OBITUARIES 3/28/14

Mar. 28, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

ELLEN MOSELEY SIKES

LILLINGTON — Mrs. Ellen Moseley Sikes, beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, entered into rest on Wednesday, March 26, 2014.

Mrs. Sikes was a member of the Lillington Baptist Church and sang in the choir there for many years. She was a retired professor from Campbell University where she taught in the Lundy-Fetterman School of Business for almost 40 years, beginning in 1967. While at Campbell, she was honored as Outstanding Faculty Advisor; one of 12 chosen nationwide. In 1994, Mrs. Sikes received the Teaching Excellence Award which was presented at the Annual Trustee Luncheon that year. Remarks in the presentation included the following: “Mrs. Sikes has gained the respect of students, faculty, and administration for her many outstanding contributions and achievements. Campbell University takes great pride in recognizing Ellen M. Sikes as the recipient of this award.” While at Campbell, she demonstrated continued leadership and hard work as advisor of the Society for the Advancement of Management Club, the largest club on the Campbell campus at the time. The $200,000 student lounge in the new School of Business was largely funded by, and dedicated to, the SAM campus chapter.

Mrs. Sikes was a living example of the characteristics of strength, determination, courage, competence and staunch support and defense of those she loved.

Mrs. Sikes grew up in Gaffney, SC, the youngest daughter of Mr. George W. Moseley and Zora Melton Moseley. She graduated from Gaffney High School in 1943 and then went on to graduate from Limestone College in Gaffney. She met and married her husband of over 50 years, Charles Van Sikes, while teaching in Shelby, NC. Mrs. Sikes received her Master’s in Business Administration from University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 1968.

Survivors are sons Dr. Charles Van Sikes, Jr. and his wife Donna of Sanford and Dr. Mark Moseley Sikes and wife Susan of Charlotte; daughter Laura Susan Sikes of Chattanooga, TN; grandchildren Dr. Charles Van Sikes III and his wife Brooke of Mooresville; Dr. Scott Sikes and his wife Afton of Wilmington, Carter Sikes, age 10 of Charlotte; great-grandchildren, Leah Caroline Sikes, age 8 and Kate Brooklyn Sikes, age 4 of Mooresville, and Hudson Crew Sikes, age 18 months of Wilmington.

A funeral service will be held Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 2:00 P.M., with visitation at 1:00 P.M. at Lillington Baptist Church with Dr. John Rodgers, Dr. Michael Cogdill and Rev. Jeff Roberts officiating. Burial will follow at Westview Memorial Gardens.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to O’Quinn-Peebles-Phillips Funeral Home & Crematory, Lillington.

Condolences may be made at www.oppfh.com.

Paid Obituary

CHARLIE CLARENCE BLAND

SANFORD — Charlie Clarence Bland, 77, of 901 Boykin Ave., Sanford, died Wednesday (3/26/14) at Central Carolina Hospital.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Freddie Crump Bland; children, Charlene, Toni and Kennard, all of Sanford; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; siblings, Vera Cross, John Henry Bland, Ernestine Bland and Harvey Bland (Avis); sisters-in -law, Martha Jackson Holley and Kristie C. Smith (Marvlyn); brother-in-law, Raymond Crump; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral service will be held at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Prince Chapel CME Church in New Hill.

Arrangements are by Knotts Funeral Home.

GEORGE ALLEN SIMPSON

VASS — The funeral service that was postponed for George Allen “Bud” Simpson, 73, of Vass, who died Sunday (3/23/14), has been rescheduled for Sunday at 4 p.m. at Calvary United Pentecostal Church with Pastor Steve Simpson officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Pleasant Christian Church Cemetery.

Condolences may be made at www.bridgescameronfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home, Inc.

WILLIAM HILLIARD JR.

STALEY — William “Cone” Hilliard Jr., 78, of Staley, died Wednesday (3/26/14) at Siler City Center.

Funeral service will be conducted Saturday at 2 p.m. at Horseshoe Presbyterian Church, where he was a member, with the Rev. Tom Currie officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

He was a Chatham County native and had been a truck driver for 47 years.

He is survived by his wife of almost 58 years, Shirley Burke Hilliard; daughters, Amanda McMasters and husband Terry of Staley, “Sam” Prevatte and husband Ron of Siler City, and Rachelle Tucker and husband Bobby of Staley; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and  brothers, Johnny Hilliard and wife Delena of Siler City, and Odell Hilliard of Bear Creek.

The family will receive friends today from 6 to 8 p.m. at Joyce-Brady Chapel in Bennett.

Online condolences may be made at www.joycebradychapel.com.

Arrangements are by Joyce-Brady Chapel.

RUBY ELAINE BUIE

CARTHAGE — Ruby Elaine Buie, 53, of 1009 Monroe St., Carthage, died Sunday (3/23/14) at her residence.

She is survived by her companion, Will Harris of Apex; one brother, James Buie (Boom) of Carthage; sister, Sherry Baker of Sanford; two aunts; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral service will be conducted at 12 p.m. Saturday at First Calvary Baptist Church.

Arrangements are by Knotts Funerral Home.

ED SLOAN JR.

SANFORD — Ed Sloan Jr., 80, of the Deep River Community, died Wednesday (3/26/14) at Central Carolina Hospital.

He was born in Durham on Sept. 21, 1933, to the late Ed Sloan Sr. and Christine Womble Sloan Herndon. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his wife, Gladys Marie Henley Sloan. He was a 1952 graduate of Deep River High School where he excelled in sports. He was a member of Flat Springs Baptist Church and the W.C. Harward/James Bridges Sunday School Class. He also served in the U.S. Navy touring in Korea. He was retired from Allied Chemical (Fibers).

He is survived by a son, Donald E. Sloan and wife Teri of Cookeville, Tenn.; two daughters, Debbie Elkins of Deep River, and Darlene Keith and husband Jeff of Fuquay-Varina; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends Saturday from 2 to 3 p.m. in the fellowship hall of Flat Springs Baptist Church with a reception. The funeral will follow at 3 p.m. with Dr. Gary McCollough officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Flat Springs Baptist Church, 4148 Deep River Road, Sanford, N.C. 27330.

Condolences may be made at www.bridgescameronfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home, Inc.

ROBERT LANIER JR.

SANFORD — Funeral service for Robert Lanier Jr., 65, of Sanford, who died Sunday (3/23/14), was held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Lee's Chapel Christian Church with the Rev. Bruce Parsons and the Rev. James Bowden officiating. Burial followed at the church cemetery.

Pianist and soloist was Jackie Cole. The congregation also sang.

Pallbearers were Austin Cotton, Carson Lanier, Shane Lanier, Dusty Phillips, Chad Spivey and Jimmy Wallace.

Arrangements were by Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home.

SHERWOOD THOMAS

LAKE OKEECHOBEE, Fla. — The memorial graveside service originally scheduled for this Saturday for Sherwood Thomas, 86, of Lake Okeechobee, Fla., formerly of Sanford, who died Friday (4/12/13) at the Hospice of Okeechobee, has been moved to Sunday at 2 p.m. at Zion Christian Church cemetery.

Condolences may be made at www.bridgescameronfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements are by Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home, Inc.

LOIS ANN MARLEY STOKES

SANFORD — Funeral service for Lois Ann Marley Stokes, 80, of Sanford, who died Sunday (3/23/14), was held Wednesday at 4 p.m. at St. Luke United Methodist Church by the Rev. Dr. Gene Cobb. A committal service preceded the church service at Buffalo Cemetery.

During the service, the congregation sang and organist was Dianne W. Stanley.

Memorials contributions can be made to St. Luke United Methodist Church Foundation, 2916 Wicker St., Sanford, N.C. 27330.

Online condolences may be made at www.rogerspickard.com.

Arrangements were by Rogers-Pickard Funeral Home.

LOUIS JUNIOR WEAVER

SILER CITY — Louis Junior Weaver, 74, of 130 Dan Henry Siler Road, Siler City, died Monday (3/24/14) at his home.

He is survived by his wife, Flora S. Weaver; children, Ira Weaver, Jonathan Weaver, Johnny Weaver, Benita Weaver, Margaret (Frankie) Matthews, Sharol Siler, Alfreda (Lewis) Williams; siblings, Mary White, Eunice (Robert) Shepherd, Harold (Betty) Weaver, Donald Weaver, Calvin (Shirley) Weaver; in-laws, Wilhelmena Baldwin, Dolores Siler, Harold (Peggy) Siler; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Funeral service will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at Rock Creek A.M.E. Church in Snow Camp. Burial will follow at the church cemetery. The family will receive friends at 12 noon at the church.

Arrangements are by Knotts and Son Funeral Home in Siler City.

JAMES ALLEN SMITH

CAMERON — Memorial service for James Allen Smith, 52, of Cameron, who died Friday (3/21/14) at his home, was conducted Thursday at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home with Deacon James Rosenberger officiating.

Recorded music was played and a letter of remembrance was written by Joy Bagwell.

Arrangements were by Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home.

THOMAS LEE SMART

LILLINGTON — Retired MSG Thomas Lee Smart, U.S. Army, 55, of Lillington, died Wednesday (3/26/14).

He was born in Sumter County, S.C., the son of the late James Allen Smart II and Katie Elmore Smart. He served 28 years in the U.S. Army before retiring. He served with the Special Forces in Desert Storm and Afghanistan.

Funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday at Friendship Baptist Church in Bunnlevel with the Rev. Paul Fowler officiating. Burial will follow at Bunnlevel Cemetery with full military honors.

The family will receive friends Sunday from 5 to 7 p.m. at O’Quinn-Peebles-Phillips Funeral Home in Lillington, and other times at the home of his mother.

He is survived by his mother, Katie Elmore Smart of Lillington; daughter, Katie Marie Smart of Morehead City; son, Gabriel Smart of Raleigh; one grandson; brothers, James “Jim” Allen Smart III and wife Susie of Tampa, Fla., and Paul E. Smart and wife Linda of Clayton; and several nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kan. 66675.

Arrangements are by O’Quinn-Peebles-Phillips Funeral Home & Crematory.

Online condolences may be made at www.oppfh.com.