Obituaries for March 2

Mar. 02, 2014 @ 05:00 AM


APEX — William Thomas Fowler, 45, of Apex died Thursday (2/27/14).

He was born in Wake County, son of Lynda Faye Holland Rich and the late William Hartness Fowler.

Graveside memorial service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Olive Chapel Baptist Church Cemetery with Pastor Paul Arnold officiating.

Surviving are his mother, Lynda H. Rich (Jackie) of Apex; two children, Talon Thomas Fowler and Raini Malyn Fowler, and their mother Stacy Zanfarbino, all of Willow Springs; two brothers, Bennett C. Fowler of Apex, and Anthony Lee (Cindy) of Angier; two stepbrothers, Joel Rich (Yvette) of Angier and Christopher Rich of Savannah, Ga.; and several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends following the service in the fellowship hall of the church. In lieu of flowers, the family request memorial donations be made to the Crohns and Colitis foundation at

Arrangements are by the Smith Funeral Home of Moncure.



SANFORD — James Hurley Ashworth, 94, of Sanford died Friday (2/28/14) at Westfield Rehabilitation Center.

He was born Feb. 18, 1920, to the late James Henry and Rettie Mae Ashworth. He worked as a farmer and then served the State Highway Department of Transportation for 30 years before retiring.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Grady Ashworth, and two sisters, Veola Ashworth and Hersey Capps of Roanoke Rapids. He is survived by his wife of 72 years, Kathleen Ashworth of Sanford; one sister, Florence Baker of Sanford; one son, Ronald Eugene Ashworth and wife Beverly of Little Washington, N.C.; daughters, Bonnie Ashworth Hughes and husband Howard Hughes Sr., Sue Haynes and husband Rodney (R.C.) Haynes, and Wanda Teal and husband Danny, all of Sanford; seven grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 4-5:30 p.m. Sunday at Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home. The funeral will be held at Jonesboro Heights Baptist Church at 2 p.m. Tuesday with Rev. Gilbert McDowell, Rev. Jeff Roberts and Dr. Calvin Sayles officiating. Entombment will follow at Lee Memory Gardens.

Condolences may be made at

Arrangements by Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home.



SPRING LAKE — Bernice G. Jackson, 73, of Spring Lake died Wednesday (2/26/14).

Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Monday in the Johnsonville AME Zion Church. Burial will follow in Johnsonville Church Cemetery.

She is survived by sons, Curtis and Kenneth; daughters, Henrietta Jackson-McMillion and Latoya Frazier; brothers, Charlie, Levander, Garner and Hollis Gilchrist; sisters, Katie Leach, Mary Grant, Doreatha Laster, Annie Gilchrist and Flora Hill; 13 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Wiseman Mortuary and other times at 110 Lake Ridge Drive in Cameron.

Arrangements by Wiseman Mortuary.



SILER CITY — Cynthia Simmons, 58, of 1114 Moonrise Meadows in Siler City died Tuesday (2/25/14) at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill.

She is survived by a daughter, Naquetta Simmons (Tommy) of Siler City; four grandsons; one sister, Andrea Rogers (Steve) of Sanford; four brothers, Lee Connie McNeil Jr. (Barbara), Joseph McNeil (Joyce), James McNeil (Elzela) and Warren McNeil (Cynthia), all of Baltimore; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Knotts Funeral Home, 50 Masonic St., Pittsboro..

Funeral arrangements by Knotts Funeral Home.



GALLIPOLIS, Ohio — Joseph Stephen Morgan, 79, of Gallipolis, Ohio, died Wednesday (2/26/14) at FirstHealth Hospice House in Pinehurst.

A native of Moore County, he was the last of 10 children born to the late Elder Van Morgan and Cora Ida Williams Morgan. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and served in Korea. He was a self-employed electrician.

He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Patricia Smith Morgan; daughters, Beatrice Morgan of Pomeroy, Ohio, Donna Sue Benefield of Georgia and Virginia Gail Brinson of Ohio; sons, Joseph S. Morgan Jr. of Ohio, Maxwell Morgan of Georgia and Reuben Morgan of New Mexico; 11 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren; and special friend, Jean Roseberry.

The family was to receive friends at Fry & Prickett Funeral Home on Saturday from 2-4 p.m. The Rev. Murray Benefield, U.S. Army Retired, will provide closing remarks followed by military honors. Burial will be noon Wednesday in Salisbury National Cemetery, 501 Statesville Blvd., Salisbury.

Memorials may be made to the Alzeimers Association,

Online condolences may be made at

Arrangements by Fry and Prickett Funeral Homes.



ROBBINS — James Simmons, 49, of Robbins died Friday (2/28/14) at Wesley Long Hospital in Greensboro.

Arrangements are incomplete at Kennedy Funeral Home in Robbins.



NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. — Memorial services for Mrs. Janet Louise Shipman Lewis, 85, who entered into rest Feb. 28, will be conducted Tuesday afternoon at 1 o’clock at St. Luke United Methodist Church in Sanford with the Rev. Dr. A. Gene Cobb officiating. Inurnment will follow in the Church Columbarium.

Mrs. Lewis was born in Towanda, Pa., on March 30, 1928 to the late Clarence and Eleanor (Bennett) Shipman. She graduated from North Towanda High School in 1946 and worked for Sylvania.

She was married to the late Ralph Eugene Lewis on September 9, 1950 at the United Methodist Church in North Towanda, Pa.

They moved to Mentor, Ohio in 1959 and lived there for 30 years where she taught nursery school at MUMC for 25 years, sang in the church choir, played in the bell choir and was on various committees throughout the years at Mentor UMC. She was also in the Brentmoor Garden Club and worked as a bookkeeper for the GE Credit Union.

Upon retiring to Carolina Trace, she enjoyed playing golf, singing in the Get Happy Chorus and the St. Luke UMC Choir, serving on the POA board and helping children with reading at the local elementary school. Mrs. Lewis also enjoyed taking care of the neighborhood entrance by planting flowers and decorating for different holidays. She was preceded in death by her brother, Fay Shipman.

Survivors include two sons and a daughter-in-law, Geoffrey and D’Jeanne Lewis of Mentor, Ohio and David Lewis of Edinburg, Ohio; a daughter and son-in-law, Michele and William Picciano of North Augusta, S.C.; a brother, Clarence Shipman (Peggy) of Hideaway, Texas; and three grandchildren, Kalana Lewis, Alexander Picciano and Milena Picciano.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Agape Hospice, 301 Silver Bluff Road, Aiken, SC 29803 or to St. Luke UMC Music Fund, 2916 Wicker Street, Sanford, NC 27330.

Arrangements by Posey Funeral Directors of North Augusta. Visit the registry at

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