Obituaries for March 24

Mar. 24, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

CHARLOTTE — Virginia Isobel Pharr Byrd, age 94, formerly of Sanford, N. C., died Saturday, March 16, 2013 with her children at her side in Charlotte, N. C.

“Ginny” was born April 13, 1918 in Cabarrus County as one of five children to Jones Yorke Pharr and Lila Grier Pharr, both deceased. She graduated from Converse College with double majors in English and Economics, as World War II was brewing. Ginny also graduated from Pan American Business School in Richmond, Virginia where she met the love of her life, Dr. Worth Miller Byrd, on a blind date while he was a dental student at the Medical College of Virginia.

Ginny is survived by her three children, Jones Pharr Byrd Sr. and wife Sandra of Asheville, N.C.; Dr. Samuel Miller Byrd and wife Ashley of Winston-Salem, N.C.; and Sarah Elizabeth Byrd Turner and husband Tim of Charlotte, N.C. She is also survived by eight grandchildren: Jones Pharr Byrd Jr. and wife Whitney of Winston-Salem, N.C.; Julia Isobel Byrd and husband Joseph Dukes of Charleston, S.C.; Elizabeth Bright Byrd of Atlanta, Ga.; William Worth Miller Byrd of Denver, Co.; Virginia Turner Taborda and husband Nuno of Montreal, Canada; Rachel Turner Rengers and husband Francis of Wheat Ridge, Co.; Dr. Frances Byrd Turner of Alexandria, Va.; and Lila Turner Duke and husband Joseph of Savannah, Ga.

When Worth joined the Navy after graduation from dental school, Ginny and Worth were married in a small ceremony with her parents and beloved brother Jones in attendance in Philadelphia in May 1942. They moved with the Navy to California, where they were parted by the war for four years. Ginny returned to North Carolina to work for Mill Power Supply Co. in Charlotte while living with her parents in Concord, N.C., and Worth served as a naval officer with the 3rd Marines in the South Pacific. After the war, they settled in Sanford, N.C. where Worth opened his dental practice and their three children were born and raised.

In Sanford, Ginny was active in the First Presbyterian Church, its Women’s circles, and was a Lifetime Member of the Presbyterian Women. She enjoyed membership in Suzanne Reeves book club, a needlepoint guild, Pine Needles Garden Club, and the local hospital auxiliary where she organized a group to make “stockings” for newborns leaving the hospital nursery in December. She was presented at the first Terpsichorean Ball in Raleigh, N.C., was a charter member of the Sanford Cotillion Club, and was a founding member of a local investment club, continuing with others an interest instilled by her father at an early age.

Most of all, the “General”, as she was affectionately called by her husband and children, “orchestrated” ensuring that her children remained close and that all of her grandchildren became and remained as close as brothers and sisters — a blessing all enjoy and cherish today. She was more than generous to all.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Worth; her sister, Lila Grier Pharr Brown; and her brothers, Jones Y. Pharr Jr., Erskine (Turk) Pharr and John Pharr.

A memorial service for Ginny is planned for April 13 at 2  p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Sanford, N.C.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to First Presbyterian Church, 203 Hawkins Avenue, Sanford, N.C. 27330.

Arrangements are in the care of Hankins & Whittington Funeral Service.

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SANFORD — Louise Powers Brantley, 81, of Sanford, died Saturday, March 23, 2013, at Central Carolina Hospital.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John D. Brantley; two brothers; two sisters and her parents, James Powers and Viola Wood Powers.  She was a member of Grace Chapel Church and volunteered at the Lee County Enrichment Center.

She is survived by a daughter, Shirley Brantley Wall and husband, Jimmy of Sanford; a sister Wilma Mangold of Virginia; and two granddaughters, Crystal and Rachel.

The family will receive friends Sunday, March 24, 2013, from 6-7:30 p.m. at Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home. The funeral will be held at Grace Chapel on Monday, March 25th at 4 p.m. with Dr. Rudy Holland, Rev. Tony Moore and Rev. Bob Yandle officiating. Burial will follow at Church Cemetery.

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SANFORD — Mrs. Ellen H. Carter, 89, of Sanford, died Friday, March 22, 2013 at her home.

Mrs. Carter was born on July 19, 1923, in Stokes County, N.C. to the late Sandy M. Hicks and Ann Bullins Hicks.  She married Johnie C. Carter, the love of her life, in 1940, and he died in October 1979. After his death, she became a community servant: she looked after the sick, cooked, and cleaned for anyone in need. Mrs. Carter was an avid bowler and an enthusiastic fisherwoman, enjoyed gardening and taking care of her yard and house. Her house and yard were always spotless. Her family and friends will always remember her as being fiercely independent.

She was preceded in death by one infant child, Johnie Carter, Jr., four brothers and three sisters.

She is survived by two sons, Billy Joe Carter and wife Edna Earle, and William Ray Carter and wife Candy; two daughters, Irene “Tootsie” Thomas and husband Kelly, and Brenda Carter Lawson and husband Bobby; two brothers, S.M. Hicks and wife Betty of Goldston, N.C. and Bailey Hicks and wife Betty of Reidsville, N.C.; three sisters, Alice Morris and husband Ralph of Greenville, S.C., Bessie Childers and husband Ken of Kernersville, N.C., and Faye May of Greensboro; ten grandchildren, Pam Mason and husband Brian, Susan Wells and husband Andy, Michael Thomas and fiancée Jill Collins, Craig Carter and fiancée Pam Johnson, Kristi Thomas-Proffitt and husband Will, Amanda Carter and fiancé Russell Strickland, Christopher Carter, Penny Testerman and husband Mike, Timmy Lawson, Cindy Brand and husband Lee, Sherry Dobbs and fiancé Shane Delong, Wendy Markel and husband Aaron; twenty-six great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild, and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends Sunday, March 24, 2013, from 1:30-3 p.m. at Hillview Christian Assembly.  The funeral will follow at 3 p.m. at Hillview Christian Assembly with Pastor Ray Bodin, Rev. Curtis Norris, and Rev. Andy Foley officiating. Burial will follow at Cameron Grove Cemetery.

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SANFORD — Larry Velton Johnson, 69, of Sanford, died on Friday March 22, 2013 at Central Carolina Hospital in Sanford with his family by his side.

He was born on July 4, 1943 in Hampton, VA to the late Leonard Velton Johnson and Edna Earle Holt Johnson. Mr. Johnson was a veteran of his country and served in the United States Army and the National Guard during Vietnam. During his service, he was the recipient of the Purple Heart, the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, and the Vietnam Campaign Medal.  He retired from Heins Communications. Larry enjoyed fishing and loved to farm. All who knew him, knew that he was a hardworker all of his life.

He is survived by his wife, Millie McDaniel Johnson of Sanford; a son, Timothy Shane Johnson and wife Amanda Woodham Johnson; two grandchildren: Luke Velton Johnson and Justin Wayne Cleary; two sisters: Jeanette Johnson Keener of Newport News, VA; and Linda Johnson Shean of Sanford, NC; and a brother, Wendell Lee Johnson of Sanford.

A funeral service will be held on Monday, March 25, 2013 at 2 p.m. at Miller-Boles Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Rudy Holland, Pastor Chris Humphreys, and Pastor Royce Baker officiating. Burial with military honors will follow at Center UMC Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Sunday, March 24, 2013 from 6-8 p.m. at Miller-Boles Funeral Home in Sanford.

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VASS — Robert Cranston Schilling, 79, of Vass, passed away on Wednesday (3/20/13) at Pinelake Nursing Home.

He was born in Philadelphia on March 12, 1934 to William Alfred and Hilda Craston Schilling. He served in the United States Army. He retired from IBM, where he was a personnel engineer.

He is survived by his loving wife, (Be) Lien Phuong Thi Le Schilling; one daughter, Linda Schilling of Pennsylvania; two grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William Alfred and Hilda Cranston Schilling, and one brother, William A. Schilling, Jr.

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

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SOUTHERN PINES — Joseph Henry Carter, Jr., 90, of Southern Pines, died Sunday (3/17/13) at St. Joseph of the Pines Health and Rehabilitation Center in Southern Pines.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday (3/27/13) at Powell Funeral Home.

A native of Cumberland County, he was a son of the late Joseph Henry and Marion Kennedy Carter and was a U.S. Navy veteran of WWII. He began his career as an optician with H.M. Smith Opticians and later as a partner in Hall and Carter Opticians. In 1977 he bought the business and worked many years in Southern Pines and Pinehurst as J.H. Carter Opticians before selling the company to Sandhills Optical Company, where he remained as an employee. He retired in 2002.

He was preceded in death by his wife Eleanor Smith Carter, who died in 1994.

He is survived by his son Joseph H. “Jay” Carter III, of Southern Pines.

Memorials may be made to: Sandhills Ecological Institute, 515-E Midland Road, Southern Pines, NC 28387.

Powell Funeral Home in Southern Pines is assisting the Carter family.

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PITTSBORO — George E. Williams, 74, of 1040 Clark Self Road in Pittsboro, died Saturday (3/23/13) at Central Carolina Hospital in Sanford.

Arrangements by Knotts and Son Funeral Home in Siler City.



SILER CITY — Beverly McSwain, 59, of 813 Shaffield Drive in Siler City, died Friday (3/22/13) at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill.

Arrangements by Knotts and Son Funeral Home in Siler City.