Jan. 30, 2013 @ 05:00 AM


SANFORD — Richard Donald “Don” Peele, 80, of Sanford died Monday, January 28, 2013 of complications from Parkinsons Disease.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at First Baptist Church.

Mr. Peele was born in Roxobel, N.C., son of the late Leon Charles Peele and Lois Jacobs Peele. He was preceded in death by his brother, Leon C. Peele Jr., and a nephew, Dr Leon C. Peele III.

Mr. Peele attended Roxobel-Kelford High School graduating in 1950. After high school he attended N.C. State University where he walked onto the Jr. Varsity Basketball team. Later Don transferred to University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he graduated in 1955 with a BS degree in Business Administration. After graduating from UNC-Chapel Hill, Don and Gloria moved to Tachikawa, Japan, where he served as an Auditor with the U.S. Air Force from 1955 until 1959, and where his first two children were born. In February 1959. they moved to Sanford where Don was employed with Roberts Co. for 19 years, then employed with Trion Inc. until 1995.

Don was active in the community, serving the Sanford Jaycees, Kiwanis Club and the Elks Club. He was an avid Tar Heel fan, loved his family especially watching them play their sports, playing golf with his sons, and Line Dancing with Gloria. His real love, other than Gloria, was fishing and spent much of his time fishing on piers at Emerald Isle. Don was known by family and friends for some of his famous quotes including, “Thank You Very Much Please” and “Glad You Got To See Me”.

Mr. Peele is survived by his wife, Gloria Huss Peele; daughter, Debbie Peele Estrada; sons, Rick Peele and wife Katherine, Rob Peele and wife Stephanie, and Marshall Peele and friend Shannon Floyd; grandchildren, Jennifer Estrada, Taylor Estrada, Carter Estrada, Jessica Peele, Samantha Peele, Cressler Peele, Cameron Peele, Morgan Peele, Hillary Floyd, and Haley Floyd; sister, Florette Peele Moore and husband Henry Moore; and many nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Thursday in the Fellowship Hall at First Baptist Church.

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Arrangements are by Rogers-Pickard Funeral Home.

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SANFORD — Mr. David Virgil Wicker Jr., age 77, of Sanford, N.C., died Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at his home surrounded by his family, after a courageous 13 year battle with G.I.S.T. cancer.

He was born in Lee County on March 3, 1935 to the late David Virgil Wicker Sr. and Emma Steele Wicker. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Mildred Thomas and a brother, James W. Wicker. David graduated from Deep River High School and was a member of Zion Christian Church. In past years, David held many leadership roles within the church. David also served our country in the United States Army.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Peggy L. Wicker Wicker; son, David Scott Wicker of Deep River; two daughters, Cheryl Asato and husband Stacey of Franklinton and Julie Chriscoe and husband Joe of Apex; one sister, Betty High of Norwood; and five grandchildren, Aime Pender, Ashley Pender, Kaitlyn Asato, David Asato and Richard Wicker.

The family will receive friends Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home from 6-8 p.m. The funeral will be Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 2 p.m. at Zion Christian Church with the Rev. Steve Johnson officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Duke Cancer Institute, Office of Development, DUMC 3828, Durham, N.C. 27710, The Life Raft Group, 155 Route 46 West, Suite 202, Wayne, N.J. 07470, or Community Home Care & Hospice, 1836 Doctors Drive, Sanford, N.C. 27330.

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Arrangements by Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home, Inc.

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SILER CITY — On Friday, January 25, 2013, Little Miss Kathryn Anne Marsh became an angel with God.

Left to cherish her memory are her parents, Ken McFadden and Leslie Marsh; four brothers, Tristan, Trevor, Tatum and Tanner; grandparents, Edd and Gaylene Marsh; lots of aunts, uncles and cousins.

A graveside service was held Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at Oakwood Cemetery, Siler City.

Smith & Buckner Funeral Home assisted the family.

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SANFORD — Arleen Anderson Matthiesen, 94, formerly of Oconomowoc, WI., passed away Tuesday, January 22, 2013.

A memorial service will be held in the Casey Chapel at St. Luke United Methodist Church Friday, February 1, 2013 at 2 p.m. in Sanford, NC. Her remains will be interred in Glenview Memorial Gardens in Ixonia, WI., at a later date.

Arleen was born in Windom, MN, daughter of the late Alfred T. and Lila Dossett Anderson. She was preceded in death by her husband, Arlo Winfield Matthiesen, and a brother, Willard Holmes Anderson.

Arleen is survived by her daughter, Karen M. Towson and husband Bill of Sanford; a son, Bradley K. Matthiesen and wife Karin of Madison, WI; grandchildren, Jeff Towson, Sean Towson and wife Julie, Sara Matthiesen and husband Andrew, and Rebecca Matthiesen; great-grandchildren, Miller Towson, Banks Towson, Jamie Matthiesen and Daniel Matthiesen.

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Arrangements are by Rogers-Pickard Funeral Home.

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RALEIGH — Margie Perry Davis passed away on Sunday, January 27, 2013.

She was born September 4, 1926 in Millbrook, the fifth child of the late Eddie and Bessie Perry. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 64 years, Thomas Hill Davis. Margie grew up in Millbrook, a member of the fifth generation of Perrys to live in what was then a small rural community. She often talked about riding her horse down Litchford Road, now a busy thoroughfare.

Margie graduated with a B.A. in Business and Sociology from Meredith College in 1947. She received her Master of Education from North Carolina State University in 1968. In 1962, she began teaching Distributive Education at Garner Senior High School, where she would teach and later serve as a guidance counselor for 29 years. Margie was a devoted teacher. Under her tireless supervision, her students won national awards in marketing. She was active in the distributive education field and in 1969 was elected president of the National Association of Distributive Education Teachers.

Margie was a dedicated member of Hayes Barton Baptist Church for 63 years. She was an active participant in the Townsend Couples Class, serving as class president. She also served as a Deacon, as Director of WMU and as a Sunday School Teacher.

Margie was an avid gardener. She was a charter member of the Coley Forest Garden Club, serving as its president. She was also a nationally certified flower show judge, who judged competitions throughout the state as well as in Virginia and South Carolina. In addition to her love of flowers, Margie enjoyed playing bridge with good friends. She also enjoyed travelling, visiting all 50 states as well as 12 countries. Her greatest passion, however, was dancing with her beloved husband Tom.

Margie is survived by her two sons, Thomas Hill Davis, Jr. and wife Dee Wilson Davis of Raleigh and Dr. Stanley Wayne Davis and wife, Kathryn Wyatt Davis of Sanford. She is also survived by five grandchildren, Thomas Hill Davis, III and wife Eleanor Scott Davis of Winston-Salem, Alexander Erwin Davis of Columbia, S.C., Julia Hadley Davis of Washington, D.C., Hunter McDowell Davis of Raleigh and Victoria Montgomery Davis of Sanford. Margie also leaves behind many nieces and nephews.

The graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, January 31 at Montlawn Memorial Park. Afterward, the family will receive friends from 2 p.m. until 3 p.m. in the Church Parlor at Hayes Barton Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hayes Barton Baptist Church, 1800 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh, N.C. 27608 or to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Arrangements by Bryan-Lee Funeral Home, Raleigh.

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AUTRYVILLE — Mr. Thomas "Tommy" Jones Tanner, 59, of 242 Holland Road, Autryville, died on Monday, January 21, 2013 at The Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Newnan, Georgia.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at Butler Funeral Home in Roseboro with Dr. James E. Dees Jr. and the Rev. Wayne Thomas officiating.

Mr. Tanner was born on February 12, 1953 in Sampson County to the late James and Lillian Crowson Tanner. He was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, Johnny Roger Tanner.

He was a graduate of Roseboro-Salemburg High School. He served as a Volunteer at Salemburg Fire Department. From 1976 until 2004 he worked in security and maintenance at the N.C. Justice Academy in Salemburg.

He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Christianson Tanner of the home; one son, Christopher Mooney and wife Jennifer of Autryville; his stepson, Shaun Mooney of Autryville; two grandsons, Austin Mooney and Noah Mooney; four brothers, Jimmy Tanner, Ricky Tanner and Billy Tanner, all of Salemburg and Jerry Tanner of Glenville, N.C.; and four sisters, Shirley Childress of Clinton, Ann McLeod and Peggy Tanner, both of Sanford and Elaine Larson of Salemburg.

The family will receive friends on Saturday afternoon following the service and other times at the home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Tommy J. Tanner Memorial Fund, c/o State Employees' Credit Union, P.O. Box 1086, Clinton, N.C. 28329.

Services entrusted to Butler Funeral Home, 401 W. Roseboro Street, Roseboro.

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PINEHURST — Edmund Ellsworth Ely, 89, died Sunday (1/27/13) at his home.

A celebration of life will be held today at 7 p.m. at Cox Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Chaplain Kenneth Rahal officiating. Military honors will follow. The family will receive friends immediately following the service at the funeral home. Family and friends are invited to the home for refreshments following the service.

He was born in Lanham, Md., on Aug. 10, 1923, to Harry and Elsie Billingsley Ely. He graduated from N.C. State University, with degrees in Landscape Architecture and Engineering. He also served in the U.S. Air Force and was a veteran of W.W. II. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Elsie Billingsley Ely; three sisters, Elsie, Blanche and Lydia; and two brothers, Kirk and Stayton.

He is survived by his wife, Jean Anderson Ely; four children, Sarah Ely (Ed Mahony) of Michigan, Linda Arlene Moyse of Texas, Douglas Moyse (Misty) of Texas, and Jan Nedoss (Daniel) of Illinois; three sisters, Lillian, Ruth and Betty; and 11 grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Alzheimer's Foundation of America, 322 Eight Ave, 7th floor, New York, N.Y. 10001.

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Arrangements by Cox Memorial Funeral Home & Crematory of Vass.


ASHEBORO — Michael Richard Kuzma, 65, died Thursday (1/24/13) at UNC Medical Center.

He was born May 11, 1947 in Johnson City, N.Y. He was preceded in death by his father, Michael Kuzma.

He is survived by his wife, Jeannette Kuzma; daughters, Nicole L. Conners and husband Wayne of Asheboro, and Carrie Kuzma of Scottsville, N.Y.; his mother, Helen Kuzma of Asheboro; sister, Deanne M. Moran and her husband Tom of Geneva, Fla.; brother, Dr. Gary R. Kuzma and wife Cathy of Greensboro; one grandson; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.

Online condolences may be made at

Arrangements by Hall–Wynne Funeral Service and Cremation of Pittsboro.


PITTSBORO — Debra Lynn Mora Blickenstaff, 54, died Monday (1/28/13) at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill.

A Sandusky, Ohio native, she was born March 3, 1958, to Frank and Wylea Mora. She and her husband moved from Virginia Beach to Harnett County in 2005, then relocated to and settled in Pittsboro in 2010.

She is survived by her husband, Larry; her daughter, Misty Green of Hixon, Tenn.; three grandchildren; and her brother, David Mora.

A private service will be held.

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Arrangements are by Hall–Wynne Funeral Service and Cremation of Pittsboro.


SANFORD — Funeral service for Spencer Baxley Gibson, 60, who died Sunday (1/27/13), was held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Hunter Preston officiating. Burial followed at Jonesboro Cemetery.

Pianist was Margaret Cox and the congregation sang two hymns.

Pallbearers were Mike Brooks, Charles Goodwin, J.M. Goins, Jim Page, Scott Gibson and Jeff Gibson.

Arrangements were by Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home.


SILER CITY — Estelle Lois Rodgers Alston, 50, of 437 Woody Store Road, died Sunday (1/27/13). Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Knotts & Son Funeral Home of Siler City.


SANFORD — Memorial service for Harry Lee Undy Sr. will be held Feb. 22 at Arlington National Cemetery at 1 p.m. A reception at the Fort Myers Officer’s Club will follow the service.


SANFORD — William Logan Honaker, 59, died Sunday (1/27/13) in Princeton, Ky.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Brenda Cadero. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and was a truck driver with Lumbee Trucking.

Funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Smith Funeral Home in Moncure with the Rev. Garland Smith officiating. Burial will follow at the Moncure United Methodist Church Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 1 until 2 p.m., one hour prior to the funeral service at the funeral home.

He is survived by his wife, Lola Saunders Honaker of Sanford; daughters, Heather Honaker of Southern Pines, Therresa Honaker and Danielle Honaker, both of Maryland; stepchildren, Brenda Kathleen Raper of Sanford and Theresa Bass of Liberty; sister, Linda Duncan (James) of Aberdeen; and four grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Smith Funeral Home, P.O. Box 138, Moncure, N.C. 27559 for funeral expenses.

Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home of Moncure.


SOUTHERN PINES — Arthur Curtis Moss Jr., 87, died Monday (1/28/13) at Penick Village in Southern Pines. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Smith Funeral Home of Broadway.


OLIVIA — Judy Wilkes Carr, 65, died Monday (1/28/13) at her residence.

She was the daughter of the late Alfonzo Wilkes.

The immediate family will hold a private service and celebration of life at a later date.

She is survived by her mother, Ann Dell Smith Wilkes; three sisters, Betty Wilkes Seawell of Broadway, Joyce Wilkes Dalton and husband John from Hilton Head Island, S.C., and Katherine Wilkes Tatro and husband Michael of Sacramento, Calif.; a brother, Al Wilkes of Mamers; and many nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made in her memory to any local animal shelter.

Arrangements by O’Quinn-Peebles Funeral Home.

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SANFORD — Funeral service for Harold Odell Holt, 89, who died Saturday (1/26/13), was held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Zion Christian Church by the Rev. Steve Johnson. Burial followed at the church cemetery.

During the service the trio of Van Johnson, Teresa Pilson and Jackie Jones sang and the pianist was Gerri Hearn.

Pallbearers were Timmy Holt, Jerry Holt, Odis Holt, Roger Lyons, Daniel Holt, Harold Holt and David Holt.

Online condolences may be made at

Arrangements were by Rogers-Pickard Funeral Home.