Jul. 17, 2013 @ 05:00 AM


SANFORD — Irene Hook Covington, age 93, passed away peacefully in her sleep at home in Sanford, North Carolina, on July 14, 2013.

Irene was born in Elon, Alamance County, NC, June 5, 1920, the daughter of the former Dr. A.L. Hook and wife Jessie Dawson Hook. She was predeceased by her husband, Martin “Cade” Covington, MD; their son, Martin Cade Covington Jr.; their daughter, Nancy Irene Covington Dickens; and her eldest sister, Sara Virginia H. Burton. Irene loved her family.

Her survivors include five sons, Dr. Alonzo Hook Covington (Pat) of Rockingham, NC; Dr. Donald Van Covington (Ellen) of Rockingham, NC; Mr. Robert Lyon Covington of Nashville, TN; Dr. Frank Edward Covington (April) of Beaufort, NC; Dr. Raymond Paul Covington (Cathy) of Whitsett, NC;  and Nancy’s husband, Brannon Dickens of Sanford, NC. Irene is also survived by two sisters, Jean H. Harrell of Concord, NC, Patricia H. Neal of Morehead City, NC, and also her 16 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Irene earned her bachelors degree from Elon College and Masters of Education from Peabody College of Vanderbilt University. Irene taught music and coached basketball in Eli Whitney, NC. Irene and Cade established a summer camp, Camp Shawanagi for girls, in Capon Bridge, WV. Irene was an early female pioneer in aviation and was active in Petticoat Pilots.

Irene and Cade Covington were a team and chose working together to make their  communities a stronger and better place in which to live. After Cade finished medical school in Virginia, they worked together to establish a thriving medical practice and became heavily involved in education in Lee County. She joined Jonesboro United Methodist Church and, as with every organization she and her children were associated, became involved. One of her joys was leading the church youth choir.

Other than her family, Irene’s other passion was Elon University. She loved being an ambassador for prospective students along with all her wonderful friends throughout the many years of activities involved with the Alumni Association. In 1999, Elon presented her with the Distinguished Alumni Service Award.

A funeral service followed by interment will be held at the Jonesboro United Methodist Church, Sanford, on Wednesday, July 17, 2013, at 11:00 am. The service will be conducted by the Rev Hunter Preston. The family will begin receiving friends at 9:30, prior to the service, in the Jonesboro UMC’s Wesley Center.

The family is indebted to the devoted care and loving kindness of Sharon Barney and Kim Read.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Elon University, Elon, NC 27244;  to Jonesboro United Methodist Church, 407 West Main St, Sanford, NC 27330; or to a charity of choice.

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Arrangements are by Rogers-Pickard Funeral Home.

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SANFORD — Beverly Taylor Gautier III of Sanford died Monday, July 15, 2013 at his home.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church. The family will receive friends beginning at 10 a.m. Thursday in the First Baptist Church Parlor.

Bev was born in Wilson on April 22, 1964. He lived most of his life in Sanford where he graduated from Lee Senior High School and later attended both East Carolina University and Barton College. For the past 22 years he has been employed by the family business, Mid-Pines Hosiery as Vice President of Sales.

Surviving are his parents, Beverly and Pat Gautier of Sanford; a brother, Gregory Allan Gautier and wife Christine of Sanford; sister, Jennifer Gautier of Castle Hayne; niece, Samantha Gautier; and nephews, Matthew Gautier and Jacob Gautier.

Memorial contributions can be made to The Gideon’s International, Lee County Camp, PO Box 1032, Sanford, NC 27331; or to The Bread Basket, PO Box 912, Sanford, NC 27331.

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Arrangements are by Rogers-Pickard Funeral Home.

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LILLINGTON — Charles Clifton West, 82, died Monday (7/15/13) at Hospice of Wake County Hospice Home.

He was the son of the late Alonzo and Maggie Jones West. He retired from the Department of Corrections after 30 years. He was preceded in death by a grandson, Charles Lee Stack; six brothers and a sister.

Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. today at O’Quinn-Peebles Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. James Taylor officiating. Burial will follow at Harnett Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. prior to the service at O’Quinn-Peebles Funeral Home.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Tynie Naylor West; a son, Ronald West and wife Linda of Lillington; three daughters, Diane Horton, and Charlene Sharp and husband Lloyd, all of Lillington, and Connie Stack and husband Alan of Monroe; a sister, Inez Bruff of Norfolk, Va.; eight grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

Arrangements by O’Quinn-Peebles Funeral Home.

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FAYETTEVILLE — Thomas Edwin Kunik, 68, died Friday (7/12/13) at his home.

A celebration of life will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Cox Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Monsignor Patrick McCabe and Pastor Brian Russell officiating. The family will receive friends immediately following the service at the funeral home.

He was born in Nyack, N.Y., on Oct. 18, 1944, to Michael Joseph and Sarah Housel Kunik. After graduating from high school in 1962, he enlisted in the U.S. Army. He was the owner and operator of Carolina Custom Cabinets in Lakeview for 40 years and a member of Sandhills Bassmasters. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, Sally Bruno.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Barbara Ann Mangan Kunik; two sons, Mark Kunik of Charlotte and Todd Kunik and wife Heather of Casselberry, Fla.; four sisters, Marilyn Russell of Denver, Loretta Henion of Alstead, N.H., Carol Couts of Yuba City, Calif., and Sharon Trent of Iron Station; one brother, Michael Kunik of Vass; and three grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Crystal Lake “SUPPORT” Inc., P.O. Box 381, Lakeview, N.C. 28350.

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Arrangements are by Cox Memorial Funeral Home & Crematory of Vass.


SANFORD — Thomas Watts “T.W.” Campbell Jr., 81, died Tuesday (7/16/13) at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and are pending by Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home.

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