Mr. Philmo Poteat

20150828092514815_0001Philmo Poteat, 87, of Burlington, North Carolina passed away at his home on Thursday, August 28, 2015 at 6:18 am at the Hospice Home of Alamance-Caswell.  Philmo was born in the Higtower’s Community of Caswell County on December 17, 1927 to John Poteat and Luellen Evans Poteat.  He attended the former Technical Institute of Alamance earning his certification in Small Engine Repair. 

Philmo was a Veteran of the Army of the United States having served during the Korean War.  He was a retiree of Associated Transport, Kernodle Clinic and the Alcohol Beverage Control of Alamance County.  Philmo joined Beulah Baptist Church at an early age and after moving to Burlington, he joined First Baptist Church. 

Phil as he was affectionately called by family and close friends, was a” shade tree mechanic”.  He could fix anything and loved doing so.  His love was repairing yard machines, most specifically lawnmowers.  He loved his yard and took great pride in keeping it immaculate. Phil loved WWE wrestling and when it aired on television you were not allowed to talk.  His most important love was his God and his family. 

He deeply loved his wife of 63 years, Frances Pennix Poteat of the home and daughter Marisa Gayle Poteat of Burlington, North Carolina; siblings: Ernest M. Poteat and Senolia Poteat both of Mebane and Clarence Poteat Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and a host of loving nieces, nephews.  A special niece Shelia Tyler and his God-daughters: Linda D. Turner, L. Renee Poteat and Eboynee Enoch.  Philmo as predeceased by his parents: John and Louellen Poteat; daughter: Phyllis Adrienne Poteat; brothers: Roy, Garland, Curtis and Nello Poteat and sisters: Odessa Poteat Rogers and Nellie Poteat Rogers and sister-in-law Mildered Pennix Caldwell. 

Eulogistic services will be held on Monday, August 31, 2105 at 1:00 pm from the Sanctuary of First Baptist Church-508 Apple Street.  The family will recieve relatives and freinds thirty minutes prior to the services and at other times the family will be at their residence 504 Morgan Terrace, Burlington, NC.  Burial will follow the services in the Legion Section of North Lawn Cemetery.  Public viewing will he held on Sunday August 30, 2015 from 1:00 pm until 9:00 pm at the funeral home.    

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Rev. Charlie Shelton Miles

cmilesReverend Charlie Shelton Miles was born in Alamance County on August 4, 1942 and left this world on August 25, 2015 at Edgewood Place, Burlington NC.

Reverend Miles was the son of the late Frank and Eliza Miles.  He attended Pleasant Grove Union School and Shaw University.  He owned Charlie’s Food Mart, White Level Stop and Shop, and Evans Food Mart for over 10 years. He was employed by Byrd’s Foods for over 15 years. He also drove a tractor trailer for Kayser Roth Transportation. Reverend Miles pastored Olive Grove Baptist Church, Leasburg NC for 10 years.  He was a member of Martin’s Chapel Baptist Church for most of his lifetime, where he served as assistant pastor.

Surviving are his wife, Carolyn Fuller Miles of the home; two sons, Shelton Miles (Toni) and Rodney Miles (Maria) both of Burlington; one daughter, Kim Miles (Chris) of Burlington; 11 grandchildren:  Brandi Miles, Kirstie Miles, Kendal McBroom, Konnor Miles, Christian Miles, Trey Miles, Kennedy Miles, Aeden Miles, Taylor Miles of Burlington and Bianca Miles, Daniel Miles of San Diego, California; two great grandchildren: Brayden Miles and Brielle Dixon.  Brothers:  Walter Miles (Christine) and Logan Miles (Minnie); 5 sisters:  Alease Miles, Othelia Currie, Lottie Torain, Georgia Parker, and Mamie McCandies.

Reverend Miles was also preceded in death by 2 brothers:  James Miles and Hampton Miles; two sisters:  Jocelyn Miles and Fannie Miles.

The funeral for Rev. Miles will be held on Saturday August 29, 2015 at 12:30 pm at Martin Chapel Baptist Church, Mebane.  The body will be placed in the church at 11:00 am and the family will arrive at 12:00 noon to receive visitors.  The body can be viewed starting Friday August 28, 2015 at Sharpe Funeral Home from 1 to 9 pm.

The family would like to express their gratitude to the Hospice and Palliative Care of Alamance-Caswell Staff and the staff of Edgewood Place for going above and beyond in the care of Rev. Miles.

In lieu of flowers the family is requesting memorials be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Alamance-Caswell.



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Mrs. Montese Graves Packenham

20150814143529968_0001Services for our beloved mother, grandmother, sister aunt and friend, Mrs. Montese Graves Packenham,  will be held on Tuesday, August 18, 2015 at 1:00 am at Children’s Chapel United Church of Christ.  The family will receive visitors from 12:00pm-1:00pm at the church and at other times the family will be at the home. Public viewing will be held on Monday at the funeral home from 1:00pm until 9pm.

She is survived by:  five children, Fornecer P. Lawing (the Rev. Raymond), Francis C. Packenham Jr. and Benson Graves Packingham Sr.(Vanessa), Enzer Packenham and Eric D. Packenham and wife Patricia; 10 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchild; two sisters: Comma Jeune Paylor and Pollye A. Bailey (Beaford).


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Ms. Dorothy Mae Frances Byrd

20150814105620896_0001Dorothy Mae Frances Byrd was born in Alamance County to the late John Thomas Byrd and the late Annie Pearl Evans Byrd.  She quietly exchanged time for eternity on August 12, 2015 at the Liberty Commons Nursing Center.

Dot was a graduate of Jordan Sellars High School and was employed in several places, some of which have included: Sellars Department Store and J.R.’s.

If you knew Dot, she was to be the life of the party.  She could dance as though she were in air.  Cooking was not her forte; however she could make some of the best turnip greens known to man. She was an avid shopper.   When Dot was asked, how would you like to be remembered, she stated “remember that I was a nice person.”

Remembering her with love are: her sister: Mary Byrd Banks and husband Frank D. Banks of Raleigh; sister-in-law Mary Ann Byrd of Burlington and several nieces, nephews other relatives and dear friends.

She now joins her parents and brothers: John David Byrd and James Raymond Byrd. What a glorious reunion they are sharing with the Master.

Memorial services will be held on Saturday, August 15, 2015 at 2:30 pm from the J.V. & Lessie I. Sharpe Memorial Chapel.  The family will greet relatives and friends from 2:00 pm until 2:30 pm.  Inurnment will be held at a later date.

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Mr. James Scott

Mr. James “Jimmy” Scott, 81, of 6659 Alamance County Line Road, died Aug. 10, 2015, at his home.
He was the husband of Mrs. Margie Moore Scott, who survives, and the son of Love Lee Dennis Scott Sr. and Everlean Blackmon Scott, both deceased.
In addition to his wife, Margie, he is survived by daughters, Sybil Moore Robinson (Jimmy) and Rosalina Dina Scott; grandchildren, Donel A. Robinson and Chandra L. Robinson; and a brother, Love Scott Jr.
Public viewing will be held from 1 until 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 14, 2015, at Sharpe Funeral Home Inc.
Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015, at Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church of Kimesville. The family will receive visitors from 1 until 11 a.m. at the church and at other times at the home. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

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Mr. Willie Lee Graves “Willie T.”

29128_10150172115045612_7514988_n (2)Willie Lee Graves, “Willie T”, 67 years old, of Burlington, NC passed away on Sunday, August 9, 2015, at the Hospice and Palliative Care Center of Alamance-Caswell.  Willie was born August 18, 1947 to the late Ernest H. Walker and Effie C. Graves Watson. Willie T is best known as the lead singer of The Magnificent’s, Zipper Band, Willie T. & The Workshop, The Jump Back Band and others. As a member of the band Willie T and the Magnificent’s he played on stage with such legends as Tina Turner, Kenny Rogers, and The Allman Brothers Band.

Willie is survived by his children; daughter, Sherry Barton (husband, Lucius), son, Lance Hatfield, son, Lacy Graves (wife, Jackie), daughter, MeLeasha Woods (husband, Jerrick), and daughter, Jessica Graves. He has twelve (12) grandchildren and three (3) great-grandchildren, best friends Bobby Squires and Lea Holt, a host of other lifelong friends and his “band of brothers”.

A celebration of life will be held at 12:00 pm on Thursday, August 13, 2015 at Sharpe Funeral Home in Burlington. The family will receive friends thirty minutes prior to the service at the funeral home. At other times they will be at the residence of Jessica Graves, 4113 Collonade Ct., Haw River, NC.

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Mr. George Wright

20150804134007574_0001Mr. George Wright Jr., 76, of 1207 Border Street, died Aug. 2, 2015 at his residence.
He was the husband of Mrs. Margaret Winstead Wright, who survives, and Mr. George Wright Sr. and Mrs. Hallie Maude Bolton Wright, both deceased.
Mr. Wright was a retiree of the City of Burlington, Cemetery Division.
In addition to his wife, of the home, he is survived by a son, Lance Wright (Amanda); daughter, Kelly Wright Zielinski (Scott); sister, Elizabeth Corbett; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
A public viewing will be held from noon until 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, at Sharpe Funeral Home Inc.
The funeral will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7, 2015, at Allens Chapel Baptist Church, Leasburg. Visitation will be 30 minutes prior to the service at the church. At other times the family will receive visitors at the home. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Sharpe Funeral Home Inc. is serving the Wright family.

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Mr. George W. Coble

20150804135011131_0001George Winfred Coble was born on September 24, 1941, to the late John Henry and Loise Worth Coble in Alamance County, North Carolina and departed this life on August 2, 2015.  He grew up in the Melville community and joined Melfield Congregational Church (Melfield United Church of Christ) and was Superintendent of Sunday School in his youth.  He graduated in 1959 from Graham Negro High School and served in the United States Army for 2 years. 

While in New York, he met and married Melrose Reddy in 1968.  George later returned to Haw River to help his Dad run, “John’s America”.  He was employed with the Alamance Burlington School System Food Service after his retirement from General Electric in 2002. 

In addition to love for his family, George loved baseball.  His love for the sport began when he played community (Melfield) baseball as a youth and continued throughout his high school career and adulthood.  He played fast pitch softball for the Chapel Hill Warriors for over 40 years.  George always attended his son’s high school wrestling matches, his grandson’s football, basketball, and baseball games and his granddaughter’s dance and school recitals.  He was also an Assistant Baseball Coach at Hugh M. Cummings High School from 2004-2007. 

George is survived with love by his wife Melrose R. Coble of the home; two children: Tyron “Ty” Coble (Gina) of Haw River and Gail Tinnin of the home; he always looked forward to visits from his 3 grandchildren: Antwaine Coble, Geronki Coble (Beth) Jasilyn Brown of Elon, NC; and playing with his two great-grandchildren: Chase Coble and Braylon Coble; other loved ones he cherished are two siblings: Rev. Gwendolyn Preyer (James) of Haw River and Larry H. Coble of Graham; aunts: Margie Cowan and Pearl Coble; in-laws: Geraldine Coble, Ernestine Reedy, Sylvia Williams, Cuyler Reedy, Columbus Reedy (Checha), Nathaniel Boston and several niece, nephews, cousins and friends. 

The family will greet relatives and friends Wednesday, evening August 5, 2015 from 6-7 at the funeral home.  The services are Thursday, August 6, 2015 at 1pm from the sanctuary of Melfield United Church of Christ with burial following the services in Phillips Chapel United Methodist Church .


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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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