Obituaries for May 19

May. 19, 2013 @ 05:00 AM


SANFORD  — Mary Alice Devoto Barrett, 69, died Friday (5/17/13) at her home.

She was born in St. Louis County, Mo., to the late August G. Devoto and Alice Schnarr Devoto. She was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, James David Barrett; brother; August Devoto, and a sister; Judy Devoto Privitt. 

Survivors include her son, John David Barrett and wife Lisa of Cameron; daughter; Debbie Barrett of Cary; brothers; Dick Devoto, Bob Devoto and Donnie Devoto, all of Missouri; sister; Barbara Medina and husband Lupie of Missouri; two grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the home, 317 Foggy Bottom, Sanford. There will be no visitation at the funeral home. 

A graveside service will be conducted at Lemon Springs Baptist Church cemetery on Tuesday at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Andy Foley and Dr. Jim Whitehead officiating.

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Arrangements by Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home, Inc.


SANFORD — Ervin Foster Wicker, 77, of Sanford died Wednesday (5/15/13) at his home.

A celebration of life will be held on Monday at 6 p.m. at Cox Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Ronnie Parker officiating. The family will receive friends immediately following the service at the funeral home.

He was born in Sanford on Aug. 27, 1935, to Daniel M. and Mary Woodell Wicker. He was employed with Coca-Cola of Sanford for over 20 years. He enjoyed the outdoors as well as farming and fishing. He was a loving husband, father, brother, uncle, and grandfather.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Evelyn Matthews Wicker; two children, Bonnie Klein and fiancé Lennie Johnston of Sanford, and Johnny F. Wicker of Sanford; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Daniel M. and Mary Woodell Wicker; two sisters, Elsie R. Godwin and Annie Kelly; five brothers, Max Blue Wicker, Joe Wicker, Willard Wicker, Bill Wicker, Vernon Wicker; and one grandchild.

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


DALLAS, Texas — Walter Lee McLean, 71, of 12484 Abrams Road, Dallas, Texas, formerly of Sanford, died Friday (5/10/13) at Doctors Hospital in Dallas, Texas, following a brief illness.

Private funeral service will be conducted in Dallas, Texas, by Laurel Land Funeral Home.

Survivors include three sisters: Annie McLean, Sandra Scrivens and Brenda Griffin; one brother, Sampson McLean Jr.; one daughter, Angela McLean; and one son, Scottie Evans — all of Sanford.

Information provided by LHorton Community Funeral Home.


BUNNLEVEL — Haywood native Joanne Boone Byrd, 84, of Bunnlevel, died in her home Friday (5/17/13). She was preceded in death by her husband, Sam Byrd, who passed away Dec. 19, 2001.

She is survived by two daughters Macinda Byrd and Penny Byrd Johnson (husband Randy); her son Robert Byrd (wife Kate); her sisters, Linda Boone Garrett (husband Tom), Sara Boone Campbell, Eugenia Boone Jeter (husband Jim), Ruth Helen Boone Noland (husband Bill); her brothers Allen Boone (wife Betty), James “Jimmy” Boone, Joseph “Buddy” Boone (wife Bertha); and her sister-in-law Quinn Boone, widow of her brother Bill Martin Boone.

A memorial service will be held at the Bunnlevel Presbyterian Church at 11 a.m. Thursday (5/23/13). The family will meet with friends after the memorial service at the church. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations to Bunnlevel Presbyterian’s Women of the Church, PO Box 30, Bunnlevel, NC, 28323.


SANFORD — Memorial services for Mary John Lloyd Herman of Sanford who passed away suddenly Tuesday evening (5/14/13) were held Saturday (5/18/13) at First Presbyterian Church by Minister Wendell McGee, CLP. The organist was David Almond. Reflections of her were given by Dr. Jan Rhyne. Soloist was Joe Keith.

Memorial contributions can be made to First Presbyterian Church, 203 Hawkins Ave., Sanford, NC 27330 or to National MS Society, 3101 Industrial Drive, Suite 210 Raleigh, NC 27609.

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Arrangements are by Rogers-Pickard Funeral Home.


SANFORD — Funeral service for Hayden Leo Luxton, 82, of Sanford, who died Wednesday (5/15/13) at UNC Memorial Hospital, was conducted Saturday (5/18/13) at Lees Chapel Christian Church by Rev. Bruce Parsons and Rev. John Chavis. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

Pallbearers were Perry Luxton, Matt Talbot, Billy Jo Luxton, Sky Luxton, Austin Cotton, Ted A. Buchannan and Jim Hedgecock. Pianist and soloist was Alicia Luxton Martin. The congregation also sang hymns.

Arrangements were by the Smith Funeral Home of Moncure.

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MONCURE — Mettie Mae “Sue” Parra, 66, of Fletcher, died Friday (5/17/13) at the Four Seasons Elizabeth House Hospice and Pallative Care in Flat Rock, N.C.

She was born in New Hannover County on June 9, 1945, the daughter of Norma Gray Davis Olinger. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday (5/20/13) at Haywood Independent Bible Church in Moncure, with Rev. Terry Pleasants officiating. Burial will follow in the Lee Memory Gardens in Sanford.

She is survived by her husband Ernie Parra, of the home; sons Albert Parra III and Willie Parra, both of Gwinnett County, Ga.; sisters Dianne “Gingle” Bennett (Carl) of Moncure, Tootsie Sanderford of New Hill, Francis Sandoval of Fayetteville, and Patsy Riley of West Minster, S.C.; a special niece, two grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.

Arrangements by the Smith Funeral Home of Moncure.


SANFORD — Funeral services for Beulah O’Quinn Boggs, 74, of Sanford, who died Sunday (5/12/13) were conducted 3 p.m. Friday (5/17/13) at Juniper Springs Baptist Church with Rev. John Hackney and Rev. Michael Hall officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

During the service, Cindy Buchannan sang and was the organist, Cheryl LaJeunesse was the pianist, and Marty McNeill and the church choir sang. Pallbearers were Danny Lewis Hancock, Christian Hancock, Joseph Boggs, Neil Knight, William Knight, Jason Bunnell, Joanthan Eubanks and Chad Smith.

Arrangements were by the Smith Funeral Home of Broadway.


GREENVILLE — Margaret “Margie” Kennette Davis died in her home at the Cypress Glen Retirement Community in Greenville, NC, on Wednesday, May 15, 2013.

A memorial service will be held at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, 107 Louis St., Greenville, on Friday, May 24, at 3:00 p.m. The family will receive visitors in the Parish Hall one hour prior to the service.

Margie was born September 6, 1919, in Greensboro, NC, to Samuel Boaz Kennett and Lila Kennett Slack. She graduated from Greensboro High School in 1936 and from Woman’s College (UNC-G) in 1940 and did graduate work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 1941, she married Frank B. Doty, who died in 1943. She was married to William Emerson Davis from 1946 until his death in 1981.

During her life Margie lived in many places, including Greensboro, High Point, Charlotte, and Sanford, NC; and, since 2001, at Cypress Glen in Greenville. She was a member of Episcopal churches in High Point, Charlotte, and Sanford. She worked for a short time as a junior high school physical education teacher.

Margie was an enthusiastic reader, loved the ocean and going out for pizza, and enjoyed playing and watching golf and tennis. She regularly wore a sports cap from the extensive collection displayed on her bedroom wall. Her refrigerator was covered with photographs from many generations of her family.

Margie is survived by sons Frank Doty and wife Patti of Tortola, British Virgin Islands, and Gary Davis and wife Meredith Foltz of Greenville, NC; grandchildren Shane Doty and wife Alesa of Kings Mountain, NC, Chris Doty of Charlotte, NC, Stephanie Archer and husband Dan of Leesburg, VA, and Colin Davis, of Washington, DC; and great grandchildren Jordan Doty and Ryan Doty of Kings Mountain, NC.

The family thanks for their guidance and assistance the staff at Cypress Glen; Shannon Burns, Nikki Perry, and Kimberly Lassiter of Community Home Care and Hospice; and Drs. James Powell and Paul Walker.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the public library or charity of one’s choice.

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GOLDSTON — Frances “Frankie” Taylor Harris, 83, of Goldston, died Saturday (5/18/13).

Mrs. Harris was born in Durham on Sept. 30, 1929, the daughter of Hanciel Clyde and Annie (West) Taylor. She was a 1951 graduate of Women’s College (now UNC-G) and taught at Chatham Central High School from 1957-1967. She was a member of Goldston United Methodist Church, the adult Sunday school class and the church choir, and was church secretary and a member of the United Methodist Women. Frankie also served as coordinator for the college student outreach ministry and was a member of the Goldston Lion’s Club. She retired from the office of Dr. James Little after 15 years of service. Frankie was preceded in death by her husband, John R. Harris; her parents; a brother, William W. Taylor, and sisters Mary Coley and Sarah Conrad.

She is survived by one daughter: Lisa Harris Smith and husband Randy of Bear Creek; one son: Jody R. Harris and wife Tina of Bear Creek; grandchildren: Jordan and Turner Harris, and Ethan and Hannah Smith; sisters, Leila T. Veasey and Lella T. Dezern, both of Durham; and special caregivers and family friends, Carmen Bryant and Christina Stanley.

The family will receive friends Monday (5/20/13) from 6-8 p.m. at Smith & Buckner Funeral Home, 230 North Second Avenue, Siler City, NC and other times at home of Jody Harris, 8343 Old Hwy 421, Bear Creek, NC. The funeral will be Tuesday (5/21/13) at 4 p.m. at Goldston United Methodist Church with Rev. Thomas Simpson officiating. Burial will be in Goldston Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Goldston United Methodist Church P. O. Box 85 Goldston, NC 27252 or the Alzheimers Association, Western Carolina Chapter, 3800 Shamrock Drive, Charlotte, NC 28215-3220. Online condolences may be made at