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Buffalo Cemetery
Sunday February 13th, 2022

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Ernest Jefferson "E.J." Layne

Ernest Jefferson “E.J” Layne Jr., 81, of Sanford passed away on Thursday February 10, 2022. Graveside services will be held on Sunday February 13, 2022, at 2pm at Buffalo Cemetery.


Mr. Layne was born in Lee Co. to the late Ernest Jefferson Sr. and Rosa Mae Griffith. He was a dedicated member of Shepherd’s Flock Baptist Church. He managed A&P grocery stores for several years after which he ran Cooper’s Grocery for 29 years. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife Peggy Gaynell Layne; son Scott Layne; and sisters Helen Cooper and Rachel Layne.


He is survived by his daughter Rhonda L. Puckett (Jeff); brother Eddie Layne (Janis); sister Bobbie Jean Christenberry (Bill); grand children Tim Layne, Ashton Glynn, Maddie Puckett, Kara Puckett, and Katie Puckett; and great grandchildren McKenley Layne and Tripp Layne.


The family would like to thank UNC Hospice House and the staff of Pittsboro; special hospice nurse Pat Lynch; and special caregivers Annie Patterson, Gloria Jones, Jen Scott, Joyce Key, and Vanessa Parsons.


Memorial contributions can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place • Memphis, TN 38105.

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I just saw this today (03/03/22) that E.J. passed away. My Dad, himself and other guys used to have poker nights on the weekends back when I was a child. I remember going to the store in White Hill. Loved talking to him and Helen and boy did they have stories to tell. He will be missed

Rebecca Harris Wieder Mar 3 2022 6:34 PM

Did not know this until today. He was my landlord for many years. He was a great man. Him and Gaynelle were very good to me over the years. So sorry for your loss.

Denise Matthews Feb 24 2022 6:32 PM

We light a candle for EJ Layne. Best friend anyone could ever have. Love him and his family

Gary and Estelle Feb 19 2022 8:57 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Ernest Layne

Gary and Estelle Feb 19 2022 8:53 PM

Prayers for peace and comfort for you all.

Tim, Tricia, Tanner and Trace Adams Feb 13 2022 5:44 PM

Greg and I send our condolences and prayers.

Mary Yow Feb 13 2022 2:21 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Ernest Layne

Susan Mitchell Feb 13 2022 2:20 PM

Prayers and Condolences to Mr Layne's family and friends, out communities loss is Heaven's Gain.

Terry Spivey Feb 13 2022 8:04 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Ernest Layne

Inez Butner Feb 12 2022 11:11 PM

E. J. was such a nice person. Prayers for his family! Linda Keller Kelly

Linda Keller Kelly Feb 12 2022 11:09 PM

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