Wednesday, January 4, 2017
She was born in Hoke County, on April 13, 1921 to the late William John and Addie Mae Baker McNeill. A graduate of the Hoke County High School Class of 1939, she completed a business class a Flora McDonald College and started working as a telephone operator at Ft. Bragg. It was then that she met her husband of 73 years, Richard Lewis Burkhart, when connecting him to a wrong number. She traveled throughout the U.S. and the Orient as well as enjoying many cruises. She was an avid bridge player and was most famous for her brownies.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Burkhart; parents, John and Addie McNeill; brothers, Edward McNeill, Robert McNeill and Floyd McNeill; and sisters, Margaret Willis and Janie Barbour.
She is survived by daughters Marsha Lucas and her husband Bob and Elizabeth Godwin and her husband Michael; sister, Edith Newton and her husband Edwin; brother, Lewis McNeill and his wife Sarah Louise; 5 grandchildren; and 7 great grandchildren.
A visitation is scheduled for Friday January 6, 2017 from 10-11 a.m. at Raeford Presbyterian Church with a funeral following at 11 a.m. Burial will follow in Raeford Cemetery.
The family suggests memorials to Raeford Presbyterian Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 1570, Raeford, NC 28376, in lieu of flowers.
Arrangements by McNeill Mackie Funeral Home of St. Pauls.
Monday, January 2, 2017
She always enjoyed learning, even before she first attended school and skipped first grade. As long as she could remember, Hazel wanted to be an elementary school teacher. When she was only 16, she rode the train to attend Flora MacDonald College to accomplish that goal.
After her graduation from college, her dream of teaching was first realized at Antioch School. At Antioch she met and later married Cecil McPhaul on September 16, 1939. During the years following the births of their four children, she loved staying at home and taking care of her family. Later she returned to teach elementary grade children in Maxton for 25 years and also at Bowley School in Fort Bragg.
She was a member of Antioch Presbyterian Church, serving in many areas, including the choir, Women' s Circle, Antioch Women of the Church, Sunday School and Vacation Bible School. She received the Honorary Life Membership of the Presbyterian Women Presbyterian Church. Following her husband's death, she moved to Woodruff, where she was an active member of the choir, Sunday School, and circle at Emma Gray United Methodist Church. She also volunteered in senior citizens groups, library and garden clubs, and Meals on Wheels. She spent her final years in Raleigh.
A Celebration of Life was held Jan. 1 at Antioch Presbyterian Church at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Antioch Presbyterian Church, 6583 Red Springs Road, Red Springs, N.C. 28377 or Emma Gray United Methodist Church, 321 West Georgia Street, Woodruff, S.C. 28388.
John Roland Brown, 69, of Ringgold, Georgia, passed away Thursday December 28, 2016. A native of Raeford, he has lived in the Ringgold area for the past year and was formerly of Charlotte. He was a graduate of Hoke County High School and was a former employee of Baker-Mitchell where he worked for 5 years in sales.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Walter Duncan Brown Sr. and Delphia Parker Brown; and grandparents, Dr. George Washington Brown and Lola Brown. He is survived by two brothers, Walter D. brown Jr. of Cohutta, Georgia, and George (Annette) Parker Brown of Raeford; and cousins, Bill Brown, Cathy Brown, Hubert Wooten, Wayne Wooten and Delrose Morrison. There will be no local funeral. Arrangements are by Wilson Funeral Home Wallis-Stewart Chapel Ringgold, Georgia.