Mr. Donald L. Wilson, Jr.


Mr. Donald L. Wilson, Jr.  Age 63 of 5728 Pine Way Lane, Graham, NC

Date of Death:  July 11, 2015 at Alamance Regional Medical Center

Parents:  Mr. Donald L. Wilson Sr. and Mrs. Betty Baldwin Wilson (both deceased)

Survivors:  A host of cousins and very special friends.

Mr. Wilson was a member of Morgantown Baptist Church where he served the Lord Faithfully in the Senior Choir, Male Chorus and Spiritual Choir.  He was a member of the Piedmont Men of Steel.

Mr. Wilson was often referred to as the unofficial Mayor of Graham, a town he loved deeply as much as he also loved the people that worked and lived there.  Donald had the opportunity of being the Grand Marshal of the Graham Christmas parade.

Funeral Arrangements: Services will be held on Thursday July 16th at 1:00 pm at Morgantown Baptist Church at 1703 Morgantown Rd. Burlington.  The family will receive visitors from 12:30-1:00 prior to the service on Thursday and the body will be placed in the church at 12 noon.  The body will be available for viewing on Wednesday from 1 to 9 pm at Sharpe Funeral Home.

Interment: North Lawn Cemetery

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Support and services provided to the Wilson Family by Sharpe Funeral Home, Inc.

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Mr. Raymond L. Kelso


C360_2014-06-15-18-39-48-075 - CopyA life well lived came to a quiet close on June 19, 2015 at Alamance Regional Medical Center for Raymond Leroy Kelso.  He was born August 23, 1943 in Rock Island, Illinois to the late Virgil Kelso and the late Louise Johns Kelso Parson.

He was a Truck Driver over 30 years; 16 years American Freight Company and the remainder of his career with Wicker Services, Inc. After his retirement he began to really enjoy life by relaxing and taking it easy.  He thoroughly enjoyed collegiate and professional sports.  He was the best fish fryer and grill master.  Spending time with his beloved grandchildren and only great-grandson was very near and dear to him.  Whenever the family could coerce him to go to the beach, he deeply enjoyed the times and memories shared.

Those left to cherish his life are: his loving and devoted wife Emily Johnson Kelso; daughters: Camille Kelso, Celeste Owens-Fuller and husband (Waymon), Casey Kelso Halsey and husband Brett and Latarsha Owens; 5 grandchildren: Nikeia Steele, Jasmine Owens, Emilio Owens, Harper Grace Halsey and Alyse Owens-Fuller; great-grandson: Jamison Owens; two sisters: Marcella Smith and Helen Kelso-Tirrell and husband Theodore; sister-in-law Bert Kelso along with many other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in the transition by his brother: Clifford Kelso and sister Donna Wells.

Public viewing will be held Thursday, June 25, 2015, from 1 until 9 p.m. at Sharpe Funeral Home Inc.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, June 16, 2015, in Sharpe Memorial Chapel. The family will receive visitors from 12:30 to 1 p.m. prior to the service and at other times at the home. Burial will be in Alamance Memorial Park.

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Darnell R. Walters “Zirs”

20150624094536994_0001Strength; could define Darnell R. Walters.  “Zirs” as he has been known since childhood, was born August 21. 1959 to the late Mr. Cornell Randolph Walters and the late Mrs. Cora Bradsher Walters.

“Zirs” embodied strength in every aspect of his life.  He walked in strength, worked in strength and he loved in strength.  He was a first class Mechanic and owned his own shop, Professional Automotive.  The name was befitting since “Zirs” offered professional, prompt, courteous and efficient service.  Not only did he repair cars in his shop, he was known to fix cars at the Piedmont Dragstrip.  His many family, friends and customers miss his valued automotive services.

“Zirs” carried strength each and every day of his life.  He gained more strength when at an early age he was baptized and joined Union Grove Baptist Church.  As the swift transitions of life came, he joined Green Level Christian Church.  He continually gained strength while worshipping and being a faithful disciple for the body of Christ.

“Zirs”, even in sickness exhibited strength.  Courageously he fought his illness and on Monday, June 22, 2015 he grasped the Master’s hand and gained ultimate strength and healing.  He now joins his parents; and siblings: Priscilla Bradsher Vinson, John Walters, Parnell Walters and Carolyn “Kay” Walters Stephens; what a joyous reunion they are sharing.

Remembering in strength and love are: his children: Laneisan Lea, Danielle Walters, Marion Lea and Orlando Lea; sisters: Carrie Scoggins, Cinderella Walters, Beulah Walters, Mary Walters Chandler; brothers: James Vinson, Jimmy Vinson, David Vinson (Denise), Robert Walters and Danny Walters; two grandchildren: KwaJae Lea and Desharri Williams along with several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews other relatives and dear friends.

Funeral Services are to be held on Thursday, June 25, 2015 at 1pm from the sanctuary of Green Level Christian Church and the family will greet relatives and friends thirty minutes prior to the services at the church.  Interment will follow the services in the Green Level Christian Church Cemetery.

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Mr. Harry Fredrick Dixon

20150615082824524_0001On July 12, 1945, Harry Fredrick Dixon was born in Alamance County to Jacob Dixon, Sr. and Florilla Wade Dixon. As a child, he enjoyed many wonderful days on the family tobacco farm working and playing with his nine brothers and sisters, Dorothy, Evelyn, Pauline, Jean, Ann, Gwen, Roger, Leon and June (deceased). Harry joined Martin’s Chapel Baptist Church as a young boy and continued his membership until his death. He loved his church and its members. Harry was known for his generosity and his love for dogs. Toby and Champ were two of his faithful furry companions.  In 1963, Harry graduated from Central High School in Alamance County. He continued his studies at North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University where he earned in his degree in Industrial Arts Education. Harry was a proud member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. He taught Industrial Arts at Whitted Junior High School for a few years before realizing his love of construction.  He worked for Capital City Plumbing Co. and was a partner in Morrow-Dixon Construction, Co. Harry successfully presided as the owner and operator of HFD Construction Company for more than thirty years. Additionally, he held patents for a golf leveling device and a universal slip & expand water fitting. He was a master contractor and inventor.  Harry is survived by his wife, Ferne T. Dixon; a son, Fredrick P. Dixon (Suan); a daughter, Ivy Joy McMillan (Derrick); three grandbabies, Walker, Wade and Wyatt; five grandchildren, Aaliyah, Derrian, Chris, Carey and Ericka; his brothers, Roger Dixon (Sandy) and Chester Leon Dixon (Zulma); six sisters, Dorothy Morrow, Pauline Jeffries (Charles), Evelyn Senior, Jean Groomes, Carol Ann Domush, Gwendolyn Willis (Don); two aunts: Etta W. Johnson and Magdalene W. Farrish; Sisters-in-law, Ameila Thorpe and Joyce M. Dixon and a host of nieces, nephews, other devoted and close relatives and friends.  Harry passed away at Duke University Hospital on Thursday, June 11, 2015.

The funeral will be held Wednesday, June 17 at 1 p.m. at Martins Chapel Baptist Church. The family will receive visitors one hour prior to the services at the church. Public viewing will be held on Tuesday from 1-9 p.m. at Sharpe funeral home.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.

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Deacon Herschel R. Jones, Sr.

20150604131040185_0001Undoubtedly, Paul and Doris Lee Walker Jones were thrilled on February 9, 1959 when they welcomed a son into the world and they decided to name him, Herschel Riccardo Jones.  He was reared in the Efland Community of Orange County and he was a student within the Orange County School System, being a graduate of Orange High School where he was an avid athlete with the Junior Varsity and Varsity Football and Basketball teams.  Soon after high school, he married the love of his life, the former Miss. Glenda Johnson; and the two became one and were inseparable.

For the last 37 years of his life, Herschel was gainfully employed with Apex Aridyne, Corp. in Graham, North Carolina and for many years he was a Plant Supervisor.  He was a dedicated employee and a wonderful supervisor.

Although he was born on February 9, 1959- Herschel found that he needed Christ in his life and was born again and joined the Burnett’s Chapel Christian Church in 1992.  In 1994 the church elected and he was ordained as a Deacon and he served faithfully. He was also a Sunday School Instructor as well as the President of the Burnett’s Chapel Male Chorus.  When he wasn’t singing, he loved fishing, when he could, watching his beloved Atlanta Braves and spending time with his family-especially his grandchildren.

Leaving to cherish his memories are: his loving and devoted wife of 38 years-Mrs. Glenda J. Jones; children: YoShamekia Jones-King (Larkin), Kimberly Jones and Herschel R. Jones, Jr. (Ashley); grandchildren: Jaszmine, Jhayla, LJ, Quincey, Shonnice, Aaliyah, Destiny, Julian and Andru; brothers: Reginald Jones and Michael Jones; parents-in-law: Lonnie & Sarah Johnson as well as many other realtives and dear friends.

Services are scheduled for Saturday, June 6, 2015 at 1 pm from the sanctuary of Burnett’s Chapel Christian Church.  The family will greet friends and relatives from 12:30 until 1:00pm at the the church. Interment will follow the services in the church cemetery.

Services provided by the Sharpe Funeral Home, Inc.

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Deacon Abraham Corbett

20150604142012181_0001Deacon Abraham Corbett, of 5558 Burton Chapel Church Road, 68, was born Feb. 27, 1947 and was called to his eternal home June 2, 2015.
He was born in Caswell County to the late Deacon Elbert Corbett and Betty Glass Corbett.
Abraham attended Caswell County public schools. He graduated from Piedmont Community College. He served in the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged with the rank of Sgt. E-5.
Abraham retired from Allied System Ltd. as a car carrier. Abraham was a faithful and devoted member and Deacon at Ebenezer United Church of Christ. He was a Master Mason of Allen Lodge 676. He loved to fish, boat and attend classic car shows. Most of all he loved the Lord.
In 1969 Abraham married the love of his life, Gladys Marie Williams, and to this union two children were born.
Abe is survived by his wife, Gladys, of the home; son, Vincent Corbett (Renada); daughter, Pamela Corbett; brother, Donnell Corbett (Loletta); sisters, Flossie Corbett, Rosa Sellars, Christine Corbett and Joyce Robinson (Johnnie); 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild;
The family would like to give special thanks to UNC Cancer Hospital, Dr. Peter Voorhees and the entire nursing staff and the Hospice Palliative of Alamance- Caswell.
Public viewing will be held Friday, June 5, 2015, from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. at Sharpe Funeral Home Inc. The family will receive visitors from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and at other times the family will be at the home.
Services will be conducted Saturday, June 6, 2015, at 3 p.m. at Burton Chapel Baptist Church by the Rev. Maurice Boswell and the Rev. Dr. Larry E. Covington.
Burial will be in the Sweet Gum Grove Missionary Baptist Church cemetery -

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Kerry D. Lee, Sr. “High Pocket”

klee4 Kerry Donnell “High Pocket” Lee Sr., 63, of 603 West Jackson St., died May 15, 2015, at Alamance Regional Medical Center.
He was son of Mr. Gilda Washington Lee and Mrs. Catherine Torain Lee (both deceased) and husband of Mrs. Wyvonne Coble Lee, who survives.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Kerry D. Lee Jr. “Skinny”; two daughters, Alana Lee Evans (Eric) and Sabrina Summers; five grandchildren; one great-grandchild; a brother, Alvis Lee (Phyllis) and four sisters: Christine L. Miles (Walter), Betty L. Neal, Ruthie L. Williams and Alice L. Wiley.
He was preceded in death by a grandchild, Delvayae McGhee and five siblings, Roena, Roland, Cleveland W., James G. and Jerry D. Lee.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, May 20, 2015, at 2 p.m. at White Oak Grove Progressive Primitive Baptist Church. The family will receive visitors 30 minutes prior to the services and at other times the family will receive visitors at the home. Public viewing will be held on Tuesday at the funeral home from 1 until 9 p.m. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

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Mr. Fleming Parker

20150504112717329_0001Mr. Fleming Parker, son of Mr. Elton and Ida Mebane Parker both deceased was born July 11, 1943 in Alamance County, and was quietly called home on April 30, 2015.

Fleming was educated in Alamance County Schools.  He was a farmer at heart and also worked in textiles at Cone Mills and Burlington Industries Finishing Plant.

Fleming was a good son, brother, father, and grandfather to all that knew him.  He leaves to cherish his children: Kyle (Devonia) Daye of Burlington, NC, Sheridan “Cindi” Daye, Vivian “Leanne” Daye, Andrea “Horse” Daye, and Meredith J. Daye, all of Mebane, NC.  He was preceded in death by two sons: Brevitt and Kevin Daye.  He is also survived by five brothers Woody (Laverne) Parker of Greensboro, NC; Charles (Lynn) Parker of Burlington, NC; Donald (Sue) Parker of Mebane, NC; and Ricky and Michael Parker of Butner, NC; and one sister, Janie White of Graham, NC.  Fleming especially loved being a “PaPa” to his grandchildren who will miss him: Shawon, Dominique, Ryan, Bryton, Bria, Khaila, Aliyah, Akiyah, Devin, and Amaya.  He also leaves a host of nephews, nieces, cousins, family, friends, and a good friend Tony Blackwell.

The family will greet visitors and friends on Wednesday evening May 6, 2015 from 7:00 pm until 8:00 pm.  The family will observe graveside services on Thursday afternoon May 7, 2015 at 1:00 pm in the cemetery of Martin’s Chapel Baptist Church.


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Mr. James H. Isley


JAMES HENRY ISLEY, 73, of Snow Camp, passed away May 1, 2015 after an unexpected illness.  James was born May 19, 1941 in Snow Camp, NC.  James was the son of the late Dewey McCoy Isley and the late Inez Hunter Isley.  He was preceeded in death by three brothers and one sister. James is survived by a son Robert Isley (Natalie) of Greensboro, NC and a daughter Tracy Harvey (Miquel) of Snow Camp, NC. James is also survived by his brother Earl Isley of Snow Camp, NC,  two grandchildren of Greensboro, NC and three grandchildren of Snow Camp, NC and host of neices, nephews, cousins, and friends.  The memorial service will be held at Sharpe Funeral Home 520 Rosenwald St. Burlington, NC on Tuesday May 5, 2015 from 7pm to 8pm. There will be a graveside service at McBroom’s Chapel 5801 Chestnut Lane Snow Camp, NC at 11:00am on Wednesday, May 6, 2015.  The public viewing will be held from 1 pm to 9 pm on Tuesday May 5, 2015 at Sharpe Funeral Home.


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Ms. Diane N. Haith

DianeMs. Diane Noble Haith, 61, of 5544 NC Hwy. 62 S., died April 24, 2015 at Hospice Home.
She was the daughter of Mr. Mervin Perry Noble and Mrs. Lessie Mae Austin Noble, both deceased.
Survivors include a son Tracey Haith (Elenor); two brothers, Rikey Noble and Timothy Noble (Gale); two grandsons, Cody Corbett and Kyndal Haith.
Ms. Haith was employed with Lincoln Financial Group, Greensboro, NC, and a loyal and faithful member of Springdale AME Church.
The funeral will be held Tuesday April 28, 2015 at 2 pm at Springdale AME Church. The family will receive visitors one hour prior to the services at the church on Tuesday and other times at the residence. Public viewing will be held on Monday from 1-9 pm at the funeral home.
The burial will be in the Church Cemetery.

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