Thursday, July 20, 2017

Mark S. Kicklighter

Mark Steven Kicklighter, 54, passed away on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at his home in Raeford.
He was born on February 10, 1963 in Wilkes County, Georgia and lived most of his life in Raeford. He was a 1981 graduate of Hoke County High School and a 1984 graduate of Watterson Institute of Technology in Charlotte. Mark suffered physical disability from diabetes most of his life and in 1995 underwent rare and lifesaving kidney and pancreas transplant surgery in Chapel Hill. From then, he became a great proponent of the Chapel Hill Organ Transplant Team and a great encourager to other diabetics and transplant recipients. He loved cooking, gardening and spending time with his extended family. He will be remembered most for his sense of humor.
He was preceded in death by his father, Franklin D. Kicklighter Sr. He is survived by his mother, Jackie Kicklighter of Raeford; a sister, Julie (William) King of Raleigh; a brother, Frank (Bobbie) Kicklighter of Fayetteville, Georgia; three nieces, Jessica (Jason) Snead, Michaela (Scott) Mundorf and Rebecca (Jhonatan) Minope; three nephews, Graham Kicklighter, Matthew (Marcy) King and Patrick (Gianna) Kicklighter; one grandnephew, Simon Snead; and two grandnieces, Clara Snead and Norah Kicklighter.
A Memorial Service will be held at First Baptist Church in Raeford on Saturday, July 29th, at 11 a.m. The family will receive friends and relatives one hour before the service time at the church.
The family requests that expressions of sympathy take the form of contributions to First Baptist Church, 333 North Main Street, Raeford, NC 28376.
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Monday, July 17, 2017

Jane A. McKenzie

Jane Autry McKenzie, 86, died July 15, 2017 at Autumn Care in Raeford surrounded by her loved ones.
She was born in Cumberland County, on Tuesday, September 9, 1930 to the late Jessie Autry and Gladys Fann Autry.
She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Red Springs. She also served as an employee of the church for 25 years in the Child Development Center, where she was known as "Miss Jane" to hundreds of children that she loved as her own. Two of her favorite hobbies were baking cakes and crocheting.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph "Joe" S. McKenzie Sr.; one brother, Gene Autry; and one sister, Helen Bowen.
She is survived by a son, Joseph McKenzie Jr. and his wife, Kim of Albemarle; three daughters, Mary Bounds and fiancee David, Shelia Batchelor and husband Richard of Dacula, Georgia, and Janet Summers and husband Mike of Raeford; two brothers, the Rev. Herman Autry of Raeford and Richard Autry of Fayetteville; two sisters, Susie Cartee of Hope Mills and Elaine Dowdy of Fayetteville; and three grandchildren, Matthew Batchelor, Jeffery Bounds and Kyle Bounds and wife Nici.
Visitation will be Tuesday, July 18, 2017 from 7-9 p.m. at Boles Funeral Home in Red Springs. The funeral will be Wednesday, July 19, 2017, at 1 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Red Springs. Burial will follow in the Alloway Cemetery.
Service has been entrusted to Boles Funeral Home in Red Springs.