Mar. 05, 2013 @ 05:00 AM


SANFORD — Rev. Gerald Bridges Sr., age 87, of Sanford, N.C., passed away peacefully Sunday, March 3, 2013, at Central Carolina Hospital.

He was born in Shelby, N.C. on October 12, 1925, to the late Benjamin Foy Bridges and Coit Faye King Bridges. He retired from Cool Springs Baptist Church in Sanford, N.C. in December of 1991, after forty-five years of faithful full-time ministry. He was a devoted husband of 66 years of Marian P. Bridges, who also went to be with the Lord on Feb. 12, 2013.

He is survived by one daughter, Nan Bridges Hill of Wake Forest, N.C.; four sons, Gerald Bridges Jr. and wife Tracy of Dallas, Texas, Steve Bridges and wife Amanda of Hampton, S.C., Larry Bridges and wife Rhonda of Wilson, N.C., and Samuel Bridges and wife Stacey of Paducah, Kentucky; two sisters, Carol Brader of Spartanburg, S.C. and Janice Moore of Spartanburg, S.C.; twenty-one grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends Thursday, March 7, 2013, from 6 until 8 p.m. at Cool Springs Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. The funeral will be held Friday, March 8, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Cool Springs Baptist Church with the Rev. Ira Sutton, Dr. Greg Burriss, the Rev. Matt Martin and Mr. Joe Liles officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Rev. Bridges fought the good fight according to II Timothy 4:7-8 “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith; henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day; and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.”

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Arrangements by Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home, Inc.

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SANFORD — Sherron Kay Lyons, age 57, of Sanford, NC, died Monday, March 4, 2013 at her home.

She was born in Lee County, NC on September 14, 1955, to Thomas Clayton Lyons and Margaret Imogene Maddox Lyons. Sherron worked twenty two years for MOEN and most recently worked for the First Presbyterian Church Child Development Center.

In addition to her parents, Sherron is survived by two sisters, Debra Wall and husband Spencer and Sandra Cameron, all of Sanford; three nieces, one nephew: Angela Mallot and husband Rick, Crystal Randall and husband Wayne, Thomas Martin and wife Danyelle, Tabitha Parrish and husband Marty; two great-nieces and one great-nephew: Amber Stegall, Sydney Parrish and Callen Martin.

The family will receive friends Wednesday, March 6, 2013 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home and the funeral will be held Thursday, March 7th at 1:00 PM at Edgewood Presbyterian Church with Dr. William Hayes presiding. Burial will follow at Lee Memory Gardens.

Memorials may be made to Edgewood Presbyterian Church, 3169 W. McIntosh Street, Sanford, NC 27330.

Condolences may be made at

Arrangements by Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home, Inc.

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CAMERON — Roland Cameron Graham Jr., died Sunday (3/3/13) at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill.

He was a son of the late Roland and Grace Holt Graham. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army having served in Vietnam. A graduate of Cameron High School, he was a member of the “Country Strangers” band and also a member of Wayside Presbyterian Church. He was self-employed.

Memorial service will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Wayside Presbyterian Church. The family will receive friends in the fellowship hall of the church following the service.

He is survived by his wife, Geneva Graham; three brothers, Barry Graham and wife Nita, Ronnie Graham and wife Lynne, and Melvin Graham and wife Laura; three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Donations may be made to Wayside Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 95, Cameron, N.C. 28326.

Professional Crematory Mortuary in Chapel Hill served the family.


SILER CITY — Funeral service for Ruth Emma Graves, 87, of 3617 Lambert Mill Road, who died Wednesday (2/27/13), was held at 3 p.m. Monday at Lambert Chapel Baptist Church in Siler City. Burial was at the church cemetery.

She is survived by one sister, Maxine Bowden; and two brothers, Alfred Graves and Enos Graves (Joyce), all of Siler City.

Arrangements were by Knotts and Son Funeral Home in Siler City.


RAMSEUR — Polly Gladden Walden, 54, of 221 Craven St., died Friday (3/1/13) at home.

Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. today at Mt. Nebo Holiness Church in Ramseur. Visitation will be held from 1 until 2 p.m. today at the church, prior to the service. Burial will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Asheboro.

She is survived by her children, Avis Gladden (Jose), Crystal Brower and Christopher Gladden, all of Ramseur; six sisters, Dolly Allison, Sheena Cheek (James) and Dellayno Delvecchio (Nick), all of Ramseur, Sheila Gladden of Piney Ridge, Alice Goldston of Greensboro and Ceila Chambers of Asheboro; five brothers, Throme Gladden (Barbara) of Richmond, Va., Clinton Gladden (Katherine) of Greensboro, Tony Gladden (Dana) of Ramseur, Mark Gladden of Chicago, Ill., and Walter Cheek of Washington, D.C.; and 10 grandchildren.

Arrangements by Knotts and Son Funeral Home in Siler City.


ROBBINS — John Wilbert Smith, 80, of 144 Family Road, died Saturday (3/2/13) at home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Person Funeral Home in Robbins.


SANFORD — James Utley, 72, died Thursday (2/28/13) at Lee County Nursing and Rehab.

He has no surviving relatives.

Funeral service will be conducted at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Church Of God Of Prophecy. Burial will follow at Lee Memory Gardens.

Arrangements by Knotts Funeral Home.


SANFORD — Bennie Roberson, 71, died Monday (3/4/13) at Central Carolina Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Knotts Funeral Home.


VASS — Edward DeGraffenreid, 57, died Sunday (3/3/13) at his residence. Arrangments are incomplete and will be announced by Pugh & Smith Funeral Home of Carthage.


PARKTON — Sally Leach Glover, 53, of 4738 Hickory Ridge Road, died Friday (3/1/13) at home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Elizabeth Street Mortuary in Spring Lake.


BROADWAY — John Wesley Elliott, 75, died Sunday (3/3/13) at his home.

He was born in Park County, Colo., son of the late Roy Elliott and Thelma Williams Elliott. He was preceded in death by his parents and his first wife, Betty Elliott. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.

Memorial service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Southside Baptist Church in Broadway with the Rev. Tom Welborn officiating.

He is survived by his wife, Carol Britt Elliott; daughter, Marilyn Chapman of Fayetteville; sons, Michael Elliott of Dunn, Charles Elliott of Danville, Va., Robert Elliott of Oklahoma City, Okla., and John “Bill” Elliott of Broadway; brother, James Elliott of Columbia, Mo.; 24 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Online condolences can be made at

Arrangements are by Smith Funeral Home of Broadway.


BROADWAY — Funeral service for Akron Baldwin Elkins, 81, who died Thursday (2/28/13), was conducted at 3 p.m. Sunday at Juniper Springs Baptist Church with the Rev. Tom Lee and the Rev. John Hackney officiating. Burial followed at the Broadway Town Cemetery.

During the service, Cindy Buchanan was the soloist and organist, and Joy Hackney was the pianist.

Pallbearers were John Albertson, Jason Morrison, Jeremy Wicker, Jody Davis, Wilson Myers and Joe Gendics.

Arrangements were by Smith Funeral Home of Broadway.


SOUTHERN PINES — Memorial service for Arthur Curtis “A.C.” Moss Jr., who died Monday (1/28/13), was conducted at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Chapel of the Transfiguration at Penick Village in Southern Pines with the Rev. Patsy Smith officiating. Nancy Mendsen was the pianist.

Arrangements were by Smith Funeral Home of Broadway.