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Thursday, May 9, 2019

Ernest W. Davis Sr.

Ernest Woodrow Davis Sr. of Southern Pines died Tuesday, May 7, 2019, in his home.
He was born in Hoke County on September 17, 1919, to Ernest Jasper Davis and Mary Catherine 
Campbell Davis. He was preceded in death by five siblings.
He is survived by his wife of 77 years, Charlotte Holt Davis of Southern Pines; a son, Ernest W. (Woody) Davis Jr. and 
JoAnne of Southern Pines; a daughter, Linda Davis Covington of Southern Pines; three grandchildren, James Edwin (Ned) 
Covington III and wife, Laura, Shannon Davis Viall and husband, Russell, and Bradley Davis Covington and wife, Laura; 
five great-grandchildren, James and Matthew Covington, Ella, Gretchen and Norah Viall; and several nieces and nephews.
He was a member of the United Methodist churches in Raeford, Rockingham, and Southern Pines where he served in 
the life of the church through leadership roles with the men's groups and on various church committees. In recent years, 
you could find him every Sunday listening to televised services in his favorite chair with his favorite person.
He was a member of the Southern Pines Masonic Lodge #484 for 67 years, the Oasis Shriners of Charlotte and the 
Woodsmen of the World in Southern Pines. 
As an avid outdoorsman, he spent his younger years enjoying baseball as a player, pitcher and coach. Fishing, hunting 
and golf were hobbies he loved with family and friends, especially when it involved teaching his son, grandsons and 
great-grandsons to fish. He loved spending time in his garden, caring for his horse, Cody, and enjoying family time with 
his great-grandchildren.
He began his distinguished career in the late 1930s with the US Forestry Service in Washington and Oregon. 
Upon returning to North Carolina in the early 1940s, he began a 37-year commitment to the North Carolina Division of 
Forestry. He served as a County Ranger, District Ranger, Regional Ranger and State Ranger, with a primary expertise in 
fire control. His strong background in construction lead to a leadership role in the building of the forestry training center 
in Linville Falls and many other forestry facilities throughout the state. 
While he was known for his work ethic and kindness, it is his love and devotion to his family that will be 
remembered and missed the most, from working long hours to support his family, to bringing Smokey the Bear to his 
grandchildren's birthday parties and building his great-grandchildren a sandbox at the age of 96. 
Visitation will be 3-4 p.m. Saturday, May 11, 2019 at Crumpler Funeral Home in Raeford. The 
funeral will follow at 4 p.m. at the Crumpler Funeral Home Chapel in Raeford. Burial will be in the Raeford 
Cemetery with Masonic rites.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice Foundation of FirstHealth, 150 Applecross Road, Pinehurst, NC 28374 or by phone at 910.695.7500
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Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Larry Williams

Larry (Pops) Williams of Raeford died Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at UNC Hospital in Chapel at the age of 78.  
He was born in Savannah, Georgia on April 18, 1941 to Franklin Williams and Helen Scott. He served 20 years in the US Army, (7th Special SFG), in which he did several tours in Vietnam and the Dominican Republic (Operation Power Pack). During this time, he received several accolades and commendations including and not limited to, a Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal Bronze Clasp with Five Loops, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Dominican Republic), National Defense Service Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, and Senior Parachutist Badge. After retirement he opened Star Farms. In 1991 he married Dianne Rowland and they began Williams Quarter Horse Farm. During this time, he trained horses, taught and mentored youth from all over the southeast, and built lasting relationships full of love, laughter, hard work and respect. Many of these youth were successful in not only the early stages of their show career, but also learned life lessons that continue to guide their paths today.
He is survived by his wife of 28 years Dianne Rowland Williams of Raeford; two sons, Nathan Williams of Whispering Pines and Brian Williams and wife Jennifer of Raeford, NC; a daughter, Maricela (Marty) Fatino of Pinehurst, NC; nine grandchildren, Sydney, Chini, Alexis, Morgan, Hunter, Porter, Daniel, Ellie Kate and Alli; and a sister, Linda Dickerson and husband Ron of Atlanta, Georgia.
Visitation will be held Friday, May 10, 2019 from 7-9 p.m. at Crumpler Funeral Home.
The funeral will be held at 11 a.m.  Saturday, May 11, 2019 at Antioch Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Jim Smith officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery with full military honors.
Memorials may be made to Antioch Presbyterian Church, 6583 Red Springs Road, Red Springs, NC 28377.
A celebration of his life will directly follow the funeral at the family farm at 5406 Blue Springs Road, Red Springs.

Annie L. Lindsay

Annie Laurie Lindsay of Fayetteville died May 4, 2019 at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center at the age of 86.
She was born March 28, 1933 in Zebulon to David Pearce and Fannie Pearce.
She is preceded in death by her husband G. Lewis Lindsay Sr. She was a member of Galatia Presbyterian Church.
She is survived by a son, Gilbert Lewis (Gil) Lindsay Jr. of Fayetteville; two daughters, Lynn Lindsay Cobb and husband James of Gainesville, Florida, and Jane Lindsay Clifton and husband Wayne of Fayetteville; seven grandchildren, Adam, Heather, Kelly, Rodney, Lindsay, James and Elizabeth; eight great-grandchildren, Nilo, Ladena, Yavi, Brandon Jr., Febi, Devin, Mikhaela and Marcus; and a sister, Janie Steber and husband Norm of Dunn.
A visitation will be held from 11- noon, Saturday May 11, 2019 at Galatia Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall.
A funeralwill follow at noon in the church with the Rev. Brett Johnson officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery,
Memorials may be made to: Samaritans Purse.
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Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Larry Williams

Larry Williams of Raeford died May 7, 2019 at UNC Hospital at the age of 78.
Funeral arrangements will be announced by Crumpler Funeral Home of Raeford.
Condolences to the family may be made at

Ernest W. Davis

Ernest W. Davis, age 99, passed away Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at his home. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Crumpler Funeral in Raeford. 

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Chris Martin

Christopher Michael Martin, age 48, of Raeford died May 3, 2019.
He was born in Moore County on August 30, 1970 to Elizabeth (Lib) Norton McVicker and Thurman Martin.
He is survived by his daughter, Kristina Martin of Raeford; one grandson, Josiah King Locklear of Raeford; his stepfather, Billy McVicker of Raeford; two step-brothers, Timothy McVicker and wife Sherry of Graham, and Johnny Wayne McVicker and wife Robin of Maxton; and one step-sister, Linda McDougald and husband Jasper of Fayetteville.
A private memorial service will be held later.
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Virginia Baker

Virginia Ann Phillips Baker, 87, passed away on Thursday, May 2, 2019 at Wayne UNC Healthcare in Goldsboro.
She was born in Snowville, Virginia on October 21, 1931 to Robert and Elizabeth Cox Phillips.  She was married to the late Joseph Edwin Baker.  She was employed for many years as a cake decorator with Winn-Dixie and always enjoyed the opportunity to work in her garden.  She will also be remembered as a talented seamstress and made the wedding dresses for her daughters.  Above all, she loved spending time with her family and friends. 
In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her son-in-law, Mark Gettle; daughter, JoAnne Joyner; and brother, Davis Phillips.
She is survived by her children, Kay Baker Scheetz of Hampton, Virginia, Robert Owen Baker and wife Karen of Mount Olive, and Elizabeth "Beth" B. Gettle of Goldsboro; grandchildren, Melissa Koos, Sara Ruhl (Tobias), Alison Baker, Meredith Batchelor (Jonathan), Army Specialist Lukas Baker, Kelly Gettle, and Brett Gettle; and great-grandchildren, Ryan Koos, Brandon Batchelor, Natalie Koos, Haleigh Batchelor, Kamryn Baker, Wesley Ruhl, Branna Baker, Elora Toran, and Claire Ruhl.  She is also survived by her brother, John Phillips and sisters, Barbara Phillips, Helen Monroe and Dot Lancaster.
The family will greet friends on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 from 5:30 – 7 p.m. at Seymour Funeral Home followed by a service to celebrate her life at 7 p.m. in the chapel with the Rev. Joanna Stallings officiating.  Interment will be on Wednesday at noon in the Sandhills State Veterans Cemetery in Spring Lake.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Monday, May 6, 2019

Fleeta Maxwell

Fleeta Jarrell Maxwell of Raeford died May 5, 2019 in her home at the age of 92. 
She was born November 30, 1926 in Halifax County to Edward Jarrell and Carrie Turner Jarrell. She is preceded in death by her husband McKoy "Koy" Maxwell. She was a member of the Raeford United Methodist Church. She was the co-owner of Maxwell's Garage in Raeford
She is survived by her daughter Carolyn Schwarcbher and husband Alex of Raeford; a sister, Beulah Johnson and husband Archie of Raeford; two grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren.
A graveside memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 11, 2019 at Raeford Cemetery. 
Memorials may be to Alzheimer's Association at