Saturday, January 28, 2017

Frank McCoy

Frank R. McCoy of Raeford, Passed away Friday, January 27, 2017. 
He was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond McCoy and Ann Cole and his brother, Vincent McCoy. 
He is survived by his wife Roslyn McCoy of Raeford and his son Clint McCoy of Raeford. 
A private memorial services will be held at Crumpler Funeral Home in Raeford. 
Memorials may be made to: St. Jude Children Research Hospital, P.O. Box 50, Memphis, TN 38101-9929 
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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Laura King

Laura Lewis Jackson King, 94, resident of Open Arms Retirement Center here and former resident of Kinston, died January 22 following several years of declining health.  She was preceded in death by a son Tillman, brother Warren Jackson, sister Louise Mack and her parents Bernice and Jesse Jackson.

She is survived by sons Adrian King of Kinston, Julian King (and Mary Neil) of Raeford and daughter Janice Jones (and Tom) of Chapin, South Carolina; nine grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

She was born in Kinston on July 2, 1922 and lived most of her early life in the area formally known as East Kinston. She graduated from Grainger High School in 1940. Her senior year high school annual (Kay-Aitch-Ess) referred to her as "Business-like. Brisk. Neat."

In 1941 she married Ernest Lee King and they were blessed with four children. Shortly after marriage, they became Lenoir County farmers. In 1956 the family moved to Kinston and Ernest went into the restaurant business. Ernest and Laura were divorced in 1969.

Laura spent many hours sitting in Kinston's Grainger Stadium watching sons Tillman and Julian play baseball for the Grainger High School Red Devils, coached by Paul Jones. Her sons, in their respective senior years, were selected as outstanding members of the team. 

One of the joys of her life related to the educational achievements of her children: all four graduated from Grainger High School in Kinston and all four successfully graduated from college (Adrian at Wake Forest, Tillman at University of North Carolina, Julian at North Carolina State University, and Janice at East Carolina University), the first in the King and Jackson branches of her families to attain college degrees.

One of her sons wrote "…I give her all the credit for instilling in us the desire to make for ourselves a better life than she and Ernest were able to give us growing up." A "Mother's hope…" was considered the major help in achieving the four children's educational goals.

Laura was a strong force in the life of her four children.

Her giving and straightforward personality earned Laura many friends throughout the various communities in which she lived: Kinston, Fayetteville, Raeford, Charlotte, Jacksonville Beach and Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. 

Education was a main objective of Laura's professional life earning certificates from Lenoir Community College and Fayetteville Tech as well as professional credits in the insurance industry.

Her professional life included employment as personnel and payroll clerk for the City of Kinston, service in the radiology department at Lenoir Memorial Hospital and service as a medical secretary in Florida.

Genealogy was one of her passions, especially related to the study of the Jackson branch of her family. She loved to read the newspaper wherever she lived, and novels, and fish in the state's coastal waters.

After living in Florida for several years, Laura retired to Kinston in the mid-1990s.

Her civic associations included a term as president of the Lewis School PTA, president of the Kinston Garden Club, a member of Kinston's business and professional women's association, a member and volunteer for the Lenoir County Historical Association, as an early member of Community Concerts organization; and recently as a member of Northwest Christian Church. During residencies in Raeford, home for son Julian, Ms. King attended the Raeford Baptist Church.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at Howard-Carter Funeral Home from 11 a.m. to noon. The funeral will start at noon with the Rev. Judith Reese officiating. Burial will follow the service at the King Family Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Lenoir County Historical Association, PO Box 3171, Kinston, NC 28502.

Howard-Carter Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

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Sandra Stone

Sandra K. Stone of Raeford passed away Monday, January 23, 2017 at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital at the age of 74.

She was born in Columbus County on October 27, 1942 to the late Carl Stone and Mary Aileen Buffkin Stone. She graduated from Hoke County High School in 1961 and attended Worth Business College in Fayetteville. She was a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church. She was a devoted daughter and sister.

She is survived by her sister, Glenda Wagner of Whispering Pines; a brother, Craig Stone and his wife Lori of Raeford; two nieces, Megan Stone of Raeford and Jennifer Wagner McLaughlin and her husband Kevin of Tampa, Florida; and a nephew, Michael Wagner and his wife Christina of Fuquay Varina.

A visitation will be held 6-8 Thursday, January 26, 2017 at Crumpler Funeral Home, 131 Harris Ave. Raeford.

The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, 2017 at Hillcrest Baptist Church, 2699 US Hwy 401 Business, Raeford, officiated by Pastor Toby Neal. Burial will follow in the Raeford Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Hillcrest Baptist Church, P.O. 1533 Raeford, NC 28376.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Sandra Drotar

Sandra Jeanne Drotar of Rockfish went to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, January 20, 2017 at the age of 72. 
She was born in Warren County, Ohio on May 28, 1944 to the late Raymond Fullwiler and Katherine Clutter Fullwiler. She was preceded in death by her husband, Stephen Drotar, and her children, Tamara L. Drotar and Tina L. Drotar. Sandra was a faithful member of Ephesus Baptist Church in Arabia. 
She leaves behind her daughter, Stephanie Drotar of Lawrenceburg, Tennessee; her granddaughter, Nicolette Davis of Raeford; her grandson, Stephen Quiles of Warrenton, Virginia; her grandson, Jessie Johnson of Warren, Ohio; her grandson, Steven Drotar of Warren, Ohio; and her great-grandchildren, Seth Sayers, and Malakai Drotar. 
The family will receive friends two hours prior to the church service. 
The funeral  will be held at 4 p.m. on Friday, January 27, 2017 at Ephesus Baptist Church with Pastor Wayne Sanderson officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. 
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