Posted 5/17/19


Cecil Thomas Weaver, 76, of 422 Pine Lake Drive, Siler City, passed away Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at Laurels of Chatham in Pittsboro, NC after a courageous battle with …

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March 7, 1926 - May 6, 2019

Pittsboro - Barbara Beye Lorie passed away on May 6, 2019 at her home at Blue Heron Farm in Chatham County, surrounded by loved ones.

Barbara lived a life of adventure and activism, with a strong belief in justice and community. She is survived by her beloved sons, Douglas Beye Lorie and his wife, Yvonne Trostli, and Anthony Beye Lorie. Barbara was born in Iowa City to Dr. Howard and Ruth Beye. She later lived in NYC and Palm Beach, and moved to Chapel Hill, NC in 1958 with her sons. She taught English in high schools in Chapel Hill, Southern Pines and Westchester, NY, where she inspired a generation of students. She retired to Chatham County in the early 1980’s and became a leading voice in political, environmental and community issues. She was part of the county task force to create recycling centers in Chatham County; took part in many battles against development, and for greater water protection. She clearly stated the issues, and was not afraid to be unpopular.

A life-long lover of books, she served for many years with Pittsboro Friends of the Library, arranging for speakers and artists to give presentations. She opposed a big industrial hog farm planned for Chatham, alerting others to the dangers and organizing others. She lobbied successfully for bike lanes to be built when Hwy 15-501 was expanded, and for recycling of Christmas trees by the county. She was a member for several years of the Alston Chapel Church and a life long advocate for civil rights, never forgetting the segregation and Jim Crow laws she saw in her youth. Her anti-racism work was recognized with the Nancy Susan Reynolds Award. She was a world traveler, home-builder, great cook and gardener. She was a founder of the Blue Heron Farm Intentional community, where she lived until the end of her life.

Condolences can be sent to the family at 393 East Road, Pittsboro.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to Alston Chapel Church, 1832 Alston Chapel Road, Pittsboro, NC 27312 or the Haw River Assembly, P.O. Box 187, Bynum, NC 27228,


Cecil Thomas Weaver, 76, of 422 Pine Lake Drive, Siler City, passed away Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at Laurels of Chatham in Pittsboro, NC after a courageous battle with cancer.

Born July 23, 1942, in Asheboro, NC, he was the son of the late Cecil C. and Rosa Collins Weaver. He was preceded in death by his wife, Diana Angel Weaver.

Tommy was a member of First Baptist Church. He grew up in Siler City where he played football and graduated from Jordan-Matthews High School in 1960. He attended Wake Forest College and served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves.

Banking was Tommy’s first career, and he later became a sales representative for 29 years with Bostik, Inc. of Boston, Massachusetts. He won many awards for salesmanship. Tommy enjoyed golf, fishing and watching westerns and sports on television, especially Wake Forest games.

Survivors are daughters, Donna Weaver of Siler City, Krista Miller (Jeff) of Lugoff, SC; grandchildren, Michael Thorpe, Mackenzie Miller, Maeve Miller and Joseph Lozada; sister, Judy Morris of Stafford, VA; nephew, the Reverend Jay Morris and his daughter, Elizabeth of Stafford, VA; sister-in-law, Robin Simpson (Tim) of Mayodan, NC and family; cousins, Diane Whitehead, Pat Perry (Pete), Ronnie Collins (Lana), Randy Collins (Kathy) and their families.

Visitation was held at the First Baptist Church, 314 North Second Avenue, Friday, May 10, from 10 to 11 a.m. At other times, the family was at 422 Pine Lake Drive, Siler City.

Funeral service was held Friday, May 10, 2019 at 11 a.m. at the First Baptist Church. The Reverend Jay Morris officiatied. Burial will follow at Loves Creek Cemetery, 1745 East Eleventh Street, Siler City.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church Capital Fund, 314 North Second Avenue, Siler City, NC 27344.

The family would like to thank the staff of Laurels of Chatham and especially, all of his caregivers for their compassionate care.

A very special thank you to Greg Evans and the Ladies of the Deli of Piggly Wiggly for all their exceptional attention to Tommy and adding so much joy to his life!

Smith & Buckner Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Online condolences may be made at:


Peggy Rogers Willett, 81, of Siler City, passed on to her Heavenly Father on May 8, 2019 due to complications from pancreatic cancer. She was surrounded by her family who loved and cherished her.

Peggy was born in Elkin, NC, on February 7, 1938, the daughter of Elmer and Beulah Settle Rogers. She began working as a teenager at United Telephone as a telephone operator in Siler City and continued working there for over 20 years. She also worked in supervisory positions at Heins Telephone in Sanford, Wesley Long/Cone Hospital and Cone Mills in Greensboro. She was the property manager at Braxton Manor Apartments in Siler City for ten years before retiring. She loved music, crocheting and sewing, lunch dates with special friends, ice cream, iced coffee and spoiling her little dog, Ginger. She especially loved spending time with all her family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother, Jimmy Rogers, and her daughter-in-law, Rita Willett. She is survived by her son, Tommy Willett of Siler City; daughter, Teresa Phillips and husband William of Siler City; grandson, Blake Phillips and wife Melinda, of Kansas City, Mo., and granddaughter, Rachael Phillips of Siler City; beloved sister, Frances Rogers of Siler City; sister-in-law, Faye Rogers of Winston-Salem; nephews, Chris Rogers of Winston-Salem and Tim Rogers of Clemmons.

A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held Sunday, May 19, 2019, at Brookdale Baptist Church, 1133 West Third Street, Siler City at 3 p.m. with family visitation following the service in the fellowship hall.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are encouraged to be made to Hospice of Randolph County, P.O. Box 9, Asheboro, NC 27204 to ensure that future families benefit from the patient care and family support they provide; or to Almost Home Dachshund Rescue, P.O. Box 9671, Greensboro, NC 27408.

Smith & Buckner Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Online condolences may be made at:


Walter Lynn “Buck” Petty, 83, of Bonlee-Bennett Road, Siler City died Saturday, May 11, 2019.

Mr. Petty was born in Chatham County on January 12, 1936, the son of Murphy Linwood and Edith (White) Petty. Buck attended Sandy Branch Baptist Church and Brookdale Baptist Church where he had served as a Deacon and taught Sunday School. Buck was the owner/operator of Bradshaw Supply, was a land developer for home construction, had owned and operated Petty Lodge, a Bed and Breakfast in Wilkesboro.

Buck enjoyed riding a bulldozer, dump truck and tractor. He also enjoyed fishing, camping and trips to the beach. He wanted memories of him to reflect his love for his family, ministering to others of Jesus and His love, and helping others.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Frances P. Denise; grandson, Jonathan Petty; and his first wife, Betty Burke Petty.

Buck is survived by his wife of 35 years, Elaine (Jacobs) Petty; three daughters, Debbie P. Roberts and husband, Dr. Rob Roberts of Asheboro, NC, Athena P. Tillman and husband, David of Siler City, and Jessica Austin and husband, Robert of Charlotte, NC; four sons, Walter L. Petty and wife, Abby of Siler City, Mike Petty and wife, Debby, of Siler City, Brian Webster and wife, Sarah of Wilkesboro, NC and Landon Webster and wife, Rhonda of Locust Grove, GA.; two brothers, Robert W. “Bob” Petty and wife, Betty of Siler City, and James E. “Jim” Petty and wife, Jane of Siler City; 14 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends Thursday, May 16, 2019 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Sandy Branch Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, 715 Sandy Branch Church Road, Bear Creek, NC. A graveside service will follow Thursday at 3 p.m. at Sandy Branch Baptist Church Cemetery with Rev. Don Potter, and Dr. Rob Roberts officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Fruit Ministries in Wilmington, Liberty Home Care and Hospice, 401 East Third Street, Siler City, NC 27344 or Chatham County Council On Aging, PO Box 715, Pittsboro, NC 27312.

Smith & Buckner Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Online condolences may be made at:


Mitzi West Brooks, 50, of Ronald Scott Road, Bear Creek died Saturday, May 11, 2019.

Mrs. Brooks was born in Forsyth County on May 8, 1969 the daughter of Larry and Wanda (Barker) West. Mitzi was a graduate of East Wilkes High School and Appalachian State University. She taught in Chatham County at Bennett, Bonlee and Moncure Elementary Schools and in Moore County at Robbins Elementary School and was the School Administrator in Randolph County at Neighbor’s Grove Academy.

Mitzi had attended Tyson’s Creek Baptist Church and served as a Sunday School Teacher, VBS Teacher and Christian Summer Camp Director at other churches. She was a member of Beulah Baptist Church and was a talented musician, traveling the Southeast singing Southern Gospel in churches and concerts, touching many hearts and lives. She was a business owner and active in Relay for Life in many counties. Teaching was her passion and she considered her students as a part of her family. She had a gift of sharing knowledge and making children eager to learn. Her children gave her life anew each day. She was a loving wife, mother, and daughter and her family was so very important to her.

She is survived by her husband of 25 years, Eric C. Brooks; son, Corey C. Brooks; daughter, Brittany M. Brooks; parents, Larry and Wanda (Barker) West of Elkin; father and mother-in- law, Les and Dianne Brooks of Bear Creek; sister-in-law, Gloria Cheek and husband, Paul; niece, Kristen Cheek, all of Asheboro and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

The family received friends Wednesday, May 15, 2019 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Smith & Buckner Funeral Home, 230 North Second Avenue, Siler City, and Thursday, May 16, 2019 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Beulah Baptist Church, 8454 Howard Mills Road, Bennett. The funeral will be Thursday, May 16, 2019 at 3:30 p.m. at Beulah Baptist Church with Dr. Walter Yoho, Rev. Robert Wachs, and Dr. Neal Jackson officiating. Burial was in Tyson’s Creek Baptist Church Cemetery, Bear Creek.

A memorial college fund for her children will be setup with Wells Fargo.

Online condolences may be made at:


Rodney A. Moore went Home to be with His Heavenly Father Saturday, May 11, 2019, following a short sickness with cancer.

His life will be celebrated at 1 p.m., Thursday, May 16, 2019 at Hanes-Lineberry N. Elm Chapel, Greensboro with Reverend Ken Klein and Dr. E. Keith Carroll officiating. Interment with military honors will follow at Lakeview Memorial Park. The family will receive friends beginning at 11:30 a.m., prior to the service, at Hanes Lineberry, N. Elm Chapel.

He was the son of Aster McManus and Daisy Robena Johnson Moore. He graduated from Chatham Central High School. Rodney was an Electrical Estimator/Designer. He was involved in such projects as Reynolds large machinery working with filters. When he was 72 he was awarded a 1.4 million dollar bid for a school electrical design. At 52 years of age he attended ECPI and graduated with honors.

Rodney was a long time member of Christ Wesleyan Church and was involved in various activities including building the Christmas floats for the Greensboro Christmas Parade for which the church won 1st prize every year they entered. He was the sound technician for the church plays including the Easter Sunrise Plays. Rodney and his wife Fran were the owners of MEI FONE TEK which made prepaid phone cards for some of the NASCAR drivers.

Rodney was preceded in death by his parents and his youngest brother, Ray Moore. In June of this year he would have celebrated 58 years of marriage with Frances Alexander Moore. He is also survived by two brothers and their wives, Danny and Anne Moore of Bear Creek and Eugene and Ruby Moore of Siler City; four sisters, Brenda (Jerry) Williamson of Southport, Faith Moore of Siler City, DeLora Moore of Bear Creek, and Sharon (Dave) DeBrebl of Southport; and many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to Hospice of the Piedmont.

Hanes-Lineberry, N. Elm Chapel is assisting the Moore family. Online condolences may be offered at:


William Horace Petty Sr., 90, passed away peacefully to be with his Lord Jesus on May 14, 2019.

Horace was born the son of Edward Hale Petty and Inez White Petty on July 11, 1928. He leaves behind his wife, Frances Gee Petty, his son Billy Petty (Von), daughter Gail Gibson (Charlie), son Bert Petty (Marilyn); grandchildren, Kelly Hall (Chris), Kristen Rundell (Ethan), Jonathan Petty (Nicole), great-grands, Katie Hall, Caleb Hall, John Anders Rundell, and Thomas Petty; special nephew, Dale Bryant and niece, Phyllis Hancock.

He was preceded in death by his mother and father, four sisters and three brothers. He and Frances were married for almost 68 years. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Siler City; and he was also a member of Hanks Chapel Church in Pittsboro before he and Frances moved to Siler City. He served faithfully in both churches in different ministries. He worked for Chatham Mills in Pittsboro, for 45 years, retiring as the Assistant Superintendent. Horace served for eight years as Town Councilman in Pittsboro. He was an avid sports fan; his favorite team being the Carolina Tarheels. He was loved and well-respected by all family members and friends.

The visitation will be on Saturday 2 to 3 p.m. and the funeral at 3 p.m. at Hanks Chapel Church in Pittsboro, NC.


Don Lee Holder Sr., 76, of Liberty passed away on May 13, 2019 at his home.

He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather who enjoyed woodworking and cabinet making.

The family will receive friends on Thursday evening from 6 until 8 p.m. at Loflin Funeral Home of Liberty. A funeral service will be held on Friday, May 17, 2019 at 2 p.m. at The Loflin Funeral Home Chapel with Franklin Bowman officiating; burial will follow in Dr. Clyde M. Gilmore Memorial Park.

Don was the son of the late Bennie Lawrence and Annie Nelma Murry Holder and was also preceded in death by one sister, Beverly Godfrey and two brothers, Robert Holder and Lawrence Holder.

Surviving is his wife, Mary Hellon Holder; daughters, Lori Ann Holder Johnson (Steve), Donna Gay Patterson (Daniel), Robin Garrett (Christopher), Christina Bowman (Franklin); sons, David Holder, Steven Andrews, and Donnie Holder, Jr. (Charlie); sisters, Nancy Holder and Barbara Holder; brothers and spouses, Wade Holder, Lennie Holder, Gaylon Holder, Frankie Holder and William Holder; grandchildren, Courtney Lee, Addison Johnson, Sydney Patterson, Jordan Brown, Remington Brown, Calum Jones, Colton Bean, Paislee Holder, Steven Andrews, Daniel Andrews, Autumn Andrews, Hailey Holder, Ivy Holder, Aeron Sheffield and Isaac Holder; and 10 great-grandchildren.

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Loflin Funeral Home of Liberty is honored to serve the Holder family.


Beverly Smith Jordan, 89, of Moon’s Chapel Road, Siler City died Sunday, May 12, 2019.

Mrs. Jordan was born in Washington, DC on February 2, 1930 the daughter of George B. and Sarah Roseannah (Darcey) Smith. She had worked in nursing but became a farmer’s wife working along side her husband on their dairy farm.

Beverly is survived by her husband of 67 years, Norman Jordan, Sr.; two daughters, Sheila A. Jordan and husband, Jerry Washington of Sunset Beach and Penny Wofford and husband, William of Greensboro; one son, Norman Jordan and wife, Karen of Siler City; granddaughters, Rebekah Wolford, Kristi Haas and husband, Bryn; grandson, Robert Washington; great-grandchildren, Olivia and Delia Haas.

The family will receive friends Friday, May 17, 2019 from 1 to 2 p.m. at Moon’s Chapel Baptist Church, 175 Moon’s Chapel Road, Siler City. The funeral will follow Friday at 2 p.m. at Moon’s Chapel Baptist Church with Dr. Patrick Fuller officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family request donations to Moon’s Chapel Baptist Church Building Fund, 175 Moon’s Chapel Road, or Silk Hope Junior Dairy Show, c/o Ashley Robbins, 531 Wrenn Smith Road, Siler City, NC 27344.

Smith & Buckner Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Online condolences may be made at:


Geri Denise (Moore) Collins, of Graham, a longtime resident of Chapel Hill, died of natural causes on May 7, 2019 at age 62.

Denise was born March 7, 1957 in Statesville, NC to the late Jerald Allen Moore and Janie Mae (Ellis) Moore. She grew up and attended school in Chapel Hill, where she became employed at the UNC bookstores in accounting. In retirement, Denise enjoyed painting, arts and crafts, and keeping with the youngsters in her extended family. Denise was known for loving animals, riding motorcycles, her rambunctious Easter egg hunts and helping those less fortunate in her community.

Denise was preceded in death by her son Raymond LeVonne Collins II, her sister Teresa (Moore) Kimball, and her stepfather Willie Ambrose. She is remembered with love by her son Allen L. Collins of Pittsboro; her daughter, Brandi N. Collins of Chapel Hill; her grandson, Dustin Collins; her granddaughter, Isabella Collins; her nieces, Tammy M. Davis of Graham, NC and Staci R. Kimball of Boulder, Colorado; sisters, Dianne Taylor Moore of Waterford, Vermont, Beverly (Moore) Irons of Longmont, Colorado; and her brother, Michael Moore of Durham, NC.

The family wishes to thank the doctors and staff at Duke University’s Liver Transplant Program for the treatment and excellent care Denise received since her transplant surgery at Duke in May, 2002. Without them and her organ donor, Denise’s life would have been much too brief. Her family encourages prayerful consideration of registering as an organ donor.

The family received friends Sunday, May 12, 2019 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Donaldson Funeral Home & Cremation.

The funeral service was held Monday, May 13, 2019 at 2 p.m. at Donaldson Funeral Home & Cremation Griffin Chapel with Hospice Chaplain Ann Ritter presiding. Burial followed at Lystra Baptist Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made in her memory to a charity of your choice.

Condolences may be made at:

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


Florence Inez Johnson, age 83, passed away in her home at Galloway Ridge at Fearrington, Pittsboro, North Carolina, on April 30, 2019.

She was known in the community for her watercolor paintings of barns and the Outer Banks. She always loved to draw but it wasn’t until retirement that painting became a large part of her life.

Florence had a 31 year career in education. After graduation from the University of Illinois and later a Master’s degree from Concordia University, she taught elementary grades K-6. From teaching she went to the principalship and ended her career as Assistant Superintendent of Schools, Elmhurst, Illinois Community Unit School District 205.

Volunteer work included the United Way board, Elmhurst Hospital Advisory Committee, UNC Hospital neonatal unit and various committees at her home community, Galloway Ridge.

Florence and spouse Cliff (Earl Clifford Johnson, Jr.) had a collaborative and caring relationship for over 60 years. It was based on mutual support and a deep love for each other.

She is survived by two sons, Mark Robert Johnson of Chicago, Illinois, and Garrett Paul Johnson, retired US Army colonel, of Greenville, South Carolina. Dear to her is Rebecca Johnson, spouse of Garrett.

A memorial will be held at a later date. Remembrances may be sent to the ovarian cancer unit of the University of North Carolina Linenberg Cancer Hospital.


Betty Lane, 89, of Pittsboro, passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 4, 2019.

Visitation will be held at Bynum United Methodist Church on Sunday, May 19, 2019 at 2 p.m. The funeral service will immediately follow at 3 p.m. The family will have a private graveside service, as well.

Betty was born July 6, 1929 to the late Grady Polk Whitaker and Clara Norris Straughn Whitaker. Succeeding retirement, Betty took care of numerous family members and enjoyed reading and crocheting in her spare time. She was also a Sunday school teacher at Bynum United Methodist Church for a number of years. Betty was preceded in death by her husband, James (J.C.) Lane and her oldest son James (Jimmy) Lane, II.

Survivors include daughter, Susan Lane of Sanford; son, Douglas Lane of Pittsboro; six grandchildren, Kimberly Kitchings of Cary, Anne Sessoms of Pittsboro, Lane Farrell of Sanford, Jay Lane of Pittsboro, Stephanie Lane of Asheboro, Stephen Lane of Philadelphia and six great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Bynum United Methodist Church or Cambridge Hills Assisted Living of Pittsboro.


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