May. 07, 2014 @ 05:00 AM


SANFORD — Mary Ann (Peggy) Brown Lanier (78) of Sanford, died on April 30, 2014.

She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Joseph R. Lanier; daughters, Beverly Nicholas and husband Donald of Buies Creek, Sheila Nelson of Minnesota; and grandchildren, Aprille Campbell and Jesse Nicholas.

There will be no memorial service, however, the family will receive friends at the home of Joe Lanier, 517 McIver St., Sanford and at the home of Beverly Nicholas, 59 Peace St., Lillington, N.C.

Arrangements by Coats Funeral Home & Crematory.

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CAMERON — Arthur Bates, 70, of 48 Alberta Lane, Cameron, died Monday (5/5/14) at Central Carolina Hospital.

He was born on May 10, 1943 to the late Willie Rufus Bates and Alberta Buie Bates.  He was a life-long resident of Harnett County and attended the local school system.  He attended Moore Union FWB as a youth and later attended Rock Springs FWB. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Flora Margaret McNeill.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Jean Elizabeth McNeill Bates; daughters, Cynthia “Lisa” Bates of Southern Pines, Juanita Sparks (Anthony) of Sanford and Annette Kennedy of Saint Louis, Mo.; sons, Arthur “Ernest” Bates and Lester Bates, both of Broadway; 10 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a host of relatives and friends.

Funeral service will be conducted at 3 p.m. Thursday at Works For Christ Christian Center. Burial will be follow at Rock Springs Cemetery at Raven Rock.

Arrangements are by Knotts Funeral Home.


CAMERON — Lois Ray McKenzie, 85, died Monday (5/5/14) at her residence.

Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at New Home Baptist Church. Burial will follow at the church cemetery. The family will receive friends following the service.

She was the daughter and granddaughter of Baptist and Presbyterian missionaries to China. A graduate of Baylor University, she attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. She and her husband worked together for years leading and developing therapeutic camps for emotionally disturbed children. She was active in WMU. She was preceded in death by her husband, Buford McKenzie; a son, Kent McKenzie; two brothers, Daniel Ray and David Ray, and two sisters, Marian Ray and Mary Dee.

She is survived by three daughters, Karen Collins and husband Bill of Fair Play, S.C., Kayla Gibson and husband Tim of Cameron, and Kobi Hart and husband Scott of Louisville, Ky.; two sons, Kris McKenzie and wife Rosemary of San Angelo, Texas, and Kerry McKenzie and wife Pebbles of Bahama; and 19 grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Wilderness Road Therapeutic Camping Association, 133 Camp School Lane, Fair Play, S.C. 29043.

Arrangements are by Fry & Prickett Funeral Home.

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HIGH FALLS — Helene Bass Maness, 84, of High Falls, died Monday (5/5/14) at her home.

Graveside service will be conducted today at 10 a.m. at High Falls United Methodist Church, where she was a member, with the Rev. Tony Baurichter officiating.

She was a nurse assistant with Dr. John Monroe and Dr. Henderson in Pinehurst. She also worked for several years with Klopman Mills. She was preceded in death by her husband, Julian Maness; her parents, Jesse Leslie and Pearl Smith Bass; brothers, Jesse Leslie Bass Jr., Vernon Bass, Howard Bass and Charles Bass; and sisters, Dixie Daniels and Charlotte Hedding.

She is survived by daughters, Patricia Medlin and husband Ted, and Cathy Hussey and husband Harold, all of Robbins, Vickie Auman and husband Andy of Aberdeen, and Dawn Kidd and husband Farrell of High Falls; son, Calvin Maness and wife Diane of High Falls; 10 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and one sister, Margaret Caddell of Vass.

There will be no visitation, but the family will receive friends at the home of her daughter, Dawn Kidd, 724 Charlie S. Road, Robbins.

Online condolences may be made at

Memorials may directed to High Falls UMC Cemetery Fund, c/o Doris Upchurch, P.O. Box 2, High Falls, N.C. 27259.

Arrangements are by Joyce-Brady Chapel.


SANFORD — Emmett Arthur Wright, 68, of 412 Wagon Trail Road, Sanford, died Saturday (5/3/14) at Sunbridge Community Home Care and Hospice Center in Siler City.

He was the son of the late Geneva Light and Emmett Foot Wright.

Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by C.E. Willie Funeral & Cremation Services.

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GREENSBORO — Vera Joyce Jeffries Wall died Saturday (5/3/14) in Greensboro.

She was born in Star to the late Gladys Beal Jeffries and Doyle L. Jeffries. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Wilbert Wesley Wall; son, Randy Lynn Wall; six brothers and two sisters. She was a retired office manager with Montgomery Ward in Greensboro.

She is survived by a son, David Wesley Wall (Donna) of Reidsville; daughters, Terri Wall Crosby (Charles) of Kernersville and Shelia Wall Hobbs (Allen) of Julian; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild; two sisters, Vergie J. McNeill and Norma Jean Godwin, both of Sanford, and one brother, Jay Jeffries of Broadway.

Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Bethany Baptist Church in Gulf. The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. prior to the service. Burial will be at Lee Memory Gardens immediately following the funeral service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Hospice & Palliative Care, 2500 Summit Ave, Greensboro, N.C. 27405 or Bethany Baptist Church, Gulf, N.C.


LILLINGTON — Betty Schueneman, 65, of Lillington, died Monday (5/5/14) at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill.

She was born in Cumberland County, the daughter of the late Neil and Florence Louise Williams Scott. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Neil Calvin and Ronnie Calvin; sister, Elaine Martin; and a grandson, Christopher Schueneman.

She is survived by her son, Ralph Schueneman of Lillington; daughters, Robin Constantino of Cary and Sherry Williams of Texas; four grandchildren; and brother, Billy Scott of Wilmington.

A private service will be held by the family.

Online condolences may be made at

Arrangements are by O’Quinn-Peebles-Phillips Funeral Home & Crematory in Lillington.


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Dr. Gene Lee Watterson, 84, of Birmingham, Ala. and Shelby, died Monday (5/5/14) at home.

He was the son of the late Eva Rose and Alton Watterson. He was a graduate of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest and served as pastor at churches in Virginia, Florida and Shelby, North Carolina.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Camp Elliott of Birmingham, Ala.; three children, Pamela Watterson Runyans and husband Robert of Raleigh, Dr. Gene Watterson Jr. and wife Ruth of Birmingham, Ala., and Lisa Watterson Johnson and husband Michael of Raleigh; two stepchildren, Sharon Viegas and husband Keith of Birmingham, Ala., and Bruce Elliott and wife Laurie of Jasper, Ala.; eight grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and two siblings, Dr. Douglas Watterson of Stuart, Fla., and Mrs. Richard Dunkle of Winchester, Va.

The family will receive friends Thursday beginning at 3 p.m. in the sanctuary of First Baptist Church in Shelby, followed by a 4 p.m. service. A graveside service will be held at Blandford Cemetery at 2 p.m. Friday in Petersburg, Va., with military honors.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on May 18 at Bluff Park United Methodist Church in Birmingham, Ala.

Flowers are appreciated, but memorials can be made to the Gene L. Watterson Scholarship Fund at Gardner-Webb University.

Online condolences can be made at

Arrangements are by the Smith Funeral Home of Broadway.