Obituaries for March 30
PHILIP T. "PETE" BOERGER
FORT BELVOIR, VA. — Brigadier Gen. Philip T. "Pete" Boerger, U.S. Army, died Tuesday (3/25/14) at The Fairfax in Fort Belvoir, Va.
Born on May 3, 1924 in Milbank, S.D., he was the second son of the late Frank and Jeanette Boerger and the brother of the late Frank C. Boerger. He was drafted into the Army in World War II, graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1947, was commissioned in the Army Corps of Engineers and served in Alaska, Korea, Germany, Iran, and Vietnam and retired as a brigadier general in 1975. He earned graduate degrees from the University of Minnesota and George Washington University.
General Boerger was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit with three oak leaf clusters, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, and the National Security Merit Medal (Korea). Additionally, he was a 32nd Degree Mason and a Shriner.
Upon his retirement from the Army, he was employed in the private sector in Washington, D.C.; Beaumont, Texas; and Los Alamos, N.M.
In 1986, his wife Betty and he moved to Carolina Trace. He was a volunteer fireman, served on the Carolina Trace Volunteer Fire Department Board, was a volunteer instructor in Adult Basic Education at the Central Carolina Community College, sang in the Lee County Community Chorus, the Get Happy Chorus and with the Trace Players, as well as serving on committees of the Carolina Trace Country Club.
They moved to The Fairfax in Fort Belvoir, Va., in 2006 where he formed and led The Fairfax Chorus. Also, he was elected to the Residents Council and to the Board of Directors of the Army Retirement Residence Foundation — Potomac.
General Boerger was preceded in death by his daughter, Judi. He is survived by his wife of sixty seven years, Betty; a son Tom and his wife, Tana, of Carolina Trace; and a son-in-law, Bob Humphreys of Herndon, Va. He was “Bompa” to a grandson, Trevor, a great-grandson, Cody, and a great-granddaughter, Stella, of Washington, D.C.; granddaughters Deni Cunningham and Keri Staley of Northern Virginia; twin great-grandsons, Austin and Clark Staley; and great-granddaughter, Joelle, and great-grandson, Coulter Cunningham.
His family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to your favorite charity. General Boerger’s celebration of life will be held at The Fairfax, 9140 Belvoir Woods Parkway, Fort Belvoir, Va., on April 5, 2014 at 2 p.m.
Inurnment at West Point will follow at a later date.
Arrangements by Jefferson Funeral Chapel.
DOROTHY QUINN BURSEY
SANFORD — The memorial service for Dorothy Quinn Bursey will be at the Carolina Trace Country Club. The service will be held from 2-4 p.m. Saturday (4/5/14).
JOHNNY LANE PATTERSON
BROADWAY — Johnny Lane Patterson, 58, of Broadway died Friday (3/28/14) at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill.
He was born in Lee County, son of Daniel Webster Patterson and Melba O'Quinn Patterson. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Graveside memorial service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday at the May Family Cemetery in Swanns Station with Rev. Marvin Johnson officiating. Surviving are his daughters, Brandy Nordan and husband Rodney of Broadway, and Melissa Gail Patterson of Sanford; sister, Toye Patterson Layton and husband Frank of Sanford; brothers, Terry Patterson and wife Jerrylane of Houma, La., and Michael Patterson and wife Barbara of Broadway; and five grandchildren.
The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Sunday evening at the Smith Funeral Home in Broadway, and other times at the home of Frank and Toye Layton.
Arrangements are by the Smith Funeral Home of Broadway.
ELLEN M. SIKES
LILLINGTON — Funeral service for Ellen M. Sikes, 87, of Lillingon, who died Thursday (3/26/14) was held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Lillington Baptist Church. Burial followed in Westview Cemetery.
Rev. Jeff Roberts, Rev. Michael Cogdill and Rev. John Rogers officiated. Vocalist was Kathy Sutter, and pianist was Shirley Shelburne. Pallbearers were Darrell Salmon, Dan Denning, Harold Lassiter, Phil Walden, Steve Worrell and Billy West. Honorary pallbearers were Billy Ray Matthews and Lincoln Neal.
Arrangements were by O'Quinn-Peebles-Phillips Funeral Home.