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Friday, January 28, 2022

Faye B. Jordan

Faye Baker Jordan died at her home on Thursday, January 27, 2022 at age 95.
She was born in Cumberland County on April 4, 1926 to the late Walter Presley Baker and Faye Theresa Oliver Baker. 
She was a member of First Baptist Church in Raeford. She was a guidance counselor for the Hoke County School System for 20 years. She was a loving and devoted mother and will be remembered for her generosity and kindness
he was preceded in death by her son, Walter "Wally" Baker Jordan, and her sister, Phyllis Baker McNeill..
She is survived by three sons, Mike Jordan and his wife Beth of Georgetown, South Carolina, Bob Jordan and his wife Amy of Cary, and John Jordan and his wife Polly of Raeford; three daughters, Beth Foster and her husband Bill of Ann Arbor, Michigan, Kim Williamson and her husband Don of Ocean Isle Beach, and Suzanne McGougan and her husband Joe of Elgin, South Carolina; 10 grandchildren, and 19 great-grandchildren. 
A private graveside service will be held Sunday.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church Youth Group, 333 North Main Street, Raeford, NC, 28376, or to the Raeford Presbyterian Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 1570, Raeford, NC 28376.
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Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Wendell Young

Wendell Young died at his home on January 25, 2022. 
He was born in Forest City to Chester Cau Young and Carmie Leoria Wilkerson Young on January 6, 1923. 
He served in World War II from 1943-45 under General George Patton in the 2nd Calvary as one of the Ghosts of Patton's Army. He was awarded two silver stars and a Russian Medal of Honor for his service and bravery behind enemy lines. He liked to regale his family and friends with stories of playing softball with Generals Eisenhower, Patton, Bradley, and English Field Marshal Montgomery.  Graduating from N.C. State University in 1950 with a degree in Animal Science, he married his wife, Sally, the same year. He worked with the NC Cooperative Extension Service for 31 years. He began another career as a crop insurance adjustor for the US Department of Agriculture and private insurance companies, working until his mid-90's. 
He served in many leadership roles in the Raeford community. He served as a member at Raeford United Methodist Church, the Kiwanis Club, and as the Chairman of the Board for the Children's Developmental Center in Raeford. In recognition of his service to his country, a letter was read before Congress by a representative to the US House. He also was a recipient of the North Carolina Order of the Long leaf Pine in recognition of his extraordinary service to his state.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Sally Grey Herring, grandson, Alan Powers Young, and daughter in-law Janice Powers Young. 
He is survived by his sons, Wendell (Sam) Young Jr. and wife Jenell, and Timothy Alan Young; granddaughter, Rachel H. Young and husband, Justin McGehee. 
A memorial service will be held at a future date. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Children's Developmental Center of Raeford.
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Infant Carter Nkrumah

Infant Carter Okello Nkrumah unexpectedly died Saturday, January 22, 2022.
He was born in Winston-Salem on December 3, 2021.
He will be deeply missed by his parents, Nicole Marie Mitchell of Raeford, formerly of Springfield, Massachusetts, and Johnson Nkrumah of New Britain, Connecticut; maternal grandparents Shelley Mitchell Bowens and Frederick Bowens of Winston-Salem, and Robert Mitchell and his wife Kimberly of Anderson, South Carolina; maternal great-grandparents Ken and Bunny Couch of Randleman; paternal grandparents, Peggy Marie Davis of Springfield, Massachusetts, and Awuah Nkrumah of West Springfield, Massachusetts; and four brothers, Jahari Nkrumah of New Brittan, and Julian Nkrumah, Logan Nkrumah and August Nkrumah all of Raeford. 
Visitation will be held Saturday, January 29, 2022, from 1-3 p.m. pm at Crumpler Funeral Home, 131 Harris Avenue, Raeford.
The funeral will follow at 3 p.m at the funeral home with Pastor Roger Burns officiating.

Sunday, January 23, 2022

Danny Connell

Danny Dale Connell, 84, of Cornelius, formerly of Raeford, died Saturday, January 22, 2022 with family by his side.
He was born in Union County on June 2, 1937 to Charlie Jackson Connell and Amanda Lou Conder Connell.
He graduated Hoke High School, attended Mars Hill College, completed study at DeVry Technical Institute in Chicago, and was in service to the United States as an officer of the Army National Guard.
He started his work life as a teenager establishing and operating The ChatterBox drive-in with siblings, Avery and June, continuing his career with stops at Scotland Oil Co. and Integon Insurance before joining Avery at Avery Connell Agency, Inc and establishing Just Auto Inc.
He was an avid fisherman with many evenings spent on the government lakes, local ponds and fall weekends surf fishing the shores of Huntington Beach, South Carolina, and the North Carolina Outer Banks with Mazelle.  He loved camping and traveling the East Coast with Mazelle and the girls in the family pop up camper.  As a founding member of the Franklin Mint, he furthered his love of collectables which began as a teenager collecting coins.  Christmas was his favorite holiday, and he and Mazelle began collecting Dept 56 pieces in the early years of this company.  As his Christmas house collection grew, he used his artistic talents and creative mind to erect stunning displays of snowy Christmas village scenes.  In his retirement years, he felt his true calling was being the family historian.  He spent countless hours researching, organizing, categorizing, and documenting generations of family members with Ancestry and Family Tree amassing more than 22,000 names, dates and documents of the Connell/Conder and Goodwin/Peele families.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Mazelle Goodwin Connell; brother Charles Avery Connell; and sister, Beverly June Spera.  He is survived by daughters, Sharon Lynn Mullen (Troy) of Fuquay Varina, Dana Dale Connell of Cornelius, and Paula Connell Venkus (Chris) of Cornelius; brother, William Tommy Connell of Raeford; grandchildren, Zachary Christopher Venkus, Matthew Henry Venkus both of Cornelius, and Ashley Elizabeth Mullen of Fuquay Varina.
Visitation will be held 6:00 until 8:00 pm Tuesday, January 25, 2022, at Crumpler Funeral Home, Raeford.
A graveside service will be held 2:00 pm Wednesday, January 26, 2022, at the Raeford Cemetery with Pastor Sam Robinson officiating. 
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Thursday, January 20, 2022

Peggy C. Smith

Peggy Chason Smith, 88, of Clayton, died at home on Monday, January 17, 2022, following a year-long battle of metastatic lung cancer. She was born in Hoke Count on October 28, 1933 and was the daughter of the late James Harold and Leona MacFadgen Chason. She met and married her late husband, Howard Smith, in Charlotte. They were married for 55 years and had three children before making their final home together in Matthews. After Howard passed in 2008, she moved in with a daughter and resided in Raleigh, Ormond Beach, Florida, and finally in Clayton. She retired from Timewarner Cable in Charlotte, and was a North Carolina Real Estate Broker for over 30 years. She befriended everyone she met.
She was predeceased by her daughter, Alice Orr of Mt. Crogan, South Carolina; her sister, Zelda Ayscue; and brothers Harold (Hallie) Chason and Ronald (Ronny) Chason. She is survived by her children Jeff Smith of Tega Cay, South Carolina, and Elizabeth Anthony of Clayton; nine grandchildren, Jennifer West, Sarah Anthony, Micah Orr, Katelee Orr, Andrew Anthony, Oliver Smith, and Zach Smith of Tega Cay; seven great-grandchildren; sister Mary Shelton of Myrtle Beach; and her brother, Daniel (Danny) Chason of Lumber Bridge.
A Celebration of Life ceremony will be held in Rock Hill by the family. A public graveside ceremony for both her and Howard will be held at the Chason Family Cemetery in Hoke County this Spring.
In lieu of flowers, she requested that donations be made to one of the following: American Cancer Society, Arthritis National Research Foundation, The Lupus Foundation of North Carolina, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, Meals on Wheels, or another charity of your choice.

Saturday, January 15, 2022

Ricky Spenser

Ricky Spencer of Raeford died Saturday, January 15, 2022, at FirstHealth Hospice House in Pinehurst at the age of 66.
He was born on October 18, 1955, to the late Sam Spencer and Eva Cheek Spencer. He was preceded in death by his wife Linda Kay Herring Spencer and his siblings, Johnny Spencer, Jimmy Spencer, and Rhonda Spencer Velevis. 
He was the owner and operator of Professional Concrete Finishing in Raeford.
He is survived by his children, Kevin Spencer of Raeford, Stephanie Stewart and Raeford, Timmy Spencer and his wife Jenny of Raeford, and Jason Spencer of Raeford; 12 grandchildren;  great-grandson; a brother, Bobby Spencer and his wife Betty of Raeford; two sisters, Linda Long and her husband Wilbert Barefoot of Raeford, and Kathy Johnson and her husband Terry of Raeford.
Visitation will be held 6-8 pm Tuesday at the home, 580 Noble Drive Raeford.
A graveside service will be held 1 pm Wednesday, January 19, 2022, at the Raeford Cemetery.

Mary H. Miller

Mary Hunt Miller of Red Springs died Friday, January 14, 2022, at NC State Veteran's Nursing Home in Fayetteville at the age of 83. 
She was born in Robeson County on August 9, 1938, to the late Walter Hunt and Mary Revels Hunt. She was preceded in death by her husband Tracy Miller, her son-in-law Eddie Chavis, and her granddaughter Asia Locklear. She was a member of Mt. Elim Baptist Church and retired from USDA and the Hoke County Tax Office where she was highly recognized.
The source of her joy came from her faith, family, and work. She settled into a career with the US Department of Agriculture. This job allowed her to pursue one of her passions as she promoted diversity and women within the USDA, and she specifically recruited American Indians to the work force. She also traveled to Puerto Rico to do some training.
She is survived by three daughters Vivian Miller Walker and her husband Jeffery Walker of Raeford, Linda Miller McNeill of Red Springs, and Beebie Miller Cummings and her husband Reverend Erdey Bee Cummings of Lumberton; six grandchildren, Kila, Fran, Shawn, Barrett, Timothy (Paul) and Ashley; 17 great- grandchildren; and four great-great- grandchildren. 
Visitation will be held from noon until 1 pm Tuesday, January 18, 2022, at Mt. Elim Baptist Church.921 Wilson Road, Red Springs.
The funeral will follow at 1 pm 
Burial will be in the church cemetery.
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Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Dewey F. Inman

Dewey F. Inman of Raeford died Tuesday, January 11, 2022 in his home surrounded by his family at age 89.
He was born in Bladen County on January 21, 1932 to the late James D. Inman and Katie Cook Inman. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Raeford, and was a devoted follower of Hayes Barton Baptist Church in Raleigh. Prior to moving back to Raeford, he and his wife Peggy, were former residents of Twin Harbor community in Mt. Gilead, where he was a well-respected neighbor and friend. One of his favorite pastimes was cruising the streets of Raeford on his red golf cart making him the "President of the Red Golf Cart Association." He was a proud supporter of the Hoke County Athletic Department. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother and friend.
He is survived by his wife Peggy Inman of Raeford; his children Debbie Sharpe and her husband Mitch of Southern Pines, Allan Inman and his wife Sandy of Knightdale, Rosemary Plummer and her husband Donald of Fayetteville, Keith Inman and his wife Kathy of Rockingham, Lisa Currie of Fayetteville,  Mike Cook and his wife Elaina of Raeford, and Sheri Thomas and her husband Brian of Greensboro;  12 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Mary Frances Howell of Laurinburg, and Doris Webb of Wallace.
A graveside memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, January 14, 2022 at Raeford Cemetery with the Rev. Thomas Lee officiating.
The family will receive friends after the service at the cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to:
First Baptist Church
333 North Main Street
Raeford, NC 28376
Or to the Hoke County Athletic Department
c/o HCHS / Gary Brigman
505 Bethel Road Raeford, NC 28376                                                  
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Sunday, January 2, 2022

Loriece Ashburn

Loriece Ledetter Ashburn, 88, loving mother, grandmother and widow of Randall Ashburn died Wednesday, December 29, 2021, at St. Andrews Assisted Living Center in Concord, after a long struggle with Alzheimer's disease. 
Born October 22, 1933, in Fairview, she was the daughter of the late Glenn and Ada Ledbetter. She grew up in Fairview and was one of 10 children. She graduated from Lee Edwards High School in Asheville in 1951, where she excelled in the classroom and played on the basketball and table tennis teams. After high school she moved to Washington, D.C. and later to Raleigh. She met Randall and they married in 1957, making a home in Raeford. She dedicated her adult life to caring for her family including her mother-in-law the late Nannie Ashburn. She always put her family first and is remembered as a wonderful cook and baker, seamstress and one that always made others feel better. She was a devoted member of Raeford United Methodist Church and long-time Sunday School teacher and volunteer. She worked for many years as the administrative assistant for the Plant Manager of Burlington Industries in Raeford. 
She is survived by daughter Kathy Ashburn Archer and husband Charles of Raleigh; son Randy Ashburn and wife June of Concord; four grandchildren, Dr. Christopher Archer of Charlotte, Kaitlyn Archer Ballance and her husband Brandon of Raleigh, Dillon Ashburn and his wife Tori, of Knightdale, and Nicole Ashburn of Charleston, S.C. She is also survived by her brother, Howard Ledbetter and two sisters, Ruth Albertson and Helen Armfield. She is predeceased by her brothers George, Glenn, Marvin and her sisters Bernie, Leona and Sarah. 
There will be private graveside ceremony for immediate family only in Raeford, NC. 
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: Alzheimer's Association – Eastern Chapter: 5171 Glenwood Avenue, Suite 101 Raleigh, NC 27612 or Hospice & Palliative Care Lake Norman, 705 Griffith Street, Suite 203, Davidson, NC  28306 – please put "In Memory of Loriece Ashburn" in the memo line. 
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Betty Barefoot

Betty Nealy Barefoot of Raeford died Thursday, December 30, 2021 at FirstHealth Hospice House in Pinehurst at age 86.
She was born on March 22, 1935 in Scotland County, to the late C.E. and Roby Nealy. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Barefoot, and her son, Eddie Barefoot. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Raeford.
She is survived by her son, Randy Barefoot, of Raeford; her daughter-in-law, Cathy Barefoot, of Matthews; her grandson, Brandon Barefoot, and his wife, Leslie, of Morehead City; her granddaughter, Ashley Barefoot, of Raleigh; her granddaughter, Chelsea Hughes, and her husband, Brad, of Charlotte; her four great-grandchildren, Hudson Barefoot, Harper Barefoot, Camden Hughes, and Beckett Hughes; and her sister, Doney Hogan, and her The funeral will be at 2 pm in the church sanctuary, officiated by the Rev. Thomas Lee. Burial will be in the Raeford Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to:
First Baptist Church
333 North Main Street
Raeford, NC 28376
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Wednesday, December 29, 2021

J.C. Meismer

JC Meismer of Raeford died Tuesday, December 28, 2021, surrounded by his family at his home at age 84.
He was born in Cabarrus County on January 2, 1937 to the late Jess C. Meismer and Evelyn Knight Meismer. 
He served in the U.S. Navy and was a member of the Oak Island VFW and Raeford United Methodist Church. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in 1961 from Pfeiffer College. He enjoyed reading, traveling, and spending time with his family at the beach.
He was preceded in death by his sister Carolyn Brown.  
He is survived by his wife, Nora L. Meismer of Raeford; two sons, Terry Meismer and wife Becky of Wilson, Virginia,  and Ronald Meismer and wife Katrina of Rockwell; three stepdaughters, Donna Strother of Holden Beach, Vicky Scarboro of Carthage, and Tammi McMillan of Raeford; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, January 3, 2022 at Crumpler Funeral Home Chapel, Raeford, with the Rev. Joshua Eom officiating.
The family will receive friends after the service at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Hospice Foundation of Hoke County, 336 South Main Street Raeford, NC 28376
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Monday, December 27, 2021

Justin Silvey

Justin Caleb Silvey of Fayetteville died Friday, December 24, 2021 at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center at age 35.
He was born in Lawton, Oklahoma on November 18, 1986. He served in the U.S. Army and was currently serving with the North Carolina National Guard. He lived a life filled with shenanigans and debauchery, bringing his exuberant personality and infectious laugh wherever he went. He brought joy and light to whoever he meets with such tight bear hugs.
He is survived by his fiancĂ©e Heather (Sadie) Macmoyle of Fayetteville, his daughter, Aryia Silvey of Louisiana, his mother Larr Silvey Gabor and her husband John of Indiana, and a brother, Johnny Gabor of Indiana. 
A private memorial service will be held later.
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Monday, December 20, 2021

Chris Tew

Mrs. Chris Tew of Fayetteville died in her sleep on Sunday, December 19, 2021 at age 77.
She was born in England on June 15, 1944. 
She was preceded in death by her sons, David Alan Tew and Sean Martin Tew. 
She is survived by her husband of 53 years John Tew of Fayetteville, J.T. Tew Jr. and his wife Jamie of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and Tony Tew and his wife Wendy of Fayetteville; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a sister, Doreen Nieuwenhuis of Fayetteville; and a brother, Robert Matthews of Summerset, Kentucky. 
A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, December 29, 2021, at Crumpler Funeral Home Chapel, Raeford, with Pastor Roger Burns officiating.
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Thursday, December 9, 2021

James McLean

James Thomas McLean, 62, of Raeford died Monday, December 7, 2021. A memorial and celebration of life will be held 4 p.m. Saturday, December 11, 2021, at the Kenneth M. Purcell Memorial Chapel, Laurinburg. Services are entrusted to Purcell Funeral Home & Cremation Services.

Monday, December 6, 2021

Robert Lentz

Robert H. (Bobby) Lentz of Raeford died Friday, December 3, 2021, at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital in Pinehurst at age 75He was born in Talladega, Alabama on August 4, 1946 to the late Robert Boyer Lentz and Mary Lucille Payton Lentz.

He was a member of the Raeford Evangelical Methodist Church and the Raeford Masonic Lodge # 306.

He was preceded in death by his brother William (Bill) Lentz.

He is survived by his wife Marie M. Lentz of Raeford; a daughter, Sandy Michelle Lentz of Raeford; two sons, Michael Jeffery Lentz of Raeford, and Steven Wayne Lentz and his wife Tammy of Raeford; a stepson, Eddie Smith and his wife Jane of Suffolk, Virginia; three stepdaughters, Cynthia Eckhoff of Raeford, Janelle Thompkins of Raeford, and Kimberly Tate and her husband Tim of Ashland, Virginia; a stepbrother, Gary Taylor and his wife Sally of Salisbury; 13 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held 1-2 p.m. Tuesday, December 7, 2021 at the Raeford Evangelical Methodist Church, 379 West Palmer Street, Raeford.

The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Raeford Evangelical Methodist Church with Pastor Roger Burns officiating.

Burial will be in the Raeford cemetery.