Dec. 19, 2012 @ 05:00 AM


GOLDSTON — Janie Kate Gaines Wilkie died Monday, December 17, 2012. She was born on November 30, 1921 in Chatham County, Goldston, NC to the late Carl R. Gaines Sr. and Laura Belle Stinson Gaines.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Odell Wilkie; son, Frederick Odell Wilkie of Goldston, NC; sisters, Josephine Brewer of Bear Creek, NC, Gola Hunter and Cora Tillman, both of Sanford, NC; brothers, Victor L. Gaines of Goldston, NC and H. David Gaines of Sanford, NC.

Mrs. Wilkie was a member of Antioch Baptist Church on Bonlee-Carbonton Road in Goldston. She was a devoted wife, mother, and caregiver. She was also a great friend and neighbor and loved by all who knew her.

She is survived by her daughters, Faydene Goins and husband Maua of Goldston, NC, Helen McDuffie of Sanford, NC, Dale Calcutt and husband Jerry of Nashville, NC; her son, Ronnie Wilkie and wife Debbie of Goldston, NC; her daughter-in-law, Charlotte Allsup and husband Thurman of Pittsboro, NC; grandchildren, Tim Wilkie, Natalie Davis, Laura Goode, Jessica Moore, Stephen McDuffie, Jaime Beavers, Brett Calcutt and Crystal Freeman; fifteen great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

She is also survived by her sisters, Myrtle Wilkie of Goldston, NC, Ruth Carty of Sanford, NC, Iola Phillips and husband Bruce of Lexington, NC, Joyce Wicker and husband Edward Jack of Sanford, NC; brothers, Hubert Gaines and wife Peggy of Carthage, NC, Carl R. Gaines Jr. of Goldston, NC, Homer E. Gaines and wife Toni of Atlanta, Georgia, George Gaines and wife Rachel of Hampstead, NC, Eddie Gaines and wife Elaine of Siler City, NC ; many nieces, nephews, and members of the Gaines and Wilkie families.

Visitation will be held at Smith & Buckner Funeral Home, Siler City on Wednesday, December 19, 2012 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.

A graveside service will be conducted at Antioch Baptist Church, Bonlee-Carbonton Road in Goldston on Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 2:00 PM with the Reverend Bob Bulls. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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GREENSBORO — Betty Teague Taylor passed away peacefully on Monday, December 17, at Moses Cone Hospital after a brief illness.

A private graveside service will be followed by a celebration of her life on Thursday, December 20, at 11 a.m., at Saint Francis Episcopal Church in Greensboro, N.C.

Betty was born on November 11, 1928, in Sanford, NC, to the late Aubrey Watson Teague and Annie McIver Jones Teague. She was preceded in death by her husband of 48 years, Dr. Shahane Richardson Taylor Jr.; an infant son, David McIver Taylor; a sister, Flora McIver Teague Wallace; and a brother, Norman Simpson Teague.

Betty attended Sanford High School, where she wrote for the school newspaper and was editor of the yearbook. She sang in the choir and played the bells at Buffalo Presbyterian Church, which had been founded by her ancestors in 1797. She considered herself fortunate to have grown up in a small town and she maintained her childhood friendships throughout her life.

Betty was a proud graduate of The Women's College of UNC (she never got used to saying "UNC-G), where she studied English Literature and was president of the Cornelian Society. While at “WC” she met her future husband and the love of her life. They were married on August 2, 1952, in New York City at The Church of the Transfiguration (The Little Church Around the Corner.)

Betty and Shahane returned to live in Greensboro in 1963 after he received his medical degree from the UNC Chapel Hill School of Medicine. It was here that they raised three children and created a family that loved and adored her.

A creative free spirit, she was gifted in music, art and writing. As a teenager, she attended the NC state piano competition and performed music by her favorite composer, Rachmoninoff. She was a regular contributor to the former Irving Park Magazine and wrote an essay about her childhood that was published in Lee County Tales. Betty's watercolors are treasured by her friends and family alike.

Betty Taylor's life was the essence of kindness, compassion, unconditional love, and enthusiasm for life. Her great loves were her husband, Shahane, her children and her grandchildren. She loved her garden, her cats, her church and her friends. All those who knew her will always remember the smile in her eyes, that great Southern accent, and seeing her driving around in the black Mercedes wagon.

Betty was a devoted member of Saint Francis Episcopal Church, where she was a member of the Altar Guild. She was a member of The Debutante Club of Greensboro, Junior Dogwood Garden Club, Dogwood Garden Club, Wednesday Lecture Club, Greensboro Country Club, The Rams Club of UNC, and The Carolina Club in Chapel Hill.

She is survived by her children, Shahane Richardson Taylor III and Mary Hooker Taylor of Greensboro, and Anne Teague Taylor House and her husband Albert Clarence House III of Charlotte, NC; grandchildren, Shahane Richardson Taylor IV of Raleigh; William Edward Taylor of New York City; Katherine McMillan Taylor of Greensboro; and daughter-in-law, Deborah McMillan Taylor of Greensboro. She is also survived by five friends who were “family”: Catherine Banks, Candy Colglazier, Bridget Harding, Ray Moore, and Lesa Edwards, all of Greensboro. Each brought great joy and friendship to her life, and she loved each one of them dearly. The family would also like to offer a remembrance of the late Lelola Pace, who was a wonderful friend to four generations of the Taylor family.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Saint Francis Episcopal Church in Greensboro, Animal Rescue Foundation, or the Greensboro Urban Ministry.

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JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ky. — James "Pig" Henry Johnson, 57, died Friday (12/7/12). Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Knotts Funeral Home.

Donations may be made to Knotts Funeral Home.


SANFORD — Barbara A. Bridges, 67, died Friday (12/14/12) at Central Carolina Hospital.

She is survived by her sons, Kenny Mitchell (Shirley) of Norrington and Curtis Bridges of the home; daughters, Anita Tabon (Kenny), and Brenda Lemon, Shaunda Fox and Tameka Bridges, all of Sanford; sisters, Linola Richey (Brodus) of Clinton, Md., and Robbin McLeod and Linda Horton, both of Sanford; brothers, Larry Taylor of Silver Spring, Md., Ricki Taylor (Pat), of Camp Springs, Md., Charles McLeod (Eugenia) of Raleigh, Melvin McLeod of Lillington, and Paul Small and Robert Reives, both of Sanford; 20 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. today at True Gospel United Church of God.

Arrangements by Knotts Funeral Home.


PITTSBORO — Gordon S. Jenkins, 64, of 321 Rectory Street, Apt. 429, died Saturday (12/15/12) at UNC Hospital in Chapel Hill.

Funeral service will be conducted at 3 p.m. Thursday St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church in Pittsboro. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.

He is survived by his sisters, Sarah J. Hill of Chapel Hill and Jacqueline J. Sanders of Raleigh; brothers, Michael L. Jenkins (Gail) of Glen Burnie, Md., Norris A. Jenkins (Nancy) of Pittsboro and Larry T. Jenkins of Sanford; sister-in-law Shirley Jenkins; and a host of other relatives and friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to UNC-Dialysis or the National Kidney Foundation.

No wake is scheduled.

Arrangements by Knotts Funeral Home of Pittsboro.


SANFORD — Funeral service for Virginia W. Stephens, 87, who died Friday (12/14/12), was conducted at 11 a.m. Monday at Rocky Fork Christian Church with the Rev. Misty Mowery, the Rev. Kevin McHarg and the Rev. Garland Smith officiating. Burial was at the Buffalo Cemetery.

Soloist was the Rev. Misty Mowery, Kimberly Davidson was pianist and the congregation sang.

Pallbearers were Walter Tyler, David Murphy, Ronald Kelly, Wayland Kelly, Tommy Clark and Jack Badgett.

Arrangements were by Smith Funeral Home of Broadway.


BEAR CREEK — Omer Jean Dowdy Tisdale, 68, of 332 Pinecrest Drive, died Thursday (12/13/12) at her residence.

She is survived by a stepson, Leon Tisdale; brothers, Allen Tisdale and Paul Tisdale, both of Greensboro; stepsisters, Patricia Newton, Louise Fields and Mattie McDonald; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday at Roberts Chapel Baptist Church in Goldston. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.

Arrangements by Knotts Funeral Home.


SANFORD — Betsy J. Faucette, 75, died Tuesday (12/18/12) at Central Carolina Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by C.E. Willie Funeral & Cremation Service.


CARTHAGE — Thomas Sullivan Herring, 55, died Tuesday (12/18/12) at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and are pending by Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home.

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