Jan. 11, 2014 @ 05:00 AM


SANFORD — Mr. Sandy Richard High, 66, of Sanford, died Thursday (01-09-2014) at home, following a brief illness.

He was a native of Sanford, born November 16, 1947, to the late Theodore and Mary Bridges High. He was predeceased by a brother, John Wallace High and stepson, Blake Womack.

Survivors include his wife of 24 years, Terrie Cox High; son, Bryan C. High and wife, Jennifer, of Wilmington; stepson, Grant Womack of Sanford; brother, Roy David High of Cary and grandson, Harrison S. High of Wilmington.

Sandy was a member of Flat Springs Baptist Church. He graduated from Deep River School in 1965 and attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1965-1967).

He spent most of his working career with the Belk store in Sanford, starting in 1969 as a shoe buyer trainee and advancing to department manager, then to general merchandise manager. He was promoted to store manager in 1987. Following a heart attack in the fall of 2001, Sandy ended his 33-year career with the company in 2002.

In 2002, Sandy went to work with North Carolina Farm Bureau Insurance in Sanford until December of 2007 when he became disabled due to lung fibrosis. He underwent successful double lung transplant surgery at Duke Hospital in November of 2008.

Sandy was a past member of the Sanford Rotary Club and has previously served on the board of directors for the Sanford Chamber of Commerce and The United Way of Lee County.

Prior to becoming disabled, Sandy was an avid golfer and a life-long UNC sports fan. He had a keen interest in genealogy and family history, spending many hours researching each branch of his family tree. He also loved to travel with his wife and friends and often talked about his favorite trips.

A funeral service will be held Monday (01-13-14) at 2 p.m. at Flat Springs Baptist Church with Dr. Gary McCollough officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church following the service in the fellowship hall and at other times at the family home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Flat Springs Baptist Church, 4148 Deep River Rd., Sanford, N.C. 27330.

Condolences may be made at

Arrangements by Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home, Inc.

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LEMON SPRINGS — Mr. Bobby Grey Holmes, age 76, of Lemon Springs, N.C. died Thursday, January 9, 2014, at his home.

He was born on December 15, 1937, in Stovall, N.C., to the late Neil Frank Holmes and Nannie Wood Holmes. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Perry Lee Holmes and Herman Holmes, and by sisters, Eula Mae Bates, Faye Holmes Buchanan and Linda Holmes Slauta.

Mr. Holmes proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Pawcatuck during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He was a retired machine operator and truck driver.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Carolyn Hall Holmes. He leaves behind his two sons, Marshall (Janice) and Mike Holmes (Angela); brother, Larry Holmes of Oklahoma and sister, Betty Adams of Sanford, N.C. The love of his life were his four grandchildren: Jennifer Holmes Buchanan (Brandon), Katie Holmes, Scott Holmes, and Daniel Holmes. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, and his faithful dog, Lucy.

The family will receive friends Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home. The funeral will be Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, at 3:30 p.m. at Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Ruth Holder and Rev. Dewayne Dickerson officiating. Burial will follow at Lemon Springs United Methodist Church Cemetery.

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Arrangements by Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home, Inc.

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BENNETT — Wilbert Jones, 94, of 2499 N.C. Hwy. 22-42, Bennett, died Friday, January 10, 2014 at Universal Health Care in Ramseur.

Funeral service will be conducted at 3 p.m. Sunday, January 12, 2014, at Bennett Baptist Church, Bennett, with the Rev. Tim Strider officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Wilbert was a native of Chatham County, retired poultry hauler and owner, a farmer and owner and operator of Jones Jewelers in Robbins and a member of the Bennett Baptist Church. He was a charter member of RMC Hunting Club. He has participated for the last two years in the "Back in the Woods Handicapped Hunt" of which he was the oldest participating hunter, killing his last deer in September, 2013. He was also an avid hunter and fisherman. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Lydia Ann Powers Jones, and daughter-in-law, Kaye Bray Jones.

Survivors are his wife of 71 years, Mildred Maness Jones; daughters, Marjorie Maness and husband Wayne of Bennett, and Mary Ann Murray of Sanford; sons, Richard Jones and wife Wanda of Ramseur, and Rodger Jones of Bear Creek; grandchildren, Matthew Maness and wife Christy of High Falls, Travis Murray and wife Misty, Jennifer Moody and husband Brad of Bennett, Kara Oldham and husband Bobby, Keenan Jones and wife Deanna, Ryan Jones and wife Gina, all of Bear Creek; great-grandchildren, Logan Maness, Jayce Maness, Maisy Moody, Will Jones, Madison Jones, Emma Jones, Leah Jones, Olivia Jones, Ian Jones, Katherine Grace Oldham, Caleb Oldham.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff of Universal Health Care for their special care.

Visitation will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday at Loflin Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Ramseur, and other times at the residence.

Condolences may be made online at

Arrangements by Loflin Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ramseur.

Memorials may be made to Bennett Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 91, Bennett, N.C. 27208.

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GREENSBORO — Parker (Pat) Watson Patterson, 85, died January 9, 2014 at Pettigrew Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center in Durham.

Pat was born February 7th, 1928, the son of the late Leonidas (Lonnie) and Carrie Patterson of Broadway, N.C. Parker was preceded in death by his wife of 35 years, Dorothy Marie Inman Patterson; son, David Watson Patterson; grandson, Samuel Joey Patterson; brothers, Roderick (Ock) Patterson, Duncan Patterson, J.D. Patterson, Archie Patterson and wife Yvonne, L.C. Patterson, Foster Patterson and wife Inez; sister, Lena Hughes; and second wife, Mildred Payne Patterson.

Parker graduated from Boone Trail High School in 1945. He attended North Carolina State University and graduated with a major in mechanical engineering. After college graduation he worked with North Carolina Equipment Company for 45 years as a Field Engineer specializing in hydraulics. After retirement he worked as a bus monitor for handicapped children for several years. Parker was a volunteer fireman/paramedic with the Guilford College Fire Department, Stations #17 and #19.

Parker was an active member of Guilford College Baptist Church for many years. He sang in the choir and served as a Deacon. He then moved his membership to Shining Light Baptist Church where he was an active member until his health prevented him from attending church.

Parker started painting later in life and became quite a talented artist. He loved feeding birds and watching their antics outside his back door. His backyard garden and large fig tree gave him both a hobby and pleasure. Parker loved people and made friends wherever life took him. He was a loving and caring husband, father, Papaw, relative, and friend. His sense of humor and gentle spirit will be missed by everyone who knew him.

Parker is survived by his children, Debbie Goldbeck and husband George of Chapel Hill, Donald Patterson and wife Judy of Salisbury, Danny Patterson of Wilmington, and stepson Keith Payne. Parker is also survived by brothers, Dougald Patterson and wife Wallace Ann of Reidsville, Nash Patterson and wife Marie of Linden, Clyde Patterson and friend Christine of Broadway; sisters, Jennie Holland and husband Johnny of Lillington, Margaret Butler and husband Charlie of Broadway; sisters-in-law, Shirley Stewart Patterson of Broadway and Johnnie Jean Patterson of Broadway; brother-in-law, Bill Hughes of Fayetteville; grandchildren, Carrie Goldbeck of Cedar Grove, Meredith Goldbeck of Chapel Hill, Lee Patterson and wife Kim of Reidsville, Wendy Owens and husband Cory of Mooresville, Adam Patterson and wife Julia of China Grove, Eric Patterson and wife Susan of Faith, Katelyn Patterson of Wake Forest, step grandchildren, Sarah and Travis Young of Advance; great-grandchildren, Riley and Emma Owens, Brinley and Cressley Patterson, Jody and Tyler Patterson; nieces and nephews, Pam Olive and husband Rick, Lori Yow and husband Tim, Chad Patterson and wife Ann-Stewart, Duncan Patterson, Karen Day and husband Tim, John Patterson, Jr., Leisa Thomas and husband Eugene, Cameron Patterson and wife Lisa, Mary Jo Numerick, Kim Sharpe and husband Kelvin, April Flynn and husband David, Angie Parker and husband Tommy, Allen Patterson, Jr., Vern Hughes, Jr., Chuck Hughes and wife Catherine, Tim Hughes, Lynwood Holland and wife Tina, and Charles Butler. Parker also has nineteen great nieces and twelve great nephews.

The family would like to offer their gratitude to Parker's friends and family who supported Parker with care, concern, prayers, and visits during his lengthy illness. Parker's family offers a special thank you to the staff of Pettigrew Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center in Durham, N.C.

Parker's family will receive friends from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at Forbis & Dick Guilford College Chapel, 5926 W. Friendly Ave., Greensboro. Funeral services will follow at 3:00 p.m. with the Reverend Billy McDaniel officiating.  Parker will be laid to rest at Westminster Gardens, 3601 Whitehurst Rd., Greensboro following the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Shining Light Baptist Church, 4530 West Wendover Avenue, Greensboro, NC 27409 or to Parker's boyhood family church, Leaflet Presbyterian Church, c/o Jeff Thomas, 11025 Old US 421, Broadway, NC  27505.

Forbis and Dick Guilford is serving the Patterson family and online condolences may be sent to

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SANFORD — Mrs. Fannabelle Habinck Bowling, age 79, of Sanford, NC died Friday, January 10, 2014 at Central Carolina Hospital.

Known affectionately as Fran among her friends and co-workers, Fran was born in Iowa, daughter of the late Arthur and June Habinck on August 19, 1934. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Edward Samuel Bowling, Sr.

A devout Christian woman, daughter, mother and caring sister and wife, Fannabelle raised five beautiful Christian children: Ramona Bowling of the home, Edward Bowling, Jr. and wife Carol of Sanford, Terrence Bowling and wife Kim of Sanford, Stephen Bowling of the home and Gregory Bowling of the home. In addition to her children, Fannabelle is survived by eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; three sisters, Darlene Haddon and husband Don, Arlene Schwart, and Donna Connerley, all of Iowa; sister-in-law, Edna Thomas of Sanford; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends Sunday, January 12, 2014 from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM in the Jonesboro Heights Baptist Church McDowell Hall and the memorial service will follow at 3:00 PM in the sanctuary with Rev. Jeff Roberts and Rev. Gilbert McDowell officiating.

Heartfelt thanks to the special nurses and doctors (you know who you are) that provided comfort and support to our wonderful mom and family.

In lieu of flowers donations are welcome to the Hubert and Edna Thomas Mission Fund, Jonesboro Height Baptist Church, 316 West Main Street, Sanford, NC 27332.

Condolences may be made at

Arrangements by Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home, Inc.

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SANFORD — Margaret Frazier Caldwell Baker, 92, of Sanford, died Thursday (1/9/14) at Central Carolina Hospital.

She was born in Mecklenburg County to the late William Frazier Caldwell and Mary Jane Auten Caldwell. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her late husband, Charles Craven Baker Sr., and a brother, William Auten “Bill” Caldwell. She had worked as the Associate Register of Deeds for the Chatham County Register of Deeds office. She was a member of Cameron Presbyterian Church and Presbyterian Women of the Church. She was also involved with the Lee County Agricultural Extension Club.

She is survived by one son, Charles Craven Baker Jr. of Sanford; brother, James Addison “Jim” Caldwell of Doylestown, Pa.; one sister, Lenora Ann Greenwell of New London; two grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Funeral service will be Monday at 2 p.m. at Cameron Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Whitney Wilkinson officiating. Entombment will follow in the mausoleum of Lee Memory Gardens.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the funeral service at the church and following the entombment at Lee Memory Gardens.

Memorials may be made to Barium Springs Children's Home, P.O. Box 1, Barium Springs, N.C. 28010.

Condolences may be made at

Arrangements by Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home, Inc.


SANFORD — Peggy Joyce Presley, 59, died Monday (1/6/14) at home.

She was born to the late Sam Buck Comer and Maybel Carleen Comer on Oct. 25, 1954. On Jan. 6, 1970, she was married to the late Tommy Lee Presley.

A private memorial service will be held.

She is survived by her children, Joyce Presley, Susie Presley, Tommy Presley and Ryan Presley, all of Sanford; 12 grandchildren; and two sisters and two brothers, Della Smith, Connie Windham, Sammy Comer and Richard Comer, all of Sanford.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Cancer Society of Moore County or the Community Home Care & Hospice of Sanford.


CAMERON — Shelby Jean Gudger Colley, 77, of Cameron, died Thursday (1/9/14) at her home.

She was born Aug. 31, 1936, to the late Ervin Calvin Gudger and Dealie Byrd Gudger. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James Lee Colley, and siblings, Edith Pauline G. Sinclair, Mildred G. “Mickey” Lowder, Betty Lou “Boots” G. Abendschein, Peggy Sue G. Strickland, Gary Delbert Gudger and Edward Calvin “Eddie” Gudger. She worked many years as a waitress and was a homemaker. Together with her late husband they ran two businesses — Colley's Mobile Home Service and Colley's Mobile Home Park.

She is survived by one son, James Michael Colley of Cameron; two daughters, Nina Smithwick and husband Douglas, and Regina Colley, all of Cameron; one brother, Larry Elbert Gudger of Albemarle; two sisters, Nannie Odessa Gudger Springer and Audie Katherine G. Morgan, both of Albemarle; one grandchild and two great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends today from 6 to 8 p.m. at Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home.

Funeral service will be in the chapel of Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home on Sunday at 2 p.m. with Hospice Chaplain Archie Stevens and Pastor Al Currie officiating. Burial will follow at Lee Memory Gardens.

Condolences may be made at

Arrangements by Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home, Inc.


SANFORD — Polly Sharpe of Sanford died Friday (1/10/14). Arrangements are pending and will be announced by Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home.

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SANFORD — Patsy Lavanna Spivey Spears, 69, of Sanford, died Thursday (1/9/14) at her home.

She was born in Lee County on Aug. 7, 1944, to the late Merdock Herve Spivey and Fannie Bert Johnson Spivey.

She is survived by a son, Graham Lynn Arnold Sr. and wife Denise of Broadway; a sister, Peggy Jackson of Sanford; and two grandchildren.

No visitation or services are planned at this time.

Condolences may be made at

Arrangements by Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home, Inc.


SANFORD — Funeral service for Edward William Perdue, 85, who died Wednesday (1/1/14), was held Saturday, Jan. 4, at 2 p.m. at Swann Station Baptist Church with the Rev. Russell Blackmon officiating. Burial followed at the McDougald-Holder Cemetery.

Pianist was Nancy Blackmon. Soloist was the Rev. Russell Blackmon. The congregation also sang two songs.

Active pallbearers were Jeffrey Smith, Darryl Edmond Perdue Jr., Chris Tacia III, Harris Morrison, Matt Holt and Tim Coble.

Honorary pallbearers were Jake Hart and Julian Perdue.

Arrangements were by Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home.


FAYETTEVILLE — Daisy McDougald, 85, of Legion Road, died Sunday (1/5/14) at Highsmith Rainey Hospital in Fayetteville.

She is survived by two daughters, Thelma McDougald and Sandra McDougald; sister, Alice McDougald; two grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. today at Spring Hill MBC Church in Hope Mills. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.

Arrangements by Cunningham & Son’s Mortuary in Fayetteville.


FAYETTEVILLE — Lekeysha R. Lacy, 46, of Hunters Run, died Tuesday (1/7/14) at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center in Fayetteville. Arrangements are icomplete and will be announced by Cunningham & Son’s Mortuary in Fayetteville.