Apr. 30, 2013 @ 05:00 AM


SANFORD — Robert Guy “Bobby” Holt, 72, of Sanford, NC, died Sunday, April 28, 2013, at Liberty Commons Retirement Center in Sanford.

Mr. Holt was born on July 12, 1940, in Lee County, to the late William Robert Holt and Irene McNeill Holt. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Sandra Lucille Holt and by his brother, Johnny McNeill Holt.

He is survived by a son, Christopher Guy Holt and wife Lynne of Sanford; two daughters, Ava Hardy of Albemarle, and Robin Jackson and husband Cliff of Warrenton; sisters, Ann Blakely and husband Raymond of Sanford, Joan Key of Sanford, Karen Stone and husband James of Sanford, Pamela Congelosi and husband Joe of Vass, Beth Guerrero and husband Rufus of Sanford, Patsy Foshay and husband Andy of Wagram, Stephanie Peele and husband Robbie of Chapel Hill; a brother, Jeffery Holt and wife Becky of Wake Forest; eight grandchildren, Rachael Zwart, Matthew Hardy, Samuel, Benjamin and Nathan Holt, CB, Will and Addie Jackson and one great-grandchild, Scarlett Zwart.

The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Friday, May 3, 2013, at Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home (one hour prior to the funeral service). The memorial service will be conducted in the chapel of Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home on May 3rd at 11 a.m. with Warren Carter and Rev. David Dudley officiating.

Memorials may be made to The American Diabetes Association, PO Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312 or Liberty Home Care and Hospice, 1005 Carthage Street, Sanford, NC 27330.

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Arrangements by Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home, Inc.

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May 11, 1942 - April 26, 2013

MINT HILL — Betty Aileen Hood Lynn was born to be a mother, says her husband Thomas Jackson Lynn. On cold days, she'd wrap her coat around her daughters, Christy and Jenny, as they stood waiting for the bus in Mint Hill. She'd leave notes and poems in Christy's lunches. Jenny used to fake being sick to be home with her mom.

Daughter of the late Arthur Clifton Hood and Ismay McCracken Hood, Betty grew up in Sanford, NC with her twin brother, Col. (Ret.) Robert M. Hood and their older brother, Arthur Clifton Hood, Jr., who say Betty cared so much for people and put others ahead of herself all her life.

Betty graduated from Sanford Central High in 1960 and was named Most Athletic Girl. She loved sports - especially watching the Charlotte Checkers. She attended nearly every home game, where she rang her cowbell and cheered for the team. She was such a “superfan” Chubby Checker even offered to stop by the hospital.

An athlete and a scholar, Betty graduated Greensboro College with honors - Summa Cum Laude. She met the love of her life, Tom, and was married September 6, 1974. They poured their love into raising their two daughters - Christy Lynn Kaliner, wife of Pete Kaliner, and Jenny Lynn Hatley, wife of Shawn Hatley.

Betty battled and beat cancer four times, was an original member of the Blair Road United Methodist Church handbell choir, and loved working with kids in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School system for the better part of three decades.

Betty loved gardening, and the annual trips to the beach with her family. And she loved her grandsons - Blake and Eli, sons of Jenny and Shawn Hatley of Oakboro. Easter Sunday she played soccer with them, despite fighting cancer once again.

She will be greatly missed and fondly remembered. Jenny said, “We weren't done learning. We weren't done talking.”

Visitation will be held at McEwen Funeral Service-Mint Hill Chapel from 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 30, 2013. The funeral will be held Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at Blair Road United Methodist Church, with interment to follow at Sunset Memory Gardens in Mint Hill.

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AHOSKIE — Carol Ann Symcox Bettany, 65, formerly of Sanford, died Friday (4/26/13) at her home.

She was born on Oct. 5, 1947, in Staffordshire, England, to the late Alice May Symcox. She was preceded in death by a son, Geoffrey Stanton Bettany.

She is survived by her husband, Michael Bettany; son, Michael S. Bettany and wife Dianna Dawn of Broadway; daughters, Paula Annette Cave of Sanford and Andrea Carole New and husband Ricky of Raleigh; a sister, Gill Blood of Norfolk, England; 12 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends Wednesday and Thursday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the home of Michael S. and Dianna Dawn Bettany, 1385 Lawrence Road, Broadway.

Memorial service will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Keith Miller officiating. Visitation will also follow the memorial service at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, Attn: Memorial Gifts, 4240 Park Place Court, Glenn Allen, Va. 23060.

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Arrangements by Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home, Inc.


CARTHAGE — Shirley Diane Thomas Byrd, 66, died Saturday (4/27/13) at Central Carolina Hospital.

Funeral service will be held today at 2 p.m. at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church with Pastor Gregg Newton and Pastor Brad Marona officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.

She was born in Sanford on Sept. 12, 1946, to Walter B. and Frances Goodman Thomas. She worked as a waitress. She was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Christa Ann Byrd; and two sisters, Sandra Hall and Mary Hardy.

She is survived by her husband, David Leon Byrd Sr.; one daughter, Debbie Moneymaker and husband Kevin of Carthage; three stepchildren, David Byrd Jr., Jackie Byrd and Lee Bryd; one sister, Frances Jean Frederickson of Sanford; two brothers, Jimmy Thomas and wife Betty, and Glenn Thomas and wife Brenda, all of Sanford; nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

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Arrangements by Cox Memorial Funeral Home & Crematory of Vass.


MONCURE — Viola E. Lee, 94, of 1029 Gum Springs Road, died Sunday (4/28/13) at her residence. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Knotts Funeral Home.


BENNETT — DeEtte Phillips Jones, 98, of 440 Daniel Jones Road, Bear Creek, died Sunday (4/28/13) at Firsthealth Hospice in Pinehurst.

She was born on July 27, 1914, in Bennett, the daughter of Herbert R. and Nannie Brewer Phillips. She was the oldest member of Fall Creek Baptist Church, was a choir member for many years, a Chatham County native and a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Daniel H. Jones; daughter, Ellen J. Lambert; brothers, Clarence Phillips and Robert Phillips; and a sister, Evelyn P. Cheek.

She survived by a son, Doyle Jones and his wife Elaine of Bear Creek; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; sister, Maxine P. Albright, and a son-in-law, Farrell Lambert, both of Bennett.

The family will receive friends at the home of Dale Lambert, 21510 N.C. Hwy. 902, Bennett, N.C.

Funeral service will be held today at 4 p.m. at Fall Creek Baptist Church in Bennett with Dr. Ron Chaney and the Rev. Scott Allmon officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.

Arrangements are by Smith & Buckner Funeral Home in Siler City.


SANFORD — Funeral service for Orvel Starr Jr., 91, who died Thursday (4/25/13) at Liberty Commons, was conducted Sunday at 2 p.m. at Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Steve Johnson and the Rev. Donald Luellen presiding. Burial followed at Cool Springs Baptist Church cemetery with military honors.

Soloist Teresa Pilson sang with Gerri Hearn on the piano. David Starr gave personal remarks on behalf of the family.

Pallbearers were grandsons James Whitaker II, Dale Starr, Richard Starr Jr., Brandon Starr, Matthew Starr, Jonathan Starr, Curt Starr, Timothy Oakley, Daniel Oakley and Elton Oakley.

Arrangements were by Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home.


SANFORD — Funeral service for Margaret Mae Smith Fields was held Saturday at 3 p.m. at Gulf Presbyterian Church in Gulf with the Rev. Jerry Schronce presiding.

Special music was sung by soloist Renee Turner. Special presentations and poems were read by Brandon Turner, Samantha Turner, Natallie Bishop and Brittany Turner.

Following the funeral, a graveside service was held at Buffalo Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Daniel Turner, Justin Turner, Joseph Turner, Aaron Turner, Shea Bishop and Austin Turner.

Arrangements were by Miller-Boles Funeral Home.


RAEFORD — Helen Rawles, 64, of 113 Bayou Court, died Monday (4/29/13) at Moore Regional Hospital in Pinehurst. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Watson Memorial-Cunningham & Son’s Mortuary.


SILER CITY — Nancy Ocampo, 22, of South Second Avenue, died Friday (4/26/13) from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle crash.

Born Feb. 6, 1991, in Surry County, she was the daughter of Telesforo and Maria Ocampo. She was an honors student currently attending Central Carolina Community College in Pittsboro, where she also worked in the library. She was a computer and sound technician for her church, Iglesia Bautista Misionera Roca Fuerta in Pittsboro.

She is survived by her parents, Telesforo and Maria Ocampo of Siler City; and sister, Leslie Ocampo of Siler City.

Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Iglesia Bautista Misionera Roca Fuerta in Pittsboro with the Rev. Javier Benetiz presiding. Interment will follow at Chatham Memorial Park in Siler City.

Friends may visit with the family from 6 until 8 p.m. Thursday at Hall–Wynne Funeral Home in Pittsboro. Friends may also visit with the family Friday at 2 p.m. at Islesia Bautista Misionera Roca Fuerta.

Arrangements are by Hall-Wynne Funeral Service and Cremation in Pittsboro.