Sep. 11, 2013 @ 05:00 AM


SANFORD — Sarah Carolyn Vernon Taggart, 91, of Sanford, NC, passed away peacefully in her sleep on September 8, 2013, after a ten-year battle with breast cancer.

Carolyn was born in Dalton, Georgia, on December 15, 1921. She grew up in Tifton, Georgia. Carolyn met her husband, Jim, while both were working at Western Union in Panama City, Florida. They married in 1943 in Neosho, Missouri, where Jim was stationed during WWII. After the war, they spent several years in Bermuda before settling in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Throughout her lifetime, they lived in Westfield, New Jersey; Lima, Ohio; Boynton Beach, Florida; and Sanford, North Carolina. They owned and operated a successful plumbing supply business in Lima and Toledo, Ohio. During retirement, she and Jim traveled extensively to many places such as Russia, China, Australia, Mexico, Turkey, Yugoslavia, and most of Europe and the UK. Having grown up in the South, she enjoyed spending several warm winters in Argentina. Carolyn was an avid and successful golfer, playing with her husband in many club events at Shawnee Country Club in Lima, OH, Delray Dunes Country Club in Boynton Beach, FL, and Carolina Trace Country Club in Sanford, NC. Both were private pilots and flew to many destinations in their own aircraft. This past April, Carolyn and Jim celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary at Carolina Trace.

Carolyn had an affinity for music, playing both clarinet and piano. Golf was both a hobby and passion for her. She was a very good ball striker, and possessed a tremendously accurate short game, particularly with the putter. However, her primary love in life was her family.

Her loving husband, James Edward Taggart, survives her. She is also survived by her four children: Carol Ann Moran and husband, William, of Raleigh; Pamela Becker of Garner; Kimberly T. Hendren and husband, Johnny, of Wendell; and James Vernon Taggart and wife, Regina, of Cary; four grandchildren: Karen Gleason and husband, Jeremy, of Clayton; Jill Miroglio and husband, Anthony, of St. Helena, California; Jackson Edward Taggart and Monica Sarah Taggart of Cary; two great-granddaughters, Piper Gleason and Ava Miroglio.

A special thanks from the family goes to Dr. Mark Graham and Diane Turnbull, RN of Waverly Oncology for their extraordinary medical skills and unrelenting compassionate care.

In her memory, donations to any breast cancer organization are appreciated.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, September 12, 2013, at St. Luke's Methodist Church in Sanford, NC.

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Miller-Boles Funeral Home of Sanford, NC assisted the family.

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SOUTHERN PINES — Betty Jean Hummel Hallman, 67, died Monday (9/9/13) at FirstHealth Hospice House of Pinehurst.

A celebration of life will be held Thursday from 3 to 6 p.m. at the home, 161 Hunter Trail, Southern Pines.

She was born in Tower City, Pa., on Aug. 21, 1946, to John and Ethel Herman Hummel. She worked with the Central Intelligence Agency for the Federal Government. She was preceded in death by her parents.

She is survived by her husband of 44 years, Richard Hallman; one son, Dr. Jott Christopher Hallman and wife Karen of Johnson City, Tenn.; and two grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Sandhills/Moore Coalition, 1500 W. Indiana Ave., Southern Pines, N.C. 28387.

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Arrangements by Cox Memorial Funeral Home & Crematory of Vass.


SILER CITY — Glenda Saunders Johnson, 60, of Elbert Johnson Road, died Saturday (9/7/13) at UNC Hospitals at Chapel Hill.

She was a native of Cabarrus County and was born on Feb. 11, 1953. She was the daughter of Calvin and Bobbie (Almond) Saunders. She was employed by Robins & Ghant and attended Meroney United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jesse Elbert Johnson, and a brother, Gerald Saunders.

She is survived by two sons, Tommy Johnson and Christopher Johnson, both of Siler City; one sister, Linda S. Pendergrass of Siler City; four brothers, Eddie Saunders of Asheboro, and Randy Saunders, Jackie Saunders and Darryl Saunders, all of Greensboro; and  one granddaughter.

The family will receive friends Thursday from 1 to 2 p.m. prior to the service at Meroney United Methodist Church at Bear Creek. The funeral service will follow at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Jim Whittaker officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.

Arrangements by Smith & Buckner Funeral Home.

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SANFORD — Helen Inez Harman, 99, died Tuesday (9/10/13) at Peak Resources-Pinelake Health and Rehabilitation Center.

She was born on Dec. 16, 1913, in Washington D.C. to the late Benedict and Hattie Ingram. She was predeceased by her husband, Charles Harman; one sister, Lillian Settle, and two brothers, Orville Ingram and Weston Ingram.

She is survived by one son, Michael Charles Harman; three daughters, Bette Jean Padgett, Peggy H. Nelson and Linda Susan Alwine; 12 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at St. Thomas Episcopal Church on Saturday at 11 a.m. Interment will be at a later date in Arlington National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the North Carolina Community Foundation, The F.R.O.G. Endowment-1084, 4601 Six Forks Road, Suite 524, Raleigh, N.C. 27609.

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Arrangements by Miller-Boles Funeral Home.


SANFORD — Graveside service for Cynthia Ruth Ryals Woody, 65, who died Sunday (9/8/13), was held Tuesday at 3 p.m. at Lee Memory Gardens with the Rev. Ray Bodin officiating.

The congregation sang a musical selection with Kenneth Parker leading and Bobby Barbour on the guitar. Various family and friends gave eulogies. Bobby Barbour was also a soloist and guitarist on one selection. A Bible was presented to the family by Irene Thomas.

Pallbearers were Travis Corley, Jonathan Davis, Brandon Taylor, Halford Fore, Donnie Thomas and Travis Perry.

The family received friends at the cemetery following the graveside service.

Arrangements were by Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home.