Posted 6/21/19


Nora Lee Cook, 82, died Saturday, June 15, 2019 at UNC Hospitals, Chapel Hill.

Mrs. Cook was born May 23, 1937, the daughter of the late Jasper Lee and Nora Bell Hall Cook. Nora …

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James Edward Emery, 92, of Asheboro, passed away on Monday, June 17, 2019 at Carillon Assisted Living of Asheboro.

Mr. Emery was born in Warren County, TN on August 4, 1926 to Willie Samuel and Lena Thurman Emery. He was formerly employed with Klopman Mills and Lucks, Inc. in Seagrove. He was a member of Seagrove United Methodist Church. In addition to his parents, James was preceded in death by his wife, Marie Tucker Emery, son, James Alan Emery, and siblings, Mary Sybil Ross, Hattie Opal Emery, and Ellis Burtrand Emery. James was a simple man who loved his family. He enjoyed farming, building houses, and working outdoors.

He is survived by his brother, Aven Marshall Emery and wife Doris of Denton; sisters, Audrey Walker of Asheboro and Janice Ashworth and husband Jerold of Asheboro; and several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, June 20, 2019 from 12-1:30 p.m. at Pugh Funeral Home, 437 Sunset Avenue in Asheboro. Funeral services will follow on Thursday at 2 p.m. in the Pugh Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Frank Barrett and Rev. Ed Carter officiating. Burial will be held in Randolph Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Randolph, P.O. Box 9, Asheboro, NC 27204-0009.

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APRIL 25, 1927 - JUNE 14, 2019

Josephine Cheek Watson, 94, of Raleigh, formerly of Goldston, died on June 14, 2019.

“Jo” was beloved by family and friends, young and old, for her quick smile, easy laugh, lingering hugs, and genuine affection. She deeply loved her Savior, Jesus Christ, and His love was evidenced in all she did. She faithfully served as Sunday school teacher to preschoolers for over 50 years and is fondly remembered as “Mama Jo” to generations of children. She hosted many in her home, served enthusiastically at North Raleigh Chapel, and after retiring to Pittsboro Christian Village, endeared herself to fellow residents an staff with her loving spirit and willingness to serve. She exemplified to all the unconditional love of Christ and will be forever treasured by all who knew her for her ready availability to those in need of help or encouragement. Hers was a life well-lived. She and her prayers on our behalf will be greatly missed.

Jo is survived by her three sons, Bruce Watson (Sheryl), Jonathan Watson (Sharon), and Phillip Watson; two grandsons, Blake Watson (Aimee) and Adam Watson; great-granddaughter, Emma Jo Watson; sister, Frances Stains; brother-in-law, Earl Dowd; sister-in-law, Treva Watson an many nieces and nephews, all of whom she loved and enjoyed. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry Monroe Watson; parents, Troy and Alma Cheek; three brothers and three sisters.

A visitation will be held on Saturday, June 22 from 12:30, with a funeral beginning at 2 p.m. at North Raleigh Chapel, 5421 Six Forks Road, Raleigh. Burial will follow at Brier Creek Memorial Gardens.

The family offers special appreciation to Pittsboro Christian Village management and staff, the Wake Med Cary Emergency and Intensive Care teams, and the Transitions LifeCare hospice staff for their attentive care in Jo’s final days.

Jo enjoyed all of God’s creation and especially flowers so they are welcomed. In lieu of flowers, charitable donations may be made to Pittsboro Christian Village, Pittsboro, NC, Mountain Top Youth Camp, Pinaccle, NC, or Transitions LifeCare, Raleigh, NC.

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Nora Lee Cook, 82, died Saturday, June 15, 2019 at UNC Hospitals, Chapel Hill.

Mrs. Cook was born May 23, 1937, the daughter of the late Jasper Lee and Nora Bell Hall Cook. Nora was preceded in death by her parents, brothers, James L. Tillman, Sam T. Cook, Jasper Ray Cook, Calvin C. Cook, Ulys Cook, Caleb Cook, Elbert Cook and William “Bill” Cook.

She is survived by a brother, Claude Cook and wife, Inez of Bonlee; several nieces and nephews; and special caregiver, Andrea Goins.

The family received friends Monday, June 17, 2019 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Smith & Buckner Funeral Home, 230 North Second Avenue, Siler City.

A graveside service was held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery, 3835 Bonlee-Carbonton Road, Goldston with Rev. Bob Wachs officiating.

Memorials may be made to Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery Fund.

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