Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Jean Horne

Jean Horne of Raeford died Wednesday, January 18, 2017 in FirstHealth Moore Regional at the age of 55.

She was born in Fairfield County, Connecticut on July 1, 1961. She was preceded in death by her mother, Joan Heinzelman Perry. She was a member of Friendship Baptist Church in Bunnlevel. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother.

She leaves behind her husband of 32 years, Steve Ray Horne of Raeford; her children, Jessica Jimmerson and her fiancé, Julian Wilson of Raeford, Josh Perry and his wife, Amanda, Steven Horne Jr. and his wife, Casey of Aberdeen, and Daniel Horne and his wife, Ashton of Fairbanks, Alaska; her father, Wilbert Perry of Bunnlevel; her sisters, Linda Lowery and husband, James of Lillington, and Debra Perry of Bunnlevel; her brother, John Perry of Florida; and 12 grandchildren.

The family will receive friends on Saturday, January 21, 2017 6-8 p.m. at Crumpler Funeral Home in Raeford and other times at the home.

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Pamela Benton-Ludwig

Pamela Marie Benton-Ludwig of Raeford passed away in her home on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at the age of 44. 

She was born in Scotland County on October 25, 1972. She was preceded in death by her father, Bennie Lee Benton. She was a kindhearted, giving and loving mother, grandmother, daughter, aunt, sister and friend to many. 

She is survived by her children, Katherine Benton and her fiancé, Jasper Womack of Spring Lake, and Corey "CoCo" Culver and his fiancé, Marina Flores of St. Pauls; her mother, Peggy Early-Swanner and her husband, Terry; her brothers, James Benton and his wife, Leah of Hutto, Texas, and Timothy Benton and his wife, Nicole of Chattanooga, Tennessee; her fiancé, Arthur Locklear of Raeford; and her grandson, Adrian Womack of Spring Lake. 

The family will receive friends on Friday, January 20, 2017 at Crumpler Funeral Home in Raeford. 

The funeral will be held on Saturday, January 21, 2017 at Crumpler Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in the Hillside Cemetery in Laurinburg. 

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Jennifer Sousa

Jennifer Parrott Sousa of Fayetteville died Tuesday, January 17, 2017 in Open Arms Retirement Center at the age of 74.

She was born in London, England on December 6, 1942 to the late Edward Francis Parrott and Dorothy Sullivan Parrott. She was preceded in death by her husband, Louis and her brother, Michael Parrott. She was a member and past president of the Fayetteville British Club.

She is survived by her two sons, Philip Sousa and his wife, Kimberly of Lexington, Massachusetts and Richard Sousa and his wife, Judy of Raeford; and three grandchildren, Nicole, Joshua, and Hannah.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, January 28, 2017 at the Rockfish Church of God, 7869 Rockfish Road in Raeford with Pastor James Klemish officiating.

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Monday, January 16, 2017

John Whiteford Jones

John Whiteford Jones of Raeford passed away, Thursday, January 12, 2017 at the age of 85.

He was born January 17, 1931 in Hoke County to the late John Allen Jones and Willa Conoly Jones. He was a member of Sandy Grove United Methodist Church, where he served on many committees. He also served on the board with Liberty Hospice, and as a member of the Hoke County Planning and Zoning board. He served in the N.C. National Guard for more than 20 years, and was employed with the Department of the Army as Director of the Troop Support Agency. He was owner and operator of Colonial Poultry Farms. 

He is survived by his wife Bette Parker Jones of Raeford, a son, Rodney M. Jones of Richmond, Virigina, a brother, William (Billy) Clarence Jones of Lumber Bridge, and a sister, Catherine McNeill of Red Springs.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at Sandy Grove United Methodist Church, 6800 Arabia Road, Lumber Bridge, with the Rev. Larry Chandler officiating. Inurnment will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends after the service at the graveside.

Memorials may be made to Hospice Foundation of Hoke County, P.O. Box 1584, Raeford, NC 28376 or Sandy Grove United Methodist Church, 6800 Arabia Road, Lumber Bridge 28357.



Lilmar Taylor-Williams

With her daughter and best friend by her side, Lilmar Gatlin Taylor-Williams passed away peacefully at New Hanover Regional Medical Center, Wilmington on January 12, 2017. 

She was born July 31, 1940 in New Hanover County to Marion Hatcher Gatlin and Gladys Frye Gatlin.  Granddaughter of Lillian Oliver, maternal grandmother and Halie Leon Gatlin Sr. and Margaret Privette Gatlin, paternal grandparents, Lilmar Sue, as she was called, grew up in Raeford.  She graduated from Hoke County High School in 1957 and Meredith College in 1961, with a BA in Education.  

Her 30-plus year teaching career encompassed elementary school positions in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County, Cumberland County Schools in North Carolina, and Alexandria City Schools, in Virginia, where she received numerous awards for her excellence in teaching and was honored as a Teacher of the Year.  While there, she represented her local and national teacher's organizations.  She served as an active docent with the elephants at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. and for many years, was called the "Turtle Lady" as an educational specialist with the Karen Beasley Turtle Hospital in Surf City.  An inspiring story teller,her schedule always included an annual trip to the National Story Telling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee.  After her retirement, she and her late husband, Richard Williams, moved to their much-loved North Carolina coast.  During this time her creativity took shape in the form of composition and she authored a weekly historical column, "Through the Rear View Mirror" for her hometown newspaper, The News Journal.  For many years she was a guardian ad litem for New Hanover County and helped numerous foster children in the area.  While living in Wilmington, she served as president of the Cape Fear Garden Club. She was also an active member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

She is survived by a daughter Trent Taylor Polk, granddaughter Lane Polk of Sneads Ferry, brother, Hal Gatlin of San Antonio, Texas, and step-son Christopher Williams, of Annapolis, Maryland.

A memorial service, led by Rev. Tom Lee, will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at the First Baptist Church in Raeford, followed with interment in the Raeford Cemetery.