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Obituaries

Harold Culberson York

January 17, 2022

Harold Culberson York, 97, of Sanford passed away Monday January 17, 2022.

Arrangements incomplete at this time.

Larry Wade Price

January 17, 2022

Larry Wade Price, 74, of Sanford peacefully passed away on Monday January 17, 2022. Larry has now gone to Heaven because the man on the Middle Cross “said he could come.” Funeral services will be held at Cool Springs Baptist Church on Wednesday January 19, 2022, at 2:00pm. Mr. Price was born in Irdell Co. to Mildred Wooten Price and...

Jackie Lee Dishman

January 13, 2022

Jackie Lee Dishman, 55, of Sanford passed away Thursday January 13, 2022. Mr. Dishman was born in Iredell Co. to Wilda Annette Willard Arnette. He loved nature, going on walks, and fishing. Mr. Dishman is survived by his mother and stepfather Wilda and Thomas Arnette; brothers Ralph Jerry and Timothy Dishman (Karen); sister Charlotte Marie Sturdivant (Toby); stepsiblings Jeffery Arnette,...

Victor Raul Torres

January 13, 2022

Victor Raul Torres Sr. of Pacifica, California passed away on Thursday, January 13, 2022 in North Carolina. Victor died of complications with lung and heart disease.

Victor was born in Trujillo, Peru on November 15, 1931 to Fernando Torres Castaneda & Lucia Zamudio Rodrigues. He immigrated to the United States from Lima, Peru in 1962, where he got settled then...

Bryan Chad Batts

January 10, 2022

Brian Chad Batts, 52 of Sanford passed away. A private burial will be held at Buffalo Cemetery.

Chad was born in Lee County. He was preceded in death by his father, Gordon E Batts Jr.; a special aunt Patricia Sharpe and cousin Parrish Sharpe. Surviving is his mother, Barbara Hearn Simpson, and husband Donnie of Siler City; brother, Perry Simpson...

Bennie Worth Howard Sr.

January 9, 2022

Bennie Worth Howard Sr., 75, of Carthage passed away Monday January 10, 2022, at home surrounded by his family. Funeral arrangements to be announced at a later date. Mr. Howard was born in Duplin Co. to the late Lester Worth Howard and Eva Louise Howard. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his sister Hazel...

Donald Eugene Strange

January 9, 2022

CMSGT Donald Eugene Strange, US Air Force Retired, 71 of Sanford passed away Sunday January 10, 2022. Graveside services will be held at Sandhills State Veterans Cemetery on Friday January 14th at 12:00 pm.

Mr. Strange was born in Hazel Dell, IL, son of the late Elsworth Strange and Stella Yelton Strange. In addition to his parents, he is preceded...

Betty Yow Kennedy

January 8, 2022

Betty Yow Kennedy, 94 of Sanford peacefully passed away Saturday January 8, 2022. Graveside services will be held at 2:00pm Wednesday at Center United Methodist Church Cemetery.

Mrs. Kennedy was born in Norfolk, VA, daughter of the late David Lewis Yow and Josie Black Yow. She was preceded in death by her husband Daniel Gilmer Kennedy Jr and her son...

James Jerrold Kempa

January 8, 2022

Jim Kempa left this earth on January 8, 2022, with his beloved wife Karen by his side, and knowing his sons Jeff and Josh were in flight from their homes in Berlin, Germany and Portland, Oregon. He taught them from a young age the importance of travel, adventure, independence, and living life on your own terms. He led by example....

Carol Blackmon Carlson

December 31, 2021

Carol Blackmon Carlson, 76, of Sanford, NC, passed away December 31, 2021 at Carolina Central Hospital. Carol was generous, loving, compassionate, and wide open to life’s experiences. She loved her family and friends unconditionally. Her passions included music, dancing, politics, her church community, and unrelenting service to the people and causes she believed in. The lives she touched and impact...

Mazelle Thomas Langston

December 31, 2021

Mazelle Thomas Langston, 102 of Sanford passed away Friday December 31, 2021, at Central Carolina Hospital in Sanford.

Mrs. Langston was born in Lee Co on February 1, 1919, to Burl Martin Thomas and Lizzie Wicker Thomas. She was preceded in death by her husband of 42 year, T. J. Langston; her daughter, Kay McLeod; siblings, Mary Lee Thomas Foushee,...

Aolani Deliss Allende Rubio

December 30, 2021

Aolani Deliss Allende Rubio, 14, of Sanford passed away December 30, 2021. Funeral Services will be held Wednesday January 5, 2022, at Rogers Pickard Funeral Home at 2pm. Burial will follow at Buffalo Cemetery.



Aolani was full of love. Love for her family love for others. She had so much love to give. There was nothing malicious about her. She...

Charles Vernon "CV" Bailes Sr.

December 25, 2021

Charles Vernon “CV” Bailes Sr, 87 of Cary passed away Saturday December 25, 2021. Funeral service will be held at 12:00pm Tuesday at Rogers Pickard Funeral Home. Committal services will be private at a later date.

Mr. Bailes was born in West Virginia, son of the late James W. Bailes Sr and Evelyn Summers Bailes. Mr. Bailes went to...

JoAnn Hughes Brennan

December 20, 2021

JoAnn Hughes Brennan passed away on Monday, December 20, 2021 at home with her family at her side.

JoAnn was born on August 14, 1957 in Rochester, NH. Over her life she lived in many more places – Connecticut, Wisconsin, Illinois, Switzerland, and North Carolina. She left each place having explored them to the fullest, with wonderful memories, and life-long...

Bertha "Bert" Lemon Matthews

December 17, 2021

Bertha Lemon “Bert” Matthews, 83 of Sanford passed away Friday December 17, 2021. Funeral services will be held at 3:00 pm Wednesday (12/22/2021) at Lemon Springs United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in the Church Cemetery. Born in Danville, PA, she was a daughter of the late Leon L. Lemon and Esther Engler Lemon. She was preceded in death by...

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