Posted 7/12/19


Michael Glenn Trogdon, 66, of Bear Creek has gone to be with the Lord. He passed away peacefully in his home of natural causes.

Mike was a proud veteran of the US Air …

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Michael Glenn Trogdon, 66, of Bear Creek has gone to be with the Lord. He passed away peacefully in his home of natural causes.

Mike was a proud veteran of the US Air Force and faithfully served his country during the Vietnam War. He was stationed in Panama and held fond memories of his brothers who served alongside him. Mike was preceded in death by his parents, Max and Peggy Trogdon; a sister, Diana Mathis; and niece, Starla Torres.

Survivors include his brother, Rick Trogdon and wife Donna; nephews, Ty, Dean, Chris and Frank; and nieces, Angela and Mitsy.

Mike enjoyed the country life and took pride in the wild life surrounding his home. He lived simply and worked diligently to maintain the surrounding roads. He was well loved and will forever be missed.

A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, July 13, 2019 at 2 p.m. at Smith & Buckner Funeral Home Chapel, 230 North Second Avenue, Siler City.

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Miriam Solnica Hyra of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, passed away due to complications related to pancreatic cancer on July 1, 2019.

Miriam was born in Havana, Cuba on May 2, 1944 and immigrated to the United States in 1946. She graduated from Horace Greeley High School in Chappaqua, New York in 1962, and from SUNY Cortland in New York with a B.S. in Education in 1966. Miriam also received a Master’s in Social Work from Fordham University in 1982. While at Cortland, Miriam met Richard Hyra, her husband of 53 years. Miriam and Richard married in White Plains, New York on June 25, 1966. Miriam dedicated her life to supporting vulnerable children and teenagers, and worked over two decades at the Lincoln Hall Boys’ Haven in Somers, New York. In her retirement, she continued her commitment to youth as a Board member of the Chatham County Partnership for Children.

In addition to Richard, Miriam is survived by her daughter, Jennifer Matthieu (Scott); son, Derek (Allison); three grandchildren, Amanda Matthieu and Avery and Barrett Hyra; and her sisters, Debbie Fleischman and Kathryn Stevens.

In Miriam’s memory, the family requests that donations be made in Miriam’s memory to the University of North Carolina’s Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, Office of University Development, P.O. Box 309, Chapel Hill, NC 27514. Services will be private.

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On July the fourth 2019, Sylbia Jean Dark passed away, surrounded by family after four years of declining health.

Jean was born in 1941, one of 14 children to George A. Sr., and Beulah “Monnie” Hudson. Surviving life with 13 brothers and sisters on the family farm could not have been easy, but it formed one of the defining qualities of her life, her love and service to family. She graduated from Silk Hope High School, a feat that today may seem ordinary, but in those days was a true accomplishment. She married the love of her life, Percy “Sonny” Dark of Mt. Vernon Springs in 1960 at a simple ceremony on a very hot day in July at one of her sisters’ house. Complete with ice packs for the groom’s head, they were surrounded by family. In 1962, they had their only son, Johnny. Nameless jobs for long forgotten companies rounds out her professional resume. But that was not what she measured life in. It was family. She was always one of the first to arrive and one of the last to leave whenever help was needed. From an egg custard pie to helping build a house or just a smile, she was there, helping her family. If you left her house hungry or thirsty, it was your own fault.

She loved her flower gardens and was “Crazy ‘bout Elvis” but in 1998 the true sparkle of Jean’s eye was born. Caitlyn Grace Dark, her only grandchild, to her son Johnny and his wife Carol. Simple words on this sheet cannot begin to express the love she had for Cate. Watching her grow up, always there to help and support, bought her the greatest joy of her life. Family. So as you read this, don’t be sad. Remember her as a daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, friend. A giving heart and a kind soul. Think of a memory you have of her, and smile. Our world may be a little darker, but heaven is a little brighter.

She was laid to rest at Chatham Memorial Park, Sunday, July 7, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. A simple graveside service for an extraordinary lady, surrounded by friends and family .

Smith & Buckner Funeral Home is assisting the family.

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Cathy Harris Andrews, age 67, of Chapel Hill died Friday, July 5, 2019 at The Hock Family Pavilion, Durham.

Mrs. Andrews was born in Chatham County on June 15, 1952, the daughter of James Curtis Harris Sr. and Bessie Elizabeth Hedrick Poe. She was an Administrative Assistant for UNC Housing and the Town of Chapel Hill. Cathy enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, being in her flower garden, cooking, and creating artwork. She attended First Baptist Church as a child.

She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Roger T. Andrews; brothers: Curtis Harris Jr. and wife Mary, and Brooks Poe; sisters: Connie Evans and husband Harold, Carolyn H. Thomas and husband Kenny; sister-in-law: Wanda A. Boling and husband Jackie; aunt: Jackie Ellis; nephews: Ray Evans and wife Christy, Miles Boling and wife Miranda; niece: Talli Poe; great nieces: Carley Evans and Merritt Boling; great nephew, Brody Evans; and several cousins.

The family received friends Tuesday, July 9, 2019 from 11 a.m. to 12 at Smith & Buckner Funeral Home, 230 North Second Avenue, Siler City, and other times at the home of Jackie and Wanda Boling.

The funeral followed at 12 noon in the Chapel, 230 North Second Avenue, Siler City with Rev. Desiree White officiating. Burial was in Oakwood Cemetery, Siler City.

Smith & Buckner Funeral Home is assisting the family.

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Louise Faye Starr, 65, of Asheboro passed away Friday, July 5, 2019 at Brookstone Haven, Randleman.

Ms. Starr was born in Chatham County on November 20, 1953, the daughter of the late Fred and Louella (Owens) Starr. Faye was a former member of Oakley Baptist Church and had been employed as a dishwasher in a local restaurant. She enjoyed animals, knitting, listening to the radio and watching soap operas on television.

She is survived by daughter, Christina Hayes (Joe Hyatt) of Archdale; sisters, Betty G. Brewer of Bear Creek, Kay Jordan and Debbie Porter, both of Siler City; brothers, Lloyd Starr (Vicki) and Bill Garner (Patsy), all of Siler City; grandsons, Joe and Jacob Hyatt; a niece and several nephews.

A graveside service was held Sunday, July 7, 2019 at 4 p.m. at Oakley Baptist Church Cemetery, 2300 Siler City-Glendon Road, Siler City with Dr. Jeff Johnson officiating.

The family wishes to extend a special thanks to Brookstone for the loving care of Faye.

Smith & Buckner Funeral Home is assisting the family.

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William Scott Lucas, Sr., age 95, of 300 Trott Sreet, Oak Island, NC, a loving husband, father and grandfather, departed this life to be with his Lord on Wednesday, July 3, 2019.

He was born in Cleveland County, Mooresboro, NC on November 7, 1923. He was a graduate of NC State College with a BS Degree and a Master’s Degree from Appalachian State University. He retired from teaching vocational agriculture in 1985 at Northwood High School in Pittsboro, NC. He was a WWII Navy Veteran serving in both the Atlantic and Mediterranean Sea on the USS Jordan DE204 and in the Pacific on the USS McKean DD784. He was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Oak Island, having served as Chairman of the Deacons, Trustee, Moderator, Sunday School Director and Teacher. He was an active member of the Masonic Lodge for over 68 years, having joined in 1951, a Past Master in 1960, 1970 and 1977. He was also, a member of the York Rite, Scottish Rite and the Shrine.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James Walter (“J.W.”) Lucas and May Aurelia Blanton; two brothers, James B. Lucas and Robert P Lucas, and his lovely wife, Hazel Whitaker Lucas of 63 years together.

He is survived by three children: daughter, Sandra Lucas Hyde of Myrtle Beach, SC; son, William Scott Lucas, Jr. and wife Pamela Jane Hart of Fuquay Varina, NC; son, Michael Walter Lucas of Oak Island, NC; four grandchildren, Michael Kai Lucas, Stephen Michael Kiessling, Erica Brooke Kiessling and Emily Beth Kiessling; two great-grandchildren, Rowen Alexander Lucas and Ada Elizabeth Lucas; two nieces, Lynn Butler Brantley and Mary Lucas; two nephews, Bobby Lucas and Frank Lucas.

The family received friends Sunday, July 7, 2019 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Peacock-Newnam & White Funeral Home, 1411 N. Howe St., Southport, NC.

Funeral services were held at the First Baptist Church of Oak Island on Monday, July 8, 2019 at 2 p.m. with the Reverend Charlie Carter officiating, with visitation one hour prior to the service. Masonic graveside services will be provided by Pythagoras Lodge #249 at the Northwood Cemetery in Southport, NC.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Oak Island, NC and Pythagoras Lodge #249.

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Peacock-Newnam & White Funeral Home and Crematory, 1411 N. Howe St., Southport, NC 28461.


Floyd Junior Messer, III, 71, of Siler City died Sunday, July 7, 2019 at Randolph Hospice House.

Mr. Messer was born in Johnston County on August 28, 1947, the son of Floyd Daniel Messer, Jr. and Marjorie (Jones) Messer. He had been employed as an animal control officer at animal shelters in both Chatham and Lee Counties. He was an Army Veteran and worked for Boling Chair for 30 years. Floyd was a member of the Stockyard Cowboy Church. Floyd and Connie’s greatest pleasures were their family and friends, bluegrass music, riding horses, and family camping. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Floyd is survived by his wife of 50 years, Connie (Wright) Messer; son, Stacy Allen Messer and wife Melissa of Julian; daughter, Tara Downing of Siler City; sister, Judy M. Caldwell of Moore, SC; brothers, Melvin D. Messer, Gordon G. Messer and wife Wanda, all of Siler City; grandchildren, Cassidy, Michael and Makala.

The family received friends Tuesday, July 9, 2019 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Smith & Buckner Funeral Home, 230 North Second Avenue, Siler City.

The funeral was held Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at 1 p.m. at Stockyard Cowboy Church, Siler City with Pastor Willie Pickard officiating. Entombment was in Chatham Memorial Park, Siler City.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Randolph County, PO Box 9, Asheboro, NC 27204.

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Carrol ”Willis” Wrenn, age 96, died Sunday, July 7, 2019 at the Randolph Hospice House in Asheboro, NC. He was born December 29,1922 to Charles Wrenn and wife Amanda Miller Wrenn. He attended NC State University and Wake Forest College before joining the US Army Air force where he served as a pilot of fighter planes in WW II. After the war he returned to Siler City and was President of Wrenn Brothers Lumber for many years.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Sara Bruton Wrenn, and son David Willis Wrenn. He was survived by sister Jean Wrenn Andrews of Siler City, son, Neil Ashley Wrenn and wife Vivian Wrenn of Siler City, and daughter Rebekah Wrenn of Cary, NC., Robert Carrol Wrenn and wife Jane J. Wrenn of Siler City, and their son Adam and wife Kate of Raleigh, NC, plus daughter Elizabeth Wrenn of Siler City. Other grandchildren are Daniel Wrenn of Siler City, Ashley Moger and husband Matt Moger as well as Sara Skeen and her husband Charles Skeen, He had four great-grand kids and numerous nieces, nephews and their children.

Willis was a former Deacon of the First Baptist Church and leader of its Boy Scout Troop 925. He had been a Volunteer Firefighter in Siler City, member of The Siler City Country Club, Moose Lodge, Chatham County Wildlife Club, Wake Forest Deacon Club, Optimist Club, Rotary Club and a member of the Masonic Lodge.

He served on the Chatham County Soil and Water Conservation Board, and was a long time Siler City commissioner. He was Mayor Pro Tem for many years and was the Mayor of Siler City from 1969 to 19771.

He was on the Board of Directors for Chatham Hospital and served on various committees at the First United Methodist Church in Siler City. He was known for his many charitable contributions, and had donated the land for the First United Methodist Church.

There will be a memorial service Sunday, July 14, 2019 at 2 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Siler City with a visitation in the fellowship hall after the service.

Memorials made be made in Willis’ memory to First United Methodist Church, Memorial Garden Fund.


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