Posted 8/23/19


Annie “Lena” Caviness Leonard, 93, of Bennett passed away on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at The Siler City Center.

The funeral service was conducted on …

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Annie “Lena” Caviness Leonard, 93, of Bennett passed away on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at The Siler City Center.

The funeral service was conducted on Friday, August 16, 2019 at 11 a.m. at Fall Creek Baptist Church, where she was a member, with Rev. Tim Strider, Rev. George Townsend, and John Phillips presiding. Burial followed in the church cemetery. Visitation was one hour prior to the service and other times at the home of Gary Leonard.

Lena was born in Moore County on April 23, 1926 to Alfred and Florence Ritter Caviness. She was a kind and giving lady. If you visited her home, you always left with a piece of cake or candy. She enjoyed singing, walking, working in her flowers, making pound cakes, going to church, and spending time with her family and friends. She always had a smile on her face and loved her time spent with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, Lena was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, Cleo Leonard, and ten brothers and sisters.

She is survived by a daughter, Becky McDaniel (Bruce) of Siler City; sons, Mitchell Leonard (Lorraine) of Timberlake and Gary Leonard (Debbie) of Bennett; grandchildren, Jeffrey McDaniel, Scott Leonard, Leighann Leonard Long, Brandon Leonard, and Erin Leonard McGowan (Colin); great-grandchildren, Anderson Long, Nora McGowan, Maeve McGowan, Henry McGowan, and a host of family and friends.

Flowers accepted or donations may be made to Fall Creek Baptist Church, 1745 Fall Creek Church Road, Bennett, NC 27208.

Condolences may be offered online at:

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


It is with heavy heart we must share the unexpected news that Bill Batley, a true son of the sea, has set sail for Valhalla, where daughter Vicky and son Robbie welcomed him with open arms. William Robert Batley passed peacefully Sunday, August 11, 2019 at UNC Memorial Hospital, Chapel Hill, NC after a brief stay.

Bill was born in Philadelphia, PA. in 1935, difficult times for America and for his widowed mother, Blanche Eckert Batley, but with younger sister Carole by his side, soon joined by little sister Karen Paradiso Winks, they met the challenges of the day. Bill also was fortunate to have his father’s sister, Mary Ann Burkhart offer him escape from the inner city in West Newton, PA, where as a young teenager Bill had a trap line he checked each morning before school, where he hunted with best friend Bob Peebles, trading in crow’s feet for bullets. His love for nature was born there. A Navy veteran, having served on the USS Missouri during the Korean War, Bill kept the dream of returning to the sea in his heart, and, after many years as an owner operator, Bill sold his truck and bought an old wooden boat and set sail for Key West, where he met and married his true love, Linda in 1982. They raised son Claes on board Dance before moving to Pittsboro in 1988. During these last 37+ years, Bill has been a good friend to many and, for a lucky few, confidant and counselor. Bill enjoyed helping anyone in need with their projects, putting his own aside, but his happiest moments were those spontaneous conversations with family, friends or strangers, with people young or old, black or white, rich or poor. He loved these encounters with people, eager to learn something new, or share a good story. Bill made one feel so good by his kind nature and humble heart.

So, please visit to see some photos of his wonderful life, and remember, the cure for anything is salt water—tears, sweat and the sea. Listen more, talk less and let’s open our hearts as wide as the open sea.

This wonderful man will be honored by family and friends on Saturday August 24th at 3 p.m. at St. Bart’s, Pittsboro, NC.


Rev. Ronald David Lander, 75, of Siler City died Thursday, August 15, 2019 at Chatham Hospital, Inc., Siler City.

He is survived by his wife of 17 years, Janet Leigh (Jones) Lander; his children, Veronica “Bailey” Barbis, Lisa Brethen, Amy Glisson, Rachel Brewer and Jennifer Culberson, Jeremy David Lander, Scott Allen Lander; 13 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

Ron was a loving and dedicated father and friend. His added family grew continuously including many news folks as his family. He worked various jobs, including sales, being part of a race car pit crew, an electrical inspector for a small town in upstate NY, and owing his own heating and air conditioning business. His passion and purpose in life was sharing the love of a merciful heavenly Father by being used of God to meet the needs of people throughout his community. He found the joy to do this by maintaining an unwavering faith in his Savior Jesus Christ and trusted the power and anointing of the Holy Spirit. When health allowed he volunteered as a Chaplin at both Randolph and Chatham Hospitals. He loved to lead Bible studies at the Senior Center and nursing homes.

The family received friends Tuesday, August 20, 2019 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Smith & Buckner Funeral Home, 230 North Second Avenue, Siler City.

A memorial service was held on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at 3:30 p.m. at Siler City Church of God, 510 N. Fifth Ave., Siler City with Rev. Neal Kight officiating. Internment followed in Chatham Memorial Park, Siler City.

Memorials may be made to Faith In Love Church Ministries, 237 South Third Avenue, Siler City, NC 27344.

Smith & Buckner Funeral Home is assisting the Lander family.

Online condolences may be made at:


Mary Hurlene Pickard Pike, 78, of Siler City died Saturday, August 17, 2019 at UNC Hospice Home, Pittsboro.

She was born on April 2,1941 in Chatham County, the daughter of Harvey C. and Lou Quakenbush Pickard. Mrs. Pike was a member of Rocky River Baptist Church, Acteen leader, and choir member. She worked for years in textiles. Her love was working at Victory Village Child Care. Hurlene was an avid reader, a wonderful cook, and she enjoyed canning her harvest from the garden. Quilting and being a seamstress are other things that gave her pleasure.

Mrs. Pike was preceded in death by her parents, step-mother, Clara Moore Pickard, and sister, Linda Faye Pickard.

She is survived by her husband of 62 years, George Edward Pike; daughters, Sarah Lou P. Gardner and husband Frankie, Diane P. Wright and husband Tony, both of Siler City; sons, Danny Pike and wife Pam, Manuel Pike and wife Andrea, Chris Pike and wife Catie, all of Siler City; 15 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

A graveside service was held Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at 6 p.m. at Rocky River Baptist Church Cemetery, 4436 Siler City-Snow Camp Road, Siler City, NC. with Dr. Greg Burriss officiating. Visitation followed in the church fellowship hall.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Hand Bell Choir at Rocky River Baptist Church, or to UNC Hospice Home, PO Box 1077, Pittsboro, NC 27312.

Smith & Buckner Funeral Home is assisting the Pike family.

Online condolences may be made at:


Herbert Carlisle Henley, Jr., “Carl” and “Father Chief” to many, passed away peacefully in his sleep Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at Galloway Ridge in Pittsboro, NC.

Carl was born to Herbert Carlisle Henley, Sr. and Mary Elizabeth Hunt Henley in Kinston, NC on March 20, 1938. Carl graduated from Pittsboro High School in the class of 1956. He continued his education, graduating from NC State in 1960, after which, he taught Jr. High math at Virginia Beach from 1960-1961. His quote: “They almost drove me crazy!” In 1962, Carl received his Masters in Public Health from UNC. From 1962-1964 he served in the US Public Health Service while working for the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD. His education continued with graduate school at the UNC School of Public Health from 1964-1968. He then began teaching at the UNC School of Social Work in the fall of 1968, where he taught for 31 years. Carl received his PHD in Biostatistics in 1971 and was named Teacher of the Year in each of four decades, spanning 1960 to 1990. Carl was preceded in death by his father, Herbert C. Henley; his mother, Mary Elizabeth Hunt Henley; his son, Andrew Carlisle Henley; his second wife, Martha Lillian Henderson; and his first wife and mother of his children, Rebecca Jackson Henley.

Carl is survived by his daughter, Caroline Keith Henley; her husband Richard Douglas Thorne; his two grandsons, Richard Marshall Thorne and Jake Douglas Thorne; his sister, Mary Ross (Rossie) Lindsey; his brother, Thomas Franklin Henley and wife Sandra; many nephews and nieces from both the Henley and Henderson families; as well as his special friend, Joan Watts.

Carl was a dedicated member of Binkley Baptist Church for more than 50 years. He loved teaching, sharing jokes and will forever be an NC State fan! However, very little else brought the joy he got while playing, watching and talking golf! After he suffered a spinal cord stroke in 1995, he was “the come-back kid” and made three holes-in-one on the golf course and carried the Olympic torch up a portion of Franklin Street in Chapel Hill for the 1996 Olympics.

Carl’s service will take place at Binkley Baptist Church in Chapel Hill on August 24, 2019 at 2 p.m. Reception will follow in the fellowship hall.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Binkley Baptist Church, 1712 Willow Drive, Chapel Hill, NC 27514.

The family would like to recognize the loving care he received from the staff of the Arbor at Galloway Ridge, his friends and family.


Sabra Janeill “Jan” MacDaniel Scott, 77, of Siler City died Sunday, August 18, 2019 at UNC Hospice, Pittsboro.

Mrs. Scott was born in Chatham County on July 8,1942, the daughter of Marshall Henry and Dorothy (Dark) MacDaniel. Jan raised cattle and showed paint and cutting horses. She loved the “farm life” and her animals, enjoyed gift-giving to her friends and a good joke. Jan enjoyed attending the Stockyard Cowboy Church.

She is survived by her husband of 34 years, Lester W. Scott, Jr.; son, Marshall (Marty) Lee Allen and wife Janet; granddaughter, Kasie Tague; step-children, Patricia and Earl Dowdy, Sheila and John Tally, Scotty and Kathy Scott, Larry and Susan Scott; seven step-grandchildren and ten step-great-grandchildren.

The memorial service will be Thursday, August 22, 2019 at 1 p.m. at Stockyard Cowboy Church, 260 Stockyard Road, Siler City with Pastor Willie Pickard officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Wounded Warrior Project P.O., PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675, or a charity of donor’s choice.

Smith & Buckner Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Online condolences may be made at:


Sherri Ann Toomes , age 62, a Randolph County native, gained her angel wings to make her grand entrance into heaven while surrounded by her loving family on Sunday, August 18, 2019. She valued her family from her deepest core, and all who had the privilege of meeting her came to love and cherish her dearly.

Professionally, Sherri began in Wilmington as a bookkeeper for Dean Gutch for over 15 years. This led to her devoting over a decade to another company, Newsome Hardwood Flooring, owned by Monty Newsome, where she worked as an office manager in the Wilmington and Southport locations. Sherri considered Dean Gutch, Monty Newsome, and all employees at Newsome Hardwood Flooring as a second family. Sherri was proceeded in death by her parents, George “Buck” Toomes and Rebecca Toomes, siblings Rusty Toomes, Paula Butts, and Jerry “Jock” Toomes.

She is survived by siblings Tim Toomes and Renee Toomes and by her loving children Stanley Spencer and Tiffany Albright. Her legacy also entails her grandchildren, Jasmine Spencer, Caitlin Spencer, Carlie Spencer, Madison Spencer, Tristen Spencer, and Lua Star Chantal Albright. Sherri will also be missed deeply by her devoted and loving partner, Charles “Ed” Little and all of their canine companions. Sherri also had a large extended family, which included ten nieces and nephews, that she always held near and dear to her heart. Known to many as “Anniball”, she was the glue that held us all together, and a living angel to any child in need. Sherri will be greatly missed in her death with the same unwavering effort we all gave through loving her in life.

All flowers may be sent to Ridge Funeral Home in Asheboro, North Carolina.

Family will also be receiving guests and services at Ridge Funeral Home. Visitation will be Saturday, August 24th from 6 to 8 p.m and a memorial service will be held Sunday, August 25th at 2 p.m with burial concluding the memorial service at Randolph Memorial.


Kevin John Wood died unexpectedly, Thursday, August 15, 2019. He was 68 years old.

Kevin was born in Paeroa, New Zealand and made Chatham County, NC his home in the mid-1980’s.

Excellent with his hands, Kevin’s expert knowledge and talented experience kept him busy building many residential houses and commercial buildings, including Manifold Recording Studio. He was an avid collector of classic cars, motorcycles and other historic memorabilia. A particular favorite was his M274 military mule which saw use daily in his work around home. He had a passion for history and often rescued and restored historical documents, artifacts, and buildings, relocating them to places more conducive to preservation.

Survivors include his wife, Nancy Wood of Pittsboro; son, Zach (Cassie) Wood; stepdaughters, Khara Gonzalas and Rebecca Whitt; stepsons, Michael Whitt and Bryce Whitt; grandchildren, Eloise Wood and Oliver Scott Branch-Sherrill; sister, Pamela (James) Walsh of Christchurch, New Zealand; nieces, Ellen Walsh, Jessie Walsh and Lauren Walsh; in addition to many friends and colleagues who were touched by Kevin’s life.

A Celebration of Kevin’s life will be held at a later date.


Patricia Anne Lord of Chapel Hill passed away on Sunday, June 9, 2019. She was on hospice care at her home due to lung cancer and slipped away peacefully a little before midnight, with her family by her side. She was 73.

Pat was born September 2,1945 to Robert and Jean Lord in Bronxville, NY. Her family soon moved to Rye, NY, where she grew up. Robert Lord was an electrical engineer with RCA. Jean Lord was a homemaker. Pat earned an Art degree from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. in May, 1967.

After college, Pat moved to Chapel Hill and worked in the art department at N.C. Memorial Hospital. She later moved to work as an artist at the Herald-Sun of Durham, where she stayed for 36 years. Former U.S. Senator Jesse Helms once requested her original political cartoon depicting “Senator No.” After her newspaper career, Pat pursued a master’s degree in special education at N.C. Central University. Later, she was a teaching assistant in the Durham Public Schools and with Head Start in Chapel Hill and worked as a caretaker for special-needs children.

Pat was renowned for her deeply whimsical sense of humor. She made countless people laugh over the years and in turn was known for her bouts of mellifluous laughter. Pat always had a book and a magazine with her and read everything one could imagine, a few of her favorites including: R. Crumb, David Sedaris, Michael Crichton, Flannery O’Connor, and Mary Oliver, as well as The NY Times and The Weekly World News. She loved her Irish heritage, drawing, daily writing in her journal, caring for rescued animals and houseplants, saving turtles in the road, Irish and Funk music, and collecting art, books and underground comics. She was also a gifted writer, producing numerous short stories based on her life.

Pat valued compassion, humor, character, spirituality, toughness, and intellectual pursuits above all else. She cared little about material wealth and outward appearances. She was truly a humble person and actively sought to help and spend time with those at the farthest fringes of society.

Pat came to love Pittsboro and often attended St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church over the years there with her friend Michael McCormick. Later in life, she returned to the Catholic faith in which she was raised as an active member of St. Thomas More in Chapel Hill.

Pat is survived by son, Dr. Jackson Taylor, 34, and his fiancé Vanessa Boynton of Providence, R.I.; brother, Robert Lord and his wife Sandy of Deerfield, Mass.; her three nieces, Elizabeth, Katie and Samantha; her former husband Richard Taylor of Ocracoke; plus her dog Beanie and beloved cat Kali Ra.

Her funeral mass will be at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 10 a.m. Monday, August 26. Friends and family will gather afterwards to share memories in the church’s Friends and Family Hall.

Donations may be made to the Humane Society or The Catholic Church. Online condolences:


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