OBITUARIES 2/7/14

Feb. 07, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

VIRGINIA COPELAND NEAL

CHATTANOOGA, TENN — Virginia Copeland Neal, 94, of Chattanooga, died on January 28, 2014.

Virginia was born December 30, 1919 in Chatham County, NC, to Lee and Banah Copeland. She grew up with her eight brothers and sisters on the family farm. After graduating high school, she moved to Chapel Hill and worked as a cashier in Lenoir Dining Hall at UNC. It is there that she met returning WWII veteran and student, William A. Neal, Jr. They married a short time later.

Upon Bill's graduation from UNC in 1948, they moved to Sanford, NC, where she lived for the next 64 years. In 1956, Bill was confined to the VA Hospital in Oteen, NC, with a service related disability leaving Virginia to raise their two sons. She learned to drive a car, became a Cub Scout den mother, and mentored their sons in cooking, laundry, household chores, and school work. She washed muddy football uniforms, tolerated squeaky clarinet practice, out of tune guitars, and loud drums, all the while working to support her family. Virginia retired from Heins Telephone Company after many years as a long distance telephone operator.

“Ginny” had a very loving and generous spirit. For many years, she baked nine loaves of sour dough bread every week, kept one loaf, and gave the rest away to friends, neighbors, and to her church for communion services. She made hundreds of crystal angel ornaments that continue to adorn families', friends' and churches' Christmas trees. She twisted wires and strung beads until her fingers bled, but she loved making them to give away.

Virginia attended Buffalo Presbyterian Church in Sanford before moving to Chattanooga to live with her son in February 2012. She then attended GraceWorks Church in Chattanooga until she was no longer able due to her declining health. When she became a resident of Consulate Health Care in April, 2013, she faithfully attended Monday night services every week with Brother Mike Cross and the Pine Ridge Baptist Church and every Tuesday night with Pastor Sam Dillard and the New Bethel Baptist Church. She loved these choirs and the old traditional hymns they sang.

She was preceded in death by husband, William A. Neal, Jr. in 1965; brothers, Gordon, Baxter, Hulon, Chester, and Graham; and sisters, Otis, Lillian, and Marie.

Survivors are her two sons, Bill (Debbie) in Chattanooga, and Charles (Robin) in Gilbert, AZ; granddaughter, Jennifer (Jeff) Walker and great-granddaughter, Emily Walker, all of Ooltewah; granddaughter, Jennifer Neal, and grandson, Patrick (Heather) Neal, all of Sanford, NC. She is survived by several nieces and nephews, who have stayed close to her and loved her as she loved them.

A celebration of life and memorial service will be held on Sunday, February 9, at 2:00 p.m. at Buffalo Presbyterian Church, with the Reverend Paul Shields officiating. Interment will be in Buffalo Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, it is suggested that memorials be made to Buffalo Presbyterian Church, 1333 Carthage St., Sanford, NC 2733.

Miller-Boles Funeral Home of Sanford is helping the family.

Online condolences may be made at www.millerboles.com.

Paid Obituary

ANNETTE ELAINE MATHEWS FLETCHER

CAMERON — Funeral Mass for Annette Elaine Mathews Fletcher, 54, of Cameron, who died Sunday (2/2/14), was held at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Stephen Catholic Church by Deacon Mark Westrick. A private committal will follow at a later date.

During the service, the congregation sang. Organist was Evelyn Dooley and the cantor was Tillie Earp.

Pallbearers were family members.

Online condolences may be made at www.rogerspickard.com.

Arrangements were by Rogers-Pickard Funeral Home.

MARY HOOKER

SANFORD — Mary Hooker, 93, of 929 Tempting Church Road, died Friday (1/31/14) at Sanford Health and Rehab.

She was born Dec. 15, 1920, in Roseboro to the late John Owens and Mattie Dowd Owens. She was a member of Tempting Congregational Church. She received her education and graduated from W.B. Wicker School. For the majority of her life, she worked as a state employee in the public school system. She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Walter (Bob) Hooker.

She is survived by six sons, Walter (Leon) Hooker Jr., Michael Hooker (Barbara), Frederick Hooker (Lynn), Herbert Hooker (Donna), Obie Hooker and Kenneth Hooker (Vanessa); one daughter, Marilyn Diane Jefferies (Franklin) of Columbia, S.C.; one sister, Evelyn O. Hooker of Sanford; 18 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Tempting Congregational Church. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.

Arrangements are by Knotts Funeral Home.

EVA WARNER LUTHER

BEAR CREEK — Funeral service for Eva Warner Luther, 93, of Bear Creek, who died Sunday (2/2/14), was held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Cool Springs Baptist Church by Pastor Michael Harper and Pastor Clark Davis. Burial followed at the church cemetery.

During the service, the congregation sang. Organist was Frances Phillips.

Pallbearers were Kevin Fields, Billy Phillips, Jimmy Phillips, Jody Phillips, Tyler Phillips, Danny Scott and Bill Warner.

Memorial contributions can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tenn. 38105.

Online condolences may be made at www.rogerspickard.com.

Arrangements were by Rogers-Pickard Funeral Home.

JERRY M. MOSES

PITTSBORO — Jerry M. Moses, 72, died Tuesday (2/4/14) at The Laurels of Chatham.

Memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Hall-Wynne Griffin Chapel in Pittsboro.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Burial will be at a later date.

Arrangements by Hall-Wynne Funeral Service in Pittsboro.

MILLARD HOWELL TUBBS
 

CHARLOTTE — Millard Howell “Bubba” Tubbs of Charlotte died Tuesday (2/4/14).

He was originally from Birmingham, Ala. Following his retirement from General Motors, he moved to Charlotte. He was preceded in death by his father, Walter Simpson Tubbs; his mother, Virginia Tubbs Aloia; and a sister, Sara Frances McKnight.

He is survived by his wife, Betty Tubbs; a son, Howell Alan Tubbs; a stepdaughter, Dawn Hansmann Ziblay (Ricky); and one grandson.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m Saturday with a visitation to follow at McEwen Funeral Service – Mint Hill Chapel, 7428 Matthews-Mint Hill Road, Mint Hill.

Memorial contributions may be made to Tucker Hospice House, 5005 Hospice Lane, Kannapolis, N.C. 28081.

THOMAS MCAULEY

BROADWAY — Thomas McAuley, 92, of 104 Mack Lane, Broadway, died Wednesday (2/5/14) at Liberty Commons Nursing and Rehab Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Knotts Funeral Home.

LINDA SUE HILL

SILER CITY — Linda Sue Hill, 67, of Howard Gilliland Road in Siler City, died Wednesday (2/5/14) at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital in Pinehurst.

A Celebration of Life service will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at Oakley Baptist Church in Siler City with the Rev. Mack Keck officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.

She was the daughter of the late Robert Millikan and Sarah Elizabeth Craven Millikan. She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Carol Moore; and brothers, Talbert and Johnny Millikan.

She is survived by her husband, James R. Hill; daughter, Alesia Hill of the home; sisters, Nancy Stoker of Thomasville, Myrtle Carter and husband Wayne of Cedar Falls, and Elsie Gray and husband Burley of Randleman; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends at their home at 198 Howard Gilliland Road in Siler City.

Online condolences may be made at www.joycebradychapel.com.

Arrangements are by Joyce-Brady Chapel in Bennett.

JAMES HENRY GROSS

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — James (Jim) Henry Gross, 78, a resident of Albuquerque, N.M., since 2005, died Thursday (1/23/14).

He is survived by his spouse, Beverly Boyer Gross of Albuquerque, N.M.; daughters, Kim Wortham and husband Byron of Sanford and Keri Gross of Bloomington, Ind.; son, Todd Gross of Albuquerque, N.M.; and two grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one granddaughter.

He was born in Philadelphia, Pa., and raised in Perkasie, Pa. He was a 1953 graduate of Sell-Perk High School. In 1957, he received a B.A. from East Stroudsburg State Teacher's College in East Stroudsburg, Pa. He worked 40 years in the insurance industry beginning in Pennsylvania before relocating his family to North Carolina in 1968. Prior to moving to Albuquerque, he attended Trinity Lutheran Church.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Hospice of the Sandias, 105 Hospital Loop NE, Albuquerque, N.M. 87109.

The family was assisted by the Cremation Society of N.M.

JAMES RUSSELL

STALEY — Funeral service for James Russell, owner/operator of Russell Funeral Home, will be conducted Saturday at 1 p.m. at Unity Powerhouse Holiness Church in Staley. A viewing will be held from 12 noon until the funeral hour at the church.

WENONA E. THOMAS

SOUTHERN PINES — Wenona E. Thomas, 88, of Southern Pines, died Wednesday (1/29/14).

She is survived by her four sons, James (Helen) Thomas of Newark, Del., Rufus Thomas of Vass, Samuel (Lynda) Thomas of Detroit, Mich., and Aubrey (Heather) Thomas of Atlanta, Ga., and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, family members and friends.

Funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday at Fryes Chapel FWB Church in Vass.

Arrangements are by Knotts Funeral Home.

BARBARA DARE MOORE LINNEY

SANFORD — Memorial service for Barbara Dare Moore Linney, 84, who died Tuesday (2/4/14), was held Thursday at 2 p.m. at Miller-Boles Funeral Home.

Family and friends gathered in the family room and exchanged memories and stories. The Rev. Dr. Royce Baker of Grace Chapel Church prayed with the family and offered words of inspiration and encouragement.

Online condolences may be made at www.millerboles.com.

Arrangements were by Miller-Boles Funeral Home & Cremation Service.

MABLE GREENE WARD

ELLERBE — Mable Greene Ward, 71, died Thursday (2/6/14) at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital in Pinehurst. Arrangements are incomplete at this time and will be announced by Fry & Prickett Funeral Home in Carthage.

MARGARET C. HOLDER

LILLINGTON — Margaret C. Holder, 83, of Lillington, died Thursday (2/6/14) at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill.

She was born in Harnett County, the daughter of the late Leonard and Jannie Keith Cameron. She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Roy Holder; two infants, David Paul and Patricia Ann; three brothers, Albert Cameron, Paul Cameron and Eugene Cameron; and a great-grandson, Nathan Tew. She retired from Moen of Sanford and was a member of Barbecue Presbyterian Church for many years. The Women of Barbecue Presbyterian Church awarded her with the Presbyterian Women Honorary Life Membership on Dec. 1, 2013.

Funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday at Barbecue Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Sandy Williams officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery. The family will receive friends at O’Quinn-Peebles-Phillips Funeral Home Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m.

She is survived by her sons, Bryce Holder and wife Katherine of Boone and Dennis Holder and wife Anita of Columbia, Tenn.; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; sister, Edna Wooten and husband Robert of Greensboro; sister-in-law, Ruby Cameron of Sanford; and several nieces and nephews.

Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to Barbecue Presbyterian Church, 124 Barbecue Church Road, Sanford, N.C. 27332 or the American Cancer Society, 8300 Health Park Suite 10, Raleigh, N.C. 27615.

Arrangements are by O’Quinn-Peebles-Phillips Funeral Home in Lillington.

JULIA GANTT WHITE

SANFORD — Funeral for Julia Gantt “Judi” White, 69, of Sanford, who died Monday (2/3/14), was held Thursday at 2 p.m. at Crossroads Ministries in Broadway with Pastor Ryan Barbato and Mardie Sauls officiating. Entombment followed at Lee Memory Gardens Chapel Mausoleum.

Soloist and guitarist was Ryan Barbato and he sang two songs. “I Can Only Imagine” CD was played as the family entered. A DVD was played of remembrance photos.

Pallbearers were Joey Weeks, Kent Douglas, Jody Gantt, Jeff Rosser, Derrick Searcy and Dean Shook.

Arrangements were by Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home.

JENNIE RUTH UNDERWOOD VOGEL

CAMERON — Funeral service for Jennie Ruth Underwood Vogel, 71, of Cameron, who died Monday (2/3/14), was held Thursday at 2 p.m. at Faith Baptist Church with Pastor Willie Bryant officiating. Burial followed at the church cemetery.

Pianist was Joyce Holder. Soloist was Mike Simpson.

Pallbearers were Greg Marks, Dale Marks, Mike Pridgen, Timmy Sifford, Ronald Vogel Jr. III and Sgt. Justin Blumenstein.

Arrangements were by Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home.

VERNON BLYSTONE

SANFORD — A memorial service for Vernon Blystone was conducted Thursday at 2 p.m. at Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home. Pastor Jonathan Newton and Pastor Bruce MacInnes officiated.

Mary Newton played the piano. A poem was read by Judith Nance.

Recorded music was played.

Arrangements were by Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home.