Aug. 09, 2014 @ 05:00 AM


SANFORD — Richard Dennis South, age 54, closed his eyes and peacefully entered eternal rest on Tuesday night, August 5, 2014.

He was born March 31, 1960 in Paso Robles, California. At the age of 5, his family moved to Arkansas City, Kansas. As a teen, he enjoyed loading his Great Dane, Hampton, into his VW van to camp in solitude along the riverbanks. At the age of 16, he cast his eyes upon young 15-year-old Sherry Michelle Banta. Throwing her over his shoulder, he stole her heart — thereby claiming her love for life. They were married three years later on July 7, 1979 and remained best friends and loving companions for the next 35 years until his passing.

Richard served in the U.S. Army as a Combat Engineer serving his country in Operation Desert Storm. He wore the distinction of Airborne, Air Assault, and Jumpmaster qualifications. As a military family, they resided in North Carolina, Georgia, Germany, Tennessee, Texas, and Alabama before returning to Ft. Bragg, NC in 1995. Upon his separation in 1999 at the rank of SFC, the family chose Sanford, NC as their final home.

After a brief period as a NC DOT bridge inspector, Richard chose plumbing as his second career. As a licensed plumber, he served many in the Sanford area while operating as Richard South Plumbing, Inc. At the time of his death, he was a plumber for DOD Dept. of Public Works on Ft. Bragg.

Richard was an active member of the American Legion Post 382 in Sanford. He was always willing to help out a friend and was respected by all that knew him. In his last few years, he taught himself to paint and selectively gifted his completed works to treasured friends.

Preceded in death by his mother, Rosemary Alves South, he is survived by his father, Carl Lorenzo South of Ashton, Kansas and one brother, Alan Dale South of Winfield, Kansas. In addition to his valued friends and faithful customers, Richard leaves behind his wife, Sherry and granddaughter, Mazie Ashlyn South, age 4, of the home and three sons: Aaron Richard South, age 31; Kevin Andrew South, age 29, and companion Mitch Sutton, and Eric David South, age 25, and wife Devyn Richardson South along with their precious boys, Wyatt Blayne South, age 3, and Colton Barrett South, age 7 months.

His grandchildren will forever miss the laughter, spoiling, and play of “Papa the Magnificent.”

The family will receive visitors during a Celebration of Life service, Sunday, August 10, 2014 at 2 p.m. at Miller-Boles Funeral Home on Fire Tower Road in Sanford.

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Miller-Boles Funeral Home is assisting family.

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VASS — General Festler Whitt, 80, of Vass passed away Thursday, August 7, 2014, at Peak Resources in Carthage, NC.

Born in Surry County, Mr. Whitt was the son of the late General L. Whitt and Susie Crissman Whitt. He was also preceded in death by a son, Greg Whitt; a sister, Ruby Haynes; brothers, Frank Whitt and Cecil Whitt.

Mr. Whitt is survived by his wife, Carolyn Payne Whitt; daughter, Sue Hurley and husband Mark of Cameron; son, David Whitt of Vass; sister, Betty Woodward and husband Rod of Carthage; three grandchildren, Amber Hurley, Bradley Whitt, Christy Wigal and husband Erik, and two great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends at the home of Mark and Sue Hurley, 2630 County Line Road, Cameron on Sunday, August 10, 2014 from 2 until 4 p.m. There will be no other services.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to First Health Hospice Foundation, 150 Applecross Road, Pinehurst, NC 28374.

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Arrangements by Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home, Inc.

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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.


SOUTHERN PINES — Aubrey Judson “AJ” Wooddy, 90, of Southern Pines died Wednesday (8/6/14) at his home.

The family will plan a private memorial service at a later date.

A native of Richmond, Va., he was a son of the late Clayton Judson Wooddy and Lucy Bell Pennington Wooddy. After graduating from high school in 1942, he joined the U.S. Navy. He attended Virginia Tech graduating with a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering in 1950. After graduation he went to work with Tidewater Power Company (subsequently Carolina Power and Light) in Wilmington. He retired in 1987 as District Manager in Southern Pines. He was a member of the Southern Pines United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his children, Aubrey Judson “Skipper” Wooddy Jr. and wife Helen of Charleston, S.C., Leslie Wooddy Cox and husband Michael of Ijamsville, Md., Clayton Lee Wooddy and wife Leslie, and Deborah W. Denmark and husband Jay, all of Raleigh; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to FirstHealth Hospice Foundation, 150 Applecross Road, Pinehurst, N.C. 28374.

Arrangements are by Powell Funeral Home and Crematory.



BROADWAY – Funeral service for Nancy Geneva McNeill Pilson, 87, who died Monday (8/4/14), was conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday at Mt. Pisgah Presbyterian Church with Pastor Doug Houston officiating. Burial was at Mt. Pisgah Presbyterian Church Cemetery.

Gerri Hearn was pianist. Charlene Harrington was soloist and David Mellnik was graveside soloist.

Pallbearers were Dmac Harrington, Kelly Harrington, Frank Harmon, Wayne Johnson, Rex McArthur and Gene McNeill.

Arrangements were by Miller-Boles Funeral Home.


BROADWAY — Memorial service for Ruth Turner Micros, 88, of Broadway, who died Sunday (8/3/14), was conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday at Holly Springs Baptist Church with the Rev. Jerry Parsons officiating. Inurnment followed at the church cemetery.

During the service, Cynthia Spivey was the pianist and Jeff Ainsworth was the soloist. The congregation also sang.

Arrangements were by Smith Funeral Home of Broadway.


SANFORD — Theodore Nettles, 46, of Sunnybrook Road, Raleigh died Tuesday (8/5/14) at Wake Med Hospital in Raleigh.

Funeral service will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. at Knotts & Son Funeral Home Chapel in Siler City. Burial will follow at Evans Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church Cemetery in Siler City.

He is survived by his children, Jacqueline Holder (Andre) of Sanford, Yuncee Nettles (Nia) and Mandy Nettles, all of Raleigh, Timothy Nettles (Venita) of Lillington, Alexander Nettles (Ariel) of Angier, Mike Bynum of Pittsboro; and one sister-in-law, Della Nettles of Siler City.

Arrangements are by Knotts and Son Funeral Home in Siler City.


SOUTHERN PINES — Portland "Tinsey" Woods, 47, of 500 S. Mechanic St., Southern Pines, formerly of Sanford, died Wednesday (8/6/14) at UNC Hospital in Chapel Hill.

Funeral service will be conducted Monday at 3:30 p.m. at First Missionary Baptist Church in Southern Pines with the Rev. Joshua Hare. Interment will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery in Southern Pines.

She was a graduate of the Lee Senior class of 1984. She was preceded in death by two siblings, Robert McLean and Sherise Sanders.

She is survived by her mother, Constance Williams; two sons, Octavious Woods and Rashawn Woods, both of the home; three grandchildren; five sisters, Yolanda McDonald (Ervin) of Bronx, N.Y., NaCor Durham, Patrina McCrimmon, Rasheema Kelly (Tim), all of Southern Pines, and Arica Lewis (Rodney) of Belle Chase, La.; four brothers, Jawon Harrington, Tony Williams, Frederick Headen and Willie Headen, Jr.; her grandparents, James and Evelyn Black; and four aunts, all of Sanford.

Viewing will begin on Sunday from 1 to 7 p.m. Visitation with family from 5 to 6 p.m. at Bostic Funeral Chapel in Southern Pines.

Arrangements by Bostic-Kendrick Funeral Home.

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SANFORD — Shirley Delessio Stanley, 84, of Sanford, died Friday (8/8/14) at home.

She was born in Philadelphia, Pa., to Gabriel and Mary Dean Delessio.

She is survived by her husband, John E. Stanley; four children, Sandra Loft and husband Bob, John Stanley Jr., Debbie Byrd, David and Kelly Stanley, all of Sanford; one brother Gabriel Delessio and a niece of Philadelphia, Pa.; five granddaughters and several great-grandchildren.

She was a member of St. Stephens Catholic Church.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Arrangements are by Miller-Boles Funeral Home.

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