May. 17, 2014 @ 05:00 AM


SANFORD — John Dixon, beloved husband, father and grandfather and true southern gentleman, passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 15th at First Health Hospice House after a difficult fight with pulmonary fibrosis.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Monday at St. Luke United Methodist Church. Burial will follow at Buffalo Cemetery.

John was born on January 25, 1940, the only son of Edna Foust and John D. Dixon.  He grew up in Farmville, NC. He graduated from NC State in 1964 with a civil engineering degree with a construction option. He worked in Farmville and Albemarle before moving to Sanford, NC in 1971 where he opened an engineering firm.

John was a truly kind man and a friend to all. He was always willing to help others expecting nothing in return. His family and many friends are filled with sadness and sorrow but will honor his memory by loving others unconditionally and showing love to others. He is no longer in our presence but will always remain in the hearts of those who knew him forever.

John was an active member of St. Luke United Methodist Church, Sanford N.C. where he taught Sunday School, served as a MYF counselor and served in many other leadership roles. He was the chairman of the building committee for the Casey Chapel and Family Life Center, the Biddle Class picnic shelter, and the parsonage relocation. He and his wife and Eric and Linda Gressel started The Friends in Christ Sunday School Class. He served on the board of the Sanford Meals on Wheels as vice president and president. He was currently serving on the Board of Family Promise and had enjoyed helping out the Christian United Outreach Center with projects.

John’s survivors include his loving wife Susie; his son John and daughter-in-law Wendy; his daughter Arrington Rankhorn and husband Micah; grandchildren Kel and Kasey Dixon and Dylan Rankhorn; sisters Sue Hodges and husband Rex, and Lu Manekin and husband Bob; eight nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends beginning at 1:30 p.m. Monday in the Ladies Parlor at St. Luke United Methodist Church.

The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses at Sanford Pulmonology, Dr. John Mangum and First Health in Pinehurst hospice staff who treated John with such love, dignity and respect during his last days.

If you would like to honor John’s memory please consider The Benjamin House, 102 Mead’s Pool Road, Elizabeth City, NC 27909; First Health Hospice Foundation, 150 Applecross Road, Pinehurst, NC. 28374 or the John and Linda Dixon Scholarships at CCCC, Sanford, NC.

Online condolences may be made at

Arrangements are by Rogers-Pickard Funeral Home.

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PITTSBORO — Thomas William "Sonny" Moses, 85, passed away Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at The Laurels of Chatham County in Pittsboro, NC.

A native of Chatham County, Sonny was born April 23, 1929 to the late Obed William Moses and Annie Maude Moses and was married to Faye Harris in 1955. He honorably served in the U.S. Army, helping to build roads while stationed in Korea. This rugged outdoorsman spent most of his life working as a logger. Sonny loved reading western novels, listening to country music, and was a huge Richard Petty/NASCAR fan. In fact, he and Faye would spend their honeymoon together watching the 1955 Daytona Beach Grand National. He and Faye were married for 58 years. Many great memories were made with family trips to Disney World, Windy Hill Beach, spending time on Lake Tillery and taking various bus tours throughout the U.S.

In addition to his parents, Sonny was preceded in death by his sisters, Imogene Byrum and Mary Alice Moses; and his brother, Jerry Mathiesen Moses.

He is survived by his wife, Faye; his daughters, Renee Moses Ellis and spouse, Jim Ellis of Ramseur, NC and Tamra Moses Farris and spouse, Ron Farris of Swansboro, NC; and his grandchildren, Elizabeth Anne Ellis, Tiffany Lane Ellis, Gabrielle Lane Farris and Alexie Jules Farris.

A service to honor his life will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 18, 2014 at Hall-Wynne Funeral Service in Pittsboro, NC with the Rev. Jerry Sanders and Rev. Ray Gooch officiating. A reception will follow.

Memorials may be made to Solid Rock Baptist Church, 3903 US 64 West, Pittsboro, NC 27312. Flowers are also welcome.

Online condolences may be left at, select “Obits”.

The arrangements for Mr. Moses are under the care of Hall - Wynne Funeral Service and Cremation of Pittsboro.

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SANFORD — Willie “Farris” Snipes, 91, of 971 Tempting Church Road, Sanford, died Tuesday (5/13/14) at Central Carolina Hospital.

He was born Jan. 17, 1923, son of the late Willie Herbert Snipes and Nancy Emma McLean Snipes. He attended school at Poplar Springs Elementary School. He worked as a log cutter and also worked for Pomona Pipe and City of Sanford until his retirement. He sang with the Poplar Springs Male Chorus and Tempting Male Chorus. He was preceded in death by a son, Willie Lee Snipes.

He is survived by his wife, Gertrude McNeill Snipes; children, James Robert Snipes (Callie), Farris Eugene Snipes, George Snipes (Karen), Jace McNeill, Libby Martin (Johnny), Callie Snipes, Vivian White (Michael), and Joyce McLean, all of Sanford, and Frankie Harris (Julius) and Rhonda Kirkman (Marcus), all of Charlotte; 29 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends.

Funeral service will be conducted at 3 p.m. Sunday at Tempting Congregational Church.

Arrangements are by Knotts Funeral Home.


SANFORD — Victor Orlando Richmond, 49, of 2756 Mallard Cove, Sanford, died Friday (5/16/14) at his residence. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Knotts Funeral Home.


GULF — Funeral service for Annie Morris Phillips, 100, of Gulf, who died Tuesday (5/13/14), was held Thursday at 4 p.m. at Gulf Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Bruce Benton and the Rev. Steve Johnson officiating. Burial followed at the church cemetery.

Pianist was Gerri Hearn. Van Johnson and Eddie Gunter sang. The congregation sang one song.

Pallbearers were Bucky Phillips, Rayvon King, Larry Seagroves, Buddy Harris, Herman Spivey, Thomas Way and Chris Way.

Arrangements were by Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home.


SANFORD — Lessie Douglas, 90, of Sanford, Thursday (5/15/14) at Sanford Health and Rehabilitation. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Knotts Funeral Home.