Mar. 14, 2013 @ 05:00 AM


CAMERON — A private graveside service for Christine Holt Douglas, 79, who died Saturday (3/9/13), was held Wednesday by the Rev. Curtis Norris. A eulogy was given by a daughter, Patricia Ann Newcombe.

Two solos were sung.

Arrangements were by Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home.


SANFORD — Doris Snipes, 82, of 1402 Boykin Ave., died Sunday (3/10/13) at Central Carolina Hospital.

Sheis survived by three sons, William (Kathy), Clyde and Phillip Snipes; four daughters, Joyce Snipes, Veta Smith (Johnny), Jannie Snipes and Dianne Smith (George); 19 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; three brothers-in-law; four sisters-in-law; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Funeral service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friday at Try Jesus Ministries.

Arrangements by Knotts Funeral Home.


SANFORD — Alfred Wade Thomas, 90, of Panama City Beach, Fla., formerly of Sanford, died Friday (3/8/13) in Florida.

He was born on Aug. 19, 1922, in Lee County, to the late Wade Hampton Thomas and Irene Gilmore Thomas. He was preceded in death by his wives, Kathleen Gautier Thomas and Tannie Woodell Thomas; daughters, Mary Jo Thomas and Ann Thomas Johnson; brothers, Jake H. Thomas, Claude Thomas, Hampton Thomas and Fred Thomas; and sisters, Ruby T. Stuart, Magdeline T. Moody, Lucille T. Darroch, Mildred Thomas, Polly T. Hobbs and Johnnie Jean T. Wicker. He worked with General Electric for a number of years and also with Saco Lowell for a number of years. He was a U.S. Army W.W. II veteran.

He is survived by brothers, Van P. Thomas and Larry W. Thomas; two grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends Friday from 6 to 7 p.m. at Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home.

Graveside service will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Shallow Well Cemetery with the Rev. Keith Miller officiating. Burial with military rites will follow.

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Arrangements by Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home, Inc.


SOUTHERN PINES — Richard W. “Rick” Stone died Sunday (3/10/13) in Pinehurst.

He was born on Nov. 19, 1939 in Centralia, Ill., to the late Oscar and Irma Stone. He was preceded in death by his brother, Jack, and his sister-in-law, Diane. He served in the military for 24 years. During his service years, he was stationed in Seoul, South Korea, Nurnburg, Germany, and was a Vietnam veteran.

A celebration of his life will take place Saturday at 2 p.m. at Page Memorial United Methodist Church in Aberdeen. A reception will follow the service at Table on the Green, 1224, Midland Country Club, Midland Road, Pinehurst.

A military service with full honors will be held at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Doris Stone; his son, Craig and wife Joan of Raleigh; several nieces and a nephew.

Memorials may be made to Stand Up To Cancer, File 1224, 1801 W. Olympic Blvd., Pasadena, Calif. 91199-1224.

Arrangements are by Powell Funeral Home and Crematory.

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BUNNLEVEL — Daniel F. Bethune, 85, died Tuesday (3/12/13) at his home.

A native of Harnett County, he was the son of the late Johnny Felton and Mary Stewart Bethune Wagstaff. He was a veteran of W.W. II, serving in the U.S. Navy in the European Theater. Following his time in the service, he worked at Becker Sand and Gravel and also later sold building supplies for McDonald Lumber Company in Fayetteville.

Graveside service will be conducted 10 a.m. Friday at the Bunnlevel Cemetery with the Rev. Dan Deaton and the Rev. Paul Fowler officiating. Following the graveside service, a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. at Friendship Baptist Church. The family will receive friends following the service, and other times at his home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Bunnlevel Ruitan Cemetery Fund, c/o Larry Edwards, 6205 Hwy. 401 S., Bunnlevel, N.C. 28323.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Ramona Johnson Bethune; sons, Danny Martin Bethune and wife Coleen of Lillington and Johnny Richard Bethune and Becky of Bunnlevel; four grandsons and six great-grandchildren.

Arrangements by O’Quinn-Peebles Funeral Home.

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SANFORD — Funeral service for Mary Kathryn “Kathy” Thomas Simmons, 55, who died Saturday (3/9/13), was conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Smith Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Jerry Parsons and Ray Hockaday officiating. Burial was at the Holly Springs Baptist Church cemetery.

During the service, Ray Hockaday was the soloist.

Pallbearers were Alan Hockaday, Ronnie Thomas, Ray Hockaday, Ty Granning, Zeplin Hopper and Steve Thomas.

Arrangements were by Smith Funeral Home of Broadway.


BROADWAY — Cleo Artense Benton Hargrove, 89, died Wednesday (3/13/13) at Oak Haven Retirement Home.

She was born in Lenoir County on Nov. 26, 1923, to the late Robert Benton and Minnie Howell Benton. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, Sidney Ray Hargrove, and half-sister, Mabel Preston. She was a member of Juniper Springs Baptist Church and was retired from Coty.

She is survived by two sons, Robert Lavern Hargrove Sr. and wife Carol of Tramway and Wayne A. Hargrove Sr. and wife Mary Jo of Broadway; six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home and a graveside service will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Juniper Springs Baptist Church with Marvin Johnson presiding.

Condolences may be made at

Arrangements by Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home, Inc.


BONLEE — Charlie Carson “CC” Routh Jr., 90, died Monday (3/11/13) at Coventry House of Siler City.

He was born in Randolph County on March 28, 1922, the son of Charles C. and Elizabeth Jane (Cox) Routh Sr. He was a member of Hope United Methodist Church and a cattle farmer.

He is survived by his wife, Lorene (Wilkie) Routh; two daughters, Janet R. Johnson and husband Richard of Winterville and Nancy R. Selken and husband Robert of Tallahassee, Fla.; brother, John Routh of Bear Creek; and one granddaughter.

The family will receive friends today from 6 until 8 p.m. at Smith & Buckner Funeral Home in Siler City.

A graveside service will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at Hope Cemetery in Bonlee with the Rev. Bob Wachs officiating.

Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.

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