Apr. 11, 2013 @ 05:00 AM


PITTSBORO — Patricia “Paty” Williams Karstaedt was born July 17, 1954 in Pittsburgh, PA. Paty departed from us on Sunday, April 7, 2013, at her home in Sanford, N.C., due to her battle with cancer.

She graduated from Cary High. She was preceded in death by her son, Justin Allen Williams, age two days; biological father, Ray Eger of Pennsylvania; and her father, Ralph Crnkovic of North Carolina.

Paty is survived by her husband, Peter John Karstaedt; sons, Nathan William Karstaedt (Dusti Leigh Jones) and Peter Austin Karstaedt of Sanford, NC; granddaughter, Katelyn Jean Karstaedt; grandson, Robert Scott Jones; mother, Lorraine Grubb & husband Curt Grubb, of South Carolina; brothers, Raymond Crnkovic (Monika Hale) of Florida, Randy Crnkovic, (Lucy Crnkovic) and Eric Crnkovic of North Carolina.

She loved to read and spend time with family and friends. She also loved sitting by the fireplace, listening to music such as The Beatles, The Monkees, with Tom Petty being her favorite of all.

The family will receive friends at Hall-Wynne Funeral home in Pittsboro from 6 until 8 p.m. Friday, April 12, 2013. A funeral service will be held at Hanks Chapel United Church of Christ on Saturday, April 13 at 2 p.m.

Please send memorials to Carolina Tiger Rescue, 1940 Hanks Chapel Rd., Pittsboro, NC 27312 or UNC Hospice, P.O. Box 1077, Pittsboro, NC 27312.

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CHARLOTTE — Virginia Isobel Pharr Byrd, age 94, formerly of Sanford, N. C., died Saturday, March 16, 2013 with her children at her side in Charlotte, N. C.

“Ginny” was born April 13, 1918 in Cabarrus County as one of five children to Jones Yorke Pharr and Lila Grier Pharr, both deceased. She graduated from Converse College with double majors in English and Economics, as World War II was brewing. Ginny also graduated from Pan American Business School in Richmond, Virginia where she met the love of her life, Dr. Worth Miller Byrd, on a blind date while he was a dental student at the Medical College of Virginia.

Ginny is survived by her three children, Jones Pharr Byrd Sr. and wife Sandra of Asheville, N.C.; Dr. Samuel Miller Byrd and wife Ashley of Winston-Salem, N.C.; and Sarah Elizabeth Byrd Turner and husband Tim of Charlotte, N.C. She is also survived by eight grandchildren: Jones Pharr Byrd Jr. and wife Whitney of Winston-Salem, N.C.; Julia Isobel Byrd and husband Joseph Dukes of Charleston, S.C.; Elizabeth Bright Byrd of Atlanta, Ga.; William Worth Miller Byrd of Denver, Co.; Virginia Turner Taborda and husband Nuno of Montreal, Canada; Rachel Turner Rengers and husband Francis of Wheat Ridge, Co.; Dr. Frances Byrd Turner of Alexandria, Va.; and Lila Turner Duke and husband Joseph of Savannah, Ga.

When Worth joined the Navy after graduation from dental school, Ginny and Worth were married in a small ceremony with her parents and beloved brother Jones in attendance in Philadelphia in May 1942. They moved with the Navy to California, where they were parted by the war for four years. Ginny returned to North Carolina to work for Mill Power Supply Co. in Charlotte while living with her parents in Concord, N.C., and Worth served as a naval officer with the 3rd Marines in the South Pacific. After the war, they settled in Sanford, N.C. where Worth opened his dental practice and their three children were born and raised.

In Sanford, Ginny was active in the First Presbyterian Church, its Women's circles, and was a Lifetime Member of the Presbyterian Women. She enjoyed membership in Suzanne Reeves book club, a needlepoint guild, Pine Needles Garden Club, and the local hospital auxiliary where she organized a group to make “stockings” for newborns leaving the hospital nursery in December. She was presented at the first Terpsichorean Ball in Raleigh, N.C., was a charter member of the Sanford Cotillion Club, and was a founding member of a local investment club, continuing with others an interest instilled by her father at an early age.

Most of all, the “General”, as she was affectionately called by her husband and children, “orchestrated” ensuring that her children remained close and that all of her grandchildren became and remained as close as brothers and sisters — a blessing all enjoy and cherish today. She was more than generous to all.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Worth; her sister, Lila Grier Pharr Brown; and her brothers, Jones Y. Pharr Jr., Erskine (Turk) Pharr and John Pharr.

A memorial service for Ginny is planned for April 13 at 2 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Sanford, N.C.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to First Presbyterian Church, 203 Hawkins Avenue, Sanford, N.C. 27330.

Arrangements are in the care of Hankins & Whittington Funeral Service.

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MONCURE — Mae Crutchfield Poe, age 99, of 154 Lions Club Road, died Tuesday (4/9/2013) at her home with family by her side.

She was born in Chatham County on August 10, 1913, daughter of the late Lod N. Crutchfield and Gertrude Watson Crutchfield. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur Marion Poe Sr.; two sisters, Myrtle C. May and Ida C. Goodwin; and granddaughter, Bonnie Lynn Oldham. She was retired from Townsend after 27 years of service. She was a member of the Haywood Independent Bible Church.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday at the Haywood Independent Bible Church with Rev. Terry Pleasant and Rev. Ray Gooch officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Surviving are her sister, Mary Crutchfield Barnes of the home, her identical twin sister of 99 years; daughters, Willie Mae Stone (Tommy) of Moncure, N.C., JoAnn Oldham (Camp) of Pittsboro, N.C. and Nancy P. Oldham of the home; son, Arthur Marion Poe Jr. (Susan) of Moncure; 12 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. Thursday evening at the Smith Funeral Home in Moncure.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to UNC Hospice, P.O. Box 1077, Pittsboro, N.C. 27312 or the Haywood Independent Bible Church, P.O. Box 409, Moncure, N.C. 27559.

The family would like to express their gratitude to the friends and neighbors who have shown their loving kindness and support to the family.

Arrangements are by the Smith Funeral Home of Moncure.

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SANFORD — Lewis Cooper Yow, 79, died Wednesday (4/10/13) at Sanford Health & Rehabilitation Center. Arrangements are incomplete at this time but will be announced by Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home.

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BROADWAY — Jerry Murchison, 86, of 718 Burgess Circle, died Wednesday (4/10/13) at his residence. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Knotts Funeral Home.


SANFORD — Douglas S. Mabe, 61, died Wednesday (4/10/13) at Central Carolina Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete at this time but will be announced by Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home.

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