Mar. 18, 2014 @ 05:00 AM


SANFORD — Mrs. Joyce Arnette Hagler, age 85, of Sanford, NC, died peacefully Saturday, March 15, 2014, at her home surrounded by her family.

Mrs. Hagler was born on December 9, 1928 in Lee County to the late Dave and Alma Webster Morris. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by husbands, Pete Arnette and George Hagler; and sisters, Dorothy Sutton and Ruby Scott.

She is survived by her sister, Lois Freeman of Sanford; three sons; Ray Arnette and wife Inez of Carolina Beach, Johnny Arnette and wife Robin of Carolina Beach, and Gerald Arnette and wife Billie of Sanford; five grandsons, Justin and wife Tara, Jared and wife Kate, Brian and wife Stephanie, Jonathan and wife Amanda, and Cameron; eight great-grandchildren, Cooper, Vivienne, Ethan, Bradley, Owen, Casey, Alexus, and Trinity; special niece and caregiver, Carol Daniels, and many other nieces and nephews.

Joyce was a retired nurse and member of Jonesboro Presbyterian Church.

A memorial service will be conducted on Saturday, March 22, 2014, at 11:00 AM at Jonesboro Presbyterian Church with the Rev. John Taylor officiating. The family will receive friends in the fellowship hall following the service and at other times at the family home on Carson Drive in Sanford.

The family would like to give special thanks to Liberty Home Care and Hospice, Carol Daniels and all her neighbors that she thought so much of.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Liberty Home Care and Hospice, 1005 Carthage St. Sanford, NC, 27330 or Jonesboro Presbyterian Church, 2200 Woodland Ave., Sanford, NC, 27330.

Condolences may be made at

Arrangements by Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home, Inc.

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CAMERON — Mr. Wade “Joe” Arthur Oldham Jr., age 63, of Cameron, NC, died Sunday, March 16, 2014 at First Health Moore Regional Hospital.

He was born in Moore County, NC on May 9, 1950, to the late Wade Arthur Oldham and Mattie Cox Oldham. Mr. Oldham was also preceded in death by a grandson, Christopher Beal. He was a former heavy equipment operator and served our country in the United States Army touring in Vietnam.

He is survived by his wife, Kathy Anne Brown Oldham; son, Joseph Michael Oldham and wife Christy of Broadway; daughter, JoAnn Oldham of Vass; brothers, Ronald Oldham and wife Emily of Goldston, Billy Oldham of Cameron and David Oldham and wife Diane of Moncure; and five grandchildren, Anthony Ray, Codey Oldham, Peyton Oldham, Brittany Oldham, and Sydney Oldham.

The family will receive friends Tuesday, March 18, 2014 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home and his graveside service will be held Wednesday, March 19th at 2:00 PM at Cool Springs United Methodist Church cemetery (Moore County) with Rev. Whitney Wilkinson officiating.

Condolences may be made at

Arrangements by Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home, Inc.

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SANFORD — Mary Ethel Gunter Jones, 87, died Sunday, March 16, 2014 at Lower Cape Fear Hospice and Life Care Center in Wilmington.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at Emmanuel Congregational Christian Church. Burial will follow at Buffalo Cemetery.

Family will receive friends 1 hour prior to service at the church.

Mrs. Jones was a daughter of the late Arthur Monroe Gunter and Mary Ethel Stout Gunter. She was preceded in death by husband, "Buck" Jones; a son, Glenn Jones; a sister, Frances Wicker and a brother, Jimmy Gunter.

She is survived by a son, Steve Jones and wife Sandy of St. Louis; daughter, Brenda Mohn and husband Donnie of Wilmington; a sister, Katherine Brannon; grandchildren, Brian Jones and wife Beth, Jared Jones and wife Erin, Melissa Julian and husband Mike, Michael Boggs and fiancée Melissa Benton; two step-grandchildren, Brent Wootten and wife Lisa and Nicole Wootten; seven great-grandchildren and two step great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Emmanuel Congregational Christian Church, 1089 Wilkins Drive, Sanford, NC 27330 and Lower Cape Fear Hospice and Life Center, 1406 Physicians Dr., Wilmington, NC 28401.

Online condolences may be made at

Arrangements are by Rogers-Pickard Funeral Home.

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SANFORD — Willie Marjorie Riddick Holmes (Midge), longtime resident of Sanford, passed away on Saturday, March 15, 2014 at Springmoor Retirement Community in Raleigh.

She was born on October 14, 1928 in Scotland Neck to the late Neusom Allsbrook Riddick and Nanne Louise Josey Riddick. She attended S.N. High School in Scotland Neck and went to St. Mary’s Junior College. She graduated from UNC in 1949. In 1950 she married her husband, John and they moved to Sanford in 1951. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Cub Scout Leader of Troop 944, and member of Pickwick Papers Book Club. She was also an avid bridge player and a UNC Basketball Fan. She spent many happy times with family and friends at Topsail Beach, NC. She will be remembered for her strength, her character, her strong and quiet faith, quick mind, and quiet sense of confidence. She came from a long line of strong women and her presence was much larger than her 5’2 ½" frame. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John McNeill Holmes.

She is survived by her three children, John McNeill Holmes, Jr. (Shelley), Neusom Riddick Holmes (Nancy Burns) and Marjorie Holmes Parker (Todd); grandchildren, Lauren H. Griffin, Leslie Holmes Marsburn, John McNeill Holmes III, Neusom Parker, Josey Parker, Sydney Parker; great-granddaughter, Maddie Griffin; also survived by her beloved cat Kitty Boo.

The family would like to extend heartfelt thanks to Dee Bogan for her gentle, loving care of Mama and the whole family.

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, March 18 at 3:00 PM at First Presbyterian Church, 203 Hawkins Ave., Sanford. A celebration of life will follow at 4:00 PM at Westlake Clubhouse, 1321 Gormly Circle, Sanford.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Emma Anderson Memorial Chapel, 1040 S. Anderson Blvd., Topsail Beach, NC 28445, First Presbyterian Church, 203 Hawkins Ave., Sanford, NC 27330 or Saint Mary’s School, 900 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh, NC 27603.

Online condolences may be left at:

Miller Boles Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc. in Sanford will be assisting the family.

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SANFORD — Karen Sanders, 39, of 107 Lightwood Lane, Sanford, died Monday (3/17/14) at Central Carolina Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Knotts Funeral Home.


SANFORD — Funeral service for Deborah F. Headen, 62, who died Wednesday (3/12/14), was held at 2 p.m. Monday at Union Grove AME Zion Church in Bear Creek with the Rev. Reginald Boyd and Elder Curtis Boykin officiating. Burial was at the church cemetery.

The church choir sang. Soloists were Dorothy Matthews and Florence Chesney.

Pallbearers were family and friends.

Arrangements were by Knotts Funeral Home.


CARTHAGE — William R. “Bill” Wilkinson, 77, of Carthage, died Saturday (3/15/14) at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital in Pinehurst.

Funeral service will be conducted at 3 p.m. today at Bible Tabernacle. Burial will follow with military honors at the church cemetery.

Born in Millville, N.J., he was a son of the late Edward and Frances Abdill Wilkinson. He was a U.S. Navy veteran where he served on the USS Boston, the first ship to carry guided missiles. After moving to North Carolina, he owned and operated Pineland Screen Printing for many years and also was a newspaper deliverer for The Pilot, Sanford Herald and Fayetteville Observer. He was preceded in death by a son, Darrin Wilkinson; a grandson, Paul Rivera; sisters, Edna Kerr, Elsie Higgins, Betty Jane Ryan and Alice Creach; and a brother, Edward “Eddie” Wilkinson.

He is survived by his wife, Rosemarie Kohring Wilkinson; daughters, Dawn Rivera and husband Pablo and Linda Lynn and husband Steven, all of Carthage; sons, Michael Wilkinson and wife Sandy of Sanford and Kenneth Wilkinson of Carthage; sister, Bernice Higgins of Texas; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends following the service in the fellowship hall of the church and any other time at the home.

Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, Fla. 32256, or to Bible Tabernacle, P.O. Box 685, Southern Pines, N.C. 28388.

Arrangements are by Fry and Prickett Funeral Home.



ATWATER, Calif. — Memorial service for Annie Lou Murphy Garrett, 74, of Atwater, Calif. (formerly of Sanford), who died Wednesday (2/26/14). was held Saturday at Ephesus Baptist Church with Dr. David Boroughs and Chaplin Joel Cameron officiating.

Remains were buried following the services at Clear Springs Primitive Baptist Church in Walnut Cove where her parents are buried.

During the service, the pastor read letters of remembrances written by her children. Pianist was Betsy Murphy, sister-in-law. The congregation sang.

Pallbearers of the urn were Larry Happ Jr. and Keith Cameron.

Arrangements were by Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home.


BENNETT — Charlie Bee Hussey, 83, of 220 Carlyle Road, died Sunday (3/16/14), at his home.

Funeral service will be conducted Wednesday at 2 p.m. at High Falls Wesleyan Church, where he was a member, with the Rev. Roger Riffe and the Rev. Mike Holyfield officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.

He was a Moore County native and was a weaver in the textiles industry. He attended Crossroads Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his parents, Causey A. and Janie C. Hussey; sisters, Frances Maness and Nova Garner; and brothers, Joe and Robert Hussey.

He is is survived by his wife, Ester Britt Hussey; son, Brian Hussey and wife Sandy of Bennett; sister, Willie Mae Carlyle of Lake Tillery; two grandchildren; one stepgrandson and four great-grandchildren.

A visitation will held today from 6 to 8 p.m. at Joyce-Brady Chapel in Bennett, and other times at his home.

Online condolences may be made at

Arrangements are by Joyce-Brady Chapel.


SANFORD — Thomas Nathaniel Dolby Jr., 15, of 900 Lansing St., Sanford, died Wednesday (3/12/14) at UNC Hospital in Chapel Hill.

He was preceded in death by his father, Thomas Dolby Sr.; his maternal grandfather, Robert L. Davis Sr.; stepgrandfather, Dean Branch; paternal grandmother, Catherine English; one aunt and one uncle.

He is survived by his mother, Robin Dolby of the home; six siblings, Keresa Eldridge (Jimmy), Vailina Bryant (Leon), Geramy Eldridge, Letesha Dolby, Marcellus Dolby and Valerie Dolby; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Works for Christ Christian Center. Burial will follow at Christ Church of Deliverance.

Arrangements are by Knotts Funeral Home.


FAYETTEVILLE — Dr. H.R. Cogdell, 88, of 1624 Deep Creek Road, Fayetteville, died Saturday (3/15/14) at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.

He is survived by a daughter, Mattie C. Randolph; sons, Luther R. Cogdell, Calvin M. Cogdell, Herman M. Cogdell, Matthew W. Cogdell, Curtis E. Cagdell and Morris L. Cogdell; sister, Mable C. Smith; brothers, Ander L. Cogdell and Ambrose Cogdell; and 13 grandchildren.

Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Falling Run Missionary Baptist Church in Fayetteville. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church.

Arrangements are by Cunningham & Son’s Mortuary in Fayetteville.


CARTHAGE —  Leah Ann Cowell, 50, of Carthage died Sunday at Peak Resource - Pinelake.

She was born in Greensboro on Sept. 30, 1963, and was preceded in death by a brother, Alan Poston; and grandparents, Norman and Vera Fields.

She is survived by her children, Stephanie Dowd of Carthage, Joey Colwell of West End, and Lexie Oxendine and Amelia Oxendine, both of Sanford; mother, Norma Fields Conoly of Carthage; father, Craig Colwell Sr. and wife Lonnie of Gulfport, Miss.; sisters, Kimberly Colwell and Rebecca Birnbaum; brothers, Robert Poston and Craig Colwell Jr.; and aunts and uncles.