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Buffalo Cemetery
Saturday December 3rd, 2016

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Trinity Lutheran Curch
Saturday December 3rd, 2016
12:00pm - 1:00pm

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John Clarence Southern


John Clarence Southern, 79 of Sanford passed away Tuesday November 29, 2016.  A Memorial service will be held at 11:00am Saturday at Trinity Lutheran Church of Sanford. The family will greet friends following the service in the Church Fellowship Hall.


Mr. Southern was born in Portsmouth, OH son of the late Clarence O. Southern and Louise Jones Southern. He was preceded in death by his wife Rita Snipes Southern, and his sister, Martha S. Hirsch. John graduated from Walter Williams High School in Burlington, attended The Citadel and Elon University and graduated from Wake Forest University. Throughout his career John worked at Glen Raven Mills as a Fabric Designer, Cost Accountant, and Systems Analyst; North Carolina Lutheran Homes as a Nursing Home Administrator; Bristol Myers as a Cost Accountant; and retired from Pentair, Inc as a Cost Accountant.


Mr. Southern served the Bethany Presbyterian Church in Graham as Choirmaster; Low’s Lutheran Church in Liberty as Choirmaster; and Trinity Lutheran Church in Sanford where he served as President of the congregation, Financial Secretary of the congregation, Chairman of the Worship & Music Committee, and Chairman of the Organ Committee.


Mr. Southern is survived by his son, Scott Southern and wife Kathy of Raleigh; brother, David Southern of Durham; niece’s, Genevieve Southern-Coleff and Audrey Lynn Strickland; nephews, Caleb Southern and David Snipes; brother in law Bob Snipes and wife Cindy of VA.


Memorial contributions can be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, 525 Carthage St, Sanford, NC 27330.

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Kathy, Lisa and I are saddened to hear of your loss. Our thoughts are with you. Please let us know if you need anything.

Patrick and Lisa Oneglia Dec 2 2016 12:00 AM

To all those grieving the passing of John, he was a beloved husband of my dear cousin, Rita and a kind friend to us all.

Lucy Owen Hoyt (cousin) Dec 2 2016 12:00 AM

We express our condolences to the
family of John Southern, a good friend
and trusted business associate at Glen
Raven Mills. We will remember him with
fondness and send to you our very best
wishes as we share your sense of loss.
Betsy and Edmund Gant

Betsy and Edmund Gant, Burlington Dec 2 2016 12:00 AM

Our deepest sorrow on the abrupt passing of our friend John Southern. We will miss his warmth and good humor. Our hearts, thoughts, and prayers go out to the family.

Doug, Carol, Anne Dec 2 2016 12:00 AM

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From: Frances Blume, Lucy Hoyt, Edward Owen, and Frank Owen ,children of Frank and Pat Owen. Scott our condolences to you on the loss of your dad. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family during this difficult time....

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