Obituaries for Aug. 23, 2013

Aug. 22, 2013 @ 05:00 PM

Raymond Earp Jr.

Raymond "Ray" E. Earp Jr., 64, died Aug. 6, 2013. Born Feb. 28, 1949, in Wake County, he was the son of the late Dr. and Mrs. Raymond E. Earp Sr. Ray was a graduate of the McCallie School, Carolina Military Academy, and he received a B.S. degree from Campbell University. He was a longtime member of Centenary United Methodist Church in Smithfield.

Ray served as a volunteer firefighter with the Thanksgiving Volunteer Fire Department for over 30 years, and he served as the Fire Chief for approximately 20 years. His active involvement in civic endeavors was evidenced by his service as a member of the Smithfield-Selma Senior High School Advisory Council for over 20 years. He also received the Raleigh Jaycees' Award for Community Service and the National Steeplechase Association's Monk Nolan Award in connection with his help in making the Brookhill Steeplechase an annual signature steeplechase event in the Triangle. Ray was the co-owner of Brookhill Farms and was the President of Soil Works Inc.

Ray is survived by his wife of 39 years, Nancy Crews Earp; son, Raymond "Chip" Earp and wife Caroline of Clayton; daughter, Leah Hodge and husband Lee of New Bern; and two grandchildren, Reid Hodge and Mary Katherine Hodge, both of New Bern. He is also survived by his sister, Mary "Winkie" Worley of Selma.

A graveside burial service was held at the cemetery of Thanksgiving Baptist Church on Aug. 9, 2013, with a memorial service following at Centenary United Methodist Church in Smithfield.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Duke Heart Center, c/o Sean Sondej, Box 3943, Duke University Hospital, Durham, NC 27710, or Centenary United Methodist Church, 140 E. Market St., Smithfield, NC 27577.

James Anderson

James “Jim” Ivan Anderson, 74, of Granite Falls passed away Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013, at Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory. Born Dec. 26, 1938, in Johnson County, Tenn., he was a son of the late Charlie and Alta Moody Anderson and the husband of Mrs. Lynda Anderson of the residence.

Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers and two sisters.

Mr. Anderson loved his Grandchildren and Great-Grandchildren. He was a member of Mount Carmel Baptist Church and had worked in textiles all his life. He had worked for Hayes Cotton Mill, American Efird and most recently with Shuford Mills now Shuford Yarn for 33 years. His past time was spent working in his garden and his yard as well as working on his trucks.

Other than his wife, Lynda, he is survived by his daughter, Kathie Nava of Granite Falls; stepdaughter, Theresa Wexler and husband Harold of Kingsport, Tenn.; Sister, Edith Potter of Mountain City, Tenn.; brother, Arvus Anderson of Mountain City, Tenn.; six grandchildren, Matthew Scott, Casey Scott, Jessie Osborne, Joey Moody, Victoria Moody, Aaron Moody; and four great-grandchildren, Myles Moody, Makayla Moody, McKinley Scott and Alexis Moody.

A celebration of Mr. Anderson’s life will be held 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013, at Mount Carmel Baptist Church with the Rev. Clyde Bumgarner officiating. Burial will follow in the Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends on Saturday from 1 until 2:30 p.m. prior to the service at Mount Carmel Baptist Church.

Pallbearers will be: Matthew Scott, Casey Scott, Joey Moody, Aaron Moody, James Maddy and Harold Wexler.

Online condolences may be sent to the Anderson Family at

Evans Funeral Service & Crematory of Lenoir is serving the Anderson Family.

Norma Fair

Norma Jean Hailey Fair, 66, died Aug. 18, 2013. Arrangements are Incomplete and will be announced by Ebony Funeral Services.

Damond Kincaid

Damond Lamont Kincaid, 31, died Aug. 19, 2013. Arrangements are incomplete and will be annouced by Ebony Funeral Services of Morganton.