Obituaries for Dec. 30

Dec. 30, 2012 @ 05:00 AM


SANFORD — A celebration of life with military honors for Andrew Jackson “A.J.” Gaster, of 5196 Barbecue Church Road in Sanford, who passed away on Wednesday (12/26/12) at his home, was conducted at 11 a.m. on Saturday at Swann Station Baptist Church with Rev. Russell Blackmon and Rev. Bob Brown officiating.

Special music was provided by Donna Holt, David Peele and Barry Cashion. A dove release was held immediately following the service.

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


CARY — Betty Ann Crigger Strickland, 66, of Cary, died, Saturday (12/29/12) at Tower Nursing Home in Raleigh.

She was born in St. Louis, Mo., on Nov. 14, 1946, to Frances Spivey Tarkington Crigger and the late Lloyd Knox Crigger.

She is survived by her mother, Frances Spivey Tarkington Crigger of Ayden; sons, Russell Weston Strickland and wife Jennifer of Cary and Matthew Ryan Strickland and wife Amy of Hickory; brothers, Joseph Crigger and wife Elaine of Holly Springs and Thomas Crigger of Robersonville; sisters, Linda Blake and husband Frank of Raleigh, Lorrie Hudnell of Winterville and Sherri Troop and husband Tony of Garner; and four grandchildren.

The funeral will be Monday at 1 p.m. at Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home Chapel. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 12-1 p.m. Burial will follow in the Buffalo Cemetery.

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Arrangements by Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home, Inc.

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CARTHAGE — Foy Jean Wall, 82, of Carthage, died Friday (12/28/12) at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital in Pinehurst.

Funeral services will be 3 p.m. Sunday at First Baptist Church in Carthage conducted by Pastor Raymond Campbell.

Following the service, there will be a time of fellowship and life celebration in the church fellowship hall. Burial will be prior to the service at 2 p.m. at Yates-Thaggard Baptist Church Cemetery.

A native of Moore County, she was a daughter of the late David “Windy” Dupree and Bertha Rawls Sercy Dupree. She worked in local textile factories for many years and later received her C.N.A. certification and became a caretaker for many people around Carthage.  

She was preceded in death by two husbands, Herman Grimm, Jr. and Roy Lee Wall, and one son, Michael Grimm.

Survivors include her daughter Kay Grimm of Fayetteville; sisters Willa Forrest, Janet Poe and husband Bill, and Sue Davis and husband Vernon, all of Carthage; and one grandson.

The family received friends Saturday from 4-6 p.m. at Fry and Prickett Funeral Home and will receive friends following the service.

Memorials may be made to the National Kidney Foundation, Inc., 30 E. 33rd St., New York, NY 10016, or online at, or to the donor’s favorite charity. Fry and Prickett Funeral Home is serving the Wall family.

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SANFORD — Memorial services for Elizabeth Hazlewood, who died Monday (12/24/12), were held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Cool Springs Baptist Church by Pastor Ira Sutton and Pastor Matt Martin.

During the servic, Kipp Thompson was the soloist, and testimony was by Amanda Wilson.

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BROADWAY — Memorial services for Julia Brown Harrington Thomas, of Broadway, who died Tuesday (12/25/12), were held at 11 a.m. at Leaflet Presbyterian Church by Rev. David Sherrod.

Pianist was Jacklyn Brascher.

Memorial contributions may be made to Leaflet Presbyterian Church, Jeffery Thomas, treasurer, 10816 Old U.S. 421, Broadway, NC 27505.

Online condolences may be made at

Arrangements were by Rogers-Pickard Funeral Home.


SANFORD — Armin Karl-Heinz Valentic, 49, of Sanford, passed away on Saturday (12/22/12) at E. Carlton Powell Hospice House Center in Lillington.

A celebration of life will be held on Wednesday (1/2/13) at 2 p.m at Cox Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Lee McKinney officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home and other times at the home.

He was born in Germany on May 18, 1963, to Armin Eschenbacher and Brigitte Froehlich Valentic.

He is survived by his mother, Brigitte Froehlich Valentic; his father, George (Jimbo) J. Valentic II of Texas; one son, David Valentic of Arkansas; three brothers, George Valentic III of Nevada, James Valentic and wife Sharon of Carthage, and Karlheinz “Karl” Valentic and wife Lucrettia of Sanford.

He was preceded in death by his birth father, Armin Eschenbacher.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to E. Carlton Powell Hospice Center, 185 Pine State St., Lillington, NC 27546.

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



SANFORD — Andrea Lee Holder, 36, of Sanford, died Friday (12/28/12) at Central Carolina Hospital.

She was born in Lee County on Sept. 12, 1976, to Bobby Daniel Holder and Laura Lee Mayne Holder of the Swann Station area. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Maddox Leigh Weaver.

In addition to her parents, Andrea is survived by her daughter, Carleigh Reagan Weaver of the home; a fiancé, Brent Weaver (son of Donnie and Brenda Weaver) of the home; an uncle, Robert Mayne of Swann Station; and many cousins.

She graduated from Western Harnett High School and attended CCCC, where she earned a manicurist degree. Andrea was a member of Swann Station Baptist Church.

She also worked as a waitress at Peggy’s Seafood, Mrs. Lacy’s and several other restaurants. Andrea loved all animals and worked some for Myres Animal Hospital. She also loved flowers and enjoyed working in her garden. In recent years, she has helped care for her invalid mother.

The family will receive friends Sunday (12/30/12) from 4-6 p.m. at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall. The funeral will be held Monday (12/31/12) at 3 p.m. at Swann Station Baptist Church with Rev. Russell Blackmon and Rev. Bob Brown officiating. Burial will follow at Cameron Grove Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to an account set up for Carleigh Reagan Weaver at the State Employee’s Credit Union in Sanford.

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Arrangements by Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home, Inc.

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RALEIGH — John David Baxter, 81, died peacefully in his home surrounded by his family Thursday (12/27/12).

David was a beloved member of his community, but he was known best for his lifelong love for his wife of 53 years, Carole Baxter.

He is survived by his wife Carole and children, Ellen Baxter of Pennsylvania, and Johnny Baxter of Raleigh. He leaves four grandchildren; Elle, Gabe, and Luke Baxter, and Melissa Patterson. He is also survived by a brother, Sam Baxter, sister Rachel Hecht, and sister-in-law Diane Hollingsworth and her husband Ken, all of Greensboro, as well as many nieces and nephews.

David graduated from N.C. State University in electrical engineering, and he was a loyal Wolfpack fan his entire life. He was also a longtime active member of the Presbyterian church. As a Boy Scout leader, he volunteered many years working with young men. During the Korean War, he served in the Air Force. He loved listening to jazz music.

A memorial service will be held Wednesday, January 2 at 1:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Raleigh.  The family appreciates either flowers or donations to the Friendship Fund at First Presbyterian Church.

Arrangements by Bryan-Lee Funeral Home.

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BEAR CREEK — Charles Deane Beaver, 74, of 1355 Dean Beaver Road, Bear Creek, died Friday (12/28/12) at his home following an extended illness.

Mr. Beaver was born in Chatham County on June 26, 1938, the son of Coley and Ruby (Henson) Beaver.

He was retired with the NC DOT as a heavy equipment operator. Deane was a member of Sandy Branch Baptist Church and served as a former Deacon. He taught Sunday school at Hill Forest Rest Home for 26 years. Deane will be remembered for his love of horses, wagons and motorcycles.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years: Helen (Stone) Beaver, one daughter: Denise Beaver of Bear Creek; two sons: Bryant Beaver of Bear Creek, Barry Beaver of Siler City; three sisters: Ann Glosson of Pittsboro, Shirley Fritz of Princeton, Ky., Alicia Kidd of Bear Creek; one brother: Jay Carr Beaver of Pittsboro; and two grandsons, Duane and Wesley Jones.

The family will receive friends Sunday (12/30/12) from 6-8 p.m. at Smith & Buckner Funeral Home, 230 North Second Avenue, Siler City, NC. The funeral will be Monday (12/31/12) at 2 p.m. at Sandy Branch Baptist Church, 715 Sandy Branch Church Road, Bear Creek, with Rev. Marc Sanders and Rev. Bob Wachs officiating.

Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Smith & Buckner Funeral Home of Siler City is assisting the Beaver Family.

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WILMINGTON — The Rev. James Braswell Holderness, 71, of Wilmington, died Thursday (12/27/12) at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

Jim was born October 25, 1941 in Tarboro, son of the late H. Dail and Nancy Braswell Holderness.

He graduated from Woodberry Forest School, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, Va. He served Presbyterian churches in Carrollton, Ga., Little Rock, Ar., Shelby, Concord, Dalton, Ga., Greenville, Laurinburg, Sanford, Sneads Ferry, and Wilmington. He had a passion and gift for preaching and teaching the Bible.

He was active in the Kairos Prison Ministry and had served on the Board of Trustees at Union Theological Seminary. In 1972, he chaired the Urban Council of Little Rock. He later chaired the Board of Barber Scotia College and the Cabarrus Cooperative Christian Ministry in Concord. He was very active in Big Brothers Big Sisters in Dalton, Ga.

He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Ginny Ward Holderness, son J.B. Holderness, Jr., of Englewood, N.J., daughter Lorinda Umphlett and son-in-law The Reverend David Umphlett of High Point, and two grandsons, James and Parker (who affectionately called him "Daddy Jim"). He is also survived by brothers, The Reverend Haywood Holderness and wife Mary of Durham, and Rusty Holderness and wife Mary Ann of Tarboro, and sisters Zelle Jester and husband John of Greensboro, and Nancy Reams and husband Tom of Richmond, Va.

A memorial service will be 12 p.m. Monday (12/31/12) at First Presbyterian Church with Dr. Ernest T. Thompson, III and Brian K. Blount officiating. The family will greet friends at the church following the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his name to First Presbyterian Church, 125 S. 3rd Street, Wilmington, NC 28401 or to Union Presbyterian Seminary, 3401Brook Road, Richmond, VA 23227.

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