May. 08, 2014 @ 05:00 AM


SANFORD — Brenda Lee Ingram, 72, of Sanford passed away on May 6, 2014.

She was born on July 20, 1941 in Moore County to the late Harry and Rebecca (Dorris) Laubscher.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, J. Robert Ingram, III and one brother, William Harrison Laubscher.

Brenda was an active member of the community. She enjoyed volunteering both at the Temple Theatre and the Enrichment Center. She was a lifelong Presbyterian and a current member at First Presbyterian Church in Sanford.

She is survived by aunts, Annie Lee McRae and Dera McRae; uncle, Max Edwards; nieces, nephews, cousins, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Charles and Mary Lynn Ingram, Boyd and Mary Wain Ellison and Clay Ingram. She is also survived by her special family friends, Mark and Sharon Thomas, Katelyn and Bayleigh; Dave and Karen Carter, Jordan, Madison and Jackson.

A celebration of life will be held on Friday, May 9th at 11 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Sanford.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 203 Hawkins Avenue, Sanford, NC 27330 or The Enrichment Center - Helping Fund, Third Street Sanford, NC 27330.

Online condolences may be made at

Miller-Boles Funeral Home & Cremation Service of Sanford is serving the family.

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PITTSBORO — Jean Bryan, 81, died early Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at UNC Hospital in Chapel Hill, NC.

She was born on December 26, 1932 in Orangeburg, SC, daughter of the late Pressley Boyleston and Myrtle Pooser. She met and married Clinton Ellwood Bryan, Jr. They were together over 54 years until his death in 2007. Jean spent much of her life helping people by assisting with taxes, cooking, or simply mowing the grass, she was always willing to help someone in need. She was a member of Pittsboro UMC.

In addition to her husband and her parents, Jean was preceded in death by two brothers.

She is survived by her son, Clinton Ellwood Bryan, III (Jane) of Pittsboro; her daughter, Kathy Easterling (Bill) of Pittsboro; and her grandchildren, Chip Bryan, Reid Bryan, Andrew Easterling and Blaire Easterling.

The family will receive friends from 4 until 7 p.m. Thursday, May 8, 2014 in Jean's home at 200 Ashford Dr., Pittsboro, NC.

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, May 9, 2014 at Pittsboro UMC.

Please make memorial contributions in honor of Jean, to Browns Chapel UMC, PO Box 785, Pittsboro, NC 27312 or Pittsboro UMC, PO Box 716, Pittsboro, NC 27312.

Online condolences may be left at, select “Obits”.

The arrangements for Mrs. Bryan are under the care of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service and Cremation of Pittsboro.

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SHELBY — Peggy Joan Robbins Strickland, 78, died Tuesday, May 6, 2014 surrounded by loved ones.

Born in Rutherford County, NC, on February 20, 1936, she was the daughter of the late Gwendolyn Proctor Robbins Abner and James Robbins. She was raised by her grandparents, the late James Fuller Proctor and Addie Proctor. Peggy retired from The Cleveland County Clerk of Court. She was very active in retirement, being very involved in her church and local politics (which she always had an opinion about).  She had a love of reading which she passed to her children and grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband William Allen Strickland, her parents Gwendolyn Abner and James Robbins, and her grandparents James and Addie Proctor.

She is survived by her brother James “Bud” Robbins and wife Adolyn. She was mom to children: Joey Strickland and wife Denise, Gwen Huss and husband Greg, Kim Davis and husband Sam, Mark Strickland and Paulette Pegram and husband Bob. She set an example of how to be a servant at church, in the community and in our families.

As Nana she left behind 12 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild: Kari, Allen and Lauren Strickland, Eric and Matt Huss, Steven and Stephanie Davis, Shawn Strickland, Chasity Walker and husband Johnathan, R.H. Pegram and wife Audrey and their son Landon, and Zack and Addie Pegram.

A memorial service will be held Friday, May 9, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at Putnam Memorial Baptist Church with Rev. Bryan Glisson and Rev. Gary Marburger officiating. Burial will follow at Cleveland Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends Thursday, May 8, 2014 at Cecil Burton Funeral Home from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and other times at the family home.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Cleveland County, 951 Wendover Heights Dr., Shelby, NC, 28150; Putnam Memorial Baptist Church, 1146 County Home Road, Shelby, NC 28152 or Monneyham Library (where she was major contributor to the large print section) 240 E. Main St., Forest City, NC 28043.

Cecil M. Burton Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the family of Mrs. Strickland.

Guest Registry is available at

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SANFORD — Herman McLean, 92, of Sanford, died Tuesday (5/6/14) at Westfield Nursing and Rehabilitation. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Knotts Funeral Home.


SANFORD — Emmett Arthur Wright, 68, of 412 Wagon Trail Road, Sanford, died Saturday (5/3/14) at Sunbridge Community Home Care and Hospice Center in Siler City.

He was the son of the late Geneva Light and Emmett Foot Wright.

Memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at C.E. Willie Funeral Chapel.

He is survived by one daughter, Andren Wright-Thompson (Jerrod) of Sanford, and two grandchildren.

Arrangements are by C.E. Willie Funeral & Cremation Services.

Condolences may be made at


SANFORD — Teofilo de Jesus Ramos, 48, of Sanford, died Saturday (5/3/14).

Funeral service will be held at 6 p.m. Friday in the chapel at Rogers-Pickard Funeral Home. Burial will be in Honduras.

He is survived by his parents, Rafael de Jesus Ramos and Eva Lostenia Romeros, and his wife, Norma Gladis Martinez, all of Honduras; sons, Rafael Ramos of Sanford, Alexs Ramos of Broadway and Teofilo De Jesus Ramos Jr. of Pennsylvania; brothers, Faviel Vicitocion Boquedono Romero and Gustavo David Ramos Romero; and four grandchildren.

The family will receive friends at Rogers-Pickard Funeral Home from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday.

Online condolences may be made at

Arrangements are by Rogers-Pickard Funeral Home.


CARTHAGE — Jimmy Mitchell Jr., 44, of Carthage, died Monday (5/5/14). Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Watson Memorial-Cunningham & Sons Mortuary.


FAYETTEVILLE — Pearletha L. Thompson, 69, of 6598 Spruce Wood Road, Fayetteville, died Monday (5/5/14) at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Cunningham & Son’s Mortuary in Fayetteville.