Posted 7/5/19


Stephen “Steve” Thomas Dowd, 67, of Pittsboro died Friday, June 28, 2019 at UNC Hospice, in Pittsboro.

Steve was born in Chatham County on March 22, 1952 to …

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Stephen “Steve” Thomas Dowd, 67, of Pittsboro died Friday, June 28, 2019 at UNC Hospice, in Pittsboro.

Steve was born in Chatham County on March 22, 1952 to Thomas Alton Dowd, Jr. and Bertha Brooks Dowd. He served in the National Guard. Steve worked with his father at Dowd’s Machine Shop, also at Green’s Fuel Company, and was a truck driver for Pugh Concrete. He became a member of the Siler City Fire Department in 1977. Steve was Fireman of the year in 1980, then served as Captain from 1982 to 1997. He was the 1st Assistant Chief in 1983 and Fire Chief in 1984. He attended Emmaus Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Steve is survived by his wife of 31 years, Exilee Brooks Dowd; daughter, Heather D. Whittemore and husband Jeremy of Princeton; son, Chris Dowd and wife Amanda of Florida; step-son, Jesse Brown and wife Shannon of Sanford; sisters, Marion D. Alderman and husband Steve of Winston-Salem, Rhonda D. Millar and husband Bill of Archdale; six grandchildren and two step-grandchildren.

The funeral was held Monday, July 1, 2019 at 10 a.m. at Emmaus Baptist Church, 2430 Silk Hope Gum Springs Road, Pittsboro with Pastor Steve Moore officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery. The family received friends in the church fellowship hall afterwards and other times at the family home.

Online condolences may be made to:

Smith & Buckner funeral home is assisting the family.


Exi Bell Perry Fields, 94, of Twin Rivers Independent Living and lifelong resident of Chatham County, died Friday, June 28, 2019 at SECU Jim and Betsy Bryan Hospice Home of Pittsboro.

Exi was born in Chatham County on July 20, 1924 to Daniel L. and Otelia Jenks Perry. She was an inspector at Glendale Hosiery for more than 45 years, retiring in her late seventies. She was a member of Hickory Mountain Baptist Church. Exi was a great cook and spent lots of time in the kitchen. When she wasn’t cooking, she could be found dancing. She especially loved babies, children, and dogs. She was happiest when she had any one of them in her lap to love on.

Exi is survived by her son, Van Eugene Fields, Jr. of Brownsville, Texas; one granddaughter, Gina Pike and husband Murphy of Siler City; one grandson, Clint Fields and wife Jessica of Siler City; three great-grandchildren, Madilyn Fields, Lillian Pike, and Cooper Fields; one sister, Bula Mae Beard; several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Van Eugene Fields; son, Jody Lane Fields; brothers, A.J. Perry and Fred Perry; and sister, Agnes Perry Webster.

The family received friends Sunday afternoon, June 30, 2019 at 2 p.m. at Hickory Mountain Baptist Church, 2200 Mt. Vernon Hickory Mountain Road, Siler City and other times at the home of Murphy and Gina Pike. A graveside service was held at 3 p.m. following the visitation.

The family would like to say a special thank you to all of those who helped care for Exi over the past several years: Twin Rivers Independent Living Staff, Liberty HomeCare & Hospice, SECU Jim and Betsy Bryan Hospice Home, Christina Stanley and Candace Williams.

Memorials may be made to: Twin Rivers Independent Living, 25 S. Rectory St., Pittsboro, NC 27312, SECU Jim and Betsy Bryan Hospice Home, 100 Roundtree, Pittsboro, NC 27312 or to Liberty HomeCare & Hospice, 401 E. 3rd St., Siler City, NC 27344.

Online condolences may be made at:

Smith & Buckner Funeral Home is assisting the Fields family.


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