Mar. 28, 2013 @ 05:00 AM


SANFORD — Doris Cameron Simpson, age 76, died Tuesday, March 26, 2013 from complications of ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease).

Mrs. Simpson was born in Lee County, daughter of the late James and Ruth McCain Cameron. She was preceded in death by half-brothers, Clarence, James, Alonzo and Nath Cameron; and half-sisters, Elizabeth Matthews and Viola Lea.

Mrs. Simpson was a 1954 graduate of Greenwood High School and King's Business College in Raleigh and retired from Civil Service as Budget Officer, Womack Army Medical Center, Ft. Bragg. She was a lifelong member of Pocket Presbyterian Church, where she served as an Elder, Clerk of Session, member of Choir and held several offices in Presbyterian Women. She was presented Honorary Life Membership in Presbyterian Women in 2003. She was a member of the Sanford Chapter of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association for many years. Mrs. Simpson was a member of the Sandhills Emmaus Community.

She is survived by her loving and faithful husband of 55 years, Lawrence; son, Rev. Thomas Simpson and wife Sharon of Goldston; daughter, Lynda Ward and husband Leonard of Sanford; a sister, Carol Cox and husband Boyce of Sanford; brothers, Harold Cameron and wife Rita of Aberdeen, and Joel Cameron and wife Jackie of Sanford; grandchildren, Sydney S. Karlau and husband Josh of Cary, Erin Simpson of Raleigh, and Kevin, Jeffrey and Matthew Ward of Sanford; special friend, Jerry Vuncannon; caregivers, Pauline Holland, Priscilla Goldston and Kim Purcell.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at Pocket Presbyterian Church on Saturday at 2 p.m. conducted by the Rev. David Dudley and Joel Cameron.

The family will greet friends in the church fellowship hall after the service, and at other times at the family home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Pocket Presbyterian Church Building Fund,  669 Pocket Church Rd., Sanford, N.C. 27330; The ALS Association's Jim "Catfish" Hunter Chapter, 4 N. Blount St., 2nd Floor, Raleigh, N.C. 27601; or Community Hospice, 1836 Doctors Dr., Sanford, N.C. 27330.

The family would like to thank friends for every act of kindness shown during the years since ALS diagnosis in 2006.

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Arrangements are by Rogers-Pickard Funeral Home.

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SILER CITY — Josephine Louise Fields, 80, of Sam Fields Road, Siler City, died Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at Siler City Care & Rehabilitation.

Ms. Fields was born in Chatham County on February 15, 1933, the daughter of Sam John and Lillie (Braswell) Fields. She had been a secretary at Chatham Novelties, Siler City, NC and had worked at Bill's Good Food. Josephine was of the Christian faith and was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Maggie Fields, Doris Groce and a special friend, Billy Dixon.

She is survived by nephews, Sam Groce and wife Julie, and Doug Groce; niece, Janet Groce; and great-niece, Kaylyn Groce, all of Siler City.

The family will receive friends Friday, March 29, 2013 at the home of Sam Groce, 620 Sam Fields Road, Siler City from 6-8 p.m. and other times at the home of Janet Groce, 884 Sam Fields Road. There will be a graveside memorial service on Saturday, March 30, 2013 at 11 a.m. at Chatham Memorial Park, 13260 Hwy 64 West, Siler City with Rev. Darrell Bordeaux officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Chatham Child Development Center, 221 Chatham Square, Siler City, NC 27344.

Smith & Buckner Funeral Home is assisting the family.

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SALISBURY — Mrs. Reba Simmerson Shoaf, 90, of Salisbury, passed away Tuesday, March 26, 2013.

Born March 16, 1923 in Forsyth County, N.C. to the late Ann Owens Simmerson and Luther Bryant Simmerson, she was educated in Davidson County schools and graduated from Rowan Cabarrus Community College with a degree as an LPN. Mrs. Shoaf worked as a seamstress at Belk and retired from the VA Medical Center. She was a caregiver to many, loved gardening, and took pride in her yard.

Mrs. Shoaf was a member of Central United Methodist Church and the Morning Circle.

Preceding her in death was her husband, Hollis Wade Shoaf on August 16, 1962; two brothers, one sister and son-in-law, S.W. Brown Jr.

Surviving are her children: Rebecca “Becky” Brown of Mocksville, NC, Ann Ludwig and husband J.C. of Salisbury, NC, Nancy Thomas and husband Larry of Sanford, NC, Lynn Hulin and husband Jim of Linwood; grandchildren: Susan Hanschu of Mocksville, NC, Renee Sanders (Donnie) of Mocksville, NC, William Ludwig (Christa) of Rockwell, David Ludwig of Matthews, Jeremy Thomas (Amy) of Sanford, Leah Thomas of Raleigh, Eric Hulin (Mary) of Smithfield, NC and Laura Gorman (Neal) of Lexington, NC. Also surviving are great-grandchildren, Wesley Ludwig, Luke Thomas, Abby Thomas, Ava Hulin, Katie Gorman, Kendall Gorman, and Alston Gorman.

The funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Friday (March 29) at Central United Methodist Church, 200 4th St., Spencer, conducted by Rev. Don Mason, Minister of Central United Methodist Church and Rev. Susan Bame, Minister of Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Mocksville, NC. The family will receive friends following the funeral service. At other times the family will be at the home of Lynn Hulin. Burial will be private.

The family wishes to express the deepest appreciation to Joyce Swinson at the Hope House Assisted Living for her care of our mother and to Cyndi Frasier who made her last two months special.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Central United Methodist Church, PO Box 203, Spencer, NC 28159.

Summersett Funeral Home is serving the Shoaf family.

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SANFORD — Mrs. Jeanne Mae Carroll Perdue, age 77, of Sanford, NC, died Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at Liberty Commons Retirement Center.

She was born in Lee County, NC on August 18, 1935, to the late Clyde Lewis Carroll and Bonnie Ruth Holder Carroll. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, William David Perdue; sister, Hazel Roloff; and six brothers, Lynn, Malcolm, Melvin, Donald, Clyde Jr., and John Carroll. Mrs. Perdue was a homemaker.

She is survived by her husband, Edward William Perdue; two sons, Darryl Edmond Perdue and wife Brenda and Douglas Perdue, all of Sanford; three daughters, Sharon Hart and husband Douglas of Carrboro, Sheryl Smith and husband David of Sanford, Karen D'Angelo and husband Tony of Sanford; one brother, Boyce Carroll of Greensboro; two sisters, Shirley Calendine and Janice Baker, both of Sanford; thirteen grandchildren: Jacob Hart, Jeffrey Smith, Shannon Smith, Brooke Perdue, D.J. Perdue, Eliza Perdue, Blaine Douglas Perdue Jr., Ashley Perdue, Joshua Stanley, April Stanley, Jenny Pat, Lindsey Perdue and David Perdue; and twelve great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends Friday, March 29, 2013 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home and the funeral will be Saturday, March 30th at 2:00 PM at Swann Station Baptist Church with Rev. Russell Blackmon presiding. Burial will follow at the McDougald-Holder Cemetery in Sanford.

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Arrangements by Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home, Inc.

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SANFORD — Davie Cooper Winstead, 86, died Wednesday (3/27/13) at Central Carolina Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete but will be announced by Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home.

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