Posted 8/16/19


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Allen Benton Barbour, 72, of Apex, passed Monday, August 5, 2019 at his home in Apex, NC.

Al was born December 12, 1946 in Greensboro, NC to the late David Benton Barbour and Anna Belle Morris Barbour. He was a 1965 graduate of Page High School in Greensboro, NC and continued his education at Technical Institute of Alamance. Al was owner and operator of Barbour Machine Company, Inc. He had a quest for knowledge that he enjoyed sharing with others. Al was considered a mentor by a countless number of friends and associates. He enjoyed camping and fulfilled his dream of multiple cross country camping trips with his family. He was a member of the Society of Plastic Engineers and Olive Chapel Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his brother, David Barbour; and brother-in-law, James Lambert.

Al is survived by his wife of 49 years, Kathleen Bolan Barbour; daughters, Jan Wellons and husband, Jay of Pittsboro; Sharon Barbour of Hillsborough; son, John Barbour and his wife, Ginny of Moncure; sister, Dawn Lambert of Fancy Gap, VA; and five grandchildren, Sarah and Andrew Barbour; and Elizabeth, Emily and Matthew Wellons.

A funeral service was held 11 a.m. Friday, August 9, 2019 at Olive Chapel Baptist Church, 600 New Hill Olive Chapel Road, Apex, NC 27502. Burial followed the service in the church cemetery. The family received friends and loved ones from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, August 8, 2019.

Memorials may be made to the Sarcoma Foundation of America: or a charity of one’s choice.

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Ronald Elwood Boone, 78, of Siler City died Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at UNC Hospitals.

Mr. Boone was born in Caswell County on July 13, 1941 the son of Daniel Benjamin and Bessie (Paige) Boone. Ronnie was retired from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner after 30 years of service. Ronnie was a 1959 graduate of Anderson High School and a veteran of the US Navy. He was a faithful, active member of the First United Methodist Church Siler City, where he had served on numerous committees including the Disaster Relief Trailer, which he organized.

Ronnie was a 1966 graduate of Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science as licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer. He had been employed with Smith & Buckner Fu neral Home, Siler City and Bridges-Cameron in Sanford. He had worked with Doctors’ without Borders, DEMORT and FEMA which sent him to New York on 9-11-2001 to assist with disaster relief. Ronnie was a certified death investigator for 12 years.

He was a “jack of all trades”, enjoyed wood working and refinishing wood pieces, camping, canoeing, playing horse shoes, reading, and spending time with his grandchildren. His greatest joy came from being with his sweetheart, Rachel.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Lois Boone Chandler; and brother, Gene Boone.

Ronnie is survived by his wife of 55 years: Rachel (Walker) Boone, daughters, Ronda Boone Peterson of Cary and Dana Boone Smith and husband, Phillip of Greensboro; son,: Bryan E. Boone and wife, Elizabeth of Sanford; sister, Phyllis Boone DeRita of Burlington; brother, Thurman “Pop” Boone and wife, Janie of Burlington; grandchildren, Bennett and Lacey Peterson, Sarah and Anna Boone, Owen and Grant Smith.

The family will receive friends Friday, August 9, 2019 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Smith & Buckner Funeral Home, 230 North Second Avenue, Siler City, NC. The funeral will be Saturday, August 10, 2019 at 11 a.m. at First United Methodist Church, 1101 West Raleigh Street, Siler City with Rev. Carl Belcher officiating. Burial followed at 3 p.m. in Camp Springs United Methodist Church Cemetery, 9168 Cherry Grove Road, Reidsville, NC 27320.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: First United Methodist Church, PO Box 212, Siler City, NC 27344 or Habitat for Humanity.

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Velna Lucille Caviness Garner, 92, of Robbins, passed away on Saturday, August 10, 2019 at her home surrounded by her family.

Funeral services were conducted on Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at 2 p.m. at Beulah Baptist Church, where she was a member, with Dr. Neal Jackson and Rev. Robert Kidd presiding. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

Mrs. Garner was born on November 24, 1926 to Joseph Robert and Bertha Cheek Caviness. She loved her church and was a member of the Meekness Sunday School Class. She enjoyed word find books and working in her vegetable and flower gardens. She was a homemaker and especially loved cooking for her grandchildren. In addition to her parents, Velna was preceded in death by her husband of 68 years, Bud Garner; brother, Carlton Caviness, and great-grandson, Corey Wilkes.

She is survived by daughters, Wanda Ellington (Steve) and Debora Ritter (Ronnie); son, Ronald Garner (Faye); brother-in-law, Jimmie Garner; sister-in-law, Janelle Garner; grandchildren, Joseph Garner, Bradley Garner, Chad Ellington, Tiffany Ellington, Stephanie Saunders; great-grandchildren, Brianna, Robert, Justin, Dakota, and Hayden Garner, Jackson, Thomas, and Julia Ellington, Chandler, Ashton, Christian, and Cayden Wilkes.

Visitation was held Monday, August 12, 2019 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Joyce-Brady Chapel in Bennett and other times at the family home.

Condolences may be offered online at:

Joyce-Brady Chapel is honored to serve the Garner Family.


Jacqueline Harris Ellis, 95, of Siler City died Thursday, August 8, 2019 at Brian Center of Weaverville, NC.

Mrs. Ellis was born in Chatham County on March 6, 1924 to Jesse L. Harris and Ida Hilliard Harris. She was a graduate of Siler City High School. She worked in retail, owning The ABC Shoppe (a children’s clothing store) in Siler City, and then worked with her Husband, Archie Ellis at The Hardware Store. She was a bookkeeper for The Hardware store for 39 years and then with Ace Hardware another 12 years. She also kept books for several other small businesses in Siler City.

She was quite the baker and enjoyed baking pies and decorating cakes which she would share with friends and family, often mailing them as far as California for birthday and special occasions. She loved to sew and crochet. Although she never had grandchildren, she loved her “grand dogs” and her cats.

Jackie was a devoted member of the First United Methodist Church of Siler City. She served on several boards throughout the years. She was a member of the Choir and a member of Fellowship Sunday School Class and Mary Beth Joyner Circle. The last nine years of her life she lived with her daughter in Weaverville, and when able attended Weaverville United Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Archie M. Ellis; her brothers, Charles L. Harris, Wallace M. Harris, J. Curtis Harris; and her sisters, Glenna H. Bradford, Mary H. Greenhut, and Bethal H. Daurity.

Jackie is survived by her daughter, J. Marion Ellis of Weaverville, and a plethora of nieces and nephews.

The family received friends Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at First United Methodist Church, Siler City from 10 to 11 a.m. The funeral followed at First United Methodist Church. Burial was in Oakwood Cemetery, Siler City.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, Siler City; WNC Bridge Foundation (Special Fund), PO Box 25338, Asheville, NC 28813, or the Salvation Army, Siler City.

Smith & Buckner Funeral Home is assisting the family.

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Doris Mann Vaughn moved from her home in Pittsboro to her home in Heaven on Sunday, August 11, 2019 with her Heavenly Father to welcome her home with her husband, P.B. (Belk) Vaughn and her parents A.G. (Teamy) and Jenny Cotton Mann and many friends and loved ones. Doris’s family was so dear to her, devoted, caring and showed their love in so many ways.

She is survived by her son, Ronnie Vaughn and wife Glenette; grandsons, Brian Vaughn (Tina) and Todd Vaughn (Cheryl) and the loves of her life, four great- grandchildren, Amber, Layla, Tori, and Carter. What enjoyment they brought her in her “old age.” Doris was surrounded by seven of the most dedicated nieces anyone could have, always there for her, in touch by visits, phone calls and cards. She was proceeded in death by her brothers, Julian and Harden Mann and her sisters, Elizabeth Goodwin, Mable Jones, and Maudie Mitchell.

Doris graduated from high school as Valedictorian and also the youngest of her class. After graduation, she worked a number of years as an inspector at Chatham Mills in Pittsboro. Leaving there, she was employed with the Purchasing Department at UNC, Chapel Hill until she retired. She worked as a substitute teacher at Northwood High School in Pittsboro.

Doris was a longtime faithful member of Pittsboro Baptist Church – Sunday School Teacher, Pastoral Search Committee, Board of Trustees, Building Committee, Tape Ministry and Choir Member for many years.

Doris was given a talent of writing songs and poetry. She published a small book of her work for family and friends.

She was fortunate to travel to many places, many of our states including Hawaii and Alaska. She and a “Special Friend” enjoyed going on several cruises and to foreign countries and islands but she always said the “Isle of Man” was her favorite place.

The family received friends Wednesday, August 14, 2019 from 1 to 2 p.m. at Pittsboro Baptist Church. The funeral service followed at 2 p.m. with Rev. Ray Gooch presiding. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made in Doris’s memory to UNC Hospice, P.O. Box 1077, Pittsboro, NC 27312 or to the Charity of your choice.

Condolences may be made at:

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


Sandra Harrison Ihly, 80, of Pittsboro passed away at her home on August 11, 2019. She was a wonderful daughter, sister, wife, mother, caregiver, friend and artist.

Sandy is preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Richard L. Ihly.

She is survived by two brothers, D. Wayne Harrison (Anne) of Charlotte, and John R. Harrison (Leslie) of Hattiesburg, MS; daughter, Kim LaFreniere of Weld Maine; son, Kurt Ihly (Lisa) of Raleigh; four gr andchildren, Trish Ihly Wilson (Micah) of Mebane, Bo Ramsay of Cary, Kaitlyn Marie Ihly of Raleigh, and Lake Ihly of Raleigh, and one great-grandchild, Roman Ihly Wilson of Mebane. Lastly, but most importantly, she is survived by her loyal companion “Murphy”.

In keeping with Sandy’s wishes, the family will hold a private gathering. Those wanting to celebrate her life can make a gift in her memory to Habitat for Humanity, 467 West Street, Pittsboro, NC 27312.

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Arrangements by Donaldson Funeral Home & Cremation in Pittsboro.


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