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 Linda Cranford Craven
Mrs. Linda Cranford Craven age 76 of Ralph Lawrence Road, Seagrove, NC died Thursday May 17 at Randolph Hospital.

A funeral service was held at 2:00 pm Sunday, May 20 at Liberty Fellowship  Church conducted by Rev. Jamie Draughn.  Burial followed in the Church Cemetery.

The family received friends from 5:00 to 7:00 PM Saturday at Briggs Funeral Home in Denton and other times at the residence of Waynette Araj, Trollinger Road, Asheboro, NC

Mrs.Craven was born August 21, 1941 in Randolph County to Ratio Cranford and Eva Hopkins Cranford.  She was a member of Liberty Fellowship Church and a retired employee of Black and Decker in Asheboro.  Linda was a loving wife, mother, sister and Nana.  She was always generous and often went without herself to make sure others had what they needed.  She even saved the life of her granddaughter Amanda, by giving her one of her kidneys.   She was preceded in death by her parents and by brothers, Clyde, Wade, Herman, Dale and Billy.

She is survived by her husband Darrell C. Craven of the home; daughters, Waynette Hoover Araj and husband Saba and Luann Hoover Cagle and husband Luther all of Asheboro; step-daughters, Deanna Freeman of Seagrove and Dreama Craven of Randleman; brother Roy Cranford of Denton; sister Helen Andrews of Asheboro; grandchildren, Ben Harless, Emily Allred, Amanda Bulla, Lindsay Bulla, Hannah Mellon and Katie Mellon; step-grandchildren, Daniel Massey, Sebastion Ocampo, Alex Ocampo, Caden Kinney and Corabelle Kinney; great grandchildren, Connor and Addy Mae.

Memorials may be made to the American Kidney Foundation, 6110 Executive Blvd., Rockville, MD 20852-9183

The family will miss her laugh, her hugs, her scoldings, and her chocolate pie.  We love you Nana and we’ll be seeing you soon.

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Effie Gearren
Mrs. Effie Hughes Gearren, age 95 of NC Hwy # 109 South, New London, NC died Friday, May 18 at Randolph Hospice House in Asheboro.

A funeral service was held at 11:00 AM Monday, May 21 at Briggs Funeral Home Memorial Chapel conducted by Rev. Eddie Hill.  Burial followed at Macedonia United Methodist Church in Eldorado.

The family received friends from 6:00 until 8:00 PM Sunday at Briggs Funeral Home.

Mrs. Gearren was born April 28, 1923 in Davidson County to John Hughes and Elizabeth Loflin Hughes.  She was a homemaker and was married to N Rayford Gearren who died February 4, 1993. She was also preceded in death by brothers, Robert Lee Hughes, Wade Hughes and Albert Hughes and by sisters Maggie Mae Hughes, Lula Hughes Swaney and Beulah Hughes.

She is survived by sons, Eugene Gearren and wife Donna and Danny Gearren both of New London; daughters, Dianne Carter and husband Rev. Edward Carter of Seagrove, Betty Hughes and husband Gilbert Hughes of Lexington and Brenda Gearren of Denton; grandchildren, Steven Hughes and wife Blia of Albemarle, Jeffery Bost of Climax, Keisha Schmidt, Ashley Snider and husband Lonnie and Joshua Gearren and wife Taylor all of Denton; great grandchildren, Dalton, Emma and Cameron Snider and Bryson Gearren.

Memorial may be made to Hospice of Randolph County, PO Box 416 Vision Drive, Asheboro, NC 27203.

Patsy Reich
Mrs. Patsy Beanblossom Reich, age 64 of Lowell Street, Lexington, NC died Saturday, May 12, 2018 at Wake Forest Baptist Lexington Medical Center.

A funeral service was held on Wednesday, May 16 at Davidson Funeral Home Chapel conducted by Rev. Joe E Barbee, Jr. Burial followed at Bethesda United Methodist Church Cemetery.

The family received friends Tuesday at Davidson Funeral Home.

Mrs. Reich was born February 7, 1954 in Davidson County to Joe Beanblossom and Ruth Hedrick Beanblossom. She was a graduate of North Davidson High School and was employed as a Supervisor with National Wholesale where she had worked for a number of years. She had attended Wesley Heights United Methodist Church.  She was preceded in death by her father.

She is survived by her husband, W Eric Reich of the Home and her mother, Ruth H Beanblossom of Lexington.

Memorials may be made to the Humane Society of Davidson County, PO Box 1791, Lexington, NC 27293

Dottie Roberson

Mrs. Dorothy “Dottie” McKeel Roberson, 89, a resident of Panther Point Rd., Richfield passed away on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 13, 2018 at her residence.
A celebration of life service was held on Saturday, May 19 at Central United Methodist Church conducted by Rev. Richard Blount and Rev. Benny Clodfelter. Private inurnment will take place at a later date at the VA National Cemetery in Salisbury.

The family will receive friends from 10:00 to 10:45 am Saturday prior to the service in the Central United Methodist Memorial Hut.

“Dottie” was born January 1, 1929 in Bethel, NC to Virgil McKeel and Elizabeth Allen McKeel. She attended East Carolina College and graduated from Emanuel College in Georgia. She spent 17 years as an Air Force Wife. She had been employed with US Army, Guliford County District Court, and the High Point Elks Lodge. “Dottie” enjoyed spending time cooking; traveling; playing bridge; working in her greenhouse and with her friends at the “Point”. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by son, John Roberson.

She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Edwin “Ed” Roberson of the home; sons, Edwin Roberson, Jr. and David Roberson; daughter, Kathy Ashley; 4 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great-grandchildren.

Memorials in memory of “Dottie” can be made to Community Home and Hospice Care 1024 Albemarle Rd. Suite 904 Troy, NC 27371 or Central United Methodist Church PO Box 126 Denton, NC 27239.

Briggs Funeral Home is serving the Roberson family.

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Pansy Slate
Mrs. Pansy Virginia Peters Slate, 88, a resident of Piedmont Christian Home, formerly of Greensboro, passed away Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at her residence.
Funeral services were conducted Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 11:00 AM in J. C. Green & Sons Chapel in Thomasville, NC with Pastor J. Daryl Lewis and Rev. Tom Warren officiating. Interment was held at Holly Hill Memorial Park Cemetery in Thomasville.
The family greeted friends Friday evening at the funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Hospice of The Piedmont, 1801 Westchester Dr., High Point, NC 27262. Online condolences may be sent to the Slate Family at