Obituaries

Posted 5/31/19

MARK LEE MOODY

Mark Lee Moody, 58, of Siler City passed away Monday, May 20, 2019 at UNC Hospital.

Born February 10, 1961, he was the son of the late Dwight Lee Moody and Doris Maness …

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GAYLA DAWN ELKINS STEPHENS

Gayla Dawn Elkins Stephens, 61, of Goldston died Tuesday, May 21, 2019.

Mrs. Stephens was born in Chatham County on April 27, 1958, the daughter of Lynn Raeford Elkins and Faye (Teague) Elkins. Gayla was a member of Antioch Baptist Church, a 1976 graduate of Chatham Central High and attended Sandhills Community College. She was the former owner/operator of The Ivy Arbor Florist and was presently employed by H & B Furniture Legacy Co. Gayla had a talent for interior design and decorating and working with flowers. She enjoyed her pets, horses and spending time with her granddaughter.

She was preceded in death by her father. Gayla is survived by her daughter, Summer Elkins Phillips and husband Bryan of Goldston; mother, Faye (Teague) Elkins and husband, Jimmy Bowers of Goldston; brothers, Rocky Elkins of Atlanta, GA, Rusty Elkins of Goldston; and granddaughter, Aspen Berkley Phillips of Goldston.

The family received friends Thursday, May 23, 2019 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Smith & Buckner Funeral Home, 230 North Second Avenue, Siler City, NC. The funeral was held Friday, May 24, 2019 at 3 p.m. at Antioch Baptist Church, 3825 Bonlee-Carbonton Road, Goldston with Rev. Brandon Butler officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

The Chatham Central High School Class of 1976 is requesting a college fund be set up in honor of Aspen Berkley Phillips, c/o Summer Phillips, P.O. Box 551, Goldston, NC 27252.

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

GERALDINE SMITH KIRK

Geraldine Smith Kirk, 65, of Siler City went peacefully to be with her Lord and Savior at UNC Hospice at 2:07 a.m. on May 22, 2019. She joined her beloved husband, Wesley. She was diagnosed with cancer in June, 2018, the day after she retired from Chatham County Schools (2007–2018). Her last position was Instructional Management Coordinator.

Her battle with cancer was fought courageously as she was supported by family and numerous friends. Her lifelong friend, Marsha Andrews, walked bravely through this journey with Geraldine. Many thanks to all those who brought meals, prayed, visited and provided rides to Duke. A special acknowledgment to the Kirk family for their love and care.

Geraldine was the daughter of Sam and Ola Smith, both preceded her in death. Geraldine and Wesley built their log home on the land that her parents gifted her. She loved her home, always planning and completing projects and worked in her yard. Her home was enjoyed by many as a place of hospitality, and a haven of love. She loved to cook and ministered to many with her Southern meals. Her distinct personality of strong leadership and fun loving while constantly seeking ways to empower others, will be missed by many.

Geraldine’s daughter, her life’s treasure, Stacy Kirk Woody, and her husband Donnie reside on the family tract. It was a great privilege for Geraldine to be lovingly cared for, by her daughter, a Registered Nurse. Geraldine immensely enjoyed being a grandmother to Anna, Jackson, and Elliott.

Geraldine’s sister, Charlotte Testerman, and husband Sam raised their daughters, Jamie and Caroline on their adjoining lands. Youngest sister Jane, and Keith Oldham, live on the actual home-place. The family was close in distance and spirit.

Relationships were of utmost importance to Geraldine, and most importantly was her relationship with Jesus Christ. She was an active member of Joy Baptist Church.

Geraldine Kirk will be remembered by many as the Plant Manager of Charles Craft (1990-2005). She began working as a machine operator at Hadley Peoples during high school and worked many positions before being named Plant Manager in December, 1990.

Visitation took place from 12 p.m. to 1:30 at Oakley Baptist Church on Monday, May 27. The funeral service followed at 2 p.m. Reverend Rodney Staley, “Charlie Brown” of Joy Baptist Church and Dr. Victor Hinson of Liberty University officiated. Geraldine was laid to rest beside her husband, Wesley Kirk, in Oakley Baptist Church Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to: UNC Hospice, 100 Rountree Way, Pittsboro, NC 27312.

Smith & Buckner Funeral Home is assisting the family.

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

MAXINE WARD BRADY

Maxine Ward Brady, age 99, passed away peacefully May 22, 2019 due to congestive heart failure. She was born July 12,1919 in Bennett, North Carolina to Hardy and Laura Yow Ward, the third of eight children.

She completed her high school education and, still eager to learn, took several courses at Central Carolina Community College after her 60th birthday. She was an accomplished seamstress and also enjoyed needlepoint and cross-stitch. Making and sculpting dolls was another of her many sewing accomplishments. She was a long-time member of the First United Methodist Church of Siler City.

Mother enjoyed serving as president of the American Legion Ladies Auxillary and working on the local Girls State representative selection committee. Memorial Day was always a special time for her to show her love for God, the military, and her country.

She adored her grandchildren and her great grandchildren to whom she was fondly known as “Gran”. They loved hearing her tell about growing up during the Great Depression and life in the “good ole days”. She especially enjoyed time spent with her family in the mountains and at the beach, shopping, card games with friends, strawberry ice cream, tater tots, and Coca Cola.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Brady was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Brady, son, Stan Brady, brothers, Gordon and Hayden, and sisters, Louise, Rachel, and Grace.

She is survived by her daughter, Phyllis Hancock and husband Burnace of Siler City; brothers, Paul Ward (Brenda) of Siler City and Blaine Ward of Asheboro; sister-in-law, Alice B. Clark of Siler City; granddaughters, Allison Poock (Andrew) of Siler City and Lindsey Miller (T. R.) of Trinity; grandson, Trey Hancock (Leslie) of Apex, and great grandchildren, Hunter Awtrey, Drew Poock,Tyler and Cate Hancock.

A private Celebration of Life service is planned for July 12, which would be her 100th birthday.

Smith & Buckner Funeral Home is assisting the family, and there will be a guest register available for friends and family who might wish to pay their respects.

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

WILLIAM TERRILL ELLINGTON

W. Terrill Ellington, 78, died May 23, 2019, at UNC Hospital. A native of Chatham County, he was born to the late Kermit and Frances Beal Ellington. Terrill graduated from Jordan- Matthews High School in the Class of 1959, serving proudly as a school bus driver. He was also very active in 4-H, winning the state 4-H poultry competition with his best friend, Linuel Efird.

In addition to his parents, Terrill was preceded in death by his brother, Jimmy. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Linda (Brewer), brothers, Wayne, Steve (Wanda), Rick (Jerri), and sister, Verneita Clark (Lloyd) and cousins, Mark (Jeannie) and Guy, Jr. (Ann). Terrill is also survived by several very special nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

Terrill served in the National Guard as a field photographer for seven years. As a proud veteran, one of his favorite things to do was driving his veteran buddies to the annual Golden Corral dinner honoring veterans. After working as a field agent for Wilson Poultry, Terrill realized his dream and bought a poultry farm. He raised chickens for a number of years. He also worked as photographer/reporter for The Chatham News covering many Chatham County sporting events as well as governmental committee meetings.

Terrill had deep roots to Siler City and Chatham County and generously gave of his time and energy to the betterment of the community. During the time men’s softball was popular, Terrill served as coordinator of the men’s softball league which consisted of many church and business softball teams. He was an active member of the Siler City Lion’s Club, the Chatham County Agricultural Advisory Board, the Cattleman’s Association and the Mount Vernon Lodge #143. He truly enjoyed his tenure with the Chatham County Council on Aging delivering Meals on Wheels. Several of his clients called him their “Friday Man”.

Terrill never met a stranger and enjoyed telling a good story. His favorite saying was “never let the facts get in the way of a good story”. He enjoyed his daily “coffee time” with his friends discussing or maybe even gossiping about various things. Terrill was a huge St. Louis Cardinal fan, and loved classic country music, especially Johnny Cash.

He was very giving and supportive to his family and friends; a primary caregiver to his mother and very instrumental in the care of his mother-in-law and her sisters. If a friend or family called and needed help such as getting to a doctor’s appointment, Terrill would arrange his schedule to accommodate the request. He will be greatly missed by all.

The family received friends Sunday, May 26, 2019 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Smith and Buckner Funeral Home. The funeral was held Monday, May 27, 2019 at 2 p.m. at Moon’s Chapel Church, 175 Moon’s Chapel Road, Siler City, NC, with Dr. Patrick Fuller and Bob Wachs presiding. Burial was in the church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be made to Chatham County Council on Aging Meals on Wheels, Western Chatham Senior Center, 112 Village Lake Road, Siler City, NC 27344 or Moon’s Chapel Baptist Church Building Fund, 175 Moon’s Chapel Church Road, Siler City, NC 27344.

THOMAS MICHAEL DIXON

Thomas Michael “Mike” Dixon 68 of Siler City was called home to Heaven on May 25, 2019.

Mr. Dixon was born October 18, 1950. A native of Chatham County, he was born to Tommy Dixon and Gladys Phillips in Siler City, NC. Mike graduated from Jordan-Matthews High School. He had an early career in the NC Forestry Service. He was retired from Arclin after 30 years of service. Mike was a member of Calvary Faith Baptist Church. Mike was preceded in death by his father, Tommy Dixon and brother, Bill Dixon.

Mike loved his family, had a strong faith in God, and enjoyed farming. He had a passion and love for all thing’s family. He and his wife of 46 years, Ellen, led a marriage filled with love and laughter, ups and downs, and tolerance and tenacity. It was a collaborative and caring relationship.

Mike is survived by his wife, Ellen Faye Dixon; daughter, Becky Dixon and fiancé Jimmy Hall, son, Michael Dixon and wife Christy Dixon; grandchildren, Jaxon Dixon, Lily Hall, and Katie Hall; sister, Cecilia Fields; and mother, Gladys Phillips.

Mike saw the best in everyone. He was a father figure to many from the Silk Hope area. He enjoyed spending time with family, sawing logs, and discussing politics on the back porch. He was proud of his family and the many accomplishments of his children. He fostered a passion of farming, in his son, Michael and the love and passion for others, in his daughter, Becky. Mike’s grandchildren were the pride and joy of his life. The legacy of Mike’s kind spirit, passion for family, love of nature, and zest for life will live on through them.

The family received friends on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Smith and Buckner Funeral Home, Siler City. Funeral services were held Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at 11 a.m. at Meroney United Methodist Church, 10568 NC 902 Hwy; Bear Creek, North Carolina with Rev. Jerry Saunders, Rev.Tony Brafford, and Rev. Jim Whittaker officiating. Burial followed in the Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the UNC hepatology/liver transplant, 101 Manning Drive, Chapel Hill, NC 27513.

Smith & Buckner is assisting the family.

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

CARMEN ANNA COX

Carmen Anna Cox, age 58, of Spring Lake, passed away on Sunday, May 26, 2019 at UNC Hospital.

She was born on September 27, 1960 to the late Raymond Cortis “Buck” Cox and Donnie Vee Fasick Cox. She worked for many years as a social worker.

Carmen is survived by her daughter, Angie Bollinger of Del Mar, California; sister, Sharon Cox Sharpe; brother, Ray W. Cox and wife Cyndi of Sanford; nieces and nephew, Lori Worrell Mauldin, Evalynn Cox, Caysen Cox; and boyfriend, Jack Burnett.

The funeral service was held Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at 3 p.m. at Morris Chapel United Methodist Church with Rev. Gregg Presnal officiating. The family received friends prior to the service from 2 to 3 p.m. Burial followed the service in the church cemetery.

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

Arrangements by Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home, Inc.

DWIGHT WINTHROP BEANE, SR.

Dwight Winthrop Beane Sr., 89, of Siler City died Friday, May 24, 2019 at Woltz Hospice Home, Dobson.

Mr. Beane was born in Chatham County on July 24, 1929, the son of Elijah and Eula (Pike) Beane. Dwight was a member of the Siler City Chapel, a veteran of the US Navy and retired from Welford Harris Ford. Dwight was an avid Ham Radio operator, and UNC Tarheel fan. He was a wonderful, devoted, husband, father, brother, friend and will be sorely missed.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Rachel Brown Beane; son, Dwight Beane, Jr., his parents; brothers, Donald, Paul, Kenneth and Jimmy Beane; and sisters, Evelyn Thompson, and Myrtle Stevens.

He is survived by one daughter: Cynthia Beane, Mark Fowlkes of Elkin; sister, Nancy Burke, husband, Carroll; and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins.

The family will receive friends Thursday, May 30, 2019 from 1 to 2 p.m. at Smith & Buckner Funeral Home, 230 North Second Avenue, Siler City. The funeral will follow Thursday at 2 p.m. at Smith & Buckner Funeral Home Chapel with Eric Thompson officiating. Burial will be in Chatham Memorial Park, Siler City.

Memorial donations may be made to The Council on Aging in Chatham County, The Joan and Howard Woltz Hospice Home in Dobson or Mountain Valley Hospice in Elkin.

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

DR. ROBERT (BOB) R. DONALDSON JR.

Dr. Robert (Bob) R. Donaldson Jr., 83, of Pittsboro, died Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at the SECU Jim & Betsy Bryan Hospice House.

Bob was born in Oregon City, Oregon on September 24, 1935 to the late Robert R. Donaldson, Sr. and Charlotte Corbett Donaldson. He was also preceded in death by his brother Craig, sister Ann, and mother-in-law, Zouline Machado of Galloway Ridge, formerly of Siler City.

Surviving relatives include his wife, Pat Donaldson and two nephews, Todd Wilcox and wife Diane of Portland, Oregon and Craig Wilcox of Denver, Colorado.

From the family farm to Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Bob had a focus and desire for excellence which made him a true leader.

A Memorial Service will be held Sunday, June 23, 2019 at 12:30 p.m. at Galloway Ridge.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in his 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 Donaldson family.

MARK LEE MOODY

Mark Lee Moody, 58, of Siler City passed away Monday, May 20, 2019 at UNC Hospital.

Born February 10, 1961, he was the son of the late Dwight Lee Moody and Doris Maness Moody.

Mark enjoyed going fishing, gardening and watching old movies. He loved spending time with his family and friends. Mark was saved at a very early age and was a member of the Mount Vernon Springs Presbyterian Church.

He is survived by his siblings, Kay Spoon (Ricky) and Michael Moody (Anna); niece, Rachel Spoon; nephews, Joseph, Jonathan and Jacob Moody; aunt, Maryland Lemon: several cousins, and dear friends, Dwight Brown (Brenda) and J.M. Goins. He was preceded in death by his parents, a well as many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Services entrusted to Midstate Cremation and Funeral Service.

JIMMY LAYTON HANCOCK

Jimmy Layton Hancock, 85, of Siler City died Monday, May 20, 2019 at Chatham Hospital.

Mr. Hancock was born in Chatham County on December 19, 1933, the son of Burnace M. Hancock, Sr. and Mollie Ila (Stinson) Hancock. Jimmy attended Siler City High School and Oak Ridge Military Academy. He was a veteran of the US Navy, and was employed by B. M. Hancock & Sons in Bonlee, serving as company President. Jimmy was a lifelong member and Elder of the Siler City Chapel.

Jimmy was community and civic minded, serving on the board of both Chatham Hospital and First Union National Bank. He had also served as President of the North Carolina Poultry Federation. His pleasures included his family, especially his grandchildren, watching their sports events. He had coached softball games. Jimmy enjoyed traveling, his summer home at Badin Lake, water and snow skiing, yard work and watching NASCAR.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Elaine H. Perry.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Eva (Spencer) Hancock; one son, Randy Hancock and wife Tammy of Siler City; two daughters, Angela H. Hurt and husband Scott of Siler City, Karla H. Smithback and husband Darryl of Jamestown; two brothers, Burnace M. Hancock, Jr. and wife Phyllis of Siler City, John Hancock of Greensboro; grandchildren, Kristyn Haywood and husband Mickey, Brittany Hurt, Tara Johns and husband David, Chelsea Hurt; Heather Hancock, Spence and Kendylle Smithback.

The family will receive friends Thursday, May 23, 2019 at Smith & Buckner, Funeral Home, 230 North Second Avenue, Siler City from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The funeral will be Friday, May 24, 2019 at 2 p.m. at Siler City Chapel, 116 South Third Avenue, Siler City with Rev. Wesley Thomas and Dr. Tripp Foltz officiating. Burial will follow in Chatham Memorial Park, Siler City.

Memorials may be made to Siler City Chapel, P. O. Box 431, Siler City, NC 27344.

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

KENNETH GERALD RIVES

Kenneth “Gerald” Rives, 92, of Siler City died Monday, May 20, 2019 at UNC Hospice, Pittsboro.

Mr. Rives was born in Chatham County on June 21, 1926, the son of Kenneth G. and Lois Gilmore Rives. Gerald was an active member of Meroney United Methodist Church, and in his younger years he had served as a Sunday School Teacher and chairman of the Church Council. He was a self-employed poultry farmer, enjoyed the outdoors, working in his yard and making homemade ice cream. Gerald was a people person and could often be heard spinning a tale to the delight of his listeners. He was also quick to help his neighbors or a complete stranger in a time of need. He enjoyed visiting his many friends at the Reno Sharpe Store. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Ruby Bouldin; and brother, Donald Rives.

Gerald is survived by his wife of 71 years, Barbara Brooks Rives; daughter, Ann R. Poe and husband Dexter; son, Mitchell B. Rives, all of Siler City; brothers, William Rives and Wilbur Rives of Siler City; grandchildren, Jessie Ann Moore (Zach) and Ryan Mashburn (Robin); great-grandchildren, Reagan, Mia, Brock, Hudson, Abby, and Gauge; step-grandchildren, Maggie Poe and Elizabeth Rogers.

The family received friends Thursday, May 23, 2019 from 2 to 3 p.m. at Meroney United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 10568 NC Hwy 902, Bear Creek. The funeral followed Thursday at 3 p.m. at Meroney United Methodist Church with Rev. Jim Whittaker officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Memorials may be made to UNC Hospice, PO Box 1077, Pittsboro, NC 27312 or Meroney United Methodist Church,10568 NC Hwy 902, Bear Creek, NC 27207.

Smith & Buckner Funeral Home is assisting the family.

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

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