Jan. 03, 2013 @ 05:00 AM


BROADWAY — Deborah Ann Erickson, age 46, of Broadway, passed away Sunday (12/23/12) at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill.

She was born in St. Louis, Missouri, daughter of Patricia Ann Elliott Counts and the late Randall Bruce Barton. She was preceded in death by her father; her son, John Francis Martin Jr.; and her dad, Norman Anderson.

Memorial services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday at Smith Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Garland Smith officiating.

Surviving are her mother, Patricia Counts of St. Louis, Mo.; husband, Gerald Erickson of Sanford, N.C.; daughter, Jackie Johnson and husband Robert of Lillington, N.C.; son, Cody Erickson of Sanford, N.C.; brothers, Charles Barton of Broadway, N.C. and Randall Barton of Alexandria, Va.; fiancée, Ken Terhune and his sons, Zach and Dustin Terhune of Broadway, N.C.; granddaughters, Aubree Lynn Johnson and Autumn Nicole Johnson; nephew, Casey Barton; and nieces, Alexa Barton and Morgan Harrington.

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Arrangements are by Smith Funeral Home of Broadway.



SANFORD — Hilda “Susie” Jessup Phillips, 68, of Sanford, passed away on Monday, December 31, 2012 at Central Carolina Hospital.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, January 5, 2013 at 2:00 pm at The Loflin Funeral Home Chapel, 212 West Swannanoa Avenue, Liberty, N.C.; burial will follow in Coble's Lutheran Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 12:00 until 1:45 pm at the funeral home.

She was the daughter of the late Albert Hugh and Clara Belle Smith Jessup and was also preceded in death by her sister, Phyllis Ann Jessup.

Surviving are her husband of 48 years, Joe R. Phillips of the home; daughter, Suzanne Phillips Buchanan of Sanford; son, Samuel “Tiny” Hugh Phillips of Sanford; and one brother, James Reed “Jimmy” Jessup of Concord.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: The Alzheimer's Association, Western Carolina Chapter, 3800 Shamrock Drive, Charlotte, N.C. 28215.

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Loflin Funeral Home of Liberty has the honor of serving The Phillips Family.



BROADWAY — John Gavin Farmer, 74, passed away on January 2, 2013 in the comfort of his home with his family by his side.

Born on June 12, 1938 in Kenansville, N.C. to Moses Farmer and Laura Moore Gavin Farmer, he grew up in Garner, N.C. After attending and playing football for two years at Chowan College in Murfreesboro, N.C., he transferred to NC State, where he earned a degree in animal husbandry. Ultimately, he served as manager for the FCX agriculture supply stores at numerous locations throughout eastern North Carolina for over 20 years.

After retiring from FCX, he served as a substitute teacher in Lee and Harnett Counties for over a decade. He spoke so fondly of the impact he had on the youth with whom he interacted. A poet and practical philosopher who saw the beauty in simple, everyday life, he published a collection of his works entitled, “For the Funnybone and the Heart.” Folks throughout eastern North Carolina heard many of his lighthearted tales and touching vignettes at events ranging from church socials to corporate gatherings. He also shared many of his works with customers and passersby at the State Farmers Market as he sold his precious sweet corn during the summer months. Always admiring nature and speaking of the importance of man's connection with it, he loved pine trees, the sound of beagles on a rabbit's trail and the sight of a red fox in a frosty pasture. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Moses Grady Farmer.

Mr. Farmer is survived by his wife of 56 years, Della King Farmer, and their seven children: Robert Farmer of Lillington, Randall Farmer and Rodney Farmer, both of Broadway, Rhonda Farmer Malone and her husband Don Malone of Winston-Salem, Laura Farmer of the home, Moses Thomas Farmer and his wife Melanie Farmer of Lillington, and Laurance David Farmer and his wife Traci Farmer of New Bern. In addition, he is survived by 14 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and two brothers, George Farmer of Greensboro and Laurance Farmer of Garner.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you commit a random act of kindness and “Do Good because Good is Good.”

Funeral service will be conducted 11:00 am Saturday, January 5, 2013 at Holly Springs Baptist Church, Broadway, with the Rev. Jerry Parsons and the Rev. Barry Barbour officiating. Burial with Masonic Rites will be in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends on Friday, Jan. 4, 2013 from 6 until 8 p.m. in the Holly Springs Baptist Church Multipurpose Building.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to O’Quinn-Peebles Funeral Home.

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SANFORD — Adrian Luther Benedict of Sanford died Monday, December 31, 2012 at North Carolina State Veterans Home in Fayetteville.

Funeral Service will be held at 2:00 pm Thursday in the Chapel at First Baptist Church. Burial will follow at Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery in Mamers.

Mr. Benedict was born in Rochester, NY, son of the late Harland E. Benedict and Gladys Cavender Benedict. He was a member of First Baptist Church, Lions Club and helped with the Bread Basket. Mr. Benedict served in the Army and retired from the reserves.

Mr. Benedict is survived by his wife, Magalene Page Benedict; a daughter, Jane Patterson of Sanford; grandson, Bryan Patterson of Wilmington; one brother, Harland Benedict and wife Nancy of Florida; a sister, Arlene Wilson of Arizona, and many nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends at 1:00 pm Thursday in the Parlor at First Baptist Church.

Memorial contributions can be made to Alzheimer's Association, PO Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011 or Parkinson’s Research Foundation, 5969 Cattleridge Blvd., Suite 100, Sarasota, FL 3423.

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Arrangements are by Rogers-Pickard Funeral Home.

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SANFORD — Willie Blue Jr., 71, of 609 Sunflower Circle, died Saturday (12/29/12) in Whiteville.

He is survived by his son, Demetrius Blue, of Savannah, Ga.; three daughters, Jackie Balduria and Sharon White, both of Whiteville, and Angela Martin (Tony) of Sanford; one sister, Pastor Barbara Powell ( Charles); two brothers, David Pierce of Petersburg, Va. and Murphy Pierce Jr. (Alvera) of Norwalk, Conn.; eight grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and other relatives and friends.

Funeral service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday at New Endland AME Zion Church. Burial will be at Lee Memory Gardens.

Arrangements by Knotts Funeral Home.



SANFORD — Memorial service for Stephen Whitton, 61, was held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Miller-Boles Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Bill Fuller officiating.

Two special music selections were presented by Marcus Parker. Scripture reading, commentary, and testimony was given by Mark Hurley. Several people in attendance also stood to share special memories. The Rev. Fuller presented the sermon, which was accompanied by a special song and titled, “God Hears.” A special poem was written and presented by his daughter, Stephanie Whitton Norris, as well as his grandchildren.

Following military honors rendered by the U.S. Army, the family held a special rose ceremony, and each family member took a rose from the memorial vase in remembrance. Following the service, the family received friends at the funeral home family gathering area.



LIBERTY — Patti Talent Oates, 56, of 6093 Old Highway 421, died Tuesday (1/1/13) at her home.

She was a Stanly County native and had worked in the textile industry.

She is survived by her husband, Bill Oates of Bennett; sons, Billy Oates Jr. and wife Shannon of Bennett, and David Oates and wife Wendy of Illinois; daughter, Alisha Riggins and husband Jesse of Liberty; mother, Katie B. Talent of Norwood; brothers, Charles Talent, Michael Talent and Roger Talent, all of Norwood; sisters, Crystal Talent of Exway and Pam Cox of Bennett; and 11 grandchildren.

Visitation will be held from 6 until 8 p.m. Friday at Joyce-Brady Chapel in Bennett. A private burial will follow at a later date.

The family will also receive friends at the home of her son, Billy Oates Jr., 1709 Bill Lambert Road, Bear Creek N.C. 27207.

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Arrangements by Joyce-Brady Chapel.