OBITUARIES FOR DEC. 29, 2012
LORA TURNER PETZLER
LINDEN, MICH. — Lora Turner Petzler passed away on December 26, 2012.
Lora was born in Speigletown, New York, on January 18, 1926, the daughter of Stephen Turner. She was pre-deceased by husband William Petzler and children William, Leslie, and Lora.
She is survived by daughters, Linda and Lois (James Sporer); grandchildren, Kara (Shane Lardinois) and Jonathan Sporer (Kelly); and great-granddaughters, Clara Joy and Lucy Rose Sporer.
Lora grew up on a farm in the 1930s and learned a resilience and resourcefulness that she carried throughout her life. After graduating from Lansingburg High School she became a comptometer operator and then homemaker. She introduced her daughters at an early age to a life-long love of reading, and she used her excellent seamstress skills to sew many school outfits and Easter dresses. As a Girl Scout leader Lora organized overnight bus trips for her daughters' troop to sight-see in New York City.
Later in life Bill and Lora enjoyed a retirement that included golf, travel, and good friends. Lora loved to play bridge and poker and was an outstanding player. She delivered Meals on Wheels and crafted beautiful items for the church bazaar. Lora cared for other people, and even on the last day of her life helped a friend find her way home.
The family would like to extend heartfelt appreciation to the kind community at Lockwood of Fenton, MI and to the special friends Lora made at Loose Senior Center. Interment will take place at St. John's Cemetery in Troy, New York, at a later date.
M. JANE PROSSER
SOUTHERN PINES — M. Jane Prosser, a longtime resident of Whispering Pines, then Pine Knoll in Southern Pines, died Thursday (12/27/12) at St. Joseph of the Pines Health Center.
She was born in New York City on July 21, 1919. She attended business school and then embarked on a long career with Metropolitan Life Insurance Company in NYC.
She was predeceased by her husband, G. Donald Prosser, and two sisters.
She is survived by her brother, Jay (Phyllis) Horton; several nieces and a nephew.
A memorial service and reception will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Pine Knoll Chapel.
Arrangements are by Powell Funeral Home in Southern Pines.
Memorials may be made to Heifer International, P.O. Box 8058, Little Rock, Ark. 72203-8058.
Online condolences may be made at www.PinesFunerals.com.
MARILYN A. HUGHES
PINEHURST — Marilyn A. Hughes, 63, died Wednesday (12/26/12) at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital.
A native of Los Angeles, Calif., she was the daughter of Gertrude Halpern and the late Alfred Halpern. She taught school for 21 years in Aspen, Co., and retired to Pinehurst.
In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband, Robert Hughes; a daughter, Emily Johnson and husband Matthew of Raleigh; and a sister, Phyllis Texera and husband Rick of Alamo, Calif.
Memorials may be made to the Border Collie Rescue, c/o Karen Bevan, 90 Briarwood Circle, Pinehurst, N.C. 28374.
Arrangements by Powell Funeral Home and Crematory.
Online condolences may be made at www.PinesFunerals.com.
FAYE GRAHAM HALL
SPRING LAKE — Faye Graham Hall, 76, died Friday (12/28/12) at Cape Fear Valley Regional Hospital.
Arrangements are incomplete but will be announced by Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home.
Condolences may be made at www.bridgescameronfuneralhome.com.
CAMERON — Kelvin Bradley, 52, died Thursday (12/27/12) at Kindred Hospital in Greensboro.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Pugh & Smith Funeral Home of Carthage.
DEBORAH ANN ERICKSON
BROADWAY — Deborah Ann Erickson, 46, died Sunday (12/23/12) at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Smith Funeral Home of Broadway.
MERCEDES BUENO GARCIA
SANFORD — Funeral service for Mercedes “Mercy” Bueno Garcia was held Friday at Miller-Boles Chapel with Phillip Richmond, Chaplain, USA, Ret. presiding.
Special music was performed by Daniel P. Armstrong. Cathy Davis was pianist. Personal tributes were given by family members and friends. Scripture reading was by Billy Richmond. Following the funeral, a graveside service was held at Baptist Chapel Cemetery.
Arrangements were by Miller-Boles Funeral Home.
DONALD DUANE HOWARD
SANFORD — Memorial service for Donald Duane Howard, 79, who died Sunday (12/23/12), was held Friday at 3 p.m. at Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home Chapel with Chaplain Joel Cameron officiating.
Three selections of recorded music were played during the service.
Arrangements were by Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home.
NANNIE C. EMERSON
SILER CITY — Nannie C. Emerson of 5611 Silk Hope-Gum Springs Road, died Thursday (12/27/12) at her home.
She was a member of Mitchell Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church where she served on the Usher Board, the Pastor’s Aid Board and the Kitchen Committee. She was a member of the Eastern Star Chapter 617 of Pittsboro and the G. Wesley Allen Order of Golden Circle 324 of Sanford.
She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Raymond Howard Emerson; three sons, Alfonzo (Shirley) of Sanford, and Howard (Jacqueline) and Hermon (Kay), all of Greensboro; three daughters, Peggy Emerson Hagans (Robert) of Virginia Beach, Va., Laura of Greensboro and Janice of Pleasant Garden; three siblings, Perry T. Crutchfield of Raleigh, Lizzie L. Ratliff of Graham and Henry W. Crutchfield of Greensboro; 13 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Mitchell Chapel AME Zion Church in Pittsboro. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.
Arrangements by Knotts and Son Funeral Home in Siler City.