond, Virginia. She taught at Thornville Orphanage in Clinton, South Carolina. After marrying her husband, Fred, they moved to Brazil where they served as missionaries for more than 35 years.

She is survived by her daughter, Mary Ruth Dinkins of Fayetteville; her brothers, Bill Gillis and his wife Grace of Fayetteville, and Johnny Gillis and his wife, Barbara of Fayetteville; her daughter-in-law, Mary Adams Dinkins of Mebane; two step-granddaughters, Wendy Ray and Candida Nance; and five step-great grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 1:30 p.m. until 3 p.m. on Tuesday, October 6, 2015 in the parlor at Galatia Presbyterian Church.

The funeral will begin in the sanctuary of the church at 3 p.m. with the Rev. Sanders Read and Evangelist Trinidad Martinez Solis officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Christian Education Department of the Edward Lane Bible Institute (IBEL) C/O Galatia Presbyterian Church, 8800 Galatia Church Rd, Fayetteville, NC 28304.

Care of the family is entrusted to Crumpler Funeral Home-Raeford.