Jan. 15, 2014 @ 05:00 AM


SANFORD — Virginia Gray Powers Poe, 90, of Sanford died Monday, January 13, 2014 at her home.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Sanford Church of God. Burial will follow at Lee Memory Gardens.

Virginia was born in Lee County on June 19, 1923, to the late Frank and Susie Stone Powers. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, Roy Poe; brothers, Julian “Junior” Powers, Harold Powers and John David “JD” Powers.

Virginia grew up in east Sanford. She attended East Sanford Baptist Church, and later joined the Sanford Church of God. Virginia worked at Sanford Cotton Mill, Lee Fabric, and Cornell Dubilier before retiring.

Virginia is survived by her son, Anthony Wayne Poe and wife Phyllis of Sanford; her daughter, Vickie Poe Holder and husband Frank of Sanford; a brother, Frank Odell Powers of Sanford; three grandchildren, Travis Holder and wife Linda of Sanford, Kimberly Poe Shelton and husband Scott of Apex, and Shannon Holder Parrish and husband Chad of Sanford; four great-grandchildren, Brent Holder, Alex Shelton, Karenna Shelton and Miles Parrish.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Rogers-Pickard Funeral Home.

Online condolences may be made at

Arrangements are by Rogers-Pickard Funeral Home.

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SILER CITY — Barbara Clauss Brown, 81, formerly of Sanford, passed away peacefully Monday, January 13, 2014 at Siler City Center.

She is survived by her daughter, Shawn Poe and husband Darrell of Bear Creek; sons, Floyd Arnold Brown Jr. of Chandler, Ariz. and Todd Brown of Sanford; sister, Carole C. Cauble and husband Robert of San Antonio, Texas; brother, Raymond L. Clauss and wife Faye of Floresville, Texas; grandchildren, Jennifer Holder of Bear Creek, Christin Poe of Greensboro, Brittany Poe of Raleigh, Delaney Brown of Chandler, Ariz. and Brent Brown of Carthage; great-grandchildren, Shelby and Preston Holder of Bear Creek.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Floyd A. “Brownie” Brown and sister, Dorothy C. Avery of San Antonio, Texas. A native of San Antonio, Texas, Mrs. Brown was a teacher and later a Realtor in Sanford.

A memorial service will be held to celebrate her life at 11 a.m., Saturday, January 18, 2014 at Sandy Branch Baptist Church, Bear Creek. Visitation with a meal will immediately follow the service in the church activity building and other times at the home of Darrell and Shawn Poe, 467 Sandy Branch Church Road, Bear Creek.

Memorials may be made to Sandy Branch Baptist Church “Fuel Up” Program (provides food for children in need), 715 Sandy Branch Church Road, Bear Creek, NC 27207.

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LILLINGTON — Linda Bell Newton, 68, of Lillington passed away Monday, January 13, 2014 at her home.

Linda was born on March 1, 1945 to Hubert and Beatrice Bell of Lillington, NC. Linda lived her entire life in Harnett County. In 1964, Linda married the love of her life, Michael Newton. They would have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this year.

In addition to her husband, she is also survived by a son, Bryan and wife Barbara; daughter, Kelli and husband Gary; four grandchildren, Ross, Lindsey, Mackenzie and Macy; mother, Beatrice Bell, sister, Janet Campbell and sister-in-law, Jean Dawson and husband Bob.

Linda had a love of life and the most important things in her life were her family, her faith and her church. Her gift of joy shown through her constant smiling, laughter and sense of humor won the hearts of everyone who knew her. Linda loved to laugh and to laugh at herself. Throughout her illness Linda was at peace and believed that God had a plan for her. Her faith never waivered.

Funeral service will be conducted at 3 p.m. Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at O’Quinn-Peebles-Phillips Chapel with Rev. Martin Groover and Rev. Michael Sadtler officiating. Burial will follow in Harnett Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Wednesday from 2-3 p.m. and other times at the home.

Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to Mt. Ariel United Methodist Church c/o Sandy Jones, 166 Flatwoods Lane, Lillington, NC 27546.

Funeral arrangements entrusted to O’Quinn-Peebles-Phillips Funeral Home & Crematory, Lillington, NC.

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PITTSBURGH, PA — Estelle F. Kimball, 95, passed away on Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at her home in Pittsburgh, PA.

Estelle was born and raised in Sanford, NC and graduated from Sanford Central High School. She married Howell Kimball in 1941 and they both moved to Newport News, VA in 1942. She lived most of the rest of her life in Newport News. Estelle was a homemaker and for a short time a kindergarten teacher at Hilton Baptist, where she was a member. She also volunteered at the Sarah Bonwell Hudgins Center.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Sidney and Betty Thomas Foushee; her husband, Howell Kimball; and a daughter, Camille Kimball.

Survivors include her son, Monty Kimball and his wife Mary Ann of Pittsburgh, PA; and four grandchildren, Brian Kimball of Richmond, VA, Maura, Mary, and Sarah Kimball, all of Pittsburgh, PA.

Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday, January 17, 2014 at W.J. Smith & Son Funeral Home.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 18, 2014 in Peninsula Memorial Park, Newport News with Pastor Lynwood Wells officiating.

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Arrangements by W.J. Smith & Son Funeral Home, Newport News, VA.

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Retired Colonel

US Army

ARLINGTON, VA — Francis Sylvester Conaty, Jr, previously of Sanford, NC, passed away peacefully on September 23, 2013 surrounded by his loving family at his home in Arlington, VA.

A Colonel in the US Army, he raised six children, including Pete Conaty (Laurie) of Sanford. He was the loving grandfather of 16 grandchildren, including Helen Conaty Potter, Lucy Conaty, and Peter Conaty, all of Sanford, and 21 great-grandchildren.

Frank lived a life dedicated to his children, wife, country, and Catholic faith. As a Citadel graduate, he proudly served 30 years in the US Army, a veteran of WWII and the Vietnam War. Frank was a true patriot and inspiration to all who had the privilege of knowing him. He is a hero to many, especially those in the 196th Light Infantry Brigade. He instilled integrity and commitment in his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren through his compassion to help those in need. He supported many causes, including Meals on Wheels, Manor Care outreach, Baptism Ministry, Flower Guild, and many Catholic charities.

He was preceeded in death by his cherished wife of 66 years, Carol Clayton Conaty.

Frank is survived by his brother-in-law, Phillip Clayton of Heath, TX and family; brother-in-law, General Willis D. Crittenberger, RET and family; his six children and their respective families.

Frank will be laid to rest on January 27, 2014 with Full Military Honors at Arlington National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Citadel Scholarship Fund or to a charity of your choice.

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MAYODAN — Ilena Griffin Yates, 84, died Monday, January 13, 2014, at North Pointe of Mayodan.

The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, January 17, 2014, at the First Baptist Church of Mayodan with Reverend Randy Jessup officiating. Interment will follow in Sardis Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery.

Mrs. Yates was born on August 29, 1929, in Forsyth County, to the late Melvin G. Griffin and Gertrude Hodge Griffin. She was retired from Gem Dandy, Inc. and was a faithful member of the First Baptist Church of Mayodan.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Harvell Yates; son, Charles Harvell Yates, Jr.; daughter-in-law, Kathy Miller Yates; brothers, Lincoln and Henry Griffin; and sisters, Charlotte G. Middleton and Darnetta G. Nance.

Survivors include son, Randy Michael Yates of Sanford; daughter-in-law, Deborah Watson Yates; grandchildren, Caroline Yates, Hollie Yates, Spencer Yates (Rhonda), and Anne Lesky (Brian); great-grandchild, Lauren Elizabeth Yates; brother, Melvin “M.G.” Griffin of Madison; and sister, Notral G. Whitaker of New Jersey.

The family will receive friends from 12 to 1 p.m., one hour prior to the service at the church.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Mayodan, 101 S. 1st Avenue, Mayodan, NC 27027.

Colonial Funeral Home in Madison is serving the family.

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ROBBINS — Dessie Brower, 90, of Robbins died Monday (1/13/14) in Newark, N.J.

Surviving are one son, Richard Brower (Clarine); and six grandchildren.

Funeral service will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Bear Creek Congregational Church in Robbins. Burial will follow at the New Zion Church cemetery in Robbins.

A viewing will be held one hour prior to the service at the church.

Arrangements are by Pugh & Smith Funeral Home of Carthage.


CARTHAGE — Bennie Lee Shaw Jr., 34, formerly of Pinebluff, died Sunday (12/22/13) in Maryland.

Funeral service will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Elizabeth Chapel FWB Church in Pinebluff. Burial will be Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Sandhills Veterans Cemetery in Spring Lake.

He is survived by his wife, Ra'Shaun Shaw; children, Gabrielle Shaw, Brooklynne Shaw, Destiny Shaw, Natai'via Shaw and Tai'veyon Shaw; and parents, Dr. Bennie Lee Shaw Sr. and Debra Shaw, the Rev. Clinton Chaney and Mary Shaw-Chaney.

Arrangements are by Pugh & Smith Funeral Home of Carthage.


SANFORD — Memorial service for Fannabelle Irene “Fran” Habinck Bowling, 79, who died Friday (1/10/14), was held Sunday at 3 p.m. at Jonesboro Heights Baptist Church with the Rev. Jeff Roberts and the Rev. Gilbert McDowell officiating.

Pianist was Kimberly Davidson. Soloists were Roger Vance, Lauren Alaina and Rev. Ronald Byrd. The Jonesboro Heights Baptist Church Sancturary Choir sang one song. The congregation also sang.

Arrangements were by Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home.