Jul. 15, 2014 @ 05:00 AM


SANFORD — Dr. Charles Edrington, beloved husband, father and grandfather, passed away peacefully Monday, July 14, 2014 after years of struggling with heart disease.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Luke United Methodist Church. Burial will follow at Buffalo Cemetery.

He was born on a Cotton Farm in Mississippi Co., AR on Dec. 13, 1933, the youngest child of Elsie Nelms and John A. Edrington. Many of his fondest memories were of days spent swimming and fishing in the Mississippi River. He retained his love for and interest in the Edrington farmland which continues to be farmed by his family.

Dr. Edrington served four years in the U.S. Navy Medical Corp often accompanying ill service men on a Naval Hospital Ship from Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba to a Naval Hospital on the East Coast. It was during this period that he determined his life's work would be in the medical field. After completing his undergraduate work at the College of William and Mary he entered the University of Tennessee, College of Dentistry, from which he graduated in 1963. He practiced dentistry over 40 years.

A longtime member of St. Luke United Methodist Church, he particularly enjoyed the fellowship of members of the Moffitt-Hoyle-Jones Men's Bible Class. An avid sportsman, Dr. Edrington enjoyed many summers at Wrightsville Beach often deep sea fishing there. He was an original member of Carolina Trace and spent many afternoons playing golf there.

He is survived by his wife, Janet Andrews Edrington; son, Dr. David A. Edrington and wife Tish; a daughter, Susan E. Shriver and husband David; two granddaughters, Taylor and Grace Edrington; sister-in-law, Ann Edrington Moore; nieces, Melissa E. Rutherford and Julia E. Butler; a nephew, John A. Edrington III; several great nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday at the family residence, 1908 Wilkins Drive.

Memorial contributions can be made to St. Luke United Methodist Church Sustaining Fund, 2916 Wicker St., Sanford, N.C. 27330 or to Carolina Animal Rescue and Adoption (CARA), P.O. Box 2642, Sanford, N.C. 27331.

The family wishes to express our sincere gratitude to the Keller family at Parkview Retirement Center as well as several special CNA's, Jenny and Sheila, for their exceptional care given to Dr. Edrington.

Online condolences may be made at

Arrangements are by Rogers-Pickard Funeral Home.

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SANFORD — Mrs. Wanda Gibbs McCollough, age 86, of the Deep River Community died Sunday, July 13, 2104, at Sanford Health & Rehabilitation.

She was born in Springville, Ala., on Jan. 2, 1928 to the late William Henry Gibbs and Myrtle Manilla Johnson Gibbs. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Deward Herman McCollough, and a sister, Wilma Hurst. Wanda was a member of Flat Springs Baptist Church and an active member of the Joy/Ora Bridges Sunday School Class. When her children were young, she worked as a teacher's assistant and taught piano lessons.

She is survived by son, the Reverend Dr. William Gary McCollough and wife Lunette of Deep River; daughter, Wilma Nell Knapp and husband Larry of Lindale, TX; five grandchildren, Melissa Leonard and husband Paul of Conover, NC, Sandra Wilhite and husband Jeremy of Winston-Salem, NC, Rebecca McCollough of Sanford, Suzanne Knapp of Shakopee, MN, Diane Knapp-Ritchie and husband Scot of Prior Lake, MN; and six great-grandchildren, Justin Leonard, Bailey Wilhite, JC, Bryce, and Hope Fields, Addison Ritchie.

The family will receive friends Tuesday, July 15, 2014 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the fellowship hall of Flat Springs Baptist Church and a memorial service will be held Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at Flat Springs Baptist Church with Rev. Matt Riggsbee officiating.

Memorials may be made to Flat Springs Baptist Church, 4148 Deep River Road, Sanford, NC 27330.

Condolences may be made at

Arrangements by Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home, Inc.

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SANFORD — Forrest Shepherd, 84, of Sanford, died Sunday (7/13/14) at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Fayetteville.

He was born on Sept. 20, 1929 in Midland, Ky. and entered military service in 1946. He was a well decorated war veteran who served one tour in the U.S. Navy followed by 22 years in the Army’s Parachute (Airborne) Divisions. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Mary Anne Adkins, Tressie May, Gladys Freese, Vesta Martin and Mildred Bently; and brothers, Oscar, Monroe and Ward.

Funeral service will be held Wednesday at 9 a.m. in the chapel of Adcock Funeral Home followed by burial at Sandhills State Veterans Cemetery with full military honors.

The family will receive friends today from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

He is survived by his wife, Kyong Cha; daughter, Susan K. Cox of Corpus Christi, Texas; son, Darrell B. Shepherd of Sarasota, Fla.; sister, Opal Plummer of Warsaw, Ind.; two grandchildren and one great-grandson.

Arrangements are by Adcock Funeral Home & Crematory.


PINEHURST — Sally Frances Abbott, 83, of Carthage died Sunday (7/13/14) at Manor Care.

She was born on May 30, 1931 in Lee County to the late John William and Wanda Lee Martindale. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Lowman Lacy Abbott, and one son, Robert C. Martindale. She was also predeceased by her companion, John M. O'Callaghan.

She is survived by two daughters, Kay M. Wilkins (John) of Sanford and Wanda A. Abbott of Carthage; one brother, Wayne Martindale of Sneeds Ferry; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

A visitation will be held on today from 2 to 3 p.m. at Carbonton United Methodist Church. A funeral service follow at 3 p.m. at Carbonton United Methodist Church. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Carbonton UMC-Cemetery Fund.

Online condolences may be left at

Arrangements are by Boles Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc. in Southern Pines.


CAMERON — Fred John Murphy, 85, of Cameron died Saturday (7/12/14) at his residence.

He was born Sept. 10, 1928, in Yadkin County, the son of E.B. Murphy and Carrie Stewart Murphy. He was also preceded in death by his sisters, Margaret “Sis” Cameron and Shirley Jean Bowlin; and brothers, Thad Odell Stewart and James Robert Murphy. He was a longtime tobacco farmer in Moore County.

He is survived by a sister, Clara M. Cameron of Cameron.

Funeral service will be held at Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home Chapel today at 11 a.m. with the Rev. John Brown presiding. Burial will follow at Grace Chapel Cemetery.

Condolences may be made at

Arrangements by Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home, Inc.


SANFORD — Samuel Benton Farrar, 88, of Sanford died Sunday (7/13/14) at his residence.

He was born Feb. 1, 1926, in Rockingham County, the son of Sam Farrar and Ida Bennett Farrar. He was a retired Sergeant from the City of Sanford Police Department. He was preceded in death by his wife, Myrtle Lee Allen Farrar, and a brother, Aubrey Farrar.

He is survived by a stepson, Ronnie Baxley of Hampstead; one grandchild; and many friends and caregivers.

Funeral service will be held at Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home at 12 noon Wednesday with the Rev. Tony Hancox presiding. The visitation will be held prior to the service from 11 to 12 noon also at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Shallow Well Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Liberty Hospice, 1005 Carthage St., Sanford, N.C. 27330 or one's favorite charity.

Condolences may be made at

Arrangements by Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home, Inc.


PORTLAND, OR — Garland G. "Smitty" Smith of 3525 N.E. Ainsworth St., Portland, Ore., died Thursday (7/10/14) at his home.

Funeral service will be conducted Thursday at 11 a.m. at Mt. Olivet Baptist Church in Portland, Ore.

Interment will be held Friday at 9:30 a.m. at Williamette National Cemetery in Portland, Ore., with military honors.

He was a graduate of W.B. Wicker High School Class of 1954. He served in the U.S. Army. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, A.T. and O.D. Smith; and one son, Garland Smith Jr.

He is survived by his wife, Georgia Smith; two daughters, Cheryl and Kathy Smith, both of Seattle, Wash.; two sons, William Anthony (Patrick) and Gilford Smith, both of Seattle, Wash.; one stepson, Delbert Newton of Portland, Ore.; two stepdaughters, LaJewel Lewis of Portland, Ore., and Dawn Smith (Rod) of Atlanta, Ga.; two sisters, Larvenia McIver and Henrietta McDougald, both of Sanford; eight grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Arrangements by Skyline Memorial Gardens Funeral Home, Portland, Ore.

Information provided by LHorton Community Funeral Home.


SANFORD — Funeral service for Norman Tull Beal, 82, of Sanford, who died Friday (7/11/14), was held Sunday at Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home Chapel with Chaplain Joel Cameron officiating. Burial followed at Carbonton United Methodist Church Cemetery with military rites.

Recorded music was played.

Pallbearers were David Beal, Mike Fowler, Raymond Kroninger, Derrick Sehen, Leroy Sehen and Mike Jost.

Arrangements were by Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home.


CAMERON — Funeral service for Johnnie Mae Spell, 56, who died Wednesday (7/9/14), was held Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Church of God In Christ Jesus in Cameron with Elder Christopher Brown officiating.

Soloist was Brittany Yarborough.

Pallbearers were friends of the family.

Arrangements were by Knotts Funeral Home.


SANFORD — Alvin S. Edwards, 52, of 120 Lillie Lane, Sanford, died Saturday (7/12/14) at Central Carolina Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Watson Memorial - Cunningham & Son’s Mortuary.


FAYETTEVILLE — Elisha Robinson, 45, of Waycross, Ga., formerly of Fayetteville, died Sunday (7/13/14). Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Cunningham & Son’s Mortuary in Fayetteville.