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Monday, June 21, 2021

Dorothy Scarboro

Dorothy Mae Scarboro died Saturday, June 19, 2021 at Quail Haven Retirement Village in Pinehurst at age 91.
She was born September 12, 1929 to the late Alex and Ellen Wallace. She was a homemaker raising seven children. She was a sweet, kind, caring person enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband Edgar Scarboro, her son Everette "Hoss" Scarboro, daughter-in-law Carol Scarboro, grandson Robert "Robbie" Scarboro II, and her sisters and brothers.
She is survived by her sons, James Scarboro (Juanita) of Aberdeen, Robert Scarboro (Sandy) of Aberdeen, and Jerry Scarboro (Dianne) of Raeford; daughters Margaret Burns (Johnnie) of Pinebluff, Kathie Samples (Mike) of Whispering Pines, and Linda Patrick (Tim) of Pinehurst; and several grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.
A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 22, 2021 at Bethesda Presbyterian Church in Aberdeen. The family will receive friends after the service at the cemetery.
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Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Rita F. Hall

Rita Faye Fulk Hall of Red Springs (Hoke County) died Sunday, May 30, 2021, at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital at age 60.
She was born on January 12, 1961 to the late Si Fulk and Nancy Locklear. She was a member of God's Holy Tabernacle Church in Red Springs.
She was preceded in death by her son Christopher Lee Fields. 
She is survived by her husband, Earl Hall of Red Springs; two daughters, Sharon Morales, and Gracie Caulder, both of Red Springs; four sons, David Alan Fields (Shannon Ochoa),  Jonathan Fields (Sandra), Robert Caulder, and Alexander Bell Hall, all of Red Springs; two stepdaughter,s Tina Marie Locklear (Trent) of Shannon, and Tawana Fields of Parkton; two stepsons, Earl Hall Jr. (Kris) of Indiana and Purcell Henderson (Sarah) of Red Spring; four brothers, Gary Fulk (Hazel) of Vass,  Si Fulk of Winston-Salem, Michael Fulk (Dina) of Wilkesboro, and Riley Fulk of California; two sisters, Gail Garbo (Joe) of Mississippi and Linda Hutchins (Phillip) of Winston-Salem; grandchildren Jewel Gillespie, Cheyann, Fields, Calista Arboleda, Estevan Arboleda, Kirston Fields, Marco Arboleda,, Keyara Fields, J.C. Fields, Katana Locklear, Christopher Fields, Tierra Locklear, Tana Jones, Travis Locklear, Trinity Locklear, Toby Locklear, Tristen Locklear, Takobi Locklear, Tianna Locklear, Carson Henderson, Dakota Henderson and India Hall; and great-grandchildren, Serenity Gillespie, Shai'leia Gillespie and Eastan. Visitation will be 6-7 p.m. Thursday, June 3, 2021, at Crumpler Funeral Home, Raeford. The funeral will follow at 7 p.m.

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Norman McCLendon

Norma Jean Lanier McClendon, 74, of Raeford, died peacefully at her home on Monday, May 24, surrounded by her loving family.
Born in Savannah, GA, May 22, 1947, she was the daughter of the late Nathaniel J. and Naomi Plummer Lanier.  As a young lady, she moved to Fayetteville and she soon found a home at Grace Baptist Church and also found her future husband there.  On August 6, 1966, she married William "Bill" McClendon, Jr.  The two moved to Charlotte and soon started a family.  She had worked as a certified medical assistant and a phlebotomist for many years.  The family would move to Aberdeen in 1978 before settling in Raeford where they became members of the First Baptist Church of Raeford.  She continued her medical career by working at the Sandhills Pediatrics for 17 years because of her love of the children.
She was a virtuous woman who accepted her Lord and Savior.  She was kind and loving to everyone she met.  Jean enjoyed spending time in her garden and tending to her flowers.  She loved her grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, she is predeceased by her brothers Jackie Lanier and David Lanier.  She is survived by her husband Bill E. McClendon, Jr.  She was the mother of Melanie Cifers, husband Daryl, William "Billy" McClendon, III, wife Amy, Charles Daniel McClendon, wife Heather, and Natalie McClendon, husband Rodney.  She is also survived by her seven grandchildren:  Cayleigh, Cassie, Charlie, Madison, Sydney, Harley and Kylie.  She was the sister of Gloria Gibson of Clyde, NC.  Jean is survived by her step-mother Geraldine Criswell Lanier and her family; aunt Edna Yeakle and a large extended family from Savannah, GA and Clyde, NC.
A celebration of her life will be held at the First Baptist Church of Raeford, 333 N. Main St. Raeford, NC on Saturday at noon.  The family will receive friends at the church on Friday from 6-8 p.m.
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Friday, May 21, 2021

Ardenia M. Davis

Ardenia McMillan Davis of Lumber Bridge, a lifetime residence of the Stonewall Community, died Friday, May 21, 2021
She was born in Hoke County on November 26, 1923, to the late Alexander McMillan and Minnie Stubbs McMillan. She was preceded in death by her husband Jeff Davis, three sons, Bobby Davis, Donald Davis, Cecil Davis, and two sons-in-law, Ralph Pandure and Danny D. Howard.
She is survived by two daughters, Bertha (Bert) Pandure of Raeford, and Janice Howard of Lumber Bridge; a son, Ronnie Davis of Lumber Bridge; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and a special niece, Wanda Phillips
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the home place with the Rev. Dwight Jackson officiating.
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Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Arthur Williams

Arthur John (A.J.) Williams of Fayetteville died Monday, May 17, 2021 at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center.
He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on June 19, 1984. He was preceded in death by his son Arthur James Williams also known as little A.J.  and was an avid video gamer.
He is survived by his wife Felicia Williams of Fayetteville; his children, McKenzie Spillman, Susan Williams, and Damion William, all of Kentucky, MaKayla Williams and Calliope Williams, both of Fayetteville; his mother, Susan Harris of Kentuck; his father, Charles New of Cincinnati, Ohio; his maternal grandparents, Nancy Northcutt and Russell Northcutt of Kentucky; and several brothers and sisters.
A memorial service will be held later.
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Monday, May 17, 2021

Sterling McLaughlin

Sterling McLaughlin, 93, of Raeford, died Friday, May 14, 2021. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later. Services are entrusted to Purcell Funeral Home & Cremation Services.

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Mary JeanLaney

Mary Jean Doric Laney of Raeford, formerly of Phenix City, Alabama, died Monday, May 3, 2021 at FirstHealth Hospice House in Pinehurst at age 88.
She was born in Phenix City, Alabama on December 23, 1932 to the late Charles Doric and Jettie Clegg Doric. She was preceded in death by her husband Samuel Grady Wigley and many siblings. 
She is survived by a son, Larry Wilson and his wife Debbie of Phenix City; a daughter, Linda Dawson and her husband Ken of Elizabethtown; and eight grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held later in the Lakeview Memory Gardens in Phenix City, Al. 
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Thursday, April 29, 2021

Thaddeus H. Zdrodowski

Thaddeus Henry (Teddy) Zdrodowski of Parkton died Sunday, April 25, 2021 at age 57.
He was born in Cumberland County on January 25, 1964. He was preceded by his father Thaddeus Joseph Zdrodowski. He was an avid motorcycle rider, and loved going hunting, riding his horses, shooting pool and grilling for anyone that came over. He was a great handyman who could build anything.
He is survived by a daughter Ashley Keller of Fayetteville; his mother, Eleonore Turney and her husband Curtis of Fayetteville; two grandsons, Pariss Walters and Ayden Walters, both of Fayetteville; a sister, Kathrene Boxwell and her husband Drew of Raeford, and a brother, Omar O'Brien and his husband Kevin Clements of Raleigh.
A visitation will be held from 3-5 p.m. Friday April 30, 2021 at Crumpler Funeral Home, 131 Harris Avenue, Raeford.
A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 1, 2021 at the Raeford Cemetery with Roger Burns officiating. 

David R. Holland

David Reed Holland of Red Springs (Hoke County) died Monday, April 26, 2021 at age 70.
He was born in Hoke County on October 2, 1950 to the late Tom and Dixie Teal Holland. He was preceded in death by his sister Gertrude Holland and nine brothers, Carlyle Holland, Bobby Holland, J.C. Holland, Lindy Holland, Rick Holland, Don Holland, Benny Holland, Gene Holland and Randy Holland.
He is survived by his wife of 22 years Gearldine Holland of Red Springs; four daughters, Sharon Jacobs and her husband Simon of Rockfish, Selina Graham and her husband Kevin of Maxton, Celene Morgan of Red Springs, and Jocelynn Graham of Maxton; two sons, Michael Morgan and his wife Errica of Red Springs, and Jonathan Locklear of Red Springs; eight grandchildre;  two great-grandchildren; a brother, Johnny Holland of Raeford; and two sisters, Diane Johnson and her husband Dave of Raeford, and Sue Harris of Raeford.
A private memorial service will be held later.
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Gary A. Akers

Gary Adron Akers of Aberdeen in Hoke County died Thursday, April 28, 2021 at age 78.
He was born Henry County Illinois March 29, 1943 to the late Adron O. Akers and Florence Akers of Plymouth, Illinois. 
He is also preceded in death by his wife Claudette Akers of Carmi, Illinois, and a sister Rachel Thomas of Lomax, Illinois.
He is survived by his children Sherry Akers of Aberdeen, Vicki Strickland (Marvin) of Raeford, Joya Sobolewski (Mark) of Carpenterville, Illinois, Bryan Akers of Corinth, Mississippi; two brothers, Calvin Akers (Dottie) of Lake Panasoffkee, Florida, and Eldon Dean Akers, (Rita) of Littleton,Illinois; sisters Joyia Hoyt (Duane) of Plymouth, Illinois and Bonnie Mayall (Keith) of Littleton, Illinois; eight grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
A private memorial service will be held later.

Bonita A. Edmund

Bonita Ann Edmund of Saint Pauls, formerly of Raeford, died Monday, April 26, 2021 at UNC Southeastern Hospital in Lumberton at age 64.
She was born in Fayetteville January 15, 1957 to the late Boyd Edward Edmund and Juanita Annie Santee Edmund.
A graveside service will be held at 1p.m. Friday, April 30, 2021 at the Raeford Cemetery with Pastor Roger Burns officiating.
The family will receive friend after the service at the graveside.
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Monday, April 26, 2021

William T. Musselwhite

William "Billy" Thomas Musselwhite died suddenly at his home April 22, 2021. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Shirley Musselwhite, his father-in-law, John Chadwick and siblings Ronnie, Evelyn, and Sherry.  

Born September 18, 1962, he will always be remembered for his sense of humor. He loved all sports, coaching his children in basketball, baseball, and softball.  He loved watching Tarheel and White Sox games.  Hw loved all animals and had numerous pets. He enjoyed BBQ grilling. His Thanksgiving dinners and banana pudding will be missed.

He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Stephanie; sons Ronald Musselwhite (Nickee) of Charlotte, Matthew Musselwhite of Raeford, Caleb Cady of Dunn, and John "Chad" Musselwhite (Leanne) of Mount Olive; daughters Michelle Moore (Jody) of Spring Lake, and Catherine Musselwhite of Raeford; four-and-a-half grandchildren' one great-grandchild; and siblings, Robin, Bobby, and Teresa.

Visitation will be held at Crumpler Funeral Home, 131 Harris Avenue Raeford, NC on May 1, 2021 5-7 p.m. 

A celebration of life will be held at a future date to be announced.

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Monday, April 19, 2021

Elsie F. Egan

Elsie Fields Egan of Red Springs died Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at FirstHealth Hospice House at age 97.
She was born December 1, 1923 in Robeson County to the late Hiram Fields and Lizzie Joyce Fields. She is preceded in death by her husbands Luther Hickman and Thomas L. Egan, Sr., and her daughter Patricia Hickman Dalziel. She was a charter member of Red Springs Pentecostal Holiness Church and a member of the Order of the Eastern Star in Red Springs.
She is survived by a son Thomas L. Egan Jr., and his wife Evalee of Charlotte; a daughter, Mary E. McMillan and her husband Bobby of Pinehurst; seven grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and several nieces, and nephews, including the Pickler and Livingston families in Hoke County.
A graveside service was held at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 18, 2021 at the Alloway Cemetery with the Rev. Robert Leslie McMillan III and the Rev. Horace Warwick officiating.
Memorials may be made to:
St Jude Children's Research Hospital.
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Keltys M. Jimmerson Sr.

Keltys McCuine (Kel) Jimmerson Sr. of Raeford died at his home on Saturday, April 17, 2021 at age 68.
He was born in Montgomery, Alabama on July 14, 1952 to the late Leland Curtis Jimmerson and Sara Shirling Jimmerson. He was preceded in death by his son Keltys McCuine Jimmerson Jr., a daughter Audrey N. Jimmerson and a grandson Austin Curtis Jimmerson. He retired from the U.S. Army in early 1990s and retired with the North Carolina Department of Prisons in 2016.  He attended the Raeford Evangelical Methodist Church.
He is survived by his wife Brenda Hendrix Jimmerson of Raeford; two daughters, Denise Lee and her husband John of Homestead, Florida and Ashley Jimmerson (Andrew) of Raeford; a son, Noah L. Jimmerson and his wife Kasey of Jacksonville; 10 grandchildren, Jamie, Emma, Nick, Ethan, Gavin, Chloe, Makenzie, Jocelyn, Kaydence, and Raelynn; a brother, Leland Jimmerson and his wife Shirley of Wetumpia, Alabama; and two sisters, Frances Rushing and her husband Benny of Opp, Alabama and Marion Hoffman and her husband Mark of Niceville, Florida. He was also survived by his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Noah and Audrey Hendrix of Raeford.   
A visitation will be held 5-7 p.m. Wednesday April 21, 2021 at Crumpler Funeral Home, 131 Harris Ave. Raeford with State Honors.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. at Raeford Evangelical Methodist Church with Pastor Roger Burns and Pastor Bucky Hendrix officiating.
Inurnment will be held at the Raeford Cemetery with full military honors.
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Jessie E. Smith Sr.

Jessie Eugene Smith Sr. of Raeford died Friday, April 16, 2021 at his home atage 67.
He was born November 16, 1953 in Monroe County Alabama to the late Anthony and Mamie Smith. He was preceded in death by his siblings, Linda Smith, Marion Smith and Richard Smith.  He served in the U.S. Army and was employed for many years with Fasco Fans and retired from MJ Soffee in 2020.
He is survived by his wife Linda Sumpter Smith of Fayetteville; two daughters, Stephanie Smith and Angela Smith, both of Fayetteville; a son, Jessie Smith Jr. of Greenville; a grandson Jaylin Womack of Fayetteville; a brother, Nathaniel Smith of Columbia, South Carolina; and a sister, Earlean Atkins of New York.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 1, 2021 at Crumpler Funeral Home Chapel, Raeford.
The family will receive friends after the service at the funeral home.