Posted 9/6/19


Patricia Ann Harris Watts, 79, of Siler City died Tuesday, August 27, 2019 at UNC Hospice, Pittsboro.

Mrs. Watts was born in Alamance County on August 21,1940 the …

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Patricia Ann Harris Watts, 79, of Siler City died Tuesday, August 27, 2019 at UNC Hospice, Pittsboro.

Mrs. Watts was born in Alamance County on August 21,1940 the daughter of Curtis Lee and Pearl (Collins) Harris. Pat was a graduate of Jordan-Matthews High School and attended Elon College where she received a certificate of secretarial practice. She retired from Godwin Insurance in Greensboro and had also worked at Cobb Insurance in Chapel Hill. Pat was a member of the First Baptist Church of Siler City and will be remembered for enjoying and helping with Vacation Bible School. Pat enjoyed traveling with her best friend whether it be London or New York.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jesse R. Watts; her parents and brother, David Harris.

She is survived by daughters, Debra W. Yamrose and husband, Scott and Angie Watts; son, Steve Watts and wife, Sherry; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Pat also leaves behind her best friend Virginia Coley, who was like a sister to her.

A graveside service was held Friday, August 30, 2019 at 11 a.m. at Oakwood Cemetery, North Chatham Avenue, Siler City, with Rev. Eric Davidson officiating.

Smith & Buckner Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Online condolences may be made at:


Berta Mae Hilliard, 102, of Goldston died Saturday, August 31, 2019 at her residence.

Mrs. Hilliard was born on August 17,1917, the daughter Ezekiel L. and Oppie Jane Gaines Hilliard. Berta was native of Chatham County, a homemaker and poultry farmer. She loved working in her garden, flowers and cooking. Berta was a member of Gaines Grove Primitive Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Joe Hilliard.

She is survived by her children: Jack Hilliard, Nancy Hilliard Shaw, and Dan Hilliard, all of Goldston; grandchildren, Marty Shaw, Beth Yow, Kenneth Hilliard and Tonya Jolly, ten great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

The family received friends Monday, September 2, 2019 from 1 to 2 p.m. at Gaines Grove Primitive Baptist Church, Bonlee-Carbonton Road and other times at the family home. A funeral service followed at 2 p.m. with Pastor Zack Byrd and Rev. David Hicks officiating. Burial followed at the Gaines Grove Cemetery in Goldston.

Memorials may be made to Gaines Grove Cemetery Fund, c/o Lucy Emerson, 135 Oren Gaines Road, Goldston, NC 27252.

Smith & Buckner Funeral Home is assisting the Hilliard Family.

On line condolences may be made at:


Betty Garner Brewer, 78, of Bear Creek died September 1, 2019, at her home.

She was born December 23,1940 at Moore Regional Hospital, the daughter of Doss and Louella Garner. She was a graduate of Jordan-Matthews High School, class of 1959.

Ms. Brewer was a devoted member of Oakley Baptist Church. She worked at Collins & Aikman for 35 years. She volunteered with Meals on Wheels, enjoyed bowling, baking, going to the beach, her many trips with friends, and outings with her Sunday School class. She also enjoyed sitting with people and canning.

Ms. Brewer is preceded in death by her husband, HL Brewer, infant son, Scotty Wayne Brewer, step-son, Mike Brewer, her parents, step-father, Fred Starr, sister, Faye Starr, and brother Wayne Starr.

She is survived by brothers, Bill Garner and wife Patsy, Lloyd Starr; sisters, Kay S. Jordan and Debra S. Porter, all of Siler City; nieces and nephews; special friend, Joe Culberson; and her fur baby, Coco.

The funeral was held September 4, 2019 at 2 p.m. at Oakley Baptist Church, 2300 Siler City-Glendon Road, Siler City with Dr. Jeff Johnson officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

The family received friends at the home at 749 Wildlife Road, Bear Creek.

A special thank you to Jane Staley, Helen Clark and Liberty Home Care and Hospice.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Oakley Baptist Church Cemetery Fund.


On August 31, 2019 at approximately 4:30 p.m., a tremendous and joyful event happened, Maryland not only met her Lord and Savior, she had a reunion with her earthly parents, siblings, husband, many nieces, nephews and cousins. Maryland loved her family. She started a family reunion that was held for 40 years; she enjoyed the fellowship of her family gathering together. Maryland was the youngest of ten children born to James Franklin Moody and Della Margaret Bright Moody. Maryland was born June 24, 1928. She was very active at Mount Vernon Springs Presbyterian Church, which she attended her entire life. She enjoyed spending time with the Lord, reading her Bible, doing her Bible crossword puzzles, and using her talents for others. Maryland sang in the church choir, taught Sunday School classes, was very active with the Women’s meetings, served on the Cemetery Committee and various other responsibilities at the church. She worked for 20 years at A. J. Schneierson’s. Even though Maryland did not have children, by being the “baby” of the family, by the time she was born she was a built-in babysitter for most of her nieces and nephews, all of which she loved dearly.

Maryland married at the age of 50 to Lee O. Lemon. At that time she learned how to drive a car and got her driver’s license. She spent 15 happy years as Lee’s wife. After his passing, Maryland stayed very busy. She worked cleaning houses for several years. She helped take care of her sister Kara, and helped look after a nephew, Mark Moody, great-niece Rachel Spoon, and three great-nephews, Joseph, Jonathan and Jacob Moody. Maryland spent many years traveling back and forth between niece Kay Moody Spoon (Ricky) and nephew Michael Moody (Anna’s) home, it was great having her live with them, she helped take care of them, as much as they took care of her.

Maryland had declined in health over the last two years. She was in and out of the hospital multiple times. We are thankful that Maryland is with her Heavenly Father and no longer in pain. Maryland leaves behind many nieces, nephews, cousins, her church family, and dear friends. She will forever live in our memories.

Please join us on Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 2 p.m. at the Mount Vernon Springs Presbyterian Church for Maryland’s memorial service. Immediately following will be the committal of Maryland’s remains in the cemetery.

The family wishes to thank the staff at The Coventry House in Siler City, The Laurels of Pittsboro, and Liberty Hospice for all the care and support provided to Maryland.


Andrew (Drew) Cochran, 35, of Siler City and formerly of Durham, NC, passed away on August 31, 2019.

He is survived by his mother, Cynthia Long; his grandmother, JoAnne Sapp; and extended family and friends.

No service is planned by Andrew’s wishes.

Donations in his memory may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Memories of Andrew are welcome and may be posted on the Smith & Buckner funeral home website at:


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