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Thursday, October 6, 2022

Penny Hawthorne

Penny Shultz Hawthorne of Southern Pines, formerly of Raeford,died Thursday, October 6, 2022, at FirstHealth Hospice House surrounded by her family at the age of 90.
She was born on September 4, 1932 in Johnson City, New York.
She retired from TJ Maxx in Charlotte in 1990. Her hobbies were putting together jigsaw puzzles and reading. She loved her family dearly. 
She is survived by her children, Rob Hawthorne and his wife Susan of Delaware, Susan Rogers, and her husband Mike of Red Springs, Dean Hawthorne and his wife Katherine of Monroe, six grandchildren, Joe Hawthorne, Jennifer Hawthorne and her husband Nate Bollig, Brittany McLeod and her husband Joshua, Jake Rogers, Morgan Rogler and her husband David and Nicole Rogers, and five great-grandchildren, Peyton, Madison, Paul, Emma, and Oliver.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to FirstHealth Hospice, PO. Box 5889 Pinehurst, NC 28374.
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Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Ruby Goodman

Ruby L. Goodman, 64, died October 5, 2022. 

She was born in Moore County on October 15, 1957 to the late James Leland Goodman and Magdaline Hough Goodman.

She is survived by her children, Jessica Ross-Evans, PhD (Christian), Jeremy Ross (Amanda), and Emmanuel Ross; grandchildren, Sonia Ross, Ethan Ross, and Zander Evans; sisters, Deborah G. Ross (Jerry), Minister Stephanie Balaam (Minister Tyson); brother, David Hough (Minister Cindy); and aunt, Dasiree Hough.

A celebration to honor her life and legacy will be held on October 10 at 1 p.m. at Leach Spring Missionary Baptist Church.

Monday, September 26, 2022

Patricia Slack

<01>Patricia Slack, 80, of Raeford, died Saturday, September 24, 2022 at Open Arms Retirement Center. 

She was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan on December 18, 1941 to the late Charles Hopkins Howard and Emma Irene Daniels Howard. She was retired from Pinehurst County Club.

She was preceded in death by her husband Kirk Slack and her brother John Charles Howard.

She is survived by her son Charles (Chuck) Slack and his wife Brenda of Raeford; her daughter, Cathy Rider and her husband Steve of Crystal River, Florida; and four grandchildren, William (Will) Slack and his wife Maddie of Concord, Stephanie Slack of Raeford, Christopher (Chris) Rider of Hernando, Florida, and Matthew (Matt) Rider and his wife Sabrina of Citrus Springs, Florida.

A visitation will be held 1-2 p.m. Saturday, October 8, 2022 at Raeford Evangelical Methodist Church.

A memorial service will follow at 2 p.m. at the church with Roger Burns officiating.

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Jimmie Conoly

Jimmie Neil Conoly, 88, of Pinehurst, formerly of Raeford, died March 8, 2022 at FirstHealth Hospice House in Pinehurst.

He was born in Hoke County on May 30, 1933 to the late John Ed Conoly and Mable Lillian Chason Conoly. He retired from the U.S. Air Force.

He was preceded in death by his sons, John Ed Conoly and Gary N. Conoly, a daughter, Leah Conoly, two grandchildren, Garrett Conoly and Evan Russell, and his siblings, Edwin Conoly, Hazel Davis, Sarah Tucker, and Alene Ketchel.

He is survived by his wife, Joanne H. Conoly of Pinehurst, a son Kenneth J. Conoly (Kerry O'Neal) of Davidsonville, Maryland, a daughter, Vickie C. Russell and her husband Mike of Wilmington, a stepdaughter, Dina L. Robbins of Denver, Colorado, and three grandchildren, Damian Conoly, Rachel Conoly and Nicole Psomas and her husband Grant.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, October 6, 2022 at Sandy Grove United Methodist Church.

Inurnment will follow at Antioch Presbyterian Church Cemetery at 3 p.m.

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William Rainey

William Russell Rainey "Rusty," or "Russ") died peacefully at home surrounded by his loved ones after a lengthy illness on Wednesday, September 21, 2022.

Born and raised in Virginia Beac, Virginia, he was an Eagle Scout, and avid outdoorsman. He enjoyed spending time with his family, sailing, the beach, swimming, riding his motorcycle, and racing. His passion was freeing the oppressed. He received his B.S degree in health science from Campbell University. He spent a significant part of his adult life in the United States Army as a Green Beret, 7th Special Forces Group (A)18D combat medic. Upon retiring from the U.S. Army, he continued his work as a Green Beret, training ANA national soldiers in Afghanistan until he became too ill. He received the Bronze Star Medal for his work in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom. He also received three army commendation medals, five army achievement medals, six army good conduct medals, two national defense service medals, and the Global War on Terrorism medal. He turned down a Silver Star when he attempted to save his teammate. In his words, "There shouldn't be a medal awarded for something you are expected to do."

He is survived by his wife JoAnne Rainey; daughters Alisha Earl, and Kailie Ilarraza; son, Colby Rainey; son-in-law Bernardo (Tito) Ilarraza, all of Raeford; parents William and Jo Ann (Wynne) Rainey of Virginia Beach; father-in-law Robert (Judy) Pautz; brother, Thomas Rainey; sisters-in-law Amy (Peter) Hansen and Mary Pautz; brother-in-law, Daniel Pautz; three grandchildren, Adrianna, Emilia, and Eli Ilarraza; aunts, Peggy (Ralph) McGhee, Jackie (Barny) Bernard, Louise Rainey Rogers, Virginia Miller Rainey Thomas, and Barbara Pautz; uncle, Lewis (Greta) Rainey; nephews, Ryan (Sarah) Pautz, Devin Collin Hansen, Jack, Sam, and Ian Rainey; and niece Mary Rainey.

He is preceded in death by his beloved maternal grandmother Adell Wynne, and paternal grandmother Mina Bullock Rainey; uncles Albert Rainey, John (Jack) Rainey, Melvin (Butch) Rogers, Hugh Cash, and Graham Cash; mother-in-law Lynn Ann Pautz; and nephew Collin David Hansen.

A graveside service will be held Monday, October 3, 2022, at noon at Sandhills State Veterans Cemetery with full military honors.

Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Patricia Ann Jackson

Patricia Ann Jackson of Wagram died Friday, September 9, 2022 at age 69.
She was born in Red Springs on January 26, 1953. 
She was preceded in death by her parents Cleo and Goldie Barton, her son Stephen Jackson, and her brother Grady Barton.
She is survived by her husband Johnny H. Jackson of the home, two daughters, Tabitha Ann Sanchez of Aberdeen, and Donna Joyce Rowell and her husband David of Aberdeen, grandchildren, Jim, Jason, Jennifer, Rodney, Jose, Mary, Carlos, Davida, Maria, and Jamie, great-grandchildren, Jaliyah, Mesha, and Melanie, sister Linda McDaniels of Georgia and a half-brother, Dale.
A memorial service will be held at the family home on Saturday, September 17, 2022 at 4 p.m. 

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

James "Jimmy" Conoly

James Richard (Jimmy) Conoly, died Monday, September 12, 2022.
He was born in Hoke County on September 25, 1929 to the late James Lawrence Conoly and Ruby (Bowen) Conoly. He was a member of Raeford United Methodist Church, and attended the Bob Lewis Sunday School Class for 17 years with perfect attendance, served on many boards within the church, and was a Lay Leader. He was co-owner of Conoly Exxon Station in Raeford before he retired in the early '90s. He served on the ABC board for more than 45 years, as well as many other boards for the city. He was also a volunteer fireman with the Raeford Fire Department and Wagon Master of the Hoke County Wagon Train.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Nancy Cole Conoly, and daughter, Rebecca Conoly Jones. 
He is survived by two of his daughters, Deborah C. Adams, and her husband Harley Adams Jr., of Raeford, and Nancy L. (Cindy) Conoly, of Raeford; a brother, Bobby Conoly of Raeford; a sister, Caroline Riddle, of Missouri; five grandchildren, Pam Peck (Mark), Ricky Jones, Nicholas Hasty, Stephanie Jones (Kyle), and Jenny Schrimpf (Brandon); seven great-grandchildren, Adam Wood, Ashley Bourne, Carter Jones, Rylan Jones, Eli Jones, Juliana and Logan Schrimpf; and one great-great-grandson, Riley Bourne.
A private memorial service will be held on Thursday, September 15, 2022, with the Rev. Joshua Eom officiating.
The family will receive friends from 1-3 p.m. on Thursday at the Raeford United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.
In lieu of flowers, memorial may be made to: Raeford United Methodist Church308 North Main StreetRaeford, NC 28376; or to Hospice Foundation of Hoke County336 South Main St., Raeford, NC 28376

Monday, September 12, 2022

Jerry Long

Jerry Tillman Long, 70, of Raeford died peacefully on September 10, 2022, surrounded by his family.

He was born April 5, 1952, in Cumberland County to the late James T. Long and Gladys Dunn. He was a very sweet, quiet, and humble man who loved his family unconditionally and to the utmost. One of his favorite things to do was to give his family members nicknames. Each of them were gifted a unique nickname that they will always cherish. In his younger days, he was an avid golfer. On Arabia Golf Course, there are many memories, funny stories, pranks, jokes, fussing and cussing, with a little gambling on the side to be forever cherished. He was well known for being the biggest 49ers fan in town. Whether you were passing through Home Food Super Market, walking the fairways, sitting around the poker table, or gathered in his home, there were always “peaceful arguments” to show his devotion to his team. Even his license plate read 49ers #1. 

He was preceded in death by his father James T. Long, his mother, Gladys Dunn, his brothers James (Jimmy) Long, Edward (Bubby) Long, son in law, Ray Burrow, and brother-in-law, William (Bill) Lupo.

He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Kathy Long; a son, Chris Long (Melissa); his daughters, Christy Burrow and Casey Long; grandchildren, Jasmine Jackson (Tanner), Trey Long, Marley Long, Jonathan Fraser, Zaidee Burrow, Ava Burrow, and Nathan Burrow; great-grandchildren, Harper Jackson, and Adalind Jackson; sisters, Pat Beasley (Bucky), and Nancy Lupo; sister-in-law, Jean Long, along with Keith and Belinda Davis; and half-siblings, James Thomas Long Jr., Joanna Long, Jamie Long, and Marlena McKnight.

A visitation will be held from 7-9 pm on Tuesday, September 13, 2022, at Crumpler Funeral Home, and at other times at the Home.  

The funeral will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, September 15, 2022, at the Crumpler Funeral Home Chapel. 

Burial will be at the Shiloh Presbyterian Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Long family in memory of Jerry Long.

Wednesday, September 7, 2022

George "Ricky" Pittman

George Richard (Ricky) Pittman of Raeford died Monday, September 5, 2022, at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital at the age of 69. 
He was born in Hoke County on September 18, 1952, to the late George Pittman and Elizabeth (Lib) Carter Pittman. 
He loved to travel and was in a local band, Wild Oats, before owning and operating Concrete's Finest. Later in life, his hobbies were grilling, working on cars, and spending time with his family and friends.  
He was preceded in death by two sisters, Sharon Elizabeth Pittman and Nancy Elaine Pittman Molchan. 
He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Pamala Thompson Pittman of Raeford; two daughters, Sarah M. Pittman of Raeford, and Sharon D. Pittman (Zach Warner) of Raeford; two stepchildren, Michelle Richmond (Shane Richmond) of Kingsville, Maryland, and Rocky Godwin (Kristina Godwin) of San Antonio, Texas; and three granddaughters, Heather, Kiersten, and Wynn.
A visitation will be held on Friday, September 9, 2022, from 6-8 pm at Crumpler Funeral Home. 
The funeral will be held on Saturday, September 10, 2022, at Pittman Grove Baptist Church at 3 pm. 
Burial will follow in the church cemetery.   
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Mary Gregory

Mary Joyce Neely Gregory of Raeford died Wednesday, September 7, 2022 at Magnolia Gardens in Southern Pines.
She was born in Lovington, New Mexico on August 15, 1931 to the late Everett Neely and Beulah Huffman Neely. 
She was a loving and caring wife, mother, and grandmother. 
She was preceded by her husband of 52 years, Dawson Gregory. 
She is survived by her son, Kenneth D. Gregory of Raeford; her daughter, Byna Gregory of Ft. Walton Beach, Florida; her adopted son, James Gregory of Ft. Walton Beach; two grandchildren, K.W. Dawson Gregory of Raeford, and Dustin Gregory of Raeford; and two great-grandsons, Garrett Gregory, and Wyatt Gregory. 
A memorial will be held later in Florida. 
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Kenneth Weston

Kenneth Wayne Weston, 75, of Holden Beach died surrounded by his family on Monday, September 5, 2022.  
He was born in Onslow County on May the 20th, 1947 to the late Gordon Thomas and Emma Lee Weston.  He was preceded in death by two sisters Cleo Buchanan and Betty (Cyrus) Scott.  He was a member of the Holden Beach Chapel.  He served as a Master Mason of the Raeford Masonic Lodge 306. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He retired as a Sergeant from the North Carolina State Highway Patrol after 28 years of employment. After he retired, he immersed himself in the Town of Holden Beach by serving on local boards and volunteering for festivals, summer concerts and other various community events. 
He is survived by his wife of 53 years Cecelia Weston; a son, Chad Tracy Weston (Bridget) of Supply; daughter, Shannon Hill (William) of Greenwood, S.C.; three grandchildren, Courtney Weston, William Hill, III and Andrew Arteagaharo; and siblings Mac Weston, Tommy Weston, Ruby White and J.D. Weston.  
A memorial service is planned for Tuesday, September 13th at 2 p.m. at the Holden Beach Chapel.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Holden Beach Chapel, 107 Rothschild St., Holden Beach, NC  28462.
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Monday, August 29, 2022

Pilar M. Rockholt

Pilar M. Rockholt died peacefully August 28, 2022, surrounded by her husband and 12 close family members.
She was born October 12, 1942. She was always a great sister, aunt, grandma, and great aunt. She loved to singing to take pictures for memories. She was a city girl who learned to love the country, to plant flowers, and live on a small farm near Raeford. She worked in Vietnam for two years, which became her ticket to the United States.
She is preceded in death by her first husband, LTC Raymond C. Moir, parents Florencio Miguel and Felicisima C. Miguel, and sister, Paulita M. Enano.
She is survived by her husband, Joe Rockholt, of Lake Lure; stepsons, Dave (Karen) and Dean (Ellen) of Raeford; sisters, Maria C. Miguel (Benjamin), Cecilia and Teresita of San Antonio, Texas; brothers, Danilo (Thelma) of San Antonio, Florencio Jr. (Nida) of Frisco, Texas and Crispulo (Loida) of Fort Belvoir, Virginia; five grandchildren, Leilani, Heidi, Shania, Cherish, and Gage; and six great-grandchildren. 
A visitation will be held on Thursday, September 1, 2022 5-7 p.m. at Crumpler Funeral Home in Raeford. The funeral will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, September 1, 2022, at the funeral home.
Also, a funeral mass will be held at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church in Raeford on Friday, September 2, 2022. The time will be announced.
Interment will be in the Raeford Cemetery.
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Patt Woodcox

Pat B. Woodcox of Hoke County died August 26, 2022 at age 71.
She was born on October 6, 1950 in Hoke County to the late Armond D. and Josephine B. Black.  
She was a proud member of Ephesus Baptist Church in Arabia, and she sure loved her church family.  She worked at Burlington Industries for 20 years, where she met some wonderful lifelong friends like Faye Rozier, whom she loved dearly.  She left Burlington after she and Larry lost their precious son, Allen.  She enjoyed fishing at Carolina and Kure beaches and sticking her feet in the cold streams of the mountains of North Carolina. One of the reasons she loved living in Raeford is because it is right in the middle of her two favorite places-the beaches and the mountains.
She was preceded in death, just recently, by her devoted husband of 53 years, Larry A. Woodcox Sr. (whom she called "Darlin') and by her son, Larry Allen Woodcox Jr. (Allen), as well as a brother, Kenneth Black.
She is survived by her daughter, Christina (Tina) Woodcox Bernhardt and her husband, Royce of Raeford, a brother, J.D. Black (Wanda) of Fayetteville, and a sister, Joyce Black McCabe, of Fayetteville.
Visitation will be held 3-4 p.m. Thursday Sep. 1 at Ephesus Baptist Church. The service will follow at 4 p.m. at the church with Pastor Wayne Sanderson officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Memorials can be made to Ephesus Baptist Church, 4750 Arabia Rd. Raeford, NC 28376.

Saturday, August 20, 2022

Ellis Locklear

Ellis Ray Locklear, age 79, of Raeford died surrounded by his family on Thursday, August 18, 2022 at his home. 
He was born in Robeson County on June the 8th, 1943 to the late Alton Locklear and Julia Mae Jackson Locklear. 
He was preceded in death by several brothers and a sister. 
Ellis was a member of Mt. Elim Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon. He retired from Burlington Industries in the mid 90's after 34 years of employment. 
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Rachel Henderson Locklear of the home, two sons, Billy Ray Locklear and his wife Carol of Red Springs, Kevin Locklear and his wife Debbie of Raeford, two daughters, Diane Locklear and her husband Timothy of Red Springs (Hoke County), Kristy Dawn Locklear of Red Springs (Hoke County). 11 grandchildren, Brandon and his wife Sarah, Ryan and his wife Julia, Timothy, Austin, Dustin and his wife Morgan, Logan, Noah, Hannah, Jordan, Karissa, and Colten. 8 great-grandchildren, Julia, Jamison, Jared, Sofia, Makai, Gabriel, Owen, and Jolina. A brother, Clifton Locklear of Shannon NC, two sisters, Olia Mae Scott of Red Springs NC, and Dorothy Locklear of Red Springs NC. His special niece, Brenda Woriax and two special nephews Don Mikle Woods and Willie Davis Woods.   
A visitation will be held Saturday, August 20, 2022, from 6-8 pm at Mt. Elim Baptist Church 921 Wilson Rd in Red Springs and other times at the home. 
A funeral service will be held on August 21, 2022, at 3 pm Sunday at Mt Elim Baptist Church with Reverend Tony Brewington, Reverend Donnie Henderson, and Reverend Timothy Locklear officiating. 
Burial will be at the church cemetery. 
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Thursday, August 18, 2022

James H. Hayes

James Howard Hayes 68, of Wilmington, formerly from Raeford, died Monday August 15, 2022 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.
He is predeceased by his mother, Dorothy Hayes, and father, Howard Hayes, Sr., daughter, April Lea Hayes, brothers William Rufus Hayes, his twin, Howard Rufus Hayes, Jr., Bert Franklin Hayes, and David Atkinson.
He is survived by his children, Donnie Hayes, Sr. (Carolyn) of Red Spring, Dawn Ransom of Red Springs, sister, Shirley Honeycutt (Lloyd) of Wilmington, Aunt Louise (Ken) Carroll of Wilmington, stepson, David Martin, and John Martin, six grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.
Visitation is Friday, August 19 at Wilmington Funeral & Cremation from 7-8:30 p.m. A graveside Service is Saturday, August 20 at Raeford Cemetery, at 1 p.m. Rev. Rogers Burnes will officiate the service.