Burneal Eugene Smith was born on July 12, 1924, the only child of Luther and Edna Smith who sharecropped on a farm near Springfield Ohio. As he grew up and helped around the farm, the sight and sound of military aircraft flying from Wright Patterson Air Station in nearby Dayton sparked young Burneal's imagination and gave him his life's calling. So that after graduating at the top of his class from North Hampton High School in June of 1942, he applied and was accepted to Naval Officer Candidate School and then to Naval Flight School where, again, he finished near the top of his class. He then applied and was subsequently accepted to become a Marine Corps Aviator in June of 1944. For 27 years Burneal Smith served his country with honor, distinguishing himself in combat in the WWII and in the Korean Conflict (where he was awarded a Silver Star), and training helicopter pilots for the Viet Nam War. He retired from the Marine Corps with the rank of Colonel in September of 1969.
Mr. William Harold Snyder, 88, of Vass, passed away on Friday, December 12, 2014 at FirstHealth Hospice House in Pinehurst, surrounded by his family.
James "Jim" Buff Hoffmann, age 63, died Monday, December 15, 2014 at FirstHealth Hospice House in Pinehurst, NC
Mrs. Iris Elisa Rouse Moon, age 53, of NC Highway 22 of Carthage, died Monday December 15, 2014 at her home.
Mr. Tommy Roger Hussey, age 75 of Needham's Grove Church in Robbins, passed away at his home, on Sunday, December 14, 2014.
Richard Dale Muhlig, 77 of Seven Lakes passed on December 12, 2014 at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, NC; from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
Deacon Leslie Jones Sr. (Mr. Pete), age 99, of Aberdeen died Thursday December 11th at Pinehurst Health & Rehabilitation.
Ann "Mimi" Beatty, 79, of Southern Pines, North Carolina, died peacefully in her home on Tuesday, December 9th. And while the world lost a smiling soul, the skies twinkle a bit brighter at night.
Lucille Coe Johnson, 85, of Snow Camp formerly of Cameron, passed away on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 At Care View Rest Home in Snow Camp.
Reverend Clarence Garner, Sr. 87, Hwy 705, Eagle Springs, NC died Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at Duke University Hospital, Durham, NC.
Ella McMurray, age 96 of Abelien KS, and formerly of Carthage died Monday in Kansas.
Radia Pearl Welch, age 88, went home to be with the Lord on December 8, 2014.
Presley Alan Eads, age 34 of Carthage and formerly of West Palm Beach. FL died Saturday at his home.
John Wilbert "Dee" Moore, 79, died Monday, December 8, 2014 at his home, surrounded by his family.
Mr. Herman Ray Phillips, 71, of Bennett, N.C. died Monday, December 8, 2014 at Hospice of Randolph County in Asheboro, N.C.