Jan. 17, 2014 @ 05:00 AM


SANFORD — Dr. Stuart Wynn Gibbs, 94, formerly of Gastonia, died Tuesday, January 14, 2014, at Parkview Retirement Center, Sanford, NC, with family by his side.

He was born August 19, 1919, in Sautee, Ga., to the late Reverend Dr. Charles Mitchell Gibbs and Woodfin Carson Gibbs. He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Sara Bowen Gibbs; a sister, Margaret Gibbs Lob of Metarie, La.; and a brother, the Reverend Charles Mitchell Gibbs, Jr. of Cornelia, Ga.

Dr. Gibbs was raised in Erwin, N.C., and graduated from Erwin High School and Blue Ridge School for Boys in Asheville. He was a 1941 graduate of Davidson College and received his medical degree from Wake Forest Bowman Gray School of Medicine in 1944. He served an internship at Watts Hospital, Durham, and his radiology residency at Bowman Gray.

Dr. Gibbs practiced radiology in Gastonia for 31 years retiring in1985; he had previously practiced in Rocky Mount and in the U.S. Army at Fort Gordon, Ga. He was a former chief of staff of Gaston Memorial Hospital, a past president of the Gaston County Medical Society and a past president of the N.C. Radiological Society. He remained active and supportive of his community in retirement. A longtime member of First Presbyterian Church, Gastonia, he served as an Elder and choir member.

Dr. Gibbs is survived by his children, Ann Blatzer and husband Bruce of Columbus, Ohio; Gail Parker and husband Byron of Laurens, S.C.; Penny Shields and husband Paul of Sanford; and Wynn Gibbs, Jr., and wife Cindy of Greenville, S.C. He was blessed with eleven grandchildren: Leah Blatzer and Julia Blatzer of Richmond, Va.; Shannon Medlin and husband Mark of Gilbert, S.C.; Clay Parker of Hopkins, S.C.; Stuart Parker and wife Kathryn of Bristol, Tenn.; Dan Shields and wife Kathryn of Raleigh; Frank Shields and Lisa Duke of Asheville; Stuart Shields of Sanford; Miller Wofford, Mary Wynn Gibbs, Stuart Gibbs III of Greenville, S.C.; and six great-grandchildren. Also surviving are a sister, Tilda Herring of Clinton; a sister-in-law, Ann Gibbs Tennant of Alcolu, S.C.; and a brother-in-law, David S. Clay and wife Anne of Salisbury.

A witness to the resurrection and celebration of Dr. Gibbs' life will be held at First Presbyterian Church in Gastonia on Sunday, January 26, at 2 p.m. officiated by the Reverend Dr. John Frye. The family will greet visitors after the service at the church. Private interment service will take place at Forsyth Memorial Park, Winston-Salem, at a later date.

Dr. Gibbs' family offers their gratitude to those who lovingly supported him with care, prayers, visits, and correspondence, including the staff of Parkview Retirement Center, Parkview-In-Home Care, and Community Home Care and Hospice.

In lieu of flowers, please consider memorials to First Presbyterian Church, 1621 E. Garrison Blvd, Gastonia, N.C. 28054; Barium Springs Home for Children, P.O. Box 1, Barium Springs, N.C. 28010; Community Home Care and Hospice, 1836 Doctors Drive, Sanford, N.C. 27330 or a charity of the donor's choice.

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Miller-Boles Funeral Home is serving the family.

Paid Obituary


SANFORD — Funeral service for Martha Eugene “Jean” Marshburn Ward, 87, who died Sunday (1/12/14), was held Wednesday at 4 p.m. at Grace Chapel Church with Dr. Royce Baker officiating. Burial followed at the church cemetery.

Soloists were Donald Perrell, Alicia Deese and Tammy Strickland. Pianist was Tammy Strickland.

Pallbearers were Gary Willett, Warren Carter, Ron McNeill, Stanley Ryser, Barry Ryser and Chad Deese.

Arrangements were by Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home.


SANFORD — Anthony Garfield Coggins, 36, of Sanford, died Wednesday (1/15/14) at FirstHealth Pallative & Hospice in West End.

He was born on July 28, 1977, in Lee County to Judy Kay Oldham Coggins and the late Frederick Jerome Coggins. He worked as an electrician's assistant.

In addition to his mother, Judy Oldham Coggins, he is survived by his wife, Jennifer Thomas Coggins; a son, Mark Anthony Coggins of the home; a daughter, Zoe Morgan Coggins of the home; and a brother, Frederick “Freddie” Coggins of Sanford.

A memorial service will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Steve Rosser officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home following the memorial service.

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Arrangements are by Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home.


FAYETTEVILLE — Eddie “Bookie” McNeil died Tuesday (1/14/14) at Cape Fear Valley Hospital in Fayetteville.

He was born in Fayetteville on Aug. 3, 1957, the son of Betty Jean Johnson and the late Monroe Williams. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a stepson, Travis Martin.

He is survived by his wife, Bobbie Jackson McNeil; his mother, Betty Jean Johnson of Fayetteville; one son, Edward Leshawn McNeil of Fayetteville; one sister, Shedricka McNeil of Fayetteville; stepdaughters, Ronita McGlohn of Fayetteville and Tonya Richardson of Cameron; one stepson, James Tyrone Martin Jr.; one grandchild; four stepgrandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Judy McKeithan of Sanford and Peggy Cotten of Cameron; three brothers-in-law, Charles Cameron and Jimmy Jackson, both of Cameron, and Melvin Jackson of Pittsboro; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral will be conducted Sunday at 2 p.m. at Wiseman Mortuary in Fayetteville. Burial will follow at Green Grove A.M.E Zion Church Cemetery in Cameron.

There will be a viewing on Saturday from 2 to 6 p.m. at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Wiseman Mortuary in Fayetteville.


LILLINGTON — Linda Carol Maher, 56, of Lillington, died Thursday (1/16/14) at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by O’Quinn-Peebles-Phillips Funeral Home & Crematory in Lillington.

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