Aug. 08, 2014 @ 05:00 AM


WINSTON-SALEM — Zelletta Robinson Fergusson died in Winston-Salem, N.C. on Aug. 6, 2014.

Born Sept. 24, 1924 in Akron, Ohio, she was the daughter of William B. Robinson and Dorothy D. Robinson (Gaertner).

Mrs. Fergusson graduated from high school in Akron before attending Miami University in Ohio and Parsons School of Design in New York City. As a member of the Junior League of Akron, she taught art at the Summit County Children's Home. She worked as an artist in the advertising dept. of O'Neil's department stores until marrying William W. Fergusson, also of Akron, in 1947.

As a member of Christ Church Episcopal, Hudson, Ohio, she served for 15 years as Jr. Choir mother and also served on the altar guild. She was a member of the St. Cecelia Choral Society in Akron. In the early 60's, she co-founded the Hudson chapter of Alcoholics Anonymous. Her hobbies included gardening, writing and art. She wrote two books for her children and family and did pastel portraits upon commission.

Mrs. Fergusson's primary devotion was to her sons and family. She was preceded in death by her father and mother; husband William; sister Dorothy R. Waldman and brother William B. Robinson Jr.

She is survived by sons David and wife Mary of Winston-Salem, N.C.; Charles and wife Alexa of Sanford, N.C.; and Robert and wife Nancy of Sanford, and three grandchildren: William of Wilmington, N.C.; Carrie of Denver, CO; and Amy Bolmer of Winston-Salem, N.C.

A memorial service will be held at a later date at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 312 N. Steele St., Sanford, N.C. subsequent to private internment at Buffalo Cemetery, 1333 Carthage St., Sanford, N.C.

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SANFORD — Michael Wayne Doyle, 60, of Sanford, formerly of Sicklerville, N.J., died Thursday (7/31/14).

He was born in Whittier, Calif., and moved to North Jersey in 1981, where he became a general manager for Dente Trading, a marble and granite importer. Ultimately, he co-founded Doyle Gerlach, Inc. and moved to South Jersey. In 2012, he retired to Carolina Trace.

He is survived by two daughters, Kristen Francis and Samantha Doyle; a son-in-law, John Francis; one granddaughter; three sisters, Sheilah Doyle, Erin Kennedy and Deanna DeLong; and stepsister, Linda Landavazo. He was predeceased by his mother, Pat Keeter; father, Junior Doyle; and sister, Ruth Treff.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to his granddaughter’s trust/college fund at “Charlotte Rae Francis College Fund” at 4 Enterprise Court, Sewell, N.J. 08080.

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Arrangements are by Miller-Boles Funeral Home.


BUIES CREEK — Dr. Robert “Bob” Roberson, 81, of Buies Creek died Thursday (8/7/14) at his home.

A native of Harnett County, he was the son of the late Wilson and Betty Dean Roberson. He attended college at Campbell Junior College and earned his undergraduate degree from Wake Forest University. After his graduation, he continued his studies at the University of Chapel Hill and received his doctorate degree in Dentistry. He served as a dental medic while serving in the U.S. Army.  Following his military service, he practiced dentistry in Fayetteville for 38 years. After retirement, he moved back to Buies Creek. After his retirement, he went on dental mission trips in South America, providing dental care in clinics. He also volunteered for Habitat for Humanity and Bread Basket Ministries. He was a member of Buies Creek First Baptist Church.

Funeral service will be conducted at 3 p.m. Saturday at Buies Creek First Baptist Church with the Rev. Dr. Michael Simmons officiating. Burial will be at the Buies Creek Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Saturday in the church fellowship hall.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Frances Matthews Roberson; daughter, Beth Trainer and husband Mike of Apex; son, Matthew Roberson and wife Cindy of Raleigh, and three grandchildren.

Flowers are acceptable, or memorial contributions may be made to Buies Creek First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 160, Buies Creek, N.C. 27506.

Arrangements are by O’Quinn-Peebles-Phillips Funeral Home & Crematory, Lillington.

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LILLINGTON — Mahalie Lee Butts, 96, of Lillington died Thursday (8/7/14).

She was born in Harnett County, the daughter of the late George W. Lee and Minnie Tew Lee. She was preceded in death by her husband, H.T. Butts; brothers,  Jessie Lee and Robert W. Lee; and sisters, Nellie Woodruff, Gertrude Parnell, Thelma Zagona and Geneva Whitman.

She and her husband owned and operated H.T. Butts Grocery Store outside of Lillington for 25 years. They also farmed various crops for many years. She helped operate the family gas station and supermarket at the Lillington crossroads and also ran Haley’s Seafood Kitchen for several years in the 1970s. She was a member of Pleasant Union Christian Church.

Funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday at Pleasant Union Christian Church with Pastor Cary Snelling officiating. Burial will follow at Harnett Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends at O’Quinn-Peebles-Phillips Funeral Home & Crematory today from 6 to 8 p.m. and other times at the home of Lodis Gauldin.

She is survived by a daughter, Lodis B. Gauldin of Lillington; son, Harold Butts Jr. and wife Samantha of Buies Creek; three granddaughters and seven great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Pleasant Union Christian Church Missions, 2164 Neills Creek Road, Lillington, N.C. 27546.

Arrangements by O’Quinn-Peebles-Phillips Funeral Home & Crematory, Lillington.

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SOUTHERN PINES — Portland Woods, 47, of 500 S. Mechanics St., Southern Pines, died Wednesday (8/6/14) at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Bostic-Kendrick Funeral Home in Southern Pines.


SANFORD — Memorial service for Todd Funston, 44, of Sanford, who died Monday (8/4/14), was held Thursday at 2 p.m. at Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Mike Oldham officiating.

Recorded music was played.

The family received friends at the funeral home following the memorial service.

Arrangements were by Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home.