Oct. 04, 2013 @ 05:00 AM


SANFORD — John Thomas “Tom” Vernon, 87, of Sanford died Monday, September 30, 2013.

A Memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday at Trinity Lutheran Church.

Mr. Vernon was born in Akron, Ohio, son of the late Lena McNamara and Ernest W. Vernon. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Sally Hunter Vernon. Tom was a Navy Veteran of WWII and the Korean Conflict. Mr. Vernon was involved in the Textile Industry in both sales and ownership. He knew about all of the textile towns across the southeast. He was a past business advisor with CCCC, past president of the Sanford Chamber of Commerce, and involved with the Parks & Recreation Boards.

Mr. Vernon is survived by his wife, Nancy Hankins Vernon; his children, Patty Maier and husband George of Gastonia, David Vernon and wife Teresa of Greensboro, Eric Vernon and wife Kelly of Sanford, and Molly Feichter and husband Will of Raleigh; grandchildren, Elizabeth Maier, Catherine Maier, Carolina Maier, Allie Maier, Hannah Vernon, Thomas Vernon, Aaron Vernon and wife Kristin, Hunter Vernon, Rachel Vernon, Emma Feichter, Hankins Feichter and Wilson Feichter; one sister, Virginia V. Bucci of Florida; and a special close friend, Mary Johns.

The family will receive friends following the Memorial service Sunday in the Fellowship Hall at Trinity Lutheran Church, and other times at the family home.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Salvation Army, 507 N. Steele St., Sanford, NC 27330; YMCA, 860 Spring Lane, Sanford, NC 27330; or to the charity of one’s choice.

The family would like to give a special thank you to all of Mr. Vernon’s caregivers.

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Arrangements are by Rogers-Pickard Funeral Home.

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SANFORD — William Allen Barber, 92, formerly of Hasbrouck Heights, N.J., died Tuesday (10/1/13).

He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. and grew up in Queens. He was a son of the late Lawrence Barbeiri and Julia Cox Barbeiri. He was a U.S. Army veteran of W.W. II. He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaretha Stollberg Barber; a son, William Robert Barber; sister Rita Ginty; and a brother Lawrence Barbier.

Funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8, at St. Stephen Catholic Church. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.

He is survived his daughter, Pat Walsh and husband John of Sanford; one brother, John Barbier and wife Candy of New York; and three grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Rogers-Pickard Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions can be made to Covenant House New York, 460 West 41st Street, New York, N.Y. 10036; or to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, Tenn. 38105.

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Arrangements are by Rogers-Pickard Funeral Home.


FAYETTEVILLE — Edgar Bishop, 81, died Thursday (9/26/13) at Whispering Pines Nursing Rehabilitation Center.

Funeral service will be held today at 2 p.m. at Spring Lake Memorial Church. Burial will follow at Rockfish Memorial Park in Fayetteville.

He is survived by his wife, Theresa Alma Bishop; sons, Gilberto Bishop, Edgar Bishop, Omar Bishop, Terry Bishop and Gregory Bishop; daughters, Nixia Bishop, Deborah Deas and Betty Bishop; brothers, Joseph Bishop and George Bishop; 18 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

Arrangements by Cunningham & Son’s Mortuary in Fayetteville and announced by Watson Memorial - Cunningham & Son’s Mortuary.


SANFORD — Funeral service for A. Marie Bethel Phillips was held Thursday at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints with G. Douglas Braddy conducting service.

Three special songs were performed and two congregational hymns were played. Organist and pianist was Brooke Thompson, soloist was Tara Guthrie, and music director was Tara Guthrie. An Invocation was given by Robert McLean. Speaker was Kelvin Clark. Kelvin Clark also gave the benediction.

Following the funeral, a graveside service was held at Buffalo Cemetery. Grave dedication was given by Kelvin Clark.

Pallbearers were Travis Hickman, Harold T. Seagroves, Larry Burkette, Edward Douglas, Richard Johnson and Garrett Christiansen.

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Arrangements were by Miller-Boles Funeral Home.


SANFORD — Funeral service for Rev. Garland Lewis Foushee, 89, who died Sunday (9/29/13) at Duke University Hospital, was conducted Wednesday at 4 p.m. at East Sanford Baptist Church with the Rev. Robbie Gibson and the Rev. Julian Motley officiating.

Accompanist was Suzanne Bowen. The congregation sang two hymns led by William Ellis. Soloist was Jimmy Cameron.

Burial followed at Gum Springs Baptist Church Cemetery with the Rev. Jackie Franks officiating. Dewey Brown Jr. played Amazing Grace at the graveside on the fiddle.

Active pallbearers were Terry Thompson, Graham Johnson Jr., Wayne Foushee, Don Partin, Howard DeWitt and Clint Key. Honorary pallbearers were Harold Johnson and Ralph Gilliland.

Arrangements were by Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home.


PITTSBORO — Emma DeLois Reaves, 90, of 1988 Hwy 902, died Tuesday (10/1/13).

She is survived by two daughters, Lucille Stephens (Ricky) of Durham and Edith R. Strickland of Pittsboro; four grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; one brother, Edward Reaves (Elizabeth) of Pittsboro; five “adoptive” children, and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral service will be conducted Saturday at 2 p.m. at Alston Chapel United Holy Church in Pittsboro. Burial will follow at the church cemetery. Wake will be held Saturday from 1 to 2 p.m. at the church.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Alston Chapel Church.

Arrangements are by Knotts Funeral Home in Pittsboro.


BEAR CREEK — James A. “Jim” Brewer, 80, of 672 Wildlife Road, died Wednesday (10/2/13) at his residence.

He was born in Chatham County on Aug. 29, 1933, the son of Robert F. and Bessie (Jessup) Brewer. He attended Brush Creek Baptist Church, a self employed carpenter and a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of the Korean Conflict. He was preceded in death by a son, Anthony “Tony” Brewer, and his parents.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth (Elkins) Brewer; two daughters, Kaye B. Scott and husband Billy of Siler City, and Paula B. Thomas and husband Joseph of Raleigh (formerly of Silk Hope); sisters, Ann B. Thrift, Joan B. Webster and husband Russell, and Merlyn B. Moody and husband Larry, all of Siler City, Judy Freeman and husband James of Pleasant Garden, and Priscilla Thompson and husband Frankie of Liberty; two brothers, H.L. Brewer and wife Betty of Bear Creek, and Robert Brewer Jr. and wife Hazel of Asheboro; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

A graveside memorial service will be held Saturday at 3 p.m. at Brush Creek Baptist Church with military rites by the Randolph County Honor Guard. A visitation will follow in the church fellowship hall.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The American Heart Association, 4217 Park Place Court, Glen Allen, Va. 23060 or to Brush Creek Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Judy Lane, 45 John Lane Road, Bear Creek, N.C. 27207.

Arrangements by Smith & Buckner Funeral Home.

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