Dec. 19, 2013 @ 05:00 AM


(May 7, 1937 - December 18, 2013)

SANFORD — Virginia Greer Thompson Cashion, 76, passed away on Wednesday, December 18, 2013.

She was the daughter to the late Hugh Linzie Thompson and Nellie Lucas Thompson of Siler City.

Virginia was a graduate of Candor High School in Candor, N.C. where she played on the high school basketball team. Virginia continued her education and obtained her real estate license in 1986. She had a long and distinguished career in real estate that lasted more than 37 years. She was Sales Manager - Broker for Simpson and Simpson, Inc. upon her death.

A devoted wife, mother, grandmother and sister, Virginia is survived by her husband, Lloyd F. Cashion, Jr.; daughter, Nikki C. Thomas and husband Larry of Mooresville; son, Reid A. Cashion and wife Susan of Cary; and son, Gary L. Cashion of Jacksonville; five grandchildren: Christopher Lindsay Cashion (Kim), Sarah Elizabeth Cashion, Jamie Nicole Thomas, Kyle Cashion and Reid Anthony Cashion II; sisters: Mary Martin of Georgia, Margie Rook (Ray) of Georgia, Edna McCaskill of Biscoe, Marie Turner (Chester) of Climax, and Pat Loftin (Wayland) of Winterville, and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and in-laws. In addition to her family, Virginia leaves behind numerous friends that held a special place in her heart.

She was predeceased by her brother, Hannis Lindsay Thompson of High Point.

Virginia lived her life for God, family and others. She loved and excelled in cooking and gardening and was forever sharing of these talents with her friends and neighbors. In her younger years she enjoyed fishing and spending time at Badin Lake and most recently at Ocean Isle Beach.

A funeral service is scheduled for Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 3 p.m. at Buffalo Presbyterian Church with Pastor Paul Shields officiating. Entombment will follow in the Cashion Mausoleum at Buffalo Cemetery. The family will receive friends Friday, December 20th from 6 to 8 p.m. at Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to the Buffalo Presbyterian Church “Building Fund,” 1333 Carthage Street, Sanford, NC 27330.

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Arrangements by Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home, Inc.

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BROADWAY — Donald Watts Harrington, age 82, of Broadway, died Wednesday (12/18/2013) at his home.

He was born in Harnett County on December 11, 1931, son of the late Grover Cleveland Harrington and Irene McNeill Harrington McLeod. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his stepfather, Ned McLeod. He was a veteran of the United States Army, was a member of the American Legion and was an Elder and member of the Mount Pisgah Presbyterian Church.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Mount Pisgah Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Doug Houston officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Surviving are his wife of 54 years, Margaret Rosser Harrington of the home; sons, Gary Harrington and wife Charlotte of Sanford, NC and Darryl Harrington and wife Tanya of Broadway, NC; stepbrother, T. Bragg McLeod of Charlotte, NC and stepsister, Mildred Harrington of Broadway, NC; grandchildren, Grayson Harrington, Kylie Harrington and Jackson Harrington.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Friday evening at the Smith Funeral Home in Broadway.

Online condolences can be made at

Arrangements are by the Smith Funeral Home of Broadway.

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WEST LAUREL, MD — Gerald Albert Mauri, a resident of West Laurel, Maryland died peacefully at Stella Maris Inpatient Hospice on Saturday, December 14th, 2013 following a courageous battle against cancer.

Jerry, as his friends and family knew him, was born January 10, 1942 in Buffalo, NY.

He is survived by his wife D. Elaine Mauri, daughter Guilia Elisa Murray of North Carolina and many beloved cousins from the Buffalo area.

He embraced life and learning and had a passion for opera, art, literature, language, traveling and food.

His thirst for knowledge and spiritual understanding was unquenchable, and drove him to pursue his passions tirelessly across two continents. As an accomplished professional chef (and chef emeritus of the Old Ebbit Grill in Washington, among other venues), he demanded excellence in every dining experience and could effortlessly toss together a gourmet meal with friends and family effortlessly. He embraced his Italian heritage with gusto immersed himself not only in cuisine, but language and opera, living for many years in his ancestral country. Never satisfied with leaning only in his own language, he continuously studied, formally and informally to broaden his understanding, most recently developing a fluency in Portuguese. However, of all his many cultural interests, the fine arts probably topped the list. He deeply understood art history in all its nuances and was conversant regarding a vast number of painters and their works, having personally experienced those works in collection across the United States and Europe. Ever a wandering spirit, his struggles with his own mortality brought him to a depth of spiritual understanding that few achieve. His embrace of life, even as it was fading from his grasp, was not only an inspiration to his wife and daughter and all his many close friends, but provided a glimpse of a great soul, at peace with God and his fellows.

His greatest joy was when he and Elaine were married and he inherited an extended family which included his mother-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews and great nephews and Julia and Irene who were known as his “Spanish daughters.” Marty Cartman Valentine his beloved bichon was always at his “papa's side."

A celebration of life will be held at a later time.

To assist others in their final stages of life please donate to Stella Maris Hospice of Timonium, Maryland.

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SANFORD — Martha Anne Shackleton, 23, of 409 San Lee Drive, died Friday (12/13/13) at Duke Hospital in Durham.

She was born March, 13, 1990, to Martha Theresa Lamas and father Julius Winfield (Jodi). She was adopted as a small child by Christa Johnson and Scott Shackleton. Later she was introduced to Frankie Spinks, whom she referred to as her mother and resided with for the next eight years. She was preceded in death by her birth mother, Martha Theresa Lamas.

She is survived by grandparents, Paul and Grace Shackleton, and Guadalupe Gaytan; sisters, Felicia Hamilton, Mary Hudson, Bobbie Shackleton, Rebekah Shackleton, Virginia Rivera, Betty Wallace and Faith Kirk; brothers, Josiah Shackleton, Paul Shackleton, Julius Shackleton, Jose Rivera, Bobby Rivera and Tyler Jamal Smith; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral service will be held Friday at 1 p.m. at Christian Provision Ministries.

Arrangements are by Knotts Funeral Home.


ROBBINS — Eva Williams Brower, 85, died Saturday (12/14/13) at Randolph Health & Rehabilitation Center in Asheboro.

She was born Feb. 13, 1928, to Mattie and Russell Williams in Glendon. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Lonnie Lawson Brower; son, Kenneth; and three grandchildren.

Funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday at New Zion AME Zion Church in Robbins with the Rev. Jerry Dowdy officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery. A visitation will be held at 1 p.m. prior to the funeral at the church.

She is survived by her children, Yvonne Martin (Percy) of Goldston, Henry J. Brower (Beverly) of Biscoe, Lawson Brower, Walter Brower (Marie), and Shelia Murray (Everett), all of Robbins, Raymond Brower (Meshell) of Asheboro, Charles Brower (Benita) of Chesapeake, Va., and Avis Curtis (Avery) of Greensboro; 18 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; brothers, Elder Billy Williams (Viola) of Columbus, Ohio, Leonard Williams (Thelma), and Willie Williams (Laverne), of Robbins; sisters, Belle Person of Robbins, Betty Shamberger of Pinehurst, Bessie Taylor of Pittsburgh, Pa., Mattie Williams of Carthage and Jessie Mae Barrett (Robert) of Pinehurst; sister-in-law, Ruth Brower of Carthage; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Arrangements are by Person Funeral Home in Robbins.


SANFORD — Funeral service for Agnes Wicker Apple, 89, formerly of Sanford, who died Saturday (12/14/13), was held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Lemon Springs United Methodist Church with Pastor Roberta Byram officiating.

Those attending the service were given the opportunity to give remembrances. Burial followed at the church cemetery.

Keyboardist was Linda Spivey. Soloist was Donald Perrell. The congregation sang two selections.

Pallbearers were Mark Wicker, Turner Wicker, Robert Wicker, Terrell Apple, Terrell Brooks and Jim Wicker.

Arrangements were by Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home.