Posted 6/14/19


Jean Holdridge Reeves, 99, of Pittsboro, died June 5, 2019.

A service to celebrate her life will be held at Pittsboro United Methodist Church on Saturday, June 22, 2019, …

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Jean Holdridge Reeves, 99, of Pittsboro, died June 5, 2019.

A service to celebrate her life will be held at Pittsboro United Methodist Church on Saturday, June 22, 2019, at 12 noon. The family will receive visitors Friday, June 21, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Donaldson Funeral Home and Saturday, June 22 at 11 a.m. in the church, prior to the service.

Jean was born January 27, 1920 in Marion, Ohio, daughter of the late Roy and Lillian Johnston Holdridge. She graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University as a Kappa Kappa Gamma sister with a degree in home economics and from the University of Connecticut with master’s degree in child development. In 1944, feeling a sense of duty as the youngest of four sisters, she enlisted in the American Red Cross to serve during WWII and was stationed in New Guinea and the Philippines. Her tour of duty in the Red Cross is digitally documented in the UNC-G Women Veterans Historical Project.

It was there that Holdridge met, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Captain Thomas Long Reeves, whom she married in March, 1946. Jean and Tom moved to Pittsboro, NC, where they raised four daughters on Long Meadow Dairy farm.

In Pittsboro, Jean immersed herself in many activities, donating countless time, energy and resources to causes that she believed in strongly. She is remembered by many for her roles in the Pittsboro United Methodist Church (PUMC), such as Youth Fellowship, Methodist Women’s programs and missions, music programs, and PUMC church bazaar. In addition, she was actively involved in Pittsboro public schools and the public library.

Jean’s dedication to faith and family and her unconditional love was a source of positive inspiration for all who loved her, especially the extensive Holdridge, Reeves and church family and many others. How many women close to a 100 years old could relate to every generation? Her passing marks the end of an era.

She is survived by three daughters and their husbands, Kay Skalchunes of Clemmons, Melissa and Mike Raley of Raleigh, and Ann and Jørn Larsen of Durham; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and “chosen” daughters.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial gifts be made to the Myrtle Spaugh Reeves Scholarship Fund, c/o PUMC, PO Box 716, Pittsboro, NC 27312.

Condolences may be made at

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


Her Faith in God was first in her life, followed by the love of her life, Gyles and God’s gift of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Rebecca “Becky” Brady Brooks, 83, of Siler City went to her Heavenly home on Sunday, June 9, 2019 at UNC Hospice, Pittsboro.

Mrs. Brooks was born in Chatham County on February 20, 1936, the daughter of Jesse David and Hazel (Stanley) Brady. She attended Asheboro Business College and had worked at Boling Chair, and retired as an administrative assistant from Dixie Poultry. In retirement Becky worked with Chatham County Schools as a substitute teacher.

Becky was a lifelong member of the Siler City Pentecostal Holiness Church, the Senior Adult Sunday School Class and the church choir. She had served as church pianist. She was the granddaughter of George W. Stanley, who organized the church. Becky was a gifted vocalist and willingly shared her talents, touching countless hearts..This love of music was continued with her family.

Becky maintained a personal card ministry, bringing cheer to others. She never met a stranger and enjoyed working with flowers. Becky had a special place in her heart for pilots.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Gyles Brooks; her parents; and sister, Carole Langley.

She is survived by daughter, Rhonda B. Wilkie and husband, Barry of Siler City; son, Alan G. Brooks and wife, Carole of Kernersville; sister, Brenda B. Ward and husband, Paul of Siler City; brother, Hank Brady and wife, Dianne of Sparta; grandchildren, Dustin Wilkie and wife, Jessica, Drew Wilkie and wife, Leslie, Lance Wilkie and wife, Caprice, Bridgette Brooks and husband, Walter, Skye B. Hurlocker and husband, Matt; Monika Brooks; and six great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends Tuesday, June 11, 2019 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Smith & Buckner Funeral Home, 230 North Second Avenue, Siler City and other times at the family home. The family will also receive friends Wednesday, following the service, in the church Sanctuary. The funeral will be Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at 2 p.m. at the Siler City Pentecostal Holiness Church, 17475 US 64 W, Siler City with Pastor Mark Richardson and Pastor Garry Yeatts officiating. A private burial will be in Chatham Memorial Park, Siler City.

Memorials may be made to Siler City Pentecostal Holiness Church, 17475 US 64 W, Siler City, NC 27344.

The family wishes to extend a special thank-you to Becky’s caregivers and UNC Hospice, Pittsboro.

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Clara Douglas Holt Sealey, age 81, of the Bells Community went home to be with Jesus on Wednesday, June 5, 2019.

Mrs. Sealey was born in Apex on May 13, 1938 to Herbert and Arra Holt. In addition to her parents, Clara was preceded in death by her husband, Claude Sealey (2006).Through the years, she was employed with FCX, Southern States, and Carolina Meadows.  

She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She loved reading her Bible and cooking Sunday dinners for her family. She was also known as a patient, kind lady who enjoyed collecting angel figurines, putting puzzles together, and word searches were a favorite. She was a pro at playing the card game Rook with family and friends, all of whom she enjoyed dearly.  

She is survived by daughters, Wanda S. Kidd of Pittsboro, Scarlet S. Jewell (Alan) of Graham; brother, Glen Holt (Evelyn) of Apex. She was blessed with three grandchildren, Rebecca Punch (Joshua), Travis Kidd, and Amber Jewell, and three great-grandchildren, Cheyenne, Makenzie and Montgomery Punch.  

The family received friends at Bells Baptist Church Sunday, June 9 from 2 to 3 p.m. Celebration of life began at 3 p.m. with a graveside committal that followed.

Memorials may be made to the Bells Baptist Church Cemetery Fund or the Pittsboro Council on Aging.


James (Jim) G. Stinson passed away peacefully after a three-year battle with lung cancer on June 9, 2019 at home. He was born on the 24th of December, 1943 to Thomas and Ella (Brooks) Stinson in Goldston, NC and was raised in Bear Creek, NC with his older brother Marlin and younger sister Judy. As a child he attended Bear Creek Baptist Church with his family and cherished the friendships he made. Later in life he was a regular attender with his wife and daughter at First Baptist Cary, and in 1994 they started attending Westwood Baptist in Cary and became members in 2003. Church and his belief in the Lord was always a guiding light in his life.

Jim graduated from Chatham Central in 1962, was drafted into the Army and served in the Vietnam war from 1965 to 1967. After returning home he went to college and graduated from Sanford Business Community College in 1970. On the 26th of September, 1970 he married Beverly Howard and moved to Cary NC. In 1974, Jim and Beverly had their daughter, Jennifer. He retired in 2009 from Colorcraft/Qualex, IBM as a DBA, Senior Systems Programmer.

In his free time, Jim loved to garden, and took great pride in how well his tomato plants did. He also enjoyed shore line fishing and always talked about buying a boat and spending time on the water. Jim cherished the times he spent traveling with Beverly and his family, whether it was a trip to the mountains or to the beach never mattered as long as family was close by. He also loved to listen to classic gospel or country music, and watched Hop-Along Cassidy and John Wayne movies. Jim always had a mind for puzzles and enjoyed working the weekly crossword and sudoko puzzles he found in the paper.

He was a loving husband to Beverly (Howard) Stinson for 48 years, and father to Jennifer (Stinson) McKinney and husband Matthew and grandfather to Sophia and Kaytlen McKinney. Jim was a true family man and no matter what, he stood by them with a loving smile and support. His love never failed, it never gave up and he always believed the best. Even though family didn’t always live close by, they always knew he was only a phone call away and would be there for them if needed.

It was his desire to be remembered as a peaceful and loving person, who cared for his family. Jim was preceded in death by his mother, father, and brother Marlin Stinson.

He leaves behind his sister, Judy (Stinson) Scott and husband Marlyn; sister-in-laws Carolyn Stinson, Cindy H. Furr and husband Eric, Angie H. Ferguson and husband Mark, and Robin H. Speckhart and husband Kurt; eight nieces and nephews; and eight great-nieces and nephews.

He will be remembered and sorely missed by his family and friends.

The family would like to thank Dr. Mollin, Wake Internal Medicine, Dr. Sherrod, Rex Hematology Oncology and Associates along with all the staff and nurses at Transitions Life Care.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday June 15 at 11 a.m. at Westwood Baptist Church, 200 Westhigh St., Cary, NC 27513. Graveside service will follow at 3 p.m. at Bear Creek Baptist Church, 480 Bonlee Carbonton Road, Bear Creek, NC 27207.

Smith & Buckner Funeral Home of Siler City will be assisting with all flower arrangements, and can be contacted by phone (919) 742-2151 or go to:

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Mrs. Hazel Williams, 94, went home to her Father’s House Monday, June 10, 2019.

Born April 18, 1925, she was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Bailey Williams of Fuquay-Varina, NC.

Hazel was the wife of the late W. Moorefield Puckett. She and her husband “Mo” lived in Robbins, NC until 1978, before moving to Pittsboro.

Hazel was a #1 Tar Heel Fan, attending many basketball and football games. She was very active in the Tabernacle Methodist Church in Robbins. She was a member of Pittsboro United Methodist Church where she taught Sunday school for many years. She also served on the board of First Bank in Pittsboro.

Hazel is survived by her daughter, Miranda Roberts of Roanoke, VA; her sons, Bill Puckett (Donna) of Boulder, CO and Danny Puckett of Pittsboro; her grandchildren, Betsy Saunders, Caroline Roberts, Preston and Lindsay Puckett and Jordan Cooper; her great-grandchildren, Rosanna, Noah and Parker; her sister, Margaret Fish; her sister-in-law, Eleanor A. Howard along with many nieces and nephews.

The service to celebrate the life of Hazel Puckett will be conducted by Pastor Sara Beth Pannell, Thursday, June 13, 2019 at 11 a.m. at Pittsboro United Methodist Church.

Graveside committal rites will be held 2 p.m. at Wake Chapel Christian Church Cemetery, 905 Wake Chapel Road, Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial contribution to Pittsboro UMC, PO Box 716, Pittsboro, NC 27312.


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