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Saturday, September 10, 2016

Dr. John C. Ropp

The Rev. Doctor John Conway Ropp, 89, of Raeford, died Friday, September 9 in his home.  

He was born in Columbia, South Carolina on April 25, 1927 to the late George Holland Ropp and Miriam Coker Ropp.  He was predeceased by his brothers, George H. Ropp, Jr., and Richard F. Ropp.  

He grew up in Columbia, graduating from Dreher High School in 1944.  He was one of the first radio "disc jockeys," working as an announcer at WCOS radio in Columbia for 15 years.  After a year at the University of South Carolina, he enlisted in the Navy, serving for 16 months at the end of World War II.  In June of 1948, he married the former Sarah Wilson Beaty.  He graduated from Erskine College in Due West, South Carolina.  He and Sarah and their four children moved to Decatur, Georgia in 1957 in order for him to attend Columbia Theological Seminary, where he graduated in 1960 with a Master of Divinity degree.  He later earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from McCormick Theological Seminary.

His home church was Arsenal Hill Presbyterian Church in Columbia.  He served pastorates at Good Hope Presbyterian Church in Iva, South Carolina (1960-64), Kingston Presbyterian Church in Conway, (1964-1970), and Raeford Presbyterian Church (1970-90).  He retired from the Raeford Presbyterian Church in 1990, going on to serve the Rex Presbyterian and Lumber Bridge Presbyterian churches for the next 16 years.

He is survived by his wife, Sarah, and their four children:  John Conway Ropp, Jr. and his wife, Linda of Columbia, Robert Beaty Ropp and his wife, Kathy of Conway, Sarah Cecelia Ropp of Atlanta, Georgia, and Miriam Ropp McNeill and her husband, Neal of Raeford;  five grandchildren:  Sarah Ropp Cathcart and her husband, Robert, of Hickory Tavern, South Carolina, John C. Ropp III and his wife, Caroline of Hartsville, South Carolina, and Emily Ropp Terry and her husband, Joe of Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina; and Elizabeth Cashwell McNeill and Katharine Beaty McNeill of Raeford; and 12 great-grandchildren.

 A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, September 13, at 11:30 a.m. at Raeford Presbyterian Church with Rev. Dr. Robert D. Cathcart Jr. officiating.  A private committal service will be conducted prior to visitation.  Visitation will be held from 10 until 11:15 before the service at the church in John Conway Ropp Fellowship Hall.  Memorials may be made to the Raeford Presbyterian Church Building Fund, PO Box 1570, 128 W. Edinborough  Avenue, Raeford, NC 28376.

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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Mary Davis-Patterson

Mary Davis-Patterson died Sept. 1, 2016.

Surviving are her children, James A. Davis (Peggy) of Raeford, the Rev. Christopher Davis (Kathy) of Whitsett, Christina Davis McCoy of the home, William N. Davis (Joanie) of Wagram, and Larry B. Davis of Greensboro; grandchildren, Cheryl Adair (Curtis Sr.), Angela Robinson, Vonda Brister (Shone), Stephanie Davis-Wheeler (Adriel), Derek Davis, Lisa Davis-Richardson, William Davis Jr. and Glenn Davis; 12 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

The funeral will be conducted at Shady Grove Missionary Baptist Church, 7348 Laurinburg Road, Raeford, on Wednesday, September 7, 2016 at 2 p.m. Burial will be in the Stubbs Estate Cemetery, Raeford,.

Wilbur T. Marks Jr

Wilbur T. Marks Jr. of Raeford, died Sunday, September 4, 2016 at UNC Hospital in Chapel Hill at the age of 58.
He was born June 2, 1958 in Moore County to the late Wilbur T. Marks Sr. and Doris Dunn Marks. He was a truck driver with the Department of Transportation
He is survived by two sisters, Sandra M. Holcomb and her husband Harold of Raeford, and Elaine M. Dore and her husband Edward of New Hampshire; his companion, Elaine Brock of Red Springs; and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held 7-9 p.m. Friday, September 9, 2016 at the Crumpler Funeral Home in Raeford.
The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 10, 2016 at Parker United Methodist Church with the Rev. Larry Chandler officiating. Burial will be in the Bethesda Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Bethesda Road, Aberdeen.
Memorials may be made to Parker UMC, 7400 Fayetteville Rd, Raeford, NC 28376 and or the American Diabetes Association, 1701 N. Beauregard St, Alexandria, VA 22311.

Helen Cline

Helen Nadine Cline of Hoke County, passed away Saturday, September 3, 2016 in her home at the age of 71.

She was born April 24, 1945 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She was preceded in death by her father, Isaac Jennings. She worked as an activities director for Kaweah Delta Health Care in Visalia, California. She was a wonderful homemaker and loved the outdoors.

She is survived by her husband of 52 years James Arthur "Jim" Cline of Hoke County; a son, Shawn James Cline and his wife Trista of Hoke County; one daughter, Shannandoah Cline Mayes and her husband Kelly of Visalia, California; her mother, Juanita Armour Jennings of Dinuba, California; a sister, Charlene Gardner of Dinuba, California; and 3 grandchildren, Bridget Mayes, Logan Mayes and J'DaLynn Cline.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.