Jan. 08, 2014 @ 05:00 AM


STEDMAN — Rev. Fulton Thomas, born in Putnam County, Florida, surrendered to preach as an older teenager and served in churches in Northeast Florida and North Carolina. He was faithful to the gospel ministry for over 60 years. He closed his eyes physically for the last time Sunday, January 5, 2014, and opened them for eternity to the glorious sights of heaven.

He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Jewel Thomas; three children, Andra Carroll and husband Bob of High Point, Karen Boyette and husband Wiley of Wilson, and Chaplain Mark Thomas and wife Cynthia of Montgomery, Ala.; one brother, David Thomas; three sisters, Minnie Campbell, Lynell Wilson and Beatrice Reedy; four grandchildren, Adam Knight, Kaitlyn and Kathleen Boyette and Meredith Thomas.

The family will receive friends at 10:30 a.m. at Stedman Baptist Church on Thursday, January 9, 2014. The funeral will follow at 11:30 a.m.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Stedman Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 190, Stedman, N.C. 28391.

Services entrusted to Butler Funeral Home, 401 West Roseboro Street, Roseboro.

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WAYNESBORO, VA — Capt. Thomas Holt Griffin, USN (Ret.), of Waynesboro, Virginia, passed away on Sunday, January 5, 2014 at his residence.

He was born on June 17, 1924 in North Carolina, son of the late Clyde and Madeline Griffin. Capt. Griffin left Sanford, NC in 1942 to join the Navy. At the age of 19, in June of 1944, he became the youngest commissioned naval aviator, with the exception of President George H.W. Bush. His service in the Navy carried him from Pensacola, FL to Honolulu, HI and Berkley, CA, where he attended the University of California. He went on to Monterey, CA, Norfolk, VA, and Washington, D.C., where he later attended George Washington University and then overseas to Mildenhall, England. Capt. Griffin and his family returned to Washington, D.C. where he oversaw the selection and purchase of helicopters for the White House. Capt. Griffin retired in 1975 after a distinguished 33 year career. He was the recipient of the National Defense Medal. After retirement, he attended Old Dominion University receiving a Masters Degree in psychology. He and his family relocated to Afton, VA and later on to Waynesboro, where he became the executive director of the local American Red Cross Chapter. He and his wife, Joy, enjoyed many years of traveling, playing golf at the Waynesboro Country Club and participating in state Republican activities.

He is survived by his wife, Leatrice Joy Griffin; his daughter, Sharon Lea Adinolfi and husband David Weinand of Waynesboro; his son, Jack Griffin and wife Nancy Galler of Vienna, VA, and daughter Katharine Power and husband Charles of Encino, CA; his grandchildren, Joanna Nunan and husband Tom of Chesapeake and their two children, Brigid and Grainne Nunan; Joy Santos of Huntington, CT and her two children, Jaime and Christian; Chris Griffin and his wife, Allison of Gainesville, VA; his sister, LaRue Bost of Sanford, NC and her children Jack and Brenda Bost of Lemon Springs, NC, Pam and Alan Bresson of Boca Raton, FL, Danny and Ann Bost of Broadway, NC. He is also survived by his nephew, Bill Ward and Sherry Ward of Burlington, WI; nieces Paulette Domingo of Gallatin, TN and Patti Ann Tucker and her husband David of Kalamazoo, MI.

Capt. Griffin was predeceased by his granddaughter, Jill M. Collins.

A funeral mass will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, January 10, 2014 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 300 Maple Avenue, Waynesboro. A reception will follow at the Waynesboro Country Club.

Interment will take place at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Capt. Griffin's name to the Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, D.C. 20004.

McDow Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements.

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GULF — Martha Ann Gaines Foushee, 73, of Gulf died Sunday (1/5/14) at the home of her daughter.

She was born in Chatham County on Sept. 11, 1940, the daughter of Fred Lacy and Olivia (Jordan) Gaines. She was a homemaker and had been a caregiver for children. She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers, Lonnie Lester Gaines and Larry Thomas Gaines.

She is survived by her husband, Roy Clayton Foushee; daughters, Lori Stack and husband Tommy of Sanford, Martha Jean Woody of Bear Creek, Jeanette Christine Foushee of Gulf, and Annette Keyser and husband Arvil of Broadway; son, Harold Foushee of Goldston; 10 grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; and one brother, Dennis Ray Gaines and wife Barbara of Goldston.

The family will receive friends today from 1 to 2 p.m. at Smith & Buckner Funeral Home in Siler City. The funeral will follow at 2 p.m. at Smith & Buckner Funeral Home Chapel with Chaplin Ann Ritter officiating. Burial will be at Gaines Grove Cemetery in Goldston.

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VASS — Mary Magdalene Campbell Hudson, 82, of Vass, died Sunday (1/5/14) at FirstHealth Hospice House of Pinehurst.

A celebration of life will be held today at 2 p.m. at Cox Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Dennis Patterson officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Johnson Grove Cemetery.

She was born in Vass to the Rev. Clyde Franklin and Lessie Ann Campbell.

She is survived by one daughter, Dianne Hudson Anderson of Vass; daughter-in-law, Tammy Hudson of Carthage; two sisters, Thelma Jones of Trinity and Alma Maples of Carthage; one brother, Paul Campbell of Vass; one grandson; two great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Conrad L. Hudson; her parents, Clyde Franklin and Lessie Ann Campbell; two sons, Carson L. Hudson and Terry D. Hudson; one sister, Evelyn Scarborough; three brothers, Clyde (Junior) Campbell, Clarence Campbell and Ernest Campbell; and one great-great-grandchild.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mary Magdalene Hudson Memorial Fund, c/o Cox Memorial Funeral Home, P.O. Box 651, Vass, N.C. 28394.

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Arrangements are by Cox Memorial Funeral Home & Crematory of Vass.


SANFORD — Funeral service for Bessie Godfrey Hilliard, 86, who died Saturday (1/4/14), was held at 7:30 p.m. Monday at East Sanford Baptist Church by the Rev. Robbie L. Gibson. A private committal service followed Tuesday at Barbecue Presbyterian Church Cemetery.

During the service, the pianist was Suzanne Bowen, soloist was William Ellis and the congregation sang. Words of remembrance were given by family and friends.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Building Fund at East Sanford Baptist Church, P.O. Box 609, Sanford, N.C. 27331.

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Arrangements were by Rogers-Pickard Funeral Home.


SANFORD — Funeral service for Col. (Ret.) Clark L. Kershner, 85, who died Friday (1/3/14), was held Monday at 4 p.m. at Holly Springs Church in Broadway with the Rev. Jerry Parsons officiating. Burial followed at the church cemetery with military rites.

Pianist was Louise Oyster. Organist was David Oyster. An instrumental duet was played by David and Louise Oyster. Soloists were Lynne Green and Richard Sistrunk. The congregation also sang two selections.

Members of his Sunday school class sat together as a group.

Arrangements were by Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home.


SPRING LAKE — Walter Edward Greer Sr., 70, of 1609 Mack St., died Friday (12/27/13) at home.

He was born March 25, 1943, in Stanton, Tenn.

He is survived by five daughters, Kandi Greer Moorehead, Sheri Grant, Marjorie Aldrich, Lynda Grace Aldrich and Rosselyn Miller; two sons, Mark Greer and Walter Greer Jr.; three brothers, Bill Greer, Dennis Greer and Robbie Greer; and six sisters, Valeria Greer, Lavern Tucker, Llana Greer, Janice Greer, Elaine Gardner and Barbara King.

Funeral service will be held Friday at 12 p.m. at Bethel A.M.E. Zion Church in Spring. Burial will follow at Sandhills State Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Friday at 11 a.m. at the church prior to the service.

Arrangements are by Elizabeth Street Mortuary in Spring Lake.


SANFORD — Funeral service for Gladys Mae Carter Hall, 79, who died Saturday (1/4/14), was held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. David Kimbrell and Pastor Eugene Powers officiating. Burial followed at Lemon Springs United Methodist Church Cemetery.

Soloist was Sandra Rosser. The congregation led by the Rev. David Kimbrell also sang.

Active pallbearers were Jody McKay, Jason Satterfield, Greg Kelly Jr., D.J. Whitaker, Chad McNeill and Ronnie Bollinger. Honorary pallbearer was Donnie Bollinger.

Arrangements were by Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home.