Apr. 19, 2014 @ 05:00 AM


SANFORD — Frances Jean Lassiter, 55, of 3101 Parkwood Drive, Sanford, died Thursday (4/17/14) at Genesis Hospice in Siler City. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Knotts Funeral Home.


SANFORD — Dollie Mae (Peggy) Ferguson, 63, of 1304 Glen Court, Sanford, died Monday (4/14/14) at her residence.

She was born to the late Theodore Sr. and Mable Ricks. She graduated from Phillips High School in Battlesboro. She was a cosmetologist. She was a member of True Apostolic Church. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Julius Battle and Theodore Ricks Jr.

She is survived by her husband, Walter Ferguson; seven children, Twanda Petway of Clayton, Anita Petway of Charlotte, Richard Petway Jr. (Renee) of Knightdale, Denise Petway of Baltimore, Md., Julius Petway (Letitia) and Andrew Petway, both of Raleigh, and Angela Petway of Sanford; three sisters, Christine Grey (Joseph) of Las Vegas, Nev., Louise Kiniel of Southern Pines and Dorothy Ricks of Raleigh; one brother, Thomas Ricks (Mildred) of Rocky Mount; 16 grandchildren; a Godson, Eddie Ellerbee; and a host of nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.

Wake will be from 6 to 7 p.m. today at Knotts Funeral Home.

Funeral service will be conducted at 3 p.m. Sunday at Works For Christ Christian Center.

Arrangements are by Knotts Funeral Home.


SANFORD — Graveside service for Jerry Wilson Miller, 62, who died Tuesday (4/15/14), was conducted Friday at 1 p.m. at Flat Springs Baptist Church cemetery with Dr. Gary McCollough officiating.

Recorded music was played at the graveside.

Pallbearers were Jack Marks, Larry Kelly, Otis Holt, Dan Partridge, Freddie Sloan and Doug Talbott.

Arrangements were by Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home.


FAYETTEVILLE — Alda Cox Holmes, 89, of Fayetteville, died Thursday (4/17/14).

Funeral service will be held Wednesday at 1 p.m. at Barbecue Presbyterian Church.

The visitation will be held Tuesday at Jernigan Warren Funeral Home in Fayetteville from 5 to 7 p.m.


SANFORD — James “Jimmy” Elbert Ammons Jr., 77, of the Deep River Community, died Friday (4/18/14) at Central Regional Hospital in Butner.

He was born in Mecklenburg County on June 6, 1936, to the late James Elbert Ammons Sr. and Bertha Mosley Ammons. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his brother, Henry Benny Ammons.

He is survived by his wife, Christine Payne Ammons; five sons, Garry Ammons, Dr. Daryl Ammons and wife Terry, all of Deep River, Lynn Sewell of Texas, James “Jimbo” Ammons III and wife Erica of North Dakota and Joel Ammons and wife Cindy of Deep River; nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

He attended Deep River High School and was the last Lee County Constable serving the Deep River community. He farmed all his life along with other work endeavors. He owned and operated Pine Ridge Nursing Home and was founder and owner of Ammons Trucking Company. He served as president of Sanford Saddle Club and was a member of the Northview-Deep River Optimist Club and Deep River Fire Department. Along with his sons, he started the Ammons Fireworks display on the Fourth of July in the Deep River Community. In his retirement years, he made homemade wine that won him several awards at the Lee County Agricultural Fair and N.C. State Fair.

Funeral service will be held Monday at 3 p.m. at Zion Christian Church with the Rev. Steve Johnson and Dr. Gary McCollough officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends in the church fellowship hall two hours prior to the funeral service on Monday from 1 to 3 p.m. Following the committal service in the church cemetery, the family would like to invite all friends to the Ammons Building at their home for a reception.

Memorials may be made to Alzheimer's Association — Eastern North Carolina 3739 National Drive, Suite 110, Raleigh, N.C. 27612.

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Arrangements are by Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home, Inc.


ANGIER — Lester Allen Gaines Sr., 78, of Angier, died Friday (4/18/14) at his home.

He was a Chatham County native and was a self-employed carpenter.

Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Joyce-Brady Chapel in Bennett.

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