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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Lynnette Norton

Lynette C. Norton of Raeford passed away on Sunday, November 18, 2018 at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital at the age of 81.

She was born on December 4, 1936 in Shelby.

She was preceded in death by her husband Alex S. Norton and two sons Daniel A. Norton and David E. Norton.

She is survived by her son, Mark D. Norton (Karen Hutchison) of Raeford; grandchildren, Heather, Alexandra, Alex and Caroline; one great-grandson, Carmine; and two sisters, Donnis and Gia.

A Private Memorial service will be held later.

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Monday, November 19, 2018

Betty Ritchie

Betty Culbreth McLean Ritchie, a resident of Harrisburg, unexpectantly passed away on November 15.  Having celebrated her 90th birthday on September 30, she was continuously active as a dedicated servant in her church and tireless volunteer in the community until her death.
A native of Raeford, she graduated from Hoke County High School, and in 1950 received a BA degree in Bible and Social Studies from Flora Macdonald College (now St. Andrews University). At Flora Macdonald, she was president of the Christian Association, May Queen, and selected for Who's Who in American Universities and Colleges. She served as a director of Christian Education in the First Presbyterian Church of Wilson, and in two Presbyteries in the Synod of North Carolina before her marriage in 1954 to the Rev. Stuart A. Ritchie.  She supported Stuart in ministry at Presbyterian churches in Fayetteville and Troy, and Amity Presbyterian Church in Charlotte.
As a teacher, she was on the staff of a pre-school in Troy, and a Montessori School in Laurel, Maryland, and after receiving her teacher certification in mathematics at UNCC, taught at two Charlotte junior high schools—Cochrane and Hawthorne. In 1984, she was chosen as Teacher of the Year at Hawthorne.  
A former elder and moderator of Presbyterian Women, she received a Life Membership in Presbyterian Women in 2001. In 2018 she was honored by Charlotte Presbytery with a Legacy award, given to senior adults in recognition of outstanding service in church and community.
She served as chief judge for her voting precinct in Cabarrus County for many years. She remained actively involved in other community organizations.  She was a member of Alpha Delta Kappa, an honorary sorority for women educators, serving as president for two terms and an executive board member for many years. As coordinator of volunteers for the Harrisburg Public Library since 2010, she was honored by the North Carolina Library Association as Volunteer of the Year in 2013.  She volunteered at the Center for Community Transitions for several years, and in 2017 was chosen as Volunteer of the Year. She also supported the Red Cross as a lifelong blood donor.
She was the daughter of H.R. and Sadie Culbreth McLean of Raeford. She is survived by two sons, Mac Ritchie of Trabuco Canyon, California and John and his wife Theresa Ritchie of Frisco, Texas; grandchildren, Courtney, Taylor, Troy Ritchie, Chad (Sydney) Ritchie, and Kayla (Alex) Gary; and two sisters, Mary (Wyatt) Aiken of Morganton, and Hazel Hubbard of Gaffney, South Carolina.
A memorial service will be held at Newell Presbyterian Church on Saturday, December 15, 2018, at 2 p.m. The family will receive friends at the church following the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Newell Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 68, Newell, NC 28126, or to Friends of Harrisburg Library (FOHL), 201 Sims Parkway, Harrisburg, NC 28075.
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Sunday, November 18, 2018

Colin Lee Lovette

Colin Lee Lovette died at his home on November 17, 2018.  He was born on July 8, 1944 in Richmond County to Edker and Marie Lovette and resided in Raeford. He loved God, his family and his country.  He was an ordained deacon with Pittman Grove Baptist Church and a servant of his savior Jesus Christ.  For much of his life he worked at Burlington Industries and Rockwell International as a skilled mechanic, and his expertise was vital to business operations.  He also enjoyed fishing, gardening, taking care of his family and singing gospel music.
He is preceded in death by his sister Paula Zaring. He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Bobbie (Daniels) Lovette; his children, Michael Lovette (Denise) of Slidell, Louisiana, Steve Lovette (Jessica) of Charleston, South Carolina, Julie Saunders (Drake) of Raeford, and Robert "Chris" Lovette (Jennifer) of Salisbury; brothers, Tommie Lovette (Shelby) of Deland, Florida, and Charles Lovette (Frances) of Inverness, Florida; his sister, Linda Pittman (Barry) of Raeford; 10 grandchildren, Megan Tillis (Gregory) of Columbus, Georgia, Justin Spencer of Raeford, SSG Cameron Lovette (Emily) of El Paso, Texas, SSG Jhonathan Spencer (Schani) of Raeford, Michael Lovette Jr. (Vivian) of Colorado Springs, Colorado, SPC Seth Lovette of Charleston, South Carolina, SGT Christopher Saunders of Hawaii, SSG Joshua Lupo (Marivel) of Columbus, Georgia, SrA Mitchell Wilson of Charleston, South Carolina, and Lilian Lovette of Wilmington; and nine great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at Pittman Grove Baptist Church, with the funeral following at 2 p.m.
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