Obituaries for Nov. 24

Nov. 24, 2013 @ 05:00 AM


SOUTHERN PINES — Margaret Nadeen Rabb Linker, 91, of Southern Pines, passed away on Tuesday (11/19/13) at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital of Pinehurst.

A graveside service will be held on Sunday, November 24, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at the family cemetery in Derby, N.C. with Rev. Dena White officiating.

She was born in Gaston County on Oct. 19, 1922 to Noah Lee and Ina Metcalf Rabb. She worked in the insurance industry.

She is survived by two children, Sherry Linker Edenfield and husband David of Cameron, and Mike Linker and wife Claire of Pittsboro; two sisters, Jane Hogan of Derby and Hazel Carter of Tennessee; two brothers, Doug Rabb of Charlotte and Charlie Rabb of Derby; four grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Noah Lee and Ina Metcalf Rabb; three sisters and three brothers.

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The family has entrusted services to Cox Memorial Funeral Home & Crematory of Vass.


APEX — Ronald Thomas Saunders, 62, of Apex, died Thursday (11/14/13). He was born in Randolph County, son of the late Robert E. Saunders and Julia Henley Saunders. He was preceded in death by his parents and had served in the U.S. Navy.

Survivors include his wife, Donna Mitchell Saunders of New Hill; son, Thomas Lee Saunders of New Hill; and brother, Robert Saunders Jr. (Vivian) of Winnabow.

The family will receive friends from 7-9 p.m. Monday at the Smith Funeral Home in Moncure.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Smith Funeral Home, PO Box 138, Moncure, NC 27559.

Arrangements by the Smith Funeral Home of Moncure.


SANFORD — Timmy Lindsey, 27, of 102 Carthage Street, Apt E, Sanford, died Thursday (11/21/13) at Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home in Winston Salem.

He leaves to cherish his memories one sister, Nicole Lindsey of the home; one brother, Jimmy Lindsey of the home; two nephews, a Godmother, a special friend and a host aunts, uncles and others.

Funeral Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Knotts Funeral Home, 719 Wall Street, Sanford. Burial will follow at Minter Cemetery.

Arrangements by Knotts Funeral Home of Sanford.


CAMERON — Clyde Johnson, 74, of 1601 McKoytown Road, Cameron, died Tuesday (11/19/13) at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill.

He is survived by his wife Modestine C. Johnson; five children, Tyrone A. Johnson of New York, Pastor Wayne E. Johnson (Kimberly) of Sanford, Inga Johnson of Fayetteville, Tina N. Johnson of Spring Lake, and Frank L. Johnson of Charlotte; four brothers, Ceasar Johnson (Merle) of Indianapolis, Ind., Calvin W. Johnson of Manhattan, N.Y., Larry Johnson (Gwen) of Indianapolis, Ind., Willie Johnson (Donna) of Indianapolis, Ind.; one sister, Pasty Johnson of Indianapolis, Ind.; one mother-in-law, Elizabeth Horton; one sister-in-law; six grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be 12 p.m. Monday at Church Of God In Christ Jesus, Cameron. Burial will be Chatman Cemetery, Cameron.

Arrangements by Knotts Funeral Home, Sanford, NC.



SANFORD — Funeral service for Lemuel "Lem" McIver, 78, of Sanford, who died Thursday (11/21/13) will be held 1 p.m. Tuesday at Greater Zion Holy Chapel in Sanford.

Internment will follow at Lee Memory Gardens.

Survivors include three cousins who were also his guardians, Robert and Mary Burns of Hamden, Conn. and Cora Gilmore of New York, N.Y.

Arrangements by L. Horton Funeral Home.



SANFORD — Edith Mason Brownlee, 84, of Sanford passed away on Friday (11/22/13) at Central Carolina Hospital in Sanford.

She was born Aug. 2, 1930 in Harnett County to the late Carlie and Irene Mason.

She was predeceased by her husband, W.C. Brownlee, and one grandson, Jeffrey Brownlee.

She is survived by two daughters, Janice B. Holmes and Marian Sue Sloan; one sister, Doris Cupps; three grandchildren, Carla Sloan Byrd, Fred Sloan and Thomas Holmes; ten great-grandchildren, Jennifer Brownlee, Amanda Sloan Hardy, Brandi Sloan, Ashley Brownlee, Caley Gaster, Kourtney Brownlee, Austin Byrd, Aaron Sloan, Ricky Sloan and Adam Sloan; and three great-great-grandchildren, Liliana De La Cruz, Diego De La Cruz and Sidney Hardy.

A visitation will be held on Saturday from 6-8 p.m. at Miller-Boles Funeral Home in Sanford. Funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Sunday at Spring Hill United Methodist Church with interment following at the church cemetery. The family will also receive friends at Janice Holmes' home, at 13745 McDougall Road in Sanford.

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Miller-Boles Funeral Home and Crematory in Sanford will be assisting the family.

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MONCURE — Mr. John Thomas “Pete” Moore, 87, of Moncure, peacefully passed away Friday (11/22/13) at Sanford Health and Rehab in Sanford.

Mr. Moore was born in Chatham County on May 3, 1926, the son of the late Emma Olivia Olinger and Raymond Lee Moore. Pete was a veteran of World War II who honorably served in the Philippines and Japan. Pete was married to the former Mary Ellen Cook for 61 years. They had six children together.

Survivors include sons Wayne Moore of Moncure and Ernest Glenn Moore of Carrboro; daughters, Jean Sullivan of Raleigh, and Mary Davis and her husband Greg of Centerfield, Va.;  eleven grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. Mr. Moore was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, a son and a daughter.

A service celebrating the life of Pete Moore will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday (11/27/13) at Haywood Independent Bible Church in Moncure with the Rev. Perry Cotten officiating.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends afterwards in the fellowship hall.

In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to the Haywood Independent Bible Church Building Fund, C/O Rudolph Cotten, 299 Haywood Rd., Moncure, NC  27559.

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Arrangements for Mr. John “Pete” Moore are under the care of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service and Cremation of Pittsboro.

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SANFORD — Clifford John Pepper, 77, died Friday (11/22/13) at his home surrounded by his family.

Born September 16, 1936 in Pittsburgh, Pa., he was a son of the late Victor John Pepper and Anna Brumbaugh Pepper. After attending Duquesne High School, he enrolled at The Citadel and graduated in 1958.

Upon graduation, he served actively in the Coast Guard for three years. He continued to serve in the reserves for another twelve years. He then began his career as an electrical engineer, first working for Electro-Air in Pittsburgh, Pa. and then for Trion in Sanford until his retirement in 2000. He married Sylvia Beth Jordan of Darlington, S.C. on October 17, 1959.

Cliff was involved in his community in countless ways. He was an active member of St. Luke United Methodist Church, having served on the Administrative Board, as a trustee, a youth group leader, a confirmation mentor and a Sunday School teacher. He was also a long-time member of the church choir.

He was a member of the Sanford Lions Club where he was a past president, district officer and a Lion of the Year. He cared for the children in Sanford by volunteering with the HOST program, Communities in Schools and Hand-in-Hand where he was Volunteer of the Year for the 2003-04 school year. He was a driver for Highway to Healing and Meals-on-Wheels. He was both a life-long blood donor and platelet donor for the American Red Cross. He was an avid bridge player who loved spending Thursday afternoons with his bridge buddies.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Sylvia Jordan Pepper of the home; daughter, Linda Morton and her husband Robbie of Sanford; son, Mark Pepper and his wife Gina of Fayetteville; brother, Ron Pepper of Leesburg, Fl., and he is also survived by seven grandchildren.

A celebration of Cliff’s life will be held on Sunday (11/24/13) at St. Luke United Methodist Church at 4 p.m. The family will receive friends in the church parlor prior to the service. Visitation will begin at 2:30 p.m.

Gifts in memory of Cliff’s life may be made to St. Luke United Methodist Church-Mary Tulluck Fund, 2916 Wicker St. Sanford, NC 27330 or the Boys and Girls Club of NC, PO Box 127 Lake Waccamaw, NC 28450.

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SANFORD — Christine Pleasant Denning of Sanford died Saturday (11/23/13). Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Smithfield by Rev. Lee Colbert.

Mrs. Denning was born in the Pleasant Grove Township of Johnston County, one of five children, a daughter of the late C.T. (Callie) Pleasant and Maggie Dixon Pleasant. After earning her business and accounting degree from Women’s College, now UNC-Greensboro, she became a secretary for Admiral McFerson in Wilmington. Christine married Hubert Vance Denning in 1950 and they moved to Smithfield. She was a dedicated and loving mother and homemaker.

Christine was a member and loved the First Baptist Church of Smithfield for over 50 years. She taught Sunday School and served in many capacities. She was a longtime member and president of the Smithfield Woman’s Club. Her love for gardening lead to membership in the Smithfield Garden Club. She served as president and earned the right to be a state judge in flower arranging. This creativeness with flowers lead to her serving as a member and consultant with the Keep NC Beautiful project with Mrs. Dank Moore. Christine loved to read and served on the Smithfield Library Committee.

Her husband, Hubert V. Denning, two sisters and two brothers preceded her in death — Glenn Pleasant, Sarah Jane Cottle, Leo Pleasant, and Helen Pleasant Dixon.

Mrs. Denning is survived by her son, Dr. Charles Vance Denning of Sanford; a daughter, Margaret Anne Rhodes and husband Reid of Rocky Mount; four grandchildren, Elizabeth, Suzanne, Vance, and Thomas; and two great grandsons, Jackson and Walker.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the First Baptist Church Building Fund, PO Box 209, Smithfield, NC 27577 or to the Salvation Army.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to the staff at Whitakers Glenn and Parkview Retirement Home

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Arrangements are by Rogers-Pickard Funeral Home.

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