Mr. Thomas “Mule” Bigelow



Mr. Thomas Nelson Bigelow was born on April 17, 1940 to the late Lacy Warren Bigelow and the late Mrs. Millie Jerrine Kimber Bigelow.  After a period of extended illness, he gently departed this life on February 2, 2016 at the Alamance Regional Medical Center.  He was the last surviving child of this union, being preceded in death by his brothers: Leon Bigelow and Kenneth Bigelow.             

            “Mule” as he was known by family and friends, was a 1960 graduate of Pleasant Grove Union High School.  After his graduation he met and married the lovely Beatrice Gail Carter.  Together the two built a home of love, laughter and good times and were additionally blessed with the birth of their children, Donta and Elaine.  He was employed for many years with Burlington Industries as a Forklift Operator. 

            One of “Mule’s” greatest past times was to ride his motorcycle.  He was a devoted member of the Newcomers Motorcycle Club for to many years to name.  He and Bea loved to travel with the club to various states and many of their functions.  “Mule” was a “tell it like it is” kind of guy.  There was no given moment when you didn’t know where you stood with him.  We shall miss his presence and his kind heart, however we know that he is resting and completely healed from all of his illnesses.

He is survived by his two children: Donta Bigelow (Adrianne) and Tara Elaine Bigelow; 4 grandchildren: Natassja Bigelow, Randia Evans, AnDante Bigelow and Alexus Jones; 2 great-grandchildren: Mekhi Bigelow and Jordyn Crawley; three sisters-in-law: Maggie Bigelow, Vila Mae Bigelow and Betty Shanks; aunt: Mildred A. Shaw & Doris Kimber; uncles: Henry Kimber (Dora) & Marvin Kimber (Evie) along with nieces, nephews other relatives and dear friends. 

Mr. Thomas Bigelow’s funeral will be held on Sunday February 7, 2016 at 2:00pm at Sharpe Funeral Home, Inc. in Burlington, NC with burial at Green Level Christian Church.


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Ms. Paulette Farrington Minor

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Ms. Paulette Farrington Minor, 73 of 2469 Freshwater Rd.  Was transformed on February 4, 2016 from her earthy home to her Heavenly mansion while being cared for by the gracious staff at the Hospice Home of Alamance-Caswell. And her loving daughters.

Her Parents: Mr. Brodie Lee Farrington and Mrs. Roxie Wilkins Farrington, both preceded her in death along with her siblings, Brodie Farrington, Jr., Earnest Farrington, Jessie Caldwell, Marie Hester, Roxie Foust and Ruth Worth.

Ms. Paulette is Survived by her three daughters: Jacqueline M. Yourse (James) of Greensboro, Teresa Minor Long of Haw River and Laranda Minor of Graham. Grandchildren, Tasha Minor, Culeasha Winstead (Darnell) of Haw River, Jermaine Kee (Giselle) of Durham, Shannon Minor of Mebane and LlesSur Thomas of Haw River; 11 great-grandchildren and one great great-grandchildren; two sisters, Willie Garrett and Frances Bruce.

Funeral Arrangements: Funeral services will be conducted on Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at 2:00 at Melfield UCC. The family will greet friends at the church on Tuesday from 1:30-2:00pm and at other times the family will receive visitors at the home. Public viewing at the funeral home will be on Monday from 1-9 pm.

Interment: Hawfields Church Cemetery

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Support and services for the Minor Family are provided by Sharpe Funeral Home, Inc.


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Miss. Minor Ruth Sellars

20160203130706258_0001June 12, 1922 was certainly a blessed day in the lives of William Henry Sellars, Sr. and his lovely wife Virgie Smith Sellars, for this was the day in which they welcomed their second child a daughter, Minor Ruth.  She was a vibrant, beautiful little girl with a big heart.

She was educated at Jordan Sellars High School and after her graduation she was admitted to Winston Salem Teachers College (Winston-Salem State University) and earned her degree in Education.  After her graduation she began a 30 plus year career as an elementary school teacher at South Mebane Elementary School.   It was her had that shaped many young men and women to excel to their own personal greatness.  During her career she led by example obtaining her Master’s Degree from North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University.  After her retirement, she was an Exceptional Children instructor with Happy Times Child Care Center.

Minor Ruth joined Ebenezer Christian Church (Ebenezer United Church of Christ) early in life.  She was a devoted disciple having taught Sunday School, sang with the Senior Choir (Voices of Heritage) and very active with the weekly meetings of the Senior Saints Ministry.  Her presence will be missed, however we know as we are she was and as she is we shall become.   She also was one of the voices of the community singing group, The Graytones, led by Willis J. Gray.

It goes without mentioning, Minor Ruth lived her life on her own terms.  In her times of leisure, she enjoyed sewing, creating crafts and crocheting.  We are thankful to God for blessing our lives with Minor Ruth.

After a brief illness, she answered the Master’s call to join the great cloud of witnesses on February 1, 2016 after 93 blessed years.  She now joins her parents and siblings: William Henry Sellars, Jr., John W. Sellars “Johnny”, Gordon Sellars, Sr. and Rev. Lucian Sellars…what a glorious reunion.

Remembering her with love are: her loving siblings: Mrs. Mary E. Sellars Haith (Louis Haith, Sr.), Miss. Virgie Virginia Sellars and Mr. Lewis E. Sellars (Camille); two sisters-in-law: Mrs. Marie B. Sellars and Mrs. Gwendolyn Sellars and several nieces, nephews, relatives, students and friends.

Funeral services will be conducted on Friday, February 5, 2016 at 12:30 pm from Ebenezer United Church of Christ with the family greeting relatives and friends from Noon until 12:30 pm.  The service of committal and act of interment will take place following the services in Alamance Memorial Park.  In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to the Hospice Home of Alamance-Caswell and the Excell Academy.

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Mrs. Yvonne Ferguson Gray


Ms. Yvonne Ferguson Gray was born in Alamance County North Carolina to the late Mr. Harold Torain and the late Lillie Bell Ferguson on October 18, 1947.  She was rewarded with eternal life early on the morning of Monday, February 1, 2016 at the Meridian Center in High Point, NC.


Yvonne was educated within the Alamance County Schools System and for several years she was employed as a Bank Teller.  She was an avid traveler and loved clothing.  She was a wonderful singer and during her membership at Morning Star she was a part of the Board of Ushers.  She loved her entire family however she held a special place within her heart for her precious grandsons.  She really, really loved to enjoy life and all it had to offer.

She leaves in loving memory: her two daughters: Andrea Kimber (Elder Ronald Kimber) and Janet Bush (Anthony); a son Thomas Ferguson; a sister: Brenda Clinkscales; three grandchildren: Stephen Bush, Joshua Bush (Kristen) and Kyela Ferguson; a great-granddaughter: Ashtyn Smith-Bush; a great-aunt: Mrs. Bessie Richards.

Funeral Arrangements: Wednesday February 3, 2016 at 12 noon at Morningstar Baptist Church. Public viewing on Tuesday from 1 to 9pm at Sharpe Funeral Home, Inc.

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Mr. Tom Preston Richmond


March 21, 1926 was the day Mr. Andrew Richmond and Mrs. Mollie Malone Richmond welcomed the birth of their son, Tom Preston Richmond in rural Caswell County.  He was the last survivor of his generation.  He gently closed his weary eye lids to a world of pain and disdain, and opened them in glory on January 30, 2016.  He now joins his parents, step-mother: Mrs. Bronnie Gant Richmond and siblings: Issac Richmond, Mollie Richmond Terrell, Oddie Richmond and Nettie R. Jones…what a glorious reunion they are beholding.

Tom was the embodiment of hard work.  From his early days of farm work to his working with Dura Thread Hosiery Mill, Tom believed in hard work and providing for his family, whom he loved deeply.  Even after his retirement, Tom developed a yard maintenance company and had several clients who loved the way in which he took great care and concern in the upkeep of their grounds as he did his very own.

Tom met over 60 years ago a beautiful young lady in the person of Mae Lizzie Jones.  After a courtship, the two were joined in Holy Matrimony.  They were additionally blessed with the birth of their only child, Denise Richmond.  Tom provided unconditionally and attended to their needs.

Tom was a devoted disciple of Sweet Gum Grove Missionary Baptist Church.  He served with the Financial Committee, Trustee’s Board, and Church Depositor.  He loved attending and supporting his church.

Remembering him with love are his wife of more than 60 years, Lizzie J. Richmond, their daughter Denise R. Stewart and several nephews, nieces other relatives and friends.

Funeral Arrangements: Funeral services will be conducted on Tuesday February 2, 2016 at 2:00 at Burton Chapel Baptist Church. The family will greet friends from 1:30 until 2:00 pm at the church prior to the service and at other times the family will receive visitors at the home.

Address: 322 Fulton St, Burlington NC

Interment: Sweet Gum Baptist Church


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Ms. Sharon Lynn Payne

20160118115722461_0001             March, 26, 1955 was a special day in the lives of Mable White Payne and the late David N. Payne for they were blessed with the birth of their only daughter, Sharon Lynn.  From her birth until her subsequent passing on January 15, 2016, she was a loving and beautiful being who brought much joy to many lives. 

            Sharon was a graduate of Orange High School where she excelled in academics which afforded her the opportunity to be accepted into the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she was active in the Band, a Majorette and was elected Miss Black UNC.  After her graduation, she began a vibrant and lasting career with American Airlines. 

            After her retirement and even prior to, she was involved with Zentangle, so much so that she became a certified instructor and was a well-known Artist within the Zentangle community and beyond. 

            Her passing leaves an unfillable void however she is remembered with love by her mother, Mable White Payne and many extended relatives and friends. We shall cherish you forever and remember your unfailing courageousness.   

           She enjoyed her life to the fullest…she was abundantly blessed.   

Services of love and remembrance for David and Sharon will be held on Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at 2:00 pm at Dickerson’s Chapel AME Church with the family greeting friends from 1:00pm until 2:00pm.  The inurnment and interment for both David and Sharon will be at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens following the services.  Sharon’s public viewing will be held on Tuesday, January 19, 2016 from 1:00 pm until 9:00 pm at Sharpe Funeral Home, Inc.-520 Rosenwald St. Burlington, NC 27217.

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Mr. David Nash Payne


Born December 30, 1930 in Hillsborough to the late Mr. Hayles Payne and the late Mr. Jessie McPherson Payne was one of 10 children.  David was educated in the Orange County School System and after his graduation, he completed one year of college and began a career in the field of brick masonry. 

Being a lifelong resident of Hillsborough, he was a well-known around town.  Dave along with his wife, Mable loved entertaining guests.  They were the proprietors of the Champayne Club.  Many lasting memories were created within the walls of their establishment. He was a consummate cook and thoroughly enjoyed fishing in his spare time.      

As afore mentioned, David was married to Mrs. Mable White Payne and the two were blessed with a loving daughter, which they named Sharon Lynn. 

David is survived by his wife Mable along with many other loving relatives and friends.  He now joins his daughter Sharon, and siblings: Bubba Payne, Joe Louis Payne, Clyde Payne, Jessie Frank Payne, Maggie Baynes, Alice Kennedy, Elija Wilson, Mable Jones, Kattie Evans and Elsie Jeffries….what a glorious reunion they are enjoying.    

Services of love and remembrance for David and Sharon will be held on Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at 2:00 pm at Dickerson’s Chapel AME Church with the family greeting friends from 1:00pm until 2:00pm.  The inurnment and interment for both David and Sharon will be at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens following the services.  Sharon’s public viewing will be held on Tuesday, January 19, 2016 from 1:00 pm until 9:00 pm at Sharpe Funeral Home, Inc.-520 Rosenwald St. Burlington, NC 27217.

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Mr. Harvey Delaney Parker

20160101100103731_0001On Thursday morning December 31, 2015 God called home one of his faithful servants. Harvey Delaney Parker of 3341 North NC Hwy. 49, Burlington passed peacefully at The Hospice Home after a year of declining health.

Harvey Dee, as he was affectionately known, was born April 24, 1927 to Brodie R. and Annie Jenkins Parker, both deceased. He lived his life in the Pleasant Grove Community where he was born and graduated from Pleasant Grove Union School where he met the love of his life—Gail Marie McBroom.  He was a dedicated member of Jeffries Cross Baptist Church.  There he served as a Deacon, former Trustee Board Chairman, Senior Choir member and on numerous church committees and projects.  Harvey was a respected Auto Body Mechanic working for many years for Bill Price Buick until purchasing and operating the shop as Holly Hill Body Shop.  Retiring in 1992, he pursued numerous ventures and hobbies and found time to volunteer for Meals on Wheels.

Harvey is survived by his wife, Gail Marie Parker of the home; His daughter, Brenda C. Hampton and her husband, Blairton S. Hampton of Elon; his grandsons, Brandon D. Hampton and his wife, Courtney of Mooresville, NC and Brent P. Hampton of Greensboro; his sister, Ethel “Dot” Burnette of Burlington and a host of nieces, nephews and close friends. He was predeceased by five brothers—Ervin, Robert, Richard, Ralph and Norman Parker and a sister, Willie Louise Parker.

The Home Going Service for Harvey will be held on Sunday, January 3, 2016 at 2:00 PM at Jeffries Cross Baptist Church, 2015 Jeffries Cross Road, Burlington. The body will lie in state from 1:00 until 2:00 PM.  Burial will follow immediately in Jeffries Cross Memorial Cemetery.  A celebration of his life and family visitation will be held on Saturday, January 2, 2016 at Jeffries Cross Baptist Church from 5:00 – 6:30 PM.  Public viewing will be held at Sharpe Funeral Home from 1:00 until 3:00 PM on Saturday, January 2, 2015.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers contributions be made to Hospice & Palliative Care of Alamance-Caswell, 914 Chapel Hill Road, Burlington or to Jeffries Cross Baptist Church.

Sincere appreciation is extended to all of the Hospice caregivers that provided competent and compassionate care for our loved one during his extended illness.

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Mrs. Sandra Kaye Leath Richmond

20151229151624829_0001Mrs. Sandra Kaye Leath Richmond, loving wife of Matthew, devoted mother of Mack and Sonja, caring grandmother of Marquise and Devonte, cherished great-grandmother of 5, supportive sister of Monroe P. Leath, Jr. and Linda Faye Blackwell passed from this walk of life into the portals of eternity on December 26, 2015 at Alamance Regional Medical Center.

Sandra Kaye will have a funeral service in the J. V. and Lessie I. Sharpe Memorial Chapel on Thursday, December 31, 2015 at 12 noon.  The family will greet relatives and friends from 11:30 until 12 Noon.  The interment will follow at a later date.

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Mother Bertha Mae Evans Tapp

20151229084737781_0001The loving eyes of our Mother, Grandmother, Great-grandmother, Aunt and Friend, Bertha Mae Evans Tapp were closed to this life and opened to the glories of our heavenly Father late on the evening of December 27, 2015 while she was surrounded by her loving and caring family at the White Oak Manor Nursing Facility.

She was born in rural township of Cedar Grove, located in Orange County to the late Mr. Samuel Evans and the late Mrs. Catherine Blackwell Evans.  She was the last survivor of her generation, being preceded in death by her siblings: Gathan Evans, Ben Evans, Walter Evans, George Evans, Rev. Louis Evans, Nathaniel Evans, Lorina Evans Tapp, Elizabeth Evans Corbett and Marilyn Evans.

She was employed as a Food Service worker and was a devoted and dedicated member of the New Covenant United Holy Church.  She attended weekly worship services as long as her health allowed her to do so.

She will be missed by her children: Sharon Tapp, Bobby L. Tapp, Sr. (Brenda) and John A. Tapp (Teresa); 4 grandchildren and 5 great-grand children.

Her eulogistic services will be conducted from the sanctuary of her beloved New Covenant United Holy Church at 12:30 pm Thursday, December 31, 2015 with the Right Reverend Harry L. Cohen, delivering the eulogy. The family will greet relatives and friends from Noon until 12:30 prior to the services at the church and at other times they will be at the home, 2736 McKinney St. The interment will follow the services in North Lawn Cemetery.  Mother Tapp will lie in repose at the funeral home from 1:00 pm until 9:00 om on Wednesday evening and Thursday Morning from 9:00 am until 10:00 am.

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