Obituaries

Posted 3/22/19

DONALD R. JUDD

Donald R. Judd passed away on Sunday, March 10, 2019 at the Fay Boswell Hospice in Burlington, North Carolina. He was 94.

Mr. Judd, who went by “Don”, was born to Lawrence …

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DONALD R. JUDD

Donald R. Judd passed away on Sunday, March 10, 2019 at the Fay Boswell Hospice in Burlington, North Carolina. He was 94.

Mr. Judd, who went by “Don”, was born to Lawrence and Mildred (Smith) Judd in Binghamton, New York on November 9, 1924. He grew up in Binghamton and had a brother Arthur (now deceased). After graduation from Binghamton High School in 1942 he enlisted in the U.S. Army and upon completion of training, he was assigned to the 36th Infantry Division as a mortarman. He eventually rose from private to sergeant in charge of his mortar battery. In 1943 his division was sent to North Africa to train for the invasion of Italy. He participated in the invasion of Salerno, the Rapido, and Monte Cassino campaigns, the invasion of Anzio and the liberation of Rome. His division then landed in Southern France and fought its way through France, Germany, and into Austria. Mr. Judd was awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart and Combat Infantryman’s badge among other decorations. He was also awarded the Legion of Honor by the French government for his participation in the Colmar Pocket campaign.

Upon his return to the United States in 1946, he started his career with I.B.M. He worked in various locations for I.B.M. during his career as an engineer, retiring in 1982. After retirement he moved to North Carolina, residing first in Fearrington Village and then at the Twin Lakes Community.

Don was very active in community activities such as the Lions Club, V.F.W. and the I.B.M. Quarter Century Club. He loved to play golf, read, sing, travel and he enjoyed other social and community activities.

Don is survived by his wife Shirley; daughters, Tama and Shawn; his step-daughter, Cheryl Murray; grandsons, Michael Aniff and Josh Ponsano; two great-granddaughters and his nephew Jeff (Diane) Judd. His extended family includes four step-grandchildren, one great-grandson and all of the Murray family.

Don was a kind and gentle man despite the terrible experiences he went through defending this great country and his gentle ways will be sorely missed.

Condolences may be made at: www.donaldsonfunerals.com.

Donaldson Funeral Home & Cremation is honored to serve the Judd family.

BARBARA DOLAN McKAY VARGA

Barbara Dolan McKay Varga, 90, of Moncure, passed peacefully at her home on March 14, 2019.

Barbara was born May 23,1928 in St. Albans, Vermont. She lived through her high school years in Vermont until she married Conrad McKay in 1948.  Conrad McKay was in the Marine Corps and while they were married Barbara lived in many locations including Boston, MA, Atlanta, GA, Quantico, VA, Camp Lejeune, NC, Denver, CO, and Charleston, SC. She had four children, Gregg, Scott, Lanell, and Kimberley.  Her husband, Major McKay passed away in 1970 and Barbara and her children returned to live closer to family in Rutland, Vermont.  She later married Arthur Varga, of Rutland, in 1975 and they moved to Clarendon, Vermont until relocating to North Carolina in 1998.

Mrs. Varga spent her professional life as an executive assistant, working in a variety of positions including as a secretary at Third Army headquarters and as an assistant to Herbert Philbrik, an undercover FBI agent and author.  She assisted him in writing his book “I Led Three Lives” which tells of his time posing undercover in the communist party. She spent over 20 years as an assistant at Siliski and Buzzell, a CPA firm in Rutland before retiring in 1998. Barbara and Arthur spent many years raising and training harness race horses and racing them throughout New England and New York. 

After retiring in North Carolina, Barbara enjoyed spending time with her family, her church, and her pets.  She enjoyed the weather and opportunity to be outside walking or gardening.  Her second husband, Arthur, preceded her in death in 2009. 

She will be greatly missed by her family including her children, Gregg McKay and wife, Connie, of Middletown, RI,  Scott McKay and wife, Judy of Rutland, VT, Lanell Perkins and husband Lee of Swansboro, NC, Kim Sutton and husband Terry of Moncure, NC; and stepson, Ron Varga and wife Pam of Muskegon, MI; her grandchildren, Shawna McKay Gleason, Kelsey McKay, Ryan McKay, Kyle Perkins, Briana Perkins, Kendall Sutton, and Shane Sutton; and her great-grandchildren, John Gleason and McKay Gleason. 

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Mrs. Frances Shepherd and Ms. Joyce Sloan who assisted with her care over the last couple of years. 

Visitation was held Monday, March 18th, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Donaldson Funeral Home in Pittsboro, NC and funeral services were held at 1 p.m., Tuesday, March 19th, at Chatham United Methodist Church, Moncure, NC.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that gifts be made to either Chatham United Methodist Church – Children’s programs (1826 Chatham Church Road, Moncure, NC 27559) to honor her love for the Lord, children, and her church; or to CARE (Chatham Area Rescue & Education, PO Box 610, Pittsboro, NC 27312 or www.chathamanimalrescue.org) to honor her love of all animals. 

On condolences may be left at www.donaldsonfunerals.com.

SUSIE JANET SPARKS CARROLL

Susie Janet Sparks Carroll, age 74, of Pittsboro, died Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at UNC Hospitals.

Janet was born in Wilkes County, North Carolina on June 28, 1944 to the late James Walter Sparks and Myrtle Marie Sparks. She was also preceded in death by her husband George Carroll, son Chris Carroll, and two brothers, James Floyd Sparks and Roy Lee Sparks.

Surviving relatives include her son, Steve Carroll and wife Sandra of Pittsboro; four grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; two brothers, Ralph Edward Sparks and wife Mary of Sanford and Randy Eugene Quick of Sanford. A memorial service was held Sunday, March 17, 2019 at 2 p.m. at Chatham United Methodist Church with Rev. Danny Berrier presiding. Committal service followed in the church cemetery. Immediately following the committal service the family received friends in the church fellowship hall.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that memorial contributions be made in Janet’s memory to Chatham United Methodist Church, 1826 Chatham Church Road, Moncure, NC 27559.

Condolences may be made at: www.donaldsonfunerals.com.

Donaldson Funeral Home & Cremation is honored to serve the Carroll family.

BRET KELLY

Mr. Bret Kelly, 57, passed away Friday evening, March 15, 2019 at the VA Hospital in Durham, NC.

A native of Dallas Texas, Bret was born July 27, 1961 to Diana Woodcock and the late Daniel Kelly.

Bret was a decorated combat medic with the 82nd Airborne division in wartime and in peace. He was a member of the 187th in peace time.  He served his country honorably from 1980 until medically retired in 1988. He worked in IT with Accounting Machine Systems and the Chatham County government. Then he became a successful farrier. Bret had numerous achievements. He was a Master Mason and a past Master of Columbus Lodge 102 in Pittsboro; he was a past Commander of Chapter 91 of the Disabled American Veterans. He was a member of Col. David Fanning’s NC Loyalist Militia, a Revolutionary War Reenacting unit; and he was also known as Asbjorn Berbeinn, in the Society for Creative Anachronism.

Bret is survived by his wife of 29 years, Donna Kelly; his mother and stepfather, Diana and Warren Woodcock; his sister and her husband, Laura and Keith Haas; his niece and her husband, Renee and Tom Callens; nephew, Rion Ridley; great-nephew, Merritt Lloyd Callens; father- and mother-in-law, Don and Irmgard Ireland; brother- and sister-in-law Gary and Terri Ireland; along with many colleagues, friends and brothers-in-arms.

In addition to his father, Bret was preceded in death by his daughter, Caitlin Erin Kelly.

A service to honor the life and memory of Bret Kelly will be held at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 21, 2019, at Donaldson Funeral Home, 396 West Street, Pittsboro, NC 27312.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Bret’s honor to the: Masonic Home for Children at Oxford, 600 College Street, Oxford, NC 27565, mhc-oxford.org.

Condolences may be made at: www.donaldsonfunerals.com.

BETTIE MILDRED DARNELL PILKINGTON

Bettie Mildred Darnell Pilkington, 77, of Pittsboro, died Saturday, March 16, 2019 at her home.

Bettie was born in Chatham County, North Carolina on December 1, 1941 to the late Leon Darnell and Zonie Bright Darnell. She was also preceded in death by her sister Wilma Manning.

Survivors include her husband, Jimmy Pilkington; son, Michael Pilkington and wife Anne of Pittsboro; daughter, Sheila Crowder and husband Rick of Sanford; two grandsons, Caleb Pilkington and Brandon Maness, three great-grandchildren, Kayla, Michael, and Violet; and one brother, Jesse Darnell and wife Katie of Bear Creek.

A graveside service was held Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at 2 p.m. at Antioch Christian Church Cemetery with Rev. Val Chadwick presiding.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in her memory to UNC Hospice, P.O. Box 1077, Pittsboro, NC 27312.

Condolences may be made at: www.donaldsonfunerals.com

Donaldson Funeral Home & Cremation is honored to serve the Pilkington family.

MRS. SYLVIA H. CROUSE

Mrs. Sylvia H. Crouse, 69, of Burlington, passed away Friday, March 15, 2019, at Alamance Regional Medical Center.

A native of Chatham County, she was wife of the late Bobby Crouse and daughter of the late Hughes Harris and Margie Isley Harris. She was a retired textile employee and member of Glen Raven Baptist Church.

Surviving are a son, Michael Emery (Kelli) of Graham; three step-sons, Brian Crouse (Torie), Danny Crouse and Brad Crouse; three grandchildren, Taylor, Kyndall and Joshua; eight step-grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a brother, Darrell Harris (Debbie) of Siler City. She was preceded in death by a step-daughter, Crystal Crouse.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 21, at the Rich & Thompson Chapel in Burlington with Pastor Tadd Grandstaff officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Vernon Church Cemetery, 3631 Mt. Vernon – Hickory Mtn. Rd., Siler City.

The family will receive friends at Rich & Thompson Funeral Service in Burlington from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday evening and at Mrs. Crouse’s residence on Monday and Tuesday evening.

RONNIE PHILLIP PUGH

Mr. Ronnie Phillip Pugh, 68, of Bennett, passed away on Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at his residence.

A graveside memorial service with full military honors provided by the Randolph County Honor Guard was held on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at 2 p.m. at Bennett Baptist Church Cemetery.

Ronnie was born April 20, 1950 to Willard Issac and Lucy Ella Phillips Pugh, who preceded him in death. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard for 16 years and the U.S. Navy for 4 years.

He is survived by his sister, Lili Ellen Onufryk of Clark Summit, PA; brother, Lanny “Buster” Pugh of Bennett.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Bennett Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, P.O. Box 91, Bennett, NC 27208.

Condolences may be offered on-line at: www.joycebradychapel.com.

VELMA GRACE BULLARD CASTRO

Velma Grace Bullard Castro, 62, of Sanford, passed away Monday, March 11, 2019 at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital.

The funeral service was held at 3 p.m. on Thursday, March 14, 2019 at Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home with Josh Dickens officiating. Burial followed in Holly Springs Baptist Church Cemetery.

She was born in Lee County on October 13, 1956 to the late Calvin Monroe Bullard and Nellie Mae Heath Bullard. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Patricia Wooten; a sister, Linda Boggs and a brother, Billy Ray Bullard. She worked for Golden Poultry for many years.

She is survived by her husband, David Michael Castro; son, Major James F. Baker, III of Oklahoma; two step-children, David Castro, Jr. of Florida and Deanna Rodeo of Guam; brother, Eddie Monroe Bullard of Sanford; two sisters, Mary Coleen Shipman of Reidsville, Debbie Lynn Smithey of Reidsville; eleven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the funeral home to assist the family with funeral expenses, 600 West Main Street, Sanford, NC 27332 or online at: www.funeraldonationapp.com.

Arrangements by Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home.

Condolences may be made at: www.bridgescameronfuneralhome.com.

JEAN PRESSLEY SPARROW

Jean Pressley Sparrow, 91, of Chapel Hill passed away Monday, March 11, 2019.

Funeral services were held Friday, March 15, 2019, at noon, at Amity United Methodist Church. Burial was in Westwood Cemetery in Carrboro.

Mrs. Sparrow was born in Asheville, the daughter of the late Mary Pauline Pearson Pressley and Floyd James Pressley, Sr. Over her career, Jean worked at UNC Memorial Hospital and with the Chapel Hill City Schools, but will be remembered by the many teenagers as the director of the Chapel Hill recreation department “teen” program throughout the 1960’s. Jean was involved in the Beta Sigma Phi sorority.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Donald Sparrow, Sr., her sons, Ronald Crabtree, Tim Cummins, brothers Floyd J. Pressley, Jr. and William (Bill) E. Pressley.

Survivors include her sons, Donald Sparrow, Jr. of Annapolis, MD, Russell Sparrow of Surf City, David Sparrow, Richard Sparrow, and Edward Sparrow, all of Chapel Hill; ten grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren.

Flowers and online memorials may be made at: www.donaldsonfunerals.com.

WENCESLAO CARLOS GUMUCIO

Wenceslao Carlos Gumucio, 72, of Siler City passed away Thursday, March 14, 2019 at UNC Hospice, Pittsboro.

The family received friends Saturday, March 16, 2019 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Smith & Buckner Funeral Home.

Mr. Gumucio was born in La Paz, Bolivia on September 28, 1946. He was the owner and operator of Tienda Diana in Siler City.

He is survived by his wife, Luz (Ruiz) Gumucio; daughters, Angelica Gumucio and Jessica Gumucio; sons, Charles Gumucio, Pierre Gumucio; and three grandchildren.

Online condolences may be made at: www.pughfuneralhome.com.

ANDREW LEWIS RIPLEY III

Andrew Lewis Ripley III, 75, of Pittsboro, died Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at his home.

A graveside service was held Thursday, March 14, 2019 at 3 p.m. at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church Cemetery with Rev. Robert Elmore presiding.

Andrew was born in Durham County on October 28, 1961 to Andrew Lewis Ripley, Jr. and Shirley Gooch Ripley.

He is survived by his life partner, TJ Littleford; brothers; Dana Ripley of Durham, Pat Hayes of Pittsboro, and Tom Hayes of Winston Salem.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, 1309 N. Pea Ridge Road, Pittsboro, NC 27312.

Condolences may be made at: www.donaldsonfunerals.com.

ALICE MAUDE JONES ROSSER

Alice Maude Jones Rosser, 91, of Sanford, passed away Friday, March 15, 2019 at Central Carolina Hospital.

The funeral was held at 2 p.m. Monday, March 18, 2019 at Hillview Christian Assembly Church with Rev. Ray Bodin officiating. Burial followed in Poplar Springs Church Cemetery.

Mrs. Rosser was the daughter of the late Olan and Emma Jones. She retired from Alltell Heins after 38 years, and was a member of Hillview Christian Assembly Church. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Curtis Leon Rosser; sisters, Nell Hoffman, Bernice Bourne and Elizabeth Elvis.

Survivors include daughters, Kayron A. Rosser of Sanford, Sherry L. Wallace of Cameron; one grandson; sisters, Eunice Brown and Azalee Brown, both of Conway, SC.

Condolences may be made at: www.bridgescameronfuneralhome.com.

THOMAS WILLIAM PULLIAM

Thomas William Pulliam, 94, of Madison, passed away Sunday, March 17, 2019.

The family received friends from 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home. A graveside service followed at 3 p.m. at Jonesboro Cemetery with Keith Knight officiating.

He was born in Ridgeway, Virginia to the late Roy Pulliam and Brooksie Watkins Pulliam. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Josephine Nickens Pulliam; daughter, Lisa Jo Pulliam; brothers, Drewey Pulliam, Johnny Pulliam, Billy Pulliam and Charlie Pulliam; sisters, Gaynell Land, Ann Whitley, Daisy Collins, Mae Knowles and Ada McGlamy. Tom served his country for 27 years in the US Army with tours of duty which included World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War.

Command Sergeant Major Thomas Pulliam served a long, distinguished career in the United States Army. Throughout his years of service, Tom received many accolades and honors, such as the World War II Bronze Star and Purple Heart, WWII Victory Medal, American Theater Campaign Medal, Army of Occupation Medal, Army Good Conduct, Army Commendation Medal, Airborne Paratroopers Wings, Army Senior Jump Wings, Jumpmaster Wings, Korean Bronze Star and Purple Heart, Vietnam Bronze Star and Purple Heart, Airborne Regimental, Korean War Service Medal, United Nations Korean Service, Korean Defense Service Medal, Korean War Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam War Medal and Ribbon, and Vietnam Service Medal and Ribbon.

Surviving relatives include a brother, Donald Pulliam of Mayodan; sisters, Ellene Manuel and Shirley Boles, both of Mayodan.

Condolences may be made at: www.bridgescameronfuneralhome.com.

WILLIAM ANDERSON FARROW

William Anderson Farrow, 65, of Linwood, formerly of Sanford, passed on Monday, March 4, 2019 at Glen A. Kiser Hospice House in Salisbury.

Announced by Knotts Funeral Home, Sanford.

LINDA SUZANNE GOODNIGHT HARWARD

Linda Suzanne Goodnight Harward, 69, of Holly Springs, died Sunday, March 17, 2019 at WakeMed Hospital in Raleigh.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at a later date.

Linda was born in Cabarrus County on July 22, 1949 to the late Fred Ransom Goodnight and Mary Ellen Odell Goodnight. She was also preceded in death by her brother, Freddie Goodnight.

Surviving relatives include her husband, Mike Harward; one granddaughter; daughter, Erin Gaines of Knightdale; stepson, Joey Harward of Apex; step-daughter, Dawn Edwards of Julian; step-son, Rob Edwards of Jacksonville; and five grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to American Cancer Society, PO Box 42040, Oklahoma City, OK 73123.

Condolences may be made at: www.donaldsonfunerals.com.

Donaldson Funeral Home & Cremation is honored to serve the Harward family.

TONY ROBERT SEYMORE

Tony Robert Seymore, 60, of Sanford, passed away on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at UNC Hospital in Chapel Hill.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 17, 2019 at Liberty Chapel Church in Moncure. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

CSM TERRY LEE

CSM Terry Lee, 62, of Texarkana, TX, formerly of Sanford, passed away on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at MD Anderson Hospital in Houston, TX.

Local arrangements by: Knotts Funeral Home, Sanford.

SAM HARRIS, SR.

Mr. Sam Harris Sr., 67, of Siler City passed away on Friday, March 15, 2019 in Durham.

Arrangements by: Knotts and Son Funeral Home.

SHARON ANN MILLER

Mrs. Sharon Ann Miller, 75, of Cameron, passed on Friday, March 15, 2019 at Central Carolina Hospitals in Sanford.

Arrangements by: Knotts Funeral Home.

WILLIAM ‘DOODLE’ CARY FRYE

Mr. William “Doodle” Cry Frye, 65, of Winston-Salem, passed on Friday, March 15, 2019 at Royal Oaks Assisted Living in Sanford.

Services were held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at Knotts Funeral Home, Sanford.

ANTONIO MELVIN FEASTER

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

Funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 16, 2019 at Knotts Funeral Home, Sanford.

DWAYNE EVANS BELTON

Dwayne Evans Belton, 57, of Cameron, passed away on Monday, March 18, 2019 at Central Carolina Hospital.

Arrangements by Knotts Funeral Home, Sanford.

LEON OTHELLA BEAN

Mr. Leon Othello Bean, 73, of Sanford passed on Friday, March 15, 2019 at Central Carolina Hospital.

Visitation was held from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at Tempting Congregational Church. The funeral followed at 11 a.m. in the church.

WILLIE MORRISON, JR.

Willie Morrison Jr., 70 of Cameron, passed Saturday, March 16, 2019 at VA Medical Center, Fayetteville.

Arrangements By: Knotts Funeral Home, Sanford

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