Below are news of our recent deaths:
- Gwen Prior - Gwendolyn Hobby Prior, 81, died on August 19 in Charleston, SC after a brief illness. She was a Life Member of the Auxiliary, based on her husband Gary's service. A memorial service will be held 4:00 pm Saturday at Holland’s United Methodist Church of which she was a lifelong member. The family will receive friends following the service. In addition to her husband of 62 years, Gary R. Prior; she is survived by sons, Rickie Prior of Raleigh and Jeff Prior and his wife, Donna of Garner; a brother, James Lacy Hobby, Jr. and his wife Jean of Garner; grandchildren, Dylan Prior, Brianna Prior, Christyn Hiatt and husband, Brad, and Brian Stephenson; a great-grand daughter, Olivia Hiatt. Memorial contributions may be made to Operation Smile, 3641 Faculty Blvd., Virginia Beach, Va. 23453.
- Jason Carter Henskee - Jason Henskee, 39, passed away suddenly on July 11, 2018. He was a Life Member of the Auxiliary who lived in NY, and joined on the WW II service of his grandfather Jack Carter. Many of the family are also members, including his grandmother Maxine Carter, mother Diane Carter, uncle Bob Carter, and several other uncles and cousins. He was an attorney in Buffalo, NY. He leaves behind a wife Laura and two young children, Savannah age 4 and Wyatt, age 1.
- Guy Raymond Keen - Guy Keen, 66, of Angier, NC, passed on November 6, 2016, but we just learned of his passing recently. He was born in Russell County, VA, and was a veteran of the Army during the Vietnam War. In later years, Guy retired from Barnhill Construction in Raleigh and earned Master's Degree in Theology, from The Christian Life School of Theology. His most cherished
accomplishment was being baptized in the Jordan River. Survivors include his sons, Guy S. Keen (Amy) of SC and Kevin D. Keen (Brandie) of VA, and two grandchil-dren.
- Bill Carter - Bill Carter, a Life Member of the Post, died Friday, March 17. Billy was a retired US Army Warrant Officer, who served in Vietnam. He was originally from South Carolina, but lived in NC for many years, most rectently with his son Bill. Details are unknown at this point.
- Judith Ann Joliet - Judy Joliet, died at home of a heart attack and her body was found on Friday, March 16. Originally from Detroit, Michigan, she was a retiree from American Airlines, and moved to the area many years ago as part of a company transfer. She was married to the late Don Joliet, a Past Post Commander, and had one son, the late Robin Kolb. She was a Life member of the Auxiliary, where she served as a Past Auxiliary President in 1994-95 and a Past District 7 President. A memorial service will be held at the Post on Monday, April 9 following a luncheon at 11:00 AM.
- Christina Bradshaw Cyrus - Christina Leanne Bradshaw Cyrus, 35, died Saturday at Wake Med in Raleigh. She was a homemaker who enjoyed her family. Surviving are her husband of 6 years, Larry Duane Cyrus; son, Charles Christopher Bradshaw; and sister, Rona Gayle Bradshaw of Willow Springs.
A memorial service will be held 3:00 pm Tuesday at Bryan-Lee Funeral Home Chapel in Garner with Rev. Tonya Nichols officiating.
- Mary “Gladys Barefoot Pope - Gladys, 93, a Life mem-ber of the Auxiliary passed away on Dec 11, 2017. She was preceded in death by her husband, WW II veteran Clifford Pope, daughter Patricia Gail Bates and son in law Billy Bates, four brothers and a sister. She retired from Carolina Telephone after 31 years and Betsy Johnson Hospital after 16 years at the age of 85. In 2000, the Dunn Chamber of Commerce presented her with the Woman of the Year Award for her many years of service to her community. Gladys was a long time President of the Dunn Auxiliary, and when it folded, she ended up as a member of Garner. A funeral service was held on Dec 14 at the First Baptist Church Parlor. In lieu of flowers, me-morials may be made to the First Baptist Church, 309 West Broad St. Dunn, NC 28334.
- Waverly Conly Stephenson – Waverly Stephenson of Garner passed away on April 5, 2016 at the age of 96. A life long resident of Garner, he was married to beloved wife of 75 years Daisy Cecil Hicks Stephenson.
- Terry Lee Chapman, Terry Chapman, 72, a long time life member of the Post passed away on Aug 30, 2017. Mr. Chapman was born in Dansville, NY, the son of the late Ralph Leon Chapman and Irene Mary Pfuntner Chapman. Terry moved to Raleigh in 1987. He was a Navy veteran, serving two tours in Vietnam on the USS Kitty Hawk. Besides the VFW, Terry was a Volunteer Firefighter for the Jackson Hose Company out of Dansville as well as in Canaseraga. He also was a Volunteer Policeman. Terry was a member and former Commander of the American Legion Post 1248 in Arkport, NY. and current member of American Legion Post 0436 in Fuquay-Varina, NC. He was a member of the Moose Lodge in Dansville. Terry was a member of Conesus Lake Riders Motorcycle Club in NY. Terry was member of the Civil War reenactment and belonged to the 13th North Carolina Company B Artillery. He was preceded in death by his brothers Howard, Ralph and Duane Chapman. He is survived by his daughter, Bobby Lin Chapman; grandchildren, Brendan M. Wacenske, Brianna L. Wacenske and other loving family member and friends. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the American Diabetes Association at www.diabetes.org. or to your Local American Legion.
Funeral services are pending.
- Pattie Lee Hower, Pattie Hower, 78, of Murrils Inlet, SC passed away on July 24, 2017 after a long struggle with cancer. Pattie, a long-time member of the Auxilia-ry, lived in SC in recent years. Born in Walston-burg, NC, Pattie was an active member of First Baptist Church of Myrtle Beach. Survivors in-clude her son, Craig Hower and his wife Dee; three grandchildren; brothers, Wayne Davis and his wife Joanne, Tommy Davis of NC; and a sister, Geri Griggs of Garner. Memorial contributions may be made to: First Baptist Church of Myrtle Beach, 500 4th Ave. N. Myrtle Beach, SC 29577.
- Catherine Keeler – Catherine (Kay) Keeler passed away on April 15. Kay was a long-time member of the Auxiliary even though she lived out of state in recent years. She kept in touch with a few members and continued to volunteer at hospitals wherever she lived. She had accumulated nearly 16,000 hours as a hospital volunteer. She was a past Auxiliary 10225 President, and was married to the late Delbert Keeler, an Army veteran, who was a Past Post 10225 Commander. The family has requested no flowers, but donations can be made to Heritage Hospice, PO Box 1215. Danville, KY 40423.
- Charlie Stell - Charlie Stell, long time Life Member of the Post, passed away suddenly on April 23. He was a US Army veteran, having served in Vietnam. A NC Na-tive, Charlie and his wife Paula recently moved to Daytona Beach, FL after Paula retired from her job. He and Paula were visiting with friends back in NC, when he had a heart attack. He died later at Wake Medical Center. Survivors include Pula, his wife of 24 years; daughter, Cindy S. Perry; sisters, Bruce S. Holland, June S. Barnes and Pam S. Horton.
- Carlton Brantley "Pete" Crawford - Pete Crawford, 86, passed away on Feb 9, 2017. Mr. Crawford proudly served his country as a member of both the US Army and the US Air Force, from which he retired. Funeral services will be 3:00 pm Monday at Bryan-Lee Funeral Chapel, Garner. Burial with military honors will follow at Pinecrest Memorial Gardens, Clayton. The family will receive friends Monday from 1:00-2:45 pm at the funeral home prior to the service. Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Jean Crawford; daughters, Donna Crawford of Garner; Shelia Crawford of Clayton and Penny Eason and husband, Steve of Garner; sons, Kenneth Crawford and Mike Crawford and wife, Kim, all of Garner; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
- David Lincoln Phillips, 87, passed away on Jan. 5, 2017, however, we only recently learned of this. He served as a Navy Medic attached to a Marine battalion in Korea. He received a purple heart and 2 bronze stars. Mr. Phillips was a retired vocational and special education teacher. Surviving: wife of 63 years, Norma Anne Davis Phillips; son, David S. Phillips; daughters: Cynthia J. Phillips, Cheryl A. Colby; 2 brothers; 6 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren.
- Ruth Stevens - Ruth, aged 91, a long time Life Member of the Auxiliary died peacably in her sleep Nov 1, 2016. She was the wife of Gordon, a WW II veteran, and had 3 sons and 3 grandchildren who also served in the military. She was predeceased by her husband, and two of children. She leaves 3 children, daughter Alice Daniels, and sons CD and Sefton Stevens, plus 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. There will be a memorial service on Friday, Nov 4 at 2:00 PM at Bryan Lee Funeral Home in Garner.
- Ann Tuplin - Ann, aged 81, a long time Auxiliary Life member, died at home on Sunday, June 12, 2016. Ann was preceeded in death by her husband, David Tuplin, past Post and District commander who passed in 1989. She is survivied by her daughters Teena Barbour, Peggy Morris and Lee Beddingfield. Visitation will be held Thursday, June 16 at 2:30 PM at Montlawn Funeral Home in Raleigh, followed by the funeral service at 3:00. Then there will be a celebration of life at the Post following that.
- Marshall "Pete" Arnold Ashworth - Life member Pete Ashworth died on May 9, 2016 at his home, at aged 83. Pete was born on March 19, 1933 in Holly Springs, NC. Pete retired after 20 years in the Army 1974 after 20 years honorable service. He served three tours of duty in South Korea, one in Japan, one in South Vietnam and a short tour in West Germany. He earned an Associate Business Administration Degree, and a Bachelor ‘s degree. After retirement, Pete was employed as a contracting officer at Seymour Johnson and Pope Air Force Bases and Langley AFB in VA. He is survived by his wife Eva M. Walters of Garner; sons Dr. Robert Alan Ashworth (Lisa) of Carolina Beach, NC, Kenneth Ray Ashworth, Stedman, NC; daughter, Vickie Lynn Ashworth Huffman (Mike), Fayetteville, NC; stepson, Darren McClung (Sherry) and granddaughters, Ashlynn Dawn and Averee Darra McClung. He is also survived by many grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. At Pete's request he was cremated with no service. His cremated remains will be shipped to Arlingon National Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to NAMI North Carolina, 309 W. Millbrook Road, Raleigh, NC 27609.
- Henry Mundy - Henry Clifton Mundy, 79, founder of the Southside Shopper, passed away on Feb 13, 2016. Born in Whittier, Henry was a graduate of Swain County High School where he played baseball. Henry served four years in the US Marine Corps and met the love of his life, Shirley Jean Lee of Pamlico County in 1958 married on Oct. 20, 1959. They had four children. Henry worked for the News and Observer before starting The Southside Shopper Newspaper. Henry built his garage business into a successful legacy for his family. He never met a stranger and was full of life and laughter. Henry loved to play golf and go to the beach, tell stories, play scrabble and visit family and friends. Besides the VFW, he was a member of the Garner Lions Club and Hayes Chapel Christian Church. Funeral services will be 11:00 am Wednesday at Hayes Chapel Christian Church. Burial, Montlawn Memorial Park. Surviving: his wife of 56 years, Shirley Lee Mundy; daughters, Kim Mundy Byars and husband, Greg, Rhonda Mundy and Becky Mundy Cates and husband Paul; son, David W. Mundy and wife, Tiffany all of Garner; Grandchildren, Stephen Jeffries and wife, Rose, Justin Byars and wife, Ashley, Brandon Byars, April and Jordan Keen, Madison Mundy, Megan Mundy and Dalton Mundy, Great Grandchildren, Kinzley Jeffries and Brady Joyner; brother, Earl Eugene Mundy of Morehead City. -
- R. W. "Bill" Gordon - Bill Gordon, aged 76, last year's Post Jr. Vice Commander passed away on Saturday, Nov. 21 after a short battle with Alzheimer's. A Navy veteran of the Bay of Pigs invasion, he was married for 47 years to his wife Ruth. Together they had two children, a daughter Darci St Onge of NH, and a son Scott who lives locally, and 6 grandchildren. Bill retired from a career as an Electrical Engineer. After his death, there was a short memorial service locally, and his ashes will be scattered in Colorado where he was born.
- Mary Ann Barnhouse - "Ann" Barnhouse, a long time Life Member of the VFW Auxiliary from Garner, passed away on Nov. 6, 2015 after a brief and intense battle with cancer. The daughter of the late James and Daisy Riggs Morgan. Ann was a loving, wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend . She was an active member of First Baptist Church of Garner, the VFW and many other community and civic groups.
Funeral services will be 11:00 am Wednesday at First Baptist Church of Garner. Burial will follow at Montlawn Memorial Park. Survivors include her daughter; Mary Barnhouse Rudisill and husband David; son, Kenneth R. Barnhouse and wife Leslie; brother, James Morgan, Jr. and wife Jean; grandchildren, Elizabeth Barnhouse, Gina Barnhouse, Caleb Rudisill, Caitlyn Rudisill, Hannah Rudisill and Joshua Rudisill. Along with her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Raymond Barnhouse; and sister, Barbara Morgan. The family will receive friends Tuesday from 6:00-8:00 pm at Bryan-Lee Funeral Home, Garner. In lieu of flowers donations to SECU Hospice House 426 Hospital Rd. Smithfield.
- Larry Stephens - Larry K. Stephens, a long time Life Member from Garner, passed away on Sept 28, 2015 after a short illness. He was a US Navy veteran of the Cuban missle crisis, and retired from the US Postal Service. He was married to his wife Joan for many years. There will be a private graveside service at Montlawn Memorial Park on Thursday, Oct 1st at 1:00 PM.
- Pat Blake - Patricia K. Blake, 69, of Garner, passed away on August 27, 2015. She was preceded in death by her husband of 41 years, Robert ("Whistle") Earl Blake Sr.; grandson, Justin Earl Blake, father, Epp King; brother, Ronnie King.She leaves behind her two sons Robert Earl Blake Jr. and wife, Lisa Blake of Manson, NC, Gerald Lee Blake and wife, Susan of Dunn, NC; four grandsons, Joseph Cecil, Jeffrey Cecil, Ronnie Blake, Marcus Blake; four great grandchildren, Jameson Cecil, Kaylee Ann Blake, Brenton Cecil, Ayaina Blake and one on the way; mother, Alice King of Garner; sister, Billie Batts and husband, James Batts of Garner. She has affected many lives in her short 69 years of life and she will be greatly missed. Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 29 at 4:00 pm at Temple Of Pentecost, 2312 Lake Wheeler Rd. Raleigh, NC 27603. A visitation will be held from 2:00-4:00 pm prior to the service at the church. The burial will take place Monday, August 31 at 2:00 pm at Montlawn Memorial Park, Raleigh.
- Ralph - Ralph Goodwin, aged 67, passed away on May 16, 2015 from cancer.
- Michael William Keating - Mike Keeting, age 60, passed away on October 26, 2014 at Transitions Lifecare Hospice House in Raleigh from cancer. He was a member of our Men's Auxiliary. Mike was born August 9, 1954 to the late John William and Dolly Larrimer Keating in Johnstown, PA. There were many things he loved, but none more than riding motorcycles or fishing with a cold beer. He was a skilled carpenter and some of his friends and family called him "A jack of all trades, yet somehow a master of all." He is survived by his daughter, Gayle Keating; sons, James Keating and Cody Crago; sisters, Julie Keating and Beth Adams; and brothers, Bob, Curt, Mark, and John Keating. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, John Keating in October of 2004. Memorials may be made to Transitions Lifecare Hospice Home, 200 Hospice Circle, Raleigh, NC 27607.
- John Marhon - John Robert "Duck" Marhon passed away at the VA on June 17. Duck, a Vietnam Army veteran, was a native of NY. A private funeral was held recently.
- Tom Rufty - Thomas Harding "Tommy" Rufty, 93, died Sunday, April 12, 2015. He was a WW II Navy veteran.
A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at Dawson Baptist Church. Interment will follow at Sunnyside Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m. on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at the Dawson Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, 9775 Thirteen Bridges Road, Enfield.Tommy was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He left the US Navy in 1943 and worked for Carolina Telephone as a lineman. After meeting his wife, Mary Ednes Moore, Tommy started B&R Motors in Scotland Neck, which he ran until his retirement at the age of 91. He was a member of our VFW Post and the American Legion, past president of the Kiwanis Club and Cotillion Club, member of the Board of Directors of Pioneer Savings and Loan and Scotfield Country Club; and was a member of Dawson Baptist Church. Tommy was a gifted musician, played on the Grand Ole Opry, and was the coach of the Scotland Neck Rebels for many years. An avid golfer and pilot, he loved flying and traveling. One of his favorite past times was spending time with his beloved dogs, Harley, Bo, and Max. Tommy spent his last few years making many new friends in Garner and spending time with his daughter. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Ednes Moore Rufty. Tommy is survived by his daughter, Betty Keith and husband Jeff of Garner; his granddaughter, Jodi Parker of Raleigh; his sister-in-law, Dallas Turner of Rocky Mount; and many nieces and nephews.In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.
- Robert Leo Moore - Bob Moore, aged 74, a life member of the Post, died peacefully on Sunday, March 8, 2015 at the Durham VAMC. Born in Toledo, Oh, he lived in Garner with his wife of 53 years, Betsy Jean. The family includes daughters Barbara (Carl) Williams, and Lynn Frisby, and 3 grandchildren. Bob served in the US Marine Corps during the Vietnam War where he served his time in ground troops. Bob then enlisted into the Army Reserve where he retired. Bob was a life-time member of our VFW Post. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Bob's name to any veteran's charity of choice. A graveside service will be held at 3:00 pm Saturday, March 14, 2015 at Montlawn Memorial Park, 2911 S. Wilmington St., Raleigh. Bob will receive full military honors at the graveside. The family will receive friends from 2-3:00 pm at Montlawn Funeral Home prior to the service.
- Lois Harris Moore - Lois Moore, aged 90, died peacefully at her home on January 12th, 2015. Lois was born in Apex NC was her husbands Joseph Prichart Harris and James Sidney Moore. She is survived by her daughters, Cathy Jo Harris and Mary K Harris and son in law Gerald Blount, her granddaughters, Sarah Davis and Amy St. Louis and husband Scott St. Louis, her grandsons Joseph Estes and Will Estes, and great granddaughters Brenda St. Louis, Lois Geist, and Soliani Estes and great grandson Ryan St. Louis. Lois moved to Pittsboro when she married Joe in the early 1940's and enjoyed a very long and active life. They raising their 3 daughters. Lois worked at the Kayser-Roth hosiery mill in Pittsboro, the Bank of Pittsboro and Social Services before obtaining her accounting degree at night school to become the Town Clerk of Pittsboro for over 20 years. Lois loved her friends and family. She was very fond of music, dancing, travel, fishing, and cooking. She was famous for her pound cakes and chicken and dumplings. Lois was a lifetime member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary and loved going to the conventions. She volunteered at the Pittsboro Historical Museum and loved to meet the people that visited there. She was a member of the Pittsboro Baptist Church and the 3 L's. She loved going to the Christmas shows at Myrtle Beach and other trips the 3 L's sponsored. She also loved going to Charlie's Barn on Friday nights for the music and friendship and to the Sanford Enrichment Center on Saturday night where she sold half and half tickets. Lois will be remembered and missed by all the folks who knew her.A graveside service will be held Wednesday, January 14th at 1:00 pm at St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church located at 204 West Salisbury Street in Pittsboro, NC. A visitation will be held after the service at the Pittsboro Baptist Church Fellowship Hall from 2:00 - 4:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Chatham County Council on Aging, 365 North Carolina Highway 87, Pittsboro, NC 27312. cpy
- Patricia DiMarco - We have received word that Patty DiMarco, a Ladies Auxiiliary Life Member, passed away on November 24, 2014. Patty, age 59, joined our Auxiliary several years ago after moving here from Rochester, NY. She was predeceased by her brother Thomas Dentino. She is survived by her children, Michael Perno, Nicole Perno, Louis (Janee) DiMarco; parents, Gus & Ida Dentino; sisters & brothers Cathy (Bob) Thornton, David (Linda) Dentino, Joe Dentino & Susan Dentino; several nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles and dear friends. Patty was burried in Rochester, NY.
- Robert Backlund - Robert Backlund, age 93, passed away on Sunday, July 5, 2014. Bob was the brother of the late John Backlund. He lived in Illinois. but was a member of our Post. He is survived by his wife Nadine and their daughter Cheri Salz, both of which are Ladies Auxiliary 10225 members. He also had several nieces and nephews, and their children many of whom are also members of our Auxiliaries. Memorials may be made to the W.D. Boyce Council of Boy Scouts of America, 614 NE Madison Ave., Peoria, IL 61603.
- Melva Mishue - We were just notified recently of the death of Melva Bryant Mishue, who passed away several years ago at the age of 80. Melva was a past Auxiliary President, having served in 1981-83. She was married to the late Vardel 'Dale' Mishue, who was a former Post Commander earlier. She was a native of Harnett County, and had moved to Lillington years ago after her husband died.
- Marvin Sanderford, Jr. - Marvin Sanderford, age 88, passed away on November 3, 2013. Marvin served in the US Marine Corps in WW II. He was currently serving as one of our Post Trustees. Marvin and his late wife Anna were married for 63 years, before her death in 2010. He was a resident of Garner and had two sons, Robert and Greg. There will be a memorial service on Sunday, Nov 17 at the American Legion Post 116, 6400 Johnson Pond Road, Fuquay Varian at 3:00 PM.
- Kay Parisi - Kay Parisi passed away on September 17, 2013. Kay was an Auxiliary Life member who joined on the eligibiliy of her former husband (a Vietnam veteran) years ago. She was in declinng health for the past several years. She is survived by two sons: Burt, and Lou and daughter Lori. After cremation, a memorial service will be held at a later date.
- Inger Holm - Inger Holm, 92, mother-in-law of Anna Holm, passed away at her home in Maine ib Saturday, August 10, 2013 after a long illness. She was 92 years old and a Life Member of the Garner Ladies Auxiliary. A memorial service will be held at a later date in Maine. Cards can reach her Inger's son (Anna's husband) Arne Holm at 3616 Atlantic Avenue, Raleigh, NC 27604 or Inger's husband Dr. Edward Morse, at
52 Ginn Point Rd., Owls Head, ME 04854-3351.
- Vernon L. Grissom - Vernon Grissom, 65, passed
away on June 28, 2013. Vernon was a Vietnam veteran
who served in the US Army. He was an independent
truck driver and was an active member years ago,
but became less active after his heart issues caused a
heart transplant. His remains were donated to the
Duke Medical Center heart program for research.
- Diana Lou Kibler - Diana Kibler, 55, lost her battle
with cancer on June 23, 2013. Diana, a Ladies Auxiliary
member leaves three sons, David Thompson of NY, and Scott and Jayce Kibler, both of the area, and
a daughter Dawn Stone in Maryland, her parents Gary and Pat Boyce of Cary, a brother Tinker Boyce and
two sisters Lori Moore and Kathi Hart, both of the area.
Diana has been an Auxiliary member for many years, based on her father's military service in Vietnam. Diana worked as a Resolutions Manager for Access Point Telecommunications, and was also the owner of
Smokin Hot Vapor. She also was owner/designer of DK Designs, a business where she designed and
made handbags. Diana worked in the past as a part
time bartender at our Post canteen. A memorial service will be held at Crossroads Church in Clayton, on Monday, July 8 at 7:00 PM.
- Dorothy Wagner Farrell - Dot Farrell, 90, passed away on May 25, 2013. Many of our Auxililary members remember Dot Farrell, a Life member who we picked up when the Pittsboro Aux closed several years ago. She used to come to the Dept Conventions every year wearing their old brown Aux caps at the parade of 40+ year members. The Pittsboro VFW Post, called the Joe Wagner Post, was named after her brother.
Mrs. Farrell was born September 6, 1922 in Wake County, the daughter of William Wilson Wagner and Ethel L. Jenks Wagner. She worked for twenty years as a medical secretary at Mathiesen Clinic in Pittsboro, and had also worked as a bookkeeper for Tar Heel Drug Company. She was a member of Pittsboro United Methodist Church.
Mrs. Farrell is survived by her sons, Bill, John and Mike and daughters, Sadie McLaurin, and Ethel Farrell; sixteen grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; and two nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William Norris Farrell, Sr.
The service to celebrate the life of Mrs. Dorothy Wagner Farrell will be held at 3 o'clock, Tuesday afternoon, May 28, 2013 from Hanks Chapel United Church of Christ, with Pastors Bob Wachs, Ray Gooch, and Ben Alexander presiding. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.
Friends may visit with the family prior to the service from 2:00 - 2:45 pm Tuesday at the church, or at other times at Mrs. Farrell's residence on Thompson Street in Pittsboro.
- John Henry Groff - John Groff, 79, passed away on March 9, 2013 after a battle with Alzheimer's. John served as a Chief in the Navy in Vietnam. After retiring, he became a maintenance supervisor with the prison system in the State of Pennsylvania. He was a Life Member of the VFW. John leaves behind his loving wife Linda; sons, Paul Groff of Vass, NC, Dennis Groff, and John Groff of Laurinburg, NC; daughters, Melissa Williamson, and Michelle Harding of Laurinburg and Ann Marie Rushing of Wingate, NC; 20 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren; brother Paul Groff of Lebanon, PA; sisters, Lena Arnold and Anna Groff of Lebanon, PA and Teresa Kessler of James Town, PA.
There will be a service at Montlawn Funeral Home on S. Wilmington St. in Raleigh on Tuesday, March 12 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. After which he will be cremated and his remains taken back to PA for a militiary funeral there.
- Frank Milton Ritzman - Frank Ritzman, 70, passed away on January 22, 2013 after a short illness.
Frank grew up in Concord, NC and graduated from Concord High School in 1960. After serving in the Army, Frank graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University, Magna Cum Laude, BFA in 1973. A talented artist and craftsman, Frank worked for and retired from Eidolon Designs in Raleigh. In retirement he was an active member of VFW Post 10225 in Garner, where he enjoyed serving as Canteen Manager until his death.
Frank was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Herb Jr. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Rosemary Lemmond Ritzman, his daughter and son-in-law Lutie and Jac Cain of Raleigh, and sister and brother-in-law Mary Ellen and Ron Brady of Holly Springs. There are many other family and extended family members, friends, and associates across the country touched by Frank's genuine kindness and generosity throughout his life.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests Frank's memory be honored through a donation to the Healing Place of Raleigh, 1251 Goode St., Raleigh, 27603 or to VFW Post 10225, 1706 West Garner Rd., Garner, NC 27529.
A memorial service is planned at Edenton Street United Methodist Church, 228 W. Edenton Street in Raleigh, 12:30 p.m., February 1. The family will greet friends at the church from 11:00 - 12:00, followed by a reception at the Post at 1:00 PM.
Final arrangements are being handled by Cremation Society of the Carolinas, Raleigh.
- Thomas Morey - Tom Morey, 65, of Raleigh, lost his fight with cancer on July 13, 2012. Tom was a faithful member of the Post, participating in all activites that we had - right up until the end. He served as Post Quartermaster for several years, until his declining health forced him to resign last fall. He is survived by his wife of 20 years Phyllis Mitchner Morey, and children Tom "Mike" Morey, Jr., Billy Ann Straight and Elizabeth Wilder, and several step children, and grandchildren. Growing up in upstate NY, Tom chose to retire in NC from the US Army, after serving in Vietnam, and several stateside locations. After retirement, he continued to serve with the local Army Reserve center in Garner as part of their Family Support Group. He was a local realtor in the area, and enjoyed running in town races and marathons. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Wake County, 250 Hospice Circle, Raleigh, NC 27607.
- Thomas Martin Fair, Sr. - "Tommy" Fair, 82, of Carson Street in Garner, passed away June 2, 2012 at his home. He was born in Campbellsville, Ky., on December 18, 1929. He was preceded in death by one son Thomas Martin Fair, Jr., and one daughter Deitra Mae Fair. Mr. Fair is survived by his wife, Goldyna Robinson Fair, of the home; two daughters, Della F. McLamb of Angier, and Ella F. Cagle and husband Danny of Willow Springs; two sons, Dennis M. Fair and wife Starr of Bear Creek, and Darrell M. Fair and wife Meimei of Goldsboro; two sisters, Edna F. Mills of Indianapolis, Ind., and Roxie F. Nichols and husband Charles of LaFayette, Ind.
Arrangements were handled by the Smith Funeral Home in Moncure. A graveside service was conducted at the Hobious Ridge Cemetery in Campbellsville, Ky.
- Louis Carlyle Thomas - Louis Thomas, 79, passed away April 2, 2012 in his home, as a result of congestive heart failure. Born in Pine City. After HS, he was drafted into the Army and served as a tank turret mechanic in the 16th Regiment of the 1st Division. He attended DeVry University in Chicago, obtaining a first class FCC License with a Radar Endorsement in 1956 and graduated in 1957 with an AAS Degree in Electronic Technology and Design.
Lou retired from IBM in 1992 after 32 years and was an active coach in the Garner area youth recreational programs. Lou was an avid bowler, participating in all levels of sanctioned tournaments.
Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Friday at Bryan-Lee Funeral Chapel, Garner. Burial will follow at Montlawn Memorial Park.
The family will receive friends from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Roberta Garris Thomas; brother, Wayne Thomas; daughter, Deana Kirsch and husband, Chris; sons, Thomas and wife, Joyce, Tracy and wife, Tammy and Theodore and wife, Lesia; seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren with one on the way and numerous nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hospice of Wake County, 250 Hospice Circle, Raleigh, NC 27607.
Condolences may be made to bryan-leefuneralhome.com
- Mildred M. Shook - Mildred M. Shook, 58 passed away Feb 7, 2012 at Rex Hospital surrounded by her loving family. Mildred, an Auxiliary member for many years, worked as a nurse.
There will be a Memorial Service at 2:00 PM Saturday Feb. 11, 2012 at St. Andrews United Methodist Church in Raleigh. Family will receive friends and relatives after the service at the church.
Mildred was preceded in death by her mother, Mary Browning Holland.
Survivors include her husband; Milton Gary Shook; father; John Hart, a son, Ben Shook; and a granddaughter, Savanna Shook.
Condolences may be made to www.bryan-leefuneralhome.com.
- James Warren "Jim" Backlund - Jim Backlund, 63, died Jan 29, 2012. He was a Men's Aux member, where he served as Auxiliary President for 3 terms from 2006-2009. He was married to Dorothy Backlund, a member of the Ladies Auxiliary. Jim is survived by two sons, Kurt and Phillip Backlund, both also Men's Auxiliary members. His sisters, Anna Holm and Donna Beckley are also members of the Ladies Auxilairy, and his brother Tom is a member of the Men's Auxiliary. He was predeceased by another brother Johnny Backlund, a Vietnam veteran, as well as his parents John and Arlene Baclklund, long time active members of the Post and Auxiliary. Several neices and nephews are also members of our Post family. Jim was active at the Post in many ways, since he moved here from PA about 10 years ago. He served in the National Guard. Jim has been cremated, but there will be a Celebration Jimmy's Life
with food, drinks and great memories on Sunday February 5, 2012 at the Post. So come and celebrate the life of Jimmy Backlund from 1-5 pm.
- Charles Parker - Charles F. Parker, an 88 year old WW II veteran, passed away on Jan 29, 2012. He was predeceased by his wife Janette Parker in 1999. Charles was a driver for Greyhound Bus Lines for 36 years and remained retired for one year before working another seventeen years for Hertz Car Rentals. He served two years in the Navy from 1943-1945 when he was stationed on a ship in the Pacific Ocean during World War II. He is survived by his son, Charles Ellis Parker and wife, Martha, and daughters, Paula Stell and husband, Charlie, Gwynn Swinson, and Carla Parker. He is also survived by five grandchildren, C. E. Parker and wife Tammy, Hugh Parker and wife, Dawn, Melanie Price, Carmen Young and husband, Jason, Brandi Hamad and husband, Amin; and seven great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be 6:00-8:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 31, 2012 at Bryan-Lee Funeral Home, 1200 Benson Road, Garner, NC.
Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 1, 2012 at the Bryan-Lee Chapel. Burial will follow at Montlawn Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Garner Advent Christian Church at P.O. Box 381, Garner, NC 27529 or a gift to the March of Dimes to help in their research and outreach programs to help prevent premature births.
The visitation is Tuesday Jan 31 from 6-8 pm at Bryan-Lee Funeral Home in Garner.
The Funeral is Wednesday at 1 pm, also at the Bryan Lee Funeral Home chapel.
- Margaret Bailey - Margaret "Peg" Brady, 80, died Oct. 9, 2011, at Wayne Memorial Hospital. Peg was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary and a veteran of the United States Air Force in her own right. She was a member of St. Michael's Base Chapel at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. "Granny Peg" loved God, her family, friends and Krispy Kreme coffee with a shot of vanilla. Her secrets to life were love and laughter. She is survived by her devoted husband of 571/2 years, John R. Brady; six wonderful children, sons; Brian (Nancy), Brent, Bruce (Decka), Bill (Beth) and daughters; Brenda (Charlie) Beth (Woody); 15 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; her brother, Tom Underwood and the extended Underwood family; her mother-in law, Rachel; sister-in-laws, Rosa Oliver and Joyce Evans and family. In addition to her parents, Peg was preceded in death by her granddaughter, Janessa; a brother and a sister-in-law. In lieu of flowers, the family asks memorial contributions be directed to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, North Carolina Chapter, 401 Harrison Oaks Blvd., Cary, North Carolina 27513.
- Joseph Bailey Upchurch - J.B. Upchurch, 87, of Rolesville, passed away October 22, 2011 at his residence. He was burried at Montlawn Memorial Park. He is survived by his wife, Mary Owen Upchurch; children, Joy Strobel (Phil) of Raleigh, Jean Moody of Knightdale, Jimmy Upchurch (Juanita) of Angier and Patty Heath (Danny) of Leland; special granddaughter, Pam Beach; 9 additional grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. J.B. was preceded in death by his son Joseph B. Upchurch, Jr. A World War II Navy Veteran, he served with Raleigh Police, US Postal retiree, and was a member of The Moose, VFW, American Legion and AMVETS. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in honor of J.B. to Liberty Home Care and Hospice, 3200 Spring Forest Road, #201, Raleigh, NC 27616.
- Francis Robert McNally Sr. -
"Frank" McNally, Sr., 73, passed away at Duke Raleigh Health on September 7, 2011.
Frank was born in Erie, PA on January 12, 1938. He served his country in the US Air Force. He was a retired Iron Worker in the construction industry. Frank was a member of VFW Post #10225 of Garner.
A memorial service was held on Saturday, September 10, 2011 at L. Harold Poole Funeral Service and Crematory, in Knightdale with military honors.
Surviving are his daughters, Gale McNally of Erie, PA, Laura McNally Orsini (Anthony) of Erie, PA, Michelle McNally Harden (David) of Erie, PA; son, Frank McNally, Jr. of Erie, PA; grandchildren, Nichole, Megan, David, Ariel, Frank, Jada, and Mark; 8 great-grandchildren; and sister, Rachel McNally McClamroch (Mike) of Raleigh.
- Jack Kaley - John Myrle "Jack" Kaley, the Chaplain of the Men's Auxiliary was killed
in a car crash on August 22,2011. He leaves behind a wife Kathy. After being laid off from his job,
Jack made a living detailing cards and doing other work. He joined the Auxiliary on the service of his
grandfather. In his two years as a member, he has been very active, as you can see in the thank you's in
this edition of the newsletter. He came to help with lots of events. After a Post memorial ser-vice for
him, he is being buried in NY.
- Hershel Hudson - Herschel R. Hudson of Clayton died on Dec. 12, 2010. He was and still is deeply loved and will be truly missed by his wife, Rose Mae; children, Thomas, Julia and Vada; six grandchildren; and seven great grandchildren.
He served his country with honors for 20 years, followed by a celebrated career in the corporate world. Known as Rock to his friends, he was a master of cards, a lover of golf, and full of zest for life. After a visitation at Hocutt Bapist Church in Clayton, a memorial service was held. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Jude's, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or SECU Hospice House, P.O. Box 1376, Smithfield, NC 27577.
- Lucille Rainer Rosser - Lucille Adeline Ellixon Rosser, age 81, died Wednesday, March 9, 2011 in Smithfield Manor. Born Virginia, Lucy was the widow of H. S. 'Pete' McDaniel and Bill Rosser.
Surviving are her sons, James McDaniel and his wife Nancy of Selma and Gene McDaniel and his wife Doris of Knightdale; sisters, Elizabeth Daniel of Chapel Hill, Louise Pollard of Garner and Viola Denton of Fayetteville; five grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Lucy was an active member in years gone by, attending meetings, working yard sales and dinners, and faithfully attending hospital visits.
- Stanley Rube - Stanley Ellsworth Rube, 72, of Garner, NC, formerly of Cape Carteret, NC, died Friday, June 18, 2010, at Raleigh Rehabilitation Center, Raleigh, NC. He was born on July 11, 1937, in Keokuk, the son of John Herman Rube and Vivian Marie Brodsky. After attending Argyle High School, he served 20 years in the United States Navy, retiring as a senior chief petty officer. He served in many places, including three tours in Vietnam. After retiring from the military, he worked with and retired from the North Carolina Department of Labor's pre-apprenticeship division. He served in the Swansboro United Methodist Church Men's Club for many years prior to joining Cape Carteret Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon. Survivors include: his second wife, Naomi Ruth Brown Rube of Fort Madison; five sons, Stanley Ellsworth Rube II of Whitefish, MT, Terry Lee Rube of Samson County, N.C., Robert Lane Rube of Garner, John Horace Rube and his wife, Patricia, of Apex, N.C., and Joshua Arthur Rube of Fayetteville, N.C.; three daughters, Anne Marcine LaRoque and her husband, Michael, of Kalispell, Mont., Stacey Renee Sayles and her husband, William, of Cranston, R.I., and Bonnie Maria Schwerd and her husband, David, of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; as well as 13 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 44 years, Ellen Marcine White Rube; a sister, Delpha Mae Leazer, of Argyle; and a niece, Marilyn Staley of Keokuk.
- Della Russell - Della Grace Stanley Pollard Russell of Fuquay Varina, died on January 14, 2011 at her home. Dell grew up in Angier, Willow Spring and Fuquay area. She is predecded by her sister, Carolyn Smith and sidekick, Johnny Wayne Smith.
Dell was the oldest of four children, leaving behind her brother J.D. Stanley and sister Faye Newkirk. She had two children, daughter Deborah Matthews and husband Danny and William Terry Pollard Sr. and wife Glenda. Della had six grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren and a 12th due in April.
She was a loving and caring mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She loved cooking and working with flowers and crafts. Dell fought a long courageous battle with breast and bone cancer. The funeral was held on Monday Jan. 17 at Williford Funeral Home Chapel, Fuquay Varina. Burial followed at Greenlawn Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, the family has request donations to be made in Dell's name to Williford Funeral Home, 201 E. Academy St., Fuquay Varina, NC 27526.
- Oaksia Tilson - Oaksia Bradley Tilson, 89, passed away Monday, January 10, 2011 at Universal Healthcare in Wake Forest.
She was a long time Auxiliary member, having joined on the eligibility of her late husband Ted, a WW II veteran.
Oksie is survived by her children, Irene Wills of Raleigh, Judy Mitchell of Youngsville, Macon Parrott and wife, Rita of Greer, SC, Alton Parrott and wife, Sandi of Franklinton and Ted Tilson, Jr. and wife, Bea of Fitzgerald, GA.
Mrs. Tilson was preceded in death by her husband Teddy Tilson and also by a grandson, Chris Wills. She leaves many loving grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Oaksia was an active member in years gone by, working at Post events, selling Poppies, and was a faithful Hospital volunteer.
A funeral service will be held at 11:00 o'clock Saturday morning, January 15, 2011 in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Montlawn Memorial Park. Memorial contributions may be made to the building funds of Unity Baptist Church, 6348 NC 96 Hwy West, Youngsville, NC 27596 OR to Wake Cross Roads Baptist Church, 3329 Forestville Rd, Raleigh, NC 27616. Friends may visit with the family from 7-8:30 Friday evening, January 14, 2011 at Bright Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 405 S. Main St., Wake Forest, NC 27587.
- William Thomas Pantall - William Pantall, 66, passed away on Thursday, November 30, 2010 after a courageous battle with cancer. He was a dedicated husband, father and grandfather. Funeral and burrial were held in Falconer., NY. He was preceded in death by his parents, Samuel Pantall, Sr. and Helen Gurdak Pantall; two brothers, Andrew Pantall and David Pantall; grandson, Alexander Margaglio. William is survived by his wife of 45 years, Marlene Pantall; son, Philip Pantall, of Jamestown, NY; daughters, Cheryl Saunders, of FuquayVarina, NC, Annette Fannin of Willow Spring, NC; grandchildren, Marisa, Madison, Colby Pantall, Nick, Nathan and Nolan Margaglio, Ashley and Brandie Fannin; sisters, Ann Morrison, of Jamestown, Mary Brandow of Mayville; brother, Samuel Pantall of Sinclairville. William served with the US Navy for 3 years and worked all of his life in the construction industry. He recently retired from Archer Western. He was proud to be a part of building the new RDU Airport.
- Anna Mae Sanderford - Anna Sanderford, wife of long time member Marvin Sanderford, passed away on Tuesday, Sept 7, 2010. Anna, a Life Member of the Ladies Auxiliary, had been diagnosed with Alzheimers a few years ago. The Sanderfords live in Garner and have two sons, Robert and Greg. They were recently honored at the Post on the occasion of their 63rd wedding anniversary. Memorial service 5:00 p.m. Saturday, September 11th at the Seventh Day Adventist Church (corner of Tryon and Dillard Roads).
- Richard S. Zagorski - Richard Stanley Zagorski, 62, passed away on Saturday, August 7, 2010. Born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, he is the son of Frances Zagorski and the late Casimir Zagorski. Richard was a Vietnam USMC veteran. A graveside service will be held 1:00 pm Tuesday at Montlawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends prior to the service, from 11:00–12:30 pm at Bryan-Lee Funeral Home, Garner. Richard is survived by his mother, Frances Domanski Zagorski; daughters, Marychris Ettefagh and husband, Michael, of Carolina Beach and Carrie Yates and husband, Jason, of Fuquay Varina; grandchildren, Jake and Griffin Ettefagh and Collin and Sarah Yates; long-time companion, Leah Lockamy; sisters, Karen Bernier, Paula Brennan, and Andrea Schuster; and brothers, Martin and Steven Zagorski.
- Boyce Brooks Stallings- Boyce (BB) Stallings, 75, passed away on May 30, 2010 at the VA Medical Center in Durham. He was born in Franklin County, son of the late Floyd and Nellie Gray May Stallings. Boyce was a loving husband and father who loved his family, his church, playing golf and music. Boyce was a retired painter, where he began at an early age of 16 working with his uncle before going into the Navy for four years. After his discharge he worked with Brewer Paint Co. for 10 years before joining the Wake County School System. Later he went into business for himself where he worked with Ryan & Associates and Wallace Co. A memorial celebration service will be held 2:00 p.m. Wednesday at Inwood Baptist Church with military honors. He is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Jessie A. Stallings; children, Cathy Burks Hargett, Ronnie Andrews and Tony Andrews; a sister and three brothers survive; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Ed and Burton Stallings.
In lieu of flowers the family suggest memorial contributions to Inwood Baptist Church, 3700 Lake Wheeler Rd., Raleigh, NC 27603.
The family will receive friends following the service in the fellowship hall and other times at the home.
- Donald L. Joliet - Don Joliet, 82, passed away at on Monday, April 5, 2010 at the Durham VA where he had been hospitalized for the past few weeks. Don, a native of Meadeville PA, has been a member of the Garner Post for many years, where he served as Post Commander from 1994-96. Don was a Navy veteran who served during World War II. His wife Judy is an Auxiliary member. Don had 8 children, two of who have pre-deceased him. One of his sons was killed in action in Vietnam. Visitation will be at 2:00 PM Saturday, April 10 at O'Quinn-Peebles Funeral Home in Lillington, followed by the funeral service at the same location at 4:00 PM. The family will be receiving friends after the funeral the arner VFW Post.
- Kenneth Wayne Peele - Wayne Peele, 61, passed away at home on March 14, 2010 after a long illness. A Life member of the Post, Wayne was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War. Quite active at the Post a few years ago, Wayne and his wife Dee (Denise) moved to Loris, SC after he became sick. He is survived by Dee, and his son Chris Peele, also a Post member. The memorial service will be Saturday, March 20 at 1:00 PM at Lee's funeral home in Little River, SC. Wayne's wish was to be cremated and his ashes will fly over the Atlantic Ocean, courtesy of Rolling Thunder. Cards can be sent to Dee at: Denise Peele, 4625 Graham Street, Loris, SC 29569, or Christophe Peele at: 1125 Sandel Lane, Raleigh, NC 27603.
Donations can be made in lieu of flowers to:
Mercy Hospice of Horry County, P.O. Box 50640, Myrtle Beach, SC 29579 or The Disable Veterans Association DAV, Chapter 30, P.O. Box 30637, Myrtle Beach, SC 29588.
- John A. Hardee - John Hardee, 73, passed away on January 27, 2010. A Garner resident, John is survived by his wife, Sue Hardee, son, John Michael Hardee, grandchildren, Ryan Hardee and Kristie H. Lee, great grandson, Tanner Lee. Arrangements by McLaurin at Pinecrest.
- Dennis Clifton - Dennis Lawrence Clifton, 61, formerly of Chesapeake, VA, died Friday, September 18, 2009. His loving wife, Joy was by his side at the time of his very unexpected death. He served his country honorably with two tours of duty in Vietnam. He retired from the U.S. Navy (submarines) after 22 years as a QMC. He was a life member of the Garner VFW Post 10225. He was the oldest son of the late Howard Clifton. Survivors are his mother, Nell Clifton of Raleigh; sister, Sarah and her husband, Wayne Faris, (niece, Kristy); brother, Kent and his wife, Tami Clifton (nephew, Kyle) of Raleigh; daughter, Denise and her husband, Kenny Mustin of Chesapeake, VA; stepdaughter, Torrie and her husband, Jeffrey Wilson of Garner; stepson, T.J. and his wife, Misty of Benson; as well as three grandsons, with another grandchild on the way. A memorial service will be held 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 23 at Bryan-Lee Funeral Chapel. The family will receive friends following the service. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your local Fire and EMS Station or VFW Post.
- Kenneth Earl Seagroves - Ken Seagroves, 73, died September 16, 2009 at Duke Raleigh. Entombment was held at Montlawn Memorial Park with military honors. Mr. Seagroves was the owner and operator of Seagroves Mechanical Co., with over 25 years of service. He served his country in the United States Army and was a proud member of the VFW. Mr. Seagroves is survived by his wife, Libby Seagroves; sons, Steven Seagroves and Brandon Seagroves; stepdaughter, Dawn Blackley; stepsons, Sam Morris and Paul Morris; grandchildren, Sarah Seagroves and Stephanie Seagroves, as well as stepgrandchildren.
- Beulah K Donaldson - Mrs. Beulah Keck Donaldson, 75, died peacefully Sunday night, August 16, 2009 at the residence of her son and daughter-in-law in Pittsboro. Before retiring, Beulah was a nurse who worked for a number of years for Dr. Westmoreland, then at both Laurels and Carolina Meadows. She was an outstanding athlete, having played fast pitch softball with a team that became state champions for four consecutive years. Beulah was a true blue UNC fan, and was known for baking excellent chocolate pies. She was an Auxiliary, having originally joined in Pittsboro, and tranferred to Garner when their Auxiliary closed. Survivors include her husband, Dave Donaldson; son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Sara Donaldson of Pittsboro; grandchildren, Adam, Lyle, and Andrea; a great-grandchild; her brother, James Keck of East Point, GA; and sisters, Doris Jackson and Pat Weeks, both of Pittsboro. Mrs. Donaldson was predeceased by her parents, and siblings Geneva Harris, Lib Sykes, Bill Keck, and Roy Keck.
- Arlene Backlund - Alice Arlene Backlund, 83, died on Wednesday, August 12, 2009 after a short illness. Arlene was an active Auxiliary member, selling Poppies, going to the hospital visits, and working at the State's Cancer table for years. Arlene joined the Auxiliary over 60 years ago, after marrying her late husband, John Backlund, a WW II Army veteran. Together they raised five children, and throughout the years, cared for over 40 foster children, which they had for various length of times times, from a few days, to years. She is survived by children Jimmy Backlund of Garner, Anna Holm of Raleigh, Tommy Backlund of PA, and Donna Beckley of GA. Her oldest son John Jr. pre-deceased her. Grandchildren include: Kurt Backlund, Phillip Backlund, Shawna Boell, Tom Backlund Jr., Johnathan Backlund, Glenda Flannagan, and Barbara Womack, plus several step grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and many loving friends throughout the country. A visitation will be held on Saturday, Aug 22 at Bryan Lee Funeral Home in Garner at 1:00 PM, followed by a Celebration of Life service there at 2:00 pm. The VFW will then host a meal for family and friends at the VFW Post following the service.
- Dennis "Mac" McMillan - Dennis "Mac" McMillan died on Saturday, June 6, 2009 ending his battle with cancer. Dennis was one of the Post's bartenders in recent years, and his frequent presence at the Post added much to the atmosphere there. He was near the end of his term as the 2008-09 President of the Men's Auxiliary. Services will be held on Saturday, June 13 at Montlawn Memorial Park, on Wilmington Street in Raleigh. There will be a visitation at the funeral home at 1:00 PM followed by interrment at 2:00 PM. There will be a reception for family and friends after at the Post.
- Charles "Chuck" Fulghum - Charles Howard "Chuck" Fulghum died May 9, 2009 after a brief illness. Surviving him are his wife, Dorothy Sue "Dot" Fulghum; daughters, Mary "Snooks" and her husband Ronnie Denton, Etta Jean and her husband David Ball, Donna Calhoun, Cathy and her husband Frankie Brewer; grandchildren, April Honeycutt, Sandi Creech, Summer Vanriper, Matthew Denton, Derek Ball, Carla Wooldridge, Stacey and Dillon Calhoun, Amanda Standley, Caitlyn and Joseph Brewer; and great-grandchildren, Racheal Pearce, Mikala, Xavier, and Skylar Vanriper, Brayden, Haley, and Kristen Ball, Kiyanna and Damian Wooldridge, Lila Standley, as well as his sisters, Janie Dennis, Peggy Wood, Betsy Williams and Judy Gay; and brothers, Ernest "Pee Wee" and Larry Fulghum, and beloved family friend, Terrence E. McEnally and family. He was preceded in death by brothers, T.W. and Bill Fulghum. Chuck was born to the late Ernest Lee and Etta Bryant Fulghum in Knightdale, NC. Chuck's roots were both humble and noble. At the age of 17 he enlisted in the U.S. Army 11th Cavalry regiment and proudly served his country in both Korea and Vietnam, later taking peacetime posts in Alaska and Germany. After 22 years, having reached the rank of Master Sergeant and having been several times decorated, Chuck retired from active service in September 1970, though he remained involved in the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #10225 in Garner, NC where his counsel was valued by all who knew him. In his later years Chuck held a variety of positions in the private sector, ranging from Gas Station proprietor, construction company owner, to school bus driver. To each he brought a work ethic and sense of integrity and individual dignity that will forever be the standards toward which we all should strive. A devoted and loving husband, heroic and loving daddy, brave soldier, kind neighbor, a humble country boy, Chuck always exemplified that modest strength of character so seldom seen nowadays. Chuck was actively serving as our Post Quartermaster, after having served several previous terms in that capacity.
- William Faircloth - William "Bill" Shelton Faircloth, Sr., 66, died Monday, February 23, 2009, at his home. A US Marine Corp veteran, Bill was born August 23, 1942, in Coats. Son of the late Harmon and Geneva Faircloth of Harnett County, NC. He is survived by: loving companion of 26 years, Nita Trull of Raleigh, NC; sister, Phyllis Stephenson of Angier, NC; children, Catherine Batts of Junction City, TN, Holly Trull of Raleigh, NC, Teresa and Ricky Brantley of Bunn, NC, Willie and Debbie Faircloth of Garner, NC, Ricky Faircloth of Raleigh, NC, the late Kenneth Faircloth of Raleigh, NC, and Billy Faircloth of Raleigh, NC; grand-children, Leslee Loggans and husband, Brad, of Garner, NC, Hope Moore and husband, Dustin, of Louisburg, NC, Mellisa Brantley of Bunn, NC, Amanda Batts of Junction City, TN, Jake Faircloth of Garner, NC, Joshua Faircloth of Garner, NC, Jesse Faircloth of Garner, NC, and Chadwick Trull of Raleigh, NC; great grand-children, Emma Loggans of Garner, NC, Casey Loggans of Garner, NC, Sophie Loggans of Garner, NC, and Jayden Brantley of Bunn, NC.
He retired from 30 years at Winn Dixie, Inc. He enjoyed many wonderful days at his summer home at Lake Gaston. He was an avid fisherman, enjoyed boating, and spending time in his garden. He was a patient and loving father with a sense of humor like no other.
- Stanley Theopolis Harris - Stanley T. Harris, a 84 year old WW II veteran, died April 26, 2009 at Rex Hospital. He was preceded in death by his wife, Berlena Wray Harris. Mr. Harris was a veteran of the United States Navy and was awarded the Navy and Marine Corp medal for heroism from Admiral Stark, Commander of U.S. Forces in Europe, for actions performed during combat. Survivors include his daughter, Gail Burger of Garner; son, Chester Harris of Raleigh; sister, Sara Miller of St. Petersburg, FL; brother, Alan Harris of Atlanta, GA; grandchildren, Jason Campbell, Alissa Campbell, Jeremy Campbell and Hannah M. Burger; great-grandchildren, Jaydon Campbell, Wade Campbell and Dallas Campbell.