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Obituaries for April 3, 2019

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J.C. Mendenhall Jr.

J.C. Mendenhall Jr., 83, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on March 25, 2019.

He was born in Siler City, NC on October 9, 1935 to the late J.C. Mendenhall Sr. and Irene Brewer Mendenhall. After playing football, baseball, and other sports, he graduated from Siler City High School. He then faithfully served our country in the US Army. He retired from City Motors in Greensboro, NC after over 38 years of dedicated service, as the business manager. In addition, he and his wife Nancy Mendenhall enjoyed a photography business, in their spare time.

He trusted the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal Savior at a young age and was part of the Shannon Hills Bible Chapel family from 1962 to the present. There he served as a Sunday school teacher, and later became an elder. It was important to him to set a godly example for the young men he led in Sunday school and those he mentored. He had a special place in his heart for the ministry of Mountain Top Youth Camp, and was known for his consistent faithfulness to his Lord, his family, and his church.

As a husband, father, and grandfather, he relentlessly loved, provided, and supported those he loved, unconditionally. He modeled God-fearing wisdom along with gentleness, integrity, and strength. Married for over 60 years, he provided an example of a faithful Christian marriage. He enjoyed golf, photography, traveling, and attending his grandsons sporting events.

J.C. is survived by his wife, Nancy; his children, Marla Vincent (Tim), Donna Mendenhall, Mark Mendenhall (Anna); and his grandchildren, Janna, Parker, Tye, and Eric Mendenhall.

In honor of his life, the family received visitors on Saturday, March 30, 2019 at Shannon Hills Bible Chapel from 12 to 2 p.m. The funeral service was held at 2 p.m., with Interment following at Forest Lawn Cemetery. If you desire to honor J.C.’s memory, you may send flowers to Hanes Lineberry Funeral Home at 515 N Elm St. Greensboro, NC 27401. Contributions may be sent to Mountain Top Youth Camp at 6311 Sable Lane, Greensboro, NC 27406.

Online condolences may be offered at:


Bobbie Smith Lucas, 85, of Siler City died Wednesday, March 27, 2019.

Mrs. Lucas was born in Chatham County on July 28, 1933, the daughter of Millard Vance and Alice Elizabeth (Quakenbush) Smith. Bobbie was a member of Mount Vernon United Methodist Church and retired from Collins & Aikman. She was a hard, dedicated worker and continued in retirement to devote her time and energy to caring for her “special children”.

Bobbie was preceded in death by her husband, Eber Lee Lucas; her parents; brothers, Carl Camp Smith and Jack Smith; and special, daughter-in-law, Mary Lucas.

She is survived by sons, Johnny Lucas, Jimmy Lucas and wife Jane, Billy Lucas and Wayne Lucas, all of the home; nephews, Carl Smith and wife Teresa, Jackie Smith and wife Shirley; sister-in-law, Ruth Smith, all of Siler City; Special Children, David, Davy, and Reid; adopted daughter, Annette and Special Little Girl, Abigail.

The family received friends Saturday, March 30, 2019 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Smith & Buckner Funeral Home, 230 North Second Avenue, Siler City. The funeral was held Sunday, March 31, 2019 at 2 p.m. at Mount Vernon United Methodist Church, 3631 Mt. Vernon-Hickory Mountain Road, Siler City with Rev. Jason Dickerson officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Mount Vernon United Methodist Church, 3631 Mt. Vernon-Hickory Mountain Road, Siler City, NC 27344 or Liberty Home Care and Hospice, 401 East Third Street, Siler City, NC 27344.

Online condolences may be made at:


Eula Hardister Burns, 88, of Bear Creek died Thursday, March 28, 2019 at UNC Hospitals.

Mrs. Burns was born September 11, 1930, the daughter of R. Dolphus and Frances (Little) Hardister. Eula was a member of Sandy Branch Baptist Church and the senior Sunday School Class. She was a homemaker, who enjoyed reading her Bible, working puzzles, yard work and going out to eat. Eula was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph F. Burns; her parents; sisters, Jean Garner, Gail Maness and Sue Baker; brothers, J. L. Hardister and an infant brother.

She is survived by two daughters, Frances A. Smith and husband Bill of Staley, Pat Lowman and husband Steve of Siler City; two sons, Mike Burns and wife Jenny of Bear Creek, Jackie Burns of Bennett; two sisters,: Mary H. Snuggs of Badin, Elsie H. Phillips of Bear Creek; one brother, Ray Hardister and wife Barbara of Bennett; grandchildren, P. J. (Ashley) and Chris Lowman, Brandy Pearce (Josh), Brittany Smith (Kyle), Sara Jo Burns, and Mary Wilson (Larry); fourteen great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

The family received friends Saturday, March 30, 2019 from 1 to 2 p.m. at Sandy Branch Baptist Church, and other times at the family home. The funeral followed Saturday at 2 p.m. at Sandy Branch Baptist Church with Rev. Jesse Lott officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Sandy Branch Baptist Church, 715 Sandy Branch Church Road, Bear Creek, NC 27207 or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-9959,

Smith & Buckner Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Online condolences may be made at:


Emma Jean “Sis” Willett Hoffman, 76, of Lexington, passed away Sunday, March 31, 2019 at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center surrounded by her loving family.

The graveside service will be held on Thursday, April 4, 2019 at 2 p.m. at Bennett Baptist Church, where she was a member, with Rev. Edwin Moore and Tony Estridge presiding. The family will receive friends in the fellowship hall after the service.

Emma was born on June 16, 1942 to Rudolph and Pearl Routh Willett. She was retired from the upholstery business. She enjoyed playing bingo, cooking for her family, UNC basketball, going to Cherry Grove beach with her friends and spending time with her family. She especially treasured time spent with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, Emma was preceded in death by her brother, R.C. “Tink Willett” and an infant sister.

She is survived by daughters, Donna Langley of Staley, Carla Thomas of Liberty, Pam Tysinger (Eddie) of Lexington; son, Greg Brafford of Lexington; ten grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, with another one on the way; sisters, Elaine Estridge (Tony) of Bennett, Dottie Mendenhall (Larry) of Siler City; brothers, James “Bub” Willett (Vernece) of Bennett, Bill Willett (Pat) of Bennett; and a host of family and friends.

Special thanks to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Cancer Center ICU and nurse Grace for their excellent care.

Flowers are accepted or donations may be made to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, 1 Medical Center Blvd., Winston-Salem, NC 27157.

Condolences may be offered online at:

Joyce-Brady Chapel is honored to serve the Hoffman Family.


Earlie Wade Brady, 83, of High Falls died Thursday, March 28, 2019.

The Celebration of his Life will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at Prosperity Friends Meeting, 2449 River Road, Robbins, NC 27325 with Reverend Robert Lee Kidd presiding. Burial will follow the service in the church cemetery.

Earlie was born on March 27,1936 in High Falls, (Moore County) NC to the late Rassie B. and Allie Davis Green Brady. The youngest of ten children, he joins his granddaughter Jessica Ann Brady, and nine siblings in Heaven: Joseph Graham Brady, Edward Louis Brady, Mary Carol True, James Warren Brady, Harrison Coolidge Brady, R. B., Jr. Brady, Herbert Lindy Brady, Charlie Eldridge Brady, and Marvin Edison Brady.

Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 60 years, Katherine Wilson Brady; one daughter, Anna Brady and partner Lisa; one son, Paul Brady and wife Cathy; one grandson, Owen Brady and wife Abby; special in-laws, and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins.

An active member of his community, Earlie lived a life of servant-leadership, serving others through various organizations and leading initiatives that advanced our community in the farming and agricultural business, telecommunications industry, and education field. He was a faithful leader and member of Prosperity Friends Meeting for over 60 years, and a Board Member of the Randolph Telephone Membership Cooperation for over 40 years. Earlie retired in 2002 as the Live Operations Manager of Townsend Inc. after a 42-year career in the poultry industry. He loved the people he led and served, and enjoyed the relationships he developed through the years.

When his children were in school, he served on the Moore County Board of Education for four years, the North Moore High School Advisory Council, and the High Falls Elementary School PTSA.

The family will receive friends at Joyce-Brady Chapel, Monday, April 8 from 6 to 8 p.m. Friends are welcome to visit at other times in the home.

We are grateful to the numerous family members and friends who have loved and supported Earlie and family through the years, especially recently. We are thankful to the doctors, nurses, and Hospice staff who provided medical attention and genuine care.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are encouraged to be made to the First Health Hospice of Pinehurst to ensure that future families benefit from the patient care and family support they provide, or to the Prosperity Friends Meeting Cemetery Fund.

Condolences may be offered online at:


Sandra Angelet Robinson Ridge, 70, of Asheboro, died Sunday, March 31, 2019 at The Randolph Hospice House in Asheboro.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m., Thursday, April 4, 2019, at Ridge Funeral Home Chapel, Asheboro, with Pastor Anthony Cheek officiating, Burial will follow at Randolph Memorial Park.

Born in Chatham County, NC, on January 1, 1949, Sandra was the daughter of the late Edgar Alexander Robinson and Evelyn Angelet Scott Robinson. She worked at Jockey International and was a great homemaker. Sandra enjoyed her hobbies of cross stitching, gardening, and canning her vegetables. She loved and took care of her family including her cat “Jackson”, and made everyone feel special. Mrs. Ridge was an avid NASCAR fan, especially Dale Earnhardt, and huge Carolina Basketball fan.

Surviving are her husband, Dennis Ridge, of the home; daughters Angie Winslow and husband Bruce, of Asheboro, Amy Staton, and husband Jessie of Greenville, NC; brother, Tom Robinson and wife Jackie of Fayetteville; grandchildren, Logan Winslow, Ross Winslow, Nathan McDonald, Ridge McDonald, and Ryan Staton.

The family will receive friends at Ridge Funeral Home from 10 to 11 a.m., Thursday, April 4, 2019, at Ridge Funeral Home, and other times at the home.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Randolph, P.O. Box 9, Asheboro, NC 27204, and MS Society, 3101 Industrial Drive, Suite 210, Raleigh, NC, 27609.

Condolences may be made online at:


William “Bill” David Watkins, Jr. age 74, of Siler City, died Sunday, March 31, 2019 at his home.

Bill was born in Alma, Georgia on October 8, 1944 to the late William David Watkins, Sr. and Ollie Carver Watkins. He was also preceded in death by one brother Parnell Watkins and one sister Sylvia Watkins.

Survivors include his wife Sarah Watkins; son, James Freeman Hutchins, Sr. of Siler City; three daughters, Pamela Lynn Hutchins of Siler City, Laura Ann Tilley of Lexington, Melissa Ann Watkins of Pennsylvania and her three children; one brother, Sonny Watkins of Thomaston, Georgia; and one sister, Euleta Watkins of Thomaston, Georgia; six grandchildren, William Daniel Ball, Sr., James Freeman Hutchins, Jr., Sarah Lynn Ball, Stephen Jospeh Hutchins, Joseph Allen Wagner, James Thomas Tilley, and two great-grandchildren, William Daniel Ball, Jr., and Allison Lynn Howe.

The family received friends Wednesday, April 3, 2019 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Donaldson Funeral Home & Cremation. A graveside service will be held Thursday, April 4, 2019 at 3 p.m. at Emmaus Baptist Church with Pastor Steve Moore presiding.

In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8517.

Condolences may be made online at:

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

Pauline Patterson Perrell

Pauline Patterson Perrell, 96, of Bear Creek died Tuesday, March 26, 2019.

The funeral was held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 29, 2019 at Sandy Branch Baptist Church with Rev. Jesse Lott and Rev. Marc Sanders officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

Ms. Perrell was born in Rhea County, TN on January 11, 1923, the daughter of Ben Martin and Sarah Annie (Carroll) Patterson. Pauline was a member of Sandy Branch Baptist Church and a homemaker. Pauline was preceded in death by her husband, Elvid Hampton Perrell; sons, Melvin Ed Perrell and Jerry Franklin Perrell.

She is survived by one daughter, Freda Schinsky and husband John of Bear Creek; six grandchildren, fourteen great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren.

Online condolences may be made at:


Kathryn Bryant Tucker Poindexter, 98, of Sanford, passed away on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at Central Carolina Hospital.

The funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 30, 2019 with Dr. Jerry Burton officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

She was born in Surry County on August 18, 1920, to the late Edgar Watson Tucker and Leticia Susan Bryant Tucker. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Tommy Edward Poindexter, Sr. Kathryn was the oldest surviving member of Rocky Fork Christian Church. She was a homemaker.

She is survived by her daughter, Pat Banks of Sanford; sons, Laurence Poindexter and Thomas “Tommy” Poindexter, Jr., both of Sanford; five grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

Condolences may be made at:


John David Patrick, 82, of Snow Camp, died Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at Chatham Hospital in Siler City.

Memorial services were held at 11 a.m., Saturday, March 30, 2019, at Loflin Funeral Home Chapel, Ramseur, with Tim Laughlin, officiating.

David was a native of Geneva, NY, retired from Kellwood Apparel, a veteran of the U.S. Army and a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Liberty. He was preceded in death by his parents, John Howard and Mazie Mix Patrick, step-son, Jeffrey Wayne Stewart, and one grandchild.

Survivors include his wife, Sennie Marie Patrick of the home; daughters, Elizabeth Michele Duncan of Greensboro, Tamara Gwen Neal of Julian; son, Timothy “Tim” Robert Patrick of Sophia; step-daughters, Linda Sue Brown of Bear Creek, Donna Charlene Barnes of Riegelwood; step-son, James Dudley Sykes of Riegelwood; nineteen grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.

Condolences may be made online at:

Memorials may be made to Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 4820 State Road 2417, Liberty, NC 27298.


Mrs. Shirley Bland Hood, 82, of Pittsboro, passed away on Monday, March 25, 2019 at UNC Hospice Home in Pittsboro.

Funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 31, 2019 at Mt Sinai AME Church. Interment followed at Pittsboro Community Cemetery.

Survivors include a son, John V. Hood; brother, Thomas Ross Bland; sisters, Florence Bland Rone and Sarah Bland, all of Pittsboro.


Jacqueline Burch Donnell, 54, of Sanford passed away on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at WakeMed in Raleigh.

Arrangements by: Knotts Funeral Home.


Mary Washington Williams, 91, of Sanford, passed on Sunday, March 31, 2019 at her residence.

Arrangements by: Knotts Funeral Home.


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