Jan. 08, 2013 @ 05:00 AM


CLINTON, S.C. — Emilie G. Marchant died Monday, January 7, 2013 at her home.

Emilie was born in Ithaca, New York to Gostan and E.L. Rose Gostanian.

Emilie is survived by her husband, T. Eston Marchant of Sanford, NC; her sister, Christine Prysmont; her brother, Frederick Gostanian; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Emilie was a graduate of Cornell University in Ithaca, NY and held several teaching and administrative positions in New York, South Carolina and North Carolina. After her dioceses with little understood and hard to treat pancreatic cancer, she became a vocal advocate for those suffering with the deadly illness. She served as the South Carolina Coordinator of the local chapter of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. In this position she organized awareness campaigns, vigils, fund raising events and participated in several trips to Washington, DC to help raise the profile of the disease. Closer to home, Emilie was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church of Clinton, the Laurens County Humane Society and the Laurens County Master Gardener Association.

A celebration of Emilie's life will be held at the First Presbyterian Church in Clinton on Thursday, January 10th, at 2:00 P.M. Memorial donations may be made to the Laurens County Humane Society, LCSCHAPCA, P.O. Box 964, Laurens, SC 29360 or the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, 1500 Rosecrans Avenue, Suite 200, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266.

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Arrangements by Gray Funeral Home of Clinton.

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SANFORD — Charles Russell Underwood, age 81, passed away on Sunday, January 6, 2013.

A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at Miller-Boles Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Vernon Tyson officiating. Burial will follow at Farmville Community Cemetery in Sanford, NC. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 from 6-8 p.m. at Miller-Boles Funeral Home of Sanford.

He was born in Lee County, North Carolina on January 13, 1931, to the late James Redin and Floy Harrington Underwood. After graduating from Deep River School, Charlie entered the Marine Corps during the Korean Conflict. Upon leaving the Marines, he embarked on what was to become a remarkable career in the water well drilling and pump industries, helping to provide many cities, towns, and industries with clean water. Even after retiring from the day-to-day operations of his company, Charlie continued to advise and inspire his employees.

Charlie was known for many things: his incredible work ethic, his belief in civic responsibility, and his willingness to help those in need. He was also known for his infectious smile, easy wit and love of good food. Charlie was an avid reader, particularly on his two favorite subjects, history and all things mechanical. He enjoyed collecting and restoring antique trucks, tractors, and engines.

He leaves behind his wife of 54 years, Shelby Wicker Underwood; his daughter, Susan and husband Randy Stallings of Wake Forest; and son, Russell and wife Carolyn Underwood of Sanford. Charlie is also survived by his sisters, Nancy Hall and Shirley Hall and brother, Waylon Underwood, all of Sanford. Charlie also leaves behind friends, employees, and customers who will miss his ready smile, wealth of knowledge and helping hand.

He was preceded in death by his brother, J.R. Underwood Jr.

The family would be pleased that contributions in Charlie's memory are made to: Patrick Henry Boys & Girls Plantation, PO Box 1398, Brookneal, VA, 24528-9905 or to Duke Cancer Institute, Box 90581, Durham, NC 27708-0581 or to the charity of one's choice.

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

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SANFORD — Joe Rufford Phillips, 73, of Sanford passed away on Friday, January 4, 2013 at Central Carolina Hospital.

A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at The Loflin Funeral Home Chapel, 212 West Swannanoa Avenue, Liberty, NC. Burial will follow in Coble's Lutheran Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 12:00 until 1:45 p.m. at Loflin Funeral Home.

He was the son of the late Sam Jones Phillips, Jr. and Nannie Sue Ballenger Phillips and was also preceded in death by his wife, Hilda “Susie” Jessup Phillips and one brother, Benjamin Phillips.

Surviving are his daughter, Suzanne Phillips Buchanan of Sanford; son, Samuel “Tiny” Hugh Phillips of Sanford; sister, Patricia Ann Brown of Blythewood, SC and brothers, Robert Phillips of Lexington, SC and Tolbert James Phillips of Sanford, NC.

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

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

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SANFORD — Anna H. “Faye” Darroch of Sanford passed away Saturday, January 5, 2013 at Duke University Medical Center.

Funeral services will be held at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at Grace Chapel Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Mrs. Darroch was born in Bladen County, a daughter of the late Judd Harrelson and Ruby Gooden Harrelson. She was an active member of Grace Chapel Church serving 14 years as the “Manna from Grace” committee Chairperson. Faye was well known for her good cooking as well as her love of sports, especially softball which she earned many awards over the years. She was best known by the kids on the sidelines as “Nannie Faye”. Mrs. Darroch was preceded in death by siblings, George Harrelson, Vivian Kerns, Mary Fortner, Newton Harrelson, Margaret Long, AW Harrelson, and Delmore Harrelson.

Mrs. Darroch is survived by her husband, Neil E. Darroch; daughter, Anita D. Bolin and husband Tom of Sanford; son, Chris Darroch and wife Terry of Sanford; sister, Louise Jackson of Sanford; two brothers, Albert Harrelson of Lillington, and Randolph Harrelson of Virginia Beach; six grandchildren, Brianna, Dustin, Matthew, Madison, Andrew, and Ashley; one great-grandchild, Jacob.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. Tuesday at Grace Chapel Church.

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Arrangements are by Rogers-Pickard Funeral Home.

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CAMERON — Mr. Michael Scott Holder of Cameron, N.C. died Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013.

He was born in Telfair County, Georgia to the late Paul Mitchell Holder.

Surviving are his wife, Malissa Venrick Holder of Cameron; two sons, Clint Mitchell Holder and wife Asia Bell and Dylan Scott Holder, all of Cameron; mother, Shirley Everette Holder Lord and husband Reuben of Greenville, N.C.; brother, Matthew Holder and wife Leah of Greenville, NC.; sisters, Rita Braxton and husband Neil of Mebane, NC., and Janet Hall and husband Bill of Greenville, NC.; granddaughter, Amaya Syra Holder of Cameron, NC.

A graveside service will be conducted at Rocky Fork Christian Church Cemetery on Tuesday (1/8/13) at 11 a.m.

There will be no visitation held at the funeral home.

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Arrangements by Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home, Inc.

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ERWIN — Richard Lee Dye, 69, died Sunday (1/6/13) at Universal Healthcare in Lillington.

He was born in Augusta, Ga., the son of the late Lee and Lois Jones Dye. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and worked as a paint contractor for over 25 years.

Memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at O’Quinn-Peebles Chapel in Lillington with the Rev. Paul Jones Sr. officiating. Visitation will be held at O’Quinn-Peebles after the service on Friday, and other times at the home.

He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Sue White Dye; two daughters, Melody Robinson of Rockingham and Crystal Lois Dye of Ahoskie; one son, Shane Brandon Dye of Ahoskie; stepson, Michael Gay Jr. of Willow Spring; sister, Priscilla Arnold of Fredericksburg, Va.; and several grandchildren.

Arrangements are by O’Quinn-Peebles Funeral Home.

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LILLINGTON — William “Jerry” Faulkner Sr., 68, died Saturday (1/5/13) at his home.

He was the son of the late William and Della Mae Faulkner. He was preceded in death by a son, Dale Faulkner, and a grandson.

The family received friends Monday at O’Quinn Peebles Funeral Home and other times at his home.

Funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. today at Pleasant Union Christian Church with the Rev. Cary Snelling and Dr. Penny Ziemer officiating. Burial will follow at Harnett Memorial Park.

He is survived by his wife, Shelby Faulkner; two sons, William and his wife Susan Faulkner of Fayetteville, and Michael Faulkner of Florida; a daughter, Kimberly Faulkner of Fayetteville; a stepson, Kevin Blanchard of Winston-Salem; and a stepdaughter, Lori and husband Chad Walker of Clayton; a sister, Alice “Jack” and husband Robert Rich of Hope Mills; eight grandchildren; three nephews and one niece.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to any Hospice of Harnett County or the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, Ok. 73123-1718.

Arrangements by O’Quinn-Peebles Funeral Home.

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SANFORD — William Joseph Flaherty, 99, formerly of Irwin, Pa., died Sunday (1/6/13) in E. Carlton Powell Hospice in Lillington.

Born June 14, 1913, in Irwin, he was the son of the late Minnie V. Silvis Flaherty Findle and Joseph V. Flaherty of Irwin. He was preceded in death by his sister, Martha Hunt of Irwin, Pa., and granddaughter, Joy Flaherty Baysa of Sanford. A veteran of the Army, he served in W.W. II in the Battle of the Bulge and was retired from Westinghouse Electric in Pittsburgh, Pa., since 1976. He lived with his daughter in Sanford for the past eight years.

He is survived by daughters, Judy A. Sterling of Tucson, Ariz., and Suzanne Karrs and husband Timothy of Sanford; sons, William E. Flaherty and wife Vickie of Irwin, Pa., Edward P. Flaherty and wife Edith of Sanford and Daniel L. Flaherty of San Diego, Calif.; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and sisters, Regina Frick of Phoenix, Ariz., and Marie Whalen of Pitcairn, Pa.

Arrangements are made by Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home in Sanford and Joseph Ott Funeral Home in Irwin, Pa.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to E. Carlton Powell Hospice, 185 Pine State St., Lillington, N.C. 27546 or Parkview Retirement Center, 1801 Wicker St., Sanford, N.C. 27330.

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SANFORD — Graveside service for Kenneth Neil McArthur, 90, who died Thursday (1/3/13), was held at 10 a.m. Monday at Cross Hill Cemetery in Carthage by the Rev. Darrell Harris.

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

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Arrangements were by Rogers-Pickard Funeral Home.


CAMERON — Mabel Burns, 89, of 18135 N.C. Hwy. 27 West, died Sunday (1/6/13) at her residence. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Knotts Funeral Home.


SANFORD— Funeral service for Treva Gail Batchelor Brady, 68, who died Thursday (1/3/13), was held Sunday at 3 p.m. at Turner's Chapel with the Rev. Bruce MacInnes officiating. Burial followed at Cool Springs Baptist Church.

Pianist was Debbie Hockaday and soloist was David Dubuc.

Pallbearers were Chris Barringer, Ronnie Cribbs, Loren Gatten, J.B. Woody, Boyd Ellis and Ray Hockaday.

Arrangements were by Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home.


SANFORD — Colleen B. Simms, 72, of 1312 W. Garden St., died Saturday (1/5/13) at Central Carolina Hospital.

She is survived by her mother, Mary W. Berryman; three sons, Frederick Berryman (Shatwana Ross) and Tyreese Berryman, both of Sanford, and Foster Odell Berryman of Harlem, N.Y.; one daughter, Lisa M. Berryman of Staten Island, N.Y., three grandchildren; 10 special grandchildren; four brothers, Donnie Berryman (Vivian), James L. Berryman (Lisa), James R. "Chuck" Morrison, all of Sanford, and Cleveland W. "TC" Morrison Jr. of Connecticut; two uncles; sister-in-law, Jean Simms; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral service will be conducted at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Mt. Sinai Holiness Church. Wake will be held today from 7 until 8 p.m.

Arrangements by Knotts Funeral Home.


CAMERON — Funeral service for Sybil Yopp Pilson, 84, who died Thursday (1/3/13), was held at 3 p.m. Sunday at Rocky Fork Christian Church by the Rev. Kevin McHarg and the Rev. John Brown. Burial followed at the church cemetery.

During the service, soloist was Greg Pilson and the pianist was Betsy Pilson.

Pallbearers were Bill Cameron, Ian Cameron, Billy Campbell, George Elliott, Brock Holder and Mike Pilson.

Memorial contributions can be made to FirstHealth Hospice Foundation, 150 Applecross Road, Pinehurst, N.C. 28374.

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Arrangements were by Rogers-Pickard Funeral Home.


SILER CITY — The Honorable Mayor Charles James Johnson, 59, died Saturday (1/5/13) at UNC Hospitals at Chapel Hill.

He was born in Chatham County on Nov. 10, 1953, the son of the late James "Shag" and Barbara "Bobbie" (Jenks) Johnson. He was a graduate of Jordan-Matthews High and attended UNC-Chapel Hill. He was the owner of Confidential Tax Services and Johnson Real Estate and Investments for 35 years. He was a member of: The Siler City Rotary Club, the UNC-Chatham Hospital Board, Chatham County Arts Incubator, Chatham Trades, Chatham County Literacy Council, Chatham County Council on Aging, Chatham County Democratic Party along with many other community organizations. He was a member of Loves Creek Baptist Church where he taught the Unity Sunday School Class.

He is survived by his wife, Lisa (Andrews) Johnson; children, Amanda Johnson, Kim Johnson, Charles Johnson Jr. and wife Ana, Laura Collins and husband Chad, Megan Moore and husband Chance, and Derek Andrews; four grandchildren; mother, Ernestine Perry; grandfather, Robert Goins; siblings, Margaret Jones, Linda Williams and husband Justin, Brenda Hadley and husband William, Mark Johnson and wife Lorie, and Glenda Branson and husband Dennis; numerous nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.

The family will receive friends today from 6 until 8 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Siler City. Funeral service will be conducted Wednesday at 3 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Siler City with the Rev. Bob Boyd and the Rev. Jim Wall officiating. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery in Siler City.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Siler City Rotary Club Scholarship Fund, United Way of Chatham County, West Chatham Relay for Life or the Boys & Girls Club of Chatham County.

Arrangements by Smith & Buckner Funeral Home.

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CARTHAGE — Michael E. "Mike" Cook, 61, died Saturday (1/5/13) at Durham V.A. Medical Center.

Funeral service was conducted at 3 p.m. Monday at Red Branch Baptist Church conducted by the Rev. Scott McInnis and D.C. Sullivan. Burial was at the church cemetery with military honors.

A native of Moore County, he was a son of Louise Tripp Cook and the late Joseph E. "Buck" Cook Jr., and was a U.S. Navy veteran. As a young man he work with his father at the Etna gas station in Carthage and later worked for N.C. Department of Transportation, and Hobbs-Upchurch as a surveyor. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Heather Cook, and a brother, Randy Cook.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Cheryl McInnis Cook; daughter, Kerry Cook of Robbins; stepdaughter, Haley McInnis; sister, Pamela Stutts of Carthage; and two granddaughters.

The family received friends at Fry and Prickett Funeral Home on Sunday and other times at the home.

Memorials may be made to American Diabetes Association or the American Kidney Foundation.

Arrangements by Fry and Prickett Funeral Home.



SANFORD — Ronald M. Jefferson, 42, died Saturday (1/5/13) at Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by C.E. Willie Funeral & Cremation Services.

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APEX — Barbara Daniels, 74, of 8540 Stephenson Road, died Monday (1/7/13) at Western Wake Medical Center in Cary. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by C.E. Willie Funeral & Cremation Service in Pittsboro.

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SANFORD — Funeral service for Lela H. Gilmore, 94, who died Friday (1/4/13), was held at 3 p.m. Monday at Edgewood Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Dr. Bill Hayes and the Rev. George Akers officiating. Burial followed at Spring Hill United Methodist Church Cemetery in Lillington.

Pianist was Eugenia Thompson and organist was Wilson Weathers. The congregation sang one hymn and a trio of Jim Owle, Dawn Weathers and Wilson Weathers sang two selections.

Pallbearers were Nicholas Ignat, Brian Holder, Andrew Holder, Joshua Holder, Lewis Mason and Willis McNeill.

Arrangements were by Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home.