Obituaries for Feb. 13

Feb. 13, 2014 @ 05:00 AM


ALMATY, KAZAKHSTAN — Amy Elizabeth Smith Settle, 47, passed away on Thursday (2/7/14) at her home in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

Amy was born in Lancaster, Pa., on May 22, 1966. She graduated from Pittsford Mendon High School in Pittsford, N.Y., in 1984. She went on to receive a Bachelor of Arts degree from Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H., in 1988, and a Masters degree in Geography from the East-West Center at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu, Hawaii, in 1993. Along the way, she gained fluency in Mandarin (Chinese) and French. She married William Graham Settle in Palawan, Philippines, on Feb. 22, 2003.

Amy was a devoted mother, wife, daughter and sister. She had a very special relationship with her two young children, Morgan and Kemp, both of whom adored her. They will miss her strong and comforting influence enormously, as will her husband, Graham. She was also extremely close to her family in Scottsdale, Arizona, visiting and corresponding with them frequently.

A celebration of life will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Sanford, followed by a reception in the church fellowship hall.

Amy is survived by her husband, William Graham Settle, and her children, Morgan Reid Settle and William Kemp Settle; her father and mother, William Terry and Marcia B. Smith, of Scottsdale, Ariz.; her brother and sister-in-law, Andrew and Melissa Smith, of Scottsdale, Ariz.; her two nephews, Grant and Cade Smith; and her niece, Arden Smith, all of Scottsdale, Arizona. She is also survived by her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Dr. & Mrs. W.K. Settle of Sanford; sisters-in-law and husbands, Dr. Katherine Settle and husband Dr. John Shontz, Julie Settle Mitchel, and Barbara Settle and husband Chris O’Shields, all of North Carolina; and nieces and nephews Byron Mitchell, Graham Mitchell and Blair Mitchell, and Katie O'Shields and Ryan O’Shields.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Dartmouth College, Gifts in Memory of Amy Elizabeth Smith Settle ‘88, HB 6066, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH 03755. Gifts will be designated for financial aid to needy students.

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Arrangements are by Rogers-Pickard Funeral Home.



GREENSBORO — Memorial services for Elva Jones have been cancelled due to the inclement weather. Rescheduled arrangements are still undetermined but will be announced by Rogers-Pickard Funeral Home.


SANFORD — Funeral services for Almeta Crump, 88, of 3012 Khalif Court in Sanford, who died Thursday (2/6/14), were held Wednesday at 1 p.m. at Prince Chapel Church in New Hill, N.C.

The Rev. Dr. Moses Goldman officiated, and music was by the church choir and soloists Nannie Richardson and Rev. Dr. Cathy Jones. Interment followed in the church cemetery. Pallebearers were friends of the family.

Funeral arrangements by Knotts Funeral Home, 719 Wall Street, Sanford, NC.



ROBBINS — Jimmy Ray Comer 60, of 1243 Caviness Town Road in Robbins, died Monday (2/10/14) as the result of injuries of motor vehicle accident. Arrangements are incomplete at this time due to the inclement weather conditions.

Arrangements will be announced by Joyce-Brady Chapel in Bennett.



SANFORD — Michael R. "Mickey" Johnson, 69, of Sanford died Monday (2/11/2014) at Central Carolina Hospital in Sanford.

He was born in Lee County, son of the late Rubin Johnson and Effie Johnson. He was preceded in death by his parents and his first wife Judy Johnson. He was a 1963 graduate of Deep River High School and was the owner of Sanford Electric Company.

Graveside memorial service will be conducted at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Zion Christian Church Cemetery with Rev. Steve Johnson officiating. Surviving are his wife, Dianne Baker Johnson of the home; daughters, April Moody of Goldston and Suzanne Denise Price and husband Jeremiah of Goldston; sister, Paige Lyons and husband Roger of Sanford; sons, Brian Johnson of Sanford and Keith Johnson of Raleigh; and nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends at the family home.

Arrangements are by the Smith Funeral Home of Broadway.

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ELKIN — Diane Kitt Graham Fenton, 47, died of a debilitating disease, Scleroderma, on Friday (2/7/14) in Elkin.

She was adopted at seven months old from an orphanage in Taichung, Taiwan, China. Her adoptive parents are the Rev. & Mrs. J. Billy Graham of Carthage. She was the 10th child of a Chinese family in Taiwan. She attended Carthage Elementary School and two years at Union Pines High School. She graduated from Oak Hill Academy in the Mouth of Wilson, Virginia. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Carthage. Diane and her first husband, Joe Smith, had three children, Jessica, Tiffany and Cameron. She also had two children from her second marriage to the late Russell Fenton; Amber and Forest.

In addition to her children and adoptive parents, she is survived by one sister, Delia Gray and husband Ronnie; three brothers, Dan Graham and wife Cathy; David Graham and wife Renee and Dr. Douglas Graham and wife Jane.

A memorial service is planned for 11 a.m. February at First Baptist Church of Carthage with the Rev. J. Billy Graham and the Rev. Ray Campbell officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

Fry & Prickett Funeral Home is serving the family.