Posted 4/12/19

david melvin Patterson, jr.

Dallas Melvin Patterson, Jr., 75, of Pleasant Hill Church Road, Siler City died Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at Duke University Medical Center, Durham.

Mr. Patterson was …

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Jerome “Jerry” Kenneth Powell

Jerome “Jerry” Kenneth Powell, 79, of Siler City died Saturday, April 6, 2019 at Siler City Center, surrounded by his family.

Mr. Powell was born March 15, 1940 in Jackson County, Missouri, the son of Vincent and Mary (Neagle) Powell. He was a graduate of Rockhurst College in Kanas City, Mo. Jerry was a retired IT Manager for Glaxo, a member of St. Julia’s Catholic Church and a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather involved in the active lives of his family.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Joseph Powell; sister, Catherine Wilson and a granddaughter, Sydney Ellyn Powell.

He is survived by his wife, Carolyn (Miller) Powell; two daughters, Theresa Williams and husband, Dennis of Pittsboro, Dorinda Powell and fiance’, Larry Adams of Lake Royale, NC; one son, Kenneth Powell and wife, Jessica of Winston-Salem, NC; seven grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren; sisters and brothers, Dr. Alice Pita, William Powell, Brian Powell, Maria Norton, Michael Powell and Patrick Powell.

The family will receive friends Friday, April 12, 2019 from 6 to 8 p.m. with a Rosary service at 7:30 p.m. at Smith & Buckner Funeral Home, 230 North Second Avenue, Siler City, NC.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Julia Catholic Church, 210 Harold Hart Road, Siler City. Burial will follow in Chatham Memorial Park, Siler City.

Memorials may be made to Chatham County Council on Aging, 365 NC 87, Pittsboro, NC 27312 or to the Children’s Tumor Foundation, c/o Anna’s

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Dallas Melvin Patterson, Jr.

Dallas Melvin Patterson, Jr., 75, of Pleasant Hill Church Road, Siler City died Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at Duke University Medical Center, Durham.

Mr. Patterson was born in Warwick County, Virginia on September 26, 1943, the son of Dallas Melvin Patterson, Sr. and Sadie (Sutton) Patterson. Dallas was a retired contractor in home construction and a devoted family man. He will be greatly missed.

He is survived by his wife: Diane (Bergeron) Patterson; son, David Bernier (Linnea); grandson, Jackson Bernier; brother, Richard Patterson (Deborah); sister, Sadie Peters; nieces and nephews, Tiffany Raynor, Megan Eckert (Mike), Harris Patterson, Andrea Jones (Teddy), and Brett Peters (Sarah).

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Smith & Buckner Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Online condolences may be made at:

Lori Christine Coates Gibson

Lori Christine Coates Gibson, 57, of Stout Acres Road, Ramseur, formerly of Siler City, died Sunday, April 7, 2019.

Mrs. Gibson was born in Muskingum, Ohio on December 11, 1961, the daughter of James Anthony and Carolyn Anders Coates. She was employed by Terminix in Burlington as office manager. Lori was preceded in death by her parents.

She is survived by her husband, Terry Lee Gibson; one son, Kyle Anthony Gibson of the home; one brother, James Anthony Coates, Jr. of Zanesville, Ohio; numerous cousins; best friends, Patty and Larry Glass; and her canine companions, Ragz and Rusty.

The family will receive friends, Wednesday, April 10, 2019 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Smith & Buckner Funeral Home, 230 North Second Avenue, Siler City, NC.

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Dr. Brooks W. Gilmore, M.D.

Dr. Brooks W. Gilmore, M.D., age 89, passed away peacefully on Friday, April 5th, 2019 at Friends Homes West in Greensboro, North Carolina.

A Service of Remembrance was held at 11 a.m. on April 10th, 2019 at Forbis & Dick North Elm Street Chapel, 1118 North Elm Street, Greensboro NC 27401. Visitation immediately followed that service. A graveside service was held at 2:15 p.m. at Gilmore Memorial Park, 6504 Liberty Road, Julian, NC 27283.

Dr. Gilmore was born in Greensboro, NC on September 17, 1929 to Dr. Clyde Manley Gilmore and Whannie Webster Gilmore. He is predeceased by his brother and two sisters.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Dawn Leach Gilmore of the home; his daughters, Dora Nelson (Mac) of Asheville, NC, Edie Gilmore (Sam Pelligra) of Greensboro, NC, Anne Thorn of Greensboro, NC, and Nancy Davenport (Jay) of Greensboro, NC; grandchildren, Major Paul Brooks Zeigler, USAF, of Montgomery, AL, Sgt. John M. Zeigler of Asheville, NC, Adam Thorn of Greensboro, NC, Kyle Pelligra (Claire), of Cary, NC, Rachael Thorn, of Philadelphia, PA, and Gina Perez (Christian) of Graham, NC.

Dr. Gilmore graduated from Greensboro High School and attended Wake Forest College where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. He entered the University of Pennsylvania Medical School and received his medical degree in 1956. After completing his residency at The Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia, he entered the US Army Medical Corps and was Chief of Medicine at the US Army Hospital at Fort Huachuca, Arizona.

Dr. Gilmore and his family returned to Greensboro in 1961 where he practiced medicine at the Gilmore Clinic for over fifty years. After his retirement from private practice in 1993, he spent three years serving as the resident physician for the Masonic Home in Greensboro.

His many accomplishments included serving on staff of Moses H. Cone Hospital and Wesley Long Hospital. Dr. Gilmore also served as Chief of Medicine and President of the Medical Board at Wesley Long Hospital and as Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine for the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. He loved teaching interns as much as he loved practicing medicine.

Dr. Gilmore was a member of the Guilford County Medical Society, the North Carolina Medical Society, The American Medical Society, the American College of Physicians, The American Association for the History of Medicine, and the Osler Society. He was also a Life Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine, London.

As a physician with wide-ranging interests, Dr. Gilmore was an active historian of North Carolina history, especially the genealogy and history of Guilford and Chatham counties.

The family extends their sincere appreciation to the many friends, family members, and the staff of Friends Homes West for their love, care and support.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

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jesse reid watts

Jesse Reid Watts, 87, of Siler City died Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at UNC Hospice, Pittsboro.

Mr. Watts was born in Richmond, Virginia on August 8, 1931 the son of Harold Watts, Sr. and Olive (Prevette) Watts. Jesse was a member of the First Baptist Church of Siler City where he taught the Young People’s Sunday School Class and was a former member of the Siler City Jaycees. He was a graduate of East Carolina University and a retired contractor in home construction.

Jesse is survived by his wife of 60 years, Patricia (Harris) Watts; two daughters, Debra W. Yamrose and husband Scott, Angie Watts; one son, Steve Watts and wife Sherry; eight grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren; two brothers and two sisters.

A graveside service will be held Friday, April 12, 2019 at 2 p.m. at Oakwood Cemetery, Siler City with Rev. Tony Capehart officiating.

Smith & Buckner Funeral Home is assisting the family.

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