Aug. 28, 2013 @ 05:00 AM


CAMERON — Mrs. Alva Lee Reed Asbury, age 82, of Cameron, N.C., died Monday, August 26, 2013, at Central Carolina Hospital.

Mrs. Asbury was born on Sept. 2, 1930, in Kanawha County, West Virginia to the late George Hansford Reed and Bertie Hazel King Reed. She was preceded in death by her husband, Delmer Watson Asbury; and by a sister, Wanda Rose Reed.

She attended Dunbar High School, but graduated from St. Albans High School. She graduated from Mt. State Memorial Hospital as a Registered Nurse. Mrs. Asbury worked for Dr. Rose McClanahan and in several hospitals in Charleston, West Virginia for twenty-five years and also worked with the Red Cross Bloodmobile.

She moved to North Carolina in 1994. Mrs. Asbury was a member of Hillmon Grove Baptist Church and a member of the Golden Adventurers Senior Citizens Club.

Mrs. Asbury is survived by two daughters, Denise Seals and husband Jesse of Houston, Texas and Lori Clemenger of Raeford, N.C.; two grandchildren, Jamie Upton and husband SGM David Upton and Jessica Miller and husband Captain John Miller of Sanford; four great-grandchildren, Alyssa and Peyton Thomas and Jeremy and Asher Upton, all of Broadway, N.C.; a brother, Keith Reed and wife Tene of St. Albans, West Virginia and a sister, Barbara Joplin and husband John of Port Orange, Florida.

The family will receive friends Friday, August 30, 2013, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home.

The funeral will be conducted Saturday, August 31, 2013, at 10 a.m. at Hillmon Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Wayne O'Quinn officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hillmon Grove Baptist Church, 384 Hillmon Grove Road, Cameron, N.C. 28326.

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Arrangements by Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home, Inc.

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VASS — Francine Malakatis Friends, 64, died Monday (8/26/13) at First Health Hospice House in Pinehurst.

She was born in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 20, 1949, to Jack Marcus and Eva Dadalis Malakatis. She was preceded in death by her parents.

She is survived by her husband, Richard Duane Friends; two sons, Jason and Jay Dove of Louisiana; and one sister.

All services will be private.

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Arrangements by Cox Memorial Funeral Home & Crematory of Vass.


JACKSON SPRINGS — Mona Lee Fish, 58, died Sunday (8/25/13) at First Health Hospice House in Pinehurst.

A celebration of her life will be held today at 7 p.m. at New Life Tabernacle UPC in Aberdeen with Pastor Dennis Patterson officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.

A private burial will be held on Thursday at Sandhills State Veterans Cemetery in Spring Lake.

She was born in Richmond, Ind., on Nov. 29, 1954, to Thomas Henry and Vernon Christine Brady Abbott. She was a member of New Life Tabernacle UPC. She was preceded in death by her parents.

She is survived by her husband, David Wayne Fish; three children, Natashia Manley of Aberdeen, and Nicole Anderson and Joshua Jackson of Indiana; two stepchildren, Gina Goette and husband Jeremy of South Carolina, and Ann Scmidt and husband Jimmy of High Point; one sister, Kathy Colburn of Aberdeen; two brothers, Larry Abbott and Duane Abbott of Indiana; nine grandchildren; a host of nieces and nephews; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Roger and Inez Fish of Whispering Pines; and brothers-in-law, Roger and Ronald Fish.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to New Life Tabernacle UPC, 208 N. Pine St., Aberdeen, N.C. 28315 or First Health Hospice Foundation, 150 Applecross Road, Pinehurst, N.C. 28374.

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Arrangements by Cox Memorial Funeral Home & Crematory of Vass.


BENNETT — Melvin Brown, 74, of 6812 Joe Branson Road, died Monday (8/26/13) at his home.

Funeral service will be conducted Friday at 2 p.m. at Mt. Zion UMC with the Rev. Russell Brownworth and the Rev. Chuck Rowland officiating. Burial with military honors provided by the Randolph County Honor Guard will follow in the church cemetery.

He was a Randolph County native and was a Navy veteran. He had been a saw mill owner and then later worked in the textiles industry. He was a member of Mt. Zion United Methodist Church. He was preceded in death by his parents, John Wesley and Mary Ida Brown; sisters, Vera Rollins and Pauline Chrisco; and brothers, Raymond Brown and John Neil Brown.

He is survived by his wife, Linda C. Brown; daughters, Carolyn Croom of Delco and Donna Miller of Bennett; sisters, Irene Davis of Asheboro and Annie Ruth Bland of Wilson; brothers, Earl Brown of Robbins, and Russell Brown, Cleo Brown and J.W. Brown, all of Bennett; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Joyce-Brady Chapel in Bennett, and other times at his home.

Online condolences may be made at

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mt. Zion UMC Cemetery, c/o Darrin Willet, 452 Bernard Purvis Road, Bennett, N.C. 27208.

Arrangements by Joyce-Brady Chapel.


LILLINGTON — Sara Hatley Wathen, 78, formerly of the Pinehurst area, died Monday (8/26/13) at her home.

A native of Harnett County, she was the daughter of the late James Clyde “J.C.” and Kathleen Lanier Hatley.

A graveside service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday at Harnett Memorial Park with the Rev. Dr. Elton Hendricks officiating.

She is survived by her daughter, Andrea Wathen Testa and husband Ray of Pinehurst; son, Scott Wathen and wife Kerry Brennan Wathen of Southern Pines; and two grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Lillington United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 506, Lillington, N.C. 27546.

Arrangements are by O’Quinn-Peebles Funeral Home.

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SANFORD — Funeral service for Susie “Marie” Chesney was conducted at 3 p.m. Monday at Poplar Springs AME Church with Minister Freda Newby, the Rev. Barry Palmer and Minister James Dalrymple officiating.

Music was provided by the Poplar Springs Mass Choir and Male Chorus. Soloist was Edith Newby.

Pallbearers were friends and family.

Arrangements were by Watson Memorial-Cunningham & Sons Mortuary.


CARTHAGE — Minister John Ray, 80, died Sunday (8/25/13) at his residence.

Funeral service will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. in the Carthage Elementary School Auditorium. Burial will follow at the Sassafras Springs Cemetery in Carthage.

A viewing will be held Friday from 1 to 6 p.m. at the funeral home.

He is survived by his wife, Irene Ray; two daughters, Ruby Brower and Angela Ray; four sons, Dennis Adams, Paul Ray, John Smith and Bobby Lester; four sisters, Arletha Ray, Frances Ray, Mabeline Jackson and Mary McNeil; three brothers, AC Ray, Larry Ray and Alexander Ray; nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Arrangements are by Pugh & Smith Funeral Home of Carthage.


PITTSBORO — John P. “Jack” Browne, 80, died Sunday (8/25/13).

He was born in New York City and worked for General Electric Credit Company for 35 years. He retired to Fearrington Village in 1993. He was preceded in death by his parents, Michael and Catherine Brown; brother, Tom; and sisters, Eileen and Rita.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Claire; a son, Michael Liam and partner Piotr Piecha; one grandson; sister, May; nieces and nephews; and many cousins and friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Monday from St. Thomas More Catholic Church. Fr. James Labosky will offer the mass. Cremation will follow and inurnment will be held at a later date in Ireland.

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Arrangements are by Hall-Wynne Funeral Service and Cremations of Pittsboro.


SANFORD — Martin Alan “Marty” Davis, 50, died Monday (8/26/13).

Memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday at Rogers-Pickard Funeral Home Chapel by Rabbi Ariel Edery.

He was born in Denver, Colo. to Morton Davis (Phyllis) and Diane Lindner Reuler. He was preceded in death by his stepfather, William Reuler, and a half-brother, Brad Davis. He was a member and treasurer of San-Lee Rotary Club, and volunteered at the Temple Theatre.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife, Sharon C. Davis; two daughters, Julie Davis of Sanford and Sarah Perry of Raleigh; a sister, Terri Klein (Michael) of Connecticut; a half-brother, Kirk Davis (Heidi) of Colorado; a stepbrother, Rob Reuler of Colorado; a stepsister, Karen Tanner (George) of Colorado; and many nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday following the service at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Temple Theatre, P.O. Box 1391, Sanford, N.C. 27331, or to the charity of one’s choice.

Online condolences may be made at

Arrangements are by Rogers-Pickard Funeral Home.


SANFORD — Funeral service for Ernest Dale McNeill, 63, who died Saturday (8/24/13), was held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Antioch Baptist Church in Mamers with the Rev. Patrick Broaddus officiating. Burial followed at the church cemetery.

Pianist was Sandra Deaton, music director was David Archer, and soloist was Marie Allen. The congregation also sang. Fred Plummer gave the eulogy.

Pallbearers were Lee Allen, Dalton Messer, Daniel Howell, Brandon Davis, Tim McNeill and J.W. Thompson.

Honorary pallbearers were the Harnett County EMS personnel.

Arrangements were by Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home.