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Thursday, September 19, 2019

Mary S. Deaton

Mary Ruth (Sisk) Deaton of Raeford died Thursday, September 19, 2019 at the age of 76. 
She was born in McDowell County on January 17, 1943 to Will and Nora McGalliard Sisk. She attended Nebo High School in Marion, and won the typist award for the school for both her junior and senior year. These skills she would later utilize in her career at John Wesley College in Greensboro as secretary to the Dean of Admissions as well as secretary and treasurer for multiple churches during her lifetime. While her husband was ministering a church in Union Grove, she obtained her Cosmetology diploma and then began her own business and maintained Mary's Beauty Shop until she and her family moved to Raeford in 1978. She was known for many years as a teacher's assistant at the Hoke County High School Extended Day Program while also being instrumental in the founding of the Living Faith Ministries Church on Hwy 211 in Raeford. She was a rural letter carrier with the United States Postal Service from 1987 until 2007. In retirement, she enjoyed traveling with her husband and cherished spending time with her children and her grandsons. She was preceded in death by her brother, Thomas Sisk and her sister, Lois Sisk. 
She is survived by her husband of 57 years, the Rev. Tex Deaton; her daughter, Karen Tapp and her husband, Terry of Raeford; her son, David Deaton and his wife, Katerina of White Plains, NY; two grandsons, Matthew Deaton and Joshua Tapp; one niece; and one nephew.
A visitation will be held on Saturday, September 21, 2019 from 6-8 p.m. at the Crumpler Funeral Home Chapel.
The funeral will be held at Living Faith Ministries on Sunday, September 22, 2019 at 2 p.m. with the Rev. David Wilson officiating. Burial will be in the Raeford Cemetery.
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Doris J. Barnhill

Doris Jean Barnhill, 67, died Monday, September 16, 2019 in her home surrounded by her family.

She will be remembered as a strong, selfless wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and friend who always had a smile, even when times were tough.

She worked for many years at Hardin's Food Store in Rockfish and as an electrician on Fort Bragg. She enjoyed the simple things in life and opened her heart and home to everyone.

She is survived by her husband, William "Bill" Barnhill Jr. of the home; her two daughters, Diana Locklear of Hope Mills and Jeannie Sasser and husband, Gary of Rockfish; her son, Junior Johnson and wife, Heather of Rockfish; her stepson, Storm Barnhill of Hope Mills; two step-daughters, Pauline Barnhill of Shannon and Amie Shirley of Cleveland, Ohio; two sisters, Kathy Floyd of Hope Mills and Mary Ann Mullin of Virginia; three brothers, Roland Robinson of Fayetteville, Donald Robinson of Fayetteville, and Ronald Robinson of Parkton; 11 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. 

The family will receive friends from 10:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Friday, September 20, 2019 at Family Community Baptist Church with a funeral following at 1 p.m. Pastor Roy Arrington will officiate. Burial will follow at Lafayette Memorial Park West Cemetery.


Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Edwin Church Sr.

Edwin Newton Church Sr. of Spartanburg, South Carolina, age 80, died Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019, at The Hospice Home.

He was born Oct. 24, 1938 in Roxboro to Ernest Carson and Evelyn Echols Church. He attended the University of Virginia and was a member of the Kappa Alpha fraternity.

He began service in the Virginia Army National Guard for six years in 1958 and entered the textile industry in 1960. After 16 years in management and sales for Burlington Industries and J.P. Stevens and Company, he joined Peyer Corporation as North American Sales Manager in Spartanburg in 1976.

In 1978, he founded Quality Plating, Inc. and Quality Powder Coating in 1993.

Over the years, he served his church and community in various positions such as a scoutmaster and as president of the Clarksville Jaycees, president of the Raeford Kiwanis Club, was administrative board chairman at Raeford United Methodist Church, a Sunday school teacher, a Methodist youth fellowship leader, and he was on the board of many other organizations during his lifetime of service.

He was a longtime member of the Spartanburg Downtown Rotary Club and was instrumental in founding the East Spartanburg Chapter.

For most of his life, golf was his passion, and he enjoyed many friendships during his memberships in many of the area's country clubs. He felt privileged to have played golf on some of the world's finest courses both in the United States and many foreign countries, and he maintained his love of the game for all his life.

He is survived by his wife, Tammie; five children, Edwin N. (Chuck) Church Jr. (Kirsten) of Duncan, South Carolina, Pamela Church Hall of Greensboro,  Allyson Church Bergin (Tom) of Greenville, South Carolina, Maxx Revis (Ashley) of Buffalo, South Carolina, and Jenna Revis of Gaffney, South Carolina; 10 grandchildren, Brendan (Mya), Kelsea Neal (Max) and Alexandra Church, Kelli and Jacob Hall, Bess and Hunter Bergin, Aubrey and Hunter Revis and Bryson Martin; five great-grandchildren, Rhett, Miller and Magnolia Church, Georgia and Addi Neal; nephews and nieces Andy Ferrell of Suffolk, Debbie Terrell (Larry), Peggy Church and Michael Church (Leona), all of Greensboro, North Carolina.

A memorial service was held at Central United Methodist Church on Friday, Sept. 13, 2019, at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, make donations to Hospice Home or Central United Methodist Church.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Mary McKeithan

Mary McKeithan of Raeford died Saturday, September 14, 2019 in her home at the age of 81.

She was born in Robeson County on May 15, 1938 to Hubert Carson Humphrey and Gracie Worrell Humphrey. She was a member of Pittman Grove Baptist Church and retired with 34 years from Burlington Industries in Raeford.

She is survived by her husband of 58 years Cecil W. McKeithan of Raeford; a daughter, Susan M. Gregory and her husband, Billy of Raeford; a son, Greg D. McKeithan and wife Kim of Knightdale; three grandchildren, Cindy Tubbs and husband Bernie, Rachel Blackman and husband Scott and Dr.  Daniel McKeithan; three great-grandchildren, Adalyn Blackman, Rhett Blackman and Andrew Tubbs; a brother, Carson (Buddy) Humphrey and wife Linda of Wilmington; and three sisters, Ann Pate of Whiteville, Nancy Fox and husband Prentice of Aberdeen, and Jean Grubbs and husband Glenn of Pinehurst.

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, September 17, 2019 at Pittman Grove Baptist Church Cemetery with Pastor Dwight Jackson and the Rev. Kenneth Williams officiating.

The family will receive friends after the service in the church fellowship hall.

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