Obituaries for Jan. 12

Jan. 12, 2014 @ 05:00 AM


SANFORD — Gary Lindsay Sykes, 62, of Sanford died Friday (1/10/14) at his home.

Funeral arrangements entrusted to O’Quinn-Peebles-Phillips Funeral Home and Crematory in Lillington.

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PITTSBORO — Funeral service for Kent Alan Allred, 54, of Pittsboro, who died Tuesday (1/7/14), was held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Pittsboro Baptist Church with Dr. Tripp Harmon officiating.

Pianist was Deborah McGee. Billy Lewis Griffin sang and played guitar, accompanied by Watson Nordan on guitar. Tommy Edwards played a guitar solo.

Active pallbearers were Garret Pilkington, Caleb Allred, Andrew Pilkington, Curtis Thomas, Brian Popp and Rusty Thomas.

His Sunday School class and graduating class also attended. The family received friends in the Pittsboro Baptist Church Fellowship Hall following the graveside service.

Arrangements by Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home.



SPRING LAKE — Services for Walter Edward Greer Sr., 70, of 1609 Mack St. in Spring Lake, who died Dec. 27, were held at noon Friday at Bethel AME Zion Church in Spring Lake.

Rev. Paul Atlas officiated, and pallbearers were members of the U.S. Army. Music was by Muriel Allen, Jared Payton and the Bethel’s Mass Choir.

Internment followed at Sandhills State Cemetery in Spring Lake.



FAYETTEVILLE — Frances E. Gorza, 69, of Fayetteville, died Friday (1/10/14) at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center in Fayetteville.

Arrangements by Watson Memorial and Cunningham and Sons Mortuary.



SANFORD — Memorial service for James A. Baresel, 85, of Sanford who died Tuesday (12/3/13) was held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Trinity Lutheran Church by Rev. M. Timothy Martin.

During the service, the congregation sang. Organist was Tamara Lewis, assisting Minister was Kendra Martin and the Crucifer was Joe Dilworth.

Memorial contributions can be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, 525 Carthage St., Sanford, NC 27330.

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Arrangements were by Rogers-Pickard Funeral Home.



SNOW CAMP — Violet Jeannette “Polly” Holder Sharpe, 89, of Snow Camp and formerly of Sanford, died Friday (1/10/14) at North Carolina Memorial Hospital in Chapel Hill.

She was born in Surry County, N.C., to the late Robert Webster Holder and Ila Coe Holder. In addition to her parents she was also preceded in death by her husband Melvin “Mudd” Sharpe and brothers Odell, Arnold, James Artis, R.J. and Tony Holder. She was a homemaker.

She is survived by two sons, Johnny Knight and wife Betty, and Alex “Buddy” Knight, all of Sanford; two daughters, Ondrea Goins and husband Bobby, and Linda Funderburke, all of Snow Camp; eight grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

A graveside service will be held 2 p.m. Monday at Piney Wood Baptist Church cemetery with Rev. Paul McClure officiating. There will be no formal visitation at the funeral home, but friends are welcome to come by to pay their respects Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Arrangements by Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home, Inc.



SOUTHERN PINES — Justin Hendrix died Thursday (1/9/14) at Reid Heart Center at First Health Moore Regional Hospital in Pinehurst.

He was born in Charlotte to James Floyd Hendrix and Mary Lee Mangum Hendrix. He served in the U.S. Army and worked in the automobile and real estate business in both North Carolina and South Carolina until he retired to Southern Pines in 2008.

He was a member of Knollwood Fairways in Southern Pines and Phalanx Lodge #31, A&A Scottish Rite and Oasis Shriners all of Charlotte.

He was predeceased by his parents Floyd Hendrix (1987) and Mary Lee Mangum Hendrix (1942) and stepmother Ruth T. Hendrix (1994). He was also predeceased by his only sibling, Jerry Hendrix.

He is survived by his wife, Jeanette Simpson Hendrix; daughter, Kathryn “Kathy” Griggs, of Chapel Hill; and a grandson. He is also survived by his mother-in-law, Dessie Simpson of Matthews; sisters-in-law, Becky Rowell Matthews and Phyllis Bailey of Mint Hill; several nieces and nephews; and Kathy’s mother, Joyce Hendrix of Charlotte.

The family requests that memorial be made to, First Health Hospice Foundation, 150 Applecross Road, Pinehurst, N.C. 28374 or Shriners Hospitals for Children, 604 Doug Mayes Place, Charlotte, N.C. 28262.

At Justin’s request, there will be no formal visitation or service.

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The family has entrusted services to Cox Memorial Funeral Home & Crematory of Vass.



CAMERON — Randy Carlton Hardy, 47, of Cameron died Friday (1/10/14) at his home with his family by his side.

A celebration of life will be held Monday at 6 p.m. at Cox Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor John Brown officiating. The family will receive friends immediately following the service at the funeral home and other times at Elaine Hardy’s home at 126 Samuel Medlin Lane in Cameron, or Melissa Hardy’s home at 200 Collins Road in Carthage.

Hardy was born in Pinehurst to Carlton Lee Hardy and Elaine Medlin Hardy. He was a self-employed landscaper.

He is survived by his wife, Melissa Collins Hardy; his mother, Elaine Medlin Hardy; two children, Brittany Nicole Hardy of Asbury and Randy Tyler Hardy of Vass; four brothers, Reuben and wife Karan of Aberdeen, Ken Hardy and wife Kim of Carthage, Frank Hardy and wife Dawn of Cameron, and Ray Hardy, also of Cameron. He was preceded in death by his father, Carlton Lee Hardy, and a brother, Paul Hardy.

In lieu of flowers, memorial may be made to Randy Carlton Hardy Memorial Fund, c/o Cox Memorial Funeral Home, P O Box 651, Vass NC 28394.

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The family has entrusted services to Cox Memorial Funeral Home & Crematory of Vass.



CAMERON — Isabel Wescott McKeithen Thomas, 90, died January 6, 2014 in Pinehurst.

Born in Cameron on April 10, 1923, she was the wife of the late James Warren (Toopie) Thomas and the daughter of the late Leighton and Fay Ritchie McKeithen. She was preceded in death by her beloved son, James Warren (Tuppy) Thomas, Jr. and her two brothers, Dr. Murdoch McKeithen and the Rev. Leighton Black McKeithen Jr.

She is survived by two daughters, Patricia Fay Thomas, of Quebec, Canada and Merry Isabel Thomas, of Cameron; grandchildren Julianne Thomas-Drolet, Chloé Isabel Thomas-Drolet, James Warren Thomas III, Jeannie Thomas, Krissy Vick, Frank Tansky, Kim Avolis and Karen Avolis; sister in-law Edna McKeithen; daughter-in-law Doris Thomas; and her beloved great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Isabel graduated from Cameron High School and received degrees from Peace College in Raleigh and Queens College in Charlotte. She accompanied husband Toopie to Harrisburg, Penn. where he was stationed for a short while before deployment overseas during World War II.

Isabel and Toopie lived in Cameron where Isabel was an active member and organist at the Cameron Presbyterian Church and taught school. From 1967 until 1978, they lived in Hamlet, N.C., where Isabel served as organist of the First Presbyterian Church, worked as librarian at Fairview Heights Elementary School and was active in civic and school affairs. Upon return to her hometown, Isabel’s love of history and of Cameron inspired her work to preserve old family buildings through their transformation into antique and collectible shops (The Greenwood Inn, McKeithen’s Store, Ferguson House and Miss Belle’s Tea Room).

Isabel continued to serve as organist at the Cameron Presbyterian Church and was active in municipal politics, serving two terms as mayor. She wrote well-loved poems that reflect the themes important in her life, from the beginning to the end: love of family, of her town and her enduring faith in God. Isabel was a lover of people, and she lived much of her life doing for others. She will be missed by many.

Funeral service will be held at Cameron Presbyterian Church at noon Saturday, Jan. 18.

Refreshments will be served in the Fellowship Hall following the service.

In lieu of flowers, please send gifts in Isabel’s memory to the Cameron Emergency Assistance Fund (CEF), the McKeithen Scholarship Fund (Cameron Presbyterian Church, Box 68, Cameron, N.C. 28326) or to the charity of your choice benefiting the elderly.

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Arrangements are by Rogers-Pickard Funeral Home.

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EAGLE SPRINGS — Thomas Albert Norris, 73, died Friday (1/10/14) at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital in Pinehurst.

Memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at Bright Light Baptist Church in  Robbins, with the Reverend Ralph VonCannon officiating. Burial will follow in the Pine Rest Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church following the service from 5-7 p.m. and at other times at the home of Carolyn Owens in Seagrove, N.C.

Thomas loved to fish and spending time with family. He loved to sit on the porch enjoying a cigarette and cup of coffee while shooting the breeze to anyone he could talk to.

Thomas was born in Sampson County. He was a son of the late Johnny Thomas and Pauline Richardson Norris and was preceded in death by sisters Betty Norris Ledbetter and Neaomie Norris Freeman. He served in the United States Air Force. He was employed by Proctor Silex, Southern Pines, Moen Sanford, GVK and Candor. Thomas was also a self employed plumber and hydraulic technician.

He is survived by daughters Kimberly Gibson and husband Sonny, of Troy, and Tamara Mackey and husband Buddy, of Jackson Springs; a son, Cliff Norris of Troy; grandchildren Matraca and Alia Gibson, Austin Mackey and Chayzley Norris; sisters Jo Wilson, of Sanford, Brenda McLean, of Supply, Nancy Garrett, of Hendersonville, Carolyn Owens, of Seagrove, and Deborah Singleton, of Eagle Springs; and a brother, Ricky Wayne Norris, of Supply.

Kennedy Funeral Home is assisting the Norris family.

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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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