Feb. 18, 2013 @ 06:03 PM


BROADWAY — Grissella S. McCormick Jones, affectionately known as “Doy”, passed away with her family and friends surrounding her on Sunday, February 17, 2013, after 10 years of declining health at the age of 94.

She was preceded in death by her father and mother, James and Mary Belle Morris McCormick; sisters, Lila May Journey, Elizabeth M. Bell, Lou Anne Hinkle and Mary Belle Chandler; brothers, John Martin McCormick, Robert A. McCormick, Archie McCormick; her husband, Junius Culbreth (J.C.) Jones Jr.; and her beloved son, James Halford Jones in 2007.

Doy was raised up on the McCormick Plantation on McCormick Road near Barbecue Church in Harnett County, N.C. She returned there often to the home place while in good health. She loved the farm and had a true devotion for farming and a great love for animals. Her kids would always be bringing a stray home and knew that she could not say no to a starving animal. She saved many along the way and instilled that love for animals in her children as well. She was pretty, tough, kind and good all wrapped into one. She would tell it like it was but would always be there for you if you needed her. She was born in 1918 and was one of the few left from the “greatest generation.” She worked along with her siblings on the family’s farm. She could run as fast as any boy around these parts and would stand up for herself!

She was a graduate of Benhaven High School, graduating in the Class of 1937. She worked at Fort Bragg during W.W. II and continued there as an X-Ray Technician up until the untimely death of her husband, who died of a heart attack in 1965. She was a loving mother of four young kids, a friend to many and never knew a stranger. After her husband died, she began working at the U.S. Postal Service as a Clerk in Broadway and did this until she retired in 1982. She never complained nor asked for any help. She was just a good hearted soul, and we were blessed to be able to call her our Mom. To her final days, she personified grace and beauty. She had an inner strength and resolve that remained throughout of her life. And as difficult as things became for her in her final years, she never lost those qualities, and she never complained. Her sense of humor and her gentle touch will never be forgotten.

She is survived by her daughters, Mary Lou Jones of the home, Charlotte Jones Harrington and husband Gary C. Harrington; son Robert Jones and wife Judy; grandson, James Robert Jones. Also, surviving is a sister, Lois M. Roseman.

Funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Broadway United Methodist Church with Rev. J.H. Daniels and Rev. Sandy Williams officiating. Burial will follow in the Broadway Town Cemetery.

The family will be receiving friends from 12 until 2 p.m. in the fellowship hall of the Broadway United Methodist Church prior to the funeral service and other times at the family home, 104 Oakland Avenue, Broadway.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Liberty Home Care and Hospice of Sanford, Broadway United Methodist Church, Barbecue Presbyterian Church or to Carolina Animal Rescue and Adoption (CARA) of Lee County, N.C.

Arrangements are by the Smith Funeral Home of Broadway.

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SANFORD — Funeral service for Sarah Kimble “Kim” Simonson Butts, 61, who died Friday (2/15/13) at Sanford Health & Rehabilitation Center, was conducted Sunday at 2 p.m. at Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Robert Yandle presiding. Burial followed at Buffalo Cemetery.

Recorded music was played.

Pallbearers were Tommy Hamilton, Tommy Tuten, Allen Matthews, Alan Coggins, Jason Womble and Gary Sharpe.

Arrangements were by Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home.


MONCURE — Funeral service for Fred William Perry Jr., 68, who died Sunday (2/10/13), was held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. George Headen officiating. Burial was at Seymore Cemetery in Moncure.

Musician was Sherod Murray and soloist was Allyson Alston.

Pallbearers were family and friends.

Arrangements by Knotts Funeral Home.


SANFORD — John Dunbar, 51, of 1020 San Lee Drive, died Thursday (2/14/13) at Lee County Health & Rehabilitation Center.

Funeral service will be conducted Wednesday at 2 p.m. at First Calvary Baptist Church by the Rev. Dr. Thomas Smith. Burial will be held at a later date.

He is survived by his mother, Arlene Trusell of Sanford; one son, Jovon Marks of Sanford; three sisters, Margaret Dunbar, Christine Tysor (Ricky) and Della Dunbar (Archie), all of Sanford; three brothers, Dennis Dunbar (Denise) and Trelle Pearson (Willowmeaner), all of Sanford, and Norman Dunbar (Ella) of Tampa, Fla.; two grandchildren, uncles, aunts and other relatives.

The family will receive friends at the home on San Lee Drive.

Arrangements by LHorton Community Funeral Home.


SANFORD — Janie Shue Tolman Gunter, 80, of Fayetteville, formerly of Sanford, died Saturday (2/16/13) at her home.

Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Rogers Memorial Chapel by the Rev. Scott Yow. Burial will follow at Miracle Baptist Church Cemetery.

She was born in Mt. Pleasant, daughter of the late Carl R. Shue and Luella Mae Allmon Shue. She was preceded in death by husbands, James E. Tolman Sr., and Paul E. Gunter Sr.; a daughter, Margaret Tolman; son, James E. Tolman Jr.; stepmother, Liller Mae Wilson Shue; and brothers, Frank, Ben, James Sr. and Archie Shue.

She was a member of Miracle Baptist Church and a member of the Ladies Auxiliary at the Woodman Hall of America. She worked at Cornell Dubilier, Eaton Corp., Carter-Weber and lastly at Piggly Wiggly in the Deli.

She is survived by four daughters, Nancy T. Montes and husband Rick of Fayetteville, Beverly Cole of Chapel Hill, Tina T. Porter of Sanford and Louella Koda of Chapel Hill; sons, Wes Tolman and wife Kay of Sanford, Paul Gunter Jr. of Chapel Hill, Dennis Tolman of Oregon, George Tolman of Washington; sister, Vernie Medlin of Broadway; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions can be made to Alzheimer’s of N.C., Inc., 1305 Navaho Drive, Suite 101, Raleigh, N.C. 27609.

The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. today at Rogers-Pickard Funeral Home, and other times at Rick and Nancy Montes, 2521 Penny Drive, Fayetteville; or Tina Porter’s home, 155 Saber Drive, Sanford.

Online condolences may be made at

Arrangements are by Rogers-Pickard Funeral Home.


PITTSBORO — William Obie Harmon, 85, of Old Graham Road, died Sunday (2/17/13) at UNC Hospitals.

Born in Pittsboro on Sept. 21, 1927, he was the son of James Wesley Harmon and Dollie Battle Lilly Harmon. He served in the U.S. Army in Korea; and worked as a foreman at Kayser-Roth Hosiery at the time of their closing, then worked with Townsend Poultry as a supervisor before retiring. He was a member of Pittsboro United Methodist Church. He was preceded in death by his parents, five brothers and two sisters.

He is survived by his wife, Allene Harward Harmon; daughters, Jane Pendergrast and husband David of Chapel Hill, and Diane McCarthy of Bradenton, Fla.; and three grandchildren.

Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Pittsboro United Methodist Church with Pastors Ben Alexander and Bob Wachs presiding. Interment will follow at the church cemetery. Friends may visit with the family in the Jeremiah’s Retreat building behind the church following the service.

Memorials may be sent to either Pittsboro United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 716, Pittsboro, N.C. 27312, or to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, Va. 22312.

Online condolences may be left at

Arrangements by Hall-Wynne Funeral Service and Cremation of Pittsboro.


PITTSBORO — Blanche Slater, 95, of 72 Business Drive, died Thursday (2/14/13) at Laurels of Chatham in Pittsboro.

Funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Terrell's Creek Baptist Church. Wake will be held from 7 until 8 p.m. today at Knotts Funeral Home in Pittsboro.

She is survived by one adopted son, Donald V. Edwards of the home; one brother, Wesley Williams of Durham; and a host of nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

Arrangements by Knotts Funeral Home in Pittsboro.