Obituaries for July 27

Jul. 27, 2014 @ 05:00 AM


SANFORD — Having lived a blessed and abundant life of over 98 years here on earth, Ella Blanche Ashley Tippett was welcomed by Jesus, her Savior and friend, into her eternal home on July 25th, 2014.

Ella, born January 11th, 1916, was the youngest of seven children born to Wiley P. Ashley and Ellen Ragan Ashley, who resided in the community of Orange Factory, (Durham county), N.C. She always spoke so lovingly of her parents, and also her following six siblings who have predeceased her: Sadie A. Holcombe, Sam Ashley, Bessie A. Rhew, Annie A. Woodall, Callie A. Garrett, and Estelle A. Rhew.

Also welcoming her presence in heaven is her dear husband of over 50 years, Luther E. Tippett, (deceased, 1984), and two of their seven children, Margaret T. Huddle, (deceased, 1999) and Royce E. Tippett, (deceased, 2011).

Cherishing her memory here on earth are her five remaining children: Joye T. Sherron of Siler City; Leonard T. Tippett (Pat) of Carthage; Linda L. Tippett, Mary T. McCormick (Randall), and Teresa T. McDonald (Tommy), all of Sanford.

Ella was also blessed in having many loving grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren. Her 10 grandchildren include: Denise T. Hackworth, (Tommy); Diane T. Parker, (Jettie); Thomas Sherron, (Laura); Javonah H. Rutherford, (Josh); Lee Huddle; Blake Tippett, (Molly); Ashley McCormick; John McCormick, (Meredith); Maryanna McDonald, and Claire McDonald.

Her six great-grandchildren are: Trevor Hackworth, Caley H. Weeks, (Ryan), Edward Parker, Gregory Parker, (Amber), Jamen Rutherford, and Jack McCormick.

Great-great-grandchildren are Lillie Weeks, Karsten Weeks, and Sophie Parker.

Soon after their marriage in 1933, Ella and Luther moved from the Durham, N.C. area to Ontario, Canada, where Luther grew over 100 acres of tobacco — with the aid of horses, not tractors! Ella assumed the responsibility of not only keeping house and caring for their family, but also cooking for the very numerous field hands employed by Luther. Claire McKenzie Rook was hired to assist Ella with the children and the housework, and has remained a lifelong very special friend to Ella.

After the births of three children in Canada, Ella and Luther moved back to N.C., buying a house and farm acreage near Lemon Springs. Good neighbors with whom the family shared many memorable “fun times” and tobacco “work times” were the J. Vernon and Letha Holland family, the Bonce and Carrie Murphy family, the James and Edna Cummings family and the Lessie Fox family. During this time Effie Mae Simmons was an employee who lived on the farm, and she has remained a highly regarded lifelong friend.

Four more children were born to Ella and Luther from 1944 to 1957, completing the “farm family” who together shared many hours of work; but work which was always balanced with countless hours of fun times, creating lovely, “forever” memories! Ella was a very devoted wife and a wonderful mother, who felt she could NEVER do enough for all her children. We speculate that she must have made at least a million or more delicious biscuits during her long and faithful life!

Her family wishes to thank all relatives, neighbors, and friends who have shown their concern and offered prayers on our behalf. Love and appreciation go out to Doris Willett, for her many years of thoughtful friendship to Ella.

We wish also to thank Dr. Don Wallace and Dr. Robert Deucher of Pinehurst for many years of care for Mom, and the very capable doctors and nurses of Central Carolina Hospital in Sanford, as well as Westfield Rehabilitation.

Warm and very special appreciation goes out to the wonderful staff of First Health Hospice House in Pinehurst for the excellent care they provided, both to Mom and our entire family. May God richly reward all of you.

Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements. Visitation will be held at the funeral home Sunday evening, July 27, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Tramway Baptist Church, Sanford, N.C., with Dr. John Allen officiating. Following the memorial, the family will travel to Woodlawn Memorial Cemetery in Durham, N.C. for the 2 p.m. graveside service, officiated by Rev. John Taylor of Jonesboro Presbyterian Church.

Flowers are certainly welcomed, but should you desire to honor Mom’s memory by donating to a charity, the family would be very pleased if you chose First Health Hospice & Pallative Care, 251 Campground Road, PO Box 5889, Pinehurst, NC 28374. Words cannot express how well they cared for our family.

Condolences may be made at

Arrangements by Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home, Inc.

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CARTHAGE — Gentry T. Frye, 85, of Carthage, died Saturday (7/26/14).

Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Fry and Prickett Funeral Home of Carthage.



SANFORD — Emmett Junior “Jim” Brooks, 79 of Sanford, died Friday (7/25/14) at Sanford Health and Rehab Center.

He was born in Union County on Nov. 29, 1934, to the late Marcus Cullie Brooks and Rosa Mae Bacuom Brooks. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Holder Brooks; sons Jerry and Phillip Woodham and a grandson. He served his country in the U.S. Air Force and retired as a senior master sergeant and continued to serve the Air Force an additional 20 years in Civil Service.

Surviving relatives include his sons, Randy Woodham of Rock Hill, S.C., Marshall Cox of Cameron, Steve Brooks of Charlotte, Nolan Brooks of Charlotte, Mark Brooks of Charlotte and David Brooks of Charlotte; daughters, Patricia Downing and Larry of Ky., and Michelle Borge and Kevin of Sanford; sisters Genevieve Hughes of Broadway and Bertha Grider of Autryville, Ind.; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends at 11 a.m. Tuesday (7/29/14) at at Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home. The funeral will follow at noon at the Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Russell Blackmon presiding. Burial will follow in Lee Memory Gardens with full military honors.

Condolences may be made at

Arrangements by Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home.



SANFORD — Graveside funeral services for Brodie Wendell "Peanut" Parker Sr., 73, of Sanford, who died Wednesday (7/23/14) were conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Broadway Town Cemetery with the Rev. Garland Smith officiating.

Ronnie Cox was the soloist. Pallbearers were Jody Parker, Sam Parker, Erby Parker, Kirby Parker, Donnie Parker and Dan Parker Jr.

Arrangements were by the Smith Funeral Home of Broadway.