Jan. 28, 2014 @ 05:00 AM


PITTSBORO — Chester Eugene “Gene” Barker, 82, of Pittsboro, NC was born April 7, 1931 in Chatham County and entered into rest January 24, 2014 at VA Hospitals.

As he said in an interview once before, his life was a bit "Strange." As a young man he was employed at the Farmville coal mine, the only coal mine ever in Chatham County. While employed at the mine he walked into a dime store in Sanford where he spotted a young girl, he walked up to her mother and told her that one day he was going to marry her daughter, and three months later they were married. As a new couple they were stunned with the news that he had been drafted to fight for the United States Army in the 61st Infantry Division. After boot camp he was sent to Korea to fight in the Korean War, where on the last day of the war he was injured from shrapnel from a mortar round that exploded nearby, earning him the Purple Heart.

After returning home he used his GI bill to attend Barber School. In 1956, Gene with his wife and son moved to Pittsboro, NC where he started in the now well know Barber shop on Main Street. He occupied the first chair in that barber shop and after a few years he was joined by Cadle Cooper Sr. They cut hair and shared stories together for 49 years until he retired in 2013 due to health concerns. Gene spent many years talking politics and the ways of the world from the barber chair even landing a few on air interviews by news reporters, the biggest being Jonathan Carr from ABC news. He always had an opinion and was never afraid to share his with whoever would listen. But as they say behind every good man stands a great woman, and Gene had his Margaret "Shug" as he called her. She was in the hair business herself, owning a beauty shop in Pittsboro, once her shop was even across the street from Gene's barber shop. They shared a happy marriage together for 61 years, which included the births of three boys, Steve, Tony and Eddie whom all still reside in Pittsboro. Gene also had the joy of enjoying his five grandchildren, Jason, Heather, Lynsi, Taylor and Carson whom he bragged about quite regularly. Gene's legacy will always live on with the friends and family that knew and loved him.

His memorial services will be held at Pittsboro Baptist Church on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 2 pm. Those who are unable to attend the memorial services are welcomed at his home at 570 West Street in Pittsboro.

In closing, the family would like to thank the many people who have offered prayer and condolences.

Hall-Wynne Funeral Service in Pittsboro is serving the family.

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BROADWAY — Mr. Waldo Buchanan, 71, of Broadway passed away Sunday, January 26, 2014 at Westfield Rehab and Health Center in Sanford.

He was born in Harnett County, the son of the late Leon and Hazel Lee Harrington Buchanan. Mr. Buchanan was preceded in death by his brother, Biddle Buchanan. He was known for his story-telling, sense of humor and his wonderful smile. He worked as a tobacco farmer and also with Central Carolina Tire Disposal as a truck driver for over 20 years. Mr. Buchanan was a member of Mt. Pisgah Presbyterian Church in Broadway. He will be missed by his family and all of the children that called him “Papa.”

Graveside service will be conducted at 3 p.m. Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at Mt. Pisgah Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Broadway with the Rev. Doug Houston officiating. The family will receive friends at O’Quinn-Peebles-Phillips Funeral Home Tuesday evening from 5:30-7:30 p.m. and other times at the home.

Mr. Buchanan is survived by his wife of 51 years, Lida Buchanan of the home; two daughters, Melissa Godfrey and husband Glenn of Sanford, and Tammy Wilson and husband Jed of Bunnlevel; son, Tim Buchanan and wife Kim of Broadway; four grandchildren, Trey Wilson, Asa Godfrey, Chastity Wilson and Brooke Godfrey; one great-granddaughter, Ambria Wilson; sister, Mess Freeman of Broadway.

Memorials may be made to Mt. Pisgah Presbyterian Church % Margaret Harrington, 1148 McArthur Road, Broadway, NC 27505.

Funeral arrangements entrusted to O’Quinn-Peebles-Phillips Funeral Home & Crematory, Lillington.

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CAMERON — Gary Edward Keily Sr., age 76, of Cameron, NC, went with the angels to God's arms on January 25, 2014.

Gary was born on Oct. 15, 1937 in Barneveld, Wisconsin to Eddie and Leone Keily. He served in the U.S. Army for 23 years with two tours of duty in Vietnam and one tour of duty in Germany. Gary was then employed with Wackenhut at Performance Fibers for 25 years. He loved his family, farming and fishing. He was preceded in death by a grandson, Eric Fortenberry.

Gary is survived by his wife of 56 years, Mary Wylene Keily of the home; daughter, Cynthia Reynolds and husband Chuck; three sons, Gary Edward “Eddie” Keily Jr., Gregory Alan Keily and wife Loretta, Gary Edward Keily III and wife Andrea; three grandchildren, Heather Keily, Randie Keily, Mark Keily; six great-grandchildren.

Funeral service will be conducted at Hillmon Grove Baptist Church in Cameron, NC at 2 p.m. Tuesday, January 28, 2014 with the Rev. Wayne O'Quinn and the Rev. Austin Reason officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the funeral service from 1 p.m. until the funeral hour. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers the family request memorial contributions be made to the Eric Fortenberry Memorial Fund, payable to Hillmon Grove Church, 384 Hillmon Grove Road, Cameron, NC 28326.

Gary will be greatly missed by his loving family and all who knew his quiet generosity.

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SANFORD — Vivian Maxine Sineath Freeman, 75, of Sanford, died Monday (1/27/14) at her daughter's home.

She was born in Moore County on May 31, 1938, to the late Brag “Mack” McIver Sineath and Ethel Jane Crossman Sineath. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, Norman Robert Freeman; son, Robert Lynn Freeman; brother, Buddy Sineath; one granddaughter and one great-granddaughter. She worked as a nurses' assistant in nursing homes.

She is survived by her children, Jerri Jane Godfrey and husband Glenn of Sanford, Randy Mack Freeman and wife Sherri of Lexington, and Leslie Brickmeyer and husband Bill of Texas; sister-in-law, Faye Sineath; two nieces; six grandchildren and one step-grandchild.

A graveside service will be held today at 11 a.m. at Lee Memory Gardens with the Rev. Bruce MacInnes presiding.

Condolences may be made at

Arrangements by Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home.


BROADWAY — Fred James Sumpter, 66, of 29 Knight Road, Broadway, died Saturday (1/25/14) at Rex Hospital in Raleigh. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by C.E. Willie Funeral & Cremation Service.

Condolences may be made at


SANFORD — Carolyn Alston, 61, of 149 S. Roberson St., Chapel Hill, died Friday (1/24/14) at UNC Hospital at Chapel Hill. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Knotts Funeral Home.


SANFORD — Memorial service for Susan Wheeler Robinson, 57, of Sanford, who died Wednesday (1/22/14), was held Sunday at 4 p.m. at San-Lee Chapel with Pastor Dale Sauls officiating. A tribute was given by her sister, Marie Phillips.

The praise team at San Lee Chapel consisting of David Meyers on the base guitar, Micah Tyler on the guitar, Dave Smith on the acoustic guitar, Lonnie McKay on the electric guitar, Colton Cockman on the drums and Raveene Escobar as the lead vocal led the congregation in two songs.

Arrangements were by Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home.


SANFORD — Funeral service for Nell G. Clark, 86, of Sanford, who died Thursday (1/23/14), was held Sunday at 3 p.m. at Shallow Well Church with the Rev. Donald Thompson officiating. Burial followed at the church cemetery.

Music was provided by John Godfrey, pianist, and Patricia Thomas, organist. The congregation sang.

Pallbearers were Allen McKenzie, Jay Czap, Corban Czap, Eddie Thomas, Hal Davis and Terry Thomas.

Arrangements were by Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home.


SANFORD — Mary Jackson Bowman, 88, of Sanford died Monday (1/27/14) at Liberty Commons Nursing and Rehabilitation. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Miller-Boles Funeral Home.


PITTSBORO — Lilla D. Turner, 88, of 66 Toomer Loop, Pittsboro, died Sunday (1/26/14) at her residence. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Knotts Funeral Home.