May. 01, 2013 @ 05:00 AM


BROADWAY — Robert Frederick Chambless, age 83, of Broadway, died Monday (4/29/13) at Sanford Health and Rehab.

He was born in Hope, Arkansas, son of the late Floyd Samuel Chambless and Bessie Cromer Chambless. He was preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Geraldine McAuley Chambless, and his brother T.D. Chambless. He was a Veteran of the United States Air Force and was retired from Kelly Springfield. He was a charter member of Friendship Masonic Lodge No. 763 AF&AM, and was Past Master of Sanford Lodge No. 151 AF&AM. He was also a 32 degree KCCH Scottish Rite Mason, Valley of New Bern and was past president of the Lee County Scottish Rite Club.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday at the Holly Springs Baptist Church with the Rev. Jerry Parsons and the Rev. Garland Smith officiating. Burial with military and Masonic honors will follow in the church cemetery.

Surviving are his son, Sammy Chambless and wife Glenda of Brazoria, Texas; daughters, Beverly Boatright and husband David of Aransas Pass, Texas and Robbie Chambless Clark and husband Kevin of Broadway, NC; sister, Sue Haynes and husband Bill of Mason, Michigan; special niece, Phyllis Clark of Lillington, NC; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends on Thursday evening from 6-8 p.m. at the Smith Funeral Home in Broadway.

In lieu of flowers, the family request memorial donations be made to the Friendship Masonic Lodge Building Fund, PO Box 691, Broadway, NC 27505.

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Arrangements are by the Smith Funeral Home of Broadway.

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SANFORD — Mildred Elizabeth Sweet "Betty" DesVergers, 85, died Tuesday, April 30 at Duke University Medical Center.

Memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 2nd at St. Luke Methodist Church.

She was born in Woodbury, GA, the daughter of Mildred Elizabeth Owen Sweet and Roland Roger Sweet. She was preceded in death by her parents; one grandson, Christopher Bambara; and daughter-in-law, Christine DesVergers.

Mrs. DesVergers is survived by her husband of 64 years, William Jean DesVergers and five children, ten grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren and three more on the way: Claire Bambara (Steve) of Raleigh, NC; Jeannine Reese (Mitch), sons Kevin Reese, wife Karin, son Henry of Chapel Hill, NC and David Reese of Somerville, MA; Patrice McNeill of Sanford, NC, daughter Laura Cox (Nick), daughter Camille of Garner, NC; son, John McNeill (Andrea) of Garner, NC; Martha Allen (Joe) of Myrtle Beach, SC; daughter Morgan (Patrick), son Bryce, daughter Camryn of Burke, VA; daughter Allie Kohler (John) and son Jack of Norfolk, VA; Brian Crutchman of Knoxville, TN; Graceson Allen of Myrtle Beach, SC; Matt DesVergers, son Will and daughter Connor of Cary, NC.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to St. Luke United Methodist Church, 2916 Wicker St., Sanford, NC 27330.

Visitation will be held from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 1 at Rogers-Pickard Funeral Home.

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Arrangements are by Rogers-Pickard Funeral Home.

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6/22/1927 - 4/21/2013

LINCOLN, NEB — James Kenneth Dodson passed away Sunday, April 21, 2013 at the home of his daughter, Gwen Powell in Lincoln, Nebraska.

In his last days, he rejoiced to be going home to be with his Father in Heaven. Jim was born June 22, 1927, in Kirksville, Mo. He married Madelyn Lois Haupt on Nov. 21, 1946 in St. Louis, MO. They shared a beautiful marriage for 61 years. They were the proud parents of three children. Jim was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. The highlight of Jim’s childhood was his baptism as a Christian at 10 or 11 years of age. He came out of the water laughing with joy. Along with his brother, he helped his father clean the church and began preaching to his siblings and friends about living a Christian life.

Jim joined the Navy at 16 and became a member of the Drum and Bugle Corps. He served aboard the USS Estes, the command ship for the 7th fleet during W.W. II. After the war, he worked for his future father-in-law in his paint store and expanded the business by adding a tool rental area. He was called back into the Navy for the Korean War but was returned home before he arrived due to the premature birth of his son. He continued to expand the tool rental business in partnership with his brother, Dale. He was a 32nd degree Mason, an officer of The American Rental Association and active in Dale Carnegie. The family moved to Cary, North Carolina when he was the foreman of a construction company. He became partners with his son, Gregg, and together they created and operated a number of businesses, restoring pianos and office furniture, building clocks, real estate and publishing.

His church was always the focus of his life. He was a Sunday school teacher, a youth MYF leader, and lay leader and later became a Stephen Minister. He participated in the AIDS ministry at his church in Cary. His most recent home church was Jonesboro United Methodist Church in Sanford, NC. His wisdom, strength and dedication to his principles will be missed. Since his retirement he enjoyed his grandchildren and his cat, Foxy. He teased and played with them while teaching them life-long lessons.

Jim is survived by his children, Gwen Powell of Lincoln, Neb., Gregg Dodson and his wife Dianne of Sanford and his son-in-law Tom Gilmore of Charlotte, NC; his siblings, Kenna Leckie of Oregon, John Dodson of Kirkwood, MO., Dale Dodson and his wife Marlene of Louisburg, NC, Jewel Sanders and her husband Nevell of Madison, MO; 16 grandchildren and their partners; 14 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.

Jim was preceded in death by his wife Madelyn Haupt Dodson and his parents, Kenneth Dodson and Haven Mouser Wilson; his sister, Barbara Reynolds; his parents-in-law, Charles and Alma Hack Haupt; daughter-in-law, Peggy Dodson and grandson, Mark Powell.

Memorial service will be held at Jonesboro United Methodist Church, Sanford, NC at 2 p.m. on May 11, 2013.

Condolence gifts are not expected but may be given to Jonesboro United Methodist Church, general fund, Sanford, NC.

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ROBBINS — Allen R. Ritter, 49, of 629 Letlough Road, died Monday (4/29/13) at First Health Hospice House in Pinehurst. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Person Funeral Home in Robbins.


SANFORD — John Curtis McKinney, 86, of 1012 Calvary Church Road, died Saturday (4/27/13) at Central Carolina Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by C.E. Willie Funeral & Cremation Services.

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SANFORD — Margaret H. Stewart, 93, of 917 Oddfellow St., died Saturday (4/27/13).

She is survived by her daughter, Cornelia S. Allen (Ronnie) of Sanford; her son, Pastor David Stewart of California; one sister, Ester Petty of Brooklyn, N.Y.; five grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

The family will be receiving friends at the home of her daughter at 511 Greensboro Ave.

Funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday at First Calvary Baptist Church.

Arrangements by Knotts Funeral Home.


SANFORD — Oscar Ray Thomas, 72, of 547 Osgood Road, died Monday (4/29/13) at Central Carolina Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Knotts Funeral Home in Pittsboro.


SANFORD — Jeffrey Troy Moses, 46, died Monday (4/29/13) at Cape Fear Valley Hospital in Fayetteville.

He was born in Robeson County on Oct. 1, 1966, son of Wilbur Troy Moses and the late Maybelline Harper Moses. He was preceded in death by his mother; son, Jeremy Preston Moses; and a sister, Carolyn Patterson. He worked in sales for Value Built Homes.

In addition to his father, he is survived by his wife, Terri Price Moses; son, Michael David Sloan of Charlotte; daughter, Kelly Renee Sloan of Sanford; and two sisters, Melinda Carlyle and husband Tony of Cameron, and Jessie Lucus and husband James of Four Oaks.

The family will receive friends Sunday from 12 to 2 p.m. at Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home and the funeral service will follow at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home with Pastor Robbie O'Quinn officiating. Burial will follow at Calvary Baptist Church cemetery.

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Arrangements by Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home, Inc.


CAMERON — Larry Paul Combs died Monday (4/29/13) at his home.

He was born on Nov. 24, 1959, in Cumberland County, to Alta Everidge Combs and the late Tommy Combs. He was employed with the N.C. Department of Transportation and worked with highway maintenance. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Sara Bass Combs; daughter, Melissa Stambaugh and husband Joseph of Cameron; sons, Justin Combs of Cameron and Zackary Combs of Fayetteville; stepsons, Lynn Norris and wife Judiann of Sanford and Wayne Godfrey and wife Jennifer of Broadway; brothers, Billy Everidge and wife Judy of Olivia, Jack Combs of Cameron, and Michael Combs of Fayetteville; sisters, Teresa Wood and husband Jim. and Fran Blakeley and husband Tony, all of Sanford, and Ann Revels and husband Mark of Holden Beach; and 12 grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to noon Friday at Countryside Presbyterian Church in Cameron. A memorial service will follow at 12 noon at Countryside Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Dave Kinney officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Countryside Presbyterian Church, 127 Ponderosa Road, Cameron, N.C. 28326.

Condolences may be made at

Arrangements by Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home, Inc.


SANFORD — Leonard Keith, 65, of the Deep River Community, died Tuesday (4/30/13) at Central Carolina Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete at this time but will be announced by Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home.

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