Jul. 04, 2013 @ 05:00 AM


SANFORD — Samuel Hulett Elliott, 75, of Sanford passed away Tuesday, July 2, 2013.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Cool Springs Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Mr. Elliott was born in Greenville, S.C., son of the late Clint Elliott and Alma Swaney Elliott. Sam was a longtime member of Cool Springs Baptist Church and the Triple A Sunday School Class. He spent over 25 years with Mack's Stores followed by more than 25 years with Sheldon Company. He was a past member of the Sanford Lions Club.

Mr. Elliott is survived by his wife, Sue H. Elliott; one daughter, Patty Elliott Larson of Sanford; two sons, Mike Elliott and wife Ruth of Greensboro, and Dana Elliott and wife Jeanene of Sanford; four sisters, Doris Ellison of Belton, S.C., Hazel Eurey of Columbia, S.C., Margaret Harris of Columbia, S.C., and Sylvia Hardy of Seneca, S.C.; five grandchildren, Kristin, Leah, Karissa, Jennifer, and Mitchell; five great-grandchildren, Haley, Cameron, Sydney, Bentley, and Gabi.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Friday at Cool Springs Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Cool Springs Baptist Church Building Fund, 1313 Cool Springs Rd., Sanford, N.C. 27330.

Online condolences may be made at

Arrangements are by Rogers-Pickard Funeral Home.

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SANFORD — Peter R. Wilberg, 66, of Sanford passed on July 2, 2013 at Central Carolina Hospital.

He was born on July 31, 1946, in the Grape Belt of Western New York with his three brothers, Edward, George and John and one sister Patricia. After the early death of his mother, he played a major part in raising Patricia and John while he worked the farm and also worked his way through The State University of New York at Fredonia. He had many outstanding years and awards for his teaching abilities and community services, including a special citizenship award by the city of Fredonia for his assistance in taking down a bank robber. He was a mathematics teacher in Cazenovia, N.Y. from 1971-2002 while also teaching at Morrisville College from 1984-2001.

He was a charter member, driver, crew captain and trainer of Cazenovia Area Volunteer Ambulance Corps from 1973-2001. Pete was a Mason and held many positions at the Masonic Lodges of Cazenovia and Morrisville, N.Y. He enjoyed fishing with his children, traveling, hunting and boating and had an immense passion of collecting AMC Ramblers and Vintage Automobiles.

Before fully retiring to the Sanford area, he had a brief return to teaching in N.C. He became a member of Buffalo Masonic Lodge #172 and joined the Sanford Shrine Club who helps crippled children. He became the President of the San-Lee AACA (classic car). He was an active member of Buffalo Presbyterian Church.

Pete's love of God, his wife, family and community ensure he will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved him.

He is survived by his faithful wife of 43 years, Jean Wilberg; two sons, Phillip and Douglas; one daughter, Julie Siess; brothers, Edward, George, John; and sister, Patricia Spitale; and seven grandchildren.

A visitation will be held on Friday from 6 until 8 p.m. at Miller-Boles Funeral Home in Sanford. A funeral service will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. at Buffalo Presbyterian Church with a graveside service following at Buffalo Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Pete's name to Buffalo Presbyterian Church, 1333 Carthage Street, Sanford, N.C. 27330.

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DUNN — John Needham (J.N.) Bryant went home to be with his Lord on Tuesday, July 2, 2013, three days shy of his 87th birthday.

Mr. Bryant was a strong man of God whose faith was never waivered even in times of personal tragedy. Mr. Bryant was born to the late Needham Bryant and Nettie Lucas on July 5, 1926 in Harnett County. Mr. Bryant was predeceased by his wife Lois and daughter Miranda.

Mr. Bryant remarried to Ruth Porter in 1995. Mr. Bryant graduated from Erwin High School in June 1944 after which he entered the Army in November and served until 1946 then joined the North Carolina National Guard from which he retired. During World War II he served in Okinawa. After returning home from the war Mr. Bryant married the late Lois Ennis and they settled in Erwin where he was a tobacco/produce farmer for over fifty years. Mr. Bryant also worked as a letter carrier at the Erwin post office for 26 years, retiring in 1988. Mr. Bryant was an acting member of Pleasant Grove Original Freewill Baptist Church in Erwin all of his adult life serving as deacon, Sunday school teacher, and choir director among other duties. He was an active member of American Legion Post 109 in Benson, N.C.

Mr. Bryant is survived in addition to his wife Ruth, by his son John Bryant, Jr. of Orlando; and his three daughters, Belinda Bryant Pope (David) of Pinehurst, Phyllis Bryant of McGee's Crossroads, and Windy Bryant of Dunn. His grandchildren are Michaela Snavely, Johnathon Lee, and Julianna Lee. His wife Ruth's daughters are Dana McKittrick of Greenville, S.C. and Margo Pope of Dunn.

The family wishes to express their appreciation to the 7th floor Neuro-Science staff and the doctors and nurses of the SICU unit at UNC Chapel Hill Hospital.

Visitation will be held Friday, July 5, 6-8 p.m. at Skinner & Smith Funeral Home in Dunn.

Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, July 6, at 11 a.m. at Pleasant Grove Original Freewill Baptist Church in Dunn.

Memorials in Mr. Bryant's memory may be made to Pleasant Grove Original Freewill Baptist Church, 290 Red Hill Church Road, Dunn, N.C. 28334.

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PALM HARBOR, Fla. — Phebe Willett Knoll, formerly of Sanford, died Wednesday (7/3/13) at Grand Strand Medical Center in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Arrangements are incomplete at this time but will be announced by Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home.

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SANFORD — Breana Emmaleigh LaDronka, infant, died Saturday (6/29/13) at Central Carolina Hospital.

She is survived by her parents, Bradley Daniel-James LaDronka and Jessica Talley LaDronka.

A memorial service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Cornerstone Baptist Church, located at 396 N.C. Hwy. 42, Goldston. Pastor David Thomas will officiate.

The family will receive friends following the service at the church.

Online condolences may be made at

Arrangements are by Miller-Boles Funeral Home and Cremation Service.


MONCURE — Roger Torran Smith, 35, of 53 Haywood Road, died Saturday (6/29/13).

He is survived by his father, Roger Cubby Smith of Moncure; his mother, Sabrey Smith of Houston, Texas; sister, Chelsea Smith of Greensboro; grandfather, George Garris of Moncure; six aunts; seven uncles; and a host of cousins and friends.

Funeral service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday at Liberty Chapel in Moncure.

Arrangements by Knotts Funeral Home of Pittsboro.


SANFORD — Funeral service for Richard Gregory Carnegie Jr., 29, was held at 1 p.m. Wedesday at Works For Christ with Evangelist Beatrice Smith and Elder Andrew Orellane officiating. Burial was at Minter Cemetery.

Music was provided by Contemporary Warriors and LFPO Men’s Choir.

Pallbearers were friends and family.

Arrangements were by Knotts Funeral Home.


CARTHAGE — Betty Mildred Bryant Russell, 97, died Tuesday (7/2/13) at St. Joseph of the Pines in Southern Pines.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday at 4 p.m. at Cox Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Chaplain Ken Rahal officiating. The family will receive friends two hours prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Lamm's Grove Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery in Carthage.

She was born in Greenwood on March 13, 1916, to Rufus Ellis and Ida Maude Key Bryant. She was a homemaker and worked as a beautician in Carthage most of her life.

She is survived by one son, William Bryant Russell and wife Donna of Vass; three sisters, Rose Denny of Greensboro, Wilma Turberville of Milton and Ruth Barger of Carthage; two brothers, Billy Bryant of Carthage and Charles Bryant of Aberdeen; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Russell; her parents, Rufus Ellis and Ida Maude Key Bryant; one sister, Tennie Kelly; and three brothers, Herman Bryant, Ralph Bryant and Frank Bryant.

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Arrangements by Cox Memorial funeral Home & Crematory of Vass.


SANFORD — David L. “Dave” Early died Wednesday (7/3/13) at his home. Arrangements are pending and will be announced by Rogers-Pickard Funeral Home.

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LILLINGTON — John Troy “J.T.” McDonald, 66, died Wednesday (7/3/13) at the Hospice House of Pinehurst.

A native of Harnett County, he was the son of the late Woodrow Wilson and Annie Mae Mize McDonald. He was a retired veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving his country for 30 years.

Funeral service will be conducted 2 p.m. Sunday at Ephesus Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Bertrand Pitchford officiating. Burial will be at the church cemetery with full military honors.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at O’Quinn-Peebles Funeral Home, and other times at his home.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Linda White McDonald; sons, John Troy McDonald II and wife Katie of Virginia, and Joshua McDonald and wife Laura of Georgia; daughter, Misty McDonald of Lillington; brothers, Tommie Blue McDonald and Ronnie McDonald, both of Lillington; sister, Barbara Ross of Lillington; six grandchildren and one niece.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Ephesus Presbyterian Church, 530 Peach Farm Road, Lillington, N.C. 27546.

Arrangements entrusted to O’Quinn-Peebles Funeral Home.

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SANFORD — Anthony Eugene Phillips, 69, of Sanford, died Wednesday (7/3/13) at Liberty Commons of Lee County.

He was born in Lee County on July 23, 1943, to the late Noah and Evelyn Phillips. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Sandra Eades Phillips, and a son, Anthony Eugene Phillips, Jr. He was a truck driver.

He is survived by four sons, John David Phillips of Shallotte, Jeff Phillips and wife Cynthia of Efland, Jody Street Phillips and wife Cindy of Reidsville and Jackie Ray Phillips of Reidsville; one brother, Michael Phillips of Randleman; and five grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Friday at 1 p.m. at Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home with Rev. Tom Worley and Rev. Terry Pleasants officiating.

Condolences may be made at

Arrangements by Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home.