Obituaries for June 26

Jun. 26, 2014 @ 05:00 AM


LILLINGTON — Edith Ann Caviness, 90, of Lillington, died Saturday (6/21/14) at Central Harnett Hospital in Lillington.

She was born May 1, 1924, in Harnett County, the daughter of the late Joseph Edward and Vera Dorman Caviness. She was a graduate of Duke University and worked as a nurse and pharmacist for many years. She was a member of Lillington Presbyterian Church.

A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Summerville Presbyterian Church Cemetery, followed by a memorial service at 11 a.m. Saturday at Lillington Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Dr. Bill Goodnight officiating. A gathering of family and friends will be held after the memorial service.

She is survived by her sister, Veve C. Moore of Lubbock, Texas; two nieces and several great-nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to Lillington Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 245, Lillington, N.C. 27546.

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

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MONCURE — Robert L. Smith, 60, of 7586 Moncure-Pittsboro Road, Moncure, died Monday (6/23/14) at his residence.

He was the son of the late Ravin and Artie Smith. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, William Smith, Ravin Scott Smith and Donald Smith, and a grandson.

He is survived by his wife, Emma Scott Smith; two daughters, Novella Alston (Kenny) of Pittsboro and Melanie Austin of Angier; two sons, Casca Lindsey of Sanford and Maurice Lindsey of Moncure; one grandchild; four sisters, Lola Partridge, Carrie Hackney, Linda Smith and Helen Matthews (Hubert), all of Moncure; one brother, George Smith of Sanford, and a host of nieces and nephews, cousins and other friends and relatives.

Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at Liberty Chapel in Moncure. No wake is scheduled. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.

Arrangements are by Knotts Funeral Home in Pittsboro.



SANFORD — Funeral service for Margery Lee Geiger Wright, 80, of Sanford, who died Saturday (6/21/14), was held Wednesday at 3 p.m. at Rogers-Pickard Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. Bob Yandle, the Rev. Brian Parker and Michael Bennett. Burial followed at Grace Chapel Cemetery.

During the service, soloist was Tommy Hamilton, organist was Linda Spivey and a poem was read by Cheryl Jones Bennett.

Pallbearers were Michael Bennett, Justin Bouldin, Dairus Davis, Christopher Pollock, Jonathan Wright and Sean Wright.

Honorary pallbearer was Alfred Jones.

Memorial contributions can be made to Alzheimer’s Association of Eastern N.C., 3739 National Drive, Suite 110, Raleigh, N.C. 27612.

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Arrangements are by Rogers-Pickard Funeral Home.



GOLDSTON — Funeral service for Hubert Milton Headen, 82, who died Sunday (6/22/14), was held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Roberts Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in Goldston with the Rev. Darnell Gray and George Headen officiating. Burial was at the church cemetery.

Soloists were the Rev. Jimmy Thompson and Priscilla Ann Thompson.

Pallbearers were nephews.

Arrangements were by Knotts Funeral Home.



SANFORD — Clyde Buchanan Rosser, age 89, passed away peacefully Wednesday, June 25, 2014, at Parkview Retirement Home after extended illness.

He was the son of Clyde Henderson Rosser and Clara Buchanan Rosser and was born in Broadway, N.C., on November 1, 1924.

Mr. Rosser was a graduate of Broadway High School. After high school graduation, he was drafted into the United States Army during World War II, marched in the front line of the infantry division in Germany, France and England, and was injured in Belgium right before the Battle of the Bulge. After hospitalization, he was sent to Paris to work in Eisenhower's administrative offices, where he remained until the end of the war.

He returned after the war and entered the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Commerce. Mr. Rosser enjoyed music all his life, played the piano by ear and sang in the Glee Club at UNC Chapel Hill with the late Gwen Howard McIver of Sanford and the late Andy Griffith of Mayberry fame. Upon graduation, he went to work for GMAC in Wilmington, N.C., as a finance officer. Later, he returned to Lee County and worked for Jefferson Pilot Life Insurance Company until his retirement.

He was a former president of the Sanford Jaycees, a longstanding member, deacon and elder of First Presbyterian Church, a charter member of the Sanford Moose Lodge and a charter member of the VFW Stanley McLeod Post. He was instrumental in the development of Lee County Industries, active in the Association for Retarded Citizens and served on the Governor's Council for Developmental Disabilities during the Holshouser Administration.

He is survived by his loving wife of sixty years, Laura Day Beatty Rosser of Sanford; daughters, Leah Rosser Terrell and husband Monty of Sanford, and Ellen Rosser Wilson of Sanford; sons, Mark Woodson Rosser and wife Linda of Coats, N.C., and Charles Henderson Rosser of Coats, N.C.; grandchildren, Elizabeth Claire Terrell, Graham Rosser Terrell, Cameron Leigh Wilson, Garrett Kelly Wilson and Caroline Noelle Wilson, and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his twin brother, Claude Henderson Rosser; brother, John Carl Rosser; sister, Mary Elizabeth Rosser McLean, and granddaughter, Christine Nicole Wilson.

Visitation will be Friday, June 27, 2014, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Miller-Boles Funeral Home and other times at the home of Ellen Wilson.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, June 28, 2014, at 2 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Sanford.

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

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