OBITUARIES 2/11/14

Feb. 11, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

MARGARET ZELMA WICKER MAYFIELD

SANFORD — Mrs. Margaret Zelma Wicker Mayfield, age 96, of Sanford, NC, and Longwood, FL, passed away on Saturday, February 8, 2014.

She was born on August 11, 1917 in Lee County, NC, the third of four children born to Joseph Hoyle Wicker and Theodosia (Dony) Bridges Wicker. She graduated from Deep River High School in 1935.

In 1936, Zelma married Melba Thomas Hunt. They had four children: Margaret Frances Hunt, Thomas Edward Hunt (Barbara) of Longwood, FL, Russell Webster Hunt (Linda) of Sanford, NC and Judith Marie Hunt Whetstone (Doug) of Waller, TX.

In 1952, Zelma married Grayson William (Bill) Mayfield. They had a daughter, Mary Grayson Mayfield Ashburn (Ed) of Sanford, NC. Zelma's stepchildren are Elaine Mayfield of Lexington, SC and Grayson William Mayfield, Jr. (Dee) of Gilbert, SC.

After World War II, Zelma went to work at Mayfield's Restaurant in Sanford, NC. There she met Bill and in 1952 they married. They relocated to Florida and there Bill and Zelma (affectionately known as “Sally”) ventured into the restaurant business in Ft. Pierce, Vero Beach, Cocoa, Rockledge, Cocoa Beach and Cape Canaveral. They built, owned and operated the Neptune Restaurant in Rockledge, FL from 1953-1972; The Hour Glass Grille in Cocoa, the Townhouse in Cocoa, the Mayfair Cafeteria and Lounge in Cape Canaveral, The Big Top in Melbourne and lastly the Sea Gems at Port Canaveral. They retired in 1985.

Bill and Sally were members of the Merritt Island Baptist Church. In 1989 they moved to Sanford, NC and were members of Flat Springs Baptist Church.

Zelma is predeceased by her husbands, Melba Thomas Hunt and Grayson William Mayfield; daughter Margaret Frances Hunt; grandsons Edward Grayson Hunt and Thomas Howard Hunt.

In addition to her children, she is survived by nineteen grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, and 9 great-great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews as well as extended family and friends, and her faithful cat, Angel.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, February 13, 2013 at 2 p.m. at Flat Springs Baptist Church with Dr. Gary McCollough officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends immediately following the burial in the fellowship hall of the church.

Donations may be made in her memory to the American Cancer Society, PO Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718 (www.cancer.org), American Heart Association (www.heart.org), the Alzheimer's North Carolina, Inc. (alznc.org), Flat Springs Baptist Church, 4148 Deep River Road, Sanford, NC 27330 or the charity of one's choice.

Condolences may be made at www.bridgescameronfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements are by Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home.

PAID OBITUARY

ELVA KATHRYN ANDREWS JONES

SANFORD — Elva Kathryn Andrews Jones, 91, died on Saturday, February 8, 2014, in Sanford, NC.

She was born Elva Kathryn Andrews on the family farm on Hickory Road in Ettrick, Chesterfield County, Virginia, on March 17, 1922, to Everett Junius Andrews, Sr., and Cora Ann Virginia Bowman Andrews. She and her twin brother, Earl Wendell Andrews, were the youngest of 8 siblings; Elva was the last surviving sibling. When she was 4, her family moved to Farmville, Virginia, into a home designed and built by her father. He began managing Farmville Manufacturing Company, then the world's largest maker of plow handles. Elva graduated from Farmville High School and then received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Education in 1943 from Virginia State Teachers College (now Longwood University), where she earned the Honor Roll and Dean's List, played wing on the field hockey team and was Business Manager of The Rotunda weekly campus newspaper. She also worked several other jobs to pay her tuition.

Elva met Richard Thorpe Jones on a blind date in 1941. After that date, there are no entries in Elva's scrapbook unrelated to Thorpe. They were married on September 9, 1944, in Farmville, VA, and honeymooned at the Hotel Roanoke 99 miles away, because that was as far as they could drive on their wartime gas ration. During World War II, Thorpe served as a Radio Technician in the United States Navy aboard the minesweeper USS Prevail (AM 107), and Elva served as a Nurse's Aide in the hospital in Farmville; they wrote each other daily. After the war, the couple moved to Raleigh, NC. Elva worked for the North Carolina Department of Agriculture, while Thorpe graduated from North Carolina State University and then received a Master's Degree in Education from the University of North Carolina. They moved to Greensboro in 1949, where she and Thorpe raised their family. Around 1970, she began working as a clerical aide in the library at Kiser Jr. High School; she enjoyed it so much that she went to back college at Woman's College, now the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and after 2 years of study, working at Kiser, and looking after her family, was certified as a librarian and started teaching full time. Thorpe and Elva loved their later years, and filled them with travel, family beach holidays, unselfish service to others, and best of all, having their grandchildren visit in the summers. Her husband and the love of her life, Thorpe, died in 2010. They had been married 66 years.

Elva was an avid tennis player. She began learning the game at the age of 40. She took lessons and played and competed in tournaments and leagues, developing a wicked side angle net volley feared by many. In 2002, at the age of 80, she and her partner won the North Carolina State Women's 80s Championship; she was also a doubles finalist in the same tournament in 1997 and 2005. Elva also loved birds and was very knowledgeable about them — she had unrivaled skill at attracting bluebirds — and she instilled in her children and grandchildren a love for God's world. She was a member and leader of the Morris Fellowship Class and United Methodist Women's Circle #1 at West Market Street United Methodist Church, where she also served on the Altar Guild. She was faithful, spiritual, devoted to her family, curious, hard-working, independent, feisty, playful, and a shining example of what it means to be a strong woman.

She peacefully entered her New Life in Resurrection with great dignity and grace surrounded by her entire family, with all the music she loved, with laughter and with tears, with Juicy Fruit gum, and with her favorite photograph of Thorpe. Her caregivers, “Elva's Angels,” worked “as God's hands” with gentle, loving, respectful care, and tended her with sublime devotion.

She will always be remembered with deep and abiding love by her daughter Kathryn Jones Doster and husband W. Woods Doster, of Sanford, NC, son Richard Thorpe Jones, III and wife Carolyn Gills Jones of Rice, VA, granddaughter Carrie Marie Jones Campbell and husband Michael D. Campbell of Gastonia, NC, grandson William Woods Doster, Jr., of Greensboro, NC, granddaughter Rebecca Thorpe Jones of Austin, TX, granddaughter Virginia Andrews Doster of Brooklyn, NY, and great-granddaughters Lela Rebecca Campbell, Laurel Marie Campbell, and Olivia Kathryn Campbell, all of Gastonia, NC.

A Service of Celebration of Life and Resurrection will be held on Saturday, February 15, 2014, at 2:00 PM in the sanctuary of West Market Street United Methodist Church, 302 West Market Street, Greensboro, North Carolina. Following the service, friends and family are invited to the church's Gathering Space to share fellowship, food, and favorite memories.

Donations in Elva's memory may be made to West Market Street UMC, Post Office Box 870, Greensboro, NC 27402-0870; or the charity of your choice. Flowers are welcome.

Online condolences may be made at www.rogerspickard.com.

PAID OBITUARY

CARRIE LEE CAMPBELL CLIFTON

SANFORD — Funeral service for Carrie Lee Campbell Clifton, 94, of Sanford, who died Friday (2/7/14), was held Monday at 11 a.m. at Northview Christian Church with Dr. Michael Johnson and Dr. Brian Parker officiating. Burial followed at Lee Memory Gardens.

Pianist was Robin Seagroves, guitarist was Jeff Alverson and music leader was Jeff Wilder. Jeff Wilder and Jeff Alverson sang a duet.

Pallbearers were Michael Leslie, Kenny McFarland, Brian McFarland, Eddie Clifton, Henry Clifton and Fred Buchanan.

Arrangements were by Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home.

LOUISE ROCCHETTI

LILLINGTON — Louise Rocchetti, 78, of Lillington, died Sunday (2/9/14) at Central Harnett Hospital. Arrangements will be handled by O'Quinn-Peebles-Phillips Funeral Home and Crematory.

ROGER BOYD

SANFORD — Roger Boyd, 65, of Sanford, died Saturday (2/8/14) at First Health Moore Regional Hospital.

He was born in Moore County on May 12, 1948, to the late Joseph Boyd and Connie Davis Boyd. He worked for Static Control as a machinist.

He is survived by his wife, Brenda Boyd of Cameron; his sons, Joseph Frank Boyd and wife Jennifer of Cameron, Ernest Boyd of Greenville, and a stepson, Tracy Shaw and wife Jackie of Greenville; daughters, Melody Oakley and husband Kenneth of Washington, Charlene Miller and husband Calvin of Greenville and Nancy Jo Elks and husband Donald of High Point; brother, Donald Boyd and wife Margie of Bear Creek; sisters, Bonnie Blackmon and husband Jimmy, and Dot Bouldin and husband Elmer, all of Sanford, and Judy Grant and husband Henry of Cumnock and Frances Gillis of Broadway; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral servicess will be held today at 12 p.m. at Rocky Fork Christian Church with Pastor Kevin McHarg presiding. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.

Condolences may be made at www.bridgescameronfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home, Inc.

MARGARET C. HOLDER

LILLINGTON — Funeral service for Margaret C. Holder, 83, who died Thursday (2/6/14), was held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Barbecue Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Sandy Williams officiating. Burial was at the church cemetery.

Pianist was Joey Holmes. Organist was Dorothy Hales, and soloists were Gretchen Clabaugh and Steve Clabaugh Jr.

Pallbearers were Pat Cameron, Alfred Holder, Dwayne Holder, Michael Holder, Troy Morris and Ben Thomas.

Arrangements were by O’Quinn-Peebles-Phillips Funeral Home.

BEULAH ATKINS

FAYETTEVILLE — Beulah Atkins, 69, of 1143 Vesper Lane, Fayetteville, died Sunday (2/9/14) at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Cunningham & Son’s Mortuary in Fayetteville.

CLIFTON WIGGINS

FAYETTEVILLE — Clifton Wiggins of 1926 Ireland Drive, Fayetteville, died Friday (2/7/14) at home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Cunningham & Son’s Mortuary in Fayetteville.

NEAL ARCHIE PRIEST

SANFORD — Neal Archie Priest, 87, of Sanford, died Sunday (2/9/14) at his home.

A celebration of life will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Cox Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Chaplain Ken Rahal officiating. Burial will follow at Lakeview Cemetery in Vass with military honors.

He was born in Vass on May 11, 1926, to John Hubert and Bertha Furr Priest. He was retired from Sprint Telephone Company and served as a W.W. II veteran with the U.S. Navy. He was preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn Emmerson Priest; parents, John Hubert and Bertha Furr Priest; sister, Mary Ann Bibey; and brother, John Albert Priest.

He is survived by one brother, Lonnie Priest of Vass; and a host of nieces and nephews; and a special friend and caregiver, Pat McEvers of Sanford.

Condolences may be sent to www.coxmemorialfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements are by Cox Memorial Funeral Home & Crematory of Vass.