Wednesday, June 5, 2019
Monday, June 3, 2019
Monica Kathleen Smith was tragically taken from her family on May 25th, 2019, falling victim to a violent crime in Charlotte.
She will be forever remembered by her loving son, Tristan; her parents, Lisa and Luis Meletiche and Duane Smith Sr.; and her brothers, Duane Smith Jr. and Luis Meletiche III. She will also be remembered by her extended family and friends.
She is a graduate of Hoke County High School, where she received her cosmetology license from Sandhills Community College. She was a veteran of the United States Army.
A viewing and memorial gathering will be held from 6:30 pm – 8:30 p.m. on Monday, June 3rd, with full military honors at Unity Chapel at Cliffdale, 1037 71st School Road, Fayetteville.
Online condolences may be sent to www.unityfuneralservices.com
John Watson McNeill, 66, died on June 2, in Raleigh. He was born to Sarah Margaret McPhaul McNeill and John Watson McNeill Jr., on August 3, 1952. He grew up in Raeford, where he learned to be an avid fisherman, hunter, and reader—enjoying these activities for the rest of his life with lifelong friends Paul Livingston and Eddie Williams. He graduated from Hoke County High School in 1970 and from UNC Chapel Hill in 1975 with a B.S. degree in Industrial Relations. After working in Pomona, California for three years, he returned to Raleigh, in 1978 where he met his wife Pauline Zobel, originally from Mt. Kisco, New York.
He went on to complete his Civil Engineering Technology Degree from Wake Technical College and was licensed as a Professional Land Surveyor in 1984. In 1998, he became a Professional Engineer. He retired from DOT as a Private Engineering Firm Coordinator in 2017 after 30 years of service; he then joined colleague and friend of 30 years, Parks Icenhour, at GEL Solutions of NC as a Senior Land Surveyor.
He is survived by his wife, Pauline; their two children, Gus (his partner Vanessa) and Emily; three grandchildren, Kaylin McNeill, Luke Cherry, and Evan Cherry. He is also survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Gwen McNeill and Gary Ashburn of Asheville and three nieces and a nephew: Mary Gwen Thomas Welborn (Derek) of Raeford, Maggie Ashburn (Rich Mason), Catie Ashburn Hester (Paul), and Brent Ashburn (Samantha). He was preceded in death by his parents, and his sister and brother-in-law, Kay and Crawford Thomas.
On Wednesday, June 5 at 2 p.m. a service will be held at St. Giles Presbyterian Church in Raleigh, where he served as an Elder. The family will receive friends following the service. There will be a Minyan Service at Temple Beth Or, Raleigh at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 5. He will be interred on Thursday, June 6, at noon in the cemetery of Antioch Presbyterian Church, Red Springs, where his family has been members since its founding in 1833. Donations may be made to St. Giles Presbyterian, 5101 Oak Park Road, Raleigh, NC 27612; Antioch Presbyterian Church, 6582 Red Springs Rd, Red Springs, NC 28377; or Temple Beth Or, 5315 Creedmoor Rd, Raleigh NC 27612.
She was born in Germany to Robert and Emma Gross Mehan. She was retired from Stanley Black & Decker as a lead technician.
She is survived by her husband of 34 years Michael Hinnant of Milan; one son, Jonathan Hinnant of Milan; three brothers, Michael Mehan, Randy Mehan, and Bobby Mehan; and one sister, Barbara Revard.
A visitation will be held on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 from 6-8 pm at Crumpler Funeral Home 131 Harris Ave. Raeford.
A graveside memorial service will be held 10:30 am on Wednesday, June 5, 2019 at Antioch Presbyterian Church Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital P.O. Box 1000 – Dept. 142, Memphis, Tn 38148.
Condolences to the family made at www.crumplerfuneralhome.com.