Jun. 11, 2013 @ 05:00 AM


WINSTON-SALEM — Francis (Frank) Brackett Northup, 81 years old, passed away Sunday, June 9, 2013 at Forsyth Medical Center after a brief illness. He passed peacefully, surrounded by his loving daughters.

Frank was born and raised in Winston-Salem, where he graduated from RJ Reynolds High School. He attended UNC, NCSU and received his bachelor's and master's degree from Appalachian State University. Most of his career was spent in Sanford, NC and he retired in Boone where he and his bride, Audrey Fowler Northup, met and married. His early career began as a math professor at ASU and UNC Pembroke. His passion for invention redirected his career to the hosiery industry where he worked in research and development for most of his career. This included time at Hanes Hosiery and L'eggs in Winston-Salem and was Vice President of Research and Development at Spanco Yarns in Sanford, NC until he retired. Frank's most notable accomplishment in the industry was the development of yarn for L'eggs Shear Energy and Shear Elegance Hose. He has patents on 14 yarn manufacturing machines. Always thinking of new inventions in his personal time, products such as “Paper Pottery”, “Nix Pix” and “The Brass Lucifer” were produced and sold. His family enjoys memories of some of the wackier inventions that never made it to the market such as the “double decker skate board”, the “Rubber Ducky Self Propelled Water Chair” and the “jewelry ring cigarette holder”! Many of the clever games and toys he invented were enjoyed by his daughters during their childhood. Until his recent illness, he was working on the design for a new golf club prototype.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Audrey; his parents, Willard Close Northup, of Northup & O'Brien Architects, and Anne Noble Northup; his two sisters, Gwen and Nancy; and his brother, Lamar.

He is survived by his three daughters, Jo, Lynn and Dottie; his son-in-law, Chad Reichert; grandson, Eero; his brother, Willard; and his sister-in-law, Dottie Ramirez, all of Winston.

Funeral services will be held at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Winston-Salem in the Chapel on Wednesday, June 12 at 3 p.m.

A true gentleman with a great sense of humor, many people would agree that Frank was one of the kindest, most patient and compassionate people they have ever known.

In memorium, donations may be made in his honor to the Forsyth Humane Society or to the charity of your choice.

Hayworth-Miller Funeral Home in Winston-Salem is serving the family.

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SANFORD — Alice Dorothy Winters Hejny, 87, died Sunday (6/9/13) at her home.

She was born in New Jersey on Nov. 6, 1925, to the late Emil Winters and Georgiana Kufre Winters. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a grandson, Benjamin Payne, and a brother, Robert Winters. She worked as a waitress at the Golden Anchor.

She is survived by her sons, John Joseph Hejny and wife Elyse Marie of Sanford, and Robert Alan Hejny of Tennessee; a daughter, Georgette Smith and husband Allen of Sanford; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral service will be held at Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home Chapel at 10 a.m. Wednesday with Bob Bulls presiding. The family will receive friends following the service at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations to the Humane Society of the U.S., make checks payable to The HSUS Dept. HHHONL, 2100 L St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20037 or online at

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Arrangements by Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home, Inc.


SANFORD — Meta Goldston, 56, died Friday (6/7/13) at the Hospice and Pallative Care of Cabarrus County in Kannapolis.

Funeral service will be conducted at 3 p.m. today at Greater Zion Holy Temple with Elder Joe Barnes and the Rev. John Weldon officiating. Interment will be at a later date.

She is survived by three daughters, Yolanda Goldston and Alisha Goldston, both of Sanford, and Vivian Goldston of Kannapolis; four brothers, Ernest Goldston, Joseph McKoy Jr., Reggie and Gerome McKoy; three sisters, Vivian G. Graham (Roy), Martha McKoy and Sandra Roberts; 12 grandchildren; one aunt; and one adopted sister, Joyce Haith.

The family will receive friends at the home of her sister, Vivian Goldston Graham, 205 Poplar St.

Arrangements by LHorton Community Funeral Home.


SILER CITY — George R. "Bob" Brooks, 85, died Sunday (6/9/13) at his home.

He was born in Randolph County to the late Colon Brooks and Sallie Brooks Caviness. He served in the Navy in W.W. II, was retired from Briles Oil Company in Ramseur and was a member of Fellowship Baptist Church in Siler City. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, James "Bill" Brooks and John Brooks; and sisters, Margaret "Tootie" Harris and Ethel Cooper.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Betty Smith Brooks; sisters, Emogene B. Phillips of Siler City and Frances C. Spivey of Bear Creek; and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. today in the Fellowship Baptist Church in Siler City with the graveside service at 2:30 p.m. at the church cemetery with the Rev. Jason Golden and the Rev. Bob Griffith officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Fellowship Baptist Church, 120 Fellowship Church Road, Siler City, N.C. 27344 or to Parks Crossroads Christian Church, 2057 Parks Crossroads Road, Ramseur, N.C. 27316.

Arrangements by Smith & Buckner Funeral Home.

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SANFORD — Funeral service for Geraldine Batchelor Laws, 87, of Lemon Springs, who died Friday (6/7/13), was held Sunday at 2 p.m. at Lemon Springs United Methodist Church with the Rev. Roberta Byram officiating. Burial followed at the church cemetery with a releasing of the doves ceremony.

Pianist was Stephen McNeill, soloist was Dorothy Matthews and the congregation sang two hymns. Three great-grandchildren sang “Jesus Loves Me." Eulogies were given by her daughters, Patsy Richardson and Jean Sellers.

Pallbearers were grandsons, Charlton Richardson, Patrick Richardson, Jay Sellers, Jody Sellers, Jason Laws and Rodney Morris.

Arrangements were by Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home.


SANFORD — Funeral service for Julian T. Mansfield, 96, who died Thursday (6/6/13), was held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Poplar Springs United Methodist Church by the Rev. B. Fallon Melvin Jr. Burial with military honors followed at Bethany Baptist Church Cemetery in Gulf.

During the service, the congregation and the chancel choir sang, eulogies were by Brooks Mansfield and Stacy Mansfield, and the pianist was Ann Phillips.

Pallbearers were Frank Clark, Richard Kelly, Lemar McNeill, Brandon Mansfield, Brooks Mansfield and Stacy Mansfield.

Memorials can be made to Poplar Springs United Methodist Church, 1809 Poplar Springs Church Road, Sanford, N.C.

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Arrangements were by Rogers-Pickard Funeral Home.


SANFORD — David Neal, 51, died Saturday (6/8/13) at Central Carolina Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Watson-Cunningham & Sons Mortuary.


SANFORD — Thomas Ward Johnson, 96, died Monday (6/10/13) at his residence.

He was born in Dothan, Ala., and was a son of the late Thomas W. Johnson Jr. and Ida Johnson. He was retired from the U.S. Army and Civil Service and operated Johnson’s Woodworks Shop and was a troop leader for Boy Scouts Troop 942. He was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth Brantley Johnson; a brother and two sisters.

He is survived by one son, Thomas Wayne Johnson of Sanford; and sister-in-law, Jeanette Brantley.

The family will receive friends from 5 until 7 p.m. Thursday at 2100 Carthage St.

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Arrangements are by Rogers-Pickard Funeral Home.


SANFORD — Funeral service for Kendall Earl Ricketson, 48, of Broadway, who died Friday (6/7/13), was held Monday at 2 p.m. at Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Curtis Norris officiating. Burial followed at Morris Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery.

Pianist and soloist was Diana Rollins. Recorded music was also played.

Pallbearers were John Douglas, Terry Williams, Kelly McNeill, Michael Ricketson, Travis Smith and Jeremy Bowden.

Arrangements were by Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home.


CHARLOTTE — Willie Mae Goodwin died Saturday (6/8/13).

She is survived by her children, Marc Goodwin (Melinda) of Moncure, Barbara Williams (Howard) of New Hill and Kathy Stanley (David) of Charlotte; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Macon Goodwin. She had a long career in banking.

Memorials may be made to Forest Hill Church, 7224 Park Road, Charlotte, N.C. 28210 and notate Orphan Ministry.

Graveside service will be held Wednesday at 4 p.m. at Town of Apex Cemetery with the Rev. Judi J. Smith officiating.

Arrangements by T.H. Robertson Funeral Service.

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