franklin ray mote

Posted 2/7/19

Franklin Ray Mote, 76, of Wade Paschal Road, Siler City died Saturday, February 2, 2019 at UNC Hospitals.

Mr. Mote was born in Pender County on September 29, 1942 the son of James Sandlin and …

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Franklin Ray Mote, 76, of Wade Paschal Road, Siler City died Saturday, February 2, 2019 at UNC Hospitals.

Mr. Mote was born in Pender County on September 29, 1942 the son of James Sandlin and Effie (Blanton) Mote. Franklin was a member of Bible Believers Fellowship Church, Staley. He retired from Siler City Center as a maintenance worker and had previously worked at Mid-State Farms and Liberty Chair Company. He enjoyed working in his yard and time spent with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Franklin never met a stranger and asked his family and friends to live their lives so that they would all meet in Heaven. He was preceded in death by his parents and several brothers and sisters.

Franklin is survived by his wife of 54 years, Helen (Tyndall) Mote; son, Bobby R. Mote (Erica) of Durham; daughter, Tasha M. Taylor (Joseph) of Washington, N.C.; sister, Louvanie Charles of Lake Waccamaw; grandchildren, Courtney and Kody Ray; great-grandchildren, Dalton Lee Ray (his Buddy) and Georgia Brooke.

The family will receive friends Wednesday, February 6, 2019 from 1 to 2 p.m. at Bible Believers Fellowship Church, 286 North Main Street, Staley. The funeral will follow Wednesday at 2 at Bible Believers Fellowship Church with Rev. Wayne Roark officiating. Burial will be in Chatham Memorial Park, Siler City.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the wife.

Smith & Buckner Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Online condolences may be made at


William (Bill) Kendrick Schwab Jr., age 97, died January 18, 2019 in Pittsboro. Bill was born April 18, 1921 in New Haven, CT. He was preceded in death by his wife Dorothy Stewart Schwab, partner Charles (Chuck) Wrye, sons William Kendrick and Stewart McKinstry Schwab and two grandsons.

A veteran of World War II, Bill served as a surgical technician in the Army from 1942 - 1946. He received his bachelor’s degree from Glassboro State Teachers College and his master’s degree from Rutgers University. A public school teacher and administrator in New Jersey for over 40 years, Bill retired to North Carolina in 1988. He was an avid reader, walker and cyclist who enjoyed long distance bicycle tours well into his 80s.

Bill is survived by two daughters, Jane Bystrzycki and Ann Schwab, six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

A private service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Chatham Habitat for Humanity, P.O. Box 883, Pittsboro, NC 27312 ( and UNC Hospice (


Clarence Lewis Brewer, 84, of Sanford, passed away on Sunday, (1-27-2019).

The funeral service was held Thursday, (1-31-2019) at 1 p.m. at the Sanford Church of God with Rev. Thomas Snuffer officiating. Burial followed in Carbonton United Methodiist Church Cemetery.

Mr. Brewer was born in Lee County on 9-09-1934 to the late Hugh Brewer, Sr. and Ollie Martindale Olander. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Ethel Payette and brothers Hugh Brewer, Jr., and Winslow Brewer. He worked as a painter.

Survivors include half-brother, Frankie Lynn Brewer of Sanford; half-sisters, Carolyn Brewer Fallin and Phyllis Brewer McDowell of Sanford.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the funeral home to assist the family with funeral expenses, at Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home, 600 West Main Street, Sanford, N.C. 27332 or online at

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Oscar Ray Lambert Sr.

Oscar Ray Lambert Sr. 84, of Robbins, passed away Tuesday, (1-29-2019) at his home.

The graveside service was held on Friday, February 1, 2019 at 2 p.m. at the Lambert-Burns Family Cemetery with Pastor Bill Maness presiding.

Oscar was born on May 20, 1934 to John Ervin Lambert and Mozelle Woods. He worked in the poultry business. In addition to his parents, Oscar was preceded in death by his wife, Lucy Ellen Green; daughter, Carolyn Marie Lambert; sons, Oscar Lambert, Jr., Johnny Ervin Lambert; two brothers and one grandchild.

He is survived by daughters, Catherine L. Berry of Robbins, Mary L. Burns of Erect; sons, Eddie Ray Lambert of Bear Creek, and Ricky Wayne Lambert of Sophia; sisters, Marylene Jones of Pennsylvania, Shirley Lambert of Erect; brother, James Carvin Lambert of Robbins; 13 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

Condolences may be offered at

Rev. listeen brown mitchell

Rev. Listeen Brown Mitchell, 90, of Siler City passed away on Monday, January 28, 2019 at her home.

Funeral services were held Saturday, February 2, 2019 at 2 p.m. at Unity Powerhouse Holiness Church with Pastor Cedric Lee and Bishop R.C. Bryant officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

Rev. Miitchell was born Apri 16, 1928. She was a member of Unity Powerhouse Holy Church. She accepted the call to the ministry in 1969, pastoring Gospel Tabernacle United Holy Church of God in Sanford and the First Church of Deliverance in Ramseur.

Survivors include daughters, Mary Harris, Evelyn Mitchell, Brenda Dark and Rebecca Clap, all of Siler City; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.


Mrs. Jane Lockamy Stephenson, 85, of Sanford, died Saturday, February 2, 2019, at her home.

The funeral was held Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at 2 p.m. at Jonesboro Heights Baptist Church with Dr. Calvin Sayles officiating. Burial followed at Lee Memory Gardens.

She was born on February 16, 1933, in Harnett County to the late Bennett Lockamy and Maggie McNeill Lockamy. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John Stephenson; brothers, Ira Lockamy, Madison Lockamy, Warren Lockamy, and Odis Lockamy; and sisters, Lillian Lockamy Bunn, Vera Lockamy Billings, and Bernice Lockamy Rosser. Mrs. Stephenson worked at Eaton Corporation for over 20 years, and she attended Jonesboro Heights Baptist Church.

Survivors include daughters, Kathy Stephens Collins and Vicky Stephens Matthews; two grandsons and three great-granddaughters.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to First Health Hospice at West End, N.C. or to Jonesboro Heights Baptist Church in Sanford, N.C.

Condolences may be made at


Ms. Kyla Marie Farrenkopf-Garvey, 35, of Chapel Hill, passed on Friday, (01-25-2019) at her residence.

Memorial service was held Monday, (02-04-2019) at 1 p.m. at Knotts Funeral Home in Chapel Hill.

Arrangements By: Knotts Funeral Home, Chapel Hill.


Mary Etta (Murchison) McNeill of Sanford, passed on Sunday, (01-27-2019) at her residence.

Funeral services were held Sunday, (02-03-2019) at 1:30 p.m. at Works for Christ Christian Center. Interment followed at Union Grove U.M.C. in Broadway.


Loretta Jean Dowdy, 76, of Sanford, passed on Saturday, (02-02-2019) at Sanford Health & Rehabilitation Center.

Arrangements By: Knotts Funeral Home, Sanford


Paul David Johnson, 47, of Cameron, passed on Sunday, (02-03-2019) at Duke University Hospital IN Durham.

Arrangements By: Knotts Funeral Home, Sanford.


Mr. James Newby, Sr. 94 of Bear Creek, passed on Saturday, (02-02-2019) at Liberty Hospice Service in Sanford.

Arrangements By: Knotts Funeral Home - Pittsboro


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