Posted 3/15/19

Obituaries for March 14, 2019

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Moline King Otwell, 87, of Siler City died Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at Universal Health Care of Ramseur.

Mrs. Otwell was born in Randolph County on July 31, 1931, the daughter of Jewel King. Moline retired from Carolina Telephone as an operator, having worked in Siler City, Asheboro, and Elkin. She had also worked for the First Wesleyan Church Day Care in Siler City. Moline enjoyed gardening, feeding and watching the birds and cooking, but her greatest pleasure was time spent with her children and grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dennis Otwell, Sr. and a grandson, Jeff Johnson.

She is survived by three daughters, Debbie Doby and husband Tony of Liberty, Karen “Polly” Hancock and husband Bob of Siler City, Cathy Crouse and husband David of Traphill; son, Dennis F. Otwell, Jr. “Buster” of Staley; grandchildren, Jenny Petty, Mike Johnson, Matthew Doby, Angie Doby, Marty Petty, Heather Seagroves, Amanda Clark, Melissa Hancock, Chris Hancock and 15 great-grandchildren.

The family received friends Saturday, March 9, 2019 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Smith & Buckner Funeral Home, 230 North Second Avenue, Siler City. The funeral was held Sunday, March 10, 2019 at 3 p.m. at Smith & Buckner Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Dennis Boone officiating. Burial followed in Mount Lebanon United Methodist Church Cemetery, Randleman.

Online condolences may be made at

Lee Edward Palmer

Mr. Lee Edward Palmer, 78, of Siler City passed away Sunday, March 3, 2019 at UNC Healthcare Hospice in Pittsboro.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Friday, March 8, 2019 at Unity Powerhouse Holiness Church with Pastor Cedric Lee and Pastor Danny Purcell officiating. Burial followed at Chatham Memorial Park.

Mr. Palmer was born to Beulah Mae Johnson Palmer and Bishop Odysseus Palmer on June 30, 1940. He was a graduate of Chatham High School. He also graduated from the Police Academy (CCTC) in Sanford.

Lee was a charter member of Sanctuary Deliverance Church in Greensboro. He served as a deacon, trustee, security person and was a member of the pastor’s aid and other committees.

Lee worked for Chatham Foods, Brookwood Farms, and served with the Siler City Police Department. He was a member of Light of the World Masonic Lodge #711 Lee was preceded in death by daughter Angie Snead and son Andrae Palmer.

Lee is survived by his wife Vonnell Palmer; sons, Arthur Lee Palmer and Anthony Palmer, both of Greensboro, Chester Palmer of Siler City; daughter, Kim of Siler City; brothers, Wade Palmer of Siler City, Mark Palmer of Greensboro, David Lineberry of Siler City; eleven grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.


Mr. Eli Franklin Brooks, 68, of Bear Creek, passed away Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at Chatham Hospital.

A memorial graveside service was held on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at 2 p.m. at Brush Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.

Eli was born on March 24, 1950 to William Glenn and Violet Marie Phillips Brooks. He retired from Olympic Steel, where he worked as a welder. In addition to his parents, Eli was preceded in death by his wife, Janice Fields Brooks; infant brother, William Alton Brooks and brother, Howard Brooks.

He is survived by his daughter, Brandy Brooks of the home; sisters, Elizabeth “Lib” Thomas of Bear Creek, Sarah Justice of Bear Creek, and Clara McMasters (Earl) of Staley.

Condolences may be offered online at

Cornelia Gertrude Gray Carpenter

Cornelia Gertrude Gray Carpenter, 90, of Sanford, died Friday, March 8, 2019 at Sanford Health & Rehabilitation.

A graveside service was held Monday, March 11, 2019 at 2:30 p.m. at Bynum United Methodist Church Cemetery.

Cornelia was born in Fulton County, Georgia on December 15, 1928 to the late Otto Detterus Gray and Mary Jolly-Morris Gray.

Surviving relatives include sons, Glenn Johnson of Sanford, Atlas Johnson of Bear Creek, Marty Johnson of Pittsboro; sister, Alva Carter of Lilburn, Georgia; five grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and one great-great- grandchild.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to Bynum United Methodist Church Cemetery, P.O. Box 6, Bynum, NC 27228.

Condolences may be made at


Burlington - Clarence “Buddy” Riggsbee, 88, passed away Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at the home of his granddaughter, Beth McGuire.

The graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 16, 2019 at Mt. Carmel Church Cemetery by Pastor Holly Lux-Sullivan. The family will receive friends following the graveside service.

Mr. Riggsbee was born April 5, 1930 in Chatham County to the late Clarence Wescott Riggsbee and Rachel Gray Riggsbee. A retired truck driver with the NC Department of Agriculture, he was of the Baptist faith. Clarence was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Lewis Riggsbee, his parents, and sisters, Pauline Locklear and Hazel Massey.

He is survived by his step-daughter, Barbara Lewis Lilienthal; two granddaughter’s, three great-grandchildren; and a sister, Margie Barnes.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Alamance-Caswell, 914 Chapel Hill Road, Burlington, NC 27215. You may sign the online register at


Antonio Melvin Feaster, 55, of Siler City passed on Thursday, March 7, 2019 at his residence.

Arrangements by: Knotts Funeral Home, Sanford.


Tony R. Seymore, 60, passed Saturday, March 9, 2019 at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill.

Arrangements by: Knotts Funeral Home, Sanford.


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