Friday, April 1, 2016

Edward Norris

Edward (Ed) Carson Norris of Raeford, died April 1, 2016,at the age of 85.

 He was born July 15, 1930 in Scotland Co. to the late Manuel (Red) Carson Norris and Mary Liza Green Norris. He served in the U.S. Army.  He graduated from UNC Chapel Hilland was a member of the Raeford Presbyterian Church, the American Legion and Moose Lodge of Fayetteville.

He is survived by his wife Kay Norris of Raeford and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A visitation will be from 1-2 pm Monday, April 4, 2016 at Raeford Presbyterian Church John C. Ropp Fellowship Hall.

A funeral service will be held at 2pm Monday, April 4, 2016 at Raeford Presbyterian Church.

Burial will be in the Alloway Cemetery in Red Springs.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Raeford Presbyterian Church Building Fund P.O. Box 1570 Raeford, NC 28376 or Hospice Foundation of Hoke Co. P.O. Box 1584 Raeford, NC 28376.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Robert Burns

Robert "Bobby" Burns, 74, passed away Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center.

Born January 7, 1942, he was a son of the late Jessie Benton and Norma McDowell Burns. 

He is survived by his sisters, Lina Young (William) of Rock Hill, South Carolina, Jessie May Jackson of Maxton, and Betty Ann Currie of Raeford; niece Harriett Currie Johnson of Raeford; nephew Vernon Lee Jackson Jr. (Fronie) of Laurinburg; and a host of family and friends. He is preceded in death by his sister, Helen Priest.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 2, 2016 at Oak Grove Cemetery in Maxton, officiated by Willie Odom.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Open Arms Retirement Center, 612 Health Dr., Raeford, N.C. 28376.

McDougald Funeral Home and Crematorium is serving the family.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

William C. Benton

William (Bill) Clarence Benton Jr., age 79, of 941 Cherry Hills Lane, Naperville, Illinois, died Monday, March 28, 2016. 

He was born August 3, 1936 in Raeford, the son of the late Grace and William Clarence Benton Sr.

He was husband of Joyce; father of Laura (Peter) Anderson, Susan (fiancĂ©e Sten Thorborg) Benton, Karla Benton, and William H. (Jennifer) Benton; and grandfather of Jessica and Jonathon Anderson, Eric, Melanie, and Claire Bruning, and Henry and Madeleine Benton. 

He attended high school in North Carolina and Indiana, and Purdue University (Kappa Delta Rho fraternity board of directors), and Illinois Institute of Technology (masters in Industrial Engineering). He was a longtime resident of Naperville and active founding member of Cress Creek Country Club. He worked at Inland Steel, was a faculty member and co-founder of Purdue University's Computer Science program, and worked at Cummins Engine, and Frye Consultants. He was founder, president, and chairman of GAINSystems, Inc. and inventor of GAINS, a global inventory optimization solution. An inspirational teacher who believed that "if the student hasn't learned, the teacher hasn't taught." 

Visitation will be Friday, April 1 from 3-8 p.m. at Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 44 S. Mill Street, Naperville, Illionis 60540. Additional visitation will be Saturday  April 2, 2016 from 9-10 a.m. at St. Timothy Lutheran Church, 1313 N. Mill Street, Naperville, IL 60563. The funeral will follow at 10 a.m. in the church. Interment will follow at Naperville Cemetery. For additional information call 630-355-0213 or visit

In lieu of flowers, please donate to a charitable institution supporting education.


Francis E. Meinert

Francis Edward Meinert of Parkton died Tuesday, March 29, 2016 in Cape Fear Valley Medical Center at the age of 87.

He was born in Allegheny County on August 26, 1928 to the late Edward Meinert and Emma Dorothy Meinert. He is preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Ann "Bobbie" Fields Meinert, his son Edward Joseph Meinert, and his sister, Dolores Zak. He was a member of Hope Mills Pentecostal Holiness Church and retired from the Parkton Police Department.

He is survived by his daughter, Alicia M. Miller of Benson; two grandchildren, Ashley Michelle Miller, Justin Graham Miller; and a special friend, Carla Emmons of Spring Lake. 

A graveside service will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, April 1, 2016 in the Alloway Cemetery in Red Springs with Pastor Elton Bryan officiating. The family will receive friends following the service at the graveside. 

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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Valeri McKoy Davis

Valerie McKoy Davis of Raeford died Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital

She was born June 12, 1959 in Fayetteville to the late James Archie McKoy and Dorothy Lee Kelly.

She was a humble, unassuming woman with a quiet demeanor. She was extremely friendly and welcomed everyone she met with open arms. She was the secretary of the Church Training Ministry at Mt. Pisgah Missionary Baptist Church and was choir director and coordinator for many years.

Survivors are her husband, Anthony C. Davis; a son, Anthony Christopher Davis II (Nicole); a daughter, Christal T. Davis-Russell (Marvin); two brothers, James W. McKoy (Arlane) and Steven J. McKoy; three grandchildren, Anthony C. Davis III, Ceirstan V. Russell and Xavier M. Russell; two special nephews, Terron Maynor and Kenneth F. Davis; and two godsons, Villie Jones Jr. and C. Maurice Wilson.

The funeral was held at Mt. Pisgah Missionary Baptist Church March 28.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Rudee Sue Orians

Rudee Sue Orians of Raeford died Thursday, March 24, 2016 at the age of 66.

She was born in Kent County, Michigan on March 12, 1950. She was preceded in death by her father, Frank Joseph Orians.

Survivors are her mother, Harriet P. Menkveld of Southern Pines; a brother Frank J. Orians and wife Teresa of Raeford; two sisters, Judith "Judy" L. Orians and Jean Orians both of Grand Rapids, Michigan; a half-brother, David Menkveld and wife Nenita of Jacksonville, Florida; and a half-sister, Linda Adams and husband Michael of Michigan.

No services are scheduled.

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