Jan. 06, 2013 @ 05:00 AM


SANFORD — Mrs. Lela H. Gilmore, 94, of Sanford, N.C., died Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, at Sanford Health and Rehabilitation Center in Sanford, N.C.

Mrs. Gilmore was born in Harnett County, N.C., on Feb. 18, 1918, to the late Malcom Holder and Annie Morrison Holder. She was preceded in death by an infant daughter and by a son, James D. Holder.

She is survived by a grandson, Jimmy Lynn Holder, a daughter-in-law, Mary Holder and by three great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

The family will receive friends, Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, at Edgewood Presbyterian Fellowship Hall from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. (one hour prior to the funeral service). The funeral will be Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, at 3:00 p.m. at Edgewood Presbyterian Church with Rev. Dr. Bill Hayes officiating. Burial will follow at Spring Hill United Methodist Church at Lillington, N.C.

Condolences may be made at

Arrangements by Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home, Inc.




SOUTHERN PINES — Ruth Bargar Edwards “Nana” passed away Jan. 3, 2013, in Southern Pines.

Graveside Service and Burial will be at 11 a.m. Jan. 7, 2013 at Greenlawn Memorial Cemetery in Wilmington.

Ruth was born in Carbondale, Penn., in 1931 to Frank M. and Johnsie B. Bargar. She grew up in Virginia, and graduated from Fries High School in Fries, VA in 1949. She earned her R.N. from Lewis Gale Hospital School of Nursing in 1952. Ruth was married to James Robert “Bob” Edwards in 1952. They raised their family in Wilmington, NC. Mrs. Edwards worked at New Hanover Memorial Hospital and then for 18 years as office nurse and surgical assistant for Dr. O. R. Hunt. She retired in 1991.

After retirement, Ruth and Bob lived in Hampstead, NC, and then Southern Pines, NC. Travel was one of her favorite pastimes and they spent most of these years driving across America and visiting other countries.

Nana was the center of life for her family and friends. She had a deep love for music, which included volunteering to play piano for her children’s schools and for St. Matthews Lutheran Church in Wilmington. She had a great sense of humor, a loving personality, and countless friends. Her home was warm and welcoming and she took great joy in conversing with those she loved. After her children were grown, she continued to nurture and guide her eight grandchildren. They considered her their dearest friend. She lived to see the birth of four great-grandchildren. The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the dedicated family and caregivers for their compassionate care and support in her final days.

Ruth is survived by Bob, her husband of 60 years; their children James (and Regina) of Sanford, NC, Carol of Knoxville, TN, and Frank (and Marie) of Greenville, SC; grandchildren Cynthia (and Anthony), Amanda (and Matthew), Kelly, Roxanna, Dianna, Patrick, and Krista; great grandchildren Alyssa, John Bryan, Aubrey Grace, and William; sisters Frances Richardson of VA, Johnsie Moffett of CA, and Nancy Tisko of TX; special cousin Bill Bolt of OR; and numerous nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents Frank and Johnsie Bargar, sister Jean, and granddaughter Priscilla Anne.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations are made to Priscilla Anne Edwards Scholarship Endowment c/o N.C. Community Foundation, Suite 524, 4601 Six Forks Road, Raleigh, NC 27609.

Funeral arrangements are being handled Andrews Mortuary, Wilmington.



PITTSBORO — Mrs. Virgil Nannie Lee Crutchfield Emerson was born on Nov. 30, 1930, and transitioned home Thursday, December 27, 2012 peacefully at her home with her husband, children and grandchildren by her side. She was born in Chatham County to the late Gaston and Annie Marie Crutchfield. Emerson was preceded in death by her brother Levie Crutchfield, her parents and a grandson, Stephen Alfonzo Emerson.

She joined Evans Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church and after marriage, she joined her husband at Mitchell Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church where she attended faithfully until her health started to decline. Nannie served the church as a Stewardess, Senior Usher and served on the Pastor’s Aid Board and Kitchen Committee.

Nannie attended Chatham County Training School and later in life attended Central Carolina Community College and received her GED. She was employed with Webster’s Poultry Company, Kellwood and retired from Collins and Aikman. After retirement, she was employed with Pittsboro Christian Village for many years.

Nannie was a proud and dedicated member of the Order of the Evening Star Chapter #617 and was a Past Worthy Matron. She was also a member of the G. Wesley Allen Order of the Golden Circle #324. She loved to travel with her organizations when the opportunity presented itself.

Nannie loved and enjoyed baking, cooking and she was known extensively for her “wonderful cakes.” She also enjoyed canning, freezing and gardening. Mom’s second past time was “T.O.”, the family pet; even in her weakest moments you would always find him in her lap. Often when we thought she was eating her meals we would look down by her side and she was feeding “T.O.” her food.

She leaves to cherish her memories her husband of 66 and half years Raymond Howard Emerson of the home; three sons Alfonzo Emerson (Shirley) of Sanford, Howard Emerson (Jacqueline) of Greensboro, Hermon Emerson (Kay) of Greensboro, and three daughters Peggy Emerson Hagans (Robert) of Virginia Beach, VA, Laura Emerson of Greensboro, and Janice Emerson of Pleasant Garden; three siblings Perry L. Crutchfield of Raleigh, Lizzie L. Ratliff of Graham and Henry W. Crutchfield of Greensboro; 13 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

The family received friends from 10 - 11 a.m. The funeral followed at 11 a.m. at Mitchell Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church, Pittsboro, on Dec. 31, 2012, with the Rev. Anthony J. Davis officiating. The burial followed in the church cemetery.



CAMERON — Michael Scott Holder, of Cameron, died Saturday (1/5/2013)

Arrangements are incomplete and are pending by Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home.

Condolences may be made at


SANFORD — Anna H. “Faye” Darroch of Sanford died Saturday (1/5/2012) at Duke University Medical Center.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Rogers-Pickard Funeral Home.

Online condolences may be at

Arrangements are by Rogers-Pickard Funeral Home


SANFORD — Kenneth Neil McArthur, 90, of Sanford, died Thursday (1/3/2013).

Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at Cross Hill Cemetery in Carthage.

He was born in Connecticut and preceded in death by his father, Cader N. McArthur. He served the US Navy in WWII. He was a caretaker at Lawrence Quarters in Sanford for Jerry & Dottie Lawrence.

His only survivors are his friends and family at The Bayberry.

Memorial contributions can be made to Community Home Care & Hospice, 1836 Doctors Drive, Sanford, NC 27330.

Online condolences may be at

Arrangements are by Rogers-Pickard Funeral Home.


LILLINGTON — William J. Faulkner Sr., 68 of Lillington, died Saturday (1/5/2013) at his residence.

Arrangements by O'Quinn-Peebles Funeral Home


CAMERON — Clarence Bell, of Cameron, died Thursday (1/3/2013) at Central Carolina Hospital.

He was born in Weston, WV, and he was an Army veteran.

He is survived by his wife, Betty Ruth Bell; daughter, Deborah Robinson and husband Norman of Ohio; son Greg Bell of Ohio; and sister, Jerri Kingsley of WV.

No services are scheduled at this time.

Online condolences may be at

Arrangements by Rogers Pickard Funeral Home.


VASS —  Rosa Lee Hennings Keith, 87, of Vass, died Friday (1/4/2013) at Pinelake Nursing Home.

Graveside service will be held 4 p.m. Monday at Cypress Presbyterian Church Cemetery with Pastor Beatrice Briggs officiating. The family will receive friends immediately following the service in the church fellowship hall and other times at the homes of John Keith and Duncan Keith.

She was born in Sanford on Oct. 6, 1925, to James Wesley and Millie Wooten Hennings. She was a long-time member of Cypress Presbyterian Church.

She is survived by two sons, John Keith of Vass, and Duncan Keith and wife Stephanie of Vass; one sister, Margaret Jessup of Vass; and two grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by hers parents, James Wesley and Millie Wooten Hennings; her husband, Duncan Leon Keith; two sisters, Annie Belle Kaiser and Irene Williams; and one brother, Weldon Hennings.

Condolences may be sent to

Arrangements by Cox Memorial Funeral Home & Crematory of Vass.


PITTSBORO — Willie Mae “Billie” Morgan, 86, of Morgan Farm Road, Pittsboro, died Friday (1/4/2013).

The daughter of John A. Harveson and Edith Pennington Harveson, she was born June 11, 1926 in Jasper, Tenn. She worked at UNC @ CH in the print shop, retiring after 20 plus years of service. 

Survivors include her son-in-law, Vernon Howard of Chapel Hill; sister, Adell Howard of Pittsboro; grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Theodore Morgan; daughter, Edna Howard; grandson; and brother, JC Harveson.

Funeral service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday at  Lighthouse Baptist Church, with Pastor Mark Hall, Pastor Bill Truesdale and Chaplain Steve Jordan presiding.  Interment will follow in Westwood Cemetery in Carrboro.

Friends may visit with the family from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Hall – Wynne Funeral Home in Pittsboro.  

Online condolences may be left at, select “Obits” then “Current Services."

Memorials may be sent to UNC Hospice, PO Box 1077, Pittsboro, NC 7312, or, to Lighthouse Baptist Church, 12063 US 15-501 North, Chapel Hill, NC 27517.

Arrangements by Hall – Wynne Funeral Service and Cremation of Pittsboro.


SANFORD — Irvin Palmer, of Sanford, died Dec. 5 at Wake Med Raleigh.

Born in Yakima, Wash., he grew up in San Francisco, Calif. He worked as a lighting designer in Las Vegas, Nev., before retiring to North Carolina to be with his family.He was a Korean War veteran who served his tour in Fort Knox, Ky.

He is survived by his wife, Sue Palmer, his children, Cynthia Powell of Robbinsville, Miss., Rhea Monti of Sanford, Phillip Lee Palmer of Raleigh and Tambra Rankin of Lillington; 13 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Arrangements by the National Cremation Services of Raleigh.


LILLINGTON —  Funeral service for Bessie Irene McArthur Phillips, 84, who died Wednesday (1/2/2013) at the E. Carlton Powell Hospice Center in Lillington, was conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday at Calvary Baptist Church in Lillington with Rev. Robbie O’Quinn officiating. Eulogy was by Linda Phillips. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

Pianist was Janet Blackwell. Soloist was Rhonda Phillips. The congregation also sang three selections.

Pallbearers were Jonathan Roberts, Travis Roberts, Austin Roberts, Gabriel Phillips, Simon Phillips and Timmy Wheeler.

Arrangements were by Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home


BROADWAY — Memorial services for Deborah Ann Barton Erickson, 46, of Broadway, who died Dec. 23, was held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Smith Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Garland Smith officiating.

During the service, musicians were Melanie Johnson, Ashley Johnson and April Johnson.

Arrangements were by Smith Funeral Home of Broadway.


ASHEBORO — Funeral services for Gratice Elizabeth Hyler, 70, of Asheboro, who died Wednesday (1/2/2013), was held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Ridge Funeral Home Chapel in Asheboro with the Rev. Jeff Smith officiating.

Burial followed in the Randolph Memorial Park. During the service, taped music was played. Pallbearers were Steven Kleisner, Dog Hicks, Ronnie Hyler, Greg Berry Hill, Gary Smith and Charles Smith.

Arrangements were by the Smith Funeral Home of Broadway. 


BROADWAY — Funeral service for John Gavin Farmer, 74, who died Wednesday (1/2/2013), was held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Holly Springs Baptist Church with the Rev. Jerry Parsons and the Rev. Barry Barber officiating.

Burial was in the church cemetery with Masonic rites.

Organist was David Oyster, pianist was Louise Oyster, and soloists were Evangelist Bruce Frye and Richard Sistrunk. Special music was by the Holly Spring Baptist Church Choir with a solo by Amy Brooks. Pallbearers were Masons.

Arrangements were by O'Quinn-Peebles Funeral Home.