Jan. 24, 2014 @ 05:00 AM


PINEHURST, NC — Margaret Ellen Jones, 58, of Sanford went with the angels to God's arms January 22, 2014, at the Hospice House in Pinehurst, NC, after a valiant battle with liver cancer.

She was born June 4, 1955, in Somerset, PA. Her mother, Barbara Ellen Elkins Jones, preceded her in death.

She is survived by her father, Dale F. Jones, and stepmother, Regina; a sister, Diane Knupp and her husband David; a niece, Jennifer Leigh Poegl, of Richmond, VA. She is survived by her partner, Lori Shawl Leenheer Sweinhart of Sanford, NC, and Lori's daughter, Kathee Leenheer McKee and her husband Michael and three children, Olivia, Caden, and Lincoln, of Tuscon, AZ.

After getting her bachelor's degree from Concord College, West Virginia, Ellen followed her mother into teaching. She was the seventh generation of educators on her mother's side.

A science teacher specializing in earth science, she was also certified to teach advanced placement courses in chemistry and physics. She delighted in sharing her teaching materials with her fellow teachers. She was a fan of public education.

Ms. Jones taught junior high school in West Virginia, South Carolina, and Virginia before coming to North Carolina. She taught at Union Pines High School in Moore County, Western Harnett High School, Raeford High School, and was teaching science at Eastern Randolph High School when she became ill last year. She also taught GED courses at Sandhills Community College.

She had a great compassion for her students. To help them succeed, she often spent hours after school tutoring them. She called the students “my kids” and often opened her home to them or to friends who needed a place to stay.

Students Chris and Mandy Curlee of Fayetteville were two of her special “kids.” Ellen was godmother of their three sons: Tyler, Nathan, and Christopher.

In her spare time, she loved fishing at Jordan Lake and gardening with her friend Billy Walker.

She was a member of Pullen Memorial Baptist Church in Raleigh where she especially enjoyed the Wednesday lectionary lunches.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to her friend and medical power of attorney, Colleen Wojciechowski of Morrisville and Ginny Phillips of Carthage who sat for days at her bedside. The family also appreciates the care of the Community Hospice nurses in Sanford and the nurses at FirstHealth Hospice House as well as the doctors in Sanford, Pinehurst, and Chapel Hill.

The family is grateful for the kindness and love of those whom Ellen called “the best people in the world,” her neighbors and friends who are too numerous to list.

The family will receive friends at the home, 522 Sunset Drive, Sanford, NC, on Saturday, January 25 from 2-4 pm. A memorial service will be held in the spring at Jordan Lake with the date to be announced later.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to Pullen Memorial Baptist Church, 1801 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh, NC 27605.

Miller-Boles Funeral Home of Sanford is helping the family.

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WHISPERING PINES — Karen Jayne Klish, age 51, of Whispering Pines passed away on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at FirstHealth Hospice Houes in Pinehurst.

Karen was born on November 30, 1962 in Rantoul, Ill. to Howard Weinberg and Shirley Graham Weinberg. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Sanford. Karen was employed for 5 years as a Clinical Director for FirstHealth of the Carolinas. Prior to working at FirstHealth, she was employed by the UNC Burn Center for 7 years. Karen loved to read and study her Bible and was most compassionate about caring for her 3 year old grandson.

She is survived by her husband of 30 years, Jimmy F. Klish of the home; her son, John Thomas Klish of Sanford; her daughter, Katherine Ann Klish of Sanford; her brothers: Dwight Weinberg and wife Donna of California; Brian Weinberg and wife Sara of New Hampshire; and David Weinberg of West Virginia; and her sister, Jodie Palumbo of California; two grandchildren: Aiden and Oliver.

She was preceded in death by her father, Howard Weinberg.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 2 p.m. at Boles Funeral Home in Southern Pines with the Rev. Dr. Jeff Clark. Inurnment will follow at Pinelawn Memorial Park in Southern Pines.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to First Baptist Church of Sanford, 202 Summit Dr., Sanford, NC 27330.

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Boles Funeral Home and Crematory of Southern Pines is serving the family.

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SANFORD — Mrs. Betty Susan Wheeler Robinson, age 57, of Sanford, died Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at Central Carolina Hospital.

She was born in Buncombe County, N.C. on December 14, 1956 to Betty McKinney Wheeler Sherlin and the late Joseph Grant Wheeler. In addition to her father, she was also preceded in death by her husband, Bobby Lee Robinson. She worked for Static Control in shipping and receiving.

She is survived by her mother, Betty McKinney Wheeler Sherlin; one daughter, Athena Robinson Willett and husband Brian of Sanford, N.C.; one brother, Ray “Hank” Wheeler of Asheville, N.C.; two sisters, Marie Phillips of Knoxville, TN, and Clara Ray of Mars Hill, N.C.; and one grandchild, Zachary Lee Willett.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 4 p.m. at San Lee Chapel with Pastor Dale Sauls officiating. The family will receive friends following the memorial service.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Lee County Relay for Life at in memory of Mrs. Susan Robinson; and volunteer work may be donated to Christians United Outreach Center at 2885 Lee Avenue, Sanford, N.C. 27332.

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SANFORD — Jasmine Te'Yonna Wicker, 20, of 4117 Carson Drive, Sanford, died Wednesday (1/22/14) in Moore County. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Knotts Funeral Home.


NEW HILL — Charles S. Haithcox, 84, of New Hill, died Wednesday (1/22/14) at Sanford Health and Rehab.

He was born in Chatham County, son of the late John C. Haithcox and Nancy Maynard Haithcox. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Mollie Anne Haithcox Lucas. He worked at Tilley Brothers Body Shop for 40 years and at the Chatham County Collection Center for five years.

Funeral service will be conducted at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Smith Funeral Home in Moncure with the Rev. Ronald Humphries officiating. Burial will follow at the Merry Oaks Baptist Church Cemetery.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Annie Lois S. Haithcox; daughters, Judy H. Lowery (Teddy) of Apex and Sarah H. Godwin (Eddie) of Simpsonville, S.C.; sons, Larry S. Haithcox (Toi) of Snow Camp and John C. Haithcox (Linda) of Faison; brothers, Grady Haithcox (Carol) of Goose Creek, S.C.; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 3 p.m. one hour prior to the funeral service at the Smith Funeral Home in Moncure.

Arrangements are by Smith Funeral Home of Moncure.


SANFORD — Elijah Scott Morgan, infant son of Melissa Bebb and Christopher S. Morgan, was born and died Monday (1/20/14) at Rex Hospital in Raleigh.

Graveside service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday at St. Stephen Catholic Church Cemetery.

Arrangements by C.E. Wilie Funeral & Cremation Services.

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FAYETTEVILLE — Mary C. Monroe, 83, of 1642 Thicket Drive, died Sunday (1/19/14) at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center in Fayetteville.

She is survived by her brothers, William Lee Monroe, Aaron E. Morrison and Willie M. Farmer; and sisters, Annie G. Morrison and Patricia Thornton.

Funeral service will be conducted at 12 noon Saturday at Beauty Spot Missionary Baptist Church in Fayetteville. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.

A visitation will be held from 1 to 7 p.m. today at Cunningham & Son’s Mortuary Chapel in Fayetteville.

Announcement by Watson Memorial - Cunningham & Son’s Mortuary.