Posted 8/9/19


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Ruth Elizabeth Chappell Jones, age 91, of New Hill, died Tuesday, July 30, 2019 at the Laurels of Chatham.

Ruth was born in Durham County on July 14, 1928 to the late Lonnie Pinkney Chappell and Myrtle Easter Chappell. She was also preceded in death by her husband Carey Jones, brother Billy Chappell, and sisters Annie Belle and Fannie Marie.

Surviving relatives include three daughters, Libby Eubanks and husband Charlie of Pittsboro, Cathy Whitaker of Pittsboro, Rhonda Jones of Surf City; five grandchildren, Clint Eubanks, Jason Eubanks and wife Julia, Kain Whitaker and wife Ashley, Kurt Whitaker, Andrew Sirls, six great-grandchildren; one brother, Robert Chappell and wife Pat of Winston Salem; and two sisters, Margaret Allen and husband Donald of Burlington, and Doris Shears and husband Jim of Florida.

The family received friends Thursday, August 1, 2019 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Donaldson Funeral Home & Cremation, Griffin Chapel. The funeral service was held Friday, August 2, 2019 at 11 a.m. at New Elam Christian Church with Rev. Ed Earp presiding. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers the family asks for memorial contributions to be made in Ruth’s memory to New Elam Christian Church, 3290 Pea Ridge Road, New Hill, NC 27562.

Condolences may be made at:

Donaldson Funeral Home & Cremation was honored to serve the Jones family.


Pheobia Ellen Braxton Mann, age 91, of Pittsboro, died Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at the Jim & Betsy Bryan UNC Hospice Home.

Pheobia was born in Alamance County, North Carolina, on March 21, 1928 to the late William Algie Braxton and Ida Lindley Braxton. She was also preceded in death by her husband Horace Mann and brothers, Wilson Braxton, Grady Braxton, and Charm Braxton.

Surviving relatives include her daughter, Ellen Allen and husband Tom of Cary; son, Lynn Mann and Betty Jo Oldham of Pittsboro; four grandchildren, Patrick Allen (Lauren), Amanda Thomas (Jon), Jonathan Allen (Haley), Jesse Mann (Brittany), and seven great grandchildren.

The family received friends Friday, August 2, 2019 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Donaldson Funeral Home & Cremation Griffin Chapel.

The funeral service was held Saturday, August 3, 2019 at 11 a.m. at Hickory Mountain United Methodist Church with Rev. Ray Gooch presiding. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks for memorial contributions to be made in Pheobia’s memory to the SECU Jim & Betsy Bryan UNC Hospice House, 100 Roundtree Way Pittsboro, NC 27312 or Hickory Mountain United Methodist Church, 201 Hadley Mill Road, Pittsboro, NC 27312.

Following the service the family was at the home place.

Condolences may be made at:

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


Daimon Franklin Whitehead, 78, of Staley, passed away Saturday, August 3, 2019 at Chatham Hospital in Siler City.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, August 7, 2019, at Ramseur Wesleyan Church, Ramseur, with Rev. Tim Butcher and Rev. Gary Waisner officiating. Burial followed at Kildee Wesleyan Church Cemetery in Ramseur.

Daimon was a native of Chatham County, a graduate of Liberty High School and longtime resident of Staley. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, and grandfather. Daimon enjoyed hunting, fishing, the beach, horses, and boating. Most of all he loved spending time with his “girls”, Faye and Wendy, even shopping. He was formerly the parts manager with Ferree Trailer and the retired owner of S & W Paving. He served in the Army National Guard for eight years and was a faithful member of Ramseur Wesleyan Church. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ernest and Elsie Fogleman Whitehead, brothers, Charles Whitehead, Carr Lee Whitehead, William Coy Whitehead, and sisters, Juanita W. Allen and Obriata W. Wilson.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Faye Williams Whitehead of the home; daughter, Wendy Spoloric and husband Joe of Charlotte, and granddaughter, Tyson Spoloric of Virginia.

The family wishes to thank the staff and nurses of Universal Health Care, Chatham Hospital, and Dr. James Davis for their kindness and care he received from them. Also thank you to his friends and family for their frequent visits, prayers and support during his illness.

Visitation was held from 6 to 8 p.m.Tuesday at Loflin Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Ramseur and other times, at the residence.

Condolences may be made online at:

Arrangements by Loflin Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ramseur.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Ramseur Wesleyan Church, PO Box 501, Ramseur, NC 27316 or to Kildee Wesleyan Church, c/o Harvey Chriscoe, 7317 Burgess Kivett Road, Ramseur, NC 27316.


December 23, 1945 - July 4, 2019

Jim Smith, son of Dorothy and James Smith of Raleigh, died July 4th with his wife Susan Kelemen Smith by his side.

A 1962 graduate of Broughton High School, Jim studied drafting at Louisburg College and later became a talented Japanese wood worker, having apprenticed himself to a master Japanese carpenter in the San Francisco Bay area during the 1970’s and 1980’s . He designed his and Susan’s Japanese style house in the Saralyn Community of Chatham County, using salvaged roof tiles from the old Mary Elizabeth Hospital in Raleigh. He also designed and built the frame for a tea house memorial constructed by members of his Saralyn neighborhood.

Like many in his mother’s Brown family, Jim was an avid reader, especially enjoying contemporary Southern and other regional writers.

In 1970 Jim trained mine-sniffing dogs for US troops in the Vietnam War at a Wake County facility.

He is missed and will be remembered by many.


February 10, 1961 - May 20, 2019

A graveside memorial service will be held for Mark Lee Moody on Saturday, August 10, 2019 at 6 p.m. at Mount Vernon Springs Presbyterian Church cemetery.

Mark always loved to wear Western/Cowboy clothes and accessories. In tribute to Mark, if you have this kind of clothing or accessories, you can wear them. Any type attire is acceptable.


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