Jan. 19, 2014 @ 05:00 AM


PINEHURST — Charles “Chuck” Gilmer Priest, Jr., 64, of Pinehurst, passed away on Thursday (1/16/2014) at UNC Chapel Hill Hospital.

Chuck was born in Moore County, a true Moore County native, on Sept. 6, 1949. He grew up in Lakeview and attended Union Pines High School. After graduation he went on to UNC in Chapel Hill and was an avid fan of Carolina. His passion was golf and he mastered the game over the years. He enjoyed playing the sport and being competitive with his friends. He shared the love for shagging (the southern dance of the Carolina’s), and spent many a night dancing the night away over his years at the beach.

His profession was in the culinary field; he managed several country clubs up and down the east coast prior to settling down to managing the Sandhills Community College cafeteria and teaching in the culinary program. He loved working at SCC to provide food service to the students, faculty and staff.

He is survived by his wife Rebecca Bell Roberts-Priest, his two daughters, Hollie Gironda and Jennifer Megan along with five grandchildren, his three brothers, Gary Priest, Tim Priest and Peter Priest and one sister, Donna Ackerman.

A memorial service will be held on 3 p.m. at Owen Auditorium -Sandhills Community College.

In lieu of flowers, a Chuck Priest Culinary Scholarship has been established in his name at Sandhills CC.

Donations can be made to: Sandhills CC Foundation, 3395 Airport Road, Pinehurst, NC 28374.

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Arrangements by Boles Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc. in Southern Pines.



SANFORD — John Algie Waddell, formerly of Sanford, died Tuesday (1/14/14).

Funeral services are at 12:30 p.m. Sunday at Blandonia Presbyterian Church, 605 Wall St., Sanford.

Arrangements are by Bostic-Kendrick Funeral Home in Southern Pines.


LILLINGTON — Linda Carola Maher, 56, of Lillington, died Thursday (1/16/14) at her home.

She was born in France, the daughter of the late Howard William and Alice Watson Amidon.  She was preceded in by her sister, Kathleen Swank, and brother, Bendict Amidon.

Memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Flatwoods Baptist Church with the Rev. Cecil McNeil and Chaplain Alvin McLean officiating. The family will receive friends at her home.

She is survived by her husband, Mike Maher of the home; daughters Connie Hayes of Syracuse, N.Y., Kathleen Chavez and husband Victor of Godwin, Ann McAuley and husband Cedric of Lillington; son John Elkins Jr. and wife Brittany of Clinton, stepdaugher Justyn Nolan of Hope Mills; sisters Pamela Brame of Syracuse, N.Y., and Donna Amidon of Newfoundland, Canada; and 11 grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements are by O’Quinn-Peebles-Phillips Funeral Home & Crematory, Lillington.

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SANFORD —Marian Lorraine Wicker, 62, of Sanford died Saturday (1/18/14) at her home.

She was born in Lee County on Nov. 19, 1951, to the late Levi Wicker and Lucille Atkins Wicker. She was a member of Salem Presbyterian Church.

She is survived by three brothers, Bobby Wicker, Jack Wicker and wife Joyce, and Cecil Wicker; three sisters, Helen Weathers and husband Harold, Elizabeth Pilson and husband Jimmie, and Faye Rosser, all of Sanford.

The family will receive friends from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Monday in the Fellowship Hall of Salem Presbyterian Church. At other times, the family will be at the home of Elizabeth and Jimmie Pilson, 1026 St. Andrews Church Road, Sanford. The funeral will be at 3 p.m. Monday at Salem Presbyterian Church with Rev. Tyler Williams officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Salem Presbyterian Church, 3554 Avents Ferry Road, Sanford, N.C. 27330-2549.

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SANFORD — Memorial service for Anthony Garfield Coggins, 36, of Sanford, who died Wednesday (1/15/14), was held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Steve Rosser officiating.

Guitarist was Ron Rouse, who played two selections. Recorded music was also played. Balloons were released at the end of the service.

Arrangements were by Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home.