Obituaries for Feb. 2
HARRY VERNON HAMILTON SR.
GREENVILLE — Harry Vernon Hamilton, Sr., 93, died at Vidant Service League Inpatient Hospice in Greenville, N.C., on Tuesday, January 28, 2014. He was born in Jonesboro, N.C.
A private burial will take place at the North Carolina Veterans Cemetery in Jacksonville, N.C. A memorial service will be held at Swansboro United Methodist Church at a later date.
Harry joined the Navy as a Naval Air Cadet in 1942. He received his commission and Navy wings in December 1943 in Pensacola, Florida, then joined Air Group 9 as an F6F-5 Hellcat fighter pilot in the South Pacific, flying off the aircraft carriers USS Lexington and USS Yorktown (CV-10). He flew 56 combat missions during World War II and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross with one gold star in lieu of a second Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with three gold stars in lieu of a second, third, and fourth air medal.
In awarding the Distinguished Flying Cross to Harry, then Secretary of the Navy James Forrestal wrote the following citation: “For heroism and extraordinary achievement in aerial flight as Pilot of a Carrier-based Fighter Plane in Fighting Squadron NINE, in action against enemy Japanese forces in the vicinity of the Japanese Homeland and adjacent island chains, from February 10 to April 27, 1945. Participating in twenty strikes during this period, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Hamilton inflicted severe damage on enemy shipping, airfields and installations. His courage and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.”
Following World War II and service in the Naval Reserve, Harry was discharged from the Navy with the rank of Lieutenant. He settled in Swansboro and worked as a construction cost estimator in the public works department at Camp Lejeune for 25 years.
Harry was a member of the Swansboro United Methodist Church, where he held a number of offices including treasurer and trustee and served on the building committee that resulted in a new church on Corbett Avenue. He also was a member of the Swansboro Masonic Lodge, New Bern Scottish Rite, New Bern Shrine Club, and Swansboro Lions Club, for which he served as president in 1959. As president of the Swansboro Area Men's Club in 1955, Harry led a delegation to Raleigh, where they met with the N.C. Banking Commission and secured approval for a much-needed first bank-First Citizens-to be built in Swansboro. An avid golfer, Harry was a member of the Jacksonville Country Club for 50 years. He often went boating and fishing in the Swansboro area with his son even after his 90th birthday. He also was a proud and active member of the Swansboro Rotary Club from 1982 until shortly before his death.
Harry was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Helen Tolson Hamilton; his parents, Vernon and Leliah Cox Hamilton; and three brothers and four sisters.
He is survived by his son, Harry Vernon Hamilton, Jr. and wife, Sharon; two granddaughters, Helen Mary and Leah Grace Hamilton, all of Greenville, N.C.; his brother Sam's wife, Hazel Hamilton, of Sanford, N.C.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Swansboro United Methodist Church located at 665 W. Corbett Ave. in Swansboro, NC 28584.
Electronic condolences may be left for the family at www.jonesfh.org.
JOHANNES "HANS" FRANZ NIEDWOROK
SANFORD — Johannes “Hans” Franz Niedworok, 77, of Sanford passed away Wednesday (1/29/14) at Central Carolina Hospital.
Born on Oct. 11, 1936, in Germany to the late Max and Martha Niedworok, Hans grew up in Germany during the war and got into the tool making business early in life. He served an apprenticeship in tool making which would later bring him to America.
Hans met his first wife Mathilda while in Germany. They married in 1958 and had two children while still in Germany. They then moved to South Africa where their third child was born. Spending many years in South Africa, Hans worked with intricate parts in tool making. On July 9, 1969 he was given the opportunity to work for Stattford Tool and Die Company in America. He held many jobs throughout the company and went on to become the Vice President of Federal Molding Company.
He was predeceased by his first wife in 1990. Hans met his second wife, Justine “Tina” during a classical ballroom dancing class and they married in 1996. He was an active member in the Lions Club for more than ten years and loved helping out in the community. Hans was also a faithful member of St. Luke United Methodist Church.
In addition to his parents, Hans was predeceased by his first wife, Mathilda, in 1990 and his second wife, Justine, in December 2013.
He is survived by two sons, Claudio Niedworok and Dieter Niedworok; one daughter, Sigrid Colvin; three step-children, David Hale, Debbie Penny and Louise Taff; Also survived by five siblings back in Germany; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
A visitation will be held on Monday from 4-5 p.m. at Miller-Boles Funeral Home in Sanford. Funeral service will follow at 5 p.m. in the funeral home chapel. Interment will be private.
Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society PO Box 22718 Oklahoma City, OK, 73123 or Lions Club of Sanford PO Box 892 Sanford, NC, 27331.
Arrangements being handled by Miller-Boles Funeral Home of Sanford.
JAMES WALTER BRYAN
RALEIGH — James Walter Bryan, 91, of Raleigh died Thursday (1/30/14) at Rex Hospital in Raleigh. He was born in Bladen County, the son of the late Neill McKay Bryan and Martha Maultsby Bryan.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, William Murphy Bryan and Neill McKay Bryan, and two sisters, Martha Neill Bryan and Sarah Catherine Bryan. He was a graduate of Campbell College in 1941 and Wake Forest University in 1944. Bryan was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II assigned to the 920 counter intelligence unit in Germany. He worked with the Methodist Home in Raleigh and served as Director of Education and later Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Youth Services for the state of North Carolina.
Graveside service will be 2 p.m. Monday at Buies Creek Cemetery with Rev. Dr. Bill Goodnight officiating.
Mr. Bryan is survived by several nieces, nephews and close friends.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to O’Quinn-Peebles-Phillips Funeral Home & Crematory, Lillington.
Online condolences at www.oppfh.com.
OLIN DAVID MYERS
FAYETTEVILLE — Olin David Myers, 58, of 4801 Alamance Drive in Fayetteville, died Monday (1/27/14) at his home.
He is survived by three sisters, Ethel Denmark (husband John), Martha Whitfield (husband Robert) and Linda Hollman; and four brothers, Kenneth Myers (wife Gracie), Moses Myers (wife Wanda), Scottie Myers (wife Patricia) and Lawrence Faust (wife Miriam).
Funeral service will be noon Monday at Elizabeth Street Mortuary Chapel at 111 Elizabeth St. in Spring Lake.
Interment will be at a later date.
Arrangements by Elizabeth Street Mortuary.
JOHN PRENTICE "PEE WEE" ROSSER
SANFORD — Funeral service was held for John Prentice “Pee Wee” Rosser on Saturday (2/1/14) at Turner's Chapel in Sanford with the Reverends Bruce MacInnes and Reid Dickens officiating.
Special music was played on the violin by Keith Thomas. Eulogy was given by Robert Crawford.
A graveside service followed at the church cemetery. Pallbearers were Neil Rosser, Glen McDuffie, Billy Schoolcraft, Floyd Fogelman, Dick Rego and Robert Crawford. Honorary pallbearers were The Ed Wicker Sunday School Class.
Miller-Boles Funeral Home of Sanford served the family.
DOROTHY R. MCDOUGAL
SANFORD — Dorothy R. McDougal, 80, of 1924 Carr Creek Road in Sanford, died Friday (1/31/14) at Central Carolina Hospital in Sanford.
Arrangements by Knotts Funeral Home of Sanford.
SANFORD — Mary Hooker, 93 of Sanford, died Friday (1/31/14) at Community Home Care and Hospice.
Arrangements by Knotts Funeral Home of Sanford.
TRAVIS WAYNE MOFIELD
ABERDEEN — Travis Wayne Mofield, 36, of 36141 U.S. 1 South in Aberdeen died Friday (1/31/14) at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital in Pinehurst. Funeral service will be conducted Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Brown's Chapel Christian Church in Robbins, with Rev. Michael Parenti officiating. Burial will follow at a later date.
Travis was a Moore County native and a carpenter in the construction business. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Marvin & Margie Moore, as well as paternal Grandparents, Dallas & Bertha Mofield.
He is survived by his parents, Dallas "Buck" Mofield, and Virginia "Ann" Moore Mofield, of the home; and brothers Michael Mofield and wife Shannon, of Riverview, Fla., and Keith Mofield of the home.
Visitation will be held Monday from 6-8 p.m. at Brown's Chapel Christian Church, and other times at his home. Memorials may be made to Brown's Chapel Church Cemetery Fund c/o Sandra Maness, 1920 Spies Road, Robbins, NC 27325, or the Ladies Helping Hands, c/o Helen Allred, 1864 Spies Road, Robbins, NC 27325. You may make online condolences at www.joycebradychapel.com.
Arrangements by Joyce-Brady Chapel in Bennett.
ALBERT LEWIS HALL
CAMERON — Funeral service for Albert Lewis Hall, 63, of Cameron, who died Wednesday (1/29/14) was conducted Saturday at 2 p.m. at Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor John Brown officiating. Burial followed at Cameron Town Cemetery.
Robbie Martin and Linda Blackman Wegner sang and played the guitar. Recorded music was also played. Robbie Martin and Linda Blackman Wegner also played and sang at the graveside.
Pallbearers were Mike Whitaker, Ricky Oliver, Bobby Hall, Steve Hall, Kenneth Hall and Russell McGehee.
Arrangements were by Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home.
DELORES "DEE" ZIMMERMAN
CAMERON — Delores “Dee” Zimmerman, 73, of Cameron, died Friday (1/31/14).
Born in Marshall County, Indiana, she was the daughter of the late Wilbur and Susie Bradley. She was preceded in death by two children, Bobby and Robin Beauchamp; and three brothers, Delmas, Paul and Rocky Bradley.
She was a member of the American Legion.
She is survived by her husband, Don Zimmerman; a daughter, Lynda Mottinger of Lillington; a step-daughter, Dawn White and husband Russell of Indiana; two step-sons, Donald Zimmerman, and Richand Zimmerman and wife Sue, of Indiana; three brothers, Allen Bradley of Michigan, Eddie Bradley and wife Linda of Michigan, and Bernard Bradley and wife Karen of Indiana; three grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; six great-grand children; and nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held 7 p.m. Monday at O’Quinn-Peebles-Phillips Funeral Home & Crematory Chapel. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Carolina Animal Rescue and Adoption, P.O. Box 2642, Sanford NC 27331
Funeral arrangements entrusted to O’Quinn-Peebles-Phillips Funeral Home & Crematory.
Online condolences at www.oppfh.com.