Obituaries for March 9

Mar. 09, 2014 @ 05:00 AM


CAMERON — Edward Eugene Massa, 47, of Cameron, died Thursday (3/6/14).

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Candace Masa; stepfather, Milton H. Welch, and a granddaughter. He was a graduate of Central Carolina Community College’s Tool and Dye Program, and he was the owner of Massa’s Machine Shop. He also previously worked at Whitin Roberts, Eagle Electric, Stanley Bostich and Byrd Machine Shop.

Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Olivia Presbyterian Church with the Rev. George Walton and the Rev. Curtis Norris officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. 

Survivors include his mother, Almeda Baker Welch of Cameron; daughter, Tiffany Mass of Wilmington; sons, Justin Massa (Julia Ross) of Broadway and Blake Massa of Sanford; sisters, Debra Massa Power (Robert) and Dorothy W. Kellam (Tommy), both of Cameron; brothers, Frank N. Massa (Terri) of Columbus, Ga., and Raymond S. Massa of Cameron; two grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and friends.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday. Online condolences may be made at Arrangements are by the Smith Funeral Home of Broadway.   



LILLINGTON — John Walter Joas, 42, died Wednesday (3/5/14).

A memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday, March 15, at 71 Crystal Poole Court, Lillington.

He was born in Cumberland County, the a son of Marian Corey Sloan and Charles Edward Joas.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife, Deborah Davis Joas; daughters, Danielle Marie Robichaud and husband James of Sanford, and Tiffany Glosson Searles and husband John of Lillington, and Wendy Collins Crawford and husband Aaron of Sanford; son, William Daniel Glosson and wife Alyssa of Cameron; sister, Charlene Davis of Fayetteville; brothers, Jody Sloan and Gene Sloan, both of Gulf, James Sloan and Charles Joas, both of Fayetteville; and eight grandchildren.

Online condolences may be made at

Arrangements are by Rogers-Pickard Funeral Home.



MONCURE — Julius Lee Lassiter, 60, of 393 Hayward Road, Moncure, died Friday (3/7/14) at Wake Medical Health and Hospital in Raleigh.

Arrangements by Knotts Funeral Home of Pittsboro.



FAYETTEVILLE — Evelyn Hollis, 57, of 9327 Castle Falls Circle, Fayetteville, died Friday (3/7/14) at Cape Fear Valley Hospital in Fayetteville.

Arrangements by Knotts Funeral Home of Sanford.



SANFORD — Ruth Hazel Nickens Brown, 83, of Sanford, died Friday (3/7/14) at Central Carolina Hospital.

Brown was born on June 19, 1930, in Moore County to the late Ralph Buck Nickens and Gusey Oldham Nickens. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Cynthia Brown. She worked at Manns Hardware in Sanford for a number of years.

She is survived by her husband, William David “Bill” Brown, Sr.; a son, David Brown, Jr. and wife Lorrie; daughters, Beth Maples of Sanford, and Charlotte Salmon and husband Ronnie of Robbins; a brother, Harold Nickens and wife Ruth of Cameron; a sister, Josephine Pulliam and husband Tom of Sanford; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home and at other times at the family home. The funeral service will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday at Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Shane Wilson officiating. Burial will follow at Cameron Town Cemetery in Cameron.

Condolences may be made at

Arrangements by Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home, Inc.



CAMERON — Funeral service for Mildred Marks Douglas, 72, of Cameron, who died Monday (3/3/14), was held Saturday at Cameron Hill Presbyterian Church with the Rev. David Coffey officiating. Burial followed at the church cemetery.

Soloist and guitarist was Ralph Mangum. Soloist and guitarist was Cliff Ayers and Danny Wilson accompanied on the bass. The Cameron Hill Kids Senior Group did a special performance of signing language to “I Can Only Imagine." Michael Stewart played the violin at the graveside. Joel Serrahn was the pianist.

Pallbearers were Byran Lyczkowski, Danny Marks, Wayne Marks, Zack Tucker, James Ray, Matthew Smith, Jamey Putnam, Mitchell Marks and Josh Nichols. Honorary pallbearers were Larry Matthew, Tim McNeill, Jack Edwards, Donna, Judy, Gwen, Dawn and Maggie.

Arrangements were by Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home.



CHARLESTON, S.C. — Carolyn West of Charleston, S.C. passed away Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014.

She was born in Sanford, N.C. to Lee and Sandra West on August 8, 1973.

Carolyn graduated from Lee County High School in 1991. She received an Associate Degree from Sandhills Community College in 2013, where she graduated with honors in accounting.

Carolyn’s passion was centered around her acting career. She appeared in Forrest Gump, The Gingerbread Man, and The Cradle Will Rock, and other productions. She also performed stand-up comedy and was a radio disc jockey.

Carolyn is survived by her parents, Lee West of Sanford and Sandra West of Aberdeen. She is also survived by her sister, Pamela Driscoli (husband Gerald); adored nephews, Joshua and Joseph of Matthews, N.C. and a half-brother, Fredrick Link of Brunswick, Ga.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Temple Theatre, P.O. Box 1391, Sanford, N.C. 27331.

A memorial service will be held at Saint Michael’s Episcopal Church, Charleston, S.C. on March 11 at 10 a.m.

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RALEIGH — Geneva Mae Lafferty Martin died peacefully in her sleep early Monday morning, February 17, 2014, at the age of 88.

She was born in 1925 in Barren County, KY, to Henry Paul and Vera “Lois” Hulse Lafferty. She earned a teaching degree from Western Kentucky State Teachers' College (now Western Kentucky University), and a Master's degree in mathematics from NC State University. During her 28-year teaching career she taught school at various levels from elementary through university. She then pursued a second career in real estate, from which she never really retired. She enjoyed playing old-time hymns on the piano, ending every verse with lavish embellishment. At ping-pong, Scrabble, or any argument, she was a formidable opponent. She loved and cared for many cats over the years, and often could be found encircled by them as she worked a crossword or Sudoku.

She was predeceased by her parents; her husband of 55 years, Grady Allen Martin; her sister, Marjorie Carrol Brown, and two sisters-in-law, Pauline Martin Childers and Effie Lee Martin Abernathy.

Survivors include son, Paul Alan Martin and wife Ann Houston of Arlington, MA; daughters, Carol Ann Martin and partner Evelyn Studer of Cary, NC, Shirley Lynn Martin and husband Didier Bardon of Austin, TX, and Nancy Martin Blackmon and husband Russell of Cameron, NC; sister, Julia “Judy” Davis and husband Roger of Horse Cave, KY; brothers-in-law, B.F. “Buster” Brown of Frankfort, KY, Gorden Martin of Taylorsville, NC, and Jay D. Martin and wife Doris of Cary, NC; sisters-in-law, Ruby Goforth of Olin, NC, and Edna Mae Overcash of Shelby, NC; grandsons, Christopher Martin-Macken of Madison, WI, and David Blackmon of Raleigh, NC; granddaughters, Rachel Blackmon Loomis and husband Norman “Bud” Loomis IV of Raleigh, NC, and Marielle Julie Bardon of Austin, TX; and her many loving nieces and nephews, former students, and colleagues and loyal friends, both human and feline.

Her family is deeply grateful to the many who attended to her at Rex Hospital and Rex Rehab during her illness.

Family visitation will be held on Saturday, March 15, 2014 at 1:00 PM in the parlor of Forest Hills Baptist Church in Raleigh, NC. Her Memorial Service will follow in the Chapel at 2:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Baptist Children's Homes of North Carolina, 204 Idol St., Thomasville, NC 27360; or Cat Angels Pet Adoption, 959 North Harrison Ave, Cary, NC 27513.

Condolences may be expressed at More about Geneva Martin's life, photo gallery and addresses for the Memorial Service and donations are at this same website.

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