Obituaries for Dec. 23

Dec. 23, 2012 @ 05:00 AM


SANFORD — Joseph Albert Brown, 93, of Sanford, died Friday (12/21/2012) at his home.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Rogers Memorial Chapel. Burial will follow at Cool Springs Baptist Church Cemetery.

Brown was born in Lee County, a son of the late Grover N. Brown Sr, and Maggie Smith Brown. He retired from the City of Sanford Water Department and was preceded in death by his first wife, Louise Burns Brown; a son, Charles Albert Brown; three brothers, Grover N. Brown Jr, Garland Brown and June Brown.

Brown is survived by his wife Ruby Hamilton Brown; daughters, Linda Schmehl of Texas, Debra Brown of Sanford, Patricia B. Melton of Sanford, and Joyce Brown of Charlotte; a son, John Brown and wife Donna of Cameron; 10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 6 - 8 p.m. Wednesday at Rogers-Pickard Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions can be made to CARA, PO Box 2642, Sanford, NC 27331-2642.

Online Condolences may be at

Arrangements are by Rogers-Pickard Funeral Home.


BROADWAY — Jane Elizabeth Anderson Hinson, 71, of Broadway, died Friday (12/21/2012) at her home.

Hinson was born on Jan 18, 1941, in San Saba, Texas to the late Clarence Bryant Anderson and Leonda Behrens Anderson. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dean L. Hinson. She was a retired secretary for a heating and air conditioning company in Pecos, Texas.

She is survived by two sisters, Bettye McLaughlin of San Saba, Texas and Kathleen Turner of Broadway; a sister-in-law, Sue Alexander of Porter, Texas; and by a brother-in-law, Robert Hinson of Canyon Lake, Texas and by several nieces and nephews.

Burial will be at a later date in San Saba, Texas.

Condolences may be made at

Arrangements by Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home, Inc.


LILLINGTON — Mary Elizabeth Darroch, 78, of Lillington, died Friday (12/21/2012) at her residence.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at Union Methodist Church in Lillington. The family will receive friends from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. prior to the funeral.

She is survived by her husband, J.W. Darroch; daughters: Becky Darroch of Spring Lake, Kathy Alexander and her husband, Michael of Spring Lake, and Linda Davis and her husband, Richard of Lillington; sons, Johnny Darroch of Lillington and Mike Darroch of Lillington; sisters: Madglene McLean of Lillington, Nancy Gregory of Coats and Ella Everett of Lillington; brothers: Joe Senter of Lillington and Ernest Senter of Willow Springs; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements by Adcock Funeral Home.


SANFORD — Elmalene J. Cox, 66, of Sanford, died Saturday (12/22/2012)  at Central Carolina Hospital, Sanford.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by C. E. Willie Funeral & Cremation Services, Sanford, NC.

Condolences may be made on the


CARTHAGE — Funeral service for Thomas Sullivan Herring, 55, of Carthage, N.C., who died Dec. 18, was held at 4 p.m. Friday at Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home Chapel with Rittie Moore officiating.

Arrangements were by Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home.


SANFORD — Lt. Colonel Charles Fairbanks Howard, Jr (“Chuck”) filed his final flight plan and passed away on Dec 18, 2012 in Lillington, NC at the age of 80 after having fought a battle with multiple myeloma.

He was the eldest of three children to Charles and Nanne Shel Howard of Charleston, West Virginia. Chuck loved to fly and spent a career in the Air Force as a decorated C-130 pilot serving his country with honor and distinction.

When he was not brushing the fingers of God in a cockpit, Colonel Howard relished the thrills of racing cars, sailing boats and riding motorcycles. Although he loved speed, he also craved the internal peace that came with long distance running. Chuck was an avid outdoors man known for running the Appalachian trails for hours at a time. He also was an avid white water kayaker, mountain biker, road cyclist and marksman.

As much as he worked his body, Colonel Howard was equally driven to work his mind. Finding solace in the written word and pallet, he was a writer of poetry and prose as well as a painter. Many of his solitary runs ended with him atop a mountain with a pencil stub and scrap of paper in hand. Landscapes of the mountains he so dearly loved scatter over the walls and shelves of his home and shop.

Colonel Howard has had a profound effect on the lives of many, but none so much as his family.

He drew his strength and purpose from his wife and best friend of 55 years, Carolyn. Chuck is also lovingly remembered by his daughter Carrie (Carolyn Elizabeth) and his sons Skip (Charles Fairbanks, III) and Mac (Colin McClain) and their families and children: Tanner, Grayson and Kaya. He is also remembered by all his wonderful friends both near and far.

Pilot and poet, athlete and artist - Lt. Colonel Charles Fairbanks Howard was all these and more. His understanding, compassion, knowledge, and grace will be missed by all. Respecting his wishes, there will be no funeral or services. There will be a celebration of his life held at a later date with invitations extended by the family.

Online condolences may be made at

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