May. 22, 2014 @ 05:00 AM


SANFORD — Wilbert Edgar “Skip” Cupps, 89, of Sanford, passed away on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at his residence.

He was born on June 4, 1924 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to the late Edgar and Nellie Cupps. Wilbert proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corps during W.W. II and was a lifetime member of the VFW. He also was a member of the Lemon Springs Ruritan Club and the Sanford Nautilus Club.

He is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Doris Cupps; one son, Edgar Cupps; one sister, Shirley Cummings; two grandchildren, Taylor and Kaitlyn Cupps; two great-grandchildren, William Hodges and Brennan Cupps; also survived by many nieces and nephews.

A visitation will be held on Thursday from 6 until 8 p.m. at Miller Boles Funeral Home in Sanford.

A funeral service will be held on Friday at 11 a.m. at Miller Boles Funeral Home Chapel. Burial to follow at Grace Christian Church Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made in “Skip's” name to the Sanford Salvation Army, 507 N. Steele Street, Room 203, Sanford, N.C. 27330.

Online condolences may be made at

Miller-Boles Funeral Home & Cremation Service of Sanford is serving the family.

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DURHAM — Leland (“Lee”) Richter Phelps passed away peacefully in his sleep in Durham on May 15, 2014, at the age of 96.

He was born on March 31,1918, to Leland Hobart and Esther Richter Phelps in Flint, Michigan. The son of a manager of numerous A&P grocery stores, Leland grew up with two sisters in Detroit, Michigan, where his passion for reading and learning began. He attended Wayne State University and joined the Air Force in 1942, where he was trained to be a meteorologist. He served 4-1/2 years in New Mexico and was recalled in 1952, stationed for a year in Germany during the Korean War.

When World War II ended, Lee returned to the university to major in German (because he wanted to know what all of his German relatives were saying when they didn’t want their children to understand!). He met the love of his life, Ruth Seifert, at the summer foreign language school at Middlebury Colllege in Vermont, where she was teaching German and folk dancing. They married a year later in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After receiving his PhD from Ohio State University, he taught in the German department of Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, for 10 years.

In 1961, he joined the German department at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, where he taught for 25 years before retiring. During his long tenure as chairman he introduced the use of computers as an aid to the acquisition of spoken foreign language skills. He was the visionary and driving force behind one of the earliest such programs, Computer Assisted Language Instruction System (CALIS), which spread worldwide and was part of the drive to online learning.

Leland has always been a “Renaissance Man” with interests diverse and wide-spread. He published numerous articles and books, and co-authored a highly regarded anthology of 20th century German short stories entitled Aus Unserer Zeit that went into four editions and was used in universities all over the world. He had deep interests in a broad range of topics from Frank Lloyd Wright to the making of sausage, from classical music to history, from poetry to modern art. He loved conversing with anyone about anything, and he was a true bibliophile.

Leland Phelps will be long remembered for his amiability and gentleness, his intellectual curiosity, and his unfailing kindness and ethical life. He will be sorely missed by his daughters and their families: Christine Phelps of Greensboro, NC; Karin Phelps Murray and her husband Link of Jamestown, RI; Linda Phelps Pate and her husband Marty of Sanford, NC; plus six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren (soon to be nine).

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to one of Leland’s passionate interests in honor of him: the Leland R. Phelps Endowment for Rare Books (Duke University Libraries, Box 90197, Durham, NC 27708) or the Chamber Arts Society at Duke (Duke Performances, Box 90757, Durham, NC 27708).

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WEST END — Charles Melvin Smitherman, 67, of 172 Monroe Trail Road, West End, died Thursday (5/15/14) at First Health Moore Regional Hospital in Pinehurst.

Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Zion AME Zion Church in Eagle Springs with the Rev. Cleo Brooks and the Rev. Jeff Person officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.

He is survived by one brother, Jarvis Pete Smitherman of Richmond, Va.; and two sisters, Jackie Kenndy of Winston-Salem and Margaret Blaylock of Ft. Worth, Texas.

Arrangements are by Person Funeral Home in Robbins.


SILER CITY — D’Ante Cordell Dickerson, 20, of 1406 MLK Jr. Blvd., Siler City, died Wednesday (5/21/14) at home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Knotts & Son Funeral Home in Siler City.


SANFORD — Funeral service for Victor Orlando Richmond, 49, who died Thursday (5/15/14), was held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Tempting Congregational Church with the Rev. Charles Chalmers officiating. Burial was at Alston Chapel United Church of Christ.

Soloist was Rosalyn Chalmers-Swann.

Pallbearers were friends and family.

Arrangements were by Knotts Funeral Home.


LILLINGTON — Funeral service for Dwight LaVerne Morgan Jr., 28, who died Sunday (5/11/14), was held at 2 p.m. Monday at Works For Christ Christian Center with Bishop Elect Dr. Thurman R. McNeill officiating.

The Deliverance Gospel Choir sang. Minister Kristen Obey was soloist.

Pallbearers were friends of the family.

Arrangements were by Knotts Funeral Home.


ROBBINS — Betty Joann Caddell, 79, of 607 Belleview Road, Robbins, died Sunday (5/18/14) at Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro.

She was a graduate of Pinckney High School in Carthage. She was a nurse, a licensed cosmetologist and a Notary Public.

Funeral service was held Wednesday at 12 p.m. at Person Funeral Home Chapel in Robbins. Burial was at the New Zion Cemetery.

She is survived by three daughters, Kathy Caddell White of Robbins, and Rose Cook (Aaron) and Sherrie Leak (Samuel), all of Carthage; two sisters, Sarah Smith of Robbins and Barbara Harrington of Charlotte; one brother, Richard Robbins of Charlotte; two sisters-in-law, Geraldine Payne Robbins of Springfield, Mass., and Mrs. Montez Caddell of Robbins; one brother-in-law, Jimmy Gladden of Asheboro; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Arrangements were by Person Funeral Home in Robbins.


BROADWAY — Mary J. Prince, 75, of 956 Rosser Pittman Road, Broadway, died Wednesday (5/21/14) at home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Watson Memorial-Cunningham & Son’s Mortuary.


SANFORD — Sheila Corbett Allen, 67, of Sanford, died Tuesday (5/20/14) at her home.

She was born in Lee County, daughter of the late Kenneth King Corbett II and Annie Louise Wicker Corbett.

She is survived by her husband, Joseph G. Allen; a daughter, Carla Anderson and husband Aaron of Sanford; and a sister, Brenda Jones and husband Ed of Hampstead.

Memorial contributions can be made to Liberty Home Care & Hospice, 1005 Carthage St., Sanford, N.C. 27330; or to Saving Grace Animals for Adoption, P.O. Box 1649, Wake Forest, N.C. 27588.

Online condolences may be made at

Arrangements are by Rogers-Pickard Funeral Home.


SANFORD — Albert Lee McKinnon Sr., of 41 Wind Tree, Sanford, died Thursday (5/15/14).

Funeral service will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church in Fayetteville. Burial will be at Sandhills State Veterans Cemetery in Spring Lake on Tuesday.

A visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Colvin Funeral Home & Crematory.

He is survived by his wife, Juanita McKinnon; sons, Albert McKinnon Jr., D’Angelo McKinnon, Nashimea McKinnon and DeJuan McKinnon; mother, Bessie McKinnon; brothers, Timmie McKinnon, Phillip McKinnon, Wallace McKinnon, Wayne McKinnon and Furlie McKinnon Jr.; and six grandchildren.

Arrangements are by Colvin Funeral Home & Crematory in Fayetteville.


SANFORD — Funeral service for Berta Lee Crawford Dowdy was held Wednesday at Miller-Boles Chapel with the Rev. Jeff Lindsay officiating. Special hymns were played by Linda Spivey during the service.

Following the funeral, a graveside service was held at Shallow Well Church Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Neal Barnes, Chris Cline, Eugene Eagle, Jack McClees, Mike McClees and Henry Olds.

Online condolences can be made at

Arrangements were by Miller-Boles Funeral Home.


BURLINGTON — Peggy Staton Jones, 60, of 617 Oakdale Court, died Sunday (5/18/14) at UNC Hospital.

She was the daughter of Perlena Lloyd Staton and the late Rudolph Staton. In addition to her father, she was also preceded in death by a sister, Janice Pearson.

She is survived by her mother, Perlena Lloyd Staton; maternal grandmother, Lena Lloyd of Saxaphaw; son, Billy Jones (Angela Richardson) of Burlington; three daughters, Cassandra Jones (Darrell Kirby) and Rochelle Vargas (Luis Vargas), all of Mebane, and Billie Jo Jones (Tony Parker) of Burlington; four brothers, James Staton of Snow Camp, Wayne Goldston and Rodney Goldston, both of Sanford, and Steve Goldston of Pittsboro; seven sisters, Linda Staton of Snow Camp, Jessie Staton, Amanda Albright and Sarah Strayhorn, all of Mebane, Shelia Monk of Graham, Betty Staton of Burlington and Clarissa Dowdy of Moncure; nine grandchildren; one great-grandchild, and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Melfield United Church of Christ with the Rev. Dannie Williams officiating and the Rev. Eugene Staton delivering the eulogy. Burial will follow at the Alston Grove Congregational Christian Church cemetery.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church and other times at 110 Briarwood Drive, Mebane.

A public viewing will be held today from 1 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Arrangements are by Alamance Funeral Service in Burlington.