Nov. 30, 2013 @ 05:00 AM


LILLINGTON — Flora Candace “Candy” Rogers Singleton, 64, died Friday (11/29/13).

She was the daughter of the late Tommie Hubert and Lida Mae Rogers. A native of Princeton, she worked as a real estate agent with Century 21 in Goldsboro and later with ReMax Signature Home Builders of Dunn. She was a member of the Church of Christ in Lillington.

The family will receive friends Sunday from 12 to 3 p.m. at her home, 1203 S. 9th St., Lillington.

A graveside service will be conducted at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Bizzell Grove Church Memorial Gardens in Princeton with Brother Reuben Jackson officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to any of the following organizations: Susan G. Komen Foundation, P.O. Box 650309, Dallas, Texas 75265; Amedisys Hospice of Wake County, 220 New Fidelity Court, Garner, NC  27529 or to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, Tenn. 38105.

She is survived by her husband, Carl Wade Singleton; daughter, Mitzi Cherie Cox of Benton, Ark.; son, Christopher R. Cox and wife Sharon Renee of Goldsboro; one granddaughter; one sister, LaRue R. Tart and husband John of Grantham; three brothers, Donnie E. Rogers and wife Gwen of Princeton, Bennie E. Rogers and wife Betty of Wilson and Will H. Rogers and wife Sherry of Goldsboro; four stepdaughters, Sheri L. Dodd and husband Gary, Vivian I. Ford and husband Brian, Deanna H. Morris and husband Bret, and Nancy E. Preuit and husband Michael; five stepgrandchildren; two stepgreat-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Arrangements are by O’Quinn-Peebles Funeral Home.

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SANFORD — Rachel Annette Swann Davis, 47, died Thursday (11/28/13). Funeral arrangements are pending and will be announced by Rogers-Pickard Funeral Home.

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RALEIGH — John H. Harris, long-time gardening expert known as the "Tarheel Gardner," died Thursday (11/28/13) at Springmoor Life Care Community in Raleigh. He was 99.

Born in Chatham County, he was son of the late Thomas Henry and Lilly Harris. He graduated with honors in landscape architecture from N.C. State University, where he later joined the faculty as a landscape specialist with the N.C. Agricultural Extension Service. He remained on the faculty in various capacities for 30 years. He authored several books on gardening and landscaping, wrote newspaper and magazine columns and was a pioneer on public television. His work as a host of a weekly call-in talk show on Raleigh radio station WPTF established him as the "Tarheel Gardner," a horticulture expert, a sideline he enjoyed for 40 years. He was an active member of Edenton Street United Methodist Church, where he taught Sunday school for 42 years and was a member of its board. He also served on the board of trustees of the Methodist Home for Children. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Rachel Stone Harris.

Surviving are his present wife, Grace Murchison Poe Harris; two children, Emmalee Hughes of Winston-Salem and John Randolph "Rand" Harris of Raleigh; a stepdaughter, Cornelia Olive of Sanford; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at Edenton Street United Methodist Church. Visitation will be held in Cobb Hall following the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the John Harris Garden Fund, Edenton Street United Methodist Church, 220 W. Edenton St., Raleigh, N.C. 29607.


SANFORD — Maedelle Pearson Allen, 87, died Thursday (11/28/13) at Westfield Nursing and Rehab Center.

She graduated from Johnsonville High School. She moved to Petersburg, Va., and worked in health care at Central State Hospital for over 30 years as a Nurses’ Aid. She was a member of First Baptist Church in West Petersburg, Va. She was preceded in death by her parents, David and Bertha Pearson; her husband, Artis (Pete) Allen; three brothers and three sisters.

She is survived by her sisters, Bobbie P. McNeill (Willie) of Lillington and Alice P. Cox (Nicholas) of Sanford; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday at Love Grove A.M.E. Zion Church. Burial will follow at the church cemetery. No wake is planned.

Arrangements are by Knotts Funeral Home.


SANFORD — Roy Wesley Wicker, 72, of Lillington, died Thursday (11/28/13).

Graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Lee Memory Gardens.

He was born in Lee County, the son of the late James Henry Wicker and Anna Blanche Windham Wicker. He was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Sowders.

He is survived by his son, Wesley Wicker and wife Frances Kaytlyn Wicker of Lillington; a daughter, Loretta Nelson of Kernersville; and a sister, Doris Morrison of Lillington.

Memorials contributions can be made to Kitty Askins Hospice Center, 107 Handley Park Ct., Goldsboro, N.C. 27534.

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Arrangements are by Rogers-Pickard Funeral Home.